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Beyond MAD: The Works of Harvey Kurtzman

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dc.contributor.advisor Bogart, Michele H en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Uroskie, Andrew V en_US
dc.contributor.author Cole, Timothy E. en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Art History and Criticism en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:50:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:50:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76649 en_US
dc.description 32 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract Harvey Kurtzman was an American cartoonist and editor. He is most famous for writing and editing the parodic comic book MAD from 1952 until 1956 and writing the “Little Annie Fanny†strips for Playboy magazine from 1962 to 1988. Kurtzman is known for his satirical display of popular culture, social critique, and his meticulous work methodologies through satirical engagement. Kurtzman critiqued, denounced and ridiculed cultural figures, politicians, and out of control consumerism. This essay will explore Kurtzman’s work through published examples and interviews. I will explore his early works, his work with MAD and several publications following his tenure with EC comics. In particular, in October of 2016, previously unpublished works for TRUMP magazine became available. TRUMP: The Complete Collection, contains never-before-seen art, including the surviving contents of the third issue. TRUMP was a satire magazine that Kurtzman created for Hugh Hefner, after leaving MAD magazine in 1956. TRUMP was expected to be a success but for financial reasons, Hefner cancelled the publication while the third issue was in production. Throughout his career, Kurtzman regularly expressed his desire for full editorial control over his work. Although his work as a writer and illustrator is widely seen as successful, his work as an editor shows varying degrees of success. This thesis aims to examine the relationship of success versus editorial control in Kurtzman’s work. In short, I intend to show that, to Kurtzman’s dismay, his work was more successful when he was unburdened with the task of editorial control. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Art history en_US
dc.subject.other Kurtzman, MAD magazine en_US
dc.title Beyond MAD: The Works of Harvey Kurtzman en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US


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