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Elder & Kurtzman Original Art: Goodman Underwater p. 55 (1962)

Elder & Kurtzman Original Art: Goodman Underwater p. 55 (1962)
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    “Goodman Underwater,” page 55. (1962)

    In this story Harvey Kurtzman mixes a parody of TV’s then-popular “Sea Hunt” series starring Lloyd Bridges with Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.” As Kurtzman put it, “Lloyd Bridges [as Mike Nelson] had this underground world that he’d adventured through. The series was, in effect, a writer’s fantasy... Just as Don Quixote’s world was a fantasy, populated by dragons that were, in actuality, windmills. Bridges and Quixote both fought windmills.” Before the plot thickens Goodman meets Mike “Hammer” Nelson’s secretary Effie as idyllic dolphins leap like synchronized swimmers from the waves. Note the fairly subtle sight gag of a highjacker putting a gun to the back of Nelson’s head as he changes the name of his boat from “Miami Bound” to Havana.
    Medium/Size/Condition: Pen and ink on heavy illustration board measuring 8.25 inches wide x 11.75 inches high. Some marginal pencil marks, masking, white and Scotch tape residue and a grease pencil number from the period. Otherwise excellent condition. The art also includes Elder’s separate acetate overlay, on which he blocked, in red marker, the areas in which the publishers were to add gray tone in all editions.

    Further 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 the Goodman Beaver collection (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.

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