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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fiction House: From Pulps to Panels, Illustration #58, Adam Hughes’ Betty and Veronica, Trina Robbins & Sax Rohmer’s Dope, The History of Marvel vs. DC, Li’l Abner, Bettie Page

Fiction House: From Pulps to Panels offers the entire history of this iconic company plus unpublished art and coverage of the many instrumental women creators there! James Montgomery Flagg is the sole feature of the new Illustration #58--it's a great issue. Also we have Adam Hughes' Betty and Veronica, Trina & Sax Rohmer's Dope, The Shadow meets Batman, Ernst Haeckel, The Little Book of Spider-Man, Slugfest: The History of Marvel vs. DC, Li'l Abner, Bettie Page...

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ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE J.M. FLAGG #58
Our Highest Recommendation. Special issue entirely on James Montgomery Flagg. This Special Issue features the brilliant work of James Montgomery Flagg, from cover to cover, profusely illustrated with original drawings, superb paintings newly scanned from the original artwork, posters, photographs, and rare tear sheets and covers from vintage magazines. From early pen & ink Life Magazine covers, circa 1908, to personal nudes, to World War II posters and into the 1950s, extraordinary work by one of the finest artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. Illustrated Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: IL58
Magazine, 8x11, 80pg, Full Color
$15.00

See all available back issues on our website. We are currently working on listing a complete set of #1-48, from the Jim Vadeboncoeur collection, issue by issue. A few are already listed in our Rare and Out of Print section. Please email customer service if you don't find what you want and they'll let you know what's available. More will be listed in the next two weeks. Most out of print issues run around $30 on the average.

We also just listed a few copies of James Montgomery Flagg in our Rare & Out of Print section.

 
FICTION HOUSE FROM PULPS TO PANELS
Our Highest Recommendation. By Mitch Maglio. Art by Matt Baker, Lou Fine et al. From sexy jungle girls to even sexier ray gun toting space women and beyond, Fiction House Comics had it all! Now for the first time the entire history of Fiction House, the leading purveyor of Good Girl art during the Golden Age of Comics, is told in a single volume! Stuffed with breathtaking cover reproductions, original artwork, dozens of cover preliminaries by Joe Doolin (!) and even full length stories. The story of one of the most successful publishers ever, from their pulp origins on, with artwork by Matt Baker, George Tuska, Lou Fine, Bob LubbersMurphy Anderson, Lily Renee and many others. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: FICHOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 300pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

This actually came in three weeks ago but our advance orders exhausted our first shipment. So rather than list it without any copies we could send out, we held off until now so we'd have them in stock for your order.

 

Comic Book Archives & Graphic Novels

 
BETTIE & VERONICA BY ADAM HUGHES Volume 1
Recommended. By Adam Hughes. It's Betty vs.Veronica! The most highly-anticipated reboot in comics history is here! Betty and Veronica are America's sweethearts - until they turn on each other! Pops' Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken. Betty and Veronica are back in this all-new collection from comics legend Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan)! Archie Comics, 2017...More.

Item Code: BETV01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 104pg, Full Color
$12.99

See the website for more by Adam Hughes, and more Archie and the gang.

 
SAX ROHMER'S DOPE By Trina Robbins
Highly Recommended. Foreword by C. Spike Trotman. Afterword by Colleen Doran. A talented young actress becomes fatally ensnared in London's mysterious and glittery drug culture of the early 20th century. A classic and obscure story by the famous creator of Fu Manchu, adapted into a short graphic novel in Eclipse Magazine back in 1981, and out of print ever since. Includes a fascinating, highly illustrated Afterword by Doran and a long background essay by Jon Cooke, "Sex, Drugs and The Yellow Peril,"  that puts this all in context, including a look at the "Devil Doctor in the Comics." Nudity and adult themes. Signed by Trina, Trotman and Doran. IDW, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: DOPT
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 80pg, b&w
$24.99

 
SAX ROHMER'S DOPE By Trina Robbins Signed
Signed by all three contributors. Already out of print. Highly Recommended. Foreword by C. Spike Trotman. Afterword by Colleen Doran. A talented young actress becomes fatally ensnared in London's mysterious and glittery drug culture of the early 20th century. A classic and obscure story by the famous creator of Fu Manchu, adapted into a short graphic novel in Eclipse Magazine back in 1981, and out of print ever since. Includes a fascinating, highly illustrated Afterword by Doran and a long background essay by Jon Cooke, "Sex, Drugs and The Yellow Peril,"  that puts this all in context, including a look at the "Devil Doctor in the Comics." Nudity and adult themes. Signed by Trina, Trotman and Doran. IDW, 2017. Out of Print. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: DOPTS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 80pg, b&w
$60.00

 
BATMAN & THE SHADOW The Murder Geniuses
Collects Batman/The Shadow #1-6 and stories from Batman Annual #1. By Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder. Art by Riley Rossmo. From iconic authors Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando comes the match-up of two noir heroes of the night. The Shadow was a major influence on the creation of Batman, and now appears in this powerful six-issue event, with excellent art not unlike Michael Kaluta's classic work. While investigating a murder, Batman identifies his prime suspect as Lamont Cranston... Batman is not aware Lamont's alter ego is the master detective known as the Shadow. More importantly, Cranston seems to have died over half a century ago! This looks very good!! DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: BASMGH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 168pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

 
CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN By Jack Kirby
Showcase #6, 7, 11 and 12 & Challengers #1-8, 1957-59 Our Highest Recommendation. By Jack Kirby and Wally Wood. It just doesn't get much better than this in the Silver Age! Jack Kirby reinvented the superhero genre with his sprawling saga of the Fourth World—a bold storytelling vision that was decades ahead of its time. And with The Fantastic Four he and Stan Lee created the iconic superhero team. But four years earlier, with magnificent inking by Wally Wood, Jack was honing his skills on one of the greatest prototype series of all time. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: CHUN
Soft Cover, 7x11, 320pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

 
WONDER WOMAN THE GOLDEN AGE Volume 1
Highly Recommended. By William Mouton Marston. Art by Harry G. Peter. Never before at such a low price: Almost the entire first year of Wonder Woman: her first appearance in All Star #8, her first adventures beginning In Sensation Comics #1-14, her first three issues of her own title, and even her appearance in Comic Cavalcade #1. Wow, this is just a fascinating and fun collection--the young heroine travels from Paradise Island to Man's World, where she battles criminals and supervillains like Cheetah and her first nemesis, the Baroness Von Gunther. Her magic bracelets and lasso of truth stop injustice, but usually not before she is tied up--Marston's trademark. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWGA01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 392pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

See all Wonder Woman Omnibus editions and much more on the website.

