Thursday, November 3, 2016

Prince Valiant, Red Barry, Disney Treasury of Classic Tales, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lost World, Harry Rountree, Cerebus, Miyazaki, Brom

A new Prince Valiant is always a special event--getting near the end of Foster’s run. Red Barry is a fun collection, reminds me of early Eisner. Disney Treasury of Classic Tales collects rare Sunday page stories by the studio. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World, drawn by Harry Rountree, is way cool. The Cerebus Covers is a surprise treat, nicely done with Sim’s commentary. Plus Miyazaki, a new Brom novel, graphic novels and more.

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Sunday Pages, 1963-64. Our Highest Recommendation. By Hal Foster. Foreword by Roger Stern. In the first story, King Arthur sends Val to North Wales to thwart an attack by King Cidwick, while back in Camelot, Mordred plans a scandal that will break the Fellowship of the Round Table. Fortunately, a battle-weary Val finds some minor respite in the melee known as the Spring tournament, but the festivities are interrupted as an invading army of savage Saxons attack in the Battle of Baddon Hill. The only one who can save King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot is Val’s son, Prince Arn. Fantagraphics, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: PV14H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x14, 112pg, Full Color
$35.00 $27.95

All previous volumes are currently available.


PRINCE VALIANT Volume 2 & 3 Set
Closeout Price! 2 book set. Highly Recommended. By Hal Foster. Edited by Rick Norwood. A special set collecting volumes 2 & 3 of Prince Valiant: An American Epic at a superlative low price. See the individual volumes for much more detail on each year, 1938 and 1939. The first year, 1937, is long sold out. This is absolutely the #1 way to view these pages. Never has there been better reproduction or anything close to this magnificent size, exactly what readers saw every Sunday in those hallowed days! Manuscript Press, 1984. Out of Print. . Note: Vintage copies. May have slight bumps to corners and some rust from staples....More.

Item Code: PVSCP
Soft Cover, 17x22, 118pg, Full Color
$300.00 $89.95

These enormous volumes have sold very well at his low price. The publisher has sold out of one of these and has less than 15 of the other, so these will be gone before too long. We have just eight sets in stock.

1969-72. Recommended. By Whitney Ellsworth and E. Nelson Bridwell. Art by Al Plastino and Nick Cardy. The final volume of the Silver Age Batman Newspaper Comics features a veritable Who's Who of Gotham City and beyond: Superman, Green Arrow, The Penguin, Joker, Mad Hatter, Riddler, Scarecrow, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Two-Face, Catwoman, Batgirl, Killer Moth, Poison Ivy, and Black Canary, plus the introduction of the mysterious Man-Bat! And if that wasn't enough, included are the four months of rare 1972 strips that were created by the Ledger Syndicate, without DC's input, in which Batman was no longer featured, although Bruce Wayne continued as a character!! IDW, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: BAS03H
Hard Cover, 11x9, 256pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $39.99

Both previous volumes are still available, same discounted price.

Highly Recommended. By Will Gould. Red Barry was one of the most visually innovative adventure strips of the mid-1930s, combining fluid brushwork and noir shadows (in bold blues and purples) with figures that were constantly in motion, plus a level of violence that brought cries of protest from its syndicate. Red Barry and Secret Agent X-9 were King Features' answers to the Tribune's Dick Tracy.  While X-9 continued for decades under hands of various quality, Red Barry by Will Gould (no relation to Chester) was an auteur's vision that lasted less than four years. IDW, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: RBU01H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 284pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Introduction by Michael Barrier. Highly Recommended. By Frank Reilly. Art by Jesse Marsh, Manual Gonzales and Dick Moores. From the early 1950s through the late '80s, the Disney studio created Sunday comics adaptations of more than 120 of their animated and live-action films that were currently in movie theaters. The chronological all-star line-up in this first volume is almost an embarrassment of riches: the animated Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Peter and the Wolf, and two pre-cursers to the series, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland! Plus live-action films 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Robin Hood, The Sword and the Rose, Ben and Me, and Rob Roy. IDW, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: WDTC01H
Hard Cover, 12x9, 212pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

See more recent Disney animation books on our site.

