AL CAPP'S LI'L ABNER: THE FRAZETTA SUNDAYS VOLUME 2 (1956-57) TPB
On sale July 30, HC, 128pg, FC, 9" x 12", $18.95
A super-sexy Marilyn Monroe leads off Volume 2-drawn as only Frank Frazetta could draw her! Monroe appears in all 12 panels of the first 1956 Sunday, setting the pace for the next two sizzling years. Highlights for Volume 2 include: Al Capp's legendary parody of busybody "Mary Worm" led "Mary Worth" creator Allan Saunders to reciprocate, casting Capp as a drunken and loutish cartoonist in his strip. Others skewered are gay pianist Liberace (Loverboynik), bald actor Yul Brynner (Errol Skinn), actress Jayne Mansfield (Jayne Cornfield), and actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly (supplanted here by Daisy Mae Yokum) marrying the Prince of Monte Carload.
Regular cast members with plot time include Evil Eye Fleegle (with his powerful whammy), Hairless Joe and Lonesome Polecat, Moonbeam McSwine (who prefers the company of pigs to men) and über-capitalist General Bullmoose. Each volume will contain an introduction and extensive annotations by Li'l Abner expert Denis Kitchen, who provided the incisive text and annotations for Dark Horse's popular Little Annie Fanny books.
ASTRO BOY VOLUME 17 TPB
On sale July 30, SC, 96pg, b&w, 4 1/2" x 7", $9.95
From the boundless imagination of Osamu Tezuka, arguably history's most important- and inarguably its most prolific-creator of graphic fiction, comes Astro Boy, the singular archetype for the exploding anime and manga industries. A timeless all-ages masterpiece of action, fun, and humanity-and plenty of robots!-Astro Boy packs more excitement and entertainment into each value-priced volume than most comics do in a year!
BLACKBURNE COVENANT #3 (of 4)
On sale June 4, FC, 32pg, (3 of 4), $2.99
A secret that's been kept for more than six hundred years has been revealed, but is this shocking "truth" to be believed? Does a five-hundred-year-old document-the Blackburne Covenant-prevent the creation of a better world? That's what nouveau riche and on-the-run Manhattan author Richard Kaine is trying to figure out. But the closer he gets to his answer, the weirder things get-vengeful nuns, murderous Eurotrash hardbodies, ancient documents, and psychedelic mushrooms are just the tip of this mind-bending iceberg.
But it's that whole "Second Coming" bit that has Kaine really concerned …
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #79: THE WIND AND THE CRANE one-shot
On sale June ll, b&w, 32pg, (one-shot), $2.99
And now we return to romance. Ah, the wind in the trees, the white heron of love flitting through the branches, the...setup for what's looking to be a deadly trap! It's back to Anotsu and Hisoka, fresh from their romantic walk in the woods, and back into the lion's den that is the Shingyötö ryü. Anotsu might still have to compete for control of the ryü, but now there's a surprise element that could change the game for good.
o Winner of Japan's prestigious Media Arts Award and America's own Eisner Award.
o Ten top-selling volumes of fantastic translated works in the Dark Horse backlist!
FOR MATURE READERS
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #58: SLAYER, INTERRUPTED part 3 (of 4)
cover by PAUL LEE and BRIAN HORTON
On sale June 25, FC, 32pg, (3 of 4), (Horton/Lee or Photo cover), $2.99
Most people would find life in a mental institution unsettling enough, but for the Slayer things are even worse. She assumed the girls who said they were brides to the demon Rakagore were just crazy-but when Rakagore actually shows up, the only thing more bizarre than his appearance is who he was hiding behind.
Can a medicated Buffy deal with a demon with a taste for hospitalized young women, or will she have to call on help from outside?
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: CHAOS BLEEDS (one-shot)
cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
On sale June ll, FC, 32pg, (one-shot), (Campbell or photo cover), $2.99
Christopher Golden and Tom Sniegoski, writers of the upcoming videogame Buffy: Chaos Bleeds, bring the story straight to comics in this look into the twisted world of the game. The barriers between alternate realities have begun to erode around Sunnydale, and Buffy and the gang face nightmare versions of friends and allies, as well as enemies thought long dead. Featuring the return of the vampiric Gorch clan, Sid the Dummy, Faith and more!
