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Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books Sheds Light on the Struggles and Triumphs of Black Pioneers

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books

During the formative years of the comic book industry, talented Black artists worked behind-the-scenes to create thrilling tales of superheroes, horror, and romance. Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, a new hardcover book by comics historian Ken Quattro, is a riveting exploration of this little-known history, published by Yoe Books, an IDW imprint, and out in stores now.

Using primary source material from World War II-era Black newspapers and magazines, this compelling book profiles pioneers like E.C. Stoner, a renowned fine artist of the Harlem Renaissance and the first Black artist to draw comic books; Owen Middleton, whose life sentence in Sing Sing became a cause célèbre championed by historian Will Durant, leading both to freedom and a career in comics; Matt Baker, who drew Vooda, the first groundbreaking Black comic book hero; and many more. Each man’s personal struggles and triumphs are represented as they broke through into an industry formerly occupied only by whites.

Gorgeously illustrated with rare examples of each artist’s work, Invisible Men features Ken Quattro’s impeccable research of the social and cultural environments in which these extraordinary men lived and worked, plus full stories from mainstream comic books, rare reprints from titlles including All-Negro Comics and Negro Heroes, and unpublished artist’s photos.

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books is 240 pages, retails for $34.99 and can be ordered from local comic shops or online.

Preview: Invisible Men: Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books

Invisible Men: Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books

(W) Ken Quattro (A) Matt Baker, Alvin Hollingsworth, E.C. Stoner
In Shops: Dec 16, 2020
SRP: $34.99

Read about the riveting stories of Black artists who drew, mostly behind the scenes, superhero, horror, and romance comics in the early years of the industry.

The life stories of each man’s personal struggles and triumphs are represented as they broke through into a world formerly occupied only by white artists. Using primary source material from World War II-era Black newspapers and magazines, this compelling book profiles pioneers like E.C. Stoner, a descendant of one of George Washington’s slaves. Stoner became a renowned fine artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Perhaps more fascinating is Owen Middleton who was sentenced to life in Sing Sing. Then there is Matt Baker, the most revered of the Black artists, whose exquisite art spotlights stunning women and men, and who drew the first groundbreaking Black comic book hero, Vooda!

Gorgeously illustrated with rare examples of each artist’s work, including full stories from mainstream comic books to rare titles like All-Negro Comics and Negro Heroes, plus unpublished artist’s photos and art. Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books features Ken Quattro’s over 20 years of impeccable research and writing. The social and cultural environments that formed these extraordinary artists are deftly detailed by Quattro in this must-have book!

Invisible Men: Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books

Preview: Jungle Girls

Jungle Girls

Gardner Fox (w) • Matt Baker & Various (a) • L. B. Cole (c)

An anthology that collects the best Golden Age (1940s-1950s) comic book stories featuring strong female versions of Tarzan. The sassy, brassy, and beautiful girls of the four-color Golden Age don’t just rule the jungle, they look good doing it, too! Strong, sexy, leopard-clad women fight apes, lions, and evil white-man traders while the Tarzan-like boyfriends cling to their vines watching admiringly from a safe distance.

HC • FC • $29.99 • 160 pages • 9” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-915-8

Jungle Girls

Preview: Haunted Horror #32

Haunted Horror #32

Various (w) • George Evans, Gene Colan, Pete Morisi & Sheldon Moldoff (a) • Matt Baker (c)

Your favorite horror anthology heads for the high seas of screams, in this sinisterly saturated selection of soaking-wet weirdness straight from Davey Jones’ locker! Classic creeps from the deeps are surfacing on a tidal wave of terror! Hold your breath—Haunted Horror #32 is just around the bends! Get it? Get it!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: Haunted Horror #31

Haunted Horror #31

Various (w) • Hy Fleishman, Joe Certa, Bill Fraccio, Len Streeter, & Various (a) • Matt Baker (c)

Not for the squeamish, these Pre-Code creepy, eerie comics from the crypt will scare the spit out of you! Read if you dare: “The Death Head!” by Hy Fleishman, and “The Web of the Spider” by Joe Certa!  These stories will give you fits: “If The Noose Fits—Wear it!” by Bill Fraccio and Lin Streeter draws “The Cat Jumped Over The Corpse!” and George Roussos pen and inks “The Thing from the Dark!” Finally, cling to your mortal life and enter “The Valley of the Scaly Monsters!” 

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: WEIRD Love #11

WEIRD Love #11

Richard Hughes, Ruth Roche, and various (w) • Matt Baker, and various (a) • Ogden Whitney (c)

The cover story alone, “Jailbird’s Romance”, would cost you a couple of grand on the collector’s market! It’s drawn by the demented duo Ogden Whitney and Richard Hughes. More bizarre stories include “It’s Like Love, Pussycat!” “Pick-up,” and in “Savage Kisses,” a knife-wielding, half-naked, island girl fights Nazis and wins the heart of an American soldier. Then, it gets worse, with the most sordid comic story we’ve ever printed!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Weird Love 12 Cover

Preview: WEIRD Love #11

WEIRD Love #11

Richard Hughes, Ruth Roche, and various (w) • Matt Baker, and various (a) • Ogden Whitney (c)

The cover story alone, “Jailbird’s Romance”, would cost you a couple of grand on the collector’s market! It’s drawn by the demented duo Ogden Whitney and Richard Hughes. More bizarre stories include “It’s Like Love, Pussycat!” “Pick-up,” and in “Savage Kisses,” a knife-wielding, half-naked, island girl fights Nazis and wins the heart of an American soldier. Then, it gets worse, with the most sordid comic story we’ve ever printed!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

WeirdLove_11

Preview: The Complete Voodoo, Vol. 1

The Complete Voodoo, Vol. 1

Various (w) • Matt Baker, The Iger Shop (a) • The Iger Shop (c)

Good Girl Art, and old-skool horror art by the master Matt Baker and his associates from the infamous art group The Iger Shop!

Filled with lurid pulp-fiction comics like “Zombie Bride,” “The Weird Dead,” and “The Crawling Horror.” This large format, full-color book of terrors, is the first of three volumes and has a fear-filled and fascinating introduction by Mike “The Worst of Eerie Publications” Howlett!

HC • FC • $29.99 • 208 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-455-9

Voodoo Cover