 
STARSTRUCK Old Proldiers Never Die
Highly Recommended. By Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta. The continuation of Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta's classic science fiction epic, a glorious mini-series, collected here with digitally remastered art and brand new colors, more than half of the material collected here for the very first time! What does a guy do when his droid goes missing? And not just any droid, an extremely rare pleasure droid that's a dead ringer for his long-lost love! Bartender Harry Palmer--ex-rebel, ex-mercenary "proldier"--combs Rec 97, a perilous, planet-sized, vacation station, following clues and fending off enemies... IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: STOLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x12, 176pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
MICHAEL WM KALUTA STARSTRUCK Artist's Edition
Highly Recommended. By Michael Kaluta. Michael Kaluta is one of the most revered and versatile artists in comics and illustration. He is frequently recognized as the definitive artist of The Shadow, has been praised for his Lord of the Rings paintings, and illustrated the Metropolis novel. He was also part of the legendary artists' collective (along with Jeff Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Berni Wrightson) known simply as THE STUDIO. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: MKSAEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 144pg, b&w
$150.00

 

New from PS Artbooks

 
PRE-CODE CLASSICS UNKNOWN WORLD & STRANGE STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD Volume 1
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), every one featuring lushly painted covers by Norman Saunders. Each also boasts one or more stories by the under-rated but fine artist Bob McCarty. PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: PCEU01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
$44.99

 
PRE-CODE CLASSICS THE UNSEEN Volume 1
Collects #5-10 (#1-5), 1952-53. Highly Recommended. By Alex Toth, Nick Cardy, John Fawcette, Mike Sekowsky, John Celardo, Jack Katz, Mike Esposito & Ross Andru et al. It was the 1950's -- the Atomic Age, the Cold War, and just before the Space Race. But nothing could match the imagination, the surprise, and the chilling-of-your-spine like the great horror comics of yesteryear. Some of the best non-EC horror stories came out of tiny publisher Standard, whose all-star artist Alex Toth set a high standard for his fellows. Both Mike Ross (Mike Esposito and Ross Andru) and Mike Sekowsky offer multiple wonderful Toth-style stories, inspired by the master. Jack Katz does his over-the-top thing. PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: PCEUN01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99

 
PRE-CODE CLASSICS ADVENTURES INTO DARKNESS Volume 2
Collects #10-14, 1953-54. Final volume. Recommended. By George Roussos, Art Saaf, John Celardo, Nick Cardy, Alex Toth, Mike Sekowsky et al. The covers alone in this baby are worth the price of admission, by George Roussos and DC mainstay Mike Sekowsky, doing his best imitation of Alex Toth! And his best was very good, as shown on several of his stories here. Also in these issues, two stories by Jack Katz, an Overstreet-identified lingerie panel, and a cannibalism story cited by T.E. Murphy's anti-comics articles. And work by Gene Fawcette (Planet Comics and Avon regular) and the other artists mentioned above. Way above average pre-code stories. PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: PCA02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
$44.99

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
PRE-CODE CLASSICS ADVENTURES INTO DARKNESS Volume 1
Collects issues #5-9, 1952-53. Highly Recommended. By Alex Toth, George Tuska, Jerry Grandenetti, John Celardo, Ruben Moreira, Jack Katz et al. The covers alone are worth the price of admission -- three stories by Toth, Jerry Grandenetti, plus, for fans of DC's My Greatest Adventure, a beautifully drawn story by Ruben Moreira --very few pre-code comics come any better than this. The under-rated Ralph Mayo contributes too. More wild work by Jack Katz included two covers. Even a delightful little two-pager by Murphy Anderson. Really strong artwork on fun horror stories in the EC tradition. Standard Comics did not believe in #1 issues so this ten issue run begins with #5. PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: PCA01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
$44.99

 

Art Books

 
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ERNST HAECKEL
16 pounds! Massive, in a special carrying box. Highly Recommended. By Rainer Willmann and Julia Voss. This book celebrates the scientific, artistic, and environmental importance of Haeckel's work, with a collection of prints, each a full oversized page, from his most important tomes on marine biology, including Die Radiolarien, Monographie der Medusen, Die Kalkschwämme: eine Monographie, and Kunstformen der Natur. Like a meticulous visual encyclopedia of living things, German-born Ernst Haeckel's work (1834-1919) was remarkable for its graphic precision and outright beauty, the very essence of Art Nouveau. From bats to box jellyfish, lizards to lichen, and spider legs to sea anemones, he emphasized the essential symmetries and order of nature, and found beauty in even the most unlikely of creatures. Taschen, 2017...More.

Item Code: ERNHH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x17, 600pg, Full Color
$200.00 $179.00

 
RUBÁIYÁT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM
Facsimile of the legendary 1909 edition. Highly Recommended. By Omar Khayyám. Art by Edmund Dulac. "A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse — and Thou, Beside me, singing in the Wilderness," is only one of the memorable verses from Edward Fitzgerald's translation of poems by the 11th century Persian sage Omar Khayyám. This magnificent version of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám reproduces the edition published by Hodder & Stoughton in London in 1909, in which the timeless poems are accompanied by full-color images by Golden Age illustrator Edmund Dulac. Critics and collectors have long debated which book represents the peak of Dulac's career, and many agree that his affinity for Persian art makes this gloriously illustrated volume a strong contender. Calla, 2017...More.

Item Code: RUBOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 160pg, Text/Full Color
$40.00 $34.95

See our website for more classics illustrated by Edmund Dulac, and for all of our Calla books.

 

Artist’s Editions, Comics Reference

 
THE LITTLE BOOK OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Recommended. By Roy Thomas. For more than 50 years he's been a star of comic books, television, movies, and Broadway, and now, with 192 pages of carefully selected images and top notch narrative by veteran writer and ex-Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, here is your authoritative guide to the everyman super hero! Packed with turning points in his history, with great art by creators from Steve Ditko and John Romita, to Todd McFarlane and Alex Ross. Taschen, 2017...More.

Item Code: LBAMA
Soft Cover, 5x7, 192pg, Full Color
$9.99

More Spider-Man is on the website, including the fine comic strip collections by Stan, Larry Leiber and John Romita.

