The Strange World of Mr. Mum

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About the author:
Irving Walter Phillips (1904 - 2000) was a notable American cartoonist, author, playwright, illustrator, television scriptwriter, and educator. He was born in Wilton, Wisconsin and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. During the Great Depression Phillips was freelancing his cartoons to thirty-six different newspapers. He served as head of the humor staff at Esquire magazine in the late 1930's. He taught humor writing at Maripoca Tech and Phoenix College in Arizona.

The cartoon character Mr. Mum was just one of Phillips' many creations. He wrote the script for Song of the Open Road (1944) as well as Delightfully Dangerous (1945). He wrote and co-wrote over 250 television scripts and a number of plays for Matinee Theater. Phillips provided scripts and animation work for the ABC children's program Curiosity Shop (1971). His contributions to the cartoon world include Mr. Mum, Scuffy, and Barnaby Bungle.

The Strange World of Mr. Mum

Empty-Grave Motley Edition

Authored by Irving Phillips, Fr Justin McCarthy
Edited by A. Nicolai

At its peak, the Mr. Mum cartoon strip circulated through 180 different newspapers in 22 countries. Mr. Mum was one of the first captionless strips in mass publication and is thought by some to have paved the way for Larson's strip, The Far Side.

This book is a large 5.5" x 8.5" format and has had pixel-level remastering of all the cartoons. It contains all 121 cartoons originally published in 1954.

As a bonus, this book is a Motley Edition. It provides a 25-cartoon taste of one of Mr. Mum's single-panel peers--Brother Juniper as he was in The Whimsical World of Brother Juniper by Justin McCarthy.

Publication Date:
1466493623 / 9781466493629
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Humor / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons

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