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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; 1St Edition edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613771673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613771679
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Barrett on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have been a Frazetta fan and collector for over 50 years, having discovered his art in 1949 and maintained a twenty year friendship with him. This new Craig Yoe book is truly outstanding. The reproduction is quite good and the stories selected couldn't have been finer. I had trouble reading Ralph Bakshi's "stream of consciousness" introduction but it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book. Craig Yoe's foreword was quite well written, although I did notice one small error: Yoe states that the SUPERMOUSE story in COO COO COMICS #41 was not the work of Frank Frazetta. This is not true since Frazetta told me on two different occasions that he did draw this story. The other stories that Yoe notes as not being by Frazetta were correct. I can't recommend this book high enough and it is well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cerberus on March 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have to start off saying that I am prejudice. Frank Farzetta is just short of being a god to me. His talent and abilities are awe inspiring and I regret never having been able to shake his hand. His art whether it is serious illustration,comic book or comic strip has encouraged millions to pick up pen,pencil and/or brush to try their hands at creativity. Frank Frazetta is the 20th century DaVinci and this book will be a prize to anyone who admires his versatility!
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Look, I love Frank Frazetta's work, his paintings and his less-frequent comic book drawings. I was actually one of those kids in the 1960s who discovered Tarzan novels from his Ace Books covers and Conan from those Lancer covers. I own a respectable number of art books collecting his work. I even have the books collecting his Li'l Abner strips and his work for Kurtzman and Elder on Playboy's Little Annie Fanny. He's one of my three favorite artists of all time and Rembrandt is one of the others so please believe I'm very much appreciative of Frazetta's work.

Also, the production values of this book are excellent. Good paper, nice printing, a fine introduction by famed book packager Craig Yoe (the other reviewers are correct that Ralph Bakshi's intro is a disgrace) and a lot of material thoughtfully presented and well-researched.

But. The bulk of this book is Frazetta's early "funny animal" stories and they just don't come across as anything resembling Frazetta's famous comic art style. They are reasonably well-done funny animal drawings, but that's it. One can read them thinking, "Huh, Frazetta drew this?" instead of thinking, "Hey, you can see Frazetta's genius even in his funny animal stuff." Yes, the fact that a great artist like Frazetta drew these stories is important to know and appreciate if one is to understand his full range as an artist, but I wasn't thrilled by it the way I am by his "realistic" drawings.

Luckily, this book has samples of such people-oriented comic art, though not until page 182. So less than 70 pages of this book has comic book art that actually looks like Frazetta did it and where you can oooh and aaah at his wonderful style even in his early 1948-9 career.
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By Jim Gray on August 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't prepared to find anything particularly revelatory about this book, since I've owned most of those stories for decades, and I was never as interested in his funny animal work as I was in his "realistic" work. But I didn't take into account Craig Yoe's talent as a creator of books on classic comics.
A young Frank Frazetta, after having his first comics story published at 16, spent his time as an assistant at Fiction House, hoping to break into comics. Standard Comics was his real entry into the industry, but "only" doing cartoon illustrations for text stories, and then funny animal stories. Until he sat up all night learning anatomy out of a textbook, he wasn't considered ready to draw human characters.
What is so often overlooked about Frazetta is that his love of drawing nature was always an essential part of his work, from the outset. I've often said that he was surely the greatest background and scenery artist ever to draw comics, notably in his Dan Brand series for M.E. Comics. As he himself said in an interview, he was the paradox of a tough guy who loved to draw flowers. The text illustrations alone are like an advanced course in scenery drawing for cartoonists.
The introduction cleverly makes the point that this funny animal work was the material Frazetta considered to be his true self, and the way these stories and illustrations are presented really brings out the abundant talent and freshness of his work, mostly done while still in his teens. And while most funny animal artists closely followed the style established by Disney animators in the 1930s, Frazetta had a unique approach.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Blitz on May 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's rare to think of an editor as an auteur, but Craig Yoe and his Yoe Books imprint, continue to publish some of the best designed books in the history of the comics medium. Every book released is impeccably produced as it's own unique piece of art, reflecting the subject within.

I no longer have to "collect" comics anymore, instead, I'm able to enjoy some of the best work by comic's greatest authors meticulously reprinted as they were originally with generous historical essays and ephemera.

The latest volume, Frazetta Funny Stuff, focuses on the funny animal and humor work of comic legend, Frank Frazetta. Reprinting 27 complete stories, the book is not only a testament to Frazetta's versatility, but also the magnitude of his talent. This is a collection to be savored and embraced.

My exposure to Frazetta's humor work was previously limited to several stories and reprints from the early nineties, but with this volume I've had the opportunity to enjoy this highly recommended output by a master cartoonist. This book is amazing and kudos to both Yoe Books and IDW for producing an flawless tome. Highly recommended.
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