Speck the Altar Boy: The Collection Compilation

Speck is the ultimate altar boy, half holy, half hellion, well-intentioned but oh, so distractible. Some of us remember dealing with him, others of us remember being him.

Margaret Ahern spent a quarter century drawing the adventures of the never-aging Speck, being one of the few female cartoonists to take part in the Catholic cartoon explosion of the 1950s and one of the artists who stuck with the form the longest. This book collects the first two collections of her work (Speck the Altar Boy and Presenting… Speck the Altar Boy), both out of print for decades, into a single volume for the first time, with hundreds of prime Speck cartoons. Also available: AN ALTAR BOY NAMED ‘SPECK’, a collection of cartoons by Speck’s creator, W. R. “Tut” LeBlanc.

  • Paperback : 211 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 194999631X
  • Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.53 x 8.5 inches

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An Altar Boy Named ‘Speck’

Speck is a well-intentioned, spirited, energetic, and often all-too-human boy of the cloth, there to serve, to support, and when possible, to mooch your sweet snacks!

Here, back in print for the first time in over 60 years, is the very first collection of Speck cartoons. “An Altar Boy Named ‘Speck'” started appearing in Catholic Action o the South (the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans) in 1951, and by 1952 the comic was already being collected into books and was signed with a national distributor.

Unfortunately, the comic’s creator, W. R. “Tut” LeBlanc, passed away in 1953. The feature was taken over by cartoonist Margaret Ahern, who kept it running until 1979.

  • Paperback : 107 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1949996302
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.27 x 8.5 inches

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Bridge Mix: The Bridge Cartoons of Charles M. Schulz (color edition)

From the mind of Charles M. Schulz, the world’s most beloved cartoonist, comes these funny looks at the game of Bridge. The game, the culture, and the very human foibles of those who play it all come under his masterful attention, with over sixty cartoons in full color.
Charles Schulz was a player of various types of bridge over the years, and he included it in his famous comic strip. In the late 1950s, he set out to launch a new strip just about bridge and the people who played it. While the plan for the strip (called “It’s Only a Game”) eventually expanded to include other games and leisure activities, Schulz still made sure to include at least one cartoon each week about bridge, and those are all collected here, in this one volume, in color!

  • Paperback : 72 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1949996174
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1949996173
  • Dimensions : 5 x 8 inches

Bon Bon Voyage

by Bill O’Malley

From the golden era of American travel comes these cartoons about the cruising life, about life both aboard ship and at the locations that the travel to. All from the talented pen of Bill O’Malley, whose acclaimed books about two little nuns set of a craze. This 1958 classic, out of print for more than half a century, is finally available again!

  • Paperback : 96 pages, 5.25″x8″
  • ISBN-10 : 1949996158
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1949996159

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Angels Everywhere!

drawn by Don Cornelius, written by Margaret Carroll and Jerry McCue

Sister Veronica and Sister Celeste are nuns off to see the world. in the 1950s, they were the stars of a trilogy of cartoon booklets. Out of print for half a century, Angels Abroad, Angels on Campus, and The Angels and the City are now collected into one volume for the first time!

Paperback : 239 pages, 6″ x 9″
ISBN-10 : 1949996220
ISBN-13 : 978-1949996227

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You Don’t See These Sights on the Regular Tours

In the midst of the cold war, a committee of cartoonists came together under a pet program of President Eisenhoweer. Their goal was to help Americans’ relationships with the people of the rest of the world. The enemy was the stereotype of “the Ugly American.” So most of the top names from the nation’s funny pages chipped in on this effort to both dispel this stereotype and to encourage Americans not to live down to it, with a series of gag cartoons saying “Americans don’t do these things!” but also “Americans: don’t do these things!”

Here are cartoons by the famed creators of Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, Li’l Abner, Beetle Bailey, Hagar the Horrible, Blondie, Steve Canyon, and many more, narrated in this new edition by patriotic comic book superguy Mister U.S.Cartoonists: Chic Young, Milton Caniff, Charles Schulz, Mort Walker, Hank Ketcham, Al Capp, Scott Roberts, Otto Soglow, Jimmy Hatlo, Alfred Andriola, Dik Browne, Rube Goldberg, Roy Crane, Bernard Lansky, Bob Lubbers, Gus Edson, Irwin Hasen, Ernie Bushmiller, Mel Casson, Stan Drake, Harry Devlin, Dick Cavalli.

