LOAC Essentials Vol. 14: Barney Google 1928


Written and Illustrated by Billy DeBeck

Barney Google was one of the biggest and funniest cartoon stars of the 1920s—and the subject of the hit song “Barney Google (with the Goo-Goo-Googly Eyes)”. This book reprints four classic stories that are emblematic of what made the strip so memorable. Barney and his horse Spark Plug get involved in all sorts of hijinks and schemes when they enter the Million-Dollar Cross-Country Marathon, decide to swim the English Channel, and compete in the French Derby. Barney then joins the Secret and Mysterious Order of the Brotherhood of Billy Goats (in De Beck’s send-up of secret societies and fraternal lodges), culminating in Barney Google’s historic run for President of the United States in 1928! Complete with introductions by Brian Walker and current Snuffy Smith cartoonist John Rose!

The consummate cartoonist, Billy De Beck introduced Barney Google in 1919, added Spark Plug in 1922, and the crusty mountain man Snuffy Smith in 1934. One hundred years later, his creations continue in 900 newspapers worldwide.

Edited and Designed by Dean Mullaney / Foreword by John Rose / Introduction by Brian Walker / 11.5” x 4.25” / hardcover / B&W / 354 pp / ISBN 978-1-68405-578-4