Artist/Illustrator Al Jaffee photographed in his studio for the Artist Within

It's March 13th, and that means It's Mad Magazines very own Al Jaffee's Birthday!

So happy to be able to add my voice in wishing a Happy 99th Birthday to the incomparable Al Jaffee! Of Course you know that Al Jaffee is an Amazing Cartoonist, most "notable for his work in the satirical magazine Mad, including his trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in. As of 2019, Jaffee had been a regular contributor to the magazine for 64 years and is its longest-running contributor" "In 2008, Jaffee was honored by the Reuben Awards as the Cartoonist of the Year. New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth said, "Al Jaffee is one of the great cartoonists of our time." Describing Jaffee, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz wrote, "Al can cartoon anything"-wikipedia

A few years back I had the chance to visit Al in his studio in New York and make a portrait for "The Artist Within" project, here's that shot, and then when the "National Cartoonist Society" had their annual meeting here in Las Vegas, I made another portrait of some of "The Usual Gang of Idiots", Have a look, "The Mad Men", enjoy!

(pictured in order, top row Nick Meglin, Tom Richmond, Don "Duck" Edwing, Sam Viviano, Seated:Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee)

Happy Birthday Al, hope your year is Amazing!

Of course there are still some copies of both "Artist Within" books Available Here:

and here: