The Lovely Anna and I were lucky to be able to attend a special event last night in celebration of the great Al Jaffee‘s 95th birthday at Sardi’s in New York City. Hosted by DC Entertainment, a crowd of Al’s family, friends and colleagues congratulated Al on seven decades (and going) of work as a cartoonist and on 95 years on the planet. The evening included some big surprises, including Al’s induction into the Guinness Book of World Records and a NYC Mayoral Proclamation.
The biggest surprise of the night was a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records officially declaring Al the record holder for the longest career as a professional comics artist and 73 years, 3 months. Al breaks that record every day. In talking with some of the DC Comics folks there last night, I was told a LOT went in to making that official, including the affirmation of the dates by four independent sources. Amazing.
Al was also presented with an official Proclamation from New York City Major Bill de Blasio congratulating him on his incredible achievements and declaring March 30th, 2016 “Al Jaffee Day” in New York… and none of you celebrated???
MAD art director Sam Viviano presented Al with something recently uncovered in the DC vaults, the original art from one of Al’s earliest “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” articles in MAD, circa 1967.
After some video birthday wishes from Sergio Aragonés, Dan DiDio and Stan Lee, Al was presented with his birthday cake, from TV’s “Cake Boss” bakers!
A great night honoring a great man and cartoonist.
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