Tuesday, June 19, 2012

6/15/12


Alice and Oz! Rackham, R. Crumb and J.C. Leyendecker! Cavewoman!


Alice Illustrated is a unique look at the very best artists of Alice in Wonderland. From Sir John Tenniel in 1865 to Barry Moser in 1983 -- 16 artists who captured the wonder and imagination of this classic. As many as 10 pages are devoted to each illustrator: a brief overview and then plenty of artwork--in full color if it was done that way, or b&w if not.

Here you will find each artist's own vision of this fantasy classic
, which today remains as popular as ever. Arthur Rackham is here. So is Peter Newell (1901), Charles Robinson (1907), Millicent Sowerby (1907), the wonderful Harry Rountree (1908), Mabel Lucie Attwell (1910), Margaret Tarrant (1916), the rare Charles Folkard edition (1921), the favorite Gwynedd Hudson (1922), and the extremely scarce Willy Pogany edition of 1929. And much more.

Editor Jeff Menges is carefully putting together bargain-priced new collections
of the best from the Golden Age of Illustration. From the very popular N.C. Wyeth Great Illustrations to Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures, Jeff and his publisher Dover are creating the kind of books I most enjoy offering to you. Also just arrived this week are:

The Edmund Dulac Treasury - 116 illustrations. Dulac vied with Rackham as the most popular and the most published artist during the Golden Age of Illustration, 1900-1925. His work is exquisite, romantic, gorgeous and inspired.

Arabian Nights Illustrated - These famous tales of genies, harem-girls and flying carpets, treasure-filled caverns and tear-shaped domed cities, have inspired artists for more than a century. From Frances Brundage in 1893, to Dulac, Folkard and H.J. Ford, to Louis Reed, Mackenzie and especially Maxfield Parrish in 1909, 127 pages of imaginative art.

Rackham's Fairies, Elves & Goblins - From A Midsummer Night's Dream to the highly collectible Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, along with Rip Van Winkle and Aesop's Fables. And Undine, a personal favorite of the doomed love of a mermaid for a human. Great color plates taken from rare editions published from 1905 to 1922, Rackham's prime years of creativity.

Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tale Illustrations
- A massive 177 pages focuses on the 22 illustrators including Harry Clarke, Gustave Dore, Kay Nielsen, W. Heath Robinson, Gustaf Tenggren (who worked for Disney) and the lesser known but beloved artist of the "colored fairy books" by Andrew Lang: H.J. Ford. This also includes the fore-mentioned Rackham, Dulac, Folkard, Charles Robinson, Attwell and several more lesser-known but worthy illustrators.

Publisher Dover and perhaps even Jeff Menges are also responsible for the Calla imprint. This hardcover series reprint in glorious facsimile editions Rackham, Dulac, Detmold, Rene Bull, Rountree (Alice) and even Maxfield Parrish. Today I believe it is a second Golden Age of Illustration as all this wonderful artwork again becomes available.


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Mickey Mouse was at his best in the 1930s newspaper daily
and Sunday pages of Floyd Gottfredson. This is the third volume in Fantagraphics' strikingly handsome series, "High Noon at Inferno Gulch." Here is the feisty, quick-thinking and gallant little mouse, fighting against nasties including "The Bat Bandit," racing to find "The Sacred Jewels," on board "The Pirate Submarine." Plus a cast of favorites, from Pluto to Bobo the Elephant.

Along with these wonderful adventures
, collected like this for the first time, there are rare paintings by Gottfredson and the first-ever collection of "The Secret of Mars"--"a Mickey Prequel starring Donald Duck," This beautifully drawn adventure was created in Italy in 1937-38! Expert Thomas Andre ties this all together in revealing and extra-illustrated essays about the great Mouse adventures.

If you missed the first two volumes, we have them both. Save $5 on each at $24.99, or get both in a handsome slipcase on sale at $41.99 for the set.


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J.C. Leyendecker in his day earned the dollar equivalent of the movie stars of today
and was a household name. His 322 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, circa.1905 to the mid-1930s, were eagerly saved. His ads for Arrow shirts and men's clothing set the style for the well-dressed male. Until this new book appeared, there was just one biography available, but it was and still is highly collectible and a quick sale for $150 to $250 in the rare book market.

This long-overdue, completely new art book
finally makes his stunning and highly respected work available again. Artists are among his most enthusiastic fans, inspired by his skill. Fans like myself admire his polished rendering of every subject he tackled. If you don't have this yet, get it now before it goes out of print and starts climbing in value like his first book. You can save $10 now at our special price of $39.95. Images #11 has more Leyendecker, reproduced from the original painting in the Goldberg collection.


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The Monkey Wrench Gang is Edward Abbey's comical masterpiece. Hip Salt Lake City publisher Ken Sanders, for his Dream Garden Press, approached his friend Robert Crumb and proposed both a book and a calendar of Crumb's interpretation of Abbey's eccentric characters. A perfect vehicle for Crumb, this classic of "revolutionary fiction" tells the story of George Washington Hayduke III and his gang of ecological activists running amok in the Southwestern desert. They fight against the flooding of Glenn Canyon and the damning of the Colorado River, among more eco-hijacks.

