15 Facts About Al Feldstein


Albert Bernard Feldstein was an American writer, editor, and artist, best known for his work at EC Comics and, from 1956 to 1985, as the editor of the satirical magazine Mad.


Al Feldstein was born October 24,1925, in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish household.


Al Feldstein was the son of Max, who made dental molds, and Beatrice Feldstein.


Al Feldstein recalled that Bob Farrell, whom he considered a "wheeler-dealer" driving a convertible Cadillac, introduced him to Victor Fox in return for a commission from all payments Fox made to him.


Al Feldstein rewrote Farrell's scripts for Fox and produced the art for the stories.


Al Feldstein described Fox as the "typical exploiting comic book publisher of his day, grinding out shameless imitations of successful titles and trends" and mistreating his writers and artists.


Al Feldstein wrote, drew and packaged the complete Junior and Sunny books for Fox, and produced a comic book adaptation of Meet Corliss Archer.

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Al Feldstein encouraged the EC illustrators to maintain their personal art styles, and this emphasis on individuality gave the EC line a unique appearance.


Al Feldstein spent the next 29 years at the helm of what became one of the nation's leading and most influential magazines.


Circulation multiplied more than eight times during Al Feldstein's tenure, peaking at 2,850,000 for an issue in 1974, although it declined to a third of that figure by the end of his time as editor.


Al Feldstein left Connecticut and relocated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he spent three years painting the Teton Range and its wildlife.


Al Feldstein moved in 1992 to Paradise Valley, Montana, near Livingston, finding new approaches to depict the Western way of life in his acrylic paintings.


Al Feldstein is represented by numerous Northwest galleries, and he continued to create his Western, wildlife and landscape paintings at his ranch south of Livingston and north of Yellowstone National Park.


Al Feldstein was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003.


Al Feldstein died on April 29,2014, at his home in Paradise Valley, Montana, near Livingston.