Yes, it's one classic after another here at The Copacetic Comics Company! Miss Fury – the Golden Age comics work that ran in full color in the Sunday comics pages for 351 consecutive weeks from 1942 through 1949, and was also collected in comic book form by Timely Comics (the precursor company to Marvel), and which provided (and continues to provide!) a uniquely female perspective to the heroic fantasy genre that simultaneously provided (ditto!) a solid proto-feminist critique of the genre's conventions, all the while delivering finely crafted, solid entertainment – gets the mega-deluxe Library of American Comics treatment in this massive, oversize 232 page hardcover volume edited and introduced by Trina Robbins. At least in part due to the fact that the earliest Miss Fury strips have previously been collected – albeit in black & white – by Pure Imagination in their trailblazing but sadly now-out-of-print volume (note to Greg Theakston: now would be a good time to reprint it!) which helped to get the Miss Fury revival rolling, the powers that be (i.e., Dean Mullaney) have decided to present the "never before reprinted" strips that comprise roughly the second half of the Miss Fury run: strips #159 - #351 which originally ran from April 1944 through August 1949. As Mullaney's brief preface makes clear, it was no mean feat to assemble this complete, high quality, full color run. Get ready to be wowed!
In glorious full color at last, here are the first four years of this wildly original series of Sunday comics pages – that were also collected in comic book form by Timely (Marvel, back when) Comics. These are the strips that inspired us to write the following upon the occasion of their reprinting in black and white a few years back under Greg Theakston's Pure Imagination imprint: "You want a gorgeously drawn, action packed, golden age super hero comic book, that centers on the adventures of an occasionally costume-clad heroine that's written and drawn by a woman and that, while it doesn't shy away from presenting its readers with a gaggle of curvaceous gals, is clearly the product of feminist thinking? What's that? You thought no such thing exists? Well, that's where you'd be wrong, as Miss Fury by Tarpe Mills fits the bill in spades. As these comics were created during WWII, Miss Fury is not only compelled to deal with thugs, burglars and blackmailers -- as well as a femme fatale, a petulant boyfriend and an amoral seductress bent on getting him -- but also Nazi spys and soldiers: the major villian is a Nazi general, who, while clearly evil, is nevertheless surprisingly presented as courageous and heroic -- a far cry from the typical comic book caricatures of vicious bunglers, and a highly unusual example of ambivalence in the face of the enemy. Perhaps most fascinating is that during the Nazi invasion of Brazil (we told you this story was action packed) a fiery Latina forges an alliance with rugged gauchos and rainforest indians to repel the Nazi attack (assisted by Miss Fury, naturally) -- shades of today's leftist alliances to save the rainforest from rapacious multinational conglomerates. This book is a revelation!" This new, full color, oversize hardcover edition is beautifully printed. It is edited by Trina Robbins, who has assiduously included plenty of bonus features, including rare earlier work by Ms. Mills. Check it out!