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Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve Ditkonew releasesBlake Bell 16 Oct 2013 5:53 PM

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

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-640-9

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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!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 10/7-10/14
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael J VassalloJim WoodringeventsDanny BlandBlake BellAl Jaffee 7 Oct 2013 12:13 PM

The Secret History of Marvel Comics Book Release in NYC!

Saturday, October 12th

New York City, NY:  Authors Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo celebrate the release of The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire at the Society of Illustrators, with very special guests Al Jaffee and Stan Goldberg! Wow, wow, wow! All those in attendance will receive a special limited edition, tipped-in plate for the book, signed by the authors, and the cost of admission also gives you access to an exclusive signing session and catered reception afterwards (with cash bar). (more info)

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Jim Woodring: Fran

Seattle, WA:  Join visionary artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for an exhibition and book signing commemorating publication of his latest graphic novel Fran. The event features works created with his giant quill pen and musical entertainment by K Records artist Stephen Steinbrink. (more info)

In Case We Die by Danny Bland

Seattle, WA:  Victory lap! Seattle's own Danny Bland returns from his cross-country tour to present a hometown reading of In Case We Die at Elliott Bay Books, starting at 7:00 PM. (more info

• San Francisco, CA:  Fantagraphics is heading to APE for the weekend! Stay tuned to the FLOG for exciting signings, debuts, and more details!

The Secret History of Marvel Comics Book Release in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsBlake BellAl Jaffee 2 Oct 2013 10:13 AM

The Secret History of Marvel Comics Book Release in NYC!

It's no secret -- The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire is a thrill! 

Come celebrate the book release with authors Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo on Saturday, October 12th at the Society of Illustrators, starting at 7:00 PM.

Also joining the authors will be special guests, famed artists Al Jaffee and Stan Goldberg to discuss their memories of working for owner Martin Goodman during the halcyon days of Marvel Comics in the 1940s and 50s! 

All those in attendance will receive a special limited edition, tipped-in plate for the book, signed by the authors, and the cost of admission also gives you access to an exclusive signing session and catered reception afterwards (with cash bar).

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members, $10 students/seniors, and are available online here. The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street.  

