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George Herriman’s “Krazy Kat”. The Complete Color Sundays 1935–1944

Clothbound, 11.8 x 17.3 in., 14.20 lb, 632 pages
US$ 200
A color facsimile of the complete pages of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat 1935–44. One of the first comics to be considered a work of art, Krazy Kat delights with its detailed characterization and visual-verbal creativity alongside the slapstick shenanigans between Krazy and Ignatz the mouse. This volume comes with a 100-page illustrated introduction by Alexander Braun.

Winner of the 2020 Eisner Award, Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

Customer reviews (14)

A Brick Comes A-Flying

George Herriman’s classic Krazy Kat: the complete color stories from 1935–1944
The premise is simple: a black cat loves scheming a white mouse who incessantly throws bricks at the cat’s head, which police dog Officer Pupp, secretly harboring a passionate love for the cat, tries to prevent.

George Herriman endlessly plays with the above formula in his legendary newspaper strip Krazy Kat, published from 1913 until his death in 1944. Through his wit, detailed characterization, and visual-verbal creativity, Herriman introduced even the least comically-inclined to the young medium; Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, US President Woodrow Wilson, Jackson Pollock, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Capra, P.G. Wodehouse, Willem de Kooning—all KK fans among many others.

It was thanks to media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, a confirmed fan who gave Herriman carte blanche in his newspapers, that the artist was allowed to freely explore countless absurd and melancholy variations on the theme of unrequited love for years on end. Herriman unabashedly took advantage of this, radically exploring the medium’s potential and pushing all of its formal boundaries; readers had to put up with surreal, Dadaist sceneries, a language that whirled slang, neologisms, phonetic spelling, and scholarly references, and diffuse gender roles—making Krazy Kat probably the first gender-fluid star in comic history.

This volume presents all Krazy Kat color stories from 1935–1944 and a detailed introduction by comic expert Alexander Braun, who illuminates Herriman’s multi-ethnic background and reveals what makes this timeless work of art about a queer cat so extraordinary.
The author

Visual artist Alexander Braun (born 1966) has received numerous accolades and scholarships, and his work has appeared in several exhibitions. Alongside his independent artistic activities, he studied art history in Bochum and Berlin (his 1998 doctorate thesis was on the work of the American installation artist Robert Gober). Over the past two decades, Braun has compiled one of the most extensive collections on the history of comics. Since 2008, he has curated several museum exhibits on this topic, including a comprehensive retrospective on the work of Winsor McCay in 2012/2013. In 2011, he founded the German Academy of Comic Art.

George Herriman’s “Krazy Kat”. The Complete Color Sundays 1935–1944
Clothbound, 11.8 x 17.3 in., 14.20 lb, 632 pages

Customer reviews (14)

Aan absolute aanrader.

Tom, November 06, 2021
Een waanzinnig mooi boek, goed gemaakt, groot en zwaar maar nog handelbaar. Naast de strips ook heel veel biografisch materiaal. Een absolute aanrader.

Excellent!

Andras, October 30, 2021
High quality publication, beautiful book. It's a pleasure to look at the drawings in this large size.

Love that “Krazy Kat” !

David, October 29, 2021
George Herriman was a very large influence on cartoonists ever since, in style and humor. My favorite along with R. Crumb.

Gorgeous

Marshall, October 27, 2021
These were created to be presented in the large format of the newspapers of the time. This bound edition accomplishes that effect putting the detail and artistry on full display. A beautiful edition that does justice to the work.

Krazyness!!!

Alberto, October 27, 2021
Such a great edition. It comes inside a box a the size is more than generous. The printing is absolutely marvelous and it comes with a well-researched essay; I haven't read it completely yet but it's something that I will not miss. I'm more than satisfied with this edition.

Klassiker

Erich, October 27, 2021
Krazy Kat ist ein absoluter Klassiker. Alexander Braun hat gute Arbeit geleistet.

A great book in all senses

David, October 27, 2021
Having spent years in a piecemeal seeking out of of Krazy Kat, mainly as limited mention insome or other history of art books, it's wonderful to at long last own an, excellent, full size complete set and to see how he/she developed over the years. The attention to detail in the detail of the drawings is exquisite and the explanatory text very good.

Wonderful edition!

Federico, October 27, 2021
One of my favorite comics!

Krazy Kompendium of the Kat

Gregory, October 27, 2021
A visual feast and look at the best fictional kat around.

Collected Krazy Kat

Marko, October 27, 2021
Enormous and wonderful collection of Krazy Kat colour sundays. The printing is great and the pages look magnificent. One of my favorite comics in a well deserved large format edition.