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A Wonderful, Wonderful Book,
This review is from: Felix the Cat's Greatest Comic Book Tails HC (Hardcover)
Felix the Cat has been around now for nearly a hundred years. You don't last that long without changing to fit the audience. The earliest Felix animated cartoons were shown in movie theaters and intended for adults. My generation remembers the Felix TV cartoons that were clearly aimed at kids. The Felix the Cat comic books, however, appear to have been created for people on LSD. Except, since LSD hadn't been developed yet, perhaps they were created for the kids who would later grow up and invent LSD. (I'll bet Timothy Leary read Felix comics. Can you prove that he didn't?)
No, I'm not condoning drug use. In fact, psychedelics are completely unnecessary when you read these stories. They are wild flights of fantasy that leap off the page and worm their way directly into the subconscious mind; they are dreams on paper. Flying carpets, walking fish, talking vegetables - anything can happen in these stories and always does. And Felix is right there in the thick of the action, enjoying the ride, whether it's a visit to Candy Land or the moon. "Fantastic" in the truest sense.
Editor Craig Yoe and Felix honcho Don Oriolo have collected these vintage comic books and presented them in a gorgeous volume that belongs on every coffee table and bookshelf. The comic pages are reproduced as is, not doctored, re-colored and "improved" like in so many inferior collections. This is as close as you can get to reading the original vintage comic books. As usual with Yoe Books, it's beautifully designed and printed, with full-color endpapers, sturdy binding (unlike the flimsy comic books) and a very cool cover. Reminiscent of the Beatles so-called "White Album," the cover is white with the title printed in a clear varnish. When you're as famous as Felix, you don't need a name to let people know who you are.
In addition to the comic books from the `40s and `50s, the book contains 30-some pages of introductory material and rare, vintage artwork, nicely rounding out the package.
Yoe has set the standard for books of this ilk. Anyone else attempting to collect and reprint comics has to match this quality just to get in the game.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2010 11:30:17 PM PDT
I wonder how much of this book overlaps with Gerstein's fabulous tome.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2010 6:22:48 AM PDT
David Burd says:
None. Gerstein collected the newspaper strips, mostly the Sunday funny pages. The content in this book is from comic books.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2010 11:52:41 PM PDT
Thanks for the quick response. Mine has been pre-ordered for months... and I just got confirmation today that it will be shipping shortly. Too bad it's not the comic strips... those are really unique! I wonder how one gets into republishing those? It seems IDW/Library of American Comics is not interested in Felix The Cat Strips. I'd love to see a complete felix strips... it's really hard to find those.
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