The seventh volume in The Comics Journal Library series reprints essays, cartoons, and interviews with Harvey Kurtzman (1924 – 1993), the cartoonist best known for creating Mad magazine. The abundantly illustrated book includes tributes by R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman, as well as relevant examples from Kurtzman’s long career in the industry. Fans and collectors will value this comprehensive resource, and its large size makes it possible for readers to see the art on a grand scale. Unfortunately, the bulky nature of the volume makes it awkward to read anywhere other than at a table. Given the lack of Jewish content, this book is most suitable for public or academic libraries with an interested fan base.
Wendy Wasman is the librarian & archivist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio.