Arf

 ARFN   (Fantagraphics, 2005)

™ and © 2005 Gussoni-Yoe

Delightfully subversive, Modern Arf draws readers in with what they know—Mad’s Alfred E. Neuman and Jack Kirby—and then exposes those readers to visual comics delights they’ve never seen: the beautiful graphics of Italian artist Antonio Rubino, the 1906 worm’s eye cartoons of Hy Mayer, the literally Hellish Sunday pages of Jimmy Hatlo’s Inferno, and many more.

Arf is a mix of articles, reprinted stories, and single cartoons as well as new and unpublished art—all on the theme of comics as art and the creative process. These range from a group of cartoons on creating art by everyone from the Captain & The Kids’ Rudolf Dirks to Robert Crumb; to surrealistic mainstream comics by Jack Kirby and Klaus Nordling’s Lady Luck; to articles by Milt Gross and a collection of early pre-Mad appearances of Alfred E. Neuman on postcards and ads.

In an industry often divided by genres and periods, it is wonderful to see a book that celebrates all of comics’ quirky genius. The integrating force behind the book and its beautiful design is the talented Craig Yoe. In 50 years of reading comics, I rarely see anything new and exciting. Modern Arf introduced me to three wonderful artists or series that I had never seen. This is one book that I hope will become a series.

— George Hagenauer

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#1

 
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ca. 2005Craig YoeJack Kirby, Patrick McDonnell, Salvador Dali, Jimmy Hatlo, Hy Mayer, Milt Gross, Antonio Rubino

#2

 
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 Craig YoeCoop, Colleen Coover, Dan DeCarlo, Jack Kirby, Patrick McDonnell, Salvador Dali, Jimmy Hatlo, Hy Mayer, Milt Gross, Antonio Rubino

#3

 
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Featuring Milt Gross; ca. 2007Craig Yoe, Stan Lee, Ken QuattroCoop, Colleen Coover, Dan DeCarlo, Jack Kirby, Patrick McDonnell, Salvador Dali, Jimmy Hatlo, Hy Mayer, Milt Gross, Antonio Rubino, Waler Molino, Joe Maneely: George Harriman, Benita Jacovitti, Jack Davis, Ernie Bushmiller, Whitney Darrow Jr, Otto Soglow, Bill Holman, David Cowles, T. S. Sullivant, F. Opper, Zim, A. T. Brown, W. J. Enright, E. T. Reed, H. C. Greening, Max Ernst, George Crenshaw, William Ekgren, Matthew Waldron, Ivan Brunetti, Ted Scheel, Henry Heath, Dean Yeagle

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Comic Arf; Featuring Milt Gross, Walt Kelly, Dudley Fisher, Gardner Rey, Gullermo Divito, Arch Dale, Bob Powell; ca. 2008Craig Yoe, George HagenauerMilt Gross, R. Crumb, Mort Walker, Johnny Ryan, Gene Deitch, Dean Yeagle, Hunt Emerson, R. D. Blechman, Glenn Oaks Head, Richard Sala, Mark Beyer, Al Jaffee, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Denis Kitchen, Patrick McDonnell, Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, Craig Yoe, Bill Keane, Semour Chwast, Peter Bagge, Charles Barsotti, R. Sikoryak, Ivan Brunetti, Jules Feiffer, Sergio Aragonés, Mark Newgarden, Walt Kelly, Dudley Fisher, Gardner Rey, Gullermo Divito, Arch Dale