Scarce Early Humor Mags –humbug, Help, Charlatan, Grump, Early Gilbert Shelton
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Scarce Early Humor Mags –humbug, Help, Charlatan, Grump, Early Gilbert Shelton:
5 SCARCE EARLY HUMOR
MAGS – Humbug, Texas Ranger, Help!, Charlatan, and Grump, featuring a lot of early Gilbert Shelton work.
HUMBUG – Oct. 1957 Vol. 1 No. 3 – Closely related to MAD in style (note the cover frame), content and personnel: Edited by Harvey Kurtzman, Art by Jack Davis, Will Elder and Al Jaffee. This is a well worn, but intact issue with satirical articles on Fishing Lures, Hay Fever, The O. K. Corral, Pagan Place, You Are There Then, and more. Cover is detached from body.
The TEXAS RANGER, April 1963 – Monthly humor magazine of the University of Texas at Austin, this issue contains some serious stories, dated looking ads, jokes, etc. What is cool about this issue is that (later) famed head comix artist and writer Gilbert Shelton was the editor, and the issue contains an early episode of Wonder Wart Hog. This copy is in very good condition for its age.
HELP! Vol. 2, No. 6 May 1963 This is another Harvey Kurtzman endeavor –Kurtzman was the editor, and, amazingly enough, Terry Gilliam, later of Monty Python fame, was his associate editor. What a team! Among the artists featured is Jack Davis of MAD fame. Issue was published just a few months before the JFK assassination and contains a number of Kennedy references. But for me, the outstanding feature of this issue is how it relates to Gilbert Shelton. Firstly, it contains a Wonder Wart Hog episode (“Wonder Wart Hog Meets the Mob”), but more remarkably, the letters to the editor section includes an actual photo of Gilbert Shelton (at 22 years old) goofing off with Bill Killeen. What a rare piece of humor/head comic arcana! Minor damage to cover; contents very good.
CHARLATAN “America’s No. 1 College Magazine” associated with the Univ. of Florida at Gainesville. This is a “Special Best of Issue”. I can’t find a publication date, but the letter from the editor Bill Killeen on the inside of the cover shows that some of the material appeared earlier in 1963-64 issues of the Charlatan. Lots and lots of jokes (many not particularly funny today, but illustrative of collegiate humor of the times) and cartoons. Of special note are the Gilbert Shelton cartoons, incidental artwork, and an installment of Wonder Wart Hog! And the back cover is a real hoot: seven naked women arranged for form a skull! Quite imaginative, to say the least. This issue is intact, but well worn.
GRUMP no. 10, January 1967. This is a more erudite and subtle humor mag than most. Edited by Roger Price, who also made important contributions to MAD. Notice the line-up of authors on the cover page, including Isaac Asimov. In very good condition.