Thursday, February 9, 2017

Omar Rayyan Goblin Market, Wonder Woman’s Greatest Battles, Adventures Into the Unknown, Weird Terror 2, Neil Gaiman, Moby Dick

Goblin Market by Omar Rayyan gets my Highest Recommendation this week. I think it's just so beautifully done. Also here is Wonder Woman's Greatest Battles, a new Adventures Into the Unknown collection, Weird Terror Volume 2...We've also got a new Neil Gaiman tongue-in-cheek gothic thriller, a powerful new Moby Dick graphic novel, a new Silly Symphonies Sundays collection, Frazetta Pint Glasses, 100 Manga Artists, and a new signed Cavewoman Convention Sketchbook. Not bad for a quiet week in February.

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Over 100 drawings and water color paintings. Signed! Our Highest Recommendation. One of our favorite artists illustrates one of our favorite fantasy tales, the 19th century narrative poem written by Christina Rossetti, sister of PRB artist D.G. Rossetti. Over 100 drawings and watercolor paintings are packed into an 88-page full color book, an oversized 10x12 inch hardcover with a printed dust jacket and an introduction written by the one and only Charles Vess. This is mind-bogglingly good. Rayyan has pulled out each and every stop and gone way beyond mere illustration. This is a masterpiece, and I think the finest work I've ever seen from him. Omar, 2017...More.

Item Code: GOBMHS
Hard Cover, 88pg, b&w

Signed with finely drawn pencil illustration! Our Highest Recommendation. Illustrator Ruth Sanderson planted the idea in Rayyan's head when he was searching for a personal project to work on outside of his regular commercial work! This became Rayyan's chance to flex his artistic muscles.This project of doing an illustrated version of "Goblin Market" came about while chatting with a few fellow artists at a dinner. He used it as an opportunity to explore the imagery found in Rossetti's poem, unfettered by conventional publishing concerns. Free from the vision of an outside party such as an art director, this was a highly personal project. Omar, 2017...More.

Item Code: GOBMD
Hard Cover, 88pg, Full Color

I really, really like this book. Rayyan has created a masterpiece that will be considered one of the finest versions of this story ever—and that includes Arthur Rackham's vision. He's signed both the deluxe and the regular edition, so while copies last, you get this extra value.

For more classics of fantasy literature, see the entire Calla line of facsimile editions of classic books from the Golden Age of Illustration.


Comic Book Archives

Collects #58-64, 1954-55 Highly Recommended. Art by Harry Lazarus, Kenneth Landau, Edmund Good, Bob Forgione et al. If anything, the comic code resulted in even better stories in this ACG title. Richard Hughes began doing many more science fiction stories, and often nice long tales that could run 10-12 pages in length. Meanwhile, artists Harry Lazarus and Kenneth Landau, today almost forgotten, were delivering highly detailed, well-drawn stories with much in common with early Al Williamson/Roy Krenkel work! Also includes two very wild "3-D Effect" issues, in full color and requiring no glasses. Now among the most highly prized issues. PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: ADU11H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 272pg, Full Color

Volumes 1-10 are either in stock or can be special ordered for you. Also see sister publication Forbidden Worlds, Skeleton Hand, and more by searching the company name, ACG, on our website. Go to Advanced Search and put in “ACG” in the Full Description field.

Volumes 4, 5, 6, and 9 are still on sale at just $19.95 each. Also the slipcased deluxe editions of Vol 3 and 6 are still available at $21.99 each. All others are normal price, $48 each for Vol 1-3, 7, and 8, and $49.99 for Volume 10.

