Thursday, November 10, 2016

Spectrum 23, Doctor Strange, new Moebius, Wonder Woman, James Bond, Brian Kesinger Sketchbook, Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies and more

Spectrum is the big item this week--these annuals just keep getting better. It maintains my Highest Recommendation for such an exciting mix of great artwork. I've listed here all of our Doctor Strange collections, in case you've been captivated by the new film with Benedict Cumberbatch and want to see more. Also: Moebius' Adena and the new cool Wonder Woman graphic novel, James Bond, a new Brian Kesinger Sketchbook, the story of Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies and much more.

Our new catalog (Santa Claus cover by Charles Vess) is ready for your download (under 5 mb). The printed version will be in your hands near the end of the month. It includes all of our 2017 calendars. Watch out, some are already getting low. Watch for the “Almost Gone” note on our website.

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SPECTRUM Volume 23
The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by John Fleskes. Featured in Spectrum 23 are over 300 diverse visionaries. With art from books, graphic novels, video games, films, galleries, advertising and the fine arts, Spectrum is an electrifying art book for fans, showcasing the best of favorite artists alongside bright new talent. The entire field is discussed in an invaluable, found-nowhere-else Year In Review written by publisher John Fleskes. It's packed with insights, trends, and products you may just have missed. Mike Mignola is awarded the Grand Master Award this year, and Terryl Whitlach, David Palumbo and Cynthia Sheppard are among the judges (also profiled). Flesk, 2016...More.

Item Code: SPE23
Soft Cover, 9x12, 304pg, Full Color
$35.00 $29.95


SPECTRUM Volume 23 Hardcover
The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by John Fleskes. Flesk, 2016...More.

Item Code: SPE23H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 304pg, Full Color
$45.00 $39.95

See our website for previous available volumes. In stock are volumes 11, 19, 21, and 22.

Spectrum Live special editions are also available: Vol 1 (SPLIVH. $29.95 with a signed bookplate by Brom) and Vol 2, [SPLIV2H] which is almost gone. Both are limited printings of 2,000 or so. They feature the honored artists at the first two Spectrum Live! Shows. This will be back in Kansas City in May, 2017 after skipping a year.


Comic Book Archives


Our Highest Recommendation. By Carl Barks. We have a double dose of Donald Duck! This new Carl Barks Library boxed set collects the “Christmas on Bear Mountain” and “The Old Castle's Secret” volumes, featuring the first-ever appearance of Uncle Scrooge, and many all-time favorite long adventures with Donald and the boys. Handsomely presented in an attractive box set at a special price that even Uncle Scrooge would approve. Packed with wonderful stories and recommended for all ages, perfect starter comics for youngsters (so they'll wind up crazed fans like us, right?). Fantagraphics, 2016...More.

Item Code: WDCHP02
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 448pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

There are now eleven volumes in this series, as well as three smaller kid-friendly softcovers. See our website.


Crossovers! JLA members Batman, Superman, Starman, Supergirl, and Batgirl in cool stories where they meet Hellboy, The Predator, The Terminator, and Ghost. Dark Horse meets DC, and it's a fun challenge. Love the Mike Mignola Hellboy story, and the Ghost meets Batgirl is a sexy, wild romp. Plus Superman and Supergirl fight for the future agains a team of Terminators. And more. Collects Superman vs. Predator #1-3, Superman vs.The Terminator: Fight For The Future #1-4, Batman/Hellboy/Starman #1-2 and Ghost/Batgirl #1-4. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: DCDJL01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 408pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

For more with the Justice League and with Hellboy, see our website.


Highly Recommended. By Drew Friedman. Spanning the birth of the industry to its first few decades, this book has 100 full-color portraits of the legends of American comic books—publishers, editors, and artists. Its subjects are popular and obscure, men and women, and it includes several pioneering artists of color. Some have rarely if ever been pictured. Each is accompanied by a short essay about their achievements. Murphy Anderson, Curt Swan, Bill Ward, Dan Decarlo, Victor Fox, Don Heck, Joe Maneely, Russ Manning, Jim's a wondrous list of talent. Fantagraphics, 2016...More.

