"Tall Tales" was an innovative newspaper strip syndicated internationally by the New York Herald Tribune from 1957-1963. Whereas newspaper strips are square single-panel or multiple-panel horizontal gag cartoons, Jaffee, known for the "Fold-In" in "MAD Magazine", once again altered the format of his work to create a vertical strip - the first, and last, in newspaper history. "Tall Tales" contains the best 120 wordless strips out of over 2,200, scanned from the original art. The book will feature a new preface by Jaffee and an introduction by Stephen Colbert ('The Colbert Report').
Al Jaffee is an award-winning cartoonist and cultural icon best known for his work in MAD Magazine as one of the founding members of 'The Usual Gang of Idiots'. He is the creator, artist and writer of the 'MAD Fold-In' and 'Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions', the paperback collections of which sold millions of copies in the 1970s. At 86 years old, Jaffee is still a regular monthly contributor to MAD. He lives in New York City. Stephen Colbert is an American comedian, satirist, actor and writer. He is the author of the New York Times non-fiction bestseller I Am America (And So Can You!). Colbert is the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. He was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2006, and 2007 Celebrity of the Year by the Associated Press.