Like many of the Far Side anthologies, "Cows of Our Planet" is consistently hilarious. The title is a bit misleading, in that this is a general collection of Far Side cartoons, not just ones that deal with the bovines in our midst. The anthology derives its title from a full-color centerfold pullout that describes various breeds of cattle, such as the Skyscraper suckerfoot (which is capable of scaling tall buildings because its hoof is in the shape of a suction cup) and the Three Mile Island Guernsey (allegedly a North American cousin to the Chernobyl angus), which, needless to say, has undergone several grotesque mutations. This color centerfold alone is worth the price of the book and exhibits Larson's bizarre sense of humor at its best.
Many of the cartoons in "Cows of Our Planet" are also found in "The Far Side Gallery 5." So, if you already have that collection you might want to think twice before buying "Cows of Our Planet," unless, of course, you're really eager to see the breeds of cattle noted above.