Dover Launches a Line of Classic Graphic Novels

Dover-Logo_BlackAndBlueDover Publications, Inc. have announced that it’s bringing back classic out-of-print graphic novels for a whole new generation to discover.

Since 1941, Dover has been preserving important works of literature, fine art, the sciences, and much more, in affordable, high-quality paperback reprints. Now, the publishing house turns its expertise to the sequential art medium, rescuing out-of-print graphic novels. Long unavailable, these timeless works were often overlooked by the mainstream when originally released but have since developed serious cult followings.

The books were created by some of the most acclaimed names in the comic industry, artists and writers who have worked on such popular characters as Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Green Arrow, Captain America, Sandman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and others. Plus, since graphic novels are “creator owned” and not the usual “work for hire” comic book assignments, each represents a deeply personal project, passionately written and illustrated. As an added bonus, the books are being expanded with exclusive original material, including new covers and commentary by such literary and comic superstars as Max Brooks, Larry Hama, Scott Hanna, Brandon Graham, and Dave Sim. Many of the titles also collect complete, multi-issue runs for the very first time.

Dover will premiere the new graphic novel line in the Spring 2015 season, launching with six titles:

A Sailor’s Story (April 2015)
Written and illustrated by Sam Glanzman
Semi-autobiographical adventures of life aboard a WWII destroyer — includes new Foreword by Max Brooks, author of World War Z, new Introduction by Larry Hama, and new Afterword by Chuck Dixon

Civil War Adventure: Book One (May 2015)
Written by Chuck Dixon, illustrated Gary Kwapisz
Graphic drama of the War Between the States by writer of Batman and Green Arrow and the illustrator of The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian.

Mercy (June 2015)
Written by J. M. DeMatteis, illustrated by Paul Johnson
Mind-bending masterpiece by Eisner Award–winning writer known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, and Justice League of America — includes new Introduction by the writer and bonus “How It Was Made” material

Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra (July 2015)
Written by Alex Simmons, illustrated by Joe Bennett
Hard-hitting tale of vengeance by illustrator of Batman: Orpheus Rising — first time collected in a single volume. Includes new Foreword by Joe Illidge, new Afterword by David Colley, and new cover by Scott Hanna

The BOZZ Chronicles (August 2015)
Written by David Michelinie, illustrated by Bret Blevins
Cult classic by the writer of Iron Man & penciler of The New Mutants with new Foreword and pin-up by Brandon Graham and new Introduction by the creators — includes entire six-issue run

The Puma Blues (September 2015)
Written by Stephen Murphy, illustrated by Michael Zulli
Features new Foreword by Dave Sim, new Afterword by Stephen R. Bissette, and new Introduction by the authors: “Intelligent and urgent mythology.” — Neil Gaiman

Dover plans on releasing a total of 12 graphic novels each year, handpicked from the hundreds of in-demand titles available by well-connected editors with more than 20 years of experience in the comic book community. Future releases include other powerful stories of history, adventure, mystery, aliens, and war that reach far beyond the bounds of traditional superhero comics.