Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Complete Little Nemo, Seven to Eternity, Batgirl--Celebration of 50 Years, Sketching from the Imagination, Black Bat, DC Bombshells statue, Wonder Woman 77

The Complete Little Nemo is a bargain-priced edition of the $200 Taschen book. Graphic novel Seven to Eternity features absolutely stunning art. Batgirl: Celebration of 50 Years is cool, looks like a fun read. Here’s a new Sketching from the Imagination edition, Black Bat, DC Bombshells statue, Wonder Woman 77...and the final (for now) blemished books list.

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BATGIRL A Celebration of 50 Years
Recommended. By Shelly, Infantino, Gil Kane, Frank Robbins, Irv Novick, Brian Stelfreeze, Greg Land, Babs Tarr et al. Fifty years ago, Batgirl made her Million Dollar Debut taking down the nefarious Killer Moth. And thanks to the "new look" Batman in 1967, with art by the superlative Carmine Infantino, she became a regular part of the bat family fighters. Many young women have worn the cowl—from unassuming librarian Barbara Gordon to deadly mute assassin Cassandra Cain to teen vigilante Stephanie Brown—all have made their mark on the DC Universe. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: BATGCH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 384pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

See the other “Celebration” collections—the others are all 75 Years—on our website. Several are now on sale.

Batman #4-7, Detective Comics #46-56, World's Best #1 and World's Finest #2-3, 1940-41. Recommended. By Bill Finger, art by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and George Roussos. American popular culture has produced few heroic figures as famous and enduring as that of The Batman. The dark, mysterious hero who debuted in 1939's Detective Comics #27 as the lone “Bat-Man” quickly grew into the legend of the Caped Crusader. After his landmark debut and origin story, the Dark Knight was given many seminal elements including his partner in crime-fighting, Robin, the Boy Wonder, and such adversaries as the Joker, the Penguin and Scarecrow. Here are those first amazing stories. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: BATG02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 413pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Volume 1 is still available. $24.99, your price $21.99 [BATG01].

WONDER WOMAN 77 Volume 2
Collects #3-4, 2016. By Marc Andreyko, Trina Robbins and Christos Gage et al. Art by Dario Brizuela and Cat Staggs. The Amazing Amazon will face Clayface on Paradise Island, elephant poachers in Africa, a mysterious cult in South America, and will even confront Gault's Brain on his home turf: the realm of the mind! From terrorists on the high seas to a little girl's last wish to a mix-up involving government spies and a super funky mixtape, there's no problem Wonder Woman can't solve. She's a champion for all the people of Earth—and of the Universe! DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWSP02
Soft Cover, 7x10, Full Color
$16.99 $14.99

Volume 1 collects issues #1 and 2, at the same price $14.99 price. The individual issues #2-4 are $7.99 each [WWS02, WWS03, WWS04). Issue #1 is sold out.

Recommended. By Carl Barks. 60 years of Disney Parks--who knew? Now IDW is celebrating with decades of Disney's classic Park-themed adventure comics! Carl Barks' Scrooge McDuck and Donald travel from the Mark Twain Riverboat to the top of the Matterhorn... then Mickey investigates the strange disappearance of the Country Bear Jamboree. And is that the real Pegleg Pete standing in for the Cast Member who plays him? "Oh, for gosh sakes!" IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: DCMK
Soft Cover, 6x9, 124pg, Full Color

This collects the two $6.99 volumes, #1 and 2, at a $2 savings. They are also still available individually. [DCM01, DCM02].

ALPHA FLIGHT Omnibus by John Byrne
With Chris Claremont et al. Art by John Byrne, Sal Buscema, Steve Ditko, Ron Wilson, Paul Neary, John Cassaday, Mike Mignola et al. Legendary writer/artist John Byrne steers one of his greatest creations to glory! From the pages of the X-Men, Canada's premier super-team Alpha Flight takes in guest appearances and finally jumps into three years, all here, of their own title. 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! Marvel, 2017...More.

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


Graphic Novels

Collects #1-4, 2016. Highly Recommended. By Rick Remender. Art by Jerome Opeña and Matt Hollingsworth. Gorgeous, gorgeous art. I haven't read this yet, but it gets my endorsement just for the detailed, dynamic, imaginative art--reminding me of Arthur Adams. Writer Rick Remender reteams with collaborators Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent) and Matt Hollingsworth (Tokyo Ghost, Wytches) to take you on a hard road through the strange fantasy world of Zhal. All men have surrendered their freedom for fear; now one last free man must choose. Image Comics, 2017...More.

