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Tall Tales Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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Al Jaffee is an award-winning cartoonist and cultural icon best known for his work in MAD Magazine. He is the creator, artist, and writer of the MAD Fold-In and Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions. At eighty-six years old, Al Jaffee is still a regular monthly contributor to MAD. He lives in New York City with his wife, Joyce. Stephen Colbert is an American comedian, satirist, actor, and writer. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller I Am America (And So Can You!).

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972728
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got a "Tall Tales" paperback by Al Jaffee sometime around 1960 and remembered how clever Mr. Jaffee's work was. This book proves that I wasn't just remembering a child's blurred memory. The creativity in doing a vertical one-panel strip is hard to fathom and Mr. Jaffee delivers in every panel. My only complaint is that it feels a bit thin -- I would have liked to have seen even more strips in this. There are 120 pages of strips in this and for an elegant hard cover, I would have liked to see something closer to 160. Still, it's five stars.
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As a neighbor of Al's for some ten years - a long, long time ago - I can testify to his talent and humor. Page after page this book made me laugh out loud, so if you're subject to any medical condition that precludes allowing yourself to laugh loud and long, take this book one page at a time with ample recovery periods between pages!
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The uniquely quirky genius of Mad's Al Jaffee, the master of the Fold-In and Snappy Answers to Stupid questions, is reborn in this long, slim, beautifully designed collection of vertical sight gags. Laughter builds as you turn each page. Suitable for adults and smart kids who love to laugh. [...], it looks like a million. The introduction by Steven Colbert kicks off the humor and makes Tall Tales an immediate collectors'item.
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Tall Tales is a book of one page comics that Jaffee did for newspapers prior to becoming famous at Mad Magazine for his Fold Ins and "Snappy Answers". The comics are really great, and show off the wit and genius that Jaffee has. He can do more in one page than other artists can do in an entire book. If you are a fan of Mad or Al Jaffee then you will definitely love this book. It is called 'Tall Tales' because of the size of the book, instead of multi page comics, they are all on long vertical strips. So instead of looking 'across' the page to get the joke you have to look 'up and down'. It is a fast read obviously, but well worth it.
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