Many years in the making, the first volume of what has been called, by no less an authority than Chris Ware (see below), "the last great comic strip" that has yet to be collected is at last available. Every effort has been made to produce an edition that is worthy of the material it presents. This splendiferous volume, designed by Daniel Clowes, starts off with a foreword by Chris Ware that is followed by an introductory essay by Jeet Heer that leads into 270 pages of impeccably reproduced Crockett Johnson art representing the first 20 months of Barnaby that originally ran from 20 April 1942 through the end of 1943 (and you can check out the first 20 pages in this PDF preview). This is then followed by a 35 page appendix written and assembled by Philip Nel, that begins with an afterword by Nel detailing the origin of Barnaby and which includes "A Mash Note to Crockett Johnson" by Dorothy Parker among other contemporaneous appreciations, photos and illustrations. Bravo!