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The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

Cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993) founded the satirical MAD magazine in 1952 and forever altered the way young readers experienced the media and consumer culture around them. As the late film critic Roger Ebert explained, “I learned to be a movie critic by reading MAD magazine. I learned a lot of other things from the magazine too, including a whole new slant on society. MAD‘s parodies made me aware of the machine inside the skin–of the way a movie might look original on the outside, while inside it was just recycling the same dumb old formulas. I did not read the magazine, I plundered it for clues to the universe.”

After MAD, Kurtzman worked with a team of artists including Al Jaffee, Jack Davis and Will Elder on a series of short-lived but influential publications, including TRUMP, HUMBUG and HELP! At HELP!, a fortuitous nexus of nascent sketch comedy and underground “comix,” Kurtzman worked with then unknowns Woody Allen, Gloria Steinem and R.… Read the rest

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MAD Magazine’s Banana Republicans

Bryan Young, producer of the disinformation-distributed film Killer At Large, author and blogger, has turned up some MAD Magazine gems for Huffington Post:

The usual gang of idiots over at MAD Magazine have come up with what I think is one of their funniest political spreads over. Hitting newsstands next week will be a “Banana Republican” catalogue and Huffington Post readers get to see it first.

Mad Magazine via Huffington Post

Mad Magazine via Huffington Post

I wonder how the GOP all-stars feel about appearances in MAD Magazine. Do they think it’s an honor to be poked fun at by a magazine that’s been doing it for so long? Do they shrug it off, assuming that only morons and teenagers (and teenage morons) read it?

Or do they get upset that the media is taking yet another easy potshot at their clear lack of sensibility? Can you imagine the kind of mind that would be upset by appearing in MAD Magazine?

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