Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Will Elder

Another comics legend died. Will Elder who was best known as the collaborator with Harvey Kurtzman on Playboy's Little Annie Fanny and the early comic book version of MAD passed away at the age of 86.

Will Elder was a highly skilled draftsman known for filling empty spaces in comic panels with sight gags. His skills at imitating other cartoonist's styles was a valuable asset for satiric impact.

I was fortunate enough to have met him when he spoke to my SVA class taught by Harvey Kurtzman back in the late 80's. Nice guy of course with a very anarchist sense of humor that inspired the likes of underground cartoonists like Robert Crumb.

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