One more book lugged out of the old closet. Special Edition Series 2, The Ray and The Black Condor, by Lou Fine, Reed Crandall, and others, 1974. Special Edition Reprints, Inc., East Moline, Illinois. Introduction by James Steranko.
I still consider this the best reprint volume ever published although the quality of the reproduction is only one step above a photocopy. In 1974 I had only seen some of Fine’s cover artwork in Steranko’s History of Comics. DC comics also ran a few color stories as backups in one of their Giants. It’s a large book and reprints 316 pages of Quality art from the forties Crack Comics and Smash Comics in sequence.
The Lou Fine portrait below is from a trade card set “Famous Comic Book Creators” ©1992 Eclipse Enterprises. Fine’s cover work was also heavily featured in Comic Images handsome card set The Golden Age of Comics All-Chromium.