B.C. Comics Strips. Le strisce di B.C.

B.C., ideato da Johnny Hart, è nato nel 1958 sul New York Herald
 Tribune insieme al Mago Wiz, sempre di J. Hart e di Brant Parker. Probabilmente, assieme a Charlie Brown e i Peanuts, una delle strisce comiche più lette e gradite durante tutti gli annni sessanta e settanta. Ancora oggi, a due anni  dalla morte di Hart, avvenuta nel 2008, le strisce di B.C. sono una prelibatezza, nonostante che la crisi delle vendite dei giornali cartacei, stia sempre più riducendo l'appparizione di strips a fumetti, ormai quasi del tutto sparite dai principali giornali americani, con disappunto dei vecchi lettori.

Resta da dire che Hart e Parker, entrambi scomparsi nel 2008, a una settimana di distanza, sono stati legati al carro dell'America più conservatrice, di marca repubblicana, anche se questo non significa un bel niente. Per noi che  li abbiamo sempre seguiti con divertimento, le strisce di B.C. sono sempre state un appuntamento del fine settimana, quando il Corrierone le pubblicava, almeno fino alla metà degli anni '90.
Ormai questa tipologia di comicità, molto sferzante e critica, dotata di disegni essenziali e impressivi, è destinata ad essere pubblicata solo in riviste specializzate o in pubblicazioni dedicate, a meno di una nuova vita, una rinascita, tramite il web 2.0, cosa che auspichiamo.

Le strips riprodotte, sono quelle a colori di Mastroianni, quindi tutte recenti, anche perché le classiche strips di Hart sono, al pari di quellle di Peanuts, rigorosamente in Bianco & Nero.
B.C. is a comic strip by Johnny Hart, one of most famous strips on the newspapers. Hope you like it.

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Growing Gold: A Continued Celebration by Johnny Hart has been announced as the first title under Checker’s new worldwide distribution agreements.

Following the brisk selling TPB of 2008 Checker BPG is presenting a second collection in the well received series of trade paperbacks featuring of the landmark comic strip -B.C. by legendary cartoonist Johnny Hart. This second collection features over 500 cartoon strips of B.C. that comprise a book hand chosen by the Hart family and lovingly restored by Checker and the Hart’s. These strips comprise a book which is sure to be grabbed up again by fans of the strip and comprises a broad overview of the history of the comic strip.

Starting with the strip’s earliest beginnings, in the 1950’s, to the present decade, these strips will delight anyone who has followed the antics of Peter, Thor, Fat Broad, Wiley and all the rest of the cast in a prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs, ants and anteaters. Using a combination of bad puns and subtle humor with a simplistic drawing style, B.C. was one of the longest running strips still being written and drawn by its original creator.

GrowingGold with B.C.: A Continued Celebration of Johnny Hart will certainly bring back fond memories of the strip that is carried in over 1300 newspapers across the country and read by hundreds of millions of readers each day.

B.C. and Johnny Hart have won the Best Humor Strip in America, National Cartoonist Society, 1967; The Reuben, Cartoonist of the Year, National Cartoonist Society, 1968; The Yellow Kid Award, International Congress of Comics, 1970; and the Seger Award, King Features, 1981. The comic strip B.C. continues to delight readers every day as his grandson; Mason Mastroianni continues the series. B.C. is consistently ranked in the top 10 of readers polls acknowledging the best newspaper strips of all –time.