September 2014

    Superman : Golden Age Sundays, 1946-1949

    by Wayne Boring
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney. Introduction by Mark Waid. Cover by Pete Poplaski.

    This second book in our Superman Sundays series collects nearly 170 sequential Sunday pages that have never been reprinted. These classic comics, beginning August 11, 1946 and continuing through October 16, 1949, fill another major gap in the Superman mythos.

    In a full eighteen adventures, Superman’s travels take him around the globe. as well as through time and space. The Man of Steel solves the case of the Curiosity Crimes, becomes a rival for Cleopatra’s affections in ancient Egypt, is exposed to radiation that turns him into Superbabe, battles a prehistoric animal called a “Paleomatzoball” (!),  reprises the “Superman's Service to Servicemen” series with a couple of services for veterans, encounters an ancient civilization in the lost valley of Ru, meets up with Angus the talking dog, and to top it all off, witnesses Lois marrying Clark Kent—or does he?!

    Superman was created in 1938 by two ambitious Cleveland youngsters, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Their defender of the oppressed became an enduring smash sensation in comics, radio, animation, television, and motion pictures. He remains the little guy's White Knight, battling terrestrial and extra-terrestrial menaces and standing for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

    Oversized 9.25" x 12"” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 184 pp, $49.99.

    Superman TM and © DC Comics, Inc.

    September 2014

    Skippy Vol. 3: Complete Dailies 1931-1933

    by Percy Crosby
    Edited by Jared Gardner and Dean Mullaney, Designed by Lorraine Turner, Biographical essay by Jared Gardner


    With the release of the Oscar-winning Skippy movie in 1931, Percy Crosby had his biggest stage at precisely the moment he was committing himself to bringing his creative and political work together. Skippy suddenly was everywhere and Crosby was determined to use his visibility and influence as one of the most successful cartoonists of his generation to transform a society in the grips of a deepening Depression and the late years of the failed policy of Prohibition. Like his beloved Skippy, Crosby had yet to back down from a fight, no matter how daunting the opposition. This volume, reprinting all dailies from 1931-1933, brings us to some of Percy Crosby’s most inspired strips of Skippy’s long run. Bonus materials include many photographs and rare artwork from the collection of the cartoonist's daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts.

    9.5" x 8.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 340 pp, ISBN: 978-1-63140-020-9, $49.99.

    “A scintillating collection of  the greatest children’s comic strip ever.” —The Washington Times

    “One of the great, lost classics of the newspaper age. The best. Simply the best.” —The New York Journal of Books

    October 2014

    Puck — What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck

    by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West
    Foreword by Bill Watterson. Book design by Lorraine Turner and Dean Mullaney

    A lavish coffee table book devoted to the most important political satire and cartoon magazine in American history. Published from 1877 to 1918, Puck was an American original—the country’s first and most successful humor magazine, the first magazine to publish color lithographs on a weekly basis, and for nearly forty years, a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists, led by its co-founder, Joseph Keppler.

    The weekly journal’s deft caricatures and pointed commentary made it a political force to be reckoned with. It is credited with single-handedly thwarting the third-term ambitions of Ulysses S. Grant in 1880 and electing Grover Cleveland to the presidency in 1884—or at least, by its devastating “Tattooed Man” series, denying it to James G. Blaine. 

    And Puck did it with art—lavish color full-page and two-page centerspread cartoons. With nearly 300 color plates in an oversized 12" x 11" format, What Fools These Mortals Be is the first opportunity for many readers to see so many cartoons from Puck reproduced in color and at a large size.

    Written and selected by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West with reproductions made from their unique collections and supplemented by the Library of Congress, this book is organized by subject matter, reflecting the most important issues of the day. Each cartoon is accompanied by an explanatory caption, placing the work in historical perspective. Many of the issues that dominated Puck’s pages more than one hundred years ago continue to dominate the political debate today.

    During its illustrious career Puck published more than two thousand numbered issues. When, after four decades, it ceased publication, The Literary Digest printed an appropriate epitaph: “Puck had no real rival in its best days. Fallen from its fine estate, it has left no successor.”

    Oversized 12" x 11"" hardcover with dustjacket, 328 pp., $59.99. ISBN: 978-1-63140-046-9.

    October 2014

    Popeye : The Classic Newspaper Comics by Bobby London, Volume Two: 1989-1992

    When we say "complete," we mean COMPLETE! Bobby London's take on the Sailor Man has often been overshadowed by his being fired from the strip in 1992, ostensibly for presenting a storyline that was an allegory about abortion. In that ultimate tale, Olive had become addicted to the Home Shopping Network and ordered a Baby Brutus mechanical doll. When Popeye insists that she get rid of the "baby," two priests mistakenly believe that the baby is real and that Olive is going exercise her pro-choice rights. King Features Syndicate pulled the final three weeks of strips and daily newspapers began running reprints. Story over in mid-stream.

