Nemo 1905/1906 - 1976
was a great little discovery I made a few weeks ago
via (where else?) ebay--a treasury-sized (10x14")
collection of classic Little Nemo strips from
what I've learned, it seems this was first done as full-blown
hardcover book, then reprinted in this softcover, more
comic book-y format by Nostaglia Press in 1976. The
book features the strips, most in full-color glory,
from the last third of 1905 and all of 1906, plus a
history of the strip, and an introduction by Maurice
Sendak, no less!
have never paid much attention to Little Nemo, even
though it's (rightly, I now see) a classic of comic
strip art and story. Just leafing through it, I'm astounded
at the depth and level of detail Windsor McCay put into
this strip. It's, quite simply, breathtaking. Seeing
the strips at around the size they would've been in
the original newspapers gives me the idea how amazing
it must have been to follow this strip, week after week.
don't know if there were ever any other volumes, but
I'm going to try and find out...
Spirit - 1973
this was a real treat! A full-blown, tabloid-size (11x16.5")
all-new Spirit section by Will Eisner!
was published in 1973 done as a one-off for Tabloid
Press, a Canadian publisher. This story has its beginnings
in a lecture that Will Eisner was giving to students
who aspired to be comic artists. He created the splash
page at the lecture and then Tabloid asked him to complete
the story. It was printed on nice, thick white paper,
so this has held up fairly well. As a Spirit
fan, I can't believe I've never heard of it before!
differs most profoundly from other Spirit sections
in that this 5-page story features slight nudity (!)
and overall seedier storyline. It also features a sixth
page explaining how this story came to be, as well as
some character sketches. On this page, Tabloid Press
asks whether fans would be interested in reading the
original Spirits in this tabloid format, as well.
I know this answer comes twenty-three years late, but--yes
Spirit Coloring Book - Poor House Press - 1974
thing to discover!
had never heard of this, and when I got an email from
Treasury Hunter Mike DeStasio asking me about
it, I had no clue what he was talking about. Mike was
even kind enough to send me scans of the front and back
covers, and this thing looked so cool I went out and
got a copy for myself.
it's not a comic book, per se, but it is a treasury-sized
(10x14") coloring book of classic Will Eisner Spirit
splash pages, and that was good enough for me. It features
fifteen of Walt's best, like "The Spirit vs. The
Rubber Mind" (Dolan stretching The Spirit's mask
to form the title), "The Spirit and the Notorious
P'Gell" (a young boy would accelerate into puberty
by coloring the sultry femme fatale), "The Spirit
vs. The City Below" (bums lying all over the giant
letters, water dripping all over), "The Spirit
Comes Home" (a mood-drenched cityscape), plus eleven
would assume this book was meant for older fans, since
what little kids had heard of the Spirit? And Eisner's
detailed work is hardly the kind of simplistic line
work you find in coloring books.
who cares! This is a fun book and I bet coloring this
thing from front to back is as good as a couple years
at art school...
the image to see this book's back cover!
the image to see an ad for this book plus other treasury
Car 17 - Whitman - 1934
came across this cool-looking item on ebay a few days
ago. It's a treasury-sized (11x15") comic, from
1934--making it, seemingly, the first
treasury-size comic ever (beating even Master
Comics #s 1-6).
bidded furiously for it, but in the end, none of the
bidders met the Reserve Price, so no one walked away
with it. Since I don't know whether it'll come back
up for auction, I grabbed the cover image (courtesy
of its seller, Metropolis
Comics) and thought at least I could put something
about it here on the site.
book was done as a promotional tie-in to the Columbia
movie of the same name, with black-and-white artwork
on the insides. So far, that's all I know--this book
isn't even listed on the Grand
Comic Book Database, so I need to do some more
research on it.
then, we at least have this!
Damn Hard Boiled - Dark Horse - 1997
a heretofore-unknown (to me, at least) treasury-sized
book that was brought to my attention by Treasury Hunter
#1 Rogerio Baldino. I'll let him explain what
the book's about:
huge trade paperback collects Hard Boiled #'s
1-3, the controversial mini-series written by Frank
Miller and with eye-popping art by Geof Darrow. It was
released by Dark Horse for Christmas 1997 and it measures
11.75"x15." (very big!!). It's actually
bigger than most of the treasury editions we know.
its--totally uncolored and unlettered--128 pages, we
can appreciate the fantastic art of Darrow in all its
details, many of which were hidden in the original colored
mini-series. No words. No balloons. No colors.
also comes with a cover gallery and sketch section (all
in B&W). Now we can see why this book is one of
the inspirations for the Matrix movies, and why
the Wachowski Brothers asked Darrow to create most of
the conceptual art for the trilogy.
