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Harvey Kurtzman Original Art: Jungle Book p. 47 * NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE *
HARVEY KURTZMAN. Page 47 of "Organization
Man in the Grey Flannel Executive Suite" from Harvey
Kurtzman's Jungle Book (1959).
This cynical look at publishing was inspired
by Kurtzman's own experience working for Martin Goodman in the
1940s. Goodman's shlock operation included men's magazines, crossword
puzzle mags and the early Marvel Comics. This story marks the
very first appearance of Goodman Beaver (a name inspired by Marvel's
founder). Goodman Beaver later evolved into Playboy's "Little
Annie Fanny," but that's another story. On this page
Bob Roark, the editor of Shlock Publication's adventure mag describes
the next issue's contents. Note that even a hint of "class"
material is rejected. Jungle Book was the first paperback
of original comics, one of the very first graphic novels, and
a rare solo effort by Kurtzman. It is regarded as one of the
finest works of his distinguished career. (Note: page numbers
are from the Kitchen Sink Press edition, not the original Ballantine
From the estate of Harvey Kurtzman. Comes with a letter of authenticity
Size/medium/condition/price: Drawn with pen & brush in India ink with wash
tones on a blue-lined bristol board adhered to a backer sheet.
The board measures 7 1/4" wide x 11 3/8" high. The
actual image area is 5 1/4" x 9 1/4". There is some
white-out where Kurtzman made corrections, particularly around
the voice balloons. As can be seen in the full scan, the border
outside the image area contains registration marks, page number,
printer's penciled notations, light yellowing tape residue near
the top, and glue stains where the backer overlaps the bristol
board. Such minor flaws exist on every Jungle Book original
to a greater or lesser degree. The border extranea can be easily
eliminated from view by matting the original. Comes with the
original hand-cut red mask acetate overlay (not pictured here).
This is an exquisitely rendered original by --indisputably--
one of the greatest cartoonists of all time.