Curio & Co. creates collectibles and memorabilia from an alternate history - pop culture that never was - to play with the power of nostalgia to re-create warm memories from the past. Who couldn't use a little more of that, right? Following up the 2011 Eisner-nominated book Finding Frank and His Friend, their latest book, Time for Frank and His Friend, "brings back" US paperback comics published in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
The book is designed as a 1979 first edition paperback comic by fictional artist Clarence 'Otis' Dooley, creator of Frank and His Friend, a popular comic strip featured in the Sunday funnies. This book, Time for Frank and His Friend, recreates the moment when popularity for the newspaper comic swelled. To meet the demand of fans, Dooley created all new work for a paperback, rather than publish a collection of strips previously printed in newspapers.
But Time for Frank and His Friend is more about how we read comics when we were young. Lazing on the grass in the park. Hunched over on the bus on the way to school. Sprawled on the couch in the basement. From the feel of the paper to the colored edges, Time for Frank and His Friend takes you back to recreate your own childhood memories of getting lost in a paperback comic (even if you stole it from your parents' collection).
This collector's item is 128 pages of comics. For period authenticity, this book isn't printed on acid-free paper, as other Curio & Co. products are. But the copies carry a special Curio & Co. stamp and come with a certificate as proof of their authenticity.
There's always Time for Frank and His Friend, the memories are there, just waiting for you.