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Harvey Kurtzman and Modern American Satire (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on March 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Even before Mad, Kurtzman had achieved an enviable reputation among comic-book artists and writers for the excellence of his work at EC comics, a firm that had been producing since 1950 what have been considered some of the best-written and drawn stories in comic-book history. He was especially noted for the careful research and meticulous detail of his work, as represented by the editing and writing that went into the Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat titles. Disturbed by the lies and the ultra-patriotism he saw in the other war comic books at the time, just as the Korean conflict was under way, he set out to deglamourize combat by showing it to be the grim, debasing, and dehumanizing thing it was in reality.

Previously: PART ONE

Harvey Kurtzman and Modern American Satire (Part One of Two)

Posted by on March 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Following his death in February of 1993, a good many fellow comic artists, critics, and commentators stepped forward to testify to the power and importance of Harvey Kurtzman’s example and influence on American culture.