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 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 Vol.1 (1982–1996) 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.
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.