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The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

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The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Paul Buhle, Denis Kitchen
publisher:
Abrams
genre:
Biography, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

The subtitle to Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle’s The Art of Harvey Kurtzman, ”The Mad Genius of Comics,” plays off artist-writer Kurtzman’s creation of MAD magazine, but it doesn’t work as a pun; there was nothing crazy about Kurtzman. Up until his death in 1993, he was a wily, witty man with an unequaled range. In addition to MAD, which introduced pop culture satire to a generation in the 1950s, he did war comics such as Frontline Combat and (with artist Will Elder) the sexy comic strip Little Annie Fanny. This gorgeous book, crammed with rare, elegant drawings, chronicles a man who, as Harry Shearer says in his intro, taught post-war America to laugh at popular culture and authority figures. A

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