Thursday, October 13, 2016

New Neil Gaiman, The Spirit Returns, Lost Wordless Novels, Disney’s Musical Years, Disney Film Archives, John Bolton’s Shame Collected

This week we have FOUR new editions by Neil Gaiman, including a signed/limited edition. Both new Disney Art books are highly recommended, filled with art unearthed from the vaults. Also new Sale items, more 2017 calendars (some Mature), Hellboy in Hell 2, and Haunted Horror: Candles for the Undead.

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Wordless Novels  |  Graphic Novels & Archives  |  Neil Gaiman
Will Eisner's The Spirit  |  Art Books  |  2017 Calendars  |  Miscellany  |  Now on Sale
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Wordless Novels


First-ever new printing of the 1940 rarity. Recommended. By Giacomo Patri. Introduction by Rockwell Kent. Because of its controversial depictions of class struggle, unionization, and abortion, White Collar was shunned by publishers, and the author was forced to print his own editions. Early copies are extremely rare; this Dover edition marks the volume's first return to print in decades, and its very first appearance in hardcover. The struggles and injustices faced by workers during the Great Depression spring to graphic life in this powerful wordless novel, which traces a middle-class family's downward spiral. Dover, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: WHITH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 144pg, b&w
$24.95 $22.50

SI LEWEN'S PARADE An Artist's Odyssey Deluxe Signed
Signed and limited, 150, with special print. Edited and Introduction by Art Spiegelman. Signed by both Lewen and Spiegleman. A timeless story told in a language that knows no country—a wordless novel that, despite its muteness, is more powerful than the written or the spoken word. First published in 1957, this is a lost classic, newly discovered and remastered--it's a celebration of art and the story of recurring war as Si Lewen experienced it over 90 years, watching the joyful parades that marked the end of World War I lead into the death marches of World War II and the Korean War. Reproduced in a unique two-sided accordion-fold format with an extensive overview of the artist's career on the reverse side. Abrams, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: SILPD
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 148pg, Partial Color

We announced the regular edition of this last week [SILPH. $40, your price $36.95].

Recommended. By Robert Dance. Published to accompany the exhibition "Illustrated by Lynd Ward, From the Collection of Robert Dance," on view at the Grolier Club November 19 2015-January 16 2016. Probably in a limited printing. Expensive, but a rare glimpse at some fine and very scarce Ward pieces, some from the original artwork. 246 bibliographic entries, 36 color and b&w reproductions. Impermanent & Grolier, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: ILLWA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Text/Partial Color

Also available is God’s Man: A Novel in Woodcuts, signed by Barry Moser and limited to 300. Hardcover. [GODSMD. $95, your price $65]. Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts - all six of his fine wordless novels in a two-volume slipcased set. [LYNSH. $70, your price $59].

Graphic Novels & Archives

Introduction by Shaun Tan. By Matt Coyle. ". . . Coyle's work is groundbreaking. The imagery in Worry Doll is so far ahead of anything out there in terms of visual sophistication that it suggests a new way forward for the genre—maybe a new genre altogether." — Sebastian Smee, The Daily Telegraph. A creepy, photo-realistic story told in line art, like a wordless novel but with brief text on the facing pages. A group of dolls find their hosts murdered and flee the crime scene, setting out on a nightmarish road trip. Creepy like Neil Gaiman's Coraline. Outstanding artwork. Dover, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: WORDO
Soft Cover, 11x8, 70pg, b&w


The Death Card. Highly Recommended. By Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart. After facing off for a second time against the Vampire of Prague, Hellboy, dead and in Hell, comes down with a fatal illness, and seeks the help of an incompetent team of doctors. As he explores the geography of Hell, learning little from a confused pair of map makers, Hellboy gets a glimpse of the new World Tree that he helped to create, stands accused of murder by his own sister and, in a way, brings about the destruction of Pandemonium itself. Is this the end of Hellboy? Written and drawn entirely by Mignola. Dark Horse, 2014. ...More.

Item Code: HBH02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 96pg, Full Color
$17.99 $15.99

Volume 1 [HBH01] is also available. Is this the end of Hellboy? He's dead. He's in Hell. Find out!

