Cover for Mad About the Movies, by Mort Drucker

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mort Drucker entered the comics field by assisting Bert Whitman on 'Debbie Dean' in 1947. He then joined the staff of National Periodical Publications (DC Comics), where he worked as a retoucher. About 1950, he began freelancing. During the 1950s, he contributed to the mystery, war and space titles published by both DC and Atlas. He was also present at Dell ('Luke Short', Steve Donovan, Western Marshall'), ACG (Lovelorn) and Better Publications. In 1956, upon the departure of Harvey Kurtzman, he found his way to Mad magazine. There, he specialized in movie and television satires and parodies.

At the same time, Drucker pursued assignments in commercial art, doing animation for television, movie posters and covers and illustrations for magazines. He also remained active for DC, illustrating among others 'Sgt. Rock', 'Adventures of Bob Hope' and 'Jerry Lewis'. In 1962, he teamed up with Paul Laiken and made the highly successful 'JFK Coloring Book' for Kanrom Publishers. Between 1984 and 1986, he made the syndicated daily 'Benchley' in cooperation with Jerry Dumas. In addition, he was active as an illustrator of children's books.

Story from Battlefront by Mort Drucker
Battlefront #29 (March 1955)

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