Pretty proud of this solid roster of books that are coming out today. If you’re not too full from Turkey, we suggest filling up on these great reads. Available in the finest stores, and of course, on our fine website.
Wuvable Oaf: Blood & Metal by Ed Luce
Hot on the heels of 2015’s wildly popular Wuvable Oaf debut comes this fullcolor sequel! Still the same wuvable Bay Area bear searching for love in the big city, Blood & Metal collects a number of Oaf short stories focusing on his involvement in the local metal and wrestling scenes. Luce celebrates his love of all things wrestling/metal/queercore with his love for his cast of characters to create an immersive environment recalling Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie. Also featuring tales of Oaf ’s formative childhood years, and much more!
The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood by ed. Bhob Stewart
Who was Wallace Wood? The maddest artist of Mad magazine? The man behind Marvel’s Daredevil? The self-publishing pioneer of Witzend? With a life as dramatic as his compositions, many fans know the legendary artist, but few know the man inside. Until now. The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood is an incisive look back at the life and career of one of the greatest and most mythic figures of cartooning. Edited over the course of thirty years by former Wood assistant Bhob Stewart, The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood is a biographical portrait, generously illustrated with Wood’s gorgeous art as well as little seen personal photos and childhood ephemera. Also: remembrances by Wood’s friends, colleagues, asistants, and loved ones. This collective biographical and critical portrait explores the humorous spirit, dark detours, and psychological twists of a gifted maverick in American pop culture.
Turn Loose Our Death Rays and Kill Them All by Fletcher Hanks and Paul Karasik
Fletcher Hanks was the first great comic book auteur. That is, he wrote, penciled, inked, and lettered all of his own stories. He completed approximately 50 stories between 1939–1941. As a one-man-cartooning-band, his work packs the wallop of a unique and unified artistic vision. Whether it’s the superhero Stardust doling out ice cold slabs of poetic justice, or the jungle protectress Fantomah tearing evildoers from limb to ragged limb, contemporary readers are stunned by the pop surrealism and outright violent mayhem of Hanks’ work. Originally featured in two paperback volumes, this deluxe hardcover collects for the first time all of Hanks’ previously published material, plus several gems newly discovered for this volume, making this the very first complete collection of the works of Fletcher Hanks. Edited by cartoonist and critic Paul Karasik (City of Glass), who also provides an insightful introductory essay and illustrated afterword.
Buz Sawyer Book 4: Zazarof’s Revenge by Roy Crane
Frontier Oil, believing that the mysterious Mr. Zazarof is behind the sabotage of their oil wells, sends Buz Sawyer, their top troubleshooter, to Switzerland to investigate. Zazarof, it turns out, is all smiles and he invites Buz to go mountain climbing. What could possibly go wrong at the hands of a sinister saboteur on the icy slopes of the Alps? Buz Sawyer Book 4 picks up where Book 3 left off and continues Crane’s classic strip through the end of the 1940s and takes us into the 1950s — ten complete stories. And all of it is brought vividly and gorgeously to life through Roy Crane’s clever writing and stunning storytelling, a rollicking series of adventures filled with knockout women, brutal assassins, and extremely precarious situations. Also: Roy Crane’s acceptance speech for the Banshee Silver Lady Award; letters of congratulation from Walt Disney, J. Edgar Hoover, and Richard Nixon; and rare illustrations of Crane’s own trip to Europe in 1922.