The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

The Mad Genius of Comics

By Denis Kitchen; Paul Buhle; Harry Shearer (Introduction by)
(Harry N. Abrams, Hardcover, 9780810972964, 256pp.)

Publication Date: July 2009

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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



About the Author


Paul Buhle teaches American Civilization at Brown University. His many previous books include "Taking Care of Business: Samuel Gompers, George Meany, Lane Kirkland", and "The Tragedy of American Labor".

Inside the creative mind of Harry Shearer is a little bit of everyone--including a profoundly overblown heavy metal bass player, the boss of a cartoon nuclear power plant, a cloying suburban neighbor, an unctuous television anchor, and Richard M. Nixon, among many others. Shearer is not a legendary schizophrenic. Rather, he's one of America's foremost humorists, observers, and chroniclers of contemporary lives. Whether he's playing a role in a major motion picture, writing a screenplay, creating a comedy television show, or performing on radio, it's his job to out both the humor and humanity that always, he believes, dwell within.
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