'MAD' Magazine's Al Jaffee Goes to University

The archives of the creator of MAD's "Fold-In"s, including unseen cartoons and illustrations for Playboy as well as his classic MAD material, has been acquired by Columbia University.
Al Jaffee/MAD Magazine

His work has been found in the pages of MAD Magazine for more than half a century, but now the great Al Jaffe's fold-ins and other cartoons will be available in a slightly more prestigious location: Columbia University.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Rare Book and Manuscript Library has announced that it has acquired Jaffee's archives, including original artwork he has created for Esquire and Playboy, previously unseen sketches and strips that never made it to publication.

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Karen Green, librarian and developer of CUL/IS' comics and graphic novels collection, explained that Jaffee's archives "reveal the range of Mr. Jaffee’s work beyond what most people know of him, as well as the nature of his process, both of which are of invaluable use to researchers." The collection will accompany a similar archive donated in 2011 by X-Men writer Chris Claremont and his wife Beth.

Describing himself as "privileged and honored to have my work added to Columbia University’s collections,” Jafee - who is MAD's longest-serving contributor - said that “Columbia is a jewel in the crown of New York City; keeping my work here is my way of giving something back to the city in appreciation for all that was given to me.