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Mort Walker's Private Scrapbook Hardcover – December 1, 2000
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About the Author
Mort Walker has been an integral part of the cartooning world for over half a century through his comic strips "Hi and Lois" and "Beetle Bailey." He is heavily involved in the workings of the National Cartoonists Society and the Newspaper Features Council. He has also left his mark as the founder of the International Museum of Cartoon Art and Hall of Fame in Boca Raton, Florida. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut.
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Instead of a traditional auto-bigraphy Mort Assembled his essays, personal pictures, sketches, comics, and other anecdotes from his life into a book. It is in chronological order and the pages are full of laughs, never before seen drawings, and heart-warming stories. Growing up during the depression on the great-plains Mort was determined to become successful specifically through the medium of cartooning. He sold his first cartoons while still in elementary school and continues to draw his comic strips today. He is a dynamic artist and several paintings and other projects are featured in the book. Mort is much more than a cartoonist. He is an inventor, story-teller, athlete, artist, father, veteran, philanthropist, and more.
This is a fun read for anyone interested in Americana. From serious comic artists to casual fans, this is sure to please. I have seen a signed and limited leather-bound version of this for sale and plan on buying that if I see it.
This is truly a rich book packed with Mort Walker's personal (but amusing) autobiography, old cartoons, rare illustrations (there's even a spread of a NAKED Miss Buxley!), and oodles of photos featuring himself and his ever-growing clan. There are also some fun trivial facts about the eyeless Beetle Bailey, who was once a college student and now serving forever as an Army private, which we all come to know and love. We are also treated to the historical evolution of Mort Walker's famous comic strip as well as his partnership with the late Dik Browne, who created "Hagar The Horrible" and "Hi and Lois". You'll truly love the nostalgic trip through those timeless cartoons that Mort Walker and Dik Browne produced as well as their funny memoirs together, too.
Once again, I say Mort Walker himself must've been hand-picked by God!
Camp Swampy is one of the FUNNIEST comic stops in the funny paper! Sarge, Beetle Bailey, Gen. Half-Track and the gang are a SCREAM! I actually wiped tears of laughter from my eyes when I read this book. Beetle Bailey is truly one of the FUNNIEST strips to ever grace the newspaper!
We, the readers, are treated to the evolution of Beetle Bailey, indolent college student to Beetle Bailey, the work dodging private. We watch the metamorphasis of Sarge from a slightly husky man to the large, lovable irate officer he became. We laugh with Cookie, who looks like Sarge in a chef's hat. We scream over bunny-toothed Zero, Ms. Buxley, the aptly named secretary and General Half-Track, who's eyes never leave Ms. Buxley. The entire Camp Swampy crew will have you in stitches! This is truly a brilliant work that will leave you wanting more.