MAD and Running Press are going to be releasing the first of a series of complete collections entitled “MAD’s Greatest Artists”, where they presumably collect all the art of each featured artist that appeared in the magazine. The first volume is called MAD’s Greatest Artists: The Completely MAD Don Martin.
The article linked above comes from Scoop, a website for news about collectibles, does not go into too many details other than to say it will be a two-volume slip-cased special edition and will include every single work Martin created for the magazine, weighing in at over 1000 pages and 17 pounds. The edition also features commentary and reminiscences from other legendary MADmen such as Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones, Mort Drucker and Al Jaffee as well as other notable cartoonists like Jim Davis and Gary Larson. Running Press says it is being put together by the same people who did The Complete Far Side and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes volumes. As those were exceptionally well designed and beautiful books, I would think the “MAD’s Greatest Artists” collections will be of similar quality. The picture looks good, also from the Scoop website. The article mention a publishing date of Oct. 2007, but Amazon has it listed here as a pre-order with a Nov. 2007 publication estimate.
What a great idea for a series of collections. I can see some great volumes with the works of Davis, Will Elder, Wally Wood, George Woodbridge and Dave Berg coming. I wonder if they will repackage the Antonio Prohias Spy vs. Spy’s despite the fact that the Spy vs. Spy: The Complete Casebook softcover was published only a few years ago? I also wonder if they will go ahead and produce volumes with active artists such as Mort, Jaffee, Sergio, Angelo Torres, Sam Viviano or others who have large bodies of work and were truly among the greatest of MAD’s artists, but still might be producing more work in the future? I’ll have to remember to ask about that and see if I can share the answer.
Can’t wait to see this one. Damn, I need more bookshelves.
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