Tuesday Comic Strip Day.
As appreciative as I am about the fact that Titan Books is publishing full editions of Brent Parker and John Hart's Wizard of Id, I can't understand why they started their series with 1971. They are doing one book a year, the third now being announced for next September. I guess tehy took a similar approach as they did with their Beetle Bailey reprints, starting in the year the strip really took off. If that is the case, they are mistaking popularity for quality, because The Wizard of Id was one of those strips that really found teir style and characters very quickly. The daily series started in november 1964 and the style and characters were set within a year. The Sunday was added very quickly, too. The earliest Sundays I have are in black and white and from late 1964, only a couple of months after the strip started. The earliest color scan I have is from 1965, with some more in 1966. As you can see from those there is no reason the reprint series shouldn't have started with 1966. Maybe they can still work their way backward to that year or even the first two. I for one would love to see how Hart and Parker developed what is possibly the funniest newspaper strip ever.