  • List price: $7.99
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1949996042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996043
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 7.4 inches

The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium

Four different editions of the Green Book under a single cover!

During the dangerous days of Jim Crow segregation, it was difficult to be an African-American traveler, as hotels that would take you or restaurants that would serve you were few and far between. This was addressed by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual listing of lodging, diners, gas stations, and other businesses that could handle the needs of the Black customer. Created in 1936 by Harlem-based postman Victor H. Green, the Green Book served the public until after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s ended legal segregation.

Original copies of the Green Book are now museum pieces, but in this book you can see all the articles, all the ads, and all the listings from four editions of the Green Book, one for each decade in which the series was published. The Negro Motorist Green Book of 1938 is an early example, covering only the states east of the Mississippi River, but also presenting articles on “The Automobile and What It Has Done for the American Negro” as well as driving tips.

By 1947, the Negro Motorist Green Book had listings for 45 of the 48 states that then existed (there was nothing for Nevada, New Hampshire, or North Dakota), and that also included directories of the Negro colleges and newspapers of the day, as well as a look at the current models from Ford and GM, and some notes on automotive design of the future.

By 1954, the title had changed to The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, and the volume includes an article on the highlights of San Francisco (which was “fast becoming the focal point of the Negroes’ future”) and tourist guides to New York City and Bermuda. Finally, the Travelers’ Green Book for 1963 through 1964 leads off with a state-by-state listings of rights against “jimcro” (Jim Crow segregation), plus it has “Guide Posts for a Pleasant Trip,” a couple of cartoon-illustrated sidebars on Black history-makers, a listing of major league ballparks, and other useful items for the traveler. And all of it reproduced at about 50% larger than the original size, for easier reading.

Reprints of the Green Book published by About Comics have gotten coverage by Newsweek, the Guardian, and BBC News, and more. They are carried by major museums, and have been used by TV and film. Now you can get four editions in one convenient volume, and see why the New York Times called the Green Book a “beacon for Black travelers.”

  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1949996069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996067
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches

The Negro Travelers’ Green Book: 1959 facsimile edition

This is the Green Book movie fans want – to African-American motorists the Negro Motorist Green Book (which had by 1959 switched titles to the Negro Travelers’ Green Book) was essential to safe driving in the legally-segregated nation under the Jim Crow laws. The annual publication listed hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other businesses willing to take Black customers, and in doing so let drivers navigate the US. Started by mailman Victor Hugo Green in 1936, by 1959 the acclaimed series was edited and published by Victor’s wife Alma D. Green (Victor would die the following year.)

/The book provides a state-by-state and city-by-city listing of businesses, including advertisements from proprietors reaching out to Black customers. Some of these were long-running, storied establishments, like the Booker T. Washington Hotel in San Francisco, where in its lounge you might run into W.E.B. Du Bois, Nat King Cole, or the Harlem Globetrotters; others were nothing more than a spare room in private home, the AirBNB of its day. All of them made life under the harshness of Jim Crow a little more livable. The 1959 edition, with the gentle warning “Carry your Green Book with you… you may need it” on the cover and promising “Assured Protection for the Negro Traveler” inside, comes from a period when the guide wasn’t running the travelogues and articles that augmented other years, and is basically wall-to-wall listings and ads, but for a one-page guide on “How to Guard Your Home During the Vacation Season.”

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1949996034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996036
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches

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Catholic Christmas Cartoons

It’s nuns, funs, and more nuns in this collection of Catholic cartoons from the 1950s and ’60s. Culled from Catholic publications, these cartoons by nine different cartoonists (including National Cartoonists Society award winners Al Kilgore and Frank Evers, and one actual monk) cover Christmas shopping, presents, snow sports, pageants, Christmas dinner, and more, all with a with that will bring an extra dose of joy to the holiday season. A nice little gift, and something to bring out every December or whenever you need a laugh!

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: About Comics (October 23, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 194999600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996005
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches

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Little Gabriel

Little Gabriel is the an impish little angel with a devilish sense of humor. These silent cartoon adventures should bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

Al Kilgore, winner of the National Cartoonists Society’s Silver T-Square and Special Features Awards, is best known for his work on the Bullwinkle comic strip. His art can also be seen in the About Comics books Convent Belles, Saints Alive! and Monsignor.

List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on Cream paper
72 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404919
ISBN-10: 1936404915
BISAC: Humor / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons

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