Har­vey Kurtzman

The Comics Jour­nal Library
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By – March 23, 2012
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.

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