Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Claire Wendling, W. Heath Robinson, Will Murray Doc Savage, Master of Kung Fu Epic Collection, The Green Hornet ‘66 Meets The Spirit, Ross Andru’s Spider-Man Artist Edition, and more...

50 Years of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers is celebrated in a bargained price softcover with three new stories, all in color. New art books by Claire Wendling and Loish, a fine animation artist new to us. From England comes a deluxe new compilation of rare W. Heath Robinson artwork. A new Will Murray Doc Savage novel, Master of Kung Fu Epic Collection, The Green Hornet ‘66 Meets The Spirit, Ross Andru's Spider-Man Artist Edition, and two diverting new Taschen books edited by Dian Hanson.

Art/SketchBooks  |  W. Heath Robinson  |  The Freak Brothers & Wonder Wart-Hog
Archives & Artist Editions  |  Wild New Adventures of Doc Savage  |  Spring Clearance Sale
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Recommended. By Lois van Baarle. Following the success of her first art book, Loish returns with an inspiring book dedicated to her beautiful b&w and full color sketches with an emphasis on cute young women, from figure studies to handsome fantasy pieces. Also here are guys, animals, landscapes and offbeat subjects like fantasy animals, faeries, even doodles. A unique look into Loish’s creative processes and idea generation, accompanied by her own comments. Discover how she explores gesture, stylization, and sketching for animation. 3dtotal, 2018...More.

Item Code: SKELH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x10, 152pg, Partial Color

Signed! From 2012 to 2018 Highly Recommended. By Claire Wendling. A new collection of over 240 never-before-published drawings plus several color illustrations. This 104-page, full-color, perfect-bound upscale trade paperback with cover flaps includes drawings for comic book covers, posters, and magazine illustrations; remarks and dedications in books; unused drawings; and many excerpts from Claire's personal sketchbooks. Among a fine variety of work are many nubile young women, often nude and always cute, reminding me of Wally Wood's elfish fantasies. Stuart Ng, 2018...More.

Item Code: RAINB
Soft Cover, 6x8, 104pg, Partial Color

FORGET-ME-NOT Claire Wendling
Recommended. By Claire Wendling. Forget-Me-Not is a collection of all-new drawings completed between 2014 and 2016. 162 drawings, plus 16 pages of sketches and roughs. These drawings have never before appeared in print. In addition, Claire has written a heartfelt introduction in English: a direct message to her legions of fans around the world. Forget-Me-Not is the same size and format as Iguana Bay 2.0, but with nearly twice as many pages! Quite a bit of nudity. Fairies, trolls and strangely appealing creatures. Stuart Ng, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: FORGMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, b&w

See all of our sketchbooks on the website.


W. Heath Robinson

HEATH ROBINSON'S COMMERCIAL ART A Compendium of His Advertising Work
Import from England. Highly Recommended. By Geoffrey Beare. Art by Heath Robinson. Heath Robinson (1872-1944) is fondly regarded for his mischievous comic illustrations that have been enjoyed for generations. For the first time the advertising work of this incredibly versatile artist takes center stage in this meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated book, collecting countless scarce and rare images. For a diverse range of clients, Robinson's inventiveness, humor, artistic skill and professionalism made him the obvious choice to advertise their products, which ranged from asbestos cement roofing to liquor, train travel and bread. Oversized with many color plates. Lund Humphries, 2017...More.

Item Code: HEARH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 256pg, Partial Color

HEATH ROBINSON Masterpieces of Art
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Susan Grange and C.P. Gregory. Art by W. Heath Robinson. Illustrator and cartoonist W. Heath Robinson is renowned for his ingenious and haphazard contraptions--he was known as the "Rube Goldberg of England." His witty drawings of complicated machines are ironically designed to simplify everyday life, but always manage to make everything appear more complicated! His work is steeped in the humor of calamity, including World Wars I and II, and his name soon became synonymous for absurd and makeshift devices--as well as the superb advertising art and illustrated books he also created. Frame Tree, 2017...More.

Item Code: HEROBH
Hard Cover, 8x9, 128pg, Partial Color
$18.00 $12.95

IT'S ALL A BIT HEATH ROBINSON Re-Inventing The First World War
Recommended. By Lucinda Gosling. Heath Robinson remains one of Britain's most famous illustrators and humorists, inspiring the phrase "it's all a bit Heath Robinson", describing any implausible and unnecessarily complex contraption (the British counterpart of our own Rube Goldberg). But it was his love of inventing that was to win him fame: during World War I he was to produce some of the quirkiest cartoons for some of the strangest weapons ever thought of. History Press, 2015...More.

Item Code: ITALL
Soft Cover, 6x7, 143pg, b&w


The Freak Brothers & Wonder Wart-Hog

Bargain-priced. Highly Recommended. By Gilbert Shelton. Yes!! It is 50 years since the world's best-loved and best-known underground comic characters first appeared. Now published in 16 languages and with global sales of over 40 million copies. This souvenir extravaganza contains brand new strips: "Phineas becomes a Suicide Bomber," "Franklin got his Gun," "Fat Freddy gets Religion," and more Freak Brothers short strips and vintage paraphernalia. Plus an up to date interview with Gilbert Shelton and a gallery of Freak Brothers parody strips by Robert Crumb, Hunt Emerson and more. Knockabout, 2017...More.

