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Overview

Henry Speaks For Himself by John Liney

This is the never-before-collected comic-book version of a mid-century newspaper strip about a strange-looking little boy.
What is it about odd-looking comic strip characters that catch the public’s attention? Carl Anderson’s classic comic strip character Henry was certainly not your average-looking youngster, with knobby knees, a pencil neck, and a bulbous, bald head but, for years, he entertained millions of readers worldwide with his pantomime pranks. He was also the subject of a long-running comic book series, with one significant difference from the newspaper strip – in the comic books, Henry spoke! Written and drawn by John Liney, who also handled art chores on the daily Henry strip, these stories were done in a Tintin-esque clean-line art style that made them attractive to the younger set, but with writing clever enough to cause the adults to chuckle while reading to their children. These 1940s-’50s stories have never before been reprinted, and this collection provides a long-overdue look at a forgotten “kid’s comic” masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606997338
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 03/05/2014
Pages: 159
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John Liney (1912-1982) worked on the Henry comic strip for 44 years, first as an assistant to creator Carl Thomas Anderson, and eventually taking on the strip entirely upon Anderson's retirement.

Kim Deitch lives in New York, NY, with his wife, the artist Pamela Butler. His books include The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Shadowland, Alias the Cat, and The Search for Smilin' Ed!

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