Item description for Growingold With BC: A Celebration Of Johnny Hart by Johnny Hart...
One of the most beloved comic strips of all time is comprehensively collected here for the first time. These are the personally hand-picked strips from the master himself, Johnny Hart, prior to his death in April 2007. This edition celebrates the (pre)historic hilarity which was BC. Each chapter lovingly captures the best strips from each decade of the comic strip from the 1950's through the 2000's. This volume also features detailed descriptions of the real friends that inspired B.C. characters and discussion of the strip by Johnny Hart. In this volume you will find a foreword by Bobby Hart, rare, never before published concept art drawn by Johnny Hart just prior to the launch of the strip and a newly created cover drawn by Mr. Hart especially for this volume. He will be missed.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 8.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 3, 2007
Publisher Checker Book Publishing Group
ISBN 1933160683 ISBN13 9781933160689
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More About Johnny Hart
Columnist & author Linda Bowles has appeared in newspapers and publications nationwide with her "take no prisoners" approach to the discussion of current affairs. The Daily Oklahoman says "She is funny, creative and has mastered the almost lost art of satire." Johnny Hart is the creator of the comic strip B.C. When combined with The Wizard of ID (with Brant Parker), Johnny ranks as the most widely syndicated cartoonist in the world. His strips reach over 100 million people. Johnny works out of his studio in the town where he was born, Endicott, N.Y
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Easily One Of The Best Cartoon Compilations I've Ever Read Jun 10, 2008
There's no shortage of books compiling comic strips to buy and/or read. When I was much younger, I devoured Doonsebury books whenever I had the chance, amazed to discover what usually required waiting every day to read could be found in large volumes. I have recently read, however, one very special book regarding a very special cartoonist and his cartoon: GrowinGold with B.C. A 50 Year Celebration of Johnny Hart. I highly recommend it.
(One item to note: most of the time people refer to the title as "Growing Old With B.C." The cover spells it "GrowinGold," which, from what I've seen from Checker Publishing, is the correct title.)
Unlike some Herculean efforts to put together gargantuan books containing every cartoon in a strip's history, this book is very direct and personal. The author himself compiled it, shortly before he passed away. It contains selections of his favorite strips from each decade the strip has been in existence, right up to the present. Think of it as a combination Best Of and Director's Cut.
The first section of the book features comments from the friends upon whom the characters were based. What's amazing to me is, not only does it appear Johnny Hart kept in touch with most or all these friends from the 1950s, they wrote jokes and gags for the series throughout its entire history. Clearly Hart was a man with a rich sense of humor who surrounded himself with similarly blessed people.
Part of the magic of B.C. was it was funny to look at, not just to read. Even my five-year-old son has enjoyed this book, especially the cover, which depicts B.C. as he was drawn from the beginning of the strip to now, ranging from short and stout to tall and less stout. He takes great pleasure in describing how "the man is growing" from picture to picture.
GrowinGold with B.C. would make an excellent gift for yourself or anyone you know. It's very reasonably priced and bring pleasure to friends and family this Christmas season.
booklover Mar 22, 2008
An excellent collection of cartoons. I've always liked B.C., but I haven't seen most of the cartoons in this book. The book breaks the cartoons down by the decade in which they were drawn. It also gives short bios on his friends that he based his cartoon characters on. This is a book worth owning. It also has thick glossy pages.
Growingold With B.C. Feb 8, 2008
The delivery took quite a few weeks to arrive; plus, the condition it was in was very disappointing. The entire book itself was mutilated into a thick wave-like sahpe, and there is a deep one inch thick rip in the last thirty three pages. I will never order from this seller again. I suggest you all refrain from doing so as well.
Great tribute to a great cartoonist Jan 18, 2008
Bought this for my father for Christmas as he has always enjoyed B.C. and often saves his favorite strips. Great read for anyone who loves the comic strip. Only issue I have with the book is that the writer seems to skirt around Johnny Hart's religious centered comics in leu of a more p.c. collection of pieces. Hart wasn't ashamed of his beliefs... why should a tribute to him ignore his statements of faith? Perhaps I missed the relevant comics as I only skimmed through the book. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
These are classic and classy cartoons! Dec 2, 2007
I love cartoons. Johnny Hart is amoung the best of the modern cartoonist and B.C. is one of the best strips. The history and comments accompanying the cartoons are just a bonus.