Thursday, May 11, 2017

Illustration Magazine and Illustrator’s Quarterly, Spanish Artists, The Reed Crandall EC Artist’s Edition, Russ Manning’s Star Wars newspaper strips, Stephen King’s Creepshow by Bernie Wrightson, PS Artbooks sale, Gris Grimly books!

Illustration Magazine and Illustrator's Quarterly showed up in the same week, along with a highly recommended Special issue on Spanish Artists. The Reed Crandall EC Artist's Edition is here, and it's superlative. Russ Manning's Star Wars newspaper strips are finally being collected. Stephen King's Creepshow by Bernie Wrightson is back in print at last. We have the first of the new PS Artbooks sale listed below, and a link to all the new titles. Plus two Gris Grimly books!

Comic Strip Reprints and Archives  |  New from Gris Grimly  |  PS Artbooks Sale
Wonder Woman Statues  |  New on Sale  |  Going Away  |  Coming in September
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Highly Recommended. Cover feature this issue is the brilliant work of Saul Tepper, illustrated profusely with original paintings and rare tear sheets. Of the Dean Cornwell school of realism and taught by the noted Harvey Dunn...what more needs be said. Next up is 1950s realist James Avati, who brought a new seriousness and brilliance to the world of  paperback cover painting. His work for the novels of William Faulkner is famous. And here is "Gum's Graphics," examining the stunning packaging design and illustrations for chewing gum over the years. Illustrated Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: IL56
Soft Cover, 8x11, 96pg, Full Color

See our website for all back issues.
Highly Recommended. With Gustave Dore, Francisco Coaching, Zac Retz, Mort Kunstler. One of my favorite issues yet. A wonderful look at rarely seen paintings by Gustave Dore; cover feature and a long article on Mort Kunstler, which starts with his work in the men's magazines and moves to the amazing historical illustrations that made his name. A wonderful article on obscure Filipino comics illustrator Francisco Coching, who revolutionized Filipino comics a generation before we saw his countrymen sweep into U.S. comics in the seventies; and Zac Retz, avante-garde animator and children's illustrator. Book Palace, 2017...More.

Item Code: IQ17
Soft Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color

See our website for back issues, including discounts on sets of early issues.
Highly Recommended. By Diego Cordoba. With Jordi Bernet, Enric, Luis Garcia, Pepe Gonzales, Esteban Maroto, Sanjulian and Josep Toutain. The inside story of the Spanish Studio/Agency (Toutain Studio) that transformed the Warren empire and brought an unprecedented realism into comics! This glorious book from illustrators is lavishly illustrated not only with Warren art, but with other comics projects, foreign publications, special projects, even specialty paintings never before seen. Finally we learn about these amazing talents that took comics by storm in the seventies and challenged U.S. artists with their abundant talent and creativity. Some nudity. Book Palace, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: IQS01
Magazine, 8x11, 144pg, Partial Color

Our Highest Recommendation. By David Roach. A celebration of the artists who revolutionized horror comics in the 1970s in Warren's Vampirella, Creepy, and Eerie. But much, much more: the first-ever, comprehensive history of Spanish comic book art reveals their extraordinary success -- in Spain, America, and around the world. 80 artists are examined, including legends like Esteban Maroto, Sanjulian, Segrelles, Jose Gonzalez, Jordi Bernet, Enrich, Victor De La Fuente, Jose Ortiz and Luis Garcia Mozos. 500 illustrations, half scanned directly from the original artwork! Moderate nudity & adult themes. Dynamite, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: MASCBAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 272pg, Full Color

Our Highest Recommendation. By Reed Crandall. Reed Crandall was one of the greatest comic artists of the Golden Age and early Silver Age. His work graced the covers and pages of National Comics (drawing the iconic Uncle Sam), as well as BlackhawkDoll Man and many others. Legendary for his remarkable talents as a draftsman, he was the quintessential "Artist's Artist." And then he joined EC! This focuses on Crandall's remarkable EC Comics stories, including many that are outright classics. Huge size, as the art was done old style, twice up. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: RCEAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 15x22, 144pg, b&w

More Reed Crandall, including his upcoming biography, on our website.


