Dover is a publisher we don’t always hear a ton about, but they’ve got an interesting slate of comics that have been out of print – and they’re also part of a digital sale right now, so let’s have a look at some of the highlights.
The Bozz Chronicles is something you probably haven’t heard of since publication, unless you came across it in a quarter box (as I did several years ago). It was originally published by Epic, back in the Archie Goodwin era of Epic, and concerns an alien stranded in Victorian London who’s teamed up with a lady of the evening and a cowboy to work as a consulting detective. Sort of a steampunk Sherlock Holmes with aliens and demons running around and a lot of fun. It’s by David Michelinie and Brett Blevins. Quite possibly Blevins’s finest work, too. This title really should have been bigger.
Wandering Star by Teri S. Wood was a critical darling of the 90s that I suspect you haven’t heard of lately. Tell me this description doesn’t sound like a current solicitation:
This much-praised space drama follows the far-flung adventures of Casandra, daughter of the President of the United Nations of Earth and the first terran accepted into the Galactic Academy. Casandra discovers to her woe that Earth isn’t the most popular of planets and joins the outcasts working on Wandering Star, the Galactic Alliance’s prototypical spaceship. When the Bono Kiro, the Alliance’s longtime enemy, makes a sudden reappearance, Casandra and her misfit crew just might turn out to be the galaxy’s last hope.
Sam Glanzman was a longtime comics artist and probably best known for his war comics, particularly the tales of his time on the U.S.S. Stevens during WWII. Dover has two Glanzman books on sale: A Sailor’s Story, an OGN about his time on the Stevens and U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories, a collection of 60+ short stories from the DC war titles, Marvel’s Savage Tales magazine and even Joe Kubert Presents.
Night & the Enemy is Ken Steacy painting an adaption of Harlan Ellison’s Earth-Kyba war stories.
Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master The Art of Alfredo Alcala is a book about Alfredo Alcala who worked on everything from Conan to Batman. It also happens to be co-written by The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.