Created Mad And Revolutionized Humour In America', is
a delightful, easy to read and compelling look at an immense talent,
Harvey Kurtzman, most famously noted for being the creator
of Mad Magazine. It reads like a novel - a five star novel.
Schelly doesn't get bogged down in telling Kurtzman's family his-
tory and early life, like so many authors do. Here, Schelly uses Kurtz-
man's history to show us how his character and personality developed.
In fact, throughout the book, many of Kurtzman's friends refer to these
times and why he was the way he was. Of great interest is the time he
spent in the High School of Music And Art developing his talent
and his friendships with such people as Bill Elder.
credible war books and created Mad magazine. Again, his rela-
tionship with the publisher is paramount to the storytelling. Without
taking sides, Schelly successfully brings out the publisher’s point of
view. William Gaines and his mother financed Mad, investing a
large amount of money. As the businessman, Gaines arranged for
would have trouble doing when attempting to publish his
own work later.
affected the industry, EC, Gaines, Kurtzman and Mad.
|Barry's collection of books by Bill Schelly|