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(Washington Post)   Another part of your childhood is going away as Mad Magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee is retiring at age 99   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-06-06 2:27:47 PM  
I'm afraid I cannot for the life of me think of a snappy comeback
 
2020-06-06 2:28:37 PM  
well, shiat.
how many of the usual gang of idiots are left now?
 
2020-06-06 2:46:44 PM  
Enjoy your retirement plans, Al!
(Reads headline again)
99?
Maybe prioritize your list of plans...
 
2020-06-06 2:54:59 PM  

elvisaintdead: well, shiat.
how many of the usual gang of idiots are left now?


Aragones and...that might be it.
 
2020-06-06 2:58:48 PM  
Subby, the next time you do a headline like this, please spell retiring like this RETIRING as I was scanning quickly, saw Al Jaffee's name & the number 99 & thought the worst.

Thanks for the many laughs over the decades Al, glad that you're still with us.
 
2020-06-06 3:04:53 PM  
Mad Magazine is still around? I remember Cracked was the cheesy knockoff but now they're the one with the website. The one everyone here links to here anyway.

Happy retirement, Guy Whose Humor Would Probably Be Unacceptable Today Guy.
 
2020-06-06 3:13:17 PM  
He's still around?

He was still working!???
 
2020-06-06 3:16:28 PM  
 
2020-06-06 3:17:30 PM  
99? Kids these days, they're just afraid to put in a good day's work.

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2020-06-06 4:02:07 PM  
At High School, Jaffee struggled with English Lit. He spent most of the time doodling, which annoyed his teacher. "Miss Hollander always waited until the end of class, and then she'd march right over to my chair and confiscate my doodling. 'How dare you do this while the class is going on? Don't you ever let me see you doing that again.' Of course I paid no attention to her. I kept on doodling and she kept on confiscating. The day that I graduated she presented me with a loose-leaf album that contained about sixty of my doodles. 'This is a collector's item. Someday this is going to be worth a fortune, and that'll teach you not to draw in my class.'"
 
2020-06-06 4:03:05 PM  
MAD magazine paid their artists well, and more importantly, on the day they delivered their work, whereas most magazines, then and now, manage cash flow by paying freelancers as late as possible. But there was a downside. MAD kept all the rights to the artwork. When the artist signed receipt for his check, he simultaneously signed a brief contract giving away all the rights. So Bill Gaines was able to sell onE of the first MAD covers to Steven Spielberg for fifteen thousand dollars, and the artist got nothing.
 
2020-06-06 4:05:36 PM  
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2020-06-06 4:05:58 PM  
 
2020-06-06 4:42:09 PM  
So happy he's still alive. He brought joy and I hope karma keeps paying him dividends.

Happy retirement, funny man.

/ sausage links as poo
 
2020-06-06 4:45:13 PM  
Is this the thread where we talk about Al Jaffee?
 
2020-06-06 4:59:27 PM  
Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions got me in so much trouble when I was a kid.

It's probably one of the most dangerous books for any kid to read.
 
2020-06-06 5:07:56 PM  

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Wow this one's appropriate. I wonder what date it came out.

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2020-06-06 6:16:16 PM  

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Wow this one's appropriate. I wonder what date it came out.

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August 1999
 
2020-06-06 6:28:35 PM  

Mugato: Mad Magazine is still around? I remember Cracked was the cheesy knockoff but now they're the one with the website. The one everyone here links to here anyway.

Happy retirement, Guy Whose Humor Would Probably Be Unacceptable Today Guy.


Remember Plop? It was like the cheesy knockoff of the cheesy knockoff. And while Cracked was clearly inferior to Mad, it wasn't half-bad as I recall.
 
2020-06-06 6:36:54 PM  
They really socked it to this Spiro Agnew fellow.  He must work there or something.
 
2020-06-06 7:13:24 PM  

CaptainFatass: Mugato: Mad Magazine is still around? I remember Cracked was the cheesy knockoff but now they're the one with the website. The one everyone here links to here anyway.

Happy retirement, Guy Whose Humor Would Probably Be Unacceptable Today Guy.

Remember Plop? It was like the cheesy knockoff of the cheesy knockoff. And while Cracked was clearly inferior to Mad, it wasn't half-bad as I recall.


I remember Crazy being the other cheap knockoff.  Plop had artists like Sergio Aragones and Basil Wolverton. It was not bad.
 
2020-06-06 7:34:11 PM  
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I still have the first 4 issues.
They must be worth at least a dollar by now.
 
2020-06-06 7:34:47 PM  
99 is a pretty good run.  Well done, Al.

I didn't read Mad religiously, but from the handful of issues I did have the Jaffee segments were always noteworthy.  There was a certain satirical sensibility in his stuff that was pretty valuable for a teenager anxious to hone his worldview.

I think I had a couple of his spinoff paperbacks at some point as well.  Wish my memory was better.
 
2020-06-06 7:58:08 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: Is this the thread where we talk about Al Jaffee?


No, it's the thread where we fold you over until you resemble a person with a brain.
 
2020-06-06 8:09:49 PM  
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Don Martin is my all time favorite
 
2020-06-06 8:09:54 PM  
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2020-06-06 8:16:58 PM  
I had a friend who collected MAD. He said the folds on the fold-in made the magazine really hard to collect if you wanted one in good condition.
 
2020-06-06 8:18:15 PM  

Ishkur: Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions got me in so much trouble when I was a kid.

It's probably one of the most dangerous books for any kid to read.


My dad had that and I read it at least twice as a kid. My long memory for random funny things allowed me to deliver one of the best zingers of college when my obnoxious roommate burst into the room at 11 PM on a weeknight and I remembered that book:

Roommate: "ARE YOU ASLEEP ALREADY?"

