Author Archive | Dean Mullaney

Our Very Own Super-Duper Man!

Everyone knows that Clark Kent is Superman’s alter ego, but around here we have another fine fellow who fits that bill — Super-Duper artist Pete Poplaski, who creates the amazing covers for all of our Superman newspaper strip collections (and the Batman and Wonder Woman collections to boot)!

While everyone who has these books knows what the final colored versions look like when printed, very few people see the various stages Pete goes through to create these masterworks.

For the upcoming Superman Golden Age Dailies 1944-1947 back cover, here are an interim penciled and partially inked version, the final inked rendition, and the color guide Pete submits for LOAC’s digital colorists.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Friday Night Game Night take two…

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Well, we kinda went board game crazy over the weekend. Not being able to decide which of the three games to play, we decided to play them all.

FRIDAY NIGHT was devoted to the 1937 Terry and the Pirates game from Whitman (the same folks who gave us Big Little Books). It’s basically “Parcheesi” for Caniffites. A lot of fun. It’s also interesting to be in Terry and Pat’s world when Dale Scott was the female lead, before Normandie and Burma entered the scene. WE know what’s ahead for the boys, even though they don’t! Ah, the joy of discovery ahead…

SATURDAY NIGHT found us on a quest for treasure in the 1933  Little Orphan Annie game. Pretty simple stuff that reminded me of playing “Candyland” when I was a young child. You shouldn’t expect anything too complicated from a premium from Ovaltine for the Annie radio show. The game went quickly and we were soon watching the Red Sox (who kept us up late as they beat the Royals in the 10th).

On SUNDAY NIGHT we spent a few enjoyable hours last night hanging out with Corto Maltese and his pal Rasputin. Not in person, mind you (which would be a little difficult), but in playing the Corto board game that was published a few years ago. We’re not board game geeks, so can’t speak to how it rates in the world of intense gamers, but we ARE long-time Corto fans and had a great time playing our parts in adventures taken directly from Pratt’s stories.

Now it’s Monday and back to work…!

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It’s Game Night!

Friday night is game night around the ol’ Library offices. All we have to do is decide which game to play. Three great choices — two vintage and one new. OPTION ONE is the 1937 Terry and the Pirates game:

The 1937 Terry board game!

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OPTION TWO is a 1933 Little Orphan Annie premium from Ovaltine.

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OPTION THREE is a modern game, complete with real strategy and plot threads taken from Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese graphic novels:

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Which one will we pick? Tune in on Monday!

Ain’t Nuthin’ like a year of Krazy

In Glen David Gold’s review in the Washington Post of Michael Tisserand’s impressive biography of George Herriman—Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White—Glen suggest that “readers yearning to see full strips would do well to find the recently released Library of American Comics Essentials collection of 1934 ‘Krazy Kat’ daily strips, as it shows a kind of quotidian context that the biography omits.”

A perfect complement!

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May the Force…

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It may not be May the Fourth yet, but we’ve received our advance copy of STAR WARS: The Classic Newsapaper Strips Volume One, featuring amazing artwork by Russ Manning, Rick Hoberg, Mike Royer, Dave Stevens, and Alfredo Alcala. (Plus a cover by Al Wiliamson!) Look for it in stores on May 10th!

The Case of the Duplicate Dunns…

 

IMG_0509Here we are — the 10th volume of LOAC Essentials, making a pretty impressive display on the ol’ bookcase.

As Bruce Canwell writes in the introduction: This volume represents something of a departure for the LOAC Essentials series, and for The Library of American Comics as a whole.

Dan Dunn, Secret Operative 48 debuted as a Monday-through-Saturday daily in September, 1933. By early 1934 a Sunday page had been added and Dunn’s creator, Norman Marsh, integrated the Sunday with the daily strips to form a continuous narrative that ran seven days a week.
Not every American, however, read both the daily and Sunday editions. Millions of readers never took the daily newspaper, but spent hours each week poring over the thick, feature-filled Sunday edition. Millions of others, by contrast, purchased only the weekday paper, its information and entertainment brightening their commute to or from work.
Like many of his peers Marsh advanced his stories only slightly in the Sundays, typically providing a recap in Monday’s strip to insure his readers were up-to-date on Dan’s crime-busting activities. In some weeks, however, the leap from Saturday to Monday was a little steeper than normal.
In containing only the dailies from the first year-plus of Dunn’s existence, this LOAC Essentials collection allows readers to share the experience of those countless households that did not take a Sunday paper.

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Star Hawks—as you’ve always wanted to see it!

Gil Kane! Ron Goulart! Star Hawks! We were really excited to open the package from the printer with this advance copy of Star Hawks Vol. 1. The strips are printed LARGE, one to a page, showing the full beauty of Gil Kane’s drawing, and includes a new intro by Ron Goulart. Look for it in stores late April.

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