Regards From Harvey Kurtzman
It’s the last weekday of spring break. My family stopped by the office with smoothies after their trip to San Jose’s Happy Hollow. Shortly after recovering from the discovery that there was broken glass in mine, I notice my son flipping through an old issue of Mad Magazine. He loves Spy Vs. Spy, and was explaining the silent series of traps to me. On the facing page I recognized a story drawn by Harvey Kurtzman. Then I saw my name written there. I had totally forgotten about this personalized copy and don’t really remember the exact circumstances. This is from Mad #274, the October 1987 issue ($1.35 Cheap!) I was a student in Harvey’s class at The School of Visual Arts at that time. I imagine that I showed up early to class having just discovered that he was drawing for the magazine, brandishing the thing in one hand like Senator Joe McCarthy going after commies in the State Department. No idea when or how he snuck in there to jot this note. Thanks Harvey! I believe you now!