 
SLUGFEST INSIDE THE EPIC 50-YEAR BATTLE BETWEEN MARVEL AND DC
Recommended. By Reed Tucker. Slugfest is the first book to chronicle the history of this epic rivalry into a single, in-depth narrative. Complete with interviews with the major names in the industry, Slugfest reveals the arsenal of schemes the two companies have employed in their attempts to outmaneuver the competition, whether it be stealing ideas, poaching employees, planting spies, or launching price wars. The feud has never completely disappeared, and it simmers on a low boil to this day. Da Capo, 2017...More.

Item Code: SLUGH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 286pg, Text Only
$27.00

A couple other good books on the history of comics are Comic Book History of Comics [COMBB $19.99] and Comic Shop [COMSHO $26.95].

 

Comic Strip Collections

 
AL CAPP LI'L ABNER Volume 9
Including Moonbeam McSwine and Fearless Fosdick, 1951-52. Recommended. By Al Capp. At long last Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae get married in a story so big it earned the cover of Life magazine! But the course of true love never runs smoothly, especially when the newlyweds adopt Li'l Orphan Hammy. Plus, Fearless Fosdick must save the world from The Atom Bum (goodbye, world!); Daisy Mae and Moonbeam McSwine are taken captive by Sahara Sam, the Friendly Slave Dealer; and Abner falls victim to Nightmare Alice's voodoo powers. The first-ever comprehensive reprinting of the comic strip—dailies and meticulously-restored full-color Sundays. IDW, 2017...More.

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

See previous releases on our website: Volumes 7 and 8, at the same discounted price.

 
BETTIE PAGE #5 Set
Three variant covers with the same story inside. Recommended. By David Avallone. Interior art by Colton Worley. An original Bettie Page photo-cover along with covers by Joseph Michael Linsner and J. Bone. You know that thing where your flight back to NYC is interrupted so you can be debriefed at a secret government base, only to find that base under attack by giant radioactive monsters? And you can't get another flight back home until you defeat the giant radioactive monsters? Sucks, right? But our Bettie can handle it. Interesting new stories with Bettie as model and entertainer...and reluctant adventurer and heroine. Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: BP05P
Soft Cover, 7x10, 32pg ea, Full Color
$11.99

 

Coming in January & February

 
SWORDS OF THE SWASHBUCKLERS
Collects #1-12, 1985-87, & bonus content. By Bill Mantlo. Art by Jackson Guice. Spirited teenager Domino Drake was just a normal girl... until she stumbled upon an alien artifact, acquired uncanny power, and became a beacon for intergalactic trouble! With her tabby cat Cap'n Kidd in tow, Domino joins the motley crew of the Starshadow -- a spacefaring pirate ship captained by the charismatic and fearless Raader. Imagine a young, bright-eyed girl on a galaxy-wide escapade, full of high-energy antics straight out of Guardians of the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean...! Dynamite, 2018. Due Jan. ...More.

Item Code: SWOSWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 496pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

 
WOMEN OF DYNAMITE Dejah Thoris J Scott Campbell Diorama Statue
By J Scott Campbell. Sculpted by Steve Kiwis. Sculpted by Steve Kiwis of Rvckvs International, the Women of Dynamite: Dejah Thoris Diorama Statue is inspired by Campbell's cover to the seminal 2010 Warlord of Mars #1 comic book. Measuring approximately 8.75 inches high, with a base measuring 9 by 6.5 inches, this cold-cast resin statue comes with gold-colored micro-link metal chain details. This highly-detailed masterpiece in three dimensions ships in a full-color display box with a Certificate of Authenticity, individually numbered as part of a limited edition run. Dynamite, 2018. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: WODDTJ
8.75" tall, Full Color
$199.99

See our website for more by Campbell, including several on-sale collections and statues.

 

Coming in March & April

 
THE ART OF HARRY ANDERSON
Highly Recommended. This beautiful new book explores the life and work of Harry Anderson, one of America's greatest illustrators. His buttery style in the difficult medium of opaque watercolor has been admired by generations of artists. He reminds me very favorably of Andew Loomis and he worked in the famous Haddon Sundblom studio in the 1940s. Now you can examine over 300 stunning illustrations reproduced from vintage magazines, family photos, and original paintings from the family's archives. This is an essential and comprehensive document of the artist's work. Illustrated Press, 2018. Due Mar. ...More.

Item Code: ARTHAH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color
$44.95

Also coming from The Illustrated Press, we've just been informed we should have it in just a couple weeks (in December):

 
Due This Month!
ART OF EDWIN GEORGI
Limited, 1000. Highly Recommended. By Daniel Zimmer. This spectacular new book explores the life and work of illustrator Edwin Georgi (1896-1964).This is the first book ever on his work, yet he is one of the stand-out artists of his era, magazine illustration in the 1940s-50s. This volume is printed in full color throughout and features over 250 illustrations. The book is filled to the brim with scores of beautiful illustrations reproduced from the original paintings and drawings, rare photographs, and published tear sheets. Illustrated Press, 2017. Due Dec. ...More.

Item Code: ARTEGH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 192pg, Full Color
$44.95

 
WILL EISNER'S A CONTRACT WITH GOD Curator's Collection Deluxe Signed
Signed & Limited, 125! Recommended. By Will Eisner, Dave Gibbons, Denis Kitchen, John Lind. Will Eisner's A Contract with God--one of the most influential graphic novels of all time--reproduced at 1:1 size from the original art! This deluxe slipcased, two-volume hardcover set contains full-size, full-color reproductions of Eisner's unpublished pencil layouts in one volume and his finished inked pages in the companion volume! This is limited to 125 copies only, includes a signed tip-in sheet from Will Eisner's archives and sports a unique variant slipcase design. Dark Horse, 2018. Due Apr. ...More.

Item Code: WEACD
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x13, 416pg, b&w
$295.00

 
WILL EISNER'S A CONTRACT WITH GOD Curator's Collection
Recommended. By Will Eisner, Dave Gibbons, Denis Kitchen, John Lind. Will Eisner's A Contract with God--one of the most influential graphic novels of all time--reproduced at 1:1 size from the original art! This deluxe slipcase, two-volume hardcover set contains full-size, full-color reproductions of Eisner's unpublished pencil layouts in one volume and his finished inked pages in the companion volume! Dark Horse, 2018. Due Apr. ...More.

Item Code: WEACH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x13, 416pg, b&w
$195.00 $175.00

 
SILVER AGE CLASSICS OUT OF THIS WORLD Volume 3
Collects #11-16, 1959. Highly Recommended. By Vince Alascia, Steve Ditko et al. Back in the post-EC days of the mid-to-late 1950's and early '60's, there was really only one place to go for your SF fix when you'd exhausted DC's output for that month: Out of this World, which would of course become synonymous with the work of Steve Ditko. And now this next volume in PS's Silver Age Classics continues to reprint the whole furshlugginer run the way it should be done. PS Artbooks, 2017. Due Apr. ...More.

