Ladies and gentlemen, may we present an original piece by the legendary Paul Coker, Jr. This beautiful ORIGINAL ART is an ink and watercolor painting Coker created for a spelling bee story in MAD #478 published in 2007. It measures at 10.5x12.5”, and features a GREAT panel based on Brazil’s Carnival, and a caricature of former Tonight Show host Jay Leno. Signed in the lower left.
Paul Coker, Jr. is an institution. He has been a part of MAD Magazine’s Usual Gang of Idiots since 1961, he has drawn comic strips, cartoons and illustrations for many other books and magazines, and he was famously involved in the famed animation studio Rankin/Bass as a production designer for several of their stop-motion animated holiday television specials. Perhaps one that is best known today, and still airs annually, is the hand-drawn Frosty the Snowman for which he designed all the characters. Children, and adults who knew the program since they were children, constantly delight in receiving a sketch of the famous icy one. Earlier this year in May, Coker was drawing for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis with the NCS, and a parent was overheard saying, “Wow, that guy can REALLY draw Frosty!” not realizing it was the man who created him. Coker won the NCS’ Miton Caniff Award for lifetime achievement that same weekend.
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