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Paul Coker

Paul Coker
Born Paul Coker, Jr.
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.
Resting place
Occupation Illustrator

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 such as Frosty the Snowman, and advertising.

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 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. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 

External links

  • Complete list of Coker's work for MAD Magazine
  • Two examples of Coker's original art

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