Humbug (2 Volume Set)

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Harvey Kurtzman changed the face of American humor when he created the legendary MAD comic. As editor and chief writer from its inception in 1952, through its transformation into a slick magazine, and until he left MAD in 1956, he influenced an entire generation of cartoonists, comedians, and filmmakers. In 1962, he co-created the long-running Little Annie Fanny with his long-time artistic partner Will Elder for Playboy, which he continued to produce until his virtual retirement in 1988.




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One of America’s most beloved and best known illustrators, Jack Davis was born on December 2, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia. He passed away in 2016.

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“In a way, Humbug almost feels like a goof-humor version of The New Yorker or something. There’s a lot of fairly serious political/social commentary, cloaked in wry rainment. It’s a blend as interesting as any cocktail, and it’s goddamn great to have this stuff easily available. Hats away!”
- Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, Arthur Magazine

“Featuring the entire run of Humbug satirical magazines masterminded by Harvey Kurtzman, creator of the legendary US comic MAD, this luscious two-volume box set will fascinate.”
- David McComb, Bizarre Magazine

Humbug reveals Kurtzman as a satirist who still demands our attention.”
- Ben Schwartz, Bookforum

“Kurtzman and company aimed high for a more sophisticated humor mag than the competition...Fantagraphics’ package for it is bar none―handsome, sturdy and restored with great care...I was most interested in the behind-the-scenes story of Humbug and the creative process that went into it―not to mention doomed it―and the book’s introduction and exclusive interviews more than satisfy on that count.”
- Rod Lott, Bookgasm

Humbug is a testament not only to Kurtzman’s genius, but to the astounding skills of his fellow artists as well―people like Jack Davis, Will Elder...Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth and R.O. Blechman.”
- Comic Book Resources

“Unparallel parodists Kurtzman and Elder ran rampant for themselves when they published these 11 exceptional issues of comic art anarchy. This two-volume hardcover box set has been reproduced from the original art and digitally restored to make everything look even better than when it first came out in 1957. This long-overdue definitive edition of Humbug is an essential slice of satire from the masters of the genre.”
- Jeffrey Morgan, Detroit Metro Times

“Smart writing, savvy pop-cultural lampoons mirroring the mid-century’s social turmoil, brilliant artwork.”
- Michael H. Prince, Fort Worth Business Press

“It’s Humbug that functions as the spiritual father for magazines such as National Lampoon, Spy and The Onion, among many others, but there’s something invigorating about it because of its vantage point in the supposedly stodgy and bland 1950s. Coming out of that decade, Humbug really did break new ground.”
- John Mitchell, North Adams Transcript

“A lot of Humbug’s humor now tickles the mind more than the funny bone, collected here it serves to fill in the missing piece on a seminal period of satiric shenanigans.”
- John McAlley, NPR.org

“This omnibus of all eleven issues of Humbug is equal parts giddy genius and period piece. The satire is razor-sharp... [T]here are such subtleties here and such rapier wit that the line is clearly visible from the Algonquin Round Table to Kurtzman to Crumb to Ralph Bakshi to Mr. Show to The Colbert Report.”
- Byron Kerman, PLAYBACK:stl

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