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Mr. Twee Deedle: Raggedy Ann's Sprightly Cousin: The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces of Johnny Gruelle

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781606994115
Author(s): Johnny Gruelle
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2012
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Dimensions: 358 x 457 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 127

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The second Marschall Books collection from Fantagraphics is a magnificent collection of Mr. Twee Deedle, Johnny Gruelle's masterpiece, unjustly forgotten by history and never before reprinted since its first appearance in America's newspapers from 1911 to 1914. The title character in the Sunday color page, Mr. Twee Deedle, is a magical wood sprite who befriends the strip's two human children, Dickie and Dolly. Gruelle depicted a charming, fantastical child's world, filled with light whimsy and outlandish surrealism. The artwork is among the most stunning ever to grace an Amercian newspaper page, and Gruelle's painterly color makes every page look like it was created on a canvas. Gruelle's creation was the winning entry out of 1500 submissions to succeed Little Nemo, which the New York Herald was losing at the time to the rival Hearst papers. With such import, the Herald added a $2000 prize, a long contract, and arguably the most care devoted to the reproduction of any color newspaper comic strip before or since. Yet the wood sprite and his fanciful world have been strangely overlooked, partly because Gruelle created Raggedy Ann immediately after the strip's run, eclipsing not only Mr. Twee Deedle but almost everything else the cartoonist ever did. Mr. Twee Deedle stands as a bizarre time-warp: at a time when mo
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