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

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  1. MARIE SEVERIN The Mirthful Mistress of Comics

    Regular Price: $24.95

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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 The Incredible Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Doctor Strange, and Kull the Conqueror, which she drew with her brother John. She is renowned for her sense of humor, reflected in the comic book Not Brand Echh, as well as the numerous caricatures she has produced over the years, earning her the nickname “Mirthful Marie” from Stan Lee. Learn More
  2. THE BEST OF ALTER EGO Volume 2

    Regular Price: $19.95

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    More fantastic features from the fabled fanzine begun in 1961 by Jerry Bails & Roy Thomas covering undiscovered gems from all 11 original issues published between 1961 and 1978! Vintage articles about Tor, Hawkman, the Spectre, Blackhawk, the Justice League of America, the All Winners Squad, Robotman, Wonder Woman, the Heap, the Lensmen/Green Lantern connection--rarely-seen comics stories by Joe Kubert (a gorgeous, unsold "Tor" newspaper strip), Ronn Foss ("The Eclipse"), and Roy Thomas and Sam Grainger (adapting Gardner Fox's novel "Warrior of Llarn"). Learn More
  3. STAR REACH COMPANION

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    A complete history and bibliography of the 1970s independent comic, bridging underground and "straight" comics. Its influence was enormous, impacting nearly every aspect of modern comics and genres, and showcasing new work by young creators 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 29 Cliff Chiang

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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 see just how Chiang went from promising assistant editor to in-demand freelance artist. This features a career-spanning interview, and loads of both iconic and rarely seen artwork from Cliff's personal files. There are finished works never published, pencils, sketches, drawings. Learn More
  5. HERO-A-GO-GO Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, and Culture of The Swinging Sixties

    Regular Price: $36.95

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    No previous book has tackled this subject in such depth, and here you find every zany comic book and hero and heroine ever to be hip in the sixties. Here are nostalgic essays, histories, and theme song lyrics of classic 1960s characters like Captain Action, Herbie the Fat Fury, Captain Nice, Atom Ant, Scooter, ACG’s Nemesis, Dell’s super-Frankenstein and Dracula, the “split!” Captain Marvel, and others! 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. Learn More
  6. 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. The 1980s saw Stan Lee's retreat to the West Coast, Jim Shooter's rise and fall as editor-in-chief, the twin triumphs of Frank Miller and John Byrne, the challenge of independent publishers, and the weakening hold of the Comics Code Authority that led to the company's creative downfall—and ultimately the marginalization of the industry itself. Learn More
  7. 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
  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

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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. THE BATCAVE COMPANION

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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

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