Al Jaffee’s Mad Life

An account of the harrowing youth and artistic career of the inventor of the Fold-In. 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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