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Al Jaffee

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Al Jaffee

Al Jaffee is an American cartoonist and illustrator, best known for his long-standing contributions to the satirical magazine Mad. Born on March 13, 1921, in Savannah, Georgia, Jaffee's early life was marked by a unique upbringing, spending time in both the United States and Lithuania. His exposure to diverse cultures and experiences would later influence his distinctive style and humor. Jaffee's career in illustration began in the 1940s, working for various comic book publishers before joining Mad in 1955. Over the course of his prolific career, spanning more than six decades, Jaffee created numerous iconic features for Mad, including the famous Fold-In back cover, which became a staple of the magazine. His innovative Fold-In designs combined clever illustrations with hidden messages that were revealed when the page was folded in a specific way. Jaffee's work often showcased his wit, satirical commentary, and ability to poke fun at societal norms and popular culture. Beyond his Fold-In creations, Jaffee contributed a wide range of illustrations, parodies, and comic strips to Mad, cementing his status as one of the most influential and beloved cartoonists of his generation. His unique style, characterized by clean lines, exaggerated expressions, and a keen eye for detail, set him apart in the world of illustration. Jaffee's contributions to Mad and the broader field of cartooning have earned him numerous accolades, including the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year in 2008 and induction into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2013. Despite retiring from drawing the Fold-In in 2020 at the age of 99, Jaffee's legacy continues to inspire and entertain generations of illustrators and fans alike.

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