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

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  1. HERO-A-GO-GO Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, and Culture of The Swinging Sixties

    Regular Price: $36.95

    Sale Price $18.50

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. AL PLASTINO LAST SUPERMAN STANDING

    Regular Price: $17.95

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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
  6. THE BATCAVE COMPANION

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    The Silver and Bronze Ages of Batman. Two distinct sections of this book examine the Dark Knight’s progression from his campy “New Look” of the mid-1960s to his “creature of the night” reinvention of the 1970s. Features include issue-by-issue indexes, interviews with Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Dennis O’Neil, and Neal Adams, and guest essays by Mike W. Barr and Will Murray. Contributors include Sheldon Moldoff, Len Wein, Steve Englehart, and Terry Austin, with a special tribute to the late Marshall Rogers. Incisive introduction by Dennis O’Neil and new cover painting by Neal Adams. Learn More
  7. COMIC BOOK CREATOR #20
    $9.95

    “Not Your Average Joes” is the theme of CBC #20, headlined by an exhaustive interview with Joseph Michael Linsner on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his signature creation Cry for Dawn, discussing his many years as a comics professional, and current work on Vampirella. Then CBC catches up with the great Joe Sinnott, to discuss his years at Marvel, inking Jack Kirby’s work, and his nearly forgotten solo work. Plus Joe Jusko, Craig Yoe and Rich Buckler interviews. Learn More
  8. ALTER EGO #160
    $9.95

    A special issue remembering Steve Ditko with an all-star list of creators talking about their moments--and work--with Steve! Don’t miss a rare late-1960s Ditko interview by Richard Howell—biographical notes by Nick Caputo—tributes by Michael T. Gilbert, Paul Levitz, Bernie Bubnis, Barry Pearl, Paul Levitz, Craig Yoe, Roy Thomas, et al. Extra: FCA—John BroomeBill Schelly—and more! Spider-Man cover by Ditko! Edited by Roy Thomas. Learn More
  9. FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000 AD DVD
    $14.99

    Great Britain, end of the '70s: with the birth of indie upstart 2000AD, fans were introduced to visionary talent like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, and Rogue Trooper, Halo Jones and Judge Dredd. Yet what happened next to this nihilistic, ultra-violent universe may be the biggest shocker of all. This is the "brilliant" (Flickfeast), "essential" (ScreenAnarchy.com) and "scurrilous" (Empire) story of the galaxy's greatest comic, featuring interviews with editors, writers, artists and fans. Learn More
  10. MANGA The Citi Exhibition
    $39.95

    Arranged into six thematic chapters, each opening with an essay, followed by interviews with artists, editors and publishers and art selections from manga works, manga magazines, original drawings, theater, film, and digital images. This revealing study traces the origins of manga and its explosion after WWII to the present day. It explores its role in society, and its appearance in different media and its growing international reach. Critical analysis by leading scholars. Profusely illustrated in b&w and full color. Learn More

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