The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics

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Harry N. Abrams, Jul 1, 2009 - Humor - 256 pages
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Harvey Kurtzman discovered Robert Crumb and gave Gloria Steinem her first job in publishing when he hired her as his assistant. Terry Gilliam also started at his side, met an unknown John Cleese in the process, and the genesis of Monty Python was formed. Art Spiegelman has stated on record that he owes his career to him. And he's one of Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner's favorite artists.
Harvey Kurtzman had a Midas touch for talent, but was himself 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. Without Kurtzman, it's unlikely we'd have had Airplane, SNL, or National Lampoon.
The Art of Harvey Kurtzman
is the first and only authorized celebration of this "Master of American Comics." This definitive book 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

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Review: The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics

User Review  - Russell Grant - Goodreads

Just about as perfect a review of Kurtzman's work as you could want. Covers all the bases with lots of unpublished examples of his creations. Not much else to say, if you ever wondered what the big ... Read full review

Review: The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I knew a decent amount about Harvey Kurtzman before reading this book (did War Comics in the 50's, created MAD, left MAD and floundered, ended up on Little Annie Fanny), but this book definitely ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Denis Kitchen is a pioneering cartoonist, writer, editor, and underground comic book publisher. He represents the Kurtzman estate, and maintains the archives. In 1986 Kitchen established the nonprofit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and served as its president for its first eighteen years. He lives in western Massachusetts. Paul Buhle is a senior lecturer in the American Civilization and History departments at Brown University. He has written and edited thirty-five books, including Jews and American Comics, and lives in Rhode Island. Harry Shearer is a comic personality and author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multimedia artist, and record label owner.






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