Hot off the success of Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, Gianni's original masterpiece returns in paperback!
Includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon!
Gary Gianni created one of the strangest occult detective teams in comics history: millionaire filmmaker Lawrence St. George and his associate, Benedict, of the venerable guild of Corpus Monstrum. They navigate a peculiar and deadly world plagued by squid pirates, zombie cowboys, abominable snowmen, mustachioed skulls, and fat, flying demons.
Gianni’s meticulous and evocative art combined with his haunting but often hilarious writing create a horror comic unlike anything else on the stands. This book also includes classic prose stories by Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and more, illustrated by Gianni.
“These are (along with a few issues of Stan and Jack’s Fantastic Four) my all time favorite comic book stories.”—Mike Mignola
“Gianni is a master—The MonsterMen leaves no doubt: the dude knows how to rock a comic book page.”—Michael Chabon
This splendid collection from veteran cartoonist Gianni (Hellboy: Into the Seven Seas) pays homage to classic storytelling and to the gorgeous pen-and-ink work of illustrators such as J. Allen St. John and Bernie Wrightson. The book's first part is a gathering of psychic detective yarns that first appeared as backup stories in Hellboy comics, all featuring urbane sleuth Benedict, usually clad in a tux and a helmet from a suit of armor, who calmly dispatches assorted ghosts and demons. Benedict's companion in adventure, horror movie director Lawrence St. George, attracts the malevolent entities; then Benedict promptly disposes of them. Though the plots may be routine, the art is wonderfully energetic and inventive. Following this is a selection of antique spook stories by the likes of William Hope Hodgson and Clark Ashton Smith, illustrated and formatted to look like pages from an early-20th-century slick magazine. Gianni's artistic skill and gusto for the material make the whole project exciting as well as technically dazzling.