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Category >> Roy Crane

New Comics Day 3.11.2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Willard MullinRoy CraneNew Comics Day 11 Mar 2015 3:16 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. 

Casey at the Bat
Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales
by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer

52-page two-color 6.25" x 6.25" hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-814-4

"Mullin defined the modern sports cartoon by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary - part news account, part personal observation, his cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural, and artistic value." –Bob Staake

Hurricane Isle
Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs
by Roy Crane; edited by Rick Norwood

"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn't even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." - The A.V. Club 








Now in Stock - Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy Cranenew releasesCaptain Easy 2 Mar 2015 1:10 PM

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

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Cover

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs
by Roy Crane; edited by Rick Norwood

320-page black & white 10.5" x 8.5" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-809-0

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Sate your wanderlust with a brick of slam-bang action, boisterous humor, dangerous villains, even more dangerous women, and the promised treasure in this collection of Roy Crane's classic Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy. Following our Eisner Award-nominated series of Roy Crane's Captain Easy Sunday strip collections, we have selected the very best of the indispensable daily comic strip adventures of Easy and Tubbs. Featuring Wash running a dinky railroad in a comic-opera version of Eastern Europe, the gripping narrative of Easy waging total war against The Phantom King, battles with pirates in the South Seas, and the harrowing story of Easy and Wash as prisoners on the infamous Devil's Island. Roy Crane mixes imagination, romance, and thrills in a masterful storytelling style that entices you over the next mountain, across the next ocean, toward the next horizon—and always to the next thrill-packed adventure!

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Photoset
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy Cranepreviewsnew releasesCaptain Easy 10 Feb 2015 10:25 AM

Praise for Roy Crane:

"Freed from the tiny confines of the black-and-white daily strip, Crane brilliantly exploited the vastly larger canvas of the full newspaper page, wildly varying the sizes, shapes, and arrangement of the panels. His distinctive drawing style, an appealing blend of simplified realism and broad cartooniness, also set Easy apart. While not quite as large as the original newspaper broadsheets, this volume’s oversize pages fully convey the strip's formidable visual impact." – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn’t even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." – The A.V. Club

"Though he was one of the genre's pioneers, Roy Crane's Captain Easy is arguably the most idiosyncratic of all the adventure strips. But it's this blend of loud slapstick, young-boys-styled adventure and blatant sex appeal that make Captain Easy such a winning, fun strip to read." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb
by Roy Crane

320-page black & white 10.5" x 8.5" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-809-0

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/hurricaneisle

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures by Roy Crane - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy CranepreviewsCaptain Easy 14 Jan 2015 10:15 AM

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs
by Roy Crane

320-page black & white 10.5" x 8.5" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-809-0

Ships in: February 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Sate your wanderlust with a brick of slam-bang action, boisterous humor, dangerous villains, even more dangerous women, and the promised treasure in this collection of Roy Crane's classic Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy. Following our Eisner Award-nominated series of Roy Crane's Captain Easy Sunday strip collections, we have selected the very best of the indispensable daily comic strip adventures of Easy and Tubbs. Featuring Wash running a dinky railroad in a comic-opera version of Eastern Europe, the gripping narrative of Easy waging total war against The Phantom King, battles with pirates in the South Seas, and the harrowing story of Easy and Wash as prisoners on the infamous Devil's Island. Roy Crane mixes imagination, romance, and thrills in a masterful storytelling style that entices you over the next mountain, across the next ocean, toward the next horizon—and always to the next thrill-packed adventure!

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Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy CranepreviewsComing AttractionsCaptain Easy 5 Jan 2015 11:15 AM

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane

Our first look of 2015 is off to a great start with stacks of advance copies of Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs. Smelling of fresh inks and new paper, this collection of Roy Crane's adventure comic strip is a delight to open on this grey, rainy Monday morning.

Hurricane Isle is due out in February, and you can pre-order your copy right here, right now!

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy CraneComing AttractionsCaptain Easy 29 Dec 2014 2:00 PM

Hold on to yer hats and make way for the grand, thrilling adventures of Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy! In this 20-page, 4.2 MB downloadable excerpt, we've got the full introduction by Rick Norwood, "A History of Lickety Whop" by Ron Coulart, and 11 full pages of comics.

