- 452 Pages
- Heavily Illustrated
- Released: March 23, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Description by OLDIES.com:
In 1957, five artists pooled their money and their talent and entered into the creative, exuberant folly of a lifetime by creating the greatest satirical magazine of their careers: Humbug. The magazine folded after its 11th issue and has never been reprinted - until now! This is the complete Humbug, every page of every issue, lovingly restored, in two slipcased volumes, with new covers by (and interviews with) Arnold Roth and Al Jafee.
Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award: You know MAD. Do you know Humbug?
Harvey Kurtzman changed the face of American humor when he created the legendary MAD
comic. As editor and chief writer from its inception in 1952, through its transformation into a slick magazine, and until he left MAD
in 1956, he influenced an entire generation of cartoonists, comedians, and filmmakers. In 1962, he co-created the long-running Little Annie Fanny with his long-time artistic partner Will Elder for Playboy
, which he continued to produce until his virtual retirement in 1988.
and Annie Fanny
, Kurtzman’s biographical summaries will note that he created and edited three other magazines—Trump
, and Help!—
but, whereas his MAD
and Annie Fanny
are readily available in reprint form, his major satirical work in the interim period is virtually unknown. Humbug
, which had poor distribution, may be the least known, but to those who treasure the rare original copies, it equals or even exceeds MAD
in displaying Kurtzman’s creative genius. Humbug
was unique in that it was actually published by the artists who created it: Kurtzman and his cohorts from MAD
—Will Elder, Jack Davis, and Al Jaffee—were joined by universally acclaimed cartoonist Arnold Roth. With no publisher above them to rein them in, this little band of creators produced some of the most trenchant and engaging satire of American culture ever to appear on American newsstands. At last, the entire run of 11 issues of Humbug
is being reprinted in a two-volume slipcased hardcover deluxe format, much of it reproduced from the original art, allowing even owners of the original cheaply-printed issues to experience the full impact for the first time.
Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award: (Best Archival Collection/Project: Comic Books). Full-color throughout both volumes