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thrift store finds: we love you trudy

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , on September 11, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

(Thrift Store Finds is a mostly-weekly “column” of sorts where I discuss some of the cool books I’ve happened upon in my neighborhood St. Vincent DePaul store. Please don’t mistake me for an expert on any of the books I am writing about… I’m just a fan of a bargain.)

One of the cool things about digging around for these old comic paperbacks is that occasionally you run across something that’s completely new to you. I consider myself to be decently versed in comics history but every once and awhile, I find a comic collection and I just know NOTHING about it.

Such was the case a few weeks ago when I found We Love You Trudy by Jerry Marcus.

Printed in 1978, this collection of one-panel gag strips focuses on the trials and tribulations of an average suburban household. Trudy is your basic one panel domestic comic strip: lots of jokes about misbehaving children, misbehaving pets, misbehaving in-laws, that type of thing. It ran from 1963 to the cartoonist’s death in 2005… and yet, I’ve never seen Trudy before I ran across it in our thrift store.

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