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News Flash! Sky Masters has been nominated for the Eisner Awards!

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Sky Masters has been nominated for the Eisner Awards!

Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips – Eisner Awards 2018 Nomination

Sky Masters was created at the beginning of the space race — when who would get into space and to the moon first —was a national obsession.  The strip takes place in the not to distant future where the United States sends men into space but hasn’t ventured much further yet. The series in clearly anchored in the late 1950s/early1960s so it serves as a highly stylized period piece that still holds up very nicely.  The material used in this archival edition ranges from original art, to press proofs, to tear sheets, and boasts the best reproduction of the strip ever.

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Coming soon: DC Comics Before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's Pulp Comics & Nuke 'Em! Classic Cold War Comics Celebrating the End of the World

Coming soon:
DC Comics Before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's Pulp Comics

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DC Comics Before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's Pulp Comics by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson; ISBN 978-1-61345-164-9; $60; Deluxe hardcover with printed laminated cover; historical essay and documentary materials; reprints pulps from National Allied Publications; 7.75x10.25; all color

Before Batman and Superman were even a glimmer in Bill Finger and Jerry Siegel’s eyes, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson created National Allied Publications, which would then go on to become DC Comics; one of the largest comic publishers in the world.

Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (the Major’s granddaughter and noted comics historian) will contribute a historical essay that provides an in depth look at the formation of National Allied Publications and the man behind New Fun, New Comics, and other memorable original comics that predated DC Comics’ inception.  Other contributions include an intro by Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and an afterward by comics historian Tom Andrae.

All the comics included in this tome have been painstakingly reproduced and repaired to show how they would have looked back in the 1930s; and also included are all the pulps that the comics were based on! 

This groundbreaking book explores the history of DC Comics before it became the behemoth we know today; the pulp stories that formed the basis for all the different kinds of comics that exist today. Titles included in this historical reprint include Barry O'Neill and Fang Gow (script- Wheeler-Nicholson; art- Leo O'Mealia), Blood Pearls(script- Wheeler-Nicholson; art- Munson Paddock), Foe of the Borgias (script and art- Sven Elven), The Golden Dragon (script and art- Tom Hickey) and more! 

Nuke 'Em! Classic Cold War Comics Celebrating the End of the World; ISBN 978-1-61345-163-2;  $49.99; Deluxe hardcover with printed laminated cover; historical essay and documentary materials; reprints the complete run of Atomic War! #1-4 (November, 1952-April, 1953) and the complete run of World War III #1-2 (March, 1952 and May, 1953).

Back in the 1950s during the “Cold War” every new day beckoned the possibility of the end of the world. Kids grew up in the shadow of bomb shelters and were treated to daily lessons at school on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.  Americans were besieged by constant reminders to police our borders, to carefully watch out for “foreigners” who might be spies, and to be ever vigilant in preparing to combat the “red” menace of communism. 

 Comic books of this era played on these fears with stories of atomic war and world war III.  This new historic reprint looks back at those good ole days, which can be viewed in the perspective of today’s political climate. 

This volume reprints the complete runs of Atomic War! and World War III and can be read merely as great action/adventure stories, classic “war” comics or as an eerie, unanticipated commentary on today’s tribulations.  SPECIAL NOTE: if these extremely rare books were purchased at your local comic shop they would cost well over $1000 in low grade condition!

Video Promo: Phantom Avon Volume 5 & 6

Phantom Avon Volume's 5 & 6:
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Coming soon: The Complete Don Newton Phantom!

Coming soon: The Complete Don Newton Phantom!

Don Newton’s Complete Phantom; reprints all Phantom cover artwork by Don Newton together with a complete collection of all his stories; hardcover, printed laminated cover; 208 pages; full color; ISBN #978161345-152-6; $50; 7.75 x 10.25; extensive essay surveying the career of Don Newton; original artwork from the stories reprinted in this collection.

This tribute to artist Don Newton collects his complete output of Phantom comic book stories created for Charlton Comics between 1975 -1977.  This volume features the Charlton Phantom stories from issues #67, 68, 70, 71, and 74.  Also presented is an exhaustive biographical essay on the artist’s career with representative examples of his art for fanzines, comics, and illustration as well as numerous examples of his original art spanning his entire career.

Additionally on display in a special section of the book are over fifty examples of original artwork from these Phantom stories.  The print run of this book is limited to 1000 copies, so don't miss it!

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This just in: Phantom Avon 5 & 6 have arrived at Hermes Press!

