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Disappointing reproduction mars this coffee table book on the master cartoonist, Chas Addams
on October 2, 2014
Considering the deluxe nature of this coffee table book about arguably one of the most unique comic cartooning talents of the twentieth century, you would think the printing would have been better. As it is the cartoons are reproduced from what looks like secondary sources, perhaps not even scanned or photographed from their original appearances in The New Yorker or any other original printings.
Because of the subtleties of his art, gray washes sometimes turning near black and obscuring parts of the cartoon, it takes a real effort to reproduce Addams' artwork to the standard it deserves. That being said, the cartoons look better in this book than they do in The New Yorker's digital reproductions from their complete cartoons collection.