Thursday, January 4, 2018

Crazy Quilt, Superman: Atomic Age Sundays, Suicide Squad: The Silver Age, Ditko’s Out of This World 2, Grimm Fairy Tales, Pioneers of German Graphic Design, The Art of the Pin-Up.

Crazy Quilt is a wonderful collection of pre-Gasoline Alley strips by Frank King, my favorite item this week. We have a new Superman: Atomic Age Sundays, Suicide Squad: The Silver Age, Ditko's Out of This World 2, two Grimm Fairy Tales specials from Zenoscope, and Pioneers of German Graphic Design. The Art of Pin-Up, Taschen's final word on the subject and getting our highest recommendation, is back in stock.

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Comic Book & Comic Strip Archives

1956-59. Highly Recommended. By Alvin Schwartz and Bill Finger. Art by Wayne Boring. Introduction by Mark Waid. Superman's newspaper comic strips are among the rarest of all Superman collectibles. This comprehensive series helps remedy that gap in the Superman saga by bringing back into print every one of the Sunday newspaper strips. The Man of Steel stars in seven classic adventures as the 1950s “Atomic Age” comes to a close. Two of the stories are original to the newspaper strip, while five were alternate versions of tales that were published in the regular comic books. One of the featured adaptations is “Superman Versus the Futuremen,” written by Batman co-creator Bill Finger, which retells Superman's origin. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: SUAS03H
Hard Cover, 10x12, 184pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Volumes 1 and 2 are also available, at the same discounted price. See the website for more Superman.

SUPERMAN The Golden Age Sundays 1943-1946
Highly Recommended. By Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Introduction by Mark Waid. This takes up right after the solo Kitchen Sink volume, which collected the first 183 Sundays. This begins May 9, 1943 and continues through August 4, 1946, filling another major gap in the Superman mythos. In a partnership between IDW's The Library of American Comics and DC Comics, this volume begins a comprehensive archival program to bring back into print every one of the Superman Sunday newspaper strips. IDW, 2014...More.

Item Code: SUSG01H
Hard Cover, 10x13, 184pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99

From Brave and the Bold and Star Spangled War Stories, 1959-66. Recommended. By Robert Kanigher. Art by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito et al. The origins and first years of stories of the original Suicide Squad. When a large wave appears carrying an object capable of destroying anything in its path, the authorities try everything they can to stop it from making landfall. With all other options exhausted, the U.S. calls in their new team, Task Force X, led by Rick Flag! But what's this? An island in the South Pacific inhabited entirely by giant dinosaurs? A line of brave soldiers is all that stands between civilization and their giant deadly claws. DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: SUISS
Soft Cover, 7x10, 336pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

See our website for more on Harley Quinn and the modern Suicide Squad.

Collects #7-10, 1958. Recommended. Art by Steve Ditko, Maurice Whitman, Fred Kida, Sal Trapani et al. Innovative science fiction comics didn't end with EC—EC was doing wonderful work, ACG the occasional story, but Charlton was a hotbed of sci-fi and fantasy, spear-headed by the great Steve Ditko. It might seem a poor man's EC, but led by wonderful covers and lots of stories by Ditko, today this is a stand-out title. Addtional artists include Bill Molno, Charles Nicholas, Dick Malmgren, Rocco Mastroserio, Paul Reinman and even Gene Colan. Numbers 7 and 8 were 68-page, fifteen-cent issues--together they boast SIX Ditko stories and two covers. PS Artbooks, 2017..More.

