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Gene DeitchCat On A Hot Thin Groove – 78rpm Artwork From Record Changer Magazine (softcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 35.00
An amazing collection of 40s and 50s jazz drawings by Gene Deitch – the complete anthology of his work for legendary jazz magazine Record Changer! Gene was an amazing artist and cartoonist, whose work helped solidify the legacies of some of the most famous cartoon characters in the American pop culture canon – from Popeye, to Tom & Jerry and beyond – but we're especially in love with his jazz-centric Record Changer era! Gene adored jazz and his love for it really shows! Cat On A Hot Thin Groove includes all of his magazine covers, cartoon panels and other bits from Record Changer – versatile work that ranges from fun, cartoon-y panels of "Jazz Cat" characters, to more elaborate and abstract illustrations. Wonderful, vital stuff – and it's very nicely anthologized here by Fantagraphics! Coffee-table scale paperback – 160+ pages of prime Deitch jazzy drawings with text accompaniment. Book

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Don Flowers/Alex Chun & Jacob Covey, edGlamor Girls Of Don Flowers ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 19.95
Dishy dames galore – all delightfully delineated by 60s cartoonist Don Flowers – and lovingly re-presented in this sweet little volume from Fantagraphics! The book follows in the same series the publisher did with Dan DeCarlo – and like that volume, this one features the best of the cartoonist's pin-up gals – all pulled from 60s cartoons by Flowers. The overall subject matter is relatively tame – more slice-of-life jokes than sexy ones – but Don's drawings are a real treat – often a mixture of a very thin pen line with black, slightly loose at points, a bit like Hank Ketcham, but much more adult! 292 pages, softcover, black and white. Book

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Les McCannInvitation To Openness – The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960 to 1980 (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $28.99 39.99
An incredible lost side of the many talents of the great Les McCann – the ultra-hip pianist, singer, and jazz composer who we've loved for years! This book showcases McCann's lesser-known skills as a photographer – a subtle shutterbug who would often take pictures in the same spaces he was performing – gaining backstage access to other musicians, and also shooting them in performance as well – all with a sensitivity that goes far beyond the usual music journalist photographs! The candid shots are especially wonderful – and capture various musical legends in ways we've never seen before – often a bit tuned-down, and much more down to earth than you might expect. The heavy book features a wealth of subjects – including Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins, Tina Turner, Ben Webster, Grover Washington Jr, Donald Byrd, Muhammad Ali, Average White Band, James Coburn, John Coltrane, Bill Cosby, Paul Desmond, Angie Dickenson, Eugene McDaniels, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Pops Staples, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Redd Foxx, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, and dozens more. 200 pages, hardcover, oversized, and filled with black and white images! Book

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree – 1970s to 1981 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
A really wonderful little book – one that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scene in the South Bronx, Harlem, and Queens with colorful comic-style images. The book is surprisingly respectful, and really does a great job of juggling all the personalities and historical details – while still also finding a way to make the music come to life on the page, especially the live events that strongly helped to create hip hop in the years before it was recorded. The oversized book is 112 pages, on full color pages with a real comic book feel – and there's even a small discography at the back! Book

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 2 – 1981-1983 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
The fantastic second volume of the Hip Hop Family Tree – a beautiful graphic telling of the growth of hip hop on the New York scene – done in the style of some oversized Marvel Comics special edition from the 70s! The presentation is wonderful – and surprisingly really does the history justice – giving a visual flair to the kinds of information we've learned from Jeff Chang and others, with a similar way of linking things together so that the individual stories become part of a larger cultural development! The paper stock is great – pre-aged, like some vintage comic – but the cover is nice and strong, and really gives the book some heft – a mighty sweet oversized edition, with 112 full color pages! Book

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 3 – 1983-1984 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
A mighty nice third volume of this excellent series – one that's getting better and better with each new book, and a lot more focused too! This time around, Ed Piskor hones in on the key hip hop years of 1983 and 1984 – a time when New York acts were breaking big nationally, local labels were shaking hands with majors, and hip hop itself suddenly reached far past the streets and clubs into the suburbs and subdivisions! Piskor's approach is great – comic-style in an oversized book that's like some old Marvel Giant-Size edition from the 70s – with newsprint pages in lurid color, telling the tale of Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, Rick Rubin, LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, and other giants who emerged during these years – with a graphic sensibility that even blows away the previous volumes. 110 pages, full color, and oversized! Book

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 4 – 1984-1985 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
The incredible fourth book in the Hip Hop Family Tree series – artist Ed Piskor's madly brilliant, super fun take on hip hop history, in the style of classic comic books – and the wild styles and huge personalities of '84 & '85 provide the most fertile material of the series to date! It was a pretty amazing couple years in the rap history, storytelling idioms aside. Hip hop culture was busting out of the confines of the inner cities and making its way into the hearts and minds of kids in the country and cornfields of America – all over the world, actually – spreading like wildfire thanks to radio, TV and movies. Piskor's comic panel adventures of the real life characters behind it is wonderful, and a lot of fun – looking at the rise of Def Jam, Dr. Dre laying the pre-NWA foundation, the Hollywood rapsploitation flicks Breakin', Beat Street and Krush Groove, introductions to heroes and heroines Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa (the worthy cover faces), Biz Markie and so many more! It's all the fresher in the oversized format, too, with 112 pages in all. Book

