HARVEY KURTZMAN. Page 75 of "Compulsion
on the Range" from Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book
Kurtzman's psychological drama parodies
TV's long-running western drama, Gunsmoke. On this page
Marshall Dollin [Dillon] and sidekick Lester [Chester] enter
Indian territory. 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
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 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 glue stains where the backer
sheet overlaps the bristol board near the top and left edge.
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. This
particular original comes with an interesting historical footnote:
on the back of the art is the original engraving order form from
the Lanman Engraving Co. of Washington DC, hired by Ballantine
Books in 1959 to convert the original to zinc printing plates.
We have not seen such a document on the back of any other
Jungle Book art. This is an exquisitely rendered original
by --indisputably-- one of the greatest cartoonists of all time.