Miss Mizzou

Miss Mizzou: A Life Beyond Comics
A book by J.B. Winter

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After a brief 24 hour visit to the small college town of Columbia, Missouri, the cartoonist Milton Caniff was inspired to create an iconic blonde wearing a trench coat: Miss Mizzou! Her adventures in the Steve Canyon comic strip turned Columbia on its ear, inspiring various promotional tie-ins during the 1950s and 1960s. Some of these promotions were celebrated with fervor, while others created controversy that resulted in national headlines. Now you can read about the forgotten history of this character and see the exciting life she lived beyond the comic page.

8 ½” x 5 ½” – 100 pages – over 30 images inside – video preview of the book


MW“I thought Miss Mizzou was a great character but I can see the trouble [she] could cause.”
MORT WALKER—creator of comic strip “Beetle Bailey” and MU Alumnus

MAC“A tome as entertaining as it is well-researched.”
MAX ALLAN COLLINS—bestselling author, “Road to Perdition,” “Quarry,” & “Nathan Heller”

RCH“We find out that Mizzou had an equally tantalizing life beyond the borders of the comic strip.”
R.C. HARVEY—author of “Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff”

BC“Caniffites, MU alumni, and residents of Columbia, … will surely enjoy what they find in these pages.”
BRUCE CANWELL—essayist & associate editor, IDW “Steve Canyon” reprint editions

MT“A work of comics scholarship that isn’t dry and eschews academic blather.”
MATT TAUBER—contributing editor, “Caniff: A Visual Biography”

MP“Deftly assembles the whole story of the comely … character that seduced a Midwestern college town.”
MARTIN POPE—Mid-Missouri cartoonist of Caniff-inspired webcomic “Vorto the Pirate”

[Read the expanded quotes as they appear in the book]