GEORGE HERRIMAN’S KRAZY KAT. THE COMPLETE COLOR SUNDAYS 19351944
The premise is simple: the black cat loves the intriguing white mouse, which does not stop throwing bricks at the head. The canine policeman Pupp, who secretly harbors a passionate love for the cat, tries to avoid it. George Herriman plays incessantly with this formula in his legendary newspaper strip Krazy Kat, which he published from 1913 until his death in 1944. With wit, a Detailed characterization and visual and verbal creativity, Herriman presented this novel medium to all kinds of people, some of them little given to humor: Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, President of the United States Woodrow Wilson, Jackson Pollock, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Capra, PG Wodehouse or Willem de Kooning (all of them KK followers), among many others.Thanks to media mogul William Randolph Hearst, a declared fan of Herriman, to whom he granted a carte blanche in his newspapers, the artist could freely explore for years innumerable absurd and melancholic variations of the theme of unrequited love. Herriman, who took full advantage of this freedom, radically explored the potential of the medium and expanded its formal limits. Thus, readers faced surrealist and Dadaist landscapes, a language that played with jargon, neologisms and phonetic spelling, academic references and diffuse gender roles, which makes Krazy Kat the first fluid genre star in history. of the comic. This volume presents all the color stories of Krazy Kat from 1935-1944 and a detailed introduction signed by comic book expert Alexander Braun, who sheds light on Herriman’s multi-ethnic origin and on what makes this work of art Timeless starring an androgynous cat be so extraordinary.
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