Reprints and translations of comics you've been longing for

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Been meaning to make a thread somewhere for years, I used to blog about reprints I wanted years ago and an amazing number of that stuff has came out. And to think that a decade ago there were quite a few people saying a great deal of the golden age comics we wanted would never be reprinted and now there's quite a few publishers doing those reprints (anyone seen those Gwandanaland reprints, including characters that DC owns?)

On the top of my list is Masami Fukushima. As you may see from the links, it could create controversy as one of his best known titles is Rapist Monk (sometimes translated as Defiler Monk, which I'd pick instead if I was releasing it). Saint Muscle is the most impressive looking one, a little Kirby-ish even.
Have no idea how much he collaborated, the quality and style of the drawings varies considerably and his newer Defiler Monk stuff just doesn't look that great (consciously modern looking?)

I sometimes get security warnings from this site, but it seems okay. I'd love to see the majority of the artists featured in Manga Zombie in English
It's one of the most exciting things I've ever read about out of reach comics. This is only a sampling of a whole Japanese book, so if Fantagraphics could even translate this book to get people interested in the comics featured, that would be great.

We've got Go Nagai's Devilman and Cutie Honey, now can we have Violence Jack and Mao Dante please?

Necron by Magnus

Some of Ron Embleton's work has been reprinted but I want his girl's comics more than anything. See these comics I scanned from old british girl annuals...
Illustrators Special (Book Palace) is doing an Embleton issue next month.

More compilations of old science fiction anthology comics. There really isn't that many.

Compilations of obscure pieces from magazines like Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated and all their siblings from around the world.

Shinichi Koga is a glaring absence in our English horror manga.

Buichi Terasawa's Cobra. There is an ebook edition but I think it's only the recolored edition which I didn't like the look of.

Collections of all Neal Adams crazy Continuity Comics like Ms Mystic, Knigthawk and Megalith.

Theo Ellsworth's Understanding Monster series in one book, because they're all really expensive.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 10 December 2018 15:40 (five years ago) link

Example of Epic Illustrated buried treasure: John Zack

Way way way more compilations of comics by region, particularly Philippines, I don't think Francisco Coching ever had an American phase. Of course I want lots of Alfredo Alcala, Nestor Redondo, Alex Nino and Noly Panaligan but there has to be a ton more. So many of the covers to old Philippines comics are so lovely and well colored. It's one example of a scene with lots of samey artists and it doesn't bother me too much because they were so good.
The older covers tend to be the better ones, so have a look back.
Here's an old Darna strip

Spanish comics of course (similar to Philipines artists in that a lot of them had an American phase), like the stuff they had in Dracula magazine (which could be quite Hawkwind-ish) Esteban Maroto and Ramon Torrents. Some Maroto books have been coming out and Masters Of Spanish Comic Art came out a while ago. Would love a whole book on Luis Garcia Mozos.

As mentioned on another thread, Leiji Matsumoto has been getting a string of English translations recently and perhaps Galaxy Express is in the pipeline, but pray with me.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 10 December 2018 16:20 (five years ago) link

It's a long time since I've seen Necron, but my memory of it is that the pornographic content would present serious problems for any mainstream comics publisher these days.

Agree about Ron Embleton's work, and even Frank Bellamy too. Again, The Book Palace in the UK are bringing out limited edition hardcover reprints of certain vintage British comics by the likes of Bellamy and Don Lawrence, but the quality of the reproduction and the limited appeal of these things makes them (for me) prohibitively expensive - I want a more affordable 'best of', 'art of' etc. But British comics in general are without doubt the most poorly 'archived'/reprinted of any major comics culture. The fact that there's still nothing approaching a collected Dennis the Menace by David Law, say, or a complete Baxendale Bash Street Kids, is a source of frustration.

Ward Fowler, Monday, 10 December 2018 16:47 (five years ago) link

Junji Ito is also in the middle of a reprint project and he's very successful now so I hope it's inevitable that we'll get Hellstar Remina and all the shorts with the huge spikey toothed boy.

All the Hideshi Hino books remaining and probably reprint the English ones that are getting scarce.

To show more questionable taste: Chaos-era Lady Death (this may be prevented by Dynamite owning a lot of these characters now). Huge collections of all Budd Root's Cavewoman (never cared for most of the other artists). Tim Vigil's Faust and various other stuff he presumably owns.

