The Complete Far Side: 1980-1994 (Hardcover)

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"Every one of these cartoons is just something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I 'jotted' them down. It was only later, when perhaps I received an...


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The Far Side was syndicated in more than 1,900 daily newspapers from 1980 to 1995, when Gary Larson retired. During its run, the cartoon spawned 22 books from AMP, which were translated into a total of 17 different languages. For his work with The Far Side, Larson was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist from the National Cartoonists Society in 1991 and 1994. The group also named The Far Side Best Syndicated Panel in both 1985 and 1987.
New York Times best-seller!

"Every one of these cartoons is just something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I 'jotted' them down. It was only later, when perhaps I received an angry letter from someone, that it struck me: Hey! Someone's been reading my diary!" --Gary Larson, from the preface to The Complete Far Side

Revered by its fans as the funniest, most original, most "What the ... ?"-inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years on the world's comics pages until Gary Larson's retirement in 1994. The Complete Far Side celebrates Gary's twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book, a lavish production which takes its place alongside collector's-edition art books.

A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated-over 4,000 if you must know-presented in (more or less) chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that have never before appeared in a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared in the last Far Side book, Last Chapter and Worse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as a special feature in the New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side of Science. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind of The Far Side in quirky and thoughtful introductions to each of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some of the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his pithy thoughts in a foreword, and Gary Larson's former editor describes what it was like to be "the


Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
ISBN 9780740721137
Genre HUMOR / General
Format Hardcover
Pages 1272
Publisher Date 2003-09-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Andrews McMeel Pub
Copyright Year 2003
Height 16.0 in
Wdth 10.5 in
Thickness 4.25 in
Unit weight 19.5 lb
Language English
Subtitle 1980-1994
Volume Number 2
Audience General/trade
Authors Larson, Gary

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  • LOL (Laugh Out Loud)

    Consistent with other reviews, this two volume set is very heavy and well bound. The images are excellent, and it is easy to become immersed in the cartoons! I love this Far Side collection not only for current use but as a book we will have in our family for the years to come. If you are a fan of Far Side, you'll love it!!

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  • Awesome books

    I wasn't sure about ordering from this site, but it had the quickest delivery time and was comparably priced to The books arrived quickly and were in perfect condition — there were no extra fees at delivery, as promised. Be aware that these books are going to give your arms a serious workout!

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  • Very nice!

    Bought this as a gift. The recipient loved it and said the quality was excellent. Apparently it's also very heavy!

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  • The Complete Farside by Gary Larson (Hardcover)

    I purchased this set of books for my wifes birthday. Great job of printing and putting the entire series in a form that is very enjoyable. Will provide hours and hours of entertainment. We are BOTH very happy with them.

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  • Hysterical!

    Very nice, LARGE set- looks fancy for being so funny! Our family enjoys reading them, and I enjoy remembering them!

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  • The description says "Volume 2", does that mean this is both volumes, or only 2 of 2? Thanks!

    • Hello wizawuza, this is both volumes, unfortunately this item is out of stock. We currently do not have inventory to check, and cannot guarantee the item will be restocked. Thank you for shopping with us.

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