Speck the Altar Boy: The Collection Compilation

Speck is the ultimate altar boy, half holy, half hellion, well-intentioned but oh, so distractible. Some of us remember dealing with him, others of us remember being him.

Margaret Ahern spent a quarter century drawing the adventures of the never-aging Speck, being one of the few female cartoonists to take part in the Catholic cartoon explosion of the 1950s and one of the artists who stuck with the form the longest. This book collects the first two collections of her work (Speck the Altar Boy and Presenting… Speck the Altar Boy), both out of print for decades, into a single volume for the first time, with hundreds of prime Speck cartoons. Also available: AN ALTAR BOY NAMED ‘SPECK’, a collection of cartoons by Speck’s creator, W. R. “Tut” LeBlanc.

  • Paperback : 211 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 194999631X
  • Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.53 x 8.5 inches

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An Altar Boy Named ‘Speck’

Speck is a well-intentioned, spirited, energetic, and often all-too-human boy of the cloth, there to serve, to support, and when possible, to mooch your sweet snacks!

Here, back in print for the first time in over 60 years, is the very first collection of Speck cartoons. “An Altar Boy Named ‘Speck'” started appearing in Catholic Action o the South (the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans) in 1951, and by 1952 the comic was already being collected into books and was signed with a national distributor.

Unfortunately, the comic’s creator, W. R. “Tut” LeBlanc, passed away in 1953. The feature was taken over by cartoonist Margaret Ahern, who kept it running until 1979.

  • Paperback : 107 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1949996302
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.27 x 8.5 inches

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Around the Parish

From the pages of The (Catholic) Advocate, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, come these cartoons giving a gently joyous look at the people of the church – the nuns, priests, and parishioners who give life to the institution and bring the institution into their lives. Most of the cartoons are drawn by National Cartoonist Society award-winner Frank Evers (Father, Dear Father!; Jeremiah the Friar.) This collection originally published in a small edition in 1955, Includes cartoons with spot color. (The series would continue in the paper until 1962.)

  • Paperback : 83 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 194999628X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1949996289
  • Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches

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Angels Everywhere!

drawn by Don Cornelius, written by Margaret Carroll and Jerry McCue

Sister Veronica and Sister Celeste are nuns off to see the world. in the 1950s, they were the stars of a trilogy of cartoon booklets. Out of print for half a century, Angels Abroad, Angels on Campus, and The Angels and the City are now collected into one volume for the first time!

Paperback : 239 pages, 6″ x 9″
ISBN-10 : 1949996220
ISBN-13 : 978-1949996227

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Cracks in the Cloister

An inside look at the lighter side of the cloistered life.

“Brother Choleric” was the pen name Dom Hubert van Zeller used when cartooning about the characters he got to know during his sixty years as a Benedictine monk. With droll insight, he highlights the very human foibles that find their way into the lives of monks and nuns in the rarified environments in which they live. Choleric received the praise of everyone from his fellow monks to literati like Evelyn Waugh.

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1949996085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996081

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The Little Friar

Meet Little Friar – the problem child of the monastery. He says his prayers between shooting marbles and eating ice cream cones. He smears his sandals with shoe polish and rollerskates through the halls. Bane of the cook, Little Friar wants to be as wide as he is tall. He feeds fish instead of catching them and pushes cheese through mouse holes. Under his robes he wears jazzy shorts; on his head there really should be a halo. Friends of animals and children and fun, Little Friar will delight everyone from eight to eighty.

The Little Friar is a kindly, big-hearted, largely silent soul who is inspired by the world and his love for it. Golden Age cartoonist Hal Sherman (co-creator of the Star-Spangled Kid) provides over a hundred and twenty amusing cartoons,

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • SBN-10: 1949996018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches

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Catholic Christmas Cartoons

It’s nuns, funs, and more nuns in this collection of Catholic cartoons from the 1950s and ’60s. Culled from Catholic publications, these cartoons by nine different cartoonists (including National Cartoonists Society award winners Al Kilgore and Frank Evers, and one actual monk) cover Christmas shopping, presents, snow sports, pageants, Christmas dinner, and more, all with a with that will bring an extra dose of joy to the holiday season. A nice little gift, and something to bring out every December or whenever you need a laugh!

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: About Comics (October 23, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 194999600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996005
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches

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Father, Dear Father!

Frank Evers is best known for his work on the Op-Ed page of the New York Daily News and other newspapers, which brought him the National Cartoonist Society’s Editorial Cartoon Award in 1979. But decades before, during the “cartoon nunsplosion” of the 1950s, he crafted these dozens of cartoons about the local Roman Catholic priest and the energetic choir boys he oversees.

List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on White paper
72 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404940
ISBN-10: 193640494X
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Religion

Jeremiah the Friar

Jeremiah the Friar is a monk filled with joy, awe… and a certain awkward lack of incompetence. Frank Evers is best known for his work on the Op-Ed page of the New York Daily News and other newspapers, which brought him the National Cartoonist Society’s Editorial Cartoon Award in 1979. But getting away from the topic of the day, he drew these fun-filled chronicles of this spirited man of the cloth.

List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on Cream paper
72 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404971
ISBN-10: 1936404974
BISAC: Humor / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons
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Little Gabriel

Little Gabriel is the an impish little angel with a devilish sense of humor. These silent cartoon adventures should bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

Al Kilgore, winner of the National Cartoonists Society’s Silver T-Square and Special Features Awards, is best known for his work on the Bullwinkle comic strip. His art can also be seen in the About Comics books Convent Belles, Saints Alive! and Monsignor.

List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on Cream paper
72 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404919
ISBN-10: 1936404915
BISAC: Humor / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons

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