Set in rough chronological order, the comics share pages with occasional letters from fans, detractors, editors, folks made famous by a particular cartoon, and those begging for explanations. Though few explanations are provided (Larson personally supplies merely one, plus a single apology), this collection helps answer the inevitable "how do you think up these things" conundrum. Before each year's cartoons, Larson provides insight with essays about his childhood, various travels, occupational hazards, and his official rules for dealing with bedtime monsters (which often turned out to be his older brother). Most wonderful is the first essay on how the comic started. (His longtime editor Jake Morrissey's long introduction is a must read on The Far Side's story).
Despite no central characters, it's easy to spot patterns in Larson's wild and wacky cartoons. Animals, insects, and inanimate objects often exhibit all-too-human impulses. Larson's subjects are often in scenes of peril--disasters, visits to hell, and perhaps a hundred cartoons set on a one-palm tree deserted island. It is what Larson's fertile imagination mined from those situations that created fans and enemies for 14 years. (Larson retired at his peak and then went into jazz music). The comics are not indexed (how could they be--first lines? listings of cartoons with cows?); finding a favorite requires a great memory for its publication date. Best simply to peruse the pages of this beautiful collection in which you will certainly find more than a few new chuckles before landing on your beloved Larson sketch. --Doug Thomas
The Complete Far Side is a must for Gary Larson Fans.
The cartoons are printed on very finely milled paper, the books are beautifully bound, and they are even placed inside a very nicely done slipcase.
If you can see yourself spending 90 dollars buying a "comic book" - you've got to get this collection.
Not exactly what I was expecting, but a comprehensive collection none the less. Could only find it used, and the price was ridiculous. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Km! Ra
Come on, it's the Far Side! How could this be anything but amazing?!Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Milnes
This IS the classic collection. Damn... Larson was brilliant !!!Published 1 month ago by John F. Schafer
These are large, high quality books that come in a nice sturdy case. Be prepared though, once you start looking at the pictures and reading the captions, you will miss Gary... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy Bayham
It was a gift for my hubby we both love(d) the far side....Now we enjoy the humor 'by the cup'Published 1 month ago by Jeanette Barlow
If my house was on fire this is one of the things that I must save. What can I say about this except that is the greatest comic collection ever known to man. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chuck Bittner