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Spiegelman, Art; Mouly, Francoise (Editors); Scieszka, Jon (Contributor). THE TOON TREASURY OF CLASSIC CHILDREN'S COMICS. New York City, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 352 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective selection of TOON comics. One of the finest anthologies of its kind ever assembled in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Contributions by various graphic artists. Edited with Introductions by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly. Essay by Jon Scieszka. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents some of the finest and most representative comics selected from what is widely acknowledged to be The Golden Age of American comics. "An unprecedented collection of the greatest comics for children, artfully compiled by two of the best-known creators in publishing and the field of comics. Focusses on comic books and contains humorous stories that range from a single-page to eight or even twenty-two pages, each complete and self-contained. The comics have been culled from The Golden Age of comic books, roughly from the 1940's through the early 1960's, and feature the best examples of works by such renowned artists and writers as Carl Barks, John Stanley, Sheldon Mayer, Walt Kelly, Basil Wolverton, and George Carlson, among many others" (Publisher's blurb). The anthology is divided into five parts: "Hey, Kids!", "Funny Animals", "Fantasyland", "Story Time!", and "Wacky & Weird". Spiegelman and Mouly introduce each section and provide brief biographies of the artists. The book is dedicated to their hoped-for grandchildren, "having already sacrificed our valuable comics collection to our kids, Nadja and Dash". The original comics books upon which this lavish volume is based are among the most collectible Americana art and artifacts, with the rarest commanding millions of dollars from private galleries and at auction. Essential, rewarding reading for parents and kids of all ages, here they are in one accessible volume that is presented in a handsome collectible format in its own right. A "must-have" title for American comics-book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by both Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly. This title is now collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Some of the greatest graphic artists of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ART SPIEGELMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0810957302. $80.00

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