Item Code: SAOW03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99

We don't have either volumes 1 or 2 in stock yet, but were just told Volume 2 is on the way to us. Same price [SAOW02H]. We're checking on the status of Volume 1, it might have been delayed due to difficulty in getting the contents.

 

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.

DC BOMBSHELLS Magnet Set [DCBM. $12.95 $6.00].
ELIZABETH TAYLOR [ELITH. $14.95 $3.00].
GOLIATH Signed [GOLSD. $175.00 $85.00].

THE WORLD OF A WAYWARD COMIC BOOK ARTIST [WOWC. $19.95 $7.50].
METAMORFX The Art of Constantine Sekeris [MEFX. $22.95 $5.00].

WALT BEFORE SKEEZIX Hurt [WABSKR. $44.95 $20.00].
WALKING DEAD Coloring Book [WDCOL. $14.99 $5.00].

GLENN FABRY Sketchbook 3 [GFS03. $20.00 $7.50].
GLENN FABRY Sketchbook 3 B&W Remarqued Edition [GFS03B. $75.00 $25.00].

NECRON #3 [NECRON03. $9.99 $3.50].
WOMEN LOVING WOMEN [WOML. $19.99 $5.00].

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

Just in time for the holiday is The Complete Christmas Card Art of Eyvind Earle. This huge tome is an amazing collection for any Earle fan with colorful images bursting from every page.

Just added is James Montgomery Flagg, to complement your copy of Illustration Magazine 58 above. We are currently working on listing a complete set of #1-48, from the Jim Vadeboncoeur collection, issue by issue. Click here to see the list.

We just discovered one copy of the Prince Valiant Volume 1 1937 X-LG, and three copies of Prince Valiant Volume 3 1939 X-LG, which is now out of print. With these was a special edition page of Hal Foster's final Sunday page of Prince Valiant, limited to 1500 copies.

We also added a few more copies of Wally Wood's Witzend.

We have started sending out a special once-a-month email of newly added and newly discounted Rare and Out of Print Books. Click Here to receive this.

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Mature Readers

We've got the nicest Guido Crepax set you have ever seen, this week from Fantagraphics. The Complete Crepax Slipcased Set features the first two multi-story collections, oversized hardcovers in the fanciest slipcase that we've seen in some time, a two-part job that the books slide into vertically. It's a gorgeous package of some of the most wild and erotic early graphic novels to come out of Italy in the 1970s and 80s, by the artist who inspired next generation artists/writers like Milo Manara to push the envelope melding together comic art and eroticism.

Also available are the individual volumes, also in hardcover. The volumes 1 and 2 collected here, and volume 3, coming soon. All are $75, your price $65 each [CREP01H, CREP02H, CREP03H.]

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News and Notes

Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets

Missed this at the theater but just caught it the day it was released as a DVD. I loved it. Director Luc Besson has been a fan of the series since it began in the weekly French magazine Pilote. If you have seen his Fifth Element, you know the work he is capable of. However, as the extra features beautifully point out—and you should watch them all—Fifth Element was held back by the limits of technology at the time; Valerian had no such problems, and now only the imagination limits what can be done with special effects. It’s an amazing movie, including entire worlds created by ILM, WETA Workshop and Rodeo.

The two creators were on set and were like 12-year-old kids, delighted to see their 21-volume graphic novel series finally come to life. I can’t recommend enough that you see this! And of course, check out the graphic novels. Each of the earliest ones are being collected, three at a time, into The Valerian and Lauraline Complete Collections. The first three are in stock now, two more are coming soon. We also have the latest single GNs, and continue to bring in new ones as we catch up on the entire series. And The Illustrated Treasury, all about the series.

Cyber Sale

This year’s Cyber Sale went out as a special email on November 21. If you were partying hard for the holidays and missed it, you can find it here. Scroll down below the week’s new items. I can’t think of anything that has sold out yet, so you can still have some fun here. We’ve got a whole bunch of items priced under $10, many more under $20, etc.

 

The Complete H.P. Lovecraft

This bargain-priced $14.95 hardcover is finally back in stock. You can also score the same book but in a fancier binding and slipcase for $35.00, your price $29.95.

See our website for more Lovecraft, including the cool little Cthulhu statue: The Ancient One Tribute Box [CTHA. $19.95] and a wonderful full color poster of Cthulhu by Richard Luong, now on sale [39x24, CTHPO. $25, your price $17.50.] And of course the 2018 Cthulhu Calendar [CTH18. Only $11.99].

 

Cisco Kid Volumes 1 and 2

With the publication of Volume 3, we’ve brought back in these two earlier releases from 2011 and 2015. Both are on sale at $24.95, your price $15.95. I’m a big fan, the artwork here is almost unrivalled in the genre of comic strip westerns.

The Complete Screwball Comics

Announced just recently, this has been delayed until the latter part of next year.

~Bud

 

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Prince Valiant Volumes 1-3 Slipcase set, Frankenstein: The First 200 Years, Walled City, Walt Disney Christmas Classics, Justice League Art of the Film, Gumby Imagined, Arthur Rackham and W. Heath Robinson bargain-books.

A first-ever slipcased gift set of Prince Valiant, Volumes 1-3 is our lead off item this week. The much anticipated Frankenstein: The First 200 Years looks outstanding. I also really like Walled City, which examines over-sized mural art, the best from all over the world. Also new is Walt Disney Christmas Classics, Justice League Art of the Film, Gumby Imagined, Arthur Rackham and W. Heath Robinson bargain-books. And more, of course, so dig in... Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here.

Our latest catalog is scheduled to be mailed out from our printer in the mid-west on November 24th. But you can get the jump and download it right now. We may take off early on Friday, November 24, so call or get your orders before noon PST for same-day shipment or to talk to someone here.
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PRINCE VALIANT 1-3 Slipcase Set
1937-42. Our Highest Recommendation. By Hal Foster. Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant is one of the most magnificent adventure comics ever and Fantagraphics’ reprinting, from rare original syndicate proofs, is today the finest treatment of the strip in the history of publishing. Despite being one of their most popular series, they never produced a holiday gift box set--until now. This deluxe package includes the first three volumes of the series, collecting the first six years of Foster’s run, from 1937 through 1942, enclosed in a stunningly illustrated slipcase with different illustrations front and back. Fantagraphics, 2017...More.

