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Young Romance 2 by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMichel GagneJoe SimonJack KirbyComing Attractions 2 Jan 2014 6:49 PM

Once readers got a taste of the romance comics by genre originators (and comics legends) Joe Simon & Jack Kirby in our 2011 volume Young Romance, the clamoring for more began immediately (and the Eisner Award nomination soon followed). We weren't sure if another volume were possible, since that book was a years-in-the-making labor of love by editor Michel Gagné, who is busy with an award-winning animation and game design career. Lo and behold, serendipity came out of the woodwork and now, coming in March, we can bring you Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics.

In our downloadable preview you can browse the Table of Contents, read the first full story ("I Was a Pick-Up"), and learn about the color restoration process for this volume, which takes a different approach than the first volume, thanks to the efforts of restoration artist Chris Fama. Pre-order your copy now, and if you missed the first one, get them together at a nice discount.

Young Romance 2 cover

Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJohn LineyComing Attractions 30 Dec 2013 2:01 PM

Here it is, our first preview of one of our Spring-Summer 2014 books that our supporters so generously backed on Kickstarter. Come February (we actually cranked this one out a little early!), with the release of Henry Speaks for Himself, Henry will join Barnaby and Charlie Brown in our roster of funny-looking bald-headed kids. These charming classic comics by John Liney, based on the popular comic strip created by Carl Anderson, have never been collected before, and our book, edited by David Tosh, gathers the best stories.

In our downloadable excerpt, containing one complete story, Henry has a most unusual day of work and play, none of which works out according to plan, as marbles, a shoe-shine box, a kite, a goldfish, and an overripe Limburger cheese present plenty of opportunities for hilarious disaster.

Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney

Stranger Than Life by M.K. Brown - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMK BrownComing Attractions 26 Dec 2013 3:16 PM

Those quirky comics from the heyday of the National Lampoon. Those brilliantly skewed New Yorker and Playboy cartoons. Those hilarious strips in underground mags like Wimmin's Comix and Arcade. The animated shorts that weren't The Simpsons on The Tracey Ullman Show. Perhaps you've encountered the work of M.K. Brown somewhere (lucky you) or perhaps you've never seen it before. Either way, you're in for a treat, as we've gathered these obscure gems into the first ever retrospective volume of her hilarious work, Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013, due out in February. It's what we do!

Get a taste of Brown's brilliance with our downloadable excerpt, featuring Billie Jean King, countertops, pants, aliens, upholstery, snakes, glue, monitor lizards, and some introductory words from Brown herself.

Stranger Than Life by M.K. Brown

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al (EC Comics Library) - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJack KamenEC ComicsAl Feldstein 24 Dec 2013 3:41 PM

"Kamen's art is deceptive in its seeming sweetness. It positioned him perfectly to go over the line into perversity, the hapless reader having no warning.... I look at him as being a seed of a style we'd later associate with David Lynch." – John Linton Roberson

"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." – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/zerohour

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 24 Dec 2013 2:52 PM

"No one could draw a rotted, walking corpse like Graham Ingels." – Donald Vaughan, (Florida) Sun-Sentinel

"I love Ingels …" – George A. Romero

"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." – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/suckerbait

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen (EC Comics Library) - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJack KamenEC ComicsAl Feldstein 20 Dec 2013 3:22 PM

Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

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

BARGAIN COMBO:
Sucker Bait + Zero Hour Gift Set
Price: $57.98 $46.38

With his wholesome approach, Jack Kamen stood out amongst the grand-guignol grunge, gritty realism, or futuristic dazzle of his fellow EC cartoonists — but his brilliant editor/writer Al Feldstein found a way to exploit the surface innocence of his style with seemingly nice stories of romance gone horribly wrong, or future fantasies with an unexpectedly brutal twist. And nowhere did Kamen'’s clean-but-lush graphics work better than in the stories he created for EC's science-fiction comics.

The title story, "Zero Hour" (one of three in this book adapted from works by Ray Bradbury), set in a Spielbergian suburban idyll, is particularly well served by Kamen's surface innocence; "A Lesson in Anatomy" works similar magic, with its Mayberry-esque setting veering into alien-invasion terror.

EC Comics LogoIf there was any devil in Kamen, it came out in his loving depiction of the female face and form, and you could see why his hapless heroes were often fatally entranced with them — as in "Punishment Without Crime" (Bradbury again), "He Who Waits!" (a scientist finds an extreme way of rejoining his eight-inch-tall inamorata), and "Miscalculation!" (the lucky recipient of a package from the future literally brews his own harem); even the supercomputer in "Only Human!" proves vulnerable to a beautiful woman's charms.

