Thursday, September 22, 2016

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography, Tarzan the Beckoning/signed, DC Comics Covergirls, The MLJ Companion, Gamora, Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange Omnibus

New this week!

Plus a new Shadow superpack issue #110, The Black Bat #5, a great Cthulhu Poster, Ghost Stories by M.R. James, a Supergirl coloring book, Art Adams’ Monsters Attack is available again as is Dope Menace--a great collection of lurid paperback covers. And 2017 pin-up calendars and Illustrators Quarterly #15 with a cover feature on Dave McKean!

Don’t miss our new catalog, with the cover featuring Kinuko Y. Craft’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s at the printers, but you can download it right now (5mb).

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Art Books & Pop Culture


New 2016 printing. Highly Recommended. By Arthur Adams. Arthur Adams pulls together an assortment of his favorite monster art completed over the last 10 years. You will find awesome creatures, epic beasts, and Adams' luscious and adventuresome femmes in fantasy scenes done in his richly rendered pen and ink technique. Beautifully printed; although only partially in color, even the black and white pages have color borders, and cool 2006 monster studies are in black ink and blue pencil, which is very attractive. Flesk, 2016. na. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: MONAT
Soft Cover, 8x11, 48pg, Full Color

This was first released at San Diego Comic-Con in July, 2015, and by the first of September was no longer available. Flesk has reprinted it and we're pleased to offer it again. Arthur Adams is one of our favorite contemporary comics artists.

Signed bookplate by Louise Simonson! Introduction by Adam Hughes. Highly Recommended. By Louise Simonson. From the trailblazing Wonder Woman of the 1940s to the edgy, power-driven comics series like Birds of Prey, meet the sexy ladies of DC Comics throughout the company's history. Famous contributing artists include Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, J. Scott Campbell, Michael Turner, Darwyn Cooke, and dozens more! Also included are covers from other DC properties, such as the gritty fantasy graphic novels of Vertigo as well as cover girls from Wild Storm, Image, Helix, and America's Best Comics. Chartwell, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: DCCHS
Hard Cover, 9x12, 208pg, Full Color
$24.99 $19.95


Recommended. With Dave McKean, Andy Thomas, Sam Peffer, Jonathan Ball, and Giorgio De Gaspari. More like a book than a magazine,& illustrators is the art quarterly devoted to the finest illustration art ever published. It guides you through the stories behind the artists and their art. Dave McKean: we meet this truly talented and visionary artist, most noted for his work on Sandman. Andy Thomas: best selling artist on a trip through the old West, gunslingers, posses, gritty wild west shoot-outs. Jonathan Ball: the kaleidoscopic world of the illustrator/animator. Vintage paperback artist Sam Peffer (Pan Books) by expert Gary Lovisi. Book Palace, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: IQ15
Soft Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color

See our website for all back issues and their features. Sets of #1-3 and #4-6 remain available at the discounted price of $45 a set [IQ01P, IQ02P], or you can get individual issues of #1-6, while they last, also at discount.

DOPE MENACE The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks 1900-1975
Back in stock. Highly Recommended. By Stephen J. Gertz. While we now enjoy this exploitative genre for its campy kitsch, gloriously bad writing, and outlandish misinformation, drug paperback books were once a transgressive medium with a perversely seductive quality. Dope Menace collects together hundreds of fabulously lurid and collectible covers in color, from xenophobic turn-of-the century tomes about the opium trade to the beatnik glories of reefer smoking and William S. Burroughs’ Junkie to the spaced-out psychedelic ’60s. Occasional nudity. Feral House, 2008. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: DPE
Soft Cover, 7x10, 220pg, Full Color


PEN DRAWING An Illustrated Treatise
Reprint of the 1913 Edition. Recommended. By Charles D. Maginnis. A small but fascinating, and richly illustrated, guide to pen drawing. Masters of the craft c.1900: Daniel Vierge (several examples), Garth Jones, Herbert Railton (several), Will Bradley, Louis Reed, Edward Penfield, Joseph Pennell (many), Howard Pyle, et al. In addition to proposing solutions for practical problems, the book offers advice on architectural (Railton's forté) and decorative drawing. More than 70 drawings by assorted artists range from tranquil churchyards and bustling city streets to striking posters. Dover, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: PENDR
Soft Cover, 5x8, 144pg, Text/b&w