Item Code: HERC02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 184pg, Full Color
$34.99 $29.99

We don't have the first volume of this on hand, but we can special order it for you. Allow two extra weeks for delivery. DREW FRIEDMAN'S HEROES OF THE COMICS. HERCH. $34.99
COMICS JOURNAL LIBRARY Volume 10 The EC Artists Part 2
Highly Recommended. By Gary Groth and Mike Dean. No comics publisher has had a greater impact — or generated more controversy — than the immensely influential EC Comics. The second and concluding volume of conversations with the creators Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Alex Toth, Marie Severin, George Evans, Jack Kamen, Krigstein and others! The Comics Journal's definitive interviews also include several never-before-published sessions, including a new one with Jack Davis conducted by Gary Groth. Oversized with lots of artwork. Fantagraphics, 2016...More.

Item Code: CJL10
Soft Cover, 10x12, 280pg, b&w
$34.99 $29.99

Part one is sold out, but you can still get the Library Volume 9 with interview with the Zap artists [CJL09. $35, your price $27.95].


VOODOO VENGEANCE and Other Stories
Highly Recommended. By Johnny Craig. EC artist Johnny Craig's graphic style is eerily crisp and contemporary. And you'll be surprised, perhaps, to see the strong and very postive influence of Harvey Kurtzman, not only in stories Kurtzman may have provided layouts for, but also in Craig's own work. His narrative skills are under-appreciated and have to be examined to truly appreciate. This collection of 25 Craig favorites includes "Horror House!," "Werewolf Concerto," "Terror on the Moors," and seven Craig crime classics, including his own favorite, "The Sewer!" Fanatagraphics, 2016...More.

Item Code: VOODH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 200pg, b&w
$29.99 $24.99

See more Johnny Craig work in several of the Dark Horse EC Archives on our website.


Recommended. By Stan Lee and John Romita. The Stan Lee/John Romita era starts here! After Steve Ditko left, Lee and Romita transformed the web-slinger into Marvel's top title "with stories that raised your spirits, tore at your heartstrings and kept you on the edge of your seat." From the revelation of the Green Goblin's secret identity to the unforgettable entrance of Mary Jane Watson, these classics define Spidey to this day -- with star-studded debuts including the Kingpin, the Rhino and Captain Stacy. Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: AM02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 992pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00

Volume 1 is also available at the same price. AM01H. $99.99, your price $85. And we have many other Spider-Man collections: comic strips, Artist Editions and the low-priced softcover Epic collection.


Doctor Strange


Collects Dr. Strange #23-37 and Chamber of Chills #3-4, 1972-76. Recommended. By Roger Stern, Ralph Macchio, Jim Starlin, Marv Wolfman et al. Outstanding other-worldly artwork by Jim Starlin captures the classic Ditko magic. The Master of the Mystic Arts crosses into the Quadriverse. Chaos has been unleashed as the universe goes mad. Writer Roger Stern has even more frightening horrors to unveil, as an elder god marshals Nightmare, D'Spayre, and the Dream Weaver to twist reality -- and rend Strange and lovely Clea's souls with inconceivable fears! Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: MMD07H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 304pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

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.

Almost Gone! 1963-65. Highly Recommended. By Steve Ditko. The complete Lee/Ditko run, Strange Tales #110-111, 114-146 & Spider-Man Annual #2. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned surgeon until a car accident crippled his hands. Broken and destitute, he journeyed to Tibet in search of a legendary healer--the venerable Ancient One--and discovered the path to the mystic arts! From Doctor Strange's eerie house on a Greenwich Village corner, the same team that gave us Spider-Man unleashed new dimensions and otherworldly terrors -- some of the wildest stories ever from the House of Ideas. Marvel, 2016. Out of Print. ...More.

