Monthly Archives: August 2011

New Modern Masters book on Frazer Irving due Sept. 21

When Nathan Wilson and Eric Nolen-Weathington approached me about doing a Modern Masters book on Frazer Irving, I had to ask, “Frazer who?” Cause I don’t follow many current comics, and hadn’t been exposed to his work.

My loss!

This guy is Good. With a capital “G”. I now know what I was missing, and after seeing just a few samples of his work on Witch Boy and The Return of Bruce Wayne, I was sold.

Don’t take my word for it. Check out this free preview and be amazed.

And then if you’re as impressed with Frazer’s work as I am, go to this link to preorder Vol. 26 of our Modern Masters series, or pick it up at your local comic book store on September 21.

Goodnight, Irene!

Thanks to all who wrote asking if we weathered Hurricane Irene here in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’re all high and dry here, after a weekend of heavy rain and high winds, but little actual damage. We’re much more fortunate that so many others who are dealing with flooding and power outages in other areas. Having lived through the aftermath of Hurricane Fran several years ago (which really tore up our lovely town), my hearts out to all those who didn’t fare as well as we did.

Alter Ego #104 just out!

ALTER EGO #104 is in the house, proudly celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fantastic Four #1—and the birth of Marvel Comics! Editor ROY THOMAS presents a new, never-before-published interview with STAN LEE—featuring a number of real surprises—and rare art and artifacts by JACK KIRBY, STEVE DITKO, JOE SINNOTT, DICK AYERS, ROY THOMAS, and others, plus lots more secrets behind the Marvel Mythos! Also included are JIM AMASH’s interview with 1940s Timely editor AL SULMAN, P.C. Hamerlinck’s FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with MARC SWAYZE and C.C. BECK, and MICHAEL T. GILBERT presenting another episode of Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt. It’s all behind a new cover by RON FRENZ and JOE SINNOTT, offering a pastiche of the cover of Fantastic Four #1.

You can order here!

Free preview of MARVEL COMICS IN THE 1970s

On September 21, we’re releasing MARVEL COMICS IN THE 1970s, by Pierre Comtois, the sequel to his heralded first volume on the 1960s! This book covers Marvel’s final historical phase: the twilight years of the 1970s, after the initial ’60s wave of popularity pushed the company to the forefront of the comics industry, and made many of its characters household names. This full decade of pop-culture history saw Stan Lee’s role as writer diminish as he ascended to Publisher, the stunning departure of Jack Kirby to DC (and his later return to Marvel), the rise of Roy Thomas as editor (and eventual Editor In Chief), and the introduction of a new wave of writers and artists who would expand the boundaries of comics beyond super-heroes, while planting the seeds for the company’s eventual self-destruction. Comics such as the Spider-Man “drug” issues, Conan the Barbarian, Tomb of Dracula, Master of Kung Fu, Howard the Duck, the new X-Men, and more are covered in detail—along with the creators who wrote and drew them, including Chris Claremont, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gene Colan, Marv Wolfman, Steve Gerber, John Romita, Gil Kane, Sal Buscema, and many others. So don’t be satisfied with only half the story! Check out Marvel Comics in the 1970s and find out why Marvel was once hailed as The House of Ideas!

$27.95 cover price
$8.95 Digital Edition
224 pages, black and white

ISBN-13: 978-1-605490-034-2?
ISBN-10: 1-60549-034-2

In anticipation of the book’s release, TwoMorrows Publishing is offering a FREE PDF preview of at this link.

The book will debut in bookstores and comic book shops on September 21, and is available for pre-ordering directly from TwoMorrows in both PRINT and DIGITAL EDITIONS (Digital Edition is only $8.95, or get the Print Edition at 15% off, plus get a FREE digital version) at this link.

It may also be ordered through comic book stores, using Diamond Order Code: MAR111287