In Spring 2019, Drawn & Quarterly will release the first of a multi-volume series of one of the most influential comics of the twentieth century, Marge’s Little Lulu. Co-edited by D+Q Executive Editor Tom Devlin and scholar Frank M. Young, Little Lulu: Working Girl will be the first volume in a multi-volume hardcover reprint of the comics by John Stanley.
Little Lulu was first created in 1935 by Marjorie Henderson Buell as a strip in the Saturday Evening Post, and expanded upon and brought to life in full colour in the classic Dell comics by John Stanley from 1945-1959. Trademarks of the series are humor and stories of the “battle between the sexes”.
Stanley deftly defined the personalities of all the characters including Lulu’s foil, Tubby, the sidekicks Annie and Alvin, and most of all, Lulu herself. Stanley turns Lulu into a proto-feminist, someone who continually outsmarts the “fellers” who more often than not enlist her help in their neighborhood shenanigans. Stanley’s writing is charming and anarchic, featuring complex characters and absurd storylines that are utterly real as well as brusque, unpredictable, enchanting.
D+Q will be restoring the initial art and coloring for the first time since the initial publication of the comics seventy years ago. Co-editors Young and Devlin will contribute extensive writing on each story providing “historical context for the comics and Stanley’s career”.
Little Lulu: Working Girl will collect the first five issues of the Dell Four Colour Comics of Lulu appearances including #74 (June 1945), #97 (February 1946), #110 (June 1946), #115 (August 1946), #120 (October 1946), the first three of which are written and drawn by Stanley.