Lovecraft & M. R. James


Introduction by horror master Ramsey Campbell. Highly Recommended. By M.R. James. Adapted by Leah Moore and John Reppion. Curl up by the fire and enter the sinister, supernatural world of Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936), acknowledged master of the English ghost story. Admired by Lovecraft himself, James' skill is to begin with a firm base in reality, and slowly build into a creepy, shocking ending as all the details come together. These often begin like a detective story, but the conclusion may just result in death for the investigators. Four wonderfully adapted tales by for different artists, superbly using much of James' original text and dialogue, all based in England in the early 19th century. SelfMadeHero, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: GHSA01
Soft Cover, 6x9, 64pg, Full Color


Highly Recommended. A very large, creepy, magnificent painting of a huge Cthulhu, towering hundreds of feet above a lost sailing ship, sails shredded, about to be crushed and sunk into oblivion. It's a dark, stormy scene in the midst of a swirling, crashing ocean--Lovecraft superbly brought to life for your wall. We very much like Luong's excellent Art of Richard Luong, so when he told us he'd privately printed up this cool print, we had to offer it. 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CTHPO
39x24, Full Color


Recommended. By Richard Luong. "I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on Cthulhu Wars. Before the project, I had worked in games as an illustrator and concept artist. My art didn't garner much attention. Cthulhu Wars launched and was a huge success. All of a sudden people took notice of my work and for the first time ever, I had fans." Krakenprint, 2016. Out of Print. ...More.

Item Code: ARRLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 160pg, Partial Color


An Anthology of Stories. Edited by Ellen Datlow, cover by Mike Mignola. H.P. Lovecraft’s stories shaped modern horror: Cthulhu, the Old Ones, and more terrifying nightmares emerged from the mythos of this legendary writer. Dark Horse teams up with Hugo and Bram Stoker award-winning editor Ellen Datlow to bring you this anthology of original prose stories inspired in theme and plot by Lovecraft’s mythos. No pastiches or stories in his style, these are thoroughly modern in variety in tone, setting, point of view and time, with no direct reference to Lovecraft. Dark Horse, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CHILO
Soft Cover, 5x8, 368pg, Text Only
$19.99 $16.99

See our website for lots more Lovecraft. Don't miss the new edition of the Complete Lovecraft, which contains all of his stories in hardcover, for just $14.99 [CFHPH]. Or splurge on a slipcased-embossed cover edition [CWHPH. $34.95,your price $29.95].

Archives & Comics History


The Complete History of the Archie Comics Super-Heroes. Highly Recommended. By Rick Offenberger, Paul Castiglia and Jon B. Cooke. In-depth examinations, including artist interviews, of each era of these fascinating super-heros. The Golden Age begins with The Shield, (the first patriotic super-hero, who pre-dated Captain America), The Black Hood, Hangman, The Web and Steel Sterling. A complete early 1940s story is here for each of these. The Silver Age spotlights the “Mighty Crusaders,” reviving the 1940s heroes, plus newbies The Fly (created by Simon & Kirby) and The Jaguar). The Bronze Age looks at Red Circle and DC's Impact imprint. TwoMorrows, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: MLJC
Soft Cover, 8x11, 288pg, Text/Full Color

I've really looked forward to this. I've collected the Golden Age MLJ heroes for many years now, kind of a poor man's Timely, with a fun variety of heroes and fine work by Bob Fuji, Charles Biro, Jack Cole, Irv Novick, Bob Montana and others. I’m already halfway through it and itching to get back to reading it.

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. ...More.

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

More Doctor Strange is on the website.

Collects #112-116, 1979-80. Highly Recommended. By Richard Corben, Rudy Nebres, Alex Niño, Alex Toth, Bernie Wrightson et al. Ann Nocenti provides the new introduction here, and puts it quite perfectly: "Anthologies are great places to showcase new talent, give work to a pro between gigs, or test out artist and writer collaborations, and the formidable talent [Bruce] Jones gathered together for these issues, includes Larry Hama, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin, Pepe Moreno, Auraleon, Leo Duranona...There are some clever artists on tropes... Dark Horse, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CRE24H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 262pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99

All previous volumes are either in stock or can be quickly special ordered for you.

Popeye Comics #35-39, 1956-57. By Bud Sagendorf. Cartoon Research notes, "It's rare that the comic book version of a popular comic strip is as good or better than the original. This is one of those rare exceptions. Sagendorf is immersed in Segar's world. His storytelling abilities are superb and his cartooning is a joy to behold. Sagendorf owned this universe as much as Segar--other artists have been able substitutes, but Sagendorf knew these eccentric personalities inside and out!" Plus a 9-page scrapbook of Sagendorf photos, and fun back-up strips about a crazed inventor, "O.G, Wotasnozzle." IDW, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CLP08H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 192pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

All previous volumes are either in stock or can be quickly special ordered for you.

