Mad Magazine cofounder Kurtzman crafted a humorous self-portrait cartoon while claiming in the caption that he "Never" draws "Pictures." On verso, he writes a note about not being able to attend Comic Con. He signs the note, "H. Kurtzman." He signs the drawing, "Kurtz" with his familiar line drawing. Drawn and composed on card stock measuring 4 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. Neither sketch nor letter is dated.
Kurtzman founded "Mad" with publisher William Gaines first as a comic book then as a magazine. Founded in 1952, "Mad" ceased publication in 2018. Kurtzman went on to illustrate the "Little Annie Fanny" comic strips for "Playboy" magazine until 1988.