Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spectrum 24, Chris Ware, Arthur Szyk, Disney’s Nine Old Men, Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman. James Bond, Timeless Diego, Fred Frederick’s Mandrake and Unno’s The Art of Decadence.

Spectrum 24 is here! Also new art books with Chris Ware, Arthur Szyk, Disney's Nine Old Men, and Harley Quinn. Graphic novels with Wonder Woman ‘77, James Bond and Timeless Diego, Fred Frederick's Mandrake and Unno's The Art of Decadence. The first Wonder Woman Justice League movie statue, and a host of interesting December Coming Items.

Art Books  |  Walt Disney Animation Archives  |  Archives, Graphic Novels & Strip Collections
Mandrake The Magician  |  New in the Hiroshi Unno Series  |  Statues  | Coming in December
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Art Books

SPECTRUM Volume 24
The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by John Fleskes. This volume features over 500 works by more than 300 diverse visionaries, including Julie Bell, Brom, Rovina Cai, Terry Dodson, Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, Anita Kunz, Dave McKean, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz, David Palumbo, Forest Rogers, Dan dos Santos, and Allen Williams. Spectrum 24 continues the freshness and excellence that was established twenty-four years ago. Flesk, 2017...More.

Item Code: SPE24
Soft Cover, 9x12, 304pg, Full Color
$35.00 $29.95

SPECTRUM Volume 24 Hardcover
The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by John Fleskes. Flesk, 2017. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: SPE24H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 304pg, Full Color
$45.00 $39.95

The Spectrum hardcover didn't arrive along with the softcovers, but we expect it momentarily. See our website for all available volumes, all the way back to the one-and-only Deluxe signed and limited edition, Volume 1. We just listed these older ones last week, from our ongoing Underwood Books Publisher File Copies. Some are at cover price. Volumes 21-23 are still available, in softcover only.

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 YorkerThe 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...More.

Item Code: CWMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 13x18, 280pg, Full Color
$60.00 $49.95

HARLEY QUINN A Rogues Gallery Cover Art Collection
Art by Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Terry Dodson et al. Celebrate the anniversary of DC's favorite psychotic psychiatrist with a book dedicated to nothing but Harley covers! From her first print appearance to her own long-running series to Rebirth and more, this deluxe hardcover art book collects 25 years of the Maid of Mischief's most iconic comic book covers all in one volume. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: HQCGH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 176pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

See our website for Harley Graphic Novels, Archives and Statues.

Recommended. By Irvin Unger. In addition to the illustrated essays and extensive plates section covering all the subject areas, periods, and styles in which Arthur Szyk worked, this includes a timeline of the artist's life, an exhibition history, and bibliography and resources. Essays by scholars Irvin Ungar who co-published the book, internationally renowned Holocaust historian Michael Berenbaum, former director of the Museum Program at the National Endowment for the Arts Tom L. Freudenheim, and Harvard art historian James Kettlewell. Irvin Unger & D. Giles LTD, 2017...More.

Item Code: ARSZH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 240pg, Full Color


Walt Disney Animation Archives

Recommended. 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, a companion the the first Nine Old Men collection. Each flipbook features a scene from an animated Disney feature in its original line-drawn form. Also a separate booklet describes the incredible talents that the animators contributed to The Walt Disney Animation Studios, for which they have all been named Disney Legends. Disney, 2017...More.

Item Code: WALTNMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x5, 1616pg, Full Color
$60.00 $49.95

THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age Volume 1 The 1930's
Highly Recommended. By Didier Ghez. With Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Gustaf Tenggren & Bianca Majolie. As the Walt Disney Studio entered its first decade and embarked on some of the most ambitious animated films of the time, Disney hired "concept artists." Their sole mission was to explore ideas and inspire their fellow animators. This showcases four of these pioneers and features artwork they developed. Chronicle, 2015...More.

