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22. Humbug #2: "Reverse Cliches" by Jack Davis (Sep 1957)

22. Humbug #2: "Reverse Cliches" by Jack Davis (Sep 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.""

 -Rolf Malcolm, Playboy, Dec 1957

"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

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