Item description for Winsor McCay: Early Works Volume 8 (Winsor McCay: Early Works) (Winsor McCay: Early Works) by Winsor McCay...
As popular as McCay was during his lifetime, in the eighty years since his death, his work has been poorly preserved, and latter generations have been unable to learn about his cartooning legend. Volume 8 feathre a large selection of McCay's lavish, detailed illustrations from his New York editorial period.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 10.25" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 23, 2006
Publisher Checker Book Publishing Group
ISBN 1933160063 ISBN13 9781933160061
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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 8 (Winsor McCay: Early Works) (Winsor McCay: Early Works)?
Better than some, but... Aug 1, 2008
Continuing their lackluster series of McCay reprints, Checker has here at least given us a generous helping of McCay's more inventive work - about 80 pages of Rarebit Fiend (including, on p. 38, a strip whose original artwork can be seen in the San Francisco Comic art Museum). This is followed by about 20 pages of mostly uninteresting editorial and advertising work (though there are a couple of real gems in here). We then get 60+ pages of Poor Jake and 20 or so of Pilgrim's Progress. Neither of these strips is particularly interesting to me.
As usual, the reproduction quality is spotty and many of the better images have bees severely reduced in order to fit the pages. Although it does have a good selection of Rarebit Fiend strips, there are now much better collections of available here and here
If your interest is in the editorial cartoons (many of which are fascinating and exquisite) you are beter off with Daydreams and Nightmares or the Canemaker book on McCay as these have much better reproductions (if also a smaller selection)
Really for completists only.
Checker Scores a Winner With Vol. 8 Dec 3, 2006
It can't be easy to sell Winsor McCay. Afterall, McCay was doing his work long before the greats of Comic's Golden Age started making their mark. Heck, in most cases, even before they were born. When one considers that the work in this volume is a hundred years old it's nearly hard to fathom. While the McCay market may be a niche market, he still deserves a place among the great pioneers of cartooning, a very important place if truth be told.
Checker Books continues its long running series presenting the cartoonist's non-Little Nemo in Slumberland work. This eighth volume includes more of McCay's other strips such as Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, Poor Jake, Pilgrim's Progress, as well as editorial cartoons and even some of his cigarette advertisements. It's quite an eclectic sampling. Dream of the Rarebit fiend ran from 1904 - 1911 in the New York Evening Telegram. The formula is simple: someone eats a late night snack of Welsh Rarebit which brings on bizarre, often humorous dreams which always end in the subject swearing to never eat Rarebit again.
Rarebit is a spicy cheese on toast concoction that was a popular British snack. I'd guess I might compare it to eating a late night burrito from a convenience store these days. The dream sequences are sometimes funny, sometimes horrific, and sometimes quite...hallucinogenic, and one wonders was it Rarebit they ate or something else! Characters see things like ballerinas riding flying donkeys, and a stable full of piglets crowding their way into bed. Then there is a strip depicting a black woman, speaking in stereotypical black slang, who dreams of using bleach to make herself a white society woman. It's painfully racist but one does have to take into account the era these strips were done and I applaud Checker for including the strip as it is an important look at our culture through hundred year-old looking glass.
McCay's ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes are a scream as they boldly proclaim that they've "removed the prejudice against cigarettes" by making them safer to the smoker. It seems little has changed with the tobacco industry in the last century.
McCay seemed to have a strong handle on the mood of America that shows up in his editorials, which I personally find to be some of his finest work. McCay pulled no punches and he could easily carry his weight with any modern day editorial cartoonist.
For those with a love of cartooning and an appreciation of its history and roots, I cannot recommend Checkers Winsor McCay series any more robustly.