Item Code: PVS01P
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x14, 336pg, Full Color
$99.99 $84.99

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
PRINCE VALIANT STUDIO EDITION
Almost Gone! It's here at last! Our Highest Recommendation. By Hal Foster. Hal Foster is in five artistic Halls of Fame--more than any other illustrator. Fantagraphics' recent reprints of Prince Valiant have received international acclaim, and now they are printing the Holy Grail of comics art: a 160-page collection scanned from Foster's rare, original pages (drawn in black & white, pen and ink) and printed in full color. But also including several hand-colored pages and color syndicate proofs. Includes a beautiful die-cut cover and a bonus original art-size print of the famous "battle on the bridge" scene, 1938. This is an absolutely magnificent book! Fantagraphics, 2017. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: PVSTH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket,17x23, 160pg, Full Color
$175.00

We have only 16 copies of this Studio Edition left as I write this. It went out of print upon release and there are no plans to reprint it that we know of. Don’t miss out if you want one of these. It’s stunning. See our website for Prince Valiant Volumes 1-16 plus related books.

 
FRANKENSTEIN The First Two Hundred Years
Already a bestseller for us! By Christopher Frayling. This book, celebrating the 200th birthday of Frankenstein, traces the journey of Shelley’s Frankenstein from limited-edition literature into the bloodstream of contemporary culture. With text by renowned Gothic scholar Sir Christopher Frayling, it includes new research on the novel’s origins; a facsimile reprint of the earliest-known manuscript version of the creation scene; visual material on adaptations for the stage, in magazines, on playbills, in prints and in books of the 19th century; visual essays and stills on many of the film versions and their inspirations in the history of art; and Frankenstein in popular cultureâfix oddfix oddon posters, advertisements, packaging, in comics and graphic novels. Reel Art Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: FRAFH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 208pg, Partial Color
$39.95

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
ROY THOMAS PRESENTS FRANKENSTEIN Volume 8
Closeout Price! Collects #28-33, 1954. Highly Recommended. Written and drawn by Dick Briefer. While earlier issues were pure humor, here Frankenstein continues, and in fact concludes the complete run. It's now entirely a dark, sinister turn into pure horror. I particularly like these stories, as the mute monster relentlessly deals out harsh, final justice to anyone who wishes him ill. He also became a silent judge-and-jury when he finds others persecuted or wronged, and never hesitates to mete out violent justice! He's the man! PS Artbooks, 2015...More.

Item Code: FRA08H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 200pg, Full Color
$48.00 $14.95

We also have the slipcased edition of this on sale: [FRA08D. $64.99, your price $21.99]. Volumes 3-7 are also all on sale and we have most in both regular and slipcased copies. Some are almost gone, however, as few as six copies left. I personally like best the more serious pre-code “horror” issues (#18-33), which are collected in Volumes 6-8. The earlier humor issues in Volumes 3-5 are fun but a whole different take on Frankenstein.

 
CARTOON COUNTY My Father and His Friends in The Golden Age of Cartoon Make Believe
By Cullen Murphy. For a period of about fifty years, right in the middle of the American Century, many of the nation’s top comic-strip cartoonists, gag cartoonists, and magazine illustrators lived within a stone’s throw of one another in the southwestern corner of Connecticut. Here lived a tight-knit group of creators responsible for Superman, Beetle Bailey, Snuffy Smith, Rip KirbyHagar the HorribleHi and LoisNancy, Sam & SiloAmyThe Wizard of IdThe Heart of Juliet JonesFamily Circus, and Joe Palooka, among others. This is written by John Cullen Murphy's son, whose father was tapped by Hal Foster to take over Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt. FSG, 2017...More.

Item Code: CARCH
Hard Cover, 8x9, 260pg, Partial Color
$27.00

 

Art Books

 
WALLED CITY The Art of The Mural
Brilliant, Highly Imaginative Art on a Grand Scale! Highly Recommended. Walled City makes plain why large-scale outdoor paintings have become so widely admired and accepted. The level of talent, skill and execution here is incredible. Featuring the best work of more than 40 artists from every corner of the planet, Walled City clearly shows that large scale murals have established themselves as a new pillar of urbanism--and a new art form itself. Gingko Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: WALLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 240pg, Full Color
$39.95

 
GUMBY IMAGINED The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations
By Joan Clokey and Joe Clokey. Filmmaker Art Clokey and his greatest creation, Gumby, have made an indelible impact on entertainment and pop culture across many generations. Interwoven in a tapestry of rare photos and first-person stories, Gumby Imagined details the artistic path and complete works of one of the world's most influential creative minds, Art Clokey, from his formative years to 1950s Show Business and Clokey Productions in the 1960s in full swing...and beyond to Davey and Goliathand more experimental forays into storytelling. Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: GUMBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x11, 300pg, Partial Color
$34.99 $31.99

 
JUSTICE LEAGUE Art of The Film
Recommended. By Abbie Bernstein. Inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans – Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash – to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, costume detail, stills, and behind-the-scenes shots from the set, this book is an invaluable insight into the world of Justice League. Foreword by Geoff Johns, Introduction by Charles Roven. Titan, 2017...More.

Item Code: ARTJLH
Hard Cover, 12x11, 208pg, Full Color
$39.95 $34.95

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
WONDER WOMAN The Art & Making of the Film
Foreword by Patty Jenkins. Recommended. By Sharon Gosling. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman sees the hero brought to the big screen for the first time in her own movie, and fully realizes the breathtaking wonder, strength, and grace of such an historic character. This celebrates the creation of the groundbreaking movie, showcasing the earliest concept art, set and costume designs, sketches and storyboards and wonderful photos of all the stars in action. The book goes deep into the filmmaking process, from creating the island of Themyscira to the war-torn trenches and towns of World War I Europe. Titan, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWARTH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x11, 192pg, Full Color
$39.95

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
WONDER WOMAN Ambassador of Truth
Recommended. By Signe Bergstrom. A gorgeous, authorized celebration of Wonder Woman. This chronicles her life and times, from origin and founding member of the Justice Society in the Golden Age, to her evolution in television and film. Brings together a breathtaking collage of images—from the DC comic books, the 1970s-era television show starring Lynda Carter, numerous animated appearances, and of course, the 2017 film with Gal Gadot. Lush full-color compendium with cool inserts and exclusive interactives, illuminating interviews and anecdotes from key artists, writers, and personalities. All wapped in a wearable golden tiara! Harper, 2017...More.

