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The Mad Monster Book of Horrifying Cliches Hardcover – December 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Mad; Gph edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563898845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563898846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By n0s4a2 on September 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you've seen Paul Coker Jr.'s "Horrifying Clishes" in Mad magazine, you know how great they are. Paul Coker is one of the greatest cartoonists who ever lived, and the concept behind this series really gives him a chance to show off his unique talent.
BUT...
Somebody thought they'd get fancy and add some color to the drawings, and they MESSED THEM UP! The color is done on a computer, and it adds very dark areas that throw the beautiful compositions off badly. Coker himself was obviously not involved in this; it was probably done by some flunky fresh out of a 2nd rate art school working for minimum wage. It ruins the drawings in many bitterely disappointing instances. Coker himself has been known to add watercolor or ink wash to some of his work, and he does so with the delicacy and unerring judgement of a master. Why didn't they consult him, instead of printing blocks of opaque dark green over his exquisite line work? The color is mechanical and flat, with no sensitivity to form; it gradates from dark to light mathematically, just like a lifeless computer program. It adds nothing and in some cases obscures much. Shameful.
This is still the best collection of Coker's art for Mad, though. Too bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelia Popwell on July 16, 2013
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Horrifying Cliches has been my favorite MAD feature for years, and I almost didn't order this little book (only 5-1/2" x 5-1/2") because of the other reviewer's negative opinion of the color ("dark areas" and "greenish wash"). I had never seen color versions of the Cliches, and I found these to be delightful with clean, bright color. My only complaint is that there are far too few pages -- I would love to have a truly Monster-sized book of these gems. This book was printed in 2002 and contains some of my all-time favorites like "Splitting an Infinitive", "Striking a Careless Pose", "Mounting an Offensive", and "Killing off a few Idle Hours." Each cartoon is printed on a separate page, making it larger than the original black-and-white magazine version, and is on a white background with no borders which highlights the details of the drawings nicely. The two Forewords by Phil Hahn and Paul Coker Jr. are a fun bonus. Since I had such a different opinion of the color, I wonder if the other reviewer might have seen a copy from a flawed print run.
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Format: Hardcover
Always loved the Horrifying Cliches of the old Mad mags and there are many of my favorites in this little volume but holy cow...this book is anything but a "monster" book. You can practically hold it in the palm of your hand. Unless this is some sort of rare out-of-print tome, paying the price listed here on Amazon seems way off base. As it is, I found it for much less eleswhere but still the price is not in line with the presentation.
On that front, I'm sympathetic to the review that lamented the coloring issues. The block of darker muted colors applied at times to Coker's creations, does indeed diminish his great line work and the overall feel of the drawings. While some panels don't suffer as much from the color appilcation as others, unfortunately none of the drawings have the gentle wash of colors and tones that Coker himself would have applied. Fours stars for Coker and Hahn's wonderful work...but price, size and execution from the publisher is a drag.
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By AJRos on January 20, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book is great! And the seller was incredibly fast in getting them to me
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