Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Art of Reginald Heade, Modesty Blaise, Haunted Horror, Valerian and Laureline, The Shadow, Supergirl, Rare Books.

Sooner than we expected, The Art of Reginald Heade arrived. It’s a fabulous pin-up book by the premier Vintage British paperback cover artist. We also have a new Modesty Blaise, Haunted Horror, two more Valerian and Laureline graphic novels (the film is coming), The Shadow and Supergirl. Also, news about adding Rare & Out of Print Books to our website. Details below.

Our new catalog (Goblin Market cover) should be mailing out now and will be in your hands in 10-15 days. In the meantime, you can download it right here, right now.

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Import from England. Our Highest Recommendation. By Stephen James Walker. Reginald Heade is renowned amongst vintage paperback fans and collectors as the pre-eminent British pulp fiction cover artist of the 1940s and 1950s. His beautifully-rendered, erotically-charged depictions of a parade of sexy, scantily-clad young virgins and vixens – the so-called "Heade Women", are near-legendary amongst lovers of classic pin-up art. This encompasses the famous Hank Janson novels, dozens of other outstanding pin-up style and erotic covers, plus his less-well-known but equally exceptional work for adult hardback fiction dustjackets, children's books and periodicals. Telos, 2017...More.

Item Code: ARRHH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 168pg, Full Color

We just listed this as a coming item last week, but it showed up sooner than I anticipated. From the same British publisher is the excellent Titillation: The Vintage Pulp Magazine Pin-Up art of Peter Driben [TITIL. $39.95]. It was also announced last week, and came in the door too late to include the full listing here. We'll feature it next week.

Mox and Crime County. Recommended. By Walter B. Gibson. Art by Tom Lovell and Earl Mayan. The Knight of Darkness enlists a canine sleuth to ferret out hidden crime in one of Walter Gibson's greatest novels and its never-before-reprinted sequel. First, The Shadow's investigation of a bizarre series of murders by remote control leads to the mysterious mastermind hiding within the sinister house of "Mox." Then, the Dark Avenger returns to Mox's "Crime County" after its legendary lawman is wrongly imprisoned! Plus, a lost thriller, the complete script from Shadow Radio episode, "The Stockings Were Hung," from 1939. Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: SHT116
Soft Cover, 7X10, 128pg, Text/b&w

By Steven Heller & Julius Wiedemann. Drawn from TASCHEN's Illustration Now! series, this brings together 100 of the most successful and important illustrators around the globe, innovators and cutting-edge stylists like Istvan BanyaiGary BasemanSeymour ChwastPaul DavisBrad Holland, Tara McPherson, Peter Sis, C.F. Payne, Tim BiskupAnita Kunz, and Christoph Niemann, and many names new to us. An international overview of the dynamism and diversity of the illustration scene. Taschen, 2013...More.

Item Code: 100ILH
Hard Cover, 6x8, 669pg, Full Color

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

Limited, 1,000! New Edition. Our Highest Recommendation. By Fred Taraba. This sold out immediately in 2011, a massive 432 pages about the working methods of 41 iconic American illustrators. Walter Baumhofer, Rudolph Belarski, W.T. Benda, Franklin Booth, Austin Briggs, Charles Livingston Bull, Matt Clark, Will Crawford, Albert Dorne, Robert Fawcett, James Montgomery Flagg...Along with Edwin Giorgi, John LaGatta, Andrew Loomis, Orson Lowell, Rose O'Neill, Herbert Paus, Edward Penfield, Coles Phillips, Mead Schaeffer, Jon Whitcomb, and Coby Whitmore... Illustrated Press, 2016...More.

Item Code: MASAH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 432pg, Full Color

See our website for more on individual illustrators and the history of illustration.


Comic Book Archives

BATMAN The Golden Age Omnibus Volume 3
Collects Detective Comics #75-91, Batman #16-25, and stories from World's Finest Comics #10-14. Highly Recommended. By Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, Jerry Robinson et al. Dozens and dozens of stories from the early 1940s with very early appearances by the Penguin, the Joker, Two-Face and many other villains who would become regulars. These tales were written and illustrated by such luminaries as Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, Jerry Robinson, and more. This is vintage Batman, the stories that made him one of the most-loved comic book characters of the 1940s. For many readers, more than Superman. Wonderful iconic covers, great stories of brooding, dark battles in darkest night. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: BATG03H
Hard Cover, 6x8, 776pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Collects Weird Adventures #1, 1951, and Weird Thrillers # 1-5, 1951-1952. Highly Recommended. By Frank Giacola, Alex Toth, Murphy Anderson, Sy Barry et al. Sporting what must surely be one of the finest (albeit short) runs of painted covers, Ziff Davis's Weird Thrillers and the one-shot (numbered 10, go figure) Weird Adventures remain one of the field's most overlooked entries. Until now. Here also are Gene Colan, Bob Powell, Geroge Tuska, Bill Everett and Joe Kubert! These issues are in a class by themselves, as well as being some great sci-fi, fantasy and horror. And, oh, the covers...each one is a gem. PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: PCWAT01H
7x10, 216pg, Full Color

