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Archive >> December 2012

Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesBasil Wolverton 4 Dec 2012 3:13 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton

Spacehawk
by Basil Wolverton

272-page full-color 9.25" x 13" flexibound softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-550-1

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Basil Wolverton is one of the greatest, most idiosyncratic talents in comic book history. Though he is best known for his humorous grotesqueries in MAD magazine, it is his science-fiction character Spacehawk that Wolverton fans have most often demanded be collected. The wait is over, as Spacehawk features every story from Spacehawk’s intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final, Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942.

Spacehawk is the closest thing to a colorfully-costumed, conventional action hero Wolverton ever created, yet the strip is infused with Wolverton’s quintessential weirdness: controlled, organic artwork of strangely repulsive aliens and monsters and bizarre planets, and stories of gruesome retribution that bring to mind Wolverton’s peer, Fletcher Hanks. Spacehawk had no secret identity, no fixed base of operations beyond his spaceship, and no sidekicks or love interests. He had but one mission in life: to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System, and to punish the guilty. He was a dark — yet much more visually playful — counterpart to Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon.

Spacehawk also includes the character’s final and rarely-seen Earthbound adventures. As the U.S. became involved in World War II, Spacehawk returned to 20th Century America to join the United States’ efforts in defeating fascism, which he does by patrolling the Earth’s stratosphere, looking for wrongdoing.

Pogo Vol. 2: Bona Fide Balderdash & Vols. 1-2 Box Set by Walt Kelly - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt Kellynew releases 4 Dec 2012 3:05 PM

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Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 2:

Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 2: "Bona Fide Balderdash"
by Walt Kelly

356-page black & white/color 11.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-584-6

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While supplies last, customers who order this volume can also receive the box set slipcase for Vols. 1 and 2 at no extra charge!

Even though Pogo had been in syndication for less than two years as this volume begins, Walt Kelly's long professional experience (including seven years creating Pogo stories for comic books) had him at the peak of his powers, and this book features page after page of gorgeously drawn, hilarious vaudevillian dialogue and action among the swamp denizens, as well as Kelly's increasingly sharp-tongued political satire — especially on display during the 1952 election season.

Kelly was famous for his prolific creation of recurring characters, and by the end of this second volume, the count will already have topped over one hundred. New arrivals include Tammanany the Tiger, the voluble P.T. Bridgeport, the sinister Sarcophagus MacAbre (with his funereal speech balloons), Uncle Antler the bull moose... and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bemildred, the adorable trio of bats.

The two years of daily strips in this volume (all the strips from 1951 and 1952) have been collected before but in now long out of print books; and even there they were not as meticulously restored and reproduced as in this new series. Bona Fide Balderdash also reprints, literally for the first time ever in full color, the two full years of Sunday pages, also carefully restored and color-corrected, shot from the finest copies available.

This second volume is once again edited and designed by the cartoonist’s daughter, Carolyn Kelly, who is also handling much of the restoration work. It includes a new introduction by the legendary author, recording artist, and satirist Stan Freberg, who was not only a friend of Kelly’s but the voice of Albert the Alligator in the I Go Pogo: Pogo for President movie. There are also be more extensive annotations by comic strip historian and expert R.C. Harvey, as well as additional historical information from writer Mark Evanier.

Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 1-2 Box Set by Walt Kelly

Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 1-2 Box Set
by Walt Kelly

664-page black & white/color 11.5" x 9.5" x 3" two-volume slipcased hardcover set • $69.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-629-4

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A boxed set of the first and second volumes of Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips. Shipping shrinkwrapped, with Volume 1: "Through the Wild Blue Wonder" and Volume 2: "Bona Fide Balderdash" packed in a sturdy custom box designed especially for this set, it's the perfect gift book item. (For more information on the contents of each volume, see the individual product listings linked above.)

Already have Volume 1? Order Volume 2 and we'll include the box set slipcase at no extra charge! (While supplies last.)



Nancy Likes Christmas: Complete Dailies 1946-1948 by Ernie Bushmiller - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesErnie Bushmiller 4 Dec 2012 2:42 PM

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Nancy Likes Christmas: Complete Dailies 1946-1948 by Ernie Bushmiller

Nancy Likes Christmas: Complete Dailies 1946-1948
by Ernie Bushmiller

336-page black & white 8.5" x 8.5" flexibound softcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-599-0

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It's three more full years of Ernie Bushmiller's beloved comic strip, featuring nearly one thousand meticulously restored daily strips from its post-World-War II graphic high point — superbly crafted but not yet quite stylized into the almost machine-life sleekness of later decades. And what can you say about the jokes in Nancy other than that, contrary to its reputation for a zen-like, ultra-square oddness, many of them are actually just extremely funny?

Nancy Likes Christmas is topped off with a new introduction by Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith, a lifelong fan of Nancy and admirer of Bushmiller's genius, and once again designed with pop-art snap and crackle by Fantagraphics senior designer Jacob Covey.

Presenting our Spring-Summer 2013 Catalog
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming Attractions 3 Dec 2012 1:21 PM

Fantagraphics Books Spring - Summer 2013 Catalog

We're pleased to bring you the rundown on our Spring-Summer 2013 season of upcoming releases by presenting the catalog prepared for our book-market distributor, W.W. Norton. Scroll through it in an embedded reader on this page, and download a better-quality 26.8MB PDF version here. As you read, please keep in mind that most of these books are still in development and all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates (especially release dates) are preliminary and subject to change.

With about 3 dozen new books and a fat handful of reprints and new editions of previous books, there's a lot to look forward to, including:

• Brand new and/or newly-translated graphic novels by Kim Deitch, Graham Chaffee, Cathy MalkasianJasonDash ShawJim Woodring, Lars Fiske & Steffen Kverneland, MaxShimura Takako, Manuele Fior, Charles Forsman, and Leslie Stein

• New editions and reprints of material by Samuel R. Delany & Mia Wolff, Linda MedleyAnders NilsenHans RickheitPeter BaggeJacques Tardi, and Robert Crumb

• New volumes in our ongoing comic strip reprint series, including PeanutsZippyMickey Mouse (color Sundays!) and Prince Valiant

• Newly-translated classic European comics and cartoons by Storm P., Jacques TardiMartí, Hergé, and R. Macherot  

• New collections of vintage cartooning and illustration by Willard Mullin, Jim FloraGene Deitch, Virgil "VIP" Partch, George Carlson, and Charles Rodrigues

• New collections of vintage comic book material by Steve Ditko, Johnny Craig (EC), Basil WolvertonCarl Barks, and Al Feldstein (EC)

• Plus an anthology of 4 decades of mini comics, a prose memoir by Kipp Friedman, and a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists by Trina Robbins

Check our Upcoming Arrivals page for updates as books from this catalog are added to our website. Information about our distributors can be found here, and more resources for press and retailers can be found here

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We need a hero for Bill Everett's Heroic Tales!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsBlake BellBill Everett 3 Dec 2012 12:34 PM

Heroic Tales

Work on Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 is nearing completion but we have two missing pieces of the puzzle and editor Blake Bell is putting out the call to all Golden Age collectors! We're looking for the following two stories: 

Silver Streak Comics #20 (Apr '42) - Rex Reed 8-page story
Target Comics v1 #8 (Sep '40) - Chameleon 6-page story

If you have copies of either of these comics, click here to find out how to contact Blake and what the next steps will be after that. Contributors will get a free copy of the book and credit in the acknowledgments!

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