Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dan Brereton’s Night Owls, new wartime books from Dead Reckoning, Two-Fisted Tales, Dick Tracy, more new Firefly, Neil Gaiman, Terry Moore and more...

Dan Brereton's new collection, Night Owls, is here, with two editions exclusive from us. I really liked reading Night Witches and Men at Sea, both from Dead Reckoning. Both are really incredible. The last Two-Fisted issues are now available in Archive 4, Walt and Skeezix hits Volume 7, here is a new take on Dick Tracy, more new Firefly, the second Gaiman American Gods graphic novel, Terry Moore's conclusion to the 25th Strangers in Paradise story, Marvel Decades 70s--with monsters and Barks' Uncle Scrooge (and Gyro Gearloose).

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NIGHT OWLS DELUXE By Dan Brereton Signed
Signed with 24 extra pages, limited to 500. Our Highest Recommendation. Collecting illustrations ranging from spooky to heroic, fetching and occasionally nude, to monstrous, Night Owls, by illustrator and comics-creator Dan Brereton, not only contains new work from the past year, but freshly-completed artwork. Brereton is a painter, and it makes his work dynamic and colorful, setting it apart from much comics work. Here are his popular Nocturnals characters in new pieces, plus assorted cute witches, Batman, Harley Quinn, The Demon, Dracula, Storm, The Spirit, Vampi & Red Sonja, etc. Includes an interview and an original prose piece about the title, by James Moore. Big Wow!, 2018...More.

Item Code: NIGHS
Hard Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color

NIGHT OWLS By Dan Brereton Signed W/ Original Drawing & Signed Print
Signed with original drawing, bonus print and 24 extra pages. Limited to 500. Our Highest Recommendation. This is a lavish book, with an entirely different cover inside the dust jacket (cover pictured here, dust jacket above) and full color endpapers. We like it so much, it's going to