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Little Lulu
The first Little Lulu cartoon from February 23, 1935 issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Author(s)Marjorie Henderson Buell "Marge"
Current status/scheduleEnded
Launch dateFebruary 23, 1935
End dateDecember 30, 1944
Publisher(s)The Saturday Evening Post
Genre(s)comic strip

Little Lulu is a comic strip created in 1935 by Marjorie Henderson Buell.[1] The character, Lulu Moppet, debuted in The Saturday Evening Post on February 23, 1935, in a single panel, appearing as a flower girl at a wedding and mischievously strewing the aisle with banana peels. Little Lulu replaced Carl Anderson's Henry, which had been picked up for distribution by King Features Syndicate. The Little Lulu panel continued to run weekly in The Saturday Evening Post until December 30, 1944.

Little Lulu was created as a result of Anderson's success. Schlesinger Library curator Kathryn Allamong Jacob wrote:

Lulu was born in 1935, when The Saturday Evening Post asked Buell to create a successor to the magazine’s Henry, Carl Anderson’s stout, mute little boy, who was moving on to national syndication. The result was Little Lulu, the resourceful, equally silent (at first) little girl whose loopy curls were reminiscent of the artist’s own as a girl. Buell explained to a reporter, "I wanted a girl because a girl could get away with more fresh stunts that in a small boy would seem boorish".[2]


Marge's Little Lulu
Publication information
PublisherDell/Gold Key(Western)
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateJan/Feb 1948 – March 1984
No. of issues268
Creative team
Written byJohn Stanley
Artist(s)Irving Tripp
John Stanley
Collected editions
In the DoghouseISBN 1-59307-345-3
Lulu Goes ShoppingISBN 1-59307-270-8
Lulu Takes a TripISBN 1-59307-317-8
Letters to SantaISBN 1-59307-386-0
Lulu's Umbrella ServiceISBN 1-59307-399-2

Marjorie Henderson Buell (1904–1993), whose work appeared under the pen name "Marge", had created two comic strips in the 1920s: The Boy Friend and Dashing Dot, both with female leads. She first had Little Lulu published as a single-panel cartoon in The Saturday Evening Post on February 23, 1935. The single-panel strip continued in the Post until the December 30, 1944 issue, and continued from then as a regular comic strip.[3] Buell herself ceased drawing the comic strip in 1947. In 1950, Little Lulu became a daily syndicated series by Chicago Tribune–New York News Syndicate, and ran until 1969.[4]

The characters in Little Lulu in the 1980s comics. First row: Wilbur, Annie, Gloria, Alvin, Tubby, Little Lulu, Jeannie, Joannie and Margie; second row: Eddie, Iggy, Willy, Mr. and Mrs. Moppet.
The characters in Little Lulu in the 1980s comics. First row: Wilbur, Annie, Gloria, Alvin, Tubby, Little Lulu, Jeannie, Joannie and Margie; second row: Eddie, Iggy, Willy, Mr. and Mrs. Moppet.

Comic-book stories of the character scripted by John Stanley appeared in ten issues of Dell's Four Color before a Marge's Little Lulu series appeared in 1948 with scripts and layouts by Stanley and finished art by Irving Tripp and others.[5] Stanley greatly expanded the cast of characters and changed the name of Lulu's portly pal from "Joe" to "Tubby", a character that was popular enough himself to warrant a Marge's Tubby series that ran from 1952 to 1961.[3] Little Lulu was widely merchandised,[6] Writer/artist John Stanley's work on the Little Lulu comic book is highly regarded. He did the initial Lulu comics, later working with artists Irving Tripp and Charles Hedinger (Tripp inking Hedinger before eventually assuming both duties),[7] writing and laying out the stories.

He continued working on the comic until around 1959. Stanley is responsible for the many additional characters in the stories. After Stanley, other writers produced the Lulu stories for Gold Key Comics, including Arnold Drake. The comics were translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, and other languages.[6] After Buell's retirement in 1972[4] she signed the rights to Western Publishing.[8] Marge's was dropped from the title,[4] and the series continued until 1984.[3]


Comic strips and comic books

John Stanley's Little Lulu No. 72 (June 1954).
John Stanley's Little Lulu No. 72 (June 1954).

