Melvin Monster

Melvin Monster

by John Stanley
     
 

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The classic children's comic strip in a handsome new archival series, designed by Seth

John Stanley is celebrated as one of the great children's comics writers for his work on the Little Lulu series. In fact, the Lulu work is a small part of his output; he drew and continued to write many other comics-notably his work on the 1960s teen comics from Dell

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The classic children's comic strip in a handsome new archival series, designed by Seth

John Stanley is celebrated as one of the great children's comics writers for his work on the Little Lulu series. In fact, the Lulu work is a small part of his output; he drew and continued to write many other comics-notably his work on the 1960s teen comics from Dell (Thirteen, Dunc and Loo, and Kookie) and his monster comedy strip, Melvin Monster.

Drawn & Quarterly is planning to launch an extensive reprinting of much of Stanley's work in discrete volumes. The first in this series is the two-volume Melvin Monster collection featuring all ten issues about the oddball monster boy who just wants to be good, go to school, and do as he's told. Designed to fit nicely with Drawn & Quarterly's reprinting of Tove Jansson's Moomin series, these comics are great reading for all ages. Stanley's reputation as a great storyteller and visual comedian is richly deserved-few golden- or silver-age comics stand the test of time the way these comics do.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6–This beautifully packaged reissue of a classic 1960s comic stars Melvin Monster, who is having trouble being bad. He is friendly and polite, longs to go to school, would rather kiss his mother goodnight than bite her, and is a big disappointment to Mummy and Baddy. Full of clever gags and puns, this is an entertaining read, and ever-cheerful Melvin is an endearing protagonist. The brief episodes are reprinted to show their age: the pages look like yellowed newsprint. However, the lively drawings and cheerful colors do not make the comic appear dated, and children of today should enjoy it just as much as its original fans did.–Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770460034
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Series:
John Stanley Library Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

JOHN STANLEY (1914–93) was a journeyman comics scripter in the 1950s and 1960s. He is most famous for his scripts for the majority of the Little Lulu comics produced by Dell, and is considered by many comics historians to be the most consistently funny and idiosyncratic writer ever to work in the field. He left comics bitterly sometime in the late 1960s, never to return.

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