Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails

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Tall Tales
Cover of trade paperback
Publication information
Publisher Cartoon Books
Format mini-series
Publication date 1998-2000
Number of issues 3
Creative team
Writer(s) Tom Sniegoski
Artist(s) Jeff Smith, Stan Sakai

Tall Tales: The Adventures of Big Johnson Bone, Frontier Hero is a prequel to the Eisner Award-winning comic book Bone by Jeff Smith. It was initially published in 1998 as a three issue mini-series before being collected in a trade paperback (ISBN 1-888963-06-9) in 2000.

Whereas the other spin-off, Rose, focuses on the valley people from the story, Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails focuses on the formation of Boneville, the hometown of the Bones that is never actually seen in the story. The series is drawn but not written by Smith. The writer is Tom Sniegoski. The back-up feature included in the trade paperback collection, Riblet, is written by Sniegoski and drawn by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai. The series was yet again reprinted in the collection Tall Tales, released in August 2010.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Tall Tales by Thomas E. Sniegoski - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  2. ^ "The Official Thomas E. Sniegoski Website". 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  3. ^ "New BONE books; BONE: Tall Tales & Quest for the Spark". B o n e v i l l e. Retrieved 2011-01-08.