Monday, December 13, 2010

Bill Elder and Harvey Kurtzman: Dig We Must!

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Dig We Must!
Bill Elder and Harvey Kurtzman introduced Melvin Mole in Mad #2 (December 1952 - January 1953). (See last two pages of "Mole!" below.) Previously, I  compared that with the subject of the satire, Chester Gould's Mole in Dick Tracy of 1941-42.

But now take a look at this, which I just ran across. Obviously, Howard Nostrand was influenced by Elder/Kurtzman when he drew this page for Witches Tales #21 (October 1953).
Three words are missing in the final caption, as evident in the panel at right. Over the years, the rubber cement dried and line corrections fell off the art, sometimes becoming lost.

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