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25.75x31.75" frame contains mixed media original art by Norman Mingo (1896-1980), an American commercial artist and illustrator most famous for being commissioned to formalize the image of Alfred E. Neuman for "Mad" magazine. Art was published as front cover to "Mad" Magazine #121 (Sept. 1968) and shows Alfred E. Neuman as spiritual guru being held aloft by all four members of The Beatles as well as actress Mia Farrow and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who invented the Transcendental Meditation technique. Cover spoofs The Beatles' Feb. 1968 trip to India, where they attended an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Amid widespread media attention, their visit was one of the band's most productive periods. Led by George Harrison's commitment, The Beatles' interest in the Maharishi changed Western attitudes about Indian spirituality and encouraged the study of Transcendental Meditation. While there, they met Farrow, who was also attending the training session w/her sister Prudence (the very Prudence John Lennon wrote the song "Dear Prudence" about). Art has been double-matted to 17x22.5" and is ready for display as professionally framed. NM. Comes w/reading copy of the issue that featured this cover art. "Mad" first hit newsstands in Fall of 1952, but it was during the 1960s when the most beloved humor magazine of the 20th Century fully embraced (and fully spoofed) the world of pop culture. That being said, there was no bigger force in 1960s pop culture than The Beatles. The combination of Mad's Alfred E. Neuman and the Fab Four makes for one of the best covers from the more than 500 issues published to date. For the collector looking for original "Mad" cover art, look no further. For the advanced collector looking to add to their collection, this piece is a must-have addition. Alex Miller Collection.
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