Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bud's New Items Blog: The Art of Dean Cornwell, Eisner’s Centennial Celebration, The Art of the Simon & Kirby Studio,EC Archives: Valor--Wally Wood, Barbarella

The Art of Dean Cornwell is coming out in a new printing, due here very soon. Eisner’s Centennial Celebration is the first-ever career-spanning look at his original art. Ditto for the newly on-sale The Art of the Simon & Kirby Studio, also entirely scanned from the original art. EC Archives: Valor may just be the hottest Archive in some time, with abundant work by Wood, Williamson and Crandall. The classic Barbarella is now out in a low-priced hardcover which includes her second graphic novel.

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Highly Recommended. This catalogue includes 175 selected illustrations, reproduced from the original artwork, for the landmark 2017 Will Eisner Centennial Celebration exhibition, at Le Musée de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême and the Society of Illustrators in New York. It begins with Espionage starring Black X,  Spirit splash pages beginning in 1940, WWII military posters, prime late-1940s Spirits, Connie Rodd from PS Magazine, then it jumps to the 1960s Spirit revival, coloring book (1974), Warren's Spirit Magazine (all with new covers by Will), rare Tempo paperback art, etc. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: WECCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x14, 176pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

There will also be a deluxe edition of this that we expect shortly, signed by the authors and limited to just 100 copies. [WECCD. $99.99]
WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT Artist's Edition Volume 2
Our Highest Recommendation. By Will Eisner. Volume two contains stories from the same glorious post-war period of 1946-1950, with Feiffer, Grandenetti and others on hand, along with some of the very best from Eisner's earlier solo run. It just doesn't get any better than this! IDW, 2015...More.

Item Code: WETS02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 15x22, 144pg, Full Color

We try hard to keep all available Eisner collections in stock. See our website for the latest Spirit collections and much more, including the on-sale PS Magazine—and recommended--collection [PSMH. $21.95, your price $9.95].

Collects #1-5, 1955. Tales of Mortal Combat and Deeds of Valor! Highly Recommended. Art by Krigstein, Ingels, Wood, Williamson, Orlando, Crandall, Evans. Daring combat and deeds of honor set in many different periods in world history! Probably EC's very best "New Direction" title, here the complete run of Valor. Written by Otto Binder and Carl Wessler, tales of knights of the Round Table, the Crusades, Roman gladiators, war and combat. Beautifully drawn by the veteran EC artists as a title released to try and survive the effects of the comics code. It lasted five glorious issues. Foreword by acclaimed comics writer, P. Craig Russell! Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: ECVAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

After filling advance orders--which were more than normal for an EC Archives--we just have two of these on hand as I write this. But another box is coming in momentarily, so I'm going ahead and including this here. See our website for the other new EC Archives available.

English Adaptation. New lower price. By Jean-Claude Forest and Kelly Sue DeConnick. In Book 1 (1964), Barbarella's spaceship breaks down, she finds herself trapped on the planet Lythion and experiences bawdy encounters with a variety of strange beings, from robots to angels. This became the famous film starring Jane Fonda. In Book 2, "Wrath of the Minute-Eater" (1974), Barbarella's traveling Circus Delirium enters another dimension, led by the mysterious and alluring aquaman, Narval, whose machinations catapult Barbarella & Co. into a complex battle for the planet Spectra. Nudity. Humanoids, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: BARB
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 152pg, b&w
$24.95 $21.95

BARBARELLA Larger Format
Closeout Price! Super oversized. Limited and numbered, 1200. Recommended. By Jean-Claude Forest and Kelly Sue DeConnick. Jean-Claude Forest's timeless erotic sci-fi classic--first published in France in 1966 --from which the cult-favorite movie of the same name stems. Now available as a huge, oversized deluxe limited and numbered edition. Featuring a brand new, contemporary English-language adaptation by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. Printed throughout just like the original, in two color. Humanoids, 2014. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: BARBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x16, 72pg, b&w
$79.95 $39.95

This is the larger-sized edition of the new Barbarella edition, above.
Beautiful facsimile of the 1875 edition. By Eleanor Vere Boyle (EVB). Featuring 10 full-color plates, numerous black-and-white drawings, a redesigned layout, a lovely new font, and fresh border details. Plus a striking gilt, white & red embossed pictorial cover on black cloth. This re-presents a rare and treasured 1875 edition by the very collectible "EVB," one of the very few women artists of her day. Her books are rare and highly prized. Drawn in a formal  early Victorian style, not unlike the work of Walter Crane. This recaptures the fairy tale's magic not only through the artwork, but with a retelling that is also by EVB. Calla, 2017...More.

