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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Harvey Dunn, a new Moebius art book, Phantoms and a Mandrake, The Avengers/Defenders archive, Song of Opar, three new Pre-Code horror collections, the excellent Kamandi Challenge, Jack Kirby Checklist, EC’s under-rated title Extra!, a new Planet of the Apes Archive, and more!

A banner week for new items, and many of them highly recommended. Harvey Dunn now sale-priced, exclusive to us, a new Moebius art book, several new Phantoms and a Mandrake, The Avengers/Defenders Archive (just in time for the film), Song of Opar, three new Pre-Code horror collections, the excellent Kamandi Challenge, the new limited edition Jack Kirby Checklist, EC's under-rated title Extra!, a new Planet of the Apes Archive, a cool Bone DVD/book package, Danger Girl 20th anniversary, and Batman and the Shadow in a fine new graphic novel--together. Enjoy.

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Art Books

 
HARVEY DUNN Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West
Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. By Walter Reed. Harvey Dunn was one of twentieth century America's most powerful illustrators, painters and teachers. This comprehensive volume covers a major portion of his illustrations and paintings for the first time. Content includes illustration art, pioneer and western works, and his powerful World War I pieces inspired by his battlefield sketches. Also included are  rarely seen nudes, portraits, and murals. Paintings from museums and private collections showcase the full range of this talented American artist. Flesk, 2010...More.

Item Code: HDH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 304pg, Full Color
$50.00 $29.95

 
HARVEY DUNN Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West Deluxe Signed
Signed, numbered, limited, 350! Slipcased with two bonus tipped-in plates. Our Highest Recommendation. By Walter Reed. Special edition previously only available from the museum. Specially bound with a matching green cloth slipcase, onlaid color cover plate blocked in gold. Extra full page photo of Dunn tipped-in on the limitation page, which is signed by Walter Reed and hand-numbered; facing this is an extra tipped-in color plate of an unpublished experimental painting, "Romance," from the 1920s. Harvey Dunn was one of twentieth century America's most powerful illustrators, painters and teachers. Flesk, 2010...More.

Item Code: HDHM
Hard Cover, 9x12, 304pg, Full Color
$125.00

We are able to price the regular edition of the Harvey Dunn this way because the museum that co-published it with Flesk needed to make room. Flesk still charges full price, so we don't think you'll find it cheaper unless you travel to South Dakota to buy one in person. It's really a fine book. The deluxe is also beautifully done, with a small limitation and bonus art and binding. It may not last long, previously they were only available from the museum.

 
THE ART OF EDENA
Moebius Library. Highly Recommended. By Moebius. A companion volume to the critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling World of Edena graphic novel, this collects four Edena-related short stories and a motherlode of Moebius illustrations, including some of the Star Watcher series which were so fine, they were also published as signed/limited prints. A celebration of the imagery and creative enthusiasm Moebius held for his Edena universe--which was at times biographical. Includes “Seeing Naples,” “Another Planet,” “The Repairmen,” and “Dying to See Naples.” Dark Horse, 2018...More.

Item Code: ARTEDH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 176pg, Full Color
$34.99 $29.99

See our website for the regular Edena books, and all of our Moebius collections. We have several rare out of print items that may be gone soon, they will be appearing in a special Moebius section in our next catalog. Act now.

 
BEAUTIFUL SCENES FROM A FANTASY WORLD
Background Illustrations and Scenes from Anime and Manga Works. Our Highest Recommendation. 32 well-known Japanese illustrators and animators show you their absolutely amazing worlds. Beautiful castles, islands floating in the air, pirate ships sailing through the clouds, retro-futuristic inventions, deserted architectural spaces, towns that have sunk under the ocean, an enchanted forest and a space locomotive.... The work here is just gorgeous, packed with incredible detail and stunningly colored. From work done for films, CD covers, and some pieces done especially for this. We really like this. PIE, 2018...More.

Item Code: BEASC
Soft Cover, 10x10, 160pg, Full Color
$39.95

Also see the companion book in this series, Everyday Scenes from a Parallel World [EVESC. $39.95]. If you are going to start with just one, start with Beautiful Scenes. I really, really like this book, the artwork is amazing.

 
GUSTAV KLIMT AT HOME
Recommended. By Patrick Bade. Art by Gustav Klimt. This handsome volume explores the influences of Vienna and other places Klimt visited and called home in his life and work. Fully illustrated, the book features paintings, including his famous nudes and portraits of lovely women, archive imagery and photographs of the surrounding city and landscape to provide an insight into how the people and places of his life relate to his work. Klimt was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. He was both influenced by and shaped the city of Vienna at the turn of the century. Francis Lincoln, 2018...More.

Item Code: GUSKHH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x10, 176pg, Text/Partial Color
$35.00

See more on Klimt, including Taschen's Complete Klimt which is now bargain priced (it's HUGE and was originally $200) [GKCPH. $70, your price $65].

 
ARTS AND CRAFTS TILES Morris to Voysey
Recommended. By Rob Higgins and Will Farmer. Although Arts and Crafts was initially a medieval revival, the movement was always about the artist craftsman and the appropriate use of materials, rather than any single design tradition. The movement was inspired and led by William Morris, whose company, founded in 1861, produced a full range of interior furnishings, including tiles. These were designed by Morris himself, and also by leading artists and architects of the day such as Edward Burne Jones, Walter Crane, C.F.A. Voysey et al. Amberley, 2017...More.

Item Code: ARTSMV
Soft Cover, 6x9, 92pg, Text/Partial Color
$21.95

 
ARTS AND CRAFTS TILES William De Morgan
Recommended. By Rob Higgins and Will Farmer. William De Morgan was the principal ceramic designer and maker in the Arts and Crafts Movement, circa 1890-1920. His tiles portray iconic images of animals, ships and floral designs, blending style influences to produce designs that featured new, stylized interpretations with a whimsical character. He combined a strong design style with rich glazes, making blue and green, and a deep orangey red into visual trademarks. There were important commissions from royalty and industry, and his ceramics were marketed to the growing middle classes by William Morris, the founder and leading light of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Amberley, 2018...More.

Item Code: ARTSWM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 96pg, Partial Color
$22.95

See more Arts and Crafts books on our website.

 
SKETCHING FROM THE IMAGINATION Dark Arts
Highly Recommended. Edited by Marisa Lewis. Sketching and drawing are fundamental to creating great art; the simple doodle is often where artists first bring their ideas and concepts to life. In Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts, fifty talented traditional and digital artists showcase work, 6 pages for each, from their sketchbooks, share inspiration, and give insight into how they create imaginative and dark illustrations. Featuring a range of artwork and artists from many fields, from concept design and animation to illustration and comic art. We like this, one of our favorites in this series. 3dtotal, 2018...More.

Item Code: SCIFDA
Soft Cover, 8x9, 320pg, Partial Color
$32.99 $29.99

There are two more books in this series, examining Characters and Science Fiction art. Same discounted price.

