- Robert C. Harvey
Kurtzman, Harvey (03 October 1924–21 February 1993), cartoonist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of David Kurtzman and Edith Sherman. His father died when he was very young, his mother remarried, and the family moved to the Bronx. Kurtzman’s stepfather, a brass engraver, encouraged the boy to develop his emerging artistic abilities, and he attended art classes at Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Museum. In public school, he was a good student; promoted to a grade a year ahead of his classmates, he was enrolled at the age of thirteen in the High School of Music and Art, where he met several of the people with whom he would later work—chiefly, his frequent collaborator, Will Elder. After graduating in 1939 Kurtzman received a scholarship to study at Cooper Union, which he attended at night. None of Kurtzman’s day jobs (printer’s apprentice, errand boy in a law office) lasted very long until he found a position with Louis Ferstadt, whose comic book art shop created comic book stories for Ace/Periodical House, Quality, and Gilberton Company, which published Classic Comics, the comic book adaptations of such literary works as ...