SPX 2013 Photo Rock Show
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tom KaczynskitattoosPeter BaggePeanutsPaul HornschemeierNoah Van SciverNo Straight LinesMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLeslie SteinKen ParilleJoseph LambertJeff SmithJanet HamlinGeorge HerrimanGary PanterGary GrothFloyd GottfredsoneventsEd PiskorDash ShawChuck ForsmanCharles M SchulzCharles ForsmanCarol TylerBlake BellBen Catmull 27 Sep 2013 10:37 AM
SPX
Holy yes-more-please, SPX rocked us. Jacq Cohen, Gary Groth and I traversed across the country for one of the single best comic books shows that exists. We knew it was going to be quite the fun time when we boarded the plane and saw Joseph Remnant. A small favor to stranger later and he was TRAPPED between us for 4+ hours.
Jen, Joseph and Jacq
SPX is that magical place where we stay in the same hotel as the convention so you run into people all the time. We found a Ben Catmull by the elevators right away! Maybe he was haunting the place (NOT COOL, BEN)
Ben Catmull
SPX had Ed Piskor draw the badges for the show this year and they were pretty bitching! Melanie Gillman models:
SPX badge by Ed Piskor
Early morning rise and shine, all the books were out in their deliciously intimidating stacks including all sexy color Peanuts Every Sunday.
Peanuts Every Sunday
Speaking of Peanuts, kids are attracted to it like a magnet. Yes!
Peanuts
Sketching Guantanamo also debuted at SPX and Janet Hamlin, the military tribunal artist for the last seven years showed up with some new sketches. This book is very important, not just to Janet or us but to the United States as a form of public record.
Sketching Guantanamo
Janet Hamlin
Here Hamlin and Justin Hall, editor and one of the cartoonists in No Straight Lines sign books.
Janet Hamlin and Justin Hall
Ed Piskor's new book Hip Hop Family Tree sold out early in the show along with Ulli Lust's Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. Ed signs while dressed to the nines.
Ed Piskor
Ed signed alongside Fantagraphics' veterans Leslie Stein drawing in Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 and Michael Kupperman. T. Edward Bak gives them a pleasant earful.
signing
Speaking of debuts, The Secret History of Marvel Comics edited by Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo was very popular amongst the small press and indie fans. Chip Mosher of comiXology and Max Robinson have a mug off plus show off fun 'demonstration hands'!
Secret History of Marvel Comics
Meanwhile, one of the best dressed men and micropublishers in comics, Ryan Sands of Youth in Decline SHOWS OFF not one but two amazing tops before grabbing The Dan Clowes Reader (edited by Ken Parille).
Ryan Sands
While we're on the subject of fashion this lady's TEZUKA shirt blew me away, especially with its little added on pockets. 
Tezuka
Dash Shaw and Charles Forsman signed copies of their new books, New School and The End of the Fucking World respectively. 
Dash and Chuck
Ulli Lust signs Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life and Marc Sobel (editor) signs Love and Rockets: The Companion. (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
ulli and marc
So many of our cartoonists were on panels and luckily Meredith Rizzo was there to take photos while we sold books! Dash Shaw and Frnak Santoro.
Dash and Frank
Gary Panter and Bill Kartalopoulos (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Gary and Bill
 Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Ed Piskor, Seth and R. Sikoryak.  (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Ed piskor panel
And then people started drooling over Love and Rockets! Adam Staffaroni and Andrew Arnold (of Roaring Brook) ohh and ahh over Love and Rockets: The Covers.
Adam and Andrew
Joseph Lambert took it upon himself to get dangerous with hydration in a live appropriation of the Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 cover.
Joseph Lambert
Annie Mok and Phil Jackson totin' around some of The End by Anders Nilsen and Hernandez Brothers!
Annie Mok and Phil Jackson
Paul Hornschemeier, Ben Catmull, and Peter Bagge signed at the table (Gary Panter presiding behind them)
signing comics
At Bar Con in the evenings, things are heating up. Pete Bagge discusses things with Publisher Gary Groth, apparently it made Terry Nantier from NBM giggle.
SPX
Heidi MacDonald of The Beat, Peter Bagge, Terry from NBM and Noah Van Sciver make the flying Mighty Ducks 'V'.
Bar
Roger Langridge talks to Aussie Chris Breach.
Roger and Chris
At the Ignatz ceremony, they remembered our late, great Kim Thompson (photo from last year's convention)
Ignatz Kim
Ulli Lust (not pictured), Carol Tyler and me (!) all presented awards at the Ignatz ceremony.
Carol Tyler and Jen Vaughn
Two Fantagraphics' cartoonists won Ignatz bricks! Ulli for Best Graphic Novel and Chuck for issue 16 of his TEOTFW installment.
Ulli Lust and Charles Forsman
The brick for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life.
Ulli's brick
Special guest Gary Panter and Jacq look great!
Gary and Jacq
Chuck Forsman and his BRICK!
Chuck!
Jacq and me with our roadie, Jeff Smith.
Jacq Cohen, Jen Vaughn and Jeff Smith
On Sunday more cartoonists stopped by the table to grab their favorite titles from us like Gene Yang picked up Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins.
Gene Yang and Ben Catmull
Gary Panter asked Paul Hornschemeier to sign a book for him (bawww!)
Gary Panter and Paul H
Then Koyama Press' Cole Closser, Linda Walker and D&Q's Rutu Modan stopped by to talk to Gary Panter and grab Dal Tokyo.
Gary Panter and fans
Andrew Arnold and Sean Azzopardi flex with The Cavalier Mr. Thompson by Rich Tommaso and Dash Shaw 's Unclothed Man.
Andrew and Sean
Alec Longstreth and Greg McElhatton model books Mickey Mouse: Color Sundays by Floyd Gottfredson and Love and Rockets: The Covers!
Alec and Greg
Adriana and Tara
Joseph Remnant and Noah Van Sciver pay their respects to Schulz and the Peanuts Every Sunday Vol. 1 book. This picture is way cute and may or may not be my desktop background.
Joseph Remnant and Noah Van Sciver
Noah's gonna give you the hard sell, "LOOK at how color affects the tone of this comic!" Too true, it's way more whimsical!
Noah Van Sciver and Peanuts
Dan Stafford, SPX staffer and owner of Kilgore Books & Comics, gives us his best "don't murder me face". But it wasn't enough, story at eleven. Fall Guy for Murder by Johnny Craig gets 'em every time.
Dan Stafford
Former intern Lars got a copy of Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics (that he worked on!)
Gahan Wilson
Justin Hall and Carol Tyler of the infamous You'll Never Know series.
Justin and Tyler
Peter Bagge signs some books for fans! (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Peter Bagge
Zak Sally took a break behind our booth to do some sweet sketches.
Zak Sally
The last thing to do at a con after packing up some unsold books and labeling boxes is EAT COOKIES. SPX social media coordinator and crazy busy man, Michael David Thomas, is the stuff fucking dreams are made of my friends.
MIchael David Thomas
More excellent fashion: Tom Kaczynski's TV Terminator shirt.
Tom K
Three cheers for Eden and Greg! Farel Dalrymple and Noah Van Sciver twerk and smirk below.
people
Jacq hugs Jason Leivian of Floating World/Press Gang
Jacq and Jason
I'm so pissed I forgot to show off my '90s HIP HOP socks to Ed while he was signing Hip Hop Family Tree. See those smiley faces and peace signs? The kind of socks you keep for the rest of your life! Eden Miller, Ignatz organizer, also showed off her own foot related fashion---an Ignatz tattoo pulled right from the pages of Herriman's comic!
Socks tats
Back on the plane ride home, Jacq took a photo of me working on comics. 
Jen comics
We had SUCH a great time at SPX, thank you so much to Warren Bernard, Michael David Thomas, Dan Stafford, Eden Miller, Sam Marx and the many, many, many other staffers and volunteers who made the show rock. Our bags are already packed for next year. 
SPX ready
The Bill Everett Archives on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicscomiXologyBlake BellBill Everett 25 Sep 2013 11:46 AM

