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    May 2014

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 10: 1941-1943

    The Junior Commandos
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer

    America's spunkiest kid is hospitalized after a car crash, has to fight off a dope pushing doctor, meets "Crazy Kate" (who's not all that crazy!) and helps the bearded old man named Zaney keep his secret formula out of Nazi hands. When America enters the Second World War, Annie protects the home front by forming the Junior Commandos, a group that inspired tens of thousands of real life children to collect newspapers, scrap metal,and other items needed for the war effort. The fictional "Colonel Annie," meanwhile, finds herself face to face with fifth columnists and a Nazi submarine! Daddy Warbucks, true to his name, is back making munitions and leads a mysterious army overseas. And that's just for starters…in Volume Ten of The Complete Little Orphan Annie. Including dailies and Sundays from November 24, 1941 through August 7, 1943

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 296 pp., ISBN: 978-1-61377-951-4, $49.99.

    May 2014

    Archie Swingin' Sixties Dailies Vol. 2: 1963-1965

    by Bob Montana
    Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Bruce Canwell

    Continuing our Eisner Award-winning series, we we reach the mid-1960s when the now-famous cast of Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and Reggie are part of a rich ensemble presented by cartoonist Bob Montana. In addition to Fred and Mary Andrews (Archie's mom and pop) and Veronica's father, Mr. Lodge, Montana weaves gags around the entire staff of Riverdale High, including Mr. Weatherbee, Miss Grundy, Mr. Flutesnoot, Miss Shapely, and Miss Beazly, among others.

    11" x 8.5" hardcover, 296 pp., $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-61377-972-9.

    June 2014

    LOAC Essentials Vol. 5: The Bungle Family 1930

    by Harry J. Tuthill
    Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney. Introduction by Paul Tumey.

    Art Spiegelman called The Bungle Family "the most underrated comic strip in our history." Bill Blackbeard wrote, "There has been nothing like it in comic strips since." Hogan's Alley magazine proclaimed, "The Bungle Family was about as wholly an adult comic strip as the field has ever known." Yet until now only sporadic examples of Harry J. Tuthill's masterpiece have been available to modern readers. This complete collection of 1930 dailies remedies that situation.

    Almost three decades before The Honeymooners, The Bungle Family revolved around a squabbling couple, George and Josephine Bungle, apartment dwellers who are constantly at odds with not only each other, but with their neighbors, landlords, relatives, and just about anyone who crosses their paths, constantly conniving and scheming for financial or social advantage. Unlike Ralph and Trixie Kramden, the Bungles are also trying to marry their daughter Peggy to a rich prospect (including the recurring con man, J. Oakdale Hartford, who figures prominently in this volume).

    Perhaps no other comic strip better defines LOAC Essentials's mission to reprint the daily newspaper strips that are essential to comics history in yearly volumes. Like previous Essentials offerings, The Bungle Family will give readers an immersive experience, similar to the one newspapers readers had may decades ago—reading the comics one day at a time.

    Oblong 11.5” x 4.25” hardcover, 344 pp, $24.99. ISBN: 978-1-61377-958-3

    June 2014

    Alex Toth : Genius, Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth

    By Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell

    The Library of American Comics concludes its in-depth look at Alex Toth's life and art with Genius, Animated. This companion volume to 2011's award-winning Genius, Isolated and 2013's Genius, Illustrated turns the spotlight on Toth's groundbreaking contributions in the field of animation, and features many rarely-seen or never-before-published pieces of art, much of it uncovered in the archives of Hanna-Barbera Studios! Featuring presentation illustrations for unsold series; character designs and storyboards for old favorites such as Space Ghost, Shazzan, and Super Friends; and work taken from both the beginning (Space Angel) and end (Bionic 6) of Toth's "Saturday kidvid" career, this oversized artbook features observations from animation professionals about his work, plus Alex's own commentary on the cartoon shows that shaped a generation.

    Genius, Animated is filled from cover to cover with must-see material,making it essential reading for Toth-fans and animation enthusiasts alike.

    Oversized 9.5" x 13" hardcover, 328 pp. with filmography, plus index to the entire trilogy, $49.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-61377-950-7.

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    June 2014

    Tarzan Vol. 3: 1971-1974

    by Russ Manning
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney.
    Foreword by William Stout, Introduction by Henry Franke

    This third volume of a four-book series collecting the entire run of the Tarzan newspaper strip by Russ Manning presents the final two complete daily storylines, plus four extended Sunday adventures. In the dailies from August 2, 1971 through July 29, 1972, Tarzan returns to the Earth’s core, while Korak plays guide on the dangerous white water river. In the Sundays from January 24, 1971 through March 17, 1974, Tarzan travels to Pal-ul-don and Korak enters the City of Xuja.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 296 pp, $49.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-61377-982-8

    July 2014

    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

     

    July 2014

    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-with-dustjacket, 328 pp, $39.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-61377-890-6.

    August 2014

    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.

    August 2014

    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 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, now 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, $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