“Percy Crosby caught lightning in a bottle and learned how to draw with it,” wrote Jules Feiffer in a 1978 appreciation. Milton Caniff marveled, “Boy, there’s nothing faster than watching Skippy run the way Crosby drew him.” Crosby was heralded as “the greatest apostle of motion in the field of art” by Edward Alden Jewell, art critic of the New York Times. His artwork has hung in the Louvre in Paris, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, and the Tate Gallery in London, among other venues, but it’s his work as a cartoonist, as the creator of Skippy—the philosopher man-child—for which he’s best known.

Skippy debuted as a daily newspaper strip in 1925 and as a Sunday the following year. and soon became a sensation, published in 28 countries and 14 languages. Crosby continued writing and drawing the feature until 1945. Today we see Skippy as the spiritual ancestor to Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, among many other kid strips. Percy Crosby influenced cartoonists from Charles Schulz to Walt Kelly to Garry Trudeau.

This series, produced in cooperation with Skippy Inc. and the Crosby estate, reprints the complete legendary series for the first time.

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