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Al Jaffee donates archives to Columbia University

Joyce and Al Jaffee

Joyce and Al Jaffee

Acclaimed cartoonist Al Jaffee, whose work for MAD Magazine spans nearly six decades, has donated his archives to Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

According to the press release from Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, the archives will arrive in several stages, beginning with Jafee’s artwork for Esquire and Playboy, notebooks of ideas for the Harvey Kurtzman-edited magazine Humbug and Timely Comics’ Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal, press clippings, fan mail, photocopies of strips never submitted for publication, photographs, biographical material for Al Jaffee’s Mad Life and more.“I feel privileged and honored to have my work added to Columbia University’s collections,” Jaffee, widely known for the long-running MAD Fold-In feature, said in a statement. “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.”

The 92-year-old Jaffee, who lives with his wife Joyce in Providence, Massachusetts, still contributes to MAD.

Established in 2005, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services began its push to acquire special collections of comics work following the donation in 2011 of Chris Claremont’s archives.

An Al Jaffee Fold-In sketch

An Al Jaffee Fold-In sketch

(via Laughing Squid)


One Comment

Do the Jaffes live in Providence, Rhode Island or Provincetown, Massachusetts…?

…because, I’ve lived in MA for more years than I care to admit to, and I’ve never found a Providence, MA.

Granted, RI is small and there are MA communities which are basically Providence suburbs, but they’re still MA towns that are not named Providence.

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