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Little Lulu: Miss Feenys Folly And Other Stories Paperback – December 15, 2009


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Every series is supposed to have its ups and downs. Initially, the twenty-first collection in Dark Horse’s chronological re-presentation of Stanley and Tripp’s Little Lulu seems to showcase lesser stuff, especially coming on the heels of the inspired high jinks in The Bawlplayers and Other Stories (2009). The creators seem to strain at times, fly by the seats of their pants at others. The goofy improbabilities of the Witch Hazel tales Lulu tells Alvin invade the comic’s “real” world. After a while, however, the improvisatory quality of these adventures becomes winsomely intriguing. Continuity glitches—watch for the amazing, disappearing Willy in “Buried Treasure”—seem intentional and amusing in such a context. --Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Series: Little Lulu (Book 21)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595823654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823656
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barat on May 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
After wrapping up its numbered series of LITTLE LULU reprint volumes some time ago, Dark Horse steps beyond the black-and-white boundaries of THE LITTLE LULU LIBRARY and reprints LL #88-93 (1955-56) in color. Unlike the previous LITTLE LULU COLOR SPECIAL, the coloring here appears to be taken from the original comics (you can tell by the "stippled" faces and occasional boundary transgressions), which may tick off some sticklers. The quality of John Stanley's stories remains high, though Irving Tripp's artwork gets a little rougher towards the end (watch for the "non-pointy" noses to begin to appear) and Stanley's "story-telling stories" are now wholly reliant on Witch Hazel and Little Itch. The headlined story "The Alamo" (which concerns depredations done to Davy Crockett coonskin caps -- one of the few times, BTW, that Stanley seems to have paid the slightest attention to pop-culture fads going on around him) is actually buried in the middle of the book; I'd have preferred that Dark Horse continued the "tradition" of generic titles from the numbered issues. This will be a big summer for Stanley fans, as Drawn & Quarterly will soon begin issuing its JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY collections of Stanley's non-LULU work. The fact that Dark Horse will continue to release LULU collections is, of course, the best news of all.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barat on December 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
What HAPPENED to John Stanley during the period covered by this volume, LITTLE LULU #100-105 (October 1956 - March 1957)? In issue #101, he seems to go slightly crazy, spinning off such wacky ideas as racing earthworms, a man bringing his pet mouse to the movies (and asking for a separate seat for her, no less), and riffs on "I Love Lucy" (in "The Deadly Weapon," Tubby suddenly starts calling Lulu "Lulusie" for no apparent reason) and simply flooding his panels with dialogue. Since I know that Stanley's break with LULU is just a couple of years away, this sudden upsurge in energy may be the comics writer's equivalent of a star burning itself out before entering the "white dwarf" phase. Whatever came over Stanley at this moment, it appears to have subsided by #102, in which Stanley goes in completely the opposite direction by telling a story (of the "fellers" ripping off lemonade-saleslady Lulu by stealing lemonade with their water pistols) with no dialogue whatsoever. The balance of the collection is more conventional and, as always, highly entertaining.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Will Ravenel on October 3, 2009
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John Stanley was one of the gods of comic storytelling and this collection is Exhibit A. After reading his stuff for Bushmiller's NANCY and some of the other work he did for the funny animal comics, I started reading this collection and it hit me right away: Stanley loves the Little Lulu characters. He infuses them with such depth and delineates them with such detail and humor and love that they live. I don't know of a single other comic character that you can re-read over and over with such pure pleasure as Stanley's Little Lulu stories. Brilliant, just brilliant.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on June 5, 2009
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As her many fans know, Marge's Little Lulu circulated in the days of Dell, when comics were a dime, gradually easing their way up to a quarter. To get those comics nowadays in readable shape requires a bit of an outlay on E-Bay. Even new comics these days run around three bucks, only about thirty times more than in the dime days. No wonder the perennial reissues of popular lines garner so much attention.

The Another Rainbow hardback Little Lulu collection was slipcased with color covers, but even that had black and white internal art, as do most of the Dark Horse reissues. This full color collection is the odd duck, but not quite: Dark Horse's Little Lulu Color Special from 2006 preceded it. That paperback measured 10 X 6.5 inches, 208 pages, and retailed for 13.95. This new color collection is 9 X 6 inches, the same size as the black and white Dark Horse series, 200 pages, retailing at 14.95. It's the first in a series of color collections, which unlike the black and white books, are not numbered.

What readers probably are wondering is why isn't this rated a five? For one thing, if books have to be printed in China, we're not really making five star books. Apart from that, though, the printing is very grainy, unlike the pristine color special, which seemed to be a one-off and a class act all the way, itself now going the way of the E-bay auction.

The Color Special editors picked and chose its contents between Little Lulu #4 and #86. "The Alamo and Other Stories" contains comics 88-93. I suppose that Classic Media owns the rights to the modern Little Lulu design created by CINAR in Canada for the animated Little Lulu Show, which ran on HBO, but it's always disconcerting to see these designs used on reissued Little Lulu material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Caputo on June 22, 2009
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John Stanley's Little Lulu stories are a treat for the child still inside all of us. While not as revered as Schulz's Peanuts, Stanley know how to present children in situations that bring a smile to your face. As a "serious" comic book fan who grew up reading the superhero action and drama of Lee, Kirby and Ditko, I missed out on these stories the first time around. I've latched onto them when Dark Horse began reprinting them as I had read of John Stanley and was not disappointed. Not only did I enjoy them but my brother and friends did as well. What really makes me happy is that I passed many of these books on to my local library and they are being read and well worn. Pass them on to the kids!

Nick C.
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