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    Bill Elder MAD #30 "What's Happened to the ... Pulp Magazines" Double-Truck Splash Original Art (EC Publ., 1956). From a transitional issue of MAD -- the last to contain material developed by founding editor Harvey Kurtzman -- comes this sardonic parody of pulp-fictional literature, the sensationalized blue-collar reading matter that had dominated the news-racks and subscription logs for more than half a century. (The pulps, so named for their cheap paper, were fading away by now as inexpensive paperback novels came to the fore.) Kurtzman's choice of a writer, here, was inspired: the real-world pulp-SF author James Blish. Elder's predominant art is likewise inspired: He mimics to perfection the classic pulp-illustration style, with mortised text areas, and adds such lavish details as Burt Lancaster's Crimson Pirate character; a patch-eyed variation on N.C. Wyeth's 1911 Long John Silver (from Treasure Island); Disney's Captain Hook (from Peter Pan); and Milton Caniff's Dragon Lady (from Terry and the Pirates). Not to mention a wealth of the sight-gag perquisites that Elder called "chicken fat." Here is a boisterous farewell to MAD from the essential team of Kurtzman & Elder, both of whom had by now moved along to temporarily greener pastures and new adventures in taboo-busting satire. Drybrush ink and white watercolor over graphite on textured illustration board. Dimensions, 25" x 20". The headline and prose sections have been restored with accurate new photostatic reproductions. Aside from light overall paper aging, the art is in Excellent condition.


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