This is, we believe, the first volume in a projected series, and the sub-sub-title of this volume is, "Artists + Models: The Naked Truth," and that's what we've got here. This oversize softcover volume -- with rounded-corners, no less -- presents over a century of comics and cartooning that runs the gamut of views on artists and models. Artitsts whose work this volume contains include the likes of R. Crumb, Wally Wood, Dan De Carlo, Rudolph Dirks, Milt Gross, Salvador Dali, Jack Kirby, Jimmy Hatlo, Patrick McDonnell, Edward Cruikshank, and many others, including a 12-page full-color spread by Yoe himself. Historical essays abound.
Billed as the first volume in The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics!™, and edited by Craig Yoe, this 144 page, full color hardcover is by far the best book yet produced under the Yoe Books imprint, and is the third in our Halloween horror threesome. The ample selection of high quality scans straight from the original comic books takes readers from the 1940 debut of Briefer's Frankenstein in Prize Comics #7 through to the 1954 release of Frankenstein #31, near the end of the run. The book begins with a biographical overview of Briefer's life and career, replete with nice repros of original art, comic covers, ephemera and rarities. Great comics, sharp scans, crisp printing, engaging support material, nice package, reasonable price – it all comes together here. Let's hope Yoe can keep it up.