Dailies & Sundays, 1947-48. Recommended. By Harold Gray. Will "The World's Greatest Cartoonist" get a chance to prove his worth with an orphan character, "Little Widget, the Waif"? That may be the least of Annie's worries as she finds herself caught between spies and counterspies fighting to steal "Daddy" Warbucks' atomic bomb formula! And if that weren't enough, the inscrutable Joe Christmas enters the picture, the mysterious Mr. Am returns, and Annie comes face to face with the man she most likely fears more than any other--the deadly criminal named Axel! IDW, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CL13H
Hard Cover, 11x8, 296pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $39.99

All back volumes either in stock or available by special order.


New Calla Illustrated Novels


Highly Recommended. By Sir Author Conan. Art by Harry Rountree. This splendid hardcover edition collects this rare novel as it first appeared in The Strand Magazine and includes more than 100 original brush-and-wash illustrations by Golden Age master Harry Rountree, never before collected. The creator of Sherlock Holmes in this 1912 fantasy transports readers to the wilds of the Amazon for a Professor Challenger adventure among dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Calla, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: LOSWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 226, Text/b&w
$30.00 $29.95


Facsimile of the 1917 edition. 517 pages. Recommended. By Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Art by Arthur Rackham. Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, written in the 15th century, is the basis for the vast literature concerning King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Malory compiled, translated, and edited the tales from earlier French sources, and all later authors who added to Arthurian legend are indebted to his work. This handsome edition features 16 of Arthur Rackham's finest color illustrations, as well as additional Rackham drawings in black and white. Malory's text was edited for modern readers by English scholar Alfred W. Pollard. Calla, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: ROKAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 518, Text/Partial Color
$55.00 $47.50


WAR OF THE WORLDS By Warwick Goble
Highly Recommended. By H.G Wells. Illustrated by Warwick Goble. For the first time since their original publication in Pearson's Magazine, Warwick Goble's illustrations appear in this exquisite hardcover clothbound edition. Combining the magazine's original art with the revised text from the story's subsequent publication in book form, with more than fifty of Goble's black-and-white wash illustrations. Calla, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: WARWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 204pg, b&w
$30.00 $25.95

See our website for all available Calla Books and more by Rackham, Rountree and Arthur Conan Doyle.


Art Books


CEREBUS Cover Art Treasury
Recommended. By Dave Sim and Gerhard. Dave Sim is one of the most important cartoonists in the history of independent comics. His groundbreaking Cerebus ran for 300 issues, each written and drawn by Sim--a monumental achievement! Now, through IDW Publishing, Sim's beautiful covers are reproduced in an archival over-sized hardcover, which also includes roughs, color guides, sketches, and other historical images. IDW, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: CCGH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 432pg, Full Color


Closeout Price! Recommended. By Various. A Benefit for Reed Waller--This 1992 production has a mind-boggling line-up of artists doing original work. From a Cerebus cover by Dave Sim, to Al Williamson, Olivia, Frank Miller, Larry (Cherry Poptart) Welz, Scott McCloud, Roy Krenkel, Dan Clowes, and more than a dozen others. Omaha was the thinking-person's adult graphic novel, which is why it was so beloved by fans and pros both. It's fun to see many of these creators doing their own take on the sexy Cat-Dancer. Explicit content. Kitchen Sink, 1992. Adult Material...More.

