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Melvin Monster, Volume 3: The John Stanley Library

Melvin Monster, Volume 3: The John Stanley Library

by John Stanley
     
 

The kids' comic classic, designed by Seth

The ghoulish capers of everyone's favorite monster continue with the third volume of the acclaimed series. Melvin lands his first babysitting job only to discover he has his hands full, literally–the "baby" in this case is a giant monster, almost the size of a room. When Melvin meets his friend for a friendly

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The kids' comic classic, designed by Seth

The ghoulish capers of everyone's favorite monster continue with the third volume of the acclaimed series. Melvin lands his first babysitting job only to discover he has his hands full, literally–the "baby" in this case is a giant monster, almost the size of a room. When Melvin meets his friend for a friendly game of marbles, an older monster-woman passing by is offended by the scene, as everybody in Monsterville knows that monsters should always fight when they're together. Finally, she is content only after forcing the two monsters into a scrap. Melvin also attempts to be the first kid in Monsterville to attend school in more than six hundred years, but he is thwarted each time by Miss McGargoyle, his would-be teacher. He is threatened with boulders, giant boomerangs, and even long-range missiles, but nothing can stop Melvin from wanting to go to school every day. Melvin Monster illustrates just how timeless the comics of John Stanley are.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“[John Stanley's] tales move along with such pleasing economy that it sometimes seems less likely his stories were ever consciously created than that they already just existed somehow. Melvin Monster, one of the few titles to which he provided both art and script, urges us to reconsider his capability with images too.” —Walrus
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—In 1965, Stanley created Melvin Monster, following his success with Little Lulu and others. This volume covers the comics from issues seven to nine from 1967. Unlike monsters found in modern comics, graphic novels, and manga, Melvin is a monster in name only. His father, Baddy, is oversized. His mother, Mummy, is exactly that: a mummy who resembles Donna Reed and stands between Baddy and Melvin. His world is populated by other paranormal creatures, but Melvin is more human in his wishes. He wants to attend school but is foiled at every turn by the Little Black Schoolhouse's teacher, Miss McGargoyle, a witch. The innocence of this collection will appeal to fans of the classic comics of the non-superhero variety, and may gain a few new fans of the genre, but will be a hard sell to manga fans. The pages have the quality of a reproduction and look almost antique, since they are printed on tan paper and look like original newsprint, aged. Consider this one for collections that include other volumes of classic comic series.—Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770460300
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
John Stanley Library Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
874,230
Product dimensions:
7.97(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

John Stanley was a journeyman comics scripter in the 1950s and 1960s. He is most famous for his scripts for most of the Little Lulu comics produced by Dell and is considered by many comics historians to be the most consistently funny and idiosyncratic writer to ever work in comics. He left comics bitterly sometime in the late 1960s, never to return. He died in 1993.

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