Friday, January 23, 2015

Frazetta Sketchbook 2, Eisner’s The Spirit Artist Edition 2, 3 new Shadow GNs, Matania and Bairnsfather, Batman Black & White, and Silver Age Strips 2, Bettie Pages 9, Tease 1, and New York Burlesque

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FRAZETTA SKETCHBOOK Volume 2 -- By Frank Frazetta and David Spurlock.
Highly Recommended. The world's greatest heroic fantasy artist, Frank Frazetta, in an all-new art collection, companion to 2013’s best-seller. Final pieces are accompanied by never-before-seen preliminary drawings and color studies. Special Tolkien section, life drawings of nudes, personal works, and prelims for the EC classic, “Came the Dawn.”....More.

Item Code: FRASK02
Your price: $24.95
Publisher: Vanguard, 2014
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 8x11
Pages: 160pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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FRAZETTA SKETCHBOOK Volume 2 Deluxe -- By Frank Frazetta and David Spurlock.
Recommended. Slipcased with 16 extra pages. Variant previously unpublished cover and 16 page bonus section, most in color and never before seen. More classic and unseen material, including rare Conan, Vampirella, EC, Death Dealer material. Here Vanguard continues their original sketchbook series and the Vanguard Frazetta Classics series. This volume was planned shortly before Frank’s passing. The collection is brimming with rare and previously unpublished drawings and paintings, preliminaries of the subjects Frazetta is best remembered for including barbarians, wild beasts, Tarzan, buxom beauties, monsters, and Conan. Also informative commentary by the authors.....More.

Item Code: FRASK02D
Your price: $69.95
Publisher: Vanguard, 2014
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 8x11
Pages: 176pg
Color: Full Color throughout
 

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THE FRAZETTA SKETCHBOOK --By Frank Frazetta and J. David Spurlock.
Highly Recommended. Frazetta artwork we've never seen before! There have been dozens of books devoted to Frank's amazing work, but this is truly like no other. Here you will find preliminary color studies, working sketches for figures from finished pieces, unpublished finished works from Frazetta's youth, personal works never before seen, including an entire chapter of nude figure studies.
Item Code: FRASK
Your price: $24.95
Publisher: Vanguard, 2013
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 160pg
Color: Full Color throughout
 
THE FRAZETTA SKETCHBOOK Deluxe --By Frank Frazetta and J. David Spurlock.
Highly Recommended. This deluxe edition is hardcover, comes in a handsome slipcase and contains 16 extra pages of bonus artwork unavailable in the regular edition! This is not available via normal internet channels and bookstores. The publisher already reports sales on this are the most brisk he's seen. We have only a limited number of these available.
Item Code: FRASKD
Your price: $69.95
Publisher: Vanguard, 2013
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 176pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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Art Books

 


WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT Artist's Edition Volume 2 -- By Will Eisner.
Our Highest Recommendation. Volume two contains stories from the same glorious post-war period of 1946 - 1950, with Feiffer, Grandenetti and others on hand, along with some of the very best from Eisner's earlier solo run. If you are a fan of the first book (or are kicking yourself for missing it—it just went out of print), make sure you don't get caught short--it just doesn't get any better than this!....More.

Item Code: WETS02H
Your price: $150.00
Publisher: IDW, 2015
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 15x22
Pages: 144pg
Color: Full Color throughout
See our website for all currently available Artist’s Editions, including a rare few ON SALE.
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GENIUS COLLECTED ALEX TOTH Slipcase Set -- By Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell.
Highly Recommended. Limited three-volume set. The Eisner Award-nominated, Harvey Award-winning, critically lauded Alex Toth biography trilogy is now available as a handsome--and impressively LARGE--slipcase set. Including Genius, Isolated; Genius, Illustrated; and Genius, Animated, this lavishly illustrated series is the first major biography of this giant of the illustration and animation fields, accompanied by hundreds and hundreds of pages of artwork, much of which was previously unpublished or never before collected.....More.

Item Code: GENIP
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Publisher: IDW, 2014
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x13
Pages: 944pg
Color: Full Color throughout
See our website for the individual volumes (slightly dinged copies of Vol 3: Genius Animated, just went on sale ($49.99, your price $29.99. GENI03H). And for much more Alex Toth.
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GOODBYE, OLD MAN: Matania's Vision of the First World War -- By Lucinda Gosling.
Highly Recommended. From the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 through to capturing the coronation of three monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Fortunino Matania recorded almost every major event in British life. He was the “special artist” for the popular illustrated magazine, The Sphere during World War I, producing paintings on a weekly basis, recording in breathtakingly realistic details the multi-faceted nature of the conflict.....More.

