More Great Old Strips Reprinted

IDW is expanding their line of classic comic reprints. They started with Dick Tracy reprints (which caused some controversy with its design closely inspired by the Fantagraphics Complete Peanuts series).

Now, they’ve announced a six-book series of Terry and the Pirates, Milton Caniff’s historically important adventure strip. (According to the article, he’s responsible for introducing sex to the American newspaper comic strip. Cool!) The first book is due in July at 368 pages for $50 US. It’s promised to contain two years’ worth of strips (including the Sunday strips in color), biographical and background material, and a Howard Chaykin introduction.

Terry and the Pirates cover

The book also launches a new imprint for the publisher: The Library of American Comics will continue with Little Orphan Annie reprints. The plan there is “to start … in the mid-1930s, where Fantagraphics stopped (more or less) so that collectors won’t have buy the same material twice.” Nice for them, but what about us just starting to appreciate the “new golden age of comic strip reprints” (as ICv2 has it)?

6 Responses to “More Great Old Strips Reprinted”

  1. Joshua Macy Says:

    Sink me Suzy, I’m undone! Do you know how hard it is to find the Flying Buttress reprints? I’ve never been able to find volumes 1, or 3-5. I’m even more excited about this than about Peanuts or Popeye, since there’s years of material that I’ve never read.
    …does the happy happy dance…

  2. Hal Shipman Says:

    Double sweetness.

    I wrote and presented a paper on Terry and the Pirates (and Tintin) and really got into the strip then. So, this will be great.

    And I’ve been a fan of Annie in the 30’s every since I checked out “Arf! The Life and Times of Little Orphan Annie” from the library when I was 10 (and desparate for any comics type material I could get my hands on). I started buying the Kitchen Sink volumes last year (with great intro essays, btw) and am really happy to see they’ll continue them.

  3. Bill D. Says:

    I’m glad to see this announced, even if I do think the price point is a little high.

    Now if someone would just collect Barnaby by Crockett Johnson, I’d be happy as could be.

  4. James Schee Says:

    Cool, two more strips I can be introduced to.

    While I know Annie from the movie, I have never seen the strip. (didn’t run in my paper) Does kind of suck that they aren’t going back to the beginning. Are the older books still available? (I couldn’t find them on Amazon)

    I’ve heard the name Terry and the Pirates, but don’t know much beyond that.

  5. Greg Morrow Says:

    I got vol 3-5 of the Annie reprint series new just a couple of years ago, but Fantagraphics may well have run out of stock, finally.

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