Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jack Kirby’s Pencils & Inks, David Peterson's, Wind in the Willows, Realist Cartoons, Shadow & Doc pulp reprints

Kirby’s Pencils and Inks looks at pencils side by side with inked pages. Mouseguard’s David Peterson illustrates Wind in the Willows. Realist Cartoons offers wild work from avante-garde magazine. Also Shadow & Doc pulp reprints, and more Blemished books.

Urgent! Please read News and Notes below regarding confirmation of your Coming Items or back orders.

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Art Books

AMERICA'S BEST COMICS Artist's Edition J.H. Williams III Variant
Highly Recommended. Art by Arthur Adams, J.H Williams III, Kevin Nowlan, Chris Sprouse, Gene Ha, Hilary Barta et al. Alan Moore was the braintrust behind America's Best Comics: Tom Strong, Top10, Promethea, and the anthology Tomorrow Stories. The ABC line paired Moore with the finest artists in comics. This volume presents a beautiful overview of the ABC line, including complete stories from Promethea #10 by Williams (Eisner Award-winner for best issue of the year) and Top 10 #7 by Gene Ha, and five Jonni Future stories by the terrific Arthur Adams--my favorite work here. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: AMBAEHJ
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 216pg, b&w

Side-by-side images. Recommended. By Jack Kirby. Inks by Mike Royer. Kirby's art in a new and unprecedented way, side-by-side examples of his work, on the left the original pencils, on the right after inking! Three Key first issues are showcased: The Demon #1, Kamandi #1 and Omac #1, along with a number of additional works. This is a perfect way to see Kirby art in its rawest form, reproduced from the original pencils as each page was completed, then next to it, the finished inks. "We would almost call this a textbook of comic art except it's too much fun!" IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: JKPIAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x12, 160pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

SHANNON STIRNWEIS 80 Years Behind the Brush
Recommended. Born in 1931, Shannon Stirnweis has had a long and varied career as an illustrator and fine artist. This is a retrospective of Shannon's work, and presents pieces from each stage of his extensive career, annotated with revealing commentary from the artist. Following two years as a sketchman at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he started working for men's adventure magazines, then worked extensively doing paperback covers. At the same time he worked for advertising clients in a variety of areas such as medical, stamps, movies, and industrial illustrations. Illustrated Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: SHANSH
Hard Cover, 164pg

Highly Recommended. By Maroussia Oakley. The first detailed account of the work of this very important Pre-Raphaelite artist between 1855 and 1913. His two often-reprinted classics are George Macdonald's classic At the Back of the North Wind and The Princess and the Goblin. His wonderful artwork for Christina Rossetti's Sing-Song and Speaking Likenesses were notable for their witty accompaniment to her poetry and prose, matching the curiosity of texts created to amuse (or terrify) Victorian and Edwardian children. Oak Knoll Press, 2016...More.

Item Code: BOOPIH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 326pg, Partial Color
$75.00 $65.00

Signed bookplate! Highly Recommended. Experience the timeless story of Toad, Rat, Mole, and Badger in a beautiful new unabridged, hardcover designed and illustrated by New York Times Bestselling author and Eisner Award-winning creator David Petersen (Mouse Guard). Painstakingly illustrated over 3 years, this exquisite and lavish edition features both color and pen and ink illustrations throughout. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: WINWHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 256pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

ART OF MOUSE GUARD 2005-2015 Signed
Signed illustrated bookplate! Highly Recommended. By David Peterson. Since its debut in 2005, Mouse Guard has become a New York Times bestseller, Eisner-Award winner, and an influential staple of comics. In honor of the ten-year anniversary of the series' debut issue, a stunning celebration of the world, characters, and artistic process of David Petersen's beloved series, with his personal commentary throughout. Exclusive: each copy comes with a full color, specially illustrated bookplate David created and signed for us. Archia, 2015...More.

