Will Elder and Harvey Kurtzman's "Goodman Goes Playboy" comic


3 Responses to “Will Elder and Harvey Kurtzman's "Goodman Goes Playboy" comic”

  1. monopole says:

    Probably tame compared with Cherry Poptart(Wikipedia)

  2. Bren says:

    I used to have an old “Help” mag and a little “Help” paperback. I was facinated with the pictures of the staff … one in particular looked very familiar.

    When I finally figured out that the lovely lady in the fetching black coctail dress and pearls – holding a drink and laughing gaily – was a very young Gloria Steinem (!!!) – I just got a big kick out of that.

    Alas, I sold all my inherited old Mad comix, magazines, and old men’s mags like “Help” to a reseller that also took boxes and boxes of moldy, bug-ridden issues of Amazing and Astounding off my hands…

  3. jaykinney says:

    The irony, of course, about this satirical take-down of Playboy’s hedonistic philosophy is that Kurtzman and Elder lived out their post-Help! days doing “Little Annie Fanny” for Playboy. Goodman Beaver was a kind of trial run male version of Annie (complete with Little Orphan Annie blank zero eyes). None of this negates the brilliance of Kurtzman and Elder throughout their careers, but I’ve always wondered what K&E would have been capable of if they’d not succumbed to the velvet trap of Playboy.

    Farewell Will and Harvey! Your work lives on.

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