Monday, December 10, 2012


Illustration 39, New Signed Sketchbooks,
Art Books, Graphic Novels,
4 new Classics Illustrated and more!

Illustration Magazine #39 -- Last week we announced the new Illustrators Quarterly, from England. Lo-and-behold, here's the new issue of the American counterpart--hopefully not causing you any confusion. This issue has a wonderful feature on Heinrich Kley, whose work is well-known from his two Dover book collections. But little is known of his personal life and a special article delves into this, as taken from a new set of books on his work: The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley. We are right now looking into handling these.

But Kley is primarily known for his black and white drawings. Here is a wonderful array of color work, much of it from the original drawings! The only other place we've seen color Kley is in Jim Vadeboncoeur's Images Magazine. Cover feature is on Jantzen illustrator Pete Hawley. And thirdly we have advertising and book cover illustrator William Ira Teason, best known for his influential series of Agatha Christie paperback book covers in the 1960s.  

Highly Recommended.

Click here for all available back issues. And click on the titles of the two fine art books also published by Illustration, both now at an unmatched sale price of $24.95 each, a saving of $15 on each. H.J. Ward and Norman Saunders.

Item Code: IL39
Your price: $15.00

Christmas season is bringing out the great new books, just in time for the holidays. There are some terrific new books this week and the past few weeks have been pretty good, also. Just scroll down or click on our past blogs to see the new goodies.

Mailing Deadlines

Priority Mail:  December 17th

If you want to get your order before Christmas: If we ship as we normally do using standard U.S. Post Office, we need your order by December 11-14th. It may get there if shipped later, but it starts to get iffy if the Post Office gets bogged down. Even the 14th can be pushing it, particularly if you are across the country. We can't guarantee any of this, but it's based on our past experience.

If you choose our rush service, that goes by Priority Mail. You can order up to Dec 17th and get delivery by the 24th. You might make it with orders by the 18th or 19th, but that's pushing it. We can't guarantee delivery and neither will the Post Office.

FASTER SERVICE: For overnight or 2-day or 3-day by UPS, you'll need to call your order in Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, EST. We'll see what we can do for you and what the cost will be.
INTERNATIONAL AND CANADA: If you are in Canada you might get lucky if you order immediately, i.e. the 10th or 11th, but we can't say for sure. International, sorry, it's too late, as you probably already know.

New Signed Sketchbooks & Artbooks

SIREN: The Bewitching Art of Dan Brereton -- Dan's been in the comics industry for 20 years. Here is an entirely new collection of both drawings and finished paintings, with the emphasis on voluptuous ladies of the night...the really dangerous type! And there's much more here, too, from the artist best known for his Nocturnals series but who has worked for almost every major comics company, as well as Disney, Hasbro and many filmmakers. Handsome and hardcover, and Dan has boldly signed each and every copy.

There's also an impressive variant that comes with a full size, 7x9, color drawing of the same witch pictured on the cover. This is tipped onto page one and is signed also. These drawings, each one different, are very impressive and fun. I'm just going to have to snag one of these special editions for myself.

Both editions are Highly Recommended.

Item Code: SIRD (signed)
Your price: $34.99
Item Code: SIRDS (signed w/ original drawing)
Published at $99.99
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KERON GRANT -- We met this excellent artist at the San Diego Comic-Con and we're so pleased to now offer all three of his excellent sketchbooks. Girls is a handsome little 5x8 collection in full color, with beautiful ladies drawn in several media but all equally appealing. Dope is strangely named, but offers more variety of work, is a bit larger at 9x9. It has many wonderful action drawings, watercolor studies, super heroines, and some stunning action drawings. Finally, Invoke is a hardcover collection, with even more work, from anime-style girls and vehicles, to powerful dark drawings with all manner of beautiful ladies with guns and vehicles. There are just a handful of drawings in the smaller sketchbooks that are repeated in the hardcover, but just a few. My favorite? I think I like Dope best, if I had to choose just one.

