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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (8 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159582779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595827791
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 2.6 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. C. Martin on 19 Jun 2012
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This book was exceedingly late arriving in the UK, nearly two months from when it shipped from the publisher. However whether that was amazon.uk's fault or, somewhat likely, a customs issue is beyond knowing. However eventually it arrived and it is the most sumptuous edition yet. American reviewers have complained that the book is the B&W edition but UK customers are most loving of line-work than gaudy colours and Click is much better for being in its B&W form. Manara is all about the ink work, not the variety of colouring methods used over Clicks long evolution. The four stories have a much greater coherency when reduced to the purity of pen work and Click is clearly a masterwork. However it really is filth over every page so unless you are prepared for this very continental view of 'sex positive' feminism then probably best to head over to the Dark Horse 'regular' Manara series. Its not as if there isn't enough nudity in those.
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By Johan L on 12 July 2014
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An album full of Manara's fantastic drawings! Everything you need from him, collected in one ( of three albums). Classic and classy!
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By Goncalo rocha on 1 Jun 2014
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I liked Guliveriana and though about knowing other works by Manara. I found out they are mostly rubbish. A cheap exploration of all known sexual perversions, especial incidence on masochism and sex between people of very different age strata. Wouldn't have bought it if I had know it was so poor.
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Talk about missing the mark..... 25 May 2012
By Axel - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume of work by Manara published by Dark Horse contains truly wonderful art by the italian master, which, but for the completely misguided and misjudged decision of the editors/publishers to publish the work in black and white, would have made for a truly essential volume to own. As is, the publishers have issued a volume which is likely to be consigned to the status of a mere curiosity, and hardly to be regarded as a truly "definitive" hardcover collection. What's perhaps more annoying is the apparent justification provided in the book's overlong and somewhat meandering introduction (it spends almost half it's time talking about other people's work and repeating a basic point about changing social attitudes to sex in Italy; something which it could have been more economical with in order to focus on Manara and the stories themselves, but alas...) In any event, the introduction alleges that editors felt that printing in black and white simply provided the best opportunity to truly enjoy Manara's line work, a decision which strikes as both paradoxical and perplexing since the introduction admits the stories were originally *printed in color!!!* If a concern arises about the quality of the original prints, that's not something to avoid by publishing without color. That's something you deal with by whatever means you need to!!

It's an insane decision for a reasonably pricey hardcover volume ostensibly designed to celebrate the work of clearly one of the most accomplished artists and erotic storytellers in comics, and arguably borders on epic stupidity. The editors appear to forget that these stories are available elsewhere, however hard to find, and in color, as originally intended, so that releasing an all black and white volume in 2012, immediately relegates the importance of this volume to "non-essential" or "easily overlooked." Which is unfortunate. The content here is superb, and definitely worth five stars. But you might wish to wait until Dark Horse fires the editors of these Manara collections or someone else collects and publishes Manara's incredible work.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A missed opportunity 26 May 2012
By Ralph Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume has great art by the legendary Manara, and the stories are sexy and fun, but it is disappointing that Dark Horse decided to print the entire collection in black and white. Some stories look like they were clearly intended to be in color. The black and white line art often has little in the way of shading, at times resembling an adult coloring book. I checked out some color pages from Click! in another edition (which you can do right here on Amazon), and the addition of color really enhances the art. Many of my favorite comics are in black and white, but in this case, I feel like an opportunity was missed. This hardcover retails for $60. Had the stories been printed in color, it would have been worth the cover price.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
What's wrong with B&W? 3 Aug 2013
By Grandmaster Nat King Cole Porter Stomp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What's this US obsession with color?!
You've been reading badly coloured cheap comic books for decades. Maybe this is the problem...
These stories had been originally published (in France, Italy, etc.) in B&W. And it's a beautiful B&W. Even better than the coloured version.
I have several versions of "The Clik" and still prefer the monochrome black. Especially considering
1- the beutiful and rich Manara's sign in the late 70's (HP and Giuseppe Bergman adventures, etc.) and early 80's (the click, butterscotch, etc.)
2- the color version wasn't so good. It should have been more delicate to let one's eyes see the beautiful Manara drawings
Indian summer is a perfect example of this. Beautiful colors by Laura Battaglia (wife of the great master Dino Battaglia), the one who coloured many stories of Corto Maltese by Pratt. Delicate watercolors that let you see what's beneath: a solid drawing, rich in volumes rendering that become flat with a bad colouring.
Being used to both B&W and colored comics i say that only quality matters.
It would be a nonsense to print Corben's Den or Moebius' Arzach in B&W.
It would be nearly a nonsense to print Sin City in colors or Moebius' Artight Garage in colors (and i know they did it, but these colors weren't so bad).
This Manara in B&W it's more than OK. I have many different versions of both the Click and Butterscotch and B&W is better.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Black and White? 17 May 2012
By Daniel S FitzRandolph - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a nice book, but why is a deluxe edition of Manara's work in black and white? I've seen all these stories in color elsewhere. I'm not sure what they were thinking releasing it like this.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Manara Erotica Volume 1 14 Jun 2012
By Buffy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains "Click" volumes 1-4, "Fatal Rendezvous", and the 5 page short story "The Last Tragic Day...". Aside from Click, chronologically there's no reason I can see why these particular stories were chose to make up volume one. Production values are good with solid binding and nice paper. I prefer Manara's work in black and white because you get to see his original line work with much better clarity than in the colorized versions of these stories. If you've seen the coloring in Clicks 1-4 the style of coloring varies from book to book and it looks as if they were colored simply to satisfy a readership that didn't want black and white comics (sort of like black and white movies that are digitally recolored for a modern audience). Manara's artwork looks great so if you don't own any of these already it's worth a purchase. Warning: the Fatal Rendezvous story has a rape theme. This is also an adults only book: Amazon should not be selling it to anyone underage as it is very explicit and the book cover doesn't really indicate this is x-rated material.
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