I know it looks like that should be an embedded video but sadly that’s not possible, so clicking on it will bring you to a Yahoo News story (with a short video!) about how Al Jaffee‘s “MAD Fold-In” turns 50 next month. The story starts out:
It just might be one of the longest freelance gigs in magazine publishing history. Cartoonist Al Jaffee has contributed to MAD Magazine, the satirical mainstay, since its beginnings, and is marking the 50th anniversary of not only creating but illustrating its most iconic feature.
I’m not sure it’s fair to call the fold-in MAD‘s “most iconic feature”…many might say Spy vs. Spy would get that nod…but it would sure be easy to argue that the fold-in deserves that distinction. Certainly it’s a feature of enduring popularity and, despite being five decades old, it is still fresh, insightful, and biting. The most amazing thing of all, not only did Al Jaffee create it but I believe he has done it every issue for 50 years. Spy vs Spy’s creator, Antonio Prohias, hasn’t drawn a Spy vs. Spy since 1987… mostly because he’s been dead. That’s a pretty good excuse for missing deadlines as far as excuses go. I plan on using that same excuse some day. Once.
Go watch the video, because it tells the story of the one MAD fold-in that was killed at the last second. It involved a depiction of a shooting at a theater, and… well, go watch the video.
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