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Greetings from Sherman's Lagoon (Sherman's Lagoon Collections) [Paperback]

Jim Toomey

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April 2002 Sherman's Lagoon Collections (Book 5)

For years, fans of Sherman's Lagoon have been clamoring for a collection that captures the rarely seen early material from the popular strip. Now, here surfaces Greetings From Sherman's Lagoon, the answer to the long-time pleas of loyal followers of Sherman the shark and his sea urchin pals. Those who regularly read the silly yet sophisticated strip will enjoy seeing how its art, humor, and characters have evolved.

Cartoonist Jim Toomey has mastered the look and personality of the creatures that his readers have come to love: Sherman and his significant-shark-other, Megan, Fillmore the turtle, Hawthorne the cranky hermit crab, and other coral critters. ""Just as early Snoopy drawings more closely resembled a beagle,"" says Toomey, ""the characters more closely resemble fish."" Toomey adds that his early strips adhered less to story lines and were more focused on delivering a ""gag-a-day."" Longtime fans and newer readers alike are sure to enjoy noting similarities and differences for themselves in this hilarious turn-back-the-clock collection.

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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740721925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740721922
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 22.1 x 0.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for the 14 Feb 2003
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
It's "Sherman's Lagoon" before people really saw it! Cartoonist Jim Toomey presents the earliest incarnations of his immensely funny sea-dwelling goofballs, and I am loving every little page of it.
Sherman tries his fin at being a rapper, the Loch Ness Monster makes a cameo at a stamp machine, Sherman learns where he is on the speed dial of love, Hawthorne gets antenna extensions (yes, we see this storyline later in the strip, but it's different and still funny here), and Fillmore makes another doomed attempt at finding his soulmate.
There are some differences between these strips and the later ones. Hawthorne has long eyestalks and almost invisible mouth, there's more emphasis on secondary fishie characters, and some even take place ("Calvin & Hobbes-like") in a classroom with a forbidding teacher. The artwork is a bit rougher, the humor a little more scattered. But these are the same weird, dumb, gag-infested sea creatures we know and love.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Sherman 10 May 2002
By Ursiform - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like the later books you'll like this one as well. If you are new to Sherman check out the later books (and their reviews), and if you get hooked come back and get this one. You can also find recent strips on-line (with a one week delay). Just search a little ... ...
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a repeat 9 Nov 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't realize that this book would overlap several others I had already bought , so that was a bit of a disappointment. Other than that, same great Sherman's Lagoon material!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Strip's Origins 15 May 2002
By AstroNerdBoy - Published on Amazon.com
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In this collection, Jim Toomey takes us back to Sherman's Lagoon in its beginings. While the artwork is a little bit rought back then, the humor is still there. Sherman is a "Great White Shark" and the disposal of all things edible. Together with his girlfriend Megan, friends Hathorn and Filmore, you'll never look at underwater life the same again! Highly recommended for those who enjoy comic strips.
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