Comics: Paul Coker Jr’s Cartoons For Mad

Paul Coker

Paul CokerPaul CokerPaul Coker Jr. is one of those cartoonists that always seems to be overlooked, yet he is one of the most talented and stylistically ubiquitous artists of modern times. His drawings have appeared in advertisements, on greeting cards and in the pages of Mad Magazine for over half a century. He designed characters for many of the Rankin/Bass holiday puppet TV specials, including “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. His sketches are deceptively simple on first glance, but they are solidly drawn and incorporate many fundamental principles in a sophisticated manner. (For instance, check out the masterful control of perspective in the cartoon above.) John Kricfalusi has written an appreciation of Coker’s work, as has David Apatoff. Check out this devastating satire on network television and you’ll be a fan too.

From “The Mad Guide To Careers” 1978
BE A NETWORK TV EXECUTIVE

Paul Coker
Paul Coker
Paul Coker

Stephen Worth
Director
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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Magazine Cartoons.

7 Responses to “Comics: Paul Coker Jr’s Cartoons For Mad”

  1. RooniMan says:

    Add another to my love list.

  2. scott says:

    The combination of Paul Coker and Frank Jacobs are some of the best MAD memories around. Seriously, Coker is an amazing cartoonist.

  3. Emily says:

    The combination of Paul Coker and Frank Jacobs are some of the best MAD memories around. Seriously, Coker is an amazing cartoonist.

  4. Eder Lopes says:

    Hi, i’m Eder from Brazil. I’d like to know in which Mad magazine came out a text about the Beatles saying that they were the Generous Minstrels. Thanks and Best regards.

  5. Chris says:

    I have the book “Mad For Decades” and it has the TV exec bit in it. lol

  6. Nice, Very lively drawings! I thought I saw this somewhere.

  7. Oh my goodness, Steve! Thanks for the totally a-MAY-zing cartooning skills and style of the one they call…Paul Coker, Jr.

    In the case of the Exec cartoon, and even if I had never set foot in TV industry, I still think this caricature is SO powerfull because it’s true.

    Someday, I’m gonna study ALL of his cartoons.

    P.S.
    I seen his work long ago on shows like Robot Jones and the Rankin-Bass specials.

    Best Wishes for the New Year,

    Polyvios G. Christoforos
    paul329869@hotmail.com

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