In the opinion of many comic book aficionados, the greatest comics ever created were those published in the 1950s by Bill Gaines at EC Comics. Gaines’s creative right-hand man at EC was Al Feldstein, a triple threat artist/writer/editor.
And after EC was forced by various guardians of morality to drop their comics in the mid-1950s, Feldstein shepherded MAD Magazine into a cultural icon.
Here is the entire life and career of this amazing creator, with insightful biographical text by EC scholar (and jazz guitarist) Grant Geissman
(author of three Eisner Award-nominated books: Collectibly Mad, Tales of Terror: EC Companion, and Foul Play: The Art and Artists of the Notorious EC Comics. Grant has known Feldstein for more than twenty years and has interviewed him extensively. For much of his life, he’s collected material for this book and was allowed unprecedented access to Feldstein’s personal archives.
This handsome, oversized art book features hundreds of rare and previously unpublished illustrations and vintage photos, every Feldstein EC cover, six complete EC stories, plus nearly every splash page and house ad he did for EC. And it also includes his rare pre-EC work on titles like Junior, Sunny, and Meet Corliss Archer, all now today highly collectible as “good girl” and “headlight” covers. All covers and two complete stories from these are also here, as well as twenty-one pages of Al’s paintings of personal subjects, sci-fi works, recreations of EC covers and art, and special GhouLunatics pieces. Another photo section features the famous (and infamous) MAD trips, where Gaines took his entire staff to exotic locales around the world!
A wonderfully inclusive look at a writer and artist who brought so much wonderful work to the world of comics.
Publisher: IDW, 2013
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Color: Full Color throughout