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?)

https://www.comipress.com/special/manga-zombie/incredibly-strange-manga-part-1/fukushima-masami.html
http://tokyoscum.blogspot.com/search/label/Masami%20Fukushima
http://mangahakuran.tumblr.com/tagged/masami-fukushima

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
https://www.comipress.com/special/manga-zombie.html
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
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necron

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...
http://idemandreprints.blogspot.com/2008/10/ron-embleton.html
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.
http://aramajapan.com/news/manga-artist-shinichi-koga-has-passed-away/86346/

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 (nine months ago) link

Example of Epic Illustrated buried treasure: John Zack
https://atarimagari.blogspot.com/2016/10/lestro-barocco-di-jon-zack-su-epic.html

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.
https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/coching_francisco.htm
https://comicvine.gamespot.com/pilipino-komiks/4050-26300/
https://comicvine.gamespot.com/tagalog-klasiks/4050-26898/
https://comicvine.gamespot.com/hiwaga-komiks/4050-26660/
The older covers tend to be the better ones, so have a look back.
Here's an old Darna strip
http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=64328

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.
http://theartofluisgarciamozos.blogspot.com/

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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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.
https://www.cemeterydance.com/the-secretary-of-dreams-volume-two.html
https://www.comics.org/issue/765836/cover/4/
https://comicvine.gamespot.com/chillville-1/4000-453375/
https://www.glennchadbourne.com/

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 10 December 2018 17:01 (nine months 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.
http://sundaycomicsdebt.blogspot.com/2011/10/insanity-of-fourteen.html
http://mangahakuran.tumblr.com/post/106196572288/the-internet

This looks interesting
http://deadscanlations.tumblr.com/post/180218849144/iblard-monogatari-laputa-no-aru-fuukei-inoue

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.
https://blackhookpress.bigcartel.com/product/bonten-taro-volume-1

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.
https://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2016/04/tragaldabas-enrique-jimenez-corominas.html
https://corominas.viewbook.com/corominas-english/home
Scroll down both these pages to see all this Twin Peaks (and Dumbland!) art.
https://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=1443052
https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1443053

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 10 December 2018 19:11 (nine months 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?
https://www.comics.org/issue/85600/cover/4/

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).
http://timely-atlas-comics.blogspot.com/2017/08/happy-100th-birthday-to-jack-kirby.html

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.
http://quiquealcatena.blogspot.com/
https://web.archive.org/web/20080622182226/http://www.jergrand.com/

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.
https://www.pinterest.com/yougcr305/kazuichi-hanawa/

Keizo Miyanishi. You may know him as a musician.
http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-81413-tales-from-beyond-context/
https://www.vanilla-gallery.com/archives/2008/20080616.html
http://keizomiyanishi.com/

I hope Fantagraphics finishes their Graham Ingels series with his Old Witch paintings because they are annoyingly hard to find.
https://www.invaluable.co.uk/auction-lot/graham-ingels-signed-original-ec-old-witch-and-0494CCA998
https://www.invaluable.co.uk/auction-lot/graham-ingels-signed-original-ec-old-witch-in-a-ACE43F2A04
http://www.tcj.com/the-horror-the-horror-graham-ingels-and-the-art-of-real-yuch/
https://www.pinterest.com/wconrrr/ingels-graham-1915-1991-cd1943/

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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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.

Valvoline!

gjoon1, Friday, 21 December 2018 01:33 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (three weeks ago) link

Still good every issue!

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:44 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link


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