Thursday, February 23, 2017

Batgirl, Selene and Wonder Woman Statues. Alex Toth Artist's Edition, Jay Disbrow--Chilling Archives, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Green Lantern

Three new statues: Batgirl, Selene and Wonder Woman. Alex Toth gets an Artist's Edition, Jay Disbrow a Chilling Archives collection. Plus Daredevil, Doctor Strange (a series I really like), an outstanding Green Lantern Silver Age Omnibus, Plus new Sale Books and Coming Items you can reserve now.

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Highly Recommended. Of every comics story Alex Toth ever drew, the only one that he kept the complete original art to was Bravo for Adventure. This is a virtual "how-to" course in drawing comics. We see how he would draw all the detail in a scene, from thumbnails to pencils to inks--only to black it out in order to focus the reader's eye on what really counted. Also included are variant versions of the Bravo saga, dozens of never-before-seen pencil roughs, preliminary drawings, and story fragments, and twelve pages of Toth's own coloring for an edition that never saw print--until now. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: ATBAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 136pg, Partial Color

The original graphic novel Bravo for Adventure remains available [BRFAH. $34.99, your price $29.99].

Chilling Archives of Horror Vol 19. Highly Recommended. One of the most bizarre, unique stylists from Pre-Code horror comics is cult-favorite Jay Disbrow. If there's anyone close to this unknown genius, it's Basil Wolverton. Working with friend, editor, and colorist L.B. Cole, Disbrow wrote and drew many fear-inducing tales specializing in terrifying demons, scary apparitions, and a horde of hairy monsters. Showing the influence of EC's Jack Kamen and the pin-up style of Fiction House, Disbrow pushed the envelope with wilder and stranger stories. Includes an interview, photos, and special artwork. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: JDMIH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 148pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

See the other Chilling Archives of Horror Comics on our website.

Edited by Yoe Studios. Recommended. By Matt Baker, Bill Ward, Pete Morisi, and the Iger Shop. Color me in love... vintage style! The beautiful, the fascinating, sometimes amusing romance comic book cover art of the '50s and '60s is highlighted in this fun book! Full of Pop Art style kisses, handsome gents, and beautiful misses. Some of the most highly skilled artists of the era drew these romantic and sexy images ready for you to color... or just admire! Matt Baker is the star here, with ten gorgeous covers. The blurbs are as much fun as the artwork, since it's all about titillation and suggestion, but real sex? Never! IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: VINROM
Soft Cover, 8x10, 64pg, b&w

See our website for all available coloring books, from Wonder Woman to Horror Comics Covers.

Collects #42-63, 1968-70. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee & Roy Thomas. Art by Gene Colan & Barry Windsor-Smith. Matt Murdock has done battle with Marvel's most maddening villains, but when the Jester enters the fray, the rules change forever. Framing DD for murder, he sets all of New York against the Man Without Fear. The stakes get even higher when Starr Saxon discovers DD's secret identity! Daredevil also faces off against two of Marvel's greatest heroes, Captain America and the Black Panther -- all the while struggling to rebuild his relationship with the lovely Karen Page! Marvel, 2017...More.

Item Code: DAE03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 472pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

Epic Collection 1 is available. Vol 2 has not been published yet. See our website or inquire about other Daredevil collections.

DOCTOR STRANGE Volume 3 Blood in the Aether
Collects #11-16, 2015. Highly Recommended. By Jason Aaron. Art by Kevin Nowlan, Leonardo Romero. "Last Days of Magic" aftermath! How did Stephen Strange become the Sorcerer Supreme? And how has he lost it all? "Well-written and wonderfully illustrated." "Wacky, definitely weird and wildly fun." I am in agreement with both these reviewers, this is wild, crazy storytelling from content to artwork. This retells his origins, when he was his weakest, and also takes us to present day, with all his foes ganging up on him at once. Is he losing his mind? Marvel, 2017...More.

Item Code: DRS03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 136pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Previous volumes are in stock, along with Doctor Strange Masterworks.

