Fantagraphics' The Pin-Up Art of Humorama collects hundreds of racy cartoons from the once-ubiquitous tasteless humor mag. In its prime, Humorama drew contributions from the great humor cartoonists of the day, everyone from MAD Magazine's Dave Berg to Jack Cole, Basil Wolverton, and Bill Hoest. The Fantagraphic edition, edited by Alex Chun and Jacob Covey, "remasters" these toons with a two-color treatment that really captures the graphic feel of the mouldering pulps that still grace the ends of yard-sale tables in cities across America. It must be said that none of these are very funny, but they're often quite beautiful and nostalgic.
Published 5:43 am Mon, Aug 1, 2011