PX97: The Complete Maus

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (173x240mm)

If you’ve following this blog series, you may be asking yourself — “didn’t that guy already talk about Maus? Excessively?” Yes, I have like a lot.

So I don’t quite know why I bought this edition now — I think it just popped up (because of the banning thing) and I may have been thinking that it’d be nice to have a complete hardback edition?

I was also wondering whether they’d spruced it up a bit since the paperback edition back in the early noughties, or perhaps added an introduction by Stan Lee (“again with the mice!”) or had a redesign by Chip Kidd or a new afterword by Michael Chabon. Something horrible like that.

I don’t actually recall any of this — I was really surprised when it showed up in the latest shipment of comics from over the pond.

But since I’ve got it, let’s just take a look at it?

The book is very handsome and sturdy. And, *phew*, no redesign, and absolutely no additional texts. It’s just as devastating a reading experience as ever.

It’s printed on matte paper, and looks really good.

The other complete edition I have, the paperback from 2002, uses shiny, non-absorbent paper, which makes the artwork look really sharp… but also kind of incongruous?

So this may be the best edition of Maus I have, and I’m happy I bought it anyway.

And… I don’t think I’ve got anything further to say about Maus that I haven’t already, so I think I’ll just stop there.

And this is the final post in the Punk Comix mini bonus track section (but I may do further posts in the future if I happen upon some other books from this generation that are interesting).

This blog post is part of the Punk Comix series.

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