Debuting in 1923 in Life magazine, Skippy moved to the comics pages in 1925 and soon became a sensation, published in 28 countries and 14 languages. In 1931, Skippy became the first comic strip to see its film version win an Academy Award. Crosby continued writing and drawing the feature until 1945.
Perhaps more than any other cartoonist before him, Crosby brought philosophy and politics to the American newspaper comic strip, ultimately leading to his exile from comics and his forced incarceration in a mental institution for the last sixteen years of his life. As a result of his tragic end, Crosby’s remarkable contributions to American culture have been largely eclipsed, until now.
Co-edited by Jared Gardner and Dean Mullaney, and designed by Lorraine Turner, the premiere volume contains the daily comics from 1925 through 1927 and is illustrated with many photographs and rare artwork from the collection of the cartoonist's daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts, and Skippy, Inc. Learn More
In Volume 6, Rip Kirby enters the Swinging Sixties and artist John Prentice has made the strip completely his own. He would soon receive the National Cartoonist Society award for “Best Story Strip Cartoonist” in 1966 and 1967. Fred Dickenson, who had been writing the strip with series originator Alex Raymond, keeps the continuity going for Prentice's exquisite art. The strips are reproduced from the original King Features Syndicate proofs, insuring that every daily will look even better than when they were first published in newspapers over fifty years ago. Learn More
Axel’s back and this time he’s not taking any chances! Meanwhile, the lives of gangster Nick Gatt and crusading District Attorney John Tecum become inextricably linked. Plus, Annie crosses paths with the selfish movie star Pete LaPlata, his selfless elderly parents, his discarded wife Peggy, and his neglected son Billy. It’s high emotional drama leading into the return of the very much alive “Daddy” Warbucks, now converting his factories for the coming war…all in Volume Nine of The Complete Little Orphan Annie. Including dailies and Sundays from February 29, 1940 through November 23, 1941. Learn More
Beginning a new 4-book series collecting the entire run of the Tarzan newspaper strip by Russ Manning. In 1967 Manning was selected by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate to take over the strip and bring it back to the original Burroughs vision. With assists by Bill Stout, Mike Royer, and Dave Stevens, Manning created 26 original Sunday storylines and 7 daily stories. The action took place from Pal-ul-don to Opar and Pellucidar and beyond. The first volume includes the daily and Sunday strips strips from December 1967 through October 1969, reproduced from the Edgar Rice Burroughs file copies. Learn More
The third volume of the Definitive Flash Gordon & Jungle Jim includes every Alex Raymond Sunday from March 12, 1939 through the end of 1941.
Flash, Dale Arden, and Dr. Zarkov have a lengthy adventure with Fria, the stunning Snow Queen of Frigia; Dale is captured by Ming’s secret service, culminating in a fight to the finish between Flash and the merciless tyrant. Meanwhile, when radio signals from Earth find their way to Mongo, Flash and company must decide—do they stay on Mongo or return home to help overthrow “The Dictator”?!
In the introduction by Bruce Canwell, Joe Kubert tells of being a 12-year-old making his first-ever trip out of Brooklyn to visit Alex Raymond at his Connecticut home! Plus, Howard Chaykin discusses the influences on Raymond’s drawing style. Edited by Dean Mullaney, and designed by Lorraine Turner. Learn More
In Volume 3 of The Complete Steve Canyon—reprinting every strip from 1951 and 1952—new and old characters are paired off. Breck Nazaire and Dr. Deen Wilderness return. Steve meets the lovely Duchess of Denver and the sadistic Fungo and eventually gets caught in the deep woods with Miss Mizzou and Roy Himmerskorn before coming face to face yet again with not only Summer Olson, but the Copperhead herself—Copper Calhoon!
Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, with historical essays by Bruce Canwell, Steve Canyon is presented in a matching hardcover set to the Library of American Comics's Eisner Award-winning Terry and the Pirates. Learn More
Maggie and Jiggs are back in "Of Cabbages and Kings," an extravaganza that contains all dailies and Sundays from February 22, 1937–December 31, 1938. The hilarious battling couple go to London for the King's coronation. Upon their return, Jiggs decides the only way he'll convince Maggie to move back to the old neighborhood is to lose his fortune. He makes one outlandish investment after another but each time he only becomes richer, until he hits on the right formula. For Maggie, the unthinkable happens: it's back to eating boiled cabbage when the wealthy Jiggs goes broke! Learn More
In the late 1910s, Sidney Smith developed a formula of the daily strip that would make The Gumps one of the most popular comics of the 1920s and himself one of the richest cartoonists of his day. By the end of the decade Sidney Smith's The Gumps had secured a huge and loyal audience with a decade of melodrama, adventure, mystery, and comedy. So devoted were his readers, in fact, that they regularly wrote in to offer advice for his characters' love lives and business decisions and they generally treated the characters as friends and family members. In 1928-29, with the launching of what would be his most famous story, "The Saga of Mary Gold," Smith's relationship to his readers would be tested as never before. Its heartbreaking conclusion would change comics forever. Here for the first time since the story made headlines across America in the spring of 1929 we reprint the saga that Hogan's Alley magazine called "One of the Ten Biggest Events in Comics History"—a tale that has lost none of its power to captivate readers in the 21st Century. Learn More
The peaceable little kingdom of Myopia rocks with laughter in the second collection of Jack Kent’s King Aroo. Colorful visitors come and go while Professor Yorgle pontificates, faithful Yupyop frets, and Mr. Elephant forgets everything but his own name! Kindly King Aroo presides over all the outlandish slapstick and witty wordplay in over seven hundred daily and Sunday comic strips from 1953-1954, edited and designed by Eisner Award-winner Dean Mullaney. Bruce Canwell continues his groundbreaking biography of Jack Kent, featuring rare photos and never-before-seen artwork. This classic comic is a treat for readers of all ages. Learn More
Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell continue their comprehensive review of the life and art of Alex Toth in Genius, Illustrated. Covering the years from the 1960s to Toth's poignant death in 2006, this oversized book features artwork and complete stories from Toth's latter-day work at Warren, DC Comics, Red Circle, Marvel, and his own creator-owner properties… plus samples of his animation work for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and others—as well as sketchbook pages, doodles, advertising art, and other rarities provided through the cooperation of Toth's family and his legion of fans. Two of Toth's best stories are reproduced complete from the original artwork: "Burma Skies" and "White Devil… Yellow Devil." A full-length text biography will chart the path from Toth's increasingly reclusive lifestyle to his touching re-connection to the world in his final years. Fans of comics, cartoons, and all-around great artwork revere Alex Toth. See why Genius, Illustrated—along with its companion volume, 2011's Genius, Isolated—are being praised as the definitive examination of the life and art of The Master, Alex Toth! Learn More