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  • Hardcover: 1272 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel; Slp edition (21 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740721135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740721137
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 9.9 x 36.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Far Side was syndicated in more than 1,900 daily newspapers from 1980 to 1995, when Gary Larson retired. During its run, the cartoon spawned 22 books from AMP, which were translated into a total of 17 different languages. For his work with The Far Side, Larson was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist from the National Cartoonists Society in 1991 and 1994. The group also named The Far Side Best Syndicated Panel in both 1985 and 1987.

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Sophietica on 12 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book, literally as well as figuratively speaking. It weighs in at about 19lbs (according to my unreliable scales), so you'll want to be home when it arrives...picking it up at a depot could be a painful exercise! It consists of two lovely hardback books (glossy pages) encased in a high-quality cardboard cover. The quality of the books partly explains why the price is so high.
The book contains enough Far Side cartoons to keep you going for months, well, days if you're a real fan. I wasn't really impressed by Steve Martin's foreword, but the introductions to the chapters are good. The bit I like best (apart from the cartoons themselves) are the letters to the editor that are included next to some of the panels..absolutely brilliant!
All this makes the steep price tag well worth it. If you're a fan, buy it now! If you know any real fans, buy it for them and they'll love you forever.
Oh yes, downsides. Well, as the previous reviewer says, it's too heavy/bulky to take to the loo or read in bed comfortably. It's also a tad difficult to read on public transport. If you're giving it to somebody else beware: there's a white bit with the price on it printed on the top of the case (inside the plastic wrapper). I haven't quite worked out how to camouflage that yet. On the other hand, it's a good (although not too subtle) way to show how generous you've been (especially as it says £100, and you'll get it for £70 here at Amazon)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Edwards on 2 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Awesome! In size, weight, and quality, this collection is 101%. This is the complete Gary Larson - team it with "The Prehistory of the Far Side" - and you have it all. If you are amused or curious about looking at life from a different angle, then don't hesitate. This is for you. There was nothing like Larson before he appeared and there are NO pretenders to the throne. I am at least glad that future generations in my family will know what made me laugh. Do cows stand up when the cars have gone past? Look and see!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Parodi on 11 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
THE COMPLETE FAR SIDE is a two-volume collection of every Far Side comic ever created. The volumes are beautifully bound, and the reproductions are first rate - perhaps better than they've ever looked anywhere. Most are black-and-white, but there are several color reproductions as well. Creator Gary Larson has arranged the comics year-by-year, occasionally providing a brief preface for a section, as well as a few letters he's received from readers over the years. The most hilarious preface concerns Larson's fear that a certain item in a drawing chosen for a book cover (the old lady's head on the cover of IN SEARCH OF THE FAR SIDE) looks phallic. The most unusual letter is from a member of the Sons of Italy (a group in the United States that fights defamation against Americans of Italian descent), complaining about a comic where a sandwich named Luigi is sent to "sleep with the forth graders." Just a small taste of the diverse reactions this comic genius has elicited from people.
This one's definitely going on my wish list! :)
Andrew Parodi
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
when gary larson 1st appeared it was with a sigh of relief from all who mourned the sad passing of the truly inspired chas addams.Larson effortlessly stepped into those too long vacated shoes.

this collection is a superb roundup of some of the finest subversive, perverse & downright odd humour this self righteous planet has ever seen. cows plotting mans downfall,neanderthal mans greatest cock-ups,evil rhino's,what dog's are actually saying & sarky wildlife are just the tip of this wildly spinning iceberg.
you'll not tire of returning to them time & again and with this beautifully presented boxset,you'll be laughing your head off in real style & with amazons generous reduction what else are you waiting for? If you've not seen larson before then get stuck in here you lucky lucky person!its worth every last penny.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Rod Chambers on 23 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is not a book for fans of the Farside. This one is strictly for the "Fans". But if you are not put off by a £70 price tag I guess you know which category you belong in anyway. The picture does not do this book justice. It is HUGE in every sense. It is very heavy. The postman almost ruptured himself when handing it to me. It requires a desk and comfy chair to sit down and read it in comfort. You won't be taking this one into the bathroom with you. Not unless losing circulation in your legs doesn't bother you. Both the books and the slipcase are of a quality that does the cartoons justice. The pages themselves are all high quality high gloss paper. The sheer physical construction is excellent, and I can't imagine this one ever falling apart with use. And you will keep going back to this again and again. If you are a fan and are worried at the prospect of spending this amount of cash on a book....don't be. It's well worth the price for an item of this quality. And to have every single Farside cartoon in such a good quality edition? Cheap at half the price. You won't be disappointed with this in any way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claire on 28 Nov. 2014
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I received this product later than expected, however this situation was addressed by Amazon. I used to look at my nan's Far Side books when I was younger and I really wanted the complete set as I always remember how much I enjoyed looking the comic strips. I saw the hardback version but it was too expensive but when this came out at a lower price I had to by it. I have only looked at the first 30 pages or so and I have chuckled at every comic. So glad I brought this. It's very heavy I'm keeping mine on the floor by my bed my book case is not sturdy enough for these bad boys. These definitely aren't books you are going to take out and about with you, unless you're looking to work on your upper body strength. Enjoy. :-)
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