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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934964522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934964521
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose series from Evileye Books; The Tooth, an original graphic novel from Oni Press; and various work for Marvel and DC. Somewhere along the way, Cullen founded Undaunted Press and edited the critically acclaimed small press horror magazine, Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

All writers must pay their dues, and Cullen has worked various odd jobs, including Alien Autopsy Specialist, Rodeo Clown, Professional Wrestler Manager, and Sasquatch Wrangler.

And, yes, he has fought for his life against mountain lions and he did perform on stage as the World's Youngest Hypnotist. Buy him a drink sometime, and he'll tell you all about it.

Visit his website at www.cullenbunn.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Oerman on June 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'll try to lay off the dental puns from now on... but no promises. Cullen Bunn's love for 70s horror comics shines through in this homage, which tells the story of a young man who discovers his grandfather's magical miscellania in the old man's house. He also finds a strange, hard object that he throws away. It turns out that object is the tooth of a dragon, a powerful relic sought by an evil magician. Soon the magician's henchmen come a-calling and the tooth becomes something more -- and bigger -- a humanoid figure of sheer violence. Then when its killing is done, it crawls very awkwardly into the man's bottom row of choppers, becoming a smaller yet oversized and uncomortable fang, to become humanoid once more in the presence of danger. It's a winning mixture of silly and solemnity that gives certain aspects of the story the lean power of a fable.

The conceit of this book is the best thing about it: this is a pseudo-collection from the middle of an ongoing horror series written in the hyperbolic Mighty Marvel Manner. The faux letter columns would have us believe that The Tooth traces his origins back to the Golden Age of comics, and has had several series bearing his name, of which this is the latest reboot. One page even lists all his supposed appearances over the years. This book collects five issues of a six-issue run; that's right: one of the "rare" issues is missing due to legal issues spawned by subpar art from Bunn's frequent contributor Brian Hurtt. No relevant story is really missing, it's just a fun affectation that calls to mind the "missing reels" in Death Proof. The five (or six) issues function as the origin story of the new incarnation of this destined-for-isolation hero. The origin-within-an-origin of the tooth (in the third issue) is the best.
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THE TOOTH got my attention when it was first offered back in 2011, as the solicited cover and description reminded me of such tongue-in-cheek Silver Age homages as 1963 and The Bulletproof Coffin. I figured I'd found my latest journey into a past that never was; however, once I looked inside a copy at the local comic shop and saw the art, I left it on the shelf. What I saw between the covers of The Tooth was so awkward and painful to look at that I couldn't bring myself to buy it. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who felt that way, as that very copy sat in the same spot on the shelf for two years until being marked down 60%. I finally went for it, and I was amazed.

The story by Cullen Bunn and Shawn Lee was so much better than I'd expected. It's a combination of '70s horror/fantasy comics and Greek mythology, steeped in Marvel bullpen joviality. While the book itself is a beautifully-produced hardcover with heavy paper stock, it's meant to be read as a run of beat-up Bronze Age comics, complete with ads, letters pages, editorials, and a heavy amount of simulated wear and tear. There's even a "missing" issue that honestly doesn't detract from the story at all. Everything begins with Graham Stone inheriting his estranged grandfather's estate, which, to his surprise, includes a large collection of occult items. Unfortunately for Graham, he is regarded as an obstacle by others who have their eyes on that collection. With his life at risk, Graham becomes the unwilling host for a magical creature that can only be described as a walking lump of dentine and enamel. While you may be wondering about the logic behind that - yes, even in a comic - it's all good, for The Tooth has a very creative origin that shows Bunn and Lee did their homework.
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The story has a great old-school pulp feel, and the design and concept really seals the deal. The hardcover package is made to look like a stack of old comics found in an attic, including notes, scribbles, and even a missing issue, and it's reflected in the story. Bunn, Lee and Kindt nailed this one.
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This book was one of the best books I read this year. Cullen Bunn,Shawn Lee,& Matt Kindt created one of the most originalout of this world characters I have read in a long time. Oni Press did a band up job with the book also!
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