MAD Artist's Edition: a massive tribute to Harvey Kurtzman

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11 Responses to “MAD Artist's Edition: a massive tribute to Harvey Kurtzman”

  1. Art says:

    God, I remember those original issues so well.  I had them.  Images indelibly etched in my memory.  Thanks, Cory :)

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    I was a MAD addict as a kid. Back then I only knew Kurtzman’s work from paperback reprints — chopped up,  B&W, sized to fit a mass market paperback. It was very puzzling to a kid.

    Then maybe 10 years back I got the complete run of the “Humor in a Jugular Vein” reprints of MAD stories. COLOR. Decent size pages.

    Wow, was that good shit. Color, with all the bizarre little details (background characters, little signs) fully visible.

  3. Nash Rambler says:

    Needs a little “$225!  Not cheap!” balloon on the cover.

  4. geech says:

    Damnit Cory! I did NOT need to have another largely unobtainable yet critically essential tome.  And I thought the Cochran reprints were the shit….

  5. mr_apollo says:

    A couple of things:

    1) There’s a Harvey Kurtzman exhibit going on right now at the NY Society of Illustrators – 128 East 63rd Street between Park and Lexington.  The exhibit  includes, among many other treasures, the original artwork for the Howdy Doody parody and a never completed Little Annie Fannie story about Annie meeting the Beatles and the Maharashi.

    The exhibit lasts until May 11th.

    http://www.societyillustrators.org/The-Museum/2013/Harvey-Kurtzman/The-Art-of-Harvey-Kurtzman.aspx

    2) Don’t despair if you didn’t get a copy.  IDW reprinted the Wally Wood Artist’s Edition (much to the annoyance of those who were paying collector’s inflated prices).  Maybe they’ll do the same with the MAD edition.  Keep checking amazon and IDW’s website.  For those in New York, both Jim Hanley’s Universe and Forbidden Planet have copies retailing for $150.  Still not cheap, but better than $225.

  6. Kenny Jenkins says:

    heres a much cheaper link to buy from the printer

    http://shop.idwpublishing.com/art/artisteditions/mad-artist-s-edition-hc.html

  7. hanoverfiste says:

    Very Nice. Still even at $150 direct is beyond my price range.

    Anyone else find the Irony in IDW publishing Warner properties when they own DC?  They are also printing Cartoon Network titles, although BOOM has Adventure Time.

  8. Tony_Moore says:

    Cory, I don’t mean to harp on your coverage, and God knows that Kurtzman deserves all the praise he can get, but that book is as much as testament to EC’s gang of amazing artists as anything. He didn’t build that temple alone.

    The book is actually a smattering of old MAD stories, by Kurtzman and a handful of the EC mainstay artists. The “wolvertonian” bits you referenced were likely drawn by Will Elder (such as that Shadow bit you posted). Kurtzman wrote nearly all the stories in this beauty, but most of the art was done by his brothers in arms Will Elder, Wally Wood, and Jack Davis, and even a bit of young Russ Heath.

    That said, these Artists’ Editions are totally worth picking up. Outside of owning the actual originals themselves, it’s pretty much the next best thing a collector can hope for. The warts-and-all reproduction is amazing. The Wally Wood one is breathtaking, and the Jack Davis one that’s coming down the pike soon has me positively tingling with anticipation. And they’re so huge, i can probably prop a couple up against each other and make a guest house out of ‘em.

    -T

  9. aarrgghh says:

    tony moore is correct. on mad, kurtzman served mainly as editor/writer and occasional artist. the proper art credits for this article’s scans are as follows:

    1) cover – kurtzman
    2) “shadow” – bill elder
    3) “smilin melvin” – wally wood
    4) “prince violent” – wood
    5) “howdy dooit” – elder
    6) house ad – wolverton
    7) wolverton
    8a) “the spectacle” – wood
    8b) “plastic sam” – russ heath & elder
    9) “outer sanctum” – elder
    10) “little orphan melvin” – wood
    11) “flesh garden” – wood
    12) comic ads – elder
    13) comic ads – elder
    14) “restaurant” – elder
    15) “batboy & rubin” – wood

  10. Art says:

    Cory.  BTW.  That’s a lovely rug! :)

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