Item Code: WWAMBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 176pg, Text/Full Color
$50.00 $42.50

 
THE ILLUSTRATED DUST JACKET 1920-1970
366 color illustrations. Recommended. By Martin Salisbury. A deep dive into the history of the illustrated book jacket, tracing its development across the twentieth century, reflecting some of the most iconic designs of the era, from the 1920s to the 1960s. 53 artists' work is examined, including Ardizzone, Artzybasheff, Bawden, Eric Fraser, Gorey, Kauffer, Rockwell Kent, John Nash, Mervyn Peake, Ronald Searle, Ben Shahn, Tomi Ungerer, and even N.C. Wyeth. Thames & Hudson, 2017...More.

Item Code: COVUH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 200pg, Full Color
$39.95

For more on the history of book illustrators, see our website.

 
THE BOOK OF BALLADS AND SAGAS Original Art Edition
Read each story from the original artwork! By Neil Gaiman, Charles De Lint et al. Art by Charles Vess. Unsigned regular edition. Twenty-two years ago, artist Charles Vess teamed up with an all-star ensemble of ground-breaking and award winning writers including Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Jane Yolen (Lost Girls), Sharyn McCrumb (The Ballad of Frankie Silver), and Jeff Smith (Bone) to produce The Book of Ballads – which re-imagined the greatest English, Irish, and Scottish folktales in sequential art. From the original art, here is that work--plus 50 pages of new material, scripts, thumbnails, original sketches and much more. Titan Comics, 2017...More.

Item Code: BBSAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x15, 160pg, b&w
$75.00

Due to lack of communication from the publisher, we were unaware until now there are actually TWO editions of this—we first offered this at $75 as a signed edition and we honored any pre-orders when the price, we thought, had changed to $100. But we just discovered there IS a $75 edition, which is above and now in stock--it’s just not signed. The signed edition, as announced last week, is [BBSHS. $100], signed by Charles Vess on a special extra-illustrated page.

 
DALI AND DISNEY Destino The Story, Artwork, and Friendship Behind the Legendary Film Limited Edition
Special Order! By David A. Bossert. This limited edition features a high-definition screen inside the front cover and a touch of a button plays the entire Destino film. The first-of-its-kind volume comes in a beautiful slipcase and includes a USB and wall charger and a headphone jack for a lifetime of continued enjoyment. This volume showcases all 150 pieces of art created by Dali and Hench. Also, the sole piece of animation art that was filmed in 1946 is showcased in a series of images explaining how it was digitally cut apart, restored and then reassembled for the 2003 completed film version. Disney, 2017...More.

Item Code: DALDD
Hard Cover, 11x9, 208pg, Partial Color
$250.00

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
DALI AND DISNEY Destino The Story, Artwork, and Friendship Behind the Legendary Film
Recommended. By David A. Bossert. A stunning tribute to the lifelong friendship and collaboration of Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. In 1945, the two began working on a project together, intended to be a short animated film called Destino. Dali partnered with Disney legend John Hench to storyboard the film, but production was brought to a halt because of financial difficulties. Disney, 2015...More.

Item Code: DALDH
Hard Cover, 11x9, 208pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95

 

Archives

 
WARLORD OF MARS OMNIBUS Volume 1
#1-18 & Annual, 2010-12. By Arvid Nelson & Mark Rahner. Art by Steve Sadowski, Lui Antonio, Edgar Salazar et al. Mars. Once teeming with life, the Red Planet's oceans disappeared, leaving only a wasteland where savage barbarian hordes threaten to destroy the last few outposts of civilization. But when Earth's John Carter finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, one of the greatest science fiction epics of all time begins! Begins with ERB's original story but soon this series is off into new adventures, continuing to the present day. Plus an amazing 62 regular and variant covers by a plethora of top cover artists. Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: WAMA01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 496pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

 
BATMAN The Golden Age Omnibus Volume 4
Collects Detective Comics #92-111, Batman #26-35 and stories from World's Finest Comics #15-22, 1944-46. Highly Recommended. By Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, Jerry Robinson, Jack Burnley, Dick Sprang et al. Dozens of cool stories, collected chronologically, from almost two years during and just after the war. With Catwoman, the Penguin, the Joker, Two-Face and many more. Features include a classic Burnley Christmas cover on Batman #27 plus a Penguin appearance; Batman #32 features the origin of Robin retold; #35 features a Catwoman story in new costume, without her cat's head mask. In Detective Comics we find two Joker stories, a Penguin cover feature and story, and the first Bat-Signal story. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: BATG04H
Hard Cover, 6x8, 784pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

The first three Batman Golden Age Omnibus volumes remain available at $75, your price $65 each [BATG01H, etc]. The first two Batman Golden Age softcover collections are also available [BATG01. $24.99, your price $21.99 and BATG02. $29.99, your price $26.99]. But due to limited response, we are not going to stock more of these. They collect the same material as in the omnibus editions, except less of it, 356 pages and 384 pages vs. over 800 pages in each Omnibus.

 

Walt Disney Collections

 
WALT DISNEY'S CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
Introduction by Alberto Becattini. 1960-1997. Highly Recommended. By Frank Reilly, Floyd Gottfredson, Tony Strobl, Willie Ito, Richard Moore et al. The Disney Christmas newspaper comic strip was an annual tradition from 1960-1987, running daily throughout the month before Christmas. Twenty-seven special Christmas stories are collected in a book for the first time. Plus a special bonus: the 1992-1997 Disney Holiday Stories featuring Aladdin, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Lion King! A delightful book for Disney fans of all ages. The Disney Christmas newspaper strip debuted in 1960 with "Peter Pan’s Christmas Story," in which Captain Hook tries to sabotage Christmas. IDW, 2017 ...More.

Item Code: WDCCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x9, 266pg, b&w
$39.99 $34.99

 
Coming Soon!
WALT DISNEY'S SILLY SYMPHONIES The Complete Comics Volume 3 1939-1942
Highly Recommended. 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 Dec....More.

