- Full Description
Signed by Gerald Lazare and author Ivan Kocmarek. Foil-stamped slipcase. A massive 300+ page book including 150 full-page reproductions of original art pages, plus backstories and special interviews with the artists. Canada banned American comics during the Second World War, precipitating an explosion of homegrown comics from young publishers and creators. One of these was Bell Features, and it put out comics touting the exploits of heroes like Nelvana of the Northern Lights, the first Canadian super-heroine who preceded even Wonder Woman. And Johnny Canuck, Speed Savage, The Brain, Nitro, The Dreamer, Doc Stearne (yes, of Mr. Monster fame), and Super Commando.
The original artwork is taken directly from the Bell Features Collection at the Library and Archives of Canada. The book has been wonderfully designed by John Farr, with forewords by original artist Gerald Lazare, who has signed the book, and John Bell, whose family was Bell Features Publishing.
The author Ivan Kocmarek has written more than 115 articles on these "Canadian Whites," all available online under "Whites Tsunami" at ComicBookDaily.com. He also wrote a very informative illustrated article on these comics for the 2013-14 edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44.
Recently a super rare compilation issue of Nelvana stories from 1946 sold at auction for $13,000 --and not even in high grade! Issues of nearly all the Canadian Whites, even in very low grade, regularly fetch prices in the mid to high hundreds of dollars, but more often $1000 or more. These all had much lower print runs than U.S. comics, due to the lower population in Canada. That is why, until 1946, they couldn't afford to print the interiors in color, just the covers. And, of course, those wartime scrap paper drives destroyed many copies. So very, very few of these comics survive today.
Finally in 1946 and 1947, just as this era was ending, publisher Anglo-American starting doing full color books and even worked with Fawcett, publishers of Captain Marvel, to distribute their titles into the U.S. Thus we not only have full color issues Grand Slam, Three Aces, and Freelance Robin Hood, but they are moderately more affordable...and among some of my personal favorite issues.
This is the untold story of a fascinating corner of the Golden Age, and this very special book gets you in on the ground floor.
Slight dings to corners.
- Additional Information
Item Code HERHFD Publisher North End Books Publish Date 2018 Print Status Out of Print Condition Slight dings to corners. Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 330pg Color Partial Color