Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics (2009)
Kitchen (Author), Paul Buhle (Author),
Harry Shearer (Introduction)
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ART OF 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 that he
owes his career to him. And he's one of Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner's
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.
256 pages, including
translucent vellum pages which show five steps in the creation of a
single “Little Annie Fanny” page. Big 11.25” x 10.5” format, hardbound
with dust jacket. Color throughout.
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 multiple
hyphenate: author, director, satirist, musician, radio host,
playwright, multimedia artist, and record label owner.
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts; 1
edition (April 1, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 10.5
x 1.1 inches