GREEN LANTERN The Silver Age Omnibus Volume 1
Collects Showcase #22-24 and Green Lantern #1-45, 1959-65. Highly Recommended. The first adventures of the greatest Green Lantern of all-time, Hal Jordan, are now collected in their entirety, starting with the first appearance in Showcase and followed by dozens of those wonderful 1960s issues of Green Lantern. These are the tales that introduced Hal Jordan and his induction into the Green Lantern Corps. Also included are the intros of the Guardians of the Universe, Star Sapphire, Sinestro and more! These classic stories from one of the greatest eras of comics are featured here in a gigantic omnibus edition. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: GRL01H
Hard Cover, 1000pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

See the website for more DC Omnibus volumes.


New Statues

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman Statue
Recommended. Sculpted by James Marsano. From the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film comes this impressively detailed Wonder Woman statue, capturing the warrior demi-goddess standing tall and strong atop a Batman v Superman logo base. Sculpted by James Marsano and measuring 13 inches tall. Wonder Woman is made of poly resin and features an amazing likeness to actress Gal Gadot, who will star in the coming all-new Wonder Woman film! DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: BSWW
13" tall, Full Color

Hand-numbered from 2000. Recommended. Gotham City, like any other large metropolis, abounds in girls of all shapes and sizes -- debutantes, nurses, stenographers... and librarians. But this Gotham City public librarian and daughter of Gotham's Commissioner James Gordon is a different kind of girl, for tonight our shapely, brassy haired heroine stands tall in cape and cowl and is known as: Batgirl! She's poised on huge heavy gargoyle base, overlooking the city. Well designed from the Luis Royo original painting. Yamato, 2016...More.

Item Code: LRBATG
18" tall, Full Color

1/6 scale. Recommended. Behold the enticing beauty of Selene, the goddess of the moon. Her flaming hair matches the base, an ocean blue dress wraps around her body. She bares her skin across the night, leaning against the moon. From the Greek Myths series, all sculpted by the incomparable Wei Ho. These usually feature detachable clothing and ultra-realistic details. ...More.

Item Code: SELST
17" tall, Full Color

See the website for the other Greek Myth statues and more work by designer Wei Ho. And for more Luis Royo Statues, and more Dawn of Justice statues.



ART OF VAMPIRELLA The Warren Years Covers Hurt
Highly Recommended. By Frank Frazetta, Sanjulian, Jose Gonzalez, Ken Kelly, Roy Thomas. In 1969 an iconic image of a mysterious female and the backdrop of an alien moon popped up on America's newsstands and forever became the fantasy of millions of young adult males! This handsome, oversized hardcover features every image to grace the cover of the Vampirella magazine from issue #1 through #112 and the 1972 Annual. Showcased in their purest form, every image is presented full-page, without logos and cover type--then also in a smaller image as it was published, with all logos and type. Dynamite, 2014. . Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: ARVWHR
Hard Cover, 9x12, 200pg, Full Color
$39.99 $25.00

See the website under “hurt” for remaining copies, all at half price or less.


New on Sale

Closeout Price! Signed by both artists! By Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent. Kitty Ravencraft, a beautiful and magical young witch, is the star of her own popular comic book. When her greedy, publicity-starved publisher wants to increase interest in her comic book, he does what many comic book publishers do nowadays... he sets out to kill his main character, Kitty! Even worse, he decides to REALLY spike sales by killing the REAL Kitty in REAL life! The question is though... how do you kill a witch? "DIE, KITTY! DIE!" is a funny, exciting, and often sexy story about a girl caught in both the supernatural world of witches and the super-crazy world of comics! Chapter House Comics, 2016...More.

Item Code: DIEKHS
Hard Cover, 8x11, 128pg, Full Color
$24.95 $14.95

1/7 scale. Recommended. We like these--they are affordable, fun, and very nicely done. Kotobukiya turns to DC Comics for its next Bishoujo statue: Raven, ready for action as she floats in the air, hands outstretched and cloak swirling around her. Based on a new character interpretation by master illustrator Shunya Yamashita. Raven first appeared in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980), and was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Peréz. Kotobukiya, 2016...More.

