Thursday, May 18, 2017

John Stanley, Josephine Baker, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes, Frazetta Death Dealer statue, blemished books, Roy Krenkel, and Guardians of the Galaxy...

John Stanley is very often considered as brilliant a creator as Carl Barks, but he's never been the subject of a career-study of his work. Until now! Josephine Baker gets a massive graphic novel detailing her fascinating life. Tarzan becomes part of the Planet of the Apes mythos. Plus a new Death Dealer statue, new blemished books, Roy Krenkel, and Guardians of the Galaxy...Our new catalog just went to the printers, expect it in early June. Meanwhile, you can download it here. It's pictured below with a Reginald Heade cover.

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Guardians of the Galaxy  |  Coming in August & September  |  Rare & Out of Print: Roy Krenkel
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Signed illustrated bookplate! Highly Recommended. By Bill Schelly. This is a deluxe, full-color, oversized biography--the first on one of America's comic book greats, a man on a par with Carl Barks. Filled with beautifully reproduced artwork from Little Lulu, and his creations Melvin Monster and Thirteen (Going on Eighteen); rare drawings, cartoons; and never-before-seen photographs. Stanley's life story told through interviews with family, friends, and colleagues: childhood in Harlem and the Bronx, his strict Irish Catholic mother, education at Parsons, and animator at Max Fleischer Studios! Fantagraphics, 2017...More.

Item Code: JSGIVHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x13, 240pg, Full Color

Also by Bill Schelly: Harvey Kurtzman, The Man Who Created Mad [HARKH. $34.99]. Comes with a bookplate signed by Bill, reproducing a “Hey Look” cartoon by Kurtzman. Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole [BLALI. $39.99, your price $31.99]. Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book Visionary [OTTB. $19.95]. Comes with an un-illustrated bookplate signed by Bill. American Comic Book Chronicles: The Fifties [ACB03H. $40.95]. 


Graphic Novels & Archives

JOSEPHINE BAKER: The Graphic Novel
By José-Louis Bocquet. Art by Catel Muller. A massive 465-page graphic novel relates the unique life of Josephine Baker (1906–1975), just 19 years old when she found herself in Paris in 1925. Overnight, the young American dancer--who often performed topless--became the idol of the Roaring Twenties, captivating Picasso, Cocteau, Le Corbusier, and Simenon. After World War II and her time in the French Resistance, Baker devoted herself to the struggle against racial segregation, publicly battling the humiliations she had for so long suffered personally. Moderate, tasteful nudity and adult situations. Mature Readers. Self Made Hero, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: JOSB
Soft Cover, 7x9, 568pg, b&w
$22.95 $20.95

Collects #1-5, 2016. Recommended. By David Walker and Tim Seely. Art by Fernando Dagnino, Covers by Duncan Fegredo. Caesar's birth in the original Planet of the Apes films was a result of the time travel at the core of that story. Tim Seeley (Revival) and David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist) relocate that birth to 19th century Africa, where Caesar crosses paths with Tarzan, leading to a much different fate for Man and Ape. Drawing from the Tarzan novels and the Planet of the Apes films, Caesar and the Lord of the Jungle experience the the enslavement of the Apes, a century of war, travel and through the center of the earth! Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: ERBTAR
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

See our website for much more by Edgar Rice Burroughs and more Tarzan collections.
Collects Wonder Woman #25-45, Annual #2, Who's Who '87 #4 and '88 #4, 1988-90 Recommended. By George Pérez. George Pérez's legendary run on the Amazon Warrior is finally collected in its entirety with this second volume. One of the most popular artists working in comics over the last 30 years, George's resume contains a who's-who of the most popular characters in comics. From his co-creation, with Marv Wolfman, of The New Teen Titans in the 80s and his work on Crisis On Infinite Earths and Wonder Woman to his mega-successful JLA/Avengers, George's solid and highly detailed work has kept him a fan-favorite for over 3 decades. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWOM02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 552pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

The first volume is also available [WWOM01H. Your price $75, your price $64.95].


New Frazetta Statue

Limited, 550. Recommended. Grand master fantasy artist Frank Frazetta's most famous work is Death Dealer. He painted several versions of this brooding warrior--this is based on the third. The detailed hand-painted sculpture captures the mood and colors of the painting. 10 inches tall on a base strewn with the remains of vanquished foes. His chain mail is nicely detailed in silver and bronze, with some bloody highlights, his axe is encrusted with blood, his sword swings free on real chain at his side. Both statue and color Certificate of Authenticity are hand-numbered. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: FRADD03
10" tall, 552pg, Full Color

Special Order- takes 3-4 weeks! Limited Edition! By Frank Frazetta. The Death Dealer is one of the most iconic dark-fantasy creations of our time and one of Frazetta's best known images. With his menacing stare and bloodied weapon, here he overlooks the ash and bones of the fallen. The glass sphere is 4.7 inches in diameter. 6.5 inches high, including the sculpted base of literally dozens of cool skulls! We like it! In a full-color collector's box. Dark Horse, 2015...More.

