Jack Kent's brilliantly conceived world — filled with its fanciful array of clever puns, visual humor, and good old slapstick — has been lauded by critics in the pantheon of great comic strips such as Krazy Kat, Pogo, and Barnaby. Yet King Aroo has been nearly as hard to find as Brigadoon. One of the rarest of comic strips, it is now back in print for the first time in sixty years.

The postage-stamp-sized kingdom of Myopia is presided over by kindly King Aroo and his faithful (if sometimes prickly) retainer, Yupyop. The King turns to Professor Yorgle for wisdom, Wanda Witch for magic spells, the kangaroo mailman, Mr. Pennipost, for news from far and wide...and looks for love from the Beautiful Princess From the Kingdom Next Door.

    King Aroo Vol. 1: 1950-1952

    by Jack Kent
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell
    Introduction by Sergio Aragones.

    Volume One celebrates the strip's 60th anniversary by presenting every daily and Sunday strip from the beginning in 1950 through 1952, reproduced from original artwork and syndicate proofs from the Jack Kent Estate, and includes a new essay by Bruce Canwell featuring the most in-depth biography of Kent's early life and career ever published.

    9.5" x 7.5", Hardcover-with-dustjacket, 340 pp., $39.99. ISBN 978-1-60010-581-4.

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    King Aroo Vol. 2: 1952-1954

    by Jack Kent
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell

    "An amazing comic strip, as awesomely clever a piece of idiosyncratic genius as comics has ever produced. The world of the title character is filled with puns, silly creatures, surrealistic plotlines, funny characters, and meandering stories that almost seem to bob and weave around the whole idea of having a coherent narrative. It's also funny as can be."
    —Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

    Volume Two reproduces more than 700 sequential strips that have never been reprinted. It's a rare chance to see why King Aroo is considered one of the medium's hidden gems. Plus the continuation of Bruce Canwell's groundbreaking  biography of Kent's life and career.

    9.5" x 7.5", Hardcover-with-dustjacket, 340 pp., $39.99. ISBN 978-1-91077-782-7



Jack Kent (1920-1985) was born in Burlington, Iowa, but spent most of his life in San Antonio, Texas. His first cartoons appeared in San Antonio newspapers, and he briefly apprenticed with Elmer Woggon on Big Chief Wahoo before launching King Aroo in 1950. When the King abdicated in 1965, Jack Kent went on to become one of America's most beloved children's book illustrators. He wrote and illustrated over forty children's books and illustrated nearly twenty by other authors.