Official Press Release
DAYTON, Ohio: Checker Book Publishing Group has announced that two titles are shipping this week from its wholesale partners to stores throughout North America: Star Trek: The Key Collection Vol. 1 (ISBN 0-9741664-4-8 $22.95 full-color tpb), the eagerly awaited first reprint volume of the classic Trek comics of the 60s and 70s, along with Checker’s third installment in its Winsor McCay: Early Works series (ISBN 0-9741664-9-9, $19.95 black and white).
Star Trek comics debuted in 1966, the year after the original television series premiered, and continued on an irregular serial schedule until 1979 under Western Publishing’s Gold Key imprint. Checker is reprinting them now for the first time in over 30 years. The comics feature the original Enterprise crew (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott) in adventures available nowhere else. Eventually, sixty-one issues full-color issues would be published, and Checker’s first collection will include issues one through eight, featuring art by Nevio Zaccara (1,2) and Alberto Giolitti (3-8). Though writing credits on the first eight issues were not given, subsequent writers for these rare comics gems included Len Wein, George Kashdan and Doug Drexler.
Winsor McCay: Early Works III contains the 1907 installments of “Dream of the Rarebit Fiend,” perhaps McCay’s best known work other than “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” are included here, as is an assortment of his editorial cartoons and spot illustrations during his earlier days in New York. It also presents chapter-length reprintings of the strips “Little Sammy Sneeze,” and “A Pilgrim’s Progress.” McCay’s pioneering manipulations of the comic art form in its infancy, combined with his often unorthodox and humorours subject matter (including a fascination with dreams and nightmares) earned him extreme popularity during his lifetime and an enduring influence on subsequent generations of cartoonists, illustrators and animators.
Checker Book Publishing Group was established in 2000 to bring the absolute best of dormant, unpublished, and underpublished serial comics material back to print. A private concern, Checker fabricates complete, durable and affordable graphic novels, cartoon books and comic strip treasuries for sale to such comic shops, bookstores and libraries as may require them for resale or public archiving. These endeavors are pursued with stalwart vigor by certain residents of Dayton, Ohio, in which city the press maintains its offices.