Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 on sale now!

You heard right. You can finally purchase "Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives vol. 2"! Click HERE to go to the ordering page on the Fantagraphics web site where you can purchase volume two, or buy both volumes at a deep discount.  

Currently, you can only purchase the book from Fantagraphics.

It may not be available in retail stores and online places like for another three weeks, so if you can't wait, jump on it now! (Technically, the assigned street date is September 21, but it could be available earlier, depending upon the sales channel.)

Why should you buy the Bill Everett Archives vol. 2?

1) It features Bill Everett at his most refined. We finish off the Golden Age of Comics hero material, and then move right into his work done at the peak of his career, from the 1940s right until his passing in the 1970s.

2) Get a sampling of his pre-Code horror material published by Marvel in the early 1950s. This volume features SEVEN stories from 1950-52 of Everett at his horrific best!

3) The variety of the work. See Everett draw horror, romance, humour (on his super-rare Cracked Magazine material), adventure, war, western...and Bing Crosby! There's lots of work here by Everett that I guarantee you've never seen before!

4) Almost 7000 words detailing Everett's career, including never-before-seen quotes from Everett about working with Marvel Comics in its first days back in 1939-42!

In the meantime, want to see a video preview of what the book looks like?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bill Everett Archives v2 ToC & 23-page preview unveiled!

The release of "Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives vol.2" is almost upon us! Click here to view the book's page on the Fantagraphics Books, Inc. website , has a page on its website where you can:

1) view a 23-page (!) preview.
2) pre-order the book and get vols. 1 and 2 at a major discount!
3) view the Table of Contents for the first time ever.

I emphasize the last point because the contents of the book has never been revealed until now...and it is filled with surprises! The vast majority of the book shows Bill Everett at his absolute peak, at his most refined as an artist, covering his earliest days in 1940 until his passing in 1973.

You get a huge heaping of not only his Golden Age action hero material, but his 1950s horror work, his humor and romance material, as well as his phenomenal fantasy work from the early 1970s. Most everyone knows that Bill created the Sub-Mariner (for Marvel Comics #1 in 1939) and co-created Daredevil, The Man Without Fear (along with Stan Lee) in the 1960s, but he also touched every genre in comic-book history, and you see it all in this volume.

You also get a number of essays by yours truly that covers the beginning of his days in the industry up until his passing, with quite a number of quotes by Everett from an unpublished interview in the late 1960s.

Thanks for everyone who purchased "Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives vol. 1" and we hope that you'll support this second (and last) volume dedicated to one of the medium's greatest artists: Bill Everett!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Half price on all my books at my NYC Event!

For those who have been following the new Secret History Of Marvel Comics Book Blog, you'll know that I am going to be in New York City this coming Wednesday at 7pm for a pre-release event at the Society Of Illustrators. We've given people lots of reasons to attend: 1) a special, limited edition, tipped-in plate only available in NYC; 2) discount tickets if you pre-order the book from Fantagraphics; 3) author Danny Fingeroth interviewing me and co-author, Dr. Michael J. Vassallo about the making of the book; 4) a first-look preview slide show of the book's contents, including works by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett and many more; 5) an audience Q&A; 6) a special book signing event after the show. And now we give you one more reason to attend!

50% of all my books
For the book signing event after the show, I'll be making the special offer of selling my books at half off the cover price. That's right; all my $40 books will be available (to also be signed by me) at only $20 per copy. The books included are:
  • Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
  • Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives vol. 2
  • Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives vol. 3
  • Fire & Water: Bill Everett...
  • Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives vol. 1
I only have a certain number of each books left, so if you'd like to reserve copies, you can send the $20 via Paypal to, and I'll make sure you have a copy waiting for you.

* If you can't make the event, but still want to take advantage of the offer, contact me at the above email address, we can work out the cost of shipping, and I'll send off whatever is available after the event. (Remember, I will be in the U.S. during this time, so shipping will be much cheaper than sending from my hometown of Toronto, Canada.)

We're hoping to see everyone at the event as we unveil a first peek at the contents of the Secret History of Marvel Comics, available in stores by November of 2013 from Fantagraphics Books, Inc.!