Thursday, July 12, 2018

H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, Batman Thrillkiller, Neil Gaiman’s Sherlock Holmes, Wonder Woman, Jodorowsky’s Moonface, Ant-Man, Walt Disney, and two new Phantom prose novels.

It's Graphic Novel Week: H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man, Batman Thrillkiller, Neil Gaiman's Sherlock Holmes pastiche, John Byrne's Wonder Woman 2, Jodorowsky's Moonface, Ant-Man's origins. Plus a picture book on Walt Disney's personal life and career. Also two new Phantom prose novels, J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl Gallery Edition, Monsters of the Imagination talks about creature creation, and much more.

Graphic Novels & Archives  |  H.G. Wells  |  Walt Disney  |  The Phantom Prose Novels
J. Scott Campbell  |  Creature Creation  |  Coming in September  |  Coming in November
Bargain Books  |  Rare & Out of Print  |  Mature Readers  |  News & Notes  |  Website Index
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Graphic Novels and Archives

Collects Thrillkiller #1-3 and Thrillkiller '62, 1997-98. Highly Recommended. By Howard Chaykin. Art by Dan Brereton. Eisner-nominated. Behind-the-scenes unpublished artwork and new Introduction by Chaykin. The year is 1961. The gorgeous Barbara Gordon is Batgirl and her lover is Robin, sans his costume, clad in a cool bomber jacket. And he's a man here, at peak form and out to kill, literally, the killers of his circus-performing parents. A very un-Batman-like story. It's a grim tale, as Chaykin says, more of a crime novel than a conventional Batman story. It's rich and moody and sexy and very offbeat, and if you've never read it, now's the time to treat yourself to an amazing, powerful story. DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: BATTHR
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color

See our website for more by Howard Chaykin and by Dan Brereton, including his art books with original drawings.

By Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque et al. Art by Rafael Albuquerque and Dave Stewart. This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos features the brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen's Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic horror! Dark Horse, 2018...More.

Item Code: NGSTH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 88pg, Full Color
$17.99 $15.99

AMERICAN GODS Volume 1 Shadow
Collects #1-9, 2017. By Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton. Cover by David Mack. One of Gaiman's best-known stories is adapted to comics by all-star creators. This supernatural American road trip fantasy tells the story of a war between the ancient and modern gods. This novel won the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula awards, and has been adapted as a Starz television series! The first in a three-volume adaptation! Includes work by Walt Simonson, Colleen Doran, and Glenn Fabry. 36-page Bonus Section of original art, layouts, alternative covers, character guides. Dark Horse, 2018. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: AMG01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 208pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99

We have much more Neil Gaiman on our website.

WONDER WOMAN By John Byrne Volume 2
Wonder Woman (2nd) #115-124 and Wonder Woman Annual #5-6, 1996-97 Recommended. By John Byrne. Art by Byrne, Norm Breyfogle, Dave Cochrum and Tom Palmer. An ancient shield is stolen from the museum of antiquities and the Earth's crust shifts by a mile! Discovering a connection between these two events, Wonder Woman seeks the help of the world's leading expert in geology and underground exploration, Cave Carson! Wonder Woman returns from her globetrotting adventures only to be attacked by Cheetah. Can Wonder Woman save the corrupt soul of Barbara Minerva before her feral persona destroys the Amazonian princess? DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: WWJB02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 328pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

Volume 1 is in stock at the same discounted price.

By Alejandro Jodorowsky. Art by Art by François Boucq. Wow! A massive, oversized 250-page graphic novel written by the famed French creator of The Metabarons and collaborator with Moebius on The Incal, Angel Claws and Madwoman. The arrival of the mute "wave tamer" Moon Face turns the tiny island of Damanuestra upside down, threatening the oppressive political and religious hierarchies. The multiple award-winning Francois Boucq (The Bouncer, Magician's Wife) draws an uplifting and surreally satirical tale of strange magic and revolutionary freedom. Humanoids, 2018. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: MOOFH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x13, 252pg, Full Color

See more Jodorowsky on our website, including his collaborations with Moebius: Before the Incal, The Incal, Final Incal, Angel Claws, Eyes of the Cat, and Madwoman of the Sacred Heart.