Dear people at Dark Horse: We are still waiting for
a similar collection of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy
Robot. Thank you."
gotta get me a copy of this book for myself. Thanks,
Danger Seeks Where Giant Monsters Creep & Stomp -
Salt Peter Press - 2006
is a brand-new treasury-sized comic starring writer/artist/
creator Chris Wisnia's
character Doris Danger! Who, as the title suggests,
seeks out giant monsters that stalk the Earth but are
covered up the government.
is a genuine, straight-faced tribute to the great Marvel
monster comics of old. To that end, the book is even
inked by the great Dick Ayers, who did a lot of those
old Marvel tales. Stories of this scope need--nay, demand--the
giant treasury treatment.
addition to several Doris adventures, the book comes
with a history of Doris comics, which reach back into
the fifties*, as well as some cool pin-ups by Los Bros.
Hernandez, Gene Colan, Mike Mignola, Mike Allred, John
Severin, and more! And in case this book didn't feel
like a genuine treasury comic,
it even has a puzzle page.
Danger is a lot of fun, and Chris' love of the subject
and style of this kind of comic is evident on every
page. It reminds me a lot of the Batman TV show--adults
will enjoy it as one long perfectly-pitched throwback,
and kids will love the Monsters!!
was told of this book by my friend Glenn Walker, who
runs the site Comic
Widows, and I'm so glad he did. If you'd like
to get a copy for yourself, you can find it at Chris'
Danger Seeks Where Urban Creatures Creep and Stomp! -
Salt Peter Press - 2007
on the heels of Chris Wisnia's first Doris Danger
treasury-sized book, comes a second pulse-pounding volume!!
reading the plaudits by folks like Stab "The Man"
Lee, Tim Bradstreet, Sam Kieth, Trina Robbins, Mike
Mignola and more, we meet Spoosh! The Giant Who Likes
to Grab Airplanes, along with the MLA (Monster Liberation
Army) in a battle against the US Army. Before you can
catch your breath, though, we also get to meet monsters
called Snehsneh, Hachoo, Pudd, Choopeepoo, Oopf, the
short-lived Muh! Muh! Muh!, Kockh, and KKK-K, the monstrosity
who loves climbing.
of these stories is jammed to the panel borders with
stuff--it'll take you several passes through the book
to take it all in. What Wisnia and Co. are on while
they put these tales together probably best remains
a mystery. Great, great fun.
we're not done yet! On top of all the monster craziness,
we get an astounding pin-up section, featuring monster
portraits by Russ Heath, Dick Ayers, John Severin, Sam
Glanzaman, Dave Gibbons, Guy Davis, Peter Bagge, JH
Williams, Al Feldstein(!!), a jaw-dropping piece by
Art Adams(who must have gone blind inking it, so I guess
this is his last work), Peter Kuper, George Tuska, Mike
Allred, Herb Trimpe, Alex Maleev, Esad Ribic, and Michael
Lark!(not to mention a cover by Shag!) Whew!
like last issue, on top of all that, we get a Find-The-Monster
puzzle! You'd better buy two copies so you can do the
puzzle and not ruin the book.
you'd like to get a copy for yourself(and I suggest
you do!), you can find it at Chris' website.
For my money, I'd like to see one of these every
got this in the mail a month or two before DDSWUCCAS,
which I kept on my desk until the book came out. It made
me excited for the book as its release date approached--these
Salt Peter guys know how to promote!
- Heavy Metal - 1978
came across this rarity during the last few minutes
of its ebay auction. The seller said it was "treasury-sized",
and not having the time to email him a question, I took
the leap and bid on it, winning it in the process (having
worked on this site for almost a year now, I've become
experienced at figuring out what a lot of ebay sellers
mean when they call a comic "treasury-sized").
just got it in the mail, and it seems to be a weird
compromise between a genuine treasury comic and a more
standard Heavy Metal graphic novel. It's square-bound
and uses that shiny thick graphic novel paper, but it
measures 9.5 x 12.5", just shy of bona-fide
treasury status but also bigger than any GN. Since it's
here, it's a nice book, and it's from the classic Treasury
book opens with a few pages of stills from the Barbarella
movie (was any woman as gorgeous as Jane Fonda
and then a few pages of highlights from a previous Barbarella
book (Is it the same size as this one? Uh-oh...). I
have not yet been able to ascertain the plot of The
Moon Child yet, distracted as I am by all the copious
nudity. Nice artwork by Jean-Claude Forest, though.
saucy, full-color pages!
