Harvey Kurtzman

Harvey Kurtzman

Nationality: American

Biography:
Harvey Kurtzman (American, 1924-1993): was one of the most innovative cartoonists ever to work in the comics. After jump-starting his career with a brilliant series of short gags titled “Hey Look” for Stan Lee at Timely/Atlas Comics, Kurtzman made his way over to EC Comics, where he became one of their three accomplished editor/writer/artists. A perfectionist, Kurtzman would break down stories he did not draw himself, using detailed and comprehensive layout overlays that his accomplished collaborators strictly adhered to for the finished art. In 1952, he became the creator and founding editor of the comic book sensation Mad. The irreverent humor comic had a bombshell effect on popular culture, and Kurtzman was later described by The New York Times as "one of the most important figures in postwar America." Director and comedian Terry Gilliam, who worked with Kurtzman on Warren Publishing’s Help! title said, “In many ways Harvey was one of the godparents of Monty Python.” Underground cartoonist Robert Crumb added that one of Kurtzman's cover images for his self-published Humbug title "changed my life," and that another Mad cover image “changed the way I saw the world forever!” Writing for Time, Richard Corliss noted Kurtzman's wide-spread influence: “Mad was the first comic enterprise that got its effects almost entirely from parodying other kinds of popular entertainment -- To say that this became an influential manner in American comedy is to understate the case. Almost all American satire today follows a formula that Harvey Kurtzman thought up.” . Kurtzman is also celebrated for the lavishly produced and long-running Little Annie Fanny stories in Playboy (1962–88), and he often lampooned the lifestyle that the magazine promoted. Harvey Kurtzman was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1989


 

Harvey Kurtzman Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
Harvey Kurtzman - John Wayne Adventure Comics #5 Complete 5-page Story "Pot-Shot Pete, Sheriff of Yucca Pucca Gulch...
Harvey Kurtzman - John Wayne Adventure Comics #5 Complete 5-page Story "Pot-Shot Pete, Sheriff of Yucca Pucca Gulch" Original ... (Total: 5 Items)
Lot 44323
Auction 821
Saturday, August 12, 2006
$46,605.00
Harvey Kurtzman Two-Fisted Tales #27 Cover Original Art (EC, 1952)
Harvey Kurtzman Two-Fisted Tales #27 Cover Original Art (EC, 1952)....
Lot 92144
Auction 7152
Saturday, November 21, 2015
$33,460.00
HARVEY KURTZMAN (American 1924 - 1993) and WILL ELDER (American 1922 - 2008) See-Through Dress, Little Annie Fanny st...
HARVEY KURTZMAN (American 1924 - 1993) and WILL ELDER (American 1922 - 2008)See-Through Dress, Little Annie Fanny st... (Total: 4 Items)
Lot 88353
Auction 7001
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
$31,070.00
HARVEY KURTZMAN (American 1924 - 1993), WILL ELDER (American 1922 - 2008), and JACK DAVIS (American
HARVEY KURTZMAN (American 1924 - 1993), WILL ELDER (American 1922 - 2008), and JACK DAVIS (American ...
Lot 87380
Auction 7005
Friday, March 13, 2009
$28,680.00
HARVEY KURTZMAN (American 1924-1993), WILL ELDER American b.1922) and JACK DAVIS (American b.1926) Little Annie Fanny, 5...
HARVEY KURTZMAN (American 1924-1993), WILL ELDER American b.1922) and JACK DAVIS (American b.1926) Little Annie Fanny, 5-p...
Lot 23126
Auction 620
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
$26,290.00

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