Item Code: FRADSG
6.5" tall, Partial Color

See our website for more by Frazetta: prints, magnets, cards and books.


Blemished Books

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Afterword by Jim Simon and Mark Evanier. Selected by Mark Evanier, the foremost authority on S&K, artwork photographed from the original art in Joe Simon's private archive. Showcases their amazing work as it has never been seen before, from the Golden Age to the early 1960s. Here are lots of wonderful Stuntman pages, sci-fi, horror and crime comics from 1950s, Boy's Ranch, Bullseye, The Fly and Double Life of Private Strong--and far, far more. Many complete stories. A monster of a book, thick and packed with never-before-seen original artwork. Abrams, 2014. Out of Print.. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: ARSKHR
Hard Cover, 9x12, 384pg, Full Color
$60.00 $29.95

SUPER WEIRD HEROES Volume 1 Outrageous But Real! Hurt
Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. By Fletcher Hanks, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, John Buscema, George Tuska et al. Edited by Craig Yoe. The first superhero book from Yoe Books! 320 pages, thick as a brick, bargained-priced, filled with tons of rare, full-color, never-before-reprinted complete stories--plus Craig Yoe's own synopsis of each one's strange career or lack thereof! Here's The Hand (yes, he's a giant hand), The Eye (you got it--he's a huuuge eye), The Bouncer (a super-hero-in-a-skirt), Rainbow Boy, Boomerang (he defeats Nazi hordes with a little boomerang), Kangaroo Man (he's even weirder than you think--his fighting partner is a talking kangaroo!). IDW, 2016. . Note: These copies have bumps to corners....More.

Item Code: SWH01HR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 320pg, Full Color
$39.99 $19.99

Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. His astounding career from the early 1950s to the present, with work for Charlton, Warren, Marvel and DC are shown, both as printed pages and scans from Ditko's beautiful original art! This is a museum catalogue that accompanied a massive exhibition in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in the Fall of 2016. By the same Eisner Award-nominated team who created the gold-standard for museum catalogues: Woodwork: Wallace Wood 1927-1981, Flesh & Steel: The Art of Russ Heath, and Big John Buscema: Comics & Drawings. IDW, 2016. . Note: One or more bumped corners, otherwise new copies....More.

Item Code: DITUHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x13, 368pg, Full Color
$59.99 $29.99

This is the finest batch of “hurt” books we've offered. Ditko and Weird Heroes both get my Highest Recommendation, and the Simon and Kirby is Highly Recommended. These are all “new” books, but they were shipped to us in “case lots” without being double-boxed, so anytime the box was dropped or tumbled, one or two corners of the books got dented. That's what happened to these. It's never particularly bad, but we can't send these out to you as a new book. If a book has a jacket (only the Simon and Kirby has one), there may be small tears besides the dent or dents. You can put a nice Just-a-Fold acetate cover on the jacket and any flaws usually are then hidden.

See our website under the search term “hurt” for more blemished books. We current have 45 “hurt” titles available right now, all at half price or less.


Guardians of the Galaxy

With the new film getting great reviews, here’s what is available right now:
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY New Guard Volume 1 Emperor Quill
Collects #1-5. Recommended. By Brian Michael Bendis. Art by Valerio Schiti, cover by Arthur Adams. Peter Quill has abandoned the Guardians and his role as Star-Lord to be Emperor of the Spartax. Rocket didn't wait a single minute to take the reins and become team leader of Drax, Venom, Groot, Kitty Pryde (A.K.A. Star-Lady?!?!) and new Guardian Ben Grimm, the ever-lovin' Thing! Plus 21 pages of variant covers and character studies, including more by Art Adams and others. Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: GGE01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

By Various. Cover art by Alex Ross. Who were they before they met? Find out in this complete collection of their earliest appearances! Drax's solo mission is to destroy Thanos--with the Avengers' help. Plus, the space-faring adventures of the legendary Star-Lord! Rocket Raccoon's quest in the Keystone Quadrant! And Groot tries to conquer Earth?! Marvel, 2015...More.

