The Quality Companion

Celebrating the forgotten publisher of Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters

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Author: Mike Kooiman,Jim Amash

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing

ISBN: 1605490377

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 288

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THE QUALITY COMPANION provides the first dedicated look at the prolific Golden Age publisher which spawned a treasure trove of beautiful art and classic characters, including the modern-day “Freedom Fighters”—UNCLE SAM, PHANTOM LADY, BLACK CONDOR, THE RAY, HUMAN BOMB, and DOLL MAN—as well as PLASTIC MAN, the BLACKHAWKS, and others now under the DC Comics umbrella. It provides the first-ever A-Z in-depth character profile of every Quality costumed hero, many of whom were superbly-produced but are now long-forgotten. It also reprints, in FULL-COLOR, several 1940s key stories of these characters from such rare 1940s collector’s items as SMASH COMICS, POLICE COMICS, NATIONAL COMICS, FEATURE COMICS, and CRACK COMICS, and features Golden Age art by the top artistic talents of that era, including LOU FINE, REED CRANDALL, JACK COLE, CHUCK CUIDERA, MATT BAKER, WILL EISNER, and others! There’s a contextual chronology, a unique oral history featuring commentary by many of the major Quality creators and their progeny, and studies that shed new light on Will Eisner's relationship with Quality! Plus: It covers the characters’ revival from the 1970s to today, including Plastic Man’s short-lived 1960s series, the classic Justice League/Justice Society crossover that introduced the Quality characters into the DC Comics universe, the Freedom Fighters’ own 1970s series, plus the Ray and Black Condor series of the 1990s, up through the current versions of the characters at DC. Creators who were instrumental in the revival of the characters from the 1970s to today are interviewed, including ROY THOMAS, LEN WEIN, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and others! There’s also a new cover drawn especially for this book by the late DICK GIORDANO! Written by Mike Kooiman with Jim Amash.

Icons of the American Comic Book

From Captain America to Wonder Woman

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Author: Randy Duncan,Matthew J. Smith

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313399239

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 920

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This book explores how the heroes and villains of popular comic books—and the creators of these icons of our culture—reflect the American experience out of which they sprang, and how they have achieved relevance by adapting to, and perhaps influencing, the evolving American character. * Includes contributions from 70 expert contributors and leading scholars in the field, with some of the entries written with the aid of popular comic book creators themselves * Provides sidebars within each entry that extend readers' understanding of the subject * Offers "Essential Works" and "Further Reading" recommendations * Includes a comprehensive bibliography

The Justice League Companion

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Author: Michael Eury

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing

ISBN: 9781893905481

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 219

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Commemorating the Justice League of America's 45th anniversary, The Justice League Companion is a comprehensive examination of the Silver Age JLA. Written by Michael Eury (author of the critically acclaimed Captain Action and co-author of The Superhero Book), The Justice League Companion traces the JLA's development, history, imitators, and early fandom through vintage and all-new interviews with the series' creators, an issue-by-issue index of the JLA's 1960-1972 adventures, classic and never-before-published artwork, and other fun and fascinating features!

Silver Age Sci-Fi Companion

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Author: Mike W. Barr

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing

ISBN: 1893905810

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 138

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In the Silver Age of Comics, space was the place, and the SILVER AGE SCI-FI COMPANION (144-page softcover, $19.95) summarizes, critiques and lovingly recalls the classic DC Comics science-fiction series edited by JULIUS SCHWARTZ and written by GARDNER FOX and JOHN BROOME! The pages of DC’s science-fiction magazines of the 1960s, STRANGE ADVENTURES and MYSTERY IN SPACE, are opened for you, including story-by-story reviews of complete series such as ADAM STRANGE, ATOMIC KNIGHTS, SPACE MUSEUM, STAR ROVERS, STAR HAWKINS and others! Writer/editor MIKE W. BARR tells you which series crossed over with each other, behind-the-scenes secrets, and more, including writer and artist credits for every story! Features rare art by CARMINE INFANTINO, MURPHY ANDERSON, GIL KANE, SID GREENE, MIKE SEKOWSKY, and many others, plus a glorious new cover by ALAN DAVIS and PAUL NEARY! Written by MIKE W. BARR.