By Gary Frank. Ant Lucia, George Perez, Curt Swan et al. DC Comics presents classic adventures in a whole new way: in black and white, on heavy stock suitable for coloring, featuring covers and pin-ups of the Girl of Steel from her very first appearance in 1961, on the cover of Action Comics, right up to the present day. A wonderful variety of appearances over the past 60 years, with classic covers and pin-up pages and actual story pages, from a wide, wide variety of artists (all completely credited including original appearance of the art, which is very cool)! DC, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CDSG
Soft Cover, 7x11, 144pg, b&w

See our website for more coloring books and also for more Supergirl collections.

Graphic Novels


By Marc Andreyko et al. Art by Tom Derenick, Cat Staggs et al. After narrowly escaping Wonder Woman (and the law) once before, Gault (actually his disembodied brain!) plots revenge...and seeks a new body to house his evil! Plus, "Worlds Collide" when a tape full of government secrets gets swapped for some excellent Super Funk! We peek at "The Man Behind the Curtain" when a dictator tries to fulfill his daughter's final wish. And in "Seeing Stars," Wonder Woman proves herself not a just the protector of Earth...but of the universe. Lynda Carter is back in these retro stories. DC, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: WWS04
Soft Cover, 7x10, 80pg, Full Color

Special #1 is sold out, but #2 and #3 are still available at the same price.

Collects #1-6, 2015-16. By Sterling Gates. Art by Bengal, Emanuela Lupacchino, Carmen Carnero and Emma Vieceli. Writer Sterling Gates (Supergirl, The Flash: Season Zero) and artists including Bengal, Emanuela Lupacchino, Carmen Carnero and Emma Vieceli present the stories between the episodes as adventures of the Girl of Steel—and her allies and enemies—explode from the small screenbased on the popular TV series! She’s taken to the skies above National City as Earth’s newest superhero, but sinister forces, both human and alien, want to ground her for good. DC, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: ADSG01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$16.99 $14.99


Strange Tales #180-181, Warlock #9-11,15, Avengers Annual #7, Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2. Early '70s. By Jim Starlin. Cover by J. Scott Campbell. Everyone knows that she's the deadliest woman in the galaxy -- now find out how Gamora earned that reputation! From the strange tale of her first encounter with Pip the Troll, follow Gamora through her early adventures at the side of Adam Warlock. Learn why she was raised by Thanos to tackle Adam's dark side, the Magus! Then join Gamora, Warlock, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, the Thing and the Avengers in one of the greatest cosmic epics of all time, waging war on the Mad Titan himself! Marvel, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: GAMGG
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY New Guard Volume 1 Emperor Quill
Collects #1-5. Recommended. By Brian Michael Bendis. Art by Valerio Schiti, cover by Arthur Adams. Peter Quill has abandoned the Guardians and his role as Star-Lord to be Emperor of the Spartax. Rocket didn't wait a single minute to take the reins and become team leader of Drax, Venom, Groot, Kitty Pryde (A.K.A. Star-Lady?!?!) and new Guardian Ben Grimm, the ever-lovin' Thing! Plus 21 pages of variant covers and character studies, including more by Art Adams and others. Marvel, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: GGE01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Also available is the Guardians Solo Classic Omnibus [GUAGH. $125, your price $105].

Edgar Rice Burroughs


Highly Recommended. By Robert B. Zeuschner. This one-of-a kind bibliography is a must for anyone interested in the stories and the story of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Dr. Robert B. Zeuschner, one of the most highly respected ERB scholars, takes the reader on a delightful journey through the publications that made Burroughs one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century. Over 2000 annotated, illustrated entries describing ERB publications from 1911 to present. 500+ color images including 1st & reprint edition books & dustjackets and 97 ERB story-related pulp covers. ERB, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: EDGBH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 620pg, Text/Partial Color


EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS The Bibliography Deluxe Signed
Signed & limited, 375! By Robert B. Zeuschner. Bound in genuine red leather with a hub spine and cover decorations stamped in gilt. Signed by the author, by ERB's president James Sullos, who provides an introduction, by John Ralston Burroughs, and by Jim Gerlach, who designed the book and introduces the illustrations.ERB, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: EDGBD
Hard Cover, 7x10, 620pg, Text/Partial Color

I took this to a local book fair in September and immediately had three people lining up for copies. Long awaited by ERB fans, this is THE guide to his works and better illustrated than anything I've seen before. The deluxe is nicely signed by 4 contributors on a specially illustrated signature page. It’s limited to 400 copies, so I don’t expect it to last very long.

