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Classics Illustrated #11: The Devil's Dictionary (Classics Illustrated #11)

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Ambrose Bierce's 1911 satire is blended with the surreal and macabre art of Gahan Wilson, creating a funny yet poignant comics adaptation. Switching seamlessly from illustration to full comic panels and back again, Wilson brings his signature dark humor to Bierce's work. "The Devil's Dictionary" is still popular to this day, and has spawned numerous imitations, most recent ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Papercutz (first published January 1st 1990)
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Popular adult cartoonist Gahan Wilson tries his hand at adapting one of columnist Ambrose "Bitter" Bierce's most popular works, as well as two lesser-known ones.

For the bulk of the slender Classics Illustrated volume, Wilson tackles The Devil's Dictionary, excerpting and culling in such a manner as to present the most concise caustic "definitions" whilst omitting the longer, more elaborate (and, oft times, obsolete) entries. Bierce provides the text, and Wilson chooses a term or two to illustrat
Published in 1911 (first published in book form as The Cynic's Wordbook, 1906) , every time I open this book I laugh. It's a shelf-worn, tanned edition with tiny, bleeding print. The words are wry and cynical enough for our time. If you can imagine, this sarcastic, cynical book seems to soothe my heart since it affirms that times have remained the same through out the last century, if not throughout the history of civilization (so-called).

* Adherant, n. A follower who has not yet obtained all t
Caitlin Hoffer
The original is hysterical. The illustrations (sparse in the dictionary and comic-style for the shorts) make this an instant favorite. The first short story is sheer horror while the second his hilarious horror-folly. I love this adaption and hope it gets teens interested in other great satirists.
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Dated ....but it still bites!
Joshua Drury
Racist and witty, a definate must read
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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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