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Action Figure: The Life and Times of Doonesbury's Uncle Dukeby G B Trudeau
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"I want to be the ferret in the pants of the government." --Duke, on Larry King Live
Hot on the heels of his surprising in-your-face presidential campaign, the roots of candidate Duke are revisited in this reissue of Action Figure!, the definitive history of his adventures from 1970 to 1991.
The perennial bad boy of American comics has always been a man of action: libelous action, irrational action, covert action, back-street action-even when comatose, he has a certain flair. Duke is the man of a thousand vices, with almost as many pages to his resume. For 17 years, from Samoa to China to Panama to Kuwait, wherever serious mischief was being dealt, Duke has been a major figure. Action Figure!, gives the Toasted One his due-one vast, staggering flashback that tracks his careening career from Gonzo Journalist to Governor, Ambassador, Coach, Laetrile Farmer, Fugitive, and Zombie. No risk has been too great, no prospect too strange, to sway the man with nerves of steel from his random course.
About the Author
Raised in Saranac Lake, N.Y., Garry Trudeau began drawing Doonesbury in 1970 as Bull Tales in the Yale Daily News. He has also written for television and the Broadway stage and is a contributing essayist for the New York Times and Time. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.
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