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VIP: THE MAD WORLD OF VIRGIL PARTCH. Ed. by Jonathan Barli. Fantagraphics Books, Inc., Seattle, 2013. Distributed by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York. 208 pp. with 456 ills. (297 col.). 26 x 31 cm. ISBN 9781606996645 In English.
Publisher's description: Only a few months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor and the same year that Albert Camus offered the world his bleak vision of man's existence by introducing his philosophical dictum of The Absurd, Virgil Partch burst onto the scene with his own twist on the phrase. Partch was a cartoonist who offered comic counterpoint to the grim headlines and a unique perspective on human nature in the pages of the nation's most popular magazines. Known to millions by his jazzy signature, VIP, this comic genius ushered in a new era of the gag cartoon -- zany, sometimes surreal, always hilarious -- that inspired a generation of fellow cartoonists starting in the 1940s and '50s... VIP contributed to an astonishing array of magazines, wrote gags for other cartoonists, illustrated books, album covers, and advertisements, and adorned merchandise including, appropriately, cocktail glasses. VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch is the first time Partch's life and career has been treated in full, collecting amazing artwork from the entire range of his inspired career and featuring his own writings. Reprinted from original art, primary-source publications, and collectors' and family archives, VIP's place in the world of cartooning and humor can finally be fully appreciated in this beautiful coffeetable volume.
Artist(s):Partch, Virgil
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Drawing and Watercolor
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 153783
Hardcover $49.99t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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