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Elder & Kurtzman Original Art: Goodman Gets Gun p. 138 (1962) * NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE *
HARVEY KURTZMAN and WILL
ELDER. Original GOODMAN BEAVER art.
“Goodman Gets a Gun,” page 138. (1962)
Help! magazine #16 (No. 1962) satirist Harvey
Kurtzman depicted his everyman character Goodman
Beaver, as a guy who’s nothing special till his
new job requires that he pack a gun. Carrying a pistol
alters both his personality and his friends’
perception of him. This panel shows Goodman trying to
be cool by smoking a pipe (like Hugh Hefner) before
his friends see his gun. The girl Goodman is
trying to impress poolside, wearing bejeweled hair and
tasseled bikini top, is a dead-ringer for Elizabeth
Taylor, fresh off her role in Cleopatra.
This art is from the very last Goodman Beaver story.
After this story the Goodman character went through a
sex change and became Playboy’s “Little Annie
Fanny.” Facts are our friends!
Medium/Size/Condition: Pen and ink on heavy
illustration board measuring 8 inches wide x 9.25
inches high. Excellent condition. White tape around
the panel was applied in 1962. The art also includes
Elder’s acetate overlay, on which he blocked, in red
marker, the areas in which the publisher was to add
gray tone in all editions.
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.