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(The New York Times)   "Are you retiring?" "No, I figured 99 years old is perfect for a mid-careeer sabbatical". Thank you, Al Jaffee   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2020-08-29 6:31:58 PM  
That magazine brought me a lot of joy as a smart ass kid and still does as a smart ass "adult."

Congrats Al.
 
2020-08-29 6:38:21 PM  
Repeat
 
2020-08-29 6:47:25 PM  

vudukungfu: Repeat


Let's think of it as a duly-earned encore posting.
 
2020-08-29 7:09:36 PM  
Is this the thread where we talk about Al Jaffee?
 
2020-08-29 8:04:05 PM  
I haven't purchased a hard copy of Mad in decades. Gonna look for this one.
 
2020-08-29 8:44:51 PM  

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


No, it's the thread where we discuss Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, or Jack Davis.

( I hope you were going for a Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions gimmick, otherwise please forgive my snarkiness)
 
2020-08-29 8:46:36 PM  

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

No, it's the thread where we discuss Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, or Jack Davis.

( I hope you were going for a Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions gimmick, otherwise please forgive my snarkiness)


No love for Dave berg?
 
2020-08-29 8:47:17 PM  

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

No, it's the thread where we discuss Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, or Jack Davis.

( I hope you were going for a Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions gimmick, otherwise please forgive my snarkiness)


Sergio and Spy vs. Spy... a perfect bit for the era :).
 
2020-08-29 8:50:54 PM  
Thanks Al, I do give you credit for much of my smartassedness.
 
2020-08-29 9:09:34 PM  
Perhaps that's where the line is drawn: between people who have and those who haven't read MAD in their youth.
 
2020-08-29 9:17:48 PM  
I'm not familiar with much of his work, but I always enjoyed the Moonlighting theme

/read Mad religiously in early and mid 80s, loved this man's work
 
2020-08-29 9:18:26 PM  
 
2020-08-29 9:43:34 PM  
As a kid I bought Al Jaffee's "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions".

I got into a lot of trouble after reading that book.


... a LOT of trouble.
 
2020-08-29 9:57:43 PM  
Mad Magazine just seem like a passage of being a kids becoming a teenager. Hey when you get older can you look at the magazines you understand the jokes differently. I'm surprised in this day and age that the Magazine still exist in some form. A younger generation will never understand how fun it was to read the new issue. Or read old issues again. Especially those fold in. Think of the creativity there.
 
2020-08-29 10:00:30 PM  
I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies.

Because I've still got my stack of vintage MAD magazines, including the one where they PRINTED MY LETTER. Maybe that means I peaked at 12, but I am good with that.

I also haven't bought a new issue in almost as long - I have grabbed a bunch of reading issues from that era to fill in gaps of ones I remembered but never owned. And I've got a box with dozens of their books too, obviously including all of the Snappy Answers books, at least at the time. I will see if my LCBS stocks the new one.
 
2020-08-29 10:18:54 PM  
And there is always...the Flag.
 
2020-08-29 10:26:04 PM  

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

No, it's the thread where we discuss Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, or Jack Davis.

( I hope you were going for a Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions gimmick, otherwise please forgive my snarkiness)

No love for Dave berg?


We can't have a "Lighter Side of" anything in this day and age, dontchaknow...
 
2020-08-29 11:11:35 PM  
When I was in elementary school and the principal would send me down to the old coal bunker because they weren't allowed to use the strap anymore, I soon found out that's where the kept all the confiscated contraband, 50% of it being MAD magazines. Good times.
 
2020-08-29 11:16:50 PM  

vudukungfu: Repeat


You have to fold Fark between the two greens and you'll get a big surprise!

It's goatse.
 
2020-08-29 11:31:08 PM  
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2020-08-30 12:39:34 AM  
I love this comment Jaffee gave about a new book on him (authored by Mary-Lou Weisman) that he gave in an interview:

Mother Jones: So, was Mary-Lou Weisman a reader of Mad?
Al Jaffee: No. Her children knew about it, but she didn't. She's an author and a more high-brow literary type. She regarded Mad as a children's magazine.
MJ: Which it is.
AJ: Yes. It was designed to corrupt the minds of children. And from what I'm gathering from the minds of people all over, we succeeded.

I love this guy.  A 99-year-old wiseass.
 
2020-08-30 7:40:55 AM  
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Thanks for the memories, El JAFO.
 
2020-08-30 1:33:52 PM  

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

No, it's the thread where we discuss Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, or Jack Davis.

( I hope you were going for a Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions gimmick, otherwise please forgive my snarkiness)

Sergio and Spy vs. Spy... a perfect bit for the era :).


And Antonio Prohias signed his Spy vs. Spy cartoons in Morse code

=•••  =•==  •==•  •=•  ===  ••••  •=  •••
 
2020-08-30 1:34:50 PM  

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

No, it's the thread where we discuss Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, or Jack Davis.

( I hope you were going for a Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions gimmick, otherwise please forgive my snarkiness)

Sergio and Spy vs. Spy... a perfect bit for the era :).

And Antonio Prohias signed his Spy vs. Spy cartoons in Morse code

=•••  =•==  •==•  •=•  ===  ••••  •=  •••


I missed the "i" in Prohias.
 
2020-08-30 5:38:15 PM  
Back long ago I worked in a call center that posted thank you letters for people that did good jobs helping customers.  I was idly glancing at them one time when I saw one addressed to a girl I worked with.  It was from Al Jaffee.  I was so jealous.  She didn't even know who he was.
 
2020-08-30 6:21:26 PM  

Naido: I'm not familiar with much of his work, but I always enjoyed the Moonlighting theme

/read Mad religiously in early and mid 80s, loved this man's work


I started reading them in the 60s. My mother didn't approve so my uncle smuggled them to me. Looking back it was probably a trick to get me to read. It worked. After all it was her brother feeding me the contraband.

/ask for a toy in a store? maybe
//ask for a book? in the cart every time
///movie spoofs for the win
 
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