Featuringart from two of todays hottest talents! Pinup art by Arthur Adams and covers by J. Scott Campbell.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: VIVA LAS BUFFY TPB
cover by PAUL LEE and BRIAN HORTON
On sale July 2, SC, 96pg, FC, $12.95
The Buffy saga takes a bold new direction under the guidance of former X-Men writers Lobdell and Nicieza-It's 1996, and Buffy Summers has just accepted her role as the Vampire Slayer. After the destruction of her high school, she flees to Las Vegas to sort out her life, but there's more than Wayne Newton and hookers in the city of sin. A twisted coven den of vampires has big plans for the strip. Dark Horse takes you where the TV show never did, back to Buffy's roots, in the summer before she arrived in Sunnydale. And there's a tall, dark, and handsome stranger keeping an eye on her during those dangerous nights in Vegas.
CANNON GOD EXAXXION #14
On sale June 4, b&w, 40pg, $3.50
For a while it seemed like Hoichi was out of the hero business, but now he's back, and it's trouble for the Riofaldian colonizers. But wait! Hoichi isn't the only hero on the block. Poor Akane has been imprisoned at alien headquarters and there's only one person who can save her...Hoichi's mom! It looks like she's got a little something up her sleeve, too. If you like incredible action, imaginative sci-fi, giant robots, and good looking ladies, Cannon God Exaxxion is a natural choice, and a nice, fat hunk of comics for the money.
o Look for the collected volume 1 on shelves now!
o Signature Sonoda action meets sexy sci-fi!
CRIMINAL MACABRE #2 (of 5)
A CAL McDONALD MYSTERY
On sale June 11, FC, 32pg, (2 of 5), $2.99
The celebrated creators of 30 Days of Night continue their two-fisted assault on all monsters!
Their work on 30 Days and Hellspawn have made Niles and Templesmith one of the most talked about creative teams in comics, and now they serve up their masterpiece.
Cal McDonald has a lot of problems. He's got a drinking problem, he's got a drug problem, and the police have a big problem with him. And he's the only thing standing between Los Angeles and a wave of vampires, werewolves, and every other kind of freak in this ultramodern free-for-all.
THE DEVIL'S FOOTPRINTS #4 (of 4)
On sale June 25, FC, 32pg, (4 of 4), $2.99
The series that jump-started Dark Horse's re-entry into the world of horror comics culminates with a shocking conclusion in June. Brandon, bloodied for his troubles but finally understanding the diabolical task before him, sets out for a showdown with the ancient demon who destroyed his father's life and now seeks to claim his entire family. Now an angry mob from town has shown up, believing they've caught Brandon in a Satanic ritual-but what they witness will leave them all wishing that a little run-of-the-mill devil worship was all they had to worry about.
Hell comes to Earth for the entire town in a do-or-die brawl you won't believe!
"Allie, Lee, Horton, and company are producing a sharp-looking new series that should be remembered for some time to come." -Greg McElhatton, icomics.com
DHORSE DELUXE JOURNALS
On sale July 30, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", spiral-bound journal, 128pg, $9.99 (each journal)
Everyone needs a place to scrawl their brilliant ideas before they flit like sugared-up three year olds out of their heads. These remarkable journals will safely house your deepest thoughts, nurture your creativity, and keep the dreary world at bay. These journals feature characters from some of todays hottest alternative artists. Each journal features a color cover and specially designed endpapers.
Who is Attaboy, you ask? Attaboy is a renegade toy designer whose goo-filled images glow with an eerie, disturbed, childlike sensibility. His images appear in galleries, magazines, comics, strange candy devices, calendars, and toys all over. His t-shirts are sold in Japan and his candy-coated stickers and eyesore causing books are sought after by young and old. Enter the toof-decayed and festering yum factory of Attaboy!
SUNNY BUICK'S SUGAR SKULL
"In my art death isn't something dark and scary. It is colorful and celebratory. I've found that in Tibetan and Mexican cultures, death is repeatedly presented in a brilliant and compelling manner. Maybe it makes it easier to come to grips with if we can look at it and not be afraid. Skulls are beautiful to me and a great tattoo image. Sugar Skulls are great to tattoo because you can mix all kinds of fun symbols and images in a traditionally tough tattoo."
