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THe book's production values are beautiful.
There is also an extensive interview with the surviving "Humbug" artists, Al Jaffee and Arnold Drake, all of which helps to put the work into context.
TV's Laugh In, Woody Allen, The National Lampoon and so many movies, books and just the way all of us think and look at things.
As a physical package this slipcased collection is like a technicolor MGM musical. As humor, however, it's more like The Bowery Boys Meet Ma and Pa Kettle--a not especially... Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. C. Bell
Harvey Kurtzman was a genius writer, editor and artist of serious material (see key issues of Two Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat that are gripping and pertinent today). Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by Edwi R. Spiegel
Not exactly what I expected, but I'm not disappointed. It had all the rich satiric cartooning with 'eyeball kicks" that the original Mad comic had. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by Comics Fan
When I learned that Harvey Kurtzman's late 50's, short lived humor magazine: "Humbug" was being published I was as excited as a body could be! Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Karl P.
Cartooning was my outlet in high school and Mad magazine was my tutor. I eagerly bought the 2 issues of Trump and several issues of Humbug. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by James S. Hentschell
I would have given this five stars, but I fault Fantagraphics for doing some artsy-fartsy production on the various "Humbug" cover reproductions by also reproducing the various... Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by Mark Arnold
I waited a long time for this and now that it's here it was well worth it. The first thing I have to say is what an absolutely beautiful production job they did with this set. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Deep Eye
This is a great collection. The artwork is stunning. THe jokes are very dated and for me (at 47) there were few "laughs". Read morePublished on March 21, 2009 by Daniel Burke