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Did we grow up in the same house and I just didn't notice you? My parents had VIP and Steig books, as well as some Charles Addams collections. They didn't have Lariar's Best Cartoons series--I had to add those later.


Of course we had Charles Addams!!! And, though he never mentions it, we also had a lot of Thurber (with maybe too many words for him then) and my favorite there is the Dog Who Bit People.


William Steig also illustrated--wonderfully--many of Will Cuppy's books.

Mike Peterson

I could have included Charles Addams here, but he may get his own post another day -- quick memory is a giant octopus coming out of a manhole cover snatching people away and someone saying, "It doesn't take much to draw a crowd in New York City." Plus the family, who were not nearly as lovable looking as their TV versions would be.

As for Thurber, yes, too many words, and when I was ready for words, I picked up Benchley instead. *shrug*

I did read "Fables for Our Times" at Grandpa's, however -- but the big attraction there was getting Grandpa to read "Nize Baby" to you. Milt Gross, too, is an entire entry ...

Mary in Ohio

Some family member had magazines with VIP cartoons - and I read whatever was available on those long chatty visits when I was a kid. My reaction was pretty much like yours. Thurber was an early favorite, and I discovered the Addams anthologies at the college bookstore. Somewhere in there was The Toonerville Trolley, hence my first calico: Powerful Cat Trinka.


I loved VIP, back in the days when his cartoons appeared in True and/or Argosy because they were often too explicit for the Sat Eve Post. They weren't very explicit, but this was the 40s and 50s.


He also designed a beer can as part of a cartoon series in the 1950s.


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