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Mad #60 "Spy vs. Spy" Page Original Art (EC, 1961)
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Antonio Prohias (b.1921 / d.1998)

Antonio Prohias was born in Cienfuego, Cuba on January 17, 1921.

Prohias, at an early age, became interested in drawing.  During the 1950s, many of his drawing appeared in political magazines in Cuba, making fun of Castro.  However, this  made Prohias many enemies due to his political views and making his life difficult.

Prohias fled the country on May 1, 1960 just before Castro seized control of the countie's presses to avoid being arrested.  With very little money, Prohias arrive in the United States.  He began searching for magazines to show his work.

Prohias sent in a short cartoon in 1961 to MAD Magazine.  MAD ran the cartoon in the January, 1961 issue, and "Spy vs Spy" was created. The cartoon featured two strange looking spies, both identical except for their coloring.  Until 1990, Prohias drew over 500 drawings of the pointy-nosed twosome for Mad Magazine. Unfortunately, forced to retire from drawing the strip due to cancer.

Despite Prohias’ death in Miami, Florida in 1998, "Spy vs Spy" continues on MAD TV and in a Sunday comic strip.

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