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  • Series: Little Lulu's Pal Tubby (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595824219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595824219
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Little Lulu’s popularity mandated a spin-off, and in 1952, Stanley’s fertile imagination birthed a vehicle for Lulu’s pal and nemesis, Tubby. Debuting in Four Color Comics before appearing under its own name, Tubby gave Stanley the chance to stretch out. Each of the six issues collected here is one long story, like Carl Barks’ tales of Scrooge McDuck (another Four Color debutant), though the last is split into three chapters, either to conform to how a comic book was supposed to be or to acknowledge the episodic nature of Stanley at length. And whether he sets Tubby to pirating on the high-seas, tracking down a lion, running from “wild” Indians (the publisher apologizes for the dated stereotypes in this particular offering), or getting involved in (so having to solve) a bank robbery, Stanley is most certainly episodic, often turning a plot sharply enough to endanger readers’ necks. These are rambunctious romps made all the more delightful because five feature Stanley’s loose and speedy, Milt Gross–like artwork, ungussied-up by Irving Tripp. --Ray Olson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brent R. Swanson on March 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Marge's Tubby" was unique in the realm of comic book spinoff titles. Usually, a spinoff character, like Uncle Scrooge from the "Donald Duck" titles, is accompanied by all the characters from the parent title. But when Tubby appeared in his own book (Four Color one-shots at first, and then a regular series), it was without Little Lulu and Annie. Tubby's unwilling girlfriend, Gloria, took over the female lead, and while Wilbur and other members of Tubby's social (and antisocial) had a presence, they weren't dominating characters.

Fortunately, Tubby had enough substance to justify a series. These longer adventures, however, are markedly different and stranger than the typical "Little Lulu" stories. Indeed, these longer adventures have more in common with Lulu's surreal "poor little girl" stories told to Alvin. The "Captain Yo-Yo" story from Four Color #381 looks the most like a typical "Lulu" story because it was inked by John Stanley's frequent collaborator, Irving Tripp. The story itself is funny but grows increasingly strange and almost grim (always with one foot firmly in whimsy).

The remaining stories in this volume were inked by Stanley himself. Each puts Tubby into complicated situations that test his resourcefulness as well as his supply of dumb luck. First appearances of the "little men from Mars" and "Grandpa Feeb" are included in this volume. The latter character launches a parody of the old "captives of the Indians" dime novel stories that borrows so much from its source that it's a bit of an embarrassment; to their credit, Dark Horse has printed the story in its entirety with no editorial intrusion except a small disclaimer at the bottom of the first page.
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This is a great book of long-form stories by John Stanley. I laughed out loud more than once while reading this book, owing to Stanley's love of that pompous little guy. Tubby provides the best moments of the Little Lulu series, so this is only to be expected. Recommended without reservation!
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Do not castaway this book. Tubby's series is great and this is the first . The stories feature Gloria rather than Lulu but are still lovable.
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By Figureguy on December 20, 2012
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You just got to go back to enjoying a simple uncomplex story. Great for the adult, and also for new generation kids.
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By Kathleen on July 14, 2014
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Classic comic. Just love it!
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