Thursday, October 27, 2016

75th Anniversary Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, Death of Margo Lane, Geek Girls, Neil Gaiman, The Phantom, B-Movie Poster Art

New this week we have fun 75th Anniversary Wonder Woman with new material (and just $7.99), Doctor Strange, The Death of Margo Lane, Geek Girls, more by Neil Gaiman, The Phantom, The Art of the B-Movie Poster and more. Coming soon is the wild Complete Fletcher Hanks: Turn Loose Our Death Rays And Kill Them All!

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Graphic Novels


By Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Azzarello, Adam Hughes et al. An immense special issue celebrating seventy-five years of the Amazing Amazon, through phenomenal new stories, art, and stand-alone illustrations! Featuring a roster of incredible creators-some who've laid down legendary runs with the character, and some who've never drawn her before-including Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Renae De Liz, Brenden Fletcher, Adam Hughes, Karl Kerschl, Gail Simone, and many, many more to be announced! DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: WWAN01
SC, 7x10, 72pg, Full Color

There is plenty more Wonder Woman, both vintage and new work, on our website.


DOCTOR STRANGE What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen?
By Marc Andreyko, P. Craig Russell, Marv Wolfman et al. Art by Tom Sutton, Michael Golden et al. Magical tales from a spellbinding artist! Multiple award-winner P. Craig Russell brings his distinctive style to Doctor Strange in an Eisner-winning tale decades in the making. It's a psychedelic story of sorcerous seduction that will take you from the arcane shadows of the Sanctum Sanctorum to the dizzying spires of the mystical city of Ditkopolis! The Master of the Mystic Arts puts Clea to the test, faces a challenge to his title as Sorcerer Supreme and battles a hoary host of foes. Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: DRSW
Soft Cover, 7x10, 224pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

We have quite a few new and vintage Doctor Strange collections now, as we all await the new movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch. I think it's going to be a good one.


THE SHADOW The Death of Margo Lane
By Matt Wagner. Art by Matt Wagner and Brennan Wagner. Legendary creator Matt Wagner returns to both write and draw an all-new tale for the first and most famous of all pulp heroes, The Shadow! Following his critically-acclaimed work on The Shadow: Year One and Grendel vs.The Shadow, Wagner once again lends his masterful talents to unveil "what evil lurks in the hearts of men", joined by talented colorist Brennan Wagner. For years, Margo Lane has served as The Shadow's faithful friend and companion, the closest and most intimate of all his many agents. But when will that proximity to The Shadow's dark and violent world take its ultimate toll on her? And what effect will his lover's loss have on the driven and brooding Master of Darkness? A powerful and resonant tale in the sort of pulse-pounding pulp style that only Matt Wagner could deliver! Also includes Matt Wagner's 8 page story from The Shadow #100. Dynamite, 2016...More.

Item Code: SHADMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

More Shadow graphic novels and pulp reprints on our site.


By Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. The inimitable Colleen Doran adapts Neil Gaiman's tragic coming-of-age fantasy masterpiece! When Jack was a young boy, his world was full of ghosts and ghouls, but one such monster--a ravenous and hideous troll--would haunt him long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack's fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all! Dark Horse, 2016...More.

Item Code: TROLBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 64pg, Full Color
$14.99 $13.50


Collected here are six classic stories from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman's early years at DC Comics. Ranging from playful to somber to strangely chilling, these eloquent tales showcase the depth and range that have become a hallmark of their acclaimed author. The stories also feature work from some of comics' finest artistic talents, including Teddy Kristiansen, Dave McKean, Mike Mignola, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Richard Piers Rayner, Sergio Aragonés and more. Vertigo, 2016...More.

Item Code: NGMI
Soft Cover, 7x10, 200pg, Full Color

Gaiman is on a roll; just last week we had more new items by him. Check them all out on our website. The new all-in-one Graveyard Book Graphic Novel is doing well. It's a good Christmas gift. [NGGBH. $29.95]. Volume 1 is available in softcover at $9.99. Okay for younger readers, like maybe 10 years old and up, but I really liked it too.


Signed! By Margaret Atwood, Marjorie Liu, Mariko Tamaki, et al. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a non-fiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel's A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators. It's a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes: creators and industry insiders. Dark Horse, 2016...More.

