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Mad: Artist's Edition HC Hardcover – 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: IDW (2013)
  • ISBN-10: 161377544X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613775448
  • ASIN: B00B4HCM4K
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The concept with these "Artist Edition" books from IDW is that they take untouched high resolution scans of original art boards and print them, with pencil lines, white out, paste-ups and all, at their original size on paper that they say approximates the surface of the actual boards. The result is supposed to duplicate the experience of looking at the actual, original art as much as possible.

I'd say they succeeded.

MAD has always had their artists work at 200% of print size, unlike comic book artists which typically work at 130-150%. As a result, the original art from MAD pages are huge, 16 1/4 x 21 inches without bleeds. That makes this book gigantic. Measuring in at 15 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches and 1 3/8 inches thick, it must weigh 15 lbs, but is not too unwieldy to page through... and what pages!

The reproductions really are like looking at originals. The ghosts of pencil lines are plainly visibly, gray smudges from handling, ruled lines from lettering, yellowing/browning of aged paper, white out from corrections, even the difference in tone from pasted in corrected art is obvious. All the production notes and margin direction are there. That stuff is all interesting and adds to the feel of a real, worked on piece of art, but the real magic is in the inks.

You can see the brush strokes. The places the pen blotted and scratched. The uneven strokes of the large, brushed-in black areas. Most importantly, you can see the art at the actual size the artist did it at... seeing his decisions and how he handles the smallest of areas. It's as close to looking over the shoulder of Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman and company working at the peak of their powers as you will ever get until they actually invent a time machine.
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An absolutely amazing collection of original art that would be impossible to see any other way (unless you're a bajillionaire with a time machine). Think about it, 150 bucks wouldn't buy you a single panel of original art from this historic collection. Presented here are 190 pages (give or take) for you droolmonkeys to chatter over. That's right! IDW just saved you MILLIONS of dollars! Now how can you beat savings like that, eh? Buy it already, but support your local comic shop and buy it from them. They'll thank you for it!

CONTENTS INCLUDES:

HOOHAH! from Mad #1
w: H. Kurtzman
a: J. Davis

GOOKUM! from Mad #2
w: H. Kurtzman
a: W. Wood

MOLE! from Mad #2
w: H. Kurtzman
a: B. Elder

SHADOW! from Mad #4
w: H. Kurtzman
a: B. Elder

OUTER SANCTUM! from Mad #5
w: H. Kurtzman
a: B. Elder

SMILIN' MELVIN! from Mad #7
w: H. Kurtzman
a: W. Wood

LONE STRANGER RIDES AGAIN! from Mad #8
w: H. Kurtzman
a: J. Davis

BAT BOY AND RUBIN! from Mad #8
w: H. Kurtzman
a: W. Wood

LITTLE ORPHAN MELVIN! from Mad #9
w: H. Kurtzman
a: W. Wood

FACE UPON THE FLOOR! Mad #10
plot: J. Davis
a: J. Davis & B. Wolverton

FLESH GARDEN! from Mad #11
w: H. Kurtzman
a: W. Wood

MAD READER! from Mad #11
w: H. Kurtzman
a: B. Wolverton

3-DIMENSIONS! from Mad #12
w: H. Kurtzman
a: W. Wood

PRINCE VIOLENT! from Mad #13
w: H. Kurtzman
a: W. Wood

MOVIE...ADS! from Mad #14
w: H. Kurtzman
a: W. Wood

PLASTIC SAM! from Mad #14
w: H. Kurtzman
a: R. Heath

RESTAURANT! from Mad #16
w: H.
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An incredible collection of stories. Elder has never looked better, his in jokes and back ground gags pop right off the page.
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