Item Code: THDH
Hard Cover, 11x9, 207pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95

THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED The Hidden Art of Disney's Musical Years Volume 2 The 1940's Part 1
The 1940's Part One. Highly Recommended. By Didier Ghez. Art by Walt Scott, Kay Nielsen, Sylvia Holland, Retta Scott & David Hall. The 1940s ushered in an era of musical experimentation and innovation at Disney. Artists from all over the world flocked to California to be part of the magic, and their styles influenced such classics as Dumbo and Bambi as well as setting the stage for the masterpieces that followed such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Hundreds of enchanting images—from early sketches to polished concepts for iconic features—by five exceptional artists who shaped the style of the Studio's animation during this period of unbridled creativity. Chronicle, 2016...More.

Item Code: THDMH
Hard Cover, 11x9, 207pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95

THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED The Hidden Art of Disney's Late Golden Age Volume 3
Highly Recommended. By Didier Ghez. Foreword by Andreas Deja. Walt Disney always envisioned that the studios bearing his name would remain 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 showcases four (or six, we're unsure yet) of these early pioneers and features artwork developed by them for the Disney shorts from the 1930s, including many unproduced projects, as well as for Snow White and the Seven DwarfsPinocchio, and some early work for later features such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Chronicle, 2017...More.

Item Code: THD03H
Hard Cover, 11x9, 248pg, Partial Color
$45.00 $39.95


Archives, Graphic Novels & Strip Collections

By Armand Baltazar. Introducing a world with the imaginative power of Star Wars and Avatar, author-artist Armand Baltazar presents the first book in the Timeless series, an epic fantasy adventure that sends Diego through a world where past, present, and future coexist. Complete with stunning cinematic black-and-white and color illustrations. Katherine Tegen, 2017...More.

Item Code: TIMLEH
Hard Cover, 6x8, 618pg, Text/Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

If you like this, you also may enjoy the new Philip Pullman graphic novel, The Adventures of John Blake, as well as his The Golden Compass graphic novel. I also recommend the interactive illustrated young adult novel Between Worlds, with wonderful animated, three-dimensional artwork like I've never seen before [BEWOH. $19.99, your price $9.99].

By Andy Mangels. Art by Judit Tondora. Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman, the most beloved female icons of 1970s television, come together for globe-trotting action against their worst enemies! Diana Prince and Jaime Sommers team up to fight a rogue cabal bent on wreaking havoc and stealing deadly weapons. Can CASTRA be stopped before their real targets are revealed and lives are lost? And what three familiar villains threaten the unbeatable combination of bracelets and bionics? Bestselling author Andy Mangels (Star Trek, Star Wars) and artist Judit Tondora (Grimm Fairy Tales) join forces for a celebration of the original Girl Power! Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWBW
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

Here is more Wonder Woman, and also the Batman ‘66 collections.

By Benjamin Percy. Art by Rapha Lobosco. In the snowbound French Alps, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of an assassin who targets other assassins. This is the first puzzle piece in a larger adrenaline-fueled mystery that will send Bond across the globe to infiltrate the underworld, risk everything in high-stakes casino gambling, evade deadly pursuers, and root out a digital breach threatening global security. Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: JBBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

The James Bond Omnibus series Vol 1-6, collecting British daily strips, are on closeout sale. There's also the new large classic comic strip collections as well as more graphic novels, on our site.


Mandrake The Magician

By Lee Falk. Art by Fred Fredericks. Join Mandrake as he battles slavers, explores the Lost World, unlocks the mystery of a haunted house, travels to Hollywood, rescues Sonny the child movie star and meets Blozz the mysterious. In June 1965, artist Fredericks took over Mandrake from the late Phil Davis. Creator Lee Falk proceeded to modernize the storylines, making it more reality-based by focusing less on science fiction and fantasy, and making Mandrake operate more like a secret agent, often helping out the police with cases they could not solve. Titan, 2017...More.