A daily comic strip, entitled Little Lulu, was syndicated by the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate from June 5, 1950, through May 31, 1969.[9] Artists included Woody Kimbrell (1950–1964), Roger Armstrong (1964–1966), and Ed Nofziger (1966–1969).

Little Lulu appeared in ten issues of Dell Comics' Four Color comic book series (#74, 97, 110, 115, 120, 131, 139, 146, 158, 165), before graduating to her own title: Marge's Little Lulu in 1948.[10]

With the Dell Comics/Western Publishing split that created Gold Key Comics, Little Lulu went to Gold Key with issue No. 165. Tubby got his own comic series from 1952 to 1961, first appearing in Four Color No. 381, 430, 444, and #461;[11] then his own title Marge's Tubby from No. 5 thru 49. In this series, Tubby had his own adventures without Lulu, especially with the Little Men from Mars.

Upon retirement, Marge sold Little Lulu to Western Publishing. The comic was re–named Little Lulu with No. 207 (September 1972). Publication of the comics ceased in 1984 (with issue No. 268, the last few under the Whitman Comics name), when Western discontinued publishing comics. Artist Hy Eisman retained stories intended for #269–270 (scripted by Paul Kuhn) because the artwork was returned to him after the comic was cancelled. Three of these are to be reprinted in the Lulu fanzine The HoLLywood Eclectern (HE). "The Case of the Disappearing Tutu", slated to be the lead story in Little Lulu No. 270, appears in HE No. 47 (2008).

There were also two giant-sized Annuals (#1–2, 1953–1954), 14 Dell Giants (with seasonal and other themes), a regular-sized unnumbered special on visiting Japan and three Gold Key Specials (two with Lulu on Halloween and summer camp and one with Tubby and the Little Men from Mars). Lulu also appeared in 20 issues of March of Comics and was reprinted in several Golden Comics Digests.

Between 1985 and 1992 Another Rainbow Publishing published a hardbound 18-volume set, the Little Lulu Library, collecting the stories in the Four Color issues, plus the regular series through No. 87.

Advertising and merchandising

Little Lulu was featured on numerous licensed products, and she was the centerpiece of an extensive advertising campaign for Kleenex tissues during the 1940s–50s, [12] being the first mascot for Kleenex tissues;[3] from 1952 to 1965 the character appeared in an elaborate animated billboard in Times Square in New York City.[13] and she was also seen in Pepsi-Cola magazine ads during that period.[12] Kleenex commercials featuring Little Lulu were regularly seen in the 1950s on Perry Como's television show.[14] Buell played an active role in merchandising Little Lulu, often taking a hands-on role in terms and negotiations.[15] Today the trademarks on Little Lulu are held by Universal Studios (which manages the properties of DreamWorks Classics, as well as its parent company, DreamWorks Animation).[citation needed]

Short films

Screenshot from the 1947 short "A Bout with a Trout"
Screenshot from the 1947 short "A Bout with a Trout"

In the 1940s, Lulu appeared in a series of theatrical animated shorts produced by Famous Studios for Paramount Pictures from 1943 to 1948, which replaced the Superman shorts of the 1940s. In all, 26 Little Lulu cartoons were released in a period of less than five years.[16] A similar character, Little Audrey, was then created after Paramount failed to renew the Lulu license (and therefore avoided the payment of royalty fees),[17] The voice of Little Lulu was performed by Cecil Roy,[18] and Tubby was performed by Arnold Stang.[19] The theme song for the shorts was written and composed by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise, and Sidney Lippman, but performed by the singing group Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers. And the musical arrangements were made by Winston Sharples and Sammy Timberg.[20]

List of Little Lulu cartoons

Some of the shorts listed below were released into the public domain, and are marked with an asterisk (*) in the original release date column.[citation needed]

