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The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec Volume 1

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Originally published at Comic Book Daily under my Bound Together column. Fantagraphics and Kim Thompson are back with another Jacques Tardi translated work: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Volume 1. Appearing in the early 1970s and published as single volumes in French around 1976, Adele Blanc-Sec has a cult following that we’re now privy to. Thompson is a translation whirlwind, working through a good amount of foreign material for our English-speaking audience. Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Both a rip-roaring adventure series set in pre-World War I Paris and a…read more

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It Was The War Of The Trenches by Tardi

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After I stopped collecting weekly comics and focused on collections instead the first few months were relatively light since I was waiting for recent issues to be collected.  During that time I picked up a few titles that were off my beaten track: older newspaper comic collections or foreign material.  One such book is It Was The War Of The Trenches by Jacques Tardi.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: World War I, that awful, gaping wound in the history of Europe, has long been an obsession of Jacques Tardi’s. (His very…read more

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Prince Valiant Volume 1: 1937-1938

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Let me start off by saying until I purchased this book I had never heard of Harold “Hal” Foster or Prince Valiant: they were off my comics radar.  I’ve never been a fan of newspaper comic strips and had limited exposure until Prince Valiant Volume 1: 1937-1938 started getting amazing reviews.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: HAROLD FOSTER’S LEGENDARY MEDIEVAL EPIC, FINALLY IN ITS DEFINITIVE EDITION Universally acclaimed as the most stunningly gorgeous adventure comic strip of all time, Prince Valiant ran for 35 years under the virtuoso pen of its…read more

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