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The Phantom Avon:
The Complete Series Volumes 5 & 6

For the first time ever, the Avon edition of The Phantom is back in print! Hermes Press is proud to announce that they will be publishing all fifteen pocket Avon books, starting in August 2016 and continuing until the conclusion of the series in Volume 15! This exciting installment, Volume 5 offers the tale: "The Golden Circle!"

Famed artist George Wilson (Dr. SolarMagnus Robot FighterThe Phantom) painted the cover for Volume #3 as he did with all of the covers used for the Avon series, and they are reproduced beautifully to keep all of the details from the original books intact for a new generation of Phans to enjoy!

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'Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney: How They Conquered The Third Reich' coming soon to Hermes Press!

For immediate release:
Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney:
How They Conquered The Third Reich

Coming Summer 2018!

 
Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney: How They Conquered The Third Reich by Carsten Laqua; ISBN 978-1-61345-166-3; hardcover, all color; 240 pages 8.75 x 11.25 inches; over 300 illustrations; $60; release in July/2018.
 
The first complete history of Walt Disney’s creations, beginning in pre-war Germany and ending with the impact of all things Disney in the 1950s.  Written by Disney historian, museum exhibition curator, and art dealer Carsten Laqua, this extensive history is based on a detailed study of the European Disney archives as well as with interviews conducted over more than a decade during the 1980-1990s. 
     Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney: How They Conquered the Third Reich explores the licensing and merchandising of Disney cartoons in pre-war Germany and then methodically relates the Third Reich’s formal and informal reaction to Mickey Mouse and Disney’s entire output of cartoon features  — from the use of Mickey Mouse and Disney characters in products, advertising and even as a moniker on German military vehicles and aircraft.
     This in-depth history also details Disney’s U.S. propaganda against the Nazis as well as delving into the ill-fated attempt of Disney’s employees during this period to unionize. 
      Packed with photographs, never-before-seen documentary records and products that were manufactured during the war in Germany.   The book concludes with influence of Walt Disney’s world of creations on post-World War II Germany.  Lavishly illustrated with over 300 never before published historic photographs.
 

 

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Women In Comics: MSU's Exhibit & more!

Recently publisher Dan Herman and Managing Editor Eileen Sabrina Herman traveled to Michigan State University (MSU) to visit their Special Collections. The head of Special Collections, Randy Scott, has been kind enough over the years to allow us access to their archives, and as a result we are able to copy the press proofs of The Phantom, Johnny Hazard, and other series that we are currently reprinting.

While we were there we encountered a really neat exhibit, one dedicated to Women in Comics; one of the focuses was on Trina Robbins, a noted comics historian, artist, and writer for Hermes! So We wanted to share that exhibit with you. 

This photo is from our SDCC premiere of Babes in Arms, which Trina organized and wrote; you should pick up a copy from us today if you don't already own it! All of the other photos were taken at the MSU Library...we just wanted to throw in our own book of women in comics!

These were all taken at MSU; they feature women artists and writers of women's history in comic art!

Phantom Dailies Volumes 15 & 16; Phantom Avon Volumes 9 & 10 coming soon!

For immediate release:

Phantom Dailies Volumes 15 & 16;
Phantom Avon Volumes 9 &10 coming soon!

Coming Early 2019

The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 15; ISBN 978-1-61345-157-1; $60; hardcover 272 pages; written by Lee Falk and illustrated by Wilson McCoy; includes comprehensive essay and documentary materials; taken from King Feature's proofs
 
The critically acclaimed, best selling complete reprint of The Phantom continues!
Referred to by comic strip historian Maurice Horn as the “granddaddy of all costumed superheroes,” The Phantom was created in 1936 by Lee Falk with artwork by Ray Moore.  The strip hit the funny pages of newspapers well before the Dark Knight or Superman made their first appearances and has been acknowledged as an influence on every “masked man of mystery” since.  The Phantom set the standard for action, adventure, intrigue, and romance in adventure comic strips and comic books – it has frequently been copied but never equaled.
 
Included in this volume are six complete continuities, reprinted for the first time in their entirety, “The Calyle’s Good Mark,” “The Crybaby”  “The Underwater Diamond Thieves,” “The Betrothal,” “The Swamp Rats,” and “Oogooru and the Witchmen.” Strips from this issue are taken directly from King Feature’s proofs. Included in the volume is a comprehensive essay and documentary materials.  

