Posted: October 27, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment, Humor | Tags: Anthony Bourdain, Art Baltazar, Artist, Harvey Award, Harvey Kurtzman, Horror, Illustration, Lettering, Mad Magazine, New York City, Parody, satire
First Issue of “Mad Magazine”, 10/1952
Happy birthday, Harvey Kurtzman and Mad Magazine! In October 1952, the very first issue of a new comic called “Mad” was issued, written almost entirely by Kurtzman. It soon came under Senate investigation (thus entering the records of the National Archives), which led to the comic book being transformed into the magazine still going strong today.
One of these early issues of Mad is on display in the Archives’ permanent exhibit, The Public Vaults, in Washington, DC.
(via National Archives Foundation on Facebook)
Posted: September 14, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Mediasphere | Tags: 1950s, Al Avison, Artist, Battle of Bands, Character (arts), EC Comics, Harvey Comics, Harvey Kurtzman, Illustration, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Lucky Jordan, Mort Meskin, vintage, Voting
Original and final cover art by Al Avison for The Man Who Wouldn’t Quit, a give-away comic to encourage people to vote, published by Harvey Comics, 1952.
Posted: November 1, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics | Tags: 1960s, design, graphics, Harlem, Harvey Kurtzman, Help!, Illustration, New York City, Original Art, Robert Crumb, Sketchbook
Four original illustrations by Robert Crumb from his “Harlem Sketchbook,” one of the artist’s first professionally published pieces, from Harvey Kurtzman’s humor magazine, Help! #22, Warren Publishing, January 1965.
Posted: September 12, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Mediasphere | Tags: Al Feldstein, Bob Clarke, Bristol Board, EC Comics, Harvey Kurtzman, mad, Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror
Original illustration by Bob Clarke from “Modern Architecture” in Mad magazine #46, published by EC Comics, April 1959.
The Bristol Board