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May 1, 2014

FAREWELL, MR. FELDSTEIN

Al Feldstein fields questions from fans during a Q&A session at a mid-2000s Chicago comics convention. He could--and would--talk for hours about his fascinating career.
Feldstein proudly displays the infamous Mad Magazine 'Finger' cover. The April 1974 issue was considered scandalous at the time and many newsstands refused to display it.

Feldstein proudly displays the infamous Mad Magazine ‘Finger’ cover. The April 1974 issue was considered scandalous at the time and many newsstands refused to display it.

 

We’ve lost another giant in the comics industry. Editor/writer/artist Al Feldstein ┬ápassed in his Livingston, Montana home yesterday, April 30. He was 88.

The Brooklyn-born Feldstein was always interested in art, and contributed his linear, stylized work to a variety of comics publication in the 1940s.

In the early 1950s he hooked his wagon to publisher William Gaines. Together they pioneered the adult, shock-ending EC Comics line. The adult situations and graphic horror brought down the ire of parental organizations, psychologists, and even the US Government.

When the iconic Mad Magazine was created, Feldstein was the editor. He held that position from 1955 until 1984. He guided the satirical humor magazine through all sorts of lawsuits, public controversies and assailment from civic groups.

During the 1960s, Mad Magazine was considered cutting-edge, satirical material. I remember as a youngster counting the days between each issue, wondering whose nose was going to be tweaked next.

 

Al Feldstein fields questions from fans during a Q&A session at a mid-2000s Chicago comics convention. He could--and would--talk for hours about his fascinating career.

Al Feldstein fields questions from fans during a Q&A session at a mid-2000s Chicago comics convention. He could–and would–talk for hours about his fascinating career.

I met Mr. Feldstein a couple of times during my convention-going. He was always extremely affable and loved meeting his admirers. He would often sit with fans in the hotel bar and speak for hours about his years with EC Comics and Mad.

He spent his final years at his Montana home, where he enjoyed painting landscapes and wildlife scenes. A far cry from the ghouls and monsters from his horror-comics days.

Our sincerest sympathies to Mr. Feldstein’s family.

 

Blogmeister Sam poses with Al Feldstein and one of the artist's paintings. This effort depicts EC publisher William Gaines, surrounded by the three horror hosts who were featured in their iconic horror comics.

Blogmeister Sam poses with Al Feldstein and one of the artist’s paintings. This effort depicts EC publisher William Gaines, surrounded by the three horror hosts who were featured in their iconic horror comics.

 






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