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Dead Reckoning and Marvel Deliver Atlas at War!

Atlas at War

Dead Reckoning and Marvel are working together to release Atlas at War on June 17, 2020. The collection features fifty hard-hitting stories from Marvel’s Atlas era.

From 1951 to 1960 Atlas Comics, which later became Marvel Comics, published more war titles than ayn other comic company. The collection is edited by comics historian Dr. Michael J. Vassallo. Some of these comics are being reprinted for the first time. 4 never-reprinted classics were written and penciled by Jack Kirby.

The collection features stories from sixteen different Atlas war titles and features the artwork of artists like Russ Heath, John Severin, Bernie Krigstein, Joe Maneely, Jerry Robinson, Steve Ditko, and Kirby.

Each page has been restored from its first printing by comic art restorer Allan Harvey.

Atlas at War

In the 1950s, when these Atlas war comics were originally published, the hand-drawn artwork was photographed, and the resulting negatives used to produce the printing plates from which the final comic was printed. In the intervening sixty or seventy years the artwork, negatives, and plates have all been lost or destroyed, so, if a publisher wishes to reprint these comics, the only thing they have to use as a source is the decades-old printed comic. Over that period of time acids within the paper itself have acted to darken the paper and make it brittle; oils from countless fingers, too, may have taken their toll, making a clean reprint very difficult—without help. That’s when someone like me steps in.

As a restoration artist, I take a high-resolution scan of the printed comic page and load it into computer software [See image 1 above] where I use my skills to remove or minimize the accumulated dirt and deterioration of the ages. First, I strip out the color information, which results in a very washed-out file [See image 2 above]. I work on this extensively, manually darkening the linework and black areas, removing deterioration, dust and dirt and any problems introduced on the original printing press, such as line drop-outs, etc. This process produces a file which looks as close to how the artwork would have looked when the artist handed it to the editor back in 1950 as I can make it. [See image 3 above]

At this point I reintroduce the color information and work on that, again removing defects and smoothing out the “look” to my satisfaction, working and re-working it until I get a sharp, clean digital color file [See image 4 above], from which reprints can be made, allowing these exciting comics to be brought to a whole new generation. The time taken to complete a page varies, but, on average, a single page can be produced in around 4-6 hours.

– Allan Harvey

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got a lot coming to you including interviews, reviews, and one hell of a story we’ve been working on. While you wait for all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Russ Heath Passes Away at 91 – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

KPBS – Graphic Novel Follows Artistic Journeys Of Iconic Mexican Photographer Graciela Iturbide – This could be interesting.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Avengers #6

Comics Bulletin – Batman: Kings of Fear #1

Comics Bulletin – Bram Stoker’s Dracula

It’s Alive! to publish Combat by Sam Glanzman with covers by Russ Braun, Russ Heath, and Walt Simonson. Back it on Kickstarter Now!

IDW Publishing‘s It’s Alive! imprint has announced the upcoming Kickstarter to bring select issues of the classic Combat comic book series by Sam Glanzman back to print! Three issues are being Kickstarted by Eisner-nominated It’s Alive! publisher Drew Ford. Two of the three issues have already been successfully Kickstarted, but all three will be available in the new campaign featuring incredible variant cover art. The Dunkirk issue has a variant cover by comic book superstar Walter Simonson, the Battle of Midway issue has a variant cover by comic book living legend Russ Heath, and the new D-Day issue has a variant cover by fan-favorite artist Russ Braun!

Each issue also has a standard cover created using artwork by the late Sam Glanzman, and all six comics are up for grabs in the new Kickstarter. Also, there will be a limited number of signed copies of the variant covers by Simonson, Heath, and Braun! Combat is a legendary comic book, that told true stories of WWII month after month, for several years. There was, in fact, 26 issues in all, and Sam Glanzman illustrated all of them! It’s Alive! will reprint these incredible comics, giving a whole new generation of readers a chance to discover and enjoy classic WWII war comics.

As some extra incentive to pledge now, for one week only there will be a handful of Early Bird Special rewards that folks will want to grab before they disappear!

Check out the Combat Kickstarter which will be active from now until the evening of Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Preview: The Best of DC War Artist’s Edition HC

The Best of DC War Artist’s Edition HC

Robert Kanigher, various (w) • Russ Heath, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, John Severin & Alex Toth (a) • Joe Kubert (c)

DC Comics produced some of the very finest war comics ever, and by some of the best artists in the field. This spectacular Artist’s Edition will include an amazing selection of stories by the best of the best: Heath, Kirby, Kubert, Severin, and Toth—a veritable pantheon of classic war artists doing what they do best. As with all Artist’s Editions, these complete stories are scanned from the original art work and reproduced to the exacting standards that has garnered IDW five consecutive Eisner Awards for the Artist’s Edition series. If you are a fan of Classic DC war comics you cannot afford to miss this incredible book!

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 160 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-547-1

best of DC war cover

NYCC 2015: The Best of DC War Artist’s Edition

DC Comics produced some of the very finest war comics ever with art by some of the best artists in the field. This spectacular 160 page 12”x17”Artist’s Edition will include an amazing selection of stories by the best of the best: Russ Heath, Jack Kirby, Joe KubertJohn Severin, and Alex Toth—a veritable pantheon of classic war artists doing what they do best. As with all Artist’s Editions, these complete stories are scanned from the original artwork and reproduced to the exacting standards that has garnered IDW five consecutive Eisner Awards for the Artist’s Edition series. If you are a fan of Classic DC war comics, you cannot afford to miss this incredible book!

