Joseph Clement Coll: The Art of Adventure - Limited Hardcover - From the Estate of Nick Meglin



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From the collection of longtime Mad Magazine editor Nick Meglin with a Certificate of Authenticity "Madly Yours, From The Estate Collection of Nick Meglin" numbered and signed by his daughter Diane Meglin.

The second monograph devoted to the art of pen & ink master Joseph Clement Coll. Over 220 illustrations. Out of print in softcover and hardcover. This hardbound edition was limited to 800 copies.

There is little overlap between this volume and the earlier The Magic Pen of Joseph Clement Coll and no overlap with the later Joseph Clement Coll: A Legacy in Line.

From the publisher:

The hardbound edition is limited to 800 copies. In addition, contained within, is a bound in color plate reproduced direct from the original art exclusive to this special edition. The illustration was first used as cover art for the April 24, 1910 issue featuring The Garden of Fate.

Coll executed hundreds of drawings for Associated Sunday Magazines. Because of Associated's rarity, these images have remained relatively unknown. Selected from a near complete run from 1904 to 1917 -- over 220 of the finest are reproduced here, many for the first time since their original publication. Over 40 have been scanned direct from the original art and rendered for the most part at full size, revealing the tonal effects lost in the original printed form. This is the first time such a large collection of Coll's originals has been assembled in one volume. Coll's work for Sir Nigel is reproduced nearly in its entirety, showcasing his brilliant imagination and ease at handling adventure art.

All images include the corresponding source information. A bibliography of Joseph Clement Coll's work for Associated Sunday Magazines is included as well.

Introduction by Al Williamson and Mark Schultz.


Nick Meglin (July 30, 1935 – June 2, 2018) spent 48 years at Mad, from 1956 through his retirement in 2004, holding the position of Editor for 20 years. Bill Gaines called Meglin “the heart of Mad” and “the soul and conscience of Mad,” and he was responsible for recruiting many of the artists and writers. 

Meglin earned a certificate from the School of Visual Arts (where he met lifelong friend and colleague Angelo Torres), He was a member of the legendary Fleagle Gang, a group that included Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel, Angelo Torres and George Woodbridge. He was later an art instructor at SVA. His books include The Art of Humorous Illustration and Drawing from Within.

Each of the books from the collection of Nick Meglin include a Certificate of Authenticity from the family, stating  "Madly Yours, From The Estate Collection of Nick Meglin" and numbered and signed by his daughter Diane Meglin. The icing on the cake is the COA features a portrait of Meglin by Legendary Mad artist Mort Drucker!


Joseph Clement Coll
John Fleskes

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine in Very Fine dustjacket in publisher's shrinkwrap
The hardbound edition limited to 800 copies


Joseph Clement

Publishing Information

Santa Cruz, CA

Physical Description

11.25 inches
8.75 inches
168 pages
over 220 illustrations