Item Code: ARMGHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x12, 224pg, Full Color


Comic Book & Comic Strip Archives

WEIRD LOVE Volume 4 Jailbird Romance!
Lurid! Outrageous! Deranged! Highly Recommended. Art by Jim Mooney, Pete Morisi, Vince Colletta, Odgen Whitney, the Iger Shop et al. With an introduction by Heidi MacDonald of The Beat! Your mind will be blown when you read: "Jailbird Romance!," "Never Love A Man With A Harem!," "Hobo Girl," "Innocence Was My Angle," "Backroads Romance," and "I Tortured My In-Laws," plus many more! IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: WEIL04H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 160pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

The first three volumes of Weird Love are all available at the same discounted price [WEIL01, 02, 03]. $29.99, your price $26.99.

Edited by Paul Krassner et al. Contributions by Art Spiegelman, R. Crumb, Trina Robbins, Jay Lynch et al. The legendary satirical periodical that ran from 1958 to 2001 and published some of the most incendiary cartoons that ever appeared in an American magazine, including Wally Wood's famous double-page Walt Disney characters parody--with all the gang doing the nasty. For the first time, the best, the wittiest, and the most provocative cartoons, all in black and white. Includes S. Clay Wilson, Mort Gerberg, Jay Kinney, Richard Guindon, Nicole Hollander, Skip Williamson et al. Time magazine called the The Realist the Charlie Hebdo of the 1960s. Fantagraphics, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: RECAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x13, 256pg, b&w
$44.99 $39.99

BATMAN The Brave & The Bold Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1
Collects #87-122, 1967-73 Recommended. By Bob Haney, Dennis O'Neil, Marv Wolfman. Art by Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Nick Carty, Ross Andru, Sekowsky et al. Throughout the 1970s, Batman fought evil monthly, side by side with DC Comics' greatest -- and, occasionally, strangest -- super-heroes, in the pages of The Brave and the Bold. Guest-starring Spectre, Creeper, Wonder Woman, Phantom Stranger, Adam Strange, Black Canary, Teen Titans, Flash, Metamorpho, Metal Men, Green Arrow, Atom, Aquaman and many others, this title features lots of cool Neal Adams art (13 covers and 9 stories!), plus the gritty style of popular Jim Aparo. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: BATBBO
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x8, 200pg, Full Color
$99.99 $89.99

SUPERMAN/BATMAN Saga of the Super Sons
From World's Finest circa 1972-76, 1980 and 1999. By Bob Haney and Denny O'Neil, Art by Dick Dillin, Curt Swan and Rich Buckler. A hoax? A dream? An imaginary story? No! Superman, Jr. and Batman, Jr. grew up in the shadows of their fathers, two of the greatest heroes that ever lived! With burgeoning abilities as well as super-powered pedigrees, how do they learn to be the same fighters of justice? When the daughter of Lex Luthor strikes, they'll grow up in a hurry. Stories from World's Finest #215-216, #221-222, #224, #228, #230, #231, #233, #238, #242, #263 and Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1! DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: SUBSS
Soft Cover, 7x10, 256pg, Full Color
$16.99 $14.99


Pulp Reprints

Death by Proxy and Loot of Death. Highly Recommended. By Walter B. Gibson. Art by Tom Lovell and Edd Cartier. Alone and unaided, The Shadow wages a solo war on crime in two thrilling pulp novels by Walter B. Gibson writing as "Maxwell Grant." First, the Knight of Darkness investigates a murder ring whose victims die twice, first in real life followed by a "Death by Proxy." Then, the police assume a million-dollar crime to be a simple bank robbery, but The Shadow knows there is a hidden secret behind the "Loot of Death."  Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: SHT114
Soft Cover, 7X10, 128pg, Text/b&w

DOC SAVAGE #46 (James Bama Cover)
The Mystic Mullah and Terror Takes 7. Highly Recommended. By Lester Dent. The series is complete, but here's a new James Bama variant cover to add to your collection. First, weird green soul slaves attack Manhattan, propelling Doc and his aides to faraway Asia to confront "The Mystic Mullah," also reprinted as one of the earliest Bantam paperbacks with this exact Bama cover. Then, after a mystery box arrives at Doc Savage's headquarters, its enigmatic contents ignite a murderous chain of events in "Terror Takes 7." Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: DC46B
Soft Cover, 7X10, 128pg, Text/b&w

See our pulp reprint sections for available back issues, as well as The Black Bat, The Spider, The Avenger, Cap Fury, Dr. Yen Sin, Wu Fang et al.


