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Now in Stock - Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesHarvey KurtzmanBill Schelly 10 Apr 2015 11:45 AM

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Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
by Bill Schelly

644-page 6" x 9" hardcover
$34.99 | 978-1-60699-761-1

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Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and MAD revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman's groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst nova-like onto the American scene? Bill Schelly's heavily researched biography finally and fully answers these question for the first time. Through fresh interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and many others, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives, this book tells the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest humorists. His family life, an FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of MAD), all are revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, from Kurtzman's Brooklyn beginnings to his post-MAD years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and "Little Annie Fanny" in Playboy.

Hey Look! Bill Schelly presents Harvey Kurtman biography at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Josh SimmonsHarvey KurtzmanFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel ClowesBill Schelly 8 Apr 2015 10:54 AM

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Celebrate the legacy of one of the pivotal figures in American pop culture as Bill Schelly discusses his new biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD this Saturday, April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. The evening will include a display of Kurtzman's significant achievements as well as an entertaining and informative slide presentation at 7:00 PM, followed by a book signing.

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Visitors to this event will be the first in the country to see this important contribution to our cultural heritage by noted Northwest comix scholar and author Bill Schelly. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring colorful contemporary art presentations throughout the historic district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) just minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Remember to mark your calendars for the return of Daniel Clowes on April 18 and the Black River book launch party with Josh Simmons on April 25. See you all soon.

 

Bill Schelly Goes MAD at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Josh SimmonsHarvey KurtzmanFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEC ComicsDaniel ClowesBill Schelly 31 Mar 2015 4:35 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes comics scholar and author Bill Schelly on Saturday, April 11 as he presents his new biography Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America. Schelly will give an entertaining and informative slide talk on the illustrious career of one of the pivotal figures in American popular culture. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Harvey Kurtzman wrote, edited and drew popular titles like Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for notorious publisher EC Comics. In a departure from their lurid line of crime and horror comics, Kurtzman created the satirical Mad in 1952. EC Comics soon fell victim to the hysterical crusading of politicians, child psychologists and religious zealots when the Comics Code Authority effectively banned most of their titles. Kurtzman's Mad persevered, and ironically became the instrument that indoctrinated an entire generation in the principle of art in the service of degenerate discourse - laying the foundation for the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.

Kurtzman's many contributions to midcentury American humor are explored at length by Schelly, with insightful interviews of Kurtzman collaborators like Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Episodes like the FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era and his litigation with EC publisher Bill Gaines are detailed for the first time.

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Don't miss the debut of this amazing publication with a slide talk, exhibition and book signing on April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

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Mark your calendars for the return of incomparable cartoonist Daniel Clowes on Saturday, April 18 with the world premiere of The Complete Eightball, followed a week later by provocative Seattle artist Josh Simmons on April 25. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Bill Schelly presents Havey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad
Slide talk, exhibition, and book signing
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanBill Schelly 11 Mar 2015 11:00 AM

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
by Bill Schelly

644-page 6" x 9" hardcover
$34.99 | 978-1-60699-761-1

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/harveykurtzmanhc

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsHarvey KurtzmanBill Schelly 25 Feb 2015 11:50 AM

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
by Bill Schelly

644-page 6" x 9" hardcover
$34.99 | 978-1-60699-761-1

Ships in: April 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and MAD revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman's groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst nova-like onto the American scene? Bill Schelly's heavily researched biography finally and fully answers these question for the first time. Through fresh interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and many others, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives, this book tells the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest humorists. His family life, an FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of MAD), all are revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, from Kurtzman's Brooklyn beginnings to his post-MAD years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and "Little Annie Fanny" in Playboy.

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Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsBill Schelly 18 Feb 2015 12:00 PM

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We hope this first look glimpse at our upcoming Kurtzman biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, gives you a good idea of its grandeur and behemoth-like stature. At 644 pages, this tome is filled cover to cover with Bill Schelly's careful research, interviews, and imagery connected with Kurtzman, providing without a doubt the most in-depth retrospective published of this iconic figure.

Look for Harvey Kurtzman in bookstores come April, or do one better and secure your copy via pre-order now.

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsBill Schelly 16 Feb 2015 2:05 PM

The impact of MAD magazine on the landscape of American absurdism, satire and parody is undeniable. In Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, this thoroughly researched biography takes us behind the scenes of the larger-than-life man who created MAD, contributed to EC Comics, and drew Playboy's Little Annie Fanny comic strips.

Here is a 27-page, 2.3 MB downloadable excerpt to give you a taste of the tome that awaits you inside, including Terry Gilliam's foreword and the first 14 pages of Bill Schelly's biography. Take a peek, then head over to our book page to pre-order your copy. This book hits shelves this April!

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Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Harvey KurtzmanComing Attractions 4 Feb 2015 4:50 PM

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Cover

Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and thus was the road to our modern era of parody and satire paved. From MAD to EC Comics to Playboy, Kurtzman's expansive body of work has made its indelible mark on American culture and humor. Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America is a heavily researched biography by Bill Schelly, in which we are treated to a fuller glimpse into the life and times of this influential man, including extensive interviews with colleagues, friends, and family, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives.

Here is our finalized cover design, featuring the impish, toothy grin of Alfred E. Neuman—the iconic, fictitious mascot of MAD magazine. The Man Who Created MAD is due out in April, so don't delay—get your pre-order placed now!

Now in Stock: Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsAl Feldstein 13 Nov 2014 12:15 PM

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Aces High
by George Evans, Al Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-784-0

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George Evans was a master of the aviation war story. This collection includes all of his highly-acclaimed stories for Aces High, EC's famous air war title. As a bonus, we present a rarity: Evans's never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including "As Ye Sow...," "...My Brother’s Keeper," and "Cadillac Fever." Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include "Napoleon!" and "Flaming Coffins" (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.

Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsAl Feldstein 29 Oct 2014 1:10 PM

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – The Los Angeles Times

"…I am not only appreciative…but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

Aces High
by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-784-0

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy now:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/aceshigh

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