Marvel Comics is home to such legendary super-heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, all of whom have spun box office gold in the 21st century. But Marvel Comics has a secret history hidden in the shadows of these well-known franchises.
The Secret History of Marvel Comics digs back to the 1930s when Marvel Comics wasn’t just a comic-book producing company. Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman had tentacles into a publishing world that might have made that era’s conservative American parents lynch him on his front porch. Marvel was but a small part of Goodman’s publishing empire, which had begun years before he published his first comic book. Goodman mostly published lurid and sensationalistic story books (known as “pulps”) and magazines, featuring sexually-charged detective and romance short fiction, and celebrity gossip scandal sheets. And artists like Jack Kirby, who was producing Captain America for eight-year-olds, were simultaneously dipping their toes in both ponds.
The Secret History of Marvel Comics tells this parallel story of 1930s/40s Marvel Comics sharing offices with those Goodman publications not quite fit for children. The book also features a comprehensive display of the artwork produced for Goodman’s other enterprises by Marvel Comics artists such as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus the very best pulp artists in the field, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, L.F. Bjorklund, and Marvel Comics #1 cover artist Frank R. Paul. Goodman’s magazines also featured cover stories on celebrities such as Jackie Gleason, Elizabeth Taylor, Liberace, and Sophia Loren, as well as contributions from famous literary and social figures such as Isaac Asimov, Theodore Sturgeon, and L. Ron Hubbard.
These rare pieces of comic art, pulp and magazine history will open the door to Marvel Comics’ unseen history.
Hee, hee! Here comes the Old Witch with a foul feast of fetid features cooked up in her cruddy cauldron! Over two dozen terrifying tales from the putrescent pen of the gourmand of gore, "Ghastly" Graham Ingels, are collected in the tomb — er, tome — we call Sucker Bait and Other Stories! It's the next vile volume in our EC Comics Library series and it's due just as the end of the year plunges you into the pit of despair.
In our execrable excerpt you'll learn what atrocities await you in the Table of Contents and read a torturous trio of nauseating novelettes: the title story, "The Rover Boys!" and "Funereal Disease!"
For those of you wondering what's up with the next volume of Dungeon Quest, well, Joe Daly has detoured onto another project for a while: a new graphic novel, Highbone Theatre, which he's unveiling, chunk by chunk, as a webcomic! And there's some pretty big chunks posted so far. Expect the same blend of neck-spasming action, awkward dude interactions, and flaccid penises you love Dungeon Quest for! There's also a Facebook page for you to like for updates and such.
Five years before Steve Ditko began work on his now legendary co-creations for Marvel Comics, the Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, he was pro- ducing some of his best work in near anonymity for Charlton Comics. Like its predecessors, Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 features over 200 meticulously restored full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime — stories that have never seen a proper reprinting until now, thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims all delineated in Ditko’s wildly idiosyncratic, masterful style.
This fourth volume ranks as the best in the Steve Ditko Archives series to date thanks in large part to the inspiration Ditko took from comics derived from the classic host-narrated radio shows, which gave an extra oomph to his creepy yarns. Moreover, comics such as This Magazine Is Haunted and Tales of the Mysterious Traveler bore witness to a veritable explosion in Ditko’s ingenuity in terms of manipulating the traditional comic-book page layout. This new level of excellence also manifested itself in his work on other books, such as Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds, Out of This World, Strange Suspense Stories, and Unusual Tales, all of which are amply represented in this volume.
“[Virgil Partch] was among a half-dozen or so cartoonists who had an absolutely distinctive style ... He was in a class by himself.” — Chuck Jones
“I wanted to become a professional cartoonist because of Virgil Partch. Cartoons were all sort of the same [at the time], and suddenly this man came along, drawing both eyes on one side of the face and pointed noses and lines that continued in a roll ... he was sensational! Virgil Partch was a big discovery for me.” — Sergio Aragonés
“Virgil Partch was one of the most influential cartoonists of his day. And through natural continuum, still is. He was one of those individuals who devise new approaches and realizations for all of us. His graphic sense and style were highly individual, as was his humor and the design of his pictures ... the height of comedic art. Vip was the V.I.P.!” — Arnold Roth
He's faster than a speeding arrow... more powerful than the Sheriff of Nottingham... able to leap high taxes in a single bound! He's Mickey Mouse! He's back in color - and traveling back in time: battling evil medievals in our second book of Floyd Gottfredson's Sunday classics. Donald Duck, Goofy, and mischievous Morty and Ferdie are invited along too... if they dare!
