LOAC Essentials, Vol. 12: Baron Bean 1918


By George Herriman

11.5” x 4.25” landscape hardcover, 328pp

The New York Journal of Books said that the first volume of LOAC Essentials (Baron Bean) “sets the standard for archival and reprint quality.”

The Washington Times wrote that it’s “beautiful. It showcases showcases Mr. Herriman’s developing style and his move toward a combination of absurdity, surrealism, and art deco.”


This book concludes a three-volume sub-series by presenting the final year of Baron Bean, one of Herriman’s richest and funniest creations, second only to Krazy Kat, whose citizens would occasionally grace the panels of Baron Bean. Herriman found few themes as fascinating as the power of titles and the ways in which worth in society is determined based on a hat, a name, or the color of one’s skin. Each day he gives reason to question not only the superiority of would-be “Barons” over their vassals and retainers, but equally the superiority of so-called “humans” over the animals they call “pets.”

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