NEW YORK (AP) - George Woodbridge, an illustrator for Mad magazine for nearly 50 years whose exquisitely detailed pen-and-ink drawings were featured in nearly every issue, has died. He was 73.
Woodbridge died of emphysema Tuesday, said his wife, Deborah Woodbridge.
"He had a tremendous eye for detail that showed up in his drawings," Mad Editor John Ficarra said Thursday. "We especially played to his history knowledge. When we gave him a piece on World War I, he would draw the exact gun and belt buckle they were using then."
Woodbridge's delicate cross-hatched illustrations were the result of careful research, particularly in rendering historical scenes. In fact, Woodbridge had a second career as an illustrator of military history books, including the three-volume "American Military Equipage, 1851-1872."
A native of New York, Woodbridge began as a freelance artist for Mad in 1957, five years after the satirical magazine's inception.