Books by Al Jaffee
NPR stories about Al Jaffee
The term "Rube Goldberg machine" has become shorthand for a convoluted contraption made up of a series of chain reactions. But Goldberg was also a real person, whose ideas for whimsical devices have captivated imaginations for decades.
Launched with lofty aspirations in 1957 by Mad magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman and other Mad regulars, Humbug lasted only 11 issues. A loving hardcover reissue now revives this snarky piece of comic history.