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A Very Funny Business Paperback – 22 Sep 1978

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (22 Sept. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715613111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715613115
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"A Very Funny Business" looks like an old hardback comic book annual like DC Thomson produced back in the '70s, but inside the covers lies a charming autobiography of Leo Baxendale's career in comics.
Baxendale is probably not as famous as he deserves to be (mainly because his signature was removed from most of his work) but many of the comic characters he created & drew became household names : The Bash Street Kids, Minnie The Minx, Little Plum, etc. In this book he reminisces about his career in british comic books from joining DC Thomson's "Beano" in 1952, to his work at Fleetway in the late '60's, and his leaving weekly comics in 1975.
Baxendale's writing is a very easy read, full of anecdotes & discussion of the development of his cartooning. Throughout the book there are reproductions of a good selection of comic pages by Baxendale & those he work with & admired, especially Dudley Watkins (Desperate Dan), Davey Law (Dennis The Menace), & Ken Reid (Jonah).
The only thing that lets the book down in the instances when Baxendale writes about specific pages that are not reproduced in the book, but since (at the time he wrote the book anyway) his original artwork had not been returned to him by the publishers, I am amazed there is as many comic pages in the book as there is!
All in all, a fascinating insiders account of the British comic book industry through it's boom of the '50s & '60s to it's decline in the '70's.
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