Masters of the Pen, Vol. 1: Joseph Clement Coll - Signed & Numbered - 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 and numbered on the inside front cover

William Stout presents a collection of Joseph Clement Coll illustrations from The American Sunday Magazine and Collier's.

A 60 page limited, signed 8 1/2" x 11" softcover book collection packed with illustrations by the greatest pen & ink illustrator of them all --- Joseph Clement Coll! A huge influence on Krenkel, Frazetta and Williamson, reproductions of Coll's work are nearly impossible to find. William Stout has combed the country for magazines with Coll's work to compile this companion book to the out-of-print volume on Coll by Walt Reed. Except for the cover, there are no repeats of the Reed book's pictures! Includes a Stout essay on Coll's life and influences.


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!


Joseph Clement Coll
William Stout

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine (upper rear corner rubbed otherwise Fine)
#709 of 950 numbered copies signed by the compiler Wm Stout


Joseph Clement

Publishing Information

Pasadena, CA
Terra Nova

Physical Description

11 inches
8.5 inches
60 pages
black & white illustrations