Item Code: SECLS
Soft Cover, 6x9, 280pg, Full Color

This is edited by Hope Nicholson, the Canadian go-getter who also published or co-published two of the three archives of original Canadian comics from the Golden Age: Nelvana of the Northern Lights [NELVH. $39.99, your price $34.99] and Brok Windsor [BROKH. $24.95]. Brok is out of print and almost sold out. Below is more fun work by Trina Robbins and other lady cartoonists, both strongly recommended, especially the hilarious Naked Cartoonist--it ain't what you think--no siree!)


Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. By Michel Choquette. Art by Moebius, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jack Kirby, Russ Heath, Vaughn Bode, Jeffrey Jones. I'm totally blown away, Imagine a time capsule from 1975, with all the best comics artists doing original strips--packed away until now. Never published.This is it--comic strips created in the early 1970s by world-famous artists and writers such as C. C. Beck, René Goscinny, Harvey Kurtzman, Art Spiegelman, Frank Brunner, Gray Morrow, and Gahan Wilson. And written by Archie Goodwin, Steve Englehart and a ton of other creators. All original one and two page--oversized page--strips about the recently past 1960s of drugs, rebellion, music... Abrams, 2011. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Note: Copies may have slight bump....More.

Item Code: SMEH
Hard Cover, 12x16, 216pg, Full Color
$55.00 $27.50


Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. Edited by Gary Groth. Over 70 artists' nude self-portraits--and funny as all get out. These guys know how to spoof themselves and the world, and it shows. Including Sergio Aragonés, Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner, Charles Schulz, Mort Walker, Scott Adams, Al Jaffee, Ann Telnaes, Jeff Smith, Trina Robbins, Lynn Johnston, Russell Myers... And Jim Borgman, Will Elder, Jules Feiffer, Stan Goldberg, Dan PiraroMorrie Turner, and a fabulously macrabre piece by, you'd just know it, Gahan Wilson. And dozens more. Fantagraphics, 2012. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: NAKEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x8, 147pg, Full Color
$22.99 $9.99


Comic Book Archives


Collects #16-22, 1954. By Steve Ditko, Vince Alascia, Jim Aparo, Pat Boyette, George Evans et al. This one says it all: suspense stories that are strange, and that wasn't just idle talk, like, say, whacked out westerns or mad mysteries. No sir, the yarns to be had in Fawcett's and later Charlton's groundbreaking title set a new standard. And, connsidering the line-up, it's no big surprise: the incomparable Steve Ditko, Vince Alascia, Jim Aparo, Pat Boyette, George Evans, Joe Gill, Frank McLaughlin, Bill Molno, Rocke Mastroserio, Sheldon Moldoff, Charles Nicholas, Denny O'Neil, Joe Shuster, and Steve Skeates. Let's face it, eerie fantasy and weird SF had never been so classy. PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: PCSS01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 252pg, Full Color


Collects #15-21, 1954. Recommended. By Shelly Moldoff, Bob Powell, Dick Giordano, Bob McCarty, Steve Ditko et al. One of my personal favorite titles, this one began under Fawcett and moved into the hands of Charlton, where young Steve Ditko was coming into his own. More stuff in the great tradition of the likes of EC Comics and the PS multiple-volume library of Harvey's horror line-up, featuring a dizzying bevy of gnarled and twisted tales of post-death revenge and retribution. Don't miss out! Collects issues #15-21, February 1954 to November 1954. PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: PCTM03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, Full Color

Both previous volumes are available at the same price. Check out our other PS Artbooks now on sale on our website or in the latest two catalogs.


PHANTOM Danger in the Forbidden City Hardcover
By Peter David and Sal Velluto. The all-new six part critically acclaimed mini-series written by Peter David with art by Sal Velluto triumphantly returning the original Ghost Who Walks--The Phantom--to comic books is now collected together as a deluxe graphic novel. Hermes, 2016...More.

Item Code: PHDF01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 176pg, Full Color


PHANTOM Danger in the Forbidden City Softcover
By Peter David and Sal Velluto. This classic tale pits The Phantom against the Singh Brotherhood and their metal-handed leader who are intent on plundering an ancient fabled City of Gold. Only The Phantom, Diana and a newly found ally ―taken from the pages of the first Phantom adventure― can stop them! Filled with action, suspense, intrigue and surprises that will thrill Phantom fans and lure those only familiar with the legend. Hermes, 2016...More.

