Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Complete Ralph McQuarrie, Absolute Best of Harvey Horrors, Dr. Strange-Strange Prelude, Rip Kirby 8, Supergirls, New Coloring Books, The Scarlet Letter, Frazetta, Royo, Hildebrandt 2017

Also more pin-up calendars, new statues for October, Si Lewen’s wordless novel, Speed in Italian Posters, Elseworlds Batman, Silver Age Green Lantern!

You should be receiving our latest catalog with the Beauty and the Beast cover in the next few days if you’ve ordered from us in the last year or so. This is our holiday edition, with eight more pages. I included personal recommendations for gift giving, including my favorite books for all ages. Order early so as not to miss out on anything. You can download the catalog here.

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Art Books

STAR WARS ART Ralph McQuarrie
By Ralph McQuarrie, Brandon Alinger, Wade Lageose, David Mandel, and George Lucas. The definitive deluxe two-volume slipcase of Ralph McQuarrie’s complete artwork for Star Wars--the most iconic artist in the history of Star Wars. He worked hand-in-hand with George Lucas to help establish the saga’s visual aesthetic, its inimitable look and feel. Beyond designing Darth Vader, C-3PO, and R2-D2, McQuarrie produced hundreds of pieces of Star Wars artwork, including conceptual paintings, costume designs, storyboards, and matte paintings, as well as posters, book covers, and album covers. Abrams...More.

Item Code: SWARTH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 14x12, 800pg, Partial Color
$250.00 $237.50


POSTERS: Speed In Italian Advertising 1890-1955
Highly Recommended. By Dario Cimorelli and Anna Villari. A fundamental truth of the early 20th century: Europe found itself moving, all of a sudden, at a new speed. Modernity was aggressive, self-assured and fast. In Italy, a riot of posters and advertisements trumpeted motorcycles, steamships, locomotives, airplanes and unimaginably fast communication over long distances. The undisputed star of this acceleration was the automobile, the “vehement god of a race of steel” (as Filippo Marinetti put it), celebrated in both popular and “high” culture. Silvana Editoriale, 2016...More.

Item Code: POSSH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 240, Full Color
$65.00 $57.00

Sounds like an odd duck, Speed in Italian Advertising! But if you enjoy vintage artwork from the first half of the 20th Century you will really enjoy this. I love this kind of book, presenting a new and dynamic collection of superlative art, full of Art Deco and other styles. The Italians have always been very strong in the area of graphics and advertising, and this shows their amazing range of top notch poster art, 1890 to 1955.
SI LEWEN'S PARADE An Artist's Odyssey
Edited and Introduction by Art Spiegelman. Si Lewen’s Parade is a timeless story told in a language that knows no country—a wordless epic that, despite its muteness, is more powerful than the written or the spoken word. First published in 1957, "The Parade" 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: SILPH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 148pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $36.95

A new name to me, but when Art Spiegelman not only endorses but writes about someone, it's worth taking notice. A lost wordless novel from 1955, plus a monograph on an unusual artist who walked away from big city "art world" success to do what he liked.

Comic Book Archives


Highly Recommended. Art by Bob Powell, Howard Nostrand et al. 600+ glorious pages of the all-time greatest stories from arguably the field's only serious competitor to Bill Gaines's EC imprint, Harvey Comics. This brand new huge volume features selected stories from Chamber of Chills, Witches Tales, Tomb of Terror, Black Cat Mysteries, including the remarkable "Colorama" from Black Cat #45--plus,  unreprinted until now, Man In Black, issues #1-4 (September 1957 to March 1958), almost entirely drawn by Bob Powell. PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: ABHH01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 600pg, Full Color

A new direction from PS Art Books, their first best-of collection. For the COMPLETE Harvey Horror collections, both hardcover and many softcovers, and many now on sale, see our website. Many $24.99 softcovers are still available at $9.99 each. Also some hardcovers are left at $48, now $19.95, and in slipcase $69.99, now $21.99. But supply is limited on all these, we can't get any more when they are gone.

Collects #15-21, 1953-54. Recommended. By the Iger Shop. Hey, it's all here, culture-lovers: walking dead folks (loads of 'em), some of them even still sporting their heads, plus witches, ghosts, werewolves, and enough vampires to go into the second-hand dentures business. Headlight covers, Kamen-ish artwork from the Iger Shop artists. A woman convinces her lover to kill her rich husband. The lover does so by blowing the husband's head off. But the headless corpse of the husband comes back looking for a new head ("Your Head For Mine"). PS Artbooks, 2016...More.

