Dazzling Diamond Lil’

Cover to Dazzling Diamond Lil’, featuring a head shot of a girl with blond curls and diamonds for eyes.

She’s a little gem with diamonds for eyes!

The year after the great Bill Woggon created Katy Keene, the comic book character who would bring him to attention and gain him the lasting love of fans, he created another special character. Diamond Lil’ reached the nation’s newspapers not on the comics page, but in jewelry store ads, where week after week she would promote the advantages of buying from the local shop, often in the most ridiculous ways. While Katy went on to a long-running comics career and ever her own TV series, Lil’ has been long forgotten and never collected… until now. Finally, over seventy years since she first saw print, her cartoons are available again for a whole new audience. Includes an introduction by Eisner Award-winning comics history writer Nat Gertler.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 103 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996603
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996609
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.06 x 0.24 x 7.81 inches
  • Cover price: $10 US

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The Wolf: Expanded Edition

This World War II classic is back!

“Along with the jeep, the robot bomb and Spam, the wolf in GI clothing will become one of the historical mementos of World War II.” —Life

When the attack on Pearl Harbor turned Golden Age comic book and advertising artist Leonard Sansone into Pvt. Sansone, he brought his art tools and sense of humor with him. The Wolf, his comics panel about a girl-crazed soldier went quickly from being in his local camp paper to appearing in thousands of service papers wherever Americans were stationed. Here, the original 1945 edition, out of print for most of a century, is not only brought back but expanded with seventy additional post-war cartoons. Look out, ladies! The Wolf’s uniform may be gone; his obsession remains.

“Sansone’s work is marked by cleverness and originality” — Tampa Tribune

”The best in GI cartoons” — Pic

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 177 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996557
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996555
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 0.45 x 8 inches

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Wife Gets Smart, Makes Husband Happy: Supermarket Comic Strip Ads of World War II

Compiled & Annotated by Nat Gertler
Foreword by Dr. Vicki Howard

When a major American supermarket chain began including comic strips win their newspaper ads in 1941, they probably thought that it would just be a series of little tales that just reminded you to shop at their stores. But then America got pulled into the war, and the strip became an unintended chronicle of life on the homefront, with patriotism, shortages, rationing, fundraising, fears, hopes, and ultimately expectations of a better tomorrow. Here are the hundreds of strips that made up that campaign, which ran from 1941 to 1947. Plus, there’s dozens of examples of comic strips from ads for independent grocery stores from before and after the war, and as an added bonus, a healthy run of Glamorous Gloria, a hilarious strip advertising clothing stores.

“Nat Gertler’s Wife Gets Smart, Makes Husband Happy is a time capsule of comic strips that gives insight to an era in the United States where food rationing was enforced and families were encouraged to grow their own food so that more processed food was available for American soldiers. […] It’s a history book about mid-20th century America, a practical guide in using sequential art to quickly convey a message, and — if you happen to be a collector of grocery store memorabilia (yep, they exist) certain a book you’d want to have on your shelf. Grade: 5.0/5.0″ — RJ Carter, CriticalBlast.com

“The American comic industry has always had a space for small, independent publishers, and I’m glad, because it means you can sometimes stumble across something like this […] odd but strangely readable.” – Comics Worth Reading

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 175 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996417
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996418
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.44 x 6 inches

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Bootsie’s War Years: a Dark Laughter collection

In the 1940s, the comics pages of America’s weekly Black newspapers were filled with characters both inspirational and aspirational. In addition to the life stories of great African Americans, there were fictional tales of Black reporters, Black detectives, Black government agents, Black aviators, Black people rising in the ranks of society, even Black superheroes, all to give their audiences the sense of the best that was possible.

Then there was Bootsie.

Bootsie was a liar, a womanizer, a layabout, a scammer, a cheat, and an all around disreputable dude. Among the denizens of Harlem he was scorned, threatened, detested… and yet nonetheless loved as a part of the community.