 

The Phantom & Mandrake the Magician

 
THE PHANTOM The Complete Sundays Volume 4
1950-53. Recommended. By Lee Falk, Ray Moore and Wilson McCoy. A long anticipated fourth volume in the complete Lee Falk Phantom Sundays, this with art by Ray Moore and Wilson McCoy. Fans of The Ghost Who Walks have waited for years to have a complete series of full size hardcover volumes featuring the complete Phantom Sundays. Nine storylines: “The Mysterious Passenger” (May 14, 1950- July 16, 1950) to “The Chain” (February 8, 1953- May 24, 1953). Here is the first "girl" Phantom episode--plus a bonus, two more stories of her from the comic book The Phantom, 1967 and 1969. Hermes, 2018...More.

Item Code: PHS04H
Hard Cover, 13x9, 192pg, Full Color
$65.00 $54.95

Volumes 1 and 3 are, sadly, already sold out. We still have Volume 2 in stock.

 
THE PHANTOM UNMASKED America's First Superhero
At last, a thorough look at this worldwide phenomenon. Recommended. By Kevin Patrick. Before Superman, before Batman, there was — the Phantom! Making its debut as an American newspaper comic strip in 1936, The Phantom was the forerunner of the comic-book superhero genre. Superman was the first costumed hero with super powers...but The Phantom was the first costumed hero. Despite its American origins, The Phantom comic strip has enjoyed far greater popularity with international audiences, most notably in Australia, Sweden, and India, where it has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and comic books. University of Iowa, 2018...More.

Item Code: PHAUN
Soft Cover, 6x9, 258pg, Text Only
$25.00

 
THE STORY OF THE PHANTOM Volume 5 The Golden Circle
By Lee Falk and Frank S. Shaw (Ron Goulart). Accused of robbery and murder, The Phantom fights to find the real killers and solve the astounding secret of "The Golden Circle"! He also learns the truth in the old adage “The female is deadlier than the male.” The lovely blonde put her arm around him and kissed him. "I am so glad you are back," she said. "Whatever took you so long?" He had never seen her before. That kiss is a speeding train that plunges the Phantom into a circle of robbery and death... Hermes Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: PHA05
Soft Cover, 6x9, 144pg, Text Only
$14.99

 
THE STORY OF THE PHANTOM Volume 6 The Mysterious Ambassador
By Lee Falk. Why does a powerful General tremble at the sight of a simple mark? Can 50,000 soldiers protect him from that mark of The Phantom -- the Sign of the Skull? One man, The Phantom, is fighting to save a new nation and also his beautiful sweetheart, Diana Palmer. One man matched against the armed might of the Dictator. Sixth in Hermes' new editions of all fifteen pocket Avon books, originally done as a paperback series 1972 to 1975. New original story written by Lee Falk. Hermes Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: PHA06
Soft Cover, 6x9, 144pg, Text Only
$14.99

Volumes 1-5 remain available, but Volume 1 is out of print. We have just 4 copies left. Same $14.99 price for all.

 
MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN THE FRED FREDERICKS SUNDAYS Volume 1
1965-69. The Meeting of Mandrake and Lothar. By Lee Falk. Art by Fred Fredericks. Following Frederick's updating of Mandrake in the 1960s, we have a hipper and cooler magician. And yet, both Fredericks and Mandrake's creator Lee Falk managed to land our top-hatted hero in some pretty outlandish and action-packed adventures on this Earth and beyond--in space! This volume includes the unwelcome return of Mandrake's arch enemy, The Cobra, the introduction of a sinister new crime syndicate called The Underworld and the creation of a counter crime organization called Inter-Intel, headed up by Mandrake. Titan, 2017...More.

Item Code: MANFS01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x9, 256pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

See the highly recommended Mandrake Sundays and Dailies collections on our website.

 

Graphic Novels

 
CARTHAGO
Highly Recommended. By Christophe Bec. Art by Eric Henninot Milan Jovanovic. A complex and highly entertaining story, collected all in one from a series of six French graphic novels. We found this a page-turner, with good characters we want to know more about, a large cast of them, and intertwining stories that start years ago and come together in the present day. It starts out about a megalodon, the prehistoric ancestor of the great white shark that was the most ferocious predator of the seas, an 80 foot killing machine long extinct. But when divers drilling in an underwater cave are attacked by this living fossil, oceanographer Kim Melville discovers that this creature may not only have survived, but thrived, and is reclaiming its place at the top of the food chain. Humanoids, 2018...More.

Item Code: CARTHA
Soft Cover, 8x10, 282pg, Full Color
$24.95

 
ROBERT SILVERBERG'S DOWNWARD TO THE EARTH
Highly Recommended. By Philippe Thirault. Art by Laura Zuccheri. An outstanding and very different graphic novel, that reminds us of Philip K. Dick's work. Based on Robert Silverberg's bestselling novel about the effects of interstellar colonialism and the quest for transcendence. Ex-lieutenant Eddie Gundersen returns to Belzagor, where he had left behind his youthful illusions, the love of his life and his shameful past as a colonizer. He finds the planet returned to its two intelligent species, the woman he left behind and another who has hired him to lead her and her husband to forbidden secret ceremonies. Moderate nudity. Humanoids, 2018. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: DOWNWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x13, 108pg, Full Color
$29.95

 
THE SHADOW / BATMAN
Collects issues #1-6. Highly Recommended. By Steve Orlando. Art by Giovanni Timpano. Cover by Alex Ross. The World's Greatest Mystery. The World's Greatest Detective. They can barely stand each other, so how will they possibly deal with the World's Greatest Evil? What legacy can two of the world's most enduring icons of justice leave once they discover an ancient evil has been living inside the world they protect for centuries. Can Batman and the Shadow save the world without destroying it in the process? Writer Steve Orlando (Batman/The Shadow, Justice League of America) and artist by Giovanni Timpano (The Shadow, Transformers) unite to tell an instantly classic tale of noir, mortality and generational heroes and villains. Dynamite, 2018...More.

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

More Shadow and more Batman can be found right on our website. Click on “Newest” for the latest titles.

 

Comics-Related

 
BONE CODA Behind the Scenes Bundle
Includes feature-length DVD! Highly Recommended. By Jeff Smith. For a limited time only, Bone Coda, the companion volume to Jeff Smith's Bone will be bundled with the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and The Changing Face of Comics! The full color Coda includes behind the scenes essays and great Comic-Con photos, the revised edit of Stephen Weiner's Bone Companion, and the 37 page new Bone chapter! The DVD offers interviews with Smith, Scott McCloud, Colleen Doran, Paul Pope, Terry Moore, Harvey Pekar and others. Cartoon Books, 2018...More.

Item Code: BONEC
Soft Cover, DVD, 1, 6x9, 120pg, Full Color
$14.95

 
DANGER GIRL Twenty Years
Recommended. By Andy Hartnell. It's been 20 years since Danger Girl first exploded onto the comics scene, and IDW is celebrating by re-presenting the introductory preview story and the first oversized issue. Plus, for the first time ever, these two stories will be presented ALSO in crisp black and white pencils, scanned from Campbell's very own personal archives--with no lettering to obstruct the art! If you love J. Scott Campbell's art -- and who doesn't -- you'll be able to see Danger Girl like never before, in prelim pencils and finished stories both! IDW, 2018...More.

