NANCY [3 VOLS], by Ernie Bushmiller - 2012 [Reprint edition]


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Nancy [3 Vols]:

Nancy Is Happy - Dailies 1943-1945

Nancy Likes Christmas - Dailies 1946-1948

Nancy Loves Sluggo - Dailies 1949-1951

by Ernie Bushmiller

introductions by Daniel Clowes, Bill Griffith, Ivan Brunetti 

First edition, three volumes.  Seattle, WA:  Fantagraphics Books, 2012  

Softback set is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Illustrated wraps are mostly clean, with black and white text and illustration on primary color ground. 
  • Wraps show some bumping to foot edges, a few smudges, some edgewear.  Corners are bent, esp. Nancy Loves Sluggo.  See photos. 
  • Spines have black and white text and are bright with firm ends.  
  • Bindings are tight.  
  • Custom patterned end papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear.
  • Illustrations are bright and clear. 
  • Interiors exhibit minimal signs of age and wear.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2024.0207

Unpaginated. 8.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: Nancy Is Happy 978-1-60699-360-6;

           Nancy Likes Christmas 978-1-60699-599-0;

           Nancy Loves Sluggo 978-1-60699-777-2.

From Fantagraphics Books, three sharp volumes of Nancy comic strips, with introductions, in a reprint first edition.  Easy to hold and read, with six strips on every opening, three years of daily strips in each volume.  The pure graphic quality of Ernie Bushmiller's drawings is front and center in these books.   

Drawn by Ernie Bushmiller from 1938-1982, Nancy still appears in daily newspapers and is one of the most instantly recognizable strips.  Much has been written about this eternally eight-year old girl.  Comics theorist Scott McCloud calls Nancy "a landmark achievement: A comic so simply drawn it can be reduced to the size of a postage stamp and still be legible; an approach so formulaic as to become the very definition of the 'gag-strip.'  Nancy is Plato's playground.  Ernie Bushmiller didn't draw A tree, A house, A car.  Oh, no.  Ernie Bushmiller drew the tree, the house, the car."  Cartoonist Wally Wood summed up Nancy's design more succinctly: "By the time you decided not to read it, you already had."

First edition.

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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