No. Title Directed by Story by Animated by Scenics by Original release date
1"Eggs Don't Bounce"I. SparberCarl Meyer, Jack Mercer, and Jack WardNick Tafuri, Joe Oriolo, Tom Golden, and John WalworthRobert LittleDecember 14, 1943 (1943-12-14)
Lulu buys some eggs for Mandy, but when they end up broken, she tries to borrow eggs from Henrietta.
2"Hullaba-Lulu"Seymour KneitelJoe Stultz and Graham PlaceGraham Place, Abner Kneitel, Gordon A. Sheehan, and Paul BuschShane MillerFebruary 25, 1944 (1944-02-25)
Lulu sneaks into the circus, where she disrupts every performance, but saves the ringmaster from a lion.
3"Lulu Gets the Birdie"I. SparberCarl MeyerDave Tendlar, Morey Reden, John Walworth, and John GentilellaRobert ConnavaleMarch 31, 1944 (1944-03-31)
When Mandy scolds Lulu for making a mess because she heard from "a little bird", Lulu decides to literally go after the bird.
4"Lulu in Hollywood"I. SparberJoe Stultz and Dana CotyNick Tafuri, Tom Golden, John Walworth, and Joe OrioloAnton LoebMay 19, 1944 (1944-05-19)
Lulu receives a telegram from a director and she is brought to Hollywood where he plans to make her famous.
5"Lucky Lulu"Seymour KneitelCarl MeyerGraham Place, Abner Kneitel, and Gordon A. SheehanRobert ConnavaleJune 30, 1944 (1944-06-30)
Lulu resolves to be good to avoid another spanking, but Mandy tells her it is Friday the 13th. She convinces Lulu to carry a good luck charm, so she obtains a horseshoe to keep out of trouble.
6"It's Nifty to Be Thrifty"Seymour KneitelCarl MeyerOrestes Calpini, Reuben Grossman, Otto Feuer, and Frank LittleRobert LittleAugust 18, 1944 (1944-08-18)
Lulu's dad tells the story of The Grasshopper and the Ant, and Lulu swears that she will be good with her money, then gives in to temptation at a candy store.
7"I'm Just Curious"Seymour KneitelWilliam Turner and Jack WardGraham Place, George Cannata, Lou Zukor, and Sidney PilletRobert ConnavaleSeptember 8, 1944 (1944-09-08)
Lulu sings "I'm Just Curious" after being scolded by her father, then she encounters a chicken hawk.
8"Lulu's Indoor Outing"I. SparberJoe Stultz and Carl MeyerNick Tafuri, Tom Golden, John Walworth, and Gordon WhittierAnton LoebSeptember 29, 1944 (1944-09-29)
Lulu has a picnic in a haunted house, much to Mandy's dismay. After eating the food, the ghosts reveal themselves to be hungry and Lulu invites them home.
9"Lulu at the Zoo"I. SparberSeymour KneitelNick Tafuri, Tom Golden, John Walworth, and Gordon WhittierRobert ConnavaleNovember 17, 1944 (1944-11-17)
Lulu wreaks havoc at the zoo where she feeds the animals, to the zookeeper's chagrin.
10"Lulu's Birthday Party"I. SparberBill Turner and Otto MessmerDave Tendlar, Morey Reden, Joe Oriolo, and John GentilellaRobert LittleDecember 1, 1944 (1944-12-01)
Lulu accidentally spoils her birthday cake as Mandy is making it; later she is greeted by a wonderful surprise.
11"Magica-Lulu"Seymour KneitelJack WardGraham Place, Lou Zukor, George Cannata, and Gordon WhittierAnton LoebMarch 2, 1945 (1945-03-02)
Inspired by a magician's act, Lulu decides she wants to be part of the show.
Note: In the U.M. & M. TV Corporation version, this cartoon is titled Magical Lulu.
12"Beau Ties"Seymour KneitelJoe Stultz and Carl MeyerOrestes Calpini, Reuben Grossman, Otto Feuer, and Frank LittleShane MillerApril 20, 1945 (1945-04-20)
