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Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons (3 Volume Boxed Set)
 
 
Author
Gahan Wilson, illus. Gary Groth, ed. Neil Gaiman & Hugh Hefner, intros.
Publisher Fantagraphics  
Format 3 vols, boxed
Product Dimensions 10.55 x 8.2 x 3.85 inches
ISBN 9781606992982
Pages/Publication Date 1056/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31428
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(Double 2010 Eisner Award Nominee) This three-volume slipcased set is a massive tribute to one of the most enduring—if deadly dark—talents in the realm of the one-panel gag cartoon. From December 1957, and for over half a century, Gahan Wilson's work appeared in every issue of Playboy. But rather than the busty, scantily clad cartoons traipsing among the rest of the magazine's pages, Wilson's characters were bloated, anxious, monstrous in the literal sense—and incredibly funny. Who else would have Santa munching on naughty children, or deceased family members in the recycling bin, or mad scientists who answer telemarketer calls with a telephonic death ray? Appearing here in their full-color glory, on Playboy-sized pages, every cartoon is presented as it was printed in the magazine, accompanied by introductions from Hugh Hefner and Neil Gaiman, an interview with Comics Journal editor-in-chief Gary Groth, a number of preliminary sketches, and several short, dank pieces of fiction by Wilson that Hefner also published. The volumes feature cutout covers and pages, and the laminated slipcase has a window on one side, through which you can see Wilson's face, seemingly mashed up against the "glass."

"Along with the centerfolds and the interviews, Playboy is famous for Gahan Wilson's cartoons.... Hefner knew great cartooning when he saw it, and the satirical undercurrent coursing through Wilson's work amused him as much as Wilson's eldritch comic irony, which is wilder than but otherwise of a piece, especially in quality, with that of Wilson's greatest peer, Charles Addams. And doubtless Hefner admired, along with the rest of Wilson's ardent following, the flamboyant, wiggly line with which Wilson limns the hideous figures that people his panels."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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