The Mad World of William M. Gaines

The Mad World of William M. Gaines
Author: Frank Jacobs
Publisher:
Total Pages: 280
Release: 1972
Genre: Comic books, strips, etc
ISBN:

Humorous biography of the eccentric founder and publisher of "Mad magazine" by a staff writer.

Son of MAD

Son of MAD
Author:
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2003
Genre: American wit and humor, Pictorial
ISBN:

The History of EC Comics

The History of EC Comics
Author: Grant Geissman
Publisher: Taschen
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2020-06-15
Genre:
ISBN: 9783836549769

In 1947, Bill Gaines inherited his legendary father's fledgling publishing company, EC Comics. Over the next eight years, he and a "who's who" of the era including Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, and Wally Wood would reinvent the very notion of the comic book with titles like Tales from the Crypt, Weird Science, and MAD. With more than 1,000...

Fighting MAD

Fighting MAD
Author: William M. Gaines
Publisher: iBooks
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2004
Genre: American wit and humor, Pictorial
ISBN: 9780743493017

The full realization of the work of directors, actors, and designers depends on a well-run back stage. From move-in to set-up, to running the show, to striking the set, back-stage workers handle a wide range of vital tasks. With this in mind, The Stage Directions Guide to Working Back Stageshows you how to create a truly collaborative and supportive effort. You'll find advice on: proper installation and maintenance of rope, rigging, and curtains safety guidelines for ladders, catwalks, and other high places use, clean-up, and storage of paints and adhesives set construction and repair tips prop management striking a set safely and efficiently special needs of touring productions back-stage responsibilities with special effects, guns, and other weapons secrets of creating effective teams and much more. The Stage Directions Guide to Working Back Stageprovides an overview of what goes on behind the scenes as well as specific guidance for each essential area of back-stage operation. It's a combination that will benefit both newcomers and experienced hands.

Harvey Kurtzman

Harvey Kurtzman
Author: Bill Schelly
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Total Pages: 645
Release: 2015-05-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1606997610

This biography reveals the true story of Mad creator Harvey Kurtzman―the man who revolutionized humor in America; it features new interviews with his colleagues Hugh Hefner, Robert Crumb, and others. Harvey Kurtzman created Mad, and Mad revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman was the original editor, artist, and sole writer of Mad, one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent Mad, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst, nova-like, onto the American scene? For this heavily researched biography, Bill Schelly conducted new interviews with Kurtzman’s colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, and many others, and examined Kurtzman’s personal archives. The result is the true story of one the 20th century’s greatest humorists: Kurtzman's family life, the details of the FBI's investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of Mad), are all revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, this book traces Kurtzman’s life from his Brooklyn beginnings to his post-Mad years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and Little Annie Fanny inPlayboy.

Completely Mad

Completely Mad
Author: Maria Reidelbach
Publisher: M J F Books
Total Pages: 208
Release: 1997-10-01
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9781567311273

An illustrated history of the most influential and unique humor magazine in post-war America.

Good Days and Mad

Good Days and Mad
Author: Dick DeBartolo
Publisher:
Total Pages: 289
Release: 1995
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 9781560250913

A writer who has written for every issue of "Mad" tells the inside story of thirty years of America's craziest magazine

America Noir

America Noir
Author: David Cochran
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2016-06-21
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 1588345505

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic powers. Jim Thompson's noir thrillers, such as The Grifters, portrayed the ravages of capitalism on those at the bottom of the social ladder. Patricia Highsmith, in The Talented Mr. Ripley, placed an amoral con man in an international setting, implicitly questioning America's fitness as leader of the free world. Charles Willeford's pulp novels, such as Wild Wives and Woman Chaser, depicted the family as a hotbed of violence and chaos. These artists pioneered a detached, ironic sensibility that radically juxtaposed cultural references and blurred the distinctions between “high” and “low” art. Their refusal to surrender to the pressures for political conformity and their unflinching portrayal of the underside of American life paved the way for the emergence of a 1960s counterculture that forever changed the way America views itself.

Inside the World of Comic Books

Inside the World of Comic Books
Author: Jeffery Klaehn
Publisher: Black Rose Books Ltd.
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2007
Genre: Cartoonists
ISBN: 9781551642963

From gutter business to art form, an engaging, provocative look at all things comic book.