The Pure Imagination Library of Classic Comics
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Greg Theakston, both the brains and brawn behind Pure Imagination, is a comics soldier who's spent his life in the trenches to keep the classics of comics alive.  This is his latest and greatest project.  Each volume runs between 160 and 200 8 1/2" x 11" pages, and re-presents in glorious black and white the classic comics of yesteryear by the greatest names in the business.  The art in these issues has been painstakingly reproduced from the originals by a process that has been come to be know as Theakston-ization, a process by which the original comics have the color bleached out, leaving only the black and white line art, which is then reproduced to appear exactly as it did at the time of original publicationThis is the way to read old comics!  (Unless, of course, you're independently wealthy and can afford to spring for the thousands of dollars that it would cost to buy the originals reproduced in these volumes.  These comics don't feature the famous superhero characters, that have become cash cows for the majors.  No, these volumes focus instead on the artwork by the same artists that made these characters famous, but in those instances when it was applied to pure story-telling, without having to worry about the marketing and product placement that accompanies comics featuring famous characters.  These are really worth checking out and will be treasured by connoisseurs of comics everywhere.  Here's the volumes that we have so far:


o/p*The Complete Jack Kirby: June - August 1947 (200 pages; Jack was nothing if not prolific)
o/p*The Steve Ditko Reader (160 pgs; classic horror, sci-fi & mystery tales from the early '50s)
o/p*The Alex Toth Reader (160 pgs; classic romance, war & adventure stories from the early' 50s)
o/p*The Alex Toth Reader, Vol. 2 (160 pgs; classic romance, war & adventure stories from the early'50s)
o/p*The Basil Wolverton Reader (160 pgs; Powerhouse Pepper & other wackiness from the '40s)
o/p*The Basil Wolverton Reader, Vol. 2 (160 pgs; Powerhouse Pepper & other wackiness from the '40s)
o/p*Thrill Book!: '50s Horror and SF Comics (160 pgs.; Toth, Wood, Cole, Krigstein, more!)
o/s, (o/p?)The Steve Ditko Reader, Volume 2 (160 pgs; classic horror, sci-fi & mystery tales from the early '50s)
o/s, (o/p?)The Steve Ditko Reader, Volume 3 (160 pgs; classic horror, sci-fi & mystery tales from the early '50s)
The Jack Kirby Reader (160 pgs; crime, romance, adventure and some dailies! mostly late '40s)
The Jack Kirby Reader, Vol. 2 (160 pgs; crime, romance, adventure from 1947 - 1957)
The Wally Wood Reader
(160 pgs; classic romance, war and science fiction stories from the early '50s)
Wally Wood's Way Out (160 pgs of science fiction illustrations from the late '50s)
The Comic Strip Jack Kirby
(160 pgs of Kirby's 1930s comic strip work; there's some real surprises here!)
The Complete Jack Kirby: Volume One (160 pgs of Kirby's very earliest work-- illos, strips and comics; 1917 - 1940)
The Complete Jack Kirby: Sept. - Oct. 1947 (172 pgs of Kirby's best -- crime, romance & more -- AMAZING!)
o/s, (o/p?)Steve Ditko's The Thing (160 pgs of classic horror, sci-fi & mystery tales from the mid to late '50s)
Will Eisner: Edge of Genius (160 pgs of Eisner's earliest work from the 1930s; rarely -- if ever -- seen!)
Alex Toth: Edge of Genius, Vol. 1 (160 pgs of classic war, romance, sci-fi & mystery tales from 1952)
Miss Fury, Vol. 1 by Tarpe Mills (160 pgs of mind-boggling super-heroine comics from the WW II era!)
Agony and Ecstasy by Basil Wolverton (the legendary Bible illustrations collected at last! Old Test.; 1955-59)
new!The Al Williamson Reader (160 pgs of classic war, western, horror, sci-fi & mystery tales from )
The Lou Fine Reader, Volume 1 (160 pgs of Golden Age classics)
new! The Lou Fine Reader, Volume 2 (160 pgs of Golden Age classics)
new! Sex, Drugs and Violence in the Comics (160 pgs of classics, all but 2 from 1947 - 1954; inc. Cole, Kirby & Wood)

retail price - $25.00@   copacetic special price - $19.99@

>> o/p* - These volumes are out of print and no longer available.  However,  they have -- for the most part -- now been reissued on CD-ROMs, which contain the exact same high quality images -- ready for print out or viewable on any computer -- for a much lower price! 
Here's what's currently available:

The Complete Jack Kirby, Vol. 1: 1917 - 1941 on CD - ROM
(389 pages of material: early work, comic strips, super hero, war & adventure stories from the '40s to the '50s)


The Alex Toth Reader, Vols. 1 & 2 on CD - ROM
(320 pages of material: classic romance, war & adventure stories from the early- to mid-'50s)


The Basil Wolverton Reader, Vols. 1 & 2 on CD - ROM
(320 pages of material: Powerhouse Pepper & other wackiness from the '40s)

retail price - $20.00@   copacetic price - $17.77@

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