KURTZMAN, “Make Me An Offer“ TV movie advertising art
— 6-piece lot (1979)
glimpse into the mind of a master! Legendary art team Harvey
Kurtzman and Will Elder were
tapped to create the promotional art for the 1980
ABC TV movie Make Me An Offer with
Susan Blakely and Patrick
O’Neil. This offering includes four of Harvey
Kurtzman’s process drawings, from the initial
sketch to the final layout, and one stat of his pencil
layout, from which Will Elder produced the final
illustration (tear sheet of printed ad in TV Guide
The rough preliminary concept is drawn in black marker
on 10 x 14-inch vellum and blocks out the composition
with multiple notes indicating art placement. It
showcases how Kurtzman’s eye for visual detail began
with a fully formed set of ideas.
A second tighter sketch blocks out the characters, their
acting, and motion against the barest suggestions of
setting in colored markers on 10 x 14 vellum.
third drawing tightens the scene further with a
delightful pencil, thin black & orange marker
drawing suggesting the bacchanalian frolics Harvey saw
at the Playboy Mansion while working for the magazine.
This drawing provides a beautiful example of Kurtzman’s
dynamic sense of motion, kinetic line, and appreciation
of curvy models.
final original, on 10 x 9” vellum, provides the
precise perspective on the background building,
something HK was a master of.
A clean photostat of Kurtzman’s tight pencil contains
all thge elemnts in bthe final ad ands risque
enough that visible notes from the art director ask
him to tone it down! This smaller overlay with the
perspective drawing of the mansion that anchored the
background is taped over the pencil stat.
The tightest guides were then provided to Will Elder to
create the final, as seen in the TV Guide tear
sheet dated January 11, 1980, the week the
for 6-piece LOT: $1,200
All the original vellum drawings and the stat
show some folding/creases from Kurtzman’s storage and
handling of the materials. But overall excellent
to be from the private archives of the Harvey Kurtzman
estate, which is exclusively represented by the Denis
Kitchen Art Agency. The four original drawing are
further warranted to be authentic creations of Harvey