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1909-41. Our Highest Recommendation. By Greg Sadowski. Basil Wolverton is best known for his goofy grotesqueries in the pages of MAD and other humor comics, but he was also responsible for some of the wildest and most eye-popping science fiction and horror comics of the Golden Age. This finally collects all that early (most serious, some funny) comics work, much of it complete stories: Space Patrol, Meteor Martin, Disc-Eyes the Detective, plus long-lost rejected comic strips and lots more, including a blow-by-blow story of the tough early years of his career. Fantagraphics, 2014. Condition: Bumped corners.

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Basil Wolverton is best known for his goofy grotesqueries in the pages of MAD and other humor comics, but he was also responsible for some of the wildest and most eye-popping science fiction and horror comics of the Golden Age. This finally collects all that early (most serious, some funny) comics work, much of it complete stories: Space Patrol, Meteor Martin, Disc-Eyes the Detective, plus long-lost rejected comic strips and lots more, including a blow-by-blow story of the tough early years of his career.

While it presents an overview of Wolverton’s entire career, it focuses primarily on his 1938-1952 science fiction and horror comics. Apart from his long-running Spacehawk, every known story from this period, both published and unpublished, is here in its entirety.

The narrative begins at Wolverton’s childhood and traces the events leading up to his first serious comics work, the 1929 syndicated strip, Marco of Mars, then proceeds through Steve Grover of the Stratosphere Patrol, Vultures of the Void, Meteor Murphy, Space Patrol and Rockman, and his final intense group of 1950-1952 stories for Atlas and others.

The book ends with a summation of Wolverton’s career after leaving–and occasionally returning to–comics. Existing correspondence, pay ledgers, and personal diaries provide insight into the artist’s career as we’ve never seen before. He kept it all–letters from Joe Simon and Lloyd Jacquet and other editors, story synopses, his entire rejected “Mickey Goes to Mars” submitted to–and rejected by–Walt Disney…and this is just the beginning.

Complete stories include more unpublished work as well as his earliest and super-rare material for Centaur and Timely.

Greg Sadowski (Four Color Fear) has gone to incredible lengths to uncover as much unpublished art as possible, including preliminary drawings, syndicated strips, comic book work, and even rejected covers for Amazing Mystery Funnies! The next volume, in this series of three, has just been published and is on its way to us, so we have brought back into stock this GREAT first collection. This is the best thing ever done on Wolverton, one of my favorite Golden Age artists. -Bud

Condition: Bumped corners.

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