From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Spiegelman and Mouly reinvented comics as pop art in their classic anthology RAW
. This time out, they're reclaiming comics as a medium of far gentler thrills in a bountiful collection of story gems from a more whimsical era of graphic storytelling. Cartoonists little known to nonscholars are standouts: Sheldon Mayer's Sugar and Spike—toddler pals who speak their own language, much to the consternation of grownups—are a delight with their sweet hijinks. Andre LeBlanc's oddball Intellectual Amos marries lush artwork to a bald boy who mysteriously soliloquizes about science to his silent imp companion. Dick Briefer's Frankenstein is a gentle freak who longs to play the tuba. But the genius triumvirate of John Stanley, Carl Barks and Walt Kelly dominates—the first two with their wry fables of greed, revenge and childhood hubris. Kelly is simply one of the most endearing cartoonists of all time—every line he draws or character he creates exudes charm. Adults and comics fans will pore over this revelatory treasury for the stunning art; kids will simply pore over it, immersed in worlds of fantasy that are worth visiting again and again. (Sept.)
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About the Author
is an American comics writer, artist, and editor. He is the creator of Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids for Topps, and is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel memoir, Maus. Francoise Mouly
is an artist and designer. Together with Art Spiegelman she edited the groundbreaking comics anthology Raw
from 1980 to 1991. She is the art editor for the New Yorker,
and publisher of TOON Books. Jon Scieszka
is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the author of The Stinky Cheese Man,
which won a Caldecott Honor medal, and the founder of Guys Read (guysread.com), a nonprofit literacy organization.