The Bud Plant Staff Reunion!
Paul Bonner Sketches - Warriors. Creatures. Dwarfs. Monsters. Brian Froud is a master of this genre and you must add Paul Bonner right alongside. A native of Denmark, Brian's work reminds me so much of the characters from the Lord of the Rings films. All these illustrations are done in pencil, yet the detail and skill Paul demonstrates makes each character fully-fleshed out and intriguing. Where can I see more? Where are these strange creatures doing their evils? Living in Denmark makes it tough to get these signed, so the publisher and I are selling them unsigned. But trust me, you don't want to miss such a tasty sampling of Paul's superlative illustration. This is his first sketchbook.
PBSS Your price: $20.00
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Drawers 2.0 by Claire Wendling - I'm very pleased to make this available again. We're $15 under the "new" price on Amazon. This is Wendling's best collection to date (click here for her two sketchbooks). It features 144 pages of wonderful material, much of it in full color and beautifully reproduced. Complete pages from graphic novels; character studies, nude life drawings, set and character designs for film work, Album covers, specialty pieces. Wendling (and this collection) are French, so virtually none of this material has ever been seen in the U.S. before. Highly Recommended.
WEN02H Your price: $59.95
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Animal Nature by Joe Weatherly - We mentioned Joe's books after Comic-con but space was so tight we couldn't picture any of them. He deserves better so we're featuring him this week. This is his latest book, a full color hardcover with the most amazing drawings of wild animals. We think so much of his work, we've also restocked his previous two books, also both hardcovers and all three specially signed for us by Joe. Here's a link to his website, where a full bio and lots of artwork is on display.
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Brothers of the Spear Archives Vol 1 by Jesse Marsh and Russ Manning - This book is so thick that I've been reading it for several days and still have lots to go before it's done. Then I can go read my own collection issues of Tarzan to continue the story--which is (for me) the only reason I collected the 1950s Dell Tarzan comics. Russ Manning, best known for his Magnus Robot Fighter and for many years drawing the Tarzan dailies and Sunday pages for the newspapers, started his career right here. Our two young heroes leave their Zulu tribe to find the origins of Dan-el. Now an adopted young prince, he and his native brother are on an epic and dangerous journey, by foot, to discover the lost race of his white father in the far north of Africa. Brilliantly written by Gaylord Dubois, this is not only before its time for its integration but it also avoids practically every African cliché to present a story that is realistic and fair to all the native tribes they meet.
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Jesse Marsh started this ground-breaking strip in 1952 but after just over a year, Russ Manning took it over. The influence of Hal Foster in Manning work is clear. You can see how from month to month Manning's work grew bolder, more his own and more polished, throughout the 42 episodes in this collection. Highly Recommended.
Jesse Marsh's Tarzan Vol 7, 10 and 11 remain available, as does My Favorite Martian which includes art by Russ Manning.
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Blazing Combat - Bill Gaines always said he was proudest of EC's science fiction comics. If you'd asked Harvey Kurtzman, he was probably proudest of Mad and the two war titles: Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. Fast forward just ten years and we find Jim Warren, publisher of Creepy and Famous Monsters. He's publishing a new title: Blazing Combat. And he is oh-so proud of it, as is his writer Archie Goodwin. Frazetta is doing the covers. The finest EC artists are here doing some of their finest work ever: Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, John Severin, Angelo Torres, George Evans, Wally Wood, Alex Toth, Joe Orlando. Plus Russ Heath, Gray Morrow and Gene Colan! All in gorgeous black and white.
Archie Goodwin grew up reading EC Comics and published one of the first EC fanzines. His superb work for Creepy has already made it a success for Warren. Here is his magnum opus, as he wrote practically every story except one by Wally Wood and a couple collaborations. He poured his heart and soul into this. Anti-war? Realistic? Gritty? Powerful? You bet, which is why Blazing Combat died after just 4 issues. This was the early days of Vietnam, and if you weren't pro-war, you were toast. The distributors got wind of the contents and stopped putting them on the stands. Warren lost a year's work of profit from Creepy trying to keep this incredible project alive.
Here are stories about every era of combat: Vietnam, Korea, World War I and II, Spanish-American War, the Civil War, our own revolution. Each is a gem, told every bit as well as Harvey Kurtzman had done for the fabled EC titles. I've just enjoyed reading it yet again--these stories are timeless and the art, oh my, the art is just exquisite. Don't miss this. It was published in 2010 and won't be in print forever. It features full interviews with Jim Warren and with Archie Goodwin--and 29 complete stories. This gets Our Highest Recommendation.
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Pinocchio by Winshluss - It's adult, it's violent, it's occasionally sexy. An epic adventure told with great imagination, this is not your Walt Disney Pinocchio. It's a fantasy that folds in Snow White, evil clowns and robots, and Dogzilla in a most complex story. Beautifully drawn and fascinating to look at. Translated from it's European publication and a massive 188 oversized pages.
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The Bud Plant Reunion
Many of you know Liz and Alberta if you used to call your orders in to us. Alberta worked here for some 25 years and appeared in dozens of our staff pictures in catalogs and Christmas cards. Liz was here for nearly a decade, she of the delightful English accent, who was also on the phone to many of you. Liz decided to put on a BBQ for some of the recent staffers here. When Alberta found out, she expanded it to include absolutely everyone we could contact right, back to folks who hadn't been here since the 1980s! We had 40 people here in 1988, just before we sold the distribution side of the business to Diamond Comic Distributors.