Item Code: OCDIA02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 40pg, b&w
$3.95 $2.95


A young man descends into Purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this illustrated novel. Brom’s gritty and visceral prose takes us on a haunting, harrowing journey into the depths of the underworld. Thrust into a realm of madness and chaos, where ancient gods and demons battle over the dead, and where cabals of souls conspire to overthrow their masters, Chet plays a dangerous game, risking eternal damnation to save his family. Illustrated in mostly b&w with one color plate. Stunning color jacket art. Harper Voyager, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: BRLGH
Hard Cover, 7x9, 490pg, Text/Partial Color
$27.99 $24.99


Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Brom. Foreword by Arnie Fenner. Afterword by John Fleskes. Haunting, bizarre, beautiful and macabre--often all in the same work-- Brom's dramatic and powerful paintings have vividly brought to life entire worlds and placed us face-to-face with the wicked, the ungodly and the divine. This lavishly produced retrospective contains over 200 major works spanning Brom's thirty-year career, highlighting his groundbreaking art in games, novels and film. It includes many previously unpublished images and an insightful autobiography allowing a rare glimpse into the soul and mind of this dark fantasy master. Occasional nudity. Flesk, 2013. . Note: These copies have minor bumps to corners, and the jackets are a bit scuffed and sometimes torn at corners....More.

Item Code: ARBRHS
Hard Cover, 9x12, 208pg, Full Color
$44.95 $24.95

See our website for more variant Brom editions and his on-sale sketchbook, Drawings and Muses [BROSKS. $15, your price $10.] Just two left.


MAGIKA The Art of Mélanie Delon
Recommended. A very impressive first collection for this fine and serious fantasy illustrator. Her subject is women, in exquisite detail. Mélanie Delon's award-winning creations have been featured in Spectrum and Imagine FX and in several of her own art books. A fine collection of her portraits of impossible beauty, created by a fan of Philip K. Dick, Tolkien and Terry Pratchett. From the undead to mermaids to stunning witches, this is superbly drawn fantasy in the tradition of Kinuko Craft and Brom. Several nudes. SQP, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: MAGIK
Soft Cover, 9x12, 48pg, Full Color


Highly Recommended. The definitive examination of the art and animation of Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece of fantasy and flight, Castle in the Sky, in a brand new edition. The latest in the perennially popular line of Studio Ghibli art books, this includes interviews, concept sketches, and an introduction by Miyazaki that sets the stage for the film in 1984. This was the first feature film produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli. Sheeta, a girl who has the power to defy gravity, is on the run from pirates when she meets the young inventor Pazu. Together they explore the secrets of Laputa, a flying city constructed by a long-lost race of people. VIZ, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: ARTCSH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 194pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99


Graphic Novels & Archives


Recommended. By Pierre Christin. Art by J.C. Mézières Two agents of 24th century Earth patrol space and time to safeguard both the planet’s future and its past. The 13th volume of Valerian and Laureline, one of the most influential science-fiction comic series of the past 40 years! On an interstellar cruise ship, a mysterious individual is working hard to get to Earth. On Earth, Valerian is exploring a nuclear reactor. Since the disappearance of Galaxity, he’s been forced to make a living by putting his advanced knowledge and equipment to good use. But danger is on the way... Cinebook, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: ONTF
Soft Cover, 8x11, 64pg, Full Color


VALERIAN AND LAURELINE Ambassador of the Shadows
Back in print, the first in the series. Highly Recommended. By Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin. Valerian and Laureline, one of the most influential science-fiction comic series of the past 40 years, with 12 volumes available. This is a new "Deluxe" hardback edition of the very first adventure, the story that inspired the film "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," scheduled for July 2017, directed by Luc Besson. Tasked with protecting the new ambassador from Earth, Valerian is kidnapped alongside his charge in a lightning commando attack. It’s up to Laureline to slog through the seedy bowels of the station as she tries to locate and rescue them—and figure out who kidnapped them and why. Cinebook, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: AMBSH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 64pg, Full Color


By Fabien Vehlmann. Art by Ralph Meyer, Bruno Gazzotti. When a traveller from the future recounts his memories, it’s a vision both frightening and touching that unrolls before us. In the future, the entire population is under a de facto dictatorship because of cerebral implants invented by one F.G. Wilson. Nolan Ska, an engineer, travels back in time, with the intention of changing history by encouraging Wilson's first career: novelist. But Wilson is a poor writer, so it will be up to Nolan to use his own memories to be his ghost writer...An offbeat French graphic novel, drawn with a light touch and humor,  in the style of Mezieres' Valerian. Cinebook, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CLBT
Soft Cover, 7x10, 64pg, Full Color


