Thursday, April 27, 2017

Take That Adolf; Hellboy Into the Silent Sea, The Art of Dean Cornwell, Hero-A-Go-Go, For Art’s Sake, Conan the Slayer, Dan Dunn, Star Hawks, Kelley Jones, Deadman

Three Highest Recommendation books this week: Take That, Adolf; Hellboy Into the Silent Sea; and back in print, The Art of Dean Cornwell. I also like Hero-A-Go-Go about campy comics of the sixties; For Art’s Sake; and Conan the Slayer. There’s also Dan Dunn, Star Hawks, Kelley Jones Deadman Gallery Edition, and a whole slew of new pulp reprint titles, including the complete Sheena pulp adventures!

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TAKE THAT, ADOLF! The Fighting Comic Books of The Second World War
Our Highest Recommendation. By Mark Fertig. From Superman, Wonder Woman and Daredevil to propaganda and racism, Take That, Adolf! offers a long, highly detailed look at how comics embraced the war, sold zillions to kids as well as soldiers, and who did it all, including rare female creators. And Wonder Woman wasn't the only heroine to punch her way into the hearts of fans. The early (and sexier) Black Cat, The Woman in Red, Miss America, Miss Victory...they are each explored here also. Fantagraphics, 2017...More.

Item Code: TAKTA
Soft Cover, 8x11, 244pg
$29.99 $26.99

HERO-A-GO-GO Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, and Culture of The Swinging Sixties
Highly Recommended. By Michael Eury. Art by Ralph Bakshi, Ramona Fradon et al. Welcome to the CAMP AGE, when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm, good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch, and Batman shook a mean cape. A massive, highly detailed, and wonderfully illustrated examination of everything camp in the Swinging Sixties, when just about everyone was a super-hero or a secret agent. Back Issue magazine and former DC Comics editor Michael Eury takes you through that coolest cultural phenomenon with this all-new collection. TwoMorrows, 2017...More.

Item Code: HEROAG
Soft Cover, 8x11, 268pg, Text/Full Color
$36.95 $32.95

BATMAN A Celebration of the Classic TV Series
Recommended. By Robert Garcia and Joe Desris. The definitive book for all fans of the sixties television show. Presented in a lavish hardcover edition, the book features rare behind-the-scenes photographs of the stars and villains on set and off, classic images from the show itself, rare special production stills, and production art. It's very thorough, examining all aspects of the series, from characters to the classic creation of the Batmobile and Batcave. Reproduction is crystal clear. Includes a cool die-cut "utility belt" wrapped around the outside--sure to get destroyed in bookstores. Titan, 2016...More.

Item Code: BACEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x11, 256pg, Full Color
$50.00 $39.95

Limited, 1000! Second Printing. 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...More.

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

FOR ART'S SAKE The Aesthetic Movement in Print & Beyond 1870-1890
Highly Recommended. From the Eric Holzenberg collection. With Howard Pyle, Walter Crane, Owen Jones et al. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name in early 2017 by the prestigous Grolier Club. Foreword and Introduction, followed by extensive descriptions (placing each in its context) of 129 rare books, prints and other objects displaying the exceptional artistry and wit of the Aesthetic Movement. This was a unique mix of medievalism and Japonisme that captivated Oscar Wilde, inspired William Morris, and dominated decorative arts from 1870-1890--the immediate forerunner of the Art Nouveau movement. Beautifully illustrated in full color. The Grolier Club, 2017...More.

Item Code: FORAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 136pg, Text/Full Color

THE SILVER WAY Techniques, Tips, and Tutorials for Effective Character Design
Highly Recommended. By Stephen Silver. Possibly the most complete book ever on the subject, a massive 250 pages of highly detailed advice and full color, step-by-step samples. We've handled Stephen's books for several years now, based on his fun and creative work. Now this combines his character creation with invaluable instruction, from one of best teachers in the industry. Whether you're a professional artist interested in improving your drawing skills, or an aspiring designer fresh out of high school looking to add to your portfolio, or just a fan of the creative process and interesting animation-style art, check this out. Design Studio Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: ULGC
Soft Cover, 12x9, 248pg, Partial Color

CONAN THE SLAYER Volume 1 Blood In His Wake
Collects #1-6, 2016. Recommended. By Cullen Bunn. Art by Sergio Dávila and Michael Atiyeh. Special first issue cover art by Mark Schultz. Alone, on the brink of death, and with nothing but his sword, Conan the Cimmerian stumbles into a camp of Kozaki raiders. With a band of determined Turanian hunters at his heels, the Kozaki chief hesitantly offers the barbarian refuge. As Conan's grievous wounds heal, he gains acceptance into the clan and becomes a mentor to one of the chief's two sons...and a beautiful warrior-woman, in the Red Sonja style, joins his cause against monstrous cretaures from the realms of dark magic. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: CONSL01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 152pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

See the website for the excellent overview Conan the Phenomenon, and more Conan Graphic Novels: King Conan, The Conan Omnibus, Bloody Crown of Conan, Conan Red Sonja.