Shocked that Tubby (named "Fatso" in this cartoon) has started hanging out with Gloria, (named "Fifi" in this cartoon) Lulu gets mad at him. He promises to put a carving on a giant tree saying that he will marry Lulu. Tubby then dreams that he is grown up and married to a henpecking Lulu.
13"Daffydilly Daddy"Seymour KneitelJoe Stultz and Carl MeyerOrestes Calpini, Reuben Grossman, Otto Feuer, and Frank LittleAnton LoebMay 25, 1945 (1945-05-25)
The plant Lulu guards for her dad ends up in the park, where a bulldog watches over it.
Note: In the U. M. & M. TV Corporation version, this cartoon is titled Daffy Dilly Daddy.
14"Snap Happy"Bill TytlaI. KleinOrestes Calpini, Reuben Grossman, Otto Feuer, and Frank LittleRobert ConnavaleJune 22, 1945 (1945-06-22)
Lulu pesters a photographer to take her picture, ruining his chances to get good scoops.
15"Man's Pest Friend"Seymour KneitelI. Klein and George HillGraham Place, Gordon Whittier, Lou Zukor, and Martin TarasShane MillerDecember 7, 1945 (1945-12-07)
Lulu helps her dog, Pal, evade the dogcatcher.
16"Bargain Counter Attack"I. SparberBill Turner and Otto MessmerNick Tafuri, John Walworth, and Tom GoldenAnton LoebJanuary 11, 1946 (1946-01-11)*
Lulu wants to exchange her doll for another toy at a department store. She has fun looking for something to exchange, but the store manager is annoyed with her indecision.
17"Bored of Education"Bill TytlaI. Klein and George HillNick Tafuri, John Walworth, Tom Golden, and Frank LittleShane MillerMarch 1, 1946 (1946-03-01)*
Confined to the corner in history class, Lulu dreams of chasing Tubby through history, until she gets a splash of the Fountain of Youth.
18"Chick and Double Chick"Seymour KneitelCarl Meyer and Jack WardGraham Place, Martin Taras, and Lou ZukorRobert LittleAugust 16, 1946 (1946-08-16)*
Lulu and her dog closely guard some eggs in an incubator from a sneaky black cat.
19"Musica-Lulu"I. SparberBill Turner and Otto MessmerMyron Waldman, Gordon Whittier, Nick Tafuri, and Irving DresslerAnton LoebJanuary 24, 1947 (1947-01-24)*
Lulu wants to play baseball instead of her violin. After a knock on the head, she dreams that she is on trial for disregarding her violin.
Note: In the U. M. & M. TV Corporation version, this cartoon is titled Musical Lulu.
20"A Scout with the Gout"Bill TytlaJoe Stultz and Carl MeyerGeorge Germanetti, Tom Golden, Martin Taras, and Irving DresslerAnton LoebMarch 24, 1947 (1947-03-24)*
Lulu's dad teaches her how to be a Girl Scout, but a hungry raccoon gets him into a dangerous predicament.
21"Loose in a Caboose"Seymour KneitelBill Turner and Larry RileyMyron Waldman, Gordon Whittier, Nick Tafuri, Irving Dressler, and Wm. B. PattengillRobert ConnavaleMay 23, 1947 (1947-05-23)*
Traveling by train for a holiday, Lulu tries to avoid the conductor, who thinks she boarded without a ticket.
22"Cad and Caddy"Seymour KneitelBill Turner and Larry RileyMyron Waldman, Gordon Whittier, Nick Tafuri, Irving Dressler, and Wm. B. PattengillRobert ConnavaleJuly 18, 1947 (1947-07-18)*
A golfer hires Lulu to be his caddy, promising to pay her a big juicy red lollipop. But she disappoints him, so she tricks him with the help of her pet frog, Quincy.
23"A Bout with a Trout"I. SparberI. Klein and Jack WardMyron Waldman, Gordon Whittier, Nick Tafuri, Irving Dressler, and Wm. B. PattengillRobert ConnavaleOctober 30, 1947 (1947-10-30)*