By Chuck Dixon and Gary Kwapisz. Strategize with young General George Custer as he matches wits with the Confederate commander known as the Gray Ghost, ride with General Jackson and the Stonewall Brigade into enemy territory, and join a newly formed regiment of African-American soldiers as they assemble for their first battle. These and five other explosive tales of courage and sacrifice. Collected from a 2001 series published only in a limited edition, plus an entirely new story. Dover, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CIVW02
Soft Cover, 6x9, 158pg, b&w

Volume 1 is available at the same price.


The 2003 Novel with a new Preface and Artwork. By Doug Chiang and Orson Scott Card. A captivating prose novel of action, romance, and betrayal, Robota features breathtaking illustrations that add a cinematic scope to every page. Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning bestseller Ender's Game, collaborates with artist Doug Chiang. A visionary work with additional, never-before-seen art that Chiang developed for a prospective Robota film. Plus, Gareth Edwards, the director of both Godzilla (2014) and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, provides a new Preface. Dover, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: ROBO
Soft Cover, 8x11, 222pg, Full Color
$24.95 $21.95


Recommended. By Bob Haney, Gil Kane, Steve Ditko et al. Stories from The Brave and The Bold #54, #60, #83; Showcase #59, #75; Teen Titans #1-24 and Hawk And Dove #1-6, from such talented artists as Nick Cardy (the principal artist here), Neal Adams, Gil Kane, Steve Ditko, even Wally Wood! Only a short while after the first superheroes entered the scene, they were followed by a host of scrappy teenage sidekicks, like Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy, Aqualad, Wonder Girl. By 1964 there were enough of these young heroes-in-training to form their own team—the Teen Titans! DC, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: SATT01H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 880pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

More by Nick Cardy and Neal Adams is on our site.


Recommended. By Jack Kirby, Jim Shooter, and Chris Claremont. Art by Jerry Bingham, Kirby and John Byrne. Collects: Black Panther (1977) #1-15; Marvel Premiere (1972) #51-53 and material from Marvel Team-Up (1972) #100. Jack "King" Kirby returns to the character he made history, beginning in the pages of The Fantastic Four. Here is his complete Black Panther series and its never-before-reprinted conclusion in one volume! Kirby's limitless imagination unfurls before you as T'Challa unlocks the secret of King Solomon's frog, encounters alien races, battles eternal samurai warriors and much, much more. Marvel, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: MMBP02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 352pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00


Fantastic Four #52-53 & Jungle Action #6-24, 1966-76. Recommended. By Don McGregor, Rich Buckler, Billy Graham, Gil Kane, Keith Polland et al. In the 1960s, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created an unprecedented string of classic comic book heroes. Quite possibly the most iconic of them all was the high-tech king of Wakanda, The Black Panther. When the Panther began his own solo series, Don McGregor strove to meet Lee and Kirby's high standard with "Panther's Rage." It was an epic adventure so huge it ranged across the savannah, into the deepest jungles and up snow-topped mountains. Over its course, McGregor would explore and expand the life and culture of Wakanda and their African kingdom in compelling detail. Marvel, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: BPE01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 400pg, Full Color
$34.99 $31.99


Collects Black Panther #1-4, 2016, and Fantastic Four #52, 1968. Recommended. By Ta-Nehisi Coates. Art by Brian Stelfreeze. A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer T-Nehisi Coates takes the helm, confronting T'Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. Plus BP's 20-page origin story, complete, from Fantastic Four #52. Marvel, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: BLPAN01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$16.99 $14.50