TARZAN The Beckoning Signed
Signed bookplate! Issues #1-7, 1992-93. Highly Recommended. By Thomas Yeates and Henning Kure. The ageless couple, Tarzan and his beautiful wife Jane, have been living in America, fighting the illegal ivory trade to stop the slaughter of elephants...but they’re soon drawn back to Africa, entangled in a dangerous web that threatens their lives! Beginning in California and climaxing in a mythical jungle utopia, Thomas Yeates’Tarzan: The Beckoning is an action-packed supernatural saga, collected here in its entirety for the first time and with delicious, highly detailed artwork and great action sequences. Dark Horse, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: TABES
Soft Cover, 7x10, 208pg, Full Color

See our website for more by Thomas Yeates and more Tarzan.

Pulp Reprints


Markets of Treason,The Black Bat's Triumph, The Mask and more. Recommended. By Norman A. Daniels, Will Murray and Kin Platt. The Nemesis of Crime returns in classic pulp novels by Norman A. Daniels writing as "G. Wayman Jones." First, murder runs rampant as gruesome cloaked hunchback killers terrorize a city until "The Black Bat's Triumph," in a bizarre thriller edited by future Batman editor Mort Weisinger! Then, the Cowled Crimebuster tackles the toughest racket he's ever confronted when ex-bootleggers band together to manipulate "Markets of Treason." Golden Age of Comics Bonus: The Mask from Standard's Exciting Comics #5. Sanctum, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: BLB05
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Text/b&w

Volumes 1-4 are all available, same price.

The House on the Ledge and League of Death. Recommended. By Walter Gibson. Art by Earl Mayan. Sanctum Books commemorates ten years of classic pulp reprints with two powerhouse thrillers from 1941. Escaping from counterfeiters, a young woman and her guardian take refuge in "The House on the Ledge," without knowing that their only hope for salvation lurks in the shadows! Then The Shadow seeks to answer the strange riddle of why killers are taking their own lives--along with those of their victims! Plus, Gibson recalls writing "A Million Words a Year for Ten Years", plus The Shadow's 1940 Golden Age comics debut. Sanctum, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: SHT110
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Text/b&w


The Prince of Evil collection. Exclusive art prints by Graves Gladney. Collects #60-63, with 2 prints. By Walter B. Gibson, Theodore Tinsley, Anthony Tollin et al. Art by Earl Mayan, Tom Lovell, Edd Cartier, George Rozen et al. Sanctum Books collects nine novels in four complete issues, including Theodore Tinsley's ultra-violent "Prince of Evil" saga--all in a deluxe collector's set. The Shadow investigates the sadistic machinations of Benedict Stark, attempts to rescue Harry Vincent from "The Murder Genius," uncovers a plot to murder Lamont Cranston in "The Man Who Died Twice" and becomes "The Devil's Paymaster" to end the Prince of Evil's murderous reign. Sanctum, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: SHTF04P
Soft Cover, 7x10, 528pg, b&w
$49.95 $42.50

The previous three superpacks remain available, as do many/most of the individual Shadow issues.



Limited, 5200. Based on the art of Ant Lucia. Sculpted by Jack Mathews and Karen Palinko. Calling all ghouls and goblins -- Batgirl is here in this new Bombshells statue, and she's a real treat! She's sporting fangs and a pointed hair-do, backpack, and retro gold, red and black bustier with tiny bat-symbols on the sides. Fully laden utility belt, orange cowl, and tall lace up boots complete her Halloween outfit. Comes in a colorful box. DC, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: DCBHB
10.5" tall, Full Color


Limited, 49! By Michael Turner. An extremely Limited Edition Purgatori statue based on the work of comics sensation Michael Turner and sculpted by the ever-talented Jason Smith, featuring the stark contrast of light and darkness, with just a touch of deep red to highlight our villainess's classic look. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Purgatori statue stands approximately 12 inches in height (14 inches to the tip of her wings) with a 6-inch base. Variant edition. Dynamite, 2016. Out of Print. ...More.

