Nancy

Overview

Classic comics from the writer of Melvin Monster

Created by Ernie Bushmiller, the beloved Brillo-headed Nancy starred in her own comic book series for years, written by arguably the greatest children’s comics writer of all time, John Stanley. Most famous for scripting the adventures of Marjorie Henderson Buell’s Little Lulu, John Stanley is one of comics’ secret geniuses. He provided a visual rough draft for all the comics he wrote and then handed off these “scripts” for someone...

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Overview

Classic comics from the writer of Melvin Monster

Created by Ernie Bushmiller, the beloved Brillo-headed Nancy starred in her own comic book series for years, written by arguably the greatest children’s comics writer of all time, John Stanley. Most famous for scripting the adventures of Marjorie Henderson Buell’s Little Lulu, John Stanley is one of comics’ secret geniuses. He provided a visual rough draft for all the comics he wrote and then handed off these “scripts” for someone else to render the finished art. No matter what comic he was writing, he breathed life into his characters. In Stanley’s comics, Nancy is no longer a crabby cipher but a hilarious, brilliant, scheming, duplicitous, honest, and loyal little kid—a real little kid. Her adventures with her best friend, the comically destitute Sluggo, involve moneymaking schemes to afford ice-cream sodas, botched trips to the corner store for Nancy’s Aunt Fritzi, and comically raucous attempts to remove loose teeth.

Drawn & Quarterly is launching several kid-friendly volumes of Nancy and Nancy and Sluggo as companion volumes to Melvin Monster and Dark Horse’s Little Lulu volumes. The books are designed by Seth (The Complete Peanuts; Melvin Monster; Clyde Fans; It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken).

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up–Nancy and her pal Sluggo were popular characters in the mid-20th century, and this volume collects their escapades from the years 1957-1958. Designed by the critically acclaimed comics creator Seth, this full-color collection is beautifully packaged with a hardcover binding and heavy, tan-colored pages. These facts, along with certain elements of the content, make this book more likely to appeal to comics collectors and Nancy fans than to contemporary kids. Certainly her high jinks will still entertain, but, like many children’s classics, changing social mores and customs, such as the fact that much of the humor stems from Sluggo’s extreme poverty and resulting lack of education, mean that it will not have the same appeal it once did, and will leave some parents frowning. In the end, this is an elegant collection, lovingly assembled, that may find new fans but will more likely please the old ones.–Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897299777
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: John Stanley Library Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,445,634
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (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 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.

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