New from Gary Gianni

Signed bookplate! Our Highest Recommendation. By Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni. Brilliant illustrator Gary Gianni (Prince Valiant, George R.R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms) draws a complete-in-itself new Hellboy graphic novel! Hellboy sets sail from the wreckage of a deserted island only to cross paths with a ghost ship. Taken captive by the phantom crew, Hellboy is is in the wrong place at the wrong time as a wanna-be witch on board is going to drag up all the dark denizens of hell to do her bidding. Stunning fine-line artwork in the tradition of Wrightson and Dore's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Dark Horse, 2017...More.

Item Code: HELINTS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 56pg, Full Color

Highly Recommended. By Jules Verne. Adapted by Gary Gianni. Introduction by Ray Bradbury. The classic tale of Nemo and the fearsome Nautilus submarine is retold in a wonderful new graphic novel, capturing the vintage feel of the original story, written in the 1860s. The combination of Verne's masterful storytelling and Gianni's dynamic graphic style makes this exciting adventure of life in the first submarine not to be missed. Flesk, 2009...More.

Item Code: JUH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 64pg, Full Color
$24.95 $9.95

Our Highest Recommendation. By Gary Gianni. Foreword by Mike Mignola. Modern illustration master Gianni opens the vaults to his work on the legendary Prince Valiant Sunday Page, written by Mark Schultz. Gianni assumed the helm of the strip after John Cullen Murphy but far too few fans have seen his several years of pages, let alone the amazing work behind the published pages...until now. Every aspect of the new era of the strip is covered here, with a particular focus on Gianni's preliminary sketches and production methods. Flesk, 2008...More.

Item Code: PVPH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 112pg, Text/Partial Color
$29.95 $9.95

Complete in gold-embossed slipcase with an extra deluxe signed and numbered color Plate. Limited, 1000! By Gary Gianni. This is the first book collecting Gary Gianni's work on Prince Valiant. This book gives a well-rounded informative look at both Gianni's rendition of the Prince Valiant Sunday strip and his own working procedures. After 25 years as a professional illustrator, Gianni describes his new role as an assistant to John Cullen Murphy (who assisted Hal Foster--Prince Valiant's creator). Upon Murphy's retirement, Gianni became the third artist in the 70-year history of the feature. Flesk, 2008...More.

Item Code: PVPD
Hard Cover with CD, 9x12, 112pg, b&w
$39.95 $29.95

Signed & limited, 1,000! Highly Recommended. By Gary Gianni. A handsome sketchbook from acclaimed artist Gianni. This features stunning images from Gary's interpretations of Moby Dick, The Sea Raiders, Corpus Monstrum, The Camera Obscura and the rare Ray Bradbury story, The Nefertiti-Tut Express. This also contains samplings of preliminary drawings and finished art for H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu. Flesk, 2011...More.

Item Code: MYSIS
Soft Cover, 6x8, 16pg, b&w

Closeout Price! Signed & illustrated bookplate by Gary Gianni! Highly Recommended. By Robert E. Howard. Art by Gary Gianni. This lavishly illustrated volume features dozens of full page drawings and wonderful vignettes by former Prince Valiant artist Gary Gianni. It collects three of Howard's longest and most famous Conan stories–two of them printed unedited for the first time, directly from Howard's typescript–along with previously unpublished and rarely seen outlines, notes, and drafts. Collects People of the Black Circle, A Witch Shall be Born, and Howard's only Conan novel: The Hour of the Dragon. Moderate nudity. Ballantine, 2003. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: BLOODYS
Soft Cover, 6x9, 368pg, Text/b&w
$18.00 $12.95

Signed & Illustrated Bookplate by Gary Gianni, limited to 100. Highly Recommended. By George R.R. Martin. 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni. Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this fine new hardcover first edition compiles the first three prequel novellas of Martin's ongoing masterwork! These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness. Bantam, 2015...More.

Item Code: AKNHS
Hard Cover, 6x9, 359pg, b&w

Warning: just seven copies left, then this is gone for good. See our website for Hellboy in Hell and other Hellboy books.


Comic Strip Collections

STAR HAWKS Volume 1 1977-1978
Highly Recommended. By Ron Goulart. Art by Gil Kane. The classic 1970s science fiction newspaper strip, the only comic strip to be produced in a two-tier format, thereby greatly expanding how Kane could lay out each installment. Each strip is 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, with rare promotional material and a photo of Ron and Kane in their studio! IDW, 2017...More.