Item Code: GOBO
Your price: $18.95
Publisher: The History Press, 2014
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 6x7
Pages: 144pg
Color: PC
 

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ILLUSTRATORS QUARTERLY #3 -- Highly Recommended. Fortunino Matania is the cover feature, a brilliant artist who deserves to be widely known. He was already at the top of British artists as a young man during World War I, his work often on the covers of important periodicals including The Graphic and The Sphere.
Item Code: IQ03
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Publisher: Book Palace, 2013
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 96pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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A BETTER 'OLE: The Brilliant Bruce Bairnsfather and the First World War -- By Lucinda Gosling.
The much-loved Captain Bruce Bairnsfather was the most popular cartoonist of the First World War—much like Bill Mauldin in WWII. He captured the spirit and stoicism of the typical British Tommy in his cartoons for The Bystander magazine. Portraying a series of "types" ranging from nervous raw recruits to his famous creation -- the wise-cracking, walrus-moustached grump "Old Bill" -- Bairnsfather's trench humour was a morale-boosting tonic during the darkest of times.....More.

Item Code: ABET
Your price: $18.95
Publisher: The History Press, 2014
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 6x7
Pages: 144pg
Color: PC
See our website for much more about artists and artwork during World War I and World War II.
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Graphic Novels & Comic Archives

 

BATMAN SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER COMICS Volume 2 -- By Whitney Ellsworth. Art by Joe Giella, Al Plastino.
1968-69. Batman's rare 1960s newspaper adventures continue. Will Batman and Robin survive the double-dealings of Madame Zodiac, and the redoubtable Blue Max? The stories lose their camp and begin more traditional adventures. Our Caped Crusader is trapped on an island with an atomic time bomb. Can guest-stars Superman or Aquaman save him?....More.

Item Code: BAS02H
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Publisher: IDW, 2015
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 11x9
Pages: 256pg
Color: PC
 

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BATMAN SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER COMICS Volume 1 --Written by Whitney Ellsworth, Illustrated by Sheldon Moldoff & others.
Recommended. 1966-67. The Silver Age Caped Crusader comes to IDW's Library of American Comics! In partnership with DC Entertainment, the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning imprint gives the deluxe archival treatment to the classic 1960s Batman newspaper strip. The complete series, which ran from 1966 until 1972, has never been reprinted and will be collected in three definitive volumes.
Item Code: BAS01H
Publisher: IDW, 2014
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 11x9
Pages: 256pg
Color: Full Color throughout

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BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE Volume 4 -- By Paul Dini, Adam Hughes, Neal Adams, et al.
Highly Recommended. Collects Batman Black and White #1-6, 2013. The legendary, Eisner Award-winning series returns in a brand-new volume featuring tales of The Dark Knight by some of comics’ greatest writers and artists: Chip Kidd, Michael Cho, Neal Adams, J.G. Jones, Alex Nino, Adam Huges, Cliff Chiang, Joe Quinones, John Arcudi, Rafael Albuquerque, Len Wien, Michael Uslan, Marv Wolfman, and MANY others! Superlative work, we love it!....More.

Item Code: BATB04
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Publisher: DC Comics, 2014
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 288pg
Color: black and white
See our website for much more on Batman: comics archives, playing cards, and Batman art in artist sketchbooks.
 

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BATMAN: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition --By Doug Moench.
Recommended. Batman #515-519, 521-525. Graphitti Designs proudly launches their new, large-format hardcover book series. For the first time ever, Dark Knight fans and collectors will have the opportunity to see and own museum-quality reproductions of memorable Batman art as it was originally conceived by the artist. Special attention to detail from this veteran publisher makes this as good, if not better quality, than the popular IDW Artist’s Editions.
Item Code: BATKJH
Your price: $125.00
Publisher: DC, 2014
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 12x17
Pages: 248pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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DOC SAVAGE ARCHIVES Volume 1: The Curtis Magazine Era -- By Doug Moench. Art by John Buscema et al.
#1-8, 1975-77. In this brand new archival edition, the harrowing adventures of Doc Savage return straight from the 1970's. With art by John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga, and Ernie Chan to accompany acclaimed writer Doug Moench, this book is a must have for any and all fans of Doc and his Amazing Five.....More.

