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Masterful Marks

Masterful Marks

Cartoonists Who Changed the World

In a first-of-its-kind collection, award-winning illustrators celebrate the lives of the visionary artists who created the world of comic art and altered pop culture forever.

Sixteen Graphic Novel Biographies of:

• Walt Disney • Dr. Seuss • Charles Schulz • The Creators of Superman • R. Crumb • Jack Kirby • Winsor McCay • Hergé • Osamu Tezuka • MAD creator, Harvey Kurtzman • Al Hirschfeld • Edward Gorey • Chas Addams • Rodolphe Töpffer • Lynd Ward • Hugh Hefner

The story of cartoons—the multibillion-dollar industry that has affected all corners of our culture, from high to low—is ultimately the story of the visionary icons who pioneered the form.

But no one has told the story of comic art in its own medium—until now.

In Masterful Marks, top illustrators—including Drew Friedman, Nora Krug, Denis Kitchen, and Peter Kuper—reveal how sixteen visionary cartoonists overcame massive financial, political, and personal challenges to create a new form of art that now defines our world.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 128 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451649192 | 
  • September 2014
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About the Author

Monte Beauchamp

Monte Beauchamp is an art director and graphic designer whose books include The Life & Times of R. Crumb, Striking Images: Vintage Matchbook Cover Art, New & Used BLAB!, and Krampus: The Devil of Christmas. In 2012, Beauchamp was awarded the Society of Illustrators’ prestigious Richard Gangel Art Director Award.

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