One of the most fondly remembered comic books of the mid-twentieth century, Little Lulu has been reprinted before in slipshod paperbacks, but with this first of five hardcovers collecting the series’ highlights in restored color, it finally gets the treatment it deserves.Booklist, Starred Review
The first in a five-volume best-of series, featuring an introduction from Margaret Atwood!
Lulu Moppet is an outspoken and brazen young girl who doesn’t follow any rules—whether they’ve been set by her parents, the neighborhood boys, or society itself. In 2019 D+Q begins a landmark full-color reissue series collecting five volumes of Lulu’s funniest suburban hijinks: she goes on picnics, babysits, and attempts to break into the boys’ clubhouse again and again. Cartoonist John Stanley’s expert timing and constant gags made these stories unbelievably enjoyable, ensuring that Marge’s Little Lulu was a defining comic of the post-war period.
First released in the 1940s and 1950s as Dell comics, Little Lulu as helmed by Stanley remains one of the most entertaining works in the medium. In this first volume, Little Lulu: Working Girl, we meet the series’ mainstay characters: Lulu, Tubby, Alvin, and oodles more neighbourhood kids. Little Lulu’s comedy lies in the hilarious dynamic between its cast of characters.
Lulu’s assertiveness, individuality, and creativity is empowering to witness—the series is powerfully feminist despite the decades in which the stories were created. It’s the character’s strong personality that made her beloved by such feminist icons as Patti Smith, Eileen Myles, and more. Lovingly restored to its original full color, complete with knee-slapping humor and an introduction by Margaret Atwood that explains the vitality of Lulu herself, Little Lulu: Working Girl is a delight for classic comics fans and the uninitiated.