One of the longtime members of the MAD gang was Paul Peter Porges. This brilliant person –writer, artist, caricaturist and wonderful human being passed away at 89.
Porges was born in 1927 in Vienna, and he needed to flee from the Nazis when he was a child. He fled via France but unfortunately was caught and was put in a deportation camp. He then hid in a garbage collection and escaped that way. He was then smuggled to Switzerland. There he learned and studied art in detail and also met Lucie, his future wife. After the war was over, he migrated to the States with his parents who also survived the concentration camp.
He drew cartoons for military newspapers during the Korean war and then he did gag cartoons for the Saturday Evening Post. He contributed to the New Yorker, Playboy, and MAD.
He worked in MAD as an artist as well as a writer and was associated with the magazine for from 1965. In fact, he was a permanent fixture through the 90s.
As a person, he was gruff, friendly, animated, coarse and outspoken. His wife, on the other hand, was a complete opposite to him. She was known to be sophisticated, urbane, soft-spoken and elegant
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