Item Code: PHDF01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 176pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

We have many more Phantom collections on the website: dailies and Sundays from the Golden Age, and archives.


MAN-THING The Complete Collection Volume 2
By Steve Gerber. Art by Mike Ploog, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, et al. Continuing the definitive collection of Man-Thing's macabre misadventures by his signature writer! The lumbering behemoth goes truly giant-size in one of the most notorious Marvel titles of all time, with stories ranging from a battle of the swamp monsters against the Glob, to a portentous flashback to the life of Ted Sallis before he was transformed. Those who know fear burn at the Man-Thing's touch, but what will happen when he joins Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, in battle with Death-Stalker? Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: MANT02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 408pg, Full Color
$34.99 $24.99


MAN-THING The Complete Collection Volume 1
Closeout Price! By Steve Gerber, Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas. Art by Gray Morrow, John Buscema, Rich Buckler et al. Marvel's muck-monster, by the man who knows him best! First volume of a complete collection of Steve Gerber's (creator of Howard the Duck) Man-Thing tales! Join the startling swamp-creature in encounters with the Thing, sorcerers Dakimh and Jennifer Kale, and the most far-out fowl ever created, Howard the Duck! Marvel, 2015...More.

Item Code: MANT01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 440pg, Full Color
$39.99 $22.50

Also by Steve Gerber, the Complete Howard the Duck now in three volumes. [HOWD01, 02, 03. $34.99, your price $29.99 each].


Collects #104-112, 1982-83. Recommended. Art by Sanjulian, Leopold Sanchez, Jose Ortiz, Rudy Nebres et al. What terrors lurk within the final volume of the Vampirella Archives? The incomparable horror hostess offers you a guided tour of the Warren Publishing library, presenting the era's greatest anthology of horror and science fiction. This edition of Vampirella Archives features a wealth of bonus materials from a bygone era, including the "Feary Tales" feature on urban legends, the monthly "Scarlet Letters" column, "Vampi's Vault" of creator biographies and literary reviews, and intact vintage advertisements. Dynamite, 2016...More.

Item Code: VAM15H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 264pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $42.50


Art Books


DIGITAL PAINTING TECHNIQUES Volume 8 Foreword by Denis Zilber. Now in its eighth year, Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 8 continues the tradition of showcasing the latest digital painting trends and techniques from industry experts. This volume presents detailed tutorials on how to create custom brushes and illustrate scenes from differing points of view; how to design characters, costumes, and machines; as well as techniques used for matte painting. 3DTotal, 2016...More.

Item Code: DIG08
Soft Cover, 8x11, 288pg, Full Color

See our website for more recent books on how to draw, paint and sketch.


Edited by Adam Newell. Introduction by Pete Tombs. Exploding off the page with over 1,000 of the best examples of exploitation, grindhouse, and pulp film poster design comes The Art of the B Movie Poster, a collection of incredible posters from low-budget films from the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Once relegated to the underground and midnight movie circuit, these films and their bombastic advertisements are experiencing a surge of mainstream popularity driven by fans appreciative of the artistic skill, distinctive aesthetic, and unabashed sensationalism they relied on to make a profit, with the quality of the poster often far surpassing that of the film itself. Ginko Press, 2016...More.

Item Code: ARBMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x11, 320pg, Full Color
$39.95 $34.95


Bargain priced. Highly Recommended. By Derek Nelson. A fine new book with 150 posters from World War II, from the most famous to the most obscure and provocative. Highly detailed account of the production (for factory workers), home-front, recruiting and War Bond posters--America's "weapons on the wall." Millions of posters in hundreds of unique designs cascaded off the presses and onto the American landscape, raising hopes in the dark days after Pearl Harbor and convincing folks on the home front that their efforts were the key to victory. Crestline, 2015...More.

Item Code: POWWH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 160pg, Partial Color


Comic Strip & Pulp Collections


The Shadow's Shadow/ The Death Giver & The Black Master By Walter B. Gibson, writing as Maxwell Grant. Sanctum Books continues its Tenth Anniversary celebration with its biggest book ever-collecting nearly 200 pages of early pulp thrillers by Walter B. Gibson! First, the invisible hand of “The Black Master” kills the very men who serve him, leaving no trace except the promise of future murders, in The Shadow's eighth recorded adventure! Then, the Dark Avenger battles an enemy from his past who knows the hidden secrets of the mystery man who became The Shadow! Finally, the Master of Darkness confronts Thade, “The Death Giver,” a murderous malefactor who spreads death for the sheer love of killing! Plus, Anthony Tollin examines Thade's deadly return in the four-color pages of Shadow Comics! Sanctum, 2016...More.

