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The Bill Everett Archives on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicscomiXologyBlake BellBill Everett 25 Sep 2013 12:46 PM

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 12:40 PM

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 6:37 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 4:09 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 3:17 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 3:49 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

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoComing AttractionsBlake Bell 3 Sep 2013 12:58 PM

Impossible Tales cover

Impossible Tales pages

Ditkophiles rejoice! A fourth heaping helping of Steve Ditko's classic suspense and horror work from the 1950s is on its way to give you the creeps right around Halloween. Impossible Tales collects another 200-plus pages of tales from This Magazine Is Haunted, Tales of the Mysterious Traveler, Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds, Out of This World, Strange Suspense Stories and more, impeccably compiled by Ditko doyen Blake Bell and given our painstaking restoration treatment. Ditko's mastery of the comics page is in full effect here, with a real burst of creativity and innovation that marks this work as one of his peaks. Pre-order your copy here and stand by for more sneak peeks!

Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesBlake BellBill Everett 29 Aug 2013 1:57 PM

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

Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2

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

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Amazing Man! Skyrocket Steele! Hydroman! They're back from the very earilest days of the Golden Age of Comics in this beautiful collection from one of America's most dynamic, exuberant, and versatile comic book artists — the legendary Bill Everett, creator of Sub-Mariner and co-creator of Daredevil!

PLUS: An essential look at Everett's work in other genres, including his not-to-be-missed horror shockers!

Look inside — and marvel at over 200 pages of Bill Everett comics, covers, and artwork painstakingly restored in full color and unseen since their original publication.

"Everett's vivid, varied work ... emanated from a man who was a lot like his most famous creations: a destructive antihero, always a little angry at the puny humans around him." – The A.V. Club 

Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesBlake BellBill Everett 29 Aug 2013 11:14 AM

"Heroic Tales is a wonderful anthology of material from several different eras of Everett's career. After an insightful introduction, editor Blake Bell presents 150 or so pages of comics... Bill Everett was a tremendous and thoroughly unique talent in comics art. Heroic Tales reminds us that Everett's career was long, but his talent was obvious. ...[T]his is a delightful book." – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

"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

"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

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

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/heroictales

Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBlake BellBill Everett 28 Aug 2013 5:01 PM

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

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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.

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.

Edited 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 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. This book also includes an introduction about the man, his art, the history of the era, and his relationship with Marvel Comics.

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