Go ahead, shell out the $10

January 31, 1994|By Mike Bowler

GLEN BAXTER RETURNS TO NORMAL. Cartoons by Glen Baxter. Random House. Paperback. $10. GLEN Baxter is something of a cult figure in England, where he lives and was educated. But Americans have seen his bizarre work in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

This collection of 100 drawings with captions was published in London in 1992 and now comes out in paperback, published by Random House.

"There is absolutely no reason at all why you should purchase this book," says a blurb on the back cover. It's next to a drawing of a man completely encased in a cube of butter. Beside him stands another man. The caption reads: "'So you found the butter then?' grunted Klaus."

That sense of humor is reminiscent of the late Bernard Kliban: wacky, blackly funny, often understated, full of nonsequiturs, in a few instances simply incomprehensible.

And well worth the 10 bucks.

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