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Dream Of The Rarebit Fiend: The Saturdays [Paperback]

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This oversized edition collects Winsor McCay's Saturday Dream of the Rarebit Fiend strips from 1904-1911. Presented in the enlarged format for the first time and printed 98% of their original size, totalling 190 cartoons in all.

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Pages   189
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 11.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 25, 2006
Publisher   Checker Book Publishing Group
ISBN  1933160659  
ISBN13  9781933160658  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! McCay was one of the earliest masters of modern cartooning and animation. Born in Canada in 1867, McCay began his career as an illustrator in Cincinnati before relocating to New York to take up his pen for William Randolph Hearst's New York paper. He is best known for his long-running newspaper strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland.

Winsor McCay was born in 1869 and died in 1934.

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An adequate overview of a truly brilliant comic strip  Jul 31, 2008
"Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend" is McCay's overlooked masterpiece. "Little Nemo" gets more press (and don't get me wrong - it deserves the highest possible praise) but The Fiend is often equally compelling and more psychologically insightful. More adult in subject matter than Nemo, it is less visually resplendant, but still quite powerful in its invocation of the fears and hopes underlying our day-to-day thoughts. Freud and Jung would both have found things to ponder in it (Dali and Ditko, too perhaps).

This is a quite satisfactory companion to the Dover Rarebit collection for those wishing to sample the delights of this wonderful strip. If you get completely hooked, you might try The Complete Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.

The misgivings expressed in other reviews about the reproduction quality (as well as the fact that these pages have been drastically reduced to fit this format) are completely to the point - the reproduction quality is not great and the dialog is so small it's quite hard to read (McCay was never the best letterer to begin with), but unfortunately we don't have a lot of options.

Material 5 - reproduction 2.5
Great material, poor printing quality  Jan 3, 2008
I wish the publisher every success with this reprint, but the format makes it difficult to appreciate the detail of the illustrations and, more crucially, the illustrations themselves require retouching. Broken lines from endless copying, and earlier, more primitive printing processes have left these pictures tattered. Before another run of this book is published, the publisher should pay for photoshopping - or whatever it takes - to restore the art and make McKay's work scan well - it certainly deserves it. That said, it's a worthwhile buy for a fair price. Recommended.
In 1904 he created what became a landmark newspaper comic strip series called 'Dream of the Rarebit Fiend'  Dec 2, 2007
Winsor McCay began his career as a professional artist and illustrator in the late 1800s. In 1904 he created what became a landmark newspaper comic strip series called 'Dream of the Rarebit Fiend' which ran until 1911 and was based on a one knock joke about consuming a mildly hallucinogenic food popularly called 'Welsh Rarebit'. McCay was among the first to explore visual sequential art and his gifted originality gained him legions of readers and fans. The strip soon split into two distinct formats: The Dailies (which appeared nearly every Tuesday and Thursday in the New York Evening Telegram) and The Saturday (which expanded to take up roughly twice the Daily square inches which constituted almost all of the newspaper page above the fold). This expanded space in the Saturday strip permitted McCay to become even more vivid and detailed in his visual storytelling. Now photomechanically reproduced from original sources, the Checker Book Publishing Group has brought out under one cover the majority of those Saturday strips featuring 98% of their original format in "Renewing The Countryside: Wisconsin". Readers for whom this very highly recommended collection will be their first exposure to McCay's legendary newspaper comic strip, will also be interested in reading the Daily strips collected in the Checker series "Winsor McCay: The Early Works" (along with other material from the period). For a complete listing of all the early twentieth century newspaper comic strips offered by the Check Book Publishing Group, readers and librarians should visit their website at

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