Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1

Basil Wolverton (Author) Greg Sadowski (Editor)
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This is the first of two volumes reprinting copious amounts of comics stories and recounting the career of cartoonist Basil Wolverton. Based on his correspondence and journals, the biographical portion of the books follow Wolverton from childhood to adult day-to-day life as freelance cartoonist, itinerant handyman, persistent contest enterer, and local pastor of the Radio Church of God. Wolverton lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest, unique among the first generation of comic book pioneers. In the precious period before the industry calcified into a commercial institution, Wolverton was free to work under the radar to explore in detail his weird tales of the future. The book collects all of Wolverton's non-humorous comic stories and a substantial selection of his humorous comics, alongside dozens of pages of unpublished artwork, unsold features, and never-before-seen correspondence, including rejection letters!

Product Details

Fantagraphics Books
Publish Date
January 04, 2015
8.3 X 1.1 X 10.7 inches | 2.6 pounds
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About the Author

Basil Wolverton was born near Medford, Oregon in 1909 and died in 1978. His Fantagraphics-published books include Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner and The Wolverton Bible, and his work is featured in Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941
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Creeping Death from Neptune... provides an invaluable biography of the first half of Basil Wolverton's life. It's a must-read for any lover of classic comic art.--Jason Sacks