Glenn Chadbourne's comics. He's better known to horror prose readers. Farmer Fear is the only one I have and the Secretary Of Dreams books are for insane prices even when they were released, I cant find it now but there was an incredible image of two undead children from one of those books.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 10 December 2018 17:01 (five years ago) link

Kazuo Umezu's Fourteen (I've heard there's a hesitancy because it shows child abuse), Left Hand Of God Right Hand Of Satan, My Name Is Shingo, Orochi Blood and pretty much everything else. I found some of his older comics very tough going but I'm not much less eager for that.

This looks interesting

Manga that I wont read until it's unflipped: Legend Of Kamui by Sanpei Shirato, a lot of Kazuo Koike's comics, Yukinobu Hoshino's 2001 Nights trilogy, Tezuka's Phoenix

Everything Richard Corben owns himself. Apparently Fantagraphics offered to do his underground comics a few years ago but he declined because he already was working on something with those comics (I presumed Dark Horse was doing it) but never heard anything yet. I have most of these comics but it's mostly his 90s comics that I'm missing and I cant be buggered tracking down individual issues of Densaga, Son Of Mutant World and odds and ends from other magazines.

A slim book of John Stanley's ghost/mystery comics.

At least one artist from Manga Zombie is getting an English release.

Collection of various shorts by John Bolton. Same for Jon J Muth.

Collections of the various Eclipse/Pacific horror and scifi anthologies like Twisted Tales, Alien Worlds, Tales Of Terror etc.

Collections of Skywald's Nightmare, Psycho and Scream.

Better collections of Lou Fine.

I think the only Enrique Corominas book in English is Dorian Gray.
Scroll down both these pages to see all this Twin Peaks (and Dumbland!) art.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 10 December 2018 19:11 (five years ago) link

Surprise surprise, I'm going to say again that DC and Marvel's coloring of reprints is inadequate (and I have to say that I generally don't like digital color either and it's stopped me from buying so many comics) and they really need to scan the original comics instead.
So reprint Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Dr Strange, Metal Men, Night Force, Doom Patrol, Plastic Man, Boy's Ranch, all the old anthologies and basically anything worthwhile again but with nice scans of the original comics.
I was really saddened to see Night Force with the life sucked out of it by the recoloring.

Another problem is that most of my favorite artists have their work so divided between DC, Marvel and sometimes a company like Dynamite. Those Warren artist focused collections could have been so much better if Dynamite didn't own all the Vampirella stuff.
Tom Sutton's best work is so scattered that to give him a great collection you'd need rights from all those publishers. Then there's all those aforementioned Spanish, Philippines artists, Joe Kubert (would be nice to have a Kubert collection with his Ghost Rider inks among loads of other stuff he's done for all the publishers), Gene Colan, Russ Heath, Bernie Wrightson (especially the Vaughn Bode collaboration Purple Pictography), Kaluta, Bill Everett. They could all use really wide ranging collections and art books. There is so so so much good neglected DC and Marvel anthology comics that are probably better served by artist driven collections and Best Of collections.
Perhaps it would be possible to strike more agreements between publishers to make more artist collections but nobody ever tries?

For all the collections of Jack Kirby, so much of my favorite work hasn't been served well. Why hasn't there been a book of his God, Noah and all the spectular watercolors and collages? You know, all the most impressive stuff.
Then there's all this early Marvel stuff (amazing collection in this link).

I think DC has a bunch of Frazetta and Mort Meskin comics they never reprinted.

Big collections of David Paleo, Dino Battaglia, Suehiro Maruo, Kaja Saudek, Tin Can Forest, Enrique Alcatena, Carlos Nine, Arthur Sudam, Rudy Palais, Leo Summers, Jerry Grandenetti and most of the artists I mentioned earlier.

Gustave Verbeek - Complete Terror Of Tiny Tads.

Tim Conrad's Almuric and Toadwart D'Amplestone.

A complete collection of Tor by Joe Kubert with good scans.

Rima by Nestor Redondo.

Kazuichi Hanawa. Warning for gore.

Keizo Miyanishi. You may know him as a musician.

I hope Fantagraphics finishes their Graham Ingels series with his Old Witch paintings because they are annoyingly hard to find.