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Vols 3 & 4 (gift box with slipcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... $43.99 49.99
The fantastic third & fourth volumes of classic comics-enamored/classic rap-reared artist Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree series – which really gets better and better with each new book as it goes deeper into early hip hop history! Books 3 & 4 hone in on the years 1983-1985, a time when New York acts were breaking big nationally, local labels were shaking hands with majors, and hip hop itself suddenly reached far past the streets and clubs into the suburbs and subdivisions! Piskor's approach is great – comic-style in an oversized book that's like some old Marvel Giant-Size edition from the 70s – with newsprint pages in lurid color, telling the tale of Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, Rick Rubin, LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys,the rise of Def Jam Records, Dr. Dre laying the pre-NWA foundation, the Hollywood rapsploitation flicks Breakin', Beat Street and Krush Groove, and more heroes & heroines like Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa , Biz Markie and so many more giants who emerged during these years – with a graphic sensibility that even blows away the previous volumes. The 2 volumes are 110 pages and 112 pages, full color, and all the fresher in the oversized format – even better the 2 volume box set, in a beautiful, sturdy slipcover with dozens more classic players illustrated in a giant line-up on both sides! Book

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #11 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... $2.99 3.99
The history of hip hop – as anthologized in one of the coolest comic series of the new millennium! Hip Hop Family Tree #11's cover hero is a fuzzy young Rick Rubin – not the latter day music industry Zen Master Rick Rubin we know today, but the hungry, young Beastie Boys producer era – and it also chronicles some early adventures of Doug E Fresh & MC Ricky D, The Fat Boys, the Graffiti Rock show, Whodini, a Hip Hop Family Tree pin-up portrait of Ol' Dirty Bastard and much more! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #10 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest comix you'll ever hope to buy – a stunning history of the early days of hip hop – told in comic book form, in a way that makes each key individual as important as a super hero! The first half of the book looks at 1983 – an important hip hop year in all its glory – with references to Style Wars, the young Rick Rubin, Bill Stephney, and even the birth of KRS-One on the streets! 1984 has just a hint of the birth of Def Jam – and the issue also features a bonus separate comic, titled Gladiator, with art by Emei Burell. Book

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✨✧ Jacques BoyreauSuperTrash – Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A book that's way more compelling than you'd guess from the title and the cover – especially if you love the lower-reaches of pop culture from the 70s! The book features an essay by the author, but is primarily a random combination of images from a huge host of lesser-known material from the late 60s through the early 80s – b-movie posters, comic book covers, weird advertisements, strange drawings, and more – all laid out with little in the way of explanation, at a page-by-page juxtaposition that makes the whole thing even more startling overall! There's so much unusual stuff here – Cliff Robertson movies we hardly remember at all, beautiful horror magazine covers, and lots more – plus some shots of this material laid out in a Super Trash gallery show. 222 pages, softcover, and full color. Book

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✨✧ Gary GrothCatalogue No 439 – Burlesque Paraphernalia & Side Degree Specialties & Costumes ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dig the ads for practical jokes and weird gimmicks in old comic books? Then you'll find plenty to love here – in a beautiful recreation of a catalog for gag items and weird machines from the early part of the 20th Century! The book presents an original catalog in its entirety – complete with strange drawings and wonderful descriptions of gimmicks like the exploding pie table, bucking couch, roller pathway, sliding stairs, and dozens of other weird devices that were mostly pitched at fraternal societies and men's clubs – but which almost appear like some sort of modern torture instruments! There's also lots of weird costumes and plenty of oddball electrical items – some of which might have been pretty dangerous – and the book also includes text and introductory material which puts the whole amazing contents in context. 170 pages, softcover, with black and white and color images throughout. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #9 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #10 features the comic book bio of the early days the Beastie Boys, the behind-the-scenes biz of pre-Def Jam Russell Simmons, the early electro era of Tuff City Records, rap contest winners The Disco Three who would go on the be known, for better AND for worse as The Fat Boys, Kool Moe Dee and The Treacherous Three and much more! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #8 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #8 looks at the dawn Run DMC era – straight from the streets of Hollis, Queens – plus comic book take on the story behind "Beat Bop" with Rammellzee & Jean-Michel Basquiat, Herbie Hancock's "Rockit", Rick Rubin and the young Beastie Boys, World Class Wreckin Cru and more! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #7 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #7 goes in the the west coast pop lockin' roots of NWA – the story of the Dr Dre, Grandmaster Lonzo and DJ Yella's World Class Wreckin' Cru! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #3 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #3 has a funky fresh graffiti trivia question cover – where you can pick the mugshot you think created the first rap gold record. Slick Rick? Debbie Harry? Rammellzee? Tupac? Kurtis Blow? Inside are frames featuring Soul Train, Enjoy Records, Funky Four Plus One, the Sugar Hill scene and more. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #2 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #2 features the story of "Rapper's Delight", and also stars Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Melle Mel, Keith Cowboy, Kid Creole, Mr. Ness & Rahiem. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #1 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #1 features the adventures of DJ Kool Herc, with appearances by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and more! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Vols 1 & 2 (gift box with slip cover & bonus comic) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning package for a wonderful collection – volumes one and two of Hip Hop Family Tree – both great volumes that tell the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scene in the South Bronx, Harlem, and Queens with colorful comic-style images. The book is surprisingly respectful, and really does a great job of juggling all the personalities and historical details – while still also finding a way to make the music come to life on the page, especially the live events that strongly helped to create hip hop in the years before it was recorded. The special package features both oversized, full-color books with exclusive new cover art – in a super-cool slipcover – and a bonus comic book that teams up Spike Lee, Rob Liefeld, and Eazy E! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #6 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #6 is The Wild Style Issue – one of favorites in the entire series – a comic book documentary style look at hip hop's first feature film! Book
 
 
 



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