Japanese artist Masamune Shirow is well known to discriminating comics readers. American editions of his spectacular graphic epics have been highly praised and voraciously collected. Now, his gorgeous and highly detailed color art graces one of our journals. This is an absolute must for fans of Shirow, science-fiction and fantasy art, and manga.
KIRSTEN ULVE'S KOOKBOOK
Kirsten's work has appeared in publications ranging from Seventeen to the Village Voice. Her style is fun and hip-with a little sass added in for good measure.
DHORSE DELUXE T-SHIRTS: SHIROW
On sale July 23
Intron Depot T-shirt/Black w/ orange ringer/Adult
Intron Depot T-shirt/All over print/White & red long sleeve/Adult
Dark Horse is proud to bring you two fine t-shirts featuring the stunning art of Masamune Shirow. These shirts feature the art from the latest compilation of Shirow's artwork-Intron Depot III: Ballistics.
FRAY #8 (of 8)
JOSS WHEDON, KARL MOLINE & ANDY OWENS
On sale June 18, FC, 32pg, (8 of 8), $2.99
The Slayer's brother has led a vampire war to not only overtake Manhattan, but bring to earth a demonic dragon-but the harshest threat to Fray remains unseen and unnamed.
The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer wraps up his comics masterpiece with just the right balance of twists and turns and intense drama that you've come to expect from his shows, with the epic action and fantastic creatures that you just can't fit on the small screen.
Be here for a conclusion we promise you didn't see coming!
THE GOON #1
On sale June 18, FC, 32pg, $2.99
This summer Dark Horse Comics welcomes creator Eric Powell to the horror line-up. The Goon is a hilarious blend of pulpy horror and slapstick comedy following the ongoing misadventures of the man they call the Goon and his spastic sidekick Franky as they battle the legions of the undead!
Comics Buyers Guide says, "The Goon is an absolute riot!"
The Goon goes bi-monthly starting this July from Eric Powell and Dark Horse Comics!
"When zombies are overrunning the city, there's only one man tough enough to keep the undead in line: Eric Powell's The Goon."
"The Goon is a wild ride filled with imagination, intrigue, horror, and laughs."
-Ain't It Cool News
THE GOON VOLUME 1: NOTHIN' BUT MISERY TPB
On sale July 23, SC, 136pg, FC, $16.95
Bones will be broken and heads will roll! The Goon is a laugh-out-loud, action-packed romp through the streets of a town infested with zombies. An insane priest is building himself an army of the undead, and there's only one man who can put them in their place: the man they call Goon. Dark Horse celebrates the launch of our new Goon bi-monthly series with this collection of last year's Goon series and The Goon Color Special, originally published by Albatross Exploding Funny Books; presented here for the first time in full-color.
Wizard Magazine says, "Every comic should be this much fun to read!"
GRENDEL: GOD AND THE DEVIL #5 (of 10)
MATT WAGNER, JAY GELDHOF, JOHN K. SNYDER III
With newly remastered color by JEROMY COX
On sale June 11, FC, 32pg (5 of 10), $3.50
In the 26th century, all hell is breaking loose as an unholy trinity of corrupt religious officials, a stalwart corporate investigator, and a maniacal vigilante clash over the construction of a new church tower. It's not the tower itself that's the focus of this fight, but the powerful and deadly secret that festers behind its holy façade. In the days of Pope Innocent XLII, the toll of a church bell is a death-knell to its followers-and the entire world!-unless Orion Assante can put a stop to the Church's horrifying plan. But Confederacy of Police officer Pellon Cross is on a mission to put a stop to Assante, and the Pope has declared an Inquistion into his efforts.
HELLBOY: WEIRD TALES #3
ALEX MALEEV, MATT HOLLINGSWORTH, SARA RYAN, STEVE LIEBER, WILLIAM STOUT, and others
cover by ALEX MALEEV
On sale June 25, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Dark Horse continues its run of some of the wildest and most harrowing Hellboy stories ever told in this all-star tribute to comics' greatest demonic hero. Alex Maleev and Matt Hollingsworth (from Marvel Knight's monthly Daredevil) tell the scariest devil-child story since Rosemary's Baby. Sara Ryan and Steve Lieber (Oni's Whiteout, Batman) follow suit with a terrific tale of a family with the worst kind of unwanted guest.
Featuring a pin-up from William Stout, the most star-studded series in comics spins out the most bizarre stories yet.