Item Code: SAOW02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color

Collects #1-6, 1956-57. Highly Recommended. By Steve Ditko, Vince Alascia et al. Back in the post-EC days of the mid-to-late 1950's and early '60's, Charlton was doing some darned good comics, thanks to ex-EC artists but most especially to Steve Ditko, before he made the move to Marvel. Beginning with issue #3, this was all Steve Ditko, cover to cover, through #6. In the first two issues things were more pure sci-fi, with artwork by Mastroserio, Dick Giordano (who of course moved to DC and eventually became editor-in-chief there), Bill Molno and Charles Nicolas, who was the creator back in the early 1940s of The Blue Beetle. PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: SAOW01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color


Frank King, Walt and Skeezix


Our Highest Recommendation. By Frank King. Before he began the beloved Gasoline Alley comic strip, Frank King drew ten Sunday features and scores of illustrations and cartoons for the Chicago Tribune. This oversize volume collects the best of all King's work from 1910 to 1918, including the complete run of the phenomenal "jam" comic Crazy Quilt. But best of all is page after page of wildly imaginative stories and layouts of Bobby Make Believe, a Little Nemo tribute, and the basis of all the Sunday fantasy strips with Walt and Skeezix. Sunday Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: CRAQH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 13x17, 100pg, Partial Color
GASOLINE ALLEY Complete Sundays Volume 1
1920-22. Our Highest Recommendation. By Frank King. Dark Horse is proud to present the first in a series that will collect all the Sunday pages of the classic newspaper strip, in chronological order! Collects every Gasoline Alley Sunday strip, 1920-22. These start out with relatively primitive b&w Sunday pages, then you get 3-color pages, then suddenly full color blooms. And does it ever! Here are the surreal, philosophic, wonderfully charming Sundays so famous among fans, and until now, so rarely seen except in bits and pieces here and there. Dark Horse, 2014...More.

Item Code: GA01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x16, 128pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

GASOLINE ALLEY Complete Sundays Volume 2
1923-25. Our Highest Recommendation. By Frank King. Glorious! These pages are simply amazing. Did you know King was inspired by the fantasies of Little Nemo? Every time Walt or toddler Skeezix falls asleep, we get a fantasy sequence every bit as beautiful--and often as surreal--as McCay's! The regular strips are gems, too, from the ever-changing banner logo to the slapstick endings. This series will collect, in chronological order, all the Sunday pages of the celebrated newspaper strip! Discover the abundant wonder and dazzling beauty in the world--as seen through the eyes of creator Frank King and his beloved characters, Walt and Skeezix--in some of Gasoline Alley's most artistically imaginative art! Dark Horse, 2014...More.

Item Code: GA02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x16, 128pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Almost Gone! Single panels and daily strips, 1918-20. By Frank O. King. This collects the first years of Frank King's beloved comic strip Gasoline Alley--one of the most widely read and syndicated strips of its time, which is still syndicated today. These first strips and single-panel cartoons focus primarily on Walt Wallet and his friends as they engage with the then-novel automobile sensation that was sweeping the nation. And philosophize about being "common men" on the social scale, and get stoic about putting their primitive jalopies, and those of others, in running shape. Drawn & Quarterly, 2014...More.

Item Code: WABSK
Hard Cover, 10x7, 720pg, b&w
$44.95 $39.95

We still have two hurt copies of Walt Before Skeezix [WABSKR. $44.95, your price $20]. And Walt and Skeezix hurts of Volumes 1 and 6 [$29.95, your price $14.95 each].

Unhurt Walt and Skeezix Volumes 1, 2 and 6 are not in stock but we can special order them. Volume 3, 4 and 5 are out of print.

Here's one more superlative book of fantasy comic strips, which I also highly recommend—particularly at this low sale price:

Closeout Price! Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces of Johnny Gruelle. Highly Recommended. Edited by Rick Marschall. If you like the fantastic adventures of Little Nemo, do not miss this--literally Nemo's successor! For many years I've collected Johnny Gruelle's lovely illustrated books. Though he's best known for Raggedy Ann and Andy, I've found his other work far more interesting. But never before had I seen this brilliant newspaper Sunday Page from 1911-17. This REALLY is a forgotten masterpiece, never reprinted before. Mr. Twee Deedle is a magical wood sprite who befriends the strip's two human children. Gruelle depicts a charming, fantastical child's world, filled with light whimsy and outlandish fantasy. Fantagraphics, 2012. . Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: MRTH
Hard Cover, 14x18, 128pg, Full Color
$75.00 $35.00

See our website for Little Nemo in Slumberland, which inspired all the strips above: The Airship Adventures of Little Nemo [AIRLN. $15], Return to Slumberland with a signed bookplate by Eric Shanower [LNRH. $21.99, your price $19.99], and the whole kit and kaboodle, and oversized, too...

