Nancy Loves Sluggo

Nancy Loves Sluggo

Book - 2014
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Many connoisseurs -- including Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Scott McCloud (creator of the "Five-Card Nancy" card game), Joe Brainard, and Andy Warhol -- have recognized that Bushmiller's often-corny Nancy approached its own kind of zen-like cartoon perfec
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781606997772
Call Number: 741.5973 B9641nL
Characteristics: 336 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sep 24, 2018

Nancy, as with many comics strip kids from that era, has no visible parents. She lives with her attractive Aunt Fritzi. The humor is almost entirely visual, with "punch lines" being only a drawing, or a drawing with a few words. For instance, the cover drawing of Nancy had Sluggo's nose ("Nancy Loves Sluggo" - get it?) Sluggo is a very different child, living in a very rundown house with collapsing furniture, cracked-plaster walls, and broken windows. (If anyone knows Sluggo's last name, please tell me - I really would like to know it.) These strips were also reprinted in comic books in the 40's and 50's, where many children were introduced to them. The introduction by Ivan Brunetti in this volume has many insights into Bushmiller's striking graphics. Admittedly, reading huge chunks of the book at a time may become mind-numbing, sort of like watching hours of old cartoons back-to-back. I find reading newspaper strips the way publishers and creators meant them to be read, a few at a time, is a more satisfying reading experience. In any case, it is interesting fun to follow this young couple as they make their way through great graphics and never-ending gags to solve problems in their own unique ways while becoming American icons.


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