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Al Feldstein
Birth: Oct. 24, 1925
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 29, 2014
Livingston
Park County
Montana, USA

Writer, Artist, Mad Magazine Editor. As a boy, Mr. Feldstein won several art awards, in both the John Wanamaker art competition and the World's Fair poster contest in 1939. At the age of 15, he was hired by a comic book art service and worked on the "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" comics. After graduating from the High School for Music and Art in Manhattan, he won a scholarship to the Art Students League where he took night classes in addition to his college work during the day at Brooklyn College. At the age of 17, Mr. Feldstein joined the Air Force, and was assigned to create murals, decorate aircraft, draw comic strips and paint squadron insignia. After his discharge he created freelance art for several comic books, including Fox Comics, where he was eventually hired. Here he drew the complete "Junior and Sunny" books, and adapted the original radio scripts and produced the art for Corliss Archer. In 1948 he went to work for Entertaining Comics, known as EC Comics. At EC he worked his way up from being an artist to editing. He created, wrote, illustrated and edited horror (one being "Tales from the Crypt"), science fiction, suspense and others. In 1956, Feldstein became editor of Mad Magazine, considered to be one of the nation's leading and most influential magazines. In the 1960s, circulation rose to over one million, and in the 1970s expanded to over two million. Feldstein created Alfred E. Neuman, the "What, Me Worry?" kid who was the magazine's mascot and "cover boy," and who even ran for president. The magazine satirized politics, religion, advertising, and itself. A disclaimer was published: "We reject the insinuation that anything we print is moral, nutritious, or good for you in any way, shape or form." Mad Magazine was considered to have exerted a strong influence on many generations of young people. Mr. Feldstein was the editor of the magazine (which began as a comic book) for 29 years, from 1956 - 1985. He has been credited with giving the magazine the personality of a "smart-alecky, sniggering and indisputably clever spitball-shooter." Mr. Feldstein's awards include: Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame, 2003, Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011, Honorary Doctorate of Arts degree by Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana, 1999, Top 100 of Arts for the Parks by the National Park Academy of the Arts, 1984 and 1999. (bio by: Daddys♥Girl) 
 
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Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
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Record added: Apr 30, 2014
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Al Feldstein
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- sjm
 Added: Oct. 24, 2014

- Janis Coleman
 Added: Oct. 24, 2014
Thank you for Mad Magazine!
- Daddys♥Girl
 Added: Aug. 15, 2014
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