ANT-MAN / GIANT-MAN Growing Pains
Tales to Astonish #49, Avengers #28, 139, Marvel Double-Feature and Avengers Academy. Recommended. By Stan Lee, Steve Englehart et al. Art by Jack Kirby, Don Heck, George Tuska et al. Beginning with his origin in 1964, here are milestone stories in the life of Giant-Man. We especially like the artwork on the final tale from Avengers Academy by artist Tom Raney and written by Christos Gage. When the job's too big for Ant-Man to handle, it's time for Hank Pym to become...Giant-Man! But being a larger-than-life-size super hero comes with equally large problems — like when Hank rejoins the Avengers to free the Wasp from the Collector's clutches, but gets stuck as a 10-foot tall Goliath! Marvel, 2018...More.

Item Code: ANTGIA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 155pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

By Tom Defalco, art by Horacio Domingues. Legendary writer Tom DeFalco (once editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics) and acclaimed artist Horacio Domingues bring you the origin of Ant-Man! Hank Pym has had a life full of adventure and success, failure and humiliation. He's been known by many names, and played many parts -- scientist, super hero, flawed husband. What demons drive a man like Hank Pym? And how did he begin his heroic career? Marvel, 2018...More.

Item Code: ANTAO
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$17.99 $15.99

See more Ant-Man on our website.


H.G. Wells

Highly Recommended. By Dobbs. Art by Christophe Regnault. In the midst of winter, a snowstorm blows into the small, quiet village of Iping—and along with the storm arrives a mysterious stranger. The village inhabitants are quickly disturbed by the sudden appearance of this peculiar scientist who keeps his face hidden and prefers solitude. When they discover that underneath his innumerable bandages is an invisible man, they rise up in fear and drive him out. But the invisible man will return to take his revenge and their peaceful village will soon find itself haunted by an unseen and hateful spirit. Superbly drawn, originally published in France in two parts. Insight Comics, 2018...More.

Item Code: HGWINH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 112pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Highly Recommended. By H.G. Wells. Art by Lou Cameron. Here it is--what may be for many their very favorite Classics adaptation--it is for me. The Time Machine is a science fiction tale by H. G. Wells, published in 1895, which eventually became a wonderful film that many of us grew up with. It is one of the greatest works of science fiction ever created and here it's beautifully drawn by craftsman Lou Cameron. Jack Lake, 2008...More.

Item Code: CI133
Soft Cover, 6x9, 48pg, Full Color

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By H.G. Wells. Art by Lou Cameron. The deluxe hardcover edition of one of H. G. Wells' best science fiction tales, the first novel ever of a Martian invasion of Earth, and one of everyone's favorite CI issues, beautifully adapted and drawn by comic book veteran Lou Cameron and beautifully restored by the team of artists at Jack Lake Productions. This went through eleven printings, an all-time record. William B. Jones provides a fascinating inside look at its history and creation. Jack Lake, 2004...More.

Item Code: CI124H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 48pg, Full Color
$14.99 $7.99

Also see our website for five different Jules Verne items, including this:

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

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


Walt Disney

WALT'S IMAGINATION The Life of Walt Disney
Recommended. By Doreen Rappaport. Art by John Pomeroy. An oversized picture book that gently chronicles Walt's progression from farm boy to actor to artist, animator, director, and entertainment celebrity, Walt's own words are presented and contextualized within Doreen Rappaport's compelling prose. Illustrated with vivid authenticity by animator/painter John Pomeroy. A sensitive look at the famous man and his long, satisfying career of bringing joy to children and adults, and imagination to the world. Disney-Hyperion, 2018...More.