Coming Summer 2019

The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 16; ISBN 978-1-61345-158-8; $60; hardcover 272 pages; written by Lee Falk and illustrated by Wilson McCoy; includes comprehensive essay and documentary materials; taken from King Feature's proofs
 The critically acclaimed, best selling complete reprint of The Phantom continues!
Referred to by comic strip historian Maurice Horn as the “granddaddy of all costumed superheroes,” The Phantom was created in 1936 by Lee Falk with artwork by Ray Moore.  The strip hit the funny pages of newspapers well before the Dark Knight or Superman made their first appearances and has been acknowledged as an influence on every “masked man of mystery” since.  The Phantom set the standard for action, adventure, intrigue, and romance in adventure comic strips and comic books – it has frequently been copied but never equaled.
 
Included in this volume are six complete continuities, reprinted for the first time in their entirety, “The Reporter,” “The Monkey Tail (The Diamond Hijackers”  “The Gurk Twins,” “The 50th Wife,” “The Iron Dragon,” and “The Werewolf.” Strips from this issue are taken directly from King Feature’s proofs. Included in the volume is a comprehensive essay and documentary materials.  

Coming Summer 2018

The Phantom Avon Volume 9

For the first time ever, the Avon edition of The Phantom is back in print! Hermes Press is proud to announce that they will be publishing all fifteen pocket Avon books! This exciting installment, Volume 9 offers the classic Lee Falk tale: "Killer’s Town!"
 
Famed artist George Wilson (Dr. Solar, Magnus Robot Fighter, The Phantom) painted the cover for Volume #9 as he did with all of the covers used for the Avon series, and they are reproduced beautifully to keep all of the details from the original books intact for a new generation of Phans to enjoy!
 
In the far reaches of the peaceful jungle, a notorious international criminal establishes KILLER’S TOWN, a haven for thieves and murderers from many nations. There, with their stolen diamonds, gold, and other precious loot, they find safe refuge from the forces of law and order and are free to pursue their dissolute lives, protected from arrest and punishment.
            When a beautiful and innocent young girl is trapped in this evil place, the terrorists are confronts by a mysterious and seemingly all-powerful force represented by THE SIGN OF THE SKULL, as the Phantom, single-handed, pits himself against the vicious world of KILLER’S TOWN.
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The Phantom Avon Volume 10

For the first time ever, the Avon edition of The Phantom is back in print! Hermes Press is proud to announce that they will be publishing all fifteen pocket Avon books! This exciting installment, Volume 10 offers the classic Lee Falk tale: "Goggle-Eyed Pirates!"
 
Famed artist George Wilson (Dr. Solar, Magnus Robot Fighter, The Phantom) painted the cover for Volume #10 as he did with all of the covers used for the Avon series, and they are reproduced beautifully to keep all of the details from the original books intact for a new generation of Phans to enjoy!
 
On a luxury liner in mid-ocean, a gang of weird pirates suddenly appears – as if out of nowhere. They rob the ship’s vaults and passengers – then disappear just as mysteriously as they had come. How?
           
Piracy – to the Phantom – is like a red cape to a bull. For centuries – since the first Phantom’s father was killed by pirates – the Phantom has been the nemesis of pirates everywhere. Now, once more, the Phantom must meet that threat as he rallies to seek out and destroy the mysterious GOGGLE-EYED PIRATES.
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The Art and Humor of Johnny Hart is coming soon!

For immediate release:
The Art and Humor of Johnny Hart is coming soon!

Coming Winter 2018, it's The Art and Humor of Johnny Hart!

The Art and Humor of Johnny Hart; ISBN 978-1-61345-159-5; $49.99 paperback 272 pages; all color; introductory essay by R.C. Harvey; hardcover with endpapers, printed laminated cover, to fit into your library with Hermes Press' The Art of Jim Davis' Garfield.
 
The late Johnny Hart and his two longtime comic strip series B.C. and more are coming to Hermes Press in a monograph dedicated to the artist: The Art and Humor of Johnny Hart!
 
Back in 1958  Hart created and drew B.C., followed in 1964 by writing The Wizard of Id, and the two series have been beloved by the nation and the world ever since. This exciting art book will detail Hart’s life and his work, both of which were totally intertwined. The book will feature all original art from the strips, as well as original photographs of Hart supplied by his family, and other amazing, never-before-seen material from behind the scenes.
 
Join Hermes Press as we explore the worlds of cynical cavemen and the medieval world of “Id”, using all never-before seen art and original material! It’s going to be a must-have for any fan of the series or Johnny Hart.
 
This book will add to Hermes Press’ already impressive lineup of art monographs of important comic artists, including Alex Raymond, Jim Davis, and Frank Frazetta!

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