KRAZY KAT AND IGNATZ ORNAMENTS
On sale August 6, 2 3 1/2" x 5" full color ornaments, packaged in a window box, $29.99
This charmed and charming Kat and Mouse have been exchanging affections for many a year. Here we offer you Krazy and Ignatz in a delightful two-pack of ornaments, all colored up and ready for display. The beautiful people at Yoe! Studios have crafted them in an artistic tableau, with Krazy as modest model and Ignatz as artistic avant. Ornaments are apx. 3 1/2" x 5" tall, fully painted polyresin, packaged in color window box.
LONE WOLF 2100 #10
The Conclusion of "Pattern Storm"!
MIKE KENNEDY and FRANCISCO RUIZ VELASCO
On sale June 11, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Disentangling himself from Belladonna's evil machinations and mental snares is one thing. Escaping the clutches of the rest of his former companions on Cygnat Owari's Inner Security Team is quite another, as Itto discovers. But in some ways, the fight is easier now: Terasawa's plot is exposed; Daisy Ogami's secret is revealed; and the battle lines are more clearly drawn. And maybe, just maybe, Itto will now find allies in unexpected places…
Don't miss this important issue in the Lone Wolf 2100 saga!
LOST WORLD TPB
On sale July 2, SC, 248pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $17.95
From the creator of Astro Boy and Metropolis, comes Lost World, the first of Osamu Tezuka's cycle of original science-fiction graphic novels-including Metropolis and Future World-published in the late 1940s and early 1950s. When a rogue planet approaches Earth, a team of scientists voyage to the world and discover a land out of the ancient past-a planet populated by dinosaurs! But a group of crooks has stowed away aboard the spacecraft, and the scientists must fight for their survival against both crooks and hungry monsters! A dazzling work of imagination-and guest-starring some friends you may recognize from Astro Boy-Lost World is timeless graphic fiction from one of the medium's true masters, available for the first time in an English-language edition.
MAC RABOY'S FLASH GORDON VOLUME 3
On sale July 30, SC, 256pg, b&w, $19.95
Ming the Merciless, the traitorous Klag, a mysterious creature known as "The Mind," and a host of villains and dangers oppose the hardy, heroic Flash in a reprint series that marks the first time that Mac Raboy's run on this acclaimed strip has ever been collected. From Alex Raymond to Reed Crandall to Al Williamson, stellar artists have long contributed to the success of Flash Gordon, and Mac Raboy is in the same class of top talent. Beginning his comics career in 1940, Emanuel 'Mac' Raboy is known for his work on Captain Marvel, Jr. and the Green Lama in the 1940s. In the Spring of 1948, he signed on with King Features to illustrate the 'Flash Gordon' Sunday page.
o Flash Gordon is one of the most enduring characters from the golden age of space fiction.
Now back in print!
MADMAN COMICS: YEARBOOK '95 TPB
Now available, SC, 160pg, FC, $17.95
If you missed out on picking up this 160-page volume before now you've got your chance! After three years Madman Comics: Yearbook '95 (Volume 1) returns to print! Witness Madman framed for a murder on the high seas! Follow him as he tracks down Dr. Flem's runaway robots! Watch and be amazed as he battles mutant street beatniks. Find out why Spin calls this hugely hip bimonthly comic "a kooky boogaloo!" and why The New York Times says that Madman Comics is "animated by a manic, pop-art delight in mass culture." Madman Comics is the book for those who appreciate offbeat storytelling and brilliant art. This trade paperback collects Madman Comics #1-5.
THE NEVERMEN: STREETS OF BLOOD TPB
PHIL AMARA, GUY DAVIS, DAN JACKSON
On sale July 30, SC, 80pg, FC, $9.95
After saving Midnight City from the twisted machinations of mutant villains, the Nevermen return to their lives as everyday citizens, unaware that an even greater threat stirs far below the city streets. He calls himself Winterbone, and he has something catastrophic in store for the city's goggled gangbusters. To end Winterbone's icy reign of terror, our Nevermen have got to find out who this creep is and how he knows so much about their past. But they ain't going to like what they find out. Streets of Blood, the follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed, existential thriller, answers questions and reveals secrets about the enigmatic protectors of the innocent. Guy Davis and Phil Amara continue to delight both fans and critics as the bizarre origins of the Nevermen and the strange menagerie of creatures that populate Midnight City unfold.
