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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; First Edition edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613779135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613779132
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Bojaciuk on June 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book could have been great.

Instead, it stops short at "good."

There are perils to reprinting golden age comics. The paper stock was never meant to last: it crumbles at a touch. The ink fades. Fades so much, at times, that the action is elipsed beyond the fade. Therefore, it's understandable when a publisher reprints a less than sterling copy. But the versions that made it into Alice in Comicland are so inferior to my own copies that I have to wonder if these were really the best available. My Alice at Monkey Island is of comparable quality (mine is faded; Alice in Comicland's has stained-through pages).

But both my copies of Alice #11 (Ziff-Davis) are so superior that I cannot imagine that this was the best version available. In fact, one of my copies is a public domain scan a friend gave me (which he got from Golden Age Comic Archive). The colors are richer, there's little to no bleed-through, and the years have not run the text together half so much. Curious.

Some of the editor's selections are mind-boggling. A large chunk of the book (29 out of 130 story pages) is taken up with the conventional (though pretty) retelling of Through the Looking Glass from World's Greatest Stories #1 (Jubilee Publications). But the editor leaves out Buddy Tucker (Alice's very first appearance in what we would recognize as a comic book) and the incredibly fun Alice story from Santa Claus Funnies #2. And, for that matter, the second Alice story from Alice #11 (or any of the delightful Alice stories from Alice #10).

The collection opens with bits of Alice ephemera: most of it is forgettable. Covers without context, single comic strips without their preceding or following installments, a splash page without the remainder of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William F. Jannke III on August 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Lewis Carroll's iconic book was made for comic strip and comic book adaptations and out-right parodies and pastiches. This book, one of the many fine books superbly edited and printed by Craig Yoe, showcases some of the best and some of the more obscure. Anyone who loves Alice and her companions will wish to have this book (with its unique die-cut cover) in their library.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Harvey on November 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
For this volume, Yoe has assembled a sprawling selection of the variety of Alice’s appearances in comic books. We see cartoon interpretations of Carroll’s work by George Carlson, Chad Grothkoph, Harvey Kurtzman and Jack Davis. Alice is given up-to-date adventures by Dan DeCarlo, illustrator George Muhlfield (Alice on Monkey Island, the longest story in the book), Dave Berg, and Alex Toth (for a little taste of terror). A contemporary Alice meets Superman, drawn by Sam Citron and Stan Kaye, and Little Max from Joe Palooka, drawn by Warren Kremer. In a couple Peanuts strips, Charles Schulz has Snoopy doing his Cheshire Cat’s grin trick. And Walt Kelly is represented by Albert giving a hysterically physical interpretation of “Jabberwocky” and by a five-page poem enacted by Humpty Dumpty, reproduced here for the first time from original art in Mark Burstein’s collection. And there’s a section reproducing the covers from many Alice comic books. The content, as I say in a somewhat longer review at RCHarvey.com, is not encyclopedic: it’s a selection, judicious and appealing.
Burstein, President of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, supplies a learned introductory essay that connects Carroll’s Alice to the history of comics, starting with England’s William Hogarth and Thomas Rowlandson and passing through Switzerland’s Rodolphe Topffer and Britain’s Ally Sloper and Germany’s Wilhelm Busch with stops at Richard Outcault’s Hogan’s Alley (although he perpetuates the myth that the Yellow Kid acquired his name through an accidental application of yellow ink in printing one of his weekly adventures early on).
Yoe then offers an orientation to the book’s contents with notes about some of the cartoonists represented.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stuart kaufman on October 14, 2014
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Beautifully packaged with great stories.
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