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Preview: The Unknown Anti-War Comics!

The Unknown Anti-War Comics!

Craig Yoe (Editor) • Steve Ditko, Pete Morisi, & Various (a) Steve Ditko (c)

An action-oriented medium, comics have long used wars—real and fictional—as narrative fodder. Now, discover the secret, surprising history of anti-war comics with this marvelously curated collection.

A few comics of the time portrayed the horrors of war, but no blatantly anti-war stories were known to exist—until now! Buried in rare comics published during the Cold War were powerful war, fantasy, and sci-fi stories that strongly condemned war and the bomb, boldly calling for peace.

HC • FC • $29.99 • 224 pages • 7-9/16” x 10-7/16” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-178-6

The Unknown Anti-War Comics!

The Unknown Anti-War Comics, Out this January

The world is now marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I, “The War to End All Wars” that brought the cry, “Never Again!” Nearly four decades later, Never Again was a rare two-issue anti-war comic book with a host – a WWI doughboy referred to as The Unknown Soldier – who told gripping war stories with a strong anti-war stance.

The comics from Never Again and other arcane historical comic book sources are carefully restored and showcased in an important new book, The Unknown Anti-War Comics. An action-oriented medium, comics have long used wars – real and fictional – as narrative fodder, often with a strong message attached. Buried in the comics published during the Cold War were powerful combat, fantasy, and sci-fi stories that strongly condemned war and nuclear weapons, boldly calling for peace.

The Unknown Anti-War Comics features the art of Steve Ditko and leads off with two noteworthy introductions. The first introduction is a comic story created especially for the collection by Nate Powell, artist of the National Book Award-Winning March books about Civil Rights leader John Lewis. The second introduction is by Noel Paul Stookey, activist and singer/songwriter of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame.

The 224-page book’s artful advocacy of peace is as important as ever in a world still embroiled in war.

The Unknown Anti-War Comics is edited by Craig Yoe, multiple Eisner Award winner, Mobius winner, and recipient of the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers, The Unknown Anti-War Comics is slated for release in January.

Review: The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a collection of classic comic strips.

The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy is edited by Craig Yoe and published by Dead Reckoning and collects the classic comic strips by Frank V. Martinek.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW or Dead Reckoning

 

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Preview: Super Weird Heroes: Preposterous But True!

Super Weird Heroes: Preposterous But True!

Craig Yoe (Editor) • Various (a & c)

Weirdness from A-Z! Airmale to The Zebra! Here’s a new tome crammed with OMG, WTH, and LOL bizarro heroes of the Golden Age. Eisner-winner Craig Yoe provides both witty and fascinating context to heroes like Mr. Whiskers (a young actor who dresses like an old geezer), Hip Knox (who has an eye-ball on his chest and what looks like a woo-woo on his belt), and Pat Parker War Nurse (who fights Nazis in a skimpy nurse/superhero costume)! Over 30 full comic stories in all!

HC • FC • $39.99 • 328 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-858-8

Preview: We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust

We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust

Rafael Medoff, Craig Yoe (w) • Neal Adams, Stan Lee, Joe Kubert (a) • Neal Adams (c)

Classic comic book stories about the Holocaust and interviews with their artists and writers, with a cover drawn especially for this book by Neal Adams. An amazing but forgotten chapter in comics history! Long before the Holocaust was taught in schools or presented in films such as Schindler’s List, the youth of America was learning about the Nazi genocide from Batman, the X-Men, Captain America, and Sgt. Rock. Comics legend Neal Adams, Holocaust scholar Rafael Medoff, and comics historian Craig Yoe bring together a remarkable collection of comic book stories that introduced an entire generation to an engaging and important subject. We Spoke Out is an extraordinary journey into a compelling topic.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 280 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-888-5

Craig Yoe to appear at Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con

Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con is welcoming Craig Yoe, and Yoe Books, to the growing guest list.

The Eisner-Award winning archivist has been called “The Indiana Jones of comics historians” by Vice Magazine. His Yoe Books, an imprint of IDW Publishing, specializes in exposing a new generation to comics’ history in all genres –horror, superheroes, funny animals, satire and more.

Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con, celebrating its fourth year, moves to the Oncenter’s War Memorial building in downtown Syracuse on June 24th and 25th.  This pop-culture convention focuses on comics, toys, games, cosplay and collectibles.  Pre-sale tickets are available online.