Item Code: BEBEAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 58pg, Text/Partial Color
$25.00 $21.95

All the latest facsimile new editions from Calla are on our website.

The Keeper's Gold, Forgotten Gold, & The Silver Venus. Recommended. By Walter Gibson. Art by Edd Cartier and Earl Mayan. The Shadow battles gilded crime in two action-packed pulp novels. First he  hunts the criminal mastermind who stole "The Keeper's Gold" and framed The Shadow for the deed! Then, "Forgotten Gold" from a lost Georgia mine mixes with red blood in a tale of vicious greed and murder! Plus great inside artwork by Edd Cartier. Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: SHT115
Soft Cover, 7X10, 128pg, Text/b&w

See our website for more of The Shadow: back issues of this pulp reprint series, and for Graphic Novels and other Shadow collections.

By Francesco Spampinato. Edited by Julius Wiedemann. In this unique anthology of artists' record covers, we discover the rhythm of this particular cultural history. The book presents over 600 album and record covers given the artistic treatment from the 1950s through to today. Organized by artist, the covers reveal how modern, postmodern, Pop Art, street art, and conceptual practice have all informed this collateral field of visual production and supported the mass distribution of music with defining imagery that swiftly and suggestively evokes an aural encounter. Taschen, 2017...More.

Item Code: ARRCH
Hard Cover, 12x12, 448pg, Full Color
$69.99 $59.99


Gil Elvgren

ULTIMATE COLORING Classic Pin-Ups By Gil Elvgren Coloring Book
Originally conceived to advertise burlesque performers, pin-up art came to represent the inspiring personalities of particularly beautiful, desirable women. Gil Elvgren built an empire from his sassy, classic images that have adorned everything from the noses of wartime planes to calendars, soda bottles, and magazines. Grab your pencils and continue the tradition--forty timeless classics by a master of the art style. Thunder Bay, 2017...More.

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

Special bargain price. Highly Recommended. By Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel. Considered the most important pin-up and glamour artist of the 20th century, Elvgren (1914-1980) had a career in advertising and magazine illustration that lasted more than 40 years. Though most of his paintings were created for commercial use, collectors and enthusiasts now consider these works fine art. This presents nearly every pin-up he ever did...for calendars, promotion and commissions. Taschen, 2013. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: GILE
Hard Cover, 9x12, 240pg, Full Color

Highly Recommended. Edited by Tony Nourmand. An immensely talented artist who enjoyed a prolific career, Gil Elvgren was a master of the female form and one of the greatest maestros of the illustrated pin-up to have ever lived. For years we've enjoyed his annual calendar collections, his best-selling biography from Taschen, his pin-up work on everything from playing cards to posters. Today his original paintings are the target for high-spending collectors when they are featured in Heritage auctions. But never before have we seen the real-life girls who POSED for these iconic works. Collated here for the first time in Gil Elvgren's Private Stock is Elvgren's personal nude slide collection, previously only known to a handful of niche collectors. RAP, 2012. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: GILPH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x9, 192pg, Full Color

See the website for more by Elvgren. And also for our entire collection of Coloring Books.


New on Sale

Closeout Price! Signed bookplate by Simon! Highly Recommended. By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Afterword by Jim Simon and Mark Evanier. Includes an illustrated (with Capt #7)  bookplate Joe signed for us for Capt. America: The Classic Years in 1998. Selected by Mark Evanier, the foremost authority on S&K, artwork photographed from the original art in Joe Simon's private archive. Here are lots of wonderful Stuntman pages, sci-fi, horror and crime comics from 1950s, Boy's Ranch, Bullseye, The Fly and Double Life of Private Strong--and far, far more. Many complete stories. A monster of a book, thick and packed with never-before-seen original artwork. Note: These are remaindered bargain books and have some minor wear/bump to corners. Abrams, 2014...More.

