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DOWNLOAD ⛓ Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book Ó Harvey Kurtzman s Jungle Book is considered one of the TopComics of the th Century by The Comics Journal and is widely regarded to be a lost classic Written and illustrated by Kurtzman, Jungle Book inspired and influenced comics creators such as Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Gilbert Shelton, and Terry Gilliam Back in print for the first time in over twenty five years, this deluxe hardcover features an essay by comics archivist Denis Kitchen a new introduction by Gilbert Shelton a conversational afterword between Pete Poplaski and Robert Crumb and and a selection of Kurtzman s photographs, correspondence, and artwork The definitive edition of this graphic novel masterpiece is not to be missed Frostfire (Kyndred, Jungle Book inspired and influenced comics creators such as Robert Crumb Stepping Over the Line (Shamed Art Spiegelman Ray & Joan Gilbert Shelton Ollie & Moon and Terry Gilliam Back in print for the first time in over twenty five years Riveted (Iron Seas, this deluxe hardcover features an essay by comics archivist Denis Kitchen a new introduction by Gilbert Shelton a conversational afterword between Pete Poplaski and Robert Crumb and and a selection of Kurtzman s photographs The Baby Twins correspondence Nothing Left to Burn and artwork The definitive edition of this graphic novel masterpiece is not to be missed via NYPL The awkward truth is that I ve never enjoyed Kurtzman s humor work LOVE his EC war stuff though A lot of my dissatisfaction certainly comes from cultural references and growing up on cartoonists who drew so much inspiration from Kurtzman, but there s the truth his humor work, mostly MAD, bores me.That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book Some of it shows its age, but the best stuff particularly Decadence Degenerated, hit on timeless themes that still resonate today Not all via NYPL The awkward truth is that I ve never enjoyed Kurtzman s humor work LOVE his EC war stuff though A lot of my dissatisfaction certainly comes from cultural references and growing up on cartoonists who drew so much inspiration from Kurtzman, but there s the truth his humor work, mostly MAD, bores me.That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book Some of it shows its age, but the best stuff particularly Decadence Degenerated, hit on timeless themes that still resonate today Not all the gags land, but it s definitely worth a look for anyone who likes Kurtzman or wants to track the development of comic book humor Also, I love Kurtzman s expressive, lively drawing style It s a real shame his work was so often handed off to excellent, but less vivid illustrators Important primarily as a historical cultural artifact Could be seen as one of the early examples of graphic fiction as it is a book collecting four short stories Kurtzman pitched as an alternative format to comic mags and strips It is also one of the examples of work that features both his writing and drawing, which is filled with caricatures, stereotypes, and all the things you loved about his work at Mad Magazine So this is work from 1959, and it is seen by comics collectors and scholars Important primarily as a historical cultural artifact Could be seen as one of the early examples of graphic fiction as it is a book collecting four short stories Kurtzman pitched as an alternative format to comic mags and strips It is also one of the examples of work that features both his writing and drawing, which is filled with caricatures, stereotypes, and all the things you loved about his work at Mad Magazine So this is work from 1959, and it is seen by comics collectors and scholars as one of the 100 most significant artifacts in comics history But even Kurtzman said it wasn t great stuff, in an interview in 1986 He only still liked two of the stories at the time he was interviewed Robert Crumb, who with Peter Poplaski does an interview dialogue afterword, says a lot of isn t all that good, though he loves Kurtzman s work overall It isn t as funny as the best of MAD, though The four stories featured include Thelonius Violence a private eye among well, mostly strippers, it would appear The Organization Man in the Grey Flannel Executive Suite, which is a send up of corporations big business the comics biz, and two comics set in the south and west, Compulsion on the Range, and Decadence Degenerated which are in part meant to reflect how southerners and westerners talk, their funny dialects, but eh The silly but often accomplished drawing style was influential, for sure I d read this in the Ballantine paperback, muddy art and all, but the material looks much better here and the introductory material helps put it in the context of Kurtzman s career Unfortunately, I m inclined to agree with Crumb s assessment in the the afterward interview that closes the volume Kurtzman isn t very funny here and the material feels considerably less sharp than his work for Mad and Trump There is an air of weary desperation about some of it and time has rendered even the edgy b I d read this in the Ballantine paperback, muddy art and all, but the material looks much better here and the introductory material helps put it in the context of Kurtzman s career Unfortunately, I m inclined to agree with Crumb s assessment in the the afterward interview that closes the volume Kurtzman isn t very funny here and the material feels considerably less sharp than his work for Mad and Trump There is an air of weary desperation about some of it and time has rendered even the edgy bits a little pale.Having just read a bunch of Terry Southern s short stories, which share a similar satiric disdain for the rural South, the Rottenville story here is an expression of the horror that east coasters especially felt watching the parade of regional bigotry and ignorance that emerged in the fight for integration in the 50s and 60s It was tough on all sides accepting that we are all Americans.Good thing we ve gotten past that, right Back in 1958 Harvey Kurtzman wasn t doing so well The creator of Mad had been turfed out of his own creation and several other projects had either failed or just failed to materialise However, there was a glimmer of hope because the company responsible for packaging up old Mad strips into pocket paperback collections was willing to take some original material direct from Kurtzman and print it in what would essentially be the USA s first graphic novel The title, Harvey Kurtzman s Jungle Book, Back in 1958 Harvey Kurtzman wasn t doing so well The creator of Mad had been turfed out of his own creation and several other projects had either failed or just failed to materialise However, there was a glimmer of hope because the company responsible for packaging up old Mad strips into pocket paperback collections was willing to take some original material direct from Kurtzman and print it in what would essentially be the USA s first graphic novel The title, Harvey Kurtzman s Jungle Book, was a last minute change for the project, as the original title, Harvey Kurtzman s Pleasure Package, was perhaps a little too suggestive.Kurtzman created four tales for the book, each very different in subject but utilising his quick wit and punchy dialogue Not so much innuendo but outright lasciviousness in places, this was a book not aimed at the market who purchased the Mad paperbacks and so, sadly for Kurtzman, it was a financial disaster However, it is a really good book, and is just as entertaining now as it was then, with the Comics Journal ranking it number 26 in the top 100 comics of the 20th Century Due to the quick turnaround Kurtzman was told he could get away with creating the artwork on lined paper and lines wouldn t show up on the final print they clearly do and as the book developed his painted tones can be seen to change considerably as he learns how best to use them, something that troubled him immensely once the book came out as he didn t like the results.Because, at the time, the book failed Kurtzman was forced to seek work via Hefner s Playboy, and although he was never comfortable with the way he was pressured to besexual over and above the humour in Little Annie Fanny, it was paying work