Al Jaffee, the cartoonist who was as famous for his Fold-Ins in Mad magazine, as he was for his Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, passed away on Monday at the age of 102. The Fold-Ins, a staple in every issue of Mad magazine, became popular among teenagers for the fun they generated. Readers would fold the page horizontally, and the Fold-Ins would appear like magic. Jaffee was part of a group of cartoonists known as “The Usual Gang of Idiots,” and consistently contributed to Mad magazine. Additionally, he was known for his parodies of advertisements and for predicting future products like computer spell-checkers and multiblade razors. His work drew attention from a wide audience, including the likes of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Jaffee said he was “astounded” when he saw magicians work, and perhaps we can assume that he had the same effect on readers, with his magic spreading joy and the art of cartooning to generations of fans.
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