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Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!"
"I stand in awe of Drew Friedman’s technique and the certain flavor of sad old America he captures.” – R. Crumb
“I love Drew Friedman. He’s my favorite artist.” – Howard Stern
Praise for the Old Jewish Comedians series:
"A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces. Drew Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt." – The New York Times Book Review
"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." – Sarah Silverman
"Fabulous... sensational... on the nose. He really gets their attitude." – The Los Angeles Times
"Will have casual fans and serious collectors plotzing with joy over these greats of a bygone era." – The Forward
"A book that just begs to be shared. If you can look at them without smiling, you have no heart." – USA Today