Item Code: DCRAV
9" tall, Full Color
$69.99 $49.99

LITTLE NEMO Return To Slumberland Deluxe Oversized Signed
Signed bookplate by Eric Shanower! Highly Recommended. By Eric Shanower. Art by Gabriel Rodriguez. The Eisner Award-winning tale is re-presented in a glorious deluxe, oversized package with 36 additional pages of bonus material and a bookplate signed by writer Eric Shanower. This striking, all-ages collection includes the original four-issue series, plus never-before-seen artwork, preliminary work, pencilled pages and more, plus a detailed look at the process employed by Shanower, Rodriguez, and their editors to reinvent a celebrated property! Beautifully drawn, in the best Nemo tradition. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: LNRHDS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x12, 156pg, Full Color
$39.99 $24.99

DINOMANIA The Lost Art of Winsor McCay
The Secret Origins of King Kong, and the Urge to Destroy New York. Highly Recommended. By Ulrich Merkl. Dedicated sleuthing has unearthed a never-published series of Sunday pages by Winsor McCay that was lost following the artist's untimely death. Titled simply Dino, it opens a surprising new window into McCay's work and here it's showcased from the original art, kicking off this overview of Dinosaurs and Kong. Fantagraphics, 2015...More.

Item Code: DINOMH
Hard Cover, 12x16, 304pg, Full Color
$95.00 $59.95


Coming in April

Recommended. By Mitch Maglio. Art by Matt Baker, Lou Fine et al. This looks to be a fascinating volume. I've personally collected Fiction House comics, and also their pulps like Planet Stories, Jungle Stories, and Wings, for decades. They are one of the most interesting comics companies of the Golden Age. Will Eisner and Jerry Iger were instrumental in their beginnings, creating characters and entire titles for them (Jumbo ComicsHawk of the Seas, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle). Planet Comics still is THE sci-fi comic book title of the 1940s. IDW, 2017. Due Apr. ...More.

Item Code: FICHOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 300pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

By Russ Manning, Steve Gerber, Don Christensen et al. Art by Alfredo Alcala. 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. IDW, 2017. Due Apr. ...More.

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

Recommended. Continuing IDW's yearlong celebration of the centennial of Jack "King" Kirby's birth! Jack Kirby's classic Fourth World Epic told the story of a group of New Gods sent to Earth to oppose Darkseid. Featuring Beautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Moonrider, and others, this was Kirby's take on super-powered flower children! Includes #1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, with nearly all pages scanned from the originals. Presented in IDW's award-winning Artist's Edition format--the next best thing to owning the original art! IDW, 2017. Due Apr. ...More.

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


Coming in June

Signed illustrated bookplate! Highly Recommended. By Bill Schelly. This is a deluxe, full-color, coffee table book biography; the first on one of America's comic book greats, on a par with Carl Barks. Filled with beautifully reproduced artwork from Little Lulu, and his creations Melvin Monster and Thirteen (Going on Eighteen); rare drawings, cartoons; and never-before-seen photographs. Stanley's life story told through interviews with family, friends, and colleagues: childhood in Harlem and the Bronx, his strict Irish Catholic mother, education at Parsons, animator at Max Fleischer Studios! Fantagraphics, 2017. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: JSGIVHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x13, 240pg, Full Color

Collects Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #19-33, 1974 and material from Bizarre Adventures #25. By Chris Claremont, Bill Mantlo, Marshall Rogers et al. Art by Rudy Nebres, George Pérez et al. Cover by Dekal. Completing this never-before-reprinted series, volume two shifts focus to Iron Fist, the Living Weapon, in stories written by Chris Claremont with lush artwork by Rudy Nebres. Danny Rand battles Firebird and Dhasha Khan in a saga filled with the mystery of K'un Lun! Meanwhile, from the ashes of the Sons of the Tiger, Bill Mantlo and George Pérez introduce Hector Ayala, the White Tiger! Also featuring Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu and Claremont and Marshall Rogers' beautiful take on the Daughters of the Dragon! Marvel, 2017. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: DHKF02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 1000pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #193-202, Annual #13, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1, c.1979. By Marv Wolfman & Bill Mantlo. Art by Keith Pollard, Sal Buscema, John Byrne et al. Spidey swings toward his historic 200th issue! Peter Parker has faced villain after villain during the course of his heroic career, but one moment will forever torment him despite all those victories: the death of his Uncle Ben. And now, our hero is struck low when Aunt May dies and the man who killed Uncle Ben returns! It's a saga that plumbs the emotional depths of Peter Parker's life like no other. Old villains and new faces emerge: The Kingpin returns, the Black Cat makes her first appearance, Mysterio weaves his illusions. Marvel, 2017. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: MAS19H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x8, 296pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00


