Life by Silver: Life Drawing in Character Design - Inscribed - From the Estate of Nick Meglin



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From the collection of longtime Mad Magazine editor Nick Meglin with a Certificate of Authenticity "Madly Yours, From The Estate Collection of Nick Meglin" numbered and signed by his daughter Diane Meglin.

Signed by the artist with a self-portrait in ballpoint pen: "To Nick "The Great" Silver 08"

From the publisher:

Life by Silver is a book on the subject of drawing from life; how the artist caricatures the model that is in front of him and creates a character design based on the drawings.


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!


Stephen Silver

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, issued without dustjacket
Inscribed by the artist with a drawing



Publishing Information

New York
brandstudio Press

Physical Description

12.25 inches
8.75 inches
48 pages
pictorial boards