Celebrate 4/20 with Dark Horse and Craig Yoe’s Reefer Madness

Today we celebrate marijuana with smoke rings puffing and pluming across the nation. Now that eight states have legalized it for recreational use and twenty-eight for medical use, it is especially fun to relive the hysteria surrounding marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930s to the 1950s and beyond. And now you can do so in the comfort of your home with Reefer Madness from Dark Horse Books.

Like the antidrug propaganda films of that era, these stories range from comically misinformed to soberly concerned about the influence of Mary Jane on the youth of America. Titles like “Teenage Dope Slaves,” “Satan’s Cigarettes,” and “Hopped-Up Killer” make it clear that the gulf in attitudes between today and the days of Reefer Madness could not be wider.

Includes an in-depth introduction discussing the campaigns against pot by the first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, and newspaperman William Randolph Hearst, with lurid covers from many of the comics and magazines of the day. The comics collected in Reefer Madness come from comic book legends like Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, and Jack Kirby. Eisner and Harvey Award–winning hippie Craig Yoe brings a new collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics to the mix.

Reefer Madness hits shelves summer 2017.

Craig Yoe’s Golden Anniversary of Publishing: 50 Years of Making Comics History

50-years-making-comicsThis year Craig Yoe begins another chapter in “Making Comics History.” Yoe produced his first publication on comics history 50 years ago – a fanzine printed on a hand-cranked mimeograph machine. 2017 will be a year-long Golden Anniversary Celebration of Craig Yoe’s sharing his comics findings with comics lovers!

After Jim Henson’s passing, Yoe began Yoe Studio. He took on a full creative and business partner in the studio—and a life partner—when he met his future wife Clizia Gussoni at the Lucca Comics convention in Italy, which included an exhibit from Yoe’s book The Art of Mickey Mouse. The book touted interpretations of Mickey by Peter Max, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and even Michael Jackson!

But Craig Yoe had a hankering to get back to his first love in popular culture, comics. He discovered unknown fetish artwork and edited a book, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster. It whipped up excitement around the world, even making the front page of USA Today. Yoe was interviewed on Fox News and on NPR’s Fresh Air. The revelation was breathless news in Time and Playboy. Vice Magazine proclaimed, “Craig Yoe is an Indiana Jones for perv/nerd artifacts!”

Secret Identity was introduced by the legendary Stan Lee and other Yoe books have sported introductions by John Updike, R. Crumb, Adam West, Bill Watterson, Jerry Only of the Misfits, and Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

One of the first moves of IDW Publishing’s COO and President Greg Goldstein after joining the company, along with CEO and Publisher Ted Adams, was to ink a deal with Yoe Studio to start the imprint Yoe Books. In six years the imprint has published over 60 books of classic comics highlighting artists like Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Walt Kelly, Joe Kubert, Milt Gross, Carl Barks, Dick Briefer, Bud SagendorfFrank Frazetta, and many more. The collections have featured horror, humor, kids comics, fantasy, and romance.

Yoe is a two-time Eisner Award winner, has received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Mobius, and the Jerry Bails Fandom Award. Of all of the recognition Yoe is proudest of the awards for The School of Five comic books, published in 26 countries, in 23 languages in over 40 million copies (a world record). These superhero comics, done in conjunction with Unilever and various social mission organizations, teach children in developing countries the importance of washing their hands to prevent deaths from diarrheal diseases. The comics are saving countless lives.

Uncover an Important Page of Comic History With the Untold History of Black Comic Books

The Untold History Of Black Comic BooksIDW Publishing and Yoe Books are proud to announce The Untold History of Black Comic Books, brought to you by Professor William H. Foster III, a leading authority on the history of Black cartoonists and comics, and fellow comic book historian Craig Yoe.

This groundbreaking collection in both scope and detail, traces the changing image of African-Americans in comic books from the 1940s right up to the present day. Perfect for fans and comic scholars alike, it includes nearly 200 pages of rarely seen comic book stories never reprinted before. There has never been a book with this incredible and fascinating cultural scope and is truly not to be missed.

This book is the culmination of years of research by Professor Foster.

The Untold History of Black Comic Books is a 9” x 12” full-color hardcover slated for release February 2015 ($39.99 – DEC140581 – ISBN: 978-1-63140-290-6).

The Art of Betty and Veronica Signing this Thursday in NYC

The Strand bookstore in NYC will host a signing/panel event spotlighting The Art of Betty and Veronica. Co-editors Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe will be joined by Archie fan-favorite artists Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz for a panel discussion/Q&A at the famed bookstore. A purchase of the art book is your ticket in to the event which is sure to be a lively and informative walk through Archie’s 70-plus year history.

The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Facebook Event page with details – https://www.facebook.com/events/146870022130055/

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