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Elder & Kurtzman Original Art: Goodman Underwater p. 63 (1962)
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and WILL ELDER. Original GOODMAN BEAVER art.
“Goodman Underwater,” page 63. (1962)
In this story Harvey Kurtzman mixes a
parody of TV’s then-popular “Sea Hunt” series
starring Lloyd Bridges with Cervantes’
“Don Quixote.” As Kurtzman put it, “Lloyd
Bridges [as Mike Nelson] had this underground
world that he’d adventured through. The series
was, in effect, a writer’s fantasy... Just as
Don Quixote’s world was a fantasy, populated by
dragons that were, in actuality, windmills.
Bridges and Quixote both fought windmills.”
Goodman and Hammer Nelson pursue a couple
playing in the water. Terrific good girl art.
Note the chicken fat in the background: a dizzy
student pilot who’s taking a sky writing course
about to nose dive.
Medium/Size/Condition: Pen and ink on
heavy illustration board measuring 8.25 inches
wide x 11.75 inches high. Some marginal pencil
marks, masking and white tape residue and grease
pencil number from the period. Some yellowing in
the lettering from period rubber cement.
Otherwise excellent condition. The art also
includes Elder’s separate acetate overlay, on
which he blocked, in red marker, the areas in
which the publishers were to add gray tone in
reference: For more details on Goodman’s
“sex change” transformation see Denis
Kitchen’s essay in the 2-volume Little Annie
Fanny collection published by Dark Horse.
To read the full “Goodman Gets a Gun” story, see
(Kitchen Sink Press, 1984), still available in
softcover and hardcover (including the limited
edition signed by Kurtzman and Elder!) from
Steve Krupp’s Curio Shoppe.
Provenance: Warranted to be from the
private archives of the Harvey Kurtzman estate,
which is exclusively represented by the Denis
Kitchen Art Agency, an affiliate of Steve
Krupp’s Curio Shoppe and Gallery. This drawing
is further warranted to be authentic.
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