From San Diego Comic-Con, new sketchbooks, including Dean Yeagle's Mandy, William Stout, and Buzz. My #1 favorite new item: Reed Crandall by Roger Hill. I can't say enough about it. We also have Cosplay art, Hammer, Sam Glanzman's Red Range, signed Nocturnals, Fritz the Cat, Bettie Page variant comics, a die-cast Bat Signal...
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|REED CRANDALL ILLUSTRATOR OF THE COMICS
Our Highest Recommendation. By Roger Hill. From the 1940s to the ‘70s, Reed Crandall brought a unique and masterful style to American comic art. Using an illustrator's approach on everything he touched, Crandall gained a reputation as the “artist's artist” through his skillful interpretations of Golden Age super-heroes Doll Man, The Ray, Firebrand, and Blackhawk (his signature character); horror and sci-fi for the legendary EC Comics line; Warren Publishing's Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing Combat; THUNDER Agents and Edgar Rice Burroughs characters; and even Flash Gordon for King Features. TwoMorrows, 2017...More.
Item Code: REEDCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 256pg, Full Color
|MODELING MANDY Signed
Signed! By Dean Yeagle. Dean creates a character, Frad the Frog, to narrate the story of his creation of the beautiful Mandy. From first pencil sketches of real life models, he gets Mandy to do similar poses as these models, but she doesn't always cooperate! She is in various stages of disrobe while she poses on a stool, stretching and swinging from ropes. The last 10 pages are her in a wide variety of poses, in full glorious color. Caged Beagle, 2017. Mature Readers...More.
Item Code: MODMS
Soft Cover, 9X11, 48pg, Partial Color
See our website for all the Dean Yeagle books and sketchbooks.
|WILLIAM STOUT TRIBUTE TO WILLIS O'BRIEN #2 Signed
Signed & numbered, 950! By William Stout. The long awaited second volume of Bill's dedication to stop-motion animation master Willis O'Brien, best known as the man who created and animated the creatures for Bill's favorite movie: the 1933 King Kong. This book is full of action packed sketches of King Kong, the Black Scorpion, and of course dinosaurs. These are all signed and numbered by Bill himself. Terra Nova, 2017...More.
Item Code: WSTWO02
Soft Cover, 8x11, 70pg, b&w
|THE ART OF BUZZ Volume 3 Signed
Signed! By Buzz. From Buzz: This is the third in a series of books that feature my artwork in varying styles and approaches. I prefer to work in traditional mediums, using pencil, ink, watercolor and application by brush and pen for most of my work. The pages are divided into chapters that focus on several genres, like illustrations of famous people using photographic reference, interpretation of beloved characters from comic books, animated films and series, and a chapter that features many sketches and commissions done at comic book conventions.
Item Code: ARB03S
Soft Cover, 9x11, 32pg, Partial Color
|REALMS The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi Signed
Almost Gone! Signed! Highly Recommended. Introduction by Christopher Paolini. DiTerlizzi created Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black, and was an executive producer on the 2008 film adaptation. He won a Caldecott Honor Medal for his adaptation of The Spider and the Fly. Depicting fantastical creatures, horrific monsters, and courageous heroes and heroines, his illustrations have helped define Dungeons and Dragons, Planescape, and Magic: The Gathering. Dark Horse, 2015...More.
Item Code: REAHS
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color
These copies were specially signed by Tony on the title page, when he did a special signing with us at San Diego Comic-Con. See our Facebook page for pictures. Normally we include a signed bookplate with this, but these copies are signed. Only seven are available. Also available is the deluxe edition of this book, which I highly recommend [REAHD. $150]. And of course Tony's 2017 signed sketchbook [DITSKS. $20].
|COVER UP 25 Years of Cover Art by Monte Michael Moore Signed
Signed! Foreword by Lucio Parrillo. A comprehensive collection of cover Art spanning the 20+ years of Monte's professional career in gaming, comics and sexy pin-up art! , 2017. Mature Readers...More.
Item Code: COVUHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 80pg, Full Color
|LEAD POISONING The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow
Geof Darrow‘s slick, precise inks and stunning detail have amazed comics fans for decades, from his early work with Moebius; to Hardboiled, his first collaboration with Frank Miller; to the overwhelming excess of his current series, Shaolin Cowboy. Dark Horse, 2017...More.
