Monthly Archives: February 2021

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Bill Traylor painting, $293,750, Christie’s

Bill Traylor painting, $293,750, Christie’s

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A folk-art painting by Bill Traylor, titled Two Dogs Fighting: Man Chasing Dog (1939-1942) sold for $293,750 at an Outsider and Vernacular Art Sale held January 21st during Americana Week by Christie’s in New York City. Also, Martin Ramirez’s untitled work (Tunnels and Train), […]

Long Live The MAD-ness

The cover to MAD No. 50 (October 1959), illustrated by Kelly Freas. While Mingo could produce endless identical versions of the Alfred E. Neuman face, Freas’s Alfreds were more impish and had much more expression.

by Grant Geissman By the spring of 1952, artist/writer/editor Harvey Kurtzman was exhausted from researching, writing, laying out, drawing for, and editing the world’s first true-to-life war comics, Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. For these, Kurtzman would do meticulous and time-consuming research, including talking to war veterans, reading historical accounts, and even going up on […]