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Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Now in Stock
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Steve Ditkonew releases 18 Jun 2014 5:06 PM

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Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback)
by Steve Ditko

240-page full color 7" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

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Over 200 Pages of Pre-Spider-Man, Pre-Comics Code Horror Comics by Steve Ditko

"This book is chock-full of intense faces and monsters and colors. Strong blacks, horror comics, mean revenge, strange surgery…It's all horror comics from before Fredric Wertham illegalized good-time comic books." – Vice

"The tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations, and disintegrations. …Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." – Rue Morgue

"This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career." – Entertainment Weekly

New Comics Day 6.18.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wally WoodWallace WoodVirgil PartchVaughn BodeSteve DitkoNew Comics DayBlake BellAl Williamson 17 Jun 2014 3:05 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.

witzend  witzend
by Wallace Wood and various artists

656-page black & white/color 9" x 12.5" x 2.75" two-volume slipcased hardcover set • $125.00 

ISBN: 978-1-60699-744-4 

"Boxed together in a deluxe two-volume set, here are the irascible voices of a medium far more outré than Hollywood blockbuster movies." –Carlo McCormick, Art News  

Bomb RunBomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
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ISBN: 978-1-60699-749-9

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Cork High and Bottle Deep Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white/color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

"The dazzlingly demented Virgil Partch was seemingly born with a drink in one hand and a brush in the other." - Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin 

Strange Suspense  Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Softcover Ed.)
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 6.75" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

"...[T]he tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations and disintegrations. ...Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." –Pedro Cabezuelo, Rue Morgue

"Strange Suspense offers page after lurid four-color page of Ditko's weird monsters, rubber-faced crooks, and abstracted landscapes... The book is a white-knuckle trip through Ditko's fevered imagination. [Grade] A-" –The A.V. Club

 






Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve Ditkopreviewsnew releasesBlake Bell 26 May 2014 11:34 AM

"Strange Suspense offers page after lurid four-color page of Ditko's weird monsters, rubber-faced crooks, and abstracted landscapes... The book is a white-knuckle trip through Ditko’s fevered imagination." – The A.V. Club

"This book is chock-full of intense faces and monsters and colors. Strong blacks, horror comics, mean revenge, strange surgery…It's all horror comics from before Fredric Wertham illegalized good-time comic books." – Vice

"The tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations, and disintegrations. …Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." – Rue Morgue

"This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career." – Entertainment Weekly

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 - Paperback Edition
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

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/strangesuspense

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoSteve Ditkopreviewsnew releasesBlake Bell 20 May 2014 1:20 PM

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 - Paperback Edition
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

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

Before the Amazing Spider-Man, before the mysterious Dr. Strange, before the black-and-white world of the Ayn Rand-inspired Mr. A, the legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko was conjuring all manners of horrors at his drawing table. In his first two years in the industry (1953 and 1954), Ditko drew tales of macabre suspense that were not yet hobbled by the imminent Comics Code Authority (adopted in Oct. 1954). These stories featured graphic bloodshed, dismemberment and blood-curdling acid baths as the ugly end to the lives of the dark and twisted inhabitants of Steve Ditko’s imagination.

Following up on Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, Blake Bell’s 2008 best-selling critical retrospective of Ditko’s career, Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 features, for the first time, spectacular full-color reprints of every story from those first two years of his career. Beginning with Ditko’s very first story to Ditko’s short stint in the Joe Simon/Jack Kirby studio, to Ditko’s eventual encampment at the Charlton Comics operation in 1954, readers will see the initial works of an artist already at a level of craftsmanship that exceeded most of his peers. The book also features editor Bell’s insightful introduction, providing historical background and speaking to Ditko's influence and his unique craft.

Now in paperback!

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witzend by Wallace Wood and various artists - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under witzendWallace WoodVaughn BodeSteve Ditkopreviewsnew releasesAl Williamson 20 May 2014 11:04 AM

"I'm so excited by Fantagraphics bringing us a complete version of witzend... That's a bunch of interesting cartoonists doing work at the far frontier of their creative impulses that weren't given that opportunity a whole lot." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

"Witzend is a gem." – iFanboy

"[Witzend's] salient point, that comic artists were entitled to more control and ownership of their own work, would eventually be recognized by the publishers of comic books, but it is hard to argue that witzend itself was a key factor in that development. Like so many other visionary endeavors, it may simply have been ahead of its time." – Rick Spanier

