Al Jaffee MAD Magazine Cartoonist Dead at Age 102

More details Cartoonist Al Jaffee following a discussion panel dedicated to Trump magazine on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, Day 4 of the 2016 New York Comic Con. This photo was created by Luigi Novi
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Al Jaffee, cartoonist for MAD Magazine for 55 years and creator of the infamous MAD Magazine fold-in and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” died of organ failure on April 10 at the age of 102. He began his career in 1942 as a comic book artist for a variety of publications such as Timely Comics – which became Marvel comics – and Atlas comics. He officially started at MAD Magazine in 1964, where he created the parody of Playboy foldouts with a fold-in, which was a feature on the back cover that, once folded in, would create a different image and story. It became one of their signature pieces.


A collection of fold-ins with a self-portrait of the artist aping Alfred E. Neuman. The subtitle alludes to Abbie Hoffman's famous slogan.



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He was also creator of the snarky “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” feature in the magazine, which is exactly as it sounds.

Jaffee received many awards and much recognition over the years, including being a Guinness World Records record holder for having the longest career as a comics artist. He just retired at the age of 99 in 2020 and and is further survived by his two children, two stepchildren and several grandchildren.

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