Hands down, the best present I got this Christmas was 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective. Nine pounds, seven ounces of Doonesbury goodness, including some background and insights into each of the main characters. To wit:
Zonker took his name from a proto-hippie named Steve "Zonker" Lambrecht, one of the Merry Pranksters immortalized in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. But his earliest antecedent was probably TV's Maynard G. Krebs, Dobie Gillis's beatnik sidekick whose voice cracked whenever he said the word "work."
It is a fabulous collection. Fascinating to see how these characters developed, and sometimes surreal when you know what they--and the whole country--are going to experience.
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