L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day.
Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics, circa 1943. He is famed and highly collected for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors" -- brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds -- and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. His part in titles like Catman, Suspense, Terrific, Blue Bolt Weird Tales, and Terrors of the Jungle make these highly desirable. Only Timely cover artist Alex Schomberg is on the same scale.
From horror to good girl art, romance to science fiction, there was no genre Cole did not master. He co-owned Star Publishers and nearly every book they published boasted one of his covers. He also started Croydon to publish sexy digests and paperbacks, many with cover gems by Cole.
In 1956 Cole switched gears and became Art Director for Classics Ilustrated. He created some of the best new painted covers, and also recruited a bevy of ex-EC artists to bring their talent to the adaptations. Next, he went into "slick" magazines! He was a success wherever he landed.
Cole encountered fandom in 1976 and this led to an Overstreet Priceguide cover and numerous cover recreations. Here is the most complete collection of these ever assembled.
Bill Schelly provides a 150,000 word biography, with newly uncovered details and more information that we've ever seen before. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.