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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:
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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.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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