On March 13, 2021, the irreverent Mad magazine artist , a part-time Provincetown resident, turned 100 years old. Jaffee is best known for his “fold-in” comic illustrations, which transformed one image into another when folded edges were aligned, and for “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” which were collected into popular paperback books.
The Independent called Jaffee at his Manhattan apartment to wish him well. “Right now, I’m going through a pile of happy-birthday cards,” he said. “It’s so great that so many people out there enjoyed my work, and I feel like I have a lot of friends. It’s been fun for me.”
Jaffee said he doesn’t foresee getting back to Provincetown since his wife, Joyce, died in January. “We went every summer during my marriage,” he said. “I don’t want to go there alone.”
They lived in what was informally known as “the Kibbutz,” at 535 Commercial St., in a bayside apartment right above where artist A. Crock lived years ago. “He would say, ‘It must sound like we’re bowling upstairs,’ ” recalls Crock, who co-created the Provincetown edition of “Snappy Answers” on this page, in honor of Jaffee’s 100th.
Mad, its offices famously located on New York’s Madison Avenue, moved to Los Angeles in 2017, was absorbed by DC Comics, lost its staff, and stopped producing original content. But here in Provincetown, Jaffee’s delightfully smart-alecky cartoons live on in fans’ memories. —Howard Karren