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Category >> Harvey Kurtzman

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

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

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

Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 17 Oct 2014 12:00 PM

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

Ships in: November 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

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.

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Aces High (The EC Comics Library) by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 6 Oct 2014 2:45 PM

Aces High (The EC Comics Library) by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman - Cover

Aces High (The EC Comics Library) by George Evans, Al Felstein, Harvey Kurtzman - Inside Page

It's always a good day at the office when we get to hold a freshly printed advance copy of a new EC Comics Library book! Here is Aces High, featuring high-flying, plane-focused illustrated stories of George Evans, as written by himself, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein. The book is due to arrive at your local shop this November, but trust us, you'll want to pre-order it sooner rather than later.

Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 3 Oct 2014 11:30 AM

This 11-page, 2.4 MB downloadable excerpt of the next volume in our EC Comics Library series—Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman—takes us into a cold December night in 1805, where the Russian and French armies are preparing for battle near Austerlitz. The ensuing battle comes alive under Evans' deft pen, with the French troops led by Emperor Napoleon I to a decisive, cunning victory.

Aces High will be coming to a store near you this November, and you can always pre-order the book to have it delivered right to your doorstep.

Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, et al - Cover

Aces High by George Evans - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 18 Sep 2014 8:00 AM

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

EC Comics fans, rest easy! Here is the cover art for the next book in our highly regarded EC Comics Library series, Aces High. In this eleventh volume, we highlight cartoonist George Evans and his spectacular aviation-themed artwork, along with plenty of his crime and horror stories, written by himself, Harvey KurtzmanAl Feldstein, et al.

More previews of Evans' high flying tales of derring-do to come, but you can go ahead and pre-order your copy now.

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