Lulu decides to skip school and go fishing, but her guilt for truancy gets the better of her.

Features the song Swinging on a Star, from the film Going My Way.
24"Super Lulu"Bill TytlaJoe Stultz and Carl MeyerSteve Muffatti, George Germanetti, and Bill HudsonRobert ConnavaleNovember 21, 1947 (1947-11-21)*
Lulu likes super hero stuff over Jack and the Beanstalk. She then dreams of rescuing her dad from the giant's castle as Super Lulu.
25"The Baby Sitter"Seymour KneitelBill Turner and Larry RileyDave Tendlar, Al Eugster, Martin Taras, and Tom GoldenRobert LittleDecember 12, 1947 (1947-12-12)
Lulu opens a babysitting service, but the child she looks after (Alvin Jones) hits her on the head and she dreams that she is chasing the baby through town.
26"The Dog Show-Off"Seymour KneitelI. Klein and Jack MercerMyron Waldman, Gordon Whittier, Nick Tafuri, Irving Dressler, and Wm. B. PattengillLloyd Hallock Jr.January 30, 1948 (1948-01-30)*
Lulu helps a little boy enter his dog in the Annual Dog Show and tricks the judge into giving it first prize.

In the 1960s, Paramount and Famous Studios produced two new Little Lulu cartoons, "Alvin's Solo Flight" (a Noveltoon cartoon), and "Frog's Legs" (a Comic Kings cartoon),[20] both based on two of John Stanley's comic stories. Cecil Roy reprised her role as Lulu, but Arnold Stang did not return as Tubby, because he was working, then, to voice the Top Cat character in the famous Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

No. Title Directed by Story by Animated by Scenics by Original release date
27"Alvin's Solo Flight"Seymour KneitelJohn StanleyNick Tafuri and I. KleinRobert LittleApril 1961 (1961-04)
Tubby and Lulu try to enjoy the beach while looking after little Alvin, who gives them a hard time.
28"Frog's Legs"Seymour KneitelJohn StanleyNick Tafuri, Jack Ehret, and Wm. B. PattengillAnton LoebApril 1962 (1962-04)
Tubby takes Lulu to catch some frogs to sell at the restaurant for money, but the frogs only cause chaos in the restaurant.

Feature films

ABC aired two half-hour live-action specials based on the character on Saturday morning as part of ABC Weekend Special series in the late 1970s. In both Little Lulu and The Big Hex of Little Lulu, Lulu was played by Lauri Hendler. The cast also included: Kevin King Cooper as Tubby, Lulu Baxter as Annie, Robbie Rist as Iggy and Annrae Walterhouse as Gloria.


Television adaptations

Little Lulu was adapted for the Japanese TV series Ritoru Ruru to Chitchai Nakama (Little Lulu and Her Little Friends), was directed by Seitaro Kodama, produced by the Japanese studio Nippon Animation and written by Niisan Takahashi. the TV series was issued in Japan by ABC and NET. Lulu was interpreted by Eiko Masuyama in the first three episodes and Minori Matsushima for the remainder, Keiko Yamamoto interpreted to Tubby Tompkins, Alvin was performed by Sachiko Chichimatsu, and Annie and Iggy Inch were performed by Junko Hori and Yoneko Matsukane respectively. The music was composed by Nobuyoshi Koshibe, The main theme in the original language was composed by and the end theme "Watashi wa Lulu" (I' am Lulu) was composed only by Mitsuko Horie. An English-dubbed version of the anime was made for the US market by ZIV International in 1978, this same company distributed globally the TV series, the show lasted from 1976 to 1977 with 26 episodes in total.

In 1995, Little Lulu was adapted for The Little Lulu Show,[21] an HBO animated series with the voices of Tracey Ullman (Season 1)[8] and Jane Woods (Seasons 2–3) as Lulu Moppet.[citation needed] The series was produced by Canada's CINAR after Marge's death in 1993. The series ended in 1998, but continued to air on Family Channel in Canada. It is currently seen on Teletoon Retro in Canada.

Lulu fans hold an annual gathering at the San Diego Comic Con in which they perform a play adapted from a classic Lulu story.[22]

Manga-style brazilian comic

As of 2009, a new revival of Little Lulu happened with the launch of Luluzinha Teen e sua Turma (in English: Little Lulu Teen and her Gang), a Brazilian comic book series depicting Lulu and her friends as teenagers, with a manga style art.[23] The book was created in an attempt to rival Monica Teen, another comic book which also adapts a popular franchise (in this case, Brazilian Monica's Gang) to manga style and presents its characters as teenagers.