The party came off without a hitch. The weather was perfect, not too warm. Liz's house, way out in the country about seven miles from town, near the top of a mountain all by itself, was a perfect setting. Close to 80 folks showed up! We also invited a few special friends: Cynthia Kerr, whose Lenox Press printed our catalogs and The First Kingdom, an underground comic I became the publisher for; Steve and Kathy Adamovich, our cohorts from Booktown and my comic book buddy; Mal and Susan Huntley, another comics buddy who started reading Batman and Superman in 1942. Now he doubles as our insurance agent.
Joe and Jennifer and I are the sole staffers here these days. Jennifer is my son's fiancé. On April 10th, she and my son Philip proudly produced April Rain Plant, who also was at the party. My first granddaughter! Joe premiered his claymation DVD "Next Species," earlier in the day at the Nevada City Film Festival and then at the party to the hardcore group still there late on Saturday night. More on this in upcoming emails.
The girls told our local paper, The Grass Valley Union, about the upcoming event. A very engaged reporter came by to interview Alberta, myself and Steve. Here's the article.
Left to right:
Sarah, Kathy and Steve Adamovich - Cobblestone Books, Bud Plant Employees: Peter Quinones, Terri Guida, Alison Plant, Ashley Votaw, Jennifer and April Plant, Todd Wulf, Sarah Woolman, Acacia Daniels, Diane Still, Bud Plant, Anne Hutchison, Rich Harmon, Lisa Crandall, Don Bowles, "Little" Sheila McCrea, Mike Kieran (back), Diana Rodriguez (middle), Betty Towne (front), Josh Bastian, JF Murphy, Nathan McGuire, Joe Douville, Liz McGuire, Tom Pessoa, Diana Elder, Paul Towne, Chris Cade
Kneeling in front: Jim Guida, Ladonna Padgett and Alberta Severino
Not pictured but attending: Harry and Laurie Woodum, Janet Sether, Don Baumgart
Next week I'll have more about the reunion and additional details to supplement the Grass Valley Union article. We'll also post additional pictures when this is moved to my blog.
Price reductions and closeouts:
Order soon--quantities are very limited on many of these.
Archives and Comics Collections:
Creepy Archives 1 HC – was
Creepy Archives 2 through 13 HC - were
Eerie Archives 1 HC – was
Eerie Archives 2 through 10 – were
Flash Archives 5 HC – was
Sincerest Form of Parody SC – was
Lone Ranger Magazine – was
May 1937, June 1937, July 1937, November 1937
Art and Illustrated Books:
Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King HC with Slipcase
Twinkle and Chubbins HC (1987) by L. Frank Baum – was
Art of Frank Robert Dixon Signed – was
How to Draw/Nude Photography:
Art Models 3 Life Nudes for the Visual Arts HC w/DVD – was
Art Models 4 Life Nudes for the Visual Arts HC w/DVD – was
Art Models 5 Life Nudes for the Visual Arts HC w/DVD - was
Art Models 6 Life Nudes for the Visual Arts HC w/DVD - was
Tiny Faeries of Jean-Baptiste Monge Perpetual Calendar – was
Nene Thomas 2013 Calendar – was
Forbidden Films from the Brothels of Paris DVD – was
Second Coming of Eva DVD – was
The Image DVD – was
Vintage Erotica Anno 1950 DVD – was
Skin Tight Art of Marcus Gray SC – was
New Adult Items
Sexytime - A phantasmagorical pornucopia of 1970s trash cinema movie posters the likes of which have never been collected between hard covers before. Chosen with finger-blistering attention to detail and introduced by a mind-searing exposition of the rise of "post-porn." B-Movie Bikers, beatniks, disturbed artists, witchcraft, familial dysfunction, evil corporations, lost girls and that eight-foot-tall fish-beast...
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Wet is a how-to book about love-making in the ocean, in lakes, rivers and at home in hot-tubs and baths. And each episode is accompanied by startling pictures of a beautiful couple in the throes of passion. Now 70% off.
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PIN-UPS: Brunettes! 25 Vintage Photos! Bruno Bernard's fabulous camera technique turned the serviceman's "pin-up girl" of World War II into a genuine art form of the late '40s and early '50s. This warmly nostalgic collection of prize pin-ups is your ticket down memory lane. You'll see famous stars, budding starlets and unknown glamour girls in vivid portraits, lush settings, and delightfully posed "candids." Wait till you get an eyeful of: Marilyn Monroe (before she was a blonde), Ann Miller, Gene Tierney, Janet Leigh, Julie Newmar, some raven-haired starlets you'll recognize from '50s horror films and many more BRUNETTES!
PINBRHC Your price: $6.95
PIN-UPS: Redheads! 25 Vintage Photos! Bruno Bernard's fabulous camera technique turned the serviceman's "pin-up girl" of World War II into a genuine art form of the late '40s and early '50s. This warmly nostalgic collection of prize pin-ups is your ticket down memory lane. You'll see famous stars, budding starlets and unknown glamour girls in vivid portraits, lush settings, and delightfully posed "candids." Wait till you get an eyeful of: Marilyn Monroe (before she was a blonde), Jeanne Crain, Rhonda Fleming, Tina Louise, Tempest Storm and many more equally luscious REDHEADS!
PINRHC Your price: $6.95
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See you next week! -Bud