The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

For all you old school MAD Magazine fans in the New York area, here's the chance of a lifetime.

The venerable Society of Illustrators on East 63rd Street at Lexington Ave in Manhattan is exhibiting the work of MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman! This is a rare opportunity to get up-close with original illustrated pages by the master himself, including a full-color rough of the very first cover of MAD, undoubtably familiar and yet more fluid and alive than the final composition we're all familiar with.

There you'll also see a retrospective of original art, spanning Kurtzman's incredible career from his early days at EC, through his collaboration with Playboy founder Hugh Heffner on their own magazine Trump, to Kurtzman's brainchild Humbug, and beyond. Original pages of Little Orphan Fanny, hand-painted originals, and some of the finest comic illustration work ever laid down to paper.

I attended a panel discussion about the man at the outset of the exhibit with the legendary likes of MAD artist Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, Robert Grossman, Peter Kuper, and Drew Friedman each recalling how brilliant and talented Harvey was. "I would have followed him anywhere", recalled Jaffee. "He loved talent, and could recognize it immediately."

Kurtzman was a true visionary who's impact on the comic world is immeasurable. He gave many young artists their start, including Robert Crumb's first paying job. He innovated constantly. His goal was not simply success, but to advance the art of the comic form. He perhaps more than any other single person, may have done just that.

Special shout out to our new buddy Arlen Schumer for keeping us in the loop about this. You're awesome dude!

The Art of Harvey Kurtzman
March 6, 2013 - May 11, 2013

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