HAUNTED HORROR Volume 4 (Chilling Adventures Vol 16)
Chilling Archives of Horror Comics #16. Highly Recommended. Art by Bob Powell, L.B. Cole, Lou Cameron et al. In this bizarre, lawless, ghoulish, gruesome, terrifying frightfest of a book you'll read: "Candles for the Undead," "The Monster's Ghost," "Pray for the Vampire Horde," "The Witches Come at Midnight," "Your Head for Mine" and many more mind-rotting comics! From the most obscure titles of the pre-code era, a very cool batch of depraved stories. Some rare outstanding work by Lou Cameron, Bob McCarty, Howard Nostrand, Jack Katz, Bob Fuji, Ross Andru, Kenneth Landau, Joe Orlando and others. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: HAUH04H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 144pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

More Haunted Horror? See our website.

Neil Gaiman


Highly Recommended. Art by Andy Kubert, Mark Buckingham, Simon Bisley et al. Eight stories by a host of comics' top artists—including Andy Kubert, Mark Buckingham, Simon Bisley, Michael Allred, John Totleben, Matt Wagner, Kevin Nowlan and Jim AparoThe DC Universe By Neil Gaiman features all-star adventures from the pages of Secret Origins, Batman Black and White, Solo and Wednesday Comics, as well as the never-before-reprinted graphic novel Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of The Green Flame and the complete saga of Batman: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader?, with afterwords from the author and a special sketchbook section from Andy Kubert. DC, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: DCUNH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 224pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99


All Ages. Printed in b&w and silver. Recommended. By Neil Gaiman. Art by Chris Riddell. Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid, and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear . . . and then Odd's destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear, and fox that Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods. . . . Harper, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: NGOFH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 123pg, Two Color
$19.99 $17.99


Our Highest Recommendation. The national bestseller and Newbery Award Winner. Originally released as two bestselling volumes, now bound into one edition. It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child. Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, wasn't being raised by ghosts, and didn't have a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Harper Collins, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: NGGBH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 368pg, Full Color
$35.00 $29.95


Signed & limited, 1500! Highly Recommended. A special clothbound limited edition in matching black cloth slipcase. Both volumes bound as one, and an entirely new cover unique to this limited edition, by P. Craig Russell. Also 26 additional pages of special content, including a letter from Neil, character studies, pencilled pages, and color work. Signed by Gaiman, the 'rock star' of fantasy literature, on a special silver-printed page with more extra artwork. Harper Collins, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: NGGBD
Hard Cover, 6x9, 384pg, Full Color

This is also available as two softcover volumes and two hardcover volumes. The original prose novel is also available with two other Gaiman classics:

3-Book Bargain Set. Highly Recommended. By Neil Gaiman. Art by Chris Riddell. This exclusive boxed set contains the British editions (with the exclusively British cover art) of three bestselling Neil Gaiman classics. In handsome paperbacks you get the Newbery Medal and Carnegie Medal winner The Graveyard Book; Coraline, from which the film was made; and Fortunately, the Milk, all illustrated by acclaimed artist Chris Riddell. Harper Collins, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: NGCR
Soft Cover, 5x8, 642pg, Text/b&w
$21.00 $18.95


Highly Recommended. By Neil Gaiman. Art by J.H. Williams III. Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman's legendary series is back in a deluxe edition! Best-selling writer Neil Gaiman's return to comics is ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman's origin story. Vertigo, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: SAMOH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 224pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Look on our site for more by Gaiman, including other signed/limited editions.

Will Eisner's The Spirit


Collects issues #1-12 from Dynamite. Recommended. All-new, with covers by Eric Powell and variant covers by Alex Ross, Paul Pope, John Cassaday & others. The headlines screams "Who Killed The Spirit?" Commissioner Dolan, Ellen, and former sidekicks Ebony and Sammy attempt to discover why The Spirit has been missing and presumed dead for the past two years. Has the famous blue-masked hero finally fallen victim to one of the malicious felons or beautiful femmes fatales from his lengthy rogues' gallery of enemies? Dynamite, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: WES01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 328pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99