Collects #71-76, 1958-59. Highly Recommended. By Al Williamson, John Buscema, Paul Reinman, Ogden Whitney, Mike Roy, John Rosenberger et al. Six new issues, more than 20 stories by the fine writer Richard Hughes and a solid stable of artists, including EC's own Al Williamson. The comics code was the best thing to happen to ACG, as it meant better and longer stories, with more characterization, depth and highly original plots. From science fiction to fantasy to the  surreal--and that would be the very first appearance of Herbi, drawn by Ogden Whitney in #73. Lots of flying saucers and out of this world stories all still very readable today. PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: FOR12H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 288pg, Full Color

See the website for all back volumes. Volumes 8, 9 are still on sale at $19.95; Slipcase Volumes 1-3 and 5-7 are $21.99, Volumes 10 and 11 are $59.99 each. Volumes 1-7, regular editions, are $48 each. Get the sale-priced editions now while we still have copies.

Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History. Recommended. By Jon Morris. Sporting what must surely be one of the finest (albeit short) runs of painted covers, Ziff Davis's Weird Thrillers and the one-shot (numbered 10, go figure) Weird Adventures remain one of the field's most overlooked entries. Until now. Here also are Gene Colan, Bob Powell, Geroge Tuska, Bill Everett and Joe Kubert! These issues are in a class by themselves, as well as being some great sci-fi, fantasy and horror. And, oh, the covers...each one is a gem. Quirk, 2016...More.

Item Code: LERSVH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x9, 256pg, Full Color
$24.95 $21.95

Highly Recommended. By Jon Morris. Have you heard of Doctor Hormone, The Conqueror, Kangaroo Man, Nature Boy or Spider Queen? Meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever, with back stories, vintage art, and colorful, tongue-in-cheek commentary. Not-ready-for-prime-time heroes like Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Three sections: Gold, Silver, and Modern. Lots of fun!! Quirk, 2015...More.

Item Code: LERSH
Hard Cover, 7x9, 256pg, Full Color
$24.95 $21.95

Pre-Code horror! Recommended. Art by Doug Wildley, Bernard Bailey, Louis Ravielli et al. You'll scream with terror when you experience these terrifying Pre-Code stories sure to rot your brain! Never collected together in book form, you'll thrill when you read under your dark covers: "Terror of the Nightmares," "Headless Horror," "Death Ala Carte," "The Devil from the Deep," and macabre more! The Ghastly Award-winning Haunted Horror series presents-in large-format bloody-color-carefully restored walking zombies, screaming skulls, and ravenous cannibal monsters!  IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: HAUH05H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 256pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

See all the Haunted Horror titles on our website, including just out, Haunted Love.
Back in stock. Collects #17-20, 1942. Highly Recommended. By Dan Zolnerowich, Joe Doolin, Art Saaf, Al Walker et al. The greatest sci-fi comic of the 1940s, and here with ever-improving material as writer and artists hit their stride. This is fun!! Long before Star Wars, there was Planet Comics, home to a veritable parade of steely-jawed interstellar adventurers and some of the most gorgeous damsels in distress you could ever wish to find. Special feature on stand-out artist Al Walker by Mike Gilbert. He also tracked down Walker's son and here is a never-before-published story, "Wizard of the Moon," completed by Gilbert himself. PS Artbooks, 2014...More.

Item Code: PLC05H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 298pg, Full Color

This sold out as a bargain-priced book and is back in stock at full price. We still have volumes 1-4 and 6-11 at sale prices, $19.95 each, and just volume 2 left in slipcase at $21.95. Volumes 12-14, which complete the entire run of 72 issues, are at regular price of $59.99 each.


