In 1939, V.T. Hamlin had been writing and drawing the successful Alley Oop for over five years. He had created a unique concept, marrying his fascination with dinosaurs and prehistoric times to a rollicking storytelling style that was simultaneously serious, fantastic, and slapstick. Yet Hamlin knew that the strip's horizons in Moo were limited. So Alley and girlfriend Ooola found a mysterious box and were swept away in a time machine to the 20th Century!
No change of such magnitude had ever occurred in a continuing newspaper strip, and readers responded enthusiastically. With every time period in history available as a backdrop, Alley Oop became even more popular. This features Oop's final Moo adventure, followed by his trips to the 20th Century and ancient Greece, where he and Ooola share adventures with brave Ulysses, lovely Helen of Troy, and the mighty Hercules.
Hamlin would send his characters everywhere and everywhen--but the classic Alley Oop begins with the stories contained in this volume. And the sexy and able Ooola is one cool, gun-packing lady. Unlike Alley, who always depended on his muscle, Ooola used her quick wits, feminine charm, and a little help from a .45 to survive one harrowing adventure after another.
The book is introduced by Michael T. Price, who first met V. T. Hamlin in the 1960s and remained friendly with him for the rest of the cartoonist's life. As with the other volumes in this series, the daily strips are presented one to a page, just as they were first seen in the newspaper pages. Unique oblong format, hardcover.
I'm a huge fan of Hamlin's Oop, particularly the time-travel episodes. I own several original dailies, most of the comics, and all the collections. But it's new and cool to read these strips as they were originally intended. March 6, 1939, to March 23, 1940: 329 dailies, plus a long illustrated introduction.