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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.
Amazingly wonderfully written and and a credit to a Al Jaffee who showed his comic & sunny side-of-life personality through the thick and thin joys and difficulties of his life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan C Marsh
Mary-Lou Weisman has captured a wonderful, emotional portrayal of the child who became the man from MAD. The passion in Al Jaffee's life breathes through these pages. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary Littlewood
Very interesting. As others have noted, this isn't the book you should read if you want to know what working at Mad was like - that's in there to a degree, but is not the focus. Read morePublished 6 months ago by stark
This is a fun, occasionally harrowing story from a cartooning legend. Some of this is unbelievable; it would make a great movie.Published 6 months ago by Richard A Spence
This was definitely a different type of comic book creator biography than most are probably used to reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rich M.
Having grown up with MAD magazine, it was well worth a look at one of it's most important contributors. Recommended!Published 10 months ago by Kelly letalien
As a fan of MAD since its inception I was fascinated by one of the creators life story and struggles. Wonderful success story.Published 11 months ago by LeftyJeff
Nice human story of a simple man who found his calling through an adverse life.
Makes you want to revisit Mad comics again.
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 11 months ago by Amazon Customer