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A native of Brooklyn, New York, Drucker is a self-taught artist who learned his craft in the trenches of comic book publishing houses in the late 1940s. He started out as a studio artist doing backgrounds and corrections on the original pages of some of the cartoonists he admired most. Drucker’s talent soon became obvious to the various studio art directors for whom he worked and he quickly moved up in the ranks until he was offered scripts to pencil and/or ink on his own from start to finish. As MAD Magazine became an established (albeit absurd) voice in the nation’s cultural mainstream, many of the visual masters who showcased the magazine’s written content eventually became icons in and of themselves. Indeed, Mort Drucker proved to be one of the most popular artists of the group that collectively came to be known as the “Usual Gang of Idiots.”

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