Item Code: PCJ03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 252pg, Full Color

Both previous volumes are also available at $59.99 each [PCJ01H, PCJ02H.]

X-Men #132-153 and LOTS more... Highly Recommended. By Chris Claremont, Mary Jo Duffy, Scott Edelman, Bob Layton. Art by John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, John Romita and Brent Anderson. Claremont, Cockrum and Byrne took the cancelled X-Men and turned it into the all-new, all-different titan that became the most popular and best-selling Marvel title of the 1970s and 1980s. Here is "The Dark Phoenix Saga,"  "Days of Future Past," and much more in this enormous Omnibus! Including the first appearances of Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde, the debut of Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Wolverine's first solo story, the original ending of "Dark Phoenix" where Jean Grey lived, a rare adventure into the Savage Land and a host of bonus stories. Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: UX02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 912pg, Full Color
$99.99 $65.00

Volume 1 is also still available. [UX94H. $99.99, your price $85].

Recommended. By Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, Stan Lee, Steve Englehart. Art by Marcos Martin, Chris Bachalo, Steve Ditko, and Frank Brunner. Ahead of the Master of the Mystic Arts' major motion picture, meet the cinematic Stephen Strange -- the man who will one day be Earth's Sorcerer Supreme -- in this prelude adventure! Plus, magical stories from Doctor Strange's comic book history, from his 1963 origin (by Steve Ditko, and a second story from Strange Tales #115) to his adventures in the modern Marvel era! Marvel, 2016...More.

Item Code: MDSP
Soft Cover, 7x10, 152pg, Full Color
$16.99 $14.50

More Doctor Strange can be found on our website.

By Doug Moench. Art by Kelley Jones, John Beatty and Malcolm Jones III. In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places—some that have existed, or might have existed, and others that can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t exist. The result: stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow. Here the story gives free rein to the darker side of the World’s Greatest Detective, collecting Batman & Dracula: Red RainBatman: Bloodstorm and Batman: Crimson Mist. Batman has to die to battle the ultimate evil! Batman as an undead creature? DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: ELWB02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 288pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

The first volume is also available [ELWB01, $34.99, your price $29.99]. I also recommend the Justice League Elseworlds, which presents the JLA as gunslingers in the old west. It's cool. [ELSWJ01. $34.99, your price $29.99].

Showcase #22-24 & Green Lantern #1-9, 1960-61. Highly Recommended. By John Broome. Art by Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson et al. Perhaps the most famous of all the Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan put on the lantern’s ring for the first time in 1959. A re-envisioning of the original crime-fighting Green Lantern (Alan Scott), created by John Broome in the 1940s, this new Green Lantern was a science fiction adventurer. He battled aliens, giant monsters, wealthy sociopaths out to steal his power ring...and the efforts of his lady love, Carol Ferris, to discover his true identity. This is DC at their finest, most prior to the Marvel Age! DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: GLSA01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 356pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Also available in this new low-priced, softcover series is The Flash and The Justice League. For the BIG package, we have Omnibus collections of the Silver Age Supergirl [her first 55 appearances, 1959-63: SGSOM $75, your price $65] and The Flash [29 complete issues: FL01H. $99.99, your price $85]. I highly recommend this entire series, it recaptures those wild and fun days of comics back in the 1960s--in Flash's case, he started the entire Golden Age with the Showcase appearances beginning in 1958.

Comic Strip Collections

RIP KIRBY Volume 9
1967-70. Recommended. By Fred Dickenson. Art by John Prentice. John Prentice won the National Cartoonists Society award for "Best Story Strip Cartoonist" in 1967, proving that the adventure strip could still capture the public's imagination. Similarly, Rip Kirby, that debonair gentleman detective, proved that style and class still counted among the sexy jet-set. In these nine complete stories, Rip must prevent a super-secret missile defense system selling to the highest bidder, is hired protect a gorgeous movie star from kidnapping, and in a bizarre twist, faithful Desmond is hypnotized into reverting to his former occupation as safecracker, with Rip as his victim. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: RK09H
Hard Cover, 11x10, 304pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99

