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Mr. Twee Deedle: Raggedy Ann's Sprightly Cousin: The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces of Johnny Gruelle

Mr. Twee Deedle: Raggedy Ann's Sprightly Cousin: The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces of Johnny Gruelle (Hardback)

Edited by Marschall, Rick
By Gruelle, Johnny
Edited by Marschall, Richard

The second Marschall Books collection from Fantagraphics is a magnificent collection of Mr. Twee Deedle, Johnny Gruelle's masterpiece, unjustly forgotten by history and never before reprinted since its first appearance in America's newspapers from 1911 to 1914. The title characte...r in the Sunday color page, Mr. Twee Deedle, is a magical wood sprite who befriends the strip's two human children, Dickie and Dolly. Gruelle depicted a charming, fantastical child's world, filled with light whimsy and outlandish surrealism. The artwork is among the most stunning ever to grace an Amercian newspaper page, and Gruelle's painterly color makes every page look like it was created on a canvas. Gruelle's creation was the winning entry out of 1500 submissions to succeed Little Nemo, which the New York Herald was losing at the time to the rival Hearst papers. With such import, the Herald added a $2000 prize, a long contract, and arguably the most care devoted to the reproduction of any color newspaper comic strip before or since. Yet the wood sprite and his fanciful world have been strangely overlooked, partly because Gruelle created Raggedy Ann immediately after the strip's run, eclipsing not only Mr. Twee Deedle but almost everything else the cartoonist ever did. Mr. Twee Deedle stands as a bizarre time-warp: at a time when most children's literature and kids' comic strips were somewhat violent or starkly moralistic (the Brothers Grimm; the Katzenjammer Kids; and even Little Nemo itself, which often depicted nightmares, fears, and dangers), Twee Deedle was sensitive and whimsical. Instead of stark moralizing, it presented gentle lessons. It reads today like a work for the 21st century... indeed for all times, all ages. Mr. Twee Deedle is edited and includes an introduction by comics historian Rick Marschall. The volume will present the first year of the forgotten masterpiece and selected episodes from later years, as well as special drawings, promotional material, and related artwork.
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ISBN 9781606994115
Released NZ 11 Jun 2012
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781606994115
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Fantagraphics
Released 11 Jun 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Marschall, Rick
By Gruelle, Johnny
Edited by Marschall, Richard
Category Literature: History & Criticism
Graphic Novels
Number of Pages 130
Dimensions Width: 355mm
Height: 457mm
Spine: 61mm
Dewey Code 741.5973
Weight 2,367g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Comic books, strips, etc
NBS Text Graphic Novels: General
ONIX Text General/trade

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