The MLJ Companion

The complete history of the Archie Comics super-heroes

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Author: Jon B. Cooke,Paul Castiglia,Rik Offenberger

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing

ISBN: 1605490679

Category: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Page: 288

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THE MLJ COMPANION documents the complete history of Archie Comics’ super-hero characters known as the “Mighty Crusaders”—The Shield, Black Hood, Steel Sterling, Hangman, Mr. Justice, The Fly, and many others. It features in-depth examinations of each era of the characters’ extensive history: The Golden Age (beginning with the Shield, the first patriotic super-hero, who pre-dated Captain America by a full year), the Silver Age (spotlighting those offbeat, campy Mighty Comics issues, and The Fly and Jaguar), the Bronze Age (with the Red Circle line, and the !mpact imprint published by DC Comics), up to the Modern Age, with its Dark Circle imprint (featuring such fan-favorites series as “The Fox” by Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel). Plus: Learn what “MLJ” stands for! Uncover such rarities as the Mighty Crusaders board game, and the Shadow’s short-lived career as a spandex-clad superhero! Discover the ill-fated Spectrum line of comics, that was abruptly halted due to its violent content! See where the super-heroes crossed over into Archie, Betty, and Veronica’s world! And read interviews with Irv Novick, Dick Ayers, Rich Buckler, Bill DuBay, Steve Englehart, Jim Valentino, Jimmy Palmiotti, Kelly Jones, Michael Uslan, and others who chronicled the Mighty Crusaders’ exploits from the 1940s to today! By Rik Offenberger, Paul Castiglia, and Jon B. Cooke,with a cover by Rich Buckler and Joe Rubinstein. INCLUDES 60 FULL-COLOR PAGES OF KEY MLJ STORIES!

All-Star Companion Volume 4

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Author: Roy Thomas

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing

ISBN: 1605490040

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 248

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The epic series of All-Star Companions goes out with a bang, featuring: Colossal coverage of the Golden Age All-Star Comics! Sensational secrets of the Junior Justice Society! An index of the complete solo adventures of all 18 original JSAers in their own features, from 1940 to 1951! The JSA's earliest imitators (Seven Soldiers of Victory, All Winners Squad, Marvel Family, and International Crime Patrol)! Infinity, Inc. on Earth-Two and after! And the 1980s Secret Origins series! Edited by Roy Thomas, with rare art by Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Jerry Ordway, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, Gene Colan, Wayne Boring, George Tuska, Howard Chaykin, Dick Dillin, and others.

Marvel Frontier Comics

The Complete Collection

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Marvel

ISBN: 9780785199267

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 424

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A forgotten gem from Marvel UK is uncovered, dusted off and collected in its entirety for the first time! Who is Bloodseed? And what is his mission in a barbarian world of talking pterodactyls, giant lizards and remnants of technology from a long-lost civilization? Something is haunting author Sam Wantling's dreams - could he be a Child of the Voyager? Will James Owl survive his dance with demons when he discovers that he is the heir to a great Native American spirit? COLLECTING: CHILDREN OF THE VOYAGER 1-4, DANCES WITH DEMONS 1-4, MORTIGAN GOTH: IMMORTALIS 1-4, BLOODSEED 1-2, MARVEL FRONTIER COMICS UNLIMITED 1

Survival of the Beautiful

Art, Science, and Evolution

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Author: David Rothenberg

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408830566

Category: Art and science

Page: 311

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'The peacock's tail makes me sick!' said Charles Darwin. That's because the theory of evolution as adaptation can't explain why nature is so beautiful. It took the concept of sexual selection for Darwin to explain that, a process that has more to do with aesthetic taste than adaptive fitness. Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have an innate appreciation for beauty - and why nature is, indeed, beautiful.

The Improbability of Love

A novel

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Author: Hannah Rothschild

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101874155

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Wickedly funny, this totally engaging, richly observed first novel by Hannah Rothschild is a tour de force. Its sweeping narrative and cast of wildly colorful characters takes you behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant eighteenth-century-style dinner party, and into a modest living room in Berlin, among many other unexpected settings. In The Improbability of Love we meet Annie McDee, thirty-one, who is working as a chef for two rather sinister art dealers. Recovering from the end of a long-term relationship, she is searching in a neglected secondhand shop for a birthday present for her unsuitable new lover. Hidden behind a rubber plant on top of a file cabinet, a grimy painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the picture, Annie prepares an elaborate birthday dinner for two, only to be stood up. The painting becomes hers, and as it turns out, Annie has stumbled across a lost masterpiece by one of the most important French painters of the eighteenth century. But who painted this masterpiece is not clear at first. Soon Annie finds herself pursued by interested parties who would do anything to possess her picture. For a gloomy, exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, a desperate auctioneer, and an unscrupulous dealer, among others, the painting embodies their greatest hopes and fears. In her search for the painting’s identity, Annie will unwittingly uncover some of the darkest secrets of European history—as well as the possibility of falling in love again. Irreverent, witty, bittersweet, The Improbability of Love draws an unforgettable portrait of the London art scene, but it is also an exuberant and unexpected journey through life’s highs and lows and the complexities of love and loss. From the Hardcover edition.

