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Heads Up: “Caniff” by Dean Mullaney

Coming this summer from IDW, publisher of Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles and Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art, Dean Mullaney’s Caniff — a followup of sorts to the Mullaney-edited, multi-volume IDW reprint series, The Complete Terry and the Pirates — promises to be the sort of blockbuster coffee-table art book that every self-respecting comic-strip fan will covet even if he or she can’t afford to buy it:

Here are the details from Amazon.ca:

Caniff HC [Hardcover]
Dean Mullaney (Author), Milton Caniff (Artist)

List Price: CDN$ 62.50
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* Hardcover: 360 pages
* Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 12 2011)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1600109209
* ISBN-13: 978-1600109201

“He’s been called ‘The Rembrandt of the Comic Strip’ and the ‘Greatest Generation’s Cartoonist-in-Chief.’ No comics artist has so heavily influenced his medium and no cartoonist has seen more imitators than Milton Arthur Caniff, the creator of Terry and the Pirates, Male Call, and Steve Canyon. While these three classic newspaper strips have been reprinted, until now, the immense talent behind them has never been afforded a large-scale art monograph dedicated to his entire career. Produced with full access to Caniff’s extensive personal archives at The Ohio State University, and with the cooperation of the Caniff estate, this oversized book reproduces from the original artwork hundreds of comics, illustrations, pencil sketches, and drawings – including many not previously reprinted. In addition to the three famous comic strips, represented are his childhood drawings, the beginnings of his career as a newspaper cartoonist, his significant contributions to the 1940s war effort, as well as his continuing relationship with the Air Force, Boy Scouts, and other organizations. “


p.s. If you have avoided purchasing The Complete Terry and the Pirates because a couple of the volumes are already out of print, never fear: Mullaney has spoken out on a couple of Web sites to assure Caniff fans that IDW already has plans for second printings.

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