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Comic books in 'Vip (Fantagraphics)'

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch HC (2013 Fantagraphics) 1-1ST

    1st printing. By Virgil Partch. ULTRA-STYLISH CARTOONING MASTER FINALLY GETS HIS COFFEE-TABLE BOOK - 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. His madcap style of humor was reflected in the cutting-edge comedic sensibilities of Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, Ernie Kovacs, Bob & Ray, Stan Freberg, and Jean Shepherd, and would position Partch as one of the most prolific "gag-men" of his day. 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 coffee-table volume. Hardcover, 9-in. x 9-in., 240 pages, PC/PB&W. Cover price $49.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Vip: Cork High and Bottle Deep HC (2014 Fantagraphics) 1-1ST

    1st printing. By Virgil Partch. Hot on the heels of last year's VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch comes this brand new collection of intoxicated insanity! Collecting the top shelf of Partch's drink-themed artwork including well-known favorites, this new book is sure to delight even the most rigid teetotaler. So batten down the hooch and prepare to cast off on the stormy seas of booze with your faithful captain, Virgil Partch! Hardcover, 6 1/2-in. x 6 1/2-in., 180 pages, full color. Cover price $19.99.