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HARVEY KURTZMAN'S TRUMP

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HARVEY KURTZMAN'S TRUMP

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Highly Recommended. By Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood, Will Elder, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis et al. Trump was a lavish color satire magazine Harvey Kurtzman created for Hugh Hefner after leaving MAD in 1956. With a star-studded cast (Mel Brooks, Will Elder, Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Al Jaffee) and Playboy’s money and clout, Trump should have been huge. But for complex financial reasons, Hefner pulled the plug while the third issue was in production. Never before collected, issues #1 and #2 and never-before-seen art, including the surviving contents of ithe third issue!

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Trump was a lavish color satire magazine Harvey Kurtzman created for Hugh Hefner after leaving MAD in 1956. With a star-studded cast (Mel Brooks, Will Elder, Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Al Jaffee) and Playboy’s money and clout, Trump should have been huge. But for complex financial reasons, Hefner pulled the plug while the third issue was in production. Never before collected, issues #1 and #2 and never-before-seen art, including the surviving contents of ithe third issue!

A full 32 pages are devoted to previously unseen material from the unpublished Trump #3. It includes both finished works and layouts and sketches, with Kurtzman's own notes and instructions. And a wonderful Will Elder cover, in preliminary form, inspired by Norman Rockwell classic Americana style, but with kids feeding critters to carnivorous plants (shown here).

This long overdue collection will blow the minds of fans of Kurtzman, satire, and 1950s American pop culture. Kurtzman created the publishing sensation MAD and in 1956 could have played his strong hand into a lucrative equity deal with EC publisher Bill Gaines. Instead he bolted from MAD to join another 1950's publishing sensation, Hugh Hefner and Playboy.  Hefner provided the high quality magazine format and big budget that Kurtzman had dreamed of...

Essay and annotations by Denis Kitchen, executor of Kurtzman's estate as well as a writer, artist and publisher in his own right. Denis puts Trump in the context of 1956-57, and why it didn't work out. But history is strange, and just a few years later Kurtzman was back at Playboy with Little Annie Fanny, one of the all-time great comic strips ever. And he was using several of the same crew as were with Trump.

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Item Code HKT02H
Publisher Dark Horse
Publish Date 2016
ISBN 9781506701028
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 9x12
# Pages 190pg
Color Partial Color
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