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Paul Coker Jr. obituary: Frosty the Snowman creator dies at 93

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Paul Coker Jr. was a designer and illustrator who designed many of the classic Rankin/Bass holiday TV special characters including Frosty the Snowman.  

Legendary designer and illustrator

Paul Coker Jr. started his career as a designer for Hallmark greeting cards. He started a longtime association with Mad Magazine in 1961 as one of their illustrators who were called the “Usual Gang of Idiots.” He was known for the Mad Magazine panel “Horrifying Cliches,” and illustrated many of their film and television parodies including “Star Trek” and “Frasier.” He was a production designer for Rankin/Bass and helped create memorable characters for their beloved holiday TV specials. He created “Frosty the Snowman”, Kris Kringle for “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” and worked on “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.”

Tributes to Paul Coker Jr. 

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