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Highly Recommended. By Trina Robbins. In the 1920s, the figure of The Flapper, with her bobbed hair and angular elbows and knees, short dresses and daring necklines, seemed to exist in a perpetual, euphoric state. Girls discovering freedom and sexuality! Eisner Award-winning herstorian Trina Robbins curates this collection of comic strips by “The Flapper Queens,” the six finest woman cartoonists who graced magazines and newspapers with images: Nell Brinkley, Eleanor Schoer, Edith Stevens, Virginia Huget and the amazing, superlative Ethel Hayes (my favorite). Fantagraphics, 2020.

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In the 1920s, the figure of The Flapper, with her bobbed hair and angular elbows and knees, short dresses and daring necklines, seemed to exist in a perpetual, euphoric state. Girls discovering freedom and sexuality! Eisner Award-winning herstorian Trina Robbins curates this collection of comic strips by “The Flapper Queens,” the six finest woman cartoonists who graced magazines and newspapers with images: Nell Brinkley, Eleanor Schoer, Edith Stevens, Virginia Huget and the amazing, superlative Ethel Hayes (my favorite).

Most amazing, here were some of the very earliest women cartoonists invading the predominantly male world of comics and flouting their thoroughly modern gals enjoying newfound feminist freedom.

While The Flapper Queens includes strips by celebrated legends of the era like Nell Brinkley, this book also introduces readers to a royal court of cartoonists. Eleanor Schorer’s art deco illustrations were bold and outrageous. Edith Stevens chronicled the fashion trends, hairstyles, and social mores of the ’20s and ’30s. And there’s possibly the flappiest of the Flapper Queens, Virginia Huget—one of the artists (and rumored co-ghostwriter) of the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes comic strip!

Wonderful full page reproductions, of some of the rarest comics work ever. Several of these women boasted full page, full color pages every week in the paper, so amazing for this time period. And the work is very good, highly detailed, individualistic, dynamic and just plain fun to look at.

Oversized hardcover, metallic foil cover titles. Very handsome production.

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