I think the Ditko Archives are probably canceled now, unless there is a hiatus.
You may remember the controversy of Yoe Books covering comics that Fantagraphics was ready to (Gorgo and Konga, which Blake Bell said he still wanted in his Archives series). There's some uninspired work ahead but there's also a lot of great stuff. I've particularly longed for a comprehensive collection of Ditko's 60s/70s Charlton Ghost comics. How about the Stanton collaborations?
There's an upcoming Gorgo/Konga sampler with an introduction from nephew Mark Ditko and I'm very curious about that.

A much bigger Best of The Spirit by Will Eisner collection. Years after doing the complete Archives collection, DC put out two slim collections with lots of overlap and that's not really serving the non-rich readers.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 10 December 2018 22:04 (five years ago) link

Ward - I saw Embleton in Gravett's book about British Comics (the image of the girl finding the puppies) and I sent an email to thank Gravett and tell him the issue number of the annual was wrong (I think).
I've got a book him illustrating fairy tales of talking animals, not really a comic though.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 10 December 2018 22:10 (five years ago) link

Here's an earlier thread on the subject:

It should be collected / It should be in print

Tuomas, Monday, 10 December 2018 22:25 (five years ago) link

The research on that Timely-Atlas blog is incredible. There's a lenthy post about unused or alternate versions of comics that were only printed in Britain or Canada. I'm sure this happened in Spanish versions too.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 03:21 (five years ago) link

I'd love to see the majority of the artists featured in Manga Zombie in English.

I bought a used copy of the Japanese original a couple years back. A lot of intriguing-looking artists in there. The same author also co-wrote (under an obvious pseudonym) a companion volume called Ero-Manga Maniax about all the wacked-out 70s smut.

Necron by Magnus

Didn't Catalan release this in the 80s? I find it amusing that the high-brow Cornelius (in the 90s often synonomous with L'Association) re-released it in France, giving it a significant critical cachet in the process. I would love to see more Magnus translated especially his early Alan Ford series but what I've seen of this one is a bit much for me - and I like a lotta erotic-grotesque stuff.

On the Spanish front, a compilation of 1980s vintage El Vibora would be great. The closest in English was in an early 80s issue of Rip Off Comix.

The World Is Mine from Hideki Arai. Impossible I know - too long, too violent, too ugly, too crazy, neither mainstream nor Garo-underground. My forever-favorite manga.

Yumiko Oshima. I know Matt Thorn is a fan of hers (has listed her one-volume 'Banana Bread Pudding' as his all-time favorite). Maybe he can convince Fantagraphics.

Complete Gary Panter Jimbo.

Complete Paper Rodeo.

More Massimio Mattioli.


gjoon1, Friday, 21 December 2018 01:33 (five years ago) link

I noticed the translation of Spirou, Journal D'un Ingenu is out, and it's pretty charming. E-book only thoh sadly.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 21 December 2018 11:44 (five years ago) link

The same author also co-wrote (under an obvious pseudonym) a companion volume called Ero-Manga Maniax about all the wacked-out 70s smut.

That sounds great. Who were the other authors in the full version of Manga Zombie?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 21 December 2018 17:51 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

Usagi Yojimbo Saga 2 finally showed up new on Amazon at retail price. The two times I tried to order from them in the past it was back-ordered and eventually cancelled. I think my sister ordered from one of the 2 ‘new’ sellers that popped up but ordering straight from amazon might be the way to go because there was some slight damage from the vacuum sealed cardboard box that it came in.

That being said, 2 chapters in and this is some of the best work yet. There is a really nice forward from Lynn Johnston.

When I think about the greatest graphic novels/series that I ever read, Stan Sakai’s books really are exceptional. Usagi is a contender for the top spot for sure.

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Thursday, 29 August 2019 01:22 (four years ago) link

Still good every issue!

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:44 (four years ago) link

The printing, color and paper used on the recent House of Mystery #92 (first Swamp Thing) modern reprint is really nice. They should go to that paper for regular comics.

earlnash, Thursday, 29 August 2019 22:41 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I’m in the middle of Usagi Saga 6. The art gets better and better with each installment. I like that at the end of Saga 5 there’s a side by side comparison of the original artwork in “Tomoe’s Story” and what was drawn for this collection (original artwork had been lost). Three chapters in total were put into Saga 5 that were some of Stan Sakai’s earliest material but just so happened to fit into this book chronologically. The two that weren’t redrawn definitely show some of the rougher edges in Stan’s earlier work, particularly in the faces of main characters. But even those comics are a glimpse into what a master artist Stan Sakai is. In one of the earlier Saga’s, a forward was written that suggested Stan’s art is like a combination of Will Eisner and Bill Waterson. Bravo.

