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Classic Comics Press has just brought out the sixth volume in its series reprinting all of Leonard Starr’s Mary Perkins On Stage, March 10, 1963 - October 11, 1964 (264 8.5x11-inch landscape-bound pages, b/w dailies and Sundays; paperback, $24.95) and the second volume in Stan Drake’s Heart of Juliet Jones series, August 15, 1955 - November 30, 1957 (248 8.5x11-inch landscape-bound pages, daily only, b/w; paperback, $24.95). Juliet Jones cover These two strips are half of the entire roster of comic strips superbly drawn in the realistic illustrative manner (the other two, Harold Foster’s Prince Valiant and all of Alex Raymond’s four strips, Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, Secret Agent X-9, and Rip Kirby), and the reproduction in both these volumes is exquisite: fineline feathering is not matted, blotched or lost altogether, solid blacks are solid, gray tones (in Juliet Jones) and other stylistic variations (ditto) are all here, better displayed than in any of the newprint incarnations of yore. Starr is easier to capture in this regard than Drake, who deploys numerous variations in linear treatment. In his introduction to On Stage, cartoonist Batton Lash spends a suitable amount of time praising and analyzing Starr’s artwork; cartoonist Howard Chaykin in his introduction to Juliet Jones stresses mostly the high quality of the stories as classy soap opera.

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