Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the 1963 epic comedy blockbuster, `It`s a Mad, Mad,Mad, Mad World`, with stars in pursuit of hidden loot. The madcap treasure hunters are (counterclockwise) Buster Keaton, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Joe E. Brown, Milton Berle, Edie Adams, Sid Caesar & Spencer Tracy as Capt. Culpepper, with Jimmy Durante as Smiler Grogan in the lower left corner. The illustration was used for the Nov 17, 1963 cover of the New York Journal American Pictorial Review to coincide with the film`s NYC premiere, which was somewhat quashed by the assasination of JFK later that week.
This piece is on 22.00" x 14.50" illustration board with watercolor on vellum overlay. The image measures to 14.00" x 13.00." Minor soiling.