Best Book of the Year

Long-time comics historian and commentator R. Fiore calls the first volume of SKIPPY the “Book of the Year” in the current Comics Journal.

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A Skippy illustration inscribed by Percy Crosby to his former commanding officer—Teddy Roosevelt.

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In the meantime, as we work on the second volume, which covers the years 1928 through 1930, we’ve encountered an unfortunate glitch. Our primary source for the dailies is Bill Blackbeard’s collection at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State; digging deep in those archives, my co-editor Jared Gardner discovered that there are serious gaps in the 1929 dailies. Percy Crosby’s daughter, Joan Tibbitts, has come through with some of the missing strips; Jared has uncovered still others in different boxes at OSU; and I located a precious two months’ worth in LOAC’s stacks. But we’re still short. So here’s the call to all collectors: anyone with 1929 Skippy dailies is encouraged to get in touch so we can complete the book sooner rather than later.

We’re optimistic that the strips will be made available soon. The upshot, of course, is that the book will be delayed. In the meantime, we’re concurrently digitizing the strips for the third volume (which we have complete, 1931-1933!). We’ll keep you posted on an updated release date for Skippy Volume 2.

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