The Beat has the great news that Berke Breathed's Bloom County, one of the signature comic strips of the 1980s, will be republished in its entirety by IDW Publishing. The Bloom County Library, the first volume of which will appear in 2009, will collect the strip's nine year run in five volumes. And for younger fans not necessarily tuned into Breathed's era-specific references, fear not:

The Bloom County Library will also contain a series of “Context Pages” sprinkled throughout the volumes. These pages will provide perspective for the reader, presenting a variety of real-life events and personalities that were contemporary at the time of original publication.

Jeanne Kirkpatrick is about to feel the burn all over again. Oh wait. She's dead.