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

Library of American Comics #10. Sept 1933 to Oct 1934. By Norman Marsh. Considered the first comic book with original material ever produced, 1933's "Detective Dan, Secret Op. 48" was a landmark. It only lasted one issue before morphing into the Dan Dunn newspaper strip. A blatant copy of Chester Gould's Dick Tracy (Norman Marsh had been an art assistant to Gould), Dan Dunn was a rough and tumble Secret Service agent who exacted violent retribution on any criminal who dared cross his path. This book reprints the entire first year of daily comics. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: LOA10H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x5, 344pg, b&w
$29.99 $25.99

See our website for all available Library of American Comics Essentials: Tarzan of the Apes, Alley Oop, The Gumps, Baron Bean, The Bungle Family, and Tim Tyler. Polly and Her Pals is sold out--but we do have the oversized Sundays in regular and “hurt” copies.

Artwork from Deadman: Love After Death #1-2 and Deadman: Exorcism #1-2. Recommended. By Mike Baron. The unmistakable art of Kelley Jones on two gothic thrillers with surprisingly adult themes and some nudity! This Smythe-sewn hardcover edition is sourced from the original boards and showcases the boldly dramatic line art that established Jones' creative style prior to his work on Batman and other DC characters. Written by Mike Baron and first published in 1989 and 1992, starring the same Deadman that Carmine Infantino and Neal Adams first made famous. Kelley made him even darker, even more baroque and bizarre. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: DEAKJH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 228pg, b&w

See our website for the first Kelley Jones Artist's Edition--Batman.


Pulp Reprints

1951-54. Recommended. By James Anson Buck, Joseph W. Musgrave. For the first time under one cover, all three tales from the very rare pulp title Stories of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle as well as the story from the final issue of Jungle Stories! All the type has been reset and includes an introduction by Clark J. Holloway. Sheena was giant in the comics, lasting 165 issues in Jumbo, 18 issues of her own title, then on to television and film. But in the pulps? This is it, the entirety of her appearances in pulp fiction! Altus, 2008...More.

Item Code: COMJQ
Soft Cover, 6x9, 214pg, Text Only

Master of Flame and Town of Hate. Recommended. By Walter Gibson and Theodore Tinsley. Art by Paul Orban and Edd Cartier. First, the Knight of Darkness hunts a masked mastermind who uses a stolen invention to become the "Master of Flame." Then, Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane search for a sinister arsonist who attacks a "Town of Hate" with deadly lightning from the sky! Finally, The Shadow must unmask the murderous firebug called The Salamander to clear an ex-con and discover the strange secret of "The Lizard of Fire" in a lost radio adventure by science fiction legend Alfred Bester! Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: SHT117
Soft Cover, 7X10, 112pg, Text/b&w

Volume 13-15 & 87 plus 2 prints by Walter Baumhofer & Bob Larkin. Highly Recommended. By Lester Dent and John Nanovic. Sanctum Books collects ten key adventures of the Man of Bronze. Doc and his Iron Men are introduced in "The Man of Bronze" and "The Land of Terror," while his adventurous cousin Patricia debuts in "Brand of the Werewolf." Also Doc's final pulp adventures, "Return from Cormoral" and "Up from Earth's Center," plus "The Red Spider," the long-lost novel that was unearthed and printed decades later, and "Doc Savage, Supreme Adventurer," the long-buried 1932 prototype adventure of the pulp era's greatest superhero! Sanctum, 2017...More.

Item Code: DCC02P
Soft Cover, 7x10, 512pg, Text/b&w

From July, 1934. Recommended. By Robert Sidney Bowen. “America, you are next!” As those words rang through the War Department room, officers gasped in horror. Fire-Eyes, emperor of the world, had invaded their secret council to hurl his challenge. And America knew only one answer—“War Declared!” One of the premiere air pulps, today as collectible as they come. And written by a genuine flyer: Bowen served in the RAF in World War I and brought his personal experience of air combat into these near-future, slightly sci-fi pulp stories. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: DUS01
Soft Cover, 5x8, 182pg, Text/b&w

From August, 1934. Recommended. By Robert Sidney Bowen. “The President's son will be returned if you send us Captain Ayres in exchange.” From the enemy camp came this message. And as Dusty answered, he knew he was starting on the greatest mission of the war, playing a lone hand against the Black Invaders, who sought to crush America beneath their barbarous wings! One of the premiere air pulps, today as collectible as they come. And written by a genuine flyer: Bowen served in the RAF in World War I and brought his personal experience of air combat into these near-future, slightly sci-fi pulp stories. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: DUS02
Soft Cover, 5x8, 152pg, Text/b&w

