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Al Jaffee's Mad Life

A Biography

illustrated by Al Jaffee

About the Book

“One of the great cartoonists of our time.” –New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth

The remarkable story of one of America’s most prolific and beloved cartoonists, Al Jaffee, with dozens of original color illustrations. Jaffe’s career in cartooning stretches back to 1941—with early humor pieces for Timely Comics, a precursor to Marvel Comics—but the iconic artist remains best known for the brilliant Fold-In cartoons he invented at Bill Gaines’s Mad magazine in 1964. The cerebral and sardonic illustrations have inspired generations of Mad readers—including Stephen Colbert, R. Crumb, Gary Larson and Charles Shultz—to embrace a firm and healthy irreverence towards the status quo. New York Times columnist and bestselling author Mary-Lou Weisman (My Middle-Aged Baby Book) helps Jaffe tell his remarkable story.

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Critical Praise

“Al Jaffee’s Mad Life lays bare in harrowing yet often riotous detail how a Southern boy, twice uprooted by his mother to Lithuanian shtetls on the eve of World War II, grew up to become a tireless satirist for some of America’s cheekier magazines.” —New York Times

“I’ve been privileged to know many brilliant cartoonists, but the incredibly creative, supremely talented Al Jaffee is right up there at the top of the list.” —Stan Lee

“When I am among other cartoonists talking about the giants in our field, one of the first names that comes to the conversation is Al Jaffee and we all agree, He is a cartoonists cartoonist!” —Sergio Aragones

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061864490
  • ISBN 10: 0061864498
  • Imprint: It Books
  • On Sale: 10/04/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: 21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
  • BISAC2: HUMOR / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons

Al Jaffee's Mad Life by Mary-Lou Weisman

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