George Herriman integrated full, spectacular color into Krazy Kat in June, 1935. The gorgeous evolution continues in our fourth color volume, which includes the Sunday strips from all of 1941 and 1942. The color format opens the floodgates for a massive amount of spectacular, rare color art from series editor Bill Blackbeard and designer Chris Ware's files. Most of these strips in this volume have not seen print since originally running in Hearst newspapers over 60 years ago.
For this volume, critic Jeet Heer contributes an essay about the history and precedents of Herriman's unique use of language, exploring his characters' loquacious lexicography.
"This beautifully produced series is a must for any reader interested in great art." — Publishers Weekly
"George Herriman was one of the very great artists, in any medium, of the 20th century." — Michael Chabon
"Mr. Herriman's scratchy, elastic line revolutionized the art of comics, as did his canny psychologizing." — The New York Times
"In truth, nothing less needs to be propped up on the ivory stilts of 'fine art' than Krazy Kat. On a daily basis, in a medium designed to provide simple diversion, Herriman went about his business unpretentiously, seemingly effortlessly, leaving an American masterpiece in his wake." — San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Simultaneously simple and profound." — Booklist