Coming in July

WONDER WOMAN The Art Of War Statue By Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Limited & numbered, 5,200! Recommended. Designed by José Luis García-López. Sculpted by Jack Mathews. Master artist José Luis García-López brings his fierce vision of Wonder Woman to life in the latest Art of War statue. It's one of the most dynamic poses we've seen in the Wonder Woman statues. She's looking both voluptuous and in peak condition, ready to do battle with sword. DC, 2017. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: WOWARJG
6" tall, Full Color

DC DESIGNER SERIES The Joker By Brian Bolland Statue
Limited, 5,000! Special Order- takes 3-4 weeks! By Brian Bolland. Sculpted by David Giraud. Straight from the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke, acclaimed artist Brian Bolland's rendition of The Joker gets the Designer Series treatment! Bolland's version of the Clown Prince of Crime is one of the most iconic, recognizable renditions of the character--complete with purple suit. Bolland has always been one of the most highly detailed and original DC Comics artists, and it's nice to see his work captured here. DC, 2017. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: DCDJO
14" tall, Full Color


Mature Readers

One very big item this week. Druuna Volume 4 collects the final two novels, first done as graphic albums in 2000 and 2004. The most elegant and the most explicit adult fantasy epic ever, in my mind, by the Italian master of erotic, Serpieri. We currently have five copies of Volume 0, and just received shipments of Volumes 1-3, all of which were out of stock. Unfortunately, all our copies of Volume 3 are being shipped to backorders. Our supplier has been very poor keeping these Italian imports on hand.

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101 Great Illustrators from the Golden Age is back in stock, just in case it was out when you tried to order it a few weeks ago. This turns out to be a superlative book, and customers caught on and exhausted my first shipment. It is written by Jeff Menges, the editor at Dover's Calla division.

Jeff is responsible for all the wonderful facsimile editions that Calla is doing, by artists like Rackham, Dulac, Harry Rountree, Kay Nielsen and Charles Robinson. All of them are examined in 101 Illustrators, along with wonderful lesser known folks like Virginia Sterrett, Alice Woodward, Lawson Wood, louis read, Herbert Paus, John R. Neill, Stuart Dugald Walker, and one of my favorites, Hermann Vogel, who inspired themes in Disney's Snow White and Pinocchio! He was the German equivalent of Walt Kelley and Harrison Cady amazing anthropomorthic and storybook fair tale work....but long before both, circa 1880-1910!

He did a wonderful job on 101 Illustrators, including many lesser known illustrators and a look not just at examples of their artwork, but details about their careers. I learned a surprising amount, and this is my area of expertise already. In the Acknowledgements, Jeff kindly thanks both my old partner Jim Vadeboncoeur and myself for our help and inspiration, as he learned about the artists.

This is a perfect companion to Vadeboncoeur's Images Magazine, which concentrates on the art with very little about each artist. And also Illustrated Press's two available volumes of The Golden Age: Masterworks from the Golden Age of Illustration Volumes 2 and 3. These also feature many of the same artists, but no biographical information.



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Complete Little Nemo, Seven to Eternity, Batgirl--Celebration of 50 Years, Sketching from the Imagination, Black Bat, DC Bombshells statue, Wonder Woman 77

The Complete Little Nemo is a bargain-priced edition of the $200 Taschen book. Graphic novel Seven to Eternity features absolutely stunning art. Batgirl: Celebration of 50 Years is cool, looks like a fun read. Here’s a new Sketching from the Imagination edition, Black Bat, DC Bombshells statue, Wonder Woman 77...and the final (for now) blemished books list.

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BATGIRL A Celebration of 50 Years
Recommended. By Shelly, Infantino, Gil Kane, Frank Robbins, Irv Novick, Brian Stelfreeze, Greg Land, Babs Tarr et al. Fifty years ago, Batgirl made her Million Dollar Debut taking down the nefarious Killer Moth. And thanks to the "new look" Batman in 1967, with art by the superlative Carmine Infantino, she became a regular part of the bat family fighters. Many young women have worn the cowl—from unassuming librarian Barbara Gordon to deadly mute assassin Cassandra Cain to teen vigilante Stephanie Brown—all have made their mark on the DC Universe. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: BATGCH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 384pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

See the other “Celebration” collections—the others are all 75 Years—on our website. Several are now on sale.

