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    April 2015

    X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan Volume 0: 1934-1936

    by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond

    Edited by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Bruce Canwell.

    When Secret Agent X-9 premiered in January 1934, King Features could proudly boast that its new adventure strip was written by the world's most famous mystery writer—Dashiell Hammett, the man who virtually invented the hard-boiled detective in such novels as The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and Red Harvest. The artist chosen was less well-known—at this point, Alex Raymond was an merely an uncredited assistant on Tim Tyler's Luck and the humor strip Blondie—but 1934 was the turning point in Raymond's career. From that cold January forward, Alex Raymond would become as famous as Hammett, thanks to his Sunday comics double-header, Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim.

    Secret Agent X-9 was a dailies-only serial. This volume collects the complete Hammett/Raymond strips, plus the subsequent stories by Raymond and Leslie Charteris, famous himself for "The Saint" novels, as well as the Charteris stories drawn by Charles Flanders. Included are strips from January 22, 1934 through October 31, 1936.

    Oversized 11" x 10" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 304 pp.,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-63140-211-1.

    April 2015

    Rip Kirby Vol. 8: 1964-1967

    by John Prentice and Fred Dickenson
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Brian Walker.

    Rip Kirby's adventures continue! In these eleven complete stories Rip Kirby's escapades take him to all parts of the globe, on land and sea, and even-for a first in this series-on a space ship to...the future! The suave detective mixes it up with more stunning beauties, sleazy blackmailers, and vicious murderers, drawn in John Prentice's slick, award-winning photo-realistic style. The strips are reproduced from the original King Features Syndicate proofs, insuring that every daily will look even better than when it was first published in newspapers over fifty years ago. Containing more than 800 sequential comics from October 10, 1964 to July 8, 1967!

    Oversized 11" x 10" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 296 pp., $49.99.

     

    May 2015

    Dick Tracy Vol. 18: 1957-1959

    by Chester Gould
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney.
    Introduction by Max Allan Collins, Historical Essay by Jeff Kersten.

    The 1950s just about come to a close in Volume Eighteen as Chester Gould introduces one character after another whose crimes start off as relatively petty but who end up trapped in larger and more deadly conspiracies. New characters include the gamecock queen Miss Egghead, Cuban secret serviceman Wunbrow, the tragic Headache, and bizarre Popsie and her mother. Throw in a wacko named Pantsy, a cross-country chase after a million dollars of hidden heist loot, Tracy left for dead on a deserted island, a couple more million in slot machine coins, and a throwback to the 1940s in the Mole-lookalike named Rhodent, and it's clear that Chester Gould is definitely not resting on his laurels. Included are all strips from December 15, 1957 through July 11, 1959.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 276 pp, $39.99.

    May 2015

    LOAC Essentials Vol. 7: Tarzan 1929

    by Edgar Rice Burroughs, illustrated by Hal Foster and Rex Maxon
    Edited by Dean Mullaney. Introduction by Henry G. Franke III

    Three amazing firsts hit the newspaper strip pages in January 1929: the introduction of Buck Rogers as a Sunday, the debut of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan as a daily strip, and the first newspaper strip art by Hal Foster. It was Foster who illustrated all sixty episodes of ERB's seminal Tarzan of the Apes. And now LOAC Essentials brings you all of Foster's first comics work, reproduced from ERB's syndicate proofs. In addition, this book includes The Return of Tarzan, Beasts of Tarzan, and Son of Tarzan, each drawn by Rex Maxon. All together the first 300 daily Tarzan comics ever produced, all together in a single, affordable package!

    Oblong 11.5” x 4.25” hardcover, 344 pp, $24.99.

    May 2015

    LOAC Essentials : Atomic Age Sundays, 1949-1953

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

    These never-before-reprinted 1950s Sundays are a special treat for Superman fans and comics historians worldwide. This first book of the Atomic Age Sundays features more than 175 full-color strips, from October 23, 1949 through March 15, 1953. In these tales, the impish Mr. Mxyztplk has returned to drive Superman crazy and the Man of Steel returns to Smallville for "Superboy Week" celebrations and ends up solving a case he never had a chance to as Superboy!  The Man of Steel also travels back in time and gets embroiled in political intrigue in the court of King Arthur, and then fights off an alien invasion of Earth!

    Oversized 9.25" x 12"” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 180 pp, $49.99.

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    June 2015

    Amazing Spider-Man —Newspaper Comics Volume 1: 1977-1978

    by Stan Lee and John Romita
    Edited and with an introduction by Bruce Canwell

    The first book in our classic Spider-Man newspaper strip series collects every daily and Sunday from the beginning in January 1977 through the end of 1978. Every Sunday includes the rarely-seen top-tier logos, exactly as they appeared in newspapers.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 304 pp, $49.99.