Item Code: SHTA02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Text/b&w


The Crime Crypt/ The Green Terror & Can The Dead Talk? Highly Recommended. By Walter B. Gibson and Theodore Tinsley, writing as Maxwell Grant. Three stories that inspired Batman Comics villains and stories: The Shadow smuggles himself into a criminal mastermind's "Crime Crypt" using the same gimmick as in the 1950 Batman story, "1,001 Trophies of the Batcave." Next, he battles "The Green Terror," a criminal whose use of scientifically induced fear preceded Scarecrow's infamous modus operandi. Finally, in a classic radio script that foreshadowed the Ra's Al Ghul saga, Lamont Cranston dies so that The Shadow can go undercover to battle a super-villain who has discovered his secret identity in "Can the Dead Talk?" Sanctum, 2014...More.

Item Code: SHTA01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Text/b&w

DICK TRACY Colorful Cases of The 1930s
By Chester Gould. In the early 1930s, Chester Gould dramatically altered the comics landscape with a new style of gritty realism torn from Chicago's headlines. With this new kind of storytelling came a new way of coloring comics, a style as bold and vibrant as the stories themselves. This selection of Dick Tracy Sunday comics from 1931 to 1939 features Gould's most infamous villains of the decade; four complete stories plus forty more fabulous Sunday pages, reprinted for the first time in the original colors, and in full tabloid size. Sunday Press, 2016...More.

Item Code: DTCCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x15, 168pg, Full Color

All available Dick Tracy newspaper strip reprints are in stock.




Limited, 3000! Sculpted by Clayburn Moore. The Spider-Woman of Earth-65 is taking the Marvel Universe by storm, whether she's fighting alongside other spider-heroes against the Inheritors, or playing with the Mary Janes in a battle of the bands! This 12-inch scale statue of the unmasked "Spider-Gwen" shows her alighting on a pillar, preparing to shoot a webline while balanced on one foot. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this resin statue is limited to an edition of 3,000, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. Diamond Select Toys, 2016...More.

Item Code: SPGW
12" tall, Full Color


Coming in November

Edited by Paul Karasik. Fletcher Hanks was the first great comic book auteur: he wrote, penciled, inked, and lettered all of his own stories. He completed approximately 50 stories between 1939-1941, all unified by a unique artistic vision. Whether it's the superhero Stardust doling out ice cold slabs of poetic justice, or the jungle protectress Fantomah tearing evildoers from limb to ragged limb, contemporary readers are stunned by the pop surrealism and outright violent mayhem of Hanks' work. Originally featured in two paperback volumes, this deluxe hardcover collects—for the first time—all of Hanks' previously published material, plus several gems newly discovered for this volume, making this the very first complete collection of the works of Fletcher Hanks. Fantagraphics, 2016. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: TURLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 376pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Color Sunday Pages, 1966-70. By Charles M. Schulz. Since their original publication, Peanuts Sundays have almost always been collected and reprinted in black and white. But many who read Peanuts in their original Sunday papers remain fond of the striking coloring, which makes for a surprisingly different reading experience.The late 1960s strips in our latest volume depict Schulz at his philosophical and illustrative peak in one gorgeous, full-color coffee table book. Fantagraphics, 2016...More.

Item Code: PES04H
Hard Cover, 13x10, 288pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Set includes volumes 3 & 4, 1961-65. By Charles Schulz. This gift box set houses the second decade of of Peanuts Sundays in gorgeous, full-color coffee table books. Fantagraphics, 2016. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: PES02HP
Hard Cover, 10x13, 576pg, Full Color
$75.00 $59.95

Limited, 99! By J. Scott Campbell. Only 99 of these gorgeous "Diamond Eye" edition statues exist in the whole world! The She-Devil with a Sword, poised on a snow-covered battlefield, has never looked so majestic! Based on the original design of comics sensation J. Scott Campbell and sculpted by the talented Jason Smith, Hyrkania's most lethal warrior stands approximately 11.5" in height upon a decorative 5.5" wide base. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain with ABS details, This rare variant edition of the Women of Dynamite: Red Sonja statue comes individually numbered as part of a Limited Edition run, and is packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Dynamite, 2016. Due Nov. Mature Viewers...More.

