Art: Nuts but Nice

Virgil Franklin Partch 2nd became a cartoonist because he wanted to make a living sitting down. Last week, 28-year-old Cartoonist Partch (pen name: VIP) was sitting pretty. He was a regular Collier's contributor of two years' standing, he had a fat commercial advertising contract, and his first book of comic drawings, It's Hot in Here (McBride; $1) was selling fast in U.S. bookstores.

It's Hot in Here is a thin (80-page), close-cropped (5-by-7-in.) book of ferocious, slapstick, sometimes disturbing gag-drawings plus a short introduction by Magazine Writer Kyle (Redder Than the Rose) Crichton....

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