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The Big Book of Weirdos (Factoid Books) Paperback – April, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Factoid Books
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dc Comics; Gph edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563891808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563891809
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Dostoyevsky to Dali, if the history of humankind teaches us anything, it's that the most brilliant individuals of any era were often the most peculiar as well. In fact, they were positively weird.

Presented in a uniquely engaging illustrated format, the "alternative lifestyles" of 67 crackpots and visionaries have been graphically interpreted by an equal number of today's most popular comic artists.

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Close on the heels of The Big Book of Urban Legends comes a companion volume of comic-strip biographies of a motley assortment of 67 crackpots, visionaries, despots, prophets, performers, and others whose peculiarities supposedly elevate them above mere eccentricity into the realm of the truly bizarre. It is not as successful as its predecessor, in which the urban legends theme allowed the cartoonists to develop succinct little narratives. It's not as easy to encapsulate the life of, say, Ivan the Terrible, in 35 panels. Moreover, the choice of subjects is too disparate: weird is too mild a word for Adolf Hitler, and other strips simply focus on the unconventional sides of such successful people as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The most interesting profiles are of the most obscure figures, such as flagpole-sitter Shipwreck Kelly and fitness freak Bernarr McFadden. Still, the book does showcase another stellar lineup of comics artists whose styles range from photorealistic to cartoony and nearly all of whom do justice to the personages they portray. Gordon Flagg

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mumblyjoe@hotmail.com on August 20, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book presents a lot of fascinating lives through some great black-and-white comic art. The only downside to this book would be that the stories don't get as detailed as I would have liked.
Pick it up if you want to get an idea of how being different can fuel creativity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Plotkin on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the second of the Big Book series, and another gem! Read it, and see what made many historical figures tick (and go cuckoo as well!). One of my favorites, one I can relate to. Can you?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I got this thing as a gift and it is one of the best books I have ever read. It is realistic,well drawn and researched,and enjoyable. It hold artitists,writers,leaders,actors,and more. From funny{Edward Southern}to freaky{Franz Kafka},from good{Thomas Edison}to bad{Aldolf Hitler}and more. Like the others,this is a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book explains in a fun, great to read, way how weirdness has affected human history. From the depravity of Caligula, Hitler, and Amin, to the world changing visions of Edison, Poe, and Duncan. The foreword by Gahan Wilson puts weirdnes in it's perpsective, and tells how this book can be useful.
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