Item Code: GUAGH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 1122pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY by Brian Michael Bendis Volume 1 Omnibus
Blockbuster writer Brian Michael Bendis takes on Marvel's misfit movie stars! Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot assemble alongside the Avengers to thwart Thanos' latest scheme -- and they'll take Iron Man back out to space with them! They'll face the wrath of the Badoon, Peter Quill's father and -- once again -- the infinite threat of the Mad Titan! But can anything prepare them for Angela? Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: GUOM01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x8, 1168pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00


New on Sale

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. Fortunino Matania is the cover feature, a brilliant artist who deserves to be widely known. He was already at the top of British artists as a young man during World War I, his work often on the covers of important periodicals including The Graphic and The Sphere. Book Palace, 2013...More.

Item Code: IQ03
Soft Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color
$24.00 $12.00

We also have just three and two copies of:
#2 Pin-up artist David Wright, who now has an entire book devoted to him. Plus Cecil Doughty, Raymond Sheppard and Renato Fratini.
#5 Mick Brownfield, Brian Sanders, Derek Eyles, and Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone.

However, these remain available as part of the two special sets the publisher made up and then discounted:
#1-3 [IQ01P. $72, your price $45].
#4-6 [IQ02P. $75, your price $45].


Coming in August & September

Limited, 5,000. Designed by Frank Cho. Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews. Wonder Woman takes sword and shield in hand in this powerful new Designer Series statue from renowned artist Frank Cho! Frank's work is always first rate and his portrayals of strong women are in a class by themselves. So it's perfect to have him creating this fine image of the Golden Amazon, in the special Cho style. DC, 2017. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: DCDWWF
12" tall, Full Color

PALEOART Visions of The Prehistoric Past 1830-1980
By Zoë Lescaze. Art by Walton Ford. In this unprecedented new book, writer Zoë Lescaze and artist Walton Ford present the astonishing history of paleoart from 1830 to 1990. These are modern visions of prehistory: stunning paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, mosaics, and murals that mingle scientific fact with unbridled fantasy. Here is an in-depth look at this neglected niche of art history, also revealing how artists projected their own aesthetic, rendering the primordial past with dashes of Romanticism, Impressionism, Japonisme, Fauvism, and Art Nouveau, among other influences. Taschen, 2017. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: PALEOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x15, 286pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. Introduction by Ray Harryhausen. Award winning artist Stout examines and displays his amazing dinosaur murals in this trip back to the Stone Age! Containing all of Stout's murals from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Disney World's Animal Kingdom and the San Diego Natural History Museum, these works are renowned for their scientific accuracy and emotional resonance. Includes details, preliminary studies, and lots of commentary from Bill about each piece. Absolutely beautiful! Flesk, 2009. . Note: These copies have minor bumps to corners and scuffed and imperfect dust jackets....More.

Item Code: WISTH
Hard Cover, 12x10, 144pg, Full Color
$39.95 $17.95

By Till-Holger Borchert and Joshua P. Waterman. This just surfaced a few years ago, one of the most spectacular new discoveries in Renaissance art. A nearly complete one-of-a-kind illustrated manuscript, which was created in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg around 1550, is composed of 169 pages with large-format illustrations in gouache and watercolor depicting wondrous and often eerie celestial phenomena, constellations, conflagrations, and floods as well as other catastrophes and occurrences. Taschen, 2017. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: BOMIRH
Hard Cover, 9x13, 292pg, Full Color
$49.99 $42.50
GUSTAV KLIMT The Complete Paintings (New Edition)
By Tobias G. Natter. From bargain-publisher Taschen, "The Prince of Decadence" in a whole new light and a ground-breaking monograph. His complete paintings, all known letter correspondence--some 300 letters--and new photographs of the Stoclet Frieze. Two posters and fold-out. Oversized 11" x 16"--the most massive book on one of the most popular artists of all time. His work crossed over from Art Nouveau to Modernism. His sensual images of women are timeless even while highly ornate and surrounded with Symbolist details and backgrounds. Taschen, 2017. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: GKCPH
Hard Cover, 11x16, 676pg, Full Color
$69.99 $59.99

GUSTAV KLIMT From Drawing to Painting
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Christian M. Nebehay. The author, who knew Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) in the last year of his life, gives insight to Klimt's place in society during and after the Viennna Secession, 1897-1905 and the Weiner Werkstatte, 1905-11, as well as his work as a landscape artist, his private life, as a sponsor of young talent, and his patrons and dealers. Individual chapters discuss Klimt and his fellow artists, offering a fuller view of the times and his context in them. His own seminal magazine, Ver Sacrum, is examined. Abrams, 2007...More.

