In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." These images were then put on a series of drinking glasses that were given away as premiums at various major and minor league ballparks across America. The first set was issued on April 15, 1954, at the very first home game for the modern day Baltimore Orioles.
The illustrations by Mullin were for years thought to have been lost, but were found at an auction in 2002. They have been meticulously reproduced to create this stunning edition of "Casey at the Bat." This edition will include additional Mullin material like the "Fan's Alphabet" from 1953 and the poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn" from 1947. With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of "Casey" is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages.
Behold! Advance copies of Johnny Ryan's latest collection, Angry Youth Comix, have graced our office. This is a book that, at first glance, would fit seamlessly amongst the great classics in literature in one's personal library—which just delights us to no end!
Our amazing designer Keeli has really outshone herself with this book, we think you'll agree. It's so damn beautiful it makes us wanna cuss! Angry Youth Comix is slated to invade a bookstore near you this March, so pre-order your copy now. Video and photoset previews will be coming up in the following weeks!
Bullets are flying in Bullet Valley! In other words, advance copies of our next Carl Barks book, Sheriff of Bullet Valley, have arrived at the Fantagraphics office, to much celebratory hollerin'. With such page-popping colors and wild wild west-style adventures, it's been impossible not to dig in.
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.
In our next half-size, kid-friendly Donald Duck book, our feathered protagonist is determined to catch a gang of cattle rustlers that have been terrorizing the ranchers of Bullet Valley. Using his knowledge from watching Western movies, Donald sets out to catch the no-gooders red-handed.
Our nine-page downloadable excerpt sets the stage for the book's titular storyline, with Donald convincing the sheriff that he has what it takes to take down these baddies with a string of Western movie plotlines. The foreshadowing is complete when he orders his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, to stay behind at a hotel.
Will Donald's vast knowledge of Western movies truly help him capture these cattle rustlers? This and five other Barksian stories are included in Sheriff of Bullet Valley, so pre-order your copy now and get ready to share in the laughs and the adventures of Carl Barks' timeless duck tales with your young'uns once it releases in March!
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!
The scent of freshly printed advance books is second only to coffee in its ability to perk us up and get our heartrate going! This morning, we've got a first glimpse at Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales. Check out that beautiful cloth binding, the lush colors popping off each page, and the simple design allowing Mullin's illustrations to shine.
"That Foster was the most virtuosic comics artist of his time, there is some merit to the claim." – Steven Heller, The New York Times
"Hal Foster was an illustrator in the grand tradition of Arthur Rackham and Howard Pyle… Every panel packs a one-two punch." – Vanity Fair
"Foster’s meticulously detailed, painstakingly researched, vividly realistic, and often breathtaking illustration made him one of the most revered artists in the comic field." – Library Journal
"One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breath-taking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant’s 30+ year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics’ series of books." – The Huffington Post
Baseball fans, rejoice! Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales is shaping up to be an easy catch. With 27 pages alternating poetry by Ernest Thayer and illustrations by Mullin, plus a couple dozen more pages of extra material, including poetry, illustrations, and essays, this little book packs a good-sized punch for any baseball lover!
With this 21-page excerpt of our upcoming Angry Youth Comix, collecting all fourteen issues of Johnny Ryan's career-defining comic series, you'll get an appreciable taste of the glory that awaits. After the full table of contents, you'll be treated to 14 pages of "The Whorehouse of Dr. Moreau."