Volume 1 of includes every Skippy daily strip from the beginning - June 22, 1925 through the end of 1927 - as well as the start of an extensive, ongoing biography of Percy Crosby by Jared Gardner, complemented by many photographs and rare artwork from the collection of the cartoonist's daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts. From IDW, the publisher who brought you: Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Vol 1 9781600100369 Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Vol 2 9781600100376 Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Vol 3 9781600100383 Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Vol 4 9781600100390 Complete Little Orphan Annie Vol 1 9781600101403 Complete Little Orphan Annie Vol 2 9781600101977 Complete Little Orphan Annie Vol 3: 9781600104060 Complete Little Orphan Annie Vol 4 9781600104459 Complete Terry And The Pirates Vol 1: 1934-1936 9781600101007 Complete Terry And The Pirates Vol 2: 1937-1938 9781600101427 Complete Terry And The Pirates Vol 3: 1939-1940 9781600101441 Blondie Vol 1 9781600107405 Bringing Up Father: From Sea to Shining Sea 9781600105081 Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics 1925-1927 9781600107115 Barney Google 9781600106705 Krazy & Ignatz In Tiger Tea 9781600106453
Percy Leo Crosby (1891-1964) created several comic strips before hitting gold with Skippy. These early efforts included in 1916, That Rookie from the Thirteenth Squad(which he produced from France while in the army during the first World War), and the single panel Always Belittlin'(which later morphed into a topper to the Skippy Sunday page). By the early 1920s Crosby was a mainstay drawing covers and illustrations for Charles Dana Gibson's Lifemagazine, where, in March 1923, he introduced the impish and loveable Skippy Skinner. In the days before the separation between -high art- and -low art- became entrenched, Crosby criss-crossed the creative world, lauded by both -serious- art critics at major galleries and museum exhibitions around the globe, as well as the man on the street who read Skippy on the comics pages. Crosby wrote a best-selling Skippynovel, which in 1931 was adapted into an Academy Award-winning movie. Perhaps more than any other cartoonist before him, Crosby brought philosophy and politics to the American newspaper comic strip. In the end, it would be his outspoken political and philosophical beliefs that would place him increasingly outside the mainstream of 1940s American culture, ultimately leading to his exile from comics and his forced incarceration in a mental institution for the last sixteen years of his life. As a result of his tragic end, Crosby's remarkable contributions to American culture have been largely eclipsed, until now.