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The Early Years of MUTT & JEFF (Forever Nuts: Classic Screwball Strips) Hardcover – July 11, 2007
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NBM has just released this collection called The Early Years of Mutt & Jeff, reprinting strips from 1909 - 1913. Mutt (the tall one) and Jeff (the short one) might remind readers of, oh say the Honeymooner's Ralph and Ed Norton who always seem to be scheming to make money, get something to eat, or sneaking out on their wives. Like many strips from the early 20th century they are very dialog heavy. There's a lot to read and you'll need a good pair of eyes because it suffers from the same problem that Little Nemo and other early strips had...small print!
That aside, Mutt & Jeff is really a blast to read. Obviously the material is quite dated...it has been about a hundred years...but there is a lively wackiness to them that still makes them funny today and transcends the decades. Mutt is usually the one trying to get Jeff to be the unwitting guinea pig to his schemes. In one strip he tries to get Jeff to marry a woman who will give him $1200 per year (that would be an example of dated material!Read more ›
But since there are no other volumes - this is a rare, beautiful gem of glory. The drawings are brilliant. The gags and continuity (when not un-done by the editor of this volume) are genius.
There's a reason why Bud Fisher was one of the richest comic artists of all time.
Hopefully they'll get rid of that editing policy for whatever is supposed to be released next in this "CLASSIC SCREWBALL STRIPS" collection.
Worse, the strips are not printed dark enough and are much too small. The originals were much larger. These are almost imnpossible to read.
Wait until later strips are published in a larger size or switch to a fantastic early strip, Gasoline Alley.
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This book is just perfect for what I needed it for. The service was great as always. I am giving this as a gift and can hardly wait for her reaction.Published on October 2, 2013 by Barb Moore
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