Item Code: WDSS03H
Hard Cover, 12x9, 200pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
WALT DISNEY'S TREASURY OF CLASSIC TALES Volume 2
1956-58. Recommended. By Frank A. Reilly. Art by Jesse Marsh, Floyd Gottfredson, Ken Hultgren & Julius Svendsen. From the Disney vaults—thirteen more never-before-collected Sunday comics adaptations of popular 1950s Disney animated and live-action features: Davy Crockett, Littlest Outlaw, Great Locomotive Chase, Westward Ho the Wagons, Gus and Jaq, Johnny Tremain, Perri, The Light in the Forest, Sleeping Beauty, The Seven Dwarfs and the Witch-Queen, Lambert the Sheepish Lion, Old Yeller, and The Shaggy Dog! IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: WDTC02H
Hard Cover, 12x9, 220pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
WALT DISNEY'S SILLY SYMPHONIES A Companion To The Classic Cartoon Series
Revised and updated edition. Recommended. By Russell Merritt and J.B. Kaufman. Launched by Walt Disney in 1929 as a "musical novelty" series to complement Mickey Mouse, the Silly Symphonies soon became much more. This line of delightfully innovative, animated cartoons ran for ten years and produced such classics as The Three Little Pigs, The Tortoise and the Hare, Music Land, and The Old Mill. Silly Symphonies won every Academy Award. From the authors of the prize-winning Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney, this richly illustrated volume is a complete history including detailed entries for all the Symphonies along with a lengthy critical analysis and production history of the series. Disney, 2016...More.

Item Code: WALDSH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 260pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95

If you like these, you may also also enjoy Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Daily and Sunday newspaper strip collection. All are in the same oblong format. See all our Disney books on the website, including the earlier volumes of those listed above. Also the new They Drew as They Pleased series, now with three volumes, and Nine More Old Men boxed flipbook set.

 

Replica Editions

 
BLACK CAT MYSTERY #50 White Heat!
Replica edition. Originally published 1954 - Back in Stock. Recommended. By Sid Check. Art by Bob Powell, Howard Nostrand, Frank Frazetta et al. An exact replica of the most desirable issue of Black Cat Mystery, more than triple the price ($1790 in VFN) of #1. Warren Kremer's "classic" cover showing a man's face and hands burning away from radiation poisoning, plus a rare Sid Check story with Frazetta assisting, plus Bob Powell and Howard Nostrand. Includes cover story "White Heat," "Moe Gambo," "Here Today...," (the Check/Frazetta story), and "The King is Dead." Canton Street Press, 2015 ...More.

Item Code: BCM50
Soft Cover, 7x10, 36pg, Full Color
$14.99

 
CHAMBER OF CHILLS #19 Replica Edition
Originally published 1953. Recommended. By Howard Nostrand, Bob Powell, Lee Elias, Joe Certa and Jack Sparling. Known for its classic cover and for some gorgeous Howard Nostrand art, this is one of the best issues in the three-run of this Harvey horror comic. Four stories range from "Black Passion," very much in the EC tradition, "TerrorVision," about a TV set that becomes a portal into a world of H.P. Lovecraft-style monsters, the Tarzan parody "Garzan the Magnificent," and another EC-style classic, "Happy Anniversary." Plus one page shorts, ads for Harvey's other comics, and great period ad pages for Magic Outfits, Space Commando Walkie-Talkies, Chewing Gum Weight Reduction and more. Canton Street Press, 2017...More.

Item Code: CHAM19
Soft Cover, 7x10, 32pg, Full Color
$14.99

 
MOON GIRL #4 Replica Edition
Originally published 1948. Recommended. By Sheldon Moldoff. The Flashback Replica series reprints significant golden age comic books. Each issue is an exact reproduction from the original and includes all editorial and ad pages. Here's the legendary EC comic book, where Shelly Moldoff created this super-powered spin-off of the popular Wonder Woman, endowed with super powers from the moon. Adversaries include the lovely but evil Satana, sowing distrust and hate between different ethnic peoples to get rich for the outcome! Canton Street Press, 2016...More.

Item Code: MOG04
Soft Cover, 7x10, 32pg, Full Color
$14.99

Also available: Moon Girl #2, 3 ($17.99 each) and 5 ($14.99); Is This Tomorrow? America Under Communism ($8.99); Race for the Moon (Simon, Kirby and Al Williamson, $17.99), and Teenage Romances #14 (Matt Baker, $14.99).

Also, from the publisher of Classics Illustrated, replica editions of Spitfire #1 & 2 [CSC1, CSC2] and Bomber Comics #1-4, [CBC1, 2, 3, 4] all first published in 1944-45. All are on sale [$15.00, your price $10 each]. We have just 3 to 10 copies of each of these left.

 

Sale-Priced: Masterpieces of Art Series

 
HEATH ROBINSON Masterpieces of Art
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Susan Grange and C.P. Gregory. Illustrator and cartoonist W. Heath Robinson is renowned for his ingenious and haphazard contraptions--he was known as the "Rube Goldberg of England." His witty drawings of complicated machines are ironically designed to simplify everyday life, but always manage to make everything appear more complicated! His work is steeped in the humor of calamity, including World Wars I and II, and his name soon became synonymous for absurd and makeshift devices--as well as the superb advertising art and illustrated books he also created. Frame Tree, 2017 ...More.

Item Code: HEROBH
Hard Cover,8x9, 128pg, Partial Color
$18.00 $12.95

 
ARTHUR RACKHAM Masterpieces of Art
Back in Stock. Highly Recommended. By Joseph Simas. Art by Arthur Rackham. Arthur Rackham was the most famous book illustrator of his time, and influenced much of the book illustration of the first half of the 20th century. The impishness of his drawings brought humor and detail to the fairy stories and classic tales which were popular at the time, from the Brothers Grimm and Peter Pan to his exquisite work on Alice in Wonderland. Long introduction/biography, b&w and color artwork from throughout his career and his most famous books, as well as obscure magazines. Flame Tree, 2015 ...More.

Item Code: ARRAMH
Hard Cover, 8x9, 128pg, Partial Color
$12.95

For more by Heath Robinson, click here, and for more by Arthur Rackham, click here.

See our entire selection of 31 different Calla Books, facsimile editions of classic illustrated books from 1900-1925, for more by Robinson, Rackham, and other masters from the Golden Age of Illustration.

 

Coming in March

 
SCREWBALL! The Cartoonists Who Made The Funnies Funny
Recommended. By Paul Tumey. Art by George Herriman et al. Before "screwball" became a movie genre, it was a staple of other forms of American culture, including newspaper comic strips. Screwball comics offered a healthy dose of laughter and perspective. Comics scholar Paul C. Tumey traces the development of screwball as a genre in magazine cartoons and newspaper comics, presenting the lives and work of around two dozen cartoonists, with an art-stuffed chapter on each, such as Segar, McCay, Goldberg, Holman, Gross, Mager, Swanson and others. IDW, 2018 Due Mar....More.

