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Harvey Kurtzman Original Art: Jungle Book p. 58

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    HARVEY KURTZMAN. Page 58 of "Organization Man in the Grey Flannel Executive Suite" from Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book (1959).

    This savage 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 Charlie Eolith, the obsolescent crossword puzzle editor, leaps out the window of Shlock Publications to his death. 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 paperback.)

    Provenance: From the estate of Harvey Kurtzman. Comes with a letter of authenticity upon request.

    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" 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, smudges, and yellowing tape residue on three sides. 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.

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