Putting the Mad in Madison.
Wednesday advertising Day.
Posting more Harvey Kurtman stuff on monday rewarded me a lot of response. I was surprised some of the visitors sisn't know Harvey Kurtzman was the man who started Mad. Anyone who likes this stuff should go out and get any reprint of his 23 comic book Mad issues avaiable. Unfortunately, the first five magazine issues he also wrote and edited are not as widely avaiable. I have th actual issues myelf, but the best way to see them is by getting the complete Mad cr-rom. If you haven't got that, you should treat yourelf. You'll be surprised. After that, order the Complete Humbug from Amazon. Sight unseen if necessary. You'll thank me. It contains some of the best satire and art ever. All that plus new commentary and goodies from the Kurtzman Archives. I can't wait. For those of you who don't want to go out and bu some acual books, I will show some of the early Mad magazine stuff here sometime, but it is not my intention to use this blog as a place where you can get free scans of stuff that is available elsewhere. I hope to highlight forgotten masters and rare material.
As far as Harvey Kurtzman goes, what I am about to show next is almost as rare as they come. In 1959 Kurtzman started a monthly gag page for Madison Avenue Magazine. A magazine for people working in the advertising industry, so it fits in with today's advertising theme. The pages I have are scans of black and white copies a German fan made in the eighties. So probably not the best quality. I am not even sure if I have all pages or if they were in black and white or color. I think they were in black and white and there are only two months missing in my group of copies. So who knows, this may be it. It will take more than one week for me to show them all. In the meantime, if anyone has an actual issue of this magazine, I'd love to know. The subject is fascinating (and great research for anyone who wants to write a spec script for the series Mad Men) and I would like to know how Kurtzman was billed and announced.