Item Code: DANGT
Soft Cover, 7x10, 88PG, Full Color
$9.99

More by J. Scott Campbell and more with Danger Girl on our website.

 
JACK KIRBY CHECKLIST CENTENNIAL EDITION
Limited, 1000. Recommended. The ultimate, highly detailed listing of all of Jack “King” Kirby's work both in comics and in ALL other publications: fanzines, periodicals, books, posters, prints, tv, radio and film, even interviews. With a decade of extensively researched corrections and additions since the 2008 “Gold Edition”, this final, fully-updated, definitive Centennial Edition clocks in at DOUBLE its previous length. All of Kirby's comic books with dates, story titles, page counts, and inkers, plus reprints cross-referenced to help collectors locate less-expensive versions of key issues. Twomorrows, 2018...More.

Item Code: JKCHH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 272pg, Text/b&w
$34.95

 

Comic Book Archives

 
THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE
Collects #1-12, 2017-18. Highly Recommended. By Neal Adams, Eastman, Jurgens, Lopez, Conner, Sook, Janson, Simonson, Rude et al. Kamandi, Jack Kirby's beloved post-apocalyptic Last Boy on Earth, fights for his survival and the fate of all humankind in a world overrun by intelligent tigers, giant robot leopards, edible plant people and even more wonders. But this is no ordinary comics story. Each all-star creative team leaves Kamandi in a death-defying cliffhanger, and it's up to the next storytellers to pick up the gauntlet and figure out how Kamandi will survive! The result is a wild 12-issue ride that's worthy of the King himself! We like it!! DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: KAMCH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 360pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

See all the latest Kirby collections here, including the Kamandi Artist's Editions.

 
THE AVENGERS Epic Collection Volume 7 The Avengers/Defenders War
Collects Avengers #115-128, Giant-Size 1, 1974, Defenders 8-11, 1973, Captain Marvel 33, Fantastic Four 150, 1961. Recommended. By Steve Englehart, Roy Thomas et al. Art by John Buscema, Bob Brown, Sal Buscema et al. Highlighed by stunning John Buscema, Jim Starlin and Rich Buckler artwork, the Avengers battle the Defenders in comics' first great crossover battle royal! It's hero against hero in the sensational summer hit of 1973. Cap vs. Namor! Thor vs. Hulk! It's the original and there's never been another one like it. Also featuring the origin of Mantis; an all-hands-on-deck battle with the Zodiac; the Avengers vs. Thanos and the Cosmic Cube; a Giant-Size adventure including the Golden Age heroes Miss America and the Whizzer; and much more. Marvel, 2018...More.

Item Code: AVE07
Soft Cover, 7x10, 456pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

More Avengers are on our website.

 
EC ARCHIVES EXTRA!
Collects #1-5, 1955. Highly Recommended. Art by Johnny Craig, John Severin, and Reed Crandall. Foreword by John Arcudi. Exciting stories of daring world traveling reporters, mostly male with one beautiful lady, which continue through each issue. Reed Crandall's globe-trotting gal Geri Hamilton appears in every single issue, as does John Severin's finely drawn Steve Rampart. But long neglected, a high point here is also Johnny Craig's work, who was the editor, cover artist, and drew the other two stories each issue. These are superlative, including one Picto-Fiction style that breaks all the comic book norms. Dark Horse, 2018...More.

Item Code: ECEXH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 170pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

All the new EC Archives, including other New Direction titles like Valor, Aces High, M.D. and Piracy, are on our website and at the same discounted price.

 
PLANET OF THE APES ARCHIVE Volume 3
Collecting the vintage Marvel magazines #12-22, 1974-78. Recommended. By Doug Moench. Art by Rico Rival, Alfredo P. Alcala, Ed Hannigan. Here are the screenplay adaptations from acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter Paul Dehn's Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.  Both were adapted into comics by renowned writer Doug Moench, the visionary co-creator of the Batman villain Bane and Marvel's Moon Knight,  with outstanding black and white art (since these are done as Marvel magazines, not comics) by Rico Rival (Ghosts, Weird Mystery Tales) and Alfredo  P. Alcala (Swamp Thing, Savage Sword of Conan). BOOM!, 2018...More.

Item Code: PLAA03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 368pg, Full Color
$59.99 $52.50

Volume 1 is sold out and Volume 2 is out of print, but we do have five left as I write this. Act now.

 
ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS TREASURY
Recommended. By Dan DeCarlo, Frank Doyle, Dan Parent, Stan Goldberg, Harry Lucey et al. 1000 pages of iconic Archie comic stories, featuring the same mix of wild humor, awkward charm and genuine relatability that has kept Archie and the gang popular for years. Over 100 full-color stories, starting in the 1960s with Dan DeCarlo and Stan Goldberg clasics and through the decades. We like this series. It boasts a massive amount of material for a bargain price. No other comics reprint package offers this much material--and in color, yet! This is a smaller "digest" size but quite readable. Archie, 2018...More.

Item Code: ARCT
Soft Cover, 5x6, 1000pg, Full Color
$14.99

More Archie collections are on our website.

 

New Pre-Code Horror

 
PRE-CODE CLASSICS MYSTERIOUS ADVENTURES Volume 1
Collects #1-6, 1951-52. Recommended. Art by Lou Cameron, A.C. Hollingsworth, Walter Johnson et al. Here's the first six-comic volume in the complete series, 25 issues, of Mysterious Adventures, an offbeat but highly-sought after title from the obscure publisher Story. Freaky fables including severed heads and bondage--and lots of cool skeletons, especially on the covers. These look a lot like Avon and Iger Shop titles, doing their bit to compete by getting more and more over the top on covers and stories. The fine Lou Cameron, better known for his work on the Ace horror titles contributes several excellent stories. PS Artbooks, 2018...More.

Item Code: PCMA01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99

 
PRE-CODE CLASSICS DARK MYSTERIES Volume 1
Collects #1-6, 1951. Highly Recommended. Art by Lou Cameron, Wally Wood & Joe Orlando, Harrison, Hollingsworth et al. Another off-beat publisher from the pre-code horror boom. From Master/Merit comes a 24-issue series kicking off with an eight-pager from Wally Wood ("The Curse of the Sea Witch")! Elsewhere there are tales from Joe Orlando, Walter Johnson, Ed Goldfarb, Bill Fraccio, Lou Cameron, John D'Agostino, Tony Tallarico, Harry Harrison (Wood's studio-mate and the Hugo-award winning Sci Fi writer), Hy Fleishman and a whole host of other wacked-out-of-their-gourd luminaries. PS Artbooks, 2018...More.

Item Code: PCD01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99

 
PRE-CODE CLASSICS GHOSTLY WEIRD STORIES Volume 1
Collects #120-124, 1953-54. Recommended. Art by Jay Disbrow, L.B. Cole, Jack Kamen et al. The great Jay Disbrow (who died in 2017) is featured memorably in this often overlooked and certainly unsung gem, appearing within wonderfully weird covers by L.B. Cole and alongside EC stalwart Jack Kamen (jungle and horror comics reprinted from pre-EC days). Disbrow does his wildest sci-fi and horror, and Cole provides killer covers that have become classics. The balance are reprinted stories from Fox titles, including three Jo-Jo's and a Rulah story, The Mask from Capt. Flight, and Torpedo Man, an unusual aquatic hero drawn by the great Rudy Palais. PS Artbooks, 2017...More.

