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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600106706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106705
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 10.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on October 13, 2010
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Craig Yoe and his helpers at the Yoe Studios have really done a fine job in producing this wonderful book about one the biggest stars of nine decade's past, the one and only....Barney Google. The image up there has changed a bit since it was first posted as this book's cover several months ago. The big Barney Google lettering has been moved left and toned down as it now can be found on the books spine to the left of the art. All of the washed-out whites have been replaced with soothing baby blues for the skies and cool greens that now fill in the grassy areas of the racetrack. Small but fine highlights of warm reds and orange tones are very attractive to the eye that is lucky enough to witness this art up close. The attention to detail that is shown here gives this volume the highest quality control rating.

Once you are inside the front cover, the comic treats just will not let up. Giant size reproductions of Billy DeBeck's art are packed into the pages of this book. Once you are over the shock (I'm not!) of seeing this art reproduced here in such great detail and of proper size for presentation, you might just relax enough to enjoy what is here. Barney, was one of the most popular guys of his time, and with his horse, Spark Plug thrown into the mix, they both became part of American Popular Culture, as big as Superman was in 1938 or Snoopy and Charlie Brown in 1966. This everyday guy of wild adventures was one of the reasons that comics evolved greatly, and became modernized from their stuffy Victorian beginings. Things would change on the funny pages of newspapers after Barney Google rattled ancient cages.

The first fifty-some pages of this book are devoted to the big life that Billy DeBeck led.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Harvey on April 27, 2012
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THIS HANDSOME TOME reprints the crucial months in 1922, May 18 to December 26, when Billy DeBeck radically altered the theme, and thereby the circulation, of his strip: in May, it was a gag-a-day strip about a ne'er-do-well husband; in July, it became a humorous continuity propelled daily by comedic suspense about its protagonist's fate as the owner of a race horse. Starting June 17, 1919 with a long title--Take Barney Google, F'Instance--and a tall protagonist, the strip had evolved a shorter title, just Barney Google, and shrunk the eponymous Barney to pint-size by 1922. In the six months reprinted here, the pip-squeak sporting enthusiast inherits on July 17 the aforementioned race horse, the fabled Spark Plug, and gives up trying to outsmart his wife for spending and gambling wherewithall in favor of conning the world at large out of enough of said wherewithall to pay the fees to enter the nag in big pay-off races. Oddly, the horse wins in the races run in this volume, and Barney fritters away his winnings on high living and the pursuit of beauteous ladies (having forgotten, apparently, that he is married). When one of them dumps him for a more wealthy sugar daddy, Barney goes back to Spark Plug, and they go to Cuba for the big race in Havana. By the end of the year, he is sitting pretty financially and the love affair is between him and his horse, which circumstance no doubt did as much to endear the strip to readers as did the suspense DeBeck conjured up about the outcome of the next race or of Barney's latest get-rich scheme.
The strips are printed one to a page, a generous dimension (3.5x13 inches) approaching that of their original run in newspapers, and DeBeck's loose but confident line intricately enhanced with heaps of hay (shading) filled the panels with appealing pictures.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron Yancey on October 15, 2010
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There is a good introduction to give background for the main part of the book.
If you are too young to recall Barney Google, this book is still for you. It's humorous messages are still current even today.
Now, I'm anxious to find a similar book on Snuffy Smith.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sandy plunkett on December 5, 2012
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Stay away from this one. Terrible reproduction, poor format. Sooner or later someone will do justice to this strip with good printing.
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