GOODMAN BEAVER: Soft cover edition (1984) by Harvey Kurtzman & Will
and Elder have often stated that "Goodman Beaver"
represented their funniest work--- a strong statement, coming
from two of the funniest men in comics history. Originally published
in Kurtzman's Help! magazine in the early '60s, Kitchen
Sink Press collected the material for the first and only time
in this 1984 edition. Reprinted in full (shot almost entirely
from original artwork) are four stories: "Goodman Meets
T*rz*n" (Tarzan and a communist counterpart in cold
war Africa); "Goodman, Underwater" (a spoof
of the cold war and TV's Sea Hunt); "Goodman Meets
S*perm*n" (our favorite: Superman "retires")
and "Goodman Gets a Gun" (timeless satire on
the power and mystique of guns). Excerpts are also shown from
the controversial and much litigated "Goodman Goes Playboy"
suppressed by the humorless folks at Archie Comics. Accompanying
the classic stories is running commentary by Kurtzman and Elder,
along with a history of the stories, the sorry Archie background,
and their impact by comics historian Dave Schreiner. The Goodman
Beaver character effectively underwent a gender change in 1962
and transformed into the voluptuous "Little Annie Fanny"
(See the Introduction to Volume 1 of the complete Little Annie
Fanny collection from Dark Horse Comics for the fascinating
details). 11" x 8.5" softcover book. 160 pages. Long
Condition: the remaining soft cover editions
we have in stock are in "near" mint condition. The
insides are perfect, but the covers have some slight wear from
being moved around from box to box. Some may have slightly bent
corners or slightly scratched covers. We have NO completely
perfect copies left in stock. They are all "unread"
"These strips are masterpieces!"
(Note: A separate
Signed & Numbered Hardcover (1,250 produced)
and an Artist's Proof edition (only about 50 produced)
is available by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.)
(For original art
from this book click either Kurtzman or Elder under our Original