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Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945 (Vol. 1) (Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy) Paperback – March 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; Reprint edition (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993606
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Is Happy marks the initial installment of the first-ever comprehensive reprinting of Bushmiller's peak period (1943-59). By this point, Bushmiller had honed the strip down to a kind of minimalist masterpiece: The blocky depiction of his characters masterfully belies the archly complex composition and execution of his gags. —Ben Schwartz

About the Author

Ernie Bushmiller (1905-1982) inherited the glamour-girl Fritzi Ritz strip in 1925. But Fritzi’s niece Nancy, introduced in 1933, soon began to dominate, and in 1938 the strip officially became nancy. Bushmiller would continue to write and draw it until his death, winning the Reuben Award for best comic strip in 1976.

Daniel Clowes, a multi-Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award-winner, is a Chicago native living in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika. His many books include David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature, and 2011's Mister Wonderful.

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Anybody can be a fan of Nancy if they just read a few.
Jacob Martinez
The strips from this era of Nancy are great, but I also hope that the earlier material (including all of Bushmiller's Fritzi Ritz!)
Marco
This book is well-made, and its quality is a great indication of the care and love that the publishers have for the comic.
A. N. Smith

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cosmic-Surf on March 23, 2012
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I waited for this volume for quite some time, as its release kept getting pushed back. I have to say, however, the wait was well worth it. Originally, I had hoped it would be hard covered, like the 'Peanuts' books. But, when the book arrived, the quality was superb and the paper stock really wonderful. The comic strips, chronologically arranged, offer everything any Nancy fan could wish and more. I also found it very interesting as these were originally published during the WW2 years, and it was fascinating from a socio-historical perspective, such as the strips touching on coal shortage, rationing, etc. I am eagerly looking forward to further volumes covering the following years. If you are even remotely a Nancy fan, you have to get this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marco on March 27, 2012
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I've owned a few Nancy collections over the years including the "Best of" volume and the Kitchen Sink books, so I was already a huge admirer of Ernie Bushmiller. His linework is sharp and beautiful, and I rank him with George Herriman, Basil Wolverton, Jack Cole and a few others as an artist who stretched far beyond his era in the comics medium. Bushmiller created a universe in which every nook and cranny was inhabited by its creator in a delightful way, as every great artist does.

To describe or explain Nancy is futile. Part of its appeal is that it won't work as well or in the same way in a different medium. As many have remarked, it is the quintessential comic. If you've never read it, then you may not "get" it at first. It may seem cheesy or too obvious. But stick with it. Eventually Bushmiller will infect you with his unique physics and the charm of the characters. I tend to prefer lengthier comics to the short form of the comic strip, but it works perfectly for Nancy.

This volume collects all the daily strips from 1943-1945 (3 years). When it arrived I was very happy with the book design, the durability of the cover, and the high quality pages. It's a beautiful brick of a book. There are usually three strips on each page, but now and then we get a single strip enlarged and covering an entire page -- a nice touch that allows me to appreciate the art even more.

I see that another reviewer critiqued the two introductions. I didn't have any problems with them. They're only four pages so I don't see what the big deal is. They seem aimed at the general reader who doesn't really know Nancy, and if it makes the book more accessible then I'm all for it. I'm just really glad that this project got off the ground and will hopefully continue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Grossman on May 21, 2012
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a wonderful book by a wonderful man about a very funny child and her friends. ernie bushmiller had a great sense of humor and here are two years of it. and his art, though simple, can stand great scrutiny. my highest recommendation for loads of smiles.

the real nancy lovers should search out the five kitchen sink books and, especially, the henry holt book entitled the best of ernie bushmiller's nancy. this book even tells you sluggo's last name.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. N. Smith on April 25, 2012
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When I first discovered this collection, I thought I was dreaming! As a lifelong Nancy fan, I am grateful that this book exists. This book is well-made, and its quality is a great indication of the care and love that the publishers have for the comic. I have already put my order in for the next volume!
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I purchased this book as a gift for my son who enjoys some of the older cartoons. He was happy with the book and likes it very much.
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Since I discover Bushmiller's comic I fell in love with Nancy and I was so exited about collecting all I can, so I bought this book and I'm really happy with it, the print and scans are just perfect and so well done, I surely will buy the next edition and all the other books!
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By mocha on January 2, 2014
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Remember when this was a daily comic strip. Now they've compiled all the stripe into two volumes . I've even given one of the volumes to a gal named Nancy.
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By Daniel Matlock on August 25, 2013
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If you love the art of the comic strip, no figure is more iconic or valuable to the connoisseur and the fan, than Nancy. A must for every collector!
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