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
$79.99 $69.99


Grimm Fairy Tales

GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2017 Holiday Special Derlis Santacruz Cover
By Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini et al. Art by Yusuf Idris, Marcelo Basile, Renzo Rodriguez et al. Tis the season to be terrified, as Grimm Fairy Tales returns with another year of holiday horror for the whole family. This issue includes four new bone chilling stories narrated by Krampus himself: "A Krampus Story," "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and "Winter's Night." Lovely Sky Mathers goes to sleep on Christmas eve only to be awakened by Krampus and his tales of Christmas woe. Zenescope, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: GFTHSP17
Soft Cover, 7x10, 24pg, Full Color

By Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Anne Toole. Art by Marc Rosete, Eduardi Garcia, Renzo Rodriguez et al. It's that time of the year again, for the Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special! Join Mary Medina as she goes on a haunted tour in New Orleans where the ghosts may turn out to be a little more than just urban legends! Three stories, the first as she time-travels into the 18th century in "Lalaurie Mansion, Lafitte's blacksmith shop, and La Petit Theatre," all by different writers and artists. This is cover C, our favorite of four variants, with art by Andrea Meloni and Ceci de la Cruz. Zenescope, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: GFTH17
Soft Cover, 7x10, 28pg, Full Color

GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2017 Swimsuit Special
Story by Joe Brusha et al. Art by Moy R, Renato Rei, RB White, Alfredo Reyes et al. New for San Diego Comic-Con from Zenescope. Favorite Grimm Universe heroines and villainesses are here wearing the season's hottest and skimpiest swimsuit fashions. There's a complete never-before-published short story, "Beach Day," where our lovely lady encounters a Cthluhlu style monster. Followed up by top artists contributing pin-ups of the Grimm universe's most popular female characters. More contributors: Anthony Spay, Gregbo Watson, Vincenzo Federici, Ryan Kincaid, Michael Dooney, Mike DeBalfo, Monte Moore, et al. Zenescope, 2017...More.

Item Code: GRFSS17
Soft Cover, 7x10, 40pg, Full Color

Closeout Price! Art by Michael Dooney, Richard Ortiz, Al Rio et al. This follows up the hugely popular, and best-selling (our #1 coloring book), Grimm Fairy Tales. Continue to discover your creative side with this gorgeous collection of art that includes 45 pages of truly spooky illustrations and sexy heroines from Zenescope. Put your skills to the test as you bring these pages to life from playfully costumed fairy tales characters to frighteningly chilling monsters! Includes Van Helsing, Robyn Hood, Cinderella, Keres et al. Zenescope, 2016...More.

Item Code: GFTDS
Soft Cover, 8x11, 96pg, b&w
$12.99 $8.99

See more Grimm's from other creators on our website, including a poster set, and illustrated stories by Arthur Rackham and Gris Grimly.


Art Books

Back in Stock--BEST BOOK EVER of pin-up art. Our Highest Recommendation. By Dian Hanson, with Louis Meisel and Sarahjane Blum. Formidably sized, a book that will be coveted by anyone once they experience it. The reproduction quality of paintings, pastels, and preparatory sketches--largely sourced from the original art--is unequalled. Each chapter contains exquisite period calendar art, vintage print art, art from magazines from Parisian Nights to Bedtime Stories, to those amazing Enoch Bolles covers for Film Fun. Plus original model photos and documentation of artists' creative process. Fifteen of the most important artists are examined in depth. Taschen, 2014...More.

Item Code: ARPUH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x15, 546pg, Full Color
$200.00 $180.00

Don't miss our entire pin-up section online. That's one of our best-stocked specialties.

