22. Humbug #2: "Reverse Cliches" by Jack Davis (Sep 1957)
SOLD! -Rolf Malcolm, Playboy, Dec 1957
"Dorothy Parker, without knowing it, once described the Kurtzman brand of satire to a tee. Volunteering her personal description of what humor should be, she said, "There must be courage; there must be no awe. There must be criticism, for humor, to my mind, is encapsulated in criticism. There must be a disciplined eye and a wild mind. There must be a magnificent disregard of your reader, for if he cannot follow you, there is nothing you can do about it.""
"I was preoccupied with giving the reader something insightful. After working with EC I started asking myself, "What am I trying to do? What does my work mean?" I concluded that what I was trying to tell my reader was what I perceived as being true. I didn't want to be a preacher, but I did want to tell the truth about things." -Harvey Kurtzman, The Comics Journal, 1981