Mythologies

The Complete Edition, in a New Translation

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Author: Roland Barthes,Richard Howard,Annette Lavers

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0809071940

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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"This new edition of MYTHOLOGIES is the first complete, authoritative English version of the French classic, Roland Barthes's most emblematic work"--

The Storyteller's Daughter

One Woman's Return to Her Lost Homeland

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Author: Saira Shah

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307429407

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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Imagine that a jewel-like garden overlooking Kabul is your ancestral home. Imagine a kitchen made fragrant with saffron strands and cardamom pods simmering in an authentic pilau. Now remember that you were born in London, your family in exile, and that you have never seen Afghanistan in peacetime. These are but the starting points of Saira Shah’s memoir, by turns inevitably exotic and unavoidably heartbreaking, in which she explores her family’s history in and out of Afghanistan. As an accomplished journalist and documentarian–her film Beneath the Veil unflinchingly depicted for CNN viewers the humiliations forced on women under Taliban rule–Shah returned to her family’s homeland cloaked in the burqa to witness the pungent and shocking realities of Afghan life. As the daughter of the Sufi fabulist Idries Shah, primed by a lifetime of listening to her father’s stories, she eagerly sought out, from the mouths of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, the rich and living myths that still sustain this battered culture of warriors. And she discovered that in Afghanistan all the storytellers have been men–until now. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Modern Masters Volume 26: Frazer Irving

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Author: Nathan Wilson

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing

ISBN: 9781605490397

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 117

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Frazer Irving is the denizen of the dark, the disturbing, and the diabolical in comic book illustration. From his earliest work in Britain's 2000AD to his breakthrough contributions with Wildstorm, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics, Irving is widely known for his iconic work on DC Comics titles such as Klarion: The Witch Boy, Azrael: Death's Dark Knight, and most recently, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne and Batman and Robin. An award-winning illustrator who has collaborated with the likes of John Wagner, Grant Morrison, and Matt Fraction, Irving is also behind the creator-owned Image series Gutsville with Simon Spurrier. When not performing with his London-based band, this true Modern Master is hard at work redefining and challenging the boundaries of comic art with his innovative digital techniques and style. Now, Nathan Wilson and Eric Nolen-Weathington examine Irving's career through an exhaustive interview with the artist, where he outlines his creative process, and presents reams of rare and unseen art, including a gallery of commissioned pieces, and a full-color gallery of his work. Come with us as we shine the light on another master of modern comic art: Frazer Irving!

Star Bright and the Looking Glass

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Author: Jonathan Luna

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781607066002

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 76

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After the forest maiden Star Bright's beauty is stolen by an evil sorceress, she and her animal friends go on a dangerous trek to bring it back.

The Keeper of Lost Things

A Novel

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Author: Ruth Hogan

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062473573

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us. Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September. Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October. Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost. Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners. Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made. As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest? Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

Lost Mission

A Novel

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Author: Athol Dickson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439168394

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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What haunting legacy waits deep beneath the barrios and wealthy enclaves of Southern California? An idyllic Spanish mission collapses atop the supernatural evidence of a shocking crime. Twelve generations later the ground is opened up, the forgotten ruins are disturbed, and rich and poor alike confront the onslaught of resurging hell on earth. Caught up in the catastrophe are . . . A humble shopkeeper compelled to leave her tiny village deep in Mexico to preach in America A minister wracked with guilt for loving the wrong woman An unimaginably wealthy man, blinded to the consequences of his grand plans A devoted father and husband driven to a horrible discovery that changes everything Will the evil that destroyed the Misión de Santa Dolores rise to overwhelm them, or will they beat back the terrible desires that left the mission’s good Franciscan founder standing in the midst of flames ignited by his enemies and friends alike more than two centuries ago? From the high Sierra Madres to the harsh Sonoran desert, from the privileged world of millionaire moguls to the impoverished immigrants who serve them, Athol Dickson once again weaves a gripping story of suspense that spans centuries and cultures to explore the abiding possibility of miracles.