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Schelly, Bill: Harvey Kurtzman. The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2015. (644 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-60699-761-1
BibTeX citation key: Schelly2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Mad Magazine", Biographie, Kurtzman. Harvey, USA
Creators: Schelly
Publisher: Fantagraphics (Seattle)
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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.

Table of Contents

Terry Gilliam: Foreword (vii)
Author’s Preface (ix)

1 A Community in Chalk (17)
2 The Castle on the Hill (33)
3 The Little Schnook (53)
4 Kurtzman in Uniform (71)
5 “We of a Certain Milieu” (83)
6 The Three Musketeers (99)
7 Desperation (121)
8 Son of Gaines (131)
9 From Zero to Sixty (145)

10 A War Comic with a Conscience (165)
11 A New Kind of Comic Book  (185)
12 Mad Beginnings (217)
13 From GI to General (241)
14 Mad Takes Off (257)
15 Mad Goes Monthly (277)
16 Mad at Each Other (299)
17 Mad Goes “Legit” (315)
18 Nine Glorious Months (343)
19 Humbug (359)
20 Climbing Back (387)
21 Help! (409)
22 A Lifeline (435)

23 Children of Mad (461)
24 Kurtzman in the 1970s (479)
25 Tuesday Afternoons with Harvey (515)
26 Being Harvey Kurtzman (531)
27 “It Burns Me Up!” (561)
28 In Memoriam (581)

Acknowledgments (585)
Chronology (591)
Endnotes (603)
Index (631)

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