Palooka: A Visit to the New Bulletin Building - Harvey
is the kind of odd, one-of-a-kind item you find while
searching for oversized comics on the web. It's a special
insert that came with copies of the long-gone Philadelphia
Bulletin newspaper, starring everyone's favorite
pugilist, Joe Palooka! While not a treasury comic,
exactly, it is the same size, and it looked neat enough
to pick it up.
dressed rather nappily, takes two kids hanging around
a fire (?) on a tour of the new, swanky digs of the
paper. He then introduces them to the people who put
the paper together, like the Managing Editor and the
City Editor. Gee, this is way more fun than playing
don't mean to be too snarky here--this is actually a
very good-natured, even charming, attempt to show kids
how a newspaper is made and, who knows, maybe instill
an interest in journalism in some kids (boys only--stay
home and do the housework, ladies. this is the 50's,
is some unintentially funny stuff here, like when talking
about the fire they just witnessed and how it'll be
in the paper, the boy says "I'd rather read
about that fire we saw a little while ago...that's more
interesting to me than a big fire in New York."
Oooo-kay. I bet somebody's dad didn't want us to enter
continunes through the printing, how they add the color
to the comics, the distribution, all the way down to
the paperboy! The final page has some trivia about the
paper and Joe's outta here!
find it funny to think about how boxers were seen a
perfectly-fine profession to build a comic book or strip
around back then. Anyone wanna license a Mike Tyson
was produced by Harvey Comics' Promotion Division, which
now leads me to wonder if they produced similar editions
for other city newspapers...
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot - Dark Horse - 1997
they say king-size they mean it! This book, collecting
issues 1-2 of the Big Guy and Rusty the Robot
comic by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow, is a whopping
11.5x15.5" inches big! Darrow is of course famous
for having mind-boggling detail in his pages, so the
idea behind this book was to show off his work, minus
the letter balloons and color, so readers can get the
best view possible of Darrow's work.
plot of course is pretty basic--giant lizard attacks
Tokyo, and Big Guy and Rusty are dispatched to take
it on. Thousands and thousands of people--literally--are
trampled upon, run from, or witness the battles that
transpire. Pair this book up with Destroy!!
and you've got an afternoon filled over-sized comic-book
the Club Cab Pardner - Dodge - 1973
unusual item, this was a giveaway comic (11x14.5")
produced by Dodge promoting its new cab truck. I love
that its drawn in that classic 70s Schoolhouse Rock-esque
style, with bright and fun colors. Another 70s motif--mild
sexism and racism, with jokes about women being "really
built" and native americans ("my tribe is
accustomed to dodge"). Ah, the 70s.
is another example of how, when people wanted to use
comics to promote something, they used the big treasury/tabloid
size because they wanted it to be noticed! I
found this on ebay, of course, and it constantly amazes
that stuff like this is still around--I mean, who would
think to keep a thing like this, 30+ years later?
the image to see this book's back cover!
& Comix - 1990
find the most unusual things on ebay!
is a treasury-sized anthology comic, sponspored by The
School of Visual Arts, I'm guessing as a fundraiser.
Don't know much more about it than that, unfortunately.
book features work by artists from all over the world:
Alain Ceyssac (Paris), Alexander Ross (no, not the one
you think!), Peter Hoey, Lionel Koechlin, Jose Ortega,
Peter Gilstrap, someone just named "Ion",
Jerry Moriarty, Mike Dermanksy, Phillipe Lardy, David
Sandlin, Frances Jetter, Steven Herrick, Phillippe Roulet,
Bruce Benderson, Jan Smet (Brussels), Jonathon Rosen,
Phillippe Weisbecker, and Mokeit. Please forgive my
ignorance, but I'm not familiar with any of these
people. One good tour around this site ought to show
where my taste in comics primarily lies, so these names
are all new to me. Anyone with any info, please let
book is entirely in black and white except for a small,
standard-comic-size color insert in the middle of the
book. Most of the features are one or two pages in length,
and I think mostly make sense to the people who created
one exception I'd say is writer/artist Jerry Moriarty's
feature "A Visual Crime", which consists of
four double-page spreads, each illustration accompanied
with a short story in a sort of film noir style to accompany
the image. Of all the features in this book, it's this
one that makes the most of the large format--these drawings
seem to be about as big as life, spilling off the edges
of the paper. The stories are interesting too, I'd love
to find out if/where Mr.Moriarty might've done more
of these somewhere.
the image to see this book's back cover!