Item Code: DRS01HV
Hard Cover, 456pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Collects #1-11, 1993-94. By Roy Thomas, Ron Marz. Art by Andre Coates and Tom Grindberg. The Master of the Mystic Arts revives the original non-team - and this time they're more secret than ever! To save the world from the threats they'll never know existed, Doctor Strange uses magical tarot cards to select the perfect team for every mission, and he's stacked the deck with all the greatest and grittiest heroes of the nineties to draw from! Wolverine! Spider-Man! Captain America! Hulk! Scarlet Witch! Silver Surfer! Punisher! War Machine! Darkhawk! Sleepwalker! Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: DSSD
Soft Cover, 7x10, 264pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Recommended. By Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, Stan Lee, Steve Englehart. Art by Marcos Martin, Chris Bachalo, Steve Ditko, and Frank Brunner. Ahead of the Master of the Mystic Arts' major motion picture, meet the cinematic Stephen Strange -- the man who will one day be Earth's Sorcerer Supreme -- in this prelude adventure! Plus, magical stories from Doctor Strange's comic book history, from his 1963 origin (by Steve Ditko, and a second story from Strange Tales #115) to his adventures in the modern Marvel era! Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: MDSP
Soft Cover, 7x10, 152pg, Full Color
$16.99 $14.50

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


Graphic Novels


Highly Recommended. By Moebius. Working closely with Moebius Productions in France, Dark Horse is putting the work of the master storyteller back in print—with some material in English for the first time. Stel and Atan are interstellar investigators trying to find a lost space station and its crew. When they discover the mythical paradise planet Edena, their lives are changed forever. The long out-of-print Edena Cycle from Moebius gets a deluxe hardcover treatment! Moebius's World of Edena story arc is comprised of five chapters—Upon a Star, Gardens of Edena, The Goddess, Stel, and Sra—which are all collected here. Dark Horse, 2016...More.

Item Code: WOEDH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 344pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

More works by Moebius are on our website.


By Jill Thompson. See Wonder Woman like you've never seen her before in an original graphic novel from Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Jill Thompson. Join Princess Diana in her early years, as she develops into the formidable hero we know and love. Young Diana has the fawning attention of her nation, but she soon grows spoiled and ungrateful. When a series of tragic events takes its toll, Diana must learn to grow up, take responsibility, and seize her destiny. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: WWTAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
$22.99 $19.99

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Jill Lepore. Highly praised by Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware--and myself! "An absolutely unputdownable book!" "...headspinning weirdness..." Marston invented the lie detector test, yet lived a life of secrets. The bondage so frequent in early WW stories begins to be explained here, with its origins both in the early feminist cartoons but also in more intimate desires of Marston and 2nd "wife," Byrne. 16-page full color section plus 100 b&w reproductions of vintage artwork, covers, splash pages, panels, documents, letters and photographs. Knopf, 2014. . Note: These copies have minor bumps to corners and scuffed and imperfect dust jackets....More.

Item Code: SECWWH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 410pg, Text/Partial Color
$29.95 $11.95

All the recent Wonder Woman books are on our website.


Winner of the Hugo Award. Highly Recommended. By Neil Gaiman. Art by J.H. Williams III. Twenty-five years after THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, an entirely new prequel story to the Sandman series! Gaiman's return to comics is ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to this origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, this features cameo appearances by The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and  the Dream King's siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny. Vertigo, 2016...More.

Item Code: SAMO
Soft Cover, 7x11, 224pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

This is also available in hardcover [SAMOH. $24.99, your price $21.99]. For much more by Neil Gaiman, see our website.


Comic Strip Archives

THE COMPLETE JAMES BOND Dr No The Classic Comic Strip Collection 1958-1960
Six Stories, 1958-60. By Anthony Hearn, Peter O'Connell et al. Art by John Mclusky. This handsome oversized collection brings together the comic strip adaptations of no less than SIX original Ian Fleming novels: Casino Royale, Live And Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love and Dr No. New forward by Martin Asbury. Notice this is written in part by Peter O'Donnell, the wonderful creator and writer of Modesty Blaise. Although the artwork is not as polished as Alex Raymond's on Rip Kirby, it often feels inspired by that work and has the same beautiful women, fast cars, and nasty villains. Titan, 2016...More.

