Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Snuffy Smith and Barney Google at 100
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the BARNEY GOOGLE comic strip. Now, granted for more than half that time the star has been one Snuffy Smith and all his relatives and friends, with Barney himself making only irregular appearances. But this month finds Barney returning to the hills. After all, it isn't often that a comic strip lasts this long! This may, in fact, be only the fourth one other than GASOLINE ALLEY, THIMBLE THEATRE, and THE KATZENJAMMER KIDS.
One of my favorite books I ever worked on was this great collection from Yoe Books a few years back, highlighting long consecutive runs of the strip by its original creator, Billy DeBeck, recognized as arguably THE greatest storyteller in the history of comics! My wife and I both did some important research for this one.
You can order a copy here.
You can also order a collection of the 1930s BARNEY GOOGLE cartoons from my DVD site here:
These aren't restored or anything but they're ultra-rare. In fact, a number of sites on the Internet tell you that color versions no longer exist, that sound versions no longer exist. Let's just say you can't believe everything you read on the Internet.
HaPpY AnNiVeRsArY, BaRnEy aNd SnUfFy!