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500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire - ComicsAlliance preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairepreviews 3 Jan 2012 4:05 PM

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Surprise! One more sneak peek for you today, this time from ComicsAlliance, who present 8 pages from Tony Millionaire's latest book 500 Portraits, with a panoply of cartoonists and comics-related subjects.

Is That All There Is? by Joost Swarte - Robot 6 exclusive preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJoost Swarte 3 Jan 2012 3:40 PM

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The last of Robot 6's trifecta of sneak peeks of our upcoming books is comprised of 5 pages from our long-awaited collection of Joost Swarte comics Is That All There Is? Thanks to the Robot 6 gang for having us participate in their anniversary festivities!

Glitz-2-Go by Diane Noomin - Robot 6 exclusive preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDiane Noomin 3 Jan 2012 2:46 PM

from Glitz-2-Go by Diane Noomin

Next up in Robot 6's anniversary previews parade, Glitz-2-Go, compiling nearly 40 years of Diane Noomin's DiDi Glitz comics — the first time these underground essentials have ever been collected! Read 5 pages here.

Athos in America by Jason - Robot 6 exclusive preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJason 3 Jan 2012 2:08 PM

from Athos in America by Jason

As part of their anniversary celebrations on Sunday, Comic Book Resources' indispensable Robot 6 blog ran exclusive previews of 3 of our upcoming releases. First up, Athos in America, the new collection of short stories by Jason. See 5 pages from the title story here.

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBlake BellBill Everett 22 Dec 2011 1:41 AM

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1
by Bill Everett; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • 39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-488-7

Ships in: February 2012 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The 1939 creation of the Sub-Mariner for the first issue of Marvel Comics assures Bill Everett a place in history. Co-creating Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, for Marvel Comics in 1964 gave Everett a link to one of the most popular superheroes of the past 50 years. And producing over 400 additional pages of superhero-related work in the very early days of the Golden Age of Comics (1938-42) makes Bill Everett a legend.

This book collects over 200 pages of this never-before-reprinted work from titles such as Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938), Amazing-Man Comics (1939), Target Comics (1940), Heroic Comics (1940), and Blue Bolt Comics (1940). These titles feature an endless array of great vintage Everett characters such as Amazing-Man, Hydroman, Skyrocket Steele, Sub-Zero, The Chameleon, and many more, all produced by Everett’s shop Funnies, Inc. for such clients as Centaur, Novelty Press, and Eastern Color, and all displaying Everett’s brilliant cartooning and energetic storytelling.

Edited and compiled by best-selling author and comic-book historian Blake Bell (Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko), Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives is a stunning companion to Bell’s 2010 critically acclaimed Everett biography and art book, Fire and Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics. This volume follows the format of Bell’s Steve Ditko Archives series (see page 54 of this catalog); never-before-reprinted, beautifully restored, full-color stories from one of comic books’ greatest visionaries and most accomplished artists. Also includes an introduction by Bell that delves even deeper into Everett’s life, fiery personality, and the history of the era. The resultant package enhances Everett’s place in history as one of the first and best comic-book creators of all time.

Download and read a 23-page PDF excerpt (7.6 MB) with three "Hydroman" stories.

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Bill Griffith: Lost and Found - Comics 1969-2003 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBill Griffith 20 Dec 2011 2:53 AM

Bill Griffith: Lost and Found - Comics 1969-2003

Bill Griffith: Lost and Found - Comics 1969-2003
by Bill Griffith

392-page black & white/color 8" x 10" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-482-5

Ships in: December 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Order this book and receive this FBI•MINI comic shown at left as a FREE bonus! Click here for details. Limit one per customer while supplies last.


Bill Griffith is best known as the creator of the Zippy daily comic strip, currently running in over 300 newspapers nationwide, but Zippy was conceived as an underground comix character before he became embraced in the main- stream, and Griffith himself was a seminal figure in the underground comix movement, during which he was a cartoonist, an editor, and an entrepreneur.

Bill Griffith: Lost & Found collects hundreds of Griffith’s early underground comics, most of them long out of print and unavailable. Much of the work will be unfamiliar and a real revelation to those readers who only know Griffith from his long-running Zippy strip.

Beginning in 1969, Griffith contributed stories to a long list of legendary undergrounds. Lost and Found is not only a collection of these underground comix — hand-picked by the artist himself — but a mini-memoir of the artist’s comix career during the early days of the San Francisco Underground and his nearly twenty year on-again, off-again involvement with Hollywood and TV. Griffith’s running recollections and commentary serve as a wry and often hilarious counterpoint and context to the stories themselves. Lost and Found follows Griffith’s career from New York to San Francisco in stories taken from The East Village Other, Screw, Arcade, Young Lust and Griffith's solo comic Griffith Observatory, featuring the first Zippy appearances and a cast of characters including Claude Funston, Mr. The Toad, Shelf-Life, The Toadettes, and Alfred Jarry.

