Comic artist Ivan Brunetti, the creator of Schizo, offers a best-of anthology of contemporary art comics, along with some classic comic strips and other historical materials that have retained a “modern” sensibility. As with Chris Ware’s selections for his best-selling McSweeney’s anthology, Brunetti’s choices make for a highly personal book (“my criteria were simple: these are comics that I savor and often revisit”) that serves as a broad historical overview of the medium and a round-up of some of today’s best and most interesting North American comic artists. Included here are works from such well-known artists as Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, Gary Panter, Seth, Phoebe Gloeckner, Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Joe Sacco, and Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, as well as many other pioneers whose names may be less familiar. Brunetti offers selections from the works of more than seventy-five avant-garde comic artists. His selections are arranged by genre and grouped thematically. Luxuriously produced and printed in four-color throughout, the book is a must-have for collectors, aficionados, readers of comics, and those generally interested in cutting-edge art and literature. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
The popularity of the graphic genre continues to rage, and The Best American Comics is a diverse, exciting annual selection for fans and newcomers alike. The inaugural volume includes stories culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Web. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Guest editor Chris Ware and series editor Anne Elizabeth Moore have sought out the best stories to create this cutting-edge collection. Contributors include Lynda Barry, R. and Aline Crumb, Kim Deitch, Gilbert Hernandez, Seth, and Art Spiegelman. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
“If you have spent a long time resisting the status quo—whether it’s in art, society, or the political world—what happens when that status quo at last gives way?
A universe of possibility opens up.” —Alison Bechdel, from the Introduction. Featuring: Gabrielle Bell, Joe Sacco, Dash Shaw, Sabrina Jones, Chris Ware, Jillian Tamaki, Jaime Hernandez, Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, Kevin Huizenga, and others. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
“When I started RAW magazine in the ’80s, there were mostly superheroes, a few children’s comics, and the dirty, intentionally lowbrow, underground comix. And now, comics can tackle any topic.”—Françoise Mouly, from the Introduction. FEATURING Charles Burns, Chester Brown, Joyce Farmer, Chris Ware, Gary Panter, Sergio Aragonés, Christoph Niemann, Adrian Tomine, Sarah Varon, and others. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Jeff Smith—creater of the classic comic Bone, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville—has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this cutting-edge collection. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Featuring Gabrielle Bell, Mat Brinkman, Roz Chast, Anya Davidson, Eleanor Davis, Jules Feiffer, Blaise Larmee, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Piskor, Joe Sacco, Esther Pearl Watson, and others. JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of nine novels, including Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, Gun, with Occasional Music, and most recently Dissident Gardens. BILL KARTALOPOULOS is a Brooklyn-based comics critic, educator, curator, and editor. He teaches comics history at the School of Visual Arts. More information may be found at on-panel.com. This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
DECONNICK & DE LANDRO PRESENT: The Triple Feature! Ripped directly from the world of BITCH PLANET, a crack team of creators spin fifteen teeth-clenching tales of rage, revolution and ridicule. Patriarchy beware...this scifi kidney punch can't be stopped...! 100% Grade A satire. Accept no substitutes. Featuring writers CHERYL LYNN EATON, ANDREW AYDIN, CONLEY LYONS, CHE GRAYSON, DANIELLE HENDERSON, JORDAN CLARK, ALISSA SALLAH, DYLAN MECONIS, KIT COX, MARC DESCHAMPS, SARA WOOLLEY, VITA AYALA, JON TSUEI & MORE! This book is recommended for adults.
