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ART BOOKS Capture the Imagination
The world of art to keep, treasure & cherish forever


Art books collect and transport the breathtaking world of art and artists into your world. Art books are a means of discovery, enjoyment and learning. They hold within their pages some of the best artwork ever created. Where else can a reader be taken behind the scenes in the company of the Disney Imagineers animation team or back into the historic American frontier or even into the far-away star-filled night in a children's book to meet the legendary Sandman in a voyage crammed with excitement, delight and awe?

Going from one adventure to another is as quick and effortless as closing one book and opening the covers of another.

Below is the Art-cade Gallery's collection of unique art books -- not a "how to draw" book in the lot, but lots of "oohs" and "wows" accompany each volume. To search a particular collection rather than browse the list, simply click the category of your choice below to access it.

Our collection is arranged into five convenient categories:

Every book shown is NEW, and not recycled. Many are long out-of-print and quite rare today. One thing those who are creating the electronic generation of books have yet to conquer is the presentation of fine art. There's still nothing like a printed art book with its beautiful color illustrations.


ART BOOKS TO BROWSE
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Comics, Cartoons and Animation


The Comics Since 1945 The Comics Since 1945
Brian Walker

2002. In this color-packed compendium of American comic strips since 1945, Brian Walker (son of Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey etc.) traces the development of newspaper comics decade by decade since World War II. Walker uses more than 700 examples of comic strips (many in full color) including many rare examples provided by the cartoonists themselves. Among the 100-plus strips included in this view of comic history are Pogo, Charlie Brown, Calvin and Hobbes and Dilbert.

Hardback, jacketed, 336 pages. New.

$49.95


100 Years of American Newspaper Comics 100 Years of American Newspaper Comics
Maurice Horn

1996. This illustrated encyclopedic history of American newspaper comics features A to Z coverage of every significant comic strip in the past 100 years. Editor Maurice Horn and other respected experts in the field have written comprehensive and insightful essays on each strip accompanied by detailed information including the years of publication, syndicate name and all the artists and writers who worked on a strip. A superbly illustrated encyclopedia in color and black-and-white richly illustrated on high quality paper.

Hardback, jacketed, 414 pages. New.

$25.00


The Sunday Funnies The Sunday Funnies
100 Years of Comics in American Life
Barnum Museum of Art

1994. Rare. This small volume is a exhibition catalog for the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT in 1994-95. Two short essays by Linda Altshuler and Brian Walker (son of Mort) introduce a century of Sunday funnies to the reader, showing the evolution of the art form and its connection to American history. Reprinted in color or black-and-white are pivotal comic strips by the major artists during this evolution. Pristine condition.

Saddle stitched, 48 pages. New.

$15.00


Peanuts: A Golden Celebration Peanuts: A Golden Celebration
David Larkin

1999. This book serves as a 50-year anthology and retrospective of the beloved "Peanuts" comic strip created and drawn by Charles Schulz. It traverses all five decades of the strip's existence telling the story of its creator and the development of the timeless "Peanuts" characters. Interesting anecdotes accompany over 1,000 comic panels, many of which are reproduced in color. A great coffee table book for memories and for viewing life. Includes a "Peanuts" chronology.

Hardback, jacketed, 256 pages. New.

$30.00


Peanuts 2000 Peanuts 2000
The 50th year of the world's favorite comic strip

Charles M. Schulz

2000. Charles Schulz created and drew the comic strip "Peanuts" for 50 years bring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Woodstock and their friends to millions of fans around the world. Schulz died on the very Sunday that the final "Peanuts" strip appeared in newspapers in February 2000. This volume reproduces the entire final year's (1999) strips through the final farewell strip in full color. With "Peanuts 2000" there's no need to say goodbye to old friends.

Paperback, 167 pages. New.

$11.95


Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz
Chip Kidd, editor

2001. This is a tribute volume to Charles M. Schulz, his "Peanuts" comic strip and the impact he had on several generations of everyday people throughout the world. This book is a radical re-presentation of his work and goes way beyond being just another "Peanuts" collection.

More than 500 strips are reproduced in this book, from his very first published attempt to such rare or never-before-seen items from Schulz's army days sketchbook from the early 1940s. Assembled after the artist's untimely death in 2000, the volume shows the evolution and transformation of Charlie Brown and his friends during 50 years of interactions. With an introduction by Jean Schulz the book was designed and edited by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, who also provides an informed and appreciative commentary. A must for anyone who has ever come under the spell of "Peanuts."

Hardback, jacketed, 336 pages. New.

