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Fantagraphics Books

The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora
book by Irwin Chusid 9781560976004



The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora is the first comprehensive collection of record album and music art by Flora, featuring over 225 images. The book contains his most spectacular covers for Columbia and RCA Victor (including several previously uncirculated rejected covers). The anthology features extensive galleries of rarely seen 1940s and '50s illustrations from Columbia's trade journal Coda as well as Flora's magazine work from the post-war period. The book includes two interviews with Flora, along with reminiscences by his friends Gene Deitch and Alex Steinweiss, and a celebratory essay by Shag.

This book also presents the first-ever reprinting of Flora's fabled Little Man Press illustrations (1939-1942). LMP was a hand-press imprint started by literary nutjob Robert Lowry, who recruited Flora as art director. Their Cincinnati-based editions were printed at home in small runs of 125 to 400 copies, and featured Flora's woodcut covers and interior illos, which veered from childishly whimsical to disturbingly freakish.


  • English
  • 180 pages, full color
  • soft cover with flaps
  • dimensions: 11" x 10"