Picks and Pans Review: In Search of the Far Side

updated 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Gary Larson

Larson, 33, draws his syndicated cartoon panel, The Far Side, from a two-bedroom Seattle apartment overrun—or overslithered—with pet snakes. He also keeps an Argentine horned frog. What would you expect of a man who draws a panel showing two Egyptian sculptors working on the Sphinx, with one saying," 'That's fine,' I said. 'Good nose,' I said. But no, you had to go and hit the chisel one more time." Larson has the sort of sense of humor one imagines an armadillo has and, as this happy little collection of panels proves, he is at least twice as funny. (Andrews, McMeel & Parker; paper, $4,95)

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