Item Code: ARSKHS
Hard Cover, 9x12, 384pg, Full Color
$60.00 $39.95

Joe Simon passed away in 2011.
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Afterword by Jim Simon and Mark Evanier. Note: These are remaindered bargain books and have some minor wear/bump to corners. Abrams, 2014...More.

Item Code: ARSKH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 384pg, Full Color
$60.00 $29.95

JOE SIMON My Life in Comics
Closeout Price! With unsigned bookplate. Get the real story of the birth of the comic book industry from the man who was there! As the first editor of the company that would become Marvel Comics, Joe Simon was at ground zero of the comic revolution. His credits include creating Captain America with Jack Kirby, creating the first romance comics and writing many popular war stories. Here, his entire life is laid out and told in painstaking detail, with guest appearances by the A-list of Golden Age talent like Kirby, Jerry Robinson, Joe Kubert, Stan Lee and many others! Titan, 2011...More.

Item Code: JSH
Hard Cover, 6x10, 258pg, Text/b&w
$24.95 $12.50

A signed bookplate edition is also available (signed by Joe) for $10 more. [JSHS. $24.95] See our website for much more with Jack Kirby.


Warehouse Finds

Very limited quantities on these, most under ten copies
Warehouse find, 2000. Recommended. By Pete Ventrella. Art by Mike Vosburg. Mike originally brought Lori to life back in the mid-seventies in a Star Reach comic book as a character called Linda Lovecraft: A Lovecraftian sorceress (hence the name) with tempting feminine wiles, often pictured nude or in very skimpy outfits, much like Kelly Green. When Mike revived Linda as Lori twenty years later with writer Pete Ventrella, she came right to life as a struggling actress in the cutthroat world of Hollywood, with a knack for getting herself involved with the supernatural and plenty of nefarious characters. AV, 2000. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: MVLL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, b&w

Warehouse find, 2001. A Spanish-language collection of Lopez's original artwork, such as pencilled pages for war comics, sci-fi, and other comics. López alternated as artist on the Ernie Pike series with Hugo Pratt. In 1957 the sci-fi series El Eternauta made its first appearance.In the 1990s, López produced work in the erotic comics genre, achieving hits with El Prostíbulo del Terror, from a story by Barreiro, and Silly Symphony, made for the magazine Kiss Comix, as well as Young Witches for Eros. Ancares, 2001. . Note: May have tiny bump, otherwise as new....More.

Item Code: SLEPP
Soft Cover, 7X10, 68pg, b&w

HARMONY OF REFLECTED LIGHT The Photographs of Arthur Wesley Dow
Warehouse find, 2001. By James L. Enyeart. The author weaves 135 reproductions of Arthur Wesley Dow's (1857-1922) photographs with essays about the artist's personal and professional life, and a clear picture of Dow's contributions to early modernist photography develops as a result. Amazing period shots of The Grand Canyon, Dunes in Ipswitch, Temples in India, Japanese houses and many landscapes, most circa 1890s to 1911. Dow's interest in Japanese woodblocks and pictorialism (telling a story) is evident in this interesting collection of photographs. Museum of New Mexico Press, 2001...More.

Item Code: PAWD
Hard Cover, 10x11, 166pg, Partial Color

PRE-RAPHAELITE PRINTS The Graphic Art of Millais, Holman Hunt, Rossetti and Their Followers
Warehouse find, 1995. Recommended. Rodney Engen. Focuses on the etchings, engravings and book illustrations of the Pre-Raphaelites, such as Arthur Hughes, Rossetti, Frederick Sandys (a favorite of ours), Holman Hunt, Ford Madox Brown, Millais and Burne-Jones. Wonderfully rare illustrations from the most obscure books of the 1800s, little gems that featured the wood engravings of the all-important PRB artists, doing essentially illustration instead of the paintings that most books examine. Lund Humphries, 1995...More.

Item Code: PRERP
Hard Cover, 9x11, 128pg, Text/b&w

Warehouse find, 1998. Recommended. 180 pages detail the work of 30 artists. Furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, textiles, and jewelry are represented. Prestel, 1998...More.

Item Code: ARNIM
Hard Cover, 9x11, 180pg, Partial Color

See the website for more on Art Nouveau. We also have several more titles on the Pre-Raphaelite artists.


