Thursday, January 26, 2017

Star Wars, Legends, Art of Rogue One, 101 Great Illustrators , Tarzan, Xena, Omnibus, Jack Kirby, Fantastic Four, Charles Vess, De Lint

I finally saw Rogue One this week—great film. Star Wars Legends just arrived, so here’s all our in-stock Star Wars collections, including The Art of Rogue One. I’ve given 101 Great Illustrators my Highest Recommendation—read my full description and examine our four interior scans. Here’s a new Tarzan, Xena’s back in her own omnibus, Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition is finally here, some of his finest work. Charles Vess & De Lint go on sale, also “hurt” copies and Warehouse Finds.

You can now download our latest catalog (Patrick J. Jones cover). More details in News and Notes.

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Our Highest Recommendation. By Jeff A. Menges. The most comprehensive book of its kind, this gorgeous edition presents more than 500 reproductions by famous and even more interesting, lesser-known artists from the heyday of book and magazine illustration. Featured artists include Edmund Dulac, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, N. C. Wyeth, and many others — but also lesser-recognized greats like Will Crawford, Helen Stratton, Edward Penfield, E.J. Sullivan, Charles E. Chambers, 101 in all. Several examples of each artist's finest illustrations are accompanied by well-written biographical comments and career notes. Dover, 2017...More.

Item Code: 101GR
Soft Cover, 8x11, 256pg, Partial Color
$29.95 $26.95


Star Wars: Rogue One Plus

The Newspaper Strips Volume 1. Highly Recommended. By Russ Manning, Steve Gerber, Archie Goodwin. Art by Manning, Al Williamson.and Alfredo Alcala. If you are like me, Russ Manning's Magnus Robot Fighter is a favorite series, right up there with Adam Strange. Here Manning does it again, with superlative artwork and wonderful science fiction, space ships, and worlds-spanning adventure in the same style. And you also get Al Williamson doing what HE'S best at, Flash-Gordon-style sci-fi. It doesn't get much better than this. Includes previously unpublished Sunday pages, plus newspaper strips re-formatted to comic book form and in full color. Marvel, 2017...More.

Item Code: SWLE01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 464pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

STAR WARS Epic Collection Infinities
Play "What if?" with the original trilogy in a series of tales exploring the endless possibilities of Star Wars. How would A New Hope have gone if Luke Skywalker missed the target in his attack on the Death Star? What would have become of the Rebel Alliance if Luke perished in the icy wastelands of Hoth during The Empire Strikes Back? What if Return of the Jedi's rescue of Han Solo had gone badly wrong? Marvel, 2015...More.

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

ART OF ROGUE ONE A Star Wars Story
Recommended. By Josh Kushins. This book is a visual chronicle of the Lucasfilm art department's creation of new worlds, unforgettable characters, and newly imagined droids, vehicles, and weapons for the first movie in the Star Wars Story series—Rogue One. In the same format and style as Abrams' The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the book gives readers unprecedented access to hundreds of concept paintings, sketches, storyboards, matte paintings, and character, costume, and vehicle designs. Abrams, 2016...More.

Item Code: ARTROH
Hard Cover, 12x11, 256pg, Full Color
$40.00 $35.95

STAR WARS Artifact Edition
Closeout Price! By Roy Thomas. Art by Howard Chaykin & Carmine Infantino. The first Star Wars Artifact Edition! Featuring scans of original artwork, mainly from the initial 10 issues of Marvel Comics' groundbreaking Star Wars comics, circa 1977, and from other early issues. There is a wealth of extras, including a cover gallery showcasing some of the very earliest work. IDW, 2015...More.

Item Code: SWAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 160pg, b&w
$125.00 $99.00

Just five copies available at this sale price.
STAR WARS ART Ralph McQuarrie
By Ralph McQuarrie, Brandon Alinger, Wade Lageose, David Mandel, and George Lucas. The definitive deluxe two-volume slipcase of Ralph McQuarrie's complete artwork for Star Wars--the most iconic artist in the history of Star Wars. He worked hand-in-hand with George Lucas to help establish the saga's visual aesthetic, its inimitable look and feel. Beyond designing Darth Vader, C-3PO, and R2-D2, McQuarrie produced hundreds of pieces of Star Wars artwork, including conceptual paintings, costume designs, storyboards, and matte paintings, as well as posters, book covers, and album covers. Abrams, 2016...More.

