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Warren BernardCartoons For Victory (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $10.99 34.99
A fantastic collection of World War II-era comic material – including lots of rare work by some of the biggest comic names of the time! Comic art really came into its own as America was entering WWII – the newspaper medium had hit an all-time high, with some of the best art of the century – and the new comic book format was exploding, and would find a huge audience in GIs stationed overseas. Those intertwined fates made for some amazing moments on paper – as comics rallied the forces back home, through well-spirited stories, and characters designed to provide a strong example of America's full potential – a huge propaganda push that not only included obvious folks, like Superman and Captain America – but also Nancy, Little Orphan Annie, and Donald Duck – all of whom had something to say about the war. Yet this book doesn't just stop with comic stories – as it pulls together comic material from advertisements, posters, and other propaganda fronts – with rare work from folks like Milton Caniff, Will Esiner, Al Capp, and other key talents of the time. The book is beautiful – sometimes in two-tone color, sometimes full color – wonderfully laid out, and with lots of supporting text. The hardcover volume is nice and big – almost bigger than the usual art book – and is 254 pages. Book
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Jacques BoyreauSuperTrash – Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... $5.99 29.99
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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George Chieffet & Stephen DestefanoLucky In Love Book One – A Poor Man's History (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2010. New Copy ... $5.99 19.99
A contemporary book, but one that's got a wonderfully vintage feel – just the sort of right artwork to fit this coming-of-age story set in the New York of the 40s! George Chieffet provides the text, and Stephen DeStefano provides the wonderful illustrations – with penwork that takes us back to the sharp style of the best mid-century newspaper cartoonists – but presented with a modern sense of layout that makes the story even more exciting! The mix of modern and retro reminds us a bit of the work of Seth – although Chieffet's writing and tale are very different – and the whole thing's packaged together in a really beautiful way. Hardcover, and printed on beautiful aged-style pages! Book

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Bill MauldinWillie & Joe – The WWII Years ... Book
Fantagraphics, Early 40s. New Copy ... $11.99 39.99
Some of the most impressive comics to ever come out of WWII – not the kind of Nazi-busting action that was handled by the superheroes in the early 40s, nor some of the pinup or joke-heavy material that came from artists back at home – and instead the surprisingly gripping work of Bill Mauldin, who often managed to pack more realism and sadness into a single cartoon than most of the war correspondents of the time! The work here begins with pre-war material by Mauldin – comics and illustrations that maybe show the lighter side of army life – but by 1943 and 1944, the full hardship of the conflict really shows in the panels – as the main characters, while trying to joke, are also being surprisingly frank about the rigors of combat and life overseas. These aren't guys who are dodging bullets or taking out the enemy – they're human beings trying to survive without decent food or clothing, or any of the simple comforts of home. The volume is an amazing tribute to Mauldin's talents – which have never gotten such a perfect showcase – and at almost 700 pages, the book covers a heck of a lot of ground – with page after page of oversize reproductions of Bill's black and white cartoons. Mauldin won the Pulitzer Prize for this material – and for good reason, too! Book

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Virgil PartchCork High & Bottle Deep (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 19.99
Booze and cartoons – has there ever been a better combination? Certainly not in the years of the cocktail napkin – where each new drink you'd order at a bar would come with a four-fold of visual entertainment – of the sort that Virgil Partch gives us in this excellent collection! We're not sure if these images were ever used on cocktail napkins, but they definitely recall the heyday of the genre in the 60s and 70s – as Partch's images portray the alcoholic scene at its best – with gags set in bars, a rundown of various hangover types, and even a full-color section that looks at the psychological makeup of different styles of drunks! The hardcover book is square – just like a cocktail napkin – and contains dozens of vintage images from Virgil's career. 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 #7 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... $2.99 3.99
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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Marc Sobel & Kristy ValentiLove & Rockets Companion – 30 Years (& Counting) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 29.99
A totally wonderful look at one of the coolest comics ever – the legendary Love & Rockets, a joint project by Hernandez Brothers Gilbert and Jaime – and one that opened up countless new paths for the American underground! The first half of the huge book features very detailed interviews, mixed with images from the comics – a conversation between the brothers and Neil Gaiman, another between the brothers and Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, one more with the brothers and Marc Sobel, and a final discussion between Groth and Sobel. The huge second half of the book features very detailed timelines for both the Locas and Palomar storylines by Jaime and Gilbert – plus longer character listings too – all pretty helpful, given that the stories have been going for over 30 years. There's also a listing of the brothers favorite comics, some key letters from old issues, and even a massive checklist – which is quite helpful, given all the different Love & Rockets publications over the years. 366 pages, softcover, with lots of black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 4 – 1984-1985 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Jonathan BarliVIP – The Mad World Of Virgil Partch (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic book on the mad artwork of Virgil Partch – an overlooked mid-century illustrator, and one whose material had all the biting wit of Mad Magazine legends like Don Martin or Bill Elder! Partch sometimes worked for higher-class publications – and specialized in satiric cartoons that were as visually sharp as their commentary – but as the years expanded, Virgil worked on record covers, advertising, paperback covers, and other formats – including some great books of his own! All those formats and more are included here – in a book that's got a layout that really does justice to both the material, and the detailed biography of Partch by the author. There's also some passages at the end that include some of Virgil's satiric writings with his images – and the book is 208 pages, hardcover, with both color and black and white images. 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 #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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✨✧ Joe Simon & Jack KirbyYoung Romance 2 – The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, Late 40s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of romance comics from the guys who invented the genre – the legendary team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby – the pair responsible for Captain America, The Sandman, and a whole host of other Golden Age heroes – working here in a completely new format as a way to survive in the postwar years! Yet although Simon & Kirby might have first created romance comics as a way to survive the downturn in superheroes, they instantly perfected the format – and managed to do a better job than any of the hundreds of artists who immediately tried to copy their approach. The comics have a level of feeling and melodrama that's very resonant with late 40s cinema – and also hints at a lot of the deeper emotion that Kirby would bring to his 60s creations at Marvel! As with the first volume, the book provides a beautiful full-color reproduction of some of the best stories from the Simon & Kirby publications – mostly stories from their groundbreaking Young Romance magazine of the late 40s. 199 pages, hardcover, and full color. 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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