The Original Art of Basil Wolverton



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A thick collection reproducing 5 decades of Wolverton's original art well-printed and in full color. Introductory essays by Glenn Bray, Monte Wolverton, and Doug Harvey, followed by 245 uninterrupted pages of original art.

From the publisher:

The hilarious spaghetti-and-meatball style caricature art of Basil Wolverton has been a huge influence on art luminaries such as Robert Crumb, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Robert Williams, Drew Freidman, and others. This is the first time that the work of one of comicdom's major legacies has been presented in a fine art tome.

"I hate this cliche, but it's true, Basil Wolverton's art BLEW MY MIND!!! He's the main inspiration for me to do what I do AND the first to appreciate the beauty in ugliness... I even love his name!" -Drew Friedman.

"Wolverton is one of the greatest of the greats, a never-duplicated one-of-a-kind comic-book genius whose work holds the same visceral impact today as it did 50 years ago. Do not miss this opportunity to study and scrutinize these original pages." -Dan Clowes.

"The first time I ever saw the work of Basil Wolverton was on the cover of MAD number 11, in 1954. I was eleven years old and it changed forever the way that I looked at the world." -R. Crumb.

Basil Wolverton, a unique cartoonist in the decades from the 1940s to the 1960s, was best known for his depiction of human and otherworldly creatures rendered with smoothly sculpted features, spaghetti-like hair, and extremely detailed crosshatching.


Basil Wolverton

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine, issued without dustjacket (spine ends slightly bumped, open corners are sharp, book is clean, tight)



Publishing Information

San Francisco
Last Gasp & Grand Central Press

Physical Description

12.25 inches
9.25 inches
272 pages
20 color and over 300 black & white illustrations
pictorial boards