Item Code: SEVE01
Soft Cover, 6x10, 128pg, Full Color

Collects #1-5, 2016. By Fred Van Lente. Art by Guiu Vilanova. The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn't a man at all. Detective Sebastian Green is one of them—it takes a monster to catch a monster. "An intelligently weird detective mystery that oozes with action and humor." Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: WEIDE
Soft Cover, 7X10, 152pg, Full Color
$17.99 $15.99

See our website for more Lovecraft-related books: The complete stories ($14.99 and $29.99 in slipcase), new pastiches, and several graphic novels.


Comic Strip Archives

1905-1909 Our Highest Recommendation. A portion of the $200 Taschen volume now at a bargain price. Meet Little Nemo, the greatest dream voyager of the 20th century. The master creation of Winsor McCay (1869-1934), both the art and the wildly imaginative stories have inspired generations of artists. Here are those first weekly adventures from bed to Slumberland, a realm of colorful companions, psychedelic scenery, and thrilling escapades. Huge oversized edition, and the first 145 pages provide an illustrated introduction to McCay's career with Nemo and the first cartoons. Taschen, 2016...More.

Item Code: WIMLLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 13x17, 360pg, Full Color
$69.99 $59.99

WINSOR MCCAY The Complete Little Nemo 1905 - 1927
Highly Recommended. By Alexander Braun. This huge, sumptuous new edition collects, for the very first time, in glorious color and in the original Sunday Page size as they first appeared, all 550 pages. McCay's (1869-1934) influence is inestimable. His virtuoso play with surreal imagery, perspective and color influenced generations of artists and has over the years lost none of its appeal. Taschen, 2014...More.

Item Code: WIMCH
Hard Cover, 15x20, 600pg, Full Color
$200.00 $179.00

This new volume isn't stated to be Volume 1, so we're not quite sure if there will be a follow-up volume. I expect there will be. But meanwhile, you can get THE complete Nemo collection, including the great introduction/biography in this new book, in the massive previous volume, above.

Recommended. By Russ Manning, Stan Lynde, Harry Harrison et al. Complete in this issue: Tarzan by John Celardo, Sir Bagby, The Phantom by Falk and Sy Barry from 1969, and Krazy Kat from 1935. Plus the regular features, including color Sunday pages, such as Tarzan by Russ ManningRick O'Shay by Stan LyndeFlash Gordon by Harry HarrisonGasoline Alley by Dick MooresAlley Oop by V.T. HamlinSteve Canyon by Milton Caniff, and Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts, Modesty Blaise, etc. Manuscript Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: CR0217
Soft Cover, 8x10, 128pg, Partial Color

See our website for more than a year of back issues.

Pulp Reprints

The Red Menace, The Black Bat's Justice. Recommended. By Norman A. Daniels writing as G. Wayman Jones, Art by Belarski and Kin Platt. First, when murder pays off in millions,"The Black Bat's Justice" snarls a corrupt killer's ingenious web of doom! Then, Tony Quinn follows the trail of Soviet saboteurs who seek to undermine America's defense effort in "The Black Bat and the Red Menace." Both stories from 1941. Golden Age Comics Bonus: The Mask returns in two illustrated adventures by Kin Platt from Exciting Comics #7 and 8. Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: BLB07
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Text/b&w

All back volumes #1-6 are in stock at the same price.



Recommended. Edited by Marisa Lewis. Sketches and drawings are the foundations of great art, where thoughts and concepts first come to life as an image. In Sketching from the Imagination: Charactersfifty talented artists share their sketches, inspirations, and approaches to creating characters. This book is a visually stunning collection packed with useful tips and creative insights—an invaluable resource that will inspire artists of all abilities. And a visual feast of creative talent unleashed, fresh and fun artwork for artist or art fan. 3dtotal, 2017...More.

Item Code: SCIFC
Soft Cover, 8x9, 320pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99

Art by Fred Augis, Daniel Chavez, Nick Sumida et al. The humble sketch is the foundation of great art, where thoughts and concepts first come to life as an image—but rarely are sketches celebrated like they deserve to be for their power to explore, inspire, and entertain. Here fifty talented traditional and digital artists, ranging from industry legends to talented up-and-comers, share their sketches and reveal the ideas, inspirations, and techniques behind their creative processes. From doodles of robots and aliens to concept designs for spaceships, speculative life-forms, and invented worlds. 3DTotal, 2015...More.