Me: "No, I'm dead. Leave the flowers and get out!"

Other suitemates were sick to death of him and loved that.
 
2020-06-06 8:30:31 PM  
I heard he's decided to finally take up spelunking full time.
 
2020-06-06 8:31:03 PM  
Long ago, Jaffee gave his permission for the director to make a music video dedicated to fold-ins.

Beck - Girl
Youtube VkCg-3nxT8E
 
2020-06-06 8:31:20 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: elvisaintdead: well, shiat.
how many of the usual gang of idiots are left now?

Aragones and...that might be it.


Is Dick Debartolo still alive and kicking?
 
2020-06-06 8:35:31 PM  
Has Roger Kaputnik weighed in?
 
2020-06-06 8:36:37 PM  
Huh, that's also going to be the last regular issue with any new content. I'll have to pick up a copy somehow.

/BarnesAndNoble.com can't seem to comprehend magazines that don't fit into a handful of popular categories
//May have to put in a mask and go in person
 
2020-06-06 9:19:13 PM  

ClavellBCMI: common sense is an oxymoron: elvisaintdead: well, shiat.
how many of the usual gang of idiots are left now?

Aragones and...that might be it.

Is Dick Debartolo still alive and kicking?


Yes. He even does a podcast.
http://www.gizwiz.tv
 
2020-06-06 9:21:32 PM  
Still an early retirement for a Cartoonist, I imagine...

Godspeed, man, for the many laughs along the way.
 
2020-06-06 9:53:54 PM  

beezeltown: Enjoy your retirement plans, Al!
(Reads headline again)
99?
Maybe prioritize your list of plans...


What, should he worry?
 
2020-06-06 10:39:33 PM  

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You realize there is literally no Trump care right? What's out there now is Obama care minus the tax. But enjoy the TDS.
 
2020-06-06 11:16:48 PM  
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2020-06-06 11:40:34 PM  
I guess I got lucky in that I started reading the best years of Mad when I was young. It was like my introduction to satire, parody, making fun of politics. I didn't understand a lot of it at first. Some of the parodies of movies they did I remember better than the movies, or never saw the movies at all. But I still remember the pictures in Mad.

My mother was liberal as hell in some ways and didn't care what we read--Mad, Penthouse, lascivious bestsellers, complete trash. It was a pretty good education.
 
2020-06-07 12:14:03 AM  

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Oh my god, I remember that cover. I loved the movie parodies even though I hadn't seen any of the movies. Often, I would watch the original film years after reading the parody, and in certain scenes, I'd recall Iines from the parody and think, "now I get the joke!".
 
2020-06-07 12:24:15 AM  

CaptainFatass: Mugato: Mad Magazine is still around? I remember Cracked was the cheesy knockoff but now they're the one with the website. The one everyone here links to here anyway.

Happy retirement, Guy Whose Humor Would Probably Be Unacceptable Today Guy.

Remember Plop? It was like the cheesy knockoff of the cheesy knockoff. And while Cracked was clearly inferior to Mad, it wasn't half-bad as I recall.


I loved Cracked. And MAD. Even Crazy. I still have a subscription to MAD but who knows how much longer that will last?
 
2020-06-07 12:42:02 AM  

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Homer Simpson Mad Magazine
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2020-06-07 3:14:05 AM  
 
2020-06-07 4:34:05 AM  

CaptainFatass: Mugato: Mad Magazine is still around? I remember Cracked was the cheesy knockoff but now they're the one with the website. The one everyone here links to here anyway.

Happy retirement, Guy Whose Humor Would Probably Be Unacceptable Today Guy.

Remember Plop? It was like the cheesy knockoff of the cheesy knockoff. And while Cracked was clearly inferior to Mad, it wasn't half-bad as I recall.


I dug PLOP, it was less a Mad knock-off and more of a parody of the horror anthology comics that DC was putting out at the time. There was some genuinely twisted stuff in that comic!
 
2020-06-07 9:00:08 AM  

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Oh my god, I remember that cover. I loved the movie parodies even though I hadn't seen any of the movies. Often, I would watch the original film years after reading the parody, and in certain scenes, I'd recall Iines from the parody and think, "now I get the joke!".


I remember being at a school dance in middle school and doing the same things when the DJ put on sings that I knew the Weird Al parodies of.
 
2020-06-07 9:53:21 AM  
Plop! is just the best name ever.
Also, Basil Wolverton.
 
2020-06-07 10:07:52 AM  

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You realize there is literally no Trump care right? What's out there now is Obama care minus the tax. But enjoy the TDS.


Only because Americans required the Senate to define the Replace part of Repeal and Replace before they'd let them Repeal. Senators realized there was a fourth rail on the track. 


Happy voyages, Mr. Jaffee.  This a retirement well earned.
 
2020-06-07 10:29:46 AM  
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2020-06-07 10:56:54 AM  
Quitter.
 
2020-06-07 2:03:37 PM  
My older brother and I grew up reading them, and I really loved everything about the magazine. I learned so much about things going on in the wider world, even if it was from a slightly twisted perspective. Things I might not have learned or even been aware of in my youth without the magazine. I loved the sarcasm and the swipes they took at the adult world. They exposed to me the fact that even those in charge are pretty much clueless and that humor and a good bitting comeback can be the best defense to established stupidity. He and the rest of the Gang really helped me to become a more effective smartass and I thank him and them for that.

I'm glad Mr. Jaffee has had this long of a life and career and I hope he enjoys his retirement.
 
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