Comic Strip Reprints and Archives

Highly Recommended. By Russ Manning, Steve Gerber et al. Art by Manning, Dave Stevens, Alfredo Alcala et al. The first of three volumes that present, for the first time ever, the classic Star Wars newspaper strip from 1979-1984 in its complete format -- including each Sunday title header and "bonus" panels in their meticulously restored original color. Initially the color Sundays and black and white dailies told separate stories, but within six months the incomparable Russ Manning merged the adventures to tell brand new epic seven-days-a-week sagas that rivaled the best science fiction comics of all time. Outstanding art. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: STWC01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x9, 260pg, Full Color
$49.99 $42.50

Secret Origins, 1986-88. Recommended. By Roy Thomas and David Ross. Art by Michael Bair, Tom Grindberg, George Tuska, Mike Clark et al. The universe is in jeopardy, and to save it the JSA must journey back in time to the heart of Hitler's Germany. If they fail, all they fought for in the Crisis could be lost once more. But just as the team is on the cusp of disbanding, they receive a dire message from the Spectre, sending them on perhaps their greatest mission ever... Reprints the title story from Roy Thomas and David Ross (Avengers West Coast) for the first time, as well as the 11 separate Secret Origins of the Golden Age Justice Society! DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: LASDJ
Soft Cover, 7x10, 336pg, Full Color
$29.99 $25.99

1979-82. Recommended. By Chris Claremont, Roger Stern, Peter Gillis et al. Art by Gene Colan, Marshall Rogers, Michael Golden et al. Celebrated writer Chris Claremont turns the magic that made The X-Men a #1 bestseller to the Master of the Mystic Arts, joined by artistic icon Gene Colan. Together, these creative giants return Baron Mordo to the fore, arming him with the occult secrets of the Vatican and testing Doctor Strange's mystic might. Then, Wong is captured by the Shadowqueen, and Clea and Strange must traverse dimensions and battle the demonic N'Garai to save him! Marvel, 2017...More.

Item Code: MMD08H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 296pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

New printing. Highly Recommended. Art by Bernie Wrightson. The bestselling recreation of those wonderful EC stories is finally back in print. Inspired by EC, Stephen King created his homage, Creepshow, first a series of horror stories in prose, then made into a cult classic film directed by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead)—and adapted to comics when the film was released, featuring all-new art by the legendary Bernie Wrightson. And very special cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! Gallery 13, 2017...More.

Item Code: SKCREE
Soft Cover, 8x11, 64pg, Full Color
$18.00 $15.95

See our website for more by Bernie Wrightson.


New from Gris Grimly

Recommended. Gris Grimly presents a third collection of re-imagined classic children's rhymes combining macabre adult humor with masterful illustrations. Be prepared to view these staid old classics in a new light... a murky, sinister light. Sick and twisted--well, you be the judge. But don't run this by the kids, it's strictly for grown-ups. Wee Willie Winkie, Lucy Locket, Pop Goes the Weasel, Solomon Grundy, There Was a Crooked Man, Mary Had a Little Lamb and others all get twisted into new visions! Baby Tattoo, 2016...More.

Item Code: GR03H
Hard Cover, 8x8, 32pg, Full Color

SHERLOCK HOLMES A Study in Scarlet
New Sale Price. Recommended. By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Art by Gris Grimly. Gris Grimly brings this tale of love and revenge to a new generation with his signature style. Ten full color plates, dozens of 1/3 page, 1/2 page, and full page black & white drawings liberally spread throughout the entire book. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first novel--and the origin story of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson--in the first unabridged, fully illustrated version since its debut, London, 1881. A man lies dead in an empty house, not a mark upon him, and no clues--save for the word "RACHE" scrawled in blood on the wall above. Harper Collins, 2015...More.

Item Code: SHOLH
Hard Cover, 6x8, 280pg, Partial Color
$17.99 $9.99

See more by Gris on our website.


New PS Artbooks Sale

Closeout Price! Collects #1-5, 1948-49. Limited, 300. Recommended. Foreword by Barry Forshaw. In Fall 1948, publisher ACG started the very first regularly published horror comic book...a good two years before EC kicked off their horror titles. And many or most of these stories were written by the legendary Richard Hughes, whose fine creativity kept this title rolling for a record twenty years, until 1968! Seminal stories of witches and werewolves, ghosts and haunted castles were the early staple here, but usually with fun twists unique to Hughes' exceptional writing skills. By issue #5 we are seeing "The Spirit of Frankenstein," "The Blonde Witch of the Swamp," "The Spectral Singer," and "The Ghostly Crew"--remember, these were nice thick 52-page issues with five stories in each issue. PS Artbooks, 2011...More.

Item Code: ADU01D
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 288pg, Full Color
$64.99 $23.99

Also available in slipcase are volumes 1 through 10. Now available in regular editions at $19.95 each are volumes 3-7, 9 and 10 [ADU01H, ADU02H, etc].