Collects #8-13, 1953-54. Recommended. By Don Heck, Rudy Palais, Marty Elkin, Bill Discount et al. From an offbeat publisher and highlighted by iconic Don Heck covers which are now highly collectible. Wild and crazed stories of walking dead folks (loads of 'em)--some of them even still sporting their heads--witches, ghosts, werewolves and enough vampires to go into the second-hand dentures business. Rudy Palais delivers some wonderfully outré stories of evil femme fatales, and there's even a cool Atom-Bomb story, "Day of Doom." PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: PCWT02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 252pg, Full Color

Collects #1-7, 1952-53. Recommended. By Don Heck, Rudy Palais, Pete Morisi et al. Hey, it's all here, culture-lovers: walking dead folks (loads of ‘em)--some of them even still sporting their heads—witches, ghosts, werewolves and enough vampires to go into the second-hand dentures business. Another oddball pre-code horror title, this time from tiny publisher Comic Media, who recognized the talent of Don Heck and used him for many of their best covers (and stories). They also published Danger, Horrific and Terrific, all titles well known for their extreme violence, over-the-top horror, pretty girls and more. PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: PCWT01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10,

Search the term Pre-Code for more PS Artbooks collections. Some still remain on sale at $19.99 each, $21.99 for slipcased editions, and just $9.95 for the softcover Harvey Horror collections.

Collects #109-113, 1980. Recommended. By Doug Moench, Larry Hama et al. Art by Paul Gulacy, Maroto, De la Fuente et al Unnatural creatures, Satanic horrors, and Alien revelations stalk the pages in Cousin Eerie's latest collection of spooky suspense, sword & sorcery and sci-fi! The epic Beastworld series continues, along with Samurai and Mac Tavish! The Spanish invasion continues, with superlative fine-line art by Pablo Marcos, Esteban Maroto, Ortiz and others. Serialized here is Victor De la Fuente's fine adventure series Haxtur, about a mercenary warrior in a strange primitive world, not unlike the Conan adventures. Nudity. Dark Horse, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: EER23H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 240pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $39.99

All back volumes are either in stock now, or can be special ordered for you. Ditto for Creepy and Vampirella volumes.

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 OrlandoWallace Wood, John Romita and Gene Colan lay the foundation for Marvel's Man Without Fear. Marvel, 2017...More.

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

Daredevil (1963) #1-41 + extras. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee, Wallace Wood et al. Art by Bill Everett, Wood, Romita, Colan 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. Every classic story and original letters page from  Daredevil #1-41, (1964+), Annual #1, 1967, Fantastic Four #73,  material from Not Brand Echh #4, 1967. Marvel, 2017. Due Feb. ...More.

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

By Mark Waid. IDW Publishing launched the very first Artist's Edition in 2010. It was a bold concept that to date has garnered five consecutive Eisner Awards in the category of Best Archival Project. With the release of Chris Samnee's Daredevil Artist's Edition, IDW continues to stay ahead of the pack by featuring not one, not two, but THREE versions of Samnee's gorgeous original art in this TWO book set. First, a hardcover featuring Daredevil #23-27 complete. Second a horizontal softcover printing all Mark Waid's scripts with Samnee's thumbnail breakdowns ON the script pages themselves. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: CSDAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 220pg, b&w

And see more Daredevil on our website, the Epic collection which collects a portion of this in softcover, and other DD items.

WONDER WOMAN Her Greatest Battles
Recommended. Cover by Frank Cho. In these stories from such top-tier comics talents as Greg Rucka, George Pérez, John Byrne, Brian Azzarello, Jim Lee, Cliff Chiang and Gail Simone, the Amazing Amazon must use every ounce of her strength and steel to bring down gods, monsters and—when mind-controlling villains take control—even her friends. Collects Wonder Woman #6, #119, #210, #219; Wonder Woman #41; Justice League: Part Three #3; Wonder Woman #23. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWHGB
Soft Cover, 6x10, 168pg, Full Color

Collects #1-9, 2015-16. Highly Recommended. By Renae De Liz. On the hidden island of Themyscira, the Amazons, led by Queen Hippolyta, live in a kingdom of peace, protected by the gods. But the balance is upset when Hippolyta is granted what no immortal may have: a child. She is the princess Diana. Here is the life of Wonder Woman: young girl, teen-ager, young warrior, meeting Steve Trevor, and her first taste of the real world, undercover doing work during WWII in between going into battle, first in uniform, then finally as the Golden Amazon. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: LEGWWH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 288pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Lots more of the Golden Amazon, from Archives to current graphic novels to statues, are on our website.


