Al Feldstein studied painting at the High School of Music and Art, and the Art Students League under a scholarship. After school and summers, he worked in a studio servicing the comic book industry. During World War ll, he was a Special Services artist. Upon his discharge, he returned to the comic book industry, packaging magazines for publishers.
At E.C. Comics, he created, wrote, illustrated and edited a popular line of titles which are now collectors' items. These included horror, such as Tales from the Crypt (which was adapted for TV by HBO), science-fiction and suspense, among others. In 1955, he became editor of MAD Magazine, one of E.C.'s titles. He took the magazine's circulation from 375,000 to a high of almost 3 million by gathering a staff of talented artist and writers; supervising every phase of its operation, editing and re-writing every word; designing layouts and creating the format that led to MAD's success, including adopting and christening its trademark, the freckle-faced, grinning Alfred E. Neuman.
In 1984, Al retired from MAD, and returned to his first love, painting. He later moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and spent three years painting the Tetons and their wildlife, placing two paintings in the Top 100 Arts for the Parks.
In 1992, he moved to Paradise Valley near Livingston, and enjoyed painting Montana's ranch life, its wildlife and its spectacular scenery.
Date of Birth:
October 24, 1925
New York City, New York
Date of death:
April 29, 2014Website: http://www.alfeldstein.com Favorite Creators:
Albert Bernard 'Al' Feldstein is a favorite creator of 4 usersAwards:
- 1994 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 1998 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 2000 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 2003 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Voter's choice)
Writer/penciller/editor for EC Comics. Came back to EC later in 1956 to edit MAD (#29). Remained editor until 1985 (#256).