OUT OF THE NIGHT Volume 2 Slipcased
Closeout Price! Collects #7-12, 1953-54. Limited, 300. Recommended. By Richard Hughes. Art by Harry Lazarus, Paul Gatusso, Charles Sultan, Bob McCarty, Al Camy et al. Thirty fun stories of witches, spectres, dead men, avenging souls and much more, mostly written by the top-notch Hughes. A sister magazine to the better known Adventures into the Unknown and Forbidden Worlds, this offers the same unusual pre-code horror stories ACG (American Comics Group) was known for. Stores include The Frozen Ghost, Numbered for Death, Death Has Wings, In the Wake of the Bomb, The Fountain of Age, The Reluctant Witch, My Pal Ghost, Music for the Dead, I Am a Thing, etc. PS Artbooks, 2013...More.

Item Code: AON02D
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 240pg, Full Color
$64.99 $23.99

Also available is Volume 1 and 3 in slipcase at the same price, and Volumes 2 and 3, regular edition [AON02H, AON02H. $19.95].

Closeout Price! Collects #6-10, 1947. Limited, 300. Recommended. Written and drawn by Dick Briefer. Dick Briefer's Frankenstein character, created for Prize Comics, was comic's first ongoing horror series. But unlike every other adaptation, Briefer made the "monster" the star of a comedy strip, with friends who are witches, mummies and strange's a spoof on horror stories. In later issues Frankenstein became a true monster, meting out violent justice with nary a second thought. But in these early stories, it's all good clean fun as the monster tries to cope with a crazy, surreal world that he doesn't quite understand. PS Artbooks, 2014...More.

Item Code: FRA04D
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 240pg, Full Color
$69.99 $21.99

See the website for more Frankensteins, some regular editions as low as $14.95 each.

PLANET COMICS Volume 14 Slipcased
Closeout Price! Limited, 300! Collects #67-73, 1952-53. Highly Recommended. By Joe Doolin, Murphy Anderson, Maurice Whitman et al.
The final volume as Planet goes out with new artists, with more EC-like stories, and grittier sci-fi. Plus those fabulous Maurice Whitman covers! Out of this world yarns from the heroes (and heroines!) of the spaceways, then the old regular features give way to independent stories, with even the art showing the influence of Wally Wood and EC's Weird Science and Weird Fantasy! Killer 10-page, profusely illustrated history of sci-fi in comics by Mike Benton and Roy Thomas. 
PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: PLC14D
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 280pg, Full Color
$69.99 $23.99

Every volume is also available in the regular edition, all now on sale at $19.95 each. These were published at $48 to $59.99 each. Volumes 12-14, which have never before been discounted, are already flying out of here, so be warned availability can change without notice. For the small price difference, I recommend the slipcased editions!

Closeout Price! Collects #1-4, 1942-48. Limited, 125. Recommended. Art by Robert Webb and Alex Blum. Foreword by Bill Feret and Bill Black. She may still be everyone's favorite yellow-tressed leopard-skin-clad Jungle Jane. She made her first appearance almost 80 years ago (courtesy of Will Eisner and 'Jerry' Iger), swinging through the trees righting wrongs and wielding her knife and spear. In 1938, she premiered in Jumbo Comics #1 where she settled happily into every issue (165 of them) plus a decade in her own title until April 1953. There have been other incarnations, but it's this classic material that started "Good Girl Art." PS Artbooks, 2014. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: SHE01D
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 288pg, Full Color
$64.99 $27.99

Volumes 2 and 3 in slipcase are available at the same price. The regular editions are still full price, $48 each.

Closeout Price! Limited, 125! Complete run #1-7, 1950-51. Highly Recommended. By Wallace Wood et al. Here's another highly collected classic in the great tradition of Planet Comics, but from a company very much in the style of Avon, featuring sexy, voluptuous ladies and even wilder monsters and aliens. Spaceships and saucers galore plus the wonderful artwork of the great Wallace Wood and his protégé Joe Orlando, just prior to their move to EC. The lead character, Capt. Science, is a space-faring hero. And there are back-up sci-fi stories by Myron Fass, Vince Napoli, Harry Harrison and others to fill out each issue. PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: CAPSD
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 288pg, Full Color
$69.99 $23.99

The regular edition is also available [CAPSH. $19.95].

