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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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I chose this book because I grew up loving Mad Magazine. I loved the book because it is great story telling and history. This is a wonderful book.Published 1 month ago by Calvin J. Romrell
There was about a three year period for me growing up in the 1970s when MAD Magazine was the bomb. From about 3rd grade until about 6th grade, nothing brought me more pleasure... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clem
I was one of the two million readers of Mad Magazine in 1974, and I still occasionally pick up a copy now and then. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. G. Schulze
I ordered this book assuming it was mostly Al Jaffe's GREAT cartoons and little text, but it was the other way around- WAY to much text!Published 4 months ago by Ralph DeMattia
Great book about a man who went through many trials in life, but still manages to provide us with laughter and humor - even continuing to do so today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael
Jaffee is a funny man. I had no idea that so much of his humor came out of the astonishing pathos of his early life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ccdesan
'Im a jaffee and mad magazine fan. ITS AN EXCELLENT BIOGRAPHY AND A FASCINATING STORY THANKS FOR RECOMMENDING THIS VOLUMEPublished 9 months ago by david denton
I downloaded the sample for my Kindle, and was hooked immediately, so once I could afford it, I bought it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roy