This copy belonged to longtime Mad Magazine editor Nick Meglin, a lifelong friend of Frank Frazetta. With a Certificate of Authenticity "Madly Yours, From The Estate Collection of Nick Meglin" numbered and signed by his daughter Diane Meglin.
This is the original edition of the second issue of this great magazine. Lengthy articles on the varied career of Norm Saunders and 1940s-50s illustrator Perry Peterson, an interview with collector & publisher Russ Cochran, and stunning color reproductions of four Frank Frazetta Canaveral Press pen & ink drawings.
"It was Meglin who recruited old friend Frank Frazetta to paint a spot-on visual parody of the painted Breck Shampoo ads of the mid-'60s that featured long-haired Beatle Ringo Starr, an assignment that led to Frazetta becoming one of the top movie poster artists of the 1960s. Although an accomplished artist himself who earned a certificate from the School of Visual Arts (where he met lifelong friend and colleague Angelo Torres), Meglin (as he would have readily admitted) was not in the same league as some of the artists he hung out with in the legendary Fleagle Gang, a group that included Frazetta, Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel, and future Mad contributors Angelo Torres (a classmate at the School of Visual Arts) and George Woodbridge. In addition, he wrote a famous profile of friend Frank Frazetta for American Artist magazine, which was the only issue of the magazine to sell out completely." --The Comics Journal
Nick Meglin (July 30, 1935 – June 2, 2018) spent 48 years at Mad, from 1956 through his retirement in 2004, holding the position of Editor for 20 years. Bill Gaines called Meglin “the heart of Mad” and “the soul and conscience of Mad,” and he was responsible for recruiting many of the artists and writers.
Meglin earned a certificate from the School of Visual Arts (where he met lifelong friend and colleague Angelo Torres), He was a member of the legendary Fleagle Gang, a group that included Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel, Angelo Torres and George Woodbridge. He was later an art instructor at SVA. His books include The Art of Humorous Illustration and Drawing from Within.
Each of the books from the collection of Nick Meglin include a Certificate of Authenticity from the family, stating "Madly Yours, From The Estate Collection of Nick Meglin" and numbered and signed by his daughter Diane Meglin. The icing on the cake is the COA features a portrait of Meglin by Legendary Mad artist Mort Drucker!