In 2010, Professor John Jennings and Dr. Damian Duffy compiled and published a 176 page collection of art and essays celebrating the vibrant African American independent comics community. Black Comix featured over 50 contributors, including Dawud Anyabwile, Eric Battle, Kenji Marshall, Afua Richardson, Larry Stroman, Rob Stull, Lance Tooks, and many, many more. It met high praise throughout the industry and quickly sold through its respectable print run despite interest and demand—used copies now fetch $60-150 on Amazon and eBay. Flash-forward 8 years: the comic industry has changed a lot since then, and the amount of African American talent continues to grow and amaze. While huge strides in diversity have been made, John and Damian felt the time was right for another spotlight on the topic. Rather than simply reprinting the first edition, considering the number of fresh new voices and changes in the industry, a whole new volume felt necessary. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
While Bob and Linda Belcher have their hands full running the family business, their kids Tina, Gene, and Louise have adventures that you won't believe! The producers, writers, and animators of the hit animated show Bob's Burgers proudly present all-original comic book stories, including hilarious installments of "Louise's Unsolved Mysteries & Curious Curiosities," "Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction," and "Gene's Rhymey Rhymes That Could One Day Be Songs." Whether it's Tina's daydreams of cloning back-up dancers or jungle misadventures, Louise's explorations of underground tunnels and time-stopping Wonder Wharf rides, Gene's lyrics that re-imagine boring Aunt Gayle visits as epic journeys to fantasy worlds, the Belcher family hijinx are guaranteed to make you laugh! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Satisfy your hunger for the red hot Bob's Burgers with this sizzling new collection, served well done! Written and illustrated by the fine folks at the Emmy Award-winning studio Bento Box Entertainment, these Belcher Family shenanigans are guaranteed to delight fans of all ages. Thrill to Louise's investigation into a pest control problem, Tina's fanciful pursuit of Jimmy Pesto's heart, and Gene's imaginative reimagining of a maritime classic! The Belcher parents Bob and Linda also join in on the fun, alongside dozens of your favorite cast members. Bon appetit! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Over 80 of the best creators from every style and genre have contributed over 50 stories to this anthology featuring tales inspired by the songs of multi-platinum recording artist, Tori Amos! Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman, with stories by creators such as Carla Speed McNeil, Mark Buckingham, C.B. Cebulski, Nikki Cook, Hope Larson, John Ney Reiber, Ryan Kelly, and many, many others, Comic Book Tattoo encapsulates the breadth, depth, and beauty of modern comics in this coffee table format book. This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
What's that huge, terrifying thing clawing its way onto your bookshelf? It's the biggest, bloodiest, most creepy collection of new terror tales you'll find this year Creepy Comics Volume 1 gathers all of the new material from the first two years of Dark Horse's celebrated new Creepy series and collects it into one gargantuan book This 184-page monstrosity features a spellbinding assortment of gory stories about all your favorite terror-inducing topics including cannibals, lurking demons, werewolves, zombies, psychic trauma, and psychotic murderers, illustrated in glorious black and white, following the great tradition of classic Creepy.
Traveling in Arabia as an Ambassador from the exiled FABLES community, Snow White is captured by the local sultan who wants to marry her (and then kill her). But the clever Snow attempts to charm the sultan instead by playing Scheherazade, telling him fantastic stories for a total of 1,001 nights. Running the gamut from horror to dark intrigue to mercurial coming-of-age, FABLES:1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL reveals the secret histories of familiar FABLES characters through a series of compelling and visually illustrative tales. This book is recommended for adults.
Adaptions on the works of Bram Stoker including Dracula, The Vampire Hunter's Guide, The Judge's House, The Bridal of Death, Torture Tower, The Wondrous Child and Liar of the White Worm. This collection is recommended for teens and adults.
Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson returns to print in a revised edition, with 54 new pages New to this edition is "Treasure Island" adapted by Alex Burrows and Scott Lincoln. Returning are "Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in a unique two-part adaptation by Simon Gane and Michael Slack, and "The Bottle Imp" by Lance Tooks. Plus, a collection of "Verses and Fables" illustrated by Hunt Emerson, Maxon Crumb, Roger Langridge, and ten more great artists. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian Oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller tells a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food. This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series, featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man—a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Ice Cream Man continues with four more strange and sad one-shot stories. Plus: more is revealed about the mischievous Ice Cream Man and his history with the dark cowboy, Caleb. This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
From Soldier: 76 to Ana, Tracer to Symmetra, discover the history behind the heroes of Overwatch. How did Bastion become part of the team? Why did Ana Amari disappear? Where did Tracer get her catchphrase? Learn all this and more in this hardcover anthology of the first twelve issues of Blizzard's Overwatch comics, written and illustrated by an all-star creative team including Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Micky Neilson, Nesskain, Bengal, and more. Whether you're an Overwatch novice or a Grandmaster, this is an essential companion! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
The original, critically acclaimed graphic mixtape returns in a new volume, once again mashing up the next generation of cartoonists with the some of the medium's finest in stories covering nearly every genre and style imaginable. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
You’ve seen them at flea markets and in antique shops and used-book stores across the country: Vintage postcards inscribed with handwritten notes, evocative messages that capture a thought, an expression, a concern, a snapshot of someone’s life once upon a time. Jason Rodriguez, acclaimed editor of Elk’s Run, collected a remarkable array of these correspondences, dispersed them among thirty-three of comics’ greatest creators, and asked each to craft a story about the person who sent it. The result is a vividly imagined, gorgeously rendered graphic anthology illustrating tales of romance, adventure, hardship, and mystery. In Postcards, these gifted artists share some of the richest and most inventive work of their careers. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
With their infectious brand of Scottish indie pop, Belle & Sebastian have been cult and critical favorites for years. The band's colorful lyrics and gorgeous, full bodied melodies have provided Image Comics with the inspiration for a new kind of comic anthology. With Put the Book Back on the Shelf, a stellar collection of independent comic creators and cartoonists put their own spins on a cross section of Belle & Sebastian's songs, crafting stories inspired by the band's music, drawn from the band's entire catalog. This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
Join the excitement as depraved genius Rick Sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty across the universe and across time. Caught in the crossfire are his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry. This collection features the first five issues of the comic book series, including "“The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street,” "Mort-Balls!" and more, along with hilarious mini-comics showcasing the whole family. This book is recommended for adults.
