Yesterday, BLOOM COUNTY turned 30 years old, but there’s another classic strip worth being celebrated this week — yesterday was also the day that volume one of Cliff Sterrett‘s POLLY AND HER PALS was released in a special “Champagne Edition”*
(*champagne not actually included unless your retailer has a special V.I.P. section that offers bottle service)
It’s a hard book to miss — we’re talking about a 176-page, 12″ x 16″ hardcover that collects strips from 1913-1927. The book was once again assembled by Eisner-winner Dean Mullaney (who heads up our entire acclaimed Library of American Comics line). A description of it:
This landmark book reproduces every one of Cliff Sterrett’s dynamic full-color Sunday pages from 1925 to 1927, many printed directly from original syndicate proofs. The pages also include Sterrett’s topper strips, Damon and Pythias and Dot and Dash. In our extensive research into the strip, we have unearthed a tremendous amount of new information that will alter the generally accepted view of Cliff Sterrett’s life. Among these discoveries is that Sterrett had taken a sabbatical from the strip for more than half a year in 1925. Our initial plan—to gather the complete Sterrett Sundays from 1925 through 1927—remains in effect: every Sunday drawn by him in 1925 is included. Because this sabbatical seems to have had a profound effect on Sterrett’s work, we have expanded our scope to include more of his earlier strips. In order to appreciate the strip’s evolution, we present over 25 additional Sundays, representative samples from each of the years 1913 through 1924, including the very first one.
The book also got a couple early raves:
“Don’t Ask! Just Buy It!” — Douglas Wolk, Comics Alliance
“A perfect coffee table book—not one that you would put on your coffee table…but one big enough to be used as a coffee table.” — J. Caleb Mozzocco, newsarama
And here’re a few reasons why it got those raves: