Spy vs. Spy
Bob Clarke was an American illustrator and cartoonist, and a longtime contributor to MAD Magazine. Born Robert J. Clarke in Mamaronceck, New York, he began his career at the age of 17 as a ghost artist on 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'. He joined the army two years later, and became an artist with the European editions of Stars and Stripes magazine.
Back in civil life, he became a commercial artist with the ad firm Geyer, Newell and Ganger, where he did designs for the Cutty Sark label and the Candyland board game. He became part of the "Usual Gang of Idiots" at MAD Magazine after the departure of editor Harvey Kurtzman. An avid prankster himself, Clarke drew over 600 features for MAD, including the Ripley parody 'Believe It or NUTS!' and several years of 'Spy vs. Spy' stories.
Bob Clarke passed away from complications of pneumonia in his hometown Seaford at age 87 on 31 March 2013.