Thursday, April 27, 2017

Take That Adolf; Hellboy Into the Silent Sea, The Art of Dean Cornwell, Hero-A-Go-Go, For Art’s Sake, Conan the Slayer, Dan Dunn, Star Hawks, Kelley Jones, Deadman

Three Highest Recommendation books this week: Take That, Adolf; Hellboy Into the Silent Sea; and back in print, The Art of Dean Cornwell. I also like Hero-A-Go-Go about campy comics of the sixties; For Art’s Sake; and Conan the Slayer. There’s also Dan Dunn, Star Hawks, Kelley Jones Deadman Gallery Edition, and a whole slew of new pulp reprint titles, including the complete Sheena pulp adventures!

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TAKE THAT, ADOLF! The Fighting Comic Books of The Second World War
Our Highest Recommendation. By Mark Fertig. From Superman, Wonder Woman and Daredevil to propaganda and racism, Take That, Adolf! offers a long, highly detailed look at how comics embraced the war, sold zillions to kids as well as soldiers, and who did it all, including rare female creators. And Wonder Woman wasn't the only heroine to punch her way into the hearts of fans. The early (and sexier) Black Cat, The Woman in Red, Miss America, Miss Victory...they are each explored here also. Fantagraphics, 2017...More.

Item Code: TAKTA
Soft Cover, 8x11, 244pg
$29.99 $26.99

HERO-A-GO-GO Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, and Culture of The Swinging Sixties
Highly Recommended. By Michael Eury. Art by Ralph Bakshi, Ramona Fradon et al. Welcome to the CAMP AGE, when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm, good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch, and Batman shook a mean cape. A massive, highly detailed, and wonderfully illustrated examination of everything camp in the Swinging Sixties, when just about everyone was a super-hero or a secret agent. Back Issue magazine and former DC Comics editor Michael Eury takes you through that coolest cultural phenomenon with this all-new collection. TwoMorrows, 2017...More.

Item Code: HEROAG
Soft Cover, 8x11, 268pg, Text/Full Color
$36.95 $32.95

BATMAN A Celebration of the Classic TV Series
Recommended. By Robert Garcia and Joe Desris. The definitive book for all fans of the sixties television show. Presented in a lavish hardcover edition, the book features rare behind-the-scenes photographs of the stars and villains on set and off, classic images from the show itself, rare special production stills, and production art. It's very thorough, examining all aspects of the series, from characters to the classic creation of the Batmobile and Batcave. Reproduction is crystal clear. Includes a cool die-cut "utility belt" wrapped around the outside--sure to get destroyed in bookstores. Titan, 2016...More.

Item Code: BACEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x11, 256pg, Full Color
$50.00 $39.95

Limited, 1000! Second Printing. Our Highest Recommendation. By Daniel Zimmer. Originally released in late-2015 in a limited edition of only 1000 copies, The Art of Dean Cornwell sold out very quickly. If you missed out on the first printing, you may have seen them selling for big bucks in the after-market. After receiving numerous requests for a reprint, this is the result. This spectacular book explores the life and work of the "Dean of Illustrators." FULL COLOR throughout and entirely new. It's filled with beautiful illustrations reproduced almost exclusively from the original paintings and drawings. Illustrated Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: ARTDCH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color

FOR ART'S SAKE The Aesthetic Movement in Print & Beyond 1870-1890
Highly Recommended. From the Eric Holzenberg collection. With Howard Pyle, Walter Crane, Owen Jones et al. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name in early 2017 by the prestigous Grolier Club. Foreword and Introduction, followed by extensive descriptions (placing each in its context) of 129 rare books, prints and other objects displaying the exceptional artistry and wit of the Aesthetic Movement. This was a unique mix of medievalism and Japonisme that captivated Oscar Wilde, inspired William Morris, and dominated decorative arts from 1870-1890--the immediate forerunner of the Art Nouveau movement. Beautifully illustrated in full color. The Grolier Club, 2017...More.

