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February 1, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 1st, 2012

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 has been 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.

Action! Mystery! Thrills! Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933-45
by Greg Sadowski

I can't think of another collection that gives such an excellent glimpse into the diversity of the Golden Age of comics. Sadowski edits a gorgeous collection of covers by artists like Carl Barks, Jack Cole, Will Eisner, Bill Everett, Walt Kelly, Jack Kirby, and many more.

by Noah Van Sciver

This self-published mini by the impossibly excellent Van Sciver is an excerpt of his much anticipated upcoming book The Hypo, and if these few pages, which explain the concept of the duel, are any indication of the quality of the book in its entirety, I am already reserving a slot for it on my 2012 Best Graphic Novels list.

Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art
by Norman Hathaway / Daniel Nadel

Can you believe a thorough overview of psychedelic art has ever been compiled? Hathaway and Nadel have definitively rectified that oversight with this trippy art book. It could only be better if it came with a tab of acid.

Graff Wars: Graffiti Inspired By The Star Wars Universe

No, this isn't a comic, it's an art book. BUT! It's an artbook that beautifully reveals the nexus of Stars Wars and Graffiti. Bet you didn't know there was one, did ya? I sure as hell didn't. Wow!

Madman 20th Anniversary Monster
by Mike Allred

It's been 20 years of Madman, and this gorgeous, oversized book is a celebration of that. It contains a Madman Exquisite Corpse exercise. It contains a new Madman story and, like a blown out, ultra-deluxe Madman Bubblegum Cards Set - a collection of artists' pinups of the character. And here is where the true magic of Madman exists - no other character bridges the huge gap between the traditional superhero comics world and true alternative comics world like Madman as evidenced by the artists who have contributed pieces to this book - from Art Adams, John Byrne, Darwyn Cooke, Geof Darrow, Frank Frazetta, Dave Gibbons, Adam Hughes, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane to Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns, Los Bros Hernandez, Dave Cooper, Charles Burns, Paul Pope and many, many more.

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)

the list of online "best books of 2011" lists

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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