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“Al Jaffee’s Mad Life lays bare in harrowing yet often riotous detail how a Southern boy, twice uprooted by his mother to Lithuanian shtetls on the eve of World War II, grew up to become a tireless satirist for some of America’s cheekier magazines.” (New York Times )
“I’ve been privileged to know many brilliant cartoonists, but the incredibly creative, supremely talented Al Jaffee is right up there at the top of the list.” (Stan Lee )
“When I am among other cartoonists talking about the giants in our field, one of the first names that comes to the conversation is Al Jaffee and we all agree, He is a cartoonists cartoonist!” (Sergio Aragones )
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. See all Editorial Reviews
With such a subject - Al Jaffee was the principal cartoonist for MAD magazine - this should have been a much better book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Singer
A MAD fan of any degree will recognize Al Jaffee's seemingly-simply style at a glance. This volume is a reader's dream, even if you are NOT a MAD fiend. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeff Rader
Even if you're not a fan of MAD Al's story is amazing. To live though what he did and come out the other side is a testament to determination and self-preservation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim
A fascinating biography of one of the greatest Mad cartoonists.Published 7 months ago by M. Kupperman
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 11 months 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 14 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 16 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 17 months ago by Rick Spence
This was definitely a different type of comic book creator biography than most are probably used to reading. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rich M.