WILL ELDER

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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING – Mead,

Ballantine 127, 1955.

Will Elder, the maniacally funny MAD artist, also had these two solo covers in the vintage era.

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FOLKSONGS FOR FUN – Brand,

Berkley X573, 1961

HARVEY KURTZMAN and KURTZMAN & ELDER

HELP! – Harvey Kurtzman, Gold Medal s1163, 1961.

A collection from HELP! Magazine. Illustrators inside include Will Elder, Jack Davis and Gilbert Shelton.

Harvey Kurtzman edited HELP! from 1960 to 1965.

(Note: all 7 of Kurtzman’s Ballantines have Jack Davis covers, so they are shown here at the start of the Jack Davis section.)

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HELP! – Harvey Kurtzman, Gold Medal k1485, 1964 (no date). Specially revised by the author. The revisions cut any references to President Kennedy. It was standard operating procedure to satirize Kennedy in 1961, and very uncool to satirize Kennedy in 1964.

Photo cover with a scene from Will Elder’s “Dogpatch Revisited”. Assistant editor Gloria Steinem photo on the title page.

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SECOND HELP! – ING – Harvey Kurtzman, Gold Medal s1225, 1962.

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SECOND HELP! – ING – Kurtzman, Gold Medal k1523, 1964. Specially revised by the author. The photo satirizing JFK on the first edition cover had to go in 1964. It was replaced with a photo making fun of Nikita Khrushchev.

WHO SAID THAT? – Kurtzman, Fawcett Special Edition, 1962. Humorously captioned newsmaker photos by Harvey Kurtzman and Chuck Alverson, who was Assistant Editor of HELP! Magazine.  All of Kurtzman’s work for Fawcett Gold Medal is spun off from HELP! Magazine.

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FUN AND GAMES – Kurtzman, Gold Medal d1506, 1965.

Although it does not say HELP! Magazine on the cover, this puzzle book is from the people at HELP! Kurtzman was assisted here by HELP! staffers Chuck Alverson and Terry Gilliam.

THE ART OF HARVEY KURTZMAN shows Kurtzman planned another Gold Medal, INSTANT HELP!, which was never published.

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From WHO SAID THAT?

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From “Goodman Goes Playboy” by Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder

EXECUTIVE’S COMIC BOOK – Kurtzman & Elder,

Macfadden 50-159, 1962.

This collectible collects four of the five Goodman Beaver stories from HELP! Goodman is a male prototype of Annie Fanny. This book became harder to find when Archie Comics sued the publisher over “Goodman Goes Playboy”, a merciless satire on the world of Hugh Hefner starring Archie and his friends.  When Denis Kitchen reprinted the stories as GOODMAN BEAVER in 1984, Archie Comics still refused to allow the story to be reprinted.

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PLAYBOY’S LITTLE ANNIE FANNY – Kurtzman & Elder, Playboy Press, 1966. Oversized softcover. Also published in hardcover.

Archie Comics may not have appreciated “Goodman Goes Playboy”, but Hugh Hefner loved it. He asked Kurtzman to adapt Goodman Beaver into a color comic strip for PLAYBOY.  The first decision was to change Goodman into a sexy female. Annie was born in 1962.

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PLAYBOY’S LITTLE ANNIE FANNY

- Kurtzman and Elder, Playboy Press 1972.

A smaller-sized and different selection of the best from PLAYBOY’s comic strip.


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PLAYBOY’S LITTLE ANNIE FANNY VOLUME 1, 1962-1970– Kurtzman and Elder, Dark Horse, 2000.

The Playboy Press collections were great, but incomplete. Dark Horse published the complete collection in two volumes.

PLAYBOY’S LITTLE ANNIE FANNY VOLUME 2 1970-1988 – Kurtzman and Elder, Dark Horse, 2001.

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WILL ELDER: THE MAD PLAYBOY OF ART – edited by Gary Groth & Greg Sadowski, Fantagraphics, 2003.

A must-have book for all Will Elder fanatics, combining a biographical sketch with selections from MAD, PANIC, TRUMP, HUMBUG, HELP!, PLAYBOY and much more.

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