Collected in this book for the very first time are almost 150 “Dark Laughter” cartoons from 1941 through 1946, during which time Bootsie goes from being a draft evader to a draftee, an enlisted man, a serviceman on the ground in Europe, and ultimately to a veteran for the winning side. In these, cartoonist Ollie Harrington’s lively art captures the rich reality of Bootie’s world while telling tales that are sometimes joyous, sometimes very harsh, like the world itself.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 161 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996336
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996333
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.41 x 9 inches
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Cherry Sundae: The Complete Collection

Before Pete Tumlinson drew the early adventures of Marvel’s Kid Colt, Outlaw, he created this wild romp of a strip that was published in papers throughout the United States.
Cherry is a comely carrot-top car-hop at the local drive in who finds herself being courted by two young men. They battle for her attention and affection… on the land, in the water, and in the skies above!
Unseen since it ran in newspapers in the late 1940s, this offbeat strip is collected here for the first time, in this complete 75th anniversary edition.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 87 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996360
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996364
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.22 x 6 inches

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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 Motorist Green Book: 1949 facsimile edition

In the 1940s, Americans open roads were a magical and inviting opportunity… for white people. People of color, however, were barred from many of the hotels, restaurants, and even gas stations that made travel possible and convenient. In the face of this, mailman Victor H. Green started publishing The Negro Motorist Green Book, a listing of establishments willing to serve African-American customers. It not only made the Jim Crow-era roads navigable for the Black traveler, it created business opportunities for Black entrepreneurs, as they knew that if they created hotels for Black customers, they had a route to let potential customers know.

In addition to the travel listings and ads that Black travelers relied on, the 1949 edition includes an introduction by Victor H. Green, an article by the Esso service stations’ special representative to the Black community on how the Green Book helps solves travel problems, a brief look at the 1949 Fords, a guide to what to see in Chicago, an article on the Black-owned and -operated town of Robbins, Illinois, and a travel guide to Bermuda.

The New York Times called the Green Book a “beacon for Black travelers.” The Washington Post said it was “a game changer.” Newsweek referred to it as “practical scripture” that “saved Black lives on the road.

  • List Price: $9.99
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1949996026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996029
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches

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All Angels Parish

Welcome to All Angels Parish, where the parishoners may not be all angels, but they are all trying…. sometimes, very trying!

These Hugh Devine cartoons began appearing in The Pilot, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, in 1948. They give an upbeat but not unrealistic look at Catholic life of the day. This volume reprints all of the contents of the original 1951 edition.

List Price: $7.99
5.25″ x 8″
Black & White on Cream paper
104 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404889
ISBN-10: 1936404885
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Religion

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Negro Motorist Green Book, 1947 Facsimile Edition

In the segregated US of the mid-twentieth century, African-American travelers could have a hard time finding towns where they were legally allowed to stay at night and hotels, restaurants, and service stations willing to serve them. In 1936, Victor Hugo Green published the first annual volume of The Negro Motorist Green Book. This facsimile of the 1947 edition brings you the listings and advertisements aimed at the Black travelers trying to find their way across a country where they were so rarely welcome – plus sections on “Negro Schools & Colleges” and “Negro Newspapers”, some notes on “Green Book traveling”, and a guide to GM and Ford cars of the day (with photos!)

  • List Price: $9.99
  • 5″ x 6.75″
  • Black & White on Cream paper
  • 84 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936404742
  • ISBN-10: 1936404745
  • BISAC: History / United States / 20th Century

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The Negro Motorist Green-Book: 1940 Facsimile Edition

In the segregated US of the mid-twentieth century, African-American travelers could have a hard time finding towns where they were legally allowed to stay at night and hotels, restaurants, and service stations willing to serve them. In 1936, Victor Hugo Green published the first annual volume of The Negro Motorist Green-Book, later renamed The Negro Travelers’ Green Book. This facsimile of the 1940 edition brings you all the listings, articles, and advertisements aimed at the Black travelers trying to find their way across a country where they were so rarely welcome.


List Price: $9.99

5″ x 6.75″ (12.7 x 17.145 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
52 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404674
ISBN-10: 1936404672
BISAC: History / United States / 20th Century
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