DR YEN SIN Volume 2
The Mystery of the Golden Skull, 1936. By Donald E. Keyhoe. Dr. Yen Sin, saffron-skinned scourge of the Orient, sets up his hell-base in New York and under the banner of the Golden Skull, once again locks horns with Michael Traile, the Man Who Never Sleeps, and his partner Eric Gordon. What is the ghastly doom he brings with him to turn living men to rainbow-colored dust? Why should the flowers in his corpse garden have their heads removed, only to be sewed on again—backwards—by the surgeon mandarin?  Complete with the 1936 cover art and interior illustrations. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: DYS02
Soft Cover, 5x8, 160pg, Text/b&w

The Case of the Scarlet Feather, 1935. By Robert J. Hogan. Art by John R. Flanagan. “When I know the secret of the five casks, I will be all-powerful. Find the one who can tell me this secret. I will wait—but not for long.” This was the command Wu Fang gave to his agents deep in New York's Chinatown. And only two white men guessed his plans, and could dare hope to pit their wits and detective skill against the murder scheme of the most dangerous crime master in the world! Great inside b&w illustrations John R. Flanagan, a favorite of Jim Steranko's. How's that for a recommedation. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: MWUF02
Soft Cover, 5x8, 194pg, Text/b&w

The Case of the Yellow Mask.1935. By Robert J. Hogan. Art by John R. Flanagan. A thousand years ago the man with the golden mask had ruled a continent; today, men scoffed at the legend. A golden face with hypnotic powers? Impossible! But Wu Fang, dragon lord of crime, smiled wisely; he wanted that mask—wanted it enough to blaze a murder trail across half the globe, to weave a death snare which only three white men—Val Kildare, Jerry Hazard and Cappy--could dare combat! with wonderful interior illustrations by the masterful John R. Flanagan. And the original painted cover. Altus, 2017...More.

Item Code: MWUF03
Soft Cover, 5x8, 208pg, Text/b&w

Dr. Yen Sin and Wu Fan Volumes 1 each are also available at the same price. See the website for Sheena comics Archives and lots more pulp reprints.


Blemished Editions

Closeout Price! The complete stories, 1942-46.Signed by Rachel Richey. Includes bookplate. By Leo Bachle. Edited by Rachel Richey. Forward by Seth. Outside of a few pages reprinted in The Great Canadian Comic Books anthology in the 1970s, these stories have been out of print since World War Two, when they were at the frontline of the war against Hitler and of a very young Canadian pop culture. A fearless flying ace and daredevil who singlehandedly foils Nazi schemes and narrowly escapes again and again. Plus a biography of the artist/writer and extra features. Comic Syrup, 2015. . Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: JOCAHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 152pg, b&w
$24.95 $12.95

Do a search for “hurt” in Advanced Search/Title for all of our discounted, slightly bumped books.


Mature Readers

Variety for this week: Sunstone is a handsome, well drawn graphic novel of the humorous but sexually serious adventures of two women and their fetish adventures of discovery with one another. It is a New York Times and Amazon #1 bestseller in its previous incarnation of three trade paperbacks.

Next up is Born Wild in Berlin, a cutting-edge erotic display of fetish subjects, posed nude tableaux, costumes, nasty girls and boys, all with a hard edge from the great German metropolis.

Then we have three new DVDs, all collecting vintage films: Beyond Shame, Hot Flashes, and a double-up, Peekarama with "Boiling Desires" and "Love Champions."

A new hurt book, in very short supply, is Welcome to Fabulous L.A. Girls.

And last, here are four DVDs that I’m reducing in price to make room for new titles:

Sleazy 70s Stags DVD $25.00 sale $14.99 -- SLEA

Sylvia: Grindhouse Director Series DVD $30.00 sale $17.99 -- SYLV

Trailer Trash Part 2: Grindhouse Sleaze Sampler DVD $30.00 sale $17.99 --TTDVD

Candy Tangerine Man DVD/Blu-Ray Combo $30.00 sale $11.99 -- CANTM

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News & Notes


New PS Artbooks Sale
We’d thought our chance to buy these was over, but we just got a brand new list of titles. A great many are slipcased editions that we’ve never handled before, including Sheena, Planet Comics, Adventures in the Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, Capt. Flash, Capt. Science, Captain Video, Out of the Night, Rulah, Strange Fantasy, Web of Evil, and Weird Mysteries.

The last three Planets, until now still full price, are now going on sale. So is Web of Evil, Weird Tales of the Future, Journey Into Fear and others. The shipment isn’t here yet, but we’ve already dropped prices on any titles we had still on hand at full price. You can do a search on PSSALE and then make sure to click on “Newest” to see the price-changed titles and latest new arrivals.

