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The Blighted Eye is the most copious, the most diverse, and the most lavish compilation of original comic art ever published -- all from the mind-boggling collection of Glenn Bray. Bray was an enthusiast of marginal or outsider American pop culture when he started to collect original comic art in 1965 -- a time when very few people, including the artists themselves, truly valued the original art. Bray has, over the last nearly 50 years, amassed the most eclectic collection of original comic art in private hands. The book features work by a pantheon of cartooning masters, including Charles Addams, Carl Barks, Charles Burns, Al Capp, Dan Clowes, Jack Cole, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Kim Deitch, Will Elder, Al Feldstein, Virgil Finlay, Drew Friedman, Chester Gould, Justin Green, Rick Griffin, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, George Grosz, V.T. Hamlin, Jaime Hernandez, George Herriman, Al Hirshfeld, Graham Ingels, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Gary Panter, Virgil Partch, Savage Pencil, Peter Pontiac, Charles Rodrigues, Spain Rodriguez, Charles Schulz, Gilbert Shelton, Joost Swarte, Stanislav Szukalski, Irving Tripp, Chris Ware, S. Clay Wilson, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood, Jim Woodring, Art Young, and -- it should go without saying -- many more. Public exhibitions of original comics art has proliferated over the last decade with such shows as Masters of American Comics at LA's Hammer Museum and R. Crumb's Underground at Seattle's Frye Museum. Readers have been able to see this original art in museum catalogues and the occasional compilation of work digitally scanned directly from the original art. Although drawn for print, the hand-crafted original art -- brush strokes and pen lines inked on paper -- offers a beauty and an unique insight into the form, a different way of perceiving the artist's work.
Glenn Bray is the publisher/editor of books on Basil Wolverton (Gjdrkzlxcbwq Comics, Foopgoop Frolics, and The Original Art of Basil Wolverton); Harvey Kurtzman (the first comprehensive study of the Mad comics legend, The Illustrated Harvey Kurtzman Index); Stanislav Szukalski, (Troughful of Pearls, Inner Portraits, The Lost Tune, and Struggle); and the Fantagraphics publication of his personal original art collection, The Blighted Eye. He is the co-editor of To Laugh That We May Not Weep, the Life and Art of Art Young. He resides in California with his wife Lena Zwalve.
The Blighted Eye is a massive book ...[that] represents the tip of a comic art iceberg. ... I hope a second volume is in the works.--Mark Frauenfelder