Puck — What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck

    by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West
    Foreword by Bill Watterson. Book design by Lorraine Turner and Dean Mullaney

    A lavish coffee table book devoted to the most important political satire and cartoon magazine in American history. Published from 1877 to 1918, Puck was an American original—the country’s first and most successful humor magazine, the first magazine to publish color lithographs on a weekly basis, and for nearly forty years, a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists, led by its co-founder, Joseph Keppler.

    The weekly journal’s deft caricatures and pointed commentary made it a political force to be reckoned with. It is credited with single-handedly thwarting the third-term ambitions of Ulysses S. Grant in 1880 and electing Grover Cleveland to the presidency in 1884—or at least, by its devastating “Tattooed Man” series, denying it to James G. Blaine. 

    And Puck did it with art—lavish color full-page and two-page centerspread cartoons. With nearly 300 color plates in an oversized 12" x 11" format, What Fools These Mortals Be is the first opportunity for many readers to see so many cartoons from Puck reproduced in color and at a large size.

    Written and selected by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West with reproductions made from their unique collections and supplemented by the Library of Congress, this book is organized by subject matter, reflecting the most important issues of the day. Each cartoon is accompanied by an explanatory caption, placing the work in historical perspective. Many of the issues that dominated Puck’s pages more than one hundred years ago continue to dominate the political debate today.

    During its illustrious career Puck published more than two thousand numbered issues. When, after four decades, it ceased publication, The Literary Digest printed an appropriate epitaph: “Puck had no real rival in its best days. Fallen from its fine estate, it has left no successor.”

    Oversized 12" x 11"" hardcover with dustjacket, 328 pp., $59.99. ISBN: 978-1-63140-046-9.

    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


    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.