Diamond May 2024 Solicitations

Diamond has released its latest Previews World catalogue. Two AE format books, previously covered under publisher solicitations. Plus one new “not quite an AE” volume featuring scans of original art!

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Brian Bolland-Batman: The Killing Joke and Other Stories & Art Gallery Edition

The art of Brian Bolland has been a high-point for comic fans for over forty years. Scanned at actual-size from the original art, this deluxe, hardcover collection follows Bolland’s career featuring his DC Comics work from his early 1980’s covers and stories to his current covers. This once in a lifetime gathering of Bolland’s art comprises the finest presentation and the definitive compilation of his body of work.

This will be a 280 page, large-format (13” x 20”) hardcover book that will include three 2-page foldouts and seven vellum inserts, with similar paper stock and production values to the previous Graphitti Designs Gallery Editions. Besides featuring the complete Batman: The Killing Joke story from 1988, the BRIAN BOLLAND-BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE and Other Stories & Art Gallery Edition will also include:

  • Afterword by Brian Bolland
  • Introduction by Richard Starkings
  • An Innocent Guy from BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE #4 (8 pages)
  • Certified Safe from MYSTERY IN SPACE #115 (7 pages)
  • Freeway of Fun Fear! from THE OUTSIDERS #18 (8 pages)
  • The Princess & the Frog from HEART THROBS #1 (5 pages)
  • The Prince & the Witch from HEART THROBS #1 (1 page)
  • Story pages from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #200 (5 pages)
  • Story pages from BATMAN #400 (9 pages)
  • More than 100 pages of black & white and color cover art from WONDER WOMAN, CAMELOT 3000, ANIMAL MAN, ROBIN, BATMAN…and much more.
  • Miscellaneous art and pin-ups including the two-page spreads of CAMELOT 3000 and GREEN LANTERN CORPS from DC COMICS WHO’S WHO.
  • Gallery of assorted UK, convention, pencil roughs and preliminary artwork.
  • A new Digital Gallery section showcasing Bolland’s current work, annotated by Brian.
Dave Cockrums X Men Artists Edition cover

Dave Cockrum’s X-Men Artist’s Edition

An Artist’s Edition featuring the groundbreaking and bestselling X-Men series from the late 1970s by the stellar team of Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum. This is an art book, not a traditional collection of comic books, featuring rare and beautiful imagery, a collection for connoisseurs of the form.

This collection is a celebration of some of the most explosive art in X-Men history. Included in this stellar Artist’s Edition are more than 100 pages from Dave Cockrum’s initial run, selections from his return to the series, and an amazing gallery of sketches and covers. See the Giant-Size X-Men #1 cover as the artist originally imagined it!

The Nancy Show cover

The Nancy Show: Celebrating the Art of Ernie Bushmiller

A companion catalogue of original art, memorabilia, and more from “The Nancy Show”, a 2024 exhibition honoring Ernie Bushmiller at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. This book includes reproductions from the museum show, including over 100 pieces of original artwork, with special bonus material.

Ernie Bushmiller stated that his Nancy was created for “the gum chewers” and not the “caviar eaters.” He might be surprised to find his work honored in an important art exhibition. Nancy herself would believe she deserves nothing less!

By scholars, collectors, and fans, the importance of Ernie Bushmiller’s work has been acknowledged in recent years as he takes his place among the great classic cartoonists. This book is a companion catalogue of artwork, memorabilia, and more from “The Nancy Show” a 2024 exhibition honoring Bushmiller at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Included are high-quality images of over 100 pieces of Ernie Bushmiller original artwork, plus a biography by exhibition curator Brian Walker. A collector’s story by Tom Gammil gives insights on Nancy artwork and displays a gallery of dolls, toys, and other merchandise. The Nancy Show also features contributions by authors Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (How To Read Nancy), as well as notes from Bill Griffith, Patrick McDonnell, Ivan Brunetti, and others.

The book also features a collection of the best Nancy Sunday pages from over the decades, meticulously restored and printed in near full-size, most never been reprinted in color before. This book gives comic lovers an opportunity to experience “The Nancy Show” exhibition long after it leaves the museum. It’s a volume no Nancy fan should be without! Special bonus gift: This book includes a sheet of exclusive Nancy gift-wrapping paper, suitable for wrapping the book itself or anything else one might give to a Nancy lover.