- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (August 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600107052
- ISBN-13: 978-1600107054
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,133,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Felix the Cat's Greatest Comic Book Tails! Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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The book is very sturdy and the spine does not buckle when the book is fully open. The cover is slightly different than the one posted on Amazon, but Felix is very prominent in glossy black with the title and authors in glossy white (the remainder of the cover is a matte white). The re-printed stories appear color-accurate to their originals and not touched up (ie they appear to be high quality color scans from printed comic books) to their originals (as opposed to the Harvey Classic reprints from the 90s which were re-colored and cleaned) and are about 10-20% larger in size than the Golden Age originals. The pages themselves are off-white (maybe light peach?Read more ›
No, I'm not condoning drug use. In fact, psychedelics are completely unnecessary when you read these stories. They are wild flights of fantasy that leap off the page and worm their way directly into the subconscious mind; they are dreams on paper. Flying carpets, walking fish, talking vegetables - anything can happen in these stories and always does. And Felix is right there in the thick of the action, enjoying the ride, whether it's a visit to Candy Land or the moon. "Fantastic" in the truest sense.
Editor Craig Yoe and Felix honcho Don Oriolo have collected these vintage comic books and presented them in a gorgeous volume that belongs on every coffee table and bookshelf. The comic pages are reproduced as is, not doctored, re-colored and "improved" like in so many inferior collections. This is as close as you can get to reading the original vintage comic books. As usual with Yoe Books, it's beautifully designed and printed, with full-color endpapers, sturdy binding (unlike the flimsy comic books) and a very cool cover. Reminiscent of the Beatles so-called "White Album," the cover is white with the title printed in a clear varnish.Read more ›
Yoe starts the book with a brief essay that introduces Felix without bogging the reader down with a lot of detail. Comics historians differ on who actually created Felix, Joe Sullivan or his employee, Otto Messmer, and given the way studios worked at the time, it's hard to know who exactly did what. Indeed, at the beginning of the book, Yoe notes that most of the artwork and stories in the book are by Messmer, and then he points out a few that were identified as being by Joe Oriolo, who drew the Felix comics in the 1940s and 1950s. Most of the comics aren't signed, and one that is--a newspaper strip from the 1920s--is credited to Sullivan although Messmer is the actual artist.
This introductory section includes a few remarkable facts about Felix: He was the first cartoon character to be represented by a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade; Charles Lindbergh had a Felix decal on the side of his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis; and Felix was the first cartoon character to be shown on television, although not as a cartoon. When NBC tested the first RCA television camera, in 1928, they used a Felix doll rotating on a turntable for their test image. Yoe includes photographs of this event as well as a fascinating array of early Felix ephemera before launching into the meat of the book, the comics.
All the comics collected here are from the same era, from 1945 to 1954.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nostalgia revived. I've bought the book for my grand son. I hope he will enjoy it the same as I did some decades ago.Published 18 months ago by Karel Mika
Great for showing the grand kids what we used to enjoy! And great for evoking good memories.Published 20 months ago by J. Archer
This book is a great collection of Felix the Cat stories from days past. Also, the book is a work library!of art in itself. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by fastedie
I watched this cartoon when I was a kid. This book is everything I loved about the show plus some background information on the creator and the start of the comic.Published on November 21, 2012 by S. H. Brandt
My favorite Craig Yoe book!
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