Monday, October 22, 2012


To help celebrate MAD Magazine's 60th anniversary this year...

... I've been fortunate in receiving several personalized drawings from some of the legendary cartoonists (the "Usual gang of Idiots") who've worked for MAD over the years, including the above drawing by the great Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of MAD. This drawing is from 1980 (where I was most likely the main instigator in the weekly chaos that ensued during his class at the School of Visual Arts. Harvey privately thanked me on several occasions for keeping the class "lively') and was used in the class publication Kar-Tunz, before Harvey's personal inscription was added. 
Read all about my memories of Harvey Kurtzman and his SVA class here:
Jack Davis sent me this inscribed drawing recently as a thank you for interviewing him last year at the Brooklyn Comics festival and for writing a tribute to him for the recent anthology of his work from Fantagraphics:

Sergio Aragonas drew this for me during my 1974 visit to the MAD offices. Read about it here:

In 1990, Don Martin and I struck up a phone friendship. I sent "Mad's Maddest Artist" a copy of my new book, "Warts & all", co-written by my brother Josh, and this was the thank-you drawing I received in return.


  1. What a great collection! I'm impressed.

  2. Did you lend the Kurtzman above to the Society of Illustrator's exhibit? I recognize it from the 1980 Kar-tunz.

  3. Harvey made a few prints of this and inscribed them to several select students. Mine was one.