Wallace Wood fans love his sleek, preternaturally lush art, but they especially love the wonderment of his spectacular science fiction. This highly anticipated mouth-watering collection features over two dozen stories brimming with Wood’s meticulously detailed, genre-defining brushwork—all save the one Wood wrote himself on the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein. And with titles like "Spawn of Mars," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "A Trip to a Star," "The Invaders," "The Secret of Saturn's Ring," and "The Two-Century Journey," how can you go wrong? This is EC science fiction at its finest. Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
The 1950s were also a launching pad for some of the greatest comic book artists in history, many of whom worked for EC—including Wallace Wood, whose hypnotically detailed, lushly expressive brushwork brought to life menacing thugs, ominous cityscapes, and small-town America, as well as Everymen grappling with profound moral issues—not to mention some of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful women ever to sashay across a comic book page.
Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars features extensive essays and notes on these classic stories by EC experts — but the real "meat" of the matter (sometimes literally, in the grislier stories) is supplied by these often lurid, sometimes downright over-the-top, but always compelling and superbly crafted, classic comic-book masterpieces.
We are quite pleased to present to you the finalized cover design for our new book collecting cartoonist and 2014 Rockefeller FellowPeter Bagge's Sweatshop. First published as a six-issue series in 2003, this comic detailing the life of an out-of-touch cartoonist and his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants has never before been collected until now!
L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors"—brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds—and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.
On this gloriously sunny fall day, we are excited to offer a sneak peek of our advance printer copies of the next EC Comics Library volume—Spawn of Mars and Other Stories! We're having a hard time keeping our hands off this beautiful hardcover book, which highlights the great Wallace Wood's science-fiction themed stories.
Here is a first look at an advance copy of another delicious CAB debut book: Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks. This book, which tells the story of a struggling cartoonist who comes in possession of a mysterious old comic book that injects him into a fantastical world, is a new, eagerly-awaited graphic novel from the creator of Hicksville. One only need look at these sneak peek images to see why we're eager for the book's release.
For those of you who can't make it to CAB (slackers), the least you could do is get your pre-order in now for December delivery.
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.
This comprehensive collection of the professor who arguably created the first underground comic (The Adventures of Jesus) will grace the Fantagraphics table at CAB, and otherwise will arrive at bookstores this December. If you can't make it to CAB this weekend, you can still pre-order your copy now.