Highly Recommended. By Jens Müller. For the first time, the fascinating story of German graphic design from the very end of the 1800s to post-World War II. Along with numerous iconic designs, this exhibits a great diversity of important unpublished or forgotten pieces. It also presents the inspirational stories of fourteen graphic designers who essentially shaped the modern profession. Collects early book and magazine covers, film and propaganda posters, ground-breaking brochures and advertising. Very handsomely illustrated with many images new to us. Callisto, 2017...More.

Item Code: PIONH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 400pg, b&w

See more on the history of Graphic Design on our website.


Warehouse Find

Closeout Price! Warehouse find, 1998. By Debra N. Mancoff. Curator and art historian Mancoff offers here a fresh and illuminating portrait of one of the most famous, and most accessible, of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. 96 illustrations, 64 in color, "carries us into a realm of beauty and enchantment envisioned by one of the most beloved artists of the nineteenth century." This explores the enduring themes of his art--often fairy tale images or high chivalry and romance--that took viewers into a land "that never was, never will be." Callisto, 2017...More.

Item Code: BURNJ
Soft Cover, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color
$30.00 $19.95

See our website for more on the Pre-Raphaelite artists and those they inspired.


Blemished Books

These books are new, but are slightly damaged. With many the damage is minor, but enough for us to not sell as new copies to our customers.

DAWN Lucifer's Halo Hurt [DAWNLR. $19.95 $14.95].
See our website for much more by Linsner, from sketchbooks to his on-sale Sinful Suzi statue.

RED BARRY UNDERCOVER MAN Volume 1 Hurt [RBU01HR. $49.99 $29.99].

THE ART OF RB WHITE Signed Hurt [ARRBHSR. $25.00 $15.00].

BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 3 Hurt [BUC03HR. $39.99 $17.99].

See more Buck Rogers on our website, daily and Sunday page collections included. We have just two copies of The Western Publishing Years left, with art by Al McWilliams, on sale [BUCW01H. $49.99, your price $24.99].

We have as few as three copies of these, so act accordingly. See our website for all Hurt books still available.


Coming in May and June

Jim Starlin was one of the driving creative forces at Marvel Comics in the 1970s and '80s. His turns on Warlock, Captain Marvel, and others laid the groundwork for much of the Marvel Universe for decades. This Artifact Edition includes beautiful pages that have been scanned from the original art and features art from the first appearances of Thanos and Drax the Destroyer, both created by Starlin! IDW was fortunate enough to track down many key and important pages. This is definitely a book any Jim Starlin fan will want in their library. IDW, 2018. Due May. ...More.

Item Code: JSMAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 144pg, b&w

Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. A Diamond Select Toys release. The heart of the Justice League team has arrived, completing the DC Gallery movie line-up! Wonder Woman slides into action in a scene straight from the movie, with a fine likeness of actress Gal Gadot, gliding across the floor on her knees, ready to take out an opponent with her sword. This 9-inch scale PVC diorama measures approximately 7 inches tall and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Diamond Select Toys, 2018. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: JLWW
7" tall, Full Color

See available Wonder Woman statues and much more WW on our website.

Recommended. Robert Bloch (1917-1994) is one of the most fondly remembered and collected authors of crime, horror, and fantasy of the 20th Century. Noted by many as the author of Psycho, Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels. He was a member of the Lovecraft Circle and began his career by emulating H.P. Lovecraft's brand of "cosmic horror." He later specialized in crime and horror stories dealing with a more psychological approach. Gahan Wilson offers visions to accompany a selection of Bloch's best Vampire tales. Haffner Press, 2018. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: VAMSH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, Full Color

Recommended. By Neil Gaiman. Art by J.H. Williams III. Neil Gaiman returned recently to his award-winning creation, after seventeen years away, with his first new Sandman story by renowned artist J.H. Williams III. Here we are treated to that fine novel, which offers a prequel to the entire series, explaining how Morpheus came to be a prisoner in his own universe, in a deluxe Absolute Edition! A massive slipcased hardcover with the entire story, plus sketches, interviews, design concepts and other never-before-seen bonus material. DC, 2018. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: ABSSH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x12, 416pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. After creating, writing and drawing Captain America, S&K left Timely and moved over to DC Comics--the big boys on the block. And they began, In 1942, a remarkable run of stories for DC Comics that included The Sandman, a long-time feature they updated in the pages of topselling Adventure Comics. Leaving behind his trademark green suit, fedora and gas mask, The Sandman became a brightly costumed adventurer, on the trail of crime in the big city with the help of his sidekick, Sandy the Golden Boy. DC, 2009. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: SANMAH
Hard Cover, 7X10, 300pg, Full Color
$39.99 $19.99

