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    March 2016

    Superman : Atomic Age Sundays, 1953-1956

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

    More than 170 never-before-reprinted Superman Sundays from the 1950s. This second book (of three) in the Atomic Age Sundays features every Superman weekly strip from March 22, 1953 through June 24, 1956. In these tales, Superman encounters two escaped criminals from Krypton; challenges Lois to discover his secret identity in three different periods in history; battles the mysterious Prankster; meets the legendary Hercules; mixes it up with the Phantom Thief, a crook whom radiation turns invisible; encounters a flying horse named Comet (not, not the one belonging to Supergirl!); and is super-confused when he suffers from super-amnesia!

    Oversized 9.25" x 12"” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 180 pp, $49.99.

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    March 2016

    Star Trek : The Classic U.K. Comics Vol. 1

    by Harry Lindfield, Jim Baikie, Mike Noble, and others
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney.
    Introduction by Rich Handley.

    In 1969, six months before the Star Trek TV series premiered in England, British comics readers were introduced to the characters in an original comic book series. The stories were serialized, generally 2 to 3 pages at a time, in 257 weekly magazines spanning five years and 37 storylines. These extremely rare comics have never been published in the United States. Star Trek fans will quickly note that the comics were not written with strict adherence to Star Trek's core concepts. The Enterprise frequently traveled outside our galaxy, and the crew committed many violations of the never-mentioned Prime Directive along the way. Spock shouted most of his lines and often urged Kirk (or "Kurt," as his name was misspelled in early issues) to shoot first and ask questions later. But it's precisely that "offness" that makes them so eminently readable and deserving of a proper reprinting. They're unique in the annals of Star Trek and fans have gone without them for far too long.

    8.5" x 11 hardcover-with-dustjacket, 244 pp, $49.99.

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    April 2016

    LOAC Essentials Vol. 8 (King Features Essentials #1): Krazy Kat 1934

    by George Herriman
    Edited by Dean Mullaney. Introduction by Michael Tisserand

    Much attention has been paid to Herrriman’s Sunday full-page comics, yet it is in the daily Krazy Kat strips that the cartoonist most frankly illustrates many of his major themes, especially the shifting nature of social identity.

    The 1934 strips reprinted in this book fit anyone’s definition of “essential.” They show Krazy Kat at top speed, ever-changing, endlessly inventive, with language that sparkles with double meanings and more in lines such as “his malady drills me to my sole.”

    The year includes homages to old jokes and bricks, followed by playful references to sex, drink, and even drugs. The daily Krazy Kat strips are often Herriman’s most personal works and standouts in this year include Krazy Kat’s attempt to write a memoir and the Kat’s quietly waiting for the last leaf of “ottim” to fall (a tender scene that finds echoes in Charles Schulz’s drawing Linus admiring the last autum’s leaf stubborn spirit). It could also be argued that the daily is more accessible to the new reader. Herriman biographer Michael Tisserand provides an insightful introduction.

    Oblong 11.5” x 4.25” hardcover, 328 pp, $24.99.