Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made (Hardcover)
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This lushly illustrated graphic novel re-creates a lost Marx Brothers script written by modern art icon Salvador Dali.
Grab some popcorn and take a seat...The curtain is about to rise on a film like no other! But first, the real-life backstory: Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who’d befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. Author and lost-film buff Josh Frank unearthed the original script, and Dali’s notes and sketches for the project, tucked away in museum archives. With comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he’s re-created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory. In the story, a businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali-esque fantasy. With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world—but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance. Includes new Marx Brothers songs and antics, plus the real-world story behind the historic collaboration.
About the Author
Josh Frank is author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies, In Heaven Everything Is Fine, and, with Black Francis and Steven Appleby, the illustrated novel The Good Inn. In his spare time, he owns and operates the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In Movie Theatre in Austin, Texas.
Tim Heidecker is an award-winning comedian, writer, director, actor, and musician. He is one half of the comedy team Tim & Eric, with Eric Wareheim, known for the TV shows Tom Goes to the Mayor, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, as well as the film Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and the popular book Tim & Eric’s Zone Theory.
Manuela Pertega is a comics artist and illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated from the University of Barcelona with a specialization in drawing and restoration/conservation. She teaches art at Badalona VII, a public art institute, and at La Taca, an art school.
Named a Best Comic & Graphic Novel of March 2019 by B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog
“Don't even try to understand; just revel in the weirdness, along with the wonderful photographs and other archival material Frank includes in this book.”—Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio
“A really cool, funny, abstract graphic novel.”—CNET
“Classic cinema buffs and Dalí fanatics will appreciate the care and effort taken by the authors.”—Booklist
“This graphic novel is utterly one of a kind…the overall page compositions are exceptional, bursting with motion, mind-bending patterns, and wildly shifting color schemes…This messy, imperfect, fearless visual buffet is almost certainly better than any film version would have been.”—Publishers Weekly
“A book that should satisfy fans of Dali or the Marx Brothers, or anyone looking for something completely outside the norm.”—Foreword Reviews
“If there’s a Nobel Prize for Unearthing Unlikely-Yet-Perfect Creative Collaborations, Josh Frank and company should get it.”—Book and Film Globe