THE BEST OF DC WAR ARTIST’S EDITION

Baltimore Welcomes Comics Legends Adams,Garcia-Lopez, Heath, and Simonsons

All-New Captain America Adams VariantCome to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on September 25-27, 2015 for the 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con. The convention has announced legendary members of the comics creative community: Neal Adams, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Russ Heath, Louise Simonson, and Walter Simonson.

Neal Adams‘ work on such DC Comics characters as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow redefined an era of comics, bringing a photorealistic feel to the pages of their respective books. In the late-’60s, while freelancing for DC Comics, Adams also began working at Marvel Comics on X-Men with Roy Thomas. He continued to work for DC and Marvel throughout the late-’60s and ’70s, working on The Avengers, Detective Comics, and Green Lantern/Green Arrow. More recently, Adams worked on the 7-issue second volume of Batman: Odyssey for DC Comics, handled art duties on Marvel Comics’ First X-Men, and can be seen on variant covers from Marvel’s All-New Captain America.

Batman 66 Lost EpisodeOriginally hailing from Spain, artist extraordinaire Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez has spent the vast majority of his illustrious career providing art at DC Comics. He has worked on characters large and small, ensemble casts and individual characters, and has received praise from his writers and editors alike. Some of his noteworthy work includes Jonah Hex, DC Comics Presents, New Teen Titans, Road to Perdition, Twilight, and Wednesday Comics. You can find recent work from Garcia-Lopez on All-Star Western, the Adventures of Superman: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez hardcover, Batman ’66: The Lost Episode, and covers of Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

Russ Heath‘s storied career began when he was still in high school, freelancing as a penciller and inker on Captain Aero Comics from Holyoke publishing in the 1940s. After his time in the Air Force in WWII, Heath found work as a staffer at Timely Comics where he worked on many westerns, like Wild Western, All Western Winners, and Black Rider. His work expanded throughout the wide range of genres offered by Timely, including the war comics for which he became reputed. He went onto work for other publishers, like EC Comics (Frontline Combat), St. John Publications (3-D Comics), and DC Comics (Our Army at War, G.I. Combat, and Star-Spangled War Stories). Heath was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009, and has received the National Cartoonists Society’s Milton Caniff Award in 2014.

GI CombatLouise Simonson has, like her husband Walter, contributed significantly to the comic book industry. “Weezie”, as she is known, began her comics career as an editor at Warren Publishing before leaving for Marvel to edit titles including X-Men, New Mutants, and Star Wars. Departing the editorial role in favor of writing, Weezie has contributed to storylines in Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up, Web of Spider-Man, and Red Sonja, and was responsible for the introduction of Apocalypse in X-Factor as well as the launch of Power Pack. At DC Comics, she worked on Superman: The Man of Steel and The Adventures of Superman. She has lately been writing for DC Comics’ Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel.

Walter Simonson has made vast contributions to comics publishing, as a writer, an artist, and even in founding publishing imprints. He was recognized in 2012 at the Harvey Awards in Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation and Best Domestic Reprint Project for Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, Artist’s Edition from IDW, and in 2013 for Alien: The Illustrated Story from Titan Books for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work. He also received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 at the Harvey Awards. Walt’s career began in the 1970s at DC Comics, where he worked on titles such as Weird War Tales, Manhunter, Metal Men, Orion, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Hercules Unbound. Over at Marvel Comics, Simonson has had numerous noteworthy runs, including The Rampaging Hulk magazine, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and Thor, on which he was responsible for the introduction of Beta Ray Bill and Thor as a frog. You can find his artwork gracing the covers of DC’s Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); John Beatty (Secret Wars); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman ’66: The Lost Episode); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Russ Heath (G.I. Combat); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Paul Levitz (Convergence: World’s Finest Comics); Mike Manley (Darkhawk); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife with Archie); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Khoi Pham (X-Men Legacy); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Andy Runton (Owly); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Marcio Takara (Armor Wars); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Billy Tucci (Shi); James Tynion (Constantine: The Hellblazer); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Mark Waid (Daredevil); John Watson (Red Sonja); Kelly Yates (Doctor Who); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

Preview: Vampirella Archives Vol. 11

Vampirella Archives Vol. 11

Bruce Jones, Len Wein, Steve Englehart, Bill DuBay, Gerry Boudreau, Nicola Cuti, Cary Bates (w)
Jose Gonzalez, Esteban Maroto, Leo Duranona, Russ Heath, Enrich, Bob Larkin (a)
Penalva (c)
FC • 400+ pages • $49.99 • Mature

More exciting horror and science fiction tales are collected in this eleventh volume of Vampirella Archives. These classic Warren-era storylines showcase Vampirella’s acting career as she meets supernatural menaces both on-screen and off, plus tales of ghosts, dragons, zombies, yetis, and all matter of unearthly danger. Collecting Vampirella Magazine #72-79, featuring the work of Jose Gonzalez, Esteban Maroto, Bruce Jones, Len Wein, and many more. Includes a wealth of bonus materials from a bygone era, including the “Feary Tales” feature on urban legends, the monthly “Scarlet Letters” column, “Vampi’s Vault” of creator biographies and literary reviews, and intact vintage advertisements.

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Preview – Hellraiser Masterpieces #11

HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES #11

Written by Mark Nelson and Larry Wachowski
Drawn by Russ Heath, Willie Schubert
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Ovi Hondru
Diamond Code: FEB120835

The demonic soldiers of Leviathan fight on as The Devil’s Brigade saga continues, with The Matrix’s Larry Wachowski bringing you the next chapter in “Enoolsung: The Final Solution.” The Cenobites have set gears into motion to bring unspeakable horrors to Earth, and it seems as if no one can stand in their way. HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES continues to bring back the best of the classic, epic series, a must-read for any fan of Clive Barker’s twisted creations!