Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mad Man

RIP Al Feldstein:
Born in 1925, Feldstein grew up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. He found early success as an artist a World's Fair contest for children and later trained at Manhattan's High School of Music and Art and Brooklyn College.

He got his first job in comics as a teenager, drawing background foliage for "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle," which starred a female version of Tarzan.

"Then I got a great promotion," he told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in a 1997 interview. "I was drawing leopard spots on her groin and breasts."

Feldstein served a stint in the military at the end of World War II, painting murals and drawing cartoons for Army newspapers. After his discharge, he freelanced for various comics before landing at Entertainment Comics.

Feldstein's survivors include his wife, Michelle, stepdaughter Katrina Oppelt, her husband, and two grandsons, the funeral home said.

Designed for children but loved by many adults, Entertainment Comics' titles included Tales From the Crypt, Weird Science and Feldstein's eventual vehicle to fame, Mad.
Generations of kids will always be grateful to him for ruining their minds. RIP.

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