Item Code: MANFD01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 240pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

The Hidden Kingdom of Murderers. Highly Recommended. By Lee Falk and Phil Davis. This unusual strip was the first to feature a magician. Unlike other adventurers, Mandrake used his illusionist skills and his head, rather than his fists. Artist Phil Davis's work is as good as Alex Raymond's from the same period, exhibiting a fine-line brush and beautiful girls as good as the master. I'm very excited to finally have this long-overdue collection of a superior, oft-neglected classic. Titan, 2016...More.

Item Code: MMS01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 160pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

1934-36. Highly Recommended. By Lee Falk. Art by Phil Davis. The collected daily adventure comic strips of arguably the world's FIRST comic-strip, costumed, crime-fighter: Mandrake the Magician! Join Mandrake The Magician and his ever-faithful companion and trusty side-kick, Lothar, as they set out in search of high adventure in strange lands, strange dimensions and even stranger planets with nothing more than a top hat, a wand and the immense strength of Lothar, African Prince, to save the day! And the ability to create illusions (and magic?) to confuse the enemy! Titan, 2016...More.

Item Code: MAMD01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x9, 240pg, b&w
$39.99 $34.99

Closeout Price! From Mandrake #1-5 & Flash Gordon backup stories, 1966-67. Recommended. By Lee Falk. The comic book version of the 20th Century's most famous fictional newspaper strip magician from King Features'Mandrake the Magician! Lee Falk's newspaper strip offered readers magic, occult and the fantastic and King Feature's comic book version, which saw print during the height of the Silver Age, was a worthy extension of those adventures. Interview with longtime Mandrake artist Fred Fredericks. Hermes, 2015...More.

Item Code: MAND01H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 176pg, Full Color
$49.99 $34.99


New in the Hiroshi Unno Series

THE ART OF DECADENCE European Fantasy Art of The Fin-De-Siècle
By Hiroshi Unno. Across time and space, the motifs and images of Decadence are repeatedly depicted in literature, fine arts, music and other art forms. This book presents numerous historically important art works spanning from the 19th century to Surrealism, including notable European illustrators such as Odilon Redon, Gustav Klimt, and many more. PIE, 2017. Adult Material...More.

Item Code: ARTDEC
Soft Cover, 7x10, 400pg, Partial Color

We may never have a better selection of these beautiful art books, imported from Japan. Each is in English and Japanese. All are gorgeously designed, with beautiful gold or silver-embossed covers, and filled with rare material. Here they are:

A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS The Art of Folklore, Literature, Poetry, Fashion & Book Design of The Islamic World
Our Highest Recommendation. By Hiroshi Unno. Art by Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac Pogany, Bull, Balfour, Erte, Austen et al. Middle Eastern literature and poetry, including the Arabian Nights and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, have captured the imaginations of European people with mysterious atmosphere and tales of exotic lands. From the 18th to the early 20th century, various European editions of these stories were published that included imaginative illustrations by notable European illustrators such as the aformentioned plus Bakst, Detmold, Barbier, Brunelleschi, Leon Carre, Sterrett, Parrish, Gerda Wegener and others. This is a collection of the art, including Islamic book design, ornaments and costumes. PIE, 2017...More.

Item Code: ATHOU
Soft Cover, 7x9, 296pg, Full Color

Recommended. By Hiroshi Unno. The Book of Kells (said to be the most beautiful book in the world), Leicester Codex (the rarest, by Leonardo da Vinci), Decorative Scripture in Middle Ages, Illuminated Books, Chromolithography (early color printing) of the mid-19th century, Gift Books in late 19th century, William Morris and the private presses, Design Books in the era of Art Nouveau & Art Deco (from all over the world), French pochoir by George Barbier & others, Penguin Book Covers... Over 100 of the most  "Beautiful Books" as compiled by the highly regarded Unno. PIE, 2017...More.

