MR. MONSTER: The Original Adventures Of Doc. Stearne

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Mr. Monster was one of the many heroes created during the Golden Age of Canadian comics. These “Canadian whites,” as they have since been dubbed due to the stark white paper they were printed on, were the result of the War Exchange Conservation Act during World War II. The act restricted the importation of non-essential goods from the United States into Canada, including fiction periodicals. Other notable characters from this era include Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Johnny Canuck, Book Windsor, and Canada Jack. Sit back and enjoy the bizarre adventures of this unique hero collected for the first time in one place.

This collection also includes rare never before seen art and interview with original Mr. Monster creator Fred Kelly. Closing out the book is an afterword by Michael T. Gilbert who resurrected Mr. Monster in the 1980s, and an original pin-up gallery from over two-dozen contemporary Canadian artists!

Enjoy the Mr. Monster unboxing video!

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Five one of a kind prints by members of the RAID artist collective. This limited edition print set features the art of Danesh Mohiuddin, Shane Heron, Eric Vedder, Ramón K Pérez, and Andrew Dorland. Limited to 25 editions these 8.5 x 11 in. pieces are printed on 80lbs lynx archival card-stock. Each piece is signed and number by the artist.

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Mr. Monster was one of the many heroes created during the Golden Age of Canadian comics. These “Canadian whites,” as they have since been dubbed due to the stark white paper they were printed on, were the result of the War Exchange Conservation Act during World War II. The act restricted the importation of non-essential goods from the United States into Canada, including fiction periodicals. Other notable characters from this era include Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Johnny Canuck, Book Windsor, and Canada Jack. Sit back and enjoy the bizarre adventures of this unique hero collected for the first time in one place. This collection also includes rare never before seen art and interview with original Mr. Monster creator Fred Kelly. Closing out the book is an afterword by Michael T. Gilbert who resurrected Mr. Monster in the 1980s, and an original pin-up gallery from over two-dozen contemporary Canadian artists!

Mr. Monster originally began life as Doc. Stearne who debuted in WOW Comics #26 from Bell Features in 1945. He was a ‘Doc Savage’ style adventurer that had been popular during the wartime era. Doc Stearne travelled the globe in search of lost civilizations while battling ancient monsters and wartime military threats. With Super-Duper Comics #3 released 1947 Doc. Stearne transformed from a simple adventurer into Mr. Monster, a supernatural avenger. His donning of a brightly coloured costume was perhaps creator Fred Kelly’s attempt to make his character more relevant in a flourishing 4-colour superhero world. This new iteration only lasted one instalment before the series was cancelled due to the influx of post-war American superhero comics. Decades later in the 1980s Michael T. Gilbert’s resurrection and interpretation of Mr. Monster enshrined the character’s relevance in a new era and sparked a kind of cult-fandom Kelly never could have anticipated.

Additional information

Weight 445 g
Dimensions 9.25 × 6.75 × .75 in
Format

Hardcover

Dimensions

128 Pages, 6.5" x 9"

Published

September 2021

Language

English

ISBN

9781775043546

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