Collecting a half-century of cartoons from Playboy's most venerable contributor.
For over 45 years, Eldon Dedini has been one of Playboy's most recognizable full-page gag cartoonists. With a masterful watercolor technique that burlesques a broad range of subjects―from East and West Coast urban and suburban adult-hipster to classical Japanese erotic prints―Dedini's most personal cartoons rely on mythology and legend, evoking a bucolic sexually liberated paradise that leaves its reader lingering over the imagery long after the gag registers.
A lifelong Californian, Dedini cut his graphic teeth in his early twenties as an editorial cartoonist for the Salinas Morning Post. He studied drawing and painting for two years at L.A.'s Chouinard Institute until 1944, when Walt Disney Studios hired him as a story sketch artist. Refusing to end up as just another anonymous Disney drone, Dedini worked nights and weekends to develop his own style and sold dozens of cartoons to Esquire, which in 1946 offered him a four-year contract at twice his Disney salary. In 1950 Dedini moved to The New Yorker―where he is still a contributor―and finally to Playboy in 1959.
An Orgy of Playboy's Eldon Dedini is the first retrospective collection of his work and gathers in one volume the most sophisticated, elegant―and funny―gag panels of the past six decades. Color and black-and-white cartoons throughout
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I perused this in a bookstore recently. I had been very anxious to see it as I knew it was almost certainly a must-have. The artwork is indeed superb, the printing is excellent, and the humor is top-drawer. My complaint is the cheap shiny-cardboard cover they put on this. I think of books as investments, and nowadays the publishers increasingly cut corners on bindings, apparently thinking the consumer won't notice (and they are often correct, since so many books are sold online and the determination can not be made between a nice cloth cover and cheap cardboard). But the distinction is significant, in my mind. Go to your local used bookstore and see how these cheap covers hold up. Quite simply, they don't. After a few years the book looks like junk, scuffed and dented, if it holds the book together at all. Perpetrated only to save a few lousy dollars. It is a shameful compromise of historical material. This cover is more like a Dr. Suess book's cover than the cover you would...
Aside from the gorgeous cartoons, the book comes with a DVD documentary called 'Dedini - A life in Cartoons'
While the book gives the reader a great look at Eldon's work over the years (on very fancy paper I might add) the DVD tells you about the life of this great artist. It is funny to see how so many of the women in his cartoons look just like his wife (she features in the documentary too)
Considering I bought this thinking I'd just get the book, it was a great surprise to find that it came with a DVD, there is no mention of it in the listing.
The book on the life, art, and personal observations of Eldon Dedini is excellent indeed. The cartoon photos are beautiful, and the explanation of the steps involved in creating the final cartoon is informative. I especially liked the DVD film of Eldon Dedini at the back of the book. It gave me a look into the person of Eldon Dedini, what made him tick and what kind of a person he was. I found the information on his family life most interesting. [...]
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