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The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics by Denis Kitchen & Paul Buhle

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The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics by Denis Kitchen & Paul Buhle
Introduction by Harry Shearer

oblong 4to. pp. ix, 242. profusely illustrated. index. hardcover. dw. (fine condition - very light shelf wear to head of spine). New York: Abrams Comicarts, [2009].

ISBN-10: 0810972964 / ISBN-13: 9780810972964


The definitive anthology of the pioneering cartoonist and creator of Mad magazine, featuring 100s of classic and never-before-seeen illustrations.

It’s difficult to overstate Harvey Kurtzman’s influence on pop culture. He discovered Robert Crumb and gave Gloria Steinem her first job in publishing. Terry Gilliam also started at his side, where he met John Cleese, and the genesis of Monty Python was formed. And Art Spiegelman has stated on record that he owes his career to him.

Harvey Kurtzman was an astonishingly talented and influential artist, writer, editor, and satirist. The creator of MAD and Playboy’s “Little Annie Fanny” was called, “One of the most important figures in postwar America” by the New York Times. Kurtzman’s groundbreaking “realistic” war comics of the early ’50s and various satirical publications (MAD, Trump, Humbug, and Help!) had an immense impact on popular culture, inspiring a generation of underground cartoonists and comedians.

The Art of Harvey Kurtzman includes hundreds of never-before-seen illustrations, paintings, pencil sketches, newly discovered lost E.C. Comics layouts, color compositions, illustrated correspondence, and vintage photos from the rich Kurtzman archives.