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Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1
The 1939 creation of the Sub-Mariner for the first issue of Marvel Comics
assures Bill Everett a place in history. Co-creating Daredevil, the Man Without
Fear, for Marvel Comics in 1964 gave Everett a link to one of the most popular superheroes of the past 50 years. And producing over 400 additional pages
of superhero-related work in the very early days of the Golden Age of Comics
(1938-42) makes Bill Everett a legend.
This book collects over 200 pages of this never-before-reprinted work from
titles such as Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938), Amazing-Man Comics (1939),
Target Comics (1940), Heroic Comics (1940), and Blue Bolt Comics (1940). These titles feature an endless array of great
vintage Everett characters such as Amazing-Man, Hydroman, Skyrocket Steele, Sub-Zero, The Chameleon, and many
more, all produced by Everett’s shop Funnies, Inc. for such clients as Centaur, Novelty Press, and Eastern Color, and all
displaying Everett’s brilliant cartooning and energetic storytelling.
Edited and compiled by best-selling author and comic-book historian Blake Bell (Strange and Stranger: The World
of Steve Ditko), Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives is a stunning companion to Bell’s 2010 critically acclaimed
Everett biography and art book, Fire and Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics. This
volume follows the format of Bell’s Steve Ditko Archives series; never-before-reprinted,
beautifully restored, full-color stories from one of comic books’ greatest visionaries and most accomplished artists. Also
includes an introduction by Bell that delves even deeper into Everett’s life, fiery personality, and the history of the era.
The resultant package enhances Everett’s place in history as one of the first and best comic-book creators of all time.
Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2
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Heroic Comics: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 collects over 200 pages of never-before-reprinted work from such titles as Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938),
Amazing-Man Comics (1939), Target Comics (1940), Heroic Comics (1940),
and Blue Bolt Comics (1940). These titles feature an endless array of vintage
Everett characters such Amazing-Man, Hydroman, Skyrocket Steele, The Chameleon
and many more, all produced by Everett’s shop Funnies, Inc. for such
clients as Centaur, Novelty Press, and Eastern Color. This book also features,
reprinted for the first time, the rarest of Everett material, his romance work from the early 1950s for Eastern Color on
titles such as New Heroic Comics (1950/51) and Personal Love (1953). All of the stories within display Everett’s brilliant
cartooning and energetic storytelling growing by leaps and bounds.
This book also includes an introduction about
the man, his art, the history of the era, and his relationship with Marvel Comics.
Praise for Vol. 1:
"These publications rode the superhero wave initiated by the companies that would later become DC and Marvel, and while they didn’t withstand the test of time, they’re still a kick to read, buoyed by their no-nonsense action plots and by Everett’s propensity for drawing narrow figures poised to commit acts of violence." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"This is a wonderful collection of golden age material from Bill Everett, all never before reprinted.... For fans of golden age material or Bill Everett Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives, Vol. 1 is a must have look at early comics from lesser known publishers... At $40 it’s an investment into rarely seen material." – Scott VanderPloeg, Comic Book Daily
"This volume provides an illuminating look at the artist’s numerous attempts at catching Sub-Marineresque lightning in a bottle for a second time, a task that mostly eluded him. The comics studios of the golden age were product mills that threw any idea against the wall in hope it would stick, and Everett did much the same. Forgotten sci-fi and superhero creations, as well as forays into westerns, historical retellings, and crime comics, populate this loaded volume, which reads like it fell straight out of some four-color twilight zone." – Publishers Weekly
"For fans of comics from the dawn of the comic book era, this book is an indispensable gift from Blake Bell and Fantagraphics." – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
"What’s exciting for me about this book is watching Everett develop as an artist and storyteller and figure out the medium in relatively rapid fashion.... What you see here are the glimmers of an artist struggling to comprehend the potential of this relatively new medium [and] how he can push it to match his own interests." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6
"The stories and artwork are laughably crude by
modern standards, although no more so than those in other comic books from the period. But even the
earliest ones show traces of the sleek polish that would become Everett’s hallmark. By the later stories, his
mature style is firmly in place, a sign that future volumes in the series will be of even greater interest."
– Gordon Flagg, Booklist