Item Code: WALTLH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 48pg, Text/Full Color

INK & PAINT The Women of Walt Disney's Animation
From the 1920s to the 1980s. Recommended. By Mindy Johnson. Foreword by June Foray. From the earliest black-and-white Alice Comedies to digital animation, meet the pioneering women who brought hand-rendered animated stories to vibrant, multicolored life at Walt Disney Studios and beyond. Extensively researched with the full support of Disney's archives, plus a multitude of private collections, firsthand accounts, newly discovered materials, and production documentation, as well as never-before-seen photography and artwork, this essential volume redefines the collective history of animation. Disney, 2017...More.

Item Code: INKPH
Hard Cover, 6x8, 384pg, Full Color
$60.00 $49.95

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

THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED The Hidden Art of Disney's Late Golden Age Volume 3
Highly Recommended. By Didier Ghez. Foreword by Andreas Deja. Walt Disney always envisioned that the studios bearing his name would remain relevant by consistently taking creative risks and doing the unexpected. Heading into the 1940s, he crafted an entirely new division of the studio called the Character Model Department, which focused solely on the details of character development. This showcases six of these early pioneers: Eduardo Sola Franco, Johnny Walbridge, Jack Miller, Campbell Grant, James Bodero, and Martin Provensen. Chronicle, 2017...More.

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

See our Rare and Out of Print section for books like Fantasia, The Art of the Lion King, Art of Mulan, Disney's Little Mermaid, Snow White Story Book and more.


The Phantom Prose Novels

THE STORY OF THE PHANTOM Volume 7 The Mystery of the Sea Horse
Recommended. By Lee Falk. Painted cover by George Wilson. A palatial 200 foot yacht, "The Sea Horse," a luxurious private island guarded by fierce dogs, all the property of the suave and charming Chris Danton. What is the source of his seemingly inexhaustible wealth? What is the grim secret behind the "ageless" smile of the master of The Sea Horse? The Phantom's sweetheart, beautiful Diana Palmer, innocently stumbles into Danton's web and finds herself caught up in an evil conspiracy from which she can be saved only by the power and ingenuity of The Ghost Who Walks. Hermes Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: PHA07
Soft Cover, 6x9, 144pg, Text Only

THE STORY OF THE PHANTOM Volume 8 The Hydra Monster
Recommended. By Lee Falk. Painted cover by George Wilson. What is the meaning of Hydra, a mysterious evil that spans oceans and continents? Who are the black clad men with the letter V tattooed on shaven skulls, who appear in the wake of wars, earthquakes, fires, and other catastrophes? The final mumbled words of a dying man draw the Phantom into an amazing web of violence, crime, and murder, the web of the Hydra Monster. A complete prose novel, written by Lee Falk, starring the Ghost Who Walks, one of the most popular comic strip heroes of all time. Hermes Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: PHA08
Soft Cover, 6x9, 128pg, Text Only

Volume 1 is out of print and sold out. We still have Volumes 2-6 in stock at the same price [PHA02, PHA03, etc. $14.99 each]. See all the other latest Phantom collections on our website.


J. Scott Campbell

Includes variant covers. Recommended. J. Scott Campbell is renowned for his gorgeous art and stunningly realized covers. This collection (available in a standard size square bound prestige format as well as in a deluxe, oversized hardcover) features 64 pages crammed full of Campbell's Danger Girl covers and pin-ups. As an added bonus, several notable "guest stars" are included in this collection, providing their own beautifully executed version of the Danger Girl team: Adam Hughes, Travis Charest, Joe Madureira, Arthur Adams, Joe Quesada, David Mack, and more. A fine addition to any fan of Danger Girl and the art of J. Scott Campbell! IDW, 2018...More.

Item Code: JSCDA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 64pg, Full Color

The “Deluxe Hardcover Edition” of this is not due in until next month. We will announce it when it arrives. [JSCDAH GALLERY EDITION HC $24.99, your price $21.99]. See more J. Scott Campbell on our website, including several statues, some on sale. We have just two copies left of the out of print J. Scott Campbell Time Capsule [JSCTD. $75].

Recommended. By J. Scott Campbell. Back to the vertical format, with some HUGE sketches covering both pages, along with smaller pieces behind them. Lay-flat spiral binding. Disney princesses, heroines, tattooed cuties, gun-totin' mommas, Grimm Fairy Tale ladies, western girls, roughs for his 2014 Overstreet Comics Buyer's Guide cover, Spidey, Thor, Galactus... Mafufo, 2014...More.