Originally published in 1975, this may have been inspiration for the environmental group, Earth First.This 1999 edition features for the first time all of Crumb's artwork drawn for the book and calendar. Also includes the previously deleted chapter, "Seldom Seen at Home." Illustrated color jacket and dozens of b&w illustrations by Crumb, who is pictured with Abbey in 1985.


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It's Wizard of Oz time and have we got some warehouse finds for you.
First up is Who's Who in Oz, a first edition published in 1988. Our copies are from the Oz Club warehouse, stored there for almost 25 years. With over 490 illustrations by John R. Neill, Frank Kramer and "Dirk," this offers up a drawing of all 630 characters and a look at who they were in the series. This covers all 39 Oz adventures published from 1900 to 1951, plus all nine authors and the illustrators are examined. This is written by Jack Snow, himself an author of several Oz novels and a big fan of Oz since he discovered Baum as a 12 year old in 1919!

Next is An Oz Sketchbook by Dick Martin
. This booklet was published by the International Oz Club in 1988, where these have been saved until now. Dick Martin became the official illustrator of Oz books following John R. Neill. He shares his favorite story illustrations and talks about each one.

Enchanted Apples of Oz by Eric Shanower - Harlan Ellison, of all people, introduces this wonderful graphic novel which is an entirely new story in the Oz series. Harlan would not steer you wrong! This was published by First Comics in 1986 and this is the first edition, uncirculated until now. Shanower continues to create new Oz stories and illustrations today. This was his first graphic novel. We also have a bookplate that he signed for us in 1992. Although intended for another graphic novel in this series, The Blue Witch, we thought it perfect to include this as a free exclusive for our customers.
 
The Wizard of Oz Waddle Book - Original Oz artist W.W. Denslow provided the artwork for this extremely rare collectible in the Oz series, first published in 1934 and today among the rarest Oz books. Publisher Applewood, known for their high quality facsimile editions, created this new edition in 1993. These 20-year-old copies are what we have for you today. We have just few which include the separate Waddle ramp (but not the waddle characters themselves). And at half price, we have copies without either the waddle or the ramp, which were issued as an add-on. This is a delightfully illustrated novel and long out-of-print.

To further sweeten the pot, we are including four illustrated bookplates that above-mentioned artist Eric Shanower created for the first four issues of Oz-Story magazine. His illustrations are so perfect and we enjoyed printing these handsome bookplates several years ago. Since the magazines are long gone, we thought you'd enjoy a free set of all four with either edition of the Waddle Book.


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Whuuumph! We have one more warehouse find, this time from our own stock. From 2002 comes this San Diego Comic-Con convention book, which features a cover by Frank Cho and Budd Root--alone worth the price. But there is also work here by Mike Hoffman, Devon Massey and Dan Parsons. For all our Cavewoman special editions, click here.


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Signed by Harvey! Cleveland was Harvey Pekar's
last project before he died in 2010. Author Alan Moore--who would have thought?--provides the introduction! This presents key moments and characters from Cleveland's history (which is actually a hotbed of literary greats, music talent and, of course, R. Crumb, who initially illustrated many of Harvey's stories). Intertwined are Harvey's own ups and downs, from appearances on David Letterman to his many projects, as narrated by Harvey and meticulously researched and rendered by artist Joseph Remnant. Harvey signed a bookplate for us before he passed away and we include this, at no charge, exclusive to our customers.


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Here's an inside tip: Idle Hands: The Art of Coop
is finally shipping to us on Monday. To thank everyone for their patience, the publisher has asked Coop to personally sign all our copies. If you already have one on order, you'll get it signed. If you don't, we are getting just a few extra signed copies. Order your copy right now on our website or call or email us Monday thru Friday 9am to 4pm.


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This weekly email is now being posted regularly to my blog
. We also try and add extra pictures there. For instance, the latest blog is several photos taken at the Spectrum Live! show. If you don't keep up with every email, the blog is where you can run through past ones. If you have any friends you'd like to introduce us to, you can refer them to the blog for the last few months of new items and my commentary.

Thanks, as always, for your support!

Bud


Some of my favorite new Items:
WALT DISNEY'S MICKEY MOUSE Vol 3: High Noon at Inferno Gulch
Highly Recommended In this volume, you'll saddle up for Gottfredson's two most famous Wild West adventures: a dead-shot showdown with the brutal "Bat Bandit," then a "Race for Riches" amid rockslides and rustlers! Back home in Mouseton, the mayhem goes on when Mickey, Donald, and Goofy run a crime-fighting newspaper -- and face trouble with mobsters and speeding black sedans!
Item Code: WLT03H
Published at $29.99
On Sale! Save $5!
Your price: $24.99
   
