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MR. TWEE DEEDLE RAGGEDY ANN'S SPRIGHTLY COUSIN

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Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Johnny Gruelle. Edited by Rick Marschall. If you like the fantastic adventures of Little Nemo, do not miss this--literally Nemo's successor! Gruelle's painterly color makes every page look like it was created on a canvas. Here we have Nemo mixed with the Wizard of Oz.There are episodes that take place in space, under water, on pirate-infested rivers, with talking animals of all sorts, from crows to birds to bugs. The kids have adventures all over the map. Mr. Twee Deedle is a magical wood sprite who befriends the strip's two human children. Gruelle depicts a charming, fantastical child's world, filled with light whimsy and outlandish fantasy.

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If you like the fantastic adventures of Little Nemo, do not miss this--literally Nemo's successor! Gruelle's painterly color makes every page look like it was created on a canvas. Here we have Nemo mixed with the Wizard of Oz.There are episodes that take place in space, under water, on pirate-infested rivers, with talking animals of all sorts, from crows to birds to bugs. The kids have adventures all over the map. Mr. Twee Deedle is a magical wood sprite who befriends the strip's two human children. Gruelle depicts a charming, fantastical child's world, filled with light whimsy and outlandish fantasy.

For many years I've collected Johnny Gruelle's lovely illustrated books. Though he's best known for Raggedy Ann and Andy, I've found his other work far more interesting. But never before had I seen this brilliant newspaper Sunday Page from 1911-17. This REALLY is a forgotten masterpiece, never reprinted before.

Includes an informative introduction by Rick Marschall, "Perhaps I Shall Let You In on a Secret." He describes how although all kids in the early 1900s grew up loving Raggedy Ann and Andy, only a few knew of this work that appeared before that. The syndicate that was running Little Nemo feared that McCay was leaving the strip, so they started a star search for a new strip with similiar fantasy elements. Gruelle's concept was perfect--as modern as Nemo was, with planes and trains and dirigibles, Twee Deedle was pastoral and fantastic, with talking animals, fish and insects, adventures in trees and bird's nests, lots and lots of flying around, but all with a light fantasy far removed from the rapidly changing world of the early 20th century. Marschall says it has more in common with the surreal flights of fancy in Gasoline Alley. Twee Deedle was dreamy fantasy but based in our world...Nemo had to go to another realm for his adventures.

While Gruelle was drawing this, he continued to freelance for the hallowed humor magazine, Judge, for the famous children's magazine John Martin's Book, and he began his long career of drawing art for illustrated books, for which he is best known today. He created Raggedy Ann in 1915, but the first strip didn't appear until 1919, when Twee Deedle had ended. The famous children's book publisher, Volland, published a great number of his fantasy adventures which are all highly collectible today.

It's surreal, it's gorgeously drawn, it's fun. This is a huge oversized hardcover, beautifully printed and bound. Introduction by Tony Millionaire, compiled by Rick Marshall. Get it while you still can at this amazing low price. Once gone, you won't see its like again.

 

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Item Code MRTH
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2012
ISBN 9781606994115
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 14x18
# Pages 128pg
Color Full Color
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