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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biography of American cartoonist Basil Wolverton along with copious samples of his work including humorous comics, unpublished artwork, unsold features, and correspondence.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
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ISBN:
9781606995051
Format :
Book

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A pioneer from the first generation of comic book writers, Wolverton arrived just as publishers began embracing original material, turning away from the newspaper strip reprints that they had previously run with. Back in 1938, Centaur Publications gave Wolverton his big break, accepting such characters as Meteor Marvin and Space Patrol. The iconic Spacehawk would soon follow, with prime examples of this space hero featuring prominently here. The editors have gone to great pains to restore the work with subtlety and restraint.


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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