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Review: 'Happy Hooligan'

10 August 2009 6:43 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Just prior to Comic-Con International, Nbm’s David Seidman sent out a note suggesting to reviewers that their just-released Happy Hooligan comic strip collection had been overlooked. Gadzooks, I thought, he’s right and had them rush a copy over to be read. Having just finished the 112-page volume, I can say this early example of popular comic strip humor was undeservedly overlooked.

The better remembered characters from the comic strips have crowded the book shelves of late, from Idw’s exploding line to Fantagraphics beautiful year-by-year collections. Think of a character you grew up reading and odds are, there is a collection out there or one already announced.

But, the real pioneering strips such as Hooligan have been left behind. Under their Forever Nuts banner, Nbm and Editor Jeffrey Lindenblatt seek to fix that, first with Mutt & Jeff and now Happy Hooligan. When a strip endures for 32 years, especially from that first era, »

- Robert Greenberger

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