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First and Last – Harvey Kurtzman’s Silver Linings

Early in his career Harvey Kurtzman displayed his comic sensibilities with a regular page that appeared in various Marvel (Timely) comic books for editor Stan Lee.
Kurtzman was basically let loose to create his Hey Look! page for three years, from 1946 to 1949.
It was an early indication of Harvey’s comic genius.

 

During those three years was a three month period where he reworked the Hey Look! fancy
as a single tier comic strip for the Sunday New York Herald Tribune.


above: the March 7, 1948 (first) Silver Linings strip.

Starting March 7, 1948 Silver Linings by Harvey Kurtzman appeared nine times.
Like his Hey Look! pages, Silver Linings was Kurtzman let loose.
But the strip didn’t take and June 20, 1948 was its last appearance.

Here are the other eight strips:

I have two different dates for the 1948 strips.
These from Ger Apeldoorn’s post –
March 7, ?, April 25, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 27(20?).
From my old notebook are these –
March 7, March 14, April 4, April 25, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 13, June 29.

 

Sources:
Most of the above strips come from a ComicCrazys post.
The rest of the strips and the order are from Ger Apeldoorn’s Fabulous Fifties, where he explains that the ComicCrazys strips came from Comic Strip Century (pages 443 & 444 if your are looking).

Further Reading:
Silver Linings – Allan Holtz’s Stripper Guide
Hey Look! – Animation Resources has a nice selection.
Hey Look! – Frederator presents John Benson’s introduction to the oop Hey Look! book.

 

 

 

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