There are still plenty of regular price titles and more coming in, so PS isn’t going anywhere. they just have excess inventory to clear out. Many of these titles are NOT in large supply—sometimes we bought every copy our source had and wished for more. So act accordingly, some will sell out quickly.

May 5th: Free Comic Book Day
Beginning on May 1st, we’ll be offering free titles again this year. The offerings from our distributor were underwhelming, unless we were some kind of Gold Star accounts, which we are not. So we made up our own offerings from warehouse finds: 3 issues of The First Kingdom by Jack Katz, and three original issues of Elfquest by Richard and Wendy Pini, all from the 1980s; a Zorro booklet, and one issue of Twin Earths by Alden McWilliams. This year we’re giving out two with any order, 3 with orders over $25 and 5 with orders over $50—while supply lasts, of course.

2017 Calendars
We’ve been pushing the last ones out at $3.99, but we still have a handful left if you act right away: Cthulhu, Construction Chicks, Phantasmagoric, Wings of an Angel, Wonder Woman, Boris Vallejo (really!), Alice in Wonderland, Hot Rides, Marilyn and a few more.



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pre-Code Classics: Lars of Mars and Worlds of Fear 1, Jim Aparo’s Complete Phantom, Jim Thompson’s Killer Inside Me, Terry Moore Sketchbook, Hogan’s Alley, Sale Items, Blemished Books

Two outstanding new Pre-Code Classics: Lars of Mars and Worlds of Fear 1. Jim Aparo’s Complete Phantom. Jim Thompson’s Killer Inside Me. A new Terry Moore Sketchbook and, a once-a-year treat, the new Hogan’s Alley. Plus new Sale Items and a nice new batch of blemished books at half cover price.

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PRE-CODE CLASSICS Lars of Mars/Crusader from Mars/Eerie Adventures
Collects Lars of Mars #10-11, 1951, Crusader from Mars #1-2,1952, and Eerie Adventures #1, 1951. Highly Recommended. By Jerry Siegel. Art by Murphy Anderson, Bob Powell, Gerald McCann, Allen Anderson (covers) et al. Written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Murphy Anderson, it's the prototype of Adam Strange, complete with jet-pack (and a look-alike for Captain Comet)--this is the real McCoy. Anderson was by this time a master of science fiction, having honed his skills in Planet Comics and already the principal artist for DC's Strange Adventures and Mystery In Space. Publisher Ziff-Davis had deep pockets and could hire the best, and these are three of their classics. Wonderful pulp-style painted covers by Allen Anderson, the #1 cover artist for the Planet Stories pulps! PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: PCLMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color

Limited, 1700! Collects #1-5, 1951-53. Highly Recommended. By Bernard Baily, George Evans, Sekowsky, Powell et al. From Fawcett, it's 1952 and the best artists in the studio were working hard to outdo the competition over at EC Comics. Sheldon Moldoff, Bernard Baily (with some killer covers), Bob Powell (four top-drawer stories), George Evans (in his best EC style), Mike Sekowsky, Moe Marcus, Bob McCarty (under-rated but fine arist), Harry Harrison (Wally Wood's studio-mate and collaborator) and painter Norman Saunders! Lurid, fun horror and sci-fi. PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: PCWOF01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 180pg

See our website for many more Pre-Code classics, including quite a few that remain on sale at just $19.95 while supplies last: Planet Comics, Frankenstein, Harvey Horror titles, The Heap, Web of Evil, Phantom Lady, Strange Fantasy et al. These are selling out. For instance, the three volumes of Sheena were on sale but those sold out and they are back to full price. Only one Rulah remains in stock at $19.95, Volume 3. Others are cover price.

The Phantom #31-38, 1969-70. By Jim Aparo. The great Jim Aparo got his first big break with Charlton Comics and did stand-out work on The Phantom, which garnered him praise throughout the industry. Now for the first time, all of Aparo's Phantom stories and covers are collected. Seven stories in all, this volume also contains Aparo covers for stories created by other artists as well. To top it all off there are extensive selections of his original art on the feature as well as an extensive essay and documentary materials. Don't miss it! Hermes, 2016...More.

Item Code: PHJAH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 176pg, Full Color
$49.99 $42.50

See our website for more collections with Jim Aparo's work, and also much more with The Phantom.


Graphic Novels

By Devin Faraci. Art by Vic Malhotra. Introduction by Stephen King. Jim Thompson's brutal and wildly popular novel comes to life in this graphic noir-novel! In The Killer Inside Me, Thompson went where few have dared, giving us a pitch-black glimpse into the mind of the American serial killer years before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho, in the novel that will forever be known as the master performance of one of the greatest crime novelists of all time. Here's a cop who brutally murders hookers and anyone else who gets in his way... IDW, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: JTKILL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 120pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

New softcover edition. Highly Recommended. By Grant Morrison. Art by Yanick Paquette. From the masterful minds of Grant Morrison (Final Crisis, The Multiversity) and Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing, Batman, Inc.) comes the most provocative origin of Wonder Woman you've ever seen--a wholly unique retelling that still honors her origins. In a superlative style that reminds us of Terry Dodson and Adam Hughes. Really, this is beautifully drawn and innovatively laid out. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWE01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$16.99 $14.99

This is also available in hardcover [WWE01H. $22.99, your price $19.99].