Item Code: SCISF
Soft Cover, 8x9, 320pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99



Limited, 5000. Recommended. Designed by Ant Lucia. Sculpted by Jack Mathews. Katana, one of the Suicide Squad's most fascinating heroes, is re-imagined in this fantastically detailed new Bombshells statue. Attired in a stylized, fanciful costume, sporting a lovely dragon tattoo on her calf, sword in hand, foot on the head of an Asian warror mask--or a vanquished foe? 1:8 scale statue stands ready to take on any foe who dares to cross her path. Very nicely detailed, and handsome bright coloring. We love her fascinating face. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: DCBK
11" tall, Full Color


Highly Recommended. By Ant Lucia. Reimagined as World War II-era pinup girls, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Supergirl, Poison Ivy and their mates are among the most extraordinary and fun characters in comics today. These gorgeous statues alone have become modern-day classics, inspiring a new comics series and posters, playing cards and special projects. Go behind the scenes on the creation of all this, with lots of previously unpublished drawings, sketches and more. Includes commentary by the creative team. Very well done. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: ARDCBH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 200pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

See our website for more Bombshells: statues, playing cards, magnet set, and graphic novels. We also have just one each of the “Tapestry/Beach Towels” featuring the Bombshells Wonder Woman [DCBWT] and the Bombshells Batgirl [DCBBT]. $39.99 each.


Blemished Copies

Closeout Price! 1953-56. Recommended. By Alvin Schwartz. Art by Wayne Boring. Introduction by Mark Waid. More than 170 never-before-reprinted Superman Sundays from the 1950s. Superman encounters two escaped criminals from Krypton; challenges Lois to discover his secret identity while time-traveling through history; battles the mysterious Prankster; meets Hercules; mixes it up with the invisible Phantom Thief; encounters a flying horse named Comet; and is super-confused when he suffers from super-amnesia! IDW, 2016. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: SUAS02HR
Hard Cover, 10x12, 180pg, Full Color
$49.99 $24.99

STEVE CANYON Volume 3 1951-52 Hurt
Closeout Price! Death by Land and by Sea. By Milton Caniff. In this first major collection of these episodes, Steven meets the lovely Duchess of Denver and sadistic Fungo; is assigned to Eel Island and meets the crusty Colonel Index and his not-so-blushing bride; is sent to protect a government secret at Maumee University, only to reconnect with Summer Olson and her mysterious friend, Kate Subjekt; and eventually gets caught in the deep woods with Miss Mizzou before coming face to face yet again with Summer and the Copperhead herself--Copper Calhoon. IDW, 2013. Note: These copies have bumps to corners...More.

Item Code: SC03HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 338pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.99

STEVE CANYON Volume 6 1957-58 Hurt
Closeout Price! 1957-58. By Milton Caniff. Things take a decidedly domestic turn in our sixth volume. Can Summer and Steve rekindle their love amidst the action? Can Poteet find happiness on the polo field? Since this is Steve Canyon, not all the action takes place at home, and old friends unexpectedly pop up in new places. IDW, 2015. Note: These copies have bumped corners and slightly torn dust jackets....More.

Item Code: SC06HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 336pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.99

TARZAN The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Volume 3 Hurt
Closeout Price! 1971-74. Highly Recommended. Written by Gaylord DuBois. Art by Russ Manning. The third volume of a four-book series collecting the entire run of the Tarzan newspaper strip by Russ Manning. This includes the final two complete daily storylines, plus four extended Sunday adventures. In the dailies from August 2, 1971 through July 29, 1972, Tarzan returns to the Earth's core, while Korak plays guide on the dangerous white water river. In the Sundays from January 24, 1971 through March 17, 1974, Tarzan travels to Pal-ul-don and Korak enters the City of Xuja. IDW, 2014. Note: These copies have bumped corners and torn dust jackets....More.

Item Code: TZ03HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 288pg, Full Color
$49.99 $24.99

Closeout Price! Signed & inscribed bookplate! 1959-60. Recommended. By Jacky Mendelsohn. Foreword by Mort Walker. The complete run of the hysterically funny and whimsical strip by Jack Mendelsohn, of life from a nine-year-old's point of view--and art to match. Jack moved on and was soon writing for Carol Burnett, Bill Cosby, Mad magazine, and the Beatles movie Yellow Submarine! Includes a fascinating behind-the-scenes intro by Jack, a heartfelt foreword by Beetle Bailey's Mort Walker and by Mama's Mel Lazarus. Each bookplate is not only signed but personally inscribed. IDW, 2013. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: JACDHSR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x9, 192pg, Full Color
$39.99 $19.99

WALT AND SKEEZIX Volume 6 1931-1932 Hurt
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Frank King. The Gasoline Alley gang enters a new decade with this volume: Skeezix moves from childhood to early adolescence and the high spirits of the 1920s give way to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Walt and Phyllis Wallet travel to England, an extended tour that echoes the real-life journey taken by the cartoonist Frank King and his family in the late 1920s. While his parents are away, Skeezix tries to solve the mystery of an arsonist. Drawn & Quarterly, 2015. Note: These copies have bumped corners and slightly torn dust jackets....More.

