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The Comics: The Complete Collection Hardcover – April 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: The Comics
  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810995956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810995956
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Walker has written and edited more than two dozen books and curated more than 70 cartoon exhibitions. Since 1984 he has been part of the creative team that produces the comic strips Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

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Excellent compendium of the history of the newspaper staple, the comics page.
rasfan
Not only did I get another great volume and a BIG one at that, but I get something that will lead me into my next quest and educate me along the way.
Gregory K. Myers
I was born way too late to see most of these strips in the newspapers (born in the Doonesbury era) but I adore the great old comics.
Morris Pevensey

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Morris Pevensey on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely stunning. I was born way too late to see most of these strips in the newspapers (born in the Doonesbury era) but I adore the great old comics. This affectionate, comprehensive and gorgeous retrospective has them all, going back to 1900. All the great ones are here: The Yellow Kid, Buster Brown, the Katzenjammer Kids, Krazy Kat, Terry and the Pirates, Little Nemo in slumberland, Prince Valiant, Pogo, Calvin and Hobbes, along with hundreds of lesser known but fascinating strips like Herriman's The Family Upstairs (surely the most unusual premise for a strip ever) Bringing Up Father, The Little King, Barnaby. The Sunday strips are reproduced in glorious full color, many of them stunningly restored. It's too bad this book apparently didn't sell. It really highlights how much we've lost with the fracturing of entertainment media and the reduction of the comics to stamp-sized insipid talking heads. With the shrinkage of newspapers, we have lost something brilliant and uniquely American, and this informative and fascinating book brings it back.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooper VINE VOICE on April 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Originally, the author did 2 volumes on comic strips, one pre 1945 and one post 1945 and this is a combination of the 2 volumes. Walker is the son of Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker and is currently involved in the Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois strips. This is a history of comic strips from the 19th century to 2002.(Nothing that is very recent). Hundreds of strips are featured with the more famous ones getting a few pages with the obscure strips only getting one or two strips.
Short bios on some top comic strip creators as well as a history make up the text and the book is about half Walker's writing and half reprints of comic strips.
Just the sheer number of different comics from different eras is extremely impressive. Even faithful readers of the comic strips will no doubt be introduced to many that they had never seen before. Everything about it - the writing which gives a very detailed history, the great artwork, and the variety is excellent. This is for anyone who enjoys the comic strips and would enjoy learning about the history. 5 Stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Cartoonist Brian Walker, a founder and director of the Museum Of Cartoon Art from its inception in 1974 to 1992 (and one of the moving forces behind the successful strips Beetle Bailey and Hi & Lois since 1984), together with editors Nicole Columbus and Richard Slovak, designer Carole Goodman of Blue Anchor Design, production manager Ankur Ghosh, and Abrams ComicArts of New York, are responsible for this comprehensive volume which brings together two previous works of Mr. Walker - The Comics Before 1945 and The Comics Since 1945.

In doing so they have created a massive - in more ways than one - history measuring 9 ½" wide by 12 ½ " long and a full 1 3/4" thick, with 672 pages crammed with comic strips dating back to the very beginnings of the concept in both b&w and colour. The first part, reprinting The Comics Before 1945, is broken down as follows: Introduction (p. 7-19); The Turn Of The Century (p. 19-67); The Teens (p. 67-113); The Twenties (p. 113-183); The Thirties (p. 183-287); The Forties (p. 287-324) followed by Acknowledgements and Bibliography. The second part, reprinting The Comics After 1945, is broken down as follows: Introduction (p. 338-349); The Postwar Years (p. 349-403); The Fifties (p. 403-451); The Sixties (p. 451-495); The Seventies (p. 495-551); The Eighties (p. 551-607); The Nineties (p. 607-659); Twenty-First century (p. 659-660); followed by Acknowledgements, Bibliography, and a full alphabetical Index.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Lidster on June 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Taking the reader back to the now largely-forgotten talents behind the earliest newspaper strips, Walker does an excellent job of selecting the best and most influential names and explaining just how popular, or revolutionary, or artistically brilliant they were. Using hundreds of reproduced dailies and full-color Sunday pages, I found myself going back to this book over and over to peruse the artwork: lesser-known artists like V.T.Hamlin (Alley Oop) and Lionel Feininger, who is much better known today as a painter whose canvases hang in galleries across the globe (as a founding member of 'Orphism', alongside Robert Delaunay and his wife, he pioneered not just in the comics medium, responding to Cubism, Futurism and Constructivism with a dynamic and colorful form of abstraction that would have a powerful impact on modern art), as well as the giants of comics' history: Winsor McCay, George Herriman, Harold Foster, Alex Raymond, Chester Gould, and Milton Caniff. This massive 10" x 13" 700-page book collects what was once two volumes: the first focused on comic strips before 1950, the second on strips produced from 1950 to today. The second half charts a steady decline in quality and prestige, as the comic book took off through the late thirties to thrive in the forties and early fifties, effectively saturating market demand for longer comic narratives and killing many of the newspaper adventure, SF, and drama strips that had once been so popular. When comic books were attacked and vilified by Dr.Read more ›
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