Reprints all of Sterrett's Sunday pages from the height of his Surrealistic Period in a large 12" x 16" Champagne Edition format so they can be fully appreciated. The book also contains Sterrett's topper strips "Dot and Dash" and "Sweethearts and Wives." The majority of the Sundays have never before been reprinted. Polly Perkins is young, blonde, and the apple of many a young man's eye. Yet while Polly is out on the town or frolicking at the beach, it's her family that creates all the hubbub! Sensible Maw Perkins can never keep her husband Paw out of trouble, and towed along in Paw's wake are Polly's cousin Ashur; Neewah, the family's tart-tongued retainer; and Paw's cat, Kitty, the pantomime wonder of the comic strip world. Edited by Dean Mullaney and designed by two-time Emmy winner Lorraine Turner, the book contains the detailed background and biographic material that has made Library of American Comics the "gold standard" in strip reprints.
Samuel Clifford Sterrett was born on December 12, 1883, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. When he was eighteen, an Anglican minister became his patron and helped send the future cartoonist to the Chase School in New York. After two years of study, he was hired at the New York Herald, where he became friends with fellow comic strip pioneers such as Winsor McCay. Sterrett created several strips-including Ventriloquial Vag and When A Man's Married-before inventing For This Have We Daughters, which along with George McManus's The Newlyweds, founded a genre that would flourish for decades to come: the domestic situation comedy. Daughters is also the direct antecedent to his masterpiece, Polly and Her Pals, which began as a daily on December 4, 1912, and as a Sunday a year later. The strip continued until the 1950s.