May 08, 2016

Hanging With Al Jaffee, MAD Magazine's 95-Year-Old Journeyman Cartoonist

For his 95th birthday last month, legendary cartoonist Al Jaffee received a plaque from the Guinness Book of World Records congratulating him on being the longest working cartoonist in history (at "73 years, 3 months"). For most of that long career as a self-professed (and wholly self-deprecating) "journeyman cartoonist," Jaffee's name and style has been synonymous with MAD Magazine, the long-running satirical publication which taught generations of skeptical teens to question false idols, push back at deceptive advertising, and mock authority figures.

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