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I'm totally blown away, Imagine a time capsule from 1975, with all the best comics artists doing original strips--packed away until now. Never published.This is it--comic strips created in the early 1970s by world-famous artists and writers such as C. C. Beck, René Goscinny, Harvey Kurtzman, Art Spiegelman, Frank Brunner, Gray Morrow, and Gahan Wilson. And written by Archie Goodwin, Steve Englehart and a ton of other creators. All original one and two page--oversized page--strips about the recently past 1960s of drugs, rebellion, music...
What started out as a special insert for Rolling Stone took on a life—and mythology—of its own as writer/editor Michel Choquette traveled the world for three years, commissioning this visual chronicle of the 1960s, only to find himself without a publishing partner or the financial support to continue. Forty years later, readers finally get to experience this legendary anthology as Choquette celebrates the birth, death, and resurrection of The Someday Funnies—129 previously unpublished strips by 169 writers and artists--a who's who of international fame, from the creators of Asterix, of Barbarella, by Guido Crepax, Stan Goldberg and Dick Giordano, Trina Robbins, Wallace Wood...
This was publshed at the end of 2011, just as we (Bud Plant) were downsizing and publishing our last catalog for a year. It was totaly off my radar--we briefly handled it, at the rather stiff price of $55, but I never personally reviewed it. Until now, when it's turned up as a sale-priced bargain book.
And what a book, weighing in at five pounds and measuring an oversized 12" x 16", with a full page or even two pages by each creator. Jack Kirby writing about the sixties?? Wally Wood on the sexual revolution. Russ Heath on the Vietnam war. Barry Windsor Smith and Roy Thomas's Conan fights JEdgar and Pentigonn. Will Eisner tackles organized crime!
This is just so cool.
“In 1970, National Lampoon contributor Choquette was asked by Jann Wenner to edit a special comics insert for Rolling Stone that would allow prominent cartoonists and writers to survey the 1960s. That collection, “The Someday Funnies,” transformed over the next few years into a never-published book featuring the work of 169 writers and artists, and then—when Wenner pulled the plug—into the great lost project of comics history, an anthology of mainstream, underground, and European sensibilities existing only in Choquette's Montreal storage space."
"Thirty-one years later, it finally saw print--featuring work from even more luminaries like Joost Swarte, with comics written by Harlan Ellison and William S. Burroughs, and illustrations from such unlikely suspects as Tom Wolfe and Federico Fellini. What sticks with a reader now is the way the 60s had already begun to curdle in the memory even for those who had just lived them; more than one of these comics posits wild-eyed alternate histories of the 60s, including the book's kicker, a great Captain Marvel strip that ties the decade's woes to Billy Batson's mid-century silence...It's a priceless time capsule of comics history, presented handsomely by Abrams in the large tabloid size Choquette always envisioned." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[A] treasure trove of sixties cartooning finally hits print. . . . This graphic time capsule reveals that “the sixties” still define modern America's contradictory heart.”—Village Voice
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Item Code SMEH Publisher Abrams Publish Date 2011 ISBN 9780810996182 Condition Note: Copies may have slight bump. Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 12x16 # Pages 216pg Color Full Color