NEW RELEASES

    Superman : Golden Age Sundays, 1946-1949

    by Wayne Boring
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney. Introduction by Mark Waid. Cover by Pete Poplaski.

    This second book in our Superman Sundays series collects nearly 170 sequential Sunday pages that have never been reprinted. These classic comics, beginning August 11, 1946 and continuing through October 16, 1949, fill another major gap in the Superman mythos.

    In a full eighteen adventures, Superman’s travels take him around the globe. as well as through time and space. The Man of Steel solves the case of the Curiosity Crimes, becomes a rival for Cleopatra’s affections in ancient Egypt, is exposed to radiation that turns him into Superbabe, battles a prehistoric animal called a “Paleomatzoball” (!),  reprises the “Superman's Service to Servicemen” series with a couple of services for veterans, encounters an ancient civilization in the lost valley of Ru, meets up with Angus the talking dog, and to top it all off, witnesses Lois marrying Clark Kent—or does he?!

    Superman was created in 1938 by two ambitious Cleveland youngsters, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Their defender of the oppressed became an enduring smash sensation in comics, radio, animation, television, and motion pictures. He remains the little guy's White Knight, battling terrestrial and extra-terrestrial menaces and standing for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

    Oversized 9.25" x 12"” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 184 pp, $49.99.

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    Skippy Vol. 3: Complete Dailies 1931-1933

    by Percy Crosby
    Edited by Jared Gardner and Dean Mullaney, Designed by Lorraine Turner, Biographical essay by Jared Gardner

    2013 AND 2014 EISNER AWARD NOMINEE!!!

    With the release of the Oscar-winning Skippy movie in 1931, Percy Crosby had his biggest stage at precisely the moment he was committing himself to bringing his creative and political work together. Skippy suddenly was everywhere and Crosby was determined to use his visibility and influence as one of the most successful cartoonists of his generation to transform a society in the grips of a deepening Depression and the late years of the failed policy of Prohibition. Like his beloved Skippy, Crosby had yet to back down from a fight, no matter how daunting the opposition. This volume, reprinting all dailies from 1931-1933, brings us to some of Percy Crosby’s most inspired strips of Skippy’s long run. Bonus materials include many photographs and rare artwork from the collection of the cartoonist's daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts.

    9.5" x 8.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 340 pp, ISBN: 978-1-63140-020-9, $49.99.

    “A scintillating collection of  the greatest children’s comic strip ever.” —The Washington Times

    “One of the great, lost classics of the newspaper age. The best. Simply the best.” —The New York Journal of Books

    Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Original Classic Cartoons Vol. 1: 1929-1930

    by Robert Ripley
    Edited by Dean Mullaney. Designed by Lorraine Turner

    This series begins a chronological reprinting of Ripley’s famous daily cartoons in hardcover collections, reminding us that first and foremost that Robert Ripley—explorer, radio, movie and television personality, entrepreneur and museum impresario—was an astounding artist-cartoonist.
     
    The first volume reprises cartoons from 1929 and 1930, when Ripley’s fame raised him from relative obscurity to international celebrity, and includes bonus and background material from Ripley’s impressive archives.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" hardcover, 272 pp, $39.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-61377-890-6.

    Dick Tracy Vol. 17: 1956-1957

    by Chester Gould
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney.
    Introduction by Max Allan Collins, Historical Essay by Jeff Kersten.

    Dick Tracy celebrates its 25th anniversary as Chester Gould ups the ante in his assault on juvenile delinquency in the startling—and literally haunting—conclusion to the Flattop Jr. saga. Meanwhile, the squad room becomes co-ed when Lizz permanently joins the cast. Money remains the motivating factor for a new host of crazed villains, including the gymnastic murderesses, the Kitten Sisters; killer con men, the Clipso Brothers; two different spouse slayers; a notorious counterfeiter; and a “blind” drug pusher. Gould interposes some comedic relief—the return of bandleader Spike Dyke and the introduction of Morin Plenty (B.O.’s 88-year-old father) and his sugar-addicted wife Blossom—but humorous interludes are short-lived. Tragedy rules the day in Volume Seventeen, reprinting strips from May 14, 1956 through December 14, 1957.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 276 pp, $39.99.

    Rip Kirby Vol. 7: 1962-1964

    by John Prentice and Fred Dickenson
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Brian Walker.

    In this seventh volume, Al Williamson takes on a larger role as John Prentice’s assistant, and Prentice fully hits his stride. Fred Dickenson continues to write Rip Kirby’s adventures. Rip Kirby, the suave gentleman detective is the right man for his times as then-current 1960s culture reflects a new fascination with sophisticated stories featuring James Bond and other agents, both secret and otherwise. The strips are reproduced from the original King Features Syndicate proofs, insuring that every daily will look even better than when they were first published in newspapers over fifty years ago. Containing nine complete stories in more than 800 sequential comics from February 12, 1962 to October 10, 1964.

    Oversized 11" x 10" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 296 pp., $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-63140-034-6