THOR Epic Collection Volume 2 When Titans Clash
Journey Into Mystery #110-130, 1964-66, & more. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the creative team that sparked the Marvel revolution, set off on Asgardian adventures featuring the fight-to-end-all-fights between Thor and the Incredible Hulk; the return of the Grey Gargoyle; the debut of the Absorbing Man and the unstoppable Destroyer; Thor and Loki's exile to Skornheim; and the introduction of Hercules and the Greek gods! It all leads to an epic adventure that pits Thor against Hercules and concludes in the depths of Pluto's Underworld. Marvel, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: THE02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 504pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

See the website for more classic Thor. Epic Collection 1 [THE01. $34.99, your price $29.99] collects Journey Into Mystery #83 (Thor’s origin and first appearance) to #109.


The Radium Murders and The Crystal Skull. Recommended. By Walter Gibson. Art by Edd Cartier and Paul Orban. First, can The Shadow ferret out the scientific mastermind behind "The Radium Murders" before falling prey to his deadly doom device? Then, plundered art treasures from war-torn Europe are offered for sale by the mysterious swindler known only as "The Crystal Skull" until The Shadow strikes with all the force and mystery at his command! BONUS: a lost Shadow adventure from the Golden Age of Radio, written by the award-winning sci-fi novelist Alfred Bester. Sanctum, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: SHT111
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Text/b&w




MALY SIRI'S PIN-UP ART Good Girls and Bad Girls From the 30's to the 50's
Highly Recommended. This is a facinating collection of short tales, spoof vintage ads, homages to girls from Bettie Page to Rita Hayworth. Wonderful work in the same fun style as the wildly popular DC Bombshells, with sections by decade from the 1930s (Film Fun covers, for instance), to the 1940s wartime pin-ups, to the kinky bondage of the 1950s, repeated in this flip book with good girls behind one cover, bad girls behind the other. It's a breath of fresh air in pin-up and we really like it. Cernunnos, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: PINGBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color
$29.95 $26.95

See our special pin-up art section online for much more, including other contemporary artists creating retro images.




1/7 scale. Japanese import!  Kotobukiya presents the next entry in the lineup of Bishoujo statues based on the superheroines and villains of DC Comics with the ultimate fan-favorite. She stands in a relaxed pose, leaning forward with one hand on her hip and her comically oversized hammer resting over her shoulder. Features the unique New 52 outfit with blue and red contrasting colors, lace-up top, short shorts, thigh-high stockings, short cape and twin pigtails. Kotobukiya, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: DCHQN
9" tall, Full Color


1/7 scale. Recommended. We like these--they are affordable, fun, and very nicely done. Kotobukiya turns to DC Comics for its next Bishoujo statue: Raven, ready for action as she floats in the air, hands outstretched and cloak swirling around her. Based on a new character interpretation by master illustrator Shunya Yamashita. Raven first appeared in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980), and was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Peréz. Koto, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: DCRAV
9" tall, Full Color


1/7 scale. Recommended. We like it! Kotobukiya presents a new Bishoujo (anime/manga style) statue by Shunya Yamashita. Black Canary has never looked better! She wears her classic costume, complete with leather jacket and fishnet stockings. Great face and detail, nicely dynamic pose, lots of cleavage. Kotobukiya, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: BLCA
9" tall, Full Color

We have just two and four of these two previous releases. Bishoujo Zatanna and Batwoman are both sold out.


Mature Readers

Another new Cavewoman this week, Anka's Revenge, with a new nude variant
cover by Budd Root. I like it. For much more by Root, see our website.

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I’m back from the shows in Oklahoma, Houston and Boston. Some of my adventures have been posted to Facebook and I’ll get more photos up as soon as I catch my breath. I found some wonderful items and as they arrive here, I’ll get some scans made and post them to Facebook.

My big find was some incredible early Gustave Dore books, original French editions circa 1864-1873. Anne and I are very happy to be home until February now, with the fall show season at an end.

OAF in Oklahoma City was a blast as usual. Check out the Wally Wood diorama I wrote about here and on Facebook.



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