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48. Help! #1: Cover Rough (Aug 1960)

48. Help! #1: Cover Rough (Aug 1960)

"It used, because it could afford, much less artwork from the MAD, Trump and Humbug veterans. Instead, it adapted the Italian fumetti - a series of staged photographs telling a story - and ran gag captions to movie or news photos, along with cartoons from college humor magazines and the burgeoning underground comix. "

-Richard Corliss, Time Magazine, May 2004


"It was an experience of great contrasts doing Help!. I had more memories from Help! than I did from everything that had gone before, I mean, the kind of people memories - we did Help! with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of naivete and I had some great people working with me."
-Harvey Kurtzman, The Comics Journal, 1981


"Harold Hayes sent me Gloria Steinem - yes, the Gloria Steinem - who'd come fresh from India where she was working on some kind of deal for the government. Gloria was this incredible person, bigger than life. She would get all of these movie stars to pose for Help! - for the covers. She'd get "freebies" galore. The thing I learned from Warren is how to fill your pages with freebies."
-Harvey Kurtzman, The Comics Journal, 1981

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