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Brain Bats of Venus: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 2 (1942-1952)

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This volume continues Sadowski’s biography of the famed Mad cartoonist. It includes scores of letters between Wolverton and his editors and publishers and excerpts from his personal diaries, providing documentary insight not only into Wolverton’s day-to-day life and career, but also the inner workings of the early comic book industry. It is also chock full of Wolverton’s c This volume continues Sadowski’s biography of the famed Mad cartoonist. It includes scores of letters between Wolverton and his editors and publishers and excerpts from his personal diaries, providing documentary insight not only into Wolverton’s day-to-day life and career, but also the inner workings of the early comic book industry. It is also chock full of Wolverton’s comics stories from this period, including 17 science-fiction and horror tales fully restored and never before collected in a single volume.


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This volume continues Sadowski’s biography of the famed Mad cartoonist. It includes scores of letters between Wolverton and his editors and publishers and excerpts from his personal diaries, providing documentary insight not only into Wolverton’s day-to-day life and career, but also the inner workings of the early comic book industry. It is also chock full of Wolverton’s c This volume continues Sadowski’s biography of the famed Mad cartoonist. It includes scores of letters between Wolverton and his editors and publishers and excerpts from his personal diaries, providing documentary insight not only into Wolverton’s day-to-day life and career, but also the inner workings of the early comic book industry. It is also chock full of Wolverton’s comics stories from this period, including 17 science-fiction and horror tales fully restored and never before collected in a single volume.

41 review for Brain Bats of Venus: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 2 (1942-1952)

  1. 4 out of 5

    BobFish

    Basil has become one of my all time favorite comic book artists. In spite of his obvious brilliance, his road to appreciation wasn't exactly a cakewalk. Whilst reading those letters from his publishers, it became clear how frustrating and demotivating the comic book industry must have been. Let's be glad geniuses like Basil left us so much gorgeous art and publishers like Fantagraphics honor them with these beautiful books. Basil has become one of my all time favorite comic book artists. In spite of his obvious brilliance, his road to appreciation wasn't exactly a cakewalk. Whilst reading those letters from his publishers, it became clear how frustrating and demotivating the comic book industry must have been. Let's be glad geniuses like Basil left us so much gorgeous art and publishers like Fantagraphics honor them with these beautiful books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rex Hurst

    What you really want this volume for is the art. Wolverton was a master of the comic face, but that translated very easily over into horror and science fiction stories as well. There are hundreds of pages of remarkably grotesque material. This was during the height of his fame, when Wolverton won the Lil’ Abner contest to reveal the face of Leena the Hyena, reputedly the ugliest woman in the world. Wolverton won, hands down, with a disgusting portrait and his career briefly took a bump after tha What you really want this volume for is the art. Wolverton was a master of the comic face, but that translated very easily over into horror and science fiction stories as well. There are hundreds of pages of remarkably grotesque material. This was during the height of his fame, when Wolverton won the Lil’ Abner contest to reveal the face of Leena the Hyena, reputedly the ugliest woman in the world. Wolverton won, hands down, with a disgusting portrait and his career briefly took a bump after that. What drags this book down is that the man himself didn’t have a very fun fast-paced life which makes for a riveting read. There is paragraph after paragraph of Wolverton sent this idea out, only to be turned down in a letter which states blah, blah, blah. Over and over. A lot could've been left out. The interesting thing is that much of the correspondence was with Stan Lee over at Timely, but even that is mostly boilerplate business talk. I skimmed though these portions of the book, just to get back to the amazing illustrations.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Drew Canole

    The biographical details in this book are one-note and depressing. Just Wolverton getting turned down by publishers and not making much money. I'd much rather just a pure collection of comics from Wolverton, but this is what we get. His artwork is brilliant but I often find his stories to be a bit overwhelming. So many damn puns. I need more sci-fi stories by Wolverton. The biographical details in this book are one-note and depressing. Just Wolverton getting turned down by publishers and not making much money. I'd much rather just a pure collection of comics from Wolverton, but this is what we get. His artwork is brilliant but I often find his stories to be a bit overwhelming. So many damn puns. I need more sci-fi stories by Wolverton.

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