The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK & MORTY continues! Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius Rick Sanchez and his bumbling grandson Morty as they explore the outer reaches of time, space, and decency. This collection features issues #6-10 of the comic book series, including the "Ball Fondlers Special" by guest artist Andrew MacLean, "A Very Special Blumbus," illustrated by series writer Zac Gorman, and a cyberpunk adventure across the multiverse. Plus: bonus mini-comics showcasing fan-favorite characters!" This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK & MORTY continues! Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius Rick Sanchez and his bumbling grandson Morty as they explore the outer reaches of time, space, and anatomy. This volume features writer Tom Fowler in collaboration with series artist CJ Cannon in a three-issue tale of missing heads, galactic doom toasters, and Jerry screwing everything up (of course). Also included is "Ready Player Morty," in which Rick takes Morty to a High School Simulation planet, by writer Pamela Ribon and artist Marc Ellerby, as well as a high-action deathball tournament one-shot written and drawn by Tom Fowler. Come for the jokes, stay for the soul-crushing ennui. This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius Rick Sanchez and his bumbling grandson Morty as they explore the outer reaches of time, space, and morality. This volume features Eisner award nominated writer Kyle Starks (Sexcastle) in collaboration with series artist CJ Cannon in a three-issue story of interplanetary drug rings and star-traveling pickup artists. Also included is "Rick Burn, Dude," drawn by artist Marc Ellerby, in which Rick and Morty take a germaphobic planet by storm, a totally swole one-shot drawn by Kyle Starks, and hilarious backup comics about the whole family! This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius Rick Sanchez and his bumbling grandson Morty as they explore the outer reaches of time, space, and how much of Jerry one person can take. This volume features Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks (Sexcastle) in collaboration with series artist CJ Cannon in a three-issue story about the despicable Doofus Jerry and his attempt to take over the multiverse. Also included is the uncanny and sinister -Morty Shines, - drawn by artist Marc Ellerby, the action-packed return of Tiny Rick in -Honey, I Shrunk The Ricks, - drawn by Kyle Starks. Plus: hilarious bonus comics about the whole family! This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
Watch with horror as Earth is invaded by aliens and Jerry is sent to stop them! Confront ethical conundrums when Rick clones Morty! Glue your eyeballs to interdimensional cable! All that and more in this collection of Rick and Morty comics! This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
Learn the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favorite Rick and Morty characters in Oni Press's RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS! These 4 oversized comics, collected here for the first time, focus on fan-favorite characters and storylines, with writing and art from today's top talent! Each story is illustrated by series artist CJ Cannon, with Nick Filardi and Brittany Peer. From writer J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!, BroBrots), delve into the secret history of THE VINDICATORS! Writer Daniel Mallory Ortberg (co-founder of The Toast) tells the tale of KROMBOPULOS MICHAEL, the professional assassin who just loves killin'. Writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Eternity Girl) wonders if it matters that SLEEPY GARY's a mind-altering parasite, if it makes Jerry...happy? And writer Delilah S. Dawson reimagines the Emmy award-winning episode PICKLE RICK. This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS will be a delight to fans of Gaiman's work and newcomers to the graphic novel. Whether haunting, bittersweet, erotic or nightmarish, the seven stories in this book - one for each of the Endless siblings - reveal strange secrets and surprising truths. Each story is illustrated by some of the greatest comic artists from around the world. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Music touches our lives every day. It is an influential and defining part of all generations and cultures. We have compiled an anthology full of stories about the influence that music can have on life - be it the life of the artist as and individual or on the creative process. Over 200 pages of lost lovers, rocking out, spirit guides, ghosts, and dinosaurs - it's like an action adventure comic for the music lover in all of us.
