Al’s Reading List

Archie: The Best Of Harry Lucey
Archie comics are great and Lucey
was one of the masters

Harry Lucey was the primary artist
on Archie’s namesake character from
the 1950s through the 1960s. Today,
Lucey is recognized as a wonderful
cartoonist with an exquisite line,
strong body language and a master
of comedic timing. Like the DeCarlo
books before it, The Best of Harry
Lucey
is scanned from original art

and digitally re-colored.

Archie: The Best Of Dan DeCarlo
Decarlo
was the reason I started
buying Archie books back
when I was a kid!

Beginning his career at Archie in
the mid 1950s, Dan DeCarlo soon
became the main artist on Betty and
Veronica, and drew every Archie
character at one time or another in
his nearly 50-year career with Archie.
The stories in this collection are from
what is generally regarded as DeCarlo’s
best period—the mid 1950s to
the early 1970s.

Icon: A Retrospective by the Grand Master
of Fantastic Art, Frank Frazetta

Frazetta, Nuff Said!

Frank Franzetta’s paintings and illustrations have set the standard for fantasy artists for the past 50 years. This lushly produced, large-format retrospective follows Frazetta’s career from his apprenticeships at various publishers in the 1940s, to his 1950s breakthrough with the “Buck Rogers” and “Lil’ Abner” series, to his powerfully erotic compositions for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the famous “Conan” illustrations for Robert E. Howard.

The Studio:
Jeffrey Jones, Mike Kaluta,
Barry Smith and Berni Wrightson

Visionary Artists at the height of their powers!

Dissatisfied with the comics industry, they decided to branch out into other fields, doing book & magazine covers, but most importantly, publishing luscious limited edition prints of their own work, unencumbered by editorial or commercial constraints.

Creepy Presents: Alex Toth
Toth at his best… in my opinion!

A brilliant storyteller who wielded a dynamic, minimalist style, Alex Toth is considered a master in the fields of comic book storytelling, animation, and design. All of his vibrant and thrilling stories from Creepy and Eerie are collected in a deluxe, magazine-sized hardcover for the first time ever! This collection of timeless tales will thrill, educate, and excite fans of horror, comics, and stellar illustration work. Major collaborations with Archie Goodwin, Doug Moench, Carmine Infantino, and others are included!

Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon:
A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic

The man who was born to draw Flash Gordon!

At 256 pages, it encompasses Williamson’s three stints of depicting Flash in comic book format: the legendary King Comics stories from the 1960s, the 1980 adaptation of the Universal Flash Gordon motion picture, and the Marvel Comics miniseries of 1994. It also features Williamson’s Flash drawings done for commercial illustration and prints, his assists on the Flash Gordon comic strip, a variety of Flash images contributed to amateur publications, and a selection of largely unpublished images spanning his interest in the character from childhood to the conclusion of his career.

Roy Krenkel: Cities And Scenes From The Ancient World
The unsung hero of Fantasy art and comics’.

Frank Frazetta noted, “I met Roy Krenkel back in 1949, and he has never ceased to be a constant source of inspiration to me—a truly conscientious artist who will not tolerate incompetence.” Krenkel was instrumental in the design of and was a contributor to the early issues of Jim Warren’s Creepy and Eerie magazines (1964 and 1965). Some of those ground-breaking covers by Frazetta had their genesis in Krenkel sketches.

Creepy Archives Vol. 1
My favorite comic books of all time!

Reprints the first five terrifying issues
of the magazine’s original run, reprinted
in the original magazine size. This
groundbreaking material turned the
world of graphic storytelling on its
head in the early 1960s, as phenomenal
young artists like Bernie Wrightson
and Neal Adams reached new artistic

heights with their fascinating explorations
of classic and modern horror stories.

Strange and Stranger:
The World of Steve Ditko

The genius of Steve Ditko can never be underestimated!

Steve Ditko is best known as the co-creator, with Stan Lee, of Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and other classic Marvel and DC characters. But, in the context of Steve Ditko’s 50-year career in comics, his creative involvement with Spider-Man is merely the tip of the iceberg. Art book tracing Ditko’s life and career, his unparalleled stylistic innovations, his strict adherence to his own (and Randian) principles, with lush displays of obscure and popular art from the thousands of pages of comics he’s drawn over the last 55 years.

The Best of Simon And Kirby
The King of Comics right before he changed the world!

A collection of complete comic book stories from the legendary team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, covering every genre in which they made their mark. From the very beginning in the late 1930s, They produced the finest stories around, creating dramatic new super heroes, western action, gruesome horror, explosive detective fiction, and the very first romance comics. They were the dream team.