- Title Pages
- 1 Ruth Krauss’s Charmed Childhood
- 2 Becoming Crockett Johnson
- 3 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
- 4 Punching the Clock and Turning Left
- 5 First Draft
- 6 Crockett and the Red Crayon
- 7 “We Met, and That Was It!”
- 8 Barnaby
- 9 A Good Man and His Good Wife
- 10 The Athens of South Norwalk
- 11 Art and Politics
- 12 At Home with Ruth and Dave
- 13 The Big World and the Little House
- 14 Artists Are to Watch
- 15 The Art of Collaboration
- 16 Harold
- 17 Striking Out into New Areas of Experimentation
- 18 New Adventures on Page and Screen
- 19 “Hitting on All 24 Cylinders”
- 20 Poet in the News, Cartoonist on TV
- 21 Lorca Variations and Harold’s ABC
- 22 Provocateur and Philosopher
- 23 Painting, Passports, and Protest
- 24 Theorems in Color, Poems on Stage
- 25 “You’re Only as Old as Other People Think You Are”
- 26 What Would Harold Do?
- 27 Life after Dave
- 28 Children Are to Love
- (p.61) 8 Barnaby
- Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss
- University Press of Mississippi
For more than two years, Crockett Johnson tried to find a home for his new comic strip Barnaby. The opportunity came when Charles Martin, Johnson’s friend and the art editor of the new Popular Front newspaper called PM, offered the strip to King Features. Although it was rejected by King Features, PM’s comics editor, Hannah Baker, loved it. PM ran several advertisements to introduce Barnaby Baxter before the strip debuted on April 20, 1942. As Barnaby rapidly built a devoted following among culturally influential people such as Dorothy Parker, Duke Ellington, W. C. Fields, and Terry and the Pirates creator Milt Caniff, Ruth Krauss continued to take anthropology courses at Columbia University in New York. In the spring of 1943, Johnson illustrated his first children’s book, Constance J. Foster’s This Rich World: The Story of Money, one of the first wave of children’s books inspired by the consumer movement. For her part, Ruth started writing a book that she hoped would give children progressive ideas.
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