Planet Doonesbury: A Doonesbury Book

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No matter what's occurring on the planet, Doonesbury has offered readers a parallel universe. Through the adventures of cherished characters like Mike, J.J., Boopsie, and B.D., Doonesbury has chronicled the course of time with humor and wit. Whether it was an anti-Vietnam march or the Cyber Valley of Seattle, Doonesbury has given readers a hip and happening place to be, if only for a few minutes every day.

Created by master cartoonist Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury remains a dynamic force. Its political slant consistently amuses readers, sparks controversy, and frightens editors. Political characters appear frequently--humorously represented by time bombs or waffles--but the strip isn't entirely political. Trudeau deals with young love, broken relationships, and the raising of a few young kids, but the strip isn't really about warm-fuzzies either. For the millions of readers who turn to Doonesbury every day, the strip is simply a favored friend. Controversial yet always contemporary; familiar but rarely perfectly comfortable.

In this collection, Planet Doonesbury continues the adventures of all the regulars, from Father Duke and his recently revealed son, Earl, to the impending marriage of Mike and Kim. B.D. returns to Vietnam, and with Phred as host, discovers a war of sorts is still being waged--not over changing politics, but the race to make money in the now industrialized country.

Presented in an exciting format, the handsome Planet Doonesbury features large-size color Sundays.

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While Mike and Kim get serious, B.D. goes back to Vietnam and runs into an old friend--or was that enemy? Duke helps Donald Trump with some real estate problems, and in Washington it's time for Clinton versus Dole. Life as usual on Planet Doonesbury. Trudeau has never allowed himself to be left behind by events, and this volume, which tackles everything from Bob Dole's desperate desire for victory to Donald Trump's desperate desire for more money, shows that he remains in tip-top satirical condition as "Doonesbury" prepares to enter its fourth decade. Once again, political commentary is expertly blended with the ongoing story of Mike, Mark, Zonker, and friends as they struggle with encroaching middle age, sexual orientation, and the generation gap.

After Trudeau created the sequence about Donald Trump's aggressive attempts to grab property around his Atlantic City casino, "The Donald" said that "Trudeau is a jerk. A total loser. A pathetic moron. A third-rate talent." We'd guess that Mr. Trump is in a pretty small minority. --Simon Leake

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