Blemished Copies

Closeout Price! By David Roach. Foreword by Joe Jusko. For nearly two decades, Jose "Pepe" Gonzalez was hailed as the premier Vampirella artist, drawing the fiery vixen for Warren Publishing in the Seventies and Eighties. But there's more to his career: renowned for bringing to life the most beautiful women the art world has ever seen, Gonzalez's career spans from drawing British romance comics to movie stars, book covers to commercial advertising, and, of course, personal commissions! Dynamite, 2015. Mature Readers. Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: ARTJGHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 248pg, Full Color
$39.99 $19.99

BERKELEYWORKS The Art of Berkeley Breathed Hurt
Closeout Price! By Berkeley Breathed. A striking and often unseen glimpse at the career of an enigma: a creative contradiction, he is a sentimental children's book author with a cynic's view of the world. His work here shows it all--guerrilla-prankster and romantic storyteller, scribbler and painter, thinker. This looks not at his Bloom County and Opus strips, but at his children's book paintings, fine-art work, and characters like Opus in an entirely different universe of full color, fantastical slapstick. IDW, 2013. . Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: BBBWHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x10, 304pg, Full Color
$59.99 $29.99

Closeout Price! By Alex Toth. Toth's magnum opus, collected in its entirety for the first time ever! This deluxe hardcover edition contains all three stories starring Jesse Bravo, knock-about pilot and reluctant swashbuckler, including the original graphic novel that's been out of print for 30 years. Also, never-before-seen pencil roughs, preliminary drawings, and story fragments, as well as Toth's own coloring samples for an edition that never saw print. IDW, 2015. . Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: BRFAHR
Hard Cover, 10x13, 100pg, Partial Color
$34.99 $17.50

ORIGINS OF COMICS From William Hogarth To Winsor McCay Hurt
Closeout Price! By Thierry Smolderen. A highly respected comics authority presents a new take on the very earliest history of comics. Smolderen looks to understand the processes that led to the twentieth-century comic strip. Close readings of the picture stories, caricatures, and humorous illustrations of William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer, Cruikshank, Palmer Cox, Gustave Doré, A.B. Frost, Thomas Rolandson, and their many contemporaries. Examples of early comics work, in full color, include Sunday pages by Opper, Outcault, Dirks, Frank King, Swinnerton, McCay and others. UPM, 2014. Out of Print.. Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: ORCHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 168pg, Text/Partial Color
$50.00 $14.95

Unblemished, as new copies of this are already discounted at 50% off: ORCH. $50, your price $24.95.

WALLY WOOD THUNDER AGENTS Artist's Edition Portfolio Hurt
Closeout Price! By Wally Wood, with Reed Crandall and Steve Ditko. Wood co-created the Thunder Agents, including Dynamo! A selection of 13 plates, gorgeous Wood art, all scanned from the originals and printed at full size. Enclosed in a handsome hardbound slipcase. Includes the first TH page ever, several pages pencilled by Crandall (with dinosaurs and cavemen), and by Ditko. And the all-time classic cover to Dynamo #3. IDW, 2015. . Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: WWTAEHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 15x22, 12pg, b&w
$49.99 $29.95

Closeout Price! Fairy Tale Parade, 1942-46. Foreword by Dean Yeagle. Introduction by Craig Yoe. Walt Kelly, Disney animator on Dumbo, Fantasia, Snow White, and Pinocchio and the creator of the Pogo comic strip, from 1942 to 1946, in 13 issues, created beautiful action-packed fairy tale comic book stories--and covers and back covers and contents pages--from his own incredible imagination and ones based on The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen classics. IDW, 2015. . Note: Bumped and torn corners....More.