All are Recommended.
Item Code: KERGS     Item Code: KERDS        Item Code: KERIHS
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New Comic Art Collections & Graphic Novels

SPACEHAWK! -- Basil Wolverton's finest work, in my opinion, was this series of 30 stories done in the very early 1940s. Wolverton was older than the average comic book artist of the time. He'd been working to sell a syndicated newspaper feature to the papers since 1930, and he might have made it if Buck Rogers hadn't appeared at the same time he was marketing his own sci-fi feature. The powers-that-be didn't think the world was ready for two off-world features. Tell that to Alex Raymond and his Flash Gordon.

But Basil loved sci-fi, so first he created Space Patrol for seminal publisher Centaur, and then he renamed it Spacehawk and this great feature ran for several years. Today we know Wolverton more for his humor work, but back then he had a serious and yet equally quirky bent. His aliens, his spaceships, his planetary landscapes were all uniquely his, all so imaginative and great fun. And our hero Spacehawk, whose face is not even shown in the first few episodes, was an enigma. Was he human? Super-human? Or simply from an alien race?

In any case, he had no qualms about doing away with evil-doing aliens. Space pirates got to stew in their own flesh-eating juices, or were jettisoned into outer space to be vaporized, or their ship controls were over-ridden and they were sent into the sun! Confident, powerful and mysterious, Spacehawk was the lone warrior of the spaceways. The updated coloring on this is true to the originals and yet far superior and these are reprinted in a larger size and in a handsome, uniquely designed softcover. I suppose these Golden Age strips may not be for everyone, but if you are a comics fan, like I am, you need to know I give this Our Highest Recommendation.  

It's just so great to have every single Spacehawk story now available!

Item Code: SPHC
Published at $39.99
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WALT KELLY'S POGO Volume Two and POGO Volume One and Two Boxed set -- We are finally getting the Pogo comic strips, which began in 1949, collected in large, handsome hardcover volumes. This new one features two complete years of not only daily strips, but also all the lovely full color Sundays that told a separate story or else just stood alone each week. Kelly is at his best here, with word play, spoofs, adventures, satire, all played out by the animal denizens of Okefenokee Swamp! The two volume set is perfect, with the first two books in a large handsome slipcase and at an even better bargain price. A perfect gift, or you can get this best-ever collection of Pogo for yourself. With extra art, articles and features in every book.

Highly Recommended.

Item Code: POG02H (Volume 2)
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Item Code: POG01HP (Volume 1 & 2 set)
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MANARA'S EROTICA Volume 2 by Milo Manara -- While Dark Horse is collecting Manara's complete works, and while his "non-erotica" books also have a good deal of sexy ladies and situations, nonetheless this title is the one that's proving most popular with our customers. No one does it like Manara. His women are ever-so sexy, so wanton, so wildly arousing. And he pulls no punches in his adult graphic stories, satisfying ever voyeuristic fantasy. This new collection features several more complete graphic novels, some fully painted and in full color. Click here for the first volume and for his other available collections.

Highly Recommended.

Item Code: MME02H
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MARKED MAN by Howard Chaykin -- Here's an unusual story by Chaykin, about a middle-aged man with a beautiful wife and kids and a happy home. Except nothing is as it seems. He's a criminal who's not worked a day in his life, at least not at any honest job. And his womanizing and violence is about to catch up with his well-hidden suburban life. Fine new work first serialized in Dark Horse Presents. Some sexy ladies here, but no adult content.


Item Code: MRMH
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NEXUS OMNIBUS Volume 1 -- In 1981, Mike Baron and Steve Rude created what would quickly become an independent comics phenomena. Nexus was a very different character and the stories were equally special. Mysteriously endowed with almost unimaginable power, Nexus the man had to mentally deal with Nexus with the God-like powers. Why did this happen to him? And could he keep his lovely companion who was supportive but fearful of his abilities? This collects the first 13 issues of Nexus, from two different publishers, into a handsome affordable volume.