Enjoy reading the beginning of Wash Tubb's search for Blackbeard's famed buried treasure on a little island in the Indies called Hurricane Isle, then head over to pre-order your copy of Roy Crane's Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs!

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Cover

Hurricane Isle and Other Stories: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy CraneComing AttractionsCaptain Easy 15 Dec 2014 1:05 PM

Hurricane Isle and Other Stories: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Cover

Captain Easy fans, this is the book you've been waiting for! Following the success of our Eisner Award-nominated series collecting the Sunday Captain Easy strips, we are proud to present a brand new collection of the very best of the best of Roy Crane's beloved and influential adventure comic strip in Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs.

Here is our finalized cover design, which—we think you'll agree—lets Crane's work speak for itself. Now, rest easy, mate, this book is already up for presale and is on course for a February release date.

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy Cranenew releases 22 Apr 2014 2:16 PM

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

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons
by Roy Crane

232-page black & white/color 9.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-703-1

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A hurricane in the Caribbean! A typhoon in the South Seas! And a whirlwind of international intrigue as two-fisted Buz Sawyer is trapped behind the Iron Curtain! These are just some of the dangers that threaten to down our high-flying daredevil.

Then the biggest challenge of all — Buz gets married! But Christy isn't just some ordinary dame. She's brave, bold, and beautiful — just the kind of partner Buz needs.

Roy Crane brings it all masterfully to life in a series of pulse-pounding adventures starring unforgettable women, unrelenting assassins — and unstoppable bad weather.

Oh, and that "quiet" honeymoon trip to Africa? Turns out — well, you'll just have to look inside.

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy Cranepreviewsnew releases 14 Mar 2014 12:47 PM

"Crane expertly mixes high action... with just the right amount of romance, creating a storytelling engine... gorgeous art, with cleanly drawn figures, extensive shading..." — Paste

"...Buz Sawyer features the same seamless blend of derring-do and humor, both in its story lines and in Crane’s economical, slightly cartoonish artwork, which had made Wash Tubbs one of the most popular strips of the era and which would keep Buz flying for more than four decades." — Booklist

"If I had to pick a favorite [classic comic-strip reprint] right now, I’d say the Fantagraphics reprints of Buz Sawyer by Roy Crane. I just love the energy, humor, adventure and charm of them." – Kurt Busiek

“[Roy Crane] is a treasure. There is still no one around who draws any better.” — Charles M. Schulz

“Roy Crane did adventure with a beautiful combination of cartooning and storytelling. Every panel was an entertaining panel, with something to look at. When you combine his storytelling ability, with or without balloons, with his action and those great panels, you can’t fail.” — John Severin

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons
by Roy Crane

232-page black & white/color 9.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-703-1

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/buzsawyer3

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRoy Cranepreviewsnew releases 12 Mar 2014 7:34 PM

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons
by Roy Crane

232-page black & white/color 9.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-703-1

Ships in: March 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Buz Sawyer — adventurer, bon vivant, and former bachelor — can't let a little thing like romance and marriage slow him down. Buz knows that Christy is the only woman for him — brave, beautiful, and able to handle herself when the going gets tough, and just the kind of woman Buz needs when the chips are down — a lover and a fighter.

And indeed, Christy has her mettle tested, because the road to marriage is a rocky one. First, Buz has to survive a hurricane in the Caribbean, a typhoon in the South Seas, and a stone cold killer with a deceptively mild manner and the innocuous-sounding name of Harry Sparrow. As if that weren't enough, Buz gets himself caught in a political hurricane when he gets trapped behind the Iron Curtain just as the Cold War heats up. And if you think Buz and Christy's African honeymoon is a picnic... think again.

All of this is brought vividly and gorgeously to life through Roy Crane's sure-footed writing and stunning storytelling, a rollicking series of adventures filled with knock-out women, brutal assassins, and extremely bad weather.

This volume also includes some of the best Buz Sawyer Sunday strips (starring Buz's pal Rosco Sweeney), in full color!

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Buz Sawyer Vol. 3 cover photo

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