Item Code: PCGW01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
$44.99

See all the Pre-Code series, including many on sale, on our website. click here for all titles, beginning with the on-sale ones.

 

Pulps and New Fiction

 
THE SPIDER Slaughter, Incorporated
Plus: Red Finger and the Murder Trio. Recommended. By Grant Stockbridge, Donald G. Cormack Arthur Leo Zagat et al. Originally slated to appear in The Spider Magazine in the 1940s, “Slaughter, Incorporated” was shelved when the series was cancelled. Never before published directly from author Donald G. Cormack's original manuscript, this edition has been faithfully reconstructed as an exact copy of the unpublished February 1944 issue of The Spider Magazine, complete with vintage interior illustrations. Plus first publication of the lost “Red Finger and the Murder Trio,” penned by Arthur Leo Zagat. Altus, 2018...More.

Item Code: SPSLI
Soft Cover, 6x9, 96pg, Text/b&w
$19.95

The Sanctum Spider series volumes 1-10 are all available at $14.95 each. This is not a part of that series. The series will continue, but with just one title a year from now on.

 
SONG OF OPAR
First Printing, limited to 100. By Jim Malachowski. Cover by Joe Jusko. Song of Opar is an update of Tarzan and La's adventures beginning in the early twentieth century. Working with new information, the Opar stories have been enhanced and updated. This places more emphasis on the origins of Opar, adventures of Tarzan and La not documented anywhere else, and the demise of the lost city. 115,000 words. Features a spectacular cover featuring the talent of well-known ERB artist, Joe Jusko. Also thirty interior illustrations newly created, by the author, expressly for this book. Nudity. Seti Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: SONOPA
Soft Cover, 6x9, 380pg, Text/b&w
$29.95

See all of the new Tarzan and ERB novels here on our website.

 

Bargain Books

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.

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ART OF DREAMWORKS ANIMATION [ARDWH. $50.00 $29.95].

THE COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD'S DICK TRACY Volume 4 Hurt [CC04HR. $29.99 $10.00].

COMPLETE WIMMEN'S COMIX Signed & Remarqued by Trina Robbins [COWCST. $150.00 $109.00].

DEAD RIDER Crown of Souls [DEADR. $14.99 $7.50].

DIE KITTY DIE Signed [DIEKHS. $24.95 $14.95].

ELRIC Volume 3 The Balance Lost [ELR03. $14.99 $7.50].

GLAMOURAMA The Pin-up Art of Carlos Valenzuela [GLACV. $14.95 $7.50].

MAHLON BLAINE'S BLOOMING BALLY BLOODY BOOK [MBBB. $17.99 $11.99].

MARVEL MASTERWORKS Captain America Volume 8 Variant Cover [MCA08H. $75.00 $45.00].

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE [PRIP. $19.95 $8.95].

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 start with two books by American Illustrators— American Illustration collects classic illustrators, and Illustration: America collects 25 contemporary artists.

Two more classic illustration collections, Fantastic Illustration and Design in Britain 1850-1930 and The Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators.

For Pin-Up fans we have two copies of Varga, bargain priced at $25.00.

Lastly we have a reprint of the 1938 collection of sketches from Walt Disney on the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Mature Readers

We have a new adult graphic novel this week, with a fine cover by Ray Lago. It's Pussycats 1, which comes signed especially for us by author Vince Brusio. See our website all of our erotic graphic novels like this.

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News and Notes

 

More about artist Harvey Dunn

From Wikipedia: In 1906, after two years with Pyle, Dunn established his own studio in Wilmington and immediately began a successful career in illustration. He was a prodigious painter, able to produce (on one occasion) fifty-five completed paintings in eleven weeks for various clients. A contemporary described his style in these terms, “He literally attacked a canvas and sometimes I thought he would impale the painting with his brush.”
In 1914, Dunn moved east and settled in Leonia, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City and its publishing world. Inspired by Pyle's example, Dunn opened the Leonia School of Illustration in 1915 with artist Charles S. Chapman.


The years before the country's involvement in World War I turned out to be Dunn's most prolific period as an illustrator. His experiences at the front as one of eight artist-correspondents with the American Expeditionary Force in Europe were a turning point for the artist. Dunn's interest in commercial illustration declined on his return to the United States. Instead, the artist envisioned working for several years for the War College committing to canvas his sketches of the battlefields of Europe. Unfortunately, demobilization occurred at a rapid pace, and Dunn's project was rejected. It became the big heartbreak of his life. However, Dunn was able to salvage part of his ambitious plan; in 1927, he began to paint covers with military themes for The American Legion Monthly magazine. The majority of Dunn's war sketches are now housed at the Smithsonian Institution in the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

The South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota, houses approximately 140 of Dunn's best works. His "often seen" painting Dakota Woman, from his series of strong pioneer women, is housed at Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, South Dakota. The Chuckwagon is a 1915 Dunn painting owned by the Denver Art Museum. The Smithsonian Institution notes it is a "quiet scene depicting a small group of cowboys seated on the ground beside a chuckwagon, their backs turned toward the viewer, their horses standing nearby, and a pond in the background."

(Right) Illustration for a serialized novel in the June 1922 Harper's Magazine.

Later in life Dunn remarked: “The most fruitful and worthwhile thing I have ever done has been to teach.” Dunn became an influential and revered teacher; students referred to him as “Mr. Dunn” as a sign of respect and admiration. The majority of Dunn's students were either graduate level painters or professional illustrators. Dunn was not interested in teaching painting techniques. His approach was philosophically oriented. He spoke about spirit, emotions, and discourse at length. He discussed his philosophy of life and art, offered group criticism, and strode from easel to easel discussing each student's work in turn.
Dunn's most inspired teaching was probably achieved at the Grand Central School of Art, which was established by the Grand Central Art Galleries and located on the top floor of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. His comments were captured by a student during a five-hour class session and were published in 1934 in a slim volume titled An Evening in the Classroom.

Dunn was a demanding teacher and at times a harsh critic. He believed in preparing his students for the harsh realities and intense competition of the commercial world. Talent was not enough. As he once said, “If you ever amount to anything at all, it will be because you are true to that deep desire or ideal which made you seek artistic expression in pictures.”

~Bud

 

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Kay Nielsen’s Thousand and One Nights Portfolio, Paul Kidby’s Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Superman, Fantagraphic’s Disney Greats, Green Lantern, Harley Quinn & The Gotham City Sirens plus more!

Kay Nielsen's Thousand and One Nights Portfolio is the most spectacular item this week—it's just amazing. Artist Paul Kidby's Terry Pratchett's Discworld is here, and both Superman 1000 and Superman: Eighty Years, Fantagraphic's Disney Masters, Omnibus Green Lantern Silver Age 2 and Harley Quinn & The Gotham City Sirens. Bill Schelly's revised, expanded and signed Sense of Wonder, Corto Maltese 7, Lou Cameron's Unsleeping Dead, Simonson's Battlestar Galactica, Kubert's Tarzan and the Lion Man, and nine new on-sale art books and archives.

