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Blondie: The Bumstead Family History Hardcover – September 2, 2007
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About the Author
Melena Ryzik is a writer in New York. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, and New York Magazine. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Nope. Except for one brief section, 90% of the strips are from the year 2003, and the other 10% are from 1997 for some reason. Those are easy to find. I wanted to see what the strips looked like in 1943, or 1953, or 1963, or 1973, or 1983 for that matter.
Evidently whoever compiled this book thought readers were too stupid to notice that all of the strips came from the same year, or so gullible they'd buy the book without checking (I did, I'll admit it, but only because it was 75% off).
Unbelievable rip-off! If you paid full price for this book, return it to the publisher with a letter of complaint. Mine is going right into the garbage.
However, there are some positive aspects of this book, too. I did enjoy seeing the very early Blondie strips that were very different from ones of recent years. And I've enjoyed much of the text written by Melena Ryzik, especially the historical sections. Also, I like the fact that many of the comics are reproduced in color, even many daily ones, and I believe all the Sunday ones. Then too, the 75th anniversary section, which includes the placing of characters from Blondie into other well-known strips such as Snuffy Smith and Hi and Lois, is a lot of fun. Finally, the book is very attractively presented, from the book cover to the graphics and photos within. So, although I have some serious reservations about BLONDIE: THE BUMSTEAD FAMILY HISTORY, I did enjoy reading it.
The Dagwood & Blondie are wonderful couple, and they have two children, Alexander and Cookie. Dagwood works for a construction company, called Dither's Company. Dagwood by nature is generally clumsy, disorganized, sleeps on the job, and loves food. Blondie is very beautiful, a great wife, good cook, and a caring mother. Busmstead's best friends are their next door neighbors, Herb and Tootsie Woodley, the family dog, Daisy, his boss Mr. Dithers, mailman Mr. Beasley, the neighborhood kid Elmo Tuttle, and Lou, the proprietor of the local diner. Through the years, Blondie is transformed from being a house wife to owning a catering business with Tootsie as her partner. The rest of the story remained the same over the years.
The book includes very early strips from the series, when Dagwood and Blondie likes to marry but his parents refuse to accept his choice and insist that he marry a girl from a wealthy family. They get married in Feb 1933! The strips are presented in seven chapters under titles; Getting married, Family life, Dagwood at work, Blondie goes to work, Favorite strips and the 75 anniversary. My favorite is the 75 anniversary, where Dagwood appears in other cartoon strips. In cartoon strip, Sally Forth, Ted Forth asks Sally, "Why the dorky-looking guys always score the hot-looking women." Sally responds, "You tell me." In Hi and Lois, Bumsteads invite the couple for their anniversary and Lois asks if she could bring Trixie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to all Blondie lovers! It's great.Published 3 months ago by Shirley Whitehead
Clean family situations that always bring a smile because we can relate. Came out many moons ago yet we can still relate. Very humorous thruout one strip after another. Read morePublished 7 months ago by William Wagner
Book is better than I thought it would be. My mother read the comics everyday and she loved this book! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Timothy Lewis
I should say that the pictures were too small.
Couldn't read the letters.
Had to zoom in each time... Read more
Blondie has always been my favorite comic strip : I read in 'in french !) in the magazine bought by my mother, since the late forties. Read morePublished 23 months ago by multimediapress
I really enjoyed the book as well as Blondie and Dagwood's America. People are complaining about older strips being missing BUT they are previously published in three other books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Barb B
....and realizing that they include one episode that stars Curly, three Shemps, and 47 Joe Besser's. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by William H. Vallely