Family Circus Library, Volume 1: The Complete Comics from the Beginning, 1960-61

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Bil Keane's Family Circus is one of the most beloved newspaper strips of all time, appearing consistently in 1500 newspapers. The Family Circus is the comic strip equivalent of a Norman Rockwell painting, enjoying the same kind of huge universal public appeal.
Collecting the classic newspaper strip in chronological order for the very first time in beautifully designed hardcover books, and starting with the very first strip, originally published on February 29th, 1960, The Family...

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Overview

Bil Keane's Family Circus is one of the most beloved newspaper strips of all time, appearing consistently in 1500 newspapers. The Family Circus is the comic strip equivalent of a Norman Rockwell painting, enjoying the same kind of huge universal public appeal.
Collecting the classic newspaper strip in chronological order for the very first time in beautifully designed hardcover books, and starting with the very first strip, originally published on February 29th, 1960, The Family Circus Library Volume 1 will feature a complete run of the first two years' worth of dailies and Sundays.
-The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints... The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop
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Editorial Reviews

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Popular newspaper mainstay The Family Circus (originally called The Family Circle, until the magazine of that name objected) began on February 29, 1960, one round panel per day of observational humor on the trials and joys of life with children. Its earliest installments, collected in this attractive hardcover with Sunday pages in full color, are all about the trials. Mom Thel and little Billy, Dolly, and Jeffy are recognizably themselves in look and personality—but Dad, a chunky figure here named Steve (later changed to Bill), is completely different from his current incarnation, far more harried and less genial than he eventually became. By the end of 1961, he's beginning to mellow, and Keane's Catholicism starts to find its way into the cartoon, but the heartwarming (to some, saccharine) sentiment of later years is largely absent here among the hectic bustle of kids being kids. VERDICT Besides the daily laugh, the cartoons provide a window into suburban life of the time, featuring cocktail parties, drive-in movies, and milkmen; the kids even add a bomb shelter to Dolly's dollhouse. Easily recommended for all collections.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600105487
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 255,052
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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