"A distillation of everything that's right, cool, and weird in comics."
- comics Buyer's Guide
OH MY GODDESS! #98
THE PHANTOM RACER part 3 (of 4)
On sale June 4, FC, 32pg, b&w (3 of 4), $2.99
Hey, racing fans! Get ready for some spooky, full-throttle excitement as Megumi, the heavenly little speed-demon, tests her motorcycle mettle against the mysterious apparition known only as the Phantom Racer. It's ghoul-injected wraith-track action guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat-or knock you off of it!
Oh My Goddess is a joyous celebration of love and friendship that will capture your heart and tickle your funny bone. Here's your chance to see what all the excitement is about!
o Oh My Goddess! was choosen by the American Library Association to be included in their 2003 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list.
SPYBOY 13.3 : THE M.A.N.G.A. AFFAIR part 3 (of 3)
PETER DAVID, POP MHAN, NORMAN LEE
On sale June 25, FC, 24pg (3 of 3), $2.99
Poisoned by the evil Dreamboat and seeing monsters where there are civilians, a completely deranged SpyGirl has become a danger to herself and to Tokyo. It seems that the only one who can possibly stop her is the American super-spy she has a crush on-SpyBoy! But will SpyBoy save Yukio…or have to kill her? This issue features the single most shocking revelation of SpyGirl's entire life!
Peter David and Pop Mhan send the action into overdrive in this final issue of a three-part excursion into madness, action, and high-tech hijinks.
STAR WARS: A LONG TIME AGO… VOLUME 7: FAR FAR AWAY TPB
AL WILLIAMSON, ARCHIE GOODWIN, JO BUFFY, SAL BUSCEMA, CYNTHIA MARTIN and more!
On sale July 16, SC, 312pg, FC, $29.95
This final volume of Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... features classic Star Wars stories previously out-of-print and hard to find for nearly two decades! Originally printed by Marvel Comics, these stories have been meticulously re-colored by Digital Chameleon, using the original 1980s comics as reference. Far, Far Away collects issues 96 to 107 of the original series, taking place after the classic Star Wars trilogy, as our beloved Star Wars heroes continue to fight remaining Imperial Forces and new evils following the Battle of Endor. "Supply And Demand" is a gem of a story, with comics legends Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson whisking Han Solo and co-pilot Nien Nunb off on a mission to a former Imperial prison planet. Jo Duffy and Sal Buscema offer an excellent underwater adventure in "School Spirit!" as Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian return to the water-planet Iskalon and are reunited with old allies. Nine of these stories feature the unique art style of Cynthia Martin, who worked with writer Jo Duffy to tie up loose plot lines and bring an uplifting end to the series. Each volume in this Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… set is sure to please both new and old Star Wars and science fiction fans, and the entire set is a great companion to and expansion of the classic Star Wars trilogy.
STAR WARS: EMPIRE VOLUME 1 TPB
SCOTT ALLIE, RYAN BENJAMIN
On sale July 23, SC, 104pg, FC, $12.95
In the weeks before the events in Star Wars: A New Hope, as the Death Star is readied for its fateful first mission, a power-hungry cabal of Grand Mofs and Imperial Officers embark on a dangerous plan to kill Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader and seize control of the Empire!
When word that a "Jedi" has made an appearance on a backwater world lures Vader away from his master, the cabal makes its move. But even the galaxy isn't enough of a prize to sate the ambitions of some of the conspirators, and before long the would-be assassins are turning on one another. Their plans are further complicated by the actions of bounty hunter Boba Fett. And, of course, they may have fatally underestimated the cunning of their primary target: Emperor Palpatine!
This is the first in a new line of graphic novels set during the early days of the Rebellion, when the Empire controlled the galaxy!
STAR WARS: EMPIRE #10
"Yavin Base" part 1 of 2
PAUL CHADWICK, TOMÁS GIORELLO, cover by KILIAN PLUNKETT
On sale June 4, FC, 32pg, $2.99
General Dodonna was one of the Old Republic's most brilliant strategists. Now he must use all of his knowledge and all of his tricks to outwit the commanders of the Imperial fleet-many of whom were trained with his own tactics!
To give the fledgling Rebel Alliance time to consolidate its forces, Dodonna chooses as a base an ancient, deserted temple on a moon orbiting a gaseous planet. But setting up Yavin Base is complicated by the need to raid Imperial convoys, internal squabbles among the Rebel leaders, and by the monstrous creatures who have also laid claim to the temple!