Item Code: WA06HR
Hard Cover, 10x7, 400pg, b&w
$44.95 $19.95

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. At last, a new Frazetta calendar, once the fantasy art highlight of every year. And this is a nice one, with both classics like "Egyptian Queen," "Silver Warrior," and "Death Dealer," but also superb lesser-seen works like the cover to Conan the Warrior, the topless "Princess and the Panther," "Flesh Eaters," "The Defender" (actually, the Death Dealer) and "Beauty and the Beast." Sellers, 2015. Note: Some of these have much more severely bumped corners, so first come first served for best of these hurt calendars....More.

Item Code: FRAZ16R
12x12, 24pg, Full Color
$14.99 $4.99

The completes the selection of blemished copies we've been listing for the past several weeks. See all still available on our website by searching the word “hurt.”


Back in Stock

BLACK & WHITE IMAGES First Annual Collection
Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. Classic pen & ink illustrations from 1890-1922, finely reproduced on heavy matte stock. Special features on T.S. Sullivant (over 70 illustrations), Orson Lowell and Will Crawford. Other artists include: J.C. CollFranklin Booth, Harrison Cady, Arthur Rackham, Harry Rountree, Kay Nielsen, Eric Pape, Herbert Railton, Rose O'Neill, and many others. Vadeboncoeur, 2002...More.

Item Code: IMAA01
Soft Cover, 9x12, 90pg, b&w

Jim let us have just ten copies of this a few weeks ago, and they sold out almost immediately. However, I just made a last trip to Jim's to pick up ALL the balance of the Images back issues. We found one last box of 25 copies. So, here's one final chance to complete your set if you missed this the first time out. Volumes 2-5 are all in stock at the new sale price of $9.95 each.

Images #1-13: See our website, or the latest catalog on page 30, for all the back issues. #6-13, published at $20 to $30 (for #13) are now $9.95 each. Too late to list in that catalog, Jim gave us a small number of Images #1-5, priced at the original cover price of $20 each. We only have 10-15 copies of each of these left as I write this.


Mature Readers

The Ultimate Pleasure Box is a massive pack of TWELVE DVDs from Surrender Cinema, with a bargain-priced twelve complete x-rated films for $44.95.

Battle of the Sexes is a big classy coffee table art book , featuring the work of favorite Franz Von Stuck and other artists, from the 19th and 20th Centuries. But due to its content, of nude and explicit images exploring the world of sex and violence in art, we've listed it here as a Mature item. It's from Prestel, a prestigious publisher.

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News and Notes

Advance Orders and Back Orders
As I mentioned recently, we would like to confirm that we have each and every record of these items ordered by you. So far we've been pleased that eveyone who's called did have the items in our system. But with our server crash, we did find that a small amount of data was lost. We don't want one of those lost backorders or advance orders to be yours.

So please, if you would, take a few moments and send us an email confirming what you understand you have on order with us. This only applies to items ordered BEFORE DECEMBER 22, and it only applies to items that were out of stock or unpublished at the time of the order.

Thanks again for your patience.

Bookfair Report

I am pleased to say that the recent two big bookfairs we did in California, Pasadena and Oakland, went well for us. That's not always the case, as it was in an underwhelming trip to Denver last spring. But these were good ones, we met many customers and many folks walked away with cool books. Most popular among the new books we took: Goblin Market by Omar Rayyan (we sold out of the copies with the original drawing) and Kinuko Craft's picture book Beauty and the Beast, which was featured on the cover of our Holiday 2016 catalog.

Also popular were back issues of Images Magazine (see above) and Everett Raymond Kinstler: The Artist's Journey Through Popular Culture [EVED. signed/limited to 750, $95, now $30].

Amongst our out-of-print antiquarian books, we were pleased to see sales of the more traditional illustrated books. Arthur Rackham, E.J. Detmold, Willy Pogany, Art Young, Alice in Wonderland items were popular. Anne also sold a lot of her children's picture books, particularly in Oakland at the ABAA show. There was a time when illustrated and children's book dealers were all over the fair, so we once had a lot of competition. But as dealers have aged and retired, or stopped doing book fairs, we find we're one of the few sources for moderately priced books in this area.

Reminder: We will be at the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Show March 19 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Los Angles. Speaking of paperback art, we just found out about two related books from is on British paperback artist Heade, it's a killer book. He's my favorite of all the British pin-up pb artists. And there's also a book on Peter Driben from the same publisher. Watch for listings in a few weeks.

And we'll be at the Sacramento Book Fair, the twice-annual event, on March 25th.



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