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Book Review: 'Mad: Fold This Book!'

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Many a young subversive (David Letterman and Howard Stern, to name two) grew up carefully folding in the back page of Mad magazine to see what visual messages that nudnick illustrator Jaffee had hidden in the edges of his nasty drawings. Now 30 years’ worth of Jaffee’s ornery origami have been brought together in a cartoon compendium. The hallmark of these often brilliant fold-ins has always been their iconoclastic goofiness: A bald eagle folds to become that new national symbol — the Big Mac; a college job fair folds to reveal a sulking graduate moving back home. After a few dozen folds, one thing becomes clear: Jaffee’s definitely a Mad man. B

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