Thursday, January 12, 2017

King Kong vs. Tarzan by Will Murray, Pre-Raphaelites Frank Dicksee and Alma-Tadema, Elric, The Flash, Iron Man

King Kong vs. Tarzan by Will Murray! I think this is going to be a good one. Also both in are two new coffee table books on Victorian era/Pre-Raphaelite painters, Frank Dicksee (the first major book on him) and the outstanding Alma-Tadema, who I've compared to Maxfield Parrrish. Also Elric, The Flash, Iron Man, and coming items.

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Highly Recommended. By Will Murray. Art by Joe DeVito. Beast-God Versus Ape-Man. The year was 1933. Filmmaker Carl Denham had captured the stupendous monster he had dubbed "King" Kong. But that was only the beginning. Denham was determined to get the dethroned ruler of Skull Mountain Island back to America, and cash in on the greatest wild animal capture in human history. The saga of how Kong was taken in chains from his Indian Ocean kingdom to New York City has never been told. And how the Kong ends up in Tarzan's Africa! Get ready for a wild ride! Altus, 2016...More.

Item Code: KKVT
Soft Cover, 6x9, 478pg, Text/b&w

Signed bookplate, bonus art and pages, hardcover in jacket. Highly Recommended. By Will Murray. Art by Joe DeVito. Writer Will Murray really thought this one out, and it was years in the making. It actually fills in the original King Kong story, since we all know Kong ends up in New York City with the beautiful Fay Wray in his clutches. But here's the missing chapter, of how Kong takes a detour into Africa and totally disrupts the tranquil jungle of Tarzan and his beloved Waziri. Will total respect for both characters, Murray (author of all the new doc Savage novels, Tarzan: Return to Pal-Ul-Don, and the noted pulp history authority who writes the interludes in each and every Sanctum pulp reprint) tackles the meeting of the two mightiest jungle enitities. Altus, 2016...More.

Item Code: KKVTH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 492pg, Text/b&w

DOC SAVAGE Skull Island
Doc vs. Kong. Recommended. By Will Murray. Cover by Joe Devito. The New Adventures of Doc Savage. Doc returns from his Fortress of Solitude to discover the cold corpse of King Kong lying on his doorstep. He stuns his men when he reveals that he knows this creature. The story of how Doc Savage first ventured to Skull Island back in 1920 comprises this epic adventure of how Doc Savage first became the Man of Bronze! Altus, 2013...More.

Item Code: DOCSI
Soft Cover, 6x9, 396pg, Text Only

DOC SAVAGE Skull Island Deluxe Hardcover Signed
Bookplate signed by Murray & Devito! Doc vs. Kong. Highly Recommended. By Will Murray. Cover by Joe Devito. Exclusive to this deluxe edition: 11-page afterword by Murray on creating the story, with photos & art, a specially-commissioned frontis of Kong atop the Empire State, and a handsome second painting on the jacket back cover. Doc stuns his men when he reveals that he has met King Kong--how he first ventured to Skull Island back in 1920! Altus, 2013...More.

Item Code: DOCSID
Hard Cover, 6x9, 408pg, Text Only

See our website for all of Will Murray's new Doc Savage and Tarzan novels.


Art Books

Recommended. Edited by Elizabeth Prettejohn and Peter Trippi. Lawrence Alma-Tadema's paintings were immensely popular among his contemporaries, and have since enchanted a wide audience through the medium of cinema. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the great epic films of antiquity—from Italian silent classics to Ridley Scott's Gladiator—will instantly recognize their origins in sets and costumes Alma-Tadema invented. Prestel, 2016...More.

Item Code: LAWWAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x12, 240pg, Full Color
$60.00 $55.00

FRANK DICKSEE 1853-1928 His Art and Life
Highly Recommended. By Simon Toll. Victorian painter and illustrator Frank Dicksee gets the full treatment, a history of his life and works with a catalog raisonné, many pictures previously unpublished. He was born with the first wave of Pre-Raphaelitism and he inherited the romantic spirit of the movement. If you like the work of fellow PRB members Waterhouse and Watts, this is your painter. Knights, beautiful ladies, mythology, in wonderfully detailed oil paintings. He became one of the most popular artists of the late 19th-century, painting in a sumptuous and dramatic style. Antique Collectors Club, 2016...More.

Item Code: FRADH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 240pg, Full Color
$95.00 $85.00

Our Highest Recommendation. By Damien Bartoli and Frederick C. Ross. William Bouguereau (1825-1905) was a highly important and influential French academic painter. He was the most renowned, lauded and loved artist of his day. His originality and creativity were matched by his technical excellence. Originally published as volume one in the two-volume boxed set, alongside the catalogue raisonne, this biography has now been published separately, with 350 large exquisitely reproduced full color illustrations. Antique Collectors, 2014...More.