Other New Items

HOGAN'S ALLEY Magazine #21
Recommended. An ultra-rare, long, previously unpublished interview from 1937 with the legendary George Herriman, creator of the venerated Krazy Kat. Herriman, who famously disliked talking about himself, talks about many of his famous colleagues as well as how he sees his place in the comic strip business! Then, it's deep inside the archives of MAD magazine's Jack Davis and a look at never before published work. William Shakespeare in Peanuts! Wally Wood's advertising work, rarely known today. Bull Moose, 2017...More.

Item Code: HA21
Soft Cover, 8x11, 144pg, b&w


Warehouse find, 1998. Highly Recommended. This issue features Krazy Kat, Hal Foster and interviews with Disney legend Marc Davis, Gasoline Alley's Jim Scancarelli and Barry Windsor-Smith, with reproductions of his then-current Freebooters. He talks about storytelling specifically, and constructing the comic book page to best carry the tale forward. Plus much more. The Hal Foster piece examines artist Howard Pyle's influence on Foster in a unique essay. Also Clare Brigg's Real Folks at Home, cartoonists doing advertising, and lots more. Original cover price. Bull Moose, 1998...More.

Item Code: HA05
Soft Cover, 8x11, 144pg, b&w

TERRY MOORE 2017 Sketchbook Signed
Signed! Boldly signed on the inside front cover, below a picture of Katchoo. Never-before-seen convention drawings of our Strangers in Paradise stars (one as Batgirl and Robin, another as Xena), full face and bust-up drawings, some nice action shots, arm-wrestling with Batman, nice graveyard scene. Nice shot with Poison Ivy, two starring Spider-Gwen. Lots of pin-up poses. Terry Moore, 2017...More.

Item Code: TM17S
Soft Cover, 6x8, 24pg, b&w

Terry's 2016 sketchbook is also still available [TM16S. $10].Also in stock is his signed, complete hardcover Rachel Rising Omnibus, [RROHS. $75] the supernatural/horror graphic novel he wrote and drew right after he finished Strangers in Paradise [CSTP01S. $10.00].

COMICS REVUE PRESENTS The Phantom April 2017
Phantom cover. Recommended. By Russ Manning, Stan Lynde, Warren Tufts et al. Includes 12 pages of Sundays plus Steve Canyon Sundays (in sequence with dailies), all in color. Complete stories in this issue are The Phantom by Falk and McCoy from 1952; Taran by John Celardo, and Sir Bagby by R&D Hackney. Plus Tarzan by Russ ManningRick O'Shay by Stan Lynde (the  conclusion of a two-part storyline with Rick on a serious and dangerous manhunt), Flash Gordon by Harry HarrisonGasoline Alley by Dick MooresAlley Oop by V. T. HamlinSteve Canyon by Milton Caniff, and Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts. Manuscript Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: CR0417
Soft Cover, 8x10, 128pg, Partial Color

See our website for back issues of this bi-monthly, nine more issues going back to October, 2015.

Limited, 5,200! Design by Ant Lucia. Sculpted by Tim Miller. Raven, the most mysterious member of the Teen Titans, is reimagined in this new Bombshells statue--and she's ready to cast her next spell, sporting a sexy blue costume and fish-net stockings, startling cleavage, nicely detailed face and horned tiara. Numbered from 5200 (or less) edition. DC, 2016...More.

Item Code: DCBR
10.5" tall, Full Color

See the website for more Bombshells statues, graphic novels and other material.


Rare and Out of Print


I have a growing stack of books to get online and hope by the time you read this to have more proofed and uploaded. Any books remaining unsold after two weeks will go out in our Newsletter, which is the print version of our weekly email for our non-internet customers. So you online folks get first shot but the window is only so big.

See the website home page for the latest additions, under the new category Rare and Out of Print.

Coming up: Sorayama’s Gynoids, Art of Jack Kirby signed limited, Matania’s Great Stories from History, Betty Page Book Two, Playboy’s Little Annie Fanny (first printing), a signed Bettie Page: Life of a Pin-Up Legend, Jeff Jones Age of Innocence signed/limited and more.