Item Code: NEXU01
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DIOSAMANTE by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Jean-Claude Gal -- This graphic novel was a dream project between two of the finest French creators. Jodorowsky already almost worshipped Gal for the incredible historical graphic novels he was producing. When Gal himself asked if they could work together, Jodorowsky leapt at the chance. He created an entirely new heroine, Diosamante. In Jodorowsky's own words, "...a unique woman who combines wisdom and beauty in her soul." In this first novel, she meets her true love and has three sons, amidst a violent civil war in barbarian times. Gal's artwork is astonishing, with detail in abundance on mighty cities, fallen civilizations, haunted forests and strange creatures, even the lovely Diosamante who has a nude sequence where she must travel blind-folded through ruins and an earthquake to find the warrior leaders and stop their slaughter!

Jean-Claude Gal died after finishing this novel (published in 1992) and beginning work on the next, slated to be a set of four. This includes this never-published work on the second novel, early almost finished pages in full color and later pages with preliminary pencils, plus his meticulous research and many studies and sketches.

Highly Recommended.

Item Code: DIOSH
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WALLY WOOD'S STRANGE WORLDS Deluxe -- This has been available for some time, but we initially missed it. We've been asked about it (and I've snagged one for myself). The softcover edition has been so incredibly popular, we thought we'd make these available to you. Also, the publisher plans a second Wood collection in this series, and we will handle both softcover and deluxe editions of that.

This is the "deluxe" edition of this fine, thick collection of non-EC stories by Wood, all from the pre-code comics of Avon and other obscure publishers. All in color. This comes in hardcover with a specially illustrated slipcase. It includes an extra 16 pages, which feature Wally's special black & white artwork that he did for several issues of the Avon Strange Worlds. Avon had this cool policy of having artists like Wood and Everett Raymond Kinstler (many of these are collected in his Art Book) draw special introductions to each issue's stories. Printed on the high quality glossy paper of the inside cover, these would really show the fine-line work of each artist.  


Here is a link to all our current titles with work by Wally Wood.

Item Code: STRWOD
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New Classics Illustrated Issues

We have four new titles this month, and every one is something special. H.G. Well, Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! Can't beat that lineup! The publisher has added a fine new feature in each of these. William F. Jones, author of Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History now provides full details on both the original authors and their work, and all the history of Classic's various editions, artists and writers. Highly detailed! Jones' book is available from us at $10 off the $55 price, $44.95. 

The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells - "No title in the Classics Illustrated series boasted a more distinguished roster of collaborating artists than First Men in the Moon. EC veterans Al Williamson, George Woodbridge, Angelo Torres and Roy Krenkel all contributed..." Full history of this title by William Jones, plus the original Gerald McCann painted cover.

Item Code: CI144
Your price: $9.99

The Gold Bug and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe - This had a funny history, removed from the CI lineup of titles in 1955 and then finally reprinted in 1964, only to go out of print again. It's one of the scarcer CI titles for that reason. Art by Rudy Palais, " eccentric retro-artist" Jim Wilcox and veteran Alex Blum. The other stories are "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado." Excellent highly-detailed history of this edition, including the mystery about identifying Wilcox's work, by William Jones.

Item Code: CI84
Your price: $9.99

Off on a Comet by Jules Verne - From the "father of science fiction," his third novel. Wonderfully illustrated by the excellent Gerald McCann, I can still distinctly remember being fascinated at this incredible story when I first read it in the early 1960s. Also here's the iconic cover, by an unknown artist, that captured CI reader's imaginations.

Item Code: CI149
Your price: $9.99

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes is still highly popular more than 100 years after his creation, evidenced by the two recent films starring Robert Downey Jr. and by the outstanding BBC series, starring Benedict Cumberbach, which I enthusiastically recommend if you have not yet seen these. It's superb. Anyway, Doyle himself acknowledged his debt to non-other than Edgar Allan Poe when he created Sherlock and even included an inside joke about this in the novel. Here we have a wonderfully painted cover by the acclaimed Mort Künstler, and the adaptation drawn by Seymour Moskowitz, who had just recently drawn King--of the Khyber Rifles for CI.