Two Sandman Mystery Theatre collections are on sale on our website but nearly gone. We also have the Sandman Overture Hardcover [SAMOH. $24.99, your price $21.99] and Softcover [SAMO. $19.99, your price $17.99]. And many more books by Neil Gaiman.


Bargain Books

These books are low in stock, and may have already been marked down once. I've marked them down even further just for this listing, to clear them out to make way for new items. First come, first served.

ABSOLUTE BEST OF HARVEY HORRORS Volume 1 [ABHH01H. $79.99 $34.95].

CANNABIS WORKS Volume 2 [CANW02H. $39.95 $27.50].

HAWKMAN By Geoff Johns Volume 1 [HAW01. $29.99 $17.99].

SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS Signed [SECLS. $14.99 $9.99].

TOYBOX TIME MACHINE A Catalog of The Coolest Toys Never Made [TOYBH. $29.99 $18.99].

JOSEPHINE BAKER The Graphic Novel [JOSB. $22.95 $14.95].

13 COINS [13CH. $24.99 $12.50].


You can see all of our discounted items on the website, under Closeouts at the end of each category (such as Artists and Illustration, Comics Related, etc).


Rare & Out of Print

We have two very rare books by the highly imaginative Moebius, Viamor (limited to 100 copies for the US market from a total of 300 copies for sale worldwide) and Un Singulier Pluriel. Also from Moebius we have one copy each of Chaos and Metallic Memories.

For fans of Star Wars, we have a graphic novel of The Empire Strikes Back that is signed by writer Archie Goodwin AND both artists, Carlos Garzón and Al Williamson.

Lastly we have a few William Stout sketchbooks that are out of print, Monsters, Monsters Volume 2, Tribute to Ray Harryhausen, and Convention Sketches Volume 3.

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Mature Readers

This week we have a new DVD, another Peekarama two-movie collection with Nasty Nurses and Let's Talk Sex. Both films are from pioneer filmmaker Paul Vatelli, from 1983. See more Peekarama double features on the website.

And we have a new book from European publisher Goliath: Young Lesbian Girlfriends. It's a hardcover collection of 18 different shoots, each a series of pictures that take the girls from clothed to, well, explicit poses and intimate goings-on.

An entirely different collection on the same theme is Lesbians for Men by Dian Hanson, published by Taschen [LESMH. $49.99, your price $42.50]. See our website for more Lesbian themes, such as Curious Obsessions DVD, Eric Stanton, Velvet Love, The Complete Guido Crepax, and The Complete Wimmen's Comix.

2018 Adult Calendars: We have many in stock, while some are now sold out. Still available is a regular bestseller, Mystique Exposed [MY18. $19.95]. You can also score at just $2.99 each, Asian Mystique 2016 and Asian Mystique 2015. See our website.

Now in Stock: Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds 1953-2016 has been very difficult to keep on hand, as the sales kept exceeding my reorders. It is one of our very best sellers for the year. We finally have plenty of copies on hand in case you missed it [PLABOH. $75, your price $65].

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News and Notes


2018 Calendars

We’re running out of many titles now, so act now if you need one or more for the new year. We still have plenty of copies of my very favorite, and also one of our lowest priced calendars, Sci-Fi Art of Virgil Finlay [SVF18. $11.99]. The ever-popular Boris and Julie Bell Fantasy Art was out of stock in December, but we just received our restock this week.



We also still have all the oversized Vintage Calendars: DC, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Vintage Sci-Fi, but only 5-10 left of each.


See our website for all available calendars, and it might be worth a check of our previous year's calendars which are on sale as low as $1.99 each.



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