Fantagraphics Books is set to release all of Crockett Johnson’s “Barnaby" comic strips. Crockett Johnson is best known as the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon. First volume arrives in June! These have been reprinted in the past but are getting more and more expensive to come by.
"Barnaby revolved around a precocious five-year-old named Barnaby Baxter and his fairy godfather Jackeen J. O’Malley. Yet Mr O’Malley, a cigar-chomping, bumbling con-artist and fast-talker, was not your typical protector. His grasp of magic was usually specious at best, limited to occasional flashes, often aided and abetted by his fellow members in The Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes, and Little Men’s Chowder & Marching Society.
Barnaby’s deft balance of fantasy, political commentary, sophisticated wit, and elegantly spare images expanded our sense of what comic strips can do. With subtlety and economy, Barnaby proved that comics need not condescend to readers. Its small but influential readership took that message to heart.”