Monday, February 20, 2017

Four books, one "old," three new...

I have updated and glamorized the 1940s John Stanley bibliography, which now includes a compete index of his 1943-49 stories, plus four complete comics stories, a cover gallery and many visual chotchkes throughout. It will be available on Amazon shortly. For now, it can be had HERE through Amazon's price-gouger,

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This is the ultimate version of this book, and I don't plan to update it again, so if you've been waiting, here's the finest iteration I can come up with of this first of four John Stanley books available on Amazon. Check my author profile to see all my books.

Are you aware that I have three novels available on Amazon? Yep. The newest of them is a 438-page dramedy, Fools Like Me, set in the Deep South in the early 1960s. Read all about it HERE.

Two shorter paperback novels, The Bye-Bye Box and Hell is a Lonely Place, are also available on amazon,com. Click on the title to see their pages. You can browse all four books to your heart's content.

Please consider a purchase of any or all of these books. Being confined to bedrest much of time, I've worked hard to get these books out into the public. You might enjoy one or more of them. As said, investigate them on amazon through their helpful "Look Inside This Book" feature.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Post-Mortem Post 008: New Stanley Material Discovered--Oswald the Rabbit Four Color 39, 1944

In all my years of research, I somehow overlooked this early 1944 one-shot, which is now important as containing John Stanley's first two long-form stories. This is a terrible quality scan, suitable for reading, but that's about it.

With beautiful cartooning by Lloyd White, the pun-filled main story, "Easterland," is a larval early effort, but full of Stanley tells, such as slurred language/slang, dubious authority figures, quietly absurd humor (the plight of the elderly rabbit at story's start; the out-of-control jelly bean factory and its buried inventor; the little piece of hard candy that imitates train whistles, etc.)

Stanley would include similar stories in his much-loved Little Lulu series, from 1946 on, as told by Lulu to her hellion-brat neighbor, Alvin. With this, Stanley's first fairy-tale, we see the glimmers of a street-smart, reactive retreat from the sugary tendencies of the fairy story. His humor throws a cold bucket of water on the genre, as did Tex Avery's cartoons such as Red Hot Riding Hood, Cinderella Meets Fella and A Bear's Tale.

Here is the whole issue. I will need to revise my 1940s comicography book now! I knew this would happen someday...