Heroic Tales

Fantagraphics and comiXology bring you more of the comics of yesterday with the technology of today. 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. Edited and compiled by best-selling author and comic-book historian Blake Bell (Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko), The Bill Everett Archives is a stunning series and a historical treasure. The series 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. 

The first collection, Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1 (only $24.99 for 242 pages!) is available to read digitally and now so is Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 for $26.99! Head over to comiXology TODAY and download some classics.

"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 

Amazing Mysteries

Fantagraphics at SPX: Debuts and Signings
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ulli LustSteve DitkoShimura TakakoPeter BaggePaul HornschemeierMichael KuppermanMichael J VassalloMarc SobelLove and RocketsLeslie SteinJustin HallJim WoodringJanet HamlinJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGary PantereventsEd PiskorDisneyDash ShawChuck ForsmanCharles M SchulzCarol TylerCarl BarksBlake BellBill EverettBen Catmull 12 Sep 2013 11:40 AM

SPX MAP

Boasting one of the most PACKED signing schedules of SPX and Fantagraphics' we have FOURTEEN people signing at our table (and a few more Fantagraphics' cartoonists are tabling all by their lonesome) You can find all these sweet 'n' sassy cartoonists and book debuts at tables W57-6, along the very rightmost wall.

Saturday

Ed Piskor: 11-12:30pm, 3:30-5:00pm
Leslie Stein: 11-12:30pm
Michael Kupperman: 11am-1pm
Janet Hamlin: 12:30pm-2:30pm (Saturday signing only!)
Justin Hall: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Carol Tyler: 1-2:00pm, 6-7pm
Charles Forsman: 2-4pm
Gary Panter: 2-3pm
Dash Shaw: 2-3pm
Ulli Lust: 3-5pm
Paul Hornschemeier: 4-7pm
Ben Catmull: 5-6pm
Peter Bagge: 5-6pm
Marc Sobel: 6-7pm

Sunday
Peter Bagge: Noon-1pm
Leslie Stein: Noon-1:30pm
Justin Hall: Noon-1pm
Carol Tyler: 1-2pm
Paul Hornschemeier: 1-2pm
Ed Piskor: 1:30-3pm
Ulli Lust: 2-4pm
Dash Shaw: 2-3:30pm, 5-6pm
Marc Sobel: 3-4pm
Michael Kupperman: 3:30-5pm
Gary Panter: 4-5pm
Ben Catmull: 4-6pm
Charles Forsman: 5-6pm

Debuts:

Hip Hop Family Tree

As usual we have an action-packed signing schedule for you at San Diego Comic Con. Keep your schedules open so you can stop by our magnificent table and get your signatures hot and fresh in your books at - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/?Itemid=113&option=com_myblog&show=San-Diego-Comic-Con-Debuts.html#sthash.199ZEXcU.dpuf

 • Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor   Yes yes y'all! This explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history will school you on the old school, taking you back to the early days of the music genre that changed global culture. Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era.

