First we lost the King of Pop, now the King of Pop-ups.
I learned last week from David Carter that Waldo Hunt had passed away on November 6th in California. Wally Hunt went by many titles and nicknames, most recently proclaimed as the “King of Pop-ups”, “The Forefather of Pop-ups” and the “Paterfamilias of Pop-ups”. All these labels begin to emphasis the important role Wally Hunt had in the mid-1960’s when he fell in love with the pop-up books of Vojtech Kubasta on a trip to Europe and determined to bring movable books to the American audience. He began companies like Graphics International and Intervisual Communications/Intervisual Books that became wildly successful over the following decades and delivered many noted pop-up titles like Bennett Cerf’s Book of Riddles, Jan Pienkowski’s Haunted House, Ron van der Meer’s Monster Island and many, many more. The list of contemporary pop-up artists that worked with Hunt is long and those of us that did not have the opportunity were greatly influenced by his vast output of movable books.
After a book event last week where I sat with Matthew Reinhart, Bruce Foster, Chuck Fischer, Sam Ita and others, it was David A. Carter that summed it up best: “None of us would be here today without Waldo Hunt”