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Art Books

 
TERRY PRATCHETT'S DISCWORLD IMAGINARIUM
Recommended. Art and Introduction by Paul Kidby. Paul KidbySir Terry Pratchett's artist of choice, provided the illustrations for The Last Hero, designed the covers for the Discworld novels since 2002 and is the author of the bestseller The Art Of Discworld. Kidby himself has collected here the very best of his Discworld illustrations in this handsome gilt-stamped hardcover. Here also are 40 works never before seen, 30 that have only appeared in foreign editions, limited editions and BCA editions, and 17 book covers since 2004, never seen without cover text. Gollancz, 2018...More.

Item Code: TPDISH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 272pg, Full Color
$50.00 $42.50

 
KAY NIELSEN A Thousand and One Nights
Highly Recommended. Edited by Noel Daniel. Published for the first time ever in five colors including gold, this unique presentation of fine art prints revives all 21 strikingly beautiful illustrations reproduced directly from Nielsen's original watercolors–from the never-published book. And the only complete set of his illustrations to have survived. Includes a large 144-page hardcover book printed in five colors, featuring descriptions of all of the images, and three generously illustrated essays on the making of this series, the origin of Nielsen's unique imagery, and a history of the tales. All are enclosed in a beautiful, strikingly large blue velvet box with gold cover embossing. Taschen, 2018...More.

Item Code: KNTH
Hard Cover, 16x16, 144pg, Full Color
$300.00

We also have Nielsen's East of the Sun, West of the Moon in both a deluxe edition [KNEH. $40, your price $35.00] and a mini-edition for $15. Both are also from Taschen. See our website for more Nielsen, in Twelve Dancing Princesses from Calla, Images Magazine, The Disney Archives, Grimm's Fairy Tale Posters, and They Drew as They Pleased Volume 2.

Nielsen is also featured in Hiroshi Unno's A Thousand and One Nights The Art of Folklore, Literature, Poetry, Fashion & Book Design of The Islamic World [ATHOU. $39.95].

 

Graphic Novels

 
ACTION COMICS #1000
Recommended. By Brian Michael Bendis, John Cassaday et al. Celebrate 1000 issues of Action Comics with an all-star lineup of top talent as they pay tribute to the comic that started it all! From today's explosive action to a previously unpublished tale illustrated by the legendary Curt Swan to the Man of Tomorrow's future--this very special oversized issue presents the best of the best in Superman stories! Benis, Caddaday, Dini, Johns, Guice, Jurgens, Jim Lee, Meltzer, Orday, Sale, Tomasi, and many others contribute. All-new art and stories. DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: ACTCO
Comic, 7x10, 80pg, Full Color
$7.99

 
CORTO MALTESE Volume 7 The Golden House of Samarkand
Recommended. By Hugo Pratt. Set in the years 1921-22, the action leaps from Turkey to Azerbaijan, and to the Caspian Sea, tracing the path of the legendary Silk Road, as Corto hunts for the fabled treasure of Alexander the Great, hallucinates on opium, and remains nonchalant through every near-death escapade. He meets the Whirling Dervishes, Joseph Stalin, the Hashinin sect of assassins, the Turkish general Enver Pasha, and the return of Venexiana Stevenson and the witch-tongued Rasputin, just escaped from prison. IDW, 2018...More.

Item Code: CORU07
Soft Cover, 9x11, 146pg, b&w
$34.99 $29.99

All previous volumes are still available on our website. Discount prices run from $17.99 to $25.99 each.

 
FIGHTING AMERICAN Volume 1
S&K's 1950s team back, in a new contemporary story. By George Rennie. Art by Duke Mighten. Cover by Terry Dodson. When Johnny Flagg, A.K.A. Fighting American, and his young teenage sidekick, Speedboy, find themselves marooned in the 21st Century with no way to return home, they do the only thing they can do. They carry on regardless. Bringing some much-needed two-fisted justice and home-spun 1950s attitudes to a modern, media-obsessed cynical world, they battle a gang of villains plucked from their past and a mysterious villainess known only as Lady Chaos. Includes variant covers and an interview with Rennie. Titan, 2018...More.

Item Code: FIAM01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
$16.99

 

Omnibus Volumes

 
HARLEY QUINN AND THE GOTHAM CITY SIRENS Omnibus
Collects Gotham City Sirens #1-26 and Catwoman #83, 2009-2015. Recommended. By Paul Dini, Peter Calloway, Tony Bedard, Guillem March and Andres Guinaldo. A massive collection--all of the Gotham City Sirens starring Batman bad girls Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, written by multiple Emmy and Eisner Award-winner Paul Dini. These tough ladies have a new agenda that's all their own, and they'll use any means necessary to pursue it. But can they get along and work as a team? And who will get hurt along the way? The girls are tired of playing by other peoples' rules, regardless of which side of the law they're on. Now they are making their own rules. Outstanding art throughout, with great covers. DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: HQGH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 648pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

 
GREEN LANTERN The Silver Age Omnibus Volume 2
Collects #36-75, 1965-70. Our Highest Recommendation. By John Broome. Art by Gil Kane, with Sid Greene and Murphy Anderson. An amazing five more years of the original Green Lantern/Hal Jordan stories. The three big DC Silver Age hits--and fan favorite series--in the early sixties were The Flash, Adam Strange in Mystery in Space...and GL. These are the tales that established Hal Jordan as the greatest member of the Green Lantern Corps and offered fans brilliant storytelling. This was the thinking fan's series. Cross-overs with the Golden Age Green Lantern, plus first appearances of Sinestro, Evil Star, Black Hand, Dr. Polaris, Star Sapphire and more. DC, 2017...More.

Item Code: GRL02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1000pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

Volume 1 is also available [GRL01H. $99.99, your price $85]. It collects Showcase #22-24 and Green Lantern #1-35, 1959-65.

 

Comics Archives

 
LOU CAMERON'S UNSLEEPING DEAD
Chilling Archives of Horror Comics #23. Highly Recommended. Edited & Preface by Tillmann Courth, with Craig Yoe. Lou Cameron was a groundbreaking artist in the 1950s Pre-Code comics era but all the work here is little known. He's far better known for Classics Illustrated like The Time Machine, a far more conventional work. His work here is simply amazing, with details and nuances that I think are worthy of Frazetta during the same period! With his innovative experimental layouts and frequent use of surrealism, his horror comics have been described as “Jim Steranko meets Graham Ingels. Yoe Books, 2018...More.

Item Code: LOUCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 144pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

See the entire selection of Chilling Archives on our website.

 
DISNEY MASTERS Volume 1 Mickey Mouse The Delta Dimension
Three complete adventures from Topolino, 1959-61. Recommended. By Romano Scarpa. Never before published in English. Fantagraphics launches a new series of books devoted to fine Disney creators rarely seen in the U.S. Here are three Mickey Mouse classics drawn by the great Italian artist, Romano Scarpa (1927-2005): "The Delta Dimension," "The Bleep-Bleep 15," and "The Fabulous City of Shan-Grilla." When Disney Legend Floyd Gottfredson stopped creating new Mickey Mouse adventures in 1955, Scarpa picked up the Mickey mantle and quickly proved himself a worthy successor, spinning out decades' worth of new Mickey action epics. Fantagraphics, 2018...More.

