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August 24, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 24, 2011

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said What? is syndicated weekly in the Baltimore Sun's B-Paper.

Atomic Books was recently named one of Bizarre Magazine's 51 geekiest places on the planet, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.

Blackjacked and Pistol Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer
by Bob Wood/various

Bob Wood murdered his girlfriend and killed himself. But before doing so, he put out some of the most brutal and disturbing comics of the pre-Code era. Crime Does Not Pay was a regular target by Fredric Wertham and those panicked that funny books were creating juvenile delinquents. This book is a fantastic introduction to those crime comics.

Bouncer: The One Armed Gunslinger
by Alexandro Jodorowsky / Francois Boucq

Cult filmmaker Jodorowsky offers up this gritty western comic with the help of artist legendary French artist Boucq.

Drawing Power: A Compendium Of Cartoon Advertising
by Rick Marschall / Warren Bernard

An informative historical look at the cartoonists and characters that have been used, and how they've been used, for advertising and the products they advertised.

Esperanza (A Love And Rockets Book)
by Jaime Hernandez

Two of Jaime's most popular Love & Rockets characters find themselves, as so many of us do these days, somewhat older, slightly more settled and still wrestling with personal demons.

Infinite Kung Fu
by Kagan McLeod

Nearly 500 pages of kung-fu goodness: evil masters, armies, kung-fu masters, etc. "Action packed" is an understatement.

Malinky Robot Collected Stories And Other Bits
by Sonny Liew

This is what indie dystopian sci-fi looks like. This is a collection of award-winning Malinky stories involving bike theft, giant robot movies, philosopher laborers, and more.

Milton Caniff's Male Call: The Complete Newspaper Strips 1942-1946
by Milton Caniff

A beautiful collection of Milton Caniff's famous good-girl comics for WWII G.I.'s is now available again for the first time in 30 years.

PS Magazine: The Best Of Preventive Maintenance Monthly
Will Eisner / Eddie Campbell (editor)

From 1951-1971, comics legend Will Eisner produced PS Magazine for the Army. Here, in comic strip form, he would teach G.I.'s everything from vehicle safety to electronics works. This book collects much of that work plus some pin-ups thrown in for good fun.

The Wolf
by Tom Neely

A painted novel - sort of like a fine arts comic book - by the artist behind The Blot. It has werewolves, surrealist horror and nightmare logic. All gorgeously conveyed in full-color artwork.

Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular And The New Land
by Harvey Pekar / Paul Buhle

A linguistic graphic novel? Sure! Why not? Pekar and Buhle trace the influence of Yiddish from Eastern Europe through New York tenements.

Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail If there’s a comic I should know about, send it my way at Atomic, c/o Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211.

Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
Atomic Books on Twitter
Atomic Books on Facebook
Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Said What?

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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