July 30, 2009
FFF Results Post CCI ‘09—Reprints
A week ago, CR
readers were asked to name what comic strip projects they'd like to see reprinted. Here's how they responded.
3. Trots and Bonnie
4. The Bungle Family
5. L'Autoroute Du Soleil
* The Essential Warlock
* The Complete Michael Leunig
* The Complete Bill Leak (before he started using Photoshop)
1. Grimly Feendish
I've only seen a handful of strips starring this character, who was created by Leo Baxendale as the villain in "Eagle Eye, Junior Spy" before getting his own macabre little comedy strip. Baxendale is really badly represented in collected form, but I think the time's right for audiences to get a look at his work, which is full of energy and very funny.
Grant Morrison was just telling the Onion AV Club last week that he wants Zenith to be available again. Well, sit down with Rebellion and work something out, for pete's sake!
This is long overdue for a proper archival reprinting, ideally with annotations.
4. Urusei Yatsura
Maybe Viz can see their way clear to finally getting this back out there? They never finished the series (or, depending who you ask, even got to the really good stuff) the last time they tried reprinting it in those $15 odd-sized paperbacks they used to do, but all of Rumiko Takahashi's major series are otherwise available in the US.
5. Sugar and Spike
This has got to be the biggest no-brainer that DC has ever sat on. Just starting some Showcases for it would be perfectly satisfactory.
1. Bobby London's Popeye
2. Smokey Stover
3. Bungle Family (with that awesome Donald Phelps essay as an introduction)
4. The Squirrel Cage by Gene Ahern
5. Leonard Starr's LOA (which I fondly remember reading every day as a kid)
1. Katzenjammer Kids
2. Smokey Stover
3. Felix the Cat
4. Tiny Tim
5. Kerry Drake
* Conchy by James Childress
* Skippy by Percy Crosby
* The Smith Family by Virginia and George Smith
* The Complete Sam Gross - I would love a huge all-encompassing collection of his cartoons, from The New Yorker to National Lampoon and all things in between.
* The Complete B. Kliban - The early master of the weird cartoon.
1. Complete Weirdo
2. Sugar and Spike by Sheldon Mayer
3. Complete Billy De Beck's Barney Google
4. Complete Milt Gross Newspaper Strips
5. Yoshiharu Tsuge complete works
1. "The Katzenjammer Kids" and /or "The Captain and the Kids" by Rudy Dirks, Harold Knerr, there hasn't been a decent collection of any of these two. Not only is it histotic but very funny when Dirks became a master.
2. "The Fox and the Crow" I read them years ago as a kid, and I remember them being very popular among the Comics reading kids.I still have a collection published in Spain in the 70's. I'd like to see a DC Showcase or a Best of softcover in COLOR.
-- A favorite ever since the aborted eighties reprint series (that were sooooo tiny!) from the late Judy Lynn Del Rey. When she died, they died.
2. Trots And Bonnie
-- Believe it or not, I would have picked this even if Tom hadn't reminded me. Was just saying that Shary Flenniken's old-fashioned, classic art-style worked so well with the bizarre, often adult humor. The strips that deal with youthful sexuality would likely keep the strip from being reprinted in the current climate.
3. Batman and Robin
-- the 1966 strip with its TV series ties that eventually led to the Dynamic Duo being replaced in their own strip by superhero, Galexo. These little-seen strips would undobtedly have quite a market!
4. Barney Google
-- The reprint volume from a decade or so back just whetted my appetite for more of this once hugely popular strip!
-- Probably not as good as I recall but this short-lived Doug Wildey strip from the early seventies has always stuck in my memory.
1. Barney Google by Billy De Beck
2. The Bungle Family by Harry J. Tuthill
3. more (I could almost say any) English reprints of Suiho Tagawa's Norakuro
4. A Boody Rogers 'library' reprinting at least The Complete Sparky Watts and The Complete Babe, Darling of the Hills
5. A Basil Wolverton 'library' starting with good color reprints of his non-comedic science fiction and horror shorts, including Spacehawk
1. The Gumps
2. Our Boarding House
3. Smokey Stover
4. Early Blondie (the stories with continuity, before the daily gag strip)
5. Brenda Starr
* Skippy by Percy Crosby
* Otto Soglow's strips & gag cartoon panels
* A large "Best of" coffee-table book of Don Orehek's work
* Nuts by Gahan Wilson
* White Boy by Garrett Price
1. Urusei Yatsura, Rumiko Takahashi, VIZ Media -- In recent years, VIZ reprinted the rest of Takahashi's not-quite-blockbuster works (Maison Ikkoku, the Mermaid Saga, One Pound Gospel) in the now standard $10 trade format. But this, her first hit, is nowhere to be seen. Less than a third of it has been translated so far... I'd love to see $10 trades of the existing material, plus the other 30 or so volumes we've been missing out on.
2. Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi, Tokyopop -- The rights on this property are a nightmare, and Tokyopop's trades are both poorly made and impossible to find. It'd be great to see a complete reprint of the property done in the style of VIZ's recent Dragon Ball collections.
3. Savage Dragon/Freak Force, Erik Larsen and co., Image Comics -- Savage Dragon has long been my favorite superhero property, but turning new fans onto the series is a bear when so much of the old material isn't available. The newest trade available features stories that are almost 10 years old at this point! The recent Essentials-esque "Savage Dragon Archives" volumes are a nice start, but a complete reprint project of the entire series is long overdue. Mixed up in all that is the SD spinoff Freak Force, a fantastic cult favorite that's vital to the SD story. A collected volume was solicited but never released; if it was, I'd buy it in a second.
4. Buster the Amazing Bear, Tommy Yune, Ursus Studios -- Probably nobody remembers this little miniseries that Tommy Yune self-published back in the early 90s. I loved it to pieces but only ever found 2 issues of it, and I've been waiting 15 years to read the rest.
5. Quantum & Woody, Christopher Priest and MD Bright, Acclaim Comics -- As 90s nostalgia kicks in, hopefully this series will finally get the large audience it always deserved.
1. Complete Gordo
2. Alley Oop Sundays in Color
3. Prince Valiant--The Murphy Years
4. The Complete VIP (including Big George)
5. Jack Cole's Midnight
1. Alley Oop
2. Trots and Bonnie
3. Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy
4. Dick Moores' Gasoline Alley
5. The Howard the Duck newspaper comic strips written by Steve Gerber
* Gil Thorpe
* Tank McNamara
* Mandrake the Magician
* Andy Capp
* The World's Greatest Superheroes
1. Armageddonquest by Ronald Raymond Roach. First printed in the mid-90s by Sirius, a completely overlooked trilogy of graphic novels about the Antichrist. Drawn by Roach over a 20-year period on anything from typing paper to napkins to worse, from what I understand, it's brilliant. Printed before its time; the right publisher could make a nice killing on its quirkiness. (While Googling, I found it's now a webcomic over here: http://www.armageddonquest.com/ Still needs a reprinting, though)
2. Very Vicky -- one of those mid-90s self-published books that never came back when the market imploded. More info here: http://www.zompist.com/bob9.html
3. Not Brand Ecch- did you know Marvel's reprinted every superhero Silver Age comic in Masterworks form EXCEPT for these? (OK, granted, they may not be superhero per se, but this is still unreprinted Kirby and Severin work...)
4. Cerebus- ok, yes, Cerebus has been reprinted, sure, fine, phone books. But what about a NICE reprinting? Something Absolute-sized, on nice paper, with all of the backpage matter, so we can see the evolution of Sim, the comics industry and culture in general, and maybe even those one-page Backpages from artists like Jeff Smith, Steve Bissette, et al (assuming everyone would agree to it). At the very least, the columns and interviews could be reprinted, unless there's rights issues.
5. Wandering Star by Teri S. Wood- another 90s book that needs a good home. There's got to be a book publisher out there that would swoop this up.
* Bob Armstrong's Cavalcade of Comics
* The Collected T.S. Sullivant
* John Carter of Mars
by Jesse Marsh, Dell Four Color Comics 375, 437, 488
* Yellow Dog
#1-12, Print Mint
* Gothic Blimp Works
1. Ron Cobb's entire comic output
2. All of Don Martin's Captain Klutz stories
3. John Tenniel's editorial cartoons
4. The Golden Age Simon/Kirby Sandman stories
5. John Severin's work for Cracked magazine
The DC Comics of Alex Toth
DC Romance Comics of John Romita
DC Funny Human Comics by Owen Fitzgerald, Mort Drucker and Bob Oksner
Complete Mort Ducker Mad
1. The Complete Jingle-Jangle Tales/Pie-Faced Prince of Pretzelberg (and any other children's comic book stories?), by George Carlson.