$25.00


Mutts: The Comic Art of Patrick McDonnell Mutts: The Comic Art of Patrick McDonnell
Patrick McDonnell

2003. This is the first book to focus on the comic work of Patrick McDonnell. Mooch, Earl, Ozzie, Frank and Millie are just a few of the characters who inhabit the world of McDonnell's comic strip "Mutts." The volume includes not only a vast collection of the "Mutts" strips but also sketches, paintings, sculpture and more. The artist discusses the influences on his work and describes his daily creative process. His essay serves as autobiography, a survey of comic history, character explication and art history all rolled into one.

Hardback, jacketed, 216 pages. New.

$45.00


The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
Bill Watterson

1992. Comic pages a few years ago were not complete without Calvin and his toy tiger Hobbes. Here cartoonist Bill Watterson collected a treasury of the "Calvin and Hobbes" panels from his strip, both Sunday pieces in full color and daily black-and-whites. Watterson had an uncanny ability to capture the interactions between these two best-of-friends during their adventures in a way that the reader could easily understand what each character was thinking. This volume is a way to remember the charm of these daily activities.

Paperback, 256 pages. New.

$20.00


Dick Tracy: America's Most Famous Detective Dick Tracy: America's Most Famous Detective
The Life and Times of Chester Gould's Immortal Sleuth
Bill Crouch, Jr., Editor

1990. There is little doubt that in his day Dick Tracy was America's most famous detective and, after Sherlock Holmes, the second most famous detective in the world. Until this volume was published an overview of this landmark comic strip character has never been published.

Through a series of essays the background, the popularity, longevity and the technological innovations introduced in this comic strip (have your two-way wrist radio?) are remembered and detailed. Illustrated by reproductions of hundreds of the Dick Tracy strips plus other Chester Gould artwork.

Paperback, 256 pages. First edition. New. (Slight mar on lower right cover.)

$13.95


Garfield at 25: In Dog Years I'd Be Dead Garfield at 25: In Dog Years I'd Be Dead
Jim Davis

2002. This collection of Jim Davis memorabilia lets you experience the furry phenomenon known as Garfield -- fun, in-depth and lavishly illustrated. "Garfield at 25" takes a comprehensive look at everything Garfield, the comics, TV shows, collector products and of course the fans. The book includes a collection of special cartoons dedicated to Jim Davis from his fellow comic strip artists which marked the 25th anniversary of the "Garfield" comic strip.

Hardback, jacketed, 224 pages. New.

$25.00


Opus: 25 Years of his Sunday Best Opus: 25 Years of his Sunday Best
Berkeley Breathed

2004. "Bloom County" was a newspaper comic favorite for over two decades as a small penguin waddled this way through the jubilant lunacy of American pop and political culture. Collected here for the first time from the pen of Berkeley Breathed is Opus's dubious life history told in his Sunday colors, digitally re-colored and reproduced larger and more brightly than ever seen before.

Hardback, 225 unnumbered pages. New.

$25.00


Caution: Speed Bump Caution: Speed Bump
A Collection of Cartoon Skidmarks
Dave Coverly

2000. Dave Coverly has made an art out of the single panel newspaper comic cartoon. With a dry sense of humor and uncanny wit the cartoonist produces daily strips in which the reader seldom knows where the next laugh is hiding. Speed Bump has been syndicated since 1994. Coverly twice has won the National Cartoonists Society's Newspaper Top Panel Cartoon Award in 1994 and 2002 and the Society's Cartoonist of the Year Reuben Award in 2010. His cartoons also appear as greeting cards and in Parade magazine. This book out of print.

This is an anthology of Speed Bump cartoon panels with a foreword by Mike Peters.

Paperback, 144 pages. New.

$99.00


The Pre-History of The Far Side The Pre-History of The Far Side
Gary Larson

1989. This tenth anniversary collection of "Far Side" cartoons by Gary Larson reveals the artist's behind-the-scenes experiences related to creating various cartoon panels from the series. Also included are items from Larson's sketchbook which illustrate the running commentary. Contains black-and-white and color illustrations.

Paperback, 288 pages. New.

$11.00


Zits: Sketchbook #1 Zits: Sketchbook #1
Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

1998. "Zits" is a humorous yet kindhearted newspaper comic strip about the struggle between a teenager and his parents. It's everything and more you would expect from a 15 year old kid and his friends growing up in some suburb while trying to figure it all out. The strip debuted in 1997 in over 200 newspapers and has since become popular worldwide appearing in over 1,500 papers.

This anthology contains the strip's first year. Besides the laughs, it's quite interesting to see the difference between these story lines and drawings and those which appear in today's comics. There are no new strips in this volume. Out of print.

Paperback, 128 pages. New.

$10.95


Zits: Don't Roll Your Eyes Zits: Don't Roll Your Eyes
at ME, Young Man!
Sketchbook #3

Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

2000. "Zits" is a humorous yet kindhearted newspaper comic strip about the struggle between a teenager and his parents. It's everything and more you would expect from a 15 year old kid and his friends growing up in some suburb while trying to figure it all out. The strip debuted in 1997 in over 200 newspapers and has since become popular worldwide appearing in over 1,500 papers.