In the first story, which gives the collection its title, two boys decide to put up a secret dating agency in their school and also involve the main character in this money machine, with all the inevitable consequent messes ... Discovered by a professor , they will end up banging their heads against a story more complicated than they thought, which will change their lives deepening. In the second story, set partly in the Twenties, two people of totally different social classes, a poor and ignorant girl and a rich and cultured boy, begin a beautiful friendship. Following the dream of becoming a piano player, he will end up disinherited, while she - despite her humble origins - will continue to dream of becoming a teacher. Will their feelings be transformed into love? One thing is certain: this story will not fail to tear the most sensitive people! The third and last story introduces us to a spoiled and impertinent bad boy who begins to suffer for a girl ... his! Accustomed to being served and revered by women, first and foremost by his mother, he will find himself having to deal with an all-pepper sweetheart. Will the latter be able to change the temper? This book is recommended for teens and adults.
[C]yan. [M]agenta. [Y]ellow. Blac[K]. From these basic building blocks, the entire spectrum of comic book coloring is formed. Now the medium is returning the favor.
Building on the innovative tradition that has made it one of comics’ most cutting-edge imprints, Vertigo is proud to present CMYK — a bold new anthology of original stories from dozens of the art form’s greatest creators. The short graphic fiction collected here all originates with the four process colors of comics printing, but where they go from there is as unbounded as imagination itself.
In these pages, the glacial glow of cyan bathes alien worlds and wintry city streets; the vivid splash of magenta highlights the hair of outcasts and the evil of demons; the bright light of yellow shines on old worlds ending and new lives beginning; and the enveloping void of black offers both despair and liberation. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Womanthology is a large scale anthology comic showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 150 women of all experience levels. The purpose of the book is to show support for female creators in comics and media. There are multiple short stories, "how to"s & interviews with professionals, and features showcasing iconic female comic creators that have passed, such as Nell Brinkley and Tarpe Mills. A Kids & Teens section is also included, showcasing their work, and offering tips & tricks to help them prepare themselves for their future careers in comics.
Fifty years ago, Batgirl made her Million Dollar Debut taking down the nefarious Killer Moth. And ever since, the butt-kicking hero has been a vital part of Batman's team and a role model for girls everywhere, squaring off against mobsters, assassins, super-villains and more. Though many young women have worn the cowl--from unassuming librarian Barbara Gordon to deadly mute assassin Cassandra Cain to teen vigilante Stephanie Brown--all have made their distinct mark on the DC Universe. Now BATGIRL: A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS collects all the greatest triumphs and most tragic moments of the many Batgirls in one volume, offering a crash course in the character, from Babs' first appearance by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino to her modern-day adventures by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Gail Simone and more. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
An amazing collection celebration the first seventy five years of Batman with stories from the 1940's all the way to 2014! This volume is broken up into sections of Batman's evolution, showcasing how different authors and artists have left their mark on this legendary super hero! This book is recommended for teens and adults, although some of the reprints are kid friendly as well.
The Complete Frank Miller Batman contains: Batman Year One, Wanted: Santa Claus Dead Or Alive and The Dark Knight Returns. With a new introduction by Richard Bruning, then DC design director. Batman Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are reprints of their trade paperbacks and not individual issues so they include the introductions to those volumes by Frank Miller and Alan Moore. Wanted: Santa Claus Dead Or Alive comes from DC Super Star Holiday Special 21. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
For the first time ever, Batman’s Elseworlds tales are featured in a new graphic novel collection.