Item Code: SCRCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x11, 272pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99

 
JOE KUBERT TARZAN AND THE LION MAN Artist's Edition #3
Recommended. Collecting the brilliant Joe Kubert's final Tarzan stories in the acclaimed and multi-Eisner Award-winning Artist's Edition format. Including the third Tarzan novel adapted by Joe Kubert, Tarzan and the Lion Man, as well as five additional stories. Includes Tarzan issues #224, 225, 227-229, 231-234. Featuring Kubert's masterful handling of Edgar Rice Burroughs classic creation--this is truly as good as comics get! IDW, 2018 Due Mar. ...More.

Item Code: JKAE03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 176pg, b&w
$125.00

Volume 1 is also in stock. Volume 2 is not in stock but we can special order it for you, it takes about 3 weeks longer than a regular order. Both $125 each.

Also in stock is Kubert’s Artist Edition for Enemy Ace [JKEAEH. $125] and Tor, From 1,000,000 Years Ago [JKTAE. $150]. Click here for more by Joe Kubert, and here for everything we have on Tarzan.

 
KAMANDI BY JACK KIRBY Omnibus
Collects #1-40, 1972-77 Recommended. By Jack Kirby. Kamandi—one of the few survivors of a Great Disaster that has destroyed civilization--must search for a safe haven in a world populated by bizarre mutated animals and other strange wonders! Considered one of Jack Kirby's most creative works, Kamandi features a band of anthropomorphic supporting characters who accompany him, facing a giant, monstrous crab creature and an intelligent killer whale, and hunted by the Sacker Company as a valuable intelligent human. In what is considered the series' greatest tale, Kamandi is forced to compete with the leader of a gorilla clan for the ultimate prize: Superman's costume! DC, 2018 Due Mar. ...More.

Item Code: KAMOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 896pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
JACK KIRBY KAMANDI The Last Boy On Earth Artist's Edition Volume 2
Special Order- takes 3-4 weeks! Recommended. Jack Kirby's epic story of Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth continues! Collecting six consecutive complete issues (11-16) which include the incredible story of Klikklak, the giant grasshopper. In a world full of talking animals, Kamandi struggles to make a life for himself as he searches for his fellow humans in a post-apocalyptic landscape! The raw power of Jack "King" Kirby is evident on every page in this gorgeous Artist's Edition. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: JKKAE02H
Hard Cover,12X17, 160pg, b&w
$125.00

Kamandi Artist’s Edition Volume 1 is also still available at the same price.

 

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.

ART FOR ALL The Color Woodcut in Vienna Around 1900 [ARALH. $69.99 $35.00].
ART OF BIG DOG INK Volume 2 [ARBD02. $24.99 $10.00].

MARVEL DOCTOR STRANGE Prelude [MDSP. $16.99 $8.00].
NEIL GAIMAN'S LADY JUSTICE Volume 1 [NGLJ01. $14.99 $5.00].
ROAD TO PERDITION BIG LITTLE BOOK Signed Screenplay by David Self [ROADB. $30.00 $20.00].

THE ROCKETEER The Official Movie Adaptation [ROCKOMA. $6.95 $5.00].
SUPERMAN VS SHAZAM! [SMVS. $19.99 $7.50].
SPAWN Vault Edition [SPAVEH. $175.00 $125.00].

SCIENCE FICTION FANTASY WORLD OF TIM WHITE [TIMWHITE. $21.95 $7.50].
TOM by Daniel Torres [TOMTH. $25.00 $15.00].
VERNON GRANT'S MOTHER GOOSE [VERNHC. $15.00 $7.50].

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 sent out our first Rare & Out of Print email on November 14th, and you can see it by clicking here and scrolling down past the regular email. If you didn't receive it, and would like to be on the list, please sign-up here and select the Rare Books email list.

We have no new items this week, but have discounted the price on some of our older listings, and you can see them here.

For instance, we just got a second copy of The Spirit Casebook All About P’Gell, copy #4 of 400 signed by Eisner. We’ve reduced the price on this and the copy #3 [RB113] already in stock from $250 to $150. These are both publisher file copies that I bought from Kitchen Sink in 1998. I put them aside until now.

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Mature Readers

The Bettie Page Comics Set #1 is nearly gone, we just got our last reorder of the four variant issues [BP01P. $15.99]. Act now if you want one. #2 is also in short supply. Set 3 and 4 are also in stock---these each have 3 variant issues for $11.99 each [BP02P, BP03P, BP04P].

Issues #5-7 have been announced by the publisher, so this looks to be an on-going series or at least a longer one that we first thought. We'll continue to make available variant sets of these as long as supply lasts. The same publisher, Dynamite, has announced a series of new Barbarella comics, and we'll be handling these also as variant-cover sets.

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News and Notes

 

Our Cyber Monday came early-November 21

We sent out our new Cyber sale earlier this week. You can find this below if you are reading this on our blog, or else click here and scroll down below the regular email. Click here to see more closeouts and discounted items in short supply.

 

Special Offers

The Flesk Buy-One, Get-One-Free offer is still available. Buy any book published by Flesk and choose one of two FREE James Bama books, originally pubished at $45 and $24.95. Limit two per order. See the entire selection, including many on-sale titles, by scrolling down below our regular email HERE. And this also applies to all our Mr. Monster collections and a free copy of Gorzilla vs. Mr. Monster, also in that special email.

A free Frazetta ICON promotional brochure, 12 pages on high gloss paper with full color paintings throughout, is also still available FREE with any other book with Frazetta that we offer. This includes all Underwood Books Sale and Publisher File Copies, or any other books we handle with Frazetta.

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2018 Calendars

Lastly don’t miss out on your favorite calendars. We are already completely out of the Olivia Calendar. We are very low in stock, under ten copies each, on Luis Royo [LR18], Lingerie [LIN18], Sports Illustrated Page a Day [SISP18], and the regular Sports Illustrated [SIS18]. See our complete selection of 2018 Calendars on our website.


Christmas Cards!

This year we have upgraded from Christmas postcards back to a full Christmas card, with a lovely illustration by Thomas Haller Buchanan and a photo of our guys and gals here. We will include one of these with every order shipped out from now until we run out—or the end of the year, whichever happens first.

~Bud

 

Our Catalog and Contact Info

We publish a color catalog every two months—if you’ve placed an order in the last 12 months, you will receive it hot off the press. If this is your first order, or if you’d like an extra copy, you can add one to your order: click here. Or call or send us your address and we’ll mail one to you. You can also download it here

Place your order before noon PST, Monday through Friday for SAME DAY shipping (for in-stock items).

Note: FREE SHIPPING OVER $300. If your order total is $300 or more and you are in the U.S., we pay the standard shipping cost.

Contact us: csr@budsartbooks.com or 530-273-2166 Mon-Fri 9-4

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