 

 

Sketching Gitmo

• Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 by Janet Hamlin The only public visual record until 2013 of the notorious, historic, carefully censored military trials at Guantanamo is Hamlin's courtroom sketches. This book collects her most potent and revealing sketches and chronicles her experience.

The only public visual record of the notorious, historic, carefully censored military trials at Guantanamo is Hamlin's courtroom sketches. This book collects her most potent and revealing sketches and chronicles her experience.  - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?keyword=sketching+guantanamo&search_type=titles&Search=Search&Itemid=62&option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse#sthash.xQzpBR6W.dpuf
Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/sketching-guantanamo-court-sketches-of-the-military-tribunals-2006-2013-oct.-2013.html?vmcchk=1#sthash.DF2ADBuc.dpuf

Fran

 • Fran by Jim Woodring  What is to become of the beloved trilobular chuckbuster Frank now that he has journeyed outside the Unifactor and met his soulmate, Fran? The answer is delivered here in devastatingly unpredictable fashion. Fans of Frank, connoisseurs of bizarre romance, and spelunkers in the radiant depths of graphic metaphysical psychodrama will want to add this singular cartoon adventure story to their lifetime reading list.

 

 

Everybody is Stupid Except for Me • Everybody is Stupid Except for Me (And Other Astute Observations) by Peter Bagge  A decade of informed, provocative, cantankerous & hilarious cartoon opinion pieces from our favorite libertarian curmudgeon, on topics ranging from Stupid War to Stupid Sex and, of course, Stupid Politicians. BONUS: This new edition of the sold-out Everybody Is Stupid features an extra 32 pages of never-before-collected comics, including an epic biography of eccentric libertarian (and Ayn Rand contemporary) Isabel Mary Paterson.

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1• Treasury of  Mini Comics Volume 1, edited by Michael Dowers Four decades of deliberate DIY cartoon rebellion! Collecting some of the best mini comics ever produced by some of the most creative artists in the world. In a do-it-yourself world, anything goes... boundaries are crossed, envelopes pushed, wounds opened. From the silliest fart or boob jokes to the most deeply felt "EMO" style poetry, mini comics creators have been uninhibited in their efforts to strive for something fresh, raw, and vital.

 

Love and Rockets: The Covers

• Love and Rockets: The Covers by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (badass design by Jacob Covey) A beautiful, oversized art book featuring over 120 iconic comic covers (front & back) from the first 3 decades of Love and Rockets, collected for the first time in full color. The perfect gift for L&R fan, this book presents them without trade dress (logos, marketing hype, etc.) when possible, allowing the original cover illustrations to communicate on their own. With a fancy clear plastic book jacket, you need to grab a copy and return home a hero.

A beautiful, oversized art book featuring over 120 iconic comic covers (front & back) from the first 3 decades of Love and Rockets, collected for the first time in full color. The perfect gift for L&R fan, this book presents them without trade dress (logos, marketing hype, etc.) when possible, allowing the original cover illustrations to communicate on their own. With a fancy clear plastic book jacket, you need to grab a copy, get it signed and return home a hero. - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/?Itemid=113&option=com_myblog&show=San-Diego-Comic-Con-Debuts.html#sthash.RzbNaI5J.dpuf

Wandering Son Vol. 5• Wandering Son Volume 5 by Shimura Takako  In this volume of the acclaimed series about transgendered kids exploring their unfolding identities, we've reached a big event; the junior high school entrance ceremony. Envy and jealousy are prominent themes in Volume 5: Chiba-san is jealous of Takatsuki-san, for whom Nitori-kun still carries a torch. Maho envies Anna-chan's professionalism as a model. And Chii-chan's loyal sidekick, Shiri Momoko, is intensely jealous of anyone in whom Chii-chan shows the slightest interest. And so our protagonists set off on the journey to adolescence....

 

Christmas on Bear Mountain• Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain by Carl Barks  Uncle Scrooge's first appearance, in one of Barks's funniest holiday stories! "Christmas on Bear Mountain" is one of Barks's funniest holiday stories and a true landmark in comics history, and offers a fascinating look at a rough-edged, genuinely nasty character whom Barks would soon soften... Journey to Volcania, "down under" and the West Indies with Donald and the nephews. Plus seven 10-pagers and abundant critical and historical notes. Not available in stores until NOVEMBER!

 

Christmas box set Barks • Walt Disney's Donald Duck Christmas Gift Box Set by Carl Barks A double dose of Disney's Donald Duck! A thoughtful, memorable, can't-miss special Christmas item handsomely presented in an inviting gift box set that will delight readers of any age. In these twin volumes, you'll find page after page after page of intrepid quests, daring adventures, and breathtaking escapes. Readers will be spellbound by these timeless classics - with their engaging plots, clever humor, and heartwarming themes.

