In this memoir, Lockwood draws upon his forty years in the newspaper industry as a reporter and editor, offering a unique glimpse into the world of newspaper cartoon strips. He details the production and promotion of countless comic strips, while also providing his own assessments of the most iconic cartoonists of the last half-century. The book is filled with fascinating anecdotes about his relationships with some of America's greatest cartoonists and the syndicate reps who sold their cartoon strips. Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes uses the story of one man's obsession with comic book heroes to give voice to a larger narrative about comic strips, their creators, the newspaper industry, and the era of American history that encompassed them all.
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Remarkable 20th Century History of Comic Strips
Bob Neufeld's narration of "Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes" makes me feel like I'm actually listening to the voice of George Lockwood, telling me the fascinating history of his career.
This audiobook is incomparable. No other narrative fully recounts how meaningfully comic strips have affected American history.
I most enjoyed Lockwood sharing the overall narratives of his favorite comic strips, usually adventure strips, such as "Terry and the Pirates" and "Dick Tracy". I also enjoyed Lockwood recounted how the popularity of adventure strips transitioned into gag strips.
I wish there were more books like this, but this is the only one, which in its own way, makes it a real treasure.
For anyone seeking to learn the history of comic strips, or interested in becoming a comic strip artist, this book is for you. It's absolutely brilliant. I've listened to it many times. R.I.P. Mr. Lockwood, and thank you for this great book.