Standout stories in this volume include "The Robin Hood Adventure," in which Mickey joins the Merry Men: swordfighting, jousting, and risking his life to rob the rich! Then Mickey faces Gold Rush gun-slingers as the "Sheriff of Nugget Gulch" - and outwits the ever-sneaky Mortimer Mouse in "Mickey's Rival!"
Restored from Studio art sources and enhanced with a meticulous recreation of the strips' original color, Robin Hood Rides Again also includes more than 30 pages of swashbuckling extra features. You'll enjoy coveted non-Mouse Disney comics by Gottfredson; rare behind-the-scenes art; and commentary by a Round Table of Mickey scholars.
Two volumes of Mickey's thrilling adventures, comprising Floyd Gottfredson's complete full-color run of Sunday Mickey strips, packaged in a beautiful and sturdy slipcase and priced cheaper than the individual volumes! A perfect gift and/or collector's item.
Here it is! The historic first-ever appearance of Donald Duck's Uncle Scrooge! A true landmark in Disney history, "Christmas on Bear Mountain" introduces Scrooge with a crafty holiday scheme to test Donald's mettle — only to find himself astonished by the unexpected result!
For more Christmastime comedy, Huey, Dewey, and Louie try their very best to be good for the season, only to have it all backfire — on Donald!
Of course, there's lots more fun and adventure in these pages, as Donald and his nephews find themselves running for their lives from an erupting volcano, adopted by a kangaroo, menaced by a ducknapping ghost in armor - and much, much more!
(Did we mention the giant octopus?)
Carl Barks, one of the most brilliant cartoonists of the 20th century, entertained millions around the world with his timeless tales of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge. Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain continues Fantagraphics's acclaimed color series that exquisitely re-presents all of Barks's classic Duck stories to a new generation.
Double the fun! Two Disney Donald Duck classics in a custom slipcase at a special seasonal price. Featuring:
• Donald's hilarious schemes to get ahead • Huey, Dewey, and Louie's hijinks • Donald's pursuit of Daisy • The first-ever appearance of Donald's Uncle Scrooge • An erupting volcano • A lovesick kangaroo • A sword-wielding ghost • A giant octopus • Uncle Scrooge's money bin woes
All stories written and drawn by Carl Barks. A perfect gift!
Marvel Comics — home to virtuous heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers - has a hidden sordid past, stretching back to long before the first Marvel Comic rolled off the presses.
Authors Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo pull back the curtain on the real-life characters who built the publishing empire that became Marvel Comics, document their shady practices, and reveal how it all shaped the Marvel we know today.
Lavishly illustrated and wildly revealing, The Secret History of Marvel Comics discredits long-held myths about Marvel and bursts open a treasure trove of lost artwork by comic book legends Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Bill Everett, Carl Burgos, Alex Schomburg, and dozens more. none of this art ever appeared in any comic book!
Includes early writings by Stan Lee plus a rare Human Torch escapade — published here in color for the first time!
More great 1950s shockers from the co-creator of Spider-Man! Steve Ditko's prolific work for Charlton Comics in the years before his legendary stint at Marvel has never been properly reprinted — until now! The Steve Ditko Archives series keeps getting better, with more thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims, all given extra oomph by Ditko's increasingly ingenious layouts and wildly idiosyncratic, masterful style.
Over 200 pages from such titles as This Magazine Is Haunted, Tales of the Mysterious Traveler, Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds, Out of This World, Strange Suspense Stories, and Unusual Tales have been meticulously restored in full four-color glory. Don't miss this essential collection of creepy classics from one of comics' most innovative and individualistic artists!
Only a few months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor and the same year that Albert Camus offered the world his bleak vision of man’s existence by introducing his philosophical dictum of The Absurd, Virgil Partch burst onto the scene with his own twist on the phrase. Partch was a cartoonist who offered comic counterpoint to the grim headlines and a unique perspective on human nature in the pages of the nation’s most popular magazines.
Known to millions by his jazzy signature, VIP, this comic genius ushered in a new era of the gag cartoon — zany, sometimes surreal, always hilarious — that inspired a generation of fellow cartoonists starting in the 1940s and '50s. His madcap style of humor was reflected in the cutting-edge comedic sensibilities of Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, Ernie Kovacs, Bob & Ray, Stan Freberg, and Jean Shepherd, and would position Partch as one of the most prolific "gag-men" of his day. VIP contributed to an astonishing array of magazines, wrote gags for other cartoonists, illustrated books, album covers, and advertisements, and adorned merchandise including, appropriately, cocktail glasses.
VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch is the first time Partch's life and career has been treated in full, collecting amazing artwork from the entire range of his inspired career — reprinted from original art, primary-source publications, and collectors' and family archives — and featuring his own writings. VIP's place in the world of cartooning and humor can finally be fully appreciated in this beautiful coffee-table volume.