Al Jaffee's Mad Life

Al Jaffee's Mad Life : A Biography

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"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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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 142.24 x 220.98 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • It Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0061864498
  • 9780061864490
  • 882,441

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"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
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Back cover copy

Since 1955, when his work began enlivening the pages of MAD magazine, Al Jaffee has pickled three generations of American kids in the brine of satire--and he continues to bring millions of childhoods to untimely ends with the knowledge that parents are hypocrites, teachers are dummies, politicians are liars, and life isn't fair. Jaffee has a life story that is truly bizarre, that reads like a comic strip of traumatic cliff-hangers with cartoons by Jaffee and captions by Freud--from his traumatic childhood as a reverse immigrant to finding his adult place at the forefront of a movement that would forever change the face of humor and cartooning in America.

A cliff-hanger of a life deserves a page-turner of a biography, and that's precisely what Mary-Lou Weisman and Al Jaffee have delivered.
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About Mary-Lou Weisman

Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Mary-Lou Weisman's books include My Baby Boomer Baby Book, Traveling While Married, and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story. Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and film and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including the New Republic, Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times, and she has contributed essays and commentary to Public Radio International. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband. Al Jaffee is an award-winning cartoonist whose work has appeared in more 440 issues of MAD magazine-a total unmatched by any other writer or artist-including his trademark, the MAD fold-in, which has been featured in almost every issue since 1964.
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