Ikke nok med at Dark Horse gør John Stanley og Irving Tripps run på Little Lulu færdig, nu melder Drawn & Quarterly sig også på banen med deres helt egne John Stanley genoptryks-projekter, Melvin Monster og comic book udgaven af Ernie Bushmiller’s klassiske pantomime serie, Nancy:
Melvin Monster Volume One
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 had drawn 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. D+Q is planning on launching an extensive reprinting of much of this work in discrete volumes. Our first Stanley reprint will be the three-volume Melvin Monster collection featuring all nine issues of the oddball monster boy who just wants to be good, go to school, and do as he’s told. Designed to fit nicely with our current reprinting of Tove Jansson’s Moomin series, these comics are great reading for children or comics history-minded adults. 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.
Hardcover, 7.75 x 11 inches, 112 pages, color.
$19.95 US / $19.95 CDN
Nancy Volume One
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 will launch 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 will be designed by Seth (The Complete Peanuts; Melvin Monster; Clyde Fans; It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken) to fill a children’s comic niche that has been largely ignored for the last few decades.
Hardcover, 144 pages, 7.75 x 11 inches
$24.95 US / $25.95 CDN
Og her forklarer Jeet Heer hvorfor han synes, John Stanley var en bedre forfatter end Carl Barks: