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The Annotated Mantooth! Paperback – January 6, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: AIT-PLANET LAR; annotated edition edition (January 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932051058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932051056
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,057,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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...I can't deny my love for the 'Tooth... Sure to be one of the funniest comics released all year. -- Randy Lander, The Fourth Rail

...Inside Fraction's head, nothing is sacred... the strength of Kuhn's art is surprising... -- Don MacPherson, The Fourth Rail

As I spoke in that topic of summaries; the MANTOOTH is very good. -- Hector Lima, somewhere in heaven.

MANTOOTH hits all the buttons at once just to see what happens. It appeals to the basest lizardbrain instincts... -- Chris Eckman, Ninth Art

From the Publisher

We think that we speak for all of comics fandom, its creators, merchants, distributors, and marketers of its ancillary merchandise when we say that it is very exciting to be excited. And Rex Mantooth? That’s more exciting still. Now is an exciting time to be a fan of excitement.

The amount of work that’s going into THE ANNOTATED MANTOOTH!, the amount of care, of attention to detail-- the pure LOVE that this book is being slathered with-- is far more than ever went into the individual issues.

This must be a very important book. After all, would an unimportant book require a foreword, a preface, an introduction, AND a publisher’s note? We don’t just slap those sweet babies on anything.

Hollywood came to us and tried to buy it. NASCAR wanted Rex to drive side-by-side with Jeff Gordon. The Broadway musical, the animated spin-off, the calendars, birthday napkins, decorative ashtrays-- we turned them all down. Why, you ask? Because REX MANTOOTH KEEPS IT REAL. Therefore, we too must keep it real. For Rex. For us. But most of all-- for you.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By doughnut42 on September 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is great!

This graphic novel has Matt Fraction's annotated script side-by-side with the actual comic pages. Andy Kuhn and Tim Fisher provide the art on the comic pages, and it is excellent!

Rex Mantooth, Kung-Fu Gorilla is a secret agent who saves the world again and again with the help of his sidekick (and special lady friend), Honey Hamptonwick. They battle robot ninjas, rabid mallard ducks, lesbian she-commandos, zombie scientists, and even Hitler!

Fraction's notes on the script are just as funny, and sometimes funnier, as the actual comic pages.

There are three text pages by Fraction, one after every chapter of the main story, and a pin-up gallery in the back of the book, with pin-ups by Jeremy Love, Steven Sanders and Carla Speed McNeil.

Finally, the book also features an introduction by Warren Ellis, a foreward by Joe Casey, a preface by Greg Rucka AND a note from the publisher by Larry Young!

With all of that great supplementary material, you know this book must be important, so buy it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This concept is just too great not to give it a try. Mantooth is an international man of mystery AND he's a big ape, literally. He's also got a giant robot named "world's greatest grandpa" and saves the world many times. Andy Kuhn is rapidly becoming one of the hottest illustrators in comics and this is a breakout work for him. That Fraction guy ain't bad neither.
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Format: Paperback
Everyone’s acting just a little too cool…

… at least the guys intro-ing this book are. Warren Ellis repeatedly reminds us that he’s in a pub and he’s drunk and f you, he’s in a pub while he’s writing this, and did you know he’s drunk and in a pub? Joe Casey’s intro starts with “You have no idea what kinds of drugs I had to ingest to get this introduction down on paper…” Ooo, yeah you guys are real outlaws, you “rock star” comics writers! I get it, you really wish you were the comics version of Hunter S. Thompson except you’re not pulling it off! Greg Rucka also wrote (a needless) third intro but I’ll be damned if I ever read another word by that hack so who knows what he said.

So why does one of Matt Fraction’s least known comics have three introductions? One word: padding. Take away the extras - the three introductions, the afterword from the publisher, the covers, the short story, and the annotated scripts - and you’re left with 40 pages of comics. In other words, the reason you’re buying this book - for the comic - isn’t even the length of a double-size issue.

The format of the book is: left hand page is divided into two columns, comic script and annotations; right hand page is comic said script is about. I get that this is also the hilarious joke - this is a comic not even attempting to be intellectual in the least and we’re getting all kinds of stuff you’d find in an academic book. Har har, we’re annotating a story about a gorilla in drag punching Hitler! Yeah… what a riot. And they do this the entire book. Oh, my sides...

Even though this is supposed to be the joke, I didn’t bother reading the scripts or the annotations - all that text crap isn’t why I read comics in the first place.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Shawn Clark on December 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
If Jeffy from Family Circus were a talking super-spy gorilla in a tuxedo, Family Circus would be a much different comic strip. Jeffy from Family Circus is not a gorilla.

I think there's a gorilla in The Annotated Mantooth! That's crazy. I would not let a real gorilla into my house; but a book gorilla, maybe that's OK.

Matt Fraction has written some other comics, and he invented those mesh half-shirt things that dudes used to wear in the 80s. Does he speak Russian? I will not tell you that. You will have to answer that question on your own time.

Matt Fraction has never written Family Circus. Because of this, Mama Fraction does cry herself to sleep at night.
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5 of 25 people found the following review helpful By aaron pizey on July 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you happen to be 12 or just like to pretend you are, this is the perfect book for you. Following the premise that monkeys apprently bring inherent humour to the table, The Annotated Mantooth seems to've felt no need to be inventive beyond that, unless you think using an endless amount of swear words to make up for paper-thin writing is inventive. I suppose this book is a riot if you happen to be one of the people involved in its creation, but for anyone else, spend your money elsewhere.
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