This may just have surprised the publisher as much as fans, as these strips by John Prentice are every bit as well drawn and exciting as the Alex Raymond work where Rip first started. All previous volumes are available.
Library of American Comics 9. Apr 1932-Oct 1933. Highly Recommended. By Lyman Young and Alex Raymond. With 50 more pages, a thick 394 pages of never-before-collected strips. " essential transition point  that would forever change the direction of adventure comics." Tim Tyler's Luck was a successful series set in exotic locales even before Alex Raymond signed on as Young's assistant. and over the 18 months of his tenure, the entirety of which is here, Raymond developed the prototypes for Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, and Jungle Jim, and the style for which he became famous! These strips are a high point of the entire run. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: LOA09H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x5, 328pg, b&w
$29.99 $25.99

Another unusual early strip that deserves your attention, with a young Alex Raymond just before he started Secret Agent X-9 and then Flash Gordon! The earlier books in this excellent series are mostly in stock, but some are going to go away soon. I heartily recommend the Alley Oop (the first time machine sequence) and the Tarzan of the Apes by Hal Foster. This oblong hardcover format, of one entire daily strip per page, really allows you to enjoy each strip as it was meant to be read.

New from Calla, Comics History,
Masquerade Ball 1979 Print


Originally published in London, 1920. Recommended. By Nathaniel Hawthorne. Art by Hugh Thomson. Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 masterpiece unfolds among the rigidly intolerant Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony, where Hester Prynne is condemned to wear the scarlet letter as a badge of shame. Gold-embossed cover, 31 full-color plates. Hugh Thomson at his peak was as popular as Rackham and Dulac, doing many notable signed & numbered vellum-covered books in the same years before World War I, during the Golden Age of Illustration. Calla, 2016...More.

Item Code: SCARLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 296pg, Text/Full Color
$45.00 $39.95


Highly Recommended. Art by Edmund Dulac. Facsimile reproduction of the magnificent 1914 edition, complete with ornate gilt-embossed cover on decorated blue cloth! Here are the timeless stories from The Arabian Nights, faithfully retold by English author Laurence Housman and magnificently enhanced with 23 color plates by illustrator Edmund Dulac, from the Golden Age of Illustration. His popularity rivaled that of fellow illustrator Arthur Rackham. Dulac's romantic and exotic images provide the perfect accompaniment to  "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp," "The Story of the Three Calenders," and "The Sleeper Awakened." Calla, 2016...More.

Item Code: SINBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 272pg, Full Color
$45.00 $39.95

Sinbad is the most recent new release from Calla before this brand new Scarlet Letter. For more Calla facsimile editions of classic illustrated books, see our website. Some of these would make perfect Christmas gifts--I say this from personal experience.

East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one in particular I heartily recommend, although this is not from Calla, but from Taschen. It's strikingly beautiful.


KAY NIELSEN East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Old Tales from the North. Our Highest Recommendation. Illustrated by Kay Nielsen. Edited by Noel Daniel. Star-crossed lovers, magical winds, mischievous giants and trolls--in some of the most exquisite illustrations in publishing history. In this gorgeous new edition, Taschen pulls out all the stops to present an entirely new version of the best-loved book by Danish (and Disney) artist Kay Nielsen--one of the most famous children's book illustrators of all time. Taschen, 2015...More.

Item Code: KNEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 168pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $34.99


SUPERGIRLS Fashion Feminism, Fantasy, and The History of Comic Book Heroines
Revised & updated edition. Mike Madrid is a champion of women in comics and an expert in Golden Age female characters. And now here is where it all began, as informative and entertaining as ever, in a revised and updated edition, including new illustrations and a new introduction, as well as an afterword bringing us up-to-date on what's happening with women in comics now. "Sharp and lively . . . trace[s] the ways in which the portrayal of sirens and supergirls has echoed society's ever-changing feelings about women and sex."—Entertainment Weekly.

Exterminating Angel, 2016...More.

Item Code: SUGF
Soft Cover, 6x7, 330pg, Text/b&w
$15.95 $14.95

Find more about the history of Superheroines in our Comics Reference section on our website.

