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Gross Exaggerations

The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross

Milt Gross, Peter Maresca (Editor), Ivan Brunetti (Foreword by), Mark Newgarden (Introduction by)


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Presenting a comprehensive collection of the major comic strips from Milt Gross: Nize Baby, Count Screwloose, and Dave's Delicatessen, along with other comic strips and offerings from books and magazines.

The king of "screwball" comic strips, Milt Gross had a varied career in movies and animation, humorous poetry and illustrated novels, and, most prolifically, comic strips. Beginning in the 1920s, his comics were born of the Yiddish humor in vaudeville and expanded to lampooning all the foibles and fallacies of American life. Filled with bizarre characters and frenzied, slapstick action, Gross's newspaper comics entertained readers for decades. Most of the classics seen here have never been reprinted before!

Praise For Gross Exaggerations: The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross

Gross was doubly gifted: an irresistibly risible writer and visually, a comics genius.
— Art Spiegelman

Gross’s most enduring legacy may lie in his pen lines. His trademark irreverence and his devil-may-care American absurdism may guarantee that his work—after staying fresh for decades—continues to be so for centuries.
— The New Yorker

Fantagraphics Sunday Press Books, 9780983550488, 144pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2020

About the Author

Milt Gross (1895-1953) was one of the most influential cartoonists of the first half of the 20th century. His first published comic, Phool Phan Phables, appeared in the New York Journal in 1915, though it was short-lived. After serving in World War I, Gross saw great success with an illustrated column, Gross Exaggerations, in the New York World. Many more successes would follow, including the strip collection Nize Baby in 1926, Count Screwloose from Tooloose in 1929, and his masterpiece, the "wordless novel" He Done Her Wrong, in 1930. In addition to his cartooning, Gross was also successfull in scriptwriting and radio.

Peter Maresca is the founder of Sunday Press Books, a publisher of comic strip reprint collections that has won multiple Eisner and Harvery Awards since its inception in 2005.

Ivan Brunetti was born in Italy in 1967 and lives in Chicago, IL, where he teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

Mark Newgarden is an acclaimed cartoonist and creator of the book We All Die Alone, the co-author (with Paul Karasik) of How to Read Nancy, and the co-author (along with his partner, Megan Montague Cash) of Houghton Mifflin’s bestselling Bow Wow series of children’s books. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.