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Lulu Goes Shopping (Marge's Little Lulu Volume 4) Paperback – December 7, 2004
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Originally created for the pages of the Saturday Evening Post by cartoonist Marge, Little Lulu achieved classic status in her comic book adventures. Written and laid out by John Stanley, with finished art by Irving Tripp, these little gems are timeless models of wry humor and unsurpassed comic timing as they explore the foibles of human nature. Dark Horse has thankfully made these stories available again in a series of trade paperbacks. Stanley's stories are told from a child's perspective, and like Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, they create an entire kids' universe of secret clubhouses, favorite soda fountain hangouts and fantastic menaces. As readers mature, they get the full force of Stanley's sly, deadpan humor. Lulu Moppet is a great heroine - she's vulnerable enough to burst into tears when she overhears the boys running down her looks, but self-reliant enough to realize after a makeover that great beauty can cause more trouble than it's worth. Her nemesis and playmate is Tubby Tompkins, a troublemaker in the Bart Simpson/Crayon Shinchan mold who leaves destruction and confusion in his wake. These stories provide a quaint window into a world where a dime could buy a milkshake, and their universal insights and humor should win over new audiences. (Nov.)
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Precocious, coily-curled Little Lulu debuted as a 1935-48 Saturday Evening Post cartoon feature but is best remembered now from her long-running comic book. The high regard in which Little Lulu is held--R. Crumb cites it as a major influence--is due to the brilliance of John Stanley, who wrote and laid out the stories from 1945 to the early 1960s. Stanley is a genuine comics auteur; others drew the actual comic-book panels, but the style and aura were his. A few motifs generated most of the hundreds of stories Stanley produced. Evident in these early tales are Lulu telling stories to pesky, and littler, Alvin; Lulu's pal Tubby playing amateur detective; and, most often, the eternal conflict between the boys and the girls. This initial volume in a series presenting Stanley's entire career with Little Lulu is in black-and-white, and the simple art works just as well without its original color. Stanley's Lulu stories rank with Carl Barks' classic Donald Ducks as some of the medium's true delights for all ages. Gordon Flagg
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Very interesting to note the change in social mores from when these stories were first published in 1945, i.e. mothers stay home and do laundry while fathers work,little girls are not allowed to enter a model plane contest, et al. On the other hand Lulu is very feisty and has a strong sense of her competencies.Young children, in general , enjoy a great deal of unsupervised independence.
I loved the chance to revisit this world.
Amazon calls "Lulu Goes Shopping" volume one, but the Dark Horse edition is labeled #4, and contains seven comics that were originally published between November 1948 and June 1949 as "Marge's Little Lulu" issues six through twelve. This roughly corresponds to volume four, set two of the first series of the Another Rainbow set, which contained comics 6-11. The comics in "Lulu Goes Shopping" are in black and white, as were the Another Rainbow sets, with a full color cover featuring Irving Tripp's original art from issue number six. The AR set included color plates of all the covers, and a short feature in the comic, "Lulu's Diry," left out of the DH collections.
All of which is to say that Lulu lovers may still want to track down the AR sets which are far easier to find than the original comics, but at about ten bucks a book, Dark Horse has done a great job with Marge's Little Lulu, which is sure to win new fans and readers as it has every time it's been republished since Marge's first single panel comic in the Saturday Evening Post in 1935.
The genius of the comics is writer par excellence, John Stanley (Melvin Monster, Thirteen Going on Eighteen), but the back cover depicts the latest Lulu incarnation, CINAR's delightful cartoon series, seen on HBO, The Little Lulu Show, collected on DVD as "The Best of Little Lulu" (see my Amazon guide, "Cartoons Without Cable" for more information). "Dark Horse is really galloping" is how The HoLLywood Eclectern, the newsletter of all things Lulu, described the new Dark Horse series. The best kept secret in comic collecting, Ed Buchman publishes the journal as a labor of love and sends it out free to Lulu fans young and old. Write: "The HoLLywood Eclectern", PO Box 4215, Fullerton, California 92834.
The comics are printed in Black & White Ink (but so were the earlier expensive reissues)but they are very crisp. If you have ever seen the "Little Lulu Show" with Tracy Ullman voicing Lulu, you will recall many of these comics.
I am still giving this collection 5 stars and my only suggestion is that I wish they had included the original cover art at the start of each # issue. I also am wondering if issues #1 through #5 will see the light of day.I hope they keep churning these delightful books out, until they covered them all. I've waited a long time for Little Lulu Comic Reprint Books and I know she, Tubby, Alvin, Iggy and Annie have many fans who will be pleased as punch to have them back.
Of all the books and comics he's examined, Little Lulu is the one that keeps him coming back for more. These are books he will pick up and read without prompting, and they can hold his attention for hours at a time.
At first I was surprised, thinking he would prefer some swashbuckling action hero, but then I read the stories more closely in an attempt to understand their appeal.
It turns out that my kid is a pretty good critic. These are solid, amusing stories with memorable, amusing characters. They beat the pants off 99% of the pre-packaged film/video game tie-ins that pass for kid's reading these days.
So hats off to Little Lulu, Dark Horse Publishing, and the simple appeal of a good, funny story well told.