brain dead operatus (FlopsyDuck), Sunday, 13 October 2019 20:27 (four years ago) link

i think i say this like clockwork every four months or so but stan sakai and sergio aragones are secretly the two greatest cartoonist of their generation.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 October 2019 20:35 (four years ago) link

Every so often I check to see if anything else by Kyoko Okazaki has been translated - Vertical did Helter Skelter in 2013 and Pink the same year, so not really optimistic. It’s annoying cos I absolutely love her humour and her brutality and so many of her other books have been translated into French - I can read French well enough but it’s not going to be the same as a translation where they’ve attempted to bring the meaning of the language up to date without losing its essence. Alas.

gyac, Sunday, 13 October 2019 20:40 (four years ago) link

i think i say this like clockwork every four months or so but stan sakai and sergio aragones are secretly the two greatest cartoonist of their generation.

I like their work too, but since artists born between 1937 (Aragones' birth year) and 1953 (Sakai's) also include folks like José Muñoz, Claire Bretécher, Jacques Tardi, and Moebius, I have to disagree.

Tuomas, Monday, 14 October 2019 08:26 (four years ago) link

OTM - don't really get the fuss abt Sakai at all tbh.

Ward Fowler, Monday, 14 October 2019 08:57 (four years ago) link

Crumb might be cancelled by several current generations, but he was born in that range too, and likely to be ranked higher by peers than Sakai.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Monday, 14 October 2019 09:23 (four years ago) link

Actually further to my post about Kyoko Okazaki upthread, I found it really weird how there was a Netflix adaptation of Rivers Edge with English subs when you can only get the actual book scanlated afaik.

I do find it interesting to compare scanlations to official versions of things, but would much rather ensure the author gets paid.

gyac, Monday, 14 October 2019 13:20 (four years ago) link

I wouldn't want to pit Moebius/Crumb against Sakai/Aragones as artists or writers but I think both stand their own as cartoonists in that company
obvs a question of how and where you draw the line

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 14 October 2019 15:11 (four years ago) link

I probably said it on another thread, but I really would like someone to reprint the complete Airtight Garage in English again. Read parts of it as a teenager out of old Heavy Metals and missed that Marvel print, but would like to read the entire thing compiled.

earlnash, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 23:03 (four years ago) link

I wouldn't want to pit Moebius/Crumb against Sakai/Aragones as artists or writers but I think both stand their own as cartoonists in that company

What's the difference between "artist" and "cartoonist" when it comes to comics?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 08:15 (four years ago) link

I would make the distinction between artists, who illustrate the work of others - and cartoonists, who do it all themselves.

BTW, just read this from the NYRB comics imprint, and it's superb - tackling French colonialism in an abstract poetic way that I've never seen before in comics:

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 08:24 (four years ago) link

I would love airtight garage as I find it impossible to read text-heavy comics on the iPad without getting a huge headache

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 15:44 (four years ago) link

i think the artist versus cartoonist dichotomy in my mind is about form, format, seriousness and complexity of the material, intended reader and intention of story. it's not about quality of story or art but maybe more about depth of complexity within either. marrying both might be what signals artistry as opposed to cartooning in my mind.
Here's a few in different categories as i would break them down to an extent, all writer/artists:
cartoonists: sergio aragones, stan sakai, carl barks, peter bagge, floyd gottfredson, herge, geoff darrow
in-between: eisner, hernandez bros, trondheim, don rosa, andrew mclean, mccay
artists: moebius, crumb, spiegelman, jim woodring, herriman
NB: this is spectacularly personal, possibly elitist, definitely an american means of perception and i wouldn't suggest anyone else toe this line but for me. And both are equally valuable and laudable!
okay sic and tuomas, have at me.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 16:44 (four years ago) link

just get rid of 'artists' all together. it's easier to classify them all as cartoonists.

brain dead operatus (FlopsyDuck), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 17:57 (four years ago) link

I’m a “cartoonists are sole authors” partisan. As with “comic books,” it’s stupid and unfortunate that all the terms in this field sound like babytalk to civilians, but here we are.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:53 (four years ago) link

I know nihilistic non-sequitur internet cartoonists are a dime a dozen these days, but I like this one

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:46 (four years ago) link

Oops wrong thread

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:46 (four years ago) link

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