Our friend, Andrew “Captain Comics” Smith, wrote an insightful piece in the April 16th Comics Buyer’s Guide about the growth of reprints and some of the titles he’s a fan of including our Forever Nuts line, which reprints the earliest Mutt & Jeff, Happy Hooligan, and Bringing up Father.
I enjoyed them all, for historical reasons if nothing else, but Bringing up Father was a revelation. For a strip with one central joke “Maggie beaning Jiggs with a rolling pin” George McManus kept the strip fresh and exciting day after day. And the art! While Jiggs remained a cartoon, McManus’ women were drawn in photo-realistic style and beautifully modeled the elaborate fashions of the time.