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John Stanley

Author, Illustrator

(1914 - 1993)

John Stanley

John Stanley was an American cartoonist and comic book writer, best known for writing the comic book Little Lulu from 1945 to 1959.

While mostly known for scripting, Stanley also drew many of his stories, including the earliest issues of Little Lulu and its Tubby spinoff series.

His specialty was humorous stories, both with licensed characters and those of his own creation.

His writing style has been described as employing “colorful, S. J. Perelman-ish language and a decidedly bizarre, macabre wit (reminiscent of writer Roald Dahl)” with storylines that “were cohesive and tightly constructed, with nary a loose thread in the plot.”

He has been compared to Carl Barks, and cartoonist Fred Hembeck has dubbed him “the most consistently funny cartoonist to work in the comic book medium.”

Captain Marvel co-creator C.C. Beck remarked “The only comic books I ever read and enjoyed were Little Lulu and Donald Duck.”



Bibliography

John Stanley: Giving Life to Little Lulu (2017)

This biography covers the career of John Stanley who wrote and often drew the Little Lulu comic books.

Author(s): Bill Schelly
Illustrator(s): John Stanley

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Little Lulu Color Special (2006)

A special all-color edition containing selected stories from John Stanley’s masterpiece.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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Little Lulu Giant Size Volume 1 (2010)

This giant volume includes the first ten four color Little Lulu comics and number 1-5 of Little Lulu magazine in black and white.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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Little Lulu Giant Size Volume 2 (2010)

This giant volume includes the issues 6-22 of Little Lulu magazine in black and white.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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Little Lulu Giant Size Volume 3 (2011)

This giant volume includes issues 23-37 of Little Lulu magazine in black-and-white.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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Little Lulu Giant Size Volume 4 (2011)

This giant volume includes issues 38-53 of Little Lulu magazine in black and white.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Set I (1992)

This set of three volumes includes the elusive first ten Little Lulu “One Shot” comics and the first five issues of Little Lulu.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Set II (1992)

This set of three volumes includes issues 6-21 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Set III (1989)

This three volume set includes issues 22-36 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Set IV (1987)

This three volume set includes issues 37-53 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Set V (1986)

This three volume set includes issues 54-67 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Set VI (1985)

This three volume set includes the final John Stanley-written issues 68-87 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Volume 1 (1992)

This first volume includes the elusive first four of ten Little Lulu “One Shot” comics. It is also called My Dinner with Lulu.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Volume 10 (1987)

This first of a three volume set includes issues 37-41 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Volume 11 (1987)

This second volume of the three volume set includes issues 42-48 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Volume 12 (1987)

This third volume of the three volume set includes issues 48-53 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Volume 13 (1986)

This first volume of a three volume set includes issues 54-57 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Volume 14 (1986)

This second volume of a three volume set includes issues 58-62 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Volume 15 (1986)

The third volume of this three volume set includes issues 63-67 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Little Lulu Library Volume 16 (1985)

This first volume of the three volume set includes issues 68-73 of Little Lulu magazine.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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