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Title:
Creeping death from Neptune : the life and comics of Basil Wolverton. Volume one, 1909-1941
Author:
Sadowski, Greg, author, editor.
Publication Information:
Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
303 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Summary:
First volume of a planned two volume retrospective featuring a comprehensive biography of American cartoonist Basil Wolverton along with copious samples of his work including humorous comics, unpublished artwork, unsold features, and correspondence.
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9781606995051
Format :
Book

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This is the first of two volumes reprinting copious amounts of comicsstories and recounting the career of cartoonist Basil Wolverton. Based on hiscorrespondence and journals, the biographical portion of the books followWolverton from childhood to adult day-to-day life as freelance cartoonist,itinerant handyman, persistent contest enterer, and local pastor of the RadioChurch of God. Wolverton lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest, unique amongthe first generation of comic book pioneers. In the precious period before theindustry calcified into a commercial institution, Wolverton was free to workunder the radar to explore in detail his weird tales of the future. All ofWolverton's non-humorous comic book stories will be presented in full, alongwith prime examples of his humorous comics and dozens of pages of unpublishedart, including editorial drawings, advertisements, caricatures, pulpillustrations, rejected comic book covers, and unsold features.


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Booklist Review

Most comic-book artists are associated with a particular genre, but Wolverton was a genre unto himself. No matter what he drew science fiction, costumed crime fighters, or wacky humor his distinctively iconoclastic style, marked by blocky compositions and idiosyncratic stippling, set it far apart from anything else. This biography-cum-compilation traces the first phase of Wolverton's career, from the young artist's struggle to gain a toehold in the nascent comic-book industry through his first success, the intergalactic avenger Spacehawk (the focus of a 2012 collection). Even as his efforts found favor with comic-book publishers, Wolverton continued plugging away elsewhere, trying to sell syndicated newspaper strips and magazine cartoons, and even entering slogan contests. This volume collects all of Wolverton's non-humor stories from the period, mostly space operas with titles like Meteor Murphy and Space Patrol, along with a sampling of his uniquely wacky comedic work, rejected syndication attempts, a Mickey Mouse tryout, and celebrity caricatures. A follow-up volume will cover the remaining four decades of his life.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2015 Booklist