I'm very fond of The Rainbow Orchid, set in the '20s:
More in the Superhero vein, there are two books that read well together:
The Golden Age
The last hurrah for the original DC heroes as they come to terms with the aftermath of the war and face a new threat when they are brought before the House Committee on Un-American Activities to testify and name their former allies.
The New Frontier
A new look at the beginning of DC's Silver Age heroes with incredible period influenced art by Darwyn Cooke. There is also an animated movie based on this novel.
LordBest: An Englishman unlucky enough to be born in Australia.
A rare specimen of the human sub-genus H. Homburgensis. Horrid little Royalist.
One of my favourite movies Road to Perdition is based upon a graphic novel. The story is written by Max Allan Collins and drawn by Richard Piers Rayner. You can download a four page preview from this link.
I´m a big fan of Will Eisners work and can recommend The Spirit. Beautifully drawn noir detective stories with hard boiled crooks and femme fatales en masse. I actually wrote a biography about Will Eisner in high school and own two signed graphic prints. One is framed and the other is lost somewhere in the basement.
An adaptation of TS Eliot's masterpiece interpreted as a detective novel.
You call me "luddite" as if it's a bad thing...
I used to read comics and graphic novels, but not really at all now.
Also loved Batman Gotham by Gaslight, Rocketeer and many other retro themed comics which I will have to dig out to remember the titles.
*Thoroughly enjoyed DC's "Elseworlds" take on "Superman: War of the Worlds" (1999). To me it seemed a natural merging of two previously unrelated storylines, mainly due to the fact that I really enjoy the 1930s-40s Max & Dave Fleischer Superman cartoons.
I followed any comic that artist Michael Lark did for some time, then lost track. He also did art for a great DC Vertigo comic series called "Terminal City".
Wonder what he's up to now? Time to Google him... He's the penciler for Marvel's Daredevil.
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Tintin by Hergé!
Garth Ennis has done some fantastic (albeit often tongue-in-cheek) WW2 stories as well - Adventures in the Rifle Brigade is very funny, and his reworking of Battler Britton is great.
Michael Lark is indeed great.Originally Posted by RetroToday
He and Dean Motter put out a really neat graphic novel a few years back called The Batman in Nine Lives, which was a fun, intelligent merger of the Batman universe with a Raymond Chandler-style noir setting. Including Dick Grayson as a cynical Philip Marlowe-inspired detective!