10 Facts About Frank Jacobs


Franklin Jacobs was an American author of satires, known primarily for his work in Mad, to which he contributed from 1957 to 2014.

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In 2021, musical parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic told the Washington Post, “I absolutely devoured every issue [of Mad], and Frank Jacobs was a big reason for that obsession.

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Frank Jacobs laid out the template for me — he irrevocably changed my DNA.

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Frank Jacobs appeared in the sixth chapter of PBS' comedy documentary, Make 'em Laugh: The Funny Business of America singing "Blue Cross", his own 1961 parody of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies".

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Frank Jacobs established numerous recurring features in Mad, including fabricated obituaries for fictional characters from various genres, and the "Do-It-Yourself Newspaper Stories" which offer a series of fill-in-the-blank options.

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Frank Jacobs' writing is only lightly cynical, with more of an emphasis on wordplay, puns and gentle humor.

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Frank Jacobs contributed to other magazines, including Oui, Playboy, Town and Country, New York, Sports Illustrated, Saturday Review, Punch and Signature.

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At the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, Frank Jacobs received the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing.

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Frank Jacobs' work appears in most of the Mad reprint compilations.

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Frank Jacobs wrote 13 paperback books of new material under the Mad brand name:.

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