Harvey Kurtzman (1924 – 1993) was an American cartoonist, writer, editor and pioneer of comics. He is probably best known for creating the trailblazing and revolutionary humor magazine MAD in 1952 before eventually leaving the publication in 1956. However, his influence extends far beyond that legendary 28 issue run, with his work continuing to inspire generations of cartoonists worldwide.
Following his work on MAD, Kurtzman would go on to create a variety of seminal works of the medium including Trump, Humbug, Little Annie Fannie, The Jungle Book and Help! During this time, he helped to discover and mentor a number of diverse talents including Terry Gilliam, Gloria Steinem, Gilbert Shelton and Robert Crumb.
Known for his social satire and pop culture parodies, Kurtzman is looked upon as one of the most influential pioneers of comics whose towering & iconic shadow still looms large today.
"[Kurtzman was] one of the most important figures in postwar America"
- The New York Times
"Harvey Kurtzman, like Charlie Parker or Jimi Hendrix or William S. Burroughs, changed the whole landscape of his craft"
- Anthony Bourdain
"He is as good as any cartoonist in history that I know of"