Batman #4-7, Detective Comics #46-56, World's Best #1 and World's Finest #2-3, 1940-41. Recommended. By Bill Finger, art by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and George Roussos. American popular culture has produced few heroic figures as famous and enduring as that of The Batman. The dark, mysterious hero who debuted in 1939's Detective Comics #27 as the lone “Bat-Man” quickly grew into the legend of the Caped Crusader. After his landmark debut and origin story, the Dark Knight was given many seminal elements including his partner in crime-fighting, Robin, the Boy Wonder, and such adversaries as the Joker, the Penguin and Scarecrow. Here are those first amazing stories. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: BATG02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 413pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Volume 1 is still available. $24.99, your price $21.99 [BATG01].

WONDER WOMAN 77 Volume 2
Collects #3-4, 2016. By Marc Andreyko, Trina Robbins and Christos Gage et al. Art by Dario Brizuela and Cat Staggs. The Amazing Amazon will face Clayface on Paradise Island, elephant poachers in Africa, a mysterious cult in South America, and will even confront Gault's Brain on his home turf: the realm of the mind! From terrorists on the high seas to a little girl's last wish to a mix-up involving government spies and a super funky mixtape, there's no problem Wonder Woman can't solve. She's a champion for all the people of Earth—and of the Universe! DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWSP02
Soft Cover, 7x10, Full Color
$16.99 $14.99

Volume 1 collects issues #1 and 2, at the same price $14.99 price. The individual issues #2-4 are $7.99 each [WWS02, WWS03, WWS04). Issue #1 is sold out.

Recommended. By Carl Barks. 60 years of Disney Parks--who knew? Now IDW is celebrating with decades of Disney's classic Park-themed adventure comics! Carl Barks' Scrooge McDuck and Donald travel from the Mark Twain Riverboat to the top of the Matterhorn... then Mickey investigates the strange disappearance of the Country Bear Jamboree. And is that the real Pegleg Pete standing in for the Cast Member who plays him? "Oh, for gosh sakes!" IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: DCMK
Soft Cover, 6x9, 124pg, Full Color

This collects the two $6.99 volumes, #1 and 2, at a $2 savings. They are also still available individually. [DCM01, DCM02].

ALPHA FLIGHT Omnibus by John Byrne
With Chris Claremont et al. Art by John Byrne, Sal Buscema, Steve Ditko, Ron Wilson, Paul Neary, John Cassaday, Mike Mignola et al. Legendary writer/artist John Byrne steers one of his greatest creations to glory! From the pages of the X-Men, Canada's premier super-team Alpha Flight takes in guest appearances and finally jumps into three years, all here, of their own title. Guardian, Shaman, Snowbird, Sasquatch, Aurora, Northstar, Puck and Marrina fight to protect Canada from injustice and evil -- including the Master of the World, maniacal alchemist Diablo, and the terrifying Great Beasts! Marvel, 2017...More.

Item Code: ALFLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 1248pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00


Graphic Novels

Collects #1-4, 2016. Highly Recommended. By Rick Remender. Art by Jerome Opeña and Matt Hollingsworth. Gorgeous, gorgeous art. I haven't read this yet, but it gets my endorsement just for the detailed, dynamic, imaginative art--reminding me of Arthur Adams. Writer Rick Remender reteams with collaborators Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent) and Matt Hollingsworth (Tokyo Ghost, Wytches) to take you on a hard road through the strange fantasy world of Zhal. All men have surrendered their freedom for fear; now one last free man must choose. Image Comics, 2017...More.

Item Code: SEVE01
Soft Cover, 6x10, 128pg, Full Color

Collects #1-5, 2016. By Fred Van Lente. Art by Guiu Vilanova. The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn't a man at all. Detective Sebastian Green is one of them—it takes a monster to catch a monster. "An intelligently weird detective mystery that oozes with action and humor." Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: WEIDE
Soft Cover, 7X10, 152pg, Full Color
$17.99 $15.99

See our website for more Lovecraft-related books: The complete stories ($14.99 and $29.99 in slipcase), new pastiches, and several graphic novels.


