- Full Description
Here's a new slant for PS Artbooks, PS Presents, a series of one-off volumes featuring one character or the best of one title, without necessarily collecting the entire run. First up is St. John's greatly under-rated Authentic Police Stories, featuring issues #6-10 of that title (1948-1950) which are packed with artwork and covers by Matt Baker. #6 has a SOTI Baker cover, "An Invitation to Learning," #7 includes a notorious Jack Cole story. Stories in #6 and #7 were used as samples of the bad comics influence by the New York Legislative Committee. And the continuing character Vic Flint also is here.
Introduction "Criminal Comic Book Activities Considered" by Barry Pearl (The Essential Marvel Age Companion, contributor to 75 Years of Marvel and the Taschen Little Books line). Barry notes how many of the stories here came straight from newspaper stories of the time. Every issue here features a Baker cover, and his are all about his forte, good-girl art.
Matt Baker issues are the hottest property in vintage comics right now. Copies in beat-up fair condition command prices of $200 and up, and nice copies can go for $600, $800 or more. This prolific artist set the standard at St. John. And although it's his romance that is as hot as any genre, here we get stories that the average fan may enjoy more, since this is St. John's answer to the wildly popular Crime Does Not Pay.
If this new format proves popular then it's more than likely they'll do do another volume, simple as that.
- Additional Information
Item Code PSAP01H Publisher PS Artbooks Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781786363381 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 184pg Color Full Color