Friday, April 24, 2015

Illustration #47, Vampirella Convention Yearbook, Best of EC Artist’s Edition 2, Fogel’s Underground Price Guide, James Bond, Red Sonja, Annie, Frazetta Retrospective

The Best of EC must be the stand-out item this week, with a thick, massive book of more original stories and covers from the original art. Finally, a new edition of the Underground Comix Price Guide, and worth the wait! Illustration Magazine features George Petty and Charles Dana Gibson. We have a new Orphan Annie, two Red Sonjas, three more James Bond Omnibuses, and back in stock, a rare Frazetta collection. And some fine mature readers graphic novels, now on sale.

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ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #47 -- Featuring George Petty and Charles Dana Gibson.
Highly Recommended. The late Reid Stewart Austin's final article on the life and art of pin-up and airbrush master George Petty. This is one you won't want to miss, filled with spectacular reproductions taken from the original art from 1929 to his last piece in 1973--for Esquire, naturally! Also: the life and art of another great "girl artist" from the Golden Age, the legendary Charles Dana Gibson.....More.

Item Code: Il47
Your price: $15.00
Publisher: Illustrated Press, 2015
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 8x11
Pages: 80pg
Color: Full Color throughout

See our website for all available issues. Most recent are #46 (Virgil Finlay, A.B. Frost), and #45 (Mead Schaeffer, which got our Highest Recommendation). #44 is sold out.

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VAMPIRELLA 2015 YEARBOOK -- By Frank Cho, Linsner, Enrich, Sanjulian, Bode, Sakai, et al.
Recommended. 45 Years of Vampirella. Limited, 1,000! An all-star cast, all-new artwork, a handsome limited edition hardcover from the Big Wow Comic-Con (just purchased by Apple’s Steve Wozniak!). Plus more fine work by Tim Vigil, Claire Wendling, Steve Mannion, Buzz, Brandon Peterson, Neal Adams, Thomas Yeates, Don Rosa, Blas Gallego, Liam McCormack-Sharp and dozens of others...More.

Item Code: VAMBH
Your price: $25.00
Publisher: Big Wow!, 2015
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x12
Pages: 48pg
Color: Full Color throughout

See our website for more Vampirella: Art of Vampirella  collections, archives of the Warren magazines, and newer graphic novels.

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BEST OF EC Artist's Edition Volume 2 -- By Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, Craig, Kurtzman, Krigstein et al.
Our Highest Recommendation. Remarkably--just as good as volume one! Includes every page of original art for what can arguably be called the best stories by Harvey Kurtzman (Airburst); Al Williamson, (Food for Thought with Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta, and his Lost in Space); Bernie Krigstein (Master Race) and far more!....More.

Item Code: BE02H
Your price: $150.00
Publisher: IDW, 2015
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 15x22
Pages: 156pg
Color: black and white
 

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BEST OF EC Artist's Edition Volume 1 -- Our Highest Recommendation. EC Comics is arguably the finest line of comics ever produced. Whether it was science fiction or war, crime or horror, their entire line stood head and shoulders above the rest of the comics on the newsstands. Remember these stories? 50 Girls 50 and A Sound of Thunder by Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta, The Corpse by Harvey Kurtzman, The Flying Machine by Bernie Krigstein, Touch and Go by Johnny Craig, Judgment Day by Joe Orlando.
Item Code: BE01H
Your price: $150.00
Publisher: IDW, 2013
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 15x22
Pages: 160pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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FOGEL'S UNDERGROUND Price & Grading Guide 2015-2016 -- By Dan Fogel et al.
Highly Recommended. Covering every possible Underground Comic, from R. Crumb’s Zap #1 to rare Corben and Vaughn Bode titles, to the most obscure. With over 9,600 listings (almost twice as many as the 2006 Guide), this all-new, fully rewritten edition has updated prices and detailed printing identification for the hottest and newest (or newly discovered) Underground and Adult Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Alternatives, Independents, Small Press, and popular titles not covered by “Overstreet’s Comic Book Price Guide.".....More.

