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Poor Helpless Comics!

Poor Helpless Comics!

by Ed Subitzky, interview by Mark Newgarden

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A cartoon that hypnotizes you. A cartoon that goes through puberty. A cartoon that covers the history of the universe in a few dozen panels. A cartoon that is a crossword puzzle.

For the entire run of National Lampoon, Ed Subitzky bent, broke, and reimagined what a cartoon could do, creating some of the funniest and most lasting work of the era.

In this first-ever collection of his work, Subitzky’s range as a cartoonist and humorist is on full display, including not just his cartoons and his writing, but also glimpses of his work in television and advertising: collaborating on a humor album with John Belushi, appearing as “The Imposter” on The David Letterman Show, and acting as a spokesperson for an Atari video game. In these pages, Subitzky can finally be seen for what he is: a cartoonist who makes you laugh.

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Series: New York Review Comics
ISBN: 9781681377872
Pages: 176
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