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Tubby: The John Stanley Library Hardcover – September 28, 2010

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  • Series: John Stanley Library
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460232
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.9 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing from a different run of Stanley’s comic book devoted to Little Lulu’s foremost foil than Dark Horse did for The Castaway and Other Stories (2010), D&Q offers one issue’s worth of Stanley’s unaided drawing of his creation and three more done by a third artist involved in the Lulu universe. White’s style is neither as zippy and loose as Stanley’s nor as rounded and comfy as Irving Tripp’s on Little Lulu. But it suits these stories, which, though shorter than the issue-filling adventures in Castaway, continue to showcase Stanley’s determination to indulge the sf, high fantasy, and harder mischief that his boy character allowed. (Note that Lulu never appears in Tubby. She always aces him, after all, and you can’t have the star outshone in his own vehicle.) Telepathic little guys from outer space show up thrice in this volume, and Wilbur Van Snobbe and the tough West Side Boys again join forces to crush Tubby (fat chance!). As delightful as any other part of the Lulu continuum. --Ray Olson


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“John Stanley excels at creating absurdly funny situations out of the simplest devices.” —Time

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diamonddulius on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Any fan of John Stanley probably already got this, so no hard sell on the man's talents are needed... but I (along with many others) sure wish Drawn & Quarterly would get their heads out of their rear ends and do these Stanley collections better!! No biographical/historical info is included (except for a brief end piece and a sticker on the back of the book that always falls off), no info to at least explain why this collection didn't start with #1, and worst of all, no covers!!! It's especially infuriating because D&Q have done so much quality stuff over the past 20 years... they know how to do it right!! I mean, you'd think the editors would actually pick up one of the other historic collections that are out now and see how to do it right!!! Not including the covers is unforgivable!! C'mon, D&Q, these Stanley reprints could really be something special if you'd do them correctly!!! So far, only the "13 going on 18" collection has been close to great (big, thick book with a great intro by Seth), although the covers were left out of that one, too!! Sigh... I suppose I shouldn't complain, though... any Stanley is better than none at all!! It's just sad to me to see Dark Horse do such a good job with the Lulu/Tubby material when compared to the lackluster effort put out by D&Q...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Dog VINE VOICE on October 18, 2010
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Many fans have expressed dismay at the lack of "special features" here, i.e., no introduction or bibliographic information, no covers, etc. While that is true, I feel that this complaint fails to appreciate what is magnificent about Drawn and Quarterly's John Stanley Library. First and foremost, the books are beautifully designed and bound - made to last a lifetime. And the reproduction is perfect, far superior to the much-lionized Dark Horse rereleases of Stanley's work - which are only in paperback. The colors and printing quality far outshine anything else available. These are gorgeous volumes. I really think sometimes fans, particularly in this kind of publishing effort, can bite off their own noses to spite their faces. These are great comics, beautifully presented! True Tub fans, as well as fans of Nancy, Melvin Monster, and Thirteen "Going On Eighteen" have true cause for celebration! I love these volumes and, frankly, don't mind terribly that covers aren't reproduced. Stanley's genius is what matters here, and these volumes represent the best publishing effort to date to preserve his art. -- Mykal Banta
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By Tim Field on May 19, 2014
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This is a strange volume (no issue covers, odd filler illustrations) but one that I enjoyed nonetheless. I welcomed an opportunity to read some John Stanley-illustrated Tubby stories, as well as some Stanley scripted tales drawn by Lloyd White. I like D&Q's production method of shooting from the original comic stories. It makes me feel like I'm reading the original comics, minus that mildewy smell.

One thing that stood out as I read was the number of stories that pitted Tubby against the rich kid, Wilbur Van Snobbe, with Tubby often getting the upper hand against Wilbur. Who knew that Stanley was preparing young minds for the class warfare they would face as grownups.

I'm enjoying D&Q's other Stanley volumes and hope someday they'll reprint a Dunc and Lou collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Hosmer on August 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had been looking forward to this book for quite some time, but it didn't live up to expectations at all. There were no bonus features or extra articles added to it. All the material included is obtainable in the Dark Horse reprint series, and printed on much nicer white pages at a far lower cost. The stories are fantastic, but they are reprinted to look like yellow/brown comic pages from the period the books were originaly published in.
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