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The Complete Far Side Hardcover – Sep 1 2003


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  • Hardcover: 1272 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Slp edition (Sept. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740721135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740721137
  • Product Dimensions: 36.1 x 25.4 x 10.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ted on Dec 17 2003
Format: Hardcover
Here we have the COMPLETE syndicated run of the Far Side Comic series. It was ground breaking for many as one can see from the letters to the editor from newspapers which appear on some pages.
The only thin I didn't like was the fact that they didn't have a major bonus section like the book "Prehistory of the Far Side" had. That one had some which were rejected by his editor as being too racy, I would have loved to see more of those in this release. Still This item is well worth the price.
I hope that Dan Piraro does this type of book If and when his "Bizarro" series ends. If you like "Far Side" you will like probably like "Bizarro"
A few of the "Far Side" comics slightly offend me as a Christian, but almost all of them don't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason C. Garza on Oct. 28 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the Holy Grail for Far Side fans; a two-volume, leatherbound, slipcase edition of every single Far Side strip ever produced, including ones that were never anthologized. It carries a hefty price tag, but this should not be an issue for a true Larson fan; the price of admission pales in comparison to the endless amount of humor and satisfaction that one will get time and time again. The Far Side never gets old, and it's like having a long-lost friend come back.
The pages are thick and glossy and extremely well-bound; it's like an encyclopedia, only with a lot more relevant information and more interesting pictures. Organized chronologically and with a two-page cartoon introducing the year, the Complete Far Side shows the progression of Larson's humor and the transformation of the public reaction to his cartoons (this is done with various letters from editors and such, though not in a way that mimics The Pre-History of the Far Side). Some of the strips are presented in color, something that will perhaps be seen as a disappointment to some, but to the majority it is nothing short of a bonus; most of these that are in color have been previously anthologized in black and white.
I personally find Steve Martin's introduction to be a brilliant homage to Gary Larson, and the comments from Larson's editor prove to be tongue-in-cheek moments where one who truly "gets" The Far Side can laugh at the ignorant masses.
This is the centerpiece of my library now, and while it is somewhat bulky, when it's in your lap or on the table, the ten pounds per book seems irrelevant when you realize the sheer scope of what you have in your hands.
And if you ever visit the Midvale School for the Gifted...pull, don't push.
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By hobbes on Jan. 3 2014
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gary Larson has always been one of my absolute favorites...from the quirky to the odd to the downright plain weird...absolutely love them all...and this package is really well done...(and heavy too)
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This comes in two, heavy, beautifully bound, tall volumes in an illustrated slipcase; heavy paper, heavy, heavy books. That's the only drawback. It includes every Larson cartoon produced including unpublished cartoons. They are bound in sequential order so one can observe how Larson's drawing improved over the years. Some letters to the editor and comments from Larson are included.
If someone likes Larson's cartoons, than this is a marvelous gift. My wife had each volume on the table reading them at every meal time, and in between. Now we can look up ' a discouraging word', or 'there for three points, Rex ' etc. Wonderful fun!
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I love Gary Larson and the Far Side. Recently bought the complete works in hard cover. Two huge and heavy volumes. However, both books were Volume I. Hello, where is Volume 2? Have tried calling and speaking to very nice customer service people at Amazon, sent emails to Daily Deal but all falls on deaf ears. Nobody wants to hear my plea!!!!

All I want is to return the superfluous Vol 1 and exchange it for the missing Vol 2. Help!!!
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By Wm. D. Milburn on April 30 2013
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This is a set of two volumes. It's absolutely hilarious. I totally recommend this book for anyone who needs a pick-me-up. If you're on death row, if you have terminal cancer, if your wife left you and took the house, if you've been permanently injured in a car accident... You get it. These books can turn your mood around no matter what.
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By eeyoore on March 24 2012
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So many memories! So much fun! Who knew that a cartoonist could essentially define a decade or two before melting into the shadows. Beautifully bound and annotated with love.
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By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 24 2007
Format: Hardcover
Where BILL WATTERSON is philosophical and whimsical, GARRY LARSON is absurdly surprising and devilishly creative! He will come at your funny bone from all directions - including the ones you knew not they existed.

I remember ordering his large sized collections one by one from the Book-Of-The-Month-Club and then laughing out loud all weekend!
Animals and humans never have existed so harmoniously. This is the universe of the absurd, the weird, the what-if, the I-know-this-is-not-possible-but-then-why-does-it-feel-so-familiar?

Own all his cartoons in 2 beautifully bound volumes.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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