MORT DRUCKER 2021 fine art print / special edition of 12 / $215.00

"To me, Mort's the guy. I used to imitate his work in MAD when I was a kid. I wanted to be Mort Drucker. I even loved his name."
     — Drew Friedman*

Mort Drucker (1929–2020), the legendary caricaturist for MAD, began in comics at age 18, assisting Bert Whitman on his popular newspaper strip Debby Dean. Whitman recognized Drucker's nascent genius, and urged him to seek employment at DC Comics, where he was hired to retouch art and assist the staff. As Drucker began to hone his caricature skills, he started to draw his own comic figures, creating covers and interiors for humorous DC titles like Jackie Gleason & The Honeymooners, The Adventures of Bob Hope, and The Adventures of Jerry Lewis.

When comic book sales plunged in the late 1950s, work in the field was hard to find. Drucker spotted an ad placed by MAD in the New York Times seeking new contributors. Against over 300 applicants, and although MAD already had a full line-up of artists (the "Usual Gang of Idiots"), Drucker was hired. Soon Mort's lavish yet subtle and unparalleled attention to facial expressions, including their flaws and quirks, as well as his meticulous background details, made his monthly movie and TV parodies the magazine's defining centerpiece. They became the gold standard of quality caricature.

Drucker drew around 2,000 pages of art for MAD, and his work has been featured on countless magazine and book covers, record albums, film posters, and in advertising. He continues to have a profound influence on generations of young artists. His iconic signature was a work of art in itself.

* Note: Drew's quote for Mort Drucker's NY Times obit in April 2020.
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Only twelve (12) prints of MORT DRUCKER were produced for this Special Edition. Each print is signed in the lower right by Drew Friedman, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold print numbers 1/12 thru 4/12, and are now offering numbers 5/12 and 6/12, unframed, for $215 each (plus shipping & handling). Prices will increase for remaining prints as the edition depletes. These prints are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the run sells out, the work will not be offered in any other fine art print format.

The image area is 13.5" high x 10.5" wide centered on an untrimmed 19" x 13" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.