Celebrating Al Jaffee’s 95th Birthday!

March 31st, 2016

IMG_3281The legendary Al Jaffee

On March 30th, at the world famous Sardi’s restaurant in New York City, a very special event was held in celebration of the great Al Jaffee‘s 95th birthday. Hosted by DC Entertainment and emceed by MAD Senior VP and Executive Editor John Ficarra, a crowd of Al’s family, friends, and colleagues, congratulated him on seven decades (and going) of incredible work as a cartoonist and on 95 years on the planet. The evening had some big surprises, including Al’s induction into the Guinness Book of World Records and a NYC Mayoral Proclamation!

IMG_3282Al and MAD writer Dick DeBartolo

IMG_3283More of MAD’s Usual Idiots (Clockwise lower left): MAD photographer Irving Schild, production artist Marc Russo, associate editor Jacob Lambert and senior editor Joe Raiola.

IMG_3277Anna Richmond with Abrams Publishing editor Charlie Kochman and illustrator Ed Steckley.

IMG_3286The crowd included cartooning and comics luminaries (pictured) Danny Fingeroth, Mort Gerberg, Bunny Hoest and many others (not pictured).

IMG_3284Emcee John Ficarra

The biggest surprise of the night was when a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records officially declared Al the record holder for the longest career as a professional comics artist at officially 73 years, 3 months. A great deal of research went in to making that official, including the affirmation of the dates by four independent sources including NCS president and comics historian Bill Morrison.

GuinnessWRAl’s official Guinness World Record

Al was also presented with an official Proclamation from New York City Major Bill de Blasio congratulating him on his incredible achievements and declaring March 30th, 2016 “Al Jaffee Day” in New York City!

IMG_3291Al and wife Joyce receive his Mayoral Proclamation.

MAD art director Sam Viviano also presented Al with something recently uncovered in the DC vaults, the original art from one of Al’s earliest “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” articles in MAD, circa 1967.

IMG_3294A vintage piece of comic’s history (the art, not Al… well, Al also)

 

Al also received some video birthday wishes from absent friends like Sergio Aragonés, and Stan Lee.

Sergio

Stan Lee

Finally, Al was presented with his “Fold-In” birthday cake… from TV’s “Cake Boss” bakers!

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CakeAl’s foldable “Cake Boss” birthday cake

A great night honoring a great man and cartoonist.

Photos courtesy Jason Chatfield and Tom Richmond

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