Item Code: CIFJB01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x11, 256pg, b&w
$39.95 $34.95

IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND Spectre Complete Comic Strip
Recommended. Art by John McLusky and Horat. Foreword by John Logan. The daring James Bond is back, this time in a lavish oversized, 272-page collection celebrating the iconic Spectre storylines. Featuring The Threat of Spectre, Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, and The Spy Who Loved Me, five complete adventures first published 1961-64. Includes outstanding artwork by McLusky, with a fine-line style that is most impressive. Titan, 2015...More.

Item Code: JBSH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x11, 268pg, b&w
$39.95 $34.95


Art Books


Signed! Highly Recommended. Brian is well known now for his "Octopus" books starring the delightful young Victorian-era lady and her pet cephalopod. And you will find new drawings of her here, including a short multi-page tale, "The Intrepid Molly McGuiness." But there's much more, including never-before-collected convention poster art for DragonCon 2013 and two Tucson, Arizona Steampunk shows, pirate girls, lady space adventurers, Star Wars characters and bizarre creatures. A lovely, thick art book from this wonderful animation artist whose credits include Disney Studios. Brian Kesinger, 2016...More.

Item Code: BKS01S
Soft Cover, 8x11, 104pg, Full Color

Our Highest Recommendation. By Brian Kesinger. His first volume was an absolute delight. This one? By golly, it's even BETTER!!! A lavishly illustrated Victorian era travelogue chronicling the international journeys of Octo-Victorian globetrotters Victoria Prismall and her pet land octopus Otto. Thirty panoramic, full-page illustrations showcase Victoria and Otto as they explore destinations in Scotland, France, Holland, Spain, Austria, Romania, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, Mexico, and beyond. Baby Tattoo, 2014...More.

Item Code: TRAWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 14x7, 64pg, Full Color

Check out Brian's two other books online, Walking Your Octopus [WALKH.$29.95, with a signed bookplate] and Coloring Your Octopus [COLWO. $12.00, signed on the book itself].


WALT DISNEY'S SILLY SYMPHONIES A Companion To The Classic Cartoon Series
Revised and updated edition. Recommended. By Russell Merritt and J.B. Kaufman. Launched by Walt Disney in 1929 as a "musical novelty" series to complement Mickey Mouse, the Silly Symphonies soon became much more. This line of delightfully innovative, animated cartoons ran for ten years and produced such classics as The Three Little Pigs, The Tortoise and the Hare, Music Land, and The Old Mill. Silly Symphonies won every Academy Award. From the authors of the prize-winning Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney, this richly illustrated volume is a complete history including detailed entries for all the Symphonies along with a lengthy critical analysis and production history of the series. Disney, 2016...More.

Item Code: WALDSH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 260pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95

Highly Recommended. By Earl Duvall. Art by Al Taliaferro et al. This first of four volumes includes all the strips featuring Bucky Bug, the first Disney character to be originated in newspaper comics. The book also includes the very first Donald Duck newspaper strip, an adaptation of The Wise Little Hen. Other classic adaptations are Birds of a Feather, Penguin Isle, The Boarding School Mystery (with the Tortoise and the Hare), The Robber Kitten, and Cookieland, an Alice in Wonderland spin-off. Plus, the Mickey Mouse Movies bonus toppers & animated panels, play money and more. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: WDSS01H
Hard Cover, 12x9, 192pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

See all of the latest Walt Disney collections of animation art, comic books and comic strips on our website.




Limited, 99! Based on the artwork of Frank Cho. Only 99 of these "Diamond Eye" edition statues will be produced. Based on the work of comics sensation Frank Cho and sculpted by the ever-talented Jason Smith, featuring Jana in all her primal glory. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Jungle Girl statue stands approximately 12 inches in height with a 6-inch base. This variant edition comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Dynamite, 2016...More.

