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Feiffer, Jules. COUSIN JOSEPH: A GRAPHIC NOVEL. New York City, NY: Liveright Publishing Corp. , 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 115 pages. Fine/Fine.

The artist/illustrator's second noir graphic novel. One of Jules Feiffer's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Jules Feiffer's "Cousin Joseph". His dazzling prequel-of-sorts to "Kill My Mother" (2014). "Classic noir-narrative to the bones, with all the required accouterments: The ceiling fans, the shadows, the tough guys, the morally ambiguous protagonist and the femme fatale, all drawn in Feiffer's signature dancing scribble. Skates around characters, circling closer, retreating and returning to them, weaving the plot tighter until the pieces fall into place. Subversive in a lot of ways: From its occasional bursts of unflinchingly awkward content to its neat commentary on the graphic-novel form itself, it embraces popular culture influences without irony or apology. That may be the most subversive thing about it. And the most romantic" (The New York Times). "Builds on his late-life conversion to cinematic noir, bowing, as ever, to youthful heroes Will Eisner and Milton Caniff, but ultimately creating a masterpiece that illuminates the very origins of Hollywood and its role in creating the bipolar nation we have become" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Jules Feiffer collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Jules Feiffer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Feiffer made exactly one appearance, in New York City, to launch the book, and did not tour to promote it. This title is an instant collectible, and will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One othe greatest American artist/illustrators of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1631490656. $60.00

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