"MAD FOR KEEPS" PRESENTATION HARD COVER WITH ALEX TOTH SELF PORTRAIT ORIGINAL ART.
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Auction #203 - Part II
Item numbers 1429 through 3205 in auction 203
8.25x10.75" hard cover contains 128 pages of early Mad comic book and magazine reprints including 16 page full color section. Copyright 1958 E.C. Publications with introduction by Ernie Kovacs appears to be first edition. Book has dust jacket with painted image of Alfred E. Neuman by Norman Mingo surrounded by intricate border art by Kurtzman and Elder with various vignettes titles. Blank flyleaf page has wonderful 9" tall full figure India ink art of noted comic book artist Alex Toth wearing suit with hand on border design which has text "Greetings To Allen Saunders..The Mike Todd Of Syndication!! Hoping You And Yours Enjoy Each Repeated Chuckle Within These Artistic And Provoking Pages...I'm Mad About 'Em, Too!!" with additional hand inked inscription at lower left "A Disproportioned Drawing Of One Disproportionate Alexander Toth, By Alexander Toth 30 April, 1958". Comes with loose trimmed proof of 2-panel "Guys And Dolls" 2.5x7.5" printed daily Toth comic strip. Dust jacket is worn at top and bottom edges with a few tiny tears. Overall jacket is VG+, book is Exc. with NM drawing. Alex Toth (1928-2006) worked from the 1940s through the 1980s in comic books, comic strips and animation. He worked at DC Comics in the late 1940s drawing Golden Age versions of the Flash, Green Lantern and The Atom and moved onto crime, war, and romance comic for Standard Comics in the early '50s. By the mid-1950s he was working for Dell Comics, mostly notably on Zorro. He was hired by Hanna-Barbara in 1960 and worked on various series including Super Friends and also continued to do work for comic books including Warren magazines. Allen Saunders (1899-1986) was an American writer, journalist and cartoonist who wrote Steve Roper and Mike Nomad, Mary Worth and Kerry Drake. A wonderful example of Toth's ink work apparently done for a close friend who may also have written some of the strips Toth was working on.
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