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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606992848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606992845
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Classic pin-ups from a giant of the comics field.... Jack Cole was a masterful comic book artist who helped define the golden age of his art form.” (The Village Voice)

“The 100 pages’ worth of cartoons of comely, curvy cuties come culled from low-rent men’s digest magazines of the 1940s and 1950s — now-forgotten rags with happy-go-lucky names like Romp, Joker and Laugh Riot. But Cole’s contributions are visually indelible.” (Rod Lott - Bookgasm)

“The top pin-up cartoonist of his generation.” (Forum)

“A saucy joy.” (The List)

“Cole was a leading figure of mid-20th-century popular culture.” (Terry England)

About the Author

Jack Cole was born in 1914 and died in 1958.

Alex Chun is a longtime journalist living in Los Angeles. A former staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, he is currently a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times where he covers pop-culture. He also edits a series of art books for Fantagraphics. In his spare time, he collects original cartoon pin-up art and maintains the website www.pinupcartoongallery.com. His books include The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo (two volumes), The Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel, The Pin-up Art of Bill Ward, The Glamor Girls of Don Flowers, The Glamour Girls of Bill Ward, Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole, and The Pin-Up Art of Humorama.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tate Hemlock on August 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Jack Cole's Plastic Man should do themselves a favor and seek this book out. These one-panel gags foreshadow the work Cole would do for Playboy in the 1950's. The line art, is of course, extraordinary but his experiments with ink wash really leap off the page. Cole's gals are breathtaking. As Art Speigelman noted, "Cole's goddesses were estrogen souffles who mesmerized the ineffectual saps who lusted after them." I admit that I too was mesmerized flipping through the pages of this book. The gags are sometimes weak but Cole himself admitted that after having drawn comic books for so long he had to re-learn the art of the one-panel gag. Fortunately, this period drawing gags for the Humorama line helped him develop the talent needed to become Playboy's pre-eminent cartoonist in the early days. Alex Chun did a good job in condensing Cole's life down to a few pages. Which means more room for Cole's art!

A few things to note. The book says Quality Comics later became DC Comics, however, when Quality folded they were actually purchased by DC and absorbed into their line-up. The editorial review above states that Playboy was Cole's last professional gig before his untimely death but in actuality he created the syndicated newspaper strip Betsy and Me in the final year of his life. It was being published in nearly 50 papers at the time of his death.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Audran Guerard on October 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I wish it was in colors. Only 2 pages are printed in colors. It's sad because his color arrangement is powerful and missing in this book. Still nice to own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil R. King on July 13, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great work but wish all the astonishing color works were in this volume. They all need to be collected. This is a nice start though.
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