PN 6727 .K87 Z87 2015
“Harvey Kurtzman was the original editor, artist and sole writer of Mad – and Mad revolutionized humor in America. But how did Kurtzman invent Mad, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst onto the American scene, becoming one of the greatest publishing successes of the twentieth century?
Historian Bill Schelly answers these questions and more in this biography of one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic humorists. Schelly traces Kurtzman’s life from his Brooklyn beginnings to his post-Mad years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations, including a 1950s graphic novel and Little Annie Fanny in Playboy. For this book, Schelly conducted new interviews with Kurtzman’s colleagues, friends and family – including Hugh Hefner and Robert Crumb. Schelly also examined Kurtzman’s personal archives, records of his FBI file, and his legal battles with Mad publisher Bill Gaines, revealing new secrets about the man who forever changed the way that millions of Americans look and laugh at the world.”
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