Al Jaffee's Mad Life

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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 ...

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Al Jaffee's Mad Life: A Biography

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Stan Lee
“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.”
Sergio Aragones
“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!”
New York Times
“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
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061864490
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    Fascinating story, but lacks depth and feels incomplete.

    I read a lot of Mad as a kid, and I love biographies. So this is a natural for me. I enjoyed it, but I was also disappointed. Here are a few key points:

    Al Jaffee's life is remarkable. He overcame a lot of crazy stuff in his childhood and was very successful as a writer and cartoonist. The book is enjoyably written, and it has nice illustrations...by...Al Jaffee, of course. However:

    The focus of the book is very much on his childhood, with a reasonable amount about his career. We learn very little about what makes him tick ...we know where he lived, how many kids he had, etc, but there is very little that left me feeling that I understood much about him as an adult, or, for that matter a human being. His life had a mix of triumph and tragedy, and a lot of things are just mentioned in passing, then dropped, never to appear again. The book also just sort of stops. I was reading along, turning pages (electronically) and boom! it was done.

    It wasn't a bad book, but I had the feeling that I had just read a book that was only two-thirds done. It's also pricey at $13.99 for an e-book. I guess the prices are pegged to the paper copy. I'd be more inclined to forgive the defects if it was $3.99. All said, my synopsis is that this is 2/3 of a New Yorker article, stretched out to book length, and full of holes. I wish I could recommend it more highly.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Not A Comicbook- A biography.

    I feel bad that idiots who can't read a description, nor title, think this is a comic book.
    Anyways, this is a great book.
    Despite its lacking in a few details, its great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Bubblegum

    This is not even a comic it is a lam book with mabye 4pics...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Loopy

    Weird






    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Booooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That book sucked

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    You stupid

    You people who read this book has the cover name

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Xp

    Xp

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Cool

    I am only reaing the sample which is 1-14 pages long.I mostly like it because it is cool and is is a comic book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 12, 2010

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    Posted March 28, 2012

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