News #2 - 1984
glad to see we're finally starting represent some of
the "underground" comics world here--I've
been wanting to profile RAW
for a long while, but they remain incredibly expensive
so I haven't been able to get ahold of any yet.
I was able to get Bad News, a sort of sister
publication to RAW
that utilized many of the same people, both behind and
in front of the scenes creatively. I managed to get
ahold of issues 2 and 3 of BN, but oddly enough only
#2 was tabloid-sized.
issue is a veritable who's-who of underground comic
talent of the time, with work by Gary Panter, Drew Friedman,
Mark Newgarden, Glenn Head, Art Spieglemen, Paul Karasik
(who served as editor on the series, as well), and Jayr
Pulga. There are a lot of strips/features here, too
many to list, but here's just a sampling:
text article on Paul Hening (creator of The Beverly
Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction), with
spot illustrations by Drew Friedman
Carvel "Fudgy the Whale" cake made by William
--a urination joke "by" Nancy and Sluggo
creator Ernie Bushmiller
--a tribute to the Road Runner by Bruno Richard
...and the most mundane "Action Comics" you've
this issue has a random, scattershot energy that works
well with the extra size. Too bad they didn't do more
Canuck #4 - Comely Comix -1976
from the frozen north its...Captain Canuck!
the original b/w run of Comely Comix's Captain Canuck
title, they decided to do a special, limited-signed-and-numbered
treasury-sized edition of the fourth issue! This even
comes with a thick papered, blank outer cover, signed
by two of the creative people behind the book, Richard
Comely and JC St-Aubin! (btw, this is #62 of 300).
art (or the pencils, at least) are by George Freeman,
always one of my favorites even though I didn't see
his work all that often. The story, "Behind the
Mask" runs eighteen single-sided pages, ad features
some really nice work by Freeman.
are back-up features, too--"Catman", and a
Not Brand Ecch-esque superhero feature called
"Chaos Corps", both by the same creative team
as the lead (tho with less Freeman input, as far as
I can tell).
know I've said this about two dozen times on this site
before, but its editions like this that really charm
me, since the whole reason they're treasury-sized is
because the makers wanted this to be special.
And of course, treasury-sized
didn't even know this existed until I was made aware
of it by David Pass (he of the original Treasury
Comics Index). Once he pointed it out,
and where to get one--Doug
Sulipa's Comic World, the original distributor
of this edition (who still had copies, and who
could not have been nicer and easier to deal with),
I had my own copy less than a week later. Thanks David!
Mouse, Donald Duck and All Their Pals - Whitman -1970s?
is one of a six-book series of treasury-sized (10.5
x 14.5") books collecting spot illustrations, prose
pieces, and one-page "gag" cartoons featuring,
as the cover says, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and all
is an odd series since they seem to be reprints of some
form from the 1930s, published by Whitman at some point
in the 70s. There are are no copyrights other than the
original 1930s one, which has led some unknowing or
dishonest ebay sellers to list these books as actually
being from the 1930s, which they are not.
had debated whether to include this series here, so
when I saw this book on ebay for a measly seven bucks,
I thought I'd pick it up and see one of them for myself.
While not a comic book per se, it does feature
text stories accompanied by sequential illustrations.
Plus, this series is listed in the Overstreet
Price Guide, and doing them at this size is clearly
in line with the spirit of the treasury-sized comic,
so why not? I haven't decided whether I'm going to try
and get the other five books in the series yet--if I
do, I'll move all these to their own page.
then, we can enjoy this. Instead of showing the back
cover too I chose to scan one of the interior pages,
a sequence starring Mickey. Never having been a big
Disney fan as a kid (I was more of a Warners devotee),
Mickey and/or his pals never meant much to me, but I
am struck how beautiful and sharp the early Disney material
was. I've heard more than one person knowledgeable about
animation (Matt Groenig, for instance) say how much
they like the early Mickey compared the more bland,
human-like version of the last few decades, and looking
at this book I can see what they mean.
the image to see an interior page from the book!