Closeout Price! Collects #65-70, 1958. Recommended. By Richard Hughes, Ogden Whitney et al. Tales exploring the supernatural, science fiction and more. More very readable, poignant and fun stories by the great writer/editor Richard Hughes. Whisked back to Egyptian times; seeing your mirror image as an oldster, lost on a planet of giants, or a giant among tiny aliens, apparitions, test pilot to a different dimension. Obviously sci-fi was popular in 1958, sparked by the Sputnik, and you'll find a lot of cool stories here. Very handsomely drawn by Ogden Whitney, John Forte, John Rosenberger, Harry Lazarus and others. PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: FOR11H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 240pg, Full Color
$59.99 $19.95

Also available in slipcase are Volumes 1-11. In regular editions, at $19.95, are volumes 2-5 and 7-10 [FOR02H. FOR03H, etc.]. Volumes 1 and 6 are regular $48 price. 

For all on-sale PS Art Books, go to our website home page and search “PSSALE”. We plan to do a special email on or about May 16 or 17 with a complete list of the new titles. The above is just a taste!


Wonder Woman Statues

WONDER WOMAN Movie Wonder Woman on Horseback Statue
Special Order- takes 3-4 weeks! Limited, 2500. Sculpted by James Marsano. Due to the cost, we are only ordering exactly what we have pre-orders for, so you must reserve a copy to be sure to get one. It may or may not be available after release. Designed from the action-packed film, Wonder Woman, this major work has Wonder Woman on horseback at full gallop. Talented artist James Marsano captures Gal Gadot's beauty perfectly. Comes with a beautifully designed base, themed with her iconic logo. Hand-painted and made from cold-cast porcelain, 12 inches tall with a smaller-than-usual limitation. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWHB
12" tall, Full Color

WONDER WOMAN Movie Wonder Woman Training Outfit Statue
Special Order- takes 3-4 weeks! Limited, 5,000. Sculpted by James Marsano. Designed and based on the latest Wonder Woman costuming for the July 2017 film. This stunning statue depicts the princess developing her skill in her training armor. Talented artist James Marsano captures actress Gal Gadot's beauty and fierceness. Comes with a beautifully designed base in the shape of her iconic logo. Hand-painted and made from cold-cast porcelain, 12 inches tall. Huge full color illustrated box. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWTO
12" tall, Full Color

These are both special order items. They are now available and we've already shipped out backorders. The Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor Statue [WWST. $275] is also now available, also as a special order item. While they remain available, we will special order it for you. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. 

See our website for more Wonder Woman statues available for immediate delivery.


New on Sale

STAR WARS Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume 1
Closeout Price! With Four New Bonus Cards. The original trading card series from Topps from 1977-78 is reprinted here in its entirety for the first time, featuring all five sets of collectible cards and stickers. Every front and back--full size--of all 330 cards and 55 stickers, including movie facts, story summaries, actor profiles, and puzzle cards. Abrams, 2015...More.

Item Code: SWT01H
Hard Cover, 6x7, 548pg, Full Color
$24.95 $14.95

STAR WARS Empire Strikes Back Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume 2
Closeout Price! With Four Bonus Cards. Massive 548 pages. In 1980, following the success of Star Wars (1977) and five tie-in trading card series based on the blockbuster film, Topps released three new series of collectible bubble gum cards to coincide with the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Now, for the first time, all 352 cards and 88 stickers are reprinted in a single deluxe volume. Reproducing the fronts and backs of each card, this collection includes character profiles, story cards, movie facts, quotes, trivia, and puzzles. Abrams, 2016...More.

Item Code: SWT02H
Hard Cover, 6x7, 548pg, Full Color
$24.95 $12.50

STAR WARS GALAXY Topps Trading Card Series
Closeout Price! Featuring 170 MAJOR Artists! Recommended. Introduction by Gary Gerani. Afterword by Drew Struzan. Classic Topps Star Wars galaxy trading cards, illustrated by the biggest names in sci-fi, fantasy, and comics. Ten years after the release of Return of the Jedi, the Topps Company reintroduced the Star Wars universe to collectors with a series of trading cards, illustrated by the biggest names in science fiction, fantasy, and comics--including Kyle Baker, Moebius, Jon J Muth, William Stout, and Walter Simonson. Abrams, 2016...More.

Item Code: SWTGH
Hard Cover, 6x7, 222pg, Full Color
$19.95 $9.95

Closeout Price! Since beginning his career at age fifteen with the legendary animation studio Tatsunoko Production, Yoshitaka Amano has become one of the most acclaimed artists and illustrators at work today. Displaying a rare range, his oeuvre encompasses everything from minutely observed still-life sketches to full-color paintings on an epic scale, from children's storybooks to dark adult fantasy, from theatrical productions to video games to sculpture to commercial design. Viz Media, 2016...More.

