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The Complete Far Side [Hardcover]

Gary Larson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
Price: 100.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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21 Oct 2003
A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon every syndicated-over 4,000 if you must know-presented in (more or less) chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that have never before appeared in a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared in the last Far Side book, Last Chapter and Worse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as a special feature in the New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side of Science. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind of The Far Side in quirky and thoughtful introductions to each of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some of the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his pithy thoughts in a foreword, and Gary Larson's former editor describes what it was like to be "the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon." The Complete Far Side (c) 2003 by FarWorks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Far Side(R) and the Larson(R) signature are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc.

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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: 36.1 x 25.4 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,539 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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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For true Far Sideophiles only 12 Nov 2003
By dwaas76
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
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Far Side collection 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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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Farside 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sadly missed 7 Jun 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book Set 13 Dec 2003
By Biff VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Don't be put out off by the price - this is a high quality item.
It is very heavy, but that just shows the quality of the item. The slip case, binding and glossy paper used internally all justify the price.
Another review mentioned the price being stuck on the slip case -mine simply peeled off without a problem
My only real complaint is that the images could have been made bigger. Mostly there are four to a page, sometimes three. Two to a page would have been more impressive.
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Published 28 days ago by Irwing Johanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Does anyone know that?
This is brilliant but why so many different prices? How many prints/editions were there? My Grandma has one dated 1980-1994 I think, what is that worth?
Published 3 months ago by AnitaDrink
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and great postage
I ordered this for my husband as he is a big fan of Far side. The postage was fantastic came within a few days must say its I have ordered stuff before this and still waiting on it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lara
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
This is a wonderful Xmas present, it will keep me out of trouble for ages. I was laughing after the first page. Only downside is I almost got a hernia lifting it, take care!
Published 7 months ago by Angela Milner-Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Chunky but nice
This edition is massive and heavy but if you like Gary Larson you will love it.
It is not easy to read it while you are in the bed but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by marco simone zuppone
5.0 out of 5 stars Far side
Bought this for my sister in law who loves it. be advised this is a big package which was none the less delivered on time for a great price. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sector7g
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Far Side
For any fan of Gary is a MUST....the books are very well bound and drawings and extras are wonderful...especially the colors
Published 12 months ago by JOSE PERES MIR
5.0 out of 5 stars The far side collection - in one place
If you are used to the paperback collections, where the drawings are full page, it is a little bit of a letdown to realise that the images are smaller in this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Squire
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Larson Fans
It's got everything, and presented in a large bound double volume collection. Good value at the reduced price too. Enjoy
Published 13 months ago by Jimbob
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so happy with this purchase
I've wanted this almost as long as I can remember. At 50 it is an absolute steal. Every single far side cartoon as well as a ton of value add content and all in a high quality... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul Jeffery
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