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The Family Circus: Daily and Sunday Comics, Vol. 1: 1960-1961

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Bil Keane's Family Circus is one of the most beloved newspaper strips of all time, appearing consistently in 1500 newspapers. The Family Circus is the comic strip equivalent of a Norman Rockwell painting, enjoying the same kind of huge universal public appeal. Collecting the classic newspaper strip in chronological order for the very first time in beautifully designed hard Bil Keane's Family Circus is one of the most beloved newspaper strips of all time, appearing consistently in 1500 newspapers. The Family Circus is the comic strip equivalent of a Norman Rockwell painting, enjoying the same kind of huge universal public appeal. Collecting the classic newspaper strip in chronological order for the very first time in beautifully designed hardcover books, and starting with the very first strip, originally published on February 29th, 1960, The Family Circus Library Volume 1 will feature a complete run of the first two years' worth of dailies and Sundays. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints... The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop


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Bil Keane's Family Circus is one of the most beloved newspaper strips of all time, appearing consistently in 1500 newspapers. The Family Circus is the comic strip equivalent of a Norman Rockwell painting, enjoying the same kind of huge universal public appeal. Collecting the classic newspaper strip in chronological order for the very first time in beautifully designed hard Bil Keane's Family Circus is one of the most beloved newspaper strips of all time, appearing consistently in 1500 newspapers. The Family Circus is the comic strip equivalent of a Norman Rockwell painting, enjoying the same kind of huge universal public appeal. Collecting the classic newspaper strip in chronological order for the very first time in beautifully designed hardcover books, and starting with the very first strip, originally published on February 29th, 1960, The Family Circus Library Volume 1 will feature a complete run of the first two years' worth of dailies and Sundays. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints... The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop

30 review for The Family Circus: Daily and Sunday Comics, Vol. 1: 1960-1961

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Crumb

    Reading this was a trip straight down Memory Lane for me. My grandpa and I use to sit side by side in his recliner and read the "funnies" together. The Family Circus was always one he enjoyed. Unfortunately, some of the comics have not aged well but I am still pleased with the memories. The background of Bil Keane and the photos made this an enjoyable and quick read. Reading this was a trip straight down Memory Lane for me. My grandpa and I use to sit side by side in his recliner and read the "funnies" together. The Family Circus was always one he enjoyed. Unfortunately, some of the comics have not aged well but I am still pleased with the memories. The background of Bil Keane and the photos made this an enjoyable and quick read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So interesting how much has changed from the original series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MorganSombe

    you always inspire me with your books

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    The Family Circus, even in its earliest years, rarely rises above the mildly amusing. There are several quite funny strips, and it's not particularly heart-warming (sentiment set in later, I guess), and the hints at the father especially finding life as a parent wearing (e.g. the booze bottle he keeps hidden; the recurring strips about his needing a smoke or a drink) give the strip a bit more of an edge than it currently has. This is all to the good; too bad things like drinking and smoking are The Family Circus, even in its earliest years, rarely rises above the mildly amusing. There are several quite funny strips, and it's not particularly heart-warming (sentiment set in later, I guess), and the hints at the father especially finding life as a parent wearing (e.g. the booze bottle he keeps hidden; the recurring strips about his needing a smoke or a drink) give the strip a bit more of an edge than it currently has. This is all to the good; too bad things like drinking and smoking are now pretty much banned from the funnies. (And back in the early years, Thel had quite a rack on her; seems to have undergone a reduction since then, sadly.) Keene's got a good visual sense and a nice line. Interesting, diverting, but not essential.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    This volume collects the first two years of the Family Circus. It is interesting to see how the cartoon developed and how the characters have changed. The biggest change probably is the design and characterization of the father who started out as an overweight smoker and drinker. Most of the early cartoons focus on the father's interaction with his children and the hassles of life and starts to fall into the "classic" Family Circus by the end of the book. The book also contains background on Kea This volume collects the first two years of the Family Circus. It is interesting to see how the cartoon developed and how the characters have changed. The biggest change probably is the design and characterization of the father who started out as an overweight smoker and drinker. Most of the early cartoons focus on the father's interaction with his children and the hassles of life and starts to fall into the "classic" Family Circus by the end of the book. The book also contains background on Keane and how his life influenced the cartoon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The Family Circus is my favorite comic and this book was hilarious. Seeing it from the beginning made me appreciate what it's like reading the strip today. What makes this so endearing is the ability to see myself and people I know in each character. I am so glad I found this. The Family Circus is my favorite comic and this book was hilarious. Seeing it from the beginning made me appreciate what it's like reading the strip today. What makes this so endearing is the ability to see myself and people I know in each character. I am so glad I found this.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    A lot funnier than the more recent Family Circus strips. The kids are more like real children, and the jokes are more about how little kids often exasperate their parents than just allegedly precocious things they say.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Keane isn't shy about mining other strips from the period for inspiration. He's got a solid line and an occasional gift for visual comedy. this was all funnier in the first years of Dennis the Menace... Keane isn't shy about mining other strips from the period for inspiration. He's got a solid line and an occasional gift for visual comedy. this was all funnier in the first years of Dennis the Menace...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet Weber

    Can't wait for the next volume! Can't wait for the next volume!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kerster

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie Laporte

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Spaulding

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stasia

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sno

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  23. 5 out of 5

    April Hernandez

  24. 5 out of 5

    Birch

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Hong

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nayla

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mogepy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Annburnett

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