Nancy: Volume 1: The John Stanley Library

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, Sep 15, 2009 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 152 pages
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Classic comics from the writer of Melvin Monster

Created by Ernie Bushmiller, the beloved Brillo-headed Nancy starred in her own comic book series for years, written by arguably the greatest children’s comics writer of all time, John Stanley. Most famous for scripting the adventures of Marjorie Henderson Buell’s Little Lulu, John Stanley is one of comics’ secret geniuses. He provided a visual rough draft for all the comics he wrote and then handed off these “scripts” for someone else to render the finished art. No matter what comic he was writing, he breathed life into his characters. In Stanley’s comics, Nancy is no longer a crabby cipher but a hilarious, brilliant, scheming, duplicitous, honest, and loyal little kid—a real little kid. Her adventures with her best friend, the comically destitute Sluggo, involve moneymaking schemes to afford ice-cream sodas, botched trips to the corner store for Nancy’s Aunt Fritzi, and comically raucous attempts to remove loose teeth.

Drawn & Quarterly is launching several kid-friendly volumes of Nancy and Nancy and Sluggo as companion volumes to Melvin Monster and Dark Horse’s Little Lulu volumes. The books are designed by Seth (The Complete Peanuts; Melvin Monster; Clyde Fans; It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken).

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Review: Nancy: The John Stanley Library, Vol. 1 (John Stanley's Nancy #1)

User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

Issues #146-#150 from the 1957-1958 Dell comic book series. Most notable for the introduction of Oona Goosepimple and her Addams-esque family. Read full review

Review: Nancy: The John Stanley Library, Vol. 1 (John Stanley's Nancy #1)

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

Stanley's cheekily sarcastic characters still appeal to readers young and old today. Not having read any Nancy (aside from daily strips on occasion in childhood) I was surprised and pleased at how ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

John Stanley (1914–93) was a journeyman comics scripter in the 1950s and 1960s. He is most famous for his scripts for most of the Little Lulu comics produced by Dell, and is considered by many comics historians to be the most consistently funny and idiosyncratic writer to ever work in comics. He left comics bitterly sometime in the late 1960s, never to return.

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