Item Code: CI110
Your price: $9.99

Quick follow up - Two books came in recently while I was out of town. I didn't get to see and recommend them in the email for those weeks. Now I've reviewed both and I have to say I'm really excited and wanted to share that with you.

Decadence: In Morbid Colors really surprised us by selling very briskly regardless of the rather strange title. But once I reviewed it, I now know why it's hot. Because it's a killer-great book on period of often erotic, always dark, art and artists, just following and closely related to the Symbolist movement, c. 1880-1914. There are some familiar names yet with new art previously unknown to us: Max Klinger, Felician Rops, Alphons Mucha, Alfred Kubin, Kupka, and the Marquis von Bayros. More talents previously unknown to me are Jan Preisler and August Brömse (another amazing artist of evocative nudes, reminding me of Carlos Schwabe) and Richard Teschner.

Now I consider it Highly Recommended. Here's my new review.

This was published at $85, but is now just $44.95. Code:DECMH

Second is Russian Legends: Folk Tales and Fairy Tales - I've been reading this and not only is it fascinating, it also has introduced me to several painters entirely new to me. I knew of the wonderful fantasy work of Ivan Bilibin, but this also closely looks at the work of Vasnetsov, Nicholas Roerich, Vasili Kandinsky, Elena Polenova and Michail Vroebel. This also deserves your attention. And it's on sale, reduced from $49.95 to $32.95.

It's now Highly Recommended. Code:RUSL

Erotic Photography & Art

RALPH GIBSON NUDES -- The infinite subtlety of the female form. "...the form of the female body is absolute and perfect." -Ralph Gibson. Gibson's mysterious, dreamlike images pay homage to greats such as Man Ray and Edward Weston, while continually pursuing new frontiers. First published in TASCHEN's limited edition at $1000 and now sold out!

Although there are many full length studies, Gibson delights in the startling close-up, often without the subject's face. There are intimate photos of one or two breasts, of pubic areas (mostly with hair...this is not your modern fetish photographer), of bottoms and thighs and nipples. Oversized book with satisfying, large full page photos on every page.

Item Code: RGNH
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DRESSING FOR PLEASURE -- The Best of AtomAge 1972-1980 - AtomAge magazine was the underground bible of rubber, vinyl and leather fetish wear throughout the 1970s. It became a focal point for followers and explorers of every kind of fledgling clothing scene. For its readers AtomAge was both an instruction manual and a mirror. There's no sex here and just a moderate amount of nudity. This is primarily a rare look at leather fetish costumes--masks, boots and whole body outfits, now with an interesting vintage feel.

Item Code: DREPH
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Spain Rodriguez Passes Away - Underground comics artist "Spain" died this month at the age of 72, after a battle with cancer. He was one of the original Zap Comics crew along with Crumb, Moscoso, Robert Williams and Rick Griffin. His own hero, Trashman, and his contributions to Slow Death, Skull, Weirdo, Young Lust, Subvert and Anarchy Comics were early anti-establishment sex and violence.

As a former motorcycle gang member and low-rider in the San Francisco scene, he grew up immersed in gang warfare and macho sexism. But he also grew up with EC Comics and with the work of Wally Wood, who became his most direct inspiration. He was always a pleasure to meet and talk with on the few occasions I would run into him at local shows.

His most recent project was a graphic novel Che Guevara, 2009. Here is a link to an excellent look at his career by David Talbot. Our underground comics collection Snatch includes his work.

New Clearance Items and Reduced Prices

Quantities on some of these are extremely low, as few as 2 or 3 copies. Act now to avoid disappointment, most of these will not be restocked once they sell out. Click on any book and you'll go to our website, with longer descriptions and up to four images from each book.