Zero Hour and Other Stories contains 22 classic EC yarns — plus the usual all-new biographical, historical, and critical essays that have made Fantagraphics' EC Library series the ultimate version of these classics.

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Zero Hour cover photo

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (EC Comics Library) - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 20 Dec 2013 3:21 PM

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8

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

BARGAIN COMBO:
Sucker Bait + Zero Hour Gift Set
Price: $57.98 $46.38

Even sixty years after their original release, in a post-Saw-and-Hostel era of explicit horror, EC Comics superstar Graham "Ghastly" Ingels's grisly pages retain the power to shock.

His loving depictions of the endless corruption of flesh and nature made him the go-to guy for stories involving swamps, maniacs, and dismemberment — and all three combined to best effect in one of the standouts of this collection of his stories: "Horror We? How’s Bayou?" — considered the single most spectacularly drawn of all of EC’s horror stories, with a climax that would give body-horror king David Cronenberg nightmares.

EC Comics LogoIngels specialized in depicting the unimaginable. If you ever wondered what the vengeful, decaying corpse of an elephant stomping a woman to death would look like, it's in here ("Squash...Anyone?"). Or living rats sewn into the bodies of a tyrannical king and queen ("A Grim Fairy Tale")... or the results of injecting a "poison-pen" letter writer with literal poison and reducing him to, in the words of Al Feldstein's script, a "foul-smelling, oozing pool of putrescence" ("Notes to You!"). One of the two Ray Bradbury adaptations in the book, "There Was an Old Woman" (about a deceased crone who simply refuses to stay dead) provides the closest thing to a note of sweetness that you'll find here — perhaps with the exception of the genuinely romantic "A Little Stranger!" and its loving marriage between a dead vampire and a dead werewolf.

Sucker Bait and Other Stories features 25 classic stories from Tales from the Crypt, Shock SuspenStories, Vault of Horror, and Ingels and his "Old Witch" character's special showcase Haunt of Fear — plus the usual fascinating historical, critical, and biographical material.

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Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince Valiantpreviewsnew releasesHal Foster 19 Dec 2013 3:22 PM

"One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breathtaking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant's 30-plus year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics' series of books…" – The Huffington Post

“Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster’s Sunday-only comic strip. This edition has been reproduced from pristine printer’s proofs to give the gorgeous artwork its crispest version ever.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"If you've never read Prince Valiant at all, I highly implore you to give it a shot with Fantagraphics' current hardcover reprints. They're huge, beautiful — the best these strips have looked since their original publication, if not exceeding them. They're world-spanning adventure comics of the highest order — in a pantheon of titles ranging from Corto Maltese to Kamandi to Tintin." – Joe Keatinge

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952
by Hal Foster

120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/princevaliant8

Cannon by Wallace Wood - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace WoodpreviewsComing Attractions 19 Dec 2013 12:37 PM

BRRRT! CRACK! SPANG! RATAT! BRADAP! POW! SPLAT! WHUMP! BOOM! BADABALAM! VIP VIP VIP! KRUMF! BA-ROOM! These are the sounds of our downloadable 27-page excerpt of Wallace Wood's Cannon, and PLOP will be the sound of your jaw hitting the floor. Bullets fly, explosions blow stuff up, and a chiseled, square-jawed, killing-machine hero puts the hurt on the baddies in the name of the U.S. of A. Plus over half the pages also feature at least one panel of naked or partly-naked women. Just sayin'. It's Grade A unapologetic exploitation fare by one of comics' all-time greats, finally in a complete and definitive edition. Pre-order your copy now for February release!

Cannon by Wallace Wood

Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge - Sneak Peek Pages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeter BaggeComing Attractions 18 Dec 2013 3:47 PM

Buddy Buys a Dump page

Buddy Buys a Dump page

Buddy Buys a Dump page

These pages may look familiar to loyal readers of Peter Bagge's Hate Annual comic book, or maybe you haven't been keeping up with the latest tales of Buddy & Lisa's domestic "bliss." Either way, you'll be glad to know that those stories (most from out-of-print issues) are finally being compiled, along with a new 20-page concluding chapter, in the evocatively titled Buddy Buys a Dump. It'll be the first new Buddy Bradley collection to hit shelves in seven years when it's released in April, and you can pre-order it now!

Buddy Buys a Dump prelim cover

Buddy Buys a Dump
by Peter Bagge

144-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-745-1