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While Jaffee and Aragones still work to keep pace with MAD’s younger audience. Davis, 86, chose to end his more than half-century affiliation with the magazine more than two years ago.

“I’m an old stodgy man and pretty conservative,” Davis said. “I like all the guys up there a lot, but I felt like it kind of got a little raunchy.”

For those who remain, Aragones says, decades at the drawing board honing the razor edge of humor has kept the cartoonists feeling young _ an energetically meeting deadlines.

Known as “the world’s fastest cartoonist,” Aragones reckons he’s drawn 12,000 cartoons for the margins of MAD magazine since 1963. When he travels to Savannah, Aragones said, the deadlines won’t stop as he writes on the flight from Los Angeles and draws at his hotel.

“It’s not stressful,” Aragones said. “Being a cartoonist is taking out all your frustrations on paper. You don’t have to get road rage. You just draw a cartoon.”

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