Item Code: FORAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 136pg, Text/Full Color

THE SILVER WAY Techniques, Tips, and Tutorials for Effective Character Design
Highly Recommended. By Stephen Silver. Possibly the most complete book ever on the subject, a massive 250 pages of highly detailed advice and full color, step-by-step samples. We've handled Stephen's books for several years now, based on his fun and creative work. Now this combines his character creation with invaluable instruction, from one of best teachers in the industry. Whether you're a professional artist interested in improving your drawing skills, or an aspiring designer fresh out of high school looking to add to your portfolio, or just a fan of the creative process and interesting animation-style art, check this out. Design Studio Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: ULGC
Soft Cover, 12x9, 248pg, Partial Color

CONAN THE SLAYER Volume 1 Blood In His Wake
Collects #1-6, 2016. Recommended. By Cullen Bunn. Art by Sergio Dávila and Michael Atiyeh. Special first issue cover art by Mark Schultz. Alone, on the brink of death, and with nothing but his sword, Conan the Cimmerian stumbles into a camp of Kozaki raiders. With a band of determined Turanian hunters at his heels, the Kozaki chief hesitantly offers the barbarian refuge. As Conan's grievous wounds heal, he gains acceptance into the clan and becomes a mentor to one of the chief's two sons...and a beautiful warrior-woman, in the Red Sonja style, joins his cause against monstrous cretaures from the realms of dark magic. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: CONSL01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 152pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

See the website for the excellent overview Conan the Phenomenon, and more Conan Graphic Novels: King Conan, The Conan Omnibus, Bloody Crown of Conan, Conan Red Sonja.


New from Gary Gianni

Signed bookplate! Our Highest Recommendation. By Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni. Brilliant illustrator Gary Gianni (Prince Valiant, George R.R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms) draws a complete-in-itself new Hellboy graphic novel! Hellboy sets sail from the wreckage of a deserted island only to cross paths with a ghost ship. Taken captive by the phantom crew, Hellboy is is in the wrong place at the wrong time as a wanna-be witch on board is going to drag up all the dark denizens of hell to do her bidding. Stunning fine-line artwork in the tradition of Wrightson and Dore's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: HELINTS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 56pg, Full Color

Highly Recommended. By Jules Verne. Adapted by Gary Gianni. Introduction by Ray Bradbury. The classic tale of Nemo and the fearsome Nautilus submarine is retold in a wonderful new graphic novel, capturing the vintage feel of the original story, written in the 1860s. The combination of Verne's masterful storytelling and Gianni's dynamic graphic style makes this exciting adventure of life in the first submarine not to be missed. Flesk, 2009...More.

Item Code: JUH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 64pg, Full Color
$24.95 $9.95

Our Highest Recommendation. By Gary Gianni. Foreword by Mike Mignola. Modern illustration master Gianni opens the vaults to his work on the legendary Prince Valiant Sunday Page, written by Mark Schultz. Gianni assumed the helm of the strip after John Cullen Murphy but far too few fans have seen his several years of pages, let alone the amazing work behind the published pages...until now. Every aspect of the new era of the strip is covered here, with a particular focus on Gianni's preliminary sketches and production methods. Flesk, 2008...More.

Item Code: PVPH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 112pg, Text/Partial Color
$29.95 $9.95

Complete in gold-embossed slipcase with an extra deluxe signed and numbered color Plate. Limited, 1000! By Gary Gianni. This is the first book collecting Gary Gianni's work on Prince Valiant. This book gives a well-rounded informative look at both Gianni's rendition of the Prince Valiant Sunday strip and his own working procedures. After 25 years as a professional illustrator, Gianni describes his new role as an assistant to John Cullen Murphy (who assisted Hal Foster--Prince Valiant's creator). Upon Murphy's retirement, Gianni became the third artist in the 70-year history of the feature. Flesk, 2008...More.

Item Code: PVPD
Hard Cover with CD, 9x12, 112pg, b&w
$39.95 $29.95

Signed & limited, 1,000! Highly Recommended. By Gary Gianni. A handsome sketchbook from acclaimed artist Gianni. This features stunning images from Gary's interpretations of Moby Dick, The Sea Raiders, Corpus Monstrum, The Camera Obscura and the rare Ray Bradbury story, The Nefertiti-Tut Express. This also contains samplings of preliminary drawings and finished art for H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu. Flesk, 2011...More.

