The Best of Punch Cartoons
Helen Walasek (editor)
ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-308-8
Trim Size: 10 x 11.5
When it comes to the art of the cartoon, no magazine in the world has a finer record than Punch. Fans of The New Yorker may carp, but the fact remains that Punch gave us the cartoon as we know it today the word cartoon became associated with pictorial satire and eventually any humorous drawing due to a grim joke in an 1843 issue of the magazine.
Punch has published work by a staggering array of artists and illustrators, from John Tenniel and E. H. Shepard respectively the original illustrators of Alice in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh to artists such as H. M. Bateman, William Thackery, Ronald Searle, Quentin Blake, Norman Thelwell, Tom Cheney, and William Haefeli.
This brilliant volume has been lovingly produced it is the biggest and best collection of Punch cartoons ever created. The Best of Punch Cartoons is packed with magnificent one-liners and extended tropes, and beautiful artwork by some of the finest cartoonists and illustrators of the past two centuries.
Praise for The Best of Punch Cartoons
A remarkable collection. – The Independent
As much a document of social history as it is a cartoon album, and it’s hard to read this big book without a twinge of nostalgia for a bygone era. – The New York Times Book Review
The first dead-cert best-seller anthology . . . handsomely thorough. The Guardian (London)
About the author
Helen Walasek is the manager of the Punch Cartoon Library and the former curator of the Punch Collection. She lives in England.
Praise for THE BEST OF PUNCH CARTOONS
“Dry, with a twist may he a cliche, but it perfectly describes this compendium of humor from the venerable English magazine, dating from 1841 to 1992. Boasting more than 2,000 illustrations, The Best of PUNCH Cartoons is a sampling of what made the English tick and laugh. Helen Walasek, formerly curator of the PUNCH archives, assembled this collection and provides helpful commentary as well as the occasional useful historical context. Perhaps more smiles than guffaws, this is humor for folks with a fondness for the literary.” – Bloomsbury Review