Comic Strip Archives

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
$69.99 $59.99

WINSOR MCCAY The Complete Little Nemo 1905 - 1927
Highly Recommended. By Alexander Braun. This huge, sumptuous new edition collects, for the very first time, in glorious color and in the original Sunday Page size as they first appeared, all 550 pages. McCay's (1869-1934) influence is inestimable. His virtuoso play with surreal imagery, perspective and color influenced generations of artists and has over the years lost none of its appeal. Taschen, 2014...More.

Item Code: WIMCH
Hard Cover, 15x20, 600pg, Full Color
$200.00 $179.00

This new volume isn't stated to be Volume 1, so we're not quite sure if there will be a follow-up volume. I expect there will be. But meanwhile, you can get THE complete Nemo collection, including the great introduction/biography in this new book, in the massive previous volume, above.

Recommended. By Russ Manning, Stan Lynde, Harry Harrison et al. Complete in this issue: Tarzan by John Celardo, Sir Bagby, The Phantom by Falk and Sy Barry from 1969, and Krazy Kat from 1935. Plus the regular features, including color Sunday pages, such as Tarzan by Russ ManningRick O'Shay by Stan LyndeFlash Gordon by Harry HarrisonGasoline Alley by Dick MooresAlley Oop by V.T. HamlinSteve Canyon by Milton Caniff, and Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts, Modesty Blaise, etc. Manuscript Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: CR0217
Soft Cover, 8x10, 128pg, Partial Color

See our website for more than a year of back issues.

Pulp Reprints

The Red Menace, The Black Bat's Justice. Recommended. By Norman A. Daniels writing as G. Wayman Jones, Art by Belarski and Kin Platt. First, when murder pays off in millions,"The Black Bat's Justice" snarls a corrupt killer's ingenious web of doom! Then, Tony Quinn follows the trail of Soviet saboteurs who seek to undermine America's defense effort in "The Black Bat and the Red Menace." Both stories from 1941. Golden Age Comics Bonus: The Mask returns in two illustrated adventures by Kin Platt from Exciting Comics #7 and 8. Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: BLB07
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Text/b&w

All back volumes #1-6 are in stock at the same price.



Recommended. Edited by Marisa Lewis. Sketches and drawings are the foundations of great art, where thoughts and concepts first come to life as an image. In Sketching from the Imagination: Charactersfifty talented artists share their sketches, inspirations, and approaches to creating characters. This book is a visually stunning collection packed with useful tips and creative insights—an invaluable resource that will inspire artists of all abilities. And a visual feast of creative talent unleashed, fresh and fun artwork for artist or art fan. 3dtotal, 2017...More.

Item Code: SCIFC
Soft Cover, 8x9, 320pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99

Art by Fred Augis, Daniel Chavez, Nick Sumida et al. The humble sketch is the foundation of great art, where thoughts and concepts first come to life as an image—but rarely are sketches celebrated like they deserve to be for their power to explore, inspire, and entertain. Here fifty talented traditional and digital artists, ranging from industry legends to talented up-and-comers, share their sketches and reveal the ideas, inspirations, and techniques behind their creative processes. From doodles of robots and aliens to concept designs for spaceships, speculative life-forms, and invented worlds. 3DTotal, 2015...More.

Item Code: SCISF
Soft Cover, 8x9, 320pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99



Limited, 5000. Recommended. Designed by Ant Lucia. Sculpted by Jack Mathews. Katana, one of the Suicide Squad's most fascinating heroes, is re-imagined in this fantastically detailed new Bombshells statue. Attired in a stylized, fanciful costume, sporting a lovely dragon tattoo on her calf, sword in hand, foot on the head of an Asian warror mask--or a vanquished foe? 1:8 scale statue stands ready to take on any foe who dares to cross her path. Very nicely detailed, and handsome bright coloring. We love her fascinating face. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: DCBK
11" tall, Full Color


Highly Recommended. By Ant Lucia. Reimagined as World War II-era pinup girls, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Supergirl, Poison Ivy and their mates are among the most extraordinary and fun characters in comics today. These gorgeous statues alone have become modern-day classics, inspiring a new comics series and posters, playing cards and special projects. Go behind the scenes on the creation of all this, with lots of previously unpublished drawings, sketches and more. Includes commentary by the creative team. Very well done. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: ARDCBH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 200pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

See our website for more Bombshells: statues, playing cards, magnet set, and graphic novels. We also have just one each of the “Tapestry/Beach Towels” featuring the Bombshells Wonder Woman [DCBWT] and the Bombshells Batgirl [DCBBT]. $39.99 each.


