BlondielogoBlondie celebrates its 80th anniversary and we offer the first-ever collections of her earliest days. Before she was a Bumstead, she was a beautiful flapper named Blondie Boopadoop, who wanted to marry young Dagwood Bumstead, heir to a vast railroad fortune. The hitch? Dagwood’s parents won’t let him marry someone not of his social class, and threaten to disinherit Dagwood unless he marries someone else! This is Blondie like you’ve never seen her—as she and Dagwood try to figure out how to start a life together. 

    Blondie Vol. 2: 1933-1935

    by Chic Young
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Brian Walker.

    This second volume picks up where Blondie: The Courtship and Wedding left off. The story begins with Blondie and Dagwood on their honeymoon and features one hilarious gag after another. But all is not fun and games when the newlyweds arrive home. Dagwood's parents have disinherited him and the optimistic bumbler must go to work.

    In the first three years of the strip, Chic Young experimented with different themes and approaches, but it's the years reprinted in this volume that he establishes the elements that would make Blondie the most popular comic strip in the world. All of the iconic elements and many of the regular characters in the strip are introduced in these pages: Dagwood's boss Mr. Dithers, his neighbor Herb, the dog Daisy...and in 1934, the first of the Bumstead children, Baby Dumpling (who is later given the name Alexander).

    For millions of readers who've loved the Bumsteads over the years, this essential collection tells the complete tale of the couple's early married bliss. Produced with the cooperation of the Chic Young family, the book includes an informative and entertaining introduction by Brian Walker that places Blondie in its historical context.

    This is the very beginning of Blondie and Dagwood's life as we now know it.

    11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 284 pp.,
    $49.99.ISBN: 978-1-61377-102-0.

     

    Blondie Vol. 1: 1930-1933

    by Chic Young
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Brian Walker.

    This book collects the complete pre-marital strips by Chic Young for the first time ever, beginning with the first ones from October 1930. The young lovers repeatedly try to thwart his family’s interference and the results are hilarious! Dagwood 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!

    11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 280 pp.,
    $49.99.ISBN: 978-1-60010-740-5.

    "To tell the truth, I had never even found the characters to be very interesting. So the discovery of the beautiful new Blondie: The Complete Daily Comic Strips From 1930-1933 was a surprising revelation. Blondie may have always been perky, attractive, and "ditzy." But she actually began life as a far more complex, independent, and powerful woman that anyone has ever given her credit for…Every single strip is faithfully reproduced from the years 1930-1933 in this book. Everything about Blondie: The Complete Daily Comic Strips From 1930-1930 is first class. This is a coffee-table book that has already sparked a number of conversations among my guests...Place such a gorgeous book down, and say no more. This is art, history, nostalgia - and whatever else you wish to call it, all rolled up in one magnificent collection."
                     —Greg Barbick, blogcritics.org

     

 

Murat “Chic” Young (1901–1973) was born in Chicago but spent most of his childhood on the south side of St. Louis.  After graduating high school, he headed back to the toddlin’ town of his birth, where he took night classes at the Art Institute. He eventually got a job in the NEA syndicate and created a couple of pretty-girl comic strips— The Affairs of Jane and Beautiful Bab—before his talents attracted the attention of William Randolph Hearst, for whom he created the very successful Dumb Dora, which debuted in 1924. But it was Young’s creation, in 1930, of the flapper Blondie Boopadoop and Dagwood Bumstead that put the cartoonist in the public consciousness forever. Blondie is now written by Dean Young, Chic Young’s son, and retains its status as one of the most widely read comic strips in history.