While the vast majority of the book is non-Zippy comics, it also features the earliest appearances of Zippy, not seen in any other collection. Zippy fans will be happy to see the very first Zippy stories from 1971 to 1974, when Zippy was primarily a sidekick for Griffith’s first major character, Mr. The Toad. Also included is a 19-page, unfinished, never-before-published comics version of the first few scenes from the Zippy movie screenplay, Zippyvision. Intended as a companion piece to the unproduced film, the story details Zippy’s sideshow origins and his later life in a boarding house catering to showbiz wannabes.

Previously uncollected later work features Griffith’s comics for High Times, The National Lampoon, The San Francisco Examiner and The New Yorker.

Bill Griffith: Lost and Found finally collects the work of one of the great, pioneering cartoonists.

Download and read a 29-page PDF excerpt (5.7 MB).

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Jason Conquers America - Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJason 19 Dec 2011 1:27 AM

Jason Conquers America

Jason Conquers America
by Jason et al.

32-page black & white/color 6.75" x 10.25" comic book • $4.99

Available for sale and shipping to comic shops on December 21, 2011

Celebrating 10 years of Jason being published in the US, this comic-book-format one-shot is a Jason fan’s dream, with lots of previously unpublished Jason strips and artwork, an interview with Jason’s colorist Hubert, a checklist of all Jason’s books, a Q&A with the man himself, and a visual tributes gallery by several American cartoonists to the towering, taciturn Norwegian genius including Michael Allred, Kim Deitch, and Rich Tommaso.

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Action! Mystery! Thrills! Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933-45 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesGreg Sadowski 16 Dec 2011 2:38 AM

Action! Mystery! Thrills! Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933-45

Action! Mystery! Thrills! Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933-45
by various artists; edited by Greg Sadowski

208-page full-color 8" x 10.5" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-494-8

Ships in: December 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

When we contemplate a memorable old comic book, the first thing that comes to mind is its cover, and that was no accident. Publishers realized fairly quickly that if they spent a little extra to hire a good cover artist, they could fill the insides with mediocrity and still make a sizable profit — that all it took was a striking cover to entice thousands of kids to fork over their dimes.

Even today, covers drive the collectors’ market. Apart from number-one issues and first appearances, the strength of a comic book’s cover is the first consideration in determining its value. Indeed, it is now common practice to entomb the book between slabs of sealed plastic — with only the cover visible — as if the interior pages’ sole purpose was to provide a place to secure the staples.

In order to locate the best possible examples, collectors from around the world have been enlisted to share their rare and valuable comic books. The scores of cover artists represented include Carl Barks, Charles Biro, Dick Briefer, L.B. Cole, Jack Cole, Reed Crandall, Will Eisner, Bill Everett, Lou Fine, Walt Kelly, Jack Kirby, Mac Raboy, and Alex Schomburg. Every comic book genre will be explored, from superhero to detective to Western to funny animal.

Majestic, iconic, chaotic, or downright weird, a classic comic book cover has an undeniable appeal, and Action! Mystery! Thrills! celebrates in spades this unique cultural icon. The covers are printed full-sized on glossy paper to most faithfully replicate the originals, and arranged chronologically to give the reader a sense of the sweeping trends and stylistic developments throughout the medium’s first decade, as inexorable waves of dazzling imagery battled monthly for newsstand attention. This long-overdue collection also includes extensive historical commentary by editor/designer Greg Sadowski (Four Color Fear, Supermen!).

Download a 20-page PDF excerpt (5.2 MB).

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Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 sneak peek at PREVIEWSworld
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMichael Kupperman 15 Dec 2011 2:09 AM

from Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7

The eagerly-awaited new issue of Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle hits comic shops next week and Diamond's PREVIEWSworld website offers up an exclusive peek at 3 pages from the issue!

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman - Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMichael Kupperman 8 Dec 2011 2:16 AM

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7
by Michael Kupperman

32-page full-color 6.75" x 9.5" comic book • $4.95

Ships in: December 2011 (subject to change) — This comic will be available to order simultaneous to its release to comic shops.

In this issue Quincy, M.E. makes his comic book debut, struggling through the fantastic landscapes of his own dreams in “Quinception,” in which St. Peter also gets his own comic book. Snake ‘n’ Bacon make an appearance in “Reservoir Dogs 2,” where the gang reunites for another caper. Twain and Einstein deal with some family issues, McArf the Crime Dog takes a bite out of scum, and the origin of The Hamanimal! Plus a photocomic starring comedian Julie Klausner, "Voyage To Narnia."

Preview 3 pages here.

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