Item Code: WODJGD
12" tall, Full Color

Limited, 600. Recommended. By Frank Cho. The powerful beauty, created by Frank Cho, takes her place as one of the brand-new Women of Dynamite statues! Based on the masterful comic creator's art and sculpted by the ever-talented Jason Smith, the blonde warrior stands atop the skeletal remains of a triceratops skull.She's holding a spear in one hand, a knife in the other. Her brief outfit leaves very little to the imagination, and she has that full, voluptuous figure that Frank Cho is so skilled at drawing. Dynamite, 2015...More.

Item Code: WODJG
12" tall, Full Color

Still available is the black and white variant edition, limited to 99 copies: [WODJGB. $249.99].

See the other available Women of Dynamite statues on your website.


Coming in December

Limited, 99! By J. Scott Campbell. Sculpted by Jason Smith. Only 99 of these beautiful black-and-white statues exist! An extremely Limited Edition Red Sonja statue based on the work of comics sensation J. Scott Campbell and sculpted by the talented Jason Smith, featuring the stark contrast of light and darkness. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Red Sonja statue stands approximately 11.5 inches in height with a 5.5-inch base. This variant edition of the Women of Dynamite statue comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Dynamite, 2016. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: WODRSB
11.5" tall, b&w

The first of Dynamite Entertainment's new series of busts inspired by the artwork of comic book master Art Adams! Sculpted by Jason Smith and modeled after Adams' gorgeous cover to the landmark Red Sonja #50, this Limited Edition poly-resin bust has cast metal details and stands approximately 7.5 inches height (to the top of the She-Devil's sword hand), with a base measuring 3x5.5. Dynamite, 2016. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: WODBRS
7.5" tall, Full Color

By Barney Hoskyns. Foreword by Beck. From the Beatles to Beck, Sinatra to Sam Smith, a parade of era-defining artists have passed through the doors of the Capitol Records Tower, one of Hollywood's most distinctive landmarks and home to one of the world's most defining labels for the past 75 years. Taschen presents this official account of Capitol Records, from its founding year of 1942 through to today. With a foreword by Beck, essays by cultural historians and music and architecture critics, as well as hundreds of images from Capitol's extensive archives. Taschen, 2016. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: 75YCRH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 13x13, 492pg, Full Color
$150.00 $125.00

AMERICA'S BEST COMICS Artist's Edition J.H. Williams III Variant
By Alan Moore. Art by Arthur Adams et al. Cover art by J.H Williams III. Alan Moore was the braintrust behind America's Best Comics: Tom Strong, Top10, Promethea, and the anthology Tomorrow Stories. The ABC line paired Moore with the finest artists in comics. This volume will present a beautiful overview of the ABC line, including complete stories from Promethea #10 (Eisner Award-winner for best issue of the year) and Top 10 #7. Additionally, a fine selection of shorter stories featuring Tom Strong, Jack B. Quick, Splash Brannigan, and Greyshirt will be included. IDW, 2016. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: AMBAEHJ
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 216pg, b&w

Of every comics story Alex Toth ever drew, the only one that he kept the complete original art to was Bravo for Adventure. This is a virtual "how-to" course in drawing comics. We see how he would draw all the detail in a scene, only to black it out in order to focus the reader's eye on what really counted. Also included are variant versions of the Bravo saga, plus dozens of never-before-seen pencil roughs, preliminary drawings, and story fragments, as well as all twelve pages of Toth's own coloring for an edition that never saw print. IDW, 2016. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: ATBAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 136pg, Partial Color

See our website for the regular edition of Bravo for Adventure [BRFAH. $34.99, your price $29.99]. We also still have other Alex Toth collections of his animated art, Zorro stories and work in the Warren magazines Creepy and Eerie.


Mature Readers

Just in this week is an entirely new collection of vintage early 1950s Bettie Page fetish photos, all from the Irving Klaw studio which brought Bettie to the public eye. The Wild World of Bettie Page actually presents no nudity, since this was verboten back in those days, but it's kinky to the extreme—for the times. Bondage, spanking, slinky high heels, leather and stockings, girl fights, s&'s all here in many photos never before collected.

See our website for many other Bettie Page books, the new Olivia Calendar for 2017, and more.

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