Item Code: FIFTF
Soft Cover, 7x10, 64pg, Full Color

Highly Recommended. By Gilbert Shelton. Take a trip with Fat Freddy, Phineas and Freewheelin' Franklin! Beginning in 1968, Shelton's ground-breaking stories set the template for much of the underground comix revolution and here, every story, strip and gag has been collected along with rare promotional items and a short history of the Freak Brothers. These hilarious and deviant stories feature mind-boggling artwork, mostly in b&w, with two large color sections. Knockabout, 2008. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: FABF
Soft Cover, 7x10, 624pg, Partial Color

Recommended. By Gilbert Shelton. Shelton is an underground comics icon for his Freak Brothers. But before and during his Freak Brothers stories, there was Wonder Wart-Hog. This was his earliest creation and still his favorite. The character has appeared over the years first in Drag Cartoons, then Zap Comix as well as several issues of his own comic. This was Shelton's opportunity to lampoon everything from superheroes and secret identities, to cops, black unrest, football, space invasion, college students, hippies, dope...all in this handsome volume. Knockabout, 2013. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: BWWH
Soft Cover, 7x10, 464pg, Partial Color

ZAP 16
By R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Gilbert Shelton et al. This blowout issue not only includes work by all eight Zap artists but also three double-page jams by the group. Plus: Zap's first-and-only color section, featuring comics by R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton (his final Zap Wonder Wart-hog episode, no less). Paul Mavrides provides an alternately embellished version of Gilbert Shelton's and his Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers episode, "Phineas Becomes a Suicide Bomber." Front cover by R. Crumb. Back cover by Moscoso. Black & white with 16 pages of color. Fantagraphics, 2016. Adult Material...More.

Item Code: ZAP16
Soft Cover, 7x10, 96pg, Partial Color
$14.99 $12.99


Archives & Artist Editions

1973-77. By Steve Englehart, Doug Moench et al. Art by Jim Starlin, Paul Gulacy et al. A groundbreaking Marvel series, the one that captured the kung fu craze starts here. Born to be the world's most fearsome fighter, Shang-Chi's life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers the truth about his father, the villainous Fu Manchu. So begins the epic story of the Master of Kung Fu! In his quest to end the reign of his malevolent patriarch, Shang-Chi pits his deadly hands and unstoppable spirit against incredible foes like Midnight, Tiger-Claw...and even the Amazing Spider-Man! Marvel, 2018...More.

Item Code: MASKF01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 480pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

This begins collecting this series in smaller, less costly softcover editions. Meanwhile, we still have all four Omnibus volumes collecting the entire run of this popular series [$125, your price $105 each] on our website.

By Fred Van Lente. Art by Bob Q. It's 1966 and The Green Hornet and Kato have traveled to Central City for a futuristic World's Fair to get the skinny on a "Newspaper of Tomorrow" that predicts headlines before events happen. But who is that blue-suited skulker in the shadows? It can't be The Spirit!? Didn't he retire years ago? And who is behind this dangerous new power for the press to wield? None other than the Octopus, The Spirit's long-time nemesis. Includes variant covers by Ty Templeton. Dynamite, 2018...More.

Item Code: GREH01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 124pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

Collects #1-15 (Volumes 1-3), 2010-2011. By Kevin Smith and Phil Hester. Art by Jonathan Lau. Cover by Alex Ross. A daring new vision of the iconic pulp hero Green Hornet by trailblazing filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy)! When a mysterious figure brutally and publicly murders his father, frivolous playboy Britt Reid Jr. inherits the legacy and mantle of Century City's greatest protector! Aided by his father's longtime ally, Kato, and an all-new, high-kicking female sidekick, the Hornet takes to the streets on a mission of justice. Bonus: the complete comic book adaptation of Smith's unproduced Green Hornet screenplay and two more complete adventures. Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: GRH01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 392pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Collects #1-5, 2017. Recommended. By Michael Uslan. Art by Giovanni Timpano. A tale of super-heroics and family that has taken eighty years to be told, uncovering The Lone Ranger's familial link to the emergence of The Green Hornet, where the story kicks off in 1936! What is the blood connection that unites two masked heroes, separated by generations? An aged Lone Ranger and Tonto work with the Green Hornet and Kato on a new case, while flashbacks to the LR's younger days show how this mystery all got started. Handsomely drawn in a kind of Neal Adams style, this looks like a fun read. Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: LONRG
Soft Cover, 6x10, 148pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

See the website for more of The Spirit, Wonder Woman ‘77 and Batman ‘66.