Item Code: DM01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 200pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

 
ACTION COMICS 80 Years of Superman
The Deluxe Edition, Bargain-priced for a big hardcover! Recommended. Superman and DC celebrate the anniversary of an American cultural touchstone moment with this original graphic novel anthology. Features a previously unpublished Golden Age Superman epic! Revisit classic stories from across the decades featuring the debuts of not just the Man of Tomorrow, but also Supergirl, Brainiac, the Fortress of Solitude and so much more! See the work of generations of top writers and artists on the original super hero! Enjoy sparkling essays from literary wizards who have won Pulitzer Prizes and hit the New York Times bestseller lists, including Jules Feiffer, who relives his memories of when Action Comics #1 first hit newsstands. DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: ACTCH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 168pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99

 
WONDER WOMAN By George Pérez Volume 3
Collects Wonder Woman #25-35, 1988-89. Art by Chris Marrinan and Tom Grummett. More than 40 years after debuting in All Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman was reshaped by legendary comics creator George Pérez and returned to the public eye in 1986. This updated Amazonian Princess met with such acclaim that Pérez's original six-month commitment to the title was extended—and extended—until nearly five years had passed. Working with artist Chris Marrinan, Pérez brought Wonder Woman to a new generation of readers—and to unprecedented levels of success. DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: WWGP03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 264pg, Full Color
$29.99 $24.99

See previous volumes as well as the large omnibus volumes, and more on Wonder Woman, on our website.

 
COMICS REVUE PRESENTS Buz Sawyer APR 2018
Recommended. By Russ Manning, Stan Lynde, Milton Caniff et al. Complete in this issue: Buz Sawyer in "Mimi La Blanche" from 1966; Sir Bagby in "Crime Does Not Pay (Neither Does Farming)" from 1962; and The Phantom in "The Crooner" from 1944. Plus the new feature Garth by Peter O'Donnell, chapter 2, Rick O'Shay from 1975, Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts from 1952, Flash Gordon by Mac Raboy from 1960, Alley Oop, Steve Roper, Tarzan by Russ Manning from 1978, Steve Canyon from 1974, Krazy KatDan Barry's Flash Gordon from 1970 et al. Manuscript Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: CR0418
Soft Cover, 8x10, 128pg, Partial Color
$19.95

See previous issues back to 2016 on our website.

 

Comics Reference & History

 
SENSE OF WONDER My Life In Comic Fandom The Whole Story Signed
Signed bookplate! Revised & greatly expanded edition. Highly Recommended. By Bill Schelly. These are the personal, often funny, sometimes poignant recollections of Schelly's years as a comic book collector and fanzine publisher in the 1960s and 1970s.  Then it takes up where his first book left off, life in fandom from then to now, including his new era of publishing books about fan history, and eventually to his meeting, interviewing and writing highly successful books on artists and creators including Kubert, Kurtzman, Otto Binder, and John Stanley. Fandom's leading historian also recounts his strange-but-true encounters with Steve Ditko, Dr. Frederic Wertham, Jim Shooter, Bob Kane and more, in this beautifully written, highly readable text. North Atlantic Books, 2018...More.

Item Code: SENSEW
Soft Cover, 6x9, 420pg, Text/b&w
$19.95

Also in stock by Bill Schelly:
Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book Visionary [OTTB. $19.95, signed]
John Stanley: Giving Life to Little Lulu [JSGIVHS. $39.99, signed]
Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole [BLALI. $39.99, your price $31.99]

 
RISE OF THE SUPERHEROES Greatest Silver Age Comic Books and Characters
Recommended. By David W. Tosh. This PROFUSELY illustrated volume, entirely in full color and with nice, large cover and page reproductions, takes you on a fun and wonderfully visual tour of one of the most significant and popular eras of comic book history – 1956 to 1970. The Silver Age redefined and immortalized superheroes as the pop culture titans they are today. You'll find The Avengers, Hawkman, Superman, X-Men, Spider Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and all the other major characters, with narration from a fan-turned-pro who grew up in that era. And some insider stories of the rise and fall of various publishers. Krause...More.

Item Code: RISEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 176pg, Full Color
$24.99

See more on the history of comics, and this period in particular, from Twomorrrows publishers and others, on our Reference section of our website.

 
THE ART OF HARVEY KURTZMAN
Back in stock. The Mad Genius of Comics. Highly Recommended. By Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle. Kurtzman was a talented and influential artist, writer and satirist. He created "Little Annie Fanny," as well as groundbreaking war comics. His contributions to MAD, Humbug, Help! and many other publications inspired generations of comic artists. This is the first definitive book on Kurtzman, packed with hundreds of illustrations, paintings, sketches, layouts, correspondence, interviews and photos, many never-before-seen. Abrams, 2009...More.

Item Code: AOHKH
Hard Cover, 11x10, 256pg, Full Color
$45.00

 
ALSO AVAILABLE
HARVEY KURTZMAN The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America Signed
Signed bookplate by Schelly! Our Highest Recommendation. By Bill Schelly. Foreword by Terry Gilliam. This amazing new biography--642 pages with 250 illustrations, including photos--reveals the true story of Harvey Kurtzman. New interviews with his colleagues Hugh Hefner, Robert Crumb, Jack Davis and others, and revealing new information, including legal battles with Bill Gaines, and details of the McCarthy-era FBI investigation. Fantagraphics, 2015...More.

Item Code: HARKH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 642pg, Text/Partial Color
$34.99

Also available are The Complete Trump [HKT02H. $29.99, your price $24.99] and both the regular and deluxe signed editions of Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book [HKJ01D. $125] and [HKJ01H. $24.99, your price $21.99]. See more Kurtzman on our website.

 

Pin-Up

 
ALVARADO'S COSPLAY PIN-UPS
Highly Recommended. By Robert Alvarado. We all want to see Snow White with tattoos, right? Well, at least photographer Robert Alvarado does. In his newest collection of high-octane, pin-up images, Alvarado shows how his own style of photographing and editing--which has been called illustrated, and painted--marries perfectly with cosplay. In more than 150 vibrant, color images, see Alvarado capture models “cosing” as characters from Buck Rogers, DeadpoolStar Wars, favorite D.C. and Marvel gals like Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, Vampi and much more. Schiffer, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: ALVACH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 160pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

We liked this so much we're restocking two of Alvarado's previous books that we let run out: Alvardo's All-American Girls [ALVAGH. $34.99, your price $29.99] and Alvarado's Pin-Up Nudes [ALVPH. $34.99, your price $29.99]. All-American is more pin-up, like the book above; Pin-Up Nudes is more explicit, with full nudity.

See our pin-up section on our website for much more.

