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Check out “Puck: What Fools These Mortals Be”

For those of you interested in comic history, make sure you check out this new book by Michael Kahn and Rich West called Puck: What Fools These Mortals Be – a coffee table book about the political satire and cartoon magazine “Puck” that was published between 1871 until 1918.

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson pens the forward which you can read over at Boing Boing.

Bill writes:

The cartoonists of Puck were clearly excited by the opportunities and their cartoons are lavishly drawn. Some are bold and graphic, some are exaggerated and cartoony, and others are richly illustrative. The commentary is equally varied, ranging from silly, to satiric, to outraged. In these early days of cartooning, the weekly humor magazine gave cartoons real prominence, and cartoonists immediately began pushing every limit of the art form.

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