Item Code: FOGE2
Your price: $39.95
Publisher: Hippy Comix, 2015
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 8x11
Pages: 336pg
Color: text/PC
See our website for more Underground Comix collections, as well as books on individual artists like S. Clay Wilson, R. Crumb, The Complete Zap collections, etc.
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THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS OMNIBUS --By Gilbert Shelton.
Highly Recommended. Take a trip with Fat Freddy, Phineas and Freewheelin' Franklin in this complete omnibus of all things Freak Brothers! Beginning in 1968, Shelton's ground-breaking stories set the template for much of the underground comix revolution and here, every story, strip and gag has been collected along with rare promotional items and a short history of the Freak Brothers. These hilarious and deviant stories feature mind-boggling artwork, mostly in black and white, along with two large color sections including a sneak preview at the upcoming animated Freak Brothers movie. Look no further for real underground hi-jinx! Mature Readers.
Item Code: FABF
Published at $35.00
On Sale! Save $5!
Your price: $29.95
Publisher: Knockabout, 2008
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 624pg
Color: PC
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FRANK THORNE'S RED SONJA Art Edition Volume 3 -- By Roy Thomas and Clara Noto. Art by Frank Thorne.
Limited to initial orders ONLY. The third and final volume of Frank Thorne’s work that first defined the look of Robert E. Howard’s She-Devil. Here are his original art pages from issue #7-11 of the acclaimed 1970s Red Sonja comics from Marvel. This is one of the most limited of all the artist’s editions, to just what the publisher has in advance orders....More.

Item Code: FTRE03H
Your price: $150.00
Publisher: Dynamite, 2015
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x12
Pages: 104pg
Color: Full Color throughout
Just two copies are available; this is already out of print.
 

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FRANK THORNE'S RED SONJA Art Edition Volume 1 --By Roy Thomas and Bruce Jones. Art by Frank Thorne.
Seminal work of legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Thorne, presenting for the first time his complete 1976 run of swords-and-sorcery icon Red Sonja's appearances in the Marvel Feature, which pre-dated Red Sonja #1.
Item Code: FTREH
Published at $150.00
On Sale! Save $31!
Your price: $119.00
Publisher: Dynamite, 2014
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 12x17
Pages: 128pg
Color: black and white
Just six copies of Volume 1 are available. We have just two copies left of Volume 2 [FTRE02H. $150].
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BOUND TO BE MODERN -- By Kristina Lundblad.
The most comprehensive study to date on the emergence and function of publishers' cloth bindings. It brings together issues of aesthetics, technique, economy, and social change in order to explain why publishers in the 19th century began to have their books bound in ever-more-decorative covers. This traces the history of publishers' bindings in a Swedish context --but also makes clear that binding art was an international affair, with machines, designs, and ideas crossing borders.....More.

Item Code: BOUMH
Your price: $95.00
Publisher: Oak Knoll, 2015
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 8x10
Pages: 336pg
Color: text/FC
See our website for more on Victorian Illustration, including the highly recommended book on the origins of photography, Victorian Scotland [VICSH. $49.95, your price $19.95]. And also Victorian Illustrated Books [VIBOOKS. $64.00, your price $19.95 –just 4 copies left].
 

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BEAUTIFUL BOOKBINDINGS: A Thousand Years of Bookbinder's Art --By P.J.M. Marks.
Highly Recommended. From exquisite medieval bookbindings made of precious metals and jewels to the unique and highly imaginative creations of contemporary bookbinders, this book celebrates over 100 of the most beautiful bookbindings of the last 1,000 years. As the great aesthete Oscar Wilde believed, bookbindings are beautiful and artistic in their own wonder. Books bound by some of the greatest bookbinders including Mearne, Padeloup, Payne, Simier, Cobden-Sanderson, and others are showcased, further revealing the beauty and skill of this art form.
Item Code: BEABH
Your price: $49.95
Publisher: Oak Knoll, 2011
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 192pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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N-1: For The Moon And Mars A Reference Guide To The Soviet Superbooster -- By Matthew Johnson and Nick Stevens. Edited by Jack Hagerty.
Three years in the making by an international team of experts in Russia, England and the US, this gorgeous 235-page, full color, hardcover volume contains the complete history of the N-1 from its origins as a booster for missions to Mars and Venus to the abrupt change use it to beat the Americans to the moon!....More.

Item Code: NMMH
Your price: $39.95
Publisher: ARA, 2013
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 228pg
Color: PC
Four copies remain of Race to Mars [RACEH. $24.99, your price $6.99]. The cornerstone of Discovery Channel's 2007-2008 Season, this landmark television event marked the 50th anniversary of the Space Age initiated by Sputnik.
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Graphic Novels & Archives

 


THE JAMES BOND OMNIBUS 001 -- By Anthony Hern, Peter O'Donnell and Henry Gammidge. Art by John McLusky.
Recommended. The daring James Bond is back in a definitive bumper edition collecting Ian Fleming’s earliest literary adventures in comic strip form! For the first time, eleven of Bond’s most thrilling and dangerous missions appear in a single volume: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, Risico from a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only and Thunderball!....More.

