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Comics History & Culture

Fantagraphics Books's commitment to the comics as an art form extends beyond publishing the world's greatest cartoonists — we also publish some of the finest books of comics scholarship available. These works of history, criticism, and analysis cover a range of topics from the forgotten to the famous, from the nice to the notorious, from the Golden Age to the Underground to the cutting edge. Written by the pre-eminent experts in the field (John Benson, R.C. Harvey, Bob Levin, Fredrik Strömberg, and more), these books all belong in any serious comics lover's library.

And of course, for the best source of comics journalism for over 30 years, don't forget The Comics Journal.



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B. Krigstein Volume 1

This exhaustively researched tome is a giant biography and career retrospective of one of the most important cartoonists in the history of comics. This book also reproduces a generous sampling of art and illustration, plus six complete stories!  Product Details...
$49.95



Black Images in the Comics [Softcover Ed.]

Fredrik Strömberg An endlessly browsable, fascinating illustrated journey through comics' history of racial portrayals — both good and bad. Now in an expanded softcover edition.  Product Details...
$19.99
$11.99
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Book of Changes: A Collection of Interviews [Sold Out]

Kristine McKenna A book of interviews with pop culture giants like James Brown, George Clinton, Yoko Ono, Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs and dozens more, with illustrations by R. Crumb, Chris Ware, Los Bros. Hernandez, and many more!  Product Details...
$14.95



Comics As Art: We Told You So [Release Date TBA]

Tom Spurgeon An all-star cast of industry insiders and a pile of rare art and artifacts have been assembled to bring you a detailed, all-encompassing, warts-and-all account of Fantagraphics' first thirty years.  Product Details...
$19.95



Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1

Greg Sadowski, ed. The first of two volumes reprinting copious comics and recounting the career of Basil Wolverton. In the precious period before the industry calcified, Wolverton worked under the radar to explore his weird tales of the future.  Product Details...
$49.99



Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising 1870s-1940s

Various Artists, ed. by Rick Marschall & Warren Bernard A lively collection of mass market print advertising from the 1890s to the recent past, starring both cartoonists and cartoon characters. A unique mix of comics, pop culture and Americana.  Product Details...
$28.99



Drawing Sexy Women

Frank Thorne Less a "how-to" book than an examination of the thinking behind erotic illustration. Thorne also recalls his long career, including working with Stan Lee and his encounter with Bettie Page. Illustrated with art and photos.  Product Details...
$19.95



Fire & Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics

Blake Bell From the superhero and horror genre, to romance, crime, and suspense, Bill Everett was a master of the medium — all on display in this biography and art book that ensures Everett’s place at the table of premier comic book virtuosos.  Product Details...
$39.99



Fire & Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics + From Shadow to Light: The Life & Art of Mort Meskin

Blake Bell/Steven Brower Two 2010 monograph/art books focusing on two of the greatest comics artists of the Golden and Silver ages: Bill Everett, creator of the Sub-Mariner for Marvel Comics, and the influential and unjustly neglected Mort Meskin.  Product Details...
$79.98
$51.99
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From Shadow to Light: The Life & Art of Mort Meskin

Steven Brower A coffee table art book, biography, and critique of one of the 20th century’s most influential and unjustly neglected Golden Age comic book artists.  Product Details...
$39.99



Hanging Out with the Dream King [Hardcover, Signed by Neil Gaiman]

The most intimate look yet into the life and mind of the best-selling author and creator of The Sandman. Over two-dozen creators share their thoughts on working with Gaiman. Illustrated with many unpublished photos and comic pages!  Product Details...
$39.95



Hanging Out with the Dream King [Softcover]

The most intimate look yet into the life and mind of the best-selling author and creator of The Sandman. Over two-dozen creators share their thoughts on working with Gaiman. Illustrated with many unpublished photos and comic pages!  Product Details...
$17.95



Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books

Drew Friedman Approximately 75 full-color portraits of the artists, editors, and publishers who pioneered an art form and an industry, lovingly rendered and with essays by the artist. A Hall of Fame from the Golden Age to the Underground.  Product Details...
$34.99



How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels

Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden Everything that you need to know about comics can be found in a single Nancy strip by Ernie Bushmiller. This methodical, entertaining deconstruction will change how you read, make, and understand comics.  Product Details...
$29.99



Jewish Images in the Comics

Fredrik Strömberg A showcase of more than 150 comic strips, comic books and graphic novels featuring Jewish characters and Jewish themes, placed in cultural and historical context, each with a short essay and representative illustration.  Product Details...
$26.99



Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary Set: Companion, Covers & Reader [Pre-Order]

The ultimate gift set for Love and Rockets fans includes The Love and Rockets Companion, Love and Rockets: The Covers, and The Love and Rockets Reader all together for a great discounted price!  Product Details...
$89.98
$71.98
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Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert

Bill Schelly This full-bodied biography provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most distinctive, dynamic artists in the history of comics.  Product Details...
$19.99



Meanwhile... A Biography of Milton Caniff

R.C. Harvey The comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century's most influential cartoonists, this book analyzes his storytelling techniques, examines his artistic innovations and work routines, and serves as a history of the medium.  Product Details...
$34.95
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Misfit Lit Catalog [Sold Out]

This catalog was created to accompany the 1991 traveling comics exhibition co-curated by Fantagraphics Books. Packed with illustrations, quotes from cartoonists, a fabulous cover by Dan Clowes, and an eloquent introduction on the state of comics.  Product Details...
$4.95



Most Outrageous: The Trials and Trespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester

Bob Levin The unsettling life-imitates-art saga of Larry Flynt's most notorious protegé, "Chester the Molester" cartoonist Dwaine Tinsley, and his criminal trial after his teenage daughter accused him of sexually violating her.  Product Details...
$19.99




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