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Blondie: The Bumstead Family History by Dean…
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Blondie: The Bumstead Family History

by Dean Young

Other authors: Melena Ryzik

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A collection of the "Blondie" strips by Dean Young, son of the originator, Chic Young. This is a selection of strips chosen by Young to show the development of the strip in his hands over the years since he took over from his father. There are chapters focusing on each of the major players, new developments such as Blondie's catering career, a selection of Young's favorite strips, and a look back to the origins of the strip in Chic Young's early days.

I usually cast a jaded eye on "legacy" strips that should have faded away long ago, and I have included "Blondie" in this category. It's usually just not a very good strip. But these examples here were better than I expected. Of course, that's to be expected when you've got thousands of strips to choose from. I still won't shed any tears over "Blondie" when it someday rides off into the comic sunset. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 9, 2014 |
A very heartfelt history/tribute to one America's most popular and longest lasting comic strip in American history. Overall, very tongue-in-cheek, but also informative of both its current status and of its historical roots. The only complaint would be regarding the digital edition, which had issues scanning the strips; either making them too small to read, or very crooked. ( )
  timothyl33 | Jan 22, 2012 |
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For more than 75 years Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead have been one of America's favorite couples. Through war and peace, through boom and bust, through sexual revolution and social upheaval, Blondie has become the most widely read comic strip in syndication-in 35 languages and in 47 countries.

Blondie―the comic strip―was born on September 8, 1930. Dagwood was the rich, but awkward, son of millionaire industrialist J. Bolling Bumstead, while Blondie was a poor and beautiful nobody. Dagwood's parents were opposed to the marriage, but love won out, even though Dagwood had to give up his inheritance to marry Blondie in February, 1933.

Over the years, the particulars of the Blondie comic strip have changed. Traveling salesmen have been replaced by telephone salesmen. Dagwood no longer takes the bus to work. He now rides in a car pool. But the themes have remained the same―eating, sleeping, making a living and raising children, all tied together by Blondie and Dagwood's undying devotion to each other.

It's all here in this definitive book: The lives of Blondie and Dagwood and their interactions with their children Alexander and Cookie, their neighbors Herb and Tootsie Woodley, the family dog Daisy, Dagwood's boss Mr. Dithers, the mailman Mr. Beasley, and the neighborhood kid Elmo Tuttle. Included are Blondie and Dagwood's courtship, their early beaus, their wedding, Dagwood at work, Blondie's catering business, the cartoonist's favorite strips, and the story of Chic and Dean Young, the creators of Blondie.

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For more than 75 years Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead have been one of America's favorite couples. Through war and peace, through boom and bust, through sexual revolution and social upheaval, Blondie has become the most widely read comic strip in syndication-in 35 languages and in 47 countries. It's all here in this definitive book for the Blondie fan: Blondie and Dagwood, their children Alexander and Cookie, their neighbors Herb and Tootsie Woodley, the family dog Daisy, Dagwood's boss Mr. Dithers, the mailman Mr. Beasley, and the neighborhood kid Elmo Tuttle. The book includes early history; Dagwood at work, Blondie's starting her catering business, favorite cartoon strips, and the story of Chic and Dean Young, the creators of Blondie.… (more)

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