In 1978, fresh off his run on Red Sonja, Frank Thorne went on to create the lusty warrior-goddess, Ghita. Originally published by Warren Publishing in 1984/1994. Now Ghita’s Adventures Continue. Volume II features the final two Ghita stories along with a bevy of extras.  All reproduced from Frank’s original pen and ink originals. You will get to see all the original brush strokes and any corrections made to the originals!

As with all AE format books (Artist’s Editions, Artifact Editions, Gallery Editions, Art Editions, Studio Editions, etc), this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll be reviewing the book and not the story. For a complete list of all current and announced editions, with review links, please visit our Index. Also, see What is an Artist’s Edition and our Artist Index.

With Volume II Hermes wraps up Thorne’s Ghita stories, portfolios and storyboards. A perfect complementary volume for those who enjoyed the first.

The full title has been changed from the format established by Volume I, with “Archival Edition” dropped and a colon replacing a comma. The cover and colophon pages don’t list the book’s title so we have to rely on the title page and website listing.

Scans are mostly clear; no issues after the first few pages which appeared a bit soft. Pages have aged remarkably well; all off-white to light tan. The only margin notes are story names and page numbers. Blacks show minimal gradients. Correction fluid used very sparingly; after some searching, I found two instances.

Design and production follow the first volume, bringing with it the good and bad. Great use of the cover colour right through the book. Colophon, Table Of Contents and chapter dividers feature enlarged art to wonderful effect. Love the Index that lists sources for the material. Page numbers in the gallery material but not on the story pages.

A sewn binding of matte paper stock. The paper feels a bit thin but there are no issues and it reads well. The book comes without a box or shrinkwrap, which at this price point and format is negligent.

I chose the more modest pages to show in this review. It never gets too crazy, but I’ve erred on the side of caution.

This volume was published because of a successful Kickstarter campaign; thus the thanks to Kickstarter backers on the colophon. The publisher promised it would only be available directly from Hermes and through Diamond.