- Full Description
Harlan Ellison calls Carlson "a cartoonist of the absurd," whose work stands alongside that of Winsor McCay, Rube Goldberg, George Herriman, or Gary Larson. I'm also a huge fan and eager to dig into this massive, unparallelled collection.--Bud. Here is the complete story behind one of the most innovative and under-rated Golden Age artists, classic children's illustrators, and nonsense poets in American history. For more than 50 years, George Carlson created thousands of distinctive and dynamic cartoons, comics, riddles, and games that thrilled both children and adults with their fanciful spirit and nonsensical humor.
Carlson also made his mark as an accomplished designer of more serious themes including magazine covers, political cartoons, advertisements, locomotive and naval illustration, and, most famously, the original book jacket for the first edition of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind.
Perfect Nonsense focuses on Carlson's prolific work as a gag cartoonist, children's illustrator, commercial designer, and art instructor from 1907 to just before World War II. Carlson forever altered the nature of children's publishing during his tenure as chief artist and designer for the pioneering children's pulp, John Martin's Book. He turned the magazine itself into a toy, filled with seasonal games, holiday cut-outs, curious crosswords, graphic exercises, puzzles, riddles, rebuses, and more.
As Carlson himself once observed, his early works brim with a unique spirit of happiness and fun. Here is not only the very best of that spirit, but also the many secrets behind its legacy. This includes, in full color, six complete "Jingle Jangle Tales" and seven equally wild stories starring "The Pie-Face Prince of Old Prezleburg." These are the tales Harlan Ellison, Craig Yoe, and fans like myself are so in love with. Special die-cut cover.
Note: Slightly bumped corner.
- Additional Information
Item Code PERNH Publisher Fantagraphics Publish Date 2014 ISBN 9781606995082 Print Status Out of Print Condition Slightly bumped corner. Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 316pg Color Full Color