RIP Al Feldstein - EC Comics and MAD editor

Squa tront! Spa Fon! The great Al Feldstein, passed away today.

Feldstein began working at EC comics, publishers of Weird Science, Weird Fantasy, Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Haunt of Fear in 1948. Soon he became editor of most of EC's titles. He typically wrote and illustrated a story in each title and drew many of the covers, a mind-bogglingly prolific output. Eventually he stopped doing the art for stories and stuck with editing, writing, and cover illustrations. According to Wikipedia, from "late 1950 through 1953, he edited and wrote stories for seven EC titles." I've always loved his signature, which features elongated horizontals on the F and the T, and an extended vertical on the N.

After MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman got in a fight with publisher William Gaines over ownership of the comic and left EC in 1956, Gaines put Feldstein in charge of the humor magazine, where he remained as editor until 1985.

Here's an excellent biography of Feldstein, which came out last year.

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  1. Really sad news, It's a sad day for comic fans. Al Feldstein was one of the All Time Greats. E.C. Horror and Sci-Fi comics are some of the greatest comics ever made, and Al Feldstein had a huge part in the operation. Then he took it into overdrive with Mad Magazine, the magazine that changed the face of satire in the USA.
    His work had such an influence and appealed to so many people. I, for one, know my childhood would have been lacking without Mad Magazine's subtly subversive presence, and my teenage (and college) years would have been severely lacking without my hefty hardcover E.C. reprints. My condolences go out to his family.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said, especially about MAD's formative influence on me. Thank you for putting it so well and so succinctly.

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