Item Code: DOCA01H
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Publisher: Dynamite, 2014
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 8x11
Pages: 500pg
Color: PC
All current Doc Savage pulp reprints, now up to #78, two bargain-priced James Bama variant cover multi-packs, and individual James Bama variant covers.
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SHADOW ONE-SHOT: Agents of the Shadow -- By Michael Moreci. Art by Anthony Marques, and Robert Hack.
Recommended. Faced with a world without The Shadow, his agents must step up and take down a crime syndicate that is crippling the city! From the mean streets to the mountains of China, the agents run a counter operation to break up this menace and uncover its mysterious leader. Margo, Jericho, Cliff, and more unite to stem the bitter fruit of crime! And The Shadow—he’s fighting a horror from another world. All new.....More.

Item Code: SHOS
Your price: $7.99
Publisher: Dynamite, 2014
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 6x10
Pages: 48pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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SHADOW NOW -- By David Liss. Art by Colton Worley.
Having spent decades in the east to rejuvenate himself, the greatest pulp hero of them all, The Shadow, returns to New York in modern times. Lamont Cranston seeks to resume his old life, and his heroic alter-ego is ready to stand once more as an enemy to evil. But while he slept, his foes have remained vigilant, and the most dangerous man that The Shadow has ever faced prepares to rise once more....More.

Item Code: SHAN
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Publisher: Dynamite, 2014
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 152pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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SHADOW: Master Series Volume 3 -- By Andy Helfer. Art by Kyle Baker and Joe Orlander.
Recommended. The Shadow is dead, a victim of a biological weapon... but his soul survives! Believing that his ultimate fate rests in the hidden city of Shambala, the twins Chang and Hsu-Tei carry The Shadow's body deep within the Tibetan mountains, only to find themselves hunted by Chinese authorities. Meanwhile, without their master's guidance, the agents of The Shadow struggle to find their place in a violent, corrupt world.....More.

Item Code: SHM03
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Publisher: Dynamite, 2015
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 264pg
Color: Full Color throughout
 

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SHADOW: Master Series Volume 1 --By Bill Sienkiewicz and Andy Helfer.
Recommended. Collects The Shadow (1987 series) #1-6. For the first time in decades, the acclaimed 1987 Shadow storyline by industry icons Andy Helfer and Bill Sienkiewicz is available again! Beginning with the seminal tale "Hat Trick", this first volume of The Shadow Master Series captures the surreal artistry and mystery of one of yesteryear's finest creative team-ups, a definitive exploration of the macabre Master of Men in six chapters!
Item Code: SHM01
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Publisher: Dynamite, 2014
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 144pg
Color: Full Color throughout
 
SHADOW: Master Series Volume 2 --By Andy Helfer, Marshall Rogers and Kyle Baker.
Recommended. Collects The Shadow (1987 series) #7-13. Throughout the decades, The Shadow has served as a timeless agent of justice, bringing death and disaster to tyrants and criminals alike. During the decadent 1980s, this mysterious Master of Men faces perhaps his deadliest opponents yet: the Seven Deadly Finns, a crime family gripping New York City in a stranglehold. When The Shadow's network applies pressure to their vast operations, the Finn brothers push back, enlisting serial killers and terrorists into their ranks.
Item Code: SHM02
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Publisher: Dynamite, 2014
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 196pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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BATTLE CLASSICS -- By Garth Ennis, with John Wagner, Cam Kennedy et al.
New York Times best-selling writer Garth Ennis, writer of The Boys, Preacher and Battlefields, selects his favourite stories from the seminal 1970s British boys’ comic Battle. Here for the very first time is the complete weekly HMS Nightshade, and the never-before-reprinted study of the Nazi enemy, The General Dies At Dawn, plus several independent stories. With insights and introductions by Ennis himself.....More.

Item Code: BACLH
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Publisher: Titan, 2013
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x12
Pages: 255pg
Color: black and white
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POPEYE CLASSICS Volume 5 -- By Bud Sagendorf.
Re-presenting the classic Popeye comic book series that debuted in 1948. Bud Sagendorf was the long-time assistant to creator E.C. Segar but he added not only characters but characterization and fun stories to the series, much like Carl Barks did when he began doing Donald Duck in the comics. Also includes are more of Sagendorf's gloriously funny one-pagers, rare photos, and extra artwork!....More.

