Here's what the 'original' adult coloring book from 1961 looked like
The Executive Coloring Book — the adult coloring book first published in 1961 which became a New York Times best-seller — had no “zen tangles” or pretty, patterned woodland creatures for stressed-out grown-ups to fill in like the adult coloring books we see today. This one was all thick lines and subversive humor, poking fun at Mad Men-era corporate executives with text like, “This is me. I am an executive. Executives are important. They go to important offices and do important things. Color my underwear important.”
Fortunately, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is reissuing this gem for today’s colorers so we can get our mindfulness on while sneering at men in suits. Below, take a peek at some of the images you’ll find inside. The Executive Coloring Book is available now.
From THE EXECUTIVE COLORING BOOK by Marcie Hans, Dennis Altman and Martin A. Cohen, to be published on March 28, 2017 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2017 by Marcie Hans, Dennis Altman and Martin A. Cohen.