The week wraps up with another Nicolas Mahler book, this time the graphic novel Angelman:
This book was published by Fantagraphics in 2012, and features Mahler’s savage take on the superhero genre.
OK, taking a break from the last few week’s worth of 80s American indie comics, I’m going to spotlight an entirely different creator this week: the incomparable Nicolas Mahler. Here’s a succinct blurb about this talented cartoonist, from Top Shelf publishing’s website: “Austrian cartoonist Nicolas Mahler is as unique as he is prolific, and his whimsical and minimalistic style have an appeal that is all its own.” Let’s start the week off with one of my favorite books by Mahler, Lone Racer:
There is no way I could even begin to explain the simple joy of this comic, so instead, here’s the link to a 9 page preview of the book on Top Shelf’s website.
Dragonring week comes to a close with a bold new direction for the book! Well, ok, maybe not all that bold, but it did introduce new artist Dale Keown:
Keown, of course, would go on to fame and riches as the artist on The Incredible Hulk for Marvel, and then his own creator-owned series, Pitt, before the bottom fell out of the comic book market and he disappeared for a long time. These days you can find him contributing an occasional variant cover or short story to marvel and DC books.
This week, i’m going back to the well for more covers from one of my favorite black-and-white fantasy comic book series from the 80s, Adventurers:
This is the cover to issue #7 of the first series, published in 1987 by Adventure Publications (there were 3 series published, before the publisher went out of business…well, technically they were bought by Malibu, which in turn was bought by Marvel Comics, but the end result was the same). Pencilled by interior artist Kent Burles, and colored (airbrushed, I think) by Peter Hsu.
No theme this week, just random indie comics from my collection, starting with this series from Caliber Press back in 1990:
The cover painting is by Wayne Reid, and the book featured the earliest work of Jim Calafiore, who went on to do a lot of work at DC Comics.
And we wrap up this week’s look at Kyle Hotz’s work with the cover to IDW’s zombie crossover, Infestation, featuring the Ghostbusters crew:
This book came out in 2011, and featured a “non-crossover” crossover between some of IDW’s big licensed property books, like G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and Transformers. Oh, and Ghostbusters.