Sunday, July 28, 2013

Strange Dreams!


The Strange World of Your Dreams from YOe Books and IDW Publishing collects the four issues of the Simon-Kirby short-lived, but nonetheless classic series. Weird is a good word to describe these offbeat surreal nightmare tales produced int he early 50's for the Crestwood/Prize brand. These are peculiar but very well crafted, from a time when comics reflected a broad range of interests. In addition to artwork by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, there are stories by Mort Meskin, Bill Draut, and Bob McCarty.  I was undecided on this book until I actually saw it and the mattress ticking cover treatment (which is plush by the way) won me over. YOe Books always comes up with clever gimmicks which make a volume sing.

In addition to the stories there is a nice essay on the use of dreams in comic strips over the decades, especially Windsor McCay's Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. Also included are some unpublished art pieces including two covers by Simon and Kirby which didn't get to the newsstands.

Here are the covers that did. 





There is included a story from this issue of Black Magic which served as an intro to the Simon and Kirby's new comic.


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4 comments:

  1. say, ol' Fester is in the "thanks" section on this book! ;) It's been a real pleasure working with Craig on this (and several other upcoming books, such as Ditko Monsters:Konga)! Craig really did an outstanding job with this one (well, he always does, doesn't he!)

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    1. Way to go Fester, it's a beauty! The shop owner who sold it to me remarked on it and despaired how Marvel and DC couldn't come up with such handsome volumes for reasonable prices.

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  2. Where'd you purchase it, Rip? I know Comic Book World doesn't usually get Craig's books. If they do, only one copy.

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    1. I must've gotten their only copy. I saw it, mulled on it, and later called to have them put it back. They did, and I picked it up. The other store in town did not get a copy. I bragged on the YOe Books, so maybe Paul will change his mind on them.

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