Graphic Novels

Recommended. By Neil Gaiman. Art by Shane Oakley and Nick Filard A celebrated send-up of gothic literature, beautifully adapted into a dark, brooding, and oddly comical graphic novel. Somewhere in the night, a raven caws, an author's pen scratches, and thunder claps. The author wants to write fiction: stories about frail women in white nightgowns, mysterious bumps in the night, and the undead rising to collect old debts. But he keeps getting interrupted by the everyday annoyances of talking ravens, duels to the death, and his sinister butler. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: FORBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7X10, 48pg, Full Color
$17.99 $15.99

From The Graveyard Book to the new Sandman Prequel, we handle just about every Neil Gaiman book that is comics-related. See our website for them all.

MOBY DICK Chabouté
Recommended. By Christophe Chabouté. A masterful adaptation of the timeless literary classic, faithfully and beautifully rendered by an award-winning artist. In striking black-and-white illustrations, Chabouté retells the story of the Great American Novel. Captain Ahab strikes out on a voyage, obsessively seeking revenge on the great white whale that took his leg. This hardcover edition collects both of the Vents d'Ouest volumes, printed in English for the first time. Wordless at times, this is powerful work. Foreword by John Arcudi. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: MOBDIH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 256pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

There are six copies left of Melville's novel Typee, as Classics Illustrated #36, on sale. [CI36. $10, your price $5.99]. Since I compared this new Moby Dick to the woodcut master Lynd Ward, here's a look at his three collections:

Also Available: Lynd Ward
LYND WARD Six Novels in Woodcuts
Two Volumes in Slipcase. Highly Recommended. From the eve of the Great Depression to the start of World War II, Lynd Ward (1905-1985) observed the troubled American scene through the double lens of a politically committed storyteller and a visionary graphic artist. His medium--the wordless "novel in woodcuts"--was his alone, and he quickly brought it from bold iconographic infancy to subtle and still unrivalled mastery. Library of America, 2010...More.

Item Code: LYNSH
Hard Cover, 5x8, 1534pg, b&w
$70.00 $59.00

GODS' MAN A Novel in Woodcuts By Lynd Ward Signed
Signed & numbered, 300! By Lynd Ward. Preface by Barry Moser. Gods'Man is a wordless novel by American artist Lynd Ward (1905-1985) first published in 1929. In 139 captionless woodblock prints it tells the Faustian story of an artist who signs away his soul for a magic paintbrush. Gods' Man was the first American wordless novel, and is seen as a precursor of, and influence on, the development of the graphic novel. Each image moves the story forward by an interval Ward chooses to maintain story flow. Centipede, 2015...More.

Item Code: GODSMD
Hard Cover, 7x11, 318pg, b&w
$95.00 $65.00

Recommended. By Robert Dance. Published to accompany the exhibition "Illustrated by Lynd Ward, From the Collection of Robert Dance," on view at the Grolier Club November 19 2015-January 16 2016. Probably in a limited printing. Expensive, but a rare glimpse at some fine and very scarce Ward pieces, some from the original artwork. 246 bibliographic entries, 36 color and b&w reproductions. Impermanent & Grolier, 2015...More.

Item Code: ILLWA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Text/Partial Color


Comic Strips & Comics Reference

WALT DISNEY'S SILLY SYMPHONIES Complete Comics Volume 2 1935-1939
Highly Recommended. By Ted Osborne and Merrill DeMaris. Art by Al Taliaferro et al. This second of four volumes presents the spectacular Sunday pages from 1935 to 1939, featuring the first comic strip adaptation of a feature-length film (Snow White), the original Donald Duck series, plus the Three Little Pigs (and the Big Bad Wolf, of course), Elmer the Elephant, Pluto, Goofy, and the Three Little Kittens. The artwork for these rare strips has come straight from the Disney vaults, each page meticulously colored using as a guide the original file copies that belonged to Walt Disney himself. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: WDSS02H
Hard Cover, 12x9, 192pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

WALT DISNEY'S SILLY SYMPHONIES Compete Comics Volume 1 1932-1935
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

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

Also see the Donald Duck Newspaper Strip Collections, both Dailies and Sundays, in the same series and in matching volumes.