Item Code: CLP05H
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Publisher: IDW, 2014
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 228pg
Color: Full Color throughout
Still available are the first four Bud Sagendorf collections, all at the same price, E.C. Segar’s Popeye Vol 1 (on sale) and Vol 6, plus:

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POPEYE CLASSIC NEWSPAPER COMICS Volume 1 --By Bobby London.
1986-89.
Famed Dirty Duck and Mickey Mouse Meets the Air Pirates cartoonist Bobby London moved from underground comics to the upscale National Lampoon, and then he blossomed during a six-year run on the Popeye newspaper strip. His work has been hailed both as a unique original creation and as an homage to Elzie Segar's larger Thimble Theatre vision.
Item Code: POPC01H
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Publisher: IDW, 2014
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x8
Pages: 344pg
Color: black and white
 
POPEYE CLASSIC NEWSPAPER COMICS Volume 2 --By Bobby London.
1989-92.
When they say "complete," it means COMPLETE! Bobby London's outstanding take on the Sailor Man, always a beautiful homage to Segar’s original, has often been overshadowed by his being fired in 1992, ostensibly for a storyline that was an allegory about abortion. King Features pulled the final three weeks of strips and newspapers began running reprints. Story over in mid-stream.
Item Code: POPC02H
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Publisher: IDW, 2014
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x8
Pages: 340pg
Color: black and white
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More Warehouse Finds

 


WINGS OF TWILIGHT ART Deluxe -- By Michael Kaluta.
Highly Recommended. Warehouse Find, from 2001. Signed & limited, 500! A beautiful full-color compendium of the best of one of comic art's most revered artists! Includes a brief biography and 75 mostly full color illustrations. Michael is an artist who loves beauty, from beautiful women to fantasy worlds--and he has the talent to bring each vision to life with the most vivid detail and imagination possible. Silver foil stamped cover. Special bound-in signature page with a large, new illustration on parchment paper.....More.

Item Code: WINGSD
Your price: $50.00
Publisher: NBM, 2001
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x12
Pages: 80pg
Color: Full Color throughout
 

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A PRINCESS OF MARS --By Edgar Rice Burroughs, illustrated by Michael Kaluta.
Highly Recommended. New Deluxe Oversized Edition. An impressive new “deluxe” printing of the novel that started the John Carter of Mars series! A tall, oversized hardcover bound in red leatherette, with gold-embossed titles and borders surrounding a die-cut, onlaid cover plate in full color. Michael Kaluta provides all the new art here: full page color plates, chapter headings, cover art and endpapers, all together with ERB’s complete, original novel.
Item Code: PRINMW
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Publisher: IDW, 2014
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x14
Pages: 124pg
Color: Full Color throughout
See our website for more by Kaluta, including the Kaluta Sketchbooks #1-4 [MKSS01, etc. $9.99 each] and the handsome hardcover Shadow 1941: Hitler’s Astrologer [SHADOWHC. $19.99, your price $17.99]—drawn with Russ Heath!
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GHOST IN THE SHELL -- By Masamune Shirow.
Recommended. Warehouse find, from 1991. In a world where the human mind can be programmed like a computer, at what point does the human soul end and the cybernetic machinery start? From the creator of Appleseed and Dominion, an epic, distopian tale of politics, covert operations and cyborgs with attitude...headed by the sexy cyborg girl Motoko, who works as a government agent. Or does she? It’s time for a change in the order, and as a highly trained soldier, she’s at the head of the movement.....More.

Item Code: GHOSTSH
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Publisher: Dark Horse, 1995
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 7x10
Pages: 368pg
Color: PC
For more Manga collections, including the very strange Jiro Kawada Batmanga [BATJ01. $14.99], see our website.
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Adult Readers

Two new erotic art collections: Guilty Pleasure: Pin-Ups by Keith Garvey. And New York Burlesque, a never-before-seen look at strippers and burlesque stars, directly from films made of their stage shows.

Plus three more warehouse finds, new this week: Tease Magazine #1 (from 1994), Bettie Pages #9: The Farewell Issue (from 1991) and Mona Street 1, superbly drawn erotic comics from Italy (from 1988).

Nude Photography  |  Erotic Art   |  Erotic Films: Books & DVDs  |  Adult Graphic Novels & Fiction

 


