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Five For Friday #58—Stripping
posted December 2, 2005

Name Five Great Comic Strip Collections (Single Volumes Only)
(thanks to Peter MacDonald)

1. Sick, Sick, Sick -- Jules Feiffer
2. As the Kid Goes For Broke... -- Garry Trudeau
3. "Thompson is in Trouble, Charlie Brown" -- Charles Schulz
4. Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley -- Crockett Johnson
5. Rudy -- William Overgaard

This topic is now closed. Thanks to all who participated.


1. Peanuts Treasury -- Charles Shulz
2. Little Nemo 1905-1914 -- Winsor McCay
3. Arf! The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie -- Harold Gray
4. The Dick Tracy Casebook -- Chester Gould et al
5. The Best of Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy


Milo George

The five strip books to bring to the uncharted desert island:

Peanuts Treasury, Charles Schulz, with a foreword by Johnny Hart
Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman, Patrick McDonnell, et al.
The Big Book of Hell, Matt Groening
The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, Bill Blackbeard & Martin Williams
The Comic Strip Century, Blackbeard & Dale Crain



You asked for five great collections, not necessarily my five favorites (which would have included "Thompson is in Trouble Charlie Brown" and definitely Barnaby) so here are five great ones:

1-Ten Ever Lovin' Blue-Eyed Years With Pogo-Walt Kelly
2-Forty Years With Mister Oswald-Russ Johnson
3-Rick O'Shay, Hipshot and Me-Stan Lynde
4- The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy-Chester Gould
5-Bloom County Babylon-Berke Breathed


Michael J. Grabowski

This is a really broad topic and so these are just personal favorites I've read, reread, or wished I had time to reread recently. Could be different ones next week.

1. Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse as the Monarch of Medioka (Gladstone)--Floyd Gottfredson
2. Little Orphan Annie Vol. 1/1931 (Fantagraphics)--Harold Gray
3. Calvin & Hobbes Sunday Pages 1985-1995--Bill Watterson
4. The! Greatest! Of! Marlys!--Lynda Barry
5. Childhood is Hell--Matt Groening


Art Baxter

1. The Book of Leviathan -- Peter Blegvad
2. The Family Circus is Us -- Bil Keane
3. the Best of Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy
4. The Kin-der-kids: The Comic Strip Art of Lyonel Feininger
5. Toonerville Trolley -- Fontaine Fox


Shaenon Garrity

1. Nuts -- Gahan Wilson
2. American Elf, Volume 1 -- James Kochalka
3. The! Greatest! Of! Marlys! -- Lynda Barry
4. Ten Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Years with Pogo -- Walt Kelly
5. Fear of a Black Marker -- Keith Knight (actually, all the "K Chronicles" collections are good; I just picked the one with the best title)


Peter MacDonald

Doonesbury's Greatest Hits - Garry Trudeau
The Big Book of Hell - Matt Groening
Classics of Western Literature: Bloom County 1986-1989 - Berke Breathed
Kiss Her, You Blockhead! - Charles M. Schulz
Back to B.C. - Johnny Hart


Abraham Lincoln

1. ARF! The Life and Times of Little Orphan Annie - Harold Gray
2. The New Yorker Album 1925-1950
3. Billy and the Boingers Bootleg - Berke Breathed
4. Spy Vs. Spy The Complete Casebook - Antonio Prohias
5. The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics


Christopher Duffy

1. The King Is a Fink (Wizard of Id)
2. King Aroo (I like kings!)
3. BC (the first paperback)
4. The Penguin Leunig
5. Come Over, Come Over (Ernie Pook collection)

PS Impossible to choose just one Peanuts paperback...


Fred Hembeck

Dick Tracy: The Thirties--Tommyguns and Hard Times by Chester Gould
Flash Gordon by Alex Raymond (first Nostalgia Press volume)
The Best of Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy (edited by Brian Walker, 1988)
The Best of Mort Walker's Beetle Bailey (edited by Brian Walker, 1984)
Mary Perkins: On Stage by Leonard Starr, The Final Three Stories (Thrilling Adventure Strips #9, 1987, a magazine from Dragon Lady Press, and certainly not prime On Stage material, but I love that strip SO much, I felt I had to include SOMETHING from it here. Plus, dig that Alex Toth cover--nice stuff!...)


Chris Mautner

This is a tough one, especially since I'm at work and nowhere near my bookshelf. I'll make it easy on myself and pick five Peanuts volumes (hope that's not cheating)

Stop Snowing on My Secretary
The Beagle Has Landed
You're Weird Sir
Summers Fly, Winters Walk
It's Great to Be a Superstar


Derik A. Badman

I've only got one that isn't a series, but it's a wonderful, huge volume:

1. Arf! The Life and Times of Little Orphan Annie 1935-1945, Harold Gray.


Gary Esposito

1. "Guilty, Guilty, Guilty" -- Garry Trudeau
The one that got me started collecting strip collections and the famous cartoon that the title is based on.

2. Something under the bed is drooling (Calvin and Hobbes) -- Bill Watterson
No explanation needed.

3. Hagar the Horrible off the rack -- Dik Browne
I really miss Dik Browne's artwork.

4. Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies:
Guarantee, All Dialogue Is Reported Verbatim -- Stan Mack Perhaps my first real exposure to "autobio" comics.

5. B.C. On the rocks -- Johnny Hart
Back when B.C. and Johnny Hart were really funny (early 1970's) Also, this book inspired me to try my hand at drawing my own strip, titled: "A.D." I know, very lame, but I was 7 when I got this book!


Sean T. Collins

All the huge compilations of all-time-great strips that have come out lately make this one almost too easy--and hooray for that! I'll limit myself to ones I've seen up-close and personal.

1. Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer--Ben Katchor
2. Blecky Yuckerella--Johnny Ryan
3. Achewood Vol. 1: A Momentary Diversion on the Road to the Grave--Chris Onstad
4. The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952--Charles Schulz
5. Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays!--Winsor McCay

Have you seen that last one? Holy moley.