Item Code: WKFAHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 304pg, Full Color
$39.99 $19.99

Dell Comics Stories, 1942-49. Highly Recommended. Compiled by David W. Tosh. Introduction by John E. Petty. Expanding on the earlier volume Walt Kelly's Fairy Tales, this goes beyond the one Dell title Fairy Tale Parade to include a wide swath of Kelly's wonderful pre-Pogo kid's comic stories. Here are carefully selected and rarely seen works that originally appeared in issues of Dell Comics'  Animal Comics, Four Color specials like Christmas With and Easter With Mother Goose, Our Gang with Tom and Jerry, Raggedy Ann and Andy, March of Comics #3 and Santa Claus Funnies. Dark Horse, 2016...More.

Item Code: WKFFH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 280, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

See our website and search the word “hurt” for more blemished books.

We listed several of these last week, and will have another dozen newspaper strip collections coming up in the next two weeks: volumes of Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Rip Kirby, Steve Canyon, Walt & Skeezix, and Russ Manning's Tarzan. We rarely have more than six to ten copies of these. Act quickly before they are gone.



Limited, 3,000! Recommended. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore. On the TV classic Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn played dress-up almost as often as she wore her now-iconic jumpsuit. And this all-new 12-inch resin statue depicts one of her most memorable clothing swaps -- a nurse's disguise! Nurse Harley blows a kiss to her next patient while wearing a short white mini-dress and standing on a logo disk base. This statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. Diamond Select Toys, 2016...More.

Item Code: BANHQ
12" tall, Full Color

See the website for several other Harley Quinn statues, as well as all her archives and graphic novels.


New Closeouts

GREEN ARROW A Celebration of 75 Years
Closeout Price! Recommended. Sometimes laws must be broken in order to seek true justice. Oliver Queen understands this. As Green Arrow, he is able to protect people and get the justice they truly deserve, even if it means bending the rules now and then. Begins with his first appearance in More Fun #73, 1941, then Leading #1, 1941, Adventure #256, 1959 (by Jack Kirby), JLA #4, 1961, Brave & The Bold #85, 1969, Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85-86, 1971 & #90 (the turning point issues with Neal Adams), and on through 2013. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: GA75H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 500pg, Full Color
$39.99 $19.99

Also just reduced:

Flash A Celebration of 75 years [FL75H. $39.99, your price $24.99] Just four copies available at this price.

Green Lantern A Celebration of 75 Years [GL75H. $39.99, your price $24.99]. Just three available.

Closeout Price! Collects Batman Odyssey 1 #1-6 & 2 #1-7, 2010-11. Highly Recommended. Fans have long awaited Neal Adams' return to the Dark Knight. And it was worth the wait. 13 complete issues of pure Adams, beautifully done. When a series of seemingly unconnected events brings Batman close to killing a man for the first time, Bruce Wayne embarks on a journey of self-discovery... revealing secrets about Batman's enemies and allies alike. Join him alone in The Underworld, a world below our own, battling Ra's Al Ghul, prehistoric creatures and demons. With Deadman, too! DC, 2012. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: BATODH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 368pg, Full Color
$29.99 $14.99

Closeout Price! Recommended. By Mike Mignola. Art by Ben Stenbeck, Dave Stewart and Clem Robins. After a fight with Hellboy, Frankenstein's monster escapes the terrible Mexican laboratory where he was imprisoned and discovers strange creatures beneath the desert, where he'll learn some of the greatest secrets of the mystical world in the strangest Hellboy spinoff yet! Dark Horse, 2015...More.

