Harvey Kurtzman

Harvey Kurtzman (3 October 1924 – 21 February 1993) was an American cartoonist and editor of comic books and magazines. His large body of work include writing and editing the parodic comic book Mad from 1952 until 1956, and the sexy and satirical Little Annie Fanny strips in Playboy from 1962 until 1988. His work is noted for its satire and parody of popular culture, social critique, and an obsessive attention to detail. His working method has been likened to that of an auteur, and those who illustrated his stories were expected to follow his layouts strictly.

Born to Jewish immigrants, Kurtzman took early to cartooning. After graduating from New York's High School of Music & Art, he spent the 1940s doing freelance work for various publishers and publications before getting regular work at EC Comics in 1950 writing and drawing for their New Trend line of comic books. He wrote and edited the Two Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat war comic books, where he also drew many of the carefully researched stories, before he created his most-remembered comic book, Mad, in 1952. The Kurtzman-scripted stories were drawn by top EC cartoonists, most frequently Will Elder, Wally Wood, and Jack Davis, and was noted for its social critique and parodies of pop culture. The comic book switched to a magazine format in 1955, and Kurtzman left it in 1956 over a dispute with EC's owner William Gaines over financial control. Following his departure, he did a variety of cartooning jobs, including editing the short-lived Trump and the self-published Humbug. In 1959, he produced the first book-length work of original comics, the adult-oriented, satirical Jungle Book. He edited the low-budget Help! from 1960 to 1965, a humor magazine which featured work by future Monty Python member Terry Gilliam and the earliest work of underground cartoonists such as Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton. He brought Help! to an end after the success of the risqué Playboy feature Little Annie Fanny began to take up too much of his time. While Annie Fanny provided much of his income for the rest of his career, he continued to produce an eclectic body of work, including screenwriting the animated Mad Monster Party in 1967 and directing, writing and designing several shorts for Sesame Street in 1969.

From 1973, Kurtzman taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work gained greater recognition toward the end of his life, and he oversaw deluxe reprintings of much of his work. The Harvey Award was named in Kurtzman's honor in 1988. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1989, and his work earned five positions on The Comics Journal's Top 100 Comics of the 20th Century.

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... Among the most frequently cited "downward turning points" are creator/editor Harvey Kurtzman's departure in 1957 the magazine's mainstream success adoption of recurring features starting in the early ... Among the loudest of those who insist the magazine is no longer funny are supporters of Harvey Kurtzman, who had the good critical fortune to leave Mad after just 28 issues, before his own ... This also meant Kurtzman suffered the bad creative and financial timing of departing before the magazine became a runaway success ...
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... Date Cover Artist Story Story Artist 1 July/Aug 1951 Harvey Kurtzman Marines Retreat! John Severin Bill Elder Enemy Assault! Jack Davis O.P.! Russ Heath Unterseeboot 113 Harvey ...
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... Kurtzman is regularly cited, alongside the likes of Will Eisner, Jack Kirby and Carl Barks, as being one of the defining creators of the Golden Age ... Because of Mad'sinfluence on popular culture, Kurtzman was described by The New York Times as "one of the most important figures in postwar America" ... Kurtzman acted as a mentor to a large number of cartoonists, such as Terry Gilliam, Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, and John Holmstrom ...
Weird Fantasy - Issue Guide
... Time Will Tell Wally Wood Harry Harrison The Men of Tomorrow Jack Kamen...Trip into the Unknown Harvey Kurtzman 14(2) July/Aug 1950 Al Feldstein Cosmic Ray Bomb Explosion! Al Feldstein ... Goon Child Harvey Kurtzman I Died Tomorrow! Jack Kamen Dark Side of the Moon Wally Wood 16(4) Nov/Dec 1950 Al Feldstein The Last City Al Feldstein The Mysterious Ray ...
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... Artist Issue Date Ref Lone Stranger! The Lone Ranger Harvey Kurtzman Jack Davis 3 January–February 1953 Lone Stranger Rides Again! The Lone Ranger Harvey Kurtzman Jack Davis 8 ...

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