In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places-some that have existed, or might have existed; and others that can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t exist. The result: stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow. Featuring Batman as a holy priest, Harry Houdini alongside the Dark Knight, Dr. Wayne reanimating a Frankenstein-like Bat-Man, Batman as a Green Lantern, a supernatural Bat-Man fighting the evil wizard known as the Dark Joker, a future Robin fighting off an alien invasion, and other tales! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places—some that have existed, or might have existed, and others that can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t exist. The result: stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow. Gotham City is caught in a vortex of corruption and decay, and those who feed on blood and despair are about to suck any remaining life from her dying veins. All that stands against them is the Batman, their legendary companion in the darkness, the last line of defense between the innocent and the screaming chaos of mindless appetite. To combat this primeval threat, however, the Dark Knight must give up everything he holds dear, including life itself—for death is only the first step toward the final reckoning between good and evil. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
First appearing on newsstands in 1940’s BATMAN #1, only a few months after the Bat-Man himself debuted, Catwoman has been essential to the Dark Knight’s world from almost the very beginning. Menacing (and sometimes romancing) the Caped Crusader for more than seven decades, Catwoman has become one of Batman’s greatest villains, but also one of his greatest allies. Friend or foe, Gotham’s feline femme fatale continually skirts the line between right and wrong. She’s a dangerous criminal whose claws aren’t to be crossed, but she’s also the city’s Robin Hood, using her unlawful talents to help those in need. This rich contradiction has made her one of the most complex and compelling characters in all of comics. CATWOMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS is a stunning retrospective of Catwoman’s history, featuring stories from comic book legends Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Dennis O’Neil, Dick Giordano, Len Wein, Kurt Schaffenberger, Chuck Dixon, Ed Brubaker, Cameron Stewart, Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale, Paul Dini, Guillem March and more. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
All of your favorite DC characters get spooky in this first-ever DC Halloween collection! Follow all your favorite heroes as they experience the Halloween season. Some stories will scare you, others will delight, all are spook-tacular fun! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Introduced in 1940, The Flash burst onto the comic book scene with an explosive debut akin to his super-speed powers. He was an instant smash-hit success, as the lightning bolt insignia upon his chest became synonymous with the term "superhero". Even as seven decades have passed, The Flash is still a vibrant part of the DC Comics lore and an integral part of the genre. THE FLASH: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS collects a wide range of stories featuring the Scarlet Speedster, ranging his seven decades as a mainstay in the DC Comics universe. From the original Flash, Jay Garrick, to his successors Barry Allen and Wally West, the mantle of this beloved hero has made him burst beyond the printed page into a pop culture symbol. This anthology graphic novel collects stories from the industry's legendary talents, including Gardner Fox, John Broome and Geoff Johns. This book is recommended for all ages.
The publisher Fiction House was infamous for what anti-comics crusader Dr. Fredric Wertham called "headlight comics," i.e. comics featuring the ample female bosom. The Pre-Code publisher used their buxom heroines to star in jungle comics, science fiction tales, and scary GHOST STORIES! The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics series curates the sexiest and scariest of these poltergeist-infused Good Girl Art comics in a pulse-pounding tome, Ghosts and Girls! Your hair will stand on end and at the same time your toes will curl! Featuring faithfully reprinted original art from these 1940s and 1950s by brilliant masters Matt Baker, Maurice Whitman, and more, don't miss this must-have, large format collection edited by comics historian and filmmaker Michael Price, with its lovingly restored comics. This book is recommended for older teens and adults.
In brightest day and in blackest night, for three-quarters of a century, the hero known as Green Lantern has protected not just Earth, but the entire universe. Bringing together stories from more than seven decades of comics, GREEN LANTERN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS features stories from all of Earth’s Green Lanterns—from the wartime avenger Alan Scott to brash Guy Gardner, from solemn John Stewart to young, cool Kyle. And, of course, read the rise, fall and redemption of the greatest Green Lantern of them all, Hal Jordan. This crash course in the history of the Emerald Crusader contains GL’s Golden Age debut by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell and Silver Age reinvention at the hands of John Broome and Gil Kane, up through his modern adventures by Geoff Johns. Other legendary talents featured include Alex Toth, Dennis O’Neil, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, Darwyn Cooke, Ethan Van Sciver and Doug Mahnke. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Celebrate 25 years of Harley Quinn in this brand new hardcover collecting the infamous Suicide Squad outlaw’s most memorable stories! Since her debut in 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn has wreaked havoc throughout the DC Universe with her zany, twisted ways. From her time as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, the Joker’s psychiatrist, to her transformation into the sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic, and always villainous Harley Quinn, celebrate twenty-five years with the most acclaimed writers and artists that have contributed to Harley’s raucous adventures! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
A great hardcover horror anthology reprinting stories gathered together from many of the smaller publisher's horror titles of the 1950's before the Comics Code Authority was put into place. This is a must read for any fan of vintage comics! Due to content this book is recommended for older teens and adults.
