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Bruce McCall's Zany Afternoons

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Large hardcover book. Barnes and Noble, 1999. 126 pages. Glossy pictorial covers; no dust-jacket issued.
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Barnes and Noble (first published 1982)
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Melly Garcia
Jan 16, 2016 Melly Garcia rated it it was amazing
It's hard to explain just why this book is so good - just go get it!! McCall's imagination, how he captures perfectly a vintage feel in his illustrations with hysterical writing/captions - whether it's the brochure for the "new" ocean-going vessel, the RMS Tyrannic - "The Biggest Thing in all the World", or "Mementos and Memories of the 1936 Cairo World's Fair" or ads for cars that never were, from the forties, like the "Bulgemobile"I loved it all. You might recognize his distinctive style from ...more
Matt Mazenauer
Jan 12, 2014 Matt Mazenauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems such a niche target to satire - adventure and lifestyle magazine of the 30s-60s - but of course such a ripe target as well. The art is flawless, and the writing very often spot-on, so that even a wall of text on a ludicrous subject is a captivating read thanks to how well he captures the voice of the era. Admittedly, I was a little burnt out by the 20th ad about cars, but that's to be expected from a collection, I suppose.
Apr 22, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it
Totally warped sense of humor. The pieces seem way too awesome to have been published in installments in lad mags. The illustrations would all make great huge posters.
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Nov 30, 2014 Ben Schaffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 18, 2007 Charlie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: weirdos
My Mother bought me a copy of this book from a discount rack at Shop Rite when I was seven years old. At the time, I was too young to appreciate that this may be the most perfect collection of satire comitted to print. Downright hilarious, gorgeous artwork, Zeppelin shooting, Nazi accessories.... This book warped me for good.
Barbara Morgenroth
Apr 01, 2013 Barbara Morgenroth rated it it was amazing
Bruce McCall is a genius at what he does. The art work is fabulous, the text has so clear a voice, it can be heard. I have two copies of this in case something happens to one, I have a backup. Always prescribed when one requires something zany.
Jun 26, 2007 John rated it it was amazing
Apparently Bruce McCall either wrote or drew for Playboy. Or Esquire. Same difference. This is what Varga art would be like if Varga were making fun of Varga, and if it were silly.

It's very funny.
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Bruce McCall (born 1935) is a Canadian author and illustrator, best known for his frequent contributions to The New Yorker.

Born and raised in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, he was fascinated by comic books and showed an early aptitude for drawing fantastical flying machines, blimps, bulbous-nosed muscle cars and futuristic dioramas.

In his memoir, Thin Ice Coming of Age in Canada, McCall admitted that he
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