Item Code: MYSIS
Soft Cover, 6x8, 16pg, b&w

Closeout Price! Signed & illustrated bookplate by Gary Gianni! Highly Recommended. By Robert E. Howard. Art by Gary Gianni. This lavishly illustrated volume features dozens of full page drawings and wonderful vignettes by former Prince Valiant artist Gary Gianni. It collects three of Howard's longest and most famous Conan stories–two of them printed unedited for the first time, directly from Howard's typescript–along with previously unpublished and rarely seen outlines, notes, and drafts. Collects People of the Black Circle, A Witch Shall be Born, and Howard's only Conan novel: The Hour of the Dragon. Moderate nudity. Ballantine, 2003. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: BLOODYS
Soft Cover, 6x9, 368pg, Text/b&w
$18.00 $12.95

Signed & Illustrated Bookplate by Gary Gianni, limited to 100. Highly Recommended. By George R.R. Martin. 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni. Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this fine new hardcover first edition compiles the first three prequel novellas of Martin's ongoing masterwork! These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness. Bantam, 2015...More.

Item Code: AKNHS
Hard Cover, 6x9, 359pg, b&w

Warning: just seven copies left, then this is gone for good. See our website for Hellboy in Hell and other Hellboy books.


Comic Strip Collections

STAR HAWKS Volume 1 1977-1978
Highly Recommended. By Ron Goulart. Art by Gil Kane. The classic 1970s science fiction newspaper strip, the only comic strip to be produced in a two-tier format, thereby greatly expanding how Kane could lay out each installment. Each strip is on its own page so readers can relish Kane's incredible achievement. Nearly 40 years after its debut, Star Hawks still looks fresh and exciting. This first of three volumes reprints more than 300 double-sized strips and includes an introduction by Ron Goulart, with rare promotional material and a photo of Ron and Kane in their studio! IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: STARH01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x6, 320pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99

Library of American Comics #10. Sept 1933 to Oct 1934. By Norman Marsh. Considered the first comic book with original material ever produced, 1933's "Detective Dan, Secret Op. 48" was a landmark. It only lasted one issue before morphing into the Dan Dunn newspaper strip. A blatant copy of Chester Gould's Dick Tracy (Norman Marsh had been an art assistant to Gould), Dan Dunn was a rough and tumble Secret Service agent who exacted violent retribution on any criminal who dared cross his path. This book reprints the entire first year of daily comics. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: LOA10H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x5, 344pg, b&w
$29.99 $25.99

See our website for all available Library of American Comics Essentials: Tarzan of the Apes, Alley Oop, The Gumps, Baron Bean, The Bungle Family, and Tim Tyler. Polly and Her Pals is sold out--but we do have the oversized Sundays in regular and “hurt” copies.

Artwork from Deadman: Love After Death #1-2 and Deadman: Exorcism #1-2. Recommended. By Mike Baron. The unmistakable art of Kelley Jones on two gothic thrillers with surprisingly adult themes and some nudity! This Smythe-sewn hardcover edition is sourced from the original boards and showcases the boldly dramatic line art that established Jones' creative style prior to his work on Batman and other DC characters. Written by Mike Baron and first published in 1989 and 1992, starring the same Deadman that Carmine Infantino and Neal Adams first made famous. Kelley made him even darker, even more baroque and bizarre. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: DEAKJH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 228pg, b&w

See our website for the first Kelley Jones Artist's Edition--Batman.


Pulp Reprints

1951-54. Recommended. By James Anson Buck, Joseph W. Musgrave. For the first time under one cover, all three tales from the very rare pulp title Stories of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle as well as the story from the final issue of Jungle Stories! All the type has been reset and includes an introduction by Clark J. Holloway. Sheena was giant in the comics, lasting 165 issues in Jumbo, 18 issues of her own title, then on to television and film. But in the pulps? This is it, the entirety of her appearances in pulp fiction! Altus, 2008...More.

