Beyond Mars : The Complete Series
by Jack Williamson and
Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney. Introduction by Bruce Canwell.
This oversized book presents the complete series—all 161 strips from 1952 to 1955—in its original color!
Unlike other science fiction strips, this one
was created and written by a bona fide science fiction star. Jack
Williamson sold his first story, “The Metal Man,” in
1928, won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards (for “The Ultimate
Earth”), was only the second writer (after Robert Heinlein)
named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the SF Writers of
America, received the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement,
and is in SF Hall of Fame.
The strip was drawn by Lee Elias in a style clearly influenced by Milton Caniff and Noel Sickles. Starting out drawing “Good Girl Art” at Fiction House in 1943, Elias became famous for his outstanding art on the heroine Black Cat for Harvey Comics. In his early and later career at DC Comics, he drew “Green Arrow” for five years, and co-created the Fiddler, the original Star Sapphire, and Eclipso.
The story takes place 200 years in the future when “a new force—paragravity—had enabled men to live and breathe on the asteroids.” It is loosely based on Williamson’s Seetee novels. Seetee = CT, or “contraterrene,” was an unusual concept at the time; it’s now well-known as “anti-matter.” The strip stars Mike Flint, a spatial engineer who lives on Brooklyn Rock, an asteroid “beyond Mars.” With his green-skinned metallic partner from Venus, Flint gets involved in a series of lighthearted adventures, battling space pirates, teaming up with a bevy of beautiful and strong-minded women, and dealing with addicts of the mysterious space drug called “star dust.”
Oversized 9.25" x 12" full
color hardcover, 160 pp., $49.99.
Dick Tracy Vol. 19: 1956-1957
Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney.
Introduction by Max Allan Collins, Historical Essay by Jeff Kersten.
We discover the fate of Fatty and Rodent, meet Spots—the small-time grifter who suddenly gets big-time ambitions—and witness Lizz literally throwing her weight around when she takes the lead on a couple of cases. Meanwhile, Tracy and company encounter a 7' 3" giant Hawaiian surfer, an obnoxious TV shock jock, a hitman named Halfa Million and his brother, the syndicate boss "Willie-the-Fifth," plus a legal eagle named Flyface, one of Chester Gould's most visually memorable villains (who, it turns out, is not the only member of his family plagued by a swarming horde of flies!). Gould's stories feature mad mothers, madder grandmothers, and more children at risk (including a bearded baby boy). Throw in a couple of skeletal remains, a death-dealing tidal wave, a gun moll named Olive Tomate, and the return of B.O. Plenty, Gravel Gertie, and a plump cereal-overeating Sparkle Plenty-then watch the sparks fly, as Dick Tracy nears its thirtieth anniversary in the complete strips from July 12, 1959 through February 19, 1961.
Oversized 11" x 8.5"
hardcover-with-dustjacket, 276 pp, $39.99.
Steve Canyon Vol 6: 1957-1958
Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell.
From April 1958-on, these strips were never
reprinted in the Kitchen Sink editions. Things take a decidedly
domestic turn in our sixth volume. Can Summer and Steve rekindle
their love amidst the action of…high school basketball? Can
Poteet find happiness on the polo field? Since this is Steve
Canyon, not all the action takes place at home, and old friends
unexpectedly pop up in new places. Miss Mizzou feels overdressed on
Finger Island—Colonel Sam Index reappears at Higgs Air
Base—Princess Snowflower comes to America as a pawn in Doagie
Hogan’s plan to attack Communist China—and Savannah Gay
teams up with none other than Bob Hope in a special Christmas
story. Everyone’s favorite Light Colonel dodges death and
femme fatales alike in volume six of The Complete Steve
Oversized 11” x
8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 336 pp,