Synopses & Reviews
With creepy, spooky art, and sinister, suspenseful text, I. N. J. Culbard brings new lifeand deathto H. P. Lovecrafts psychological mystery of forbidden knowledge and pursuits. Young Charles Dexter Ward is fascinated by the history of Joseph Curwen, his wizard ancestor of the 17th century. Curwen was notorious for haunting graveyards, practicing alchemy, and never aging! Ward cant help his fixation: He himself looks just like Curwen. In an attempt to duplicate his ancestors cabbalistic feats, he resurrects the fearsome Curwen . . . and then the true horror begins!
Praise for The Case of Charles Dexter Ward:
Culbard triumphs in bringing to life a story that isn't inherently visual
. Another success by one of the best modern translators of the endlessly popular scribe.” Booklist
This is really the best way to enjoy Lovecraft.” Boing Boing
Culbard brings the classic tale to life, and his work will very likely entice readers who enjoy the macabre to seek out the original novel.” PublishersWeekly.com
If youre looking for chills, you'll find them here.” Scripps Howard News Service
Culbard illustrates this tale of life everlastingreplete with ancient lore and sinister networks crossing the boundaries of reason, morality and sciencein appropriately dark and lurid colors.” The Milwaukee Shepherd Express
It's been something of a renaissance for H.P. Lovecraft comics over the last couple of years thanks to SelfMadeHero.” Houston Press Art Attack” blog
Were giving it an ichor-dripping thumbs up.” The Austin Chronicle Under the Covers” blog
Rich details in his drawings cull out the storys shadows and the sadness that lurks behind the fearsome details. Culbard masterfully controls the pacing as well, creating suspense and shock through his elegant pages.” Graphic Novel Reporter
andldquo;Reading this book is like entering the offices of Simon and Kirby and rifling through their files, scouring the slush pile, even breathing in the smoke from one of Kirbyandrsquo;s cigars. Itandrsquo;s a museum in miniature, and like so much else these two artists touched, itandrsquo;s a wonder to behold.andrdquo;
andldquo;The book gives us fast and furious art from the early days of comicsandmdash;work done in an almost punklike frenzyandmdash;and itandrsquo;s fascinating to watch Kirby just warming up for his best yet to come.andrdquo;
The Horror! The Horror!
uncovers a rare treasury of some of the most important and neglected stories in American literature—the pre-Code horror comics of the 1950s. These outrageous comic book images, censored by Congress in an infamous televised U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency in 1954, have rarely been seen since they were first published—and are revealed once again in all of their eye-popping glory. Jim Trombetta, in his commentary and informative text, provides a detailed history and context for these stories and their creators, spinning a tale of horror and government censorship as scary as the stories themselves.
Bonus DVD--Confidential File, a rare 25-minute TV show that first aired on October 9, 1955, about the "evils" of comic books and their effect on juvenile delinquency is included with the book.
Please note that the enclosed DVD begins with a 58-second test pattern, followed by the tv show.
Praise for The Horror! The Horror!:
"In addition to offering a generous helping of controversial comics . . . Trombetta's book provides insightful history."
-New York Times Book Review
The names Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are synonyandshy;mous with comic books, and their partnership ushandshy;ered in the Golden Age of comics starting in the 1940s. Together they created memorable characters such as Captain America and Sandman, invented romance comandshy;ics, and raised the standard for the genres of western, crime, and horror comic books. Over the course of three decades they wrote and illustrated several hundred comics, many of which are reproduced in this oversized volume covering all aspects of their amazing career. Selected and with an introduction by Mark Evanier, the foremost authority on the work of Simon and Kirby, and an afterword by Jim Simon, son of Joe Simon,and#160;the book includes artwork photographed from the original art in Joe Simonand#8217;s private archive and showcases the seminal work of Simon and Kirby and their artistry as it has never been seen before.
About the Author
Joe Simon (1913and#8211;2011) and Jack Kirby (1917and#8211;1994) creandshy;ated many of comicsand#8217; most enduring super heroes, such as Captain America. Together they helped establish the visual language of comics.and#160;Mark Evanier, a writer and historian, has three Emmy Award nominations and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for animation from the Writers Guild of America. He lives in Los Angeles.and#160;and#160;Jim Simon, the son of Joe Simon, grew up amid comic book history, assisting his father first as a young boy by erasing inked art boards and later in various creative and business ventures. During thistime Jim got to know many of the great comic book creators. He has published several books, including The Comic Book Makers, a widely praised coauthored account of Joe Simonand#8217;s early days in comics; and contributed articles on the works of Simon and Kirby in books published by Marvel Comics/Entertainment, Titan Publishing, and Alter Ego. He has also been interviewed byHeritage Magazine for the Intelligent Collector, WNYC Radio, and elsewhere. Jim Simon lives in New York with his wife and family.