519xSdbMenLWalt Kelly’s Fairy Tales
by Walt Kelly
IDW Publishing/Yoe Books
ISBN-13: 978-1631403651

In previous years I’ve recommended Fantagraphic’s terrific collections of Walt Kelly’s Pogo, but this year we have a very special treat from Yoe Books.

Walt Kelly, Disney animator on Dumbo, Fantasia, Snow White, and Pinocchio and the creator of the Pogo comic strip, created beautiful, action-packed fairy tale comic book stories, some from his own incredible imagination and some based on The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson classics.

Comic fans of all ages will thrill to stories of witches, princesses, giants, dragons, fairy queens, elves, and goblins. Enjoy fairy tale classics like “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Gingerbread Man,” “The Wise Men of Gotham,” “The Lost Prince,” and “Cinderella” (published eight years before the Disney Classic) in this gorgeous collection. Introduction by Kelly-fan animator and beloved illustrator Dean Yeagle.

This is a book for all ages. Parents may find themselves turning to Kelly’s takes on famous fairy tales rather than the original versions. Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales is a gorgeous book that any true fan of great comic book art will want to own, but it also has a timeless appeal that could make it a family heirloom.

Available from any bookseller. The list price for this beautiful hardcover is $39.99, and it’d be worth every penny, but you can also find it discounted, if you shop around.