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From Aargh! to Zap!: Harvey Kurtzman's Visual History of the Comics
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date September 1, 1991
Pages 95
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780133636802
ISBN-10 0133636801
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $25.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Presents a full-color chronology of the art form, profiling the top artists and their best work description: Product Description: By Michael Barrier: This oversized book, which combines text with an abundance of illustrations, was the product of my collaboration with Kurtzman in the early nineties. Harvey had gathered material for such a book over many years-a number of comic-book artists had filled out questionnaires for him-but he had never been able to knuckle down and write it. When he was fatally ill (he died in 1992) and anxious to complete the book, I was enlisted to help him. We spent an afternoon in March 1990 talking about comics with a tape recorder running, and I combined material from that long interview with bits and pieces from other sources-articles by Kurtzman, interviews with him, miscellaneous stuff from his research files-to come up with the text. For those parts of the book for which no source material of any kind existed, I had to imagine what Harvey would have thought about a particular artist or comic book, if he had ever paid any attention to them. (He was very much a dry hole where recent superhero comic books were concerned.) Harvey reviewed everything I wrote, and revised or approved it as he saw fit. The resulting book, "by Harvey Kurtzman with Michael Barrier," is thus in Harvey's voice, but the writing is mostly mine. An interesting book, if not the definitive history that many people hoped that Harvey would write.

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Sgd ltd edition from Kitchen Sink Pr (April 1, 1994); titled "From Aargh! to Zap!: Harvey Kurtzmans Visual History of the Comics"
9780878161584 | details & prices | 11.25 × 15.50 × 0.75 in. | 2.85 lbs | List price $49.95
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With J. Michael Barrier | 1 edition from Simon & Schuster (September 1, 1991)
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