Last week Fantagraphics released an incredibly comprehensive Usagi Yojimbo collection to celebrate the long eared ronin’s 25th Anniversary, and The Blot can’t wait to get his hands on a copy! As many of you know, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo was originally published by Fantagraphics Books (for its first ten years to be exact). So in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Stan Sakai’s most popular character, Fantagraphics is releasing a deluxe slipcase set collecting the first seven Usagi books.
With over 1,000 pages of story, this is THE complete, definitive, early Usagi. This Special Edition Set will also be brimming with extra material, including a complete full-color gallery of more than 50 Usagi covers from that time period; preparatory sketches, including Sakai’s original first draft of the “Samurai” story; two “non-canon” Usagi stories by Sakai co-starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (with whom Usagi also shared screen time in the TMNT TV series); the rare behind-the-scenes "How I Draw Usagi Yojimbo" strip; introductions by Stan Sakai and Stan Lee; and a feature-length, career-spanning interview with Sakai.
The Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition hardcover two-volume slipcased set is in stores now and has a suggested retail price of $100, but you can get it from Amazon here for just $63!