When I first encountered the work of Harvey Kurtzman it blew my 12-year-old mind. I was already familiar with MAD but not with MAD’s creator, who had started the magazine as a full-colour comic book in the early ’50s (and left it as it was transformed into a black-and-white magazine a few years later). Kurtzman wrote the stories and drew the layouts, getting other artists (mostly Jack Davis, Wally Wood, and Bill Elder) to finish the pages. The covers of the early MAD, however, were often pure Kurtzman, and the one pictured here is my favourite. This, to me, is pure cartooning.