Item Code: JBOM01
Your price: $16.95
Publisher: Titan, 2009
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x9
Pages: 303pg
Color: black and white
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THE JAMES BOND OMNIBUS 002 -- By Henry Gammidge and Jim Lawrence. Art by Yaroslav Horak and John McLusky.
Recommended. Back in stock. The daring James Bond is back in a definitive bumper edition collecting Ian Fleming’s earliest literary adventures in comic strip form! Seven of Bond’s most thrilling and dangerous missions appear in a single volume: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Living Daylights, Octopussy, The Hildebrand Rarity and The Spy Who Loved Me!....More.

Item Code: JBOM02
Published at $19.95
On Sale! Save $2!
Your price: $17.95
Publisher: Titan, 2011
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x9
Pages: 339pg
Color: black and white
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THE JAMES BOND OMNIBUS 003 -- By Jim Lawrence. Art by Yaroslav Horak.
Recommended. The daring James Bond is back in a definitive edition collecting the first period of Jim Lawrence’s celebrated run in comic strip form! Includes seven of Bond’s most thrilling and dangerous missions: The Harpies, River of Death, The Golden Ghost, Fear Face, Double Jeopardy, Starfire and Kingley Amis’ controversial post-Fleming story, Colonel Sun.....More.

Item Code: JBOM03
Published at $19.95
On Sale! Save $2!
Your price: $17.95
Publisher: Titan, 2012
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x9
Pages: 271pg
Color: black and white
Also available are Volumes 4-6 [JBOM04, etc. $19.95, your price $17.95 each]
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THE COMPLETE LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE Volume 11 -- By Harold Gray.
Recommended. Dailies & Sundays, 1943-45. In the depths of the Second World War, Harold Gray paints a dark vision of stateside America when Annie's most loyal friends turn out to be a boarding house full of thieves, forgers, and mind readers. The red-garbed orphan sees how petty politicians and their underworld companions can deprive a small town of freedom just as easily as foreign spies, and that a big city can be home to a larger and even more dangerous threat to national security....More.

Item Code: CL11H
Published at $49.99
On Sale! Save $10!
Your price: $39.99

Publisher: IDW, 2015
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 11x8
Pages: 288pg
Color: PC
Also available are Volumes 1-10 [CL01H, etc. #1-3 $39.99, your price $35.99; #4 $49.99, your price $44.99; #5-10 $49.99, your price $39.99 each].
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CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES Volume 9 -- By Charles Biro, Dan Barry, George Tuska, et al.
Collects #54-57. The Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated series continues to unveil the vicious deeds of the gangsters, gun molls, and murderers of yesteryear while reprinting some of the most notorious pre-Code comics of all time! Our latest collection--including every uncensored page from Crime Does Not Pay issues #54 to #57--is brimming with razor-sharp work by artists George Tuska, Fred Guardineer, Dan Barry, Charles Biro, and others! This volume also features a new foreword by crime and comics storytelling all-star Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, King of the Weeds)!....More.

Item Code: CRD09H
Published at $49.99
On Sale! Save $10!
Your price: $39.99
Publisher: Dark Horse, 2015
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 224pg
Color: Full Color throughout
Also available are Volumes 1-8 [CRD01H, etc. $49.99, your price $39.99 each].
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RED SONJA Volume 1: She-Devil with a Sword: Travels -- By Roy Thomas, Jimmy Palmiotti et al. Art by Paul Renaud, Pablo Marcos, Justin Gray, and Liam Sharpe.
Recommended. The She-Devil-With-A-Sword has had many incredible adventures during her "Travels," and Dynamite has brought them to you in a series of incredible one-shot specials, by an excellent variety of artists. We like the different takes on Sonja. All of these one-shots are here in a single collection: One More Day, Monster Isle, Vacant Shell, and Red Sonja Goes East.....More.

Item Code: REDT01
Published at $19.99
On Sale! Save $3!
Your price: $16.99
Publisher: Dynamite, 2008
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 144pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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RED SONJA: Travels Volume 2 -- By Michael Avon Oeming, Pablo Marcos, Dan Brereton et al.
Recommended. Have sword, will travel! Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonja journeys throughout the kingdoms and wilds of the Hyborian Age in search of riches and pleasure, food and ale... but more often than not, finds bloody violence and supernatural mayhem instead! From the Asiatic lands of Khitai to the snow-capped mountains where dragons dwell, from cave dwellings of carnivorous ghosts to gladiator arenas of rampaging beasts....More.

