John Stanley was a journeyman comics scripter from the 1940s through the 1960s. He's most famous for his 14-year run on the Little Lulu comics published by Dell. He is considered by many comics historians to be the most consistently funny and idiosyncratic writer to ever work in comics. During his comics career he also wrote original scripts for the licensed characters Nancy and Sluggo, Tubby, Woody Woodpecker, Deputy Dawg, Clyde Crashcup, Choo Choo Charlie, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Oswald the Rabbit, Andy Panda, Krazy Kat, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Nellie the Nurse.
Toward the end of his career, Stanley launched a series of teen-centric comics—Thirteen Going on Eighteen, Around the Block with Dunc and Loo, and Kookie—as well as his comical 1960s monster craze sendup, Melvin Monster. He left comics over a reprint royalty dispute sometime in the late 1960s never to return. He died in 1993.
?For decades, Little Lulu?s presence on the comics page meant that millions habitually read the adventures of a young girl who consistently bested?outsmarted, outplayed and outmaneuvered?boys.? ?NPR ?John Stanley is one of the funniest and quirkiest creators.? ?The New York Times ?Easily one of the great comics runs of all time.? ?Comics Beat
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