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The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story Hardcover – March 23, 2010
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The book is wonderful, and Gross deserves most of the credit for that, since it includes all of his comic book work in one hefty volume comprising an impressive 354 pages. The comic book pages are nicely reproduced (and not re-colored or doctored) from the original comics and are predictably hilarious. Milt's work is just terrific which it makes it all the more mysterious why he isn't more popular today. (Maybe this book will change that situation.)
But we can't ignore Yoe's contribution to the book, not only as editor and archivist but as author of a fairly in-depth biography that's chock full of rare illustrations and photographs. There's lots to read in this fascinating tale of success in the first half of the 20th century.
For me, the most enjoyable aspect of Milt's life story is how, back in the day, cartoonists were genuine stars, not unknown scribblers chained to a drawing board. From his work on the four-color funny pages Milt went on to work with Charlie Chaplin as a gag writer, among other accomplishments. Gross was a comic celebrity who dabbled in animation, books and even fine art.
I also have to say something about this book as a book. Unlike a novel, it is not "Kindle-friendly.Read more ›
What follows next are close to 300 pages of nothing but colorful comic reproductions with no text other than in the comics themselves.
It is enough to keep you laughing for weeks! My only negative comment would be that I found the font in the biographical section to be very small and a little difficult to read.
They did a great job putting this book together. Very nicely done.
And a lot of fun!
Here's a book I've actually had for a while, I'd say it arrived toward the end of June and I'm still not done with it! The book is massively thick and is hard-backed. 368 pages of Gross!
The book opens with a word from Herb Gross (Milts son) and a longer essay on Milts life in comics, cartoons and entertainment in general by the books editor and compiler Craig Yoe.
Both are interesting, thoughtful insights into this sweet and funny man, all illustrated by Milts various ads, cartoon strips and surprisingly, some of his paintings! Milt was a talented man to say the least.
From there, the whole book is nothing but full-page color reprints of Milt Gross' Comics!!!
Milt is known for his unabashedly cartoony style. He has strong lines-of-action, energetic poses, funny drawings, an unending supply of designs for his characters and of course, his biggest asset is his unmatched skill for composition.
Before I brought this book, I'd only ever seen random panels of Milts work, out of context, in various animation blogs explaining his many strengths.
But until I read the first story in this book, a comic strip called 'That's my Pop' I never knew how good Milt was at telling stories!
The story was hilarious and engaging, like something out of the Honeymooners or some classic sitcom, in the truest sense of the word, it was a situational comedy. The situations he came up with were ripe for comedy.
Milt had several recurring strips such as "That's My Pop!Read more ›
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This book has been showing up on my recommendations for months, and the reviews say "Marvelous!" and "Fantastic!", so I bought it.
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There has been such a change in comic styles over the ages, and such an inundation of the superhero/Marvel type style of comic, that it is easy to forget how it all got started,... Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by busymom
When you first see the work of Milt Gross, there's something familiar about it. Even if you've never encountered the work itself, it's easy to see the influence in everything that... Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by GraphicNovelReporter.com