THORN: The Complete Proto-BONE College Strips 1982-1986


The Secret Origin of Jeff Smith’s BONE Comes to Light! NYT Bestselling Author Smith Returns to His Roots With a New Collection of His THORN College Strips!

Cartoon Books announces THORN: The Complete Proto-BONE College Strips from 1982 to 1986 and Other Early Drawings, printing the earliest renderings of the world-famous BONE characters for the first time in its entirety.

The comic strips reveal an early version of BONE called THORN that was written for a college audience in the 1980s. THORN appeared in the pages of The Ohio State University’s student newspaper The Lantern. A few were reprinted in a self-published 1983 book called THORN: Tales from The Lantern. Another small selection was published in 2008’s limited edition fundraiser for OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum called Before Bone. Both books are long out of print and sell at collector’s prices. There has never been an official, complete run published until now.


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