1. FRAMED INK: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers by Marcos Mateu-Mestre.- Recommended. Looking through this I feel like Alex Toth is being channeled here. Marcos is a visual concept, animation layout and graphic novel artist with 20 years in the animation industry. FRAIN Was $24.95, Now $14.95

2. NUTHIN' BUT MECH: Sketches and Renderings edited by Lorin Wood - Recommended. Blog founder and curator Lorin Wood is so passionate about mech design that he created a nook of cyberspace dedicated to the talent of his friends and professional acquaintances.
NUBM Was $24.95, Now $16.95

3. VELOCITY by Stephan Martiniere - Highly Recommended. Stephan has drawn inspiration from the work of Moebius, while I also see the influence of "hard" science fiction spaceships and cityscapes of fabulous John Berkey. VELO Was $24.95, Now $14.95

4. THE ART OF THE DRAGONJeff Easley, Larry Elmore, Clyde Caldwell, Keith Parkinson, Todd Lockwood, Donato Giancola, John Howe, Bob Eggleton, Don Maitz, Stephen Hickman, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Greg Hildebrandt, and record-breaking Hugo Award winner Michael Whelan.
Softcover: ARDR Was $24.95, Now $14.95
Hardcover: ARDRH Was $39.95, Now $19.95

5. FAMOUS MONSTER MOVIE ART OF BASIL GOGOS by Kerry Gammill and David Spurlock - Recommended. Gogos changed the face of classic horror with his film monster portrait art. His horrifying yet dazzling magazine covers of Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Phantom of the Opera and countless others appeared throughout the 1960s and '70s. FAMO Was $24.95, Now $12.95
6. IDLE HANDS: The Art of Coop by Chris "Coop" Cooper (signed) - Mature Readers. Take a trip to lo-brow heaven with this exhaustive overview of pioneering artist Coop! Smoking devil girls, hotrods, repurposed pop icons and voluptuous space maidens. IDLH Was $50.00, Now $34.95

7. THE POSTCARD AGE: Selections From the Leonard A. Lauder Collection by Lynda Klich and Benjamin Weiss - Recommended. In the decades around 1900, postcards were Twitter, email, Flickr and Facebook, all wrapped into one. A postcard craze swept the world, and billions of cards were bought, mailed and pasted into albums. Many famous artists turned to the new medium, but one of the great pleasures and enigmas of postcards is how some of the most beautiful and interesting examples were made by artists whose names we barely know.
POSAH Was $45.00, Now $37.50

8. THE SHADOW STATUE - Recommended. Pulp hero The Shadow! Standing a full 12" tall and brandishing two .45 automatics, Lamont Cranston looks like he's just stepped out of the pages of his legendary pulp magazine. This includes a poseable fabric cape, scarf, hat, tie, vest, jacket and shirt--all cloth. Plus two variant sets of hands (the third is gloved) featuring the Shadow's famous ring. And the box art is fabulous, using the original pulp artwork. May be out of print, limited supply.
SDW Was $149.99, Now $129.99

9. JACK DAVIS: Drawing American Pop Culture - A Career Retrospective by Jack Davis - Highly Recommended. Unparalleled career-spanning retrospective that presents the greatest collection - in terms of both quantity and quality - of Jack Davis’ work ever assembled! Work from every stage of his long and varied career: comics work from EC, MAD, Humbug, Trump, and more obscure work for companies such as Dell; movie posters, LP jacket art, cartoons and illustrations from Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Time, TV Guide, Esquire; unpublished illustrations and drawings.
JCKDH Was $49.99, Now $34.95

10. CONSPIRACY OF THE PLANET OF THE APES by Andrew E.C. Gaska - Highly Recommended. Signed by the Author! An entirely new book--with a GREAT new JIM STERANKO cover. This is "the first-ever original novel set in the continuity of what happened between the scenes of the first film, exploring the adventures of Astronaut John Landon, Chimpanzee scientists Dr. Milo and Dr. Galen, and Gorilla Security Chief Marcus." What's more, an artist all-star line-up have contributed both b&w and full color artwork, including Joe Jusko, Mark Texeira, Dave Dorman, Ken Kelly, Matt Busch, Barron Storey, Sanjulian, Scott Hampton and 20 others! CPOAH Was $24.95, Now $14.95

Exerpt from WALT KELLY'S POGO Volume Two

Item Code: POG02H Published at $39.99 On Sale! Save $8! Your price: $31.99

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