Back after too long an absence: deadlines are implacable (just finished proofing galleys for Steve Canyon Volume 9, which is chock-full of terrific material) and some family commitments placed their demands upon me (including a wedding in my wife’s family, which took me out-of-state earlier this month) … but the crunch is over, so at last I have a chance to offer a hearty “Salute!” to Larry Lieber, who stepped down in September from penciling The Amazing Spider-Man newspaper strip after an incredible run that spans more than three decades. I’ve selected ten examples of Larry’s work on the wall-crawler’s newspaper adventures, grouped loosely by theme. Peter Parker’s far-famed bad luck is on display in these three strips from January of 1981 and July and October of 2001:
Your favorite yellow-clad, hard-boiled copper is back for more in THE COMPLETE DICK TRACY, VOL. 26: 1971-1972! Coming in June 2019, this new collection presents hundreds of Chester Gould strips that haven’t seen print since their original run in newspapers nearly five decades ago!
Fifty-four years ago, on September 15, 1964, the New York World’s Fair marked “Steve Canyon Day” and honored the picaresque hero’s creator, Milton Caniff.
And why not? Caniff had spent most of that summer weaving a tale set at the Fair involving both Canyons, Steve and his collegiate cousin, Poteet. The World’s Fair, being staged in New York, was heavily covered by all major forms of media, and a Canyon storyline set at the huge exhibition was a promotional boon to several subscriber newspapers, as this ad from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates:
A quiet giant within the comics industry has just passed: rest in peace, Russ Heath.
Soaring in to stores in May 2019, the third and final volume collecting the Man of Steel’s Golden Age adventures: SUPERMAN: GOLDEN AGE DAILIES, VOL. 3 – 1947-1949, featuring the creative duo of writer Alvin Schwartz and artist Wayne Boring! You will not want to miss this massive book of Superman’s early adventures!
Walloping Web-Snappers! Another great Spider-Man book is swinging your way in February 2019! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN NEWSPAPER COMICS, VOL. 5: 1985-1986 brings you another two years of action-packed comic strip fun, written by Stan “The Man” Lee himself!
Coming in March 2019, the much-anticipated WALT DISNEY’S DONALD DUCK: THE DAILY NEWSPAPER COMICS, VOL. 5: 1948-1950! This volume contains two and a half years of rare strips written by Bob Karp and drawn by Al Taliaferro, most of which haven’t been seen in decades!
Superman expert Karl Mattson pointed out an error in Superman Golden Age Dailies 1944-47: the November 22, 1944 daily was a duplicate of the November 23rd strip. As strip researchers know, some newspapers printed strips on days other than the “official” in-panel date; in these cases, the newspaper would often unilaterally re-date the strip. Our source for November 22nd (the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection) was obviously from one of those newspapers. Our apologies for not catching this before publication. We’ll fix it if we go into a second printing, and in the meantime, the correct strip is above.
You probably haven’t even had a chance to pick your copy of volume two yet, but look out! Coming in April 2019, we finish up the first decade of Lynn Johnston’s long-running family drama in FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, VOL. 3: 1986-89! Three-and-a-half years of dailies and full-color Sundays in one massive book!