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Recommended. Designed by Claire Cater. A coloring postcard book! Well-selected vintage comic book images for you to color in, mostly adventure and horror titles from the 1940s. Plus a handful of romance covers from the 1950s and Silver Age (First Kiss, All True Romance). Sheena, Planet, Crimes by Women, Firehair, Ghost Rider (by Frank Frazetta), Lady Luck, Captain Easy, Zoot, Women Outlaws, Adventures Into the Unknown--all the fun titles! I like the selection of cover art, some knew what they were doing. Michael O'Mara Books, 2016...More.

Item Code: CLCP
Squarebound, 20 postcards, 5x7

Original 1979 Edition. Warehouse Find. Recommended. By Randy Tuten and J.C. Leyendecker. We've found a source of these lovely prints promoting the famous "Hooker's Ball" in San Francisco, LA and NYC in 1979. Printed on very heavy stock, with the sides untrimmed (showing the printer's color keys), perfect for framing. "This poster was a Randy Tuten and D. Bread. But the senorita on display was actually borrowed from artist J.C. Leyendecker." -from Randy Tuten's website. Prices online range from Ebay at $95, to Tuten's site "$381-$800." , 1979...More.

Item Code: MASQB
1 print, 29x23


2017 Calendars


Recommended. We're so glad the annual delight of a new Frazetta calendar is back. The Master of Fantasy Art, Frank Frazetta is one of the most influential fantasy and science fiction artists of the 20th century. His paintings of full-figured heroines and wicked beasts have shaped generations of artists. This 2017 calendar is a collection of Frazetta's classic masterpieces, including Cat Girl, Black Star, Swords of Mars, Red Planet, Conan the Destroyer, Death Dealer (2, including one new to us), another Conan and many more. Sellers, 2016...More.

Item Code: FRAZ17
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


Recommended. Spanish artist Luis Royo is one of the most popular and prolific fantasy illustrators in the world today. With a career spanning four decades, his sensual paintings of women in apocalyptic landscapes and fantasy worlds have captivated fans of science fiction and erotica both. The stunning images featured in this calendar are from his latest book, Malefic Time. Suggestive, seductive--with one full nude. Sellers, 2016...More.

Item Code: LR17
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


AMERICAN BEAUTIES Greg Hildebrandt 2017 Calendar
Recommended. World renowned artist Greg Hildebrandt, best known for his Lord of the Rings Calendars done with his brother, has created over 75 original pin-up paintings as part of his American Beauties series. Both fun and sexy, this combines vintage pinup glamour with iconic American themes, as the girls are each promoting everything from cars and boats, to brandy, "Love and Romance Stories," Burlesque and Mint Juleps! This all-new 2017 collection also includes spacious grids with international holidays and moon phases. Zebra, 2016...More.

Item Code: GH17
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


Recommended. I like the page-a-day concept, which works great here. Every day you are treated to a new beautiful, young, and relatively innocent lady. All in sexy swimsuits, occasionally topless but with nipples discreetly hidden or even bottomless but again, nothing explicit. But the girls are fabulous and the settings, all on exotic beaches or rocky coastlines, are equally alluring. Just over 300 sexy but tasteful images, one for each day of the week--except for Saturday and Sunday which are combined with one image. Black plastic stand. Trends International, 2016...More.

Item Code: SISP17
6x5, 365pg, Full Color

Here's four more newly arrived calendars on pin-up subjects:





See our website for all 2017 calendars.


Coloring Books


DINOSAURS A Coloring Book William Stout
Recommended. Best coloring book we've seen since Myths--oversized square format, thick 96 pages, deluxe squarebound with cover flaps. For decades, illustrator and movie artist William Stout has been transporting viewers into the lost world of the dinosaurs. From long-necked Apatosaurus to horned Zuniceratops and, of course, mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, 80 dinosaurs, each precisely rendered in pen and ink amongst the flora of their era. To journey through time to the kingdom of the dinosaurs, all you need are pens, pencils, and a bit of imagination. Insight, 2016...More.

Item Code: DINCB
Soft Cover, 10x11, 96pg, b&w


By J. Scott Campbell, Richard Ortiz, Al Rio et al. Zenescope's follow up edition to the Best-Selling Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book. 42 illustrations of all your favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland, Tales From Wonderland and the connected series.  Pencils by favorites like J. Scott Campbell, Mike Krome, Talent Caldwell, Richard Ortiz, Rich Bonk, Sean Chen, Daniel Leister, Al Rio, Anthony Spay, David Nakayama, Adriana Melo, Jason Metcalf and more! Zenescope, 2016...More.