Item Code: LEADPH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 128pg, b&w
|FRANK THORNE'S BATTLING BEAUTIES
Hermes Press celebrates the career of Frank Thorne, renowned good girl artist extraordinaire with a comprehensive art monograph exploring the art of the women he created during his extensive career. See pencils, preliminaries, final artwork, as well as the comics created by Thorne, focusing on his cheesecake creations. This extensive art monograph presents artwork from such titles as Red Sonja, Ghita, Lann, The Iron Devil, and more. The book explores not only the comic book artwork of Thorne, but also illustrates the concepts and storyboards for the never-made Ghita film. Hermes, 2017. Mature Readers...More.
Item Code: BATTBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 192pg, Partial Color
See more from Thorne on our website, including the three Red Sonja Art Editions and two Ghita: Erotic Treasury editions, one of which is signed.
|ZENESCOPE'S ART OF COSPLAY
96 illustrations by the best artists in the business depicting Zenescope's heroes and villians cosplaying various pop culture icons. Zenescope, 2017. Mature Readers...More.
Item Code: ARTCOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 96pg, Full Color
UNDRESSING THE ART OF PLAYING DRESS UP
Cosplay Deviants. Recommended. By Troy Doerner. Cosplay, dressing up as characters from pop culture, has swept fan conventions around the world. Now, explore the adult side of this popular phenomenon. This enormous collection of pin-up style photos provides a tantalizing look at sexy female cosplayers from around the world. They are not afraid to shed their costume to bring your character fantasies to life. Schiffer, 2013. Mature Readers...More.
Item Code: UNDRH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 208pg, Full Color
|ART OF HAMMER Posters From the Archive of Hammer Films
Revised and updated edition. By Marcus Hearn. Hammer Films were almost as well known for the way in which they sold their films, as for the films themselves. The Art of Hammer is the first ever collection of the company's iconic movie posters, and is a celebration of movie art at its best. This large format, lavish hardback is now fully updated and brings together hundreds of rare posters from around the world, featuring Hammer's greatest films. Titan, 2016...More.
Item Code: ARHAMH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 200pg, Full Color
|RUSSIAN ART OF THE AVANT-GARDE
By John E. Bowlt. A major resource, collecting essays, articles, manifestos, and works of art by Russian artists and critics in the early twentieth century, available again at the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. During the first third of the twentieth century, Russian art went through a series of dramatic changes, reflecting the political and social upheavals of the country and producing a body of influential avant-garde work. Thames & Hudson, 2017...More.
Item Code: RUSAR
Soft Cover, 6x8, 376pg, b&w
|DUSTY AYRES AND HIS BATTLE BIRDS #3 The Purple Tornado
From September, 1934. By Robert Sidney Bowen. Thick, deadly, that curtain of purple gas stretched along our border from Maine to the Great Lakes. What did it hide? What gigantic war scheme was the enemy preparing behind it? The Fate of America depended upon knowing these answers in time—and grimly Ayres vowed to find out, flying a one-man patrol against the greatest military coup ever planned! Altus, 2017...More.
Item Code: DUS03
Soft Cover, 5x8, 166pg, Text/b&w
Volumes 1 and 2 are available, too. [DUS01, DUS02. $13.95 each].
|RED RANGE A Wild Western Adventure
By Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman. Afterword by Stephen R. Bissette. "Joe R. Lansdale's certainly a modern legend himself, having been around for some time now. But comics artist Sam Glanzman's got an even more legendary historical grounding, having been professionally drawing for six decades or so. These two worthies have collaborated on Lansdale's graphic novel, RED RANGE. The first page of RED RANGE itself begins full tilt with graphic ultraviolence as Lansdale and Glanzman plunge us into a 19th century Klan lynching of a black Texas family. Abruptly in the midst of the atrocity, the Kluxers are interrupted by a mysterious rider who's a deadly shot with both his pistols and long-range Sharps buffalo rifle. It's the feared and hated (by the KKK, at least) Red Mask, a tough, lethal, black man who wisely keeps his identity concealed. Writer Lansdale's unerring ear for exotic period and regional dialog remains constant. His penchant for grim humor appears throughout. His hardcore, hard-nosed sense of social conscience remains intact." --Locus Drew Ford, 2017...More.
