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This is a deluxe, full-color, oversized biography--the first on one of America’s comic book greats, a man on a par with Carl Barks. Filled with beautifully reproduced artwork from Little Lulu, and his creations Melvin Monster and Thirteen (Going on Eighteen); rare drawings, cartoons; and never-before-seen photographs. Stanley’s life story told through interviews with family, friends, and colleagues: childhood in Harlem and the Bronx, his strict Irish Catholic mother, education at Parsons, and animator at Max Fleischer Studios!
And then on to his years working as a commercial artist, before finding his true métier in comic books during World War II (while battling clinical depression and alcoholism). He took over drawing and writing Marge's famous one-panel cartoon, Little Lulu--and made it his own, exactly like Carl Barks did with Donald and the Kids. Stanley eventually went to just writing, leaving the artwork to the very capable Irving Tripp beginning in 1949.
Lulu became one of the most popular comics of the 1940s and 1950s, read avidly by both boys and girls, and it became beloved as a collectible series by fans. Russ Cochran collected all of Stanley's work in six huge volumes, just as he did with the work of Carl Barks and the EC Comics. Dark Horse also reprinted the entire series, in 29 trade paperbacks, four Giant Editions, and then they did the Tubby series too, which ran also throughout the fifties.
Stanley could take Lulu, Tubby and the gang and work magic with them in every story. They are still fascinating to read today, 60 years later. Every fan's favorite tales were the fantasy stories that Lulu would make up to keep her little cousin Alvin happy, starring Witch Hazel and Little Itch in fantasy tales with Lulu as the protagonist. Tubby also fancied himself a detective and got into all kinds of trouble trying to solve non-existent crimes (Lulu's father was a frequent suspect).
Here's a piece from his Wikipedia entry: "His writing style has been described as employing 'colorful, S. J. Perelman-ish language and a decidedly bizarre, macabre wit (reminiscent of writer Roald Dahl)', with storylines that 'were cohesive and tightly constructed, with nary a loose thread in the plot' ". He has been compared to Carl Barks and cartoonist Fred Hembeck has dubbed him "the most consistently funny cartoonist to work in the comic book medium". Captain Marvel co-creator C.C. Beck remarked, "The only comic books I ever read and enjoyed were Little Lulu and Donald Duck".
Author Bill Schelly has provided us with a delightful two-panel cartoon of Tubby and his typical antics, drawn by Stanley. It does NOT appear in the book. We created a bookplate from it, and Bill is signing a limited number for our customers.
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Item Code JSGIVHS Publisher Fantagraphics Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781606999905 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 10x13 # Pages 240pg Color Full Color
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