WILL EISNER'S SPIRIT The New Adventures Second Edition
Collects #1-8, 1988, and the unpublished #9. Our Highest Recommendation. By Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons et al. Six decades after the Spirit's first appearance in 1940, legendary artist and writer Will Eisner gave permission for a new series of stories written and drawn by the most famous names in the comics industry. This collects the first eight issues, plus the never-before-published "Black Opal" story intended for the unpublished ninth issue! And check out the bargain price!! Dark Horse, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: WIL01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 248pg, Full Color


SPIRIT A Celebration of 75 Years
By Will Eisner et al. Introduction by Neil Gaiman! 56 original stories from 1940-1952, plus five new stories from 1973 to 2007! Universally celebrated as one of comics' most influential creators, Will Eisner broke new ground with nearly every project he undertook during his long and extraordinary career. But no creation was more ambitious, innovative, or ahead of its time than the weekly serial he launched in 1940: The Spirit! DC, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: SP75H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 480pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

More by Will Eisner and The Spirit on our website.

Art Books

THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED The Hidden Art of Disney's Musical Years
The 1940's Part One Highly Recommended. By Didier Ghez. Art by Walt Scott, Kay Nielsen, Sylvia Holland, Retta Scott & David Hall. The 1940s ushered in an era of musical experimentation and innovation at Disney. Artists from all over the world flocked to California to be part of the magic, and their styles influenced such classics as Dumbo and Bambi as well as setting the stage for the masterpieces that followed such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Hundreds of enchanting images—from early sketches to polished concepts for iconic features—by five exceptional artists who shaped the style of the Studio's animation during this period of unbridled creativity. Chronicle, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: THDMH
Hard Cover, 11x9, 207pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95

THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age
Highly Recommended. By Didier Ghez. With Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Gustaf Tenggren & Bianca Majolie. As the Walt Disney Studio entered its first decade and embarked on some of the most ambitious animated films of the time, Disney hired "concept artists." Their sole mission was to explore ideas and inspire their fellow animators. This showcases four of these pioneers and features artwork they developed. Chronicle, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: THDH
Hard Cover, 11x9, 207pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95

WALT DISNEY FILM ARCHIVES Animated Movies 1921-1968
By Daniel Kothenschulte, John Lasseter, Russell Merritt, Charles Solomon, Dr. Robin Allan et al. In TASCHEN's first volume of one of the most expansive illustrated publications on Disney animation, some 1,500 images and essays by eminent Disney experts take us to the beating heart of the studio's “Golden Age of Animation”. This landmark (and enormous) book traces Disney's complete animation journey from the silent film era, through his first full-length feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and the pioneering artistic experiment Fantasia (1940), right up to his last masterpieces Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) and The Jungle Book (1967). Taschen, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: WALDFAH
Hard Cover with CD, 19x13, 620pg, Full Color
$200.00 $179.00

See our website for more Disney art books and comics collections.

New edition of the 1921 reference. By Edmund J. Sullivan. An influential teacher whose pen-and-ink drawings helped define the style of the early twentieth century, Edmund J. Sullivan sought to define the principles behind good illustration. His treatise -- richly illustrated with black-and-white engravings by Holbein, Dürer, Rubens, Blake, and many others -- also offers suggestions on materials and methods. Dover, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: ARTILL
Soft Cover, 6x8, 258pg, Text/b&w


2017 Calendars


WONDER WOMAN 2017 Calendar
Recommended. Dramatic, powerful images by an artist previously unknown us but very competent, using line art to capture the Wonder Woman we expect to see in the upcoming film. Printed mostly in reds, yellows and blacks, this is very fine-art, very classy and different. No retro or vintage images here. Sixteen-month Art Calendars feature 13 spreads to highlight each month in 2017, as well as the last four months of 2016. Spiral binding with a hanger at the top. Trends International. ...More.

