NOW IN FULL COLOR! Herriman took a short break from penning Krazy Kat in 1935, but when he returned Krazy went to full color, and The Complete Collected Krazy Kat by Fantagraphics Books follows suit. Beginning with this volume and continuing through the next four, until the strip's conclusion, all will be in full color. Because this volume is short on strips as a result of there being no Krazy Kat for the first half of 1935, it has bonuses galore! To wit: "The new color format also opens the floodgates for a massive amount of spectacular rare color art from series editor Bill Blackbeard’s files, including a surprising color self-portrait by Herriman, several Kat watercolors executed for friends, peers, and relatives, some watercolored non-Krazy Kat material, a reproduction of a vintage archy and mehitabel dust jacket by Herriman - plus a period spoof of Krazy Kat by Minute Movies’ Ed Wheelan, and several instances of other cartoonists imitating Herriman’s unique “Family Upstairs / Krazy Kat” format. This volume also includes “The Kolor of Krazy Kat,” a revelatory essay by journalist and critic Jeet Heer that addresses in-depth the mystery of Herriman’s racial origins, and the varying ways in which Herriman dealt with them artistically throughout his career - a major addition to Herriman-related scholarship and commentary." -- so states Fantagraphics
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.