"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
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!
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.
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.
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.
"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 — 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!
Let's all stand up and salute the first advance copies of Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons, the latest hardcover collection of classic strips by the great Roy Crane. Action! Romance! Comedy! Exotic locations! Horrendous villains! Valiant heroes! Bad weather! Nuptials for Buz and his plucky partner, Christy! This strip has it all and oh, how pretty it all looks in crisp black & white dailies and a few choice color Sundays in the back.
This book blows onto shelves in a couple of months; you can pre-order a copy and read an excerpt here, and buy a discounted set of all 3 volumes here!
In our downloadable excerpt, Buz reluctantly skips out on his vacation and heads to the West Indies to help his old Navy buddy Thirsty out of a jam — which turns out to be an acute case of cold feet over impending marriage. Thirsty sends Buz to let his bride-to-be down easy, but it turns out his real plans are more devious, and things get complicated. On top of all that, a hurricane blows through and a slick character washes up with designs on Thirsty's now-disenchanted belle. Plus, a few full-color Sunday strips starring Buz's pal Rosco Sweeney! Will Thirsty get the girl? And what about Buz's girl Christy back home? Pre-order the book now and find out when you get your copy in March!