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Betsy and Me

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The famed cartoonist's last hurrah.
Having mastered comic books and gag cartoons, in 1958 Jack Cole set his sights on the cartoonist's pot of gold--a syndicated newspaper strip. He hit the bull's-eye with "Betsy and Me," a breezy domestic farce focusing on a middle-class urban couple and their smart-aleck genius son. Betsy and Me was an instant success and newpapers were l
Paperback, 90 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Fantagraphics Books

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Dec 13, 2007 Rick rated it it was amazing
When Jack Cole killed himself in 1958 with a .22 caliber Marlin rifle, he left behind an impressive artistic legacy. His most famous creation, Plastic Man, not only introduced arguably the first pliable superhero – decades before the Fantastic Four frontman, Mr. Fantastic – but also influenced generations of artists with his outlandish sight gags and superior draftsmanship. In the early 1950s, Cole left his zany stretchable character and joined the staff of the fledgling Playboy, where he pionee ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Paul rated it liked it
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Worth reading and I am glad it was reprinted but in the end, I thought Betsy and Me was more interesting for Cole's backstory and its view into the 1950s than really good on its own as a newspaper strip.
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Nov 23, 2014 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
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This is one of those bittersweet books. It's great to see Jack Cole's work on his comic strip collected, but it's also sad to realize this was his last work before he inexplicably committed suicide.

The comic strip itself is very funny and quite original in layout and verve. The artwork is reminiscent, to me at least, of Mel Lazarus and Miss Peach. Cole gives the strip some wonderful visual accents that make the stories flow with ease and with good humor.

There are only a few months of the strip
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via NYPL - not particularly funny, but very clever and well drawn.
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