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HUMBUG (2 VOLUMES)

Kurtzman, Harvey; et. al.

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ISBN 10: 156097933X / ISBN 13: 9781560979333
Published by Fantagraphics, 2008
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First ed. thus. 2 volume set in slipcase. Fine condition, as new in shrinkwrap. Bookseller Inventory # 036001

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Title: HUMBUG (2 VOLUMES)

Publisher: Fantagraphics

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Ed Thus.

Book Type: Book

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Synopsis:

Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award: You know MAD. Do you know Humbug?

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.

Between MAD and Annie Fanny, Kurtzman’s biographical summaries will note that he created and edited three other magazines―Trump, Humbug, and Help!―but, whereas his MAD and Annie Fanny are readily available in reprint form, his major satirical work in the interim period is virtually unknown. Humbug, which had poor distribution, may be the least known, but to those who treasure the rare original copies, it equals or even exceeds MAD in displaying Kurtzman’s creative genius. Humbug was unique in that it was actually published by the artists who created it: Kurtzman and his cohorts from MAD―Will Elder, Jack Davis, and Al Jaffee―were joined by universally acclaimed cartoonist Arnold Roth. With no publisher above them to rein them in, this little band of creators produced some of the most trenchant and engaging satire of American culture ever to appear on American newsstands. At last, the entire run of 11 issues of Humbug is being reprinted in a two-volume slipcased hardcover deluxe format, much of it reproduced from the original art, allowing even owners of the original cheaply-printed issues to experience the full impact for the first time.

Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award: (Best Archival Collection/Project: Comic Books). Full-color throughout both volumes

About the Author:

One of America’s most beloved and best known illustrators, Jack Davis was born in December 2, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia, and still makes his home in the area.

Will Elder (Hall of Fame, 2003) was also known for a 45-year stint with Cracked magazineand for being one of Mad's founding artists.

In addition to his pioneering work on the “serious” EC war comics, Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993) created the all-time greatest satirical comic (with Mad), the most widely-read adult comic strip (with “Little Annie Fanny” in Playboy), and one of the earliest graphic novels (with the 1959 The Jungle Book).

Arnold Roth’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, and Esquire. He lives in New York City.

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