(May 1974)

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Pages
132
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Holt, Rinehart and Winston
ISBN
0-03-007521-1 Search at WorldCat
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Issue Notes

Reprints 124 daily newspaper comics strips originally published between December 27th 1971 and June 27th 1972.

Originally published June, 1973. Later printings, format changes to 6⅛” × 8¼” paperbacks, with new cover art, subtitled A Doonesbury Classic. Later printings of that format would be published under the Owl Books imprint.
Repackaged as two mass paperback titles from Popular Library: Bravo for Life's Little Ironies and I Have No Son.

Story continued from The President Is a Lot Smarter Than You Think (A Doonesbury Book)(Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973 series) #[nn]. Continues in Call Me When You Find America (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973 series) #[nn].

Dimensions of fourth printing are 5⅛” × 7⅞”. List of “Doonesbury books by G. B. Trudeau” ends with “Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!”
This issue is a variant of But This War Had Such Promise (A Doonesbury Book) (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973 series) #[nn]. There exist further variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Doonesbury / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Garry Trudeau (as G. B. Trudeau)
Inks
Garry Trudeau ?; Don Carlton ?
Colors
?

Genre
humor
Characters
B.D.; Phred

But This War Had Such Promise (Table of Contents: 1)

Doonesbury / credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Garry Trudeau (as G. B. Trudeau)
Inks
Garry Trudeau ?; Don Carlton ?

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Doonesbury / comic story / 124 pages (report information)

Script
Garry Trudeau (as G. B. Trudeau) (signed)
Pencils
Garry Trudeau (as G. B. Trudeau) (signed)
Inks
Don Carlton (uncredited, see notes)
Letters
Don Carlton (uncredited); Garry Trudeau (as G. B. Trudeau) (signed) (see notes)

Genre
humor
Characters
Mike Doonesbury; Benjy Doonesbury (first appearance); Bernie; Didi Robins; Rev. Scot Sloan; B.D.; Rufus "Thor" Jackson; Barbara Ann "Boopsie" Boopstein; George (first appearance); Phred (first appearance); Mark Slackmeyer; Zonker Harris; Phil Slackmeyer; Marilou Slackmeyer; Nichole
Synopsis
During the Vietnam War, B.D. meets "Phred the Terrorist"; Zonker becomes a war correspondent; Mike and his friends start up the Walden Commune (and Walden Puddle).
Reprints
  • From Doonesbury (Universal Press Syndicate) 1971-12-27 - 1972-06-27.

Indexer Notes

Much of this material reprinted in a different format in Bravo for Life’s Little Ironies (A Doonesbury Book) (Popular Library, 1973 Series) #[nn] and I Have No Son (A Doonesbury Book) (Popular Library, 1973 Series) #[nn].

Garry Trudeau acknowledged employing Don Carlton as inker of Doonesbury (Alter 1990). Newspaper publication of Carlton’s work began “in early December [1971]”; Carlton initially lettered the strip for only a few weeks before Trudeau resumed lettering the strip. After about a year of Carlton inks and Trudeau letters, Trudeau again delegated lettering to Carlton, and the arrangement endured for decades (Walker 2010, 30–31). GCD’s letters credits reflect that the time period covered by this volume appears to begin during the “few weeks” of Carlton’s initial inking and lettering stint, and appears to end during the year in which Trudeau lettered and Carlton inked.
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References:

Alter, Jonathan. 1990. “Inside Doonesbury’s Brain.” Newsweek. October 15, 1990. Quoted in Brian Walker, Doonesbury and the Art of G. B. Trudeau (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010).

Walker, Brian. 2010. Doonesbury and the Art of G. B. Trudeau. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Doonesbury
  2. 1. But This War Had Such Promise
    Doonesbury
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    Doonesbury
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