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Harvey Kurtzman Original Art: Jungle Book p. 74


Harvey Kurtzman Original Art: Jungle Book p. 74
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    HARVEY KURTZMAN. Page 74 of "Compulsion on the Range" from Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book (1959).

    Kurtzman's psychological drama parodies TV's long-running western drama, Gunsmoke. On this page the Marshall Matt Dillon character [James Arness] has been shot in a duel with gunslinger Johnny Ringding [Ringo] and is being carried away by supporting characters Lester [Chester] and Doc. 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 best works in 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 6 3/4" wide x nearly 12" 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, and yellowed tape stains. Such minor flaws exist on every Jungle Book original to a greater or lesser degree. Virtually all of 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.