"Wally Wood is one of the best comic book artists that ever lived." – Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

witzend
by Wallace Wood and various artists

656-page black & white/color 9" x 12.5" x 2.75" two-volume slipcased hardcover set • $125.00

ISBN: 978-1-60699-744-4

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/witzend

DKW: Ditko Kirby Wood by Sergio Ponchione — Coming this July!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace WoodSteve DitkoSergio PonchioneJack KirbyComing Attractions 16 Apr 2014 4:51 PM

DKW by Sergio Ponchione

Shortly after completing the serialization of Sergio Ponchione's surreal masterpiece Grotesque, we came across portions of his project DKW: Ditko Kirby Wood on his blog, and we immediately knew we had to bring this phenomenal work to American readers. A loving tribute to Steve, Jack, and Wally, DKW tells their stories with astounding, eye-popping, trippy visuals that transport you inside the imaginations of these three master comics-makers.

We're pleased to present DKW as a one-shot comic book coming to comic shops this July! Look for it in the May issue of Previews, out in two weeks, and demand it from your local retailer.

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoComing AttractionsBlake Bell 16 Apr 2014 1:44 PM

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Strange Suspense pages photo

As great as the new cover for the forthcoming paperback edition of Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 looks on screen, it looks even better in person as we ogle the advance copies fresh out of the box today. And, of course, the guts are still phenomenal, collecting Ditko's earliest pre-Code horror and suspense work, expertly restored in full lurid color, and compiled by acclaimed Ditko biographer Blake Bell.

If you missed out on the hardcover edition of this volume, be sure to snap up this version right away — you can reserve your copy, and read an excerpt with 3 full stories, right here!

witzend by Wallace Wood and various artists - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under witzendWallace WoodSteve DitkoComing Attractions 16 Apr 2014 11:16 AM

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witzend pages photo

Like a monolith, the formidable witzend box set rises from the corner of my desk. With two hardcover volumes in a slipcase collecting the complete run of Wallace Wood & company's landmark anthology series, featuring incredible artwork and scintillating stories from a murderers' row of creators, it's a monumental package, a must-have for the comics cognoscenti, and a guaranteed toe-crusher if you drop it on your foot.

This bastion of freedom of expression and independence from commercial and editorial restraint should be on shelves before Independence Day and available through our mail-order a bit sooner. If you haven't already, browse our enormous preview and reserve your copy, right here, today!

witzend by Wallace Wood and various artists - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under witzendWallace WoodVaughn BodeSteve DitkopreviewsJohn BensonHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsAlex TothAl Williamson 14 Apr 2014 11:26 AM

There's so much incredible stuff to show you in our two-volume complete hardcover collection of witzend, our downloadable preview runs to a ridiculous 87 pages (and 45 MB), with a smattering of pages and the cover art from each issue, the Tables of Contents, and a bit more.

In rough order of appearance: Wallace Wood, Al Williamson, Jack Gaughan, Gray Morrow, Harvey Kurtzman, Warren Sattler, Reed Crandall, Don Martin, Steve Ditko, Art Spiegelman, Richard Bassford, Roger Brand, Frank Frazetta, Grass Green, Vaughn Bodé, James Frankfort, Steranko, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, John Benson, Sorrel Garika, Ed Paschke, Bernie Wrightson, Alphonse Mucha, Bill Pearson, Ralph Reese, Nicola Cuti, William Stillwell, John Adkins Richardson, W.C. Fields, Dick Giordano, Alex Toth, Howard Chaykin, Mike Zeck, Joe Staton, George Bush, Dennis Janke, Al Sirois, Bhob Stewart, John Norton, Willy Pogany, Zolne Rowich, Brad Foster, Steve Stiles, and others. And that's just the preview!

Even a perfunctory glance at a small portion of these pages will be enough to convince you that this book is a must-have. Fortunately, you can pre-order your own copy right now!

witzend

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 4 Apr 2014 1:39 PM

At four volumes and counting, our Steve Ditko Archives series continues collecting the early work by this prolific comics legend, and now we go back to the beginning for a new paperback edition of the sold-out first volume, Strange Suspense. This is the earliest, pre-Code stuff, which means that it's the grisliest and most horrifying, just like you like it!

Our downloadable excerpt includes the Table of Contents and two complete short stories: "Library of Horror" ("Good heavens! I've trespassed into the beyond -- and there's no escape!") and "Die Laughing!" ("I-I'm clearing out! This joke of Chandler's is too grisly for my taste!"), plus one of Ditko's eye-popping covers. Pre-order your copy today for delivery in June.

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback)

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