Coming in April & May

Limited, 1000! Our Highest Recommendation. By Daniel Zimmer. Originally released in late-2015 in a limited edition of only 1000 copies, The Art of Dean Cornwell sold out very quickly. If you missed out on the first printing, you may have seen them selling for big bucks in the after-market. After receiving numerous requests for a reprint, this is the result. This spectacular book explores the life and work of the "Dean of Illustrators." FULL COLOR throughout and entirely new. It's filled with beautiful illustrations reproduced almost exclusively from the original paintings and drawings. Illustrated Press, 2017. Due Apr. ...More.

Item Code: ARTDCH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color

We're very pleased that we will be able to offer this again. The book is already printed and on the way to the publisher. I was dismayed when the first edition sold out so quickly, having brought in what I thought was a lot of copies. We could have used nearly twice as many, it quickly became evident. But Dan Zimmer has limited all his art books to just 1000 copies and they go fast. This is the first one that he has reprinted. Just in last week is his new Art of Jon Whitcomb [ARTJWH. $44.95], which is selling briskly.

STAR HAWKS Volume 1 1977-1978
Highly Recommended. By Ron Goulart. Art by Gil Kane. The classic 1970s science fiction newspaper strip created by Ron Goulart and Gil Kane is coming back in a big way. The only comic strip to be produced in a two-tier format, the Library of American Comics edition will reproduce each strip on its own page so readers can relish Kane's incredible achievement. Nearly 40 years after its debut, Star Hawks still looks fresh and exciting. This first of three volumes reprints more than 300 double-sized strips and includes an introduction by Ron Goulart. IDW, 2017. Due Apr. ...More.

Item Code: STARH01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x6, 320pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99

By Art Young, Art Spiegelman and Frank Young. Edited by Glenn Bray. A sweeping career retrospective, reprinting —often for the first time in 60 or 70 years— over 800 of Young's timeless, charming, and devastating cartoons and illustrations, many reproduced from original artwork, to create a fresh new portrait of this towering figure in the worlds of cartooning and politics. With essays by Art Spiegelman, Justin Green, Art Young biographer Marc Moorash, Anthony Mourek, and Glenn Bray, with a biographical overview of Young's life and work by Frank M. Young. Fantagraphics, 2017. Due Apr. ...More.

Item Code: TOLAUH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x12, 320pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $39.99

Collects Wonder Woman #25-45, Wonder Woman Annual #2, Who's Who '87 #4, Who's Who '88 #4. By George Pérez. George Pérez's legendary run on the Amazon Warrior is finally collected in its entirety with this second volume. One of the most popular artists working in comics over the last 30 years, George Pérez's resume contains a who's-who of the most popular characters in comics. From his co-creation, with Marv Wolfman, of The New Teen Titans in the 80s and his work on Crisis On Infinite Earths and Wonder Woman to his mega-successful JLA/Avengers, George's work has thrilled comics fans for over 3 decades. DC, 2017. Due May. ...More.

Item Code: WWOM02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 552pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

Recommended. Presenting the all-new Vampirella bust inspired by the artwork of comic book master Arthur Adams! Dynamite continues to build upon its relationship with creative partner Rvckvs and skillful sculptor Jason Smith for this second offering in the Women of Dynamite bust series, a limited edition poly-resin bust with cast-metal details measuring 7-1/2 inches in height. Packaged in a four-color display box, each of these highly-detailed busts celebrates the vampiric vision one of the industry's finest artists! Dynamite, 2016. Due May. ...More.

Item Code: WODBV
7.5" tall, Full Color


Coming in July

WALTER SIMONSON'S THE MIGHTY THOR The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist's Edition
Collects The Mighty Thor #349-354. The fate of Earth and Asgard hang in the balance as Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and tons of guest-stars battle Surtur and his horde of invading demons! The second Thor Artist's Edition by the legendary comics' creator Walter Simonson! As with all Artist's Editions, each page of art is scanned from the original art, in this case, from Simonson's personal archives. Simonson's first Thor Artist's edition won the prestigious Eisner Award and has gone through multiple printings; don't miss what promises to be an extraordinary book. IDW, 2017. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: WSMTAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 160pg, b&w


Mature Readers

Three new photography books this week, two from European publisher Goliath: New Fashion Nudes features hip young models but in spontaneous, unscripted photos both indoor and out-of-doors. It’s a tribute to the more relaxed, casual snapshots that we all take, but in this case they're of stunningly beautiful women.