By Gerry Conway and Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru et al. Ross Andru was one of the most beloved artists ever to draw Spider-Man. Aside from Steve Ditko and John Romita, he is arguably the storyteller most associated with the webslinger. This Artist's Edition collects five complete issues, including the first three in his run, Amazing Spider-Man #125-127, and the first issue had John Romita inking Andru! Also included are issue #153 (the classic "The Longest Hundred Yards") and issue #167, featuring the Spider-Slayer! As with all Artist's Editions, there is a special gallery section, presenting fine examples of Andru's Spider-Man work. IDW, 2018...More.

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

See our website for more Spider-Man, and for more books with Ross Andru.


Wild New Adventures of Doc Savage

DOC SAVAGE Mr. Calamity
Extra thick 573 pages with a bonus story. By Will Murray and Lester Dent. Cover by Joe DeVito. Prospecting in the Wyoming badlands, Patricia Savage spies a man swimming in circles—high in a cloudless sky! After he falls to his death, the dead swimmer is discovered soaked to the skin. Who is he? How did he manage to swim through thin air? These are the questions Pat sets out to answer when her cousin, the famous scientist-adventurer Doc Savage, diagnoses her account as a hallucination. But when the bronze-skinned girl vanishes, the Man of Bronze is forced to take action. Plus a bonus Doc Savage story: The Valley of Eternity. Altus, 2018...More.

Item Code: DOCMR
Soft Cover, 6x9, 574pg, Text Only

Limited hardcover with extra features and a bookplate signed by Murray and Devito. By Will Murray and Lester Dent. Cover by Joe DeVito. Extra-thick 600-page edition. Prospecting in the Wyoming badlands, Patricia Savage spies a man swimming in circles—high in a cloudless sky! After he falls to his death, the dead swimmer is discovered soaked to the skin. Who is he? How did he manage to swim through thin air? These are the questions Pat sets out to answer when her cousin, the famous scientist-adventurer Doc Savage, diagnoses her account as a hallucination caused by altitude sickness. But when the bronze-skinned girl vanishes, the Man of Bronze is forced to take action. Altus, 2018...More.

Item Code: DOCMRD
Hard Cover, 6x9, 595pg, Text Only

For all the books by Will Murray in this series—each comes as both a softcover and deluxe signed hardcover—see our website.


Spring Clearance Sale

Our latest Clearance Sale email went out Tuesday evening. If you didn't get it, see it here on our blog. Supplies are very limited. I also marked down several items exclusively for this sale: The Art of Jeff Jones Deluxe (now $99), Jones' Age of Innocence Hand-Colored Print Set (now $125), and Revolution: The Art of Jon Foster signed/limited (now $75). Also Wally Wood's Torrid Tales of Romance, Josephine Baker, Red Barry Volume 1 and more art books, graphic novels, statues, Archives, Pulp Reprints, Comic Strip collections etc.

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

This week we have two collectible Marvel Masterworks, The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6, and The Mighty Thor Volume 6. We have many more Marvel Masterworks that will be listed in the next few weeks.

From DC Comics we have a slipcased Crisis on Infinite Earths and History of the DC Universe. Also added this week is The Will Eisner Companion, and signed by Eric Powell, The Goon Fancy Pants Edition.

We acquired another full set of Illustration Magazine, with many being out of print, and many early issues of Illustrators Quarterly.

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Mature Readers

Two new Taschen books are bargain-priced editions of larger size $70 books: Dian Hanson's Pussy Book and Dian Hanson's Butt Book. Both are massively thick but smaller sized hardcovers, with color jackets at the bargain price of $19.95 each.

And we have three new adult DVDs: Deep Throat Part II is the authorized sequel to one of the most famous films ever done, in this case a merely R-rated send-up of spy films, as our lady Linda, the star of Deep Throat, gets embroiled in foreign espionage. Plus THREE more films all in one package. Also just in is Young Girls Do, a “biopic” based on the popular porno star Erica Boyer. Directed by Paul Bob Vosse. With Shanna McCullough and Jacqueline Lorians.

And finally we have Dark Dreams: A Tale of Erotic Fantasy from 1971, directed by Roger Guermantes and starring two of the biggest names in early adult films, Tina Russell and Harry Reems. It's a hallucinogenic sex and horror-filled cinematic “trip”, one of the earliest attempts at a hardcore crossover film. It stars two of the biggest names in early sex films.

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News and Notes


Upcoming Shows

Sac-Con April 15, Sacramento Convention Center

We'll be there with new items and sale-priced hurts, and some vintage books too. Guests include Chris Claremont (The Uncanny X-Men), Bob Layton (Iron Man), Pat Broderick (Micronauts), and Dan Brereton.

ECOF Friends of Edgar Rice Burroughs, May 18-19, Folsom, California

Dan Parson, Thomas Yeates, and Mike Royer are among the guests. We have been working with Thomas Yeates and Dwayne Covey on Twixt Two Worlds 3, Thomas' third sketchbook and a very special project. We'll be unveiling it at the show, a signed & numbered edition of 1,000. We'll announce it here in the email as soon as it is available. An abbreviated edition will be given away to all attendees. Admittance to the dealer's room only will be FREE. We'll have all our ERB items there, and a lot more.



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