GUILTY PLEASURES: Pin-Ups by Keith Garvey -- “The secret to Keith Garvey's illustrations are, they successfully scratch that naughty itch you didn't realize you had until you look at them!” His seductive style blends fantasy and reality into images of pin-up perfection. This latest collection of his works shows off these "Garv Girls" in exquisite color and detail—This is modern cheesecake, including several young tattooed beauties, lots of lingerie and short dresses, and peek-a-boo poses. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: GUPL
Your price: $14.95
Publisher: SQP, 2015
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 9x12
Pages: 48pg
Color: Full Color throughout
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NEW YORK BURLESQUE: Photographs By Roy Kemp -- By Roy Kemp. Foreword by Katherine Sydenham. Entirely unpublished until now, here are Roy Kemp’s burlesque films capturing 39 different dancers performing in clubs in 1950s New York. Many pages here feature as many as 35 separate sequential photos, showing each performance’s highlights. Famous names include Tempest Storm, Liz O’Leyar, Murine, Rita Gable, and Princess Domay, as well as other sultry performers famous in their heyday. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: NEWBH
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Publisher: Schiffer, 2014
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 176pg
Color: black and white
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BETTY PAGES #9 FAREWELL ISSUE -- Warehouse find, 1993.
This was the seminal Bettie magazine, which began when she was still out of the public eye. This features the story of Bettie's personal life; look-alike contest winners; a portfolio of long-time Bettie photographer Jack Bradley; the "other" Betty Page--a true story of another '50s pin-up with the same name; rare full nude Bettie photos in color; and a tribute to Zoe Mozert,. Note: Minor ding or/and creases to corners. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: BP09
Your price: $20.00
Publisher: Pure Imagination, 1993
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 5x8
Pages: 78pg
Color: PC
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TEASE MAGAZINE #1 -- By Greg Theakston.
Warehouse find, 1994. The Magazine of Sexy Fun. Formerly The Bettie Pages, Tease began just after Bettie resurfaced. Vintage nude pin-up photos, “Forgotten Beauty Queens,” sexploitation seminar with Lisa Petrucci, naughty French postcards, pin-up painter Rusty and Joyce Ballantyne, home-made cheesecake photos, Olivia nude centerfold, John Waters: influences and misadventures, stripper’s museum, Cave Babes by Glenn Barr et al. As new except for small corner bump.....More.

Item Code: TEASE01
Your price: $8.00
Publisher: Pure Imagination, 1994
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 8x11
Pages: 68pg
Color: black and white
See Pin-Up Art and Bettie Page on our website home page for much more erotic and cheesecake art.
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MONA STREET Volume 1 -- By Frollo.
Warehouse find, 1988.. Italian language erotic comics, in full color. Very erotic stories of a beautiful girl's adventures in college and subsequent life as she is involved sexually with both men and women. Published by Glamour International, an important adult magazine for many years. One of their best discoveries was Frollo, whose erotic comics come alive even without a translation, as beautiful women pleasure themselves and others in total abandon. Small scuffs or dents, else new. Very limited quantity. Adult Material...More.

Item Code: MONA01
Your price: $30.00
Publisher: Glamour Intl, 1988
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 9x12
Pages: 62pg
Color: black and white
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Our Winter/Spring 2015 Incredible Catalog is at the printers now and should be in your hands by the first week or two in February. It will be mailed to all customers who’ve sent us an order in the last year. It features Traveling With Your Octopus by Brian Kesinger on the cover, and includes our 2014 Bestsellers list.


Review: The Ghoul Treasury Edition

IDW’s Treasury Edition series re-presents exceptional comics in a larger 8½ x 13 format, which really changes your perception of the comic art. The first release was Michael Kaluta’s Starstruck, which began life as an off-Broadway play and a Marvel Graphic Novel. It is currently sold out—and worth looking for.

Next up was Rocketeer Adventures. This collects the new Spirit stories by Darwyn Cooke, Michael Kaluta, Gene Ha, Sandy Plunkett, et al. And it’s still available. [ROCA $9.99]. I also liked it a lot.

The latest release is The Ghoul Treasury Edition by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson. This originally appeared as The Ghoul #1-3, a limited series in 2009-2010. I missed that the first time around, but I was so happy to read this new edition. It’s all in tonal black & white and reminds me of the “old” days of comics. It looks so much like one of the Warren magazine stories from back in the 1960s, like the wonderful work by Alex Toth, Steve Ditko, and Angelo Torres that appeared in the first issues of Creepy and Eerie.


This even has an EC feel, as if Harvey Kurtzman was involved in the layout. The panels are laid on top of one another, so there are no white borders between them. It makes for more dramatic storytelling. And Wrightson’s art combines his talent for horror and the macabre with a style that reminds me of John Severin (one of my favorite artists)...it’s bold, stark, dramatic work, perfect for this offbeat story of a Hulk-like nine-foot tall monster who, like Hellboy, is out fighting monsters and supernatural critters that normal folks can’t handle.

An incredulous detective gets introduced to our hulking, sometimes joking, but very easy-going monster, and the story moves along with a wonderful pace. I liked it a lot, and recommend it highly to any fan of Wrightson, Toth, EC, Warren mags, or just good, solid Silver-Age style storytelling.

~Bud

 

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