Blemished Copies

Closeout Price! 1953-56. Recommended. By Alvin Schwartz. Art by Wayne Boring. Introduction by Mark Waid. More than 170 never-before-reprinted Superman Sundays from the 1950s. Superman encounters two escaped criminals from Krypton; challenges Lois to discover his secret identity while time-traveling through history; battles the mysterious Prankster; meets Hercules; mixes it up with the invisible Phantom Thief; encounters a flying horse named Comet; and is super-confused when he suffers from super-amnesia! IDW, 2016. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: SUAS02HR
Hard Cover, 10x12, 180pg, Full Color
$49.99 $24.99

STEVE CANYON Volume 3 1951-52 Hurt
Closeout Price! Death by Land and by Sea. By Milton Caniff. In this first major collection of these episodes, Steven meets the lovely Duchess of Denver and sadistic Fungo; is assigned to Eel Island and meets the crusty Colonel Index and his not-so-blushing bride; is sent to protect a government secret at Maumee University, only to reconnect with Summer Olson and her mysterious friend, Kate Subjekt; and eventually gets caught in the deep woods with Miss Mizzou before coming face to face yet again with Summer and the Copperhead herself--Copper Calhoon. IDW, 2013. Note: These copies have bumps to corners...More.

Item Code: SC03HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 338pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.99

STEVE CANYON Volume 6 1957-58 Hurt
Closeout Price! 1957-58. By Milton Caniff. Things take a decidedly domestic turn in our sixth volume. Can Summer and Steve rekindle their love amidst the action? Can Poteet find happiness on the polo field? Since this is Steve Canyon, not all the action takes place at home, and old friends unexpectedly pop up in new places. IDW, 2015. Note: These copies have bumped corners and slightly torn dust jackets....More.

Item Code: SC06HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 336pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.99

TARZAN The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Volume 3 Hurt
Closeout Price! 1971-74. Highly Recommended. Written by Gaylord DuBois. Art by Russ Manning. The third volume of a four-book series collecting the entire run of the Tarzan newspaper strip by Russ Manning. This includes the final two complete daily storylines, plus four extended Sunday adventures. In the dailies from August 2, 1971 through July 29, 1972, Tarzan returns to the Earth's core, while Korak plays guide on the dangerous white water river. In the Sundays from January 24, 1971 through March 17, 1974, Tarzan travels to Pal-ul-don and Korak enters the City of Xuja. IDW, 2014. Note: These copies have bumped corners and torn dust jackets....More.

Item Code: TZ03HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 288pg, Full Color
$49.99 $24.99

Closeout Price! Signed & inscribed bookplate! 1959-60. Recommended. By Jacky Mendelsohn. Foreword by Mort Walker. The complete run of the hysterically funny and whimsical strip by Jack Mendelsohn, of life from a nine-year-old's point of view--and art to match. Jack moved on and was soon writing for Carol Burnett, Bill Cosby, Mad magazine, and the Beatles movie Yellow Submarine! Includes a fascinating behind-the-scenes intro by Jack, a heartfelt foreword by Beetle Bailey's Mort Walker and by Mama's Mel Lazarus. Each bookplate is not only signed but personally inscribed. IDW, 2013. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: JACDHSR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x9, 192pg, Full Color
$39.99 $19.99

WALT AND SKEEZIX Volume 6 1931-1932 Hurt
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Frank King. The Gasoline Alley gang enters a new decade with this volume: Skeezix moves from childhood to early adolescence and the high spirits of the 1920s give way to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Walt and Phyllis Wallet travel to England, an extended tour that echoes the real-life journey taken by the cartoonist Frank King and his family in the late 1920s. While his parents are away, Skeezix tries to solve the mystery of an arsonist. Drawn & Quarterly, 2015. Note: These copies have bumped corners and slightly torn dust jackets....More.

