Item description for Winsor McCay: Early Works Volume 7 (Early Works) (Early Works) by Winsor McCay...
With the advent of motion pictures, McCay leveraged his public popularlity as a cartoonist to intriduce what he would become most famous for - animation! hailed as the Father of Animation, McCay's static cartoons are no less vibrant and unique. Volume 7 features a collection of McCay's rare short runs strips Poor Jake and The Dope Chronicles, along with a selection of strips from Dream of the Rarebit Fiend and A Pilgrim's Progress, originally published in late 1908.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 10.25" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 5, 2006
Publisher Checker Book Publishing Group
ISBN 1933160055 ISBN13 9781933160054
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More About Winsor McCay
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Winsor McCay: Early Works Volume 7 (Early Works) (Early Works)?
Quality better, still not what it might have been May 6, 2006
Unlike the previous volumes, I found the reproduction quality of this volume to be pretty decent - the major drawbacks being several large pieces split across the fold so that the centres are lost and some other pieces reproduced much smaller than the originals so that the details are hard to appreciate. The Rarebit strips are reproduced pretty well this time.
Unfortunately, we only get about 40 pages of Rarebit (my main interest here) and an over-generous helping (80 pages) of miscellaneous illustrations including many caricatures of notable figures of the day and a bunch more baseball illustrations (well-drawn, certainly, but not really of much interest to me). This section includes several pieces that might have been interesting but are unaccountably reproduced across two pages so that the center fold obscures a good deal of the image (right out of the centre too, of course). There are also a few gems in here, reproduced on single pages - not a dead loss, just not what it could have been.
This volume also contains about 15 pages of editorial cartoons in McCay's grand style, all on the theme of "Dope" - these are pretty good stuff, but are reproduced 2 and 3 to a page, where each really deserves a full page on its own.
We also get some Pilgrim's Progress (20 pages) and Poor Jake (10 pages), amusing as far as they go, but not that important in my view.
once again I'll plead with someone to make a generous (if not comprehensive) collection of the Dream strips.