 

Artist Editions

 
WALTER SIMONSON'S BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Art Edition Signed & Remarqued
Signed on a separate plate of the cover to #4, with a small pen original drawing. By Walter Simonson, Roger McKenzie, Steven Grant et al. The master draftsman's fine work on the Battlestar Galactica comic book series published by Marvel Comics from 1979 to 1981. Four complete issues: #16, 19, 20, 22 and 23, from cover to last page. The adventures of brash pilots Apollo and Starbuck were never so epic as they were under Simonson's skillful hand. Preserves every detail of the artist's meticulous skill and hard work, interpreted from scripts by contributing writers Roger McKenzie, Steven Grant, Bill Mantlo, Bob Layton, and Simonson himself! New November, 2017 introduction by Simonson himself. Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: WSBAEHD
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 104pg, Full Color
$400.00

 
WALTER SIMONSON'S BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Art Edition Signed
Signed on a special removeable plate of issue #4's cover. By Walter Simonson, Roger McKenzie, Steven Grant et al. The master draftsman's fine work on the Battlestar Galactica comic book series published by Marvel Comics from 1979 to 1981. Four complete issues: #16, 19, 20, 22 and 23, from cover to last page. The adventures of brash pilots Apollo and Starbuck were never so epic as they were under Simonson's skillful hand. Preserves every detail of the artist's meticulous skill and hard work, interpreted from scripts by contributing writers Roger McKenzie, Steven Grant, Bill Mantlo, Bob Layton, and Simonson himself! New November, 2017 introduction by Simonson himself. Dynamite, 2017...More.

Item Code: WSBAEHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 104pg, Full Color
$250.00

The trade edition of this [WSBAEH. $150] has not arrived as of this writing but we expect it momentarily.

See our website for more by Simonson, including the Manhunter Artist's Edition, Might Thor: Return of Beta-Ray, Marvel Covers, and his work in quite a number of anthologies and archives.

 
JOE KUBERT TARZAN AND THE LION MAN Artist's Edition Volume 3
Recommended. Collecting the brilliant Joe Kubert's final Tarzan stories in the acclaimed and multi-Eisner Award-winning Artist's Edition format. Including all four parts--72 pages plus covers--of the third Tarzan novel adapted by Kubert, Tarzan and the Lion Man, as well as five additional complete stories: "Death is My Brother," "Moon Beast," "Ice Jungle", "Trial by Blood!" and "The Game." Includes Tarzan issues #224, 225, 227-229, 231-234. Kubert's masterful handling of Edgar Rice Burroughs classic creation is truly as good as comics get! IDW, 2018...More.

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

Volume 1 is also in stock, but we have just one copy until we order more. Volume 2 is a special order item and we can get one for you. Both are $125 each.

 

New Sale Items

 
ART OF ARCHIE THE COVERS
Closeout Price! Back in stock Recommended. Edited by Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe. From the notorious Craig Yoe, a beautifully-designed celebration of over 70 years of comic book covers featuring America's reigning cartoon high school icons. Featuring full-color artwork by fan favorite artists Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent and many more, with an insider's look at their inspiration, creation and ongoing cultural legacy. Sections include celebs, fashion, rock 'n' roll, first appearances, artist's bios, swimsuits, Fine Art, sports, superheroes, The Archies, cheerleaders, kissing, and monsters! Archie, 2013. . Note: These books have slight corner dents and may have slightly dirty covers....More.

Item Code: ARACH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 158pg, Full Color
$29.99 $14.99

See more Archie on the website.

 
ROUGH JUSTICE The DC Comics Sketches of Alex Ross
Closeout Price! Back in stock. Highly Recommended. Edited by Chip Kidd. Alex Ross opens his private sketchbooks to reveal his astonishing pencil and ink drawings of DC Comics characters, nearly all of them appearing in print here for the first time. We've thrilled to Alex's fully rendered photo-realistic paintings--but all of those works start as pencil on paper, and the origins of the finished images are rarely seen--until now. From deleted scenes and altered panels for the Kingdom Come saga to proposals for revamping such classic properties as Batgirl, Captain Marvel, and an imagined son of Batman named Batboy! Pantheon, 2012...More.

Item Code: ROUH
Soft Cover, 8x11, 224pg, Partial Color
$24.95 $12.50

 
JOE CHIODO ARTWORK Shape, Color, and Form
Closeout Price! Back in stock. Highly Recommended. By Joe Chiodo. Like the work of Bruce Timm and Terry Dodson? This early collection of Joe's, a cross between a high quality sketchbook and a slim art book, is packed with good girl art as well as some naughty vixens. This 2007 collection showcases Chiodo's work from 1980 on: cover illustrations, paintings, drawings, comic book artwork and more! Chiodo has worked extensively for Wildstorm, DC and Marvel. Here too is work he's done on Vampirella, covers of Heavy Metal, and paperback book covers. And lots of nudes. Hermes, 2007...More.

Item Code: JEC
Soft Cover, 6x9, 96pg, Full Color
$29.99 $9.99

 
THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL The Early Works of Dr. Seuss Volume 1
Closeout Price! Recommended. By Theodor Seuss Geisel. Recognized as the most popular children's book author of the 20th century, Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) had a career in illustration that varied widely before he wrote his first juvenile "Dr. Suess" book. This is the first of two volumes (we don't have any Volume 2 right now), collecting various political cartoons, advertisements, and other great cartoon images that show us the same talent and inventiveness that made Dr. Suess a household name. Checker, 2005...More.

Item Code: THES01
Hard Cover, 7x11, 172pg, b&w
$22.95 $11.95

 
CANTEEN KATE
Closeout Price! Back in stock. Highly Recommended. By Matt Baker. Introduction by Bob (Flaming Carrot) Burden. This collects all those tongue-in-cheek adventures, that have a lot in common with the earlier Sky Girl that Matt Baker did for Fiction House. Kate got started in Fightin' Marines (1951), got her own title for three issues, then finished off in Anchors Andrews #1 in 1953. Baker's tremendous talents came to fruition at St. John Publications, where his realistic style combined with his talent for creating gorgeous women. As Burden's intro points out, Baker was the quintessential "Good-Girl" artist others all emulated. St. John's only recurring character was Canteen Kate and Baker drew every adventure of the sexy wartime cutie. Canton Street, 2013...More.

Item Code: CAKAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 160pg, Full Color
$28.99 $14.99

We just restocked the fine book on artist Matt Baker, and you can find more of his work on the website.

 
COMPLETE GOLDEN AGE Airboy & Valkyrie
Closeout Price! 1943-52. Back in stock. Highly Recommended. By Dick Wood, Fred Kida, Arthur Peddy, Bernard Sachs, Ernest Schroeder et al. From the pages of Air Fighters Comics and Airboy Comics, the complete adventures of Airboy and co-star Valkyrie. Airboy was a very popular Golden Age title, running well into the 1950s. And his infrequent mix-ups with the sexy Valkyrie, patterned after Terry's Dragon Lady, are most fans' very favorite stories. She began as a Nazi agent but came over to join the good guys, flying alongside Airboy for more than a decade. Airboy and Valkyrie had a love/hate relationship that brought tension and drama to their stories. Canton Street, 2013...More.