Luluzinha Teen e sua Turma became very popular in its debut, being one of the best-selling comics in Brazil for a while, second only to its "rival". Nevertheless, unlike Monica Teen (which is still being published), Little Lulu's teen spin-off was canceled in 2015 due to low sales, reaching 65 editions released.[24]

Little Lulu in other languages


The Little Lulu Library

Published by Another Rainbow Publishing, were a series of six-book box sets released from 1985 to 1992. They were published in reverse order, with Set VI being released first, then counting down to Set I. Each of the six sets contains three volumes, each with about six comics. The comics are printed in black and white; however, the covers are printed in full color. The books are about 9" by 12", with the pages being larger than the original comic book pages.

Dark Horse reprints

In 2004, Dark Horse Comics obtained the rights to reprint Little Lulu comics. Eighteen black and white volumes, plus an unnumbered color special, were published through early 2008. After a short hiatus, the series resumed in mid-2009 in full color. Volumes 4 and 5 were originally published before the first three volumes, as it was felt that their content was more accessible.

Little Lulu panel from March 20, 1943 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
Little Lulu panel from March 20, 1943 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
  1. My Dinner with Lulu ISBN 1-59307-318-6 (reprints Four Color Comics No. 74, 97, 110, 115, 120)
  2. Sunday Afternoon ISBN 1-59307-345-3 (reprints Four Color Comics No. 131, 139, 146, 158)
  3. Lulu in the Doghouse ISBN 1-59307-345-3 (reprints Four Color Comics No. 165 and Little Lulu #1–5)
  4. Lulu Goes Shopping ISBN 1-59307-270-8 (reprints Little Lulu #6–12)
  5. Lulu Takes a Trip ISBN 1-59307-317-8 (reprints Little Lulu #13–17)
  6. Letters to Santa ISBN 1-59307-386-0 (reprints Little Lulu #18–22)
  7. Lulu's Umbrella Service ISBN 1-59307-399-2 (reprints Little Lulu #23–27)
  8. Late for School ISBN 1-59307-453-0 (reprints Little Lulu #28–32)
  9. Lucky Lulu ISBN 1-59307-471-9 (reprints Little Lulu #33–37)
  10. All Dressed Up ISBN 1-59307-534-0 (reprints Little Lulu #38–42)
  11. April Fools ISBN 1-59307-557-X (reprints Little Lulu #43–48)
  12. Leave It to Lulu ISBN 1-59307-620-7 (reprints Little Lulu #49–53)
  13. Too Much Fun ISBN 1-59307-621-5 (reprints Little Lulu #54–58)
  14. Queen Lulu ISBN 1-59307-683-5 (reprints Little Lulu #59–63)
  15. The Explorers ISBN 1-59307-684-3 (reprints Little Lulu #64–68)
  16. A Handy Kid ISBN 1-59307-685-1 (reprints Little Lulu #69–74)
  17. The Valentine ISBN 1-59307-686-X (reprints Little Lulu #75–81)
  18. The Expert ISBN 1-59307-687-8 (reprints Little Lulu #82–87)
  19. The Alamo and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-293-3 (reprints Little Lulu #88–93 in full color)
  20. The Bawlplayers and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-364-6 (reprints Little Lulu #94–99 in full color)
  21. Miss Feeny's Folly and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-365-4 (reprints Little Lulu #100–105 in full color)
  22. The Big Dipper Club and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-420-0 (reprints Little Lulu #106–111 in full color)
  23. The Bogey Snowman and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-474-X (reprints Little Lulu #112–117 in full color)
  24. The Space Dolly and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-475-8 (reprints Little Lulu #118–123 in full color)
  25. The Burglar-Proof Clubhouse and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-539-8 (reprints Little Lulu #124–129 in full color)
  26. The Feud and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-632-7 (reprints Little Lulu #130–135 in full color)
  27. The Treasure Map and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-633-5 (reprints Dell Giant/Marge's Little Lulu and her Special Friends No. 3 and Dell Giant/Marge's Little Lulu and her Friends No. 4 in full color)
  28. The Prize Winner and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-731-5 (reprints Dell Giant/Marge's Little Lulu and Tubby at Summer Camp No. 5 and Dell Giant/Marge's Little Lulu and Tubby Halloween Fun No. 6 in full color)
  29. The Cranky Giant and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-732-3 (reprints Dell Giant/Marge's Little Lulu and Tubby at Summer Camp No. 2 and Dell Giant/Marge's Lulu and Tubby Halloween Fun No. 2 in full color)
  • Little Lulu Color Special ISBN 1-59307-613-4 (reprints a selection of stories from Little Lulu No. 4 through No. 86 in full color)

