This is the first of two volumes reprinting copious amounts
of comics stories and recounting the career of cartoonist Basil Wolverton.
Based on his correspondence and journals, the biographical portion of the books
follows Wolverton from childhood to adult day-to-day life as freelance
cartoonist, itinerant handyman, persistent contest enterer, and local pastor of
the Radio Church of God. Wolverton lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest,
unique among the first generation of comic book pioneers. In the precious
period before the industry calcified into a commercial institution, Wolverton
was free to work under the radar to explore in detail his weird tales of the
future. All of Wolverton's non-humorous comic book stories will be presented in
full, along with prime examples of his humorous comics and dozens of pages of
unpublished art, including editorial drawings, advertisements, caricatures,
pulp illustrations, rejected comic book covers, and unsold features.