“Mad Magazine” illustrator Mort Drucker died April 8, 2020 at his Long Island, New York home at the age of 91. While no official cause of death was given, his daughter Laurie said that her father had fallen ill last week and died with his wife of over 70 years at his side.
Drucker spent decades drawing caricatures of politicians and celebrities alike for the pop culture magazine “Mad”. He joined the staff of the magazine during it’s early days.
Besides “Mad Magazine”, Drucker lent his talents to “Time” magazine, an ad campaign for DC Comics, the poster for “American Graffiti”, and some album cover art for the metal band Anthrax. He even created illustrations for adult and children’s colouring books.
He is a member of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. He has also earned the National Cartoonists Society Special Features Award and the Reuben Award. The NCS presented Drucker with their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929. He taught himself to draw and began sharing his talents with “Mad” in 1956 and a spoof of the television drama “Perry Mason”. By the time he retired, Drucker has penned 238 of his famous cartoons. His final cartoon came in 2008 as a spoof for the film of “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”.
Drucker once spoke on his work, saying that he approached it as a filmmaker where he was the camera and paid close attention to the lighting, angles, shots, and close ups.
Drucker’s survivors include his wife Barbara and daughter Laurie.
Feature photo credit: By Gustavo Morales – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5499833