This anthology reprints the strips of an early year. Besides the laughs, it's quite interesting to see the difference between these story lines and drawings and those which appear in today's comics. There are no new strips in this volume. Out of print.

Paperback, 128 pages. New.

$10.95


Zits: Humongous Treasury Zits: Humongous Treasury
Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

2000. "Zits" is a humorous yet kindhearted newspaper comic strip about the struggle between a teenager and his parents. It's everything and more you would expect from a 15 year old kid and his friends growing up in some suburb while trying to figure it all out. The strip debuted in 1997 in over 200 newspapers and has since become popular worldwide appearing in over 1,500 papers.

This particular book is an anthology of early Zits strips and contains comics from the, at that time, two previous collections of Zits cartoons -- "Zits" and "Growth Spurt." An appealing compilation of strips which illustrates the beginnings of the comic a decade and a half ago. There are no new strips in this volume. Out of print.

Paperback, 256 pages. New.

$13.50


Rube Goldberg Rube Goldberg
Maynard Frank Wolfe

2000. It was Rube Goldberg's "inventions," those drawings of intricate and whimsical machines, which earned this Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist his very own entry in the Webster's dictionary (as an adjective meaning a machine which laboriously performs a seemingly simple operation). Many of his invention-filled cartoons, dating back to 1914, are still being republished and recycled today. In this volume the reader can study the intricacies of the Goldberg creations that span 65 years and better understand the phrase: Now that's a real Rube Goldberg!

Several of Goldberg's "inventions" strips are available as limited-edition fine art prints at The Art-cade Gallery -- a perfect wall hanging for that someone special.

Hardback, jacketed, 192 pages. New.

$18.00


Jules Feiffer's Comic Rave Jules Feiffer's Comic Rave
Civilization Magazine June/July 1998

1998. Great collection of insights for fans of the newspaper comic pages! This issue of the Library of Congress magazine "Civilization" is guest-edited by Jules Feiffer, noted and influential cartoonist and author of "The Great Comic Book Heroes" (1965). What makes this entire issue significant for comics enthusiasts is that each of the 22 articles is written by people well known in other fields who have themselves been influenced by comics. Well known journalists such as Studs Terkel and Peter Hamill write about the "Katzenjammer Kids," "Steve Canyon" and "Buz Sawyer" newspaper comic strips. Science fiction writer Kurt Vonnegut discusses Will Eisner, one of the most important creators of comics ("The Spirit"). Also includes an exclusive interview with Robin Williams.

This collectible edition is from the original uncirculated printing of the now defunct "Civilization" magazine. In pristine condition.

Paperback, 96 pages. New.

$15.00


New Yorker (12/10/1997) New Yorker (12/10/1997)
Cartoon Issue

1997. This special collector's edition of "The New Yorker" magazine features a photograph by noted lensman Arnold Newman of 41 New Yorker cartoonists at a festive gathering in Chelsea. A featured section of this issue shows some of the best cartoons and covers from the archives of the magazine. In the remainder of this issue a more than ordinary number of comic cartoon panels grace the magazine's pages. New. This collectible edition is the original uncirculated printing of the magazine in pristine condition.

Saddle stitched, 166 pages. New.

$8.00


Drawn and Quartered; American Political Cartooning Drawn and Quartered; American Political Cartooning
Stephen Hess
Sandy Northrop

1996. From Benjamin Franklin's drawing of the first American political cartoon in 1754 ("Join or Die") to Herblock's blistering attacks on the contemporary political process, editorial cartoons grew to be a mainstay of American journalism and politics. Through skillful juxtaposition of images and words, Hess and Northrop have created a volume which recounts the discomfort of the cartoon's targets - and the delight of the newspaper readers. This is a story of how cartoonists can capture the essence of key moments that shape the country's history. Profusely illustrated as a history of American political cartoons.

Hardback, jacketed, 164 pages. New.

$95.00


Satire on Stone Satire on Stone
The Political Cartoons of Joseph Keppler
Richard Samuel West

1988. Joseph Keppler (1838-94) was a popular artist, satirist and commentator who entertained and informed a generation of Americans with colorful and witty political cartoons, especially in "Puck," America's first successful humor magazine. Keppler created a new type of American political cartoon -- satiric and replete with of caricatures of the powerful individuals of his day who were in the news.

Richard West brings to light the artistic achievements of Keppler (often overshadowed by the works of fellow cartoonist Thomas Nast) who was America's leading cartoonist of the 1880s as well as being art director, chief cartoonist and co-publisher of "Puck." His full-page weekly color lithographic political cartoons commented on the events of the day. More than 170 of these works of art are included in this book, most of which have not been seen since they first appeared over a century ago.