Item Code: COGAIH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 136pg, Full Color
$24.99 $14.99

 
GET LOST THE COMIC DESIGNED TO SEND YOU!
Closeout Price! Collects #1-3, 1954. Back in stock. Recommended. By Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. Are you a fan of Kurtzman's Mad? Or Cracked? Then you must see Ross Andru and Mike Esposito's historic Mad-imitation comic, collected here. Three ground-breaking, laugh-filled issues were published before Bill Gaines sued the magazine's distributor, shutting down production of the magazine--even though Gaines lost the lawsuit. Notable spoofs here include Shane, Hondo, Stan Freberg, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mike Hammer, Flash Gordon, The Invisible Man, Gunga Din, and the 1950s horror film classic, The Thing! Hermes, 2008. Note: Some copies may have slight scuffs and/or a bumped corner....More.

Item Code: GETLS
Soft Cover, 8x11, 96pg, Full Color
$29.99 $9.99

 
AGONIZING LOVE The Golden Era of Romance Comics
Closeout Price! Back in stock. Highly Recommended. By Michael Barson. Art by Matt Baker, Kubert, Severin, Elder, Heath, Everett et al. It's the heyday of romance comics! From the popular author of several comic history books comes a detailed overview of the finest examples produced from the 1940s and 50s! While young boys read superhero comics, the girls flocked to the newsstands for these racy tales of doomed love, star-crossed lovers and dangerous bad boys. Loaded with outlandish and often suggestive stories, skimpy party costumes, tantalizing cleavage and racy goings-on. Over 250 vintage covers and complete stories. Harper Design, 2011...More.

Item Code: AGOL
Soft Cover, 8x11, 208pg, Full Color
$29.99 $14.95

See Craig Yoe's Weird Love and more about Romance comics on our website.

 
SIEGEL AND SHUSTER'S FUNNYMAN
Closeout Price! Back in stock. Highly Recommended. Art by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Edited by Thomas Andrae and Mel Gordon. The little-known super-heroic invention by the creators of Superman, their first project after leaving DC Comics. Included are complete stories and runs of the rare dailies and Sundays (in full color). Siegel and Shuster struggled to come up with a new superhero, one that would right their wrongs and prove that justice, fair-play, and zany craftsmanship were the true American way. But Funnyman failed miserably, even though it's a lot of fun to read today. And the art is very good, too. It's a must-have collection for any comic fan. Feral House, 2010...More.

Item Code: SNDS
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
$24.95 $9.95

 

Bargain Books

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.

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THE ART OF TOM LOVELL An Invitation to History [ARTTLO. $60.00 $35.00].

ASTRO BOY Omnibus 2 [ASB02. $19.99 $9.99].

BOB POWELL'S COMPLETE CAVE GIRL [BOBCH. $49.99 $35.00].

DOC SAVAGE #27 (James Bama Cover) [DC27V. $14.95 $7.95].

THE INDISPENSABLE CALVIN & HOBBES [INDCH. $29.99 $12.99].

MARS ATTACKS FIRST BORN [MAFB. $17.99 $7.99].

MARVEL MASTERWORKS Marvel Rarities Volume 1 [MMMR01H. $75.00 $45.00].

SUPERMAN Dark Knight Over Metropolis [SDKM. $14.99 $7.99].

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

Reminder: we only have ONE copy of most of these -- so it is first come, first served. Click on each item for more detail, longer descriptions and condition of the book.

This week we have Illustrating Modern Life The Golden Age of American Illustration from the Kelly Collection, and in case you missed out, we found another copy of Walt Disney's Donald Duck 50 Years of Happy Frustration.

Also this week we have CHROMA The Art of Alex Schomburg, and a used softcover copy of RGK The Art of Roy G Krenkel.

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A new DVD this week, a notorious exploitation classic: Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, starring the "luscious" Laura Gemser, of Black Emanuelle fame, and directed by Joe D'Amato.

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Here are a few DVD's from our bargain books section:

LOVE EXCHANGE Come Play The Game DVD [LOEX. $14.95 $9.95].

EVILS OF THE NIGHT BLU-RAY & DVD [EVNI. $29.98 $18.95].

ED WOOD'S DIRTY MOVIES DVD [EWDM. $29.95 $18.95].

HISTORY OF THE BLUE MOVIE DVD [HIBM. $29.95 $19.95].

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Hellboy Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition

At only $50 and including the complete story, this seems a bargain to us. And publisher Flesk says it's almost gone and is shipping as I write this [HC, 10x13, 144pg. HELISEH]. I upped my order but it still may not last long.

You can also get the original graphic novel this is taken from, which I thoroughly enjoyed [HELINTS. $14.99, includeds a bookplate signed by Gary Gianni].
 

Sac-Con

Highpoints of the show last weekend in Sacramento—I got to say hello to The X-Men's Chris Claremont, who I hadn't seen in too many years. We went backpacking once with my then wife Ann and Chuck Rozanski, of Mile High Comics, in the mountains outside Denver, and got rained out. Chris had never-ending lines of fans asking to have comics signed. We finally got to talk on the loading ramp after the show, after I missed him twice at my booth.

And Bob Layton was there, co-founder of Valiant Comics and man about the comics world. Bob and I go back to his fanzine days in the 1970s. He got his start doing high quality pro-like zines like The Charlton Bullseye and was part of the CPL Gang. Here's their Wiki intro: "The CPL Gang was a group of comic book enthusiasts who published a number of fanzines in the mid-1970s, including Contemporary Pictorial Literature (CPL) and Charlton Bullseye. Founded by Roger Stern and Bob Layton, the CPL Gang eventually included Roger Slifer, Duffy Vohland, Tony Isabella, Don Maitz, Michael Uslan, Steven Grant, and John Byrne, all of whom later became comics professionals."

Bob's a film producer in Florida now—it's been decades since we bumped into one another. He kept introducing me to his buddies as "the founder of the direct market, and all this" gesturing at the show in general! I did my best to correct such head-spinning notions. Phil Seuling, who was a mentor of sorts to me, started the direct market, i.e. buying from Marvel and DC and selling direct to comic stores. Prior to that, Phil and I co-distributed a number of fanzines and early alternate comics, such as Cerebus and Elfquest, The Comics Journal and Squa Tront.

If you want all of THAT story, grab a copy of Comic Shop by Dan Gearino, which I will sign for you if you ask [COMSHO. $26.95].

Artist Brent Anderson was also there. I got introduced to his very sweet wife and she was patient while he regaled both of us with stories of working for my old stores, Comics and Comix, back in San Jose in the early 1970s. He lived in a tiny apartment behind the store for some time.
Dan Brereton caught me up on his art education, attending art school in Oakland and San Francisco before he got his start at Eclipse Comics in the early 1980s, on the revamp of The Black Terror. Dan actually submitted something to me just prior to that, and remembers I was one of those who actually replied to him. I probably told him I wasn't a publisher, but do something and I'll handle it. And it's been that way ever since.
 

ECOF Friends of Edgar Rice Burroughs, May 18-19, Folsom, California

Dan Parson, Thomas Yeates, and Mike Royer are among the guests. We have been working with Thomas Yeates and Dwayne Covey on Twixt Two Worlds 3, Thomas' third sketchbook and a very special project. We'll be unveiling it at the show, a signed & numbered edition of 1,000. We'll announce it here in the email as soon as it is available. An abbreviated edition will be given away to all attendees. Admittance to the dealer's room only will be FREE. We'll have all our ERB items there, and a lot more.

~Bud

 

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