Item Code: SWARTH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 14x12, 800pg, Partial Color
$250.00 $237.50

And there's even more Star Wars material on our website, like Terry Dodson's Star Wars: Princess Leia, $16.99, now $9.99--seven left at this sale price.


Wild Adventures of Tarzan

All New! By Thomas Zachek. Art by Douglas Klauba. Cover art by Joe Jusko. Tarzan Trilogy, the third book in the Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs Series. It includes three Tarzan novellas that take place in 1937-39: "Tarzan and the Fountain of Youth," "Tarzan and the Cross of Vengeance," and "Tarzan the Conqueror". The three tales take place at Point Station, a remote English outpost near the Waziri homelands. Set during the advent of World War II, we see more and more European intrusion of Tarzan's beloved Africa. ERB, 2016...More.

Item Code: TARTR
Soft Cover, 6x9, 380pg, Text/b&w

By Thomas Zachek. Art by Douglas Klauba. Cover art by Joe Jusko. ERB, 2017...More.

Item Code: TARTRH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 380pg, Text/b&w

TARZAN The Centennial Celebration
Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Scott Tracy Griffin, introduction by Ron Ely. It doesn't get better than this--a great book, now on sale! Celebrating a century of Tarzan, this is a detailed commentary illustrated with the most evocative and beautiful art, beginning with a cover by Neal Adams! There are daily and Sunday pages by Hogarth, Foster and Manning. Extraordinary book covers and interiors by Frazetta, St. John and Krenkel. Comics from Dell, Gold Key, Marvel and Dark Horse. Classic stills from the films, classic covers and art from the first pulp magazine appearances. Titan, 2012...More.

Item Code: TZCENH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 320pg, Full Color
$39.95 $19.95

In Quest of Zonthron. Our Highest Recommendation. By Jake Saunders. Art by Tom Grindberg, Michael C. Hoffman and Craig Mullins. As befits the ambitious scope of the story, the artistic presentation is unparalleled. One-hundred-thirty new illustrations were commissioned for this opus, with contributions by Thomas Grindberg, Michael C. Hoffman, and Craig Mullins, on archival, acid-free paper, bound in leather (banth and thoat) in one giant volume. Russ Cochran, 2014...More.

Item Code: MARTLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x12, 424pg, Text/Partial Color

See our website for more Tarzan: New Adventures of Tarzan, as well as other novels, graphic novels and comic strip collections.


Archives & Graphic Novels

THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN Epic Collection Volume 2 By Force of Arms
Tales of Suspense #73-99, Iron Man #1 & more, 1966-68 Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, and Archie Goodwin. Art by Gene Colan and Jack Kirby. Second in the chronology of the very beginning of Iron Man, and amongst the very best early stories and artwork. Stan Lee's and Gene Colan's complete run -- a host of iconic Iron Man adventures, including one of Marvel's first crossovers. Brought before the United States Senate to divulge the secrets of Stark Enterprises, the stakes have never been higher for Tony Stark. Then comes the Mandarin, Whiplash, the Titanium Man; A.I.M (and much more), taking us to the debut of Iron Man's very own solo series! Marvel, 2017...More.

Item Code: IME02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 416pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

IRON MAN Epic Collection Volume 1 The Golden Avenger
Almost Gone! Collects Tales of Suspense #39-72, 1963-65. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee. Art by Don Heck, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. The origin and first 34 issues! Marvel had hit after hit in 1963, bringing new characters and fresh concepts to a public primed and ready for heroes with feet of clay. And none touched both that heroic ideal and human reality like Iron Man! A jet-setter, playboy and brilliant scientist, Tony Stark had his life changed forever when a battlefield explosion ripped into his heart. Marvel, 2014...More.

Item Code: IME01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 520pg, Full Color
$34.99 $29.99

More Iron Man is on our website.

By John Layman and Keith Champagne. Art by Fabiano Neves. Xena: Warrior Princess returns! Swashbuckling Xena comic book adventures from 2006-2007, including the complete "Contest of Pantheons" and "Dark Xena" storylines written by bestselling writer John Layman (creator of the Eisner award-winning series Chew), plus the special "Strange Visitor" story from Xena Annual #1. Join Xena and her favorite allies Gabrielle, Joxer, and Autolycus as they become embroiled in a feud reaching all the way up to the heavens, courtesy of the machinations of the ruthless Callisto! Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: XWP01
Soft Cover, 7X10, 240pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Also: Xena Warrior Princess All Roads--Collects Xena Warrior Princess Vol 2 #1-6 from 2016. By Genevieve Valentine. Art by Ariel Medel. [XENWP. $19.99, your price $17.99]

Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby. Now, with the cooperation of the Jack Kirby Estate and under license from Marvel Comics, IDW presents the first Jack Kirby Fantastic Four Artist's Edition! Including FF Annual #6, ALL 48-pages! Also presenting THE COMPLETE issues #71 ("And So It Ends") and #82 through #84, all guest starring the Inhumans plus bringing in Doctor Doom in #84--plus a beautiful gallery section of some of Kirby's most incredible pages, all scanned from the original art! IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: JKFFAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 144pg, b&w

See more Kirby on our website: Artist's Editions, as well as more in comics.


Vess & De Lint Now on Sale

Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. By Charles De Lint. Illustrated by Charles Vess. Two wonderful books for all ages, now on sale. Lillian spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic--until she is bitten by a poisonous snake ....and the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. And Lilian's family meet the Apple Tree Man and travel into fairyland... Two of our very favorite DeLint stories, with wonderful new color illustrations by throughout by Charles Vess. Little Brown, 2013-14...More.

Item Code: CHARP
Soft Cover, 6x8, 572pg, Full Color
$17.99 $8.99

Closeout Price! Unsigned bookplate! Our Highest Recommendation. By Charles De Lint. Illustrated by Charles Vess. The magic is all around you, if only you open your eyes... Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills--until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Little Brown, 2013...More.

Item Code: CATTHS
Hard Cover, 6x9, 292pg, Full Color
$17.99 $9.95

Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. By Charles De Lint. Art by Charles Vess. This full-color, illustrated companion novel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest from two masters of modern fantasy is a captivating adventure about magic, family, and the power in believing in both. When it comes to fairies, Sarah Jane Dillard must be careful what she wishes for. She may have thought she wanted to meet the fairies of the Tanglewood Forest, but that was before she knew the truth about them. When Sarah Jane discovers a tiny man wounded by a cluster of miniature poison arrows, she brings him to the reclusive Aunt Lillian for help. Note: Remainder mark on the bottom page edges. Little Brown, 2014...More.

Item Code: SEVWH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 260pg, Text/Full Color
$18.00 $9.95

These are a steal at this new price. I recommend these constantly at Booktown, the bricks and mortar store where I spend one day a week. I really enjoyed reading both--these turned me on to more work by De Lint, a multiple-award winning fantasy author. I recommend them for any kids 10 and up, or younger if you read to them. See all of Charles Vess's work on our website.


Bookbinding, Cover Design, Book Arts

ART NOUVEAU GRAPHIC MASTERPIECES: 100 Plates From "La Decoration Artistique"
Reprinting 100 plates from La Decoration Artistique, 1904"“10. Recommended. By Henry Guédy. Designers, collectors, and Art Nouveau aficionados will be delighted  by this original collection of 100 plates of decorative full-color graphics. These authentic images are reproduced from the now extremely hard-to-find periodical La Decoration Artistique, published in Paris in the decade before World War I. They constitute some of the rarest and best material printed during the Art Nouveau period. Uncommonly graceful and appealing masterworks in a new beautifully designed hardcover edition. Calla, 2017...More.

Item Code: ARNGMH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 208pg, Full Color
$50.00 $44.00

BEAUTIFUL BOOKBINDINGS: A Thousand Years of Bookbinder's Art
Highly Recommended. By P.J.M. Marks. From exquisite medieval bookbindings made of precious metals and jewels to the unique and highly imaginative creations of contemporary bookbinders, this book celebrates over 100 of the most beautiful bookbindings of the last 1,000 years. As the great aesthete Oscar Wilde believed, bookbindings are beautiful and artistic in their own wonder. Books bound by some of the greatest bookbinders including Mearne, Padeloup, Payne, Simier, Cobden-Sanderson, and others are showcased, further revealing the beauty and skill of this art form. Oak Knoll, 2011...More.

Item Code: BEABH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 192pg, Full Color
$49.95 $44.95

Published in 2014, this is now back in stock. For all of our books on the history of books, click on Beautiful Bookbindings and then look at the Related Items, and the bottom row of other books we recommend. Here are several of those:

AESTHETIC TRACTS Innovation In Late-Nineteenth-Century Book Design
Recommended. By Ellen Mazur Thomson. The title comes from a lecture by Sarah Wyman Whitman, the prolific Boston book cover designer. In 1894 she asserted that designers should accept the challenge posed by mass-produced cloth-covered books and transform them into objects of beauty. This draws on examples from France, Great Britain, and the U.S., showing how poets like Rossetti and Mallarme, artists like Whistler and Grasset, binders like T.J. Cobden-Sanderson, sought to craft book designs that were beautiful and eloquent expressions of individual artistry. Oak Knoll, 2015...More.

