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Orgy of Playboys Eldon Dedini [Hardcover]

Eldon Dedini

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Book Description

Nov. 14 2006
This first retrospective of Eldon Dedini's work gathers the most sophisticated, elegant and funny gag panels of the past six decades.

For over 45 years, Dedini has been one of Playboy magazine's most recognizable full-page gag cartoonists. Initially hired by Disney in the 1940s, but refusing to end up as another anonymous illustrator, Dedini worked nights and weekends to develop his own style. He sold dozens of cartoons to Esquire, then moved to Playboy in 1960.

Dedini's masterful watercolour technique burlesques a broad range of subjects, from urban hipster to classical Japanese erotic prints. His most personal cartoons rely on mythology and legend, evoking a bucolic sexually liberated paradise that leaves its readers lingering over the imagery long after the gag registers.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1 edition (Nov. 14 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560977272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560977278
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.2 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seen today, Playboy's cartoons of the 1960s and 1970s are nearly as evocative of the magazine's heyday as risque advice columns, guides to bachelor living, and photos of airbrushed bimbos. In the foremost cadre of Playboy cartoonists was Eldon Dedini, known for the satyrs, nymphs, and Rubensian women who populated his work, along with lecherous businessmen, gold diggers, and free-love-practicing libertines. Amid his talented peers, Dedini was distinguished by his lush watercolor technique and his artistic literacy--many of his drawings riffed on Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Visually stylish though the cartoons are, their humor is undeniably sexist, dated, and repetitious. It's fascinating to see the variations Dedini wrings out of a handful of motifs, especially since the 200 or so in this lavish volume are only a fraction of the 1,200 he published between 1959 and 2005. The collection harks back to an era when cartoons were an integral part of America's magazines, not just the famous feature of a few, such as the New Yorker and . . . Playboy. Gordon Flagg
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About the Author

Eldon Dedini (California) continues to create cartoons for Playboy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the DVD alone Nov. 27 2006
By Harrison Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Aside from the gorgeous cartoons, the book comes with a DVD documentary called 'Dedini - A life in Cartoons'

While the book gives the reader a great look at Eldon's work over the years (on very fancy paper I might add) the DVD tells you about the life of this great artist. It is funny to see how so many of the women in his cartoons look just like his wife (she features in the documentary too)

Considering I bought this thinking I'd just get the book, it was a great surprise to find that it came with a DVD, there is no mention of it in the listing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Cartoonist at Playboy Feb. 10 2007
By lefty jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I knew Eldon.He was a master.He loved his work and it showed with the wonderful women etc he drew for his cartoons in Playboy.His watercolor work was superb.His jokes;on the button funny.He was simply the best at his occupation.I will miss him and his art,and so will readers of Playboy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Books and Film Put Out By Playboy Jan. 11 2007
By Sheila M. Musselman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book on the life, art, and personal observations of Eldon Dedini is excellent indeed. The cartoon photos are beautiful, and the explanation of the steps involved in creating the final cartoon is informative. I especially liked the DVD film of Eldon Dedini at the back of the book. It gave me a look into the person of Eldon Dedini, what made him tick and what kind of a person he was. I found the information on his family life most interesting. [...]
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Art in Compromised Edition Nov. 4 2007
By Tome Raider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I perused this in a bookstore recently. I had been very anxious to see it as I knew it was almost certainly a must-have. The artwork is indeed superb, the printing is excellent, and the humor is top-drawer. My complaint is the cheap shiny-cardboard cover they put on this. I think of books as investments, and nowadays the publishers increasingly cut corners on bindings, apparently thinking the consumer won't notice (and they are often correct, since so many books are sold online and the determination can not be made between a nice cloth cover and cheap cardboard). But the distinction is significant, in my mind. Go to your local used bookstore and see how these cheap covers hold up. Quite simply, they don't. After a few years the book looks like junk, scuffed and dented, if it holds the book together at all. Perpetrated only to save a few lousy dollars. It is a shameful compromise of historical material. This cover is more like a Dr. Suess book's cover than the cover you would want and expect on a nice art book and future collectable. It is very unfortunate, as Eldon deserves the absolute best, and this is not that.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Art Sensibility Oct. 26 2010
By BOBinKOREA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Eldon Dedini was PLAYBOY magazine's finest cartoonist--he had a dryer wit than Jack Cole and had a fine arts sensibility lacking in Gahan Wilson or Shel Silverstein. This collection (He died before it was completed) shows his best work for the magazine in lush, loving color reproduction.

Dedini was a bit of an odd duck for PLAYBOY. A superb illustrator, he fundamentally did not share Hefner's enthusiasm for Free Love, adultery or swinging, but depicted the lifestyle with amazing skill. Everything he drew was voluptuous. The women, of course, but also the metrosexual men, the satyr, even the cars and furniture. And he would slyly sneak his disapproval of the Playboy Philosophy in now and then (The rich couple coming out of Nero's nightclup to find their sporty convertible has been spray-painted with the word "REPENT", for one).

While no one could draw orgies better than Dedini, I think the cartoon that best sums him up comes near the end of the book. A rich, health-conscious couple in a fancy restaurant eyes a tray of sweets warily. The humble waiter clarifies their dilemma for them: "You're born. You die. Enjoy the interval." A beautiful, beautiful book!

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