Item Code: ALICOL
Soft Cover, 8x11, 96pg, b&w

Several more handsome coloring books can be found on our website, including two favorites with Charles Vess, and one with Michael Kaluta.

Coming in October

Steve Ditko's astounding career is presented here from the early 1950s to the present. Examples of his work for Charlton, Warren, Marvel and DC are shown, both as printed pages and scans from Ditko's beautiful original art! IDW, 2016. Due Oct. ...More.

Item Code: DITUH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x13, 368pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99

By William Moulton Marston. Wonder Woman, arguably the best-known female superhero in the world, and star of her own monthly comics, was introduced in the early 1940s in these quirky tales written by the inventor of the lie detector, psychologist William Moulton Marston. In these stories, Wonder Woman travels from Paradise Island to Man’s World, where she serves as an emissary of peace, using her bracelets and lasso of truth to stop injustice. These stories introduce the mythology of Wonder Woman as she battles the powers of evil—from crooked business owners to Nazi spies. DC, 2016. Due Oct. ...More.

Item Code: WWGAH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 776pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

1/7 scale. A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  Kotobukiya proudly presents the next entry in the lineup of Bishoujo statues based on the superheroines and villains of DC Comics with the ultimate fan-favorite character in a colorful look: HARLEY QUINN NEW 52 VER.!  First appearing in Batman: the Animated Series and then the pages of DC Comics, Harleen Quinzel was originally a brilliant doctor working with patients at Arkham Asylum before she was seduced by the "clown prince of crime" and became the Joker's girlfriend and assistant.  Her villainous ways have brought her into conflict with Batman many times over the years, and her craziness has led her to fight criminals and heroes alike.  Harley Quinn makes her triumphant return to the Bishoujo series with traditional Japanese "pretty girl" styling complementing her unique appearance in the New 52 based on a new character interpretation by Shunya Yamashita! Kotobukiya, 2016. Due Oct. ...More.

Item Code: DCHQN
9" tall, Full Color

Sculpted by Erick Sosa. The might of Wonder Woman, goddess of war and princess of the Amazons, holds her lasso of truth high in this striking new statue. Limited Edition of 5,200. DC, 2016. Due Oct. ...More.

Item Code: DCIWW
10" tall, Full Color

By Bruce Timm. Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews. The sheer wackiness of Harley Quinn, former girlfriend of The Joker and all-around whack-job, is captured in this statue in the style of her co-creator, legendary animator Bruce Timm. DC, 2016. Due Oct. ...More.

Item Code: DCDHQ
12.75" tall, Full Color


Mature Readers

Real Sexy Photography is a serious how-to book for capturing beautiful women on film. It’s a fine how-to for photographers amateur to professional and as usual, doubles as a handsome collection of beautiful women well captured “in the boudoir.” No nudity.

The Erotic Adventures of the Three Musketeers DVD is just as it states, boasting an all-star cast of top adult film stars. Did they have fun? Only you can say.

And we have a new nude cover variant Cavewoman Shattered Times #1 takes our crew off on an adventure in time and space. But the feature here is the very elegant Meriam nude on a beach, on the cover by Budd Root. Limited edition.

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News and Notes

I’m going to stop stocking several more of the pulp reprints, and a few other items. Fair warning if you’d like to get these before they are gone:

Doc Savage 61-69 [DC61, 62, etc. $14.95 ea]

The Shadow 81-84 [SHT81, 82, etc. $14.95 ea]

Cisco Kid 1 [CIS01. $24.95 $15.95] and 2 [CIS02. $24.95]

Leonard Starr’s Mary Perkins On Stage Vol 3-11 [LE03, 11 etc. $24.95 $15.95 each]

Stan Drake’s Heart of Juliet Jones 1-4 [STA01, 02, etc. Vol1-3: $24.95 $15.95 each, Vol 4 is $24.95]

Library of American Comics 1 Baron Bean [LOA01H. $19.99 $17.99]

Library of American Comics 2 The Gumps [LOA02H. $19.99 $17.99]

Library of American Comics 5 Bungle Family [LOA05H. $24.99 $21.99]

~ Bud


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