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November 1, 2009

33 Down, 19 To Go "The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics " (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

When Paul Buhle (whose collaborations with Harvey Pekar are among my comics favorites) mentioned to me that Harvey Kurtzman was a personal hero, I knew I had to read Buhle's book The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics.

A collaboration between Denis Kitchen and Buhle, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics lovingly curates the artwork of the Mad Magazine cartoonist, who in his brief tenure at the inception of the magazine helped define it. When I started the book, I was unfamiliar with Kurtzman's influence other than his time at Mad, but was surprised to discover his influence not only in the world of comics, but also politics as well as the entertainment industry (he helped foster the careers of Gloria Steinem, Terry Gilliam, R. Crumb, and others).

What makes the book work is the combination of the written biography alongside Kurtzman's comics (and even his illustrated correspondence), giving rare insight into a comics genius while also illuminating the man behind the artwork.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Circus Parade, by Jim Tully.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2009 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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