New York: Ca. mid-1970s.
Pencil on heavy weight tracing paper, image approximately 14 x 9 inches, 16 x 12 inches overall. 1 vols. Original Mad Magazine Drawing. Horizontal fold, small tear at upper margin not affecting image, else fine, mounted in an archival mat. Item #11864
Norman Mingo (1896-1980) was an American artist best known for his work for Mad magazine, for which he formalized the image of Mad's mascot, Alfred E. Neuman. Mingo's portrait was the first time Neuman was presented in color, and Mingo produced some 97 Mad covers in total.
This delicious pencil drawing shows Alfred, under the title “Steaming”, in a two-person metal steam cabinet: beside him is a pretty girl with a startled look on her face; Alfred wears an expression of sensuous pleasure, and the viewer is left to imagine just what is going on in the confines of the cabinet. Somehow, it doesn't take much imagination. Done as a preliminary to a subsequent painting.
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