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The Best of Gahan Wilson

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Sure to incite a quiver of laughter or a shiver, The Best of Gahan Wilson features a macabre collection of the best and most hilarious examples of the jaundiced humor that got Wilson published in publications such as Playboy, The New Yorker, Esquire, and National Lampoon. Not content to chronicle just a collection of cartoons, this retrospective includes Wilson's wry, illu ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 14th 2004 by Underwood Books
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Jul 16, 2008 Joe rated it liked it
I had never heard of this guy, but I immediately recognized his style. His comics are everywhere. It's not surprising to read that Gary Larson says that Wilson is one of his heroes. The similarity between the two artists is striking. They are both excellent absurdists with Wilson focusing more on the macabre and Larson focusing more on science.

This book was fine, but the cartoons definitely feel dated. And some of them are just fantastic. It's a mixed bag.
Nov 03, 2014 Alazzar rated it liked it
This book's got a few humorous and poignant cartoons. It's also got a lot of cartoons that are neither of those things, and some that seemed entirely pointless to me.

Still, it was fun to read some of the historical stuff about Gahan Wilson's career. Also, ending on an illustrated version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Conqueror Worm" was great. (Mostly just for the text, but whatever.)
Garrett Leun
May 07, 2012 Garrett Leun rated it it was amazing
I don't giggle. I find it unbecoming in a man...

Gahan Wilson makes me giggle.

Wilson's work is dark, devious, and hilarious - he's a more sinister Silverstein, and this book's got the goods.
Bill Gray
Jul 30, 2015 Bill Gray rated it it was amazing
You'll know his work when you see it. I always found him hilarious. He is most famously associated with Playboy magazine and the National Lampoon.
Apr 27, 2016 TK421 rated it it was amazing
A perfect blend of morose, sardonic, and dark humor. Very poignant stuff.

Craig Gilbert
Dec 03, 2007 Craig Gilbert rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sick freaks and children.
Next to Charles Addams, one of the greatest cartoonists ever.
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Gahan Wilson is an author, cartoonist, and illustrator in the United States.

Wilson's cartoons and illustrations are drawn in a playfully grotesque style, and have a dark humor that is often compared to the work of The New Yorker cartoonist and Addams Family creator Charles Addams. But while both men sometimes feature vampires, graveyards and other traditional horror elements in their work, Addams'
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