Item Code: BEABD
Soft Cover, 7x10, 312pg, Full Color

HARRY CLARKE An Imaginative Genius in Illustration and Stained-Glass Arts
Back in stock! Highly Recommended. By Hiroshi Unno. Art by Harry Clarke. Packed with unusual and some never before collected pieces, a perfect introduction or companion to previous Clarke collections. Born in Dublin in 1889, he studied stained-glass until he moved to London in 1913 to work as a book illustrator. His first printed work was 40 illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales. His next was Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination--which made him famous. Despite his short life (only 42 years), he left an expansive legacy of illustration and stained-glass artwork. PIE, 2014...More.

Item Code: HACL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 288pg, Partial Color

WORLD OF MUCHA A Journey to Two Fairylands Paris and Czech
Highly Recommended. By Hiroshi Unno. A superlative collection of Mucha's works, behind highly ornate, silver-embossed covers, spanning his entire career from his beginnings in Paris to his final days in what was then known as Czechoslovakia after four years in the United States. His most representative works are featured, not only in the field of fine art but also in editorial design and graphic design. As a special feature, this book introduces more typography and package design works compared to other publications on Mucha's work. A good deal of this is not collected elsewhere. And, of course, Mucha's masterpiece the "Slav Epic" is also covered in detail, along with an interpretation and its historical background. PIE, 2017...More.

Item Code: WORMU
Soft Cover, 7x10, 352pg, Full Color

GEORGE BARBIER Master of Art Deco
Back in Stock. Highly Recommended. Text by Hiroshi Unno. George Barbier is today the most famous artist to come out of the heady Art Deco world in France in the 1910-1930 period. His illustrated books are enormously popular. His fashion illustration was spot on. His erotically themed pictures of semi-clad and nude women are some of the finest of the period. But to this day, very little has been written about him. This fine new book is based on an exhibit that originated in Japan, collecting a once-in-a-lifetime abundance of his original artwork. Nudity, eroticism. PIE, 2011. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: GEOB
Soft Cover, 7x10, 296pg, Full Color



Celebrate Wonder Woman's 75th anniversary with this special-edition Justice League movie statue. Created in the likeness of the incredible actress Gal Gadot, be sure to lasso this statue in time for the November 2017 theatrical release of Justice League! DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: JLMWW
13" tall, Full Color

See the website for all Wonder Woman statues.


Coming in December

By Marv Wolfman. Art by Gene Colan. Tomb of Dracula by Wolfman, Colan, and Palmer has long been considered one of the best Marvel Comics of the 1970s. Colan's atmospheric artwork was the perfect companion to Wolfman's dark and foreboding stories-together they formed a classic series. IDW, 2017. Due Dec. ...More.

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

1956-59. By Alvin Schwartz and Bill Finger. Art by Wayne Boring. Introduction by Mark Waid. Superman's newspaper comic strips are among the rarest of all Superman collectibles. This comprehensive series helps remedy that gap in the Superman saga by bringing back into print every one of the Sunday newspaper strips. IDW, 2016. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: SUAS03H
Hard Cover, 10x12, 184pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Dailies & Sundays, 1966-67. By Chester Gould. The iconic square-jawed detective's adventures fighting a menagerie of grotesque villains remain a highlight both of comics history and of crime fiction as a whole. The series is ripe for introduction to crime prose readers who haven't previously ventured into comics. IDW, 2017. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: CC23H
Hard Cover, 11x9, 264pg, b&w
$44.99 $39.99

Most back volumes are available. Volume 4 and 19 are available at deep discount as hurt volumes: Vol 4 [CC04HR. $29.99, your price $10], Vol 19 [CC19HR. $39.99, your price $19.99]. Very few left.

