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Al Jaffee’s birthday

Al Jaffee’s birthday

Al Jaffee’s birthday

Originally shared by Grand Comics Database

Al Jaffee (born 13 March 1921, USA) was recognized by Guinness World Records last year for having the longest career in comics at 73 years, 3 months. They had counted from “Joker Comics” #5, December 1942, through “Mad” #538, April 2016.

He worked in comics briefly before going into the military during World War II. He created ‘Inferior Man’ in “Military Comics” (Quality) and drew the earliest stories during 1942.

That year he also created ‘Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal’ for the new “Krazy Komics” at Marvel (then Timely), who became prominent features in DC humor comics during the 1940s.

Jaffee returned to Timely for a few years after the war, where he was the editor for humor and teenage titles such as “Patsy Walker”.

He appeared briefly in “Mad” shortly after it changed from a comic to a magazine, but left to work with Harvey Kurtzman on his “Trump” and “Humbug”.

After the latter ended in 1958, Jaffee came back to “Mad” and is still working there. In the fifty years from April 1964 to April 2013, only one issue of “Mad” had no new work by him.

Jaffee has received multiple awards from the National Cartoonists Society, including their Reuben Award in 2007. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame at San Diego in 2013, and in 2014 he was elected to the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame.

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(Jaffee created the cover of “Patsy Walker” #7, October 1946)

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