MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés: Five Decades of His Finest Works
Written by Sergio Aragonés and friends
Illustrated by Sergio Aragonés
Published by Running Press
The World’s Fastest Cartoonist, Sergio Aragonés, went through the impossible-to-count number of pages he’s drawn for MAD Magazine over the past fifty years and chose his best strips to be included in this book, a 270-page hardcover collection perfect for fans of Sergio, MAD or anything remotely funny.
Features including “A MAD Look at …” and “The Shadow Knows” dominate the proceedings, though Sergio provides several other featurettes. Many showcase his classic pantomime gag strips; others are produced in collaboration with script writers. Cover illustrations, eye-bleeding detailed sequences such as MAD’s look at comic book conventions, and early silent stories round out the collection.
Each page is accompanied by the issue number and year of the sequence’s original publication. I’ve seen a few of these strips as a kid in various MAD’s compendiums, but this edition – MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés: Five Decades of His Finest Works – is definitely the way to own this material. Sergio’s a cartooning master, and to have his best work under one cover is too good to miss out on.