Well, Mad Monday this week marks the departure of John Severin as one of the rotating cartoonists for Harvey Kurtzman's premier humor comic book. Seems Kurtzman would occasionally have issues with Severin's art (what???) and one day they got into a heated debate which ended with Kurtzman not wanting to work with John anymore (sigh!).
Harvey was the boss however, and his call was final.
Mad THE COMIC BOOK, issue 12 from 1954 saw the debut Mad contribution by Bernie Krigstein on Kurtzman's twist on the blockbuster film "From Here to Eternity", "From Eternity Back to Here!". Sometimes Mad titles are just too easy. :)
I am a huge appreciator of John Severin and feel his missing rpesence here, though Krigstein adds his own dynamism and helped stretch the look of Mad. Bernie Krigstein only did 1 other article for Mad, it seems he liked to take liberties and want to change parts of Kurtzman's stories. Bad move. Like I said, Kurtzman was king.
Whatever the behind the scenes drama might have been, we're left with the great stuff this team turned out, and this 5 pager is no exception!
Talk to you soon.