The Art-cade Gallery has an inventory of collectible Joseph Keppler "Puck" cartoons for the history or art buff. Search "Joseph Keppler" on this site.

Hardback, jacketed, 465 pages. New.

$49.00


The Image of America in Caricature & Cartoon The Image of America in Caricature & Cartoon
Amon Carter Museum

1975. A catalog to accompany an exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX, which displays, indexes and explains two centuries of American history and culture through caricatures and cartoons. Through the acerbic eyes of both American and foreign artists the volume portrays our history in dramatic and tone-building images. Included for each era are symbols created or identified by contemporary artists. An informative essay about the "Image of America" introduces the topic to readers. Items in this exhibit and book were from The Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon which later was donated to The Library of Congress and now is housed there.

Hardback, 192 pages. New.

$50.00


Herblock: A Cartoonist's Life Herblock: A Cartoonist's Life
Herbert Block

1993. In his memoir the Washington Post's long-time 20th-century editorial cartoonist Herbert Block (artwork signed as "Herblock") leads the reader through the politics of his life and times as seen through the eyes behind one of the sharpest art pens that ever produced commentary on the day's politics. Illustrated with over 250 of his published cartoons - from FDR to Clinton -- the volume is a capsule of America's becoming a world power.

Paperback, 404 pages. New.

$16.00


Before the Animation Begins Before the Animation Begins
John Canemaker

1996. First edition. "Before the Animation Begins" is a vitally important book on the art and history of Disney. It presents a volume of rarely seen artwork from the Disney Archives as it chronicles the lives and work of the sketch artists from the thirties to late 20th century. Included are artists Kay Nielsen (Fantasia), Albert Hurter (Snow White) and Mary Blair (Alice in Wonderland). Profusely illustrated in full color and black-and-white. Out of print.

Hardback, jacketed, 210 pages. New.

$60.00


Treasures of Disney Animation Art Treasures of Disney Animation Art
Robert Abrams
John Canemaker

1982. From the vast Disney Archives, publisher Robert Abrams has selected over 500 representative works for this volume from the millions of paintings, sketches and drawings stored away. Arranged chronologically, they are beautifully reproduced in quality color and where possible the same size as the originals. Most favorite films of the hand-drawn era are included from "Snow White" to "Song of the South" to classic Donald Duck shorts including "Der Fuehrer's Face."

Hardback, jacketed, coffee table size, 320 pages. New.

$95.00


Designing Disney Designing Disney
John Hench

2003. John Hench became known as the "guru of Disney design" during his 60+ year career with the Disney Studios. In writing this personal journey, he reveals the lessons he learned working side-by-side with Walt Disney and his legendary Imagineers. Illustrated with more than 200 sketches, paintings and photographs from the vaults of Disney Imagineering, this is an entertaining and informative behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating world of creating designs which are a hallmark of the Disney experience.

Hardback, jacketed, 152 pages. New.

$150.00


Walt Disney's Bambi: The Story and the Film Walt Disney's Bambi: The Story and the Film
Ollie Johnston
Frank Thomas

1990. Extremely Rare. With Flip Book. First edition. The text and artwork from the classic animated film "Bambi" unfold the dual stories of a deer who grows up to be King of the Forest and two top Disney animators who reveal the creative strategies and victories behind the making of this landmark film. Unparalleled artwork from the Disney archives including film cels, inspired sketches, drawings and fine art paintings magnificently illustrate Bambi, Thumper and the world of their forest. New, pristine condition with accompanying Flip Book.

Hardback, jacketed, 208 pages, with accompanying Flip Book. New.
$170.00


Walt Disney's Fantasia Walt Disney's Fantasia
John Culhane

1987 edition. Originally published in 1983 by Walt Disney Productions, this is the definitive volume which describes the creative activity behind the 1940 production of the classic live-action animated film "Fantasia." Much of the material had never before been published including details of the story meetings and conferences obtained from the Disney Studio transcripts of the day. Artwork and photographs are illustrated in color and black-and-white.

Hardback, jacketed, 224 pages. New.

$50.00


"I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat" "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat"
50 Years of Sylvester and Tweety
Jerry Beck

1991. This volume is a splendidly illustrated biography of the duo's first half-century. It shows the birth of Sylvester and Tweety in their early film guises and hilarious variations on the chase theme that has keep audiences on edge for years. It includes more than 300 stop-motion scenes via original production art and frame enlargements. The text explains how Warner Bros. cartoons were animated, showing every phase of that old traditional hand-drawn process.

Hardback, jacketed, 160 pages. New.

$35.00


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