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Al Jaffee Papers, 1945-2018 

Jaffee, Al,
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49 linear feet (6 record cartons, 9 manuscript boxes, 24 flat boxes, 1 tube, and 3 map case folders)
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Biographical Note

Al Jaffee, born Abraham Jaffee on March 13, 1921, is an American cartoonist best known for his work for MAD magazine, and in particular the intricate Fold-In pieces he creates for the magazine. Other popular works by Al Jaffee include the MAD feature "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" and the comic strip "Tall Tales," which was syndicated by the New York Herald-Tribune between 1958 and 1965. He illustrated his biography, Al Jaffee’s MAD Life, the text of which was written by Mary-Lou Weisman. Jaffee also writes and illustrates "The Shpy," published in the Brooklyn-based children’s magazine Moshiach Times. As of 2016, he holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a comic artist.

Scope and Contents

Al Jaffee (born March 13, 1921) is a comic artist best known for creating MAD magazine’s iconic Fold-In feature. The collection contains extensive original artwork, including sketches, tracings, and proofs documenting Jaffee’s creative process. Publishing and commission contracts, correspondence, clippings, and a small amount of programs and ephemera from fan conventions and other public appearances are also included. The collection contains includes artwork, correspondence, fan mail, contracts and publishing records, news clippings, inscribed books, and ephemera documenting the career of the comic artist and frequent MAD Magazine contributor Al Jaffee. Though Jaffee's career in comics spans eight decades, the bulk of the collection dates from the 1990s through the 2010s.