The seller says: A childhood dream of mine was to draw a comic strip. I partially realized that dream in ...
moreThe seller says: A childhood dream of mine was to draw a comic strip. I partially realized that dream in college, where I drew a cartoon for 'The Maneater,' the campus newspaper. I wish I'd had a book like this one to inspire me back then. This massive 336-page coffee table book is 'The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics.' Edited by Bill Blackbeard and Martin Williams, was co-published in 1987 by The Smithsonian and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. The book starts with some history and some nostalgia -- right up front is the early comic strip, "The Yellow Kid." But the history is found in Chapter I - "Folklore Figures in the Early Sunday Comic Strip, 1896-1916." From there, we take a trip through time - recalling the comics, "Desperate Desmond, "Mutt and Jeff" and "Little Nemo in the Land of Wonderful Dreams" - (1912-25). Then, on to The MidCentury and "Out Our Way," "Buck Rogers," "Tarzan," "Flash Gordon" and more - like "Mickey Mouse", "Little Orphan Annie" and "Dick Tracy." We end up visiting "Peanuts", "Doonesbury" and "The Wizard of Id." And that's just the quick summary of all the comic treasures inside this book. Some of the strips are black-and-white; some in color, but all are amazing, fabulous, trippy and inspiring! This is both a history of pop culture and the Art of the Comic. For fans wanting to know more, there's a bibliography and an Annotated Index of the Comics at the end. This book is in excellent, unmarked condition -- with many newspapers now digital and innovative art mainly on the street, this is an excellent record of what was funny when and cherished by those of us who eagerly read newspaper comics and wanted to grow up and draw them. less
10.25ʺW × 1.5ʺD × 14.25ʺH
ExcellentMinor wear consistent with age and history
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