Harvey Comics Classics Presents: Casper the Friendly Ghost (Volume 1) - This new archival project from Dark Horse sounds like a labor of love. For $19.95, you get over one hundred Casper stories from 1949 to 1966, reproduced from printer’s proofs and original artwork, with 64 colored pages restored from the original comics, plus an illustrated, comprehensive introduction from Jerry Beck. That’s 480 pages, from the original Harvey Comic through the “classic” mid-60’s years!
Comics by Jeff Smith - I feel kind of ridiculous in that I only just read Jeff Smith’s Bone a few weeks ago, despite its formidable and deserved reputation as a masterpiece. I’m trying to make up for it by mentioning him a lot on this blog. This week, check out Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil #4, the final issue of the cartoonist’s re-imagining of the Captain Marvel property. Not as epic in scope as Bone, of course, but still a terrific spin on the superhero genre, featuring charming character designs and graceful cartooning. Also available this week is Bone Volume 6: Old Man’s Cave - Color Edition, in both hard and soft cover editions. And if your Jeff Smith jones still isn’t satisfied, you can go here and peruse some sample pages from the recently released The Art of Bone (Link found via Tom Spurgeon).