This one is a bit unusual for the PopCult Gift Guide.
It’s a pre-order for a book that is supposed to be delivered in mid-to-late December, but with printing and shipping variables being what they are, there’s an element of gambling if you want to give it as a gift. Update: The book will NOT arrive by Christmas, but the publisher has a nice gift voucher that can be can emailed to anyone who needs it for a gift. Books will be shipped to buyers first week of January.
Having said that, this is a pretty impressive book, and if you have an automotive enthusiast of a certain age, or someone who appreciates classic magazine cartooning on your holiday list, this is a pretty sharp surprise for them.
The first limited edition of Stroker. The Artistic Works of Tom Medley is now available for pre-order. Books will be shipped the first week of 2017. But remember, initial printing is a small press-run Slipcase Limited edition!
The exquisitely designed 240-page table-top book (12”x12”) features more than 270 illustrations and photographs, showcasing the work of the famed Hot Rod magazine cartoonist, Tom Medley, who joined the staff on issue #2 in February 1948.
Stroker reviews Medley’s seven decades as an artist, including an insightful biography. The book features illustrated letters home during World War Two; drawings from the 78th Infantry Division Lightning newspaper, including “Fearless Freddy Flash;” legendary character “Stroker McGurk” in Hot Rod magazine; character “Flat Out Snodgrass” in Cycling magazine; plus automotive cutaway illustrations, spot cartoons, logos, t-shirt designs, holiday cards, and much, much more.
A limited number of slipcase editions will be printed. This is a must-have for any hot rod or cartoon enthusiast. It’s a bit pricey, but it could well be the perfect gift for that certain person. You can only pre-order it from the website now for $65. Your PopCulteer is tempted to pull the trigger on one for himself.