Fantagraphics will publish Johnson’s work in two volumes. The first, Frank Johnson, Secret Pioneer of American Comics Vol. 1: Wally's Gang Early Years (1928-1949) and The Bowser Boys (1946-1950), is scheduled for release on December 19, 2023, and will be a full-color, 634-page paperback with a trim size of 7” x 9” and an MSRP of $49.99. In addition to the comics, the book will include essays by curator and historian Chris Byrne and fine artist and graphic novelist Keith Mayerson that analyze the work and provide context.
Fantagraphics recently announced plans to publish hardcover collections of early comics by the publisher that would become Marvel (see “Fantagraphics to Collect Marvel’s Pre-Code Atlas Comics”).