Saturday, December 20, 2014


POPULAR SKULLTURE (Kitchen Sink Books/ Dark Horse, 2014; Hardcover)

Not so much a collected edition or a graphic novel but rather an artbook of classic pulp and comic book covers of the 1930s through the mid-1950s, Popular Skullture is a joy to behold. I love those classic pulp covers with their sensationalist painted artwork. There are collections of the complete runs of covers but they are super limited and super pricey. There are also full blown replicas of these pulps available, ads and all, but they are around 35 bucks each...and there are hundreds of them. I am not man enough to go down that collecting rabbit hole. Popular Skullture may just whet your whistle enough for your to do so, though.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.

The OCD zone- This is one of those GN-TPB size books, industry jargon for a book that is smaller than a standard collected edition.
Linework and Color restoration: These are high resolution scans. The quality of the source material varies, so you can get some fairly worn cover scans here.
Paper stock: Thick glossy coated stock.
Binding: While this book has sewn binding it is very tight, requiring both hands to keep it open. It is a small book so this is not an issue for me.
Hardback cover notes: Thick paperboard casewrap which feels like a vintage book. I like it.

HAUNT OF HORROR (Marvel, 2009; Softcover)

Collects Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe # 1-3 and Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1-3 (cover dates July, 2006- October, 2008)
Writers: Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Rich Margopoulos, and Richard Corben
Artist: Richard Corben

It would be hard to screw up material by Lovecraft and Poe, especially when you have Richard Corben handling the artwork. Good stuff that is unfortunately now out of print.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The OCD zone-
Paper stock: Thin coated stock.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Thick waxlike lamination. 


  1. Kris, did you pick up the recent Dark Horse Corben/Poe collection SPIRITS OF THE DEAD? I haven't read it yet (Of course not!), but it's a phenomenal-looking hardcover.

    1. I have not picked it up yet. It is on my wishlist waiting to be bought someday.

  2. I'd never heard of Popular Skullture before -- sounds great. I'll be picking it up!

    I've got the Marvel Premiere hardcover of Corben's Poe series, but not any of the collections with his Lovecraft adaptations. I've never exactly been head-over-heels for Lovecraft; actually, I much prefer comic-book adaptations of his work (e.g. Bernie Wrightson and, I would suspect, Corben as well).