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Guido Crepax is one of the most acclaimed cartoonists in the world. In the 1960s and ’70s, he created and chronicled the adventures of Valentina, arguably the strongest and most independent female character in European comics up to that time, and legitimized the erotic genre. Vol. 3 introduces Baba Yaga, the villainous witch of folklore, and includes Crepax's sinuous adaptations of several literary masterpieces by Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James, and Edgar Allan Poe. In Vol. 4, the author’s sexy proto-feminist heroine Valentina is introduced and stars in 16 full stories. Abundant nudity and some explicit sex. Massive set in a huge fancy slipcase.
Vol 3: Collects the “Baba Yaga” storyline, which recasts the witch of folklore (it was adapted for the screen in 1973 starring Carroll Baker as the middle-aged, lesbian villainess). Under Baba Yaga’s influence, a doll, Annette, comes to life, while Valentina and her lover, Philip, are forced to act out the fairy tale Bluebeard; and Philip must fight the witch in her lair. Plus, adaptations of several literary masterpieces: Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, and a take on Edgar Allan Poe--all with an erotic twist, of course.
Black & white illustrations with some color. Plus 20-pages of fully illustrated story notes, with pictures and other art work to support Crepax's work. Which is getting more and more kinky; lesbians, bondage, spanking, whipping, orgies, s&m...you name it, Crepax was exploring it in these pioneering adult comics.
Vol 4: Most of the comics in this volume, spanning 1965 to 1985, were done BEFORE volume 3's material, above, and while they have a lot of nudity, they aren't nearly as kinky. Most have never before been published in English. It includes Crepax’s first foray into comics magazines—“The Curve of Lesmo”—in which our heroine Valentina is introduced as an adventurer’s sidekick. She's a globe-trotting photographer who gets wrapped into an espionage story, not unlike Emma Peel but more apt to lose her clothes. Crepax’s impeccable draftsmanship and early eroticism is on full display, as well as his innovative visual storytelling techniques that made him an international sensation.
Volume 4 is a massive oversized volume of 468 pages. Concludes with a color section with story notes which examines at length each story collected here, by Tim Pilcher, Matt Seneca and others, plus a biography and reference guide. Includes an interview with Crepax. Stories include: The Lesmo Curve, in which an attempt is being made to assassinate a Grand Prix racecar driver; Ciao, Valentina; Funny Valentine; Fearless Paper Doll Valentina; Filippo and Valentina; Valentina the Fearless; Valentina's Baby; The Manuscript Found in a Stroller; Fallen Angels; The Empress's New Clothes; Le Zattere, Venice; Pietro Giacomo Rogeri; Anthropology; Private Life, and Twenty Years Later.
Fantagraphics’ ambitious Complete Crepax series launched in 2016, and this handsome boxed set contains the third and fourth volumes, Evil Spells and Private Life.
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Item Code CREP02P Publisher Fantagraphics Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781683961550 Adult Rating Adult Material Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 10x14 # Pages 864pg Color b&w