Monday Cartoon Day.
Harvey Kurtzman tried to have as many cartoon reports as possible in Help. Apart from the ones I have shown, he had Jack Davis go to a ballgame, sent Arnold Roth to Moscow and Paul Coker went to a Broadway show as well as Cuba. Robert Crumb visited one or two Eastern European countries as wlel, but I am not sure if those pieces were assignments. When everything else failed, Kurtzman gave himself an assignment. He went to the filming of one of movie version of one of the most important television plays of the early sixties, Rod Serling's Requiem For A Heavyweight with mega-stars of that time Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Antony Quinn.
It's from Help Vol 2, No. 7, one of the few issues I have double:
His version of the genre was far less gag-based and more of a continuous story as would have been seen in Mad, Trump of Humbug. If you want to know how he did it and how he certainly didn't cut any corners, have a look at his preparation sketches. This and more you can find at: http://kurtzman.typepad.com/photos/kurtzman/index.html. The Requiem pages are on the second index page.
These are courtesy of the The Kurtzman Collection a recent addition to the internet. This wonderful site gives an overview of Kurtzman's career, using many unseen sketches and images from the Kurtzman Estate. As it says on that site, all images used there (an reused here) arte The Kurtzman Etstate. I hope they will get that coffeetaqble book going. And I hope they will get in tough with Glen Bray who has more of this type of stuff.