- Full Description
This collects all those tongue-in-cheek adventures, that have a lot in common with the earlier Sky Girl that Matt Baker did for Fiction House. Kate got started in Fightin' Marines (1951), got her own title for three issues, then finished off in Anchors Andrews #1 in 1953. Baker's tremendous talents came to fruition at St. John Publications, where his realistic style combined with his talent for creating gorgeous women. As Burden's intro points out, Baker was the quintessential "Good-Girl" artist others all emulated. St. John's only recurring character was Canteen Kate and Baker drew every adventure of the sexy wartime cutie.
Judiciously restored, with excellent reproduction. Includes a fun introduction by veteran comics writer Bob Burden (Flaming Carrot). Bob had to search out each of these adventures in the early days of comics, before the advent of the price guide, when he only knew Baker as the "Good Girl" artist since he signed little of his work. Baker was his very favorite Good Girl artist. He's also a very favorite of mine [Bud] and I collect virtually every comic book he's ever drawn, from those 1940s Wings Comics with Sky Girl, to his St. John romance titles, and finally to his last stories for Stan Lee in the Atlas titles.
Baker's work has always been highly collectible, but value on his comics have skyrocketed (again) in the past year or so, so that guide prices no longer apply. Books like those collected here now are regularly sold for two, three, and four times Overstreet guide price.
This handsome hardcover highlights Baker's skills as a cover artist. Best of all, Baker and his good-time gal bring you weapons-grade guffaws as well as art that will leave you eager to see more from this master draftsman. Baker's accomplishments also include two firsts: (1) he is the medium's first important African American comics artist, and (2) he drew in 1950 what has been argued was the first graphic novel, It Rhymes with Lust.
Nominated for a 2014 Eisner Award. Matt Baker's impact is still felt today despite his early death. While his output was not as large as other giants in the industry, Baker's body of work is undeniably superb from start to end. This collects every Canteen Kate story--from Anchors Andrews #1, Fightin' Marines #2-9, Canteen Kate #1-3 and "The Colonel's Daughter," from Fightin' Marines #15 (it was renumbered back to #2 from another title). While not quite a prototype Kate, this "Leatherneck Jack" story came out two months before Fightin' Marines #2 and certainly seems to set the stage for Kate.
Another publisher also printed this material under the name The Lost Art of Matt Baker.
- Additional Information
Item Code CAKAH Publisher Canton Street Publish Date 2013 ISBN 9781934044032 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 8x10 # Pages 160pg Color Full Color
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