Gahan Wilson's Out There
Overview - Gahan Wilson is probably best known for his macabre Playboy cartoons filled with charming monsters, goofy mad scientists, and melting victims and his cutting-edge work in the National Lampoon, but in 1964, he brought his brilliantly controlled wiggly-but-sophisticated pen line to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Read more...
More About Gahan Wilson's Out There by Gahan Wilson; Gary Groth
Gahan Wilson is probably best known for his macabre Playboy cartoons filled with charming monsters, goofy mad scientists, and melting victims and his cutting-edge work in the National Lampoon, but in 1964, he brought his brilliantly controlled wiggly-but-sophisticated pen line to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Wilson s freaks and geeks found a home among the stories of the best fantasy and sf writers of the day, offering a welcome, if sometimes macabre or existentially imponderable, graphic break from the magazine s otherwise straightforward prose. Wilson s playfully black sense of comedy was on full display in these cartoons, delineated in his trademark roly-poly, sensual, delicately hatched line. Out There features the over 250 cartoons that Wilson drew during his tenure with the magazines as well as all four covers he rendered none of which have seen the light of day since their first appearance 50 years ago. Wilson also contributed both short stories and movie and book reviews, which are included as well. Out There resurrects hundreds of virtually unseen cartoons by one of the 20th century s masters of the form."
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Wilson has been one of America's top cult cartoonists for over 50 years, with his unique take on the universe marked by the head-on collision of the mundane and the macabre, rendered in a deceptively minimalist style. He's best known for his onepanel gags for the New Yorker, but this volume collects nearly 20 years of his cartoons from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, some dating back to the early days of his career. Wilson's wry drawings are replete with monsters, aliens, deities, and murderers, a playing field informed by a lifetime of absorbing science fiction, lurid pulp stories, and horror. Mixxing the uncanny and the absurd, these cartoons are a heady visual and conceptual stew that Wilson's admirers will appreciate having in one convenient volume, with the unexpected bonus of Wilson's critical essays on the oeuvres of renowned speculative fiction authors including Richard Matheson and H.P. Lovecraft. This intelligent, engaging collection sheds new light on the career of a master. (Jan.)