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Newspaper comics arrive in millions of homes each day and make families laugh out loud. They¹re not only funny-they also reflect their times. In this collection, cartoon authority Brian Walker has amassed more than a half-century of strips-more than 700 illustrations-including scores of rare examples provided by the artists themselves. Featured cartoonists include Walt Kelly (Pogo), Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Scott Adams (Dilbert), and Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), along with many more.
Organized by decade, with biographical profiles and descriptions of different genres and themes, The Comics is both comprehensive and graphically stunning. Taken as a whole, this humorous compendium is a classic survey of American culture since 1945.
Cartoonist Brian Walker is a founder and former director of the International Museum of Cartoon Art. He has written and edited more than a dozen books on the subject and been the curator of 65 exhibitions. Since 1984 he has been part of the creative team that produces the strips Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois. He lives in Connecticut.