Item Code: WW17
Wirebound, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color


Recommended. French artist Nicolas Obéry blends realism and fantasy through b&w portraits that combine photographic elements with poetic visuals, creating striking digital paintings. Reminiscent of Steampunk and Lovecraftian imagery, Obéry has created a surreal series of portraits full of mythical elements from his own imagination. Here are some of his most popular and amazing images for you to enjoy throughout the year. Creepy, surreal, very different. Extra-tall size, opens to 28 inches high. Sellers, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: FAN17
14x10, 24pg


SURREALSCAPES The Fantasy Art of Jacek Yerka 2017 Calendar
Highly Recommended. The subject of a book several years ago from the publisher of the Giger collections, Polish born artist Jacek Yerka has created a style completely his own, combining a unique European perspective and imagination with traditional Flemish techniques. His mind-bending, dreamlike landscapes seem both realistic and surreal. They can be disturbing and attractive, fanciful or just downright bizarre. And nearly always they incorporate an Escher-like optical illusion. Sellers, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: SF17
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

See our website for all 2017 calendars.



By Christopher Dell. Packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, some chosen from unusual sources, including some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world spanning ancient to modern times. The curious history of magic and the powers of the occult, witchcraft, ritual, and the imagination, profusely illustrated with 400 artworks and photographs in b&w and color. Thames & Hudson, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: OCWH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 400pg, Full Color
$39.95 $34.95


Fun Lenticular cover. Includes 3D glasses. By Celeste Giuliano. Continuing the tradition of creating the next level of breathtaking pin-up girls in the modern world, internationally acclaimed photographer and pin-up artist Celeste Giuliano presents her classic style of pin-ups in outrageous 3-D for the first time ever. This book features all new images of the classic girl next door that tease both on and off the pages in breathtaking realism. Introduction by Celeste. Great retro photos of lovely ladies in the classic pin-up poses, enhanced by the high detail and clarity of 3D. Schiffer, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: CGPH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
$34.99 $31.99

We have several more mature readers books in 3D, see our website. Several are on sale.
MICHAEL WM KALUTA Ayisha Print Deluxe
Signed & numbered, 100! Matted. Recommended. An extremely limited edition photo-print, done soon after this image was published in the Robert E. Howard harcover book, The Swords of Shahrazad. Actual print size is 11x14 Inches. Around this time there was a boomlet of "photo-print" publishing, allowing artists to print and sell very limited editions of their work. Jeffrey Jones and Barry Windsor-Smith were also a part of this, as all three of these artists were part of the collective "The Studio" in New York City. . Out of Print. ...More.

Item Code: MKAYD
15x17, Full Color

We have just two copies of this scarce photo-print, I turned them up in a recent collection I purchased. We used to carry it way back when it was first done. The picture is dated 1976 but I think the print came a little later, probably c.1980 or so...
Limited, 99. By Frank Cho. An extremely Limited Edition Jungle Girl statue based on the work of comics sensation Frank Cho and sculpted by the talented Jason Smith, featuring Jana in all her primal glory. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Jungle Girl statue stands approximately 12 inches in height with a 6 inch base. This variant edition comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The jungle has never been hotter, thanks to this captivating statue! Dynamite, 2016. ...More.

Item Code: WODJGB
12" tall, b&w

See the other Jungle Girl statues on our website, along with more Women of Dynamite statues and more Frank Cho material.
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Now on Sale


Closeout Price! Recommended. An acclaimed fantasy artist whose illustrations have appeared on a wealth of eye-catching book covers, Dave Seeley works in a digital format and uses photo collages to begin each piece. Blending in specially photographed models and other elements, Seeley seamlessly forges these disparate pieces together, creating imagery of unparalleled imagination. Insight, 2015. ...More.

Item Code: ARDSH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 176pg, Full Color
$50.00 $24.95


Highly Recommended. By Sandy Plunkett, foreword by Michael WM Kaluta. With influences as diverse as Dave Stevens, Frank Frazetta, and Bernie Wrightson, and maybe a little Vaughn Bode! If you like the work of these artists, you really should not miss this! He takes inspiration from them, but this work is entirely his own--with a fine-line, EC style. A fascinating look at the creative processes of Sandy Plunkett--not a "name" in comics but he's done some gorgeous work. A self-taught illustrator and comic book artist, Plunkett came of age in New York City during the '60s and '70s and began drawing for Marvel Comics at eighteen. Swallow, 2010. . Note: These copies have slight scuffing on the cover edges and bumped corners....More.