Blemished Books

STEVE CANYON Volume 1 1947-48 Hurt
Closeout Price! Horizons Unlimited. Recommended. By Milton Caniff. Steve Canyon like you've never seen it before--reproduced directly from Milton Caniff's personal set of syndicate proofs! This is the definitive edition of Caniff's famous flyboy, featuring every Sunday in color and the daily strips in their original, uncropped versions. More than 700 comics in this epic tome, here from the beginning in 1947 through 1948. Special introduction by publisher Dean Mullaney and a long, illustrated look at Canyon's origins in "Rembrandt Begins His Masterpiece" by Bruce Canwell! IDW, 2012. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: SC01HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 336pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.99

STEVE CANYON Volume 5 1955-56 Hurt
Closeout Price! Taps for 'Shanty' Town. Recommended. By Milton Caniff. Milton Caniff's square-jawed hero is back in the Orient and crossing paths with old friends and new enemies. Plenty of adventure on land, sea, and air. Air Ace and beauty Doe Redwood and young damsel in distress Holly Hall reappear, Starlet Savannah Gay is still after Steve, but hard-luck, lady-in-love Summer Olson is here too. Also: hard-driven General "Shanty" Town, Major "Torry" Torr, Mayor Straw, and Steve's Kissin' Cousin Poteet. Meanwhile Happy Easter returns stateside and ends up having a Gay old time on the Savannah. IDW, 2015. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: SC05HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 336pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.99

Closeout Price! Dailies & Sundays, 1941-42. Edited by Max Allan Collins. The master detective meets The Mole. This contains over 500 comic strips, from January 1941 through September 1942. Gould's heroic creation and his motley stable of villains continue to be entertaining and fun. Lots of small time crimes and small time crooks, including Steve the tramp, Littleface Finny, The Mole and the gangsters Stooge Viller and Trigger Doom. Beautiful women were many, including Clara Ortin (the Lovely Clara), Ginger Ferret and others. IDW, 2009. Note: These copies have bumped corners and slightly torn dust jackets....More.

Item Code: CC07HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 288pg, b&w
$39.99 $19.99

Closeout Price! Dailies & Sundays, 1951-53. By Chester Gould. The crazy Crewy Lou's has kidnapped Dick and Tess's newborn baby, Bonny Braids. Sparkle Plenty's new best friend, "Little Wings," ominously begins to glow in the dark! Gould ramps up the violence and death traps, introduces more inventions (closed circuit surveillance and the first broadcast police line-up), and more Cra-a-zy characters. IDW, 2012. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: CC14HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 280pg, b&w
$39.99 $19.99

Closeout Price! Dailies & Sundays, 1956-57. Recommended. By Chester Gould. Gould ups the ante in his assault on juvenile delinquency in the startling conclusion to the Flattop Jr. saga. The squad room becomes co-ed when Lizz permanently joins the cast. Here are new crazed villains, including the gymnastic murderesses, the Kitten Sisters; killer con men, the Clipso Brothers; two different spouse slayers; a notorious counterfeiter; and a "blind" drug pusher. IDW, 2014. Note: These copies have bumped corners and slightly torn dust jackets....More.

Item Code: CC17HR
Hard Cover, 11x9, 272pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $19.99

HAL FOSTER Prince of Illustrators, Father of the Adventure Strip Hurt
Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. By Brian M. Kane. Introduction by James Bama. In the first comprehensive biography of Hal Foster (1892-1982), author Kane examines the 70-year career of one of the greatest illustrators of the 20th century. Included are more than 100 photographs of Foster, his family and friends, as well as a 16-page color section. Vanguard, 2001. Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: HALFR
Soft Cover, 8x11, 208pg, Partial Color
$24.95 $12.95

Closeout Price! Collects #9-12. By Mark Rahner. Art by Jethro Morales. Covers by Jay Anacleto. She's faced the cannibal Thark, Voro, and he's dead. She's stopped his plot to terrorize Helium and destroy the peace between red and green people. Now, consumed with survivor's guilt, Dejah Thoris does something beyond reckless: joins a team of Thark warriors formerly under Voro's command for a suicide mission. Dynamite, 2014. Mature Readers. strong>Note: These copies have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: DEJG03R
Soft Cover, 7x10, 120pg, Full Color
$16.99 $8.99

BATMAN The War Years 1939-1945 Hurt
Closeout Price! 20+ Complete Stories--and far more! By Jerry Robinson, Dick Sprang et al. Edited by Roy Thomas. The first in a new series (with Superman and Wonder Woman) featuring new compilations of carefully chosen, vintage comic books from the early years. Here's Batman dealing with Nazis and saboteurs during WW2. The early Batplane, The Joker, Robin's first appearance, classic all-time great covers.... Chartwell, 2015. Note: These copies may have bumped corners....More.

