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Paul Coker (born Paul Coker Jr., 1929 in Lawrence, Kansas)[1] is an American illustrator. He has worked in many media, including Mad, character design for Rankin-Bass TV specials, and advertising.

Paul Coker
Paul Coker Jr.

5 March 1929


Coker's first appearance in Mad was in 1961; he has since gone on to illustrate over 375 articles for the magazine. Beginning in 1967, Coker was a production designer on more than a dozen Rankin/Bass specials and shorts, including Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Rudolph's Shiny New Year and The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town. In 1968, he illustrated the Mad paperback "MAD for Better or Verse"; written by Frank Jacobs, it was the first of eight all-new paperbacks drawn by Coker. In 2002, the magazine also published a collection of "Horrifying Cliches," the long-running feature that featured Coker art. Coker collaborated with writer Don Edwing on two comic strips: "Lancelot" and "Horace and Buggy."


  1. ^ "Lawrence native brings Frosty to life – in stores". Lawrence Journal-World. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2008.

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