Comic Strips & Cartoons

MODESTY BLAISE Volume 29 The Children of Lucifer
From 1998-99, the penultimate collection. Highly Recommended. By Peter O'Donnell and Enric Romero. The next-to-last Modesty collection, with three more action-packed episodes and more nudity that you can shake a stick at. Modesty is one beautiful lady, but she's also so, so dangerous if you cross her. And she proves it here.  Features the stories "The Hanging Judge," "Children of Lucifer" and "Death Symbol." Modesty even joins a film company and has to dress up as a barbarian, sword-swinging actress to try and save a beautiful girl who has been kidnapped and is being abused on live television. Titan, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: MB29
Soft Cover, 8x11, 104pg, b&w
$19.95 $16.95

Many back volumes remain in stock, such as Volumes 4-9, 21, and 24-28. See our website.

Closeout Price! Recommended. Edited by Alex Chun and Jacob Covey. When the life of Don Flowers was cut short in 1968, he left behind a career in newspaper cartooning that spanned more than four decades as well as one of the most fluid lines to grace the comics page. His cartoons evoked the art of Russell Patterson and Hank Ketcham, and nowhere was this more evident than in his quintessential single-panel pin-up cartoon, the aptly named "Glamor Girls": Whether blondes or brunettes, showgirls or housewives, Flowers rendered his comely protagonists with equal aplomb. Fantagraphics, 2005...More.

Item Code: GGDON
Soft Cover, 6x8, 294pg, b&w
$19.99 $9.99

WILLIE & JOE Back Home
Closeout Price! Recommended. By Bill Mauldin. Willie & Joe: Back Home brilliantly chronicles the struggles and disillusionments of these early postwar years and, in doing so, tells Bill Mauldin's own extraordinary story of his journey home to a wife he barely knew and a son he had only seen in pictures. The drawings capture the texture and feel, the warp and woof, of this confusing time: the ubiquitous hats and cigarettes, the domestic rubs, the rising fear of another war, and new conflicts over Civil Rights, civil liberties, and free speech. Fantagraphics, 2011...More.

Item Code: WILLEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 266pg, b&w
$29.99 $14.99


Graphic Novels

Highly Recommended. By Pierre Christin. Art by J.C. Mézières. Two agents of 24th century Earth patrol space and time to safeguard both the planet's future and its past. The 14th volume of Valerian and the lovely Laureline, one of the most influential science-fiction comic series of the past 40 years--from France, with the fun quirkiness that only the French can achieve! Valerian and Laureline, no longer members of any organization, are down to doing space deliveries and with money getting scarce, accepting questionable cargo. Cinebook, 2016...More.

Item Code: LIVWE
Soft Cover, 8x11, 56pg, Full Color

Recommended. By Pierre Christin. Art by J.C. M̩zi̬res Originally published in 1994 as Valerian novel #15. Broke, without a job, their ship almost a scrap heap, Valerian and Laureline are stuck on Rubanis, unable to pay for repairs. So when a trio of old acquaintances introduces them to the head of the local police, who is looking for independent agents for a risky Рbut well-paid Рmission, they accept readily enough. But Rubanis is the most corrupt planet in the entire galaxy. Cinebook, 2017...More.

Item Code: CIRPO
Soft Cover, 8x11, 64pg, Full Color

Two other Valerian books are available, including the first, Ambassador of the Shadows [AMBSH. $19.95] and On the Frontiers [ONTF. $15.95].

Collects Supergirl #10-20, 1997-98, and Annual #2. By Peter David. Art by Leonard Kirk and Greg Land. Can Supergirl defeat Leesburg's toughest villains, or will her battle with her own identity cause her to fail? After being kidnapped and left near death, Linda Danvers was saved when she was fused with Matrix, a protoplasmic version of Supergirl. Struggling to balance her life between her two identities, Supergirl must learn to be Linda while fighting some of her toughest foes—like the soul-stealing Silver Banshee, the mind-controlling giant Despero and the ultimate agents of destruction, the Extremists. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: SUGB02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 312pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Volume 1 is available [SUGB01. $24.99, your price $21.99] See our website for more Supergirl collections.


Coming in May & June

INNSMOUTH The Lost Drawings of Mannish Sycovia Deluxe Signed
Signed & numbered on signature plate with signed postcard! By Mannish Sycovia. Signed & numbered on bound-in signature plate, two different limited edition bookmarks, hardbound. Alaxis Press, publishers of the successful Kickstarter campaign for the 2014 graphic novel, The Leaning Girl, have teamed up with artist Mark Nelson to publish a new book in the form of a discovered volume of lost horror drawings, but actually by Mark himself. Estimated at 176 pages of full-color reproductions of the collected tonal drawings along with the artist's own diary entries, Nelson's comments, and more. Alaxis, 2017. Due May. ...More.

