We’ve had to bid a sad farewell to so many rockers in the last few years. It’s nice to bid a fond but not-so-sad farewell to someone. He’s not a rocker though. Al Jaffee, cartoonist for Mad Magazine and officially the longest working comic artist ever, has not passed away — he’s retiring! At age 99!
Jaffee’s best known bits in Mad were “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” and the Mad Fold-Ins. Reading Mad as a kid, I also remember bits he drew about the advertising biz. In a way, he was a pre-cursor to Seinfeld in style of humor. He rarely got outrageous — he would often just say things that were plain-old true but no-one had pointed out before.
Well certainly he would stretch a little sometimes. One of his articles was about planned obsolescence, and he said that toilet paper manufacturers would make every third perforation a fake, so that one out of three times when people would yank on it, it would send a bunch of paper to the floor, causing the roll to be used up faster. Ever since I read that, I’m extra careful.
Mad will soon stop publishing new content, so Al is retiring just in time. I guess if you’re doing what you love, working until age 99 is not a problem.
Check out this article about Mr. Jaffee: https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/06/06/al-jaffee-mad-magazine-retires/