Item Code: YAILL
Soft Cover, 8x11, 125pg, Full Color
$19.99 $12.50

Closeout Price! Recommended. By Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Art by Frank Bellamy et al. 2015 is the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds, which debuted in 1965 and has had a cult following ever since. Devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the show became famous for its marionette puppetry, which Gerry Anderson dubbed "Supermarionation". However, THIS beautifully presented collection presents the 1960s and 1970s Thunderbirds comic book stories. Egmont, 2013...More.

Item Code: THUNBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 288pg, Full Color
$34.95 $19.95

Closeout Price! 1966-67. Recommended. By Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Art by Frank Bellamy et al. Fifty years after Thunderbirds first blasted off onto British TV, discover the comic strips that captured the thrill and excitement of the cult TV series in spectacular style. This features the first 12 complete storylines illustrated by the legendary Frank Bellamy, and they are gorgeous sci-fi by a master, first published WEEKLY, three pages at a time! Egmont, 2015...More.

Item Code: THUNB02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 224pg, Full Color
$39.95 $19.95

See our website home page, and under each category you'll find a Clearance section for all closeout discounted items.


Going Away

We only have 2 or 3 copies of each of these, and will not be restocking them:

BFTH – Brian Froud’s Trolls

ARTROH – Art of Rogue One: The Making of the Film

CCR01, etc - The Complete Crumb Volumes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 15, 16

Coming in September

Highly Recommended. This represents the most extensive collection of Mead's visionary work ever printed, compiling hundreds of images, sketches and concept art from a career spanning almost 40 years, many of which have never been seen in print before. Each entry provides a unique insight into the processes involved in Mead's practice as well as illuminating the behind-the-scenes work involved in creating a fully realized, cinematic depiction of the future. Titan, 2017. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: MOVSMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x9, 256pg, Full Color
$49.95 $39.95

HARLEY QUINN OMNIBUS Volume 1 (The New 52)
Recommended. By Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. One of the most successful best-selling runs on any DC title ever is finally collected in its entirety in this new series of oversize graphic novels, beginning here. With the creative writing team of Palmiotti and Conner at the helm, the already-popular Harley Quinn hit new heights of acclaim with this New 52 series. Focusing on her madcap humor, intertwined with absurd adventures, this version of Harley topped the charts for weeks on end and won the hearts of readers. DC, 2017. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: HQOM01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 786pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

MIKE MIGNOLA'S HELLBOY Artist's Edition New Printing
Recommended. By Mike Mignola. This Artist's Edition features the first five issues of Hellboy in Hell as well as a wealth of historic supplementary material: the first three Hellboy stories, the two initial four-pagers produced for promotional purposes, and the 10-page story from John Byrne's Next Men #21, plus "The Corpse," and two other tales selected by Mignola for inclusion. All but three pages of Mike Mignola's Hellboy Artist's Edition have been shot from the original art to showcase Mignola's gorgeous work. IDW, 2017. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: MMHAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 200pg, b&w

The new Hellboy volume by Gary Gianni, with a signed bookplate, is proving quite popular. See our website for more Hellboy collections.


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’re still having difficulty with getting proper supply of the Druuna series by Serpieri. Currently we have Volumes 2 and 3 in stock, just a couple copies of volume 1, and are still awaiting overdue shipments of Volumes 0 and 4. These are published in Italy, and our source here in the U.S. isn’t keeping sufficient supply on hand.

We’ve added quite a few new Rare and Out of Print Books to the website in the past few days. New additions, all subject to prior sale, include The Glob by Walt Kelly, The Complete Star Hawks signed deluxe edition, Yesterday’s Lily and the Age of Innocence signed limited by Jeff Jones, Satan’s Tears signed limited by Alex Nino, Bettie Page Queen of Hearts signed limited, Great Stories from History by Fortunino Matania, The Art of Daniel Merriam, Bernie Wrightson Reaper of Love signed limited, Winsor McCay: His Life and Art, The Art of Jack Kirby regular and signed limited editions.

And we still have Bernie Wrightson’s A Look Back, The Silver Age signed limited, Kacere, Little Annie Fanny oversized first edition, Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, Tapestry: The Art of Robert McGinnis signed limited, Bettie Page: Life of a Pin-Up Legend signed by Bettie Page, No Man’s Land Postwar Sketchbook by George Pratt, and more.

See our home page and click on the new category, Rare and Out of Print, then ALL. Unless otherwise noted, we have only ONE copy of each of these.



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