Item Code: FRUN
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$19.99 $10.99

Closeout Price! By Pat Jones & Ben Nunery. Design meets music in a one-of-a-kind tour! The two men behind Powerhouse Factories take you beyond album covers to reveal the art & design that drives today's biggest shows and festivals. Show Posters offers a visual timeline of the big players in the music industry, from The Black Keys and Passion Pit to Phantogram and Real Estate, as well as the posters that launched their shows--and the designers' careers. Contributors include Tara McPherson, our favorite Stainboy, Justin Hampton, Jermaine Rogers, et al. Print, 2016...More.

Item Code: SHPOH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 207pg, Full Color
$35.00 $19.95

Almost Gone! Recommended. By Rodolphe and Annie Goetzinger. An unusual French graphic novel newly translated to English. Versailles, 1934. Maud, a newly widowed painter, discovers, in the royal gardens of the Trianon that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette, executed with King Louis in the 18th century, Her ghost in not at rest, with a terrible secret that has kept her in limbo for two centuries. NBM, 2016...More.

Item Code: MAANH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 68pg, Full Color
$18.99 $16.99


Warehouse Find

Warehouse find, 1991. By Michael E. Leek. This illustrated book brings together a gallery of British, European and American maritime paintings from the 16th century to the 1990s. The text explores the relationship between aesthetics and realism in the depiction of all kinds of vessels, whether designed for transport, pleasure or war. Wellfleet, 1991. . Note: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: ARNIL
Hard Cover, 10x13, 192pg, Partial Color

Search the website under warehouse finds for more unusual and out-of-print items from the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000's. Most are discounted, all are in very short supply.


Mature Readers

This week we have one lone warehouse find, an issue of Magnificent Models #3, a British publication from 1995 that itself features pictures of nude ladies from 1960s British magazines. We’ve offered a couple of these issues before but the others are sold out.

Looking for more magnificent models? See our website...

Nude Photography  |  Erotic Art   |  Erotic Films: DVDs  |  Adult Graphic Novels  |  All Pin-Up & Adult


News & Notes

Jack Kirby Pencils and Inks and The Realist.

All these first came in several weeks ago. We were able to fill the advance orders. But improper packing from our supplier—a very common problem we deal with all the time—resulted in many copies arriving damaged. So we had to wait until now for reorders, to get enough unblemished copies to offer to you.

We know some of you don’t care so much about a minor corner bump and some other small blemish. But for all we know you do care very much, so we always police all our books and weed out any that have been damaged, even in relatively minor ways, in shipping. Usually this is the fault of the publisher or distributor who is sloppy in their packing.

The “Hurt” or Blemished books above are just those books. We take these to shows and sell most titles very easily at half price, since many folks barely notice the minor problems. But since we’re between shows right now, we thought we’d make these available to you.

Computer Issues Update #2: Important, Please Read This:

When our system went down on December 22, there were a number of back orders for temporarily out of stock items as well as orders for coming items that didn't necessarily get re-captured when we were able to bring up the new system. If you placed an order before December 22 that you think is overdue, please email us.

This might include orders for coming items that we have now received, such as:

The Art of Fortunino Mantania

Drawing From History: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania

Cave Paintings: The Art of Budd Root

Walking Through the Landscape of Fairy: The Art of Charles Vess

It might also include coming items that we are still awaiting, such as:

Steranko Nick Fury and Captain America Artist’s Edition

The Art of Jon Whitcomb

Prince Valiant Studio

Sweet 18, Hot 19

This only applies to orders placed BEFORE December 22. We were able to bring back MOST of these orders, but we are concerned that we don’t have every one of them. So we want to make absolutely certain that we have your order in our system, so you have your book reserved and we ship it to you when it arrives.

This takes us quite a bit of time to research, so it would help us greatly if you respond to this by email rather than by phone. I realize it’s asking for something you’ve already done, but we want to be absolutely certain we have Coming Item(s) reserved for you.

Thank you very, very much for your help on this.

Upcoming Book Shows

Anne and I will be exhibiting at the following shows:

Feb 4-5, 2017--Pasadena Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair, Pasadena, California

Feb 10, 11, 12--50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California

March 19--Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collector’s Show, Glendale, California

March 25--Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair, Sacramento, California


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