Item Code: WILBH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 534pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

BENJAMIN-CONSTANT Marvels and Miracles of Orientalism
Recommended. This fascinating book studies Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (French, 1845-1902), one of the great Orientalist painters. Renowned during his time but little known today, he created massive architectural compositions based on travels to Spain and Morocco, in which he set fierce-looking Moors and dispassionate odalisques (Harem girls, occasionally undraped). Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2014...More.

Item Code: BECH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x12, 399pg, Full Color

PRE-RAPHAELITES By Christopher Wood
Almost Gone! Warehouse find, 1994. Highly Recommended. This fine oversized handsome coffee table book features full-page reproductions from such famous artists as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, John Waterhouse, and dozens of others. All the major names are here, most of the major pieces, and also many of the lesser-known but sometimes even more interesting artists. Crescent, 1994. Out of Print.. Note: Dust jackets are slightly scuffed....More.

Item Code: PREHC
Hard Cover, 10x12, 160pg, Full Color


Archives & Graphic Novels

Collects The Flash #133-161. Highly Recommended. By John Broome. Art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson et al. More great early Flash stories, this time from those prime years, the early 1960s, when it was all coming together. Writer John Broome created brilliant stories that made Flash a fan-favorite for every DC reader. The amazing villians just kept coming: Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Reverse-Flash, Heat Wave, Trickster, Weather Wizard and more. This collection also guest-stars Kid Flash, the Golden Age Flash, the Elongated Man (super-sleuth Ralph Dibny, in his spin-off of Plastic Man), and Green Lantern. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: FL02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 784pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00

Collects Showcase #4, 8, 13 and 14 and The Flash #105-132. Highly Recommended. By Robert Kanigher and John Broome. Art by Carmine Infantino. This massive title collects the entire run of the first years of the Silver Age adventures of The Flash, just in time for his debut as the star of the new series The Flash on the CW network. Stories include the origin of The Flash, the first appearances of his sidekick, Kid Flash, fellow detective The Elongated Man, and much more. Beginning with the ultra-rare Showcase #4 in 1958, this is killer, great work. DC, 2014...More.

Item Code: FL01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 864pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

THE MICHAEL MOORCOCK LIBRARY ELRIC Volume 4 The Weird of the White Wolf
By Roy Thomas, Michael T. Gilbert, and P. Craig Russell. Art by George Freeman. Compiling the short stories The Dream of Earl Aubec, The Dreaming City, While the Gods Laugh and The Singing Citadel, The Weird of the White Wolf brings Elric back to Melnibonë for a series of epic adventures where his might and magic will face the ultimate test as he attempts to reclaim his rightful place upon the Ruby Throne. Titan, 2016...More.

Item Code: MMEM04H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 152pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Michael Moorcock's Elric Library Vols 1-3 are all available at $14.99 each [MMEM01H, 02H, 03H].

Also available and on sale are three entirely different Elric Graphic Novels, the Balance Lost series, on sale at $14.95, your price $7.50 each [ELR01, 02, 03]. Here is the first one of those:

ELRIC Volume 1 The Balance Lost
Closeout Price! Signs appear throughout the Multiverse that the Cosmic Balance is in peril, and the Eternal Champion is caught in the crosshairs! Across worlds, Elric, Hawkmoon and Corum face the force that threatens to overpower them all, while Eric Beck, a modern-day video game designer, must acknowledge that his reoccurring dreams of a Pale Prince aren't all in his head... New York Times bestseller writer Chris Roberson teams up with legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock to bring Elric back to comic books in an original ongoing series! Boom!, 2011...More.

Item Code: ELR01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
$14.99 $7.50

Highly Recommended. By Al Feldstein and Jack Mendelsohn. Art by Will Elder. This collection includes all 15 of artist Will Elder's humorous Panic stories ("The Night Before Christmas" got the first issue banned in the entire state of Massachusetts); all seven of his science fiction tales from the pages of Weird Science and Weird Fantasy (including two Ray Bradbury adaptations, "The King of the Grey Spaces!" and "The Million-Year Picnic"); and a special horror story that hasn't been seen since its original publication more than 60 years ago. Fantagraphics!, 2017...More.

Item Code: MILYPH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 210pg, b&w
$29.99 $26.99

Three Book Set. Highly Recommended. By Harvey Kurtzman. Art by Wally Wood, Will Elder and Jack Davis. Can't decide which Mad Original Idiots book you want the most? We humbly suggest you buy them all in this cool and very handsome illustrated slipcase! All three volumes spotlighting the art of Jack Davis, Wally Wood and Will Elder, every story by all three from the legendary pages of Mad Comics #1-23, 1952-55! MAD, 2015...More.