Item Code: COMJQ
Soft Cover, 6x9, 214pg, Text Only

Master of Flame and Town of Hate. Recommended. By Walter Gibson and Theodore Tinsley. Art by Paul Orban and Edd Cartier. First, the Knight of Darkness hunts a masked mastermind who uses a stolen invention to become the "Master of Flame." Then, Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane search for a sinister arsonist who attacks a "Town of Hate" with deadly lightning from the sky! Finally, The Shadow must unmask the murderous firebug called The Salamander to clear an ex-con and discover the strange secret of "The Lizard of Fire" in a lost radio adventure by science fiction legend Alfred Bester! Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: SHT117
Soft Cover, 7X10, 112pg, Text/b&w

Volume 13-15 & 87 plus 2 prints by Walter Baumhofer & Bob Larkin. Highly Recommended. By Lester Dent and John Nanovic. Sanctum Books collects ten key adventures of the Man of Bronze. Doc and his Iron Men are introduced in "The Man of Bronze" and "The Land of Terror," while his adventurous cousin Patricia debuts in "Brand of the Werewolf." Also Doc's final pulp adventures, "Return from Cormoral" and "Up from Earth's Center," plus "The Red Spider," the long-lost novel that was unearthed and printed decades later, and "Doc Savage, Supreme Adventurer," the long-buried 1932 prototype adventure of the pulp era's greatest superhero! Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: DCC02P
Soft Cover, 7x10, 512pg, Text/b&w

From July, 1934. Recommended. By Robert Sidney Bowen. “America, you are next!” As those words rang through the War Department room, officers gasped in horror. Fire-Eyes, emperor of the world, had invaded their secret council to hurl his challenge. And America knew only one answer—“War Declared!” One of the premiere air pulps, today as collectible as they come. And written by a genuine flyer: Bowen served in the RAF in World War I and brought his personal experience of air combat into these near-future, slightly sci-fi pulp stories. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: DUS01
Soft Cover, 5x8, 182pg, Text/b&w

From August, 1934. Recommended. By Robert Sidney Bowen. “The President's son will be returned if you send us Captain Ayres in exchange.” From the enemy camp came this message. And as Dusty answered, he knew he was starting on the greatest mission of the war, playing a lone hand against the Black Invaders, who sought to crush America beneath their barbarous wings! One of the premiere air pulps, today as collectible as they come. And written by a genuine flyer: Bowen served in the RAF in World War I and brought his personal experience of air combat into these near-future, slightly sci-fi pulp stories. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: DUS02
Soft Cover, 5x8, 152pg, Text/b&w

DR YEN SIN Volume 2
The Mystery of the Golden Skull, 1936. By Donald E. Keyhoe. Dr. Yen Sin, saffron-skinned scourge of the Orient, sets up his hell-base in New York and under the banner of the Golden Skull, once again locks horns with Michael Traile, the Man Who Never Sleeps, and his partner Eric Gordon. What is the ghastly doom he brings with him to turn living men to rainbow-colored dust? Why should the flowers in his corpse garden have their heads removed, only to be sewed on again—backwards—by the surgeon mandarin?  Complete with the 1936 cover art and interior illustrations. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: DYS02
Soft Cover, 5x8, 160pg, Text/b&w

The Case of the Scarlet Feather, 1935. By Robert J. Hogan. Art by John R. Flanagan. “When I know the secret of the five casks, I will be all-powerful. Find the one who can tell me this secret. I will wait—but not for long.” This was the command Wu Fang gave to his agents deep in New York's Chinatown. And only two white men guessed his plans, and could dare hope to pit their wits and detective skill against the murder scheme of the most dangerous crime master in the world! Great inside b&w illustrations John R. Flanagan, a favorite of Jim Steranko's. How's that for a recommedation. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: MWUF02
Soft Cover, 5x8, 194pg, Text/b&w

The Case of the Yellow Mask.1935. By Robert J. Hogan. Art by John R. Flanagan. A thousand years ago the man with the golden mask had ruled a continent; today, men scoffed at the legend. A golden face with hypnotic powers? Impossible! But Wu Fang, dragon lord of crime, smiled wisely; he wanted that mask—wanted it enough to blaze a murder trail across half the globe, to weave a death snare which only three white men—Val Kildare, Jerry Hazard and Cappy--could dare combat! with wonderful interior illustrations by the masterful John R. Flanagan. And the original painted cover. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: MWUF03
Soft Cover, 5x8, 208pg, Text/b&w

Dr. Yen Sin and Wu Fan Volumes 1 each are also available at the same price. See the website for Sheena comics Archives and lots more pulp reprints.


