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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.
As a fan of MAD since its inception I was fascinated by one of the creators life story and struggles. Wonderful success story.Published 4 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.
When Al Jaffee was six, his mother took him and his two brothers and returned to the Lithuanian town she was from. Read morePublished 4 months ago by GB
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 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 5 months 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 6 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 8 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 11 months ago by Michael