Tuesday, June 30, 2009
$20.00 for three issue set
THE HYPE-UP: Godfather of the British Invasion. The man who taught Jamie "Tank Girl" Hewlett everything he knows. Psych-comics guru Brendan McCarthy's first published work in America. He did three installments of his Freakwave story (he's convinced the movie Waterworld ripped him off) for Vanguard published by Pacific Comics. Each issue has a 8 or 10 page mindblower of a McCarthy story inside (not to mention early Steve Rude as well). See how it all started. Great colors of course and that unique McCarthy framing style. Trippy!
Posted by Frank Santoro at 4:29 PM
THE HYPE-UP: Amazing 48 page color comic from 1986. Lots of airbrush and funky textures. It's a blueline process for all you color nerds. This is the last issue of the breakaway crossover indie hit of the mid 80's: Mage. Read it and weep. Everyone was sad to see the main character Kevin Matchstick and his magic bat hit the trail. His creator, Matt Wagner went on to mainstream success at DC - but it was this series that put him on the map. Don't worry about needing to read the first 14 issues for this issue to make sense cuz it's all ACTION! AND ROMANCE! LETS GO! LOOK AT THESE SPREADS:
Posted by Frank Santoro at 4:51 AM
THE HYPE-UP: Why pay big bucks for a re-issue of this Marshall Rogers 1980 classic when you can own the original for half the price? That's right, here is Marshall Rogers' first mature and realized work. Drawn in the Black and White magazine style that was so popular in 1980, this is an adult graphic novel for the then burgeoning Direct Market crowd. This is the first printing of the Eclipse edition, 48 pages of beautifully articulated narrative comics. Watch Rogers blend Neal Adams and Steranko and his own impeccable design sense into something new. Skip over the boring dialogue and marvel at Marshall's knack for composing a page and a two page spread. Stiltled? Stiff? I say thee nay, Marshall Rogers will teach you a thing or two before your life is through.
Posted by Frank Santoro at 4:50 AM
THE HYPE-UP: Totally weird magazine size 48 page feat of comic book pretentiousness that somehow "works". Lots of photo-referencing and super stylized staging but so what? LOOK at those Steranko-like compositions and crazy transitions. More of a Steranko-head than even Marshall Rogers, Starlin was the king of "adult" comics back in the 70s. And then...? What happened? This happened. He over-reached and produced this mess of a book. But what a mess! A trainwreck masterpiece. This is it. Where the magic went to die in 1981. Worth it for the front and back covers alone.
Posted by Frank Santoro at 4:30 AM