Item Code: AESTH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 177pg, Partial Color
$55.00 $49.95

A Short History of Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Highly Recommended. The history of one of the most important craft bookbinding shops of the twentieth century. Founded in 1901, S&S quickly grew into the most important hand bindery of the Edwardian era. Beautifully illustrated in full color, and with rare photos from glass negatives. Includes amazing jeweled, inlaid leather and gold-embossed bindings, some of the finest ever created. Shepherds Oak Knoll Press, 2015...More.

Item Code: CINAH
Soft Cover, 8x11, 195pg, Partial Color

POP-UPS FROM PRAGUE A Centennial Celebration of the Graphic Artistry of Vojtech Kubasta
Highly Recommended. A very special exhibit catalog based on a show at the Grolier Club, held January 23 through March 15, 2014. This beautifully showcases the broad range of artwork by Czech paper engineer, children's book illustrator, and graphic designer Vojtech Kubasta (1914-1992), and celebrates his life's work. Focusing on his creativity and diversity, more than 100 color reproductions highlight Kubasta's passion for (among other things) the city of Prague, the composer Mozart, and the wonders of childhood. Kubasta created some of the finest pop-up books ever made, and is cited as the creator behind the "second Golden Age" of pop-ups, which began in 1965. Robert Sabuda salutes him as a major influence. Grolier Club, 2013...More.

Item Code: POFP
Soft Cover, 9x12, 82pg, Full Color


Blemished Copies

POLLY AND HER PALS Complete Sunday Comics Volume 2 1928-30 Hurt
1928-30. Highly Recommended. By Cliff Sterrett. Sterrett's most brilliant Sunday pages, from the height of his Surrealistic Period, in a large 12 x 16 format. Right up there with Gasoline Alley's surreal work and Krazy Kat, these are the finest and wildest strips of their time! Polly has always been a secret masterpiece, little known by the general public but beloved by those in the know. Herriman's Krazy Kat also had fun surreal touches, but these Sunday Polly pages take it to the max. They are WILD! IDW, 2015. . Note: Bumped corners and scuffed covers....More.

Item Code: POL02HR
Hard Cover, 12x16, 176pg, Full Color
$75.00 $35.00

Collects #89-96, 1979-80. By Bill DuBay et al. Art by José Ortiz, Enrich et al. A delightfully devilish selection of the era's best horror and science fiction stories. Encompassing tales of murder machines and winged demons, vivacious were-panthers and killer clones, as well as Vampi's own adventures. And enjoy the creative talent of horror luminaries Bill DuBay, Bruce Jones, Alex Toth, Auraleon, Rudy Nebres, and many others. Dynamite, 2015. Mature Readers. Note: Bumped corners and scuffed dust jackets....More.

Item Code: VAM13HR
Hard Cover, 8x11, 400pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.95

We've previously mentioned other hurt or blemished items, see our website for a full listing. These include:

Vampirella Vol 6 and 12, also at $24.95 [VAM06HR, VAM12HR]

The Definitive Flash Gordon Vol 3 and 4 [DEF03HR, DEF04HR. $75, your price $35 ea.]

Rip Kirby Vol 1, 5-8. Vol 6 is $24.95, the rest are $19.95, all down from $49.95 cover price.


Warehouse finds

THE ART OF TOM LOVELL An Invitation to History
Warehouse find, 1993. Highly Recommended. With the latest Tom Lovell book already sold out, we discovered this, the original Lovell book from Bantam from many years ago. This was part of a series of books produced by Greenwich Workshop, with included the first on James Bama. It's a first class production. Rather than the career-wide material in the latest book, this looks more closely at his contemporary work, involving western illustrations, Indians, frontiersmen, etc. Outstanding throughout. Greenwich Workshop, 1993. Out of Print.. Note: Scuffed dust jackets and slightly bumped corners....More.

