Frank Santoro has long been a major fan of Roy Crane, and, in an effort to convey his enthusiasm, has executed a series of ten original black ink with colored pencil drawings of Crane's most enduring creations, Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs, on the brick-red endpaper of each of ten copies of the second – and best – classic collection of the complete Captain Easy Sunday Pages published by Fantagraphics. Each is a unique, original composition, making each of these volumes a one-of-a-kind item. This step into the post-Gutenberg world is simultaneously a step into the pre-Gutenberg world of hand drawn illuminated manuscripts, and so offers a chance to reflect on how the future will relate to the past and – naturellement! – will make for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift (possibly for yourself).
We have posted a gallery of all ten drawings HERE. Please indicate your choice of drawing in a note along with your payment (or, in a simultaneous email to firstname.lastname@example.org ). It would be a good idea to list an alternate, back-up choice, in case your first choice was already sold. We will update this page regularly, but that's no guarantee. As of this writing, there's only ONE copy left: #7
As for the book itself, This volume is the second of the four volume set that is the current standard, definitive edition. Each one of these wallopin' 10 1/2" x 14 3/4" hardcover books presents two years of Captain Easy Sunday pages in eye-popping full color, and all are a joy to anyone who appreciates great comics. Roy Crane was the father of the adventure comic strip and one of the greatest and most influential of all comics creators. His work informed that of countless artists who followed, including, most notably, Milton Caniff, Alex Toth, Jaime Hernandez, and, of course, Frank Santoro himself, who was inspired to do this tribute. Special features of this particular volume include a foreword by series editor Rick Norwood, an illustrated introduction by fellow cartoonist and Crane aficionado Paul Pope, an essay by the late Bill Blackbeard, and a gallery of rare Captain Easy comic book covers.
Priced at only $20 above the retail price of the book alone, this edition is a bargain!