This inaugural volume features the first year of Baron Bean, by perhaps the greatest of all comic strip stars: George Herriman. From his earliest cartoons, the creator of Krazy Kat found few themes as fascinating as the power of titles and the ways in which worth in society is determined based on a hat, a name, or the color of one’s skin. Baron Bean quickly developed into one of Herriman’s richest and funniest creations, second only to Krazy Kat, whose citizens would occasionally grace the panels of Baron Bean. Each day Herriman gives reason to question not only the superiority of would-be “Barons” over their vassals and retainers, but equally the superiority of so-called “humans” over the animals they call “pets.” The complete series from 1916 to 1919 will be reprinted in three volumes.
“The book itself is in proportion to the dimensions of a newspaper strip. The accompanying essay – always a must read in any LOAC volume – goes a long way to educating the reader about Herriman and Baron Bean, and it’s an incredible package for $19.99.”—Scoop
Once again The Library of American Comics sets the standard for archival and reprint quality. In addition to the historical importance of this volume in the annals of comic history, Baron Bean also provides a detailed look back at the sociological issues in America at that time.—New York Journal of Books