The Cat -1969
wonderful discovery, a genuine treasury-size comic by
the legendary R.Crumb! This was published in 1969 by
Ballantine Books, with thick cardboard covers.
believe this is a collection of three previously published
Fritz the Cat comics--"Fritz Bugs Out", "Secret
Agent for the C.I.A.", and "Fritz the No-Good."
As any fan of Crumb and/or Fritz knows, this material
is definitely for adults only, as if the cover didn't
tell you that already. Full of situations and language
that would get Don Imus fired, this book is R.Crumb
at his most R.Crumb.
said. I was surprised at some of the complexity of the
art in this book. I have a passing familiarity with
Crumb's' work, and I had always thought he was most
regarded for the approach he took to the work, not so
much the art itself. But during the C.I.A. story especially,
there is some really effective storytellling, amid all
the anthropomorthic intercourse.
black and white pages.
to see the back cover of the book!
Nude Dancers -Tundra - 1990
a whopping 11x17", 20 Nude Dancers is a
collection of oddball strips writer/artist Mark Martin
did for The Comics Buyer's Guide. The strips are all
over the place--thematically, stylistically, tonally.
Think of Evan Dorkin's Dork smooshed with the
approach of Raw and you get close to how this
to say I didn't enjoy it, but the humor seems so internal
and, at times, incomprehensible, that I did feel a little
left behind. I think having the guts to do this book
at 11x17" tells you that Martin was definitely
following the beat of his own drummer. Selling a non-superhero
ten-dollar comic had to be hard enough, but making it
so big it doesn't fit on any bookshelf had to
be commercial suicide. Props to Tundra for going ahead
of course, Tundra isn't in business anymore...coincidence?
black and white and color pages.
to see the back cover of the book!
Action Planet Halloween Special - Action Planet - 1998
too long after I started the site, I got a bunch of
emails from treasury fans, all with suggestions for
additions to the site, most of which I eventually incorporated.
Erik "Savage Dragon" Larsen emailed
me with a few ideas, one of which was, as he put it
"a Monsterman treasury." Try
as I might, I couldn't find any such book, but I never
just last week I finally found what he was talking about--The
Giant-Size Action Planet Halloween Special, which
came out in 1998 and stars Mike Manley's Monsterman
character, so Erik was right but I was using the wrong
title to look for it all this time. I found a copy on
ebay from the fine folk at Mile High Comics, and less
than a week later it arrived.
measuring, I see the book is 9x12", which is
just shy of the "official" treasury/tabloid
size standard I set for the site(10x13"), but after
I got a look at this book I realized this thing is so
in the spirit of the classic treasury comics that I
just couldn't leave it off. What difference does an
inch make? (as Dunder-Mifflin Regional Manager Michael
Scott would say, "that's what she said.")
Besides, on the inside back cover, Monsterman's creator,
Mike Manley, states "I always wanted to do a big
comic like those cool Treasury Editions Marvel and DC
used to print back in the 70s. I loved those huge comics."
that's why we're here, Mike!
GSAPHS features a whole bunch of stories, leading off
with "Menace Before Midnight", story and art
by Manley, featuring the good-natured but bad-ass MonsterMan,
who takes his girlfriend and her nieces out ti a Halloween
party, where they meet a weird kid named Bartholamue
who has unwisely made a deal with...Satan himself!
Luckily Monsterman is around to open a bag of candy-corn
whoopass on Mr.Scratch.
had never read a Monsterman comic before and now I'm
sorry for that, since this story was a lot of fun. It
looks and feels very reminiscient of the early Mads,
with lots of gags flying by, some lowbrow, some highbrow,
all told with great brio and style.
also work by Bret Blevins, John Heebink, a grotesque
two-page horror/comedy strip called "Little Stiffy"
by Bill Wray, Jason Armstrong, Ande Parks, Phillip Hester,
and Scott Cohn. And if that isn't enough, there's a
gen-u-ine life-size Monsterman mask you can cut
out from the back cover! Man, if they had done another
one of these, a table-top diorama would've been next,
in all, a lot of fun, and a fitting tribute by some
talented people to the classic treasuries they grew
beautiful color pages. Boo!
to see the back cover of the book!
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