J.C. LEYENDECKER: American Imagist
One of the most prolific and successful artists of the Golden Age of American illustration. This is the first book about Leyendecker (1874-1951) in more than 30 years and is packed with 600 full-color illustrations. His masterworks are featured, along with rare paintings, studies, and other artwork, including the 322 covers he did for the Saturday Evening Post. With a revealing text that delves into both his artistic evolution and personal life, this shows why he was such a sought-after illustrator.
Item Code: JCLH
Published at $50.00
On Sale! Save $10!
Your price: $39.95
     
WHO'S WHO IN OZ
Warehouse Find! A first edition published in 1988. Our copies are from the Oz Club warehouse, stored there for almost 25 years. With over 490 illustrations by John R. Neill, Frank Kramer and "Dirk," this offers up a drawing of all 630 characters and a look at who they were in the series. This covers all 39 Oz adventures published from 1900 to 1951, plus L. Frank Baum and the eight other authors, and the illustrators. This is written by Jack Snow, himself an author of several Oz novels and a big fan of Oz since he discovered Baum as a 12 year old in 1919! Very limited number available.
Item Code: WHOOZ
Your price: $39.95

RACKHAM'S FAIRIES, ELVES AND GOBLINS
One of the masters of golden age illustration, Rackham (1867-1939) depicted the fairy world with a style that was all his own. This elegant and enchanting collection perfectly captures Rackham's understated style with rich and subtle reproductions of his most endearing works. Illustrations from Peter Pan, Rip Van Winkle and A Midsummer Night's Dream are just a few of the whimsical tales that Rackham sprinkled with fairy dust.
Item Code: RACF
Your price: $14.95
       
AN EDMUND DULAC TREASURY

Highly Recommended
Rooted in tales both ancient and modern, these vibrant images date from the early twentieth century's Golden Age of Illustration. Edmund Dulac, a prominent artist of the period, created them for books published between 1905 and 1928. Their moods range from the shadowy foreboding of Jane Eyre to the venturesome spirits of Treasure Island and the lighthearted fantasies of A Fairy Garland. Other featured titles include Shakespeare's The Tempest, The Arabian Nights, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. French-born Edmund Dulac arrived in London in 1904, when new advances in the printing process kindled a rage for picture books. Dulac's imaginative powers and technical skills assured the popularity of his book illustrations, many of which were sold separately as fine art paintings. After World War I, when the appetite for deluxe volumes waned, the artist turned his talents in many new directions, including portraiture, theatrical costume and set design, newspaper caricature, and stamp design. This retrospective of his early works is the only such anthology available, offering a singular tribute to an artist from a halcyon era of art inspired by literature.
Item Code: EDTR
Published at $19.95
On Sale! Save $2!
Your price: $17.95

ONCE UPON A TIME
Highly Recommended
A massive 177 pages focuses on the 22 illustrators including Harry Clarke, Gustave Dore, Kay Nielsen, W. Heath Robinson, Gustaf Tenggren (who worked for Disney) and the lesser known but beloved artist of the "colored fairy books" by Andrew Lang: H.J. Ford. This also includes Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Charles Folkard, Charles Robinson, Mabel Lucie Attwell, Warwick Goble, Walter Crane and several more lesser-known but worthy illustrators. This enchanting gallery transports viewers to a fairy tale world--an ageless fantasy realm inhabited by characters from favorite folktales and depicted by renowned artists. Lovingly reproduced from rare early editions, more than 180 illustrations portray scenes from stories by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and other sources, including ancient Celtic and Norse legends. Breathtaking art, dating from 1882 to 1923, captures the genius of 23 illustrators. The imaginative interpretations include richly drawn color plates from "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Puss in Boots," "The Snow Queen," and scores of other familiar and lesser-known tales.
Item Code: ONCETR
Published at $19.95
On Sale! Save $2!
Your price: $17.95

THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG
Abbey's comical masterpiece, featuring for the first time all of Crumb's artwork drawn for the book and calendar. Also includes the previously deleted chapter, "Seldom Seen at Home." This classic of revolutionary fiction tells the story of George Washington Hayduke III and his gang of ecological activists running amok in the Southwestern desert. Originally published in 1975, this was probably the inspiration for the creation of the environmental group, Earth First. Illustrated color jacket and dozens of b&w illustrations by Crumb, who is pictured with Abbey in 1985.
Item Code: MNKH
Your price: $24.95    

BASEMENT COMICS / AMRYL SAN DIEGO 2002 JAM BOOK
This offers some great preliminary art for three comics and Budd Root's Cavewoman: Prehistoric Pin-Ups #3. Inside you'll get four pages from Tigress: Hidden Lands #1 by the superb Mike Hoffman; four pages of Cavewoman: Raptor #2 by Devon Massey, with a cool dinosaur vs. giant ape battle; and a four pages of an alien invasion story, Autumn Dawn, by Dan Parsons.
This is flip-book format with two color covers--one side features art by Root and Frank Cho, the other is by Parsons. This was distributed at the 2002 Comicon, and includes a blank sketch area for each of the featured artists.
Item Code: BASER
Your price: $5.00          

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