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Polybius

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Mon Apr 10, 2023, 08:54 PM Apr 2023

Al Jaffee, longtime Mad magazine cartoonist, dead at 102 [View all]

Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Al Jaffee, Mad magazine’s award-winning cartoonist and ageless wise guy who delighted millions of kids with the sneaky fun of the Fold-In and the snark of “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” has died. He was 102.

Jaffee died Monday in Manhattan from multiple organ failure, according to his granddaughter, Fani Thomson. He had retired at the age of 99.

Mad magazine, with its wry, sometimes pointed send-ups of politics and culture, was essential reading for teens and preteens during the baby-boom era and inspiration for countless future comedians. Few of the magazine’s self-billed “Usual Gang of Idiots” contributed as much — and as dependably — as the impish, bearded cartoonist. For decades, virtually every issue featured new material by Jaffee. His collected “Fold-Ins,” taking on everyone in his unmistakably broad visual style from the Beatles to TMZ, was enough for a four-volume box set published in 2011.

Readers savored his Fold-Ins like dessert, turning to them on the inside back cover after looking through such other favorites as Antonio Prohías’ “Spy vs. Spy” and Dave Berg’s “The Lighter Side.” The premise, originally a spoof of the old Sports Illustrated and Playboy magazine foldouts, was that you started with a full-page drawing and question on top, folded two designated points toward the middle and produced a new and surprising image, along with the answer.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/al-jafee-mad-magazine-cartoonist-dies-f676fbeb190b44c8aa4abcb0daa5d571



Sad news. I was a big Mad Magazine fan as a kid in the 80's. RIP.

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Loved his work True Dough Apr 2023 #1
He was one of the best... 2naSalit Apr 2023 #2
Way more than teens and preteens read Mad! GenThePerservering Apr 2023 #3
RIP. RockRaven Apr 2023 #4
I can't believe how old he was AZSkiffyGeek Apr 2023 #5
I wonder if doing what he loved helped him live so long EYESORE 9001 Apr 2023 #8
Undoubtedly. Retiring at 99 seems to have killed him. Lesson: face life with gusto Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2023 #19
I like your motto: live life with gusto COL Mustard Apr 2023 #31
He didn't retire until he was 99 (nt) William Seger Apr 2023 #13
k&r n/t lordsummerisle Apr 2023 #6
"The Usual Gang of Idiots" Roy Rolling Apr 2023 #7
Thanx for the memories AJ... RIP. InAbLuEsTaTe Apr 2023 #9
This message was self-deleted by its author Baked Potato Apr 2023 #10
I loved Mad Magazine in the 70s. crickets Apr 2023 #11
MAD Magazine taught me a healthy mistrust of the establishment johnnyplankton Apr 2023 #12
I was a Don Martin man, myself, but... LudwigPastorius Apr 2023 #14
Dave Berg was the one I remember the most as a kid AZSkiffyGeek Apr 2023 #16
Me too n/t ewagner Apr 2023 #25
Al was my client and a great man. If you want to know what he went through in his life ZonkerHarris Apr 2023 #15
Another piece of kidhood gone Warpy Apr 2023 #17
Nobody lives forever, but legends never die. Grokenstein Apr 2023 #18
It must be a magic age DFW Apr 2023 #20
loveit 3auld6phart Apr 2023 #30
MAD was fantastic,probably bought more of them than Playboy Bengus81 Apr 2023 #21
I've been a fan of his RocRizzo55 Apr 2023 #22
Message auto-removed Name removed Apr 2023 #23
To show my age I started reading MAD Magazine when I was 9 or 10 turbinetree Apr 2023 #24
Aw, man ExWhoDoesntCare Apr 2023 #26
A genius Mysterian Apr 2023 #27
102 yrs old, Bayard Apr 2023 #28
Didn't the Spy vs. Spy cartoonist pass recently, as well? AngryOldDem Apr 2023 #33
Mad magazine is what got me to enjoy reading ! kimbutgar Apr 2023 #29
Truly one of the greats. AngryOldDem Apr 2023 #32
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