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MAD Magazine artist Bob Clarke dead at 87

Updated: April 2, 2013 3:19PM

Bob Clarke — an artist who drew MAD Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy” and “Believe It or NUTS!” cartoons — has died in Delaware.

Clarke died Sunday at 87 of pneumonia, according to MAD and the Delaware newspaper The News Journal.

A resident of Seaford, Delaware, Clarke was among the original artists at MAD and worked there during the height of its popularity in the 1950s and 1960s Magazine’s original artists.

On its website, MAD said:

“We’re sad to announce that on Sunday, legendary MAD artist Bob Clarke passed away at the age of 87.

“Bob was with MAD nearly from the start — first contributing in 1956 and continuing through 2010.

“During his amazing career as one of ‘The Usual Gang of Idiots,’ Bob was one of the magazine’s most versatile artists, illustrating everything from covers, to articles, to Spy vs. Spy, to bonus inserts for MAD specials [including the MAD Zeppelin paper model and the MAD mobile]. Bob’s contribution to MAD’s legacy is massive, and he’ll be greatly missed.”

The magazine was showcasing some of Clarke’s work on its website — — “as a way of honoring him and saying thank you.”

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