Item Code: REDRA
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 96pg, Full Color
|RED RANGE A Wild Western Adventure Signed
Signed by Joe R. Lansdale, Sam Glanzman & Stephen R. Bissette! Includes postcard. By Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman. Afterword by Stephen R. Bissette.Set during the 19th century and combining an unusual mix of racial unrest, odd ball characters, and strange happenings, Red Range is a unique take on “The Western.” During a Klan lynching, a mysterious rider appears, and proves to be a deadly shot! It is the Red Mask, a tough, lethal, black man who wisely keeps his identity concealed, especially while battling his enemies. Through a series of events, the Red Mask continues to thwart the violent and hateful actions of the Klan, while picking up an orphan along the way and teaching him how to turn his hate into something more positive. Drew Ford, 2017...More.
Item Code: REDRAD
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
Sam passed away just this month, but was able to sign these in advance. These are probably the last signed books of his that will be offered, although the publisher does have another project or two in the works. See our website for Sam's other fine work.
USS STEVENS The Collected Stories
Highly Recommended. By Sam Glanzman. Legendary Golden Age artist Sam Glanzman set many of his tales aboard the USS Stevens, the actual World War II destroyer on which he served. This full-color, hardcover treasury collects every single Stevens tale he ever published, more than 60 short adventures from Our Army at War, G. I. Combat, and other 1970s DC war comics as well as longer pieces from Marvel's 1986 revival of Savage Tales magazine and the more recent Joe Kubert Presents. Plus, this outstanding collection also includes the final, four-page story about the warship, newly written and illustrated by Glanzman himself.
Item Code: UST
Hard Cover, 7x10, 384pg, Full Color
|Artist Sergio Aragones was buying copies of this from us to give to his friends. It’s really, really good.|
|THE THING From the Grave and Other Stories
By Al Feldstein, Carl Wessler, Ray Bradbury et al. Art by Joe Orlando. This special collection features more than 30 EC classics from the pages of Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, Shock SuspenStories, Impact, and Crime SuspenStories. Of special note is all of Orlando's Panic stories, including parodies of Mother Goose, TV commercials, and soap operas. Fantagraphics, 2017...More.
Item Code: THINGH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 226pg, b&w
|THE LIFE AND DEATH OF FRITZ THE CAT
Highly Recommended. By Robert Crumb. Fritz is a freewheeling feline chiseler who allowed Crumb to express some of his most acidic commentary on American culture. Tragicomedy, farce, and satire all rolled into one, this chronicles the very best of Fritz's adventures from his early days as an idealistic college student to his ultimate fate as a jaded, burned-out superstar, including Crumb's infamous send-off of the character in the wake of Ralph Bakshi's animated feature film, an experience and project that completely dissatisfied Crumb. Finally collected in a single volume, these essential Fritz stories are a funny, insightful, authentic record of a tumultuous period in American life, crafted with humor and compassion. Fantagraphics, 2017...More.
Item Code: LDFRITZ
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 92pg, b&w
|H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE HOUND and Other Stories
By Gou Tanabe. A pair of decadent young men pursue the appalling thrill of grave robbing...a German submarine's crew is driven mad by the call of an underwater temple...an explorer in the Arabian desert discovers a hideous city older than mankind. This moody and evocative manga gets back to the dark foundations of the Cthulhu Mythos, adapting three of H.P. Lovecraft's original stories that first shaped the outlines of cosmic horror! Dark Horse, 2017...More.
Item Code: HPLHO
Soft Cover, 5x7, 170pg, b&w
|NOCTURNALS The Sinister Path Signed
By Dan Brereton. The death of the powerful and mysterious Judge Hemlock opens the door to one macabre revelation after another, as Doc Horror, spooky daughter Evening, and an armed revenant called the Gunwitch investigate a haunted house enshrouded in the occult. What the Nocturnals find in the dungeon-like basement -- and the toy-filled attic -- is only the beginning of a wild and deadly hunt, as the monstrous Hemlock children are once again free to roam the countryside, seeking revenge on anyone unlucky enough to cross their sinister path. Big Wow, 2017...More.
Item Code: NOCSPS
Soft Cover, 7x10, 104pg, Full Color
|BETTIE PAGE #1 SET
By David Avallone and Colton Worley. She's more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she's sweeter than Honey West. She put the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified. Dynamite, David Avallone and Colton Worley are proud to present The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, in handy comic book form. Dynamite, 2017...More.
Item Code: BP01P
Soft Cover, 7x10, 32pg, Full Color
|BETTIE PAGE Volume 1 Black Bag Edition
By David Avallone. Art by Colton Worley. Bettie Page, the Queen of Pinups, was known equally for her fierce fashion modelling and her bold nude pictorials! This Black Bag Edition - available only as a variant for the first issue of Bettie Page - features the same great story, but with a rare risqué photo cover of the original bombshell, posing in all her natural beauty! Within the pages of this revealing collector's edition, the world can finally know the truth about Bettie Page, as her secret adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified! Dynamite, David Avallone and Colton Worley present The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, in handy comic book form. Dynamite, 2017...More.