Edited by Julius Wiedemann. From classic maestros—like Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy) and Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira)—to newcomers such as Hajime Isayama, each entry includes biographical and bibliographical information, descriptions of main characters, and of course plenty of examples of the artist's finest manga spreads and covers. Note: some nudity and adult material, since this covers the entire spectrum of manga. Taschen, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: 100MAH
Hard Cover, 672pg, Partial Color

This is not your kid's manga. It covers all areas, including the racier material that is considered adults only. But also for that reason, it offers readers an unusually wide range of creators, so you may find some interesting ones you've not seen before.

Frazetta Pint Glasses

Highly Recommended. Dark Horse continues its Frazetta merchandise program with the most acclaimed fantasy painter's best work, now on high-quality 16 oz. glassware. Highly detailed, full color images on crystal clear pint glasses, in a handsome display container. We're very impressed. Also available with the two other designs as a discounted set of four. Glasses are NOT dishwasher or microwave safe--they should be hand-washed to protect the artwork. Nice and heavy, well built. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: FRAP01
2, 16 oz, Full Color

Highly Recommended. Glasses are NOT dishwasher or microwave safe--they should be hand-washed to protect the artwork. Nice and heavy, well built. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: FRAP02
2, 16 oz, Full Color

Highly Recommended. All four images: Death Dealer, Egyptian Queen, Silver Warrior, and The Huntress. Glasses are NOT dishwasher or microwave safe--they should be hand-washed to protect the artwork. Nice and heavy, well built. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: FRAPGP
2, 16 oz., Full Color
$50.00 $44.00

Since these are a bit expensive for us to ship, we've made this set of all four and reduced the price to save you money and allow us to more economically ship these.

Blemished Books

Closeout Price! By Enki Bilal. Three volumes in one: The Carnival of Immortals, The Woman Trap and The Equator Cold. In the middle of the 21st century, the Egyptian God Horus seizes the body of Nikopol, a deserter condemned to freeze in space for 20 years. Horus sends Nikopol on a journey across a war-ravaged Earth: Paris, London, Equator City and Africa. Bilal's epic fable paints a portrait of civilization in the midst of chaos and mutation, with a decaying Eastern Europe and failing western technology. Nudity, violence. Titan, 2005. Mature Readers. Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: NIKHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x13, 184pg, Full Color
$34.99 $17.50

Closeout Price! Emerald City Comicon Artbook. Numbered, 1150. Highly Recommended. Cover by Arthur Adams and Nathan Fairbairn. Since its inception in 2009, the Monsters & Dames art books and auctions have raised over $55,000 for Seattle Children's Hospital. Each artist creates an entirely new, full-color, full-page piece with the common theme...a monster and a dame. 77 incredible, eye-popping pages by some of the most creative artists in comics today: Brett Bean, Frank Cho, Mark Dos Santos, Emily Fiegenschuh, Phil Foglio, Billy Martinez, David Peterson, Tim Sale, and dozens of others. ECCC, 2014. Out of Print.. Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: MNST14HR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 80pg, Full Color

Closeout Price! Dailies & Sundays, 1961-62. By Chester Gould. Dick Tracy embarks on a seven-month-long manhunt when he relentlessly tracks The Brush and a million-dollar sack of cash. But with his foe on the lam without his trademark face wig, Tracy doesn't even know what the murderer looks like! The strip enters its fourth decade as Chester Gould also presents a poignant story that rivals the "Model" narrative, when Tracy has to protect Junior from disturbing news about an important figure from the boy's past. IDW, 2016. . Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: CC20HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 272pg, b&w
$39.99 $19.99