Item Code: WOWCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 213pg, Partial Color
$55.00 $24.95

We just located a handful of these hardcover editions. This is also available in softcover. [WOWC. $19.95, your price $14.95]. Find out why artists like Michael Kaluta love this guy. I do, too.


Classics Illustrated: These are closeouts on sale at $5.99 each—original price $10.00. All codes are “CI” plus the issue number.

Arabian Nights  [CI08]
White Company  [CI102]
Rip Van Winkle  [CI12]
Faust  [CI167]
The Argonauts  [CI173]
Adventures of Marco Polo  [CI27]
Michael Strogoff  [CI28]
The Black Arrow  [CI31]
Typee  [CI36]
Adventures of Cellini  [CI38]
The Black Tulip  [CI73]
Lady of the Lake  [CI75]
Prisoner of Zenda  [CI76]
The Odyssey  [CI81]
The Gold Bug  [CI84]
Crime and Punishment  [CI89]

These are being discontinued but remain full price, only a couple of each left:

David Copperfield [CI48. $9.99]

Mr. Midshipman Easy [CI74. $10.00]

Comic Book Covers [CBCH. $10.99 $7.99]

Art of Jaime Hernandez w/ signed bookplate I've reduced this from the original retail of $40 all the way down to $15.95 now. It includes a special illustrated bookplate that Jaime drew exclusively for us, limited to 100 copies. [ARJHS]

Mature Readers

First up is the excellent Shame by John Bolton. This was first published in three parts, which we still offer, and is now collected all in one. It's not terribly adult, but since it has a lot of nudity I'm putting it here. Wonderful sinister story of witches and the supernatural, by the artist of Marada, The She Wolf (Marvel, with Chris Claremont), Aliens/Predator, Swamp Thing, Batman/Joker. Check out his website.

Next up is a new collection from French artist Liberatore: Le Donne. Nudes and portraits of women—with an edge. We also still have the first Liberatore collection, Liberatore's Women. It was published by Kitchen Sink way back in 1998. When they closed up shop, we ended up with a pallet of these, so this $24.95 hardcover is STILL available only from us—for only five bucks! [LIBHC. $24.95, your price $5].

Sweet Things is a new pin-up collection by Keith Garvey, from SQP. This is available as both a regular edition and as a signed limited edition with an extra print, limited to just 100. This follows up his 2015 collection, Guilty Pleasures [GUPL. $14.95] also from SQP.

And a new Cavewoman Bud Root Nude Variant cover, Trouble for Two. See all our Cavewoman offerings on our site.

And lastly, we have four new Mature calendars, including two different Lingerie collections:





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News and Notes

Upcoming Shows

OAFCON, Oklahoma City October 22-23: Oklahoma Alliance of Fans Comic Show in Norman, OK.
I will have two tables, Golden Age and Silver Age comics and selected new art and comics-related books.

Houston Book Fair, Houston, TX October 22 -I will set up the booth with Anne Hutchison on Friday, October 21, then I'll fly up to Oklahoma City for the OAFCON above. Anne will handle the booth the day of the show. I couldn't miss my favorite comic book show, could I? Anne will have cool vintage illustrated, children's, pop-up, and comics-related books.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, Boston, MA October 28-29-30.
This year the book fair is offering free entrance on Saturday and Sunday. Anne and I will have a booth there of our best illustrated and children's books, such as signed Arthur Rackhams, rare vintage pop-up books, a new Lord Dunsany/Sidney Sime limited to 80 copies, a limited edition of Russian art for Alice in Wonderland, Charles Robinson's Bairn Book, Willy Pogany's Wagner trilogy, and his signed limited Rubaiyat, first editions by E.J.Detmold, Kay Nielsen, two scarce Harry Clarkes, (one his signed/limited Faust), several of the colored fairy books by Andrew Lang and H.J. Ford, and a lovely signed/limited of Twelfth Night by W. Heath Robinson in full vellum. And lots more, of course. Some of these may also be in Houston, we are just packing now.

There's also a great “satellite show” that coincides with the Boston show above. It opens Saturday, October 29, The Boston Book, Paper and Ephemera Show.

I hope to see you at one of these, please come by and say hello. ~ Bud



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