Item Code: BP01V
Soft Cover, 32pg
|DC DESIGNER SERIES WONDER WOMAN By Adam Hughes Statue
Designed by Adam Hughes. Sculpted by Jack Mathews. Wonder Woman takes her lasso in hand in this new Designer Series statue envisioned by Eisner Award-winning artist Adam Hughes, whose work has appeared on so many issues of Wonder Woman. DC, 2017...More.
Item Code: DCDWW
12" tall, Full Color
|BATMAN METAL DIE CAST BAT SIGNAL with Book
Batman fans can call upon the world's greatest superhero with this high-quality die-cast metal Bat-Signal--projects up to 20 feet! Special features:
3 AAA batteries not included.Running Press...More.
Item Code: BATMBS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 5" tall, 48pg, Full Color
|EC ARCHIVES ACES HIGH
Collects issues #1-5. By Irv Werstein, Carl Wessler and Jack Oleck. Art by George Evans, Wally Wood et al. Experience the dangers and thrills of aerial combat with Aces High! This handsome volume includes unforgettable stories from the all-star artistic lineup of George Evans, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Bernie Krigstein, Irv Werstein, Carl Wessler, and Jack Oleck. Dark Horse, 2017. Due Oct. ...More.
Item Code: ECAAHH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 168pg, Full Color
Available now in this series of one-off New Trend titles is Valor [ECVAH.
|CHRIS WARE MONOGRAPH
Introduction by Art Spiegelman. For thirty years, writer and artist (i.e. cartoonist) Chris Ware (b. 1967) has been testing the patience of readers and fine art fans with his complicated and difficult-to-comprehend picture stories in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times and other periodicals—to say nothing of challenging the walls of the MCA Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art with his unevocative delineations and diagrams. Rizolli, 2017. Due Oct. ...More.
Item Code: CWMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 280pg, Full Color
|FRANKENSTEIN The First Two Hundred Years
By Christopher Frayling. On New Year's Day 1818, Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein was first published in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. Some thought the book was too radical in its implications; a few found the central theme intriguing; no-one predicted its success. Reel Art Press, 2017. Due Oct. ...More.
Item Code: FRAFH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 208pg, Partial Color
|THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED The Hidden Art of Disney's Late Golden Age Volume 3 The 1940's Part 2
The 1940's Part Two. By Didier Ghez. Foreword by Andreas Deja. Walt Disney always envisioned the studios that bear his name remaining relevant by consistently taking creative risks and doing the unexpected. Heading into the 1940s, he crafted an entirely new division of the studio called the Character Model Department, which focused solely on the details of character development. This latest volume from famed Disney historian Didier Ghez profiles six remarkable artists from that department, sharing uncommon and never-before-seen images of their influential work behind the scenes. With vivid descriptions and passages from the artists' journals, this visually rich collection offers a rare view of the Disney artists whose work gave rise to many classic Disney characters, and who ultimately rewrote the future of character creation in animation. Chronicle, 2017. Due Oct. ...More.
Item Code: THD03H
Hard Cover, 11x9, 248pg, Partial Color
See our website for two more collections in this They Drew As They Pleased series.
|WALT DISNEY'S NINE MORE OLD MEN The Flipbooks
Edited by Pete Docter. There are nine flip books inside this box that pays tribute to Disney's early animators. Legendary animators Ub Iwerks, Norm Ferguson, Billl Tytla, Ham Luske, Art Babbitt, Grim Gatwick, Freddie Moore, Hal King, and John Sibley are featured in this special set. Each flipbook features a scene from an animated Disney feature in its original line-drawn form, having been selected from among a wide range of films for great movement and classic characters Disney, 2017. Due Oct. ...More.
Item Code: WALTNMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x5, 1616pg, Full Color
This is a companion volume to the first flipbook set that we offered for several years, done as a specialty item and not generally available in most outlets. It's now out of print.
|WALT DISNEY'S SILLY SYMPHONIES The Complete Comics Volume 3 1939-1942
By Bob Karp and Merrill De Maris. Art by Bob Grant and Al Taliaferro. This third of four volumes presents the spectacular Sunday pages from 1939 to 1942, featuring adaptations of Pinocchio and The Ugly Duckling, plus original stories starring Pluto, Goofy, Minnie, Clarabelle, and Little Hiawatha! The artwork for these rare strips has come straight from the Disney vaults, each page meticulously colored using as a guide the original color proofs! It's a symphony of fun and adventure from Disney's classic period. IDW, 2017. Due Oct. ...More.
