"One of the great, lost classics of the newspaper age. The best. Simply the best." - New York Times "A scintillating collection of the greatest children's comic strip ever." - The Washington Post With the release of the Oscar-winning Skippy movie in 1931, Percy Crosby had his biggest stage at precisely the moment he was committing himself to bringing his creative and political work together. Skippy suddenly was everywhere and Crosby was determined to use his visibility and influence as one of the most successful cartoonists of his generation to transform a society in the grips of a deepening Depression and the late years of the failed policy of Prohibition. Like his beloved Skippy, Crosby had yet to back down from a fight, now matter how daunting the opposition. This volume, reprinting all the dailies from 1931-1933, brings us to some of Percy Crosby's most inspired strips of Skippy's long run. Bonus material includes many photographs and rare artwork from the collection of the cartoonist's daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts.
Percy Leo Crosby (1891-1964) created several comic strips before hitting gold with Skippy. These early efforts included in 1916, That Rookie from the Thirteenth Squad(which he produced from France while in the army during the first World War), and the single panel Always Belittlin'(which later morphed into a topper to the Skippy Sunday page). By the early 1920s Crosby was a mainstay drawing covers and illustrations for Charles Dana Gibson's Lifemagazine, where, in March 1923, he introduced the impish and loveable Skippy Skinner. In the days before the separation between "high art" and "low art" became entrenched, Crosby criss-crossed the creative world, lauded by both "serious" art critics at major galleries and museum exhibitions around the globe, as well as the man on the street who read Skippy on the comics pages. Crosby wrote a best-selling Skippynovel, which in 1931 was adapted into an Academy Award-winning movie. Perhaps more than any other cartoonist before him, Crosby brought philosophy and politics to the American newspaper comic strip. In the end, it would be his outspoken political and philosophical beliefs that would place him increasingly outside the mainstream of 1940s American culture, ultimately leading to his exile from comics and his forced incarceration in a mental institution for the last sixteen years of his life. As a result of his tragic end, Crosby's remarkable contributions to American culture have been largely eclipsed, until now.