Explore the people and places of the World of M in these science fiction stories. In Captain America, Steve Rogers moves from the 1940s to the present day, bearing witness to a changing landscape, and watching as man becomes the minority and mutant the ruler. Collecting: Wolverine 33-35, Black Panther 7, Captain America 10, Pulse 10. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Celebrating Batman and Joker's seventy-five years as cultural icons, this hardcover Joker Anthology collects stories from the characters seven decades as the greatest villain in comics. Featuring stories from Batman #1, 5, 25, 32, 85, 163, 251, 427, Batman #15 (The New 52), Detective Comics #64, 168, 180, 475, 476, 726, 741, 826, Detective Comics #1 (The New 52), World's Finest Comics #61, Superman #9 and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #66. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
As Batman's archenemy, the Joker is the antithesis of the Dark Knight. Fueled by lunacy, the Clown Prince of Crime thrives in a world of chaos and disorder. In THE GREATEST JOKER STORIES EVER TOLD, the Joker's insanity is displayed in full color. Collecting tales from the last five decades, this book shows that from his earliest appearances to his most recent exploits, he has been a dynamic and deadly adversary. Whether involved in classic campy stories or legendary dark tales, the Joker's insane brilliance has been more than a match for Batman's keen intellect. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
The Justice League as enforcers in the Wild West? A world where Superman and Batman never came to be and instead Supergirl and Batgirl protect Metropolis and Gotham City? Wonder Woman fighting Jack the Ripper in Victorian England? In Elseworlds, anything is possible. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Some of the greatest team-ups in the DC Universe from the golden and silver ages! Collects: Adventure Comics (1938) #253, Adventure Comics (1938) #267, The Brave and the Bold (1955) #53, The Brave and the Bold (1955) #54, The Brave and the Bold (1955) #178, DC Comics Presents (1978) #85, The Flash (1959) #123, Green Lantern (1960) #76, Justice League of America (1960) #21, Justice League of America (1960) #22, Mystery In Space (1951) #90, Superman (1939) #88, Superman (1939) #257, World's Finest Comics (1941) #82. This book is recommended for all ages.
Holy anniversary, Batman! Every knight needs to have a squire, and every Sherlock Holmes must have a Watson. So it has been with Batman and Robin for seventy-five years. The Boy Wonder's spunk and color balance against the Caped Crusader's seriousness and gloom to create a perfect partnership, a Dynamic Duo. Though Batman has always needed a Robin, it hasn't always been the same Robin. Many different youths have taken up the name and costume, from jovial Dick Grayson to calculating Tim Drake to homicidal Damian Wayne. Each left his or her mark on the character, and today the Boy Wonder is almost as recognizable and beloved as the Dark Knight himself. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
A companion volume to the popular Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, this book is a tribute to the fun and creativity of the comic strip's offshoot, the comic book. It presents outstanding features published in American comic books from near their beginnings (1938) to the advent of the Comics Code (1955). The editors have chosen the stories contained herein for their quality, and the book is not so much a survey or sampler as a permanent statement about the uniqueness and the artistic merit )and artistic pleasure!) of the comic book at it's best. This book is recommended for all ages.
When Superman debuted seventy-five years ago, it was not merely the beginning for one character, but for an entire genre. The phrase "super hero" had yet to be coined when ACTION COMICS #1 hit newsstands in 1938, but once Superman entered the scene, effortlessly lifting a car above his head on that first iconic cover, the character paved the way for each of the hundreds (if not thousands) of super-powered heroes written since. SUPERMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS gathers a range of stories featuring the first and greatest super hero, highlighting the many roles the Man of Steel has played over the decades. In these celebrated stories, Superman is in turns the Herculean champion, the lonely alien survivor, the super-powered Boy Scout and the soul-searching leader. Over the course of seventy-five years, watch as the character grows from a simple strongman to the beloved international symbol he is today! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Lou Cameron was a groundbreaking art master in the 1950s Pre-Code comics era. With his innovative experimental layouts and frequent use of surrealism, his horror comics have been described as Jim Steranko meets Graham Ingels. Zombies, vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and devils from terror-filled stories like Faceless Horror, Lure of the Zombie Diamonds, Graveyard of Ghost Ships, Kill My Minions of Death, and The Unsleeping Dead will make you scream with delight! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Marvel once again asks WHAT IF...? This volume comes packed with the off-the-wall stories fans have come to expect from this series, including the historic 200th issue! What If? #200 offers two titanic tales - the main story is one with a different POV on Siege, "What If The Avengers Failed To Defeat The Sentry?" The second tale is one that will be talked about amongst the multiverse: the murder of Galactus at the hands of...the WATCHER!?! This one is written by none other than Stan "The Man" Lee, himself. This book is recommended for teens and adults.
