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Elder & Kurtzman Original Art: Goodman Gets Gun p. 138 (1962)

Elder & Kurtzman Original Art: Goodman Gets Gun p. 138 (1962)
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    “Goodman Gets a Gun,” page 138. (1962)

    In Help! magazine #16 (No. 1962) satirist Harvey Kurtzman depicted his everyman character Goodman Beaver, as a guy who’s nothing special till his new job requires that he pack a gun. Carrying a pistol alters both his personality and his friends’ perception of him. This panel shows Goodman trying to be cool by smoking a pipe (like Hugh Hefner) before his friends see his gun. The girl Goodman is trying to impress poolside, wearing bejeweled hair and tasseled bikini top, is a dead-ringer for Elizabeth Taylor, fresh off her role in Cleopatra. This art is from the very last Goodman Beaver story. After this story the Goodman character went through a sex change and became Playboy’s “Little Annie Fanny.” Facts are our friends!

    Medium/Size/Condition: Pen and ink on heavy illustration board measuring 8 inches wide x 9.25 inches high. Excellent condition. White tape around the panel was applied in 1962. The art also includes Elder’s acetate overlay, on which he blocked, in red marker, the areas in which the publisher was 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.