Art: O'Malley for Dewey

One of the most quietly fey and edgy comic strips in the U.S. this week made its second appearance in book form. Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley (Holt; $2) is a 328-page collection of the bland fantasies of 38-year-old Crockett Johnson. Johnson's unorthodox strip first appeared two years ago in New York City's tabloid PM, now draws a host of addicts in 31 U.S. newspapers, including the Baltimore Evening Sun, Philadelphia Record, Chicago Sun, St. Louis Star-Times.

Barnaby Baxter is a five-year-old who has dreamed up a fairy godfather named Jackeen J. O'Malley. O'Malley's round figure is no taller than Barnaby's, is equipped...

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