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The Blighted Eye Hardcover – January 30, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1606996959 ISBN-10: 1606996959 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (January 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606996959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996959
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book focuses on Glenn Bray’s trove of comic art, but his idiosyncratic collector’s eye takes in all kinds of cultural detritus: girlie pinups and rock posters, pro wrestling and movie monsters. Mr. Bray started collecting comics originals in 1965, and Blighted is a gallery-like Who’s Who of underground, aboveground and no-ground cartoonists: Harvey Kurtzman and R. Crumb, Virgil Finlay and Gary Panter, George Herriman and Chris Ware. It also shows how an eccentric yet passionate eye can change the way we think about art.” (Dana Jennings - The New York Times)

“The Blighted Eye is a massive book ...[that] represents the tip of a comic art iceberg. ... I hope a second volume is in the works.” (Mark Frauenfelder - Wink Books)

About the Author

Glenn Bray lives in California’s San Fernando Valley with his wife, the Dutch cartoonist Lena Zwalve.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silver Age Space Cadet on March 7, 2014
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The last couple of years have seen a number of definitive books on 20th century comic book and strip art greats such as Daniel Clowes, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Davis. The practice of having the art newly photographed directly from the originals is thankfully becoming more common, as it puts the reader much closer to the experience of viewing the actual art (a rare opportunity, needless to say). But whereas the afore-mentioned books convey the experience of being at a gallery showing of one artist, this book celebrating the collection of Glenn Bray has the distinction of making you feel like you're strolling through the Louvre of Underground, Outsider and Counter Culture comic art! There are generous helpings of great examples by the likes of alternative press giants like Crumb, Panter, Wolverton, Clowes, Rory Hayes, Robert Williams, Drew Friedman, alongside greats from strips, EC comics, and funny animal art like Harvey Kurtzman and Carl Barks -- ALL UNDER ONE ROOF! (not to mention dozens of artists I was otherwise unfamiliar with, who now deserve further investigation; even Freddie Blassie gets page space devoted to him!). It may seem like it shouldn't work, but it does: the book is over 400 pages so manages to give everyone their due. It's smartly organized, and the reproduction of the art is top notch as mentioned. If you're interested in alternative press or underground art or comic book art in general, I think you'll find the book to be an achievement as I have. Hats off to Fantagraphics Books for putting this together (and doing it right!), and their continued dedication to preserving this great art form in their various archival editions.
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By THOMAS C. BIAGI on June 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful art book, hitting on the type of art I love. Great to see this type of art in this format.
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I love this book! "The Blighted Eye" showcases Glenn Bray's extensive collection of original comic art by my friends, cartoonists Rick Griffin, Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, S. Clay Wilson, Robert Williams and many more. Glenn includes photos of his visits to Rick's home and their trip to Peru and Easter Island with Robert Williams… and ton's more.
Its about a 20 pound book (just a guess here) that lists for $100 but amazon delivers it to your door for $63.64 or about $3.00 a pound… just think of it as answering the question "Where's the Beef?" because its all Killer and no Filler.
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