Item Code: JSCR04S
Soft Cover, 6x9, 48pg, b&w
$35.00 $25.00

We have only eight of these left at this special price. We have just four left of #3.


Creature Creation

MONSTERS OF THE IMAGINATION Amazing Creature Designs by Global Artists
Recommended. The stuff of nightmares, monsters have haunted the human psyche for millennia, cropping up in all cultures through our stories and myths, in three-dimensional and graphic representations. This hold has not diminished as newer technologies keep evolving to visually render them faster and with increased nuance for a variety of applications from games and animation to film characters. The diverse work of 30 world-renowned creature designers who share their inspiration, choice of materials and techniques with the readers. The chapters include Digital Painting, Traditional Hand Drawing, 3D Modeling and Rendering, and Sculpture. Embrace the horror... Cypi Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: MONIM
Soft Cover, 8x10, 184pg, Full Color

Art by Fred Augis, Daniel Chavez, Nick Sumida et al. The humble sketch is the foundation of great art, where thoughts and concepts first come to life as an image—but rarely are sketches celebrated like they deserve to be for their power to explore, inspire, and entertain. Here fifty talented traditional and digital artists, ranging from industry legends to talented up-and-comers, share their sketches and reveal the ideas, inspirations, and techniques behind their creative processes. From doodles of robots and aliens to concept designs for spaceships, speculative life-forms, and invented worlds. 3DTotal, 2015...More.

Item Code: SCISF
Soft Cover, 8x9, 320pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99

We have just two copies left of Terryl Whitlach's Principles of Creature Design, with a signed bookplate [PRIC. $42.95, your price $37.95]. And just four copies left of Metamorfx: The Art of Constantine Sekeris [MEFX. $22.95, your price $14.95].


Coming in September

BATMAN By Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Omnibus
Recommended. Together, these three works are considered some of the most acclaimed graphic novels ever created from one of the greatest creative partnerships ever. This omnibus collector's edition hardcover is a must-have for any fan of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale! Collects Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman Madness #1, Batman: Ghosts #1, Batman: The Long Halloween #1-13, Batman: Dark Victory #0-13, Catwoman: When in Rome #1-6, Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003, Superman/Batman #26 and SOLO #1. DC, 2018. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: BATJOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 1176pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

See our website for all Batman collections.


Coming in November

PRINCE VALIANT 4-6 Slipcase Set
1943-48. Highly Recommended. By Hal Foster. Hal Foster's Prince Valiant is one of the most magnificent adventure comics ever and Fantagraphics' reprinting is the loveliest treatment of the strip in the history of publishing. This deluxe slipcase set includes volumes four through six of the series, collecting the strip's run from 1943 through 1948! A companion to the first boxed set of Volumes 1-3, and hopefully an annual event to continue to offer deluxe, nicely illustrated boxes of the continuing series. Fantagraphics, 2018. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: PVS02P
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x14, 336pg, Full Color
$99.99 $84.99

The first Gift Box Set [PVS01P] is still available at the same discounted price. Fantagraphics has been known to run out of these slipcased gift sets and letting them go out of print, so be aware of this. All 16 volumes in this series are currently available.

Set includes volumes 5 & 6, 1970. Recommended. By Charles Schulz. These late 1970s strips showcase Schulz at his philosophical and illustrative peak in one gorgeous, oversized, full-color coffee table book -- his work has never looked better. Linus, Charlie Brown, Pig-Pen, Shermy, Violet, Sally, Patty, and Schroeder are all present, as is the burgeoning international superstar, Snoopy. Fantagraphics, 2018. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: PES03HP
Hard Cover, 13x10, 576pg, Full Color
$85.00 $75.00

