Thursday, May 15, 2008

MAD Will Elder


WILL ELDER, one of the original contributors of MAD Magazine and a long time collaborator with Harvey Kutrzman, has passed away. His MAD stuff was a tad before my time but I have learned to love his goony style via many reprints and his lavish finished art for PLAYBOY'S iconic ANNIE FANNIE cartoons. At least one (possibly two) recent books have been published about him...


ASIFA HOLLYWOOD ANIMATION ARCHIVE has this wonderful post for those of you who remember him and will miss him (like I will) and anyone who doesn't know who he is should take a look too. ( The ASIFA post is heavy on PLAYBOY art so beware! NSFW and probably only for kids over 18 too)

See BOING BOING for a relatively clean version.

3 comments:

Weirdo said...

It is indeed a loss to the world of cartoonists. However, I have abit of a confession to make.I always though Bill Elder's work was too stiff or never as cartoony compared to Jack Davis or Wally Wood's work with Kurtzman. However, I love the story he did in issue two of MAD, "Mole". Cracks me up every time.

Bruce said...

The ASIFA Animation Archive had a post on Will Elder and one of the showcases for that post was a comic he illustrated for MAD back in '54. It was a cleaver jab at the Greaser/ Motor cycle films, namely 'The Wild One,' and it was sheer brilliance.

From an inspiring animator/ artist

Weirdo said...

"The ASIFA Animation Archive had a post on Will Elder and one of the showcases for that post was a comic he illustrated for MAD back in '54. It was a cleaver jab at the Greaser/ Motor cycle films, namely 'The Wild One,' and it was sheer brilliance."

That was actually Wally Wood who illustrated that story.