From the creator of S.R. Bissette's TYRANT® comes this first fully-illustrated volume in an ongoing book series dedicated to prehistoric pop culture—meaning any and all dinosaur and caveman literature, art, comicbooks, movies, postcards, etc. The series kicks off with essays by world-renowned novelist F. Paul Wilson (THE KEEP, etc.), comics historian and scholar Christopher Hayton, and the Pope of paleo pop Stephen R. Bissette, accompanied by rare, eye-popping artwork (including original portraits of favorite monsters by Bissette), stills, promotional art, and more!
F. Paul Wilson's "The Beast and Me" plunges the reader back to 1953, the year that Ray Harryhausen's classic THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS hit theaters, amid one of the first-ever ad campaigns saturating television with spot commercials for the surprise hit film, and—gulp!—the notorious Polio scare! Christopher Hayton's "Fantastic Giants" offers the first in-depth historical analysis of the beloved Charlton Comics monster comics universe launched by movie comics adaptations of GORGO, KONGA, and REPTILICUS (which became the series REPTISAURUS), delineated by master cartoonist Steve Ditko (SPIDER-MAN, DR. STRANGE) and others! And editor/author Steve Bissette provides an extensive, intensive context for it all, beginning with his ode to PUNCH's E.T. Reed, the cartoonist who created caveman comics in the 19th Century and continuing through a history of dinosaur comics, including Joe Kubert's seminal TOR, Sam Glanzman's delirious KONA, the essential "Young Earth" backup series in TUROK SON OF STONE, the beloved G.I.s vs. dinosaurs "War That Time Forgot" comicbook series, TYRANT contemporaries like Ricardo Delgado's AGE OF REPTILES and Jim Lawson's PALEO, and an overview of science and religion in dinosaur comics! Bissette also offers his personal ode to the first saurian cinema auteur Eugène Lourié, and the saucy secret history of the Charlton/Monarch Books sexy paperback adaptations of GORGO, KONGA, and REPTILICUS!
There has never been a book like this before—it's the first of its kind, but it won't be the last!