Saturday, July 26, 2014

75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen

Out Dec. 1, 2014

A mighty history
Building the House of Ideas

From the very first issue of pulp impresario Martin Goodman s Marvel Comics in 1939, the comic book creators of Marvel s Golden Age flipped the traditional fantasy script by placing the inhuman and the invincible into the real world. With the likes of the fiery android Human Torch, vengeful sea prince Sub-Mariner, and pip-squeak-turned-paragon Captain America, Marvel created a mythological universe grounded in a world that readers recognize as close to their own, brimming with humor and heartache.

In the early 1960s, this audacious approach launched the creation of heroes who have since become household names Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor, the X-Men the list goes on. Fans still celebrate it as the Marvel Age of comics, an era populated by a pantheon of bickering heroes, misunderstood monsters, and noble villains.

In celebration of Marvel s 75th anniversary, TASCHEN presents a magnum opus of the most influential comic book publisher today, with an inside look not only at its celebrated characters, but also at the "bullpen" of architects whose names are almost as familiar as the protagonists they brought to life Stan the Man Lee, Jack King Kirby, along with a roster of greats like Steve Ditko, John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, and countless others. With essays by comics historian and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, this book delves into the heart of thousands of costumed characters who continue to fight the good fight in comics, movies, and toy aisles of the world.

The XL-format book includes:

More than 700 pages of near 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles
A four-foot accordion-fold timeline, suitable for framing!
Biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, directors, actors, and famous fans who helped shape Marvel's history

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Phantom Omnibus the Complete Gold Key Comics

Hermes Press' best selling Phantom the Gold Key Years, Volumes One and Two, now out of print, are collected in this deluxe omnibus edition. Presenting the complete run of Gold Key Phantom comic books, issues #1-#17 in one comprehensive, definitive volume. Featuring painted cover art by comic book legend George Wilson with interior artwork by Silver Age stalwart Bill Lignante and scripts by Bill Harris. The definitive collection presents classic adventures of the Ghost Who Walks!

Out Oct. 27, 2014

Complete Junior and Sunny by Al Feldstein

Long considered to be prime examples of late 1940s "headlight" and "Good Girl" art comics, issues of Junior and Sunny have been quite difficult to find and very expensive to obtain. Until now! Created, written, and illustrated by the legendary E.C. Comics artist/writer/editor Al Feldstein for the notorious Victor Fox of Fox Feature Publications, The Complete Junior and Sunny presents the full run of these comics. Along with a historical Introduction by Grant Geissman, the book also presents the one issue of Meet Corliss Archer that Feldstein did for Fox. Although the stories are basically charming, "typical teenage" period pieces, Feldstein's artwork for them often pushes the envelope for the time, with titillating covers depicting ample "headlights," and often-suggestive images in the stories themselves. It's probably a good thing that Dr. Fredric Wertham never found out about Junior and Sunny! Seduction of the innocent, indeed!

Out Dec. 9, 2014

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn

This book, the first of twelve volumes, launches the definitive English-language edition of Hugo Pratt's masterpiece, presented in the original oversized B&W format and with new translations made from Pratt's original Italian scripts. Frank Miller calls Pratt "one of the true masters of comic art." Long before the term "graphic novel" entered the popular lexicon - ten years before Will Eisner's A Contract with God - Hugo Pratt pioneered the long-form "drawn literature" story. Corto Maltese set the standard for all adult adventure comics in Europe. By the mid-1970s, Corto was the continent's most popular series and Hugo Pratt the world's leading graphic novelist. Hugo Pratt's peripatetic sailor was featured in a series of twenty-nine stories. The adventures of this modern Ulysses are set during the first thirty years of the 20th Century in such exotic locales as Pratt's native Venice, the steppes of Manchuria, the Caribbean islands, the Danakil deserts, the Amazon forests, and the waves of the Pacific. EuroComics is working closely with Patrizia Zanotti, Pratt's long-time collaborator, to present the complete Corto Maltese in a series of twelve quality trade paperbacks in Pratt's original oversized B&W format. Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn collects the first six inter-connected short stories Pratt created in France in the early 1970s: "The Secret of Tristan Bantam," "Rendez-vous in Bahia," "Sureshot Samba," "The Brazilian Eagle," "So Much for Gentlemen of Fortune," and "The Seagull's Fault."

Out Dec. 16, 2014

Steve Canyon Volume 5: 1955-1956

Milton Caniff's square-jawed hero is back in the Orient 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. Steve Canyon is presented in a matching hardcover set to the Library of American Comics's Eisner Award-winning Terry and the Pirates.

Out Dec. 16, 2014

Superman The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies Volume 3: 1963-1966

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. Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Sid Friedfertig, and cover drawing by Pete Poplaski.

Out Dec. 23, 2014

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 1

Out Jan. 27, 2015, 880 pages.