Item Code: MOIC
Soft Cover, 7x10, 528pg, Full Color
$44.99 $39.99

Collects #1-6. Highly Recommended. By Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Jack Kamen, Bill Elder, Joe Orlando et al. Mad's sister mag from EC, every bit as funny and wild as Mad itself. Glorious re-mastered color and collecting satires supreme from the splendid Al Feldstein, and with art by Basil Wolverton too! Spoofs include Little Orphan Annie, John Wayne (in two different films), Dick Tracy, The Phantom, Li'l Abner, Smitty, Flying Saucers, hot current movies like African Queen and Spillane's My Gun is the Jury!! Dark Horse, 2016...More.

Item Code: ECP01H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS Invincible Iron Man Volume 10
Collects #68-81, 1968. By Mike Friedrich, Bill Mantlo, and Tom Orzechowski. Art by George Tuska, Arvell Jones, Keith Pollard, and Chic Stone. The world's most famous Avenger is about to face one of his greatest challenges in the latest Iron Man Masterworks! A feud of epic proportions has been growing amongst the world's super villains. The mysterious Black Lama pits villain against villain in a globe-spanning battle royale and the prize is ultimate power. It pits the Mandarin against the Yellow Claw, M.O.D.O.K. against the Mad Thinker and everyone against Iron Man! It's a saga like only Marvel makes them - "The War of the Super-Villains!" The story's surprise twists will even bring Iron Man to sunny southern California and San Diego Comic Con! (Hope he pre-registered!) Also featuring the towering threat of Ultimo and Iron Man's return to Vietnam to rescue a friend behind enemy lines. Marvel, 2017...More.

Item Code: MMIM10H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 264pg, Full Color
$75.00 $64.95

See our website for more Iron Man.



WOMEN OF DYNAMITE Red Sonja Diamond Eye Statue
Limited, 99! By J. Scott Campbell. The She-Devil with a Sword, poised on a snow-covered battlefield, is based on the original design of comics sensation J. Scott Campbell and sculpted by the talented Jason Smith.  most lethal warrior stands approximately 11.5 inches in height upon a decorative 5.5 inch wide base. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain with ABS details, this variant edition 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. Mature Viewers...More.

Item Code: WODRSD
11.5" tall, Full Color

The original Red Sonja statue that this is a variant of, is sold out. See our website for more Women of Dynamite statues, and more Red Sonja graphic novels.


Forward by Roy Thomas. Recommended. By Jay Anacleto, Alex Ross, Dan Brereton, Amanda Conner et al. Fiery in spirit, skilled in combat, lusty and bawdy in her revelry, the crimson-tressed heroine Red Sonja, known also as "The She-Devil with a Sword", is renowned as fantasy's most prominent female character. Created by Robert E. Howard and sometime companion to his most famous creation, Conan. Since 2005, Dynamite has been the proud home to Red Sonja, publishing hundreds of comics that have garnered critical acclaim and the devotion of a ravenous fan base. This second volume showcases more fantastic work, series by series since 2010. Dynamite, 2016...More.

Item Code: AORS02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 336pg, Full Color
$34.99 $29.99



Collects Jones' artwork from Deadman: Love After Death #1-2 and Deadman: Exorcism #1-2, By Mike Baron. The unmistakable art of Kelley Jones sets the mood for two gothic thrillers in the new Deadman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition. This Smythe-sewn hardcover edition is sourced from the original boards and showcases the boldly dramatic line art that established Jones' creative style prior to his work on Batman and other DC characters. Both tales were written by Mike Baron and first published in 1989 and 1992. DC, 2017. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: DEAKJH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 228pg, b&w

Also see the Kelly Jones interview in this issue:
COMIC BOOK CREATOR #13 Michael Kaluta
Highly Recommended. With Michael Kaluta, Ramona Fradon, Kelly Jones et al. Michael W. Kaluta is captured in a comprehensive interview, covering his early fan days; mastery of his signature character, The Shadow; development of Starstruck, work with fellow legends from the Studio; and as the Vertigo cover artist! Plus a remarkably personal talk with the amazing Ramona Fradon about her 65+ years in the comic book business, with AquamanMetamorphoSuper-Friends, and Spongebob Squarepants! PlusKelly Jones interview, creators of Wacky Packs, Otto Binder book review & more. TwoMorrows, 2016...More.

