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Al Jaffee donates life’s work to Columbia University
Al Jaffee, perhaps best known for his three-panel fold-ins for MAD Magazine, is donating the vast majority of his cartoon originals and personal archives to Columbia University.
Karen Green, a Columbia librarian, approached Mr. Jaffee at last year’s New York Comic Con, a gathering place for popular-culture fans, and asked him if was interested in giving his papers to the university.
“I realized it was a good idea,” he said in a recent interview in his studio on East 56th Street in Manhattan. “It would keep my stuff in New York City, which has been very good to me. The city gave me my first break at the High School of Music and Art, which jump-started my cartooning and got me into the world of art.”