Blemished Editions

Closeout Price! The complete stories, 1942-46.Signed by Rachel Richey. Includes bookplate. By Leo Bachle. Edited by Rachel Richey. Forward by Seth. Outside of a few pages reprinted in The Great Canadian Comic Books anthology in the 1970s, these stories have been out of print since World War Two, when they were at the frontline of the war against Hitler and of a very young Canadian pop culture. A fearless flying ace and daredevil who singlehandedly foils Nazi schemes and narrowly escapes again and again. Plus a biography of the artist/writer and extra features. Comic Syrup, 2015. . Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: JOCAHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 152pg, b&w
$24.95 $12.95

Do a search for “hurt” in Advanced Search/Title for all of our discounted, slightly bumped books.


Mature Readers

Variety for this week: Sunstone is a handsome, well drawn graphic novel of the humorous but sexually serious adventures of two women and their fetish adventures of discovery with one another. It is a New York Times and Amazon #1 bestseller in its previous incarnation of three trade paperbacks.

Next up is Born Wild in Berlin, a cutting-edge erotic display of fetish subjects, posed nude tableaux, costumes, nasty girls and boys, all with a hard edge from the great German metropolis.

Then we have three new DVDs, all collecting vintage films: Beyond Shame, Hot Flashes, and a double-up, Peekarama with "Boiling Desires" and "Love Champions."

A new hurt book, in very short supply, is Welcome to Fabulous L.A. Girls.

And last, here are four DVDs that I’m reducing in price to make room for new titles:

Sleazy 70s Stags DVD $25.00 sale $14.99 -- SLEA

Sylvia: Grindhouse Director Series DVD $30.00 sale $17.99 -- SYLV

Trailer Trash Part 2: Grindhouse Sleaze Sampler DVD $30.00 sale $17.99 --TTDVD

Candy Tangerine Man DVD/Blu-Ray Combo $30.00 sale $11.99 -- CANTM

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News & Notes


New PS Artbooks Sale
We’d thought our chance to buy these was over, but we just got a brand new list of titles. A great many are slipcased editions that we’ve never handled before, including Sheena, Planet Comics, Adventures in the Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, Capt. Flash, Capt. Science, Captain Video, Out of the Night, Rulah, Strange Fantasy, Web of Evil, and Weird Mysteries.

The last three Planets, until now still full price, are now going on sale. So is Web of Evil, Weird Tales of the Future, Journey Into Fear and others. The shipment isn’t here yet, but we’ve already dropped prices on any titles we had still on hand at full price. You can do a search on PSSALE and then make sure to click on “Newest” to see the price-changed titles and latest new arrivals.

There are still plenty of regular price titles and more coming in, so PS isn’t going anywhere. they just have excess inventory to clear out. Many of these titles are NOT in large supply—sometimes we bought every copy our source had and wished for more. So act accordingly, some will sell out quickly.

May 5th: Free Comic Book Day
Beginning on May 1st, we’ll be offering free titles again this year. The offerings from our distributor were underwhelming, unless we were some kind of Gold Star accounts, which we are not. So we made up our own offerings from warehouse finds: 3 issues of The First Kingdom by Jack Katz, and three original issues of Elfquest by Richard and Wendy Pini, all from the 1980s; a Zorro booklet, and one issue of Twin Earths by Alden McWilliams. This year we’re giving out two with any order, 3 with orders over $25 and 5 with orders over $50—while supply lasts, of course.

2017 Calendars
We’ve been pushing the last ones out at $3.99, but we still have a handful left if you act right away: Cthulhu, Construction Chicks, Phantasmagoric, Wings of an Angel, Wonder Woman, Boris Vallejo (really!), Alice in Wonderland, Hot Rides, Marilyn and a few more.



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