Three new books offer visual blasts from the past.
Ad Boy: Vintage Advertising With Character (Ten Speed Press) by Warren Dotz and Masud Husain is packed with color images of familiar and obscure ad characters from the 1950s, '60s and '70s — dancing elephants, perky pigs, hot dogs in space and much more.
The Beats: A Graphic History (Hill and Wang), by Harvey Pekar and 16 other writers and artists, uses the graphic novel format to document the 1950s heyday of influential Beats like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs in angsty black and white.
The Great Funk: Styles of the Shaggy, Sexy, Shameless 1970s (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Thomas Hine, author of Populuxe, wraps the design critic's insightful essays around images of the decade's fashions, decor, films and TV — from macrame and disco to Mary Tyler Moore and Rocky Horror.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor