MAD mag­a­zine skew­ers Trump­care with Al Jaf­fee ‘fold-in’

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - MICHAEL CAVNA

Al Jaf­fee, at age 96, has a few words for Don­ald Trump about how the pres­i­dent is han­dling health care. A few pic­tures, too.

Jaf­fee is not only the long­est-work­ing car­toon­ist in comics his­tory, as rec­og­nized last year by Guinness World Records, but the MAD mag­a­zine leg­end is also the fa­ther of the “fold-in,” the pub­li­ca­tion’s back-page fea­ture that re­veals a sur­prise mes­sage and im­age once the il­lus­tra­tion’s mid­dle sec­tion is col­lapsed.

And now, MAD will pub­lish Jaf­fee’s lat­est fold-in, in which the car­toon­ist asks: “Who stands to ben­e­fit most from Trump­care?”

Jaf­fee then of­fers his an­swer, which re­flects re­ports that tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­can will lose their health cov­er­age if the gov­ern­ment re­peals and re­places the Af­ford­able Care Act, which Congress con­tin­ues to de­bate.

His pointed ver­dict is viewed when you fold in the sides.

“The fold-in is a sort of bait-andswitch process,” Jaf­fee tells the Wash­ing­ton Post. “The full-page scene asks and il­lus­trates a ques- tion. Af­ter the page is folded, a sur­prise new scene and an­swer ap­pear.

“In that way,” he con­tin­ues, “it’s not very dif­fer­ent from what the Repub­li­cans did dur­ing the last elec­tion with the health-care plan.”

For part of his child­hood, Jaf­fee grew up poor on a shtetl in Zara­sai — “the Siberia of Lithua­nia” — and those years fos­tered his dis­trust of adult author­ity.

Jaf­fee be­gan sat­i­riz­ing po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates in MAD’s pages in the ’60s, and his fold-ins have ap­peared in nearly every is­sue since 1964.

MAD’s ed­i­tor in chief, John Fi­carra, rel­ishes that Jaf­fee’s art still de­liv­ers acidic satire.

“Al has writ­ten and il­lus­trated al­most 500 fold-ins for MAD,” Fi­carra says, “and he never stops sur­pris­ing us.”

The new MAD is­sue hits news­stands Aug. 8.


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