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April 2007

What’s New · GalaxyCon · Graphic Novels: Where No Man Had Gone Before

Discover the first science fiction comic books and strips, rediscover the Marvel revolution, and explore graphic novels based on the two sci fi drama epics Star Trek and Star Wars.

the cover of Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon

The Collected Works of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Robert C. Dille, Editor, Ray Bradbury, Introduction
The hero of the first sci fi comic strip began in 1928 as Anthony Rogers in two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan. But Buck found his true name and destiny a year later with the long-running newspaper comic strip drawn by Dick Calkins, as well as a movie serial and television series.

Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon
Alex Raymond
Starting in 1934, Flash Gordon gave Buck serious competition as he battled Emperor Ming the Merciless of the Planet Mongo, with help from beautiful Dale and brilliant Dr. Zarkov. Flash’s greatest asset, however, was the superb color pen and brush art of Alex Raymond, showcased in this two-volume collection.

the cover of Best of the Best

The Superman Chronicles
Superman: The Sunday Classics, Strips 1-183, 1939-1943
Superman: The Dailies, Strips 1-966, 1939-1942
Jerry Siegel
Meet the first superhero as he appeared in the original Siegel and Schuster comic book stories and strips. Unlike other archives collections, The Superman Chronicles reprints all the stories in chronological order, beginning with Action Comics #1 in 1938. The strips collections offer the same chronological history of Superman's adventures in newspapers.

Captain America: The Classic Years
Joe Simon
Captain America, the greatest of the early Marvel superheroes, was created by Joe Simon and superartist Jack Kirby in 1941, when the company was Timely Comics. Cap was sent to his well-deserved reward in Captain America volume 5, #25 (April 2007), although he has died and reappeared before. In fact, it all began when a sickly army reject named Steve Rogers was given a Super Soldier Serum as part of an experiment called Operation Rebirth.

the cover of Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon

Marvel Masterworks Presents the Amazing Spider-Man
Marvel Masterworks Presents The Avengers: Reprinting The Avengers, Nos. 1-10
Marvel Masterworks Presents The X-Men: Reprinting the X-men, Nos. 1-10
Stan Lee
If you’ve never read the first installments of what’s become known as the Marvel Revolution, take a look at these collections. In the early 1960s, the legendary Stan Lee teamed up with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko to create more human, multi-dimensional superheroes, who became some of the most popular figures in comics history.

Star Trek: The Mirror Universe Saga
Mike W. Barr
This graphic novel is based on “Mirror, Mirror,” named by Star Trek fans as one of the 10 best episodes from the television series. Captain Kirk and several crew members are misbeamed into a parallel universe. Our real heroes try to remain undetected on the “Imperial Galactic Enterprise” while their evil doubles join the true Enterprise.

Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Henry Gilroy
Adapted from the original George Lucas screenplay, this graphic novel of the seminal Star Wars tale is illustrated by Rodolfo Damaggio and noted comics artist Al Williamson.