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Blondie: Complete Daily Comics, Vol. 1: 1930-1933

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Celebrating Blondie's 80th anniversary, IDW's Library of American Comics presents Blondie like you've never seen her before! This book collects the early strips by Chic Young for the first time ever, beginning with the first ones from October 1930. Blondie Boopadoop is a light-headed flapper who meets Dagwood Bumstead, the heir to a wealthy, high society fortune. Dagwood's Celebrating Blondie's 80th anniversary, IDW's Library of American Comics presents Blondie like you've never seen her before! This book collects the early strips by Chic Young for the first time ever, beginning with the first ones from October 1930. Blondie Boopadoop is a light-headed flapper who meets Dagwood Bumstead, the heir to a wealthy, high society fortune. Dagwood's parents are aghast and refuse him permission to marry the blonde, but their son is in love. He and Blondie hatch a scheme - the voracious Dagwood goes on a hunger strike for 28 days, 7 hours, 8 minutes, and 22 seconds. This first volume chronicles the amazing and hilarious courtship, and concludes with the spectacular wedding in February 1933.


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Celebrating Blondie's 80th anniversary, IDW's Library of American Comics presents Blondie like you've never seen her before! This book collects the early strips by Chic Young for the first time ever, beginning with the first ones from October 1930. Blondie Boopadoop is a light-headed flapper who meets Dagwood Bumstead, the heir to a wealthy, high society fortune. Dagwood's Celebrating Blondie's 80th anniversary, IDW's Library of American Comics presents Blondie like you've never seen her before! This book collects the early strips by Chic Young for the first time ever, beginning with the first ones from October 1930. Blondie Boopadoop is a light-headed flapper who meets Dagwood Bumstead, the heir to a wealthy, high society fortune. Dagwood's parents are aghast and refuse him permission to marry the blonde, but their son is in love. He and Blondie hatch a scheme - the voracious Dagwood goes on a hunger strike for 28 days, 7 hours, 8 minutes, and 22 seconds. This first volume chronicles the amazing and hilarious courtship, and concludes with the spectacular wedding in February 1933.

30 review for Blondie: Complete Daily Comics, Vol. 1: 1930-1933

  1. 4 out of 5

    Arika

    While it takes a bit for the strip to get started and most of the volume is consists of Chic Young trying to figure out how to get Blondie and Dagwood married (the continual breaking up and getting back together gets a bit tiresome), he succeeds in the end and sets the stage for the next 80 years of success for the strip.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Fun and hilarious.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark Stratton

    I’d have given it another star, but it was wildly uneven. There were parts that were genius, and others that were clearly treading water.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dominick

    Disappointing. I'm sure part of the reason for that is that these strips were designed to be read one a day over three years, not in quick succession, so the inconsistent (incoherent, really) plotting and characterization would have been less noticeable to newspaper readers, but Young really does seem to be flailing about trying to find ways to make it work--also evident in how hard he tries to sell the gags, often with highly-exaggerated "plop-takes." One aborted stroyline takes Blondie to a ne Disappointing. I'm sure part of the reason for that is that these strips were designed to be read one a day over three years, not in quick succession, so the inconsistent (incoherent, really) plotting and characterization would have been less noticeable to newspaper readers, but Young really does seem to be flailing about trying to find ways to make it work--also evident in how hard he tries to sell the gags, often with highly-exaggerated "plop-takes." One aborted stroyline takes Blondie to a new town and seems to be heading towards some sort of intrigue at the job she gets, but it's just dropped; another disposes of Dagwood for several weeks, replacing him with Gil (pretty clearly drawn by assistant Alex Raymond), a badly-conceived, obnoxious, and ultimately undeveloped new love interest. In one particularly dumb plot line late in the book (Mrs Bumstead is being sued for calling someone "two-faced," in a story that seems to understand nothing about how slander or the court system actually work), the Bumstead lawyer calls the Bumsteads and Blondie the dumbest nitwits he's ever met, asserting that to compare them to a five year old would be a disservice to the child. It's hard not to agree. The humour that can be derived from watching complete idiots be complete idiots can of course be great, but here, not so much. Not recommended, unless you have an abiding interest in/passion for the history of the comic strip medium.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I love to read earlier strips from long-lasting comics to see how the strips have evolved and reflect the differences and simillarities over the dacades. Volume 1 of Blondie features the misadventures of a young flapper which include her courtship with Dagwood. It ends with their wedding and Dagwood's disinheritance from his wealthy family. Looking forward to volume 2 when Dagwood has to find a job and Blondie gives birth to Baby Dumpling. I love to read earlier strips from long-lasting comics to see how the strips have evolved and reflect the differences and simillarities over the dacades. Volume 1 of Blondie features the misadventures of a young flapper which include her courtship with Dagwood. It ends with their wedding and Dagwood's disinheritance from his wealthy family. Looking forward to volume 2 when Dagwood has to find a job and Blondie gives birth to Baby Dumpling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    These strips are from the 1930's and the characters are pretty much unrecognizable from what they are today. These strips are from the 1930's and the characters are pretty much unrecognizable from what they are today.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Nothing Earth-shattering, but whimsical good fun, and great reproduction from the LoAC crew.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I'm amazed this comic made it past two years. Sheer. Repetetive. Boredom. I read this in search of some early Fritzi Ritz-charm. None to be found. I'm amazed this comic made it past two years. Sheer. Repetetive. Boredom. I read this in search of some early Fritzi Ritz-charm. None to be found.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mridupawan Podder

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brett Bydairk

  12. 4 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chud

  14. 5 out of 5

    Doug

  15. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  16. 5 out of 5

    Giuliana

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chara's Craftsations

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pierre

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jorge

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brett

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hayden Doughty

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  24. 4 out of 5

    James P. Daze

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ken

  26. 5 out of 5

    Simon Fletcher

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Calaman

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol Lynn Scherling

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nick Ferrara

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brannon

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