Deitch’s Terrible Comic Strip Back in Print

Terr'ble Thompson

This September, Fantagraphics is reprinting animation director Gene Deitch’s rarely seen mid-Fifties syndicated comic strip TERR’BLE THOMPSON. Here’s a bit more about the book from its press release:

In 1955, Gene Deitch embarked on a daily comic strip for King Features Syndicate that he hoped would become his life’s work. One of the most unusual strips of the decade, Terr’ble Thompson was about a very odd little boy who had his “Werld Hedd Quarters” in a tree house and was regarded far and wide as “the bravest, fiercest, most-best hero of all-time.” Less than a year into the strip, Deitch received an offer he couldn’t refuse: to become head supervisor for Paul Terry’s Terrytoons Studios, and Terr’ble Thompson was abandoned. Terr’ble Thompson collects the entirety of Deitch’s short-lived inspiration for Tom Terrific, and a new generation will discover what could have been one of the great comic strips of all-time had it continued. The strip is drawn in a simple, modernist style that served as an antidote to the ubiquitous Disney look that had spread into all facets of popular culture. Terr’ble Thompson was a visual and verbal feast of fun that blended time and space, with Terr’ble going on adventures with great historic figures like Columbus, George Washington, and Davy Crockett. This collection features annotations for the entire run of the strip by Deitch himself, as well as introductory essays by Deitch, his son Kim, and historian Dan Nadel (The Ganzfeld). The book collects both the dailies and Sundays, with many of the latter newly recolored by Deitch (who was always unhappy with the inferior color processing of 1950s newspaper technology) for this book.

(via The Beat)