2. The Complete Scribbly/Red Tornado/reltated titles and features and appearances (including the early, proto comic strip), by Sheldon Mayer.
3. The Complete Neil the Horse (including the comic strip and unpublished color graphic novel), by Katherine Collins (formerly Arn Saba).
4. White Boy/White Boy in Skull Valley/Skull Valley, by Garrett Price
5. The Complete Frankenstein (all incarnations, including unpublished-'til-AlterEgo comic strip), by Dick Briefer
1. Corto Maltese - Hugo Pratt
2. Sam Pezzo, Private Eye - Vittorio Giardino
3. Sinner - Munoz and Sampayo
4. The Tick - Ben Edlund
5. Anything from Moebius
Sean T. Collins
1. Soldier X by Darco Macan and Igor Kordey
2. Rubber Blanket by David Mazzucchelli
3. Miracleman by Alan Moore et al
4. Flex Mentallo by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
5. I would like to see a more comprehensive run of reprinted Little Golden Books.
1: Kona, Monarch of Monster Isle (not just caveman vs. dinosaurs, but caveman packing an M-60 machine gun vs. international criminals with mutant dinosaurs)
2: Trots and Bonnie (considering how the risque has become legally risky, even an abridged reprint would be better than nothing)
3: Tucker (Joe "Mr. Boffo" Martin's first comic strip)
4: Gorgo (the complete Steve Ditko/Charlton run)
5: Bobby Sox/Emmy Lou (Marty Link's timeless teen comic from the mid-40s to late-70s)
1. Doonesbury, year-by-year a la Complete Peanuts (albeit sized appropriately for the Sunday strips), starting with the "Bull Tales" strips, and either annotated or with a nominal introduction regarding then-current events
2. The Max Collins/Marshall Rogers/Carmine Infantino Batman newspaper strip from the early '90s
3. Thriller, possibly as part of a "let's finish it right" project by Robert Loren Fleming and Trevor von Eeden
4. 'Mazing Man -- I think I'm justified in being surprised that DC hasn't reprinted this yet, considering that many of its current fans probably remember it (even if they didn't read it)
5. Cancelled Comics Cavalcade
1. Trots and Bonnie
3. Urusei Yatsura (aka Lum)
4. Mike W. Barr and Alan Davis's (short) run on Detective Comics
5. Bill Willingham's Elementals
1) The Complete Steven by Doug Allen
2) The Complete Barney Google by Billy DeBeck
3) The Complete Odd Bodkins by Dan O'Neill
4) The Complete Polly and Her Pals by Cliff Sterrett
5) The Complete Sunday Comics of The New York World (hey, if I'm dreaming, I'll dream big)
* Wash Tubbs & Capt. Easy -- NBM did the whole run years ago, but those volumes are nearly impossible to find now.
* Bringing Up Father -- some reprints have been done, but rather spottily. I don't know that this deserves a complete reprinting (which is sometimes the lazy editor's approach--it can always be justified for historical reasons, but not always for artistic reasons).
* Eyebeam -- Always loved these strips. The old Texas Monthly editions are not super hard to find here in Texas, though, if you haunt used book stores the way I do.
* King Aroo -- I've only seen intriguing bits and pieces of this, and want to see more.
* The Gumps -- As with Bringing Up Father, I'd like to see a good "best of" collection.
Even more than books, though, I'd like to see all old comic strips that are in the public domain online in some kind of searchable database. I'd even pay for the privilege.
El Robert Boyd
* The classic Jose Munoz and Carlos Sampayo titles like Joe's bar, Sophie Goin' South, Sudor Sudaca, etc.
* El Suenero by Enrique Breccia
* Che by Enrique and Alberto Breccia and Hector Oesterheld
* El Eternauta and Mort Cinder by Hector Oesterheld and Alberto Breccia
* Various books (including Malfalda) by Quino (easy to find in most Spanish language bookstores in my experience)
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