MAD's Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of His Finest Works

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For over five decades, MAD Magazine has kept devoted audiences in stitches with its consistently excellent and surprisingly relevant satire. From the witty, shameless writing to the amusing, colorful comic illustrations, MAD is a timeless American classic. For the first time ever, here is a “greatest hits” collection of one of MAD’s most popular and prolific artists—Sergio Aragonés—hand-picked by the artist and featuring his greatest work from his debut with MAD in 1963 to the present. Assembled chronologically,...
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Overview


For over five decades, MAD Magazine has kept devoted audiences in stitches with its consistently excellent and surprisingly relevant satire. From the witty, shameless writing to the amusing, colorful comic illustrations, MAD is a timeless American classic. For the first time ever, here is a “greatest hits” collection of one of MAD’s most popular and prolific artists—Sergio Aragonés—hand-picked by the artist and featuring his greatest work from his debut with MAD in 1963 to the present. Assembled chronologically, it’s packed with memorable cartoons, insightful interviews, new cover artwork commissioned for this book, and a special pull-out poster of Sergio’s “Marginals,” the wildly popular mini-cartoons that have appeared in MAD’s margins for over 40 years.
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René A. Guzman San Antonio Express-News blog 10/14/10
"MAD's Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés." there's something extra special about Aragonés' hilarious doodles. Maybe it's how these mostly pantomime cartoons speak volumes without saying a word… All this hardbound treasure for $29.95? "Cheap!" indeed. But also as priceless as Aragonés is peerless.

If you’re a MAD magazine fan you have to have this book. If you’ve never read MAD you need this book even more as you don’t know what you’ve been missing out on all these years.

Bookviews.com
“If you’re a fan of MAD Magazine (and who isn’t?) then you will want to add Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of his Finest Works to your list of books you must have ... In black and white, and in color, this book provides laughter on every page.”

Arizona Republic, 11/19/10
“a gorgeous hardcover book”

Journal Sentinel, 12/3/10
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad world because of Aragones' snarky 'tooning as a member of Mad Magazine's famous "usual gang of idiots." Both artist and writer, Aragones has lampooned every ingredient of pop culture from "Star Wars" to cell phones. Experience the giggles all over again in this book.

Library Journal Reviews, 1/1/11
"…wonderful oversized collection… A delight and an excellent tribute to a master cartoonist."

Popmatters 12/16/10
“…beautifully designed with page after page of the artists’ works.  One of the treats of the collection is new drawings by Aragonés’ that illustrate each phase of his career, often including hilariously unflattering portrayals of himself in the best MAD style.”

Library Journal
Since 1962, Harvey, Eisner, and Reuben award winner Aragones has shared with readers of Mad magazine his virtually unparalleled skills at wordless comedy. For this wonderful oversized collection, he selected his favorite Mad pieces and provided new illustrations as well. Included are many of his "A Mad Look at..." features (groups of related strips on topics ranging from tattoos to Harry Potter); insightful "The Shadow Knows" panels (in which people's shadows act out their hidden desires); and, of course, an abundance of his famous and endlessly inventive gags from the magazine's margins (an included poster reprints no fewer than 500 of these mini marvels). VERDICT Aragones's gags can be subtle, but time spent puzzling them out is well rewarded. His astonishingly fertile imagination and his amazing facility for pantomime (as he terms it in a new interview included here) are most stunningly displayed in two-page panoramas of scenes such as the Woodstock Festival, which are so dense with characters, incident, and humor that they merit careful scrutiny. A delight and an excellent tribute to a master cartoonist.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762436873
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 331,810
  • Product dimensions: 12.24 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sergio Aragones

Sergio Aragonés is a cartoonist and writer best known for his profuse contributions to MAD Magazine, as well as creator of the comic books Groo the Wanderer and many other comic books and illustrative endeavors. Sergio is extremely popular in the comic/illustration world, and appears at numerous comic conventions worldwide annually. He lives in Ojai, California.
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