- Posted by Johanna on May 6, 2007 at 3:35 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Checker Books will release Johnny Hart’s GrowinGold with B.C.: A 50 Year Celebration in September. Press release follows:
With the recent passing of the great cartoonist, Johnny Hart’s GrowinGold with B.C. is a lasting tribute to a body of work that encompassed over five decades and garnered many awards over the years. Hart, himself, had worked on the book up until his untimely passing over the 2007 Easter weekend. He had personally selected the nearly 500 cartoon strips of B.C. that comprise the book and provided the original cover art. Hart also provided never-before-seen concept art from the strip’s beginnings in the 1950’s and gave insight as to how the characters were named (usually after family friends).
Johnny Hart’s GrowinGold with B.C. is released with the valuable assistance and total cooperation of the Hart Family. Starting with the strip’s earliest beginning, in 1958, to the present, 2007, these strips will delight anyone who has followed the antics of Peter, Thor, Fat Broad, Wiley and all the rest of the cast in a prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs, ants and anteaters. Using a combination of bad puns and subtle humor with a simplistic drawing style, B.C. was one of the longest running strips still being written and drawn by its original creator. The strip is still carried in over 1300 newspapers across the country and read by millions of readers each day.
According to Creative Syndicate, B.C. and Johnny Hart have won multiple awards, including Best Humor Strip in America, National Cartoonist Society, 1967; The Reuben, Cartoonist of the Year, National Cartoonist Society, 1968; The Yellow Kid Award, International Congress of Comics, 1970; and the Seger Award, King Features, 1981.
Comprehensively collected for the first time, Johnny Hart’s GrowinGold with B.C. is trade paperback, with each strip produced in its original size. (A limited-run hardcover edition will also be available at a later date.)
The Checker Book Publishing Group, in Dayton, Ohio, is committed to publishing dormant, unpublished, and under-published serial comics and cartooning in affordable editions.
I like that phrasing, “dormant serial comics”. I’ve heard tell that BC, once upon a time, was a hip, creative strip; the BC I know is an occasionally ham-handed proselytizing vehicle. If one book is able to cover both of those and more, it’ll be an achievement.