DescriptionNorman Mingo - Mad #33, "Spring Issue," Alfred as a Jack-In-the-Box Cover Original Art (EC, 1957). There was a fresh new face on the newsstands when Mad #33 was sprung on eager readers. This Norman Mingo "Mad-sterpiece" was only Alfred's fourth cover appearance. As noted in Mad Cover To Cover, "The year 1956 marked the start of a new regime, with Al Feldstein taking over as editor after the departure of Harvey Kurtzman. One of the first decisions of the editorial staff was to combine the face of the 'idiot kid' with the name Alfred E. Neuman and make him Mad's official mascot and cover boy. Early versions of Alfred possessed a muddy, archaic look, so Feldstein advertised for a young new cover artist. The man hired was sixty-year-old Norman Mingo, a former magazine illustrator and the only veteran of World War I ever to work for Mad. Mingo came out of retirement and took on the task of creating the perfect Alfred. He succeeded, and his rendering became the prototype for all subsequent depictions of Alfred." This piece has an overall size of 19" x 20.5", and the art is in Excellent condition.
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