Fantagraphics – pre-order pics and more

1.) Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: A Christmas in Shack Town
      240 pages, Hard Cover Edition $28.99 release date: N/A

2.) Creeping Death from Neptune: Science Fiction and Horror Comics by Basil Wolverton
      288 pages, Softcover edition $39.99 release date: April 2013

3.) Came the Dawn and other Stories: part of the EC Comics Library
       208 pages, Hard Cover Edition $28.99 Release date: October 2012

4.) The Secret History of Marvel Comics:
       300 pages, Hard Cover Edition $39.99 Release Date: February 2013

       “Marvel Comics is home to such legendary super-heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, all of whom have spun box office gold in the 21st century. But Marvel Comics has a secret history hidden in the shadows of these well-known franchises.

The Secret History of Marvel Comics digs back to the 1930s when Marvel Comics wasn’t just a comic-book producing company. Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman had tentacles into a publishing world that might have made that era’s conservative American parents lynch him on his front porch. Marvel was but a small part of Goodman’s publishing empire, which had begun years before he published his first comic book. Goodman mostly published lurid and sensationalistic story books (known as “pulps”) and magazines, featuring sexually-charged detective and romance short fiction, and celebrity gossip scandal sheets. And artists like Jack Kirby, who was producing Captain America for eight-year-olds, were simultaneously dipping their toes in both ponds.
The Secret History of Marvel Comics tells this parallel story of 1930s/40s Marvel Comics sharing offices with those Goodman publications not quite fit for children. The book also features a comprehensive display of the artwork produced for Goodman’s other enterprises by Marvel Comics artists such as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus the very best pulp artists in the field, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, L.F. Bjorklund, and Marvel Comics #1 cover artist Frank R. Paul. Goodman’s magazines also featured cover stories on celebrities such as Jackie Gleason, Elizabeth Taylor, Liberace, and Sophia Loren, as well as contributions from famous literary and social figures such as Isaac Asimov, Theodore Sturgeon, and L. Ron Hubbard.
These rare pieces of comic art, pulp and magazine history will open the door to Marvel Comics’ unseen history.”


Other recommendations from Fantagraphics:

The Complete Peanuts: Vol. 1

  “50 Years of Art. 25 Books. Two books per year for 12 1/2 years. Fantagraphics Books is proud to present the most eagerly-awaited and ambitious publishing project in the history of the American comic strip: the complete reprinting of Charles M. Schulz’s classic, Peanuts. Considered to be one of the most popular comic strips in the history of the world, Peanuts will be, for the first time, collected in its entirety.

Each volume in the series runs approximately 320 pages in a 8″ x 6 1/2″ hardcover format, presenting two years of strips along with supplementary material. The series will present the entire run in chronological order, dailies and Sundays.”

There are 18 Volumes to the Complete Peanuts collection, so check out the site for more details and costs.

SpaceHawk: 

The Spacehawk Halloween ComicFest 2012 mini-comic is available for FREE on Halloween 2012 exclusively at participating comic shops! Featuring a complete space-faring, monster-jammed Spacehawk story and some fun Spacehawk surprises we cooked up, this all-ages treat was produced especially for HalloweenComicFest 2012.

Fire & Water: Bill Everett, the Sub Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics

    192 pages, Hard Cover Edition $39.99 Available Now- comes with a signed Book Plate!

The Art of Joe Kubert

  232 pages, Hard Cover Edition $39.99 Available Now 

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko

  216 pages, Hard Cover Edition $39.99 Available Now 

Action! Mystery! Thrills! Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933 – 1945

  208 pages, Soft Cover Edition $29.99 Available Now
I think I will end this post here, I found alot more books I would recommend but I suggest you go through the FANTAGRAPHICS store and see what you like. Let me know what your recommendations would be!
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