Next up is Super Pussy Parade. This is all about you know what, with groups of shots—double page spreads—on each beautiful subject. Very European, very upbeat.

Third is a new Roy Stuart offering, complete with an hour-long CD that continues, rather than parallels, the book. And the book is a narrative of sexual encounters, literally stories that take place over the space of several pages—from clothed encounters in the streets to erotic coupling behind closed doors.

See our website for more nude photography books, from publisher Goliath and elsewhere. For more innocent fare, see our Pin-Up art section.

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


News and Notes

Doc Savage Empire of Doom Deluxe Edition [DOCEODD. $65] , mentioned as due last week, is now in stock. The softcover (DOCEOD. $24.95) was listed last week.

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography has been officially adopted by Heritage Auction Galleries as their guide to ERB editions. Here is their review of the book:

Review: by James Gannon, ​Director of Rare Books, Heritage Auctions
"A beautiful and important bibliography of more than 2,000 entries covering works by a major American author of the last century, profusely illustrated with excellent color reproductions of the pulps, books and dust jackets. The ERB Bibliography is an impressive production that includes a wealth of information beyond the first edition points, with numerous useful appendices and color photographs make it a joy to look at. The only problem is keeping our cataloging staff from fighting over who gets to use the bibliography first!"

We have both editions in stock, the standard [EDGBH. $100] and the deluxe leather edition, signed/limited, still available at $150 [EDGBD]. It’s limited to 375 copies.

Omar Rayyan’s Goblin Market
This was my first draft choice for the cover of our next Incredible Catalog. Thanks to Omar’s generosity in working with us, you’ll be seeing a fine piece from this on the cover. It may be ready for download by next week or not later than in two weeks. Both editions of Goblin Market, the regular at $35 [GOBMHS] and the one with a fine pencil drawing, each one different, at $85 [GOBMD], have been very popular. We sold out at both of the recent antiquarian book shows where we featured it.

As an interesting aside, the recent Art of Arthur Hughes [BOOPIH. $65] looks at this Pre-Raphaelite artist’s own relationship with the same author—Christina Rosetti, the sister of D.G. Rosetti, the most famous of the PRB artists. 150 years ago, Hughes didn’t illustrate Christina’s Goblin Market, but he did a follow-up book of hers, Speaking Likenesses.

I don’t have time to do a full review of The Art of Arthur Hughes—I’m still reading it. He enjoyed very close relationships with fellow Pre-Raphaelite artists and writers—he was one of the very few who turned away from painting to specialize in book and magazine illustration. It’s interesting that his career lasted over 50 years, until 1915. He’s most famous for his work for fantasy author George Macdonald, and for the best known Macdonald title, At the Back of the North Wind.

I’ve found it fascinating that an artist who began work in the 1860s, drawing on a woodblock for a wood engraver, would carry on to the modern era of photographic reproduction. Hughes was still doing fantasy work, now in pen and ink, contemporary with H.J. Ford, who is himself best known for the colored fairy books by Andrew Lang. Hughes’ work is every bit as fanciful and appealing for a similar line of books, post-1900, written by Grenville Macdonald, the son of George Macdonald—but pretty well forgotten today. However, At the Back of the North Wind has stayed in print most of the last 150 years, often with Hughes’ art.

Reginald Heade and Peter Driben
We’ve just arranged for two very exciting new books from England that will be here soon. First is a volume on paperback cover illustrator Reginald Heade. He was THE erotic pin-up artist for paperback and digest covers in England, over 300 to his name. This is the first collection of not only all that work, but a lot more material that is entirely new to us (and we are huge fans of his work). At least right now, we will be the only source of this in the United States. It will be $49.00.

Also from the same publisher is a book on pin-up artist Peter Driben. To date the only book of his work is Taschen’s Little Book of Pin-Up: Driben [LBDRI. $9.95] of course he is mentioned in the general pin-up collections from Taschen. This will be $39.95.



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