Dick Tracy Vol. 18: 1957-1959
Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney.
Introduction by Max Allan Collins, Historical Essay by Jeff Kersten.
The 1950s just about come to a close in Volume Eighteen as Chester Gould introduces one character after another whose crimes start off as relatively petty but who end up trapped in larger and more deadly conspiracies. New characters include the gamecock queen Miss Egghead, Cuban secret serviceman Wunbrow, the tragic Headache, and bizarre Popsie and her mother. Throw in a wacko named Pantsy, a cross-country chase after a million dollars of hidden heist loot, Tracy left for dead on a deserted island, a couple more million in slot machine coins, and a throwback to the 1940s in the Mole-lookalike named Rhodent, and it's clear that Chester Gould is definitely not resting on his laurels. Included are all strips from December 15, 1957 through July 11, 1959.
Oversized 11" x 8.5"
hardcover-with-dustjacket, 276 pp, $39.99.
X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan Volume 0: 1934-1936
by Dashiell Hammett and
Edited by Dean Mullaney,
Introduction by Bruce Canwell.
When Secret Agent X-9 premiered in January 1934, King Features could proudly boast that its new adventure strip was written by the world's most famous mystery writer—Dashiell Hammett, the man who virtually invented the hard-boiled detective in such novels as The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and Red Harvest. The artist chosen was less well-known—at this point, Alex Raymond was an merely an uncredited assistant on Tim Tyler's Luck and the humor strip Blondie—but 1934 was the turning point in Raymond's career. From that cold January forward, Alex Raymond would become as famous as Hammett, thanks to his Sunday comics double-header, Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim.
Secret Agent X-9 was a dailies-only serial. This volume collects the complete Hammett/Raymond strips, plus the subsequent stories by Raymond and Leslie Charteris, famous himself for "The Saint" novels, as well as the Charteris stories drawn by Charles Flanders. Included are strips from January 22, 1934 through October 31, 1936.
Oversized 11" x 10"
hardcover-with-dustjacket, 304 pp.,
$49.99. ISBN: 978-1-63140-211-1.
Rip Kirby Vol. 8: 1964-1967
by John Prentice and
Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Brian Walker.
Rip Kirby's adventures continue! In these
eleven complete stories Rip Kirby's escapades take him to all parts
of the globe, on land and sea, and even-for a first in this
series-on a space ship to...the future! The suave detective mixes
it up with more stunning beauties, sleazy blackmailers, and vicious
murderers, drawn in John Prentice's slick, award-winning
photo-realistic style. The strips are reproduced from the original
King Features Syndicate proofs, insuring that every daily will look
even better than when it was first published in newspapers over
fifty years ago. Containing more than 800 sequential comics from
October 10, 1964 to July 8, 1967!
Oversized 11" x 10" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 296 pp., $49.99.
Little Orphan Annie Vol. 11: 1943-1945
Death Be Thy
by Harold Gray
Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer
In the depths of the Second World War, Harold
Gray paints a dark vision of stateside America when Annie's most
loyal friends turn out to be a boarding house full of thieves,
forgers, and mindreaders. The red-garbed orphan sees that petty
politicians and their underworld companions can deprive a small
town of freedom just as easily as can foreign spies, and that a big
city can be home to a larger and even more dangerous threat to
national security. To Annie's initial joy, "Daddy" Warbucks comes
home from war, but this time it's not to be with his beloved
adopted daughterrob, but...to die. With "Daddy" gone, Annie ends up
terrorized by the wretchedly evil Mrs. Bleating-Hart, who robs
Annie of her liberty in a very real and personal way. Reprinting
all daily and Sunday strips from August 8, 1943 to April 14, 1945,
in the darkest hours before the dawn.
Oversized 11" x 8.5" full
color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 288 pp., $49.99.