Marvel Year by Year: A Visual History
Updated and Expanded
Now a cultural phenomenon thanks to huge cinematic success, Marvel Comics began in 1939 when the then-named Timely Comics introduced its first superheroes, Human Torch and Sub-marine. This slip-cased volume is a colourful journey through Marvel’s varied history, with hundreds of illustrations and commentary from luminaries including Steve Ditko, Todd Macfarlane and Alex Ross.
The Immortal Men
The End of Forever
The Immortal Man and the Infinite Woman, two of the eternal beings charged with overseeing the evolution of mankind, are at war. Teenager Caden Park was recruited to join the fight, and with his allies dead and the future of humanity at stake he must work out why he is so special before he too is killed. Contains issues 1–6.
Out of Control, Vol 1
When Ethan joined the government’s Damage Project, no one told him that for one hour a day he would transform into a monstrous being, designed to wreak mass destruction. His creator loses control of him and Ethan goes on the run, but soon finds there are others who want to weaponize him. Contains issues 1–6.
The Curse of Brimstone
Following a deal with someone claiming to be from the government, Joe is cursed with the fiery power of brimstone and could destroy his hometown. He needs to track down the mysterious Salesman who tricked him before anyone else falls for his pitch. Contains issues 1–6.
The Button Deluxe Edition
Part of the DC Rebirth storyline, this volume follows Batman and the Flash as they investigate the theft of the bloodstained button from another world that was discovered at the Batcave. A greater problem emerges when they realize a sinister force is manipulating the universe. Contains Batman 21–22 and The Flash 21–22.
War for the Throne
When his old home on the surface was threatened, Aquaman abandoned his Atlantis throne to work with the Justice League and help save it. Now the oceans are rising and his worlds are being driven into conflict, he needs to make peace with his former subjects. This volume contains Aquaman 0 and 14–16 and Justice League 15–17.
Committed to producing work that was provocative, challenging and sexually explicit, Zap was one of the most controversial comics of the 1960s and 1970s and became the model on which the self-published comic book subculture was based. In this collection of interviews, illustrated with some examples of their work, its contributors discuss their inspiration and techniques and the culture in which they produced the comics.
Treasury of Mini Comics
For over 40 years, small handcrafted booklets – written, drawn, printed and collated by enthusiasts – have fuelled the alternative comic scene. Continuing to survey the history of these publications, this second volume begins with a tribute by Newaver Brad Foster and a look back at the sexually explicit ‘Tijuana Bibles’ of the 1930s before reproducing work by modern artists and writers including Fiona Smyth, Ethan Persoff and Trina Robbins.
This situational comedy from acclaimed cartoonist Peter Bagge features a team of misfit studio assistants desperately trying to maintain an abysmal comic strip while their boss formulates half-baked schemes to exploit it. Sweatshop was published over six issues by DC Comics in 2003 and features art by Johnny Ryan, Stephen deStefano, Stephanic Gladden and Bill Wray as well as Bagge himself.
Peter Bagge's Other Stuff
Demonstrating Bagge’s talent for character-based comedy and social commentary, and featuring some adult content, this volume contains the complete ‘Lovey’ stories and ‘Shut-ins’ series, now in colour. Also included are many of his shorter stories and one-off pages from the 1990s Hate comics, and work created in collaboration with Daniel Clowes, Los Bros Hernandez and Dana Gould and the artists Johnny Ryan, R. Crumb and Adrian Tomine.
Following the life and creative struggles of Velázquez as he worked on Las Meninas, this graphic novel was critically acclaimed in its native Spanish. The narrative and its expressionistic drawings also explore the links between artists and patrons, institutions and audiences, and the legacy of the painting – considered to be the first to explore the relationship between the viewer and reality.
The Complete Peanuts by Charles M Schulz 1953–1954
Schulz continues to develop his cast of characters. Charlie Brown lurches from one existential crisis to another, Lucy's tendency to bossiness takes on a life of its own, the perpetually filthy Pigpen takes a bath and is clean for one frame, and Linus acquires his security blanket.
The Complete Peanuts by Charles M Schulz 1955–1956
Snoopy’s behaviour becomes increasingly eccentric, Lucy's unrequited crush on Schroeder develops, and Linus’ penchant for philosophical musings is revealed. Charlie Brown, continuing his unstoppable quest for mediocrity, suffers his first humiliation on the baseball pitch. Off-mint.
The Black Dahlia
When Los Angeles detectives Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard investigate the murder of Elizabeth Short, they find themselves drawn into the dark heart of Hollywood and the victim’s tortured past. This graphic novel adaptation of James Ellroy’s classic thriller, based on a real-life crime, combines much of the original dialogue with brooding images of LA in the 1940s.
A Revolutionary Life
Adapted from Jon Lee Anderson’s acclaimed biography, this book tells the story of Che Guevara in the form of a graphic novel. Moody, atmospheric frames portray the political education of the young medical student in Buenos Aires, and the clandestine rendezvous that led to his formative encounter with Fidel Castro, his part in the Cuban revolution, and his execution in Bolivia.
Love and Rockets
Subverting the traditions of comic book art, the Hernandez brothers’ stories, set in a Central American village and among the Californian Mexican community, heralded a new alternative comic book style when Love and Rockets was launched in 1982. This portfolio reproduces the front and back covers of all 50 issues of Volume 1 (1982–96) as well as the collected edition covers plus original artwork and production ephemera. Slightly off-mint.
Ron Embleton's Wulf the Briton
The Complete Adventures
In competition with Dan Dare in the Eagle, Wulf the Briton was the star of rival comic Express Weekly and enjoyed his heyday in the hands of artist Ron Pembleton between 1957 and 1960. The complete Pembleton-era adventures of the ancient-world hero are reproduced at full size in this large-format volume, which also includes stories from the Express Weekly Annuals and features about the strip and its celebrated artist.
The Expanding Universe Wall Chart
From the original comic strips to the blockbuster movies, there are hundreds of superheroes, villains and ancillary characters in the Marvel universe. This concertina-folded volume contains information about their history and how their worlds interact, and expands into a twelve-foot wall chart. Age 10+
Ambassador of Comics
In 1939, at the age of 17, Jerry Robinson was taken on by cartoonist Bob Kane to work on his new creation, Batman, and over the next few years helped create the superhero's sidekick, Robin, and his chief antagonist, the Joker. This illustrated biography charts the career of the influential artist from comic books, satirical cartoons and newspaper comic strips to his later work as a curator of comic book art and campaigner for artist's rights.
The heroine of this colourful graphic novel sets out across the universe with a group of quirky friends on a quest to find her father. Encountering weird and wonderful places and characters along the way, the themes of friendship, family and environmental conservation are played out in a far future of interstellar space travel and exotic aliens. Age 7+
The Origins of Comics
From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay
In this classic work, Belgian comics writer and scholar Thierry Smolderen explores the origins of the 20th-century comic strip. He establishes how the picture stories and illustrations of artists including William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer and Gustave Doré laid the foundation of the form, which flourished with the evolution of visual culture through developments in printing technology, photography, audio recording and cinema. First published in 2000, the book is translated here by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
Robert Louis Stevenson's spellbinding tale of adventure, murder and revenge has all the elements of a great graphic novel, so it is no surprise that Edinburgh's Unesco City of Literature Trust turned to veterans of the strip Judge Dredd to effect this translation. Tight, dramatic, atmospherically coloured panels and terse dialogue bring the action vividly to life. The handsome, slipcased, two-volume set includes both the graphic novel and a fascinating account of its creation, including original scripts and storyboards.