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Harvey Kurtzman exhibit @ SOI
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The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

Curated by Monte Beauchamp and Denis Kitchen

March 6th through May 11th
Tues 10 - 8 Wed - Fri 10 - 5 Sat 12 - 4

The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

Tel: (212) 838-2560
Fax: (212) 838-2561
E-Mail: info@societyillustrators.org

 Harvey Kurtzman is a god! Back in 1973, during the 1950s nostalgia craze, MAD magazine began reprinting the twenty year old comics written, edited and covers often drawn by Harvey Kurtzman as a supplement in their "specials." Specials were like reruns. The issues were made up of work that appeared in the monthly magazine over the past year or so and always included an extra incetive for you to buy this recently recycled material (flexi-discs, stickers, posters etc). Anyway, this is where I first saw Harvey Kurtzman's work and I was hooked. So much so that even though my loyalty to MAD's brand of humor waned as I entered high school I would still pick up the Super Specials that republished comics from the Kurtman era. All these years later, Kutzman's gleeful anarchy is something I still return to again and again.
 Below are some books off of my shelves. Drawger is an illustration site so I figure it should have some ilustrations. If you want to learn more about the exhibit click on the excellent boing boing link above.
1973
MAD Super Special Number Twelve, 1973

First Published: Timley Comics 1946-49, This Edition: 1992

First Published: Two-Fisted Tales, Frontline Combat 1950-55, This Edition: 2012 Corpse On The Imjin!

first published: 1952, This Edition: 1986

first published: 1953, This Edition: 1986

first published: 1953, This Edition: 1986

first published: 1954, This Edition: 1986


 There have been numerous MAD reprints over the years. No less an authority than art spiegelman swears by this series. They ran from the summer of 1997 to the winter of 1999 (eight issues). He claims these reproductions are closest to the original comic books. You can still find them from time to time on Ebay. It should be noted that among the artists who worked with Kurtzman on MAD were Will Elder, Wallace Wood, Bernard Krigstein and Basil Wolverton among others.
October 1960

September 1957 Humbug (2 Volume Set)

January 1957

First Published: 1959, This Edition: 1988

First published: Esquire 1960, This Edition: 1999 Grasshopper and the Ant

Available from the publisher, promotional buttons for the '99 edition. There are three. I mean to pick up the third one someday.

First Published: 1961-62, This Edition: 1984

First Published: October 1962-66

1976

1981

1992



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