Oldies Are Still Goodies (And Hitting People With Rolling Pins Is Still Funny)

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.

His thoughts?


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.

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Stefan Blitz
NBM publicist Stefan Blitz graduated Temple University with a degree in Communications, specifically studying media and English. While in Philadelphia, he served as the College Representative for Warner Bros. Pictures. He has also been the Associate Editor of Comicology Magazine; a writer/assistant editor for an educational dot com start-up; a retail manager on several different occasions; and dressed as a colonial person at the Liberty Bell. Since 2004, Blitz has been professionally active online, first blogging and then organizing and running several different webzines. He is the editor-in-chief of the pop culture site, Forces of Geek. He has two dogs named Harry and Sophie and likes falafel.

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