His career was filled with gags, jokes and satire. But his early life had anything but.
Al Jaffee began his career as a comic book artist for several publications in 1941. But he is best known for his iconic work in MAD Magazine since 1955. However, his life is way more than just cartoons.
In a new biography, Mad Life, written by long-time friend Mary-Lou Weisman and illustrated by Jaffee himself, Jaffee’s formative years read nothing like a comic strip.
When he was six years old, Jaffee was uprooted from his home in Savannah, GA by his mother and taken to a shtetl (a small town with a large Jewish population) in Lithuania. Jaffee was rescued by his father only to be taken back to Lithuania again at the same time Hitler’s reign was on the rise.
At the Gershman Y on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m., Jaffee will talk live about his fascinating life and extensive career. He will be joined by his biographer Mary-Lou Weisman.
The event is $8 for the talk only and $22 for the talk and an autographed copy of the book.
Get tickets for this one-time event online.
Al Jaffee at the Gershman Y
When: January 17, 7 p.m.
Where: 401 S. Broad Street
Cost: $8 for talk, $22 for talk and signed copy of book
More info: www.gershmany.org