Buy PAPERBACK for $12.95 / Buy HARDCOVER for $19.95 Every Canteen Kate story ever published—22 in all—is collected for the first time in The Lost Art of Matt Baker (Vol. 1), judiciously restored and enlarged 20 percent over their original published size. A rich introduction by veteran comics writer Steven Ringgenberg provides insightful historical and biographical context, and a bonus gallery spotlights Baker's skills as a cover artist.
Matt Baker has long been considered the best of the "good-girl" artists working in the golden age of comics. His tremendous talents came to fruition at St. John Publications, where he drew every installment of the candid wartime cutie, Kate of Canteen Kate, from her premiere in Fightin' Marines (1951) to her final bow in Anchors Andrews (1953). Unlike the jingoistic comics typically published during the Korean War, Canteen Kate tales were designed to be morale-boosting screwball fun. Baker managed to make Kate equal parts comely and kooky in a series of stories of silly hijinks in a military mess hall. Baker and his good-time gal bring you weapons-grade guffaws as well as art that will leave you eager to see more from this master draftsman. 160 pages / full color / paperback and hardcover
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Want that Lost Art of Matt Baker even sooner? Then be sure to swing by our booth on Sept. 14-15 at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. We'll have plenty of copies of both formats on hand at booth #F2 (download the handy booth map at left).
As always, we have some convention-exclusive material lined up this year, including a limited-edition Canteen Kateposter and, a first for us: a limited-edition Canteen Katet-shirt.
"Canteen Kate" T-Shirts...silkscreen and only 25 printed!
Limited-edition (x50) poster!
Forthcoming from Lost Art Books
The Lost Art of the Racy & Risqué
Volumes 1 & 2
Introduction by R.C. Harvey
A little-seen trove of nearly 900 illustrations and cartoons from 1925-50 drawn by the most popular artists of the time.
The Lost Art of Ethel Hays
Foreword by Trina Robbins / Essay by Kerry Roeder
Hundreds of beautifully rendered pen-and-ink drawings from this pioneering flapper-era cartoonist.
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Picture This Press is dedicated to broadening the appreciation and awareness of artists who work in the fields of illustration, cartooning, graphic arts, photography, and poster design. Picture This Press founder Joseph Procopio and co-publisher Ellen Levy have a combined 40 years of publishing experience as writers, managing editors, and publications directors for a variety of organizations.
Lost Art Books, the flagship series from Picture This Press, collects and preserves the works of illustrators and cartoonists from the first half of the 20th century. Too many of these artists have gone underappreciated for too long, with much of their work uncollected or unexamined for decades, if at all. The Lost Art Books series aims to preserve this cultural heritage by re-introducing these artists to new generations of working illustrators, historians, and admirers of things beautiful.