The Big Books Of Wild Women, The 70s, & Vice!
The Big Book Of is an Eisner Award-winning series of graphic novel anthologies published by the DC Comics imprint Paradox Press.
Published between 1994 and 2000, a very wide range of artists worked on the stories. We each were given 3 or so pages to do, so a given book could have as many as 30 people drawing in it. I had the pleasure of doing stories for 4 of them late in the series, my first was #14, “The Big Book of the Weird Wild West“. Following that I drew two stores in “The Big Book of Vice“, and one for “The Big Book of The 70s“. I Also did a story I was really happy with for the “The Big Book of Wild Women” by “Susie the Floozie” that never saw print unfortunately, to some controversy. My art for that and two other stories is here bellow. Not shown is a story about the impact of barbed wire from “The Weird Wild West” and one about native casinos in “Vice”
for The Big Book of wild women
by “Susie the Floozie”
The story of the famous NY Madam: born in Avanovo, Russia. Emigrating at 12, worked in factories, ’till in 1920 when she opened a Brothel in New York City.
Clients included politicians, gangsters, Vice Squad, and this was said to be the reason she survived so long.
Subpoenaed by the Seabury Commission in 1930, she refused to testify.
She closed down in 1943 & moved to L.A. where she wrote A House Is Not A Home (1953).
for The Big Book of Vice
Scripted By Steve Vance & Dave Stern
Documents the history of Marijuana in American culture
and law from the early days of the colonies to the late 90’S
This Art Was Stolen Or Lost: Reported Missing To Me By DC Comics.
I was reimbursed for it, but if It’s still out there I’d love to know where and have it back some day!
MONSTERS OF ROCK
for The Big Book of the 70’s
Scripted By Jonathan Vankin
The history of SUPER BANDS and the rise of corporate Rock Music in the 70s.
Learned a lot doing this one I never knew about the bands of my childhood, fun stuff.