''The Nancy Book'' -- A tribute to artist Joe Brainard's comic

After debuting in the 1930s, Nancy and her pal Sluggo cavorted in newspaper comic strips for years. In 1963, artist Joe Brainard began reimagining the wholesome funny-pages figure. Over 15 years, he created over 100 Nancy-inspired works, from the silly (”If Nancy Had an Afro”) to the arty (”Picasso Nancy”) to the risqué (”If Nancy Made Blue Movies”). The Nancy Book (Siglio, $39.50) provides a fitting tribute to the artist, who died in 1994.