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Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Comic Books: Harvey Kurtzman’s Funny Animal Comic Books

Kurtzman Comic Books

Today, Kent Butterworth stopped by on his lunch break to watch Terry Bears cartoons featuring eye popping Jim Tyer animation. I realized that it’s been a while since I posted any comic book scans from Kent’s great collection of golden age funny animal comics. I’m righting that wrong right now with some great examples by Harvey Kurtzman. Enjoy! (Thanks Kent!)

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Kurtzman Comic Books

Kurtzman Comic Books
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Kurtzman Comic Books

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Kurtzman Comic Books
Kurtzman Comic Books

Animator Michael Sporn has shared a tremendous pile of Kurtzman comic collaborations with Jack Davis. Check them out!

Kurtzman and Davis: Part One / Part Two / Part Three / Part Four / Part Five / Part Six

RECOMMENDED BOOK

 Harvey Kurtzman: Mad Genius

Harvey Kurtzman had a Midas touch for talent, but was himself an astonishingly talented and influential artist, writer, editor, and satirist. The creator of MAD and Playboy’s “Little Annie Fanny” was called, “One of the most important figures in postwar America” by the New York Times. Kurtzman’s groundbreaking “realistic” war comics of the early ’50s and various satirical publications (MAD, Trump, Humbug, and Help!) had an immense impact on popular culture, inspiring a generation of underground cartoonists. Without Kurtzman, it’s unlikely we’d have had Airplane, SNL, or National Lampoon. This definitive book includes hundreds of never-before-seen illustrations, paintings, pencil sketches, newly discovered lost E.C. Comics layouts, color compositions, illustrated correspondence, and vintage photos from the rich Kurtzman archives

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Comic Books.

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Inbetweens: Funny Animal Comic Book Covers

Funny Animal Comic Book Cover

Here is a fun batch of comic book covers from golden age funny animal comics. Let me know if you would like to see more. We have a lot of these in the Animation Resources collection…

Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
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Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
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Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
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Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover
Funny Animal Comic Book Cover

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Comic Books: Kirby and Severin in Not Brand Echh

Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh

Animation Resources supporter, Kevin O’Neil was reading one of our comic book articles earlier this week, and it reminded him of some treasures in his own stash of comics. So he came down to the archive and lent us his collection to digitize. Thanks, Kevin!

Current superhero comics (now referred to self-importantly as "graphic novels") take themselves VERY seriously. It’s rare for a publisher to allow a parody of its own characters… and unheard of for the creator himself to get the opportunity to make fun of his own creation. But back in the silver age of comics, cartoonists didn’t take themselves quite so seriously. Here we have the unthinkable… Jack Kirby and Stan Lee doing a parody of their own Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer comics for Marvel’s Not Brand Echh!

Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh

Not Brand Echh was a short-lived humor comic line from Marvel that parodied superhero comics. The title was derived from the term of derision used in the letters section of Marvel comics to describe competing comic book companies… "Brand Echh" was a riff on TV commercials that compared products to their competitor, "Brand X". The series ran for 13 issues from August of 1967 to May of 1969, and featured art by Bill Everett (see our recent post on Bob’s Big Boy), Roy Thomas and John and Marie Severin.

Here we have a story from the premiere issue of Not Brand Echh titled, "The Silver Burper". The plot was loosely based on the story of Fantastic Four #57 through #60… It was written by Stan Lee and drawn by the great Jack Kirby. (Inking by Frank Giacoia and lettering by Artie Simek.)

Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh

Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh

Here’s a parody that mingles the superhero universes of both Marvel and DC. Other stories in this issue lampoon Gold Key’s Magnus, Robot Fighter and Tower’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.

Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh

Marie Severin is one of the underrated geniuses behind Marvel comics. She started as a colorist for EC Comics in the 1950s, where she established a reputation for creating sophisticated color schemes that raised the level of quality above the arbitrary primary and secondary colors that filled other comics at the time. She transitioned to working as an artist on the Doctor Strange and Sub-Mariner lines, but really made her mark doing parodies in Not Brand Echh and Crazy.

Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh

One of those unanswerable questions that never seems to go away (at least at gatherings of comic book nerds) is "Who would win in a battle between Batman and Superman?" Fanboys have expended many hours debating the fine points of this and other match-ups with no clear answer. But now we finally get to see the decisive outcome of a battle royale between the "Caped Crusader" and the "Web Slinger"!

Here we have a story from the second issue of Not Brand Echh titled, "Peter Pooper vs Gnatman And Rotten". It was written by Stan Lee and drawn by the Marie Severin. (Inking by Frank Giacoia and lettering by Al Kurzrok.)

Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh
Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh
Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh
Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh
Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh
Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh
Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh
Marie Severin Marvel Not Brand Echh

Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh

Here is another great team-up of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, "The Origin of Forbush Man".

Stan Lee Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh

Buy Me At AmazonMark Evanier has a new book out titled, Kirby: KIng of Comics. I haven’t had a chance to take a look at it yet, but I’m sure it’s great. Click through the link to find out about it at Amazon. If anyone out there would like to contribute a copy to the Animation Resources library, we would greatly appreciate it!

Stan Lee Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh

Here we have a story from the fifth issue of Not Brand Echh titled, "The Origin of Forbush Man". It was written by Stan Lee, laid out by Jack Kirby, drawn by Tom Sutton, with lettering by Artie Simek.

Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh
Jack Kirby Marvel Not Brand Echh

Animation Resources is looking for collectors of gold and silver age comic books, 50s and 60s Mad magazines, 50s Playboys, National Lampoon, etc. who would be willing to lend us their books to digitize. If you’d like to help out, contact me at… sworth@animationresources.org.

Check out the new book collecting Not Brand Ecch!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Comic Books.

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