Item Code: BATWYHR
Hard Cover, 8x11, 299pg, Full Color
$24.99 $12.99

Closeout Price! They own the darkness, feeding on the blood of the innocent, sleeping in the earth away from the killing sunlight. The children of the grave. The undead. Vampires. A legend as compelling and disquieting today as in its primal origins, vampire lore continues to influence and inspire the creative vision of writers and artists around the globe. Featuring an international lineup of some of comics' greatest talents, including Bryan Talbot, Philippe Caza, Benoit Springer, David Lloyd, Mike Mignola, Tommy Lee Edwards, Richard Marazano, Gary Gianni, Yoann and Sfar, and others. Dark Horse, 2002. Mature Readers. Note: These copies have minor bumps and dings...More.

Item Code: VAMPIHR
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x13, 48pg, Partial Color
$14.95 $7.95

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Bill Karp. Art by Al Taliaferro. From the Disney Vaults--the original Donald Duck color Sunday comics collected in a book series for the very first time! And with brilliant, bright, wonderful reproduction!! After a try-out as part of the Silly Symphonies series, Donald was given his own Sunday comics page in late 1939 and it became an instant hit. This premiere volume includes more than three full years of rare Sundays. IDW, 2016. Note: These copies have bumped corners and slightly torn or creased dust jackets....More.

Item Code: WDDS01HR
Hard Cover, 12x9, 168pg, Full Color
$49.99 $24.99

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Bill Karp. Art by Al Taliaferro. It's not Barks, but Al Taliaferro's work is superb, giving us so much personality and fun from Donald, Daisy, Granma, and especially those rambunctious kids. But Donald is usually trying to outsmart someone or something, and he just never seems to win the battle of wits. Classic!! And beautifully reproduced with bright, vibrant colors true to the original strips. From deep in the Disney Vaults, three more complete years of Sunday page fun--every full color page from January 1943 through December 1945. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: WDDS02HR
Hard Cover, 12x9, 168pg, Full Color
$49.99 $24.99

We have just a few copies of each of these, some as few as 4 or 5. See our website under “Hurt” in the Advanced Search/Titles for all available “hurt” books. Still available are The Definitive Flash Gordon, Polly and Her Pals, Vampirella Archives, Rip Kirby, The Art of Jose Gonzalez, Walt Kelly's Fairy Tales, Nikopol Trilogy, Origins of Comics et al.


Sale Books


Bob Powell's Complete Jet Powers  $49.99 sale $24.95 -- BOBJH
Brom Lost Gods $27.99 sale $14.99 -- BRLGH
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Art by Nino Carbé. $40.00 sale $22.95 -- FRASH
Jon Arfstrom 2016 Exhibition Catalog $10.00 sale $5.99 -- JONAR
Rook Volume 1 Save Yourself $14.99 sale $8.99 -- ROOK01
Wally Wood Torrid Tales of Romance sc $24.95 sale $14.95 -- WWET
Wally Wood Jungle Adventures with Jim King & Animan sc $24.95 sale $14.95 -- WWJA
Wally Wood Jungle adventures with Jim King & Animan dlx $69.95 sale $45.00 -- WWJAD


Coming in September

Signed and numbered! By Joe DeVito. A large format, illustrated novel that explores the history of "the Kongs" and the culture on Skull Island. In development for 25 years, first off is a 95,000 word novel about the hidden history of the Tagatu civilization, the origins of the mighty Kongs, what happened on the island after the arrival of the first humans, and the war between humans and the island's saurian denizens and Kongs. Also a 30,000 word novella about Carl Denham after Kong's death. Plus a lavishly illustrated sketchbook and full color Skull Island art gallery. Joe DeVito, 2017. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: KIKOHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, Full Color

We asked Joe if he had any plans to do this in any other format than this limited edition. Here is his reply:

“The Limited Edition King Kong of Skull Island book will be the only place that package will ever be sold. The Limited Edition run for Kong is not set in stone yet, but most likely it will be no more than 500 (600 tops) copies. If it does appear in Hardcover or Softcover form [later on down the line], it will be an altered version, most likely in a smaller size with no slipcase.

See our website for all currently available King Kong items, including the new graphic novel, Kong of Skull Island, and King Kong vs Tarzan.


Mature Readers

Here are the last three Editions Reuss nude photograph books: Hairy Pussy Girls Volumes 1 and 2, and Sexy Lingerie Girls. Quantities on these are very limited. See our website under Edition Reuss for the rest of the new sale books, all now at $29.95.
Also this week we have two variant covers of a new Cavewoman: Destination Jungle. One is by our favorite Playboy artist Dean Yeagle, a lovely new interpretation of young Meriem. The other is by Budd Root and features not one but two topless ladies. See our website for all available Cavewoman titles, and also for all of Dean Yeagle’s fun books.

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