Dick Tracy Vol. 17: 1956-1957
Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney.
Introduction by Max Allan Collins, Historical Essay by Jeff Kersten.
Dick Tracy celebrates its 25th anniversary as Chester Gould ups the ante in his assault on juvenile delinquency in the startling—and literally haunting—conclusion to the Flattop Jr. saga. Meanwhile, the squad room becomes co-ed when Lizz permanently joins the cast. Money remains the motivating factor for a new host of crazed villains, including the gymnastic murderesses, the Kitten Sisters; killer con men, the Clipso Brothers; two different spouse slayers; a notorious counterfeiter; and a “blind” drug pusher. Gould interposes some comedic relief—the return of bandleader Spike Dyke and the introduction of Morin Plenty (B.O.’s 88-year-old father) and his sugar-addicted wife Blossom—but humorous interludes are short-lived. Tragedy rules the day in Volume Seventeen, reprinting strips from May 14, 1956 through December 14, 1957.
Oversized 11" x 8.5"
hardcover-with-dustjacket, 276 pp, $39.99.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Original Classic Cartoons Vol. 1: 1929-1930
Edited by Dean Mullaney. Designed by Lorraine Turner
This series begins a
chronological reprinting of Ripley’s famous daily cartoons in
hardcover collections, reminding us that first and foremost that
Robert Ripley—explorer, radio, movie and television
personality, entrepreneur and museum impresario—was an
The first volume reprises cartoons from 1929 and 1930, when Ripley’s fame raised him from relative obscurity to international celebrity, and includes bonus and background material from Ripley’s impressive archives.
Oversized 11" x 8.5"
hardcover, 272 pp, $39.99.
Skippy Vol. 3: Complete Dailies 1931-1933
Edited by Jared Gardner and Dean Mullaney, Designed by Lorraine Turner, Biographical essay by Jared Gardner
2013 AND 2014 EISNER AWARD NOMINEE!!!
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,
now 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
Superman : Golden Age Sundays, 1946-1949
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,
Superman TM and © DC
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
Oversized 12" x 11"" hardcover with dustjacket, 328 pp., $59.99. ISBN: 978-1-63140-046-9.
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.
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,
Batman TM and © DC
Li'l Abner Vol. 7: 1947-1948
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
9.25" x 12.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 272 pp.,
LOAC Essentials Vol. 6: Baron Bean 1917
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.
Superman : Silver Age Dailies Vol. 3: 1963-1966
by Jerry Siegel and
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,
Superman TM and © DC
Steve Canyon Vol 5: 1955-1956
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
Oversized 11” x
8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 336 pp,