“There’s a high level of cartooning skill on display in every panel, to the point where Houston fairly demands that the reader stop and linger on the images. A book that moved from mere self-indulgence to a uniquely comedic explosion of tightly-constructed gags and funny drawings.”
“This is the third volume in NBM’s new series of classic comic strip reprints, and it is their best thus far.
What McManus discovered in “Bringing Up Father” was a way to make the gag-a-day formula “flexible,” as he put it—to introduce new characters, new adventures, new environments and new economies without ever losing sight of the core of the joke. This volume reveals the artist coming to an awareness of that potential and the new possibilities as a cartoonist that he—and indeed the medium—has not fully realized up to that point. Perhaps the greatest pleasure in McManus’s work is the palpable pleasure that he always takes in his work, long after many of the most gifted cartoonists grew bored and began to phone it in. The dawning of that pleasure is on display in this terrific volume.”