Item Code: REDT02
Published at $29.99
On Sale! Save $4!
Your price: $25.99
Publisher: Dynamite, 2015
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 312pg
Color: Full Color throughout
See our website for more Red Sonja, Conan, and Robert E. Howard.
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FRAZETTA: A Retrospective -- Highly Recommended. Publisher File Copy. A very special gallery “catalog” from Alexander Gallery's Frazetta show (Nov-Dec, 1994). Handsome hardcover volume, filled with b&w and color reproductions of work spanning Frazetta's entire career: early 1950s comic book covers, model sheets, page after page of rare and never-before seen pencil sketches and pen & ink drawings from 1950s sketchbooks, paperback and magazine cover paintings (such as the Conans). And some revised AFTER publication. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: FRAZRETHC
Your price: $225.00
Publisher: Alexander Gallery, 1994
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 200pg
Color: PC

We were able to buy a case of 12 copies of this from the original publisher at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, but when they quickly sold out, we discovered we could not get more. Now, with the help of yet another publisher, we’ve finally managed to get more copies of this rare Frazetta title. Act now, supply is limited.

See our website for more Frazetta collections.

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Mature Readers

This week we have six fun and sexy graphic novels from the early to mid-1990s. Many of you may remember Catalan Communications, who specialized in erotic comics collections back then. A great many of their books first appeared in France or other European countries. Well, another publisher called Cha-Cha decided to start translating the best in Italian erotic comics, and here, after 20 years, is a bargain-priced batch of these adult titles!

Coco, Cicciolina, Love East European Style, Ex Libris Eroticis, Sam Marlowe, and Pearls of Love. Artwork is exceptionally good in these. Now bargain-priced at $7.95 and $9.95 each.

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News and Notes

 

Big Wow Report, April 18-19.

I didn’t exhibit this year, but went down for the day to look for old comics and meet up with folks. Also to pick up their convention book, the Vampirella Yearbook, listed above.

I saw an advance of Mark Schultz’s Storms At Sea—long in the works, it is finally here, in an advance copy. Really nice package and only $25 in the hardcover trade edition. Publisher John Fleskes says we’ll be able to stock the oversized, deluxe signed edition. Stay tuned...we’re not quite ready to take orders for this yet.

Daniel Herman from Hermes Press was there. He had the new oversized Phantom Sundays Archives Full Size Half Pages 1939-42 [PHSA01H. $129.99, your price $109].  This is not yet on the website, but you can call and pre-order it. This overlaps parts of both The Phantom: The Complete Sundays Vols 1- 2 --but in a much larger size for hard-core fans. It’s very, very nice to see these half page sections exactly as they first appeared in the 1940s.

Daniel is also going to collect and reprint Frank Thorne’s Ghita, an early adult graphic novel that, concidently, was published by Catalan, who I mentioned above.

He’s also doing an entirely new book on Alex Raymond, and also on Gil Kane. He published a Gil Kane book years ago, one of his first projects, but he’s learned a lot since then, from design onward, and also has lots of new material to do a fresh look at Kane. I hope he collects some of that wonderful early DC work, such as Strange Adventures, Mystery in Space, All Star Western, etc.

The big news was the show has just been purchased by Apple founder Steve Wozniak. He plans to start a second comics/computer show next spring, while continuing the more intimate, comics-oriented Big Wow show in a new season, now in the Fall. The Emerald City Comic-Con was also just purchased by Reed, the folks who put on the Book Expo America (the BEA, previously known as the American Booksellers Association show, for new books and book publishers) and the New York Comic-Con. Clearly, these comic book shows are now so big they’re actually attractive for buy-outs, just like in the business world. Who would have thought it?

Other News

Virtually Out of Print! I couldn’t be any more impressed with Dan Zimmer’s Golden Age Masterworks from the Golden Age of Illustration which just came in April 6th. Our insurance agent (and my comic collecting buddy) liked it so much, he bought sixty copies to give to his best clients! As it has been with the signed limited Robert McGinnis book, again I’ve been very concerned this would quickly sell out and my customers would miss out. This happened on Dan’s Walter Baumhofer, also limited to 1000--it sold out within weeks of publication. And then Zimmer’s Illustration Magazine #44, featuring Baumhofer, also sold out!

And, indeed, we just found out our first reorder will be our last. The publisher has just 30 copies of his own left. So order now, our supply is very limited.

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes has been another hot, hot book. It’s the first thing new on Calvin in years and years. Fortunately, it was done by Andrews McMeel, who keeps all the other Calvin books in print, so there is no problem with keeping it in stock. In fact, Andrews has announced new Anniversary editions in hardcover, which we’ll be bringing in—for those who don’t want to pony up for the Complete Collection, or may want them for family and kids and gifts.

One more best-seller so far this year: Al Parker: Illustrator, Innovator. Privately published by Manual Auad, who’s now done a number of fine art books, this deserves your attention in case it slipped by.

~ Bud

 
 

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