Item Code: WA06HR
Hard Cover, 10x7, 400pg, b&w
$44.95 $19.95

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. At last, a new Frazetta calendar, once the fantasy art highlight of every year. And this is a nice one, with both classics like "Egyptian Queen," "Silver Warrior," and "Death Dealer," but also superb lesser-seen works like the cover to Conan the Warrior, the topless "Princess and the Panther," "Flesh Eaters," "The Defender" (actually, the Death Dealer) and "Beauty and the Beast." Sellers, 2015. Note: Some of these have much more severely bumped corners, so first come first served for best of these hurt calendars....More.

Item Code: FRAZ16R
12x12, 24pg, Full Color
$14.99 $4.99

The completes the selection of blemished copies we've been listing for the past several weeks. See all still available on our website by searching the word “hurt.”


Back in Stock

BLACK & WHITE IMAGES First Annual Collection
Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. Classic pen & ink illustrations from 1890-1922, finely reproduced on heavy matte stock. Special features on T.S. Sullivant (over 70 illustrations), Orson Lowell and Will Crawford. Other artists include: J.C. CollFranklin Booth, Harrison Cady, Arthur Rackham, Harry Rountree, Kay Nielsen, Eric Pape, Herbert Railton, Rose O'Neill, and many others. Vadeboncoeur, 2002...More.

Item Code: IMAA01
Soft Cover, 9x12, 90pg, b&w

Jim let us have just ten copies of this a few weeks ago, and they sold out almost immediately. However, I just made a last trip to Jim's to pick up ALL the balance of the Images back issues. We found one last box of 25 copies. So, here's one final chance to complete your set if you missed this the first time out. Volumes 2-5 are all in stock at the new sale price of $9.95 each.

Images #1-13: See our website, or the latest catalog on page 30, for all the back issues. #6-13, published at $20 to $30 (for #13) are now $9.95 each. Too late to list in that catalog, Jim gave us a small number of Images #1-5, priced at the original cover price of $20 each. We only have 10-15 copies of each of these left as I write this.


Mature Readers

The Ultimate Pleasure Box is a massive pack of TWELVE DVDs from Surrender Cinema, with a bargain-priced twelve complete x-rated films for $44.95.

Battle of the Sexes is a big classy coffee table art book , featuring the work of favorite Franz Von Stuck and other artists, from the 19th and 20th Centuries. But due to its content, of nude and explicit images exploring the world of sex and violence in art, we've listed it here as a Mature item. It's from Prestel, a prestigious publisher.

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News and Notes

Advance Orders and Back Orders
As I mentioned recently, we would like to confirm that we have each and every record of these items ordered by you. So far we've been pleased that eveyone who's called did have the items in our system. But with our server crash, we did find that a small amount of data was lost. We don't want one of those lost backorders or advance orders to be yours.

So please, if you would, take a few moments and send us an email confirming what you understand you have on order with us. This only applies to items ordered BEFORE DECEMBER 22, and it only applies to items that were out of stock or unpublished at the time of the order.

Thanks again for your patience.

Bookfair Report

I am pleased to say that the recent two big bookfairs we did in California, Pasadena and Oakland, went well for us. That's not always the case, as it was in an underwhelming trip to Denver last spring. But these were good ones, we met many customers and many folks walked away with cool books. Most popular among the new books we took: Goblin Market by Omar Rayyan (we sold out of the copies with the original drawing) and Kinuko Craft's picture book Beauty and the Beast, which was featured on the cover of our Holiday 2016 catalog.

Also popular were back issues of Images Magazine (see above) and Everett Raymond Kinstler: The Artist's Journey Through Popular Culture [EVED. signed/limited to 750, $95, now $30].

Amongst our out-of-print antiquarian books, we were pleased to see sales of the more traditional illustrated books. Arthur Rackham, E.J. Detmold, Willy Pogany, Art Young, Alice in Wonderland items were popular. Anne also sold a lot of her children's picture books, particularly in Oakland at the ABAA show. There was a time when illustrated and children's book dealers were all over the fair, so we once had a lot of competition. But as dealers have aged and retired, or stopped doing book fairs, we find we're one of the few sources for moderately priced books in this area.

Reminder: We will be at the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Show March 19 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Los Angles. Speaking of paperback art, we just found out about two related books from is on British paperback artist Heade, it's a killer book. He's my favorite of all the British pin-up pb artists. And there's also a book on Peter Driben from the same publisher. Watch for listings in a few weeks.

And we'll be at the Sacramento Book Fair, the twice-annual event, on March 25th.



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