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Joe Kubert sealed his reputation as one of the greatest American comic book cartoonists of all time with the four-color adventures of Sgt. Rock of Easy Company, Enemy Ace, and Tarzan, all done for DC Comics during the 1960s and 1970s (themselves already the subject of archival editions)... but he had been working in comics since the 1940s.
In fact, young Kubert produced an exciting, significant body of work as a freelance artist for a variety of comic book publishers in the post-war era, in a glorious variety of non-super hero genres: horror, crime, science fiction, western, romance, humour, and more.
For the first time, 33 of the best of these stories have been collected in one full-colour volume, with a special emphasis on horror and crime. Drawn in the pre-Comics Code era, they are more thrilling, violent and sexy (by contemporary standards) than much of his later work.
And just the titles of the comic books from which these stories are taken are wonderfully evocative of a bygone era of four-color fun: Cowpuncher, Abbott and Costello Comics, Three Stooges, Eerie, Planet Comics, Meet Miss Pepper, Strange Terrors, Green Hornet Comics, Whack, Jesse James, Out of This World, Crime Does Not Pay, Weird Thrillers, Police Lineup, and Hollywood Confessions.
With an extensive set of historical notes and an essay by the book's editor Bill Schelly, author of the Art of Joe Kubert art book and Man of Rock Kubert biography.
Author: Joe Kubert; Editor Bill Schelly
Artist: Joe Kubert
Publisher: Feral House, 2013
Number of pages: 230
Format: Hard Cover; Full Colour illustrations
Size: 7" x 11" (190mm x 275mm)