The MAD family lost a beloved member in Don "Duck" Edwing yesterday.
The talented artist, who worked as a MAD Magazine contributor since the age of 26 passed away from undisclosed health issues, issues he had been fighting for some time. Edwing is credited for far more than his bylines would suggest, and his first work for MAD appeared in issue #70 (via Newsfromme).
Edwing has bylines in over 250 issues of the magazine, and that doesn't even count the later work on Don Martin's Spy vs. Spy cartoons, which went uncredited. He also worked behind the scenes to help refine other scripts and articles, drew thirteen MAD paperbacks, and was generally well liked by the MAD team.
Edwing was born in Brooklyn, New York, and his love affair with art started at the young age of nine. After he left the Navy in 1958, he sold his first piece of art for $5 in 1960, and in 1962 he clocked his first appearance in MAD Magazine. He would go on to work with them over the course of the next 49 years, and he even appeared in 515th in 2012. For a more personal account of Edwing, make sure to check out Tom Richmond's tribute to the talented creator.
Condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.
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