Check Out This Barney Google Book From IDW!

By John Rose

Welcome back to my Bodacious Blog!  Our blogs have been on a brief hiatus, so I wanted to let you know about this book that came out a few months ago in case you have not seen it yet! I was so honored to be asked by Dean Mulaney at IDW and my friends at King Features to be a small part of this wonderful new book in IDW”s Library Of American Comics Essentials Series, Barney Google For President! This beautiful book features four classic Barney Google stories by the masterful Billy DeBeck that truly define the strip! Barney and his horse Spark Plug get involved in all sorts of hijinks and schemes when they enter the Million-Dollar Cross-Country Marathon, decide to swim the English Channel, and when Barney joins the Secret and Mysterious Order of the Brotherhood of Billy Goats (in DeBeck’s send-up of secret societies and fraternal lodges), culminating in Barney Google’s historic run for President of the United States in 1928!  The book came out on December 31, 2019–just in time to be part of Barney Google’s celebratory 100th birthday year!

I wrote the Foreword to the book and also contributed a special illustration of Barney Google.  The talented Brian Walker (Hi and Lois, Beetle Bailey) contributed a wonderful Introduction filled with lots of insight, history and photos.

If you are a comics fan looking for a great collection to read, you can order it here.