Item Code: CBCR13
Soft Cover, 8x11, 80pg, Full Color

By Stan Lee, Wallace Wood, and Dennis O'Neil. Art by John Romita, Gene Colan, Bill Everett et al. Born to a past-his-prime prizefighter, Matt Murdock's luck always ran a step behind his good intentions. When a daring act to save a man's life blinds young Murdock, he finds that the same accident has enhanced his remaining senses to superhuman levels. He becomes Daredevil, a gritty hero born from murder, but tempered with the desire to protect the downtrodden. In this over-size Omnibus collection featuring every classic story and original letters page, writer Stan Lee and artists Bill Everett, Joe Orlando, Wallace Wood, John Romita and Gene Colan lay the foundation for Marvel's Man Without Fear. Marvel, 2017. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: DAOM01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 1088pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

By Stan Lee, Wallace Wood, et al. Art by John Romita, Gene Colan et al. Cover art by Jack Kirby. Collects Daredevil 1-41, 1964, Annual 1, 1967, Fantastic Four 73, 1961, Material From Not Brand Echh  4, 1967. Marvel, 2017. Note: Once available, this item will not be stocked--special order only. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: DAOM01HV
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 1088pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

ALPHA FLIGHT by John Byrne Omnibus
By John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Roger Stern, and Tom Defalco. Art by Sal Buscema, Steve Ditko, Ron Wilson, and Mike Mignola. Legendary writer/artist John Byrne steers one of his greatest creations to glory! Exploding from the pages of the X-Men, Canada's premier super-team Alpha Flight takes the Marvel Universe by storm before starring in their own Byrne-helmed series! Guardian, Shaman, Snowbird, Sasquatch, Aurora, Northstar, Puck and Marrina fight to protect Canada from injustice and evil - including the Master of the World, maniacal alchemist Diablo, and the terrifying Great Beasts! But they'll face their darkest defeat at the hands of rival Omega Flight. An Alphan will fall...but can the team fight on? Marvel, 2017. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: ALFLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 1248pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00

X-Men #132-153 and LOTS more... Highly Recommended. By Chris Claremont, Mary Jo Duffy, Scott Edelman, Bob Layton. Art by John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, John Romita and Brent Anderson. Claremont, Cockrum and Byrne took the cancelled X-Men and turned it into the all-new, all-different titan that became the most popular and best-selling Marvel title of the 1970s and 1980s. Here is "The Dark Phoenix Saga,"  "Days of Future Past," and much more in this enormous Omnibus! Including the first appearances of Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde, the debut of Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Wolverine's first solo story, the original ending of "Dark Phoenix" where Jean Grey lived, a rare adventure into the Savage Land and a host of bonus stories. Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: UX02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 912pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00

By Rainer Willmann and Julia Voss. Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919) was a German-born biologist, naturalist, evolutionist, artist, philosopher, and doctor, who spent his life researching flora and fauna from the highest mountaintops to deepest ocean. A vociferous supporter and developer of Darwin's theories of evolution, he denounced religious dogma, abandoned an early career in medicine, authored philosophical treatises, gained a doctorate in zoology, and coined scientific terms which have passed into common usage, including ecology, phylum, and stem cell. Taschen, 2017. Due Mar. ...More.

Item Code: ERNHH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x17, 600pg, Full Color
$200.00 $179.00

Collects Master Of Kung Fu (1974) 71-101; What If (1977) 16. By Doug Moench. Art by Gene Day, Rick Hoberg, and Mike Zeck. Shang-Chi continues to have his deadly hands full with foes like Shockwave, the sinister Agent Syn and the weapons-master Zaran! But will his mastery of kung fu be enough to overcome monstrous menaces and the mindless minions of Mordillo? He thought he'd seen the last of his most bitter enemy -but an unholy resurrection will bring Shang-Chi face to face once again with his fearsome father Fu Manchu! And the family reunion will get even more bitter when Shang's sister Fah Lo Suee renews their sibling rivalry. There'll be gang wars, death cults and mind-blowing martial arts mayhem on land and on sea! Plus: what if the Master of Kung Fu fought on the side of Fu Manchu? Marvel, 2017. Due Mar. ...More.

Item Code: SHAN03H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 704pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

The first two volumes are available now.

Frank Thorne's Ghita: An Erotic Treasury Archival Edition Volume 1 Signed
Signed & numbered plate, 125! This huge art book presents the complete original artwork, in an archival format, of all of Frank Thorne's signature creations: Ghita, in her first full length adventure.  This definitive first volume is 15 x 22 inches and is printed on special archival paper that simulates the original Bristol board used by Thorne in the creation of this popular culture masterpiece. Hermes Press, 2017. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: FTGHS
Hard Cover, 15x22, 144pg, Full Color

See more Frank Thorne, including his Red Sonja Artist Editions, on our website.


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