Closeout Price! Dailies & Sundays, 1944-46. By Chester Gould. The fearless Detective faces Flattop and The Brow. Includes all daily and Sunday strips from 1944-1945. Gould introduces The Brow, Flattop, Shaky, Breathless Mahoney, Measles, Gravel Gertie, B.O. Plenty and the Summer Sisters. Intro by Max Allan Collins, and a special feature by Jeff Kersten of the Dick Tracy Museum about the famous radio program, "Dick Tracy in B-Flat" starring Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope (with pictures). IDW, 2009. Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: CC09HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 266pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $19.99

Closeout Price! Dailies & Sundays, 1936-38. Edited by Max Allan Collins. Dick Tracy is back fighting the Purple Cross gang and the advances of the sexy gun moll Mimi, who although losing her hand still has her moxy! Gould's crime saga is compelling and exciting. This contains over 500 comic strips from the series' early years, covering material that ran from July 1936 through January 1938. This features a look at the Republic Pictures' Tracy film from 1937 written by Mike Price. IDW, 2008. Note: Some copies have slightly bumped corners....More.

Item Code: CC04HR
Hard Cover, 10x7, 352pg, b&w
$29.99 $14.99

Closeout Price! Dailies & Sundays, 1943-45. By Harold Gray. In the depths of the Second World War, Harold Gray paints a dark vision of stateside America when Annie's most loyal friends turn out to be a boarding house full of thieves, forgers, and mind readers. The red-garbed orphan sees how petty politicians and their underworld companions can deprive a small town of freedom just as easily as foreign spies, and that a big city can be home to a larger and even more dangerous threat to national security. IDW, 2015. . Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: CL11HR
Hard Cover, 11x8, 288pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.99

See the last two or three weeks emails (or our blog) for more blemished titles like these, at 50% or more off cover price. Or do a search under "hurt" on our website for all listings, including The Definitive Flash Gordon, Vampirella Archives, and several Rip Kirby collections.


Mature Readers

New this week is a nifty little Cavewoman item, with art by Budd Root from beginning to end. It's his 2016 Winter Convention Sketchbook, and it has new unpublished works, full nudes, some interesting guest appearances from Universal monsters (Frankenstein carrying a topless Cavewoman who doesn't look all that upset) and more. Signed on the cover and limited to 500.

Budd's 2015 Heroescon Sketchbook is also still available and also signed. [CAV15S. $16.95]

Cave Paintings: The Art of Budd Root has been tough to keep in stock. It's a hot one. We have two more shipments coming in, so reserve a copy for earliest delivery. It's the best book on Root ever, published by none other than Frank Cho!

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News and Notes

Thomas Haller Buchanan is the artist whose book we were so jazzed to bring in last summer—Faces Figures Fantasies: The Art of Thomas Haller Buchanan. It is still available from us, even the super-limited deluxe edition. It gets my highest recommendation.

Thomas is working on an entirely new project: The Magic Rite of Drawing, which showcases concept and character studies from 40 years of projects and sharing art techniques and ideas. It has 20 days to go on Kickstarter (so it closes around February 28th). He needs just $1000 more to reach his goal, so check it out. We would like to handle the book if it comes to fruition...but in the meantime, if you’d like one direct from the artist, and with all those cool Kickstarter extras, I encourage you to check it out and support him.

The “Blemished Books” and warehouse special we started two weeks ago has already sold out several titles. Wally Wood Thunder Agents is gone. We have a new list above and once again, we only have a handful of each book listed. We’ll also have several more new titles next week.

The two Matania books are back in stock in case you tried ordering them recently. Great books, but I’m still amazed since the artist is a virtual unknown to most of my audience. Maybe this helps disprove the accepted wisdom to avoid doing art books on artists not already well known!

2016 Bestsellers -Highlights were in the last catalog, and my intention was to send you a longer version as a special email. With all that is going on with our server issues, I thought it best to let this one project slide this year. Laurie, who makes much of this happen, is up to her eyeballs dealing with the IT work of bringing up our new systems, so that’s our focus for now.

We did just mail out our 2017 Calendar Clearance, this time with each and every calendar now at half price...they started moving out right away, so check this out if you want to score one for use this year. Click here for 2016 and older calendars as low as $2.99!


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