So today at Hermes Press we got in the first box of Free Comic Book Day comics! I hope you all pick up a copy during FCBD (which is May 3, 2014).
Seen here: Scratch9 and Buck Rogers
Hermes Press’s official Office Dog Moose approves 100%

So today at Hermes Press we got in the first box of Free Comic Book Day comics! I hope you all pick up a copy during FCBD (which is May 3, 2014).

Seen here: Scratch9 and Buck Rogers

Hermes Press’s official Office Dog Moose approves 100%

If you haven’t already, check out Howard Chaykin’s Buck Rogers No. 3!

Hermes Press’s official Office Dog Moose approves 100%.

Buck Rogers #1 by Howard Chaykin

Many publishers seem to have an endless desire to revamp old pulp heroes and revive caped crusaders who’ve been MIA for years, such as the recent (and uninspired) resurrection of the great Pete Morisi’s superhero title, Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. Such updates, which often ‘modernize’ the character by making him, look, talk, and act like every other contemporary superhero, are rarely worth the time.

But with this makeover, it looks like Howard Chaykin will energize a stale property by giving Buck Rogers a not-so-modern world-view, one that revisits 1930s America and speaks to 2013 by looking to an era that shares much with our own. Rather than the coded jingoism we expect from traditional pulp fictions, Rogers articulates a ‘workers vs. capitalists’ socialist perspective; because the character first appeared in 1928, Chaykin’s move has an historical rationale.

While I prefer Chaykin’s art in black and white (here it’s colored and printed in the ‘hyper-gloss’ method), I enjoyed reading a book with an unusual take on what many others would’ve approached as a generic space opera: a handsome white guy battles an ugly alien to save a beautiful white woman and the universe. Bypassing such clichéd territory, Chaykin fashions an intergalactic Eugene Debs.

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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century the Complete Murphy Anderson Dailies 1947-1949 and 1958-1959

Murphy Anderson, long heralded as one of the giants of the Silver Age, began some of his first mature work in the business on the Buck Rogers newspaper strip.  Anderson has long credited the strip as a major influence on his art and his runs on the feature have long been sought by collectors but never comprehensively collected together.  Now, for the first time, Hermes Press will be collecting Anderson’s complete work on the dailies beginning in 1947 and running until 1949. Anderson returned to the strip in 1958 working on it until 1959.  This extra large volume collects Anderson’s complete work on the dailies and is supplemented by essays, original artwork, and tons of extras that makes this book the ultimate archival collection of Anderson’s work on science-fiction’s most important comic strip.

ISBN 978-1-61345-068-0; $60; 320 pages. 9 x 12 deluxe format, introduction by Roy Thomas; deluxe hardcover with end-leaves and dust jacket; documentary material; essays; original artwork.  Available in May/2014.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century the Complete Murphy Anderson Dailies 1947-1949 and 1958-1959
Murphy Anderson, long heralded as one of the giants of the Silver Age, began some of his first mature work in the business on the Buck Rogers newspaper strip.  Anderson has long credited the strip as a major influence on his art and his runs on the feature have long been sought by collectors but never comprehensively collected together.  Now, for the first time, Hermes Press will be collecting Anderson’s complete work on the dailies beginning in 1947 and running until 1949. Anderson returned to the strip in 1958 working on it until 1959.  This extra large volume collects Anderson’s complete work on the dailies and is supplemented by essays, original artwork, and tons of extras that makes this book the ultimate archival collection of Anderson’s work on science-fiction’s most important comic strip.
ISBN 978-1-61345-068-0; $60; 320 pages. 9 x 12 deluxe format, introduction by Roy Thomas; deluxe hardcover with end-leaves and dust jacket; documentary material; essays; original artwork.  Available in May/2014.

Get your copy at your local comic store today! Howard Chaykin’s Buck Rogers #2, or #3! Email us at info@hermespress.com for more information.

Scratch9; all color; free comic book day special; 6.625 x 10.125; 32 pages plus cover; all ages; UPC 852794004005 00002; Creator/Writer Rob M. Worley; Artist Joshua Buchanan; Cover Artist Joshua Buchanan
 
He’s back for Free Comic Book Day! The world’s greatest superhero cat returns in this all-ages, all-cat, all-free funny-book featuring all-new stories! Scratch is an ordinary cat who can summon his nine lives to get himself and his pet posse out of a jam. This new edition is a direct lead-in to the summer’s monthly Scratch9 series: CAT OF NINE WORLDS! The fur starts flying here! Hermes Press is a Silver level sponsor of Free Comic Book Day.
For more information about Scratch9 visit http://www.scratch9.com
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; all color; free comic book day special; 6.625 x 10.125; 32 pages plus cover; all ages; UPC 852794004012 00002; art and stories by Russell Keaton, Murphy Anderson, and Howard Chaykin.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the first, best and original sci-fi hero is supporting Free Comic Book day with a special re-print of one complete Sunday story, “Prophet of the Fire Demon,” by fabled artist Russell Keaton, whose fantasy work is considered to be one of the high-points of the feature.  This story has been painstakingly digitally reconstructed to perfection and looks better than the original newspaper Sundays!  Hermes Press’ Buck Rogers FDBD issue will also offer bonus material and tons of surprises! Hermes Press is a Silver level sponsor of Free Comic Book Day.
Thanks for the praise, Chaykin is doing an awesome job on Buck Rogers and we appreciate it!

Thanks for the praise, Chaykin is doing an awesome job on Buck Rogers and we appreciate it!

Check out the newly reprinted Buck Rogers, The Western Publishing Years: Volume One on amazon.com!

Check out the newly reprinted Buck Rogers, The Western Publishing Years: Volume One on amazon.com!

 Buck Rogers Returns!



Howard Chaykin’s revival of the first, best, and original sci-fi hero returns in August with an all-new four book story-line



Before Star Trek and Star Wars, Buck Rogers captivated audiences around the world and made science fiction a national obsession. Now, over eighty years after the creation of the newspaper strip that became a household word, Howard Chaykin has returned the character and his universe back to basics: Buck Rogers, former World War I ace is accidentally suspended in time only to awaken to a new and different earth, 500 years in the future, fragmented by war and ruled by an omnipotent force— the Chinese. Now, Buck along with Colonel Wilma Deering, begin a new fight, to free the United States!



Chaykin’s long anticipated revival of science-fiction’s most archetypal character will hit comic stores in August with Issue #1. See June Previews for more solicitation information.

 Buck Rogers Returns!

Howard Chaykin’s revival of the first, best, and original sci-fi hero returns in August with an all-new four book story-line

Before Star Trek and Star Wars, Buck Rogers captivated audiences around the world and made science fiction a national obsession. Now, over eighty years after the creation of the newspaper strip that became a household word, Howard Chaykin has returned the character and his universe back to basics: Buck Rogers, former World War I ace is accidentally suspended in time only to awaken to a new and different earth, 500 years in the future, fragmented by war and ruled by an omnipotent force— the Chinese. Now, Buck along with Colonel Wilma Deering, begin a new fight, to free the United States!

Chaykin’s long anticipated revival of science-fiction’s most archetypal character will hit comic stores in August with Issue #1. See June Previews for more solicitation information.