    Now, twenty-two years later, thanks to the kind cooperation of the good folks at King Features, those three weeks will be included in this second volume of our series. But wait…that's not all! Turns out that Bobby London produced an additional six weeks of strips beyond the three that were pulled from syndication! This book contains—for the first time anywhere—ALL NINE weeks of "censored" Bobby London Popeye strips. Trust us, it's worth the wait!

    8.5” x 7.5” B&W hardcover-with-dustjacket, 344 pp, $39.99.

    October 2014

    Batman : Silver Age Newspaper Comics Vol. 2: 1968-1969

    by Whitney Ellsworth, Joe Giella, and Al Plastino
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Joe Desris, Covers by Pete Poplaski.

    In this second Batman volume produced in partnership with DC Entertainment, the Dynamic Duo’s rare 1960s newspaper adventures continue. Will Batman and Robin escape the double-dealings of Madame Zodiac and the redoubtable Blue Max? Can the Caped Crusader survive being trapped on an island with an atomic time bomb? Can his friend Superman save him, when the Man of Steel might not even be able to save himself? Can Aquaman rescue them both? The answers to these questions—and more—are in this breathtaking Bat-Volume!—reprinting all daily and Sunday strips from January 1, 1968 through May 31, 1969! Batman was created by Bob Kane.

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 280 pp, $49.99.

    Batman TM and © DC Comics, Inc.

    November 2014

    Li'l Abner Vol. 7: 1947-1948

    by Al Capp
    Edited by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell.

    Shmoo’s Who?! What has been called “the greatest run of Li’l Abner ever” begins with Abner and Daisy Mae on a quest to locate the elusive Stanley Steamer. Meanwhile, Kickapoo Joy Juice prevents atomic disaster, while Fearless Fosdick tackles Anyface and the Chippendale Chair. “Evil Eye” Fleegle and Stupefyin’ Jones make their inaugural appearances (not together, thank goodness), and Tenderleif Ericson creates a memorable Sadie Hawkins Day, by Yiminy! But when Abner makes a trip to the Valley of the Shmoon, he finds mankind’s greatest benefactor—and mankind’s gravest threat! Laughs, thrills, and a healthy dose of gorgeous women all await in Li’l Abner Volume 7!

    Oversized 9.25" x 12.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 272 pp., $49.99.


    November 2014

    LOAC Essentials Vol. 6: Baron Bean 1917

    by George Herriman
    Edited by Dean Mullaney and with an Introduction by Jared Gardner.

    The New York Journal of Books said that the first volume of LOAC Essentials (Baron Bean 1916) “sets the standard for archival and reprint quality.” The Washington Times wrote that it’s “beautiful. It showcases showcases Mr. Herriman’s developing style and his move toward a combination of absurdity, surrealism, and art deco.”

    LOAC Essentials Volume Six presents the second year of George Herriman’s much-lauded masterpiece. These strips are nearly a century old and are reprinted here for the first time ever.

    Oblong 11.5” x 4.25” hardcover, 328 pp, $24.99.

    December 2014

    Superman : Silver Age Dailies Vol. 3: 1963-1966

    by Jerry Siegel and Wayne Boring
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Sidney Friedfertig, Cover by Pete Poplaski.

    The third volume of  the Superman Silver Age daily newspaper strips presents the never-before reprinted stories from November 1963 through the series conclusion in April 1966. Wayne Boring provides the classic artwork, and once again, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel scripts adaptations of stories that first appeared in comic books. Siegel and Boring offer alternate versions of now classic stories originally written by Siegel himself, Leo Dorfman, Otto Binder, Robert Bernstein, Edmund Hamilton—and drawn in comic books by Curt Swan, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Pete Costanza.

    Stories include “Lex Luthor, Daily Planet Editor,” “Superman’s Sacrifice,” “The “Man Who Stole Superman’s Secret Life "Lois Lane’s Love Trap," “Clark Kent in the Big House,” and “The Goofy Superman,” among others.

    More than 750 daily strips—over two years worth of stories—from Earth-N (for Newspapers) that comic book fans have not previously seen.

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 264 pp, $49.99.

    Superman TM and © DC Comics, Inc.

    December 2014

    Steve Canyon Vol 5: 1955-1956

    by Milton Caniff
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell.

    Milton Caniff’s square-jawed hero is back in Asia and crossing paths with old friends and new enemies. Doe Redwood and the Hall family reappear on the scene, as does another young friend who is working hard to grow up. There are also more hearts and flowers in store within the tangled web that ensnares Steve, Summer Olson, and Copper Calhoon, while Happy Easter returns stateside but ends up having a Gay old time on the Savannah. As 1956 races to a conclusion, a new member of the Canyon clan steps on-stage—get ready to meet Cousin Poteet! There’s plenty of adventure on land, sea, and air in the fifth volume of Steve Canyon.

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 336 pp, $49.99.