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Historical, biographical, market-related, and overviews of the comic, cartoon, graphic novel world.

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  1. THE BEST OF ALTER EGO Volume 2

    Regular Price: $19.95

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    This sequel to Alter Ego: The Best of the Legendary Comics Fanzine presents more fantastic features from the fabled mag begun in 1961 by Jerry Bails & Roy Thomas covering undiscovered gems from all 11 original issues published between 1961 and 1978! Learn More
  2. MARIE SEVERIN The Mirthful Mistress of Comics

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    Marie Severin was born into a family of artists, and she made friendships in comics that have lasted a lifetime. She colored the horror, science fiction, and war comics of the legendary EC line, and spent thirty years working for Marvel Comics, doing everything from production and coloring to penciling, inking, and art direction, with work on characters including the Incredible Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Doctor Strange, and Kull the Conqueror, which she drew with her brother John. Learn More
  3. STAR REACH COMPANION

    Regular Price: $27.95

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    The Star*Reach Companion is a complete history and bibliography of the 1970s independent comic, highlighting its importance to the comics field. Star*Reach's influence was enormous, impacting nearly every aspect of modern comics and genres, and showcasing such creators as Dave Stevens, Frank Brunner, Howard Chaykin, Steve Leialoha, Walter Simonson, Barry Windsor-Smith, Ken Steacy, John Workman, Mike Vosburg, P. Craig Russell, Dave Sim, Michael Gilbert, and many others. Learn More
  4. MODERN MASTERS Volume 28 Eric Powell

    Regular Price: $15.95

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    Eric Powell is a sick, sick man. Sick.. but brilliant. How else would he have been able to come up with a concept like The Goon? A smarter-than-he-looks brute raised by carnies who run the city's underworld while protecting it from being overrun by zombies. How could anyone not love that idea? Especially as told through the words and illustrations of Eric Powell. He's an amazing penciler, a wizard with a brush, and shows a great sense of color and composition in his painting. He also has a blazing wit and a story telling style that complements his artwork perfectly. And Powell's five Eisner Awards merely confirm the fact that he is truly a Modern Master! Learn More
  5. MARVEL COMICS IN THE 1980S

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    TwoMorrows Publishing presents Marvel Comics in the 1980s, the third volume in Pierre Comtois’ heralded series covering the pop culture phenomenon on an issue-by-issue basis! This new book covers Marvel’s final historical phase, when the movement begun by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko moved into a darker era that has yet to run its course. Learn More
  6. HERO-A-GO-GO Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, and Culture of The Swinging Sixties

    Regular Price: $36.95

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    Welcome to the CAMP AGE, when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm, good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch, and Batman shook a mean cape. A massive, highly detailed, and wonderfully illustrated examination of everything camp in the Swinging Sixties, when just about everyone was a super-hero or a secret agent. Back Issue magazine and former DC Comics editor Michael Eury takes you through that coolest cultural phenomenon with this all-new collection. Learn More
  7. MODERN MASTERS Volume 29 Cliff Chiang

    Regular Price: $15.95

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    As the artist of DC's New 52 breakout hit Wonder Woman series, Cliff Chiang's star has never shown brighter. His bold, graphic style has a classic feel with a modern sensibility, and it's no wonder he's become one of the industry's top illustrators. Now Chris Arrant and Eric Nolen-Weathington reveal just how Chiang went from promising assistant editor to in-demand freelance artist. Learn More
  8. AL PLASTINO LAST SUPERMAN STANDING

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    Laboring uncredited on Superman for two decades (1948-1968), he co-created Supergirl, Brainiac, and the Legion of Super-Heroes, drawing those characters’ first appearances, as well as the first story to feature Kryptonite. Insights are shared by Al, his family, and (Timely artist) Allen Bellman, Nick Cardy, Joe Giella, Carmine Infantino, Jon Bogdanove, Jerry Ordway, and Mark Waid—paint a layered portrait of Plastino’s life and career. A wealth of illustrations show just how influential a figure he is in the history of comics. Learn More
  9. MLJ COMPANION

    Regular Price: $34.95

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    In-depth examinations, including artist interviews, of each era of these fascinating super-heros. The Golden Age begins with The Shield, (the first patriotic super-hero, who pre-dated Captain America), The Black Hood, Hangman, The Web and Steel Sterling. A complete early 1940s story is here for each of these. The Silver Age spotlights the “Mighty Crusaders,” reviving the 1940s heroes, plus newbies The Fly (created by Simon & Kirby) and The Jaguar. The Bronze Age looks at Red Circle and DC's Impact imprint. Learn More
  10. MODERN MASTERS Volume 11 Charles Vess

    Regular Price: $14.95

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    Whether with his book illustrations, paintings or comic book stories, Vess' work has enchanted readers for years. The winner of two World Fantasy Awards and two Eisner Awards, and a Hugo in 2019, Vess has proven himself to be one of the greatest fantasy artists of our time. An in-depth look into Vess' career and creative process. This 120-page book features a career-spanning interview with tons of art, including many rare and unpublished pieces, a large gallery and an 8-page color section. Learn More

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