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Early Art Spiegelman contest submission found?

Brad Mackay has posted what he believes is an early art contest submission by Art Spiegelman when Art was approximately 15 years old.

This is a pretty great find. Recently Montreal cartoonist Rick Trembles was combing through a stack of old CARtoons magazines he nabbed from a flea market and spotted a winning submission to an art contest from an “Art Spiegelman” from “Rego Park, New York.”

According to Trembles, the issue in question is from November 1963, which, if this is the same Spiegelman (Maus, Raw), would have placed him at 15-years-old — the perfect target market for CARtoons. I’m not in a position to confirm or deny this, but if it’s true this is a great curiousity from the early career of a master cartoonist — and a stellar score by Trembles. That’s a detail from the image below; click here for a full view.

Community Comments

#1 art spiegelman
@ 9:11 am

Nice to see this again… I was obsessed with Mad and its imitators even tho I couldnt care less about cars. My contest prize was an 8″ tall black and white Ratfink window decal by Big Daddy Roth that blocked my light for years!

#2 Gordon McAlpin
@ 11:34 am

I wish I could draw like that at 15. Or now.

#3 Dave Stephens
@ 11:57 am

And Art rode that junker to right on down to Raw…!


#4 Dan Collins
@ 11:30 am

Doubtless my buddy George Trosley won whatever contest that was.

#5 Shane Davis
@ 4:08 pm

George Trosley is THE MAN, and ‘Krass & Bernie’ rule!

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