Item Code: INNSHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 176pg *, Duotone

INNSMOUTH The Lost Drawings of Mannish Sycovia Signed
Signed postcard! By Mannish Sycovia. Alaxis Press, publishers of the successful Kickstarter campaign for the 2014 graphic novel, The Leaning Girl, have teamed up with Mark A. Nelson to publish the drawings in a new book, InnsmouthThe Lost Drawings of Mannish Sycovia. Estimated at 176 pages of full-color reproductions of the collected tonal drawings along with the artist's own diary entries, Nelson's comments, and more. Alaxis, 2017. Due May. ...More.

Item Code: INNSH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 176pg *, Duotone

Collects #13-18, 1952-53. Highly Recommended. By Sid Check, Al Williamson, Graham Ingels, George Evans, Joe Orlando et al. Crime leaned a bit more in the direction of criminal activity, but really the creators and even the stories were the same wild stuff you got in the three EC horror titles. But here we do get a variety of artists, including a wonderful collaboration of Williamson and Frank Frazetta and a rare appearance of Sid Check. In fact, Williamson has two stories here. Retribution, shock endings, violent ends for bad boys and bad girls...Crime is the place to satisfy your craving for justice! Dark Horse, 2017. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: ECC03H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

See our website for all of the new EC Archives collections.


Rare and Out of Print

Berni Wrightson A Look Back
Condition: Very Good (see below). A magnificent 359 pp monograph on the graphic and comic book artist Bernie Wrightson. Lavishly produced. Profusely illustrated in color. Book includes a special introduction by Harlan Ellison. For fans of this artist, it doesn't get much better. Note: This is an out of print, used and/or rare book. It is not as-new, in "mint" condition. There is a small small dent on the front corner at the spine top. On the back cover, there are some small indentations along the spine and a 2" scrape with a touch of soiling. The front cover is quite nice and unblemished. Other than these flaws, this is in fine condition. Underwood Miller, 1991. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: RB03
Soft Cover, 9x12, 359, Partial Color

We have just two copies of this as I write this.

This week we've started a new program: adding out of print and rare books on our website. As I've mentioned here often, my partner Anne and I have a separate business dealing in single-copies of rare books, such as the Wrightson book above. For a long time now, I've wanted to integrate those books with the new books we offer, so you can get a chance to see and buy these. We offer some of these online but we simply don't have enough time to list them all. Many we only bring to book fairs. I'm constantly buying these kinds of books, so here we finally have a way to offer them to our loyal customers.

To give you an advantage over the general public, we will NOT list these OP books online until several weeks after they have appeared on our website. You will have first chance to get these before they are gone.

Beginning shortly, we will add a new category at the top of our home page: Rare and Out of Print. We will keep inputting single copies (or, every so often, a couple copies) of books. These are not NEW and I want to make that very clear. These are used/rare books. I will describe the condition of each thoroughly, since it's rare to find such books in perfect, “mint” condition. The highest grade in the book world is generally Very Fine, followed by Fine, Very Good, Good and Fair.

I'm making an exception this week including a picture and the full description of A Look Back. Generally I will include just a title and a link to the website. Some may sell out immediately upon listing, so by the time I even write this they may be gone. Thus it isn't practical to include each book in its entirety here. As each one sells, we will take it off the site, so as not to be listing anything that's already gone.


Mature Readers

We have a fun new bargain-priced book this week, 50 Years of the Playboy Bunny. It’s a relatively classy look at these girls, in the clubs and mansions, and sometimes as featured nude in the pages of Playboy magaazine.

European publisher Goliath just gave us a one-time opportunity to pick up about 18 of their books at special discounts. This week we are listing four titles that we previously handled, at full price, now on sale. Watch Just Arrived or these emails over the next 2-3 weeks as we list the others. This week we feature Sweet Shaven Angels; Pretty Sexy Girls; Naked Dream Girls; and Hairy Pussy Beauties.

Back in stock are two titles that it took FOREVER for us to restock, Sweet 18 and Hot 19. These were out of stock for many months and we’ve just now been able to fill backorders. Act now if you want these, we might let them go rather than go through that again.

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News and Notes

Wrightson’s Ghoul Treasury has gone out of print. We were able to score some of the last copies from the publisher, IDW, and they are on the way to us now. Ditto for Uncle Scrooge Timeless Tales Volume 2, this also went unexpectedly out of print.

Artist Daniel Merriam has opened a gallery just north of San Francisco. They’ve decided not to sell their collection Taking Reality by Surprise anymore, saving copies for their own sales. they are now asking $120 for it. But while they last, we have three copies left at the original price of $79.95.



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