Color Sunday Pages, 1976-80. Recommended. By Charles M. Schulz. Linus, Charlie Brown, Pig-Pen, Shermy, Violet, Sally, Patty, and Schroeder are all present, as is the burgeoning international superstar, Snoopy. Peanuts Every Sunday: 1976-1980 has been scrupulously re-colored to optimize the original newspaper coloring, but with far better printing and paper than ever used on any newspaper — allowing readers once again to immerse themselves in Charles Schulz's timeless masterpiece. Fantagraphics, 2018. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: PES06H
Hard Cover, 13x10, 288pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Collects #0-25, 2008-2010, the entire run. Highly Recommended. By Timothy Truman. Art by Tomas Giorello, Richard Corben et al. Conan returns to his homeland to explore his roots and find renewed purpose as a young mercenary. This complete collection of Dark Horse's Conan the Cimmerian run gathers issues #0 to #25 of that celebrated series together, including all variant cover work! The award-winning creative team of Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, and José Villarrubia adapt several of Robert E. Howard's original Conan stories and tell new tales that tie everything together chronologically. Dark Horse, 2018. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: COLOCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x12, 680pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

See current Conan collections on our website.

By Carole Blumenfeld. Often dismissed merely as Fragonard's sister-in-law, Marguerite Gérard (French, 1761-1837) was in fact one of the major artists working in France in the late eighteenth century. Initially Fragonard's pupil, then his assistant and finally his collaborator, she found success as an artist in her own right, becoming known for her portraits and sometimes voluptuous genre scenes. The only female genre artist of her time, she excelled in the treatment of reflections and surfaces, in the rendering of flesh, and in domestic scenes of daily life. Gourcuff Gradenigo, 2018. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: MARGH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 272pg, Full Color


Bargain Books

Our most recent sale was sent out on July 3rd. You can see the sale here on our blog, or click this link to see the items that were included.

These books are generally very low in stock, as few as two or three copies--too few to list in our regular clearance sale. This may be your last chance at this special price. Don't miss out, act now.



PHANTOM Danger in the Forbidden City Hardcover [PHDF01H. $29.99 $17.99].


PICTORIAL CONFESSIONS #1 [PICR01. $14.99 $9.99].



WALT BEFORE SKEEZIX Hurt [WABSKR. $44.95 $22.50].

SCARLET LETTER [SCARLH. $45.00 $29.95].

COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE 47th Edition 2017-18 Batman [CB47B. $29.95 $14.95].

COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE 47th Edition 2017-18 Batman Hardcover [CB47BH. $35.00 $17.50].

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). To get on our email list for Sales & Specials, click here.


Rare & Out of Print

Our Rare and Out of Print email #4 went out on Wednesday. Click here to see it on our blog. Highlights include new items by Jeffrey Jones, including numerous signed prints, Barry Windsor-Smith, Frank Frazetta and Walt Disney.

We also added many new beautiful art prints, many signed, and two are matted and framed.

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Mature Readers

Just in is the conclusion of the BDSM erotic fantasy, Sunstone. This is a very unusual novel. On the one hand, it's about two women who explore bondage, domination and submission with each other...then with other partners. And that is where this not only gets tough on our ladies, but it expands the story to make it much more than just an exercise in erotica. In some ways, it reminds me of Strangers in Paradise, if the two leading ladies were doing the same number. The artwork is lush and very well done. This can be enjoyed on several levels, and is highly thought of online by (even) the women's community! Volume One is also available.

Roy Stuart: Embrace Your Fantasies is a project that was done with Taschen sex editor Dian Hanson, back when she was involved with The Leg Show magazine. It's erotic scenarios: submissive girls, two girls together, threesomes and foursomes, dominant ladies with submissive guys... Accompanied by prose also, it's an unusual set of fantasies photographed and collected here. See more by Roy Stuart and Dian Hanson on our website.

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News and Notes


Steve Ditko

Steve just passed away on June 29th, at 90. With all my years, even going to shows since 1968, he remained one artist I never had the pleasure to meet. But many folks do have stories, and I’ve caught some of these and shared them to our Facebook page. They portray a unique but surprisingly outgoing and friendly character, not the curmudgeonly stereotype we often hear of. It’s also wonderful to see the outpouring of appreciations of his work.



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