Books: Wonderful & Weird

PETER ARNO'S LADIES & GENTLEMEN—Simon & Schuster ($3.50).

WE BUY OLD GOLD—George Price—Schuman ($2.95).

THE WILD, WILD WOMEN — Virgil Partch—Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($ 1).

Most American comedy zigzags its merry way between a spoofing irreverence and a spanking incongruity. At times, it darts down the side streets of satire; often it winds up in the zany alleys of fantasy. At its pithy best, the comic cartoon can do all these things at once. Three cartoon books by the pithiest practitioners of this minor art have appeared just in time to tickle the fun-loving Christmas trade.

Accent on Sex. At 47, Peter Arno is...

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