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    Bill Elder Mad #20 Complete 8-Page Story "Katchandhammer Kids!" Original Art (EC, 1955). Elder, the maddest of Harvey Kurtzman's original crew of MAD-men, delivers a parody of the classic Katzenjammer Kids comic strip - so note-perfect in the drawing style, that it might be casually mistaken for Rudolph Dirks' original 19th-century conception. Except that Dirks never had meta-humorist Kurtzman around to handle the writing. More typically, a parody will impose comedy upon a source-story that takes itself seriously; Kurtzman's masterstroke was to find an inspiration, like the authentic Katzenjammers, that was already goofy - and make it ever more so by exaggerating the basic concept and adding a darker edge. By the time this MAD spoof came along, veteran King Features workhorse Doc Winner had been drawing the official Katzenjammers feature since 1949, and Elder made it a point to channel the styles of Winner, Harold Knerr (Dirks' successor), and Dirks himself. Elder, of course, could not resist adding those incidental sight-gags that make his panels so compulsively readable: The cartoonist would hide a joke in almost every background. (The Germanic term katzenjammer translates to "the yowling of cats," in the sense of a discordant clamor). Classic first-generation MAD in every sense of the term, rendered at twice-up scale in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 13" x 18". The pages are uniformly lightly toned, with some random spot-staining. Each page is matted out to 19.5" x 25". There are occasional text-correction patches, with adhesive residue. Conditions range from Very Good to Excellent condition.

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