Item #21849 Help! Harvey Kurtzman.
Help!
Help!

Help!

Philadelphia & New York: Warren Publishing, 1961 - 1965. First Edition. Help! was an American satire magazine that ran from 1960 to 1965; it was Harvey Kurtzman's longest-running magazine project after leaving Mad and EC Publications. The innovative cover art and articles were creative expressions of the wit, humor and satire of the period. Important artists and actors contributed in some way to "Help!" including Will Elder, Jack Davis, John Severin, Al Jaffee, Charles Alverson, Terry Gilliam, Gloria Steinem, John Cleese, Woody Allen, Milt Kamen, Algis Budrys, Orson Bean, Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Jay Lynch, Jackie Gleason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Lewis and so many more. Gloria Steinem was instrumental in gathering the celebrity comedians who appeared on the covers and the fumetti strips the magazine ran along with more traditional comics and text pieces. At Help!, Gilliam met John Cleese for the first time, resulting in their collaboration years later on Monty Python's Flying Circus.   Kurtzman and Will Elder created "Goodman Beaver" for Help! which they often stated was their funniest work. Goodman Beaver is a naive and optimistic Candide-like character, oblivious to the corruption and degeneration around him, and whose stories were vehicles for social satire and pop culture parody. The best-known of the Goodman Beaver stories is "Goodman Goes Playboy" (1962), a satire on the hedonistic lifestyle of Hugh Hefner using parodies of Archie comics characters, whose publisher threatened a lawsuit. The issue was settled out of court. Hefner, the actual target of the strip, found it amusing. Also in 1962 the Goodman Beaver character effectively underwent a gender change and transformed into the voluptuous "Little Annie Fanny".  No. 6 issue has the poster insert titled "The Packet Ship - Shackamaxon - 1851". A total of 26 issues were printed before the magazine folded in 1965. Volume One (Aug. 1960–Sept. 1961) had 12 issues, and 14 issues comprised the second volume (Feb. 1962–Sept. 1965). The issues vary in condition from very good to fine. The cover of No. 1 is mostly split from bottom of spine to top staple; the top of spines on several issues are split to the first staple; only occasionally minor wrinkling. Overall, this rare complete run of Help! magazine is in unusually nice condition. . Item #21849

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