Collects #5-10, 1952-53. By John Celardo et al. It was the 1950's - the Atomic Age, the Cold War, and just before the Space Race. Comics books were the education, the entertainment, and, according to some, the downfall of America. What a great time! We loved to be scared - still do, it seems - from the comfort of our own home, secure in the knowledge that there's no real danger (or so we think). Nothing could match the imagination, the surprise, and the chilling-of-your-spine like the great horror comics of yesteryear. PS Artbooks, 2017. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: PCEUN01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color

Collects Unknown World #1,1952 and Strange Stories from Another World #2-5 1952-53. Art by Robert McCarty et al. Ask yourself as you gaze at the magnificently-rendered splash page of "The Serpent Queen" with art by Bob McCarty, from the one-shot anthology Unknown World #1 (1952), "What is the significance of a leashed one-eyed snake in this panel?" This title continued with Strange Stories from Another World, for four more issues (#2 to #5), and all featured lushly painted covers by Norman Saunders. PS Artbooks, 2017. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: PCEU01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Click here to see our other Pre-Code Classics available on our website.

Moonbeam McSwine, Li'l Abner, Fearless Fosdick, 1951-52. By Al Capp. To millions of daily readers spanning five decades, Al Capp was the man whose biting satire made them laugh as he injected “Lower Slobbovia,” “the double whammy,” and “Sadie Hawkins Day” into our popular lexicon. To Nobel-laureate John Steinbeck, he was “very possibly the best writer in the world today.” This series is the first-ever comprehensive reprinting of the comic strip—including both dailies and meticulously-restored full-color Sundays. IDW, 2017. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: ALL09H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 248pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $39.99

Volumes 7 and 8 are available now [ALL07H, ALL08. $49.99, your price $39.99 each]. We also have two issues of Li'l Abner Dailies illustrated by Frank Frazetta in our Rare and Out of Print section.

Collects #7-12. By Al Feldstein, William Gaines, and Jack Mendelsohn. Art by Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Wally Wood et al. Panic is back at it again! This uproarious volume collects issues of the madcap classic in glorious re-mastered color. Collects parody and pranks from a parade of comics greats: Al Feldstein, William Gaines, Jack Mendelsohn, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Wally Wood, and Bill Elder! With a foreword by the legendary Sergio Aragonés. Dark Horse, 2017. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: ECP02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Volume 1 is now in stock [ECP01H. $49.99, your price $39.99]. Collects #1-6. Highly Recommended. By Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Jack Kamen, Bill Elder, Joe Orlando et al.


Bargain Books up to 75% Off

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.

THE BRONZE AGE OF DC COMICS [BAD01H. $59.99 $39.99].
FIRES & MURMUR [FIRMH. $34.95 $19.95].

HELMUT NEWTON Us and Them [HNUSH. $59.99 $39.99].
IT'S A MAN'S WORLD [ITSAM. $34.95 $24.95].

SAM KIETH'S MAXX Artist's Edition [SKMAEH. $125.00 $99.00].
STERANKO NICK FURY AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist's Edition [SNFAEH. $175.00 $125.00].

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).


Rare & Out of Print

We have all seven volumes of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant series, published by Hastings House between 1951-1953. From 1975 we have The Berni Wrightson Treasury. Artist Joe Jusko is posting “31 Days of Wrightson” on our Facebook page—you might enjoy his favorite Wrightson pieces.

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Mature Readers

A new Cavewoman one-shot with a Budd Root nude cover: Carrie's Oasis Diary.

See our website for all other Cavewoman variant cover editions, plus Budd's Convention Sketchbooks and his spectacular art book, Cave Paintings [CAVPH. $29.99]. That one is limited to 2000 hardcover copies, and published by none other than Frank Cho. Recommended.

Also a few items from our Bargain Books Section:

BOOBS [BOOMH. $59.95 $35.00].

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News and Notes


If you don’t have our latest catalog by now, pictured below, you can download it NOW or call and ask for a free copy. 

Prince Valiant Studio Edition is going to be sold out from the publisher shortly; we agressively reordered more and it will be back in stock any day now. Our second reorder may signal that it is gone if we don’t get them. Don’t delay, this is the item of the year.

I hope to see some of you at the OAF-Con in Norman, Oklahoma, this weekend, October 21-22. Then we’re off the show circuit until mid-February, and I will catch up on editing and writing better descriptions, as well as making recommendations, for the new items that came in last week and this week. I’ve been on the road and unable to personally view each one.



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