Item Code: WDSS03H
Hard Cover, 12x9, 200pg, Full Color
Volumes 1 and 2 are available now at the same discounted price [WDSS01H, WDSS02H.
These books are low in stock, and may have already been marked down once. I've marked them down even further just for this listing, to clear them out to make way for new items. First come, first served.CANTEEN KATE [CAKAH.
DARK SHADOWS The Complete Original Series Volume 5 [DS05H.
ERIC POWELL Drawings, Sketches & Such Book 6 Signed [ERI06S.
THE FANTASTIC CHRONICLE OF MOVIE POSTERS SUPERHEROES [FANSH.
STEVE CANYON Volume 3 1951-52 Hurt [SC03HR.
SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS Volume 1 (The New 52) [SMAC01.
WALT KELLY'S FAIRY TALES Hurt [WKFAHR.
CANDY TANGERINE MAN DVD/BLU-RAY COMBO [CANTM.
NESTLER GIRLS Volume 1 [NES01.
You can see all of our discounted items on the website, under Closeouts at the end of each category (such as Artists and Illustration, Comics Related, etc).
Due to the business of Comic-Con, we were only able to list a couple items this week. They are Steranko Arte Noir, and Heritage, a fanzine devoted to Flash Gordon. Next week we should have another batch of Glamour International magazines, and we also found a box of out of print Penthouse Comix that we are listing as time allows.
We have a handsome new Bettie Page book: The Incomparable Bettie Page Archives of Irving Klaw that is nearly an exclusive this week. It hasn't been announced yet through regular channels. It's oversized and offers full page pictures of our gal during her time doing kinky modeling at the Klaw studios, including some nudes.
See our website for lots more Bettie material, including her most recent collection of photographs, The Wild World of Bettie Page: An Anthology of Classic Fetish Photography [WILWB. $22.95, your price $20.95].
Second up this week is a new softcover in the Manara Library, Volume 2. It features his second collaboration with his mentor Hugo Pratt, El Gaucho and also Trial by Jury. Volume 1 is also available at the same discounted price.
We recently found a box of Penthouse Comix, Hustler Comix and Tease magazines that we are slowly listing. These are not perfect copies, but they are long out of print. Check back often for new listings.
More New Sketchbooks
These have all made it to our website, but I haven’t written my descriptions for them yet, so we didn’t have time to include them this week in this email: The Art of Franchesco 2017, Dawn 2017 by Linsner, Sinful Suzie Sketchbook also by Linsner, Deadly Casual by Josh Howard, Compendium 4 by David Miller and Raw Material by Eliza Ivanova.
And not a sketchbook, but close: Grimm Fairy Tales 2017 Swimsuit Special.
Reed Crandall: Illustrator of the Comics
Jerry had two Crandalls, in fact, for sale. The other was a finished full color work of John Carter fighting a giant green Martian. The one I bought was an unfinished water color featuring John Carter, Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas and other warriors running into battle out of a palace, being attacked by Black Pirates of Barsoom. The story goes that Reed was doing it as a gift for his friend Al Williamson, but never finished it.
My good friend John Barrett, who was also there in Oklahoma City, bought the other piece. John was in our crew that drove from San Jose, our home then, to OKC, and on to the New York Comic Art Con the following week, where we first met Phil Seuling. John had already been my partner in our first two stores, Seven Sons (1968) and Comic World (1969). Two years later we came up with the idea to start Comics and Comix. Since I never took it out of the frame and scanned it for Roger, I thought I’d post it here as a bit of an extra that mighta/coulda been in Roger’s fine book…which I have been eagerly reading as I recover from the San Diego Comic-Con.
During the show I posted quite a number of pictures and bits of news on our Facebook page. I hope you will visit it and check them out. I’ll draft up a fuller report next week. For now, I’ll just say the show went very well for us, in our new smaller space and our new location, and we don’t regret downsizing one bit. We split our sales almost 50/50 between new books from Comic Art, and out of print material of Anne’s and mine, including old comics and pulps. And I found lots and lots of nice old comics for myself. Not as many as I would like, but we still found a number of new sketchbooks and new books to offer to you, which we began listing above and will continue over the next week or two.
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