Item Code: WODRSD
11.5" tall, Full Color

We will probably be limited to just two of these. First come, first served. See our website for the regular edition, for the other Women of Dynamite statues, and any available Diamond Eye variants. The Jungle Girl Diamond Eye came in this week but may be sold out--I'll try to get more.


Mature Readers

We thought we'd sold out of a warehouse find, an early Taschen photograph book, Dahmane. But we just found a few more copies, in case you missed it.
Since we don't have any other new items this week, let me remind you of two strange but incredibly well drawn books:

Sex and Horror: The Art of Emanuele Taglietti

Sex and Horror: The Art of Alessandro Biffignandi

Imagine Warren's Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella, but with a lot more nudity. Now imagine it fully painted. And unless you've been out buying impossible-to-find Italian magazines and digests from decades ago, you've never see any of this before. My only glimpse of it was in the old Jungla digests. These are wild and over the top, but they are also gorgeously drawn by two very talented artists. Check 'em out.

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News and Notes

I'm in Boston this week exhibiting at the International Antiquarian Book Fair, so I don't have the time to write and edit descriptions. Nor can I review the new books. This means descriptions on the new items this week are from the publishers and not my own. Also no recommendations until I see these. I'll try to catch up by next week or so. As soon as I do, the online descriptions will be amended and I'll get more interior scans done.

On the upside. The OAFCon in Oklahoma was another great show. I was running around like a madman, scoring Golden Age comics and some other cool stuff. Got a 1940 Superman puzzle, with one of the early Action covers, #32 I think. Missing a couple pieces, but I can live with that. My favorite item was the original Moon Girl #1 in pretty good condition. I also visited Bedrock Comics in Houston and scored a nice early Batman Detective issue and lots of pre-code horror, like the un-reprinted Horrific Comics.

At the very end of OAFCon, literally while I was packing to make the plane, show-founder Robert Brown waved me over to introduce me to a new dealer who'd brought some superlative condition Big Little Books. Many dollars later, I had stunning great upgrades on the rare Betty Boop in Snow White, The Green Hornet Strikes, a Tailspin Tommy Fast Action and a Ken Maynard (yes, really) with a great cover. Also a very scarce Tailspin Tommy ice cream premium with a killer cover.

A dealer had a giant box of PS Magazines by Will Eisner, and later ones by Murphy Anderson who took over from Will. Yeah, so, I collect these too (I know, it sounds like I collect everything), so I piled through these. Got some early ones in terrible shape, but more fun were the later Murphy Anderson issues, some with sci-fi covers!
My old friend Bruce Hershenson (once East Coast Comics, now the biggest seller of movie posters on EBay) turned up and we had a great visit. Bruce lived with me in San Jose for a short time, while he was publishing the very first EC Reprints back in the 1970s. He also did the early Steve Ditko independent comics, like Mr. A and Avenging World, and with a partner put on the 1973 EC Convention in NYC.

My buddy Emerson Hall from Oregon bunked with me. I talked him into coming last year and he was back again. He scored two early Captain America comics (#11 and ??) and a great Marvel Mystery #23, all from Bedrock Comics. Bedrock (Richie Evans) got a couple Golden Age comics from me, and I wanted some pre-code Hot Rod Comics and Wonder Woman from Emerson, so we engineered a three-way trade to make this all happen with as little money exchanged as possible. That was fun! Photo: Emerson (left) talking to Roger Hill.
But the coolest thing at OAFCon? A diorama of the last panel of Wally Wood's EC classic, "My World." It was created by Norman Watson and it took TEN YEARS to create, replicating Wood's studio circa 1953. It is super-detailed and completely relevant to all of Wood's then-interests, right down to stacks of current comics in his bookcase, pictures on the wall (Marilyn Monroe in the Playboy centerfold) and Woody's original art pages on the easel. Photo: Norman Watson next to his diorama

Roger Hill, publisher of the EC Fan-Addict magazine, bought the piece and it was on display front and center as you entered the OAF show. It is a no-kidding-around KNOCKOUT. Thanks to Norman and to Roger for bringing to life Wally Wood's studio art in the glory days of EC. It was the highlight of the show for me, and I think for many others! Roger will be running a special feature on it in the next issue of his EC Fan-Addict. Photo: Wally Wood Studio Diorama



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