What if... Captain America fought in the Civil War? What if... the Fantastic Four were Cosmonauts? What if... Daredevil lived in feudal Japan? What if... Namor grew up on land? Hacking into the internet of an adjacent reality, teenager Hector Espejo discovers these and other startling stories - and learns that eavesdropping on a sinister parallel universe can be highly addictive! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
The most recognizable superheroine of all time, Wonder Woman has been an essential part of the DC Universe and an icon for female empowerment for more than 75 years.
Armed with her lasso of truth and her bullet-stopping bracelets, the Amazon Princess journeys into Man s World again and again, spreading her mission of peace and goodwill and fiercely battling injustice where she finds it. She s a princess, a warrior and an ambassador. Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, swifter than Mercury...she is Wonder Woman! This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Four tales of action and suspense featuring the lovely ladies of the mutant world! First, international superstar Milo Manara joins X-Legend Chris Claremont for a highflying, death-defying, globetrotting adventure! Storm, Psylocke, Shadowcat, Marvel Girl and Rogue save the world and look great doing it! Then, X-23 has spent her short life being used. But when she confronts a being who can control her life with a mere thought, will X-23 learn how to fight for herself?, Plus: having quit the Dark X-Men, Cloak and Dagger struggle to fit in among the mutants of Utopia. But when a menace targets Cloak, Dagger must make a fateful choice! And Dazzler is attacked by an onslaught of villains from her past -led by her murderous sister, Mortis! Will Alison Blaire survive this blood-soaked trip down memory lane? This book is recommended for teens and adults.
Compiled by Doug Moench and 39 of the world's top comic artists, this collection presents some of the world's weirdest conspiracy theories. Did the Nazi Party help form the CIA? Did aliens form the Nazi Party? Are descendants of Jesus living in France? Is Jim Morrison still alive? The answers to these questions and many more may be found inside this book - or then again not.
Is the conspiracy bug getting to you, too? If not, it soon will, especially after you check out The Big Book of the Unexplained, the companion book to The Big Book of Conspiracies. Self-proclaimed conspiracy nut Doug Moench is joined by a variety of comics artists such as Joe Sacco, J. H. Williams, Paul Gulacy, Brent Anderson, Russ Heath, and Gahan Wilson to present new tales of strange phenomena, bizarre happenings, and mysterious goings-on. And if you're bummed out about the Loch Ness monster hoax, get ready for the new "could-be" monster: La Chupacabra. Haven't heard of this creature? Then go ahead, buy this book.
Whether cursed by fate, stupidity, or genetics, THE BIG BOOK OF LOSERS tells the tales of real people who were forced to endure a damned existence. Exploring the unfortunate adventures of those who could not catch a break, this amazing reference book documents the stories of people who have lost in life, sports, business, and politics. From President Garfield, who died after several incompetent doctors turned a small bullet wound into a huge, festering malady to the woman who burned her husband's life savings in the oven, this tome shows that some people are just destined to come out on the bottom. Also included in this book are the most legendary loser products such as New Coke, the female urinal, and the paper dress.
An in-depth look at the things we know are bad for us but we love too much to stay away from, including tobacco, alcohol, promiscuous behavior, drugs, fatty foods, and more, along with the reasons we love them so much.
The Devil Made Them Do It! But sometimes humanity doesn't need the devil's influence to be bad!; The Big Book of Bad is the latest in the award-winning comics series from Paradox. Telling the true stories of humanity at its worst, this collection is a veritable rogues gallery of history's villains from the degenerate Roman Emperors, through Count Dracula to Mike Tyson and Liberace. Covering the truly despicable to the merely nauseating, this book lifts the lid on the dastardly deeds that humans inflict on one another. From the most reviled murderers of all time, to the worst singers, artists, poets, sports stars and scientific theories of the modern era.
They came from the four corners of the earth, from every era of history and from all walks of life. Prophets and philosophers, pirates and kings, warriors and pacifists, they had nothing in common except their faith - and a willingness to die. They are the Christian Martyrs and these are their stories. Contains over 50 tales of peril and perseverance and as exciting as anything contemporary fiction has to offer! Each biography is told in comic form by some of the world's finest comic book writers and artists. Illustrated throughout.
