Jack Rickard studied at the Mechanics Institute of Rochester in New York, and started doing commercial art for the Chaite Studios in the 1950s. He has made the illustrations for a great many advertising campaigns, and in 1961, he began a long collaboration with MAD magazine. Rickard stood out for his movie parodies for the monthly covers, and also contributed artwork to the Mad paperbacks. He has also made several actual movie posters, like for the 1963 'Pink Panther' film. He additionally assisted on 'Li'l Abner' and did a newspaper strip called 'Pauline Mc Peril' with Mel Lazarus for Publishers-Hall Syndicate in 1966-67.