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Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 26 Jan 2015 12:45 PM

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5, edited by Blake Bell - Cover

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5, edited by Blake Bell - Inside Page

It's a beautiful day to be taking in the bright, bold coloring and clean linework of comics giant Steve Ditko. We've received our advances of the fifth volume in The Steve Ditko Archives, lovingly edited by Blake Bell. Entitled Dripping with Fear, the book features over 200 full-color pages, essays, and extras highlighting the time period when Ditko began sharing a studio with famed fetish artist and art-school colleague Eric Stanton.

Dripping with Fear is due out in bookstores this coming March, and we've got lots of previews to share in the meantime! Pre-order your copy now.

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 15 Jan 2015 4:00 PM

Continuing our highly praised series cataloguing and exploring Steve Ditko's extensive, decades-long portfolio of work, Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 features another 200+ pages of meticulously restored, full-color artwork, featuring the time period when Ditko began sharing a studio with fetish artist Eric Stanton.

Our generous 21-page, downloadable excerpt includes the full 11-page introduction by editor Blake Bell and the complete first story, titled "Journey's End." Read on, then head over to our product page to place your pre-order for the book's February delivery!

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - Cover

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 5 Jan 2015 1:30 PM

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - Cover

Our fantastic designers have done it again! Here is the cover art for the fifth volume of our acclaimed series on the inimitable Steve Ditko. Titled Dripping with Fear, this volume features another 200-plus pages of meticulously restored, full-color, early Ditko work, including the beginning of Ditko's collaborations with renowned fetish artist Eric Stanton and an introduction by editor Blake Bell.

We expect Dripping with Fear to be released by March 2015, and the book is already available for pre-order! More previews forthcoming.

Steve Ditko Archives 4th volume now on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steve Ditkodigital comicscomiXology 11 Dec 2014 3:02 PM
Impossible Tales
Terror, stress, aches and fears; all of these vibrate off the page in a Ditko comic from our most recent collection now available digitally on comiXology. Like its predecessors, Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 features over 200 meticulously restored full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime - stories that have never seen a proper reprinting until now, thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims all delineated in Ditko's wildly idiosyncratic, masterful style. This fourth volume ranks as the best in the Steve Ditko Archives series to date thanks in large part to the inspiration Ditko took from comics derived from the classic host-narrated radio shows, which gave an extra oomph to his creepy yarns, edited by Blake Bell.
 
All 241 pages of the occult, creepy and fantastic can be yours at the tap of a button and a download on comiXology for only $24.99. Check out the previous three volumes as well. 
Ditko  
"Fantastic... Raw and grotesque and beautifully drawn and presented." –Dave Gibbons
 
"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 
Haunted History at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Wally WoodSteve DitkoPatrick RosenkranzJohn SeverinJack DavisFantagraphics BookstoreEC ComicsAlex Toth 16 Oct 2014 11:59 AM

Creepy  Eerie

We have some amazing Halloween treats in store at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery: Vintage copies of mid-60s Creepy and Eerie. These issues are from the estate of the late Gary Arlington, famed EC comics collector and proprietor of the San Francisco Comic Book Company, widely regarded as the country's first comic book shop. (As seen in the photo below by Patrick Rosenkranz.) The magazines feature mid-century masters like Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth, Reed Crandall, Steve Ditko, John Severin, and more. Own a monstrous piece of comix history for only $8.95. 

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Speaking of history, don't miss the Georgetown Haunted History Tour this weekend. This annual event provides a playful look at the eerie history of Seattle's oldest neighborhood. Wildly entertaining. 

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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

Shipping now from our mail-order department:

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

See Previews / Order Now

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)
by John SeverinHarvey KurtzmanWill Elder et al.

264-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-749-9

"With crisp inks on heavy stock paper, Fantagraphics' BOMB RUN is a pleasure to hold and leaf through."  –Spectrum Culturenbsp;

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans... These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn't treat readers as naive or ignorant." - Los Angeles Times

"Fantagraphics' current series of handsome hardcovers makes familiar material fresh by focusing on individual artists... it's never been easier to appreciate the contributions of these iconic inkslingers." - Chicago Tribune

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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Strange Suspense cover photo

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

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