Item Code: WODPB
12" tall, b&w
$275.00 $249.99

Extremely limited, and we have just two copies available before it's gone.

Pin-Up Calendars


PIN-UP HISTORY 2017 Calendar
Recommended. Once you get past the oft-seen Elvgren on the cover, this actually offers a fun journey through other masterful artists, with many images new to us. There's two full nudes, two artist sketchbook pages, a tanned Hawaiian gal, and more stylish cheesecake from the heyday of the pin-up calendar, circa the 1950s, by a wide variety of pin-up artists contemporary with Elvgren and Vargas, but mostly forgotten today, such as Sundblom, Thompson, Elliott, Metcalf, and perhaps Earl Moran. Tushita, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: PI17
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


PULP ATTACK 2017 Calendar
Recommended. Well, the publishers went out and found some (mostly) never before collected images, from vintage paperbacks, magazine covers, and films. There's also at least two unusual--and fun--images from even scarcer British sources. Great titles, like She Tried to be Good, Nautipuss, Fast Loose and Lovely, Sin City, Live Fast/Die Young, and even High on Grass! It's all about the sexy ladies here, strutting their stuff and enticing men into their clutches. What's not to like? Image Connection, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: PULP17
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


The Artist's Sketch Pad 2017 Calendar
Recommended. A popular sub-genre of pin-up calendars was this "artist's sketchpad" style. A central girl in full color is surrounded by several more preliminary images, usually in pencil or ink, showing different poses and moods of the same lady. So you get a lot more of each lady, but with one light, fun, classic cheesecake. Elliot's work here is from 1949-1951 best-selling calendars. His girls were gorgeous, glamorous, glowing with good health, impossibly long-limbed creatures, occasionally involved in comic situations. Catch, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: ASP17
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

See all our 2017 calendars on our website.

Mature Readers

Three new calendars this week, two contemporary and one retro. The retro is our favorite, Pin-Ups 2017 (Catch) is actual ladies from the 1950s and early 60s, exactly the same body types as you find in the painted pin-ups by Elvgren and Vargas—but here they’re real ladies, sexy, high-spirited and fun. Not a hint of sleaze in sight.

The two other calendars are both top-drawer contemporary photography: Naked 2017 and Derrieres 2017. Both feature classy, sophisticated black and white photography of, well, bottoms of naked ladies, and the naked ladies themselves.

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News and Notes


3 Devils by Bo Hampton
I just finished 3 Devils and I have to say I liked it quite a bit. I was a little disappointed to find out it’s not complete, collecting just the first four issues of the series. So I look forward to more. But it’s quite an adventure by itself. A very young gypsy girl’s family is murdered by a vampire—in the old west. She’s befriended by a kind of zombie/undead character, who she brings out the best in, and together they begin training for her ultimate revenge. After several years of serious study (she’s already a master with a knife, from her family’s circus days), she’s ready to tackle “The White Man.” But first they encounter a rather unique young werewolf, who’s quite the nice guy except when the moon’s full--so our gypsy girl, now grown into a young woman, insists on rescuing him also.

I don’t consider myself a BIG fan of the western genre, but I do admit I watched all the classic films growing up. I find the new graphic novels set in the old west to be quite refreshing, kind of a simpler, less complex world than the urban jungle of today’s super heroes.

I found Jodorosky’s Bouncer a real page turner, and really loved the artwork and story of Dead Rider: Crown of Skulls by Kev Ferrara (boy, can he draw like Wrightson). Thomas Yeates' Law of the Desert Born was also a fine work, adapted from Louis L’Amour’s novel.

3 Devils: [3DEV. $19.99, your price $17.99]

Bouncer: [BOUNH. $44.95, your price $39.95]

Dead Rider: [DEADR. $14.99, your price $12.99]

Law of the Desert Born: [LAWDH. $24.95, now on special at $12.50]. Comes with a bookplate signed by Yeates. It’s my very favorite work by him, much in the style of Russ Heath!

New Reduced Prices
I just dropped prices on several higher ticket items:

Batman Classic Batwoman Maquette Statue BATCB. $249.99, now $175 – 4 left

Batman Femme Fatales Box Statues BATFF. $69.95, now $49.95 – 3 left

Frank Miller’s Daredevil Artifact Edition FMDAH. $125, now $99 – 5 left

John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition JRASAEH. $175, now $139 – 3 left

More recently reduced closeouts can be found on our website under each category. I’ve reduced more titles since the Summer Clearance Sale in August.

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