This amazing new biography--642 pages with 250 illustrations, including photos--reveals the true story of Harvey Kurtzman. New interviews with his colleagues Hugh Hefner, Robert Crumb, Jack Davis and others, and revealing new information, including legal battles with Bill Gaines, and details of the McCarthy-era FBI investigation.
"Of all my books, I'm proudest of this one. I discovered so many new anecdotes about Kurtzman's life, and previously unknown facts about his career. My interview with Hugh Hefner was a real eye-opener." --Bill Schelly Kurtzman was the original editor, artist, and sole writer of Mad, one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent Mad, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst, nova-like, onto the American scene?
For this well-researched biography, Bill Schelly conducted new interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, and examined Kurtzman's personal archives. The result is the true story of one the 20th century's greatest humorists revealed for the first time.
Rich with anecdotes, the book traces Kurtzman's life from his Brooklyn beginnings to his post-Mad years. His ceaseless creativity produced Help, Humbug and Trump, early graphic novels in paperback form, and ultimately the revolutionary and hilarious Little Annie Fanny in Playboy.
Of course, Kurtzman also did so much more: his first comics work in the early 1940s for Ace publishers, his humor one-pagers for Stan Lee and Timely Comics; editing and writing Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for EC, probably still the two finest war (or anti-war) comics ever. It's all here, along with lots of great artwork. Don't miss this.
Includes a full color insert with key Kurtzman images! And a cool bookplate with a 1948 Kurtzman cartoon, signed by Schelly, exclusively from us.