This two-issue story reveals little-known secrets about the early Rebellion. The "Darklighter" story line returns in issue #12.
STAR WARS: REPUBLIC #55
The Battle of Jabiim part 1 of 4
HADEN BLACKMAN and BRIAN CHING
cover by KEV WALKER
On sale June 18, FC, 32pg, $2.99
General Kenobi and his First Lieutenant, Anakin Skywalker, find themselves transferred to a post on the rain-soaked planet Jabiim. The fighting is fierce, and the vast majority of the locals have sided with the Separatists-leaving the Republic's outposts isolated and vulnerable. In the face of mounting casualties and shrinking resources, Obi-Wan leads what he hopes will be a crippling attack on the enemy. But the environment is against the Jedi and his clone troops-the rain won't let up, their war machines bog down in the mud, and air support is non-existent! This might be Obi-Wan's final mission!
A pivotal battle in the Clone Wars, it sets the stage for a young Jedi to become a hero, for others to become martyrs, and for a decision that will affect the next generation of the Skywalker family!
STAR WARS TALES #16
ASHLEY WOOD, BRIAN HORTON, PAUL LEE, JASON HALL, TOD PARKHILL, JOEY MASON, HOWARD SHUM and more!
On sale June 23, FC, 64pg (Ashley Wood or Photo cover), $5.99
As hard as it is to believe, Yoda wasn't always a wise old Jedi. At one time he was a wise YOUNG Jedi. Now for the first time ever, Star Wars Tales is proud to present a story from Yoda's past, telling of a near fatal brush with the dark side during his first journey to the swamp planet Dagobah. Don't miss this stellar issue of Tales featuring Darth Vader, Han Solo, Jabba the Hutt, and a cast of hundreds!
SUPER MANGA BLAST! #33
MASAMUNE SHIROW, MOHIRO KITOH, MAKOTO KOBAYASHI, YUZO TAKADA, HIROYUKI UTATANE & YO MORIMOTO
On sale June 25, b&w, 128pg, $5.99
Bizarre science fiction and teen angst collide in Shadow Star. Sexy thrills and extraterrestrial mysteries abound in Seraphic Feather. 3x3 Eyes explores the connection between true love and mystical artifacts. Uncover the secret desires of house cats and college girls in Makoto Kobayashi's What's Michael? and Club 9. And don't forget the high-velocity, futuristic action of Appleseed Hypernotes, brought to you by Masamune Shirow, creator of Ghost in the Shell! Super Manga Blast! is 128 pages of the greatest science fiction, fantasy, drama, and situational comedy the world of comics has to offer, all contained in one tight, cool-looking package for a mere $5.99! If you're not reading Super Manga Blast!, it's not too late to save what little dignity you have left and pick up a copy this April!
FOR MATURE READERS
USAGI YOJIMBO #67
On sale June 25, b&w, 24pg, $2.99
In this second issue of Stan Sakai's three-part homage to giant Japanese monsters, the demonic "artist" who needs the blood of children to make more paint has kidnapped young Jotaro. Usagi and Sasuke face the fight of their lives as they battle through monsters of folklore and imagination in hopes of reaching the little captives before it's too late! The stakes are high and the fights are wild in Usagi Yojimbo: Sumi-e, part 2.
o Usagi Yojimbo is both a Parents' Choice Award winner and an American Library Association Award winner.
WILL EISNER'S HAWKS OF THE SEAS HC
On sale July 23, HC, 7" x 10", b&w, 128pg, $19.95
In 1936, a 20-year-old artist using the name Willis B. Rensie jump-started the comic-book medium. Writing and illustrating an action-packed weekly serial called "Hawks of the Seas" -a pirate adventure series set in the 18th-century Caribbean-the artist created one dynamic strip after another, honing his storytelling craft and shaping the comics medium with each one. That artist was none other than comics' grand master Will Eisner! From 1936 to 1938, Eisner's "Hawks of the Seas" weekly stories were translated into several different languages and distributed all over the world, and now they're collected here in this handsome hardcover edition. The stories themselves stand the test of time, as thrilling and exciting as they were almost 70 years ago. Featuring an introduction by comics veteran Al Williamson and a new foreword by Eisner himself.