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The Big Book of Hell Paperback – October 31, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (October 31, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679727590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679727590
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 10.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Matt Groening is probably best-known as the creator of the television show The Simpsons, but many of his fans prefer his older and even more cynical Life in Hell comics. The Big Book of Hell is an impressive collection of a decade's worth of his best work.

From School Library Journal

YA-- Groening has compiled his best work from the "Life in Hell" strip. The book has everything from the birth and evolution of his best-known characters such as Bongo and Binky to a prototype of Bart Simpson. A hilarious, insightful view of life in and out of Hell.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of Fox's Emmy Award®-winning series The Simpsons, made television history by bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. The Simpsons is the longest running primetime animated series in television history and is currently the longest-running comedy on television, having aired more than 400 episodes. In July 2007, the highly anticipated feature film The Simpsons Movie opened in theaters with worldwide grosses of more than $525 million to date.

Originally brought to life in 1987 for The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons was Groening's amazing entry into the television animation world. Previously, he was best-known for his "Life in Hell" cartoon strip, an irreverent portrayal of love, work, school, life and relationships that currently appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide and in a multitude of books.

Groening's other Emmy-Award®-winning creation, Futurama, launched on Fox in March 1999 and ran for five seasons. Last year Fox released the direct-to-DVD full-length original feature Futurama: Bender's Big Score. Three additional films will be released and the entire series with new episodes will air on Comedy Central this year.

In 1993, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group, where he serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics, more than 36 comic compilations, as well as instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook, and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album among others!

In addition to the many awards bestowed on his creations (including Emmys, Annies, and the prestigious Peabody Award), Groening was personally honored with the Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor presented by the National Cartoonist Society. To date there are more than 14 million copies of books from HarperCollins in print throughout North America, the UK, and Australia based on The Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell.

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I found the single-page cartoons in this collection very enjoyable and consistent.
Hwy61Joe
I highly suggest anyone looking for a laugh or some delicious insight to purchase Big Book of Hell.
"spackermatt"
Some readers may be turned by these aspects that make it so appealing to the rest of us.
Kelly

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "spackermatt" on December 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I must say, Big Book of Hell is 10 times better than Huge Book of Hell. Funnier, less preachy, bigger, and just plain better. It's honest, and extremely observant of the little stupid things we do every day. Matt's detailed descriptions of school and work are so true, I wish I would have written them. Bongo's anti-school agenda is so funny and true. The strips with the eyes and Bongo strapped in a chair are among my favorites. Another thing Big Book has that Huge Book doesn't, is that it is TOUCHING! Witness the 8 Steps of Handling a Divorce (or something to that nature). I almost cried when I read it. In some ways, its more personal than Huge Book, other times, more universal. Which is why Greoning's work (and the Simpsons) are so brilliant: touching, personal yet universal, bitter yet hilarious, observant without being fake. Big Book also has TREMENDOUS re-read value. I highly suggest anyone looking for a laugh or some delicious insight to purchase Big Book of Hell.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "discountlionsafari" on October 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've been a huge fan of the Simpsons since they first aired, and recently I decided to check out Matt Groening's other works. I bought this book used and it was worth every penny. The comics here are unlike any other. I particularly enjoy them because they are totally irreverent, yet honest about the state of American society today. Many of the 'School is Hell' series appear in this collection. They are my favorites--they get me through long nights of studying. It makes me wish there was a 'Life in Hell' TV series to go along with the Simpsons.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you like The Simpsons, you'll love this book. It is packedwith 169 pages of the brutal and sometimes comic honesty that madeGroening who he is today. It covers all the main aspects of life - work, school, love, and childhood; told through the antics of surprisingly amusing rabbits who bear a striking resemblance to the Simpsons.
Some readers may be turned by these aspects that make it so appealing to the rest of us. Face it - Groening doesn't exactly hesitate to be excruciatingly honest, as you can see in his discussion of saran wrap vs. party balloons as contraceptives. But it's all in good humor and, let's face it, more people have been there than we like to admit.
If I haven't completely suaded you from this book, give it a shot. Sit back, get comfortable, and be willing to laugh in spite of yourself. I give it a five.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
THIS BOOK IS SO COOL, THAT IT EVEN HAS BONGO'S (a funny bunny) DREAM HOUSE! if you like Futurama and the Simpsons,then this is a book for you!(oh, and by the way, if you just want to read this for the bunny family, i suggest you read the "Jeff and Akbar" strip, It's definitly the best!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on June 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
It's one thing to say that life is hell and sit back and sulk. It's another thing to turn it into hysterical, scathing humor. Matt Groening's "... is Hell" series is by far the darkest and funniest exploration into our modern life. If Mark Twain were a cartoonist, this is what he would have produced. Compare these cartoons to those animated yellow people (Bart, Homer, et al.), and The Simpsons are no longer a dysfunctional family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This belongs on your bookshelf next to Kafka and it is one of the funniest things you'll ever read. The Simpsons is tame compared to this stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1996
Format: Paperback
It provides a comical and hilarious story of the Simpsons that
uses a combination of everyday life and some paradoxical
events.It's definitely a must for those seeking the excitement
and fun of the Simpsons.Great humour effects that can erase your
worries.The laughter book of the century!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1999
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Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee heeheeheeheeheeeheeeheeheeheeheeheeheehee!!!! C'mon, it's by Matt Groening ("rhymes with complaiing"--MG), the guy who created "The Simpsons." This was his first and most sarcastic venture. A timeless classic.
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