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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary-Lou Weisman Narrator: Allen Lewis Rickman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780062084651
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“One of the great cartoonists of our time.” –New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth

The remarkable story of one of America’s most prolific and beloved cartoonists, Al Jaffee, with dozens of original color illustrations. Jaffe’s career in cartooning stretches back to 1941—with early humor pieces for Timely Comics, a precursor to Marvel Comics—but the iconic artist remains best known for the brilliant Fold-In cartoons he invented at Bill Gaines’s Mad magazine in 1964. The cerebral and sardonic illustrations have inspired generations of Mad readers—including Stephen Colbert, R. Crumb, Gary Larson and Charles Shultz—to embrace a firm and healthy irreverence towards the status quo. New York Times columnist and bestselling author Mary-Lou Weisman (My Middle-Aged Baby Book) helps Jaffe tell his remarkable story.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unnerving biography with a moving graphic novel hidden inside it.”

    Art Spiegelman, New York Times bestselling author of Maus

  • 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...He is a cartoonist’s cartoonist!” 

    Sergio Aragones

  • “Allen Rickman’s engaging and comfortable tone works well in depicting Jaffee’s life.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 6/8/2013

    " This is a short book with a lot more emphasis on Jaffee's childhood than his 60+ years at Mad--but that's ok because his young life is such a compelling story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 5/2/2013

    " Wonderfully told, with Jaffee drawings illustrating key moments in his life. Would have loved to have had more samples of Jaffee's work, especially MAD stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shappy Seasholtz | 11/15/2012

    " Way too much time spent on Al's depressing childhood and hardly any time spent discussing his years as a cartoonist and his years at Mad Magazine. Lots of great new drawings from Mr. Jaffee! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Rickert | 8/1/2012

    " The fact that it is only three fourths of the way through the book that Jaffee gets to MAD will tell you all you need to know about this book. A huge disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/30/2011

    " I grew up on Mad Magazine, so even if this book sucked,I would like it.It doesn't suck so read it.I would love to have a few beers with Jaffee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerfe | 11/3/2011

    " Though the writing is nothing special, the illustrations by Mad Magazine's Al Jaffee of his colorful and eventful life help make this biography an enjoyable and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Schneider | 7/5/2011

    " Wow. I really wasn't expecting this when I picked up this book. Jaffee had one of the more bizarre childhood's I've read about. Interesting to see the effect it had on he and his three brothers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/12/2011

    " I grew up on Mad Magazine, so even if this book sucked,I would like it.It doesn't suck so read it.I would love to have a few beers with Jaffee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerfe | 4/6/2011

    " Though the writing is nothing special, the illustrations by Mad Magazine's Al Jaffee of his colorful and eventful life help make this biography an enjoyable and entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shappy | 12/19/2010

    " Way too much time spent on Al's depressing childhood and hardly any time spent discussing his years as a cartoonist and his years at Mad Magazine. Lots of great new drawings from Mr. Jaffee! "

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About the Author

Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Mary-Lou Weisman’s books include My Baby Boomer Baby Book, Traveling While Married, and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story. Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and film and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including the New Republic, Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times, and she has contributed essays and commentary to Public Radio International. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband.

Al Jaffee is an award-winning cartoonist whose work has appeared in more 440 issues of MAD magazine—a total unmatched by any other writer or artist—including his trademark, the MAD fold-in, which has been featured in almost every issue since 1964.