 

Peanuts Every Sunday

• Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 by Charles Schulz The first four years of Peanuts in sparkling, scrupulously remastered color! Relive that delightful, Sunday-morning reading experience and get a fascinating peek at Schulz's evolving creative process.

 

Peanuts 20

• The Complete Peanuts Volume 20 (1989-1990) by Charles M. Schulz  The 20th volume is dense with romantic intrigue, from the Marcie-Peppermint Patty-Chuck triangle to Charlie Brown's romance with Peggy Jean. Snoopy meets his brother Olaf, Spike communes with the cacti, and more fun with the gang. 

 

The Secret History of Marvel Comics

• The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire by Blake Bell & Michael J. Vassallo  Exposing the seamy underside of Martin Goodman's publishing empire. The never-before-told history of Goodman's pulps and scandal sheets and the Marvel artists who worked for them, with loads of unseen art.
 
The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell & Dr. Michael J. Vassallo - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMichael J VassalloComing AttractionsBlake Bell 10 Sep 2013 5:37 PM

Ready for a detailed account of an often misrepresented slice of American publishing history and a revelatory examination of comics-industry lore that faces controversial topics head-on? Our downloadable sneak peek of Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo's new book The Secret History of Marvel Comics lets you read the Table of Contents, the authors' Introduction (in which they gut the 3 most common myths about Marvel), and the full first chapter ("The Way It Began," tracing the early life and career of Martin Goodman), illustrated with plentiful pulp covers by J.W. Scott and others. 

This insightful tome arrives in or around late October and is available for pre-order right here.

The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell & Dr. Michael J. Vassallo

New Comics Day 9.11.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Shimura TakakoJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezBlake BellBill Everett 10 Sep 2013 3:09 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability. 

Love and Rockets: The Covers
Love and Rockets: The Covers
by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez

144-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-598-3

"As you might expect, Love And Rockets: The Covers is very attractive, very well-put together, and the fact that the production values on display flatter the work inside gives you an idea of just how far ahead of the curve the Hernandez Brothers could work at times." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter  

"Love and Rockets #1 is marvelous. I hope one day to attain the level of the cover drawing myself... it is a perfect drawing." - Moebius, 1982

Wandering Son Vol 5

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 5
by Shimura Takako

228-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-647-8

"...what continues to make Wandering Son a fantastic read is the frankness it presents developmental sexual identity...Few comics will challenge you like Wandering Son. It covers a topic not widely written about or discussed, and does so in a tactful, warm, embracing manner." -Nick Rowe, Read Comic Books

"While most manga about cross-dressing involve lots of shrieking and embarrassment, Wandering Son takes a quieter, more introspective approach.... It's a very sweet manga with realistic characters - no dead parents or crazy teachers, just ordinary, loving families and supportive friends. This manga is a beautifully produced, hardcover book, and... it's worth every penny." - Brigid Alverson, MTV Geek 

Heroic Tales

Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2
by Bill Everett; edited by Blake Bell

248-page full-color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-600-3"

"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

 






Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 10 Sep 2013 2:17 PM

We continue our comprehensive collections of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko's 1950s work in this new 4th volume of The Steve Ditko Archives from editor Blake BellImpossible Tales finds Ditko ensconced at Charlton Comics and doing some of his best work for their horror and suspense titles. See for yourself in our downloadable excerpt, which contains the book's Table of Contents and three complete stories! Pre-order the book here for expected delivery in late October.

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4

The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell & Dr. Michael J. Vassallo - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael J VassalloComing AttractionsBlake Bell 4 Sep 2013 2:49 PM

The Secret History of Marvel Comics cover

The Secret History of Marvel Comics pages

The Secret History of Marvel Comics pages

Marvel Comics would probably prefer that their origins go unremembered, but comics historians Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo are here to rain on that parade with their new book The Secret History of Marvel Comics, which traces Marvel's roots in the sordid, exploitative pulp publishing empire of Martin Goodman. You'll also be treated to a bounty of rare, never-before-reprinted artwork by such comics legends as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus top-tier pulp artists, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, and L.F. Bjorklund.

This essential exposé on early comics history is due in late October/early November; we'll have more sneak peeks for you as always, and you can pre-order your copy right here