PREVIEW: PUCK: What Fools These Mortals Be! — CERTIFIED COOL

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PUCK: What Fools These Mortals Be! — CERTIFIED COOL

Michael Alexander Kahn, Richard Samuel West (w) • Various (a) • Joseph Keppler (c)

 

A lavish coffee table book devoted to the most important political satire and cartoon

magazine in American history. Published from 1877 to 1918, Puck was regularly

a major political battleground and is credited with single-handedly thwarting the

third-term ambitions of Ulysses Grant in 1880 and electing Grover Cleveland to

the presidency in 1884.

 

Puck did it with art–lavish, color, full-page and two-page center-spread cartoons. It

was the first American magazine to publish color lithographs on a weekly basis and,

for nearly forty years, was a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s

most talented cartoonists, led by its co-founder, Joseph Keppler. This retrospective

contains nearly 300 full-color plates.

 

HC • FC • $59.99 • 328 pages • 12” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-046-9

 

Bullet points:

• Foreword by Bill Watterson, of Calvin & Hobbes fame!

 

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