In the finest tradition of yellow journalism, Paradox Press plucks stories from tabloid headlines in a veritable cornucopia of sin. Among the celebrities included in this volume are Tammy Faye Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Heidi Fleiss, Michael Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, dozens more.
Death remains one of society's last taboos, a subject few are willing to acknowledge, let alone discuss. THE BIG BOOK OF DEATH looks the Grim Reaper in the face and laughs, with tales of outmoded methods of execution, capital punishment, visits to famous cemeteries, body disposal, weird deaths and stupid murders and more.
We all know that crime doesn't pay, and The Big Book of Little Criminals explains why--because most lawbreakers aren't very bright. Here are the tru e stories of dozen of the strangest and lamest criminals of all time.
Tough as nails true tales of the world's baddest mobs, gangs, and ne'er do wells, this entry in the popular BIG BOOKS series focuses on gangs from ancient India to the mean streets of New York, from the Revolutionary War to the Wild West.
In 1980, Rosie Ruiz ran one of the top times in the New York City Marathon by secretly taking the subway! In 1844, a balloon crossed the Atlantic in an unprecedented three days, an invention of a sales hungry newspaperman. And in 1915, Fritz Kreisler became one of America's best known violinists, playing little known works by composers like Vivaldi, which Kreisler wrote himself. This huge volume spotlights fakers, phonies, and hoaxters, in stories illustrated by a wide variety of cartoonists.
The Big Book of Grimm presents more than fifty folk tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in ways you’ve never seen them before: uncensored, unflinching, and unsuitable for the faint of heart. Rendered in gruesome glory by some of today’s top graphic and comic artists, these stories present a vision of the world as the Brothers Grimm saw it: dark, dangerous, and full of foreboding. There are predators behind every tree, wolves in grandmas’s clothing, and woodland creatures lying in wait for the unwary. There’s no home without negligent parents or a scheming stepmother, no marriage that isn’t rancid with lies and deceit, and no byway or backroad that doesn’t lead directly to a nasty gnome, leering dwarf, or wicked witch hungry for human flesh. Every gift comes with a heavy price, and no stranger is to be trusted. The poor suffer their share of humiliations and tragedies, but even Prince Charming can’t be sure that he’ll live happily ever after. Originally intended as cautionary tales to warn youngsters of the wicked ways of the world and to keep them to the straight and narrow, these stories are brim full of treachery, torment, and terror. Prepare yourself for bedtime stories that are sure to keep you up all night. Fairy tales don’t come Grimmer than these.
This collection of strange and bizarre anecdotal tales drawn (ostensibly) from real life contains 200 stories that have circulated across metropolitan areas--all invariably sworn to be true. "The Poodle in the Microwave", "The Mouse in the Coke Bottle", and "The Accidental Cannibals" are just a few of the legends presented in this volume. Illustrated by artists from DC Comics. Mature readers.
Enchanted or evil, lucky or cursed, freaks have always held a special place in society. Now noted cartoonist Gahan Wison tackles this subject with uncanny expertise and insight. Inside are freaks of the past, such as the cyclops; well known freaks of recent eras, such as the Elephant Man; and potential future freaks created through genetic manipulation.
Back when irony was just a literary device and people wore bell-bottoms for their own sake, Western civilization reached its zenith and nadir simultaneously. Jonathan Vankin's Big Book of the '70s looks in surprising depth at the trends and the notable figures of that decade, using illustrations from dozens of excellent comics artists like Shary Flenniken and Terry Laban. Richard Nixon, Jane Fonda, Burt Reynolds, and Jimmy Carter all get the Big Book treatment in a delicious combination of behind-the-scenes peeks and easily digested history lessons. Fads and phenomena like disco, running, and the rise of the women's movement are also explained and, in some cases, followed up through modern times.
The Big Book of Weirdos is an anthology of sixty-seven case studies of peculiar people whose quirks and queer behavior have reserved them personal pedestals in the sanctum of the strange. Lavishly illustrated by some of today’s top comic and graphic novel artists, this compendium of crackpot conduct brings all the tics and twitches of celebrity weirdness vividly to life.
These bizarre tales are a far cry from the Wild West you remember from the movies. Among the stepping stones to the conquest of North America: cannibalism, mummified murderers, sadism, lynch mobs, bad-luck curses, unexplained decapitations, mysterious airships, cults, communes, and more.