Item Code: ARTTLO
Hard Cover, 9x12, 160pg, Full Color
$60.00 $50.00

Only four copies available.
ALL ABOUT P'GELL The Spirit Casebook 2
Warehouse find, 1998. Highly Recommended. By Will Eisner. All About P'Gell is a great collection of classic Spirit adventures centered around classic femme fatale P'Gell. The stories are reprinted in black and white. Contains the complete stories "The Portier Fortune," "Saree," "The School For Girls," "Saree Falls In Love," "Il Fuce's Locket," "Black Gold (The Lands of Ben Adim)," "Competition," "Money," "Assignment Paris (The Spanish Jewels)," "Teachers Pet," "The Seventh Husband," "A Ticket Home," "The Loot Of Robinson Crusoe (The Island Of Pearls)," "Staple Springs," "L'Spirit," "The Incident of the Sitting Duck," and "The Capistrano Jewels." Greenwich Workshop, 1993. Out of Print.. Note: Covers are slightly scuffed....More.

Item Code: AAPG02
Soft Cover, 8x11, 160pg, b&w

Four available. See our website for more fine Spirit and Will Eisner books.

Warehouse find, 1997. Highly Recommended. 1997 from Wildstorm Productions a 93 page retrospective on the artists' work. A review in Spectrum #5 describes it as, "Beautifully displayed, the work of an under-appreciated talent: those familiar only with Chiodo's cute pin-up styling were surprised at the breadth and depth of his range." Joe Chiodo is a colorist in the comics industry, while this is filled with full colour illustrations. Intergalactic girls in hot uniforms and superheroes. We're overdue for a new book of his work, so in the meantime... Greenwich Workshop, 1993. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Note: Slight scuffing to dust jackets, otherwise as new....More.

Item Code: ARTCH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 160pg, Full Color

Ten available.
Warehouse find, 1995. Recommended. Russian film posters of the 1920s and 1930s bear witness to the artistic creativity of the former Soviet Union in the years before Soviet Realism became the official art doctrine under Stalin. This book represents a survey of these works, displaying a unique avante-garde style that proved influential on the rest of fthe world. Strangely surreal and odd juxtopositions of people, architecture, even abstract designs with influences of Art Deco and sometimes Dali-style strangeness. Taschen, 1995...More.

Item Code: FPRA
Hard Cover, 10x13, 320pg, Full Color

Twelve available. For more on Russian graphics and art, and also more vintage poster art, see our website.

Warehouse find, 1991. By David Hofstede. Published in 1991, "the first comprehensive guide" to film and television adaptations of comics books and comic strips. Cast lists, credits, plot synopses, reviews and over 100 illustrations. From the serials of the 1940s to the films of the 1980s: Batman, Dick Tracy and Superman, with stars like Brando, Jane Fonda, Rita Hayworth, Al Pacino, Fay Dunaway, and Robin Williams. A snapshot of superheroes before they hit the big time in the 2000's. Zanne-3, 1991. . Note:Scuffed covers....More.

Item Code: HOLC
Soft Cover, 9x11, 198pg, b&w

Eight available.
Closeout Price! Recommended. By Russ Thorne. Foreword by Pat Mills. Superhero movies have gripped the imagination since the 1950s when the film version of Superman and the Mole Men burst onto a scene dominated 60 years later by blockbuster events from Marvel and DC. The Avengers, Iron Man, Dark Knight, Judge Dredd, Hellboy and the Rocketeer all make an appearance in this fully illustrated, nostalgia-driven, retro history. Flame Tree, 2015...More.

Item Code: FANSH
Hard Cover, 8x9, 128pg, Full Color
$19.99 $6.99


Mature Readers

All our titles this week are warehouse finds and in very short supply. We have a big nude photography book from Taschen, Roy Stuart, eight copies available. Sex Symbol Dynasty stars Julie Strain & friends, just three of these. And a classic Luis Royo, III Millennium (Third Millennium) six copies.

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News and Notes

Our new catalog features The Art of Patrick J. Jones on the cover (see below), and I really enjoyed picking out just the perfect painting to use. We’ve added a full color extra-illustrated bookplate, signed by Patrick--exclusively available from us. The full catalog can be downloaded here. Printed copies will be in the hands of all customers by February 10th or so, a bit longer for foreign customers.

Wally Wood Galaxy Art and Beyond
This flew out of here, rightly so, when it first arrived. And was suddenly out of print. Now we’ve gotten more copies, though with just nine on hand I think we’ll run through them this week. But I am ordering more right after I write this, so we’ll have more very shortly. It’s a wonderful book filled with never-before-collected images.



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