Dark Horse later began issuing Giant Size volumes; each collects three of their reprint books.

  1. Giant Size Little Lulu Volume 1 ISBN 1-59582-502-9 (reprints Four Color Comics No. 74, 97, 110, 115, 120, 131, 139, 146, 158, 165 and Little Lulu #1–5)
  2. Giant Size Little Lulu Volume 2 ISBN 1-59582-540-1 (reprints Little Lulu #6–22)
  3. Giant Size Little Lulu Volume 3 ISBN 1-59582-634-3 (reprints Little Lulu #23–37)
  4. Giant Size Little Lulu Volume 4 ISBN 1-59582-752-8 (reprints Little Lulu #38–53)

In 2010, Dark Horse reprinted the companion Tubby series (Little Lulu's Pal Tubby) in volumes similar to their Lulu volumes.

  1. The Castaway and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-421-9 (reprints Four Color Comics No. 381, 430, 444, 461 and Tubby #5–6 in full color)
  2. The Runaway Statue and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-422-7 (reprints Tubby #7–12 in full color)
  3. The Frog Boy and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-635-1 (reprints Tubby #13–18 in full color)
  4. The Atomic Violin and Other Stories ISBN 1-59582-733-1 (reprints Tubby #19–24 in full color)

Drawn & Quarterly reprints

In May 2018, Drawn & Quarterly announced that they will be reprinting John Stanley's Little Lulu comics in a multi-volume best-of series, beginning in spring 2019.[25] Drawn & Quarterly reprinted a selection of John Stanley's stories for Free Comic Book Day 2019.[26]

  • Marge's Little Lulu in World's Best Comic Book ISBN 978-1-77046-379-0 (reprints a selection of stories from John Stanley's tenure on Little Lulu in full color for Free Comic Book Day 2019)
  • Little Lulu: Working Girl (November 2019), ISBN 978-1-77046-365-3
  • Little Lulu: The Fuzzythingus Poopi (September 2020), ISBN 978-1-77046-366-0
  • Little Lulu: The Little Girl Who Could Talk To Trees (scheduled for August 2021), 978-1-77046-389-9

In popular culture

As a cameo appearance, Little Lulu was planned for the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but rights to the character could not be obtained in time. She was relegated to appear in the planned sequel, which has been indefinitely delayed.[citation needed] In 1994 an organization called Friends of Lulu was founded that lasted until 2011, its name was based on Little Lulu. In 2006 Buell's family donated a collection of Buell's artwork and related papers as Marge Papers to the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.[8] She finally makes a cameo appearing on a comic cover in The Simpsons episode "Husbands and Knives" (2007), being read by Alan Moore.

See also


  1. ^ "La pequeña Lulú cumple 85 años: historia de unos bucles adorables". (in Spanish). September 11, 2020. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  2. ^ Jacob, Kathryn Allamong. "Little Lulu Lives Here", Radcliffe Quarterly, Summer 2006. Archived June 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d Robbins 2013, p. 452.
  4. ^ a b c Robbins 2013, p. 453.
  5. ^ Robbins 2013, pp. 452–453.
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Further reading

Michelle Ann Abate. "From Battling Adult Authority to Battling the Opposite Sex: Little Lulu as Gag Panel and Comic Book". Chapter 3 in Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics. Jackson MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2019. pp. 63–89.

Craig Shutt. "Little Lulu, Big Media Star." Hogan's Alley no.15 (2007), pp. 32–43.

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