Posts Tagged ‘Harvey Kurtzman’

An Interview with William M. Gaines, Part Three of Three

Posted by on October 14th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Concluding the definitive interview from The Comics Journal #81, the EC publisher discusses the Comics Code Authority, refutes founding editor Harvey Kurtzman's version of Mad Magazine's origins, and much more.

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An Interview with William M. Gaines, Part One of Three

Posted by on October 12th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
From The Comics Journal #81: Gary Groth, Dwight Decker and Peppy White speak with the longtime publisher of Mad Magazine and EC Comics, in an absorbing and comprehensive interview.

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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

Blazing Combat

Posted by on March 15th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Archie Goodwin, et al.; Fantagraphics Books; 216 pp., $22.99 (hardcover), $19.99 (paperback); B&W (Hardcover ISBN: 9781560979654, Paperback: 9781606993668) A major goal of publisher James Warren’s 1960s comics was to recreate the glory of the 1950s EC line for a new generation. Blazing Combat was his answer to the Harvey Kurtzman-edited Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, the war comics that were EC’s most highly regarded titles after Kurtzman’s Mad. The series’ writer/editor, Archie Goodwin, followed Kurtzman’s approach very closely. The stories were set in various wars throughout history, and they emphasized human drama over jingoism and sensationalism. Goodwin even corralled several of Kurtzman’s illustrators, including John Severin and Wallace Wood, to contribute work. The series only lasted four issues, but it is among the high points of 1960s comics, and this handsome collection is one of the most welcome reprint volumes of the last few years.

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.

Mid-Life Creative Imperatives Part 2 (of 3)

Posted by on February 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The writer Benjamin Peret once raged that the United States represented “the most emphatic garbage, the ignoble sense of money, the indigence of ideas, the savage hypocrisy in morals, and altogether ... a loathsome swinishness pushed to the point of paroxysm.”

The Watchful Eye of David Levine: Interview by Gary Groth (Part Three of Six)

Posted by on January 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Levine's caricature of Lillian Hellman.
LEVINE: I've also always preserved the sense that this is my species and I'm not interested in cutting them up in a way that is abusive. There is a point at which I think setting the context in which people function can be very upsetting. If you maim people for the violence on television, with all the new technology, that gets to be a point where you are undercutting the humanity of even the worst people you are talking about, and cartoonists have to share that. There is a tendency and a love of just going as far as you can, and that's part of a feeling in caricaturists, the really natural ones, but I caution them on two levels: One, your art director or editor is going to say, "Hey, that doesn't look like them," so you might as well not go that far. And secondly, there is this thing of, you owe a responsible position to your species.

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Rich Kreiner reviews Humbug by Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis and others

Posted by on January 11th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
This is the stuff of legend.

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Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of #7

Posted by on January 6th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Kreiner blogs about The Art of Harvey Kurtzman.