Item Code: GUSH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 288pg, Partial Color
$85.00 $29.95

GUSTAV KLIMT Art Nouveau & The Vienna Secessionists
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Michael Kerrigan. New from Flame Tree (Alphons Mucha, Art Nouveau), another bargain-priced, rich and innovative collection. Klimt is renowned as a quintessential artist of the Art Nouveau movement, but he was only one of a number of Viennese artists who created their own style of Art Nouveau--and this showcases their work, too. Flame Tree, 2015...More.

Item Code: GUSKH
Hard Cover, 12x11, 192pg, Full Color
$40.00 $19.99


Rare and Out of Print: Roy Krenkel

RGK The Art of Roy G Krenkel Ultra Deluxe
Limited, 120! Leather bound with tipped-in original drawing. Highly Recommended. Commentary by Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta. The first major collection of Roy G. Krenkel's fantasy work! Included are 200 b&w and 50 full-color examples, including Conan, Tarzan, and collaborations with Frank Frazetta and numerous previously unseen illustrations. This also includes the extra 16-page portfolio section, with b&w and full color pieces not in the trade edition.Tipped-in is a small original black & white pen drawing by Krenkel, each one different. Slipcase, 100% leather binding, special variant color jacket, gold page edges. Vanguard, 2005...More.

Item Code: RGKSD
Hard Cover, 9x11, 152pg, Partial Color

We have just two as-new copies of this; they were only available directly from the publisher and for a short time, from us. It’s now out of print, and so is the regular trade edition.

Roy G Krenkel Cities & Scenes from the Ancient World
Highly Recommended. By Roy G Krenkel Roy Krenkel drew in a classic, fine-art, Old Master style that is rarely seen these days. Here are 180 of his best sketches, drawings, and paintings on historical subjects and settings. This was the very first collection of his work, printed by a small specialty publisher who was also responsible for publishing the prestigious Amra. Two-page preface by Sanford Meschkow, five-page "Some Comments on Doodling" by Krenkel himself. Color frontis, some nudity, many finely finished pieces. Note: This is an out of print, used and/or rare book. Book is Very Fine in a Near Fine jacket.....More.

Item Code: RB49
Hard Cover, 10x13, 82pg, Duotone

We have four copies of this, in varying conditions, price from $35 to $125.

Swordsmen and Saurians
Highly Recommended. By Roy G. Krenkel Fantasy master Roy G. Krenkel died in 1983, and six years later Eclipse Books released Swordsmen and Saurians, a wonderful coffee table book devoted to the two subjects Roy loved most to draw. Some nudity. Introduction by William Stout. Oversized square format. Note: This is an out of print, used and/or rare book. Scuffing and a solid bump to the lower right corner, VG-.More.

Item Code: RB53
Soft Cover, 11x13, 152pg, b&w

We have three copies of this, price from $95 to $125.

See the new Rare and Out of Print section on our website home page for ALL listings, I’m adding new books each week. Among the latest is Sorayama’s Gynoids and Gynoids RebornThe Glob by Walt Kelly, Star Hawks Deluxe edition, Yesterday’s Lily by Jeffrey Jones, Bettie Page Queen of Hearts Deluxe signed by Jim Silke, Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend signed by Bettie herself, The Art of Jack Kirby Signed Limited and regular edition, and the very first oversized edition of Little Annie Fanny (we have four copies!) from 1966.


Mature Readers

No new items this week. Click on the links below to view more mature items on our website.

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News and Notes


We mailed out a special PS Artbooks New on Sale email on May 18. If you missed it, find it here on our blog. Or see our website for ALL the PS Artbooks on sale, many more than in the new sale. Search term is PSSALE.

One thing I didn't mention in the descriptions is that with the slipcased sets, PS did a cool thing. On the back of the slipcases, in the case of most of the multi-volume series, they have run special artwork so that when you put together all the slipcases side by side and in order, you get a cool picture. I've seen this done on other books, such as from the prestigious Folio society. It is a great touch, and it looks very attractive on your shelves. That said, we don't have EVERY volume in slipcase of some of these series, since this is catch as catch can when they are priced so cheap.

Here are two examples for you to check out. Sheena Volumes 1-3, which we have reasonable quantities of and Rulah 1-3, of which we only have ten copies left of Volume 2. They did the same for the Adventures Into the Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, Out of the Night, Planet Comics, and Roy Thomas Presents Frankenstein.



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