Pin-Up Art of Humorama collects racy comics from Dave Berg, Basil Wolverton, and others

By Cory Doctorow

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.

The Pin-Up Art of Humorama

Published 5:43 am Mon, Aug 1, 2011

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I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); a nonfiction book about the arts and the Internet called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age (with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

5 Responses to “Pin-Up Art of Humorama collects racy comics from Dave Berg, Basil Wolverton, and others”

  1. PhantomPeanut says:

    This is very cool stuff. Thanks for this. 

    I love Fantagraphics. They really put out some great stuff consistently. 

  2. gjk says:

    Funny is in the eye of the beholder, and some of these shots are spectacular.

  3. Chad Essley says:

    Whoever decided to color their older Dan DeCarlo collection in neon pink (and the colors they used in this one), ought to see a psychiatrist. Jesus christ people, let the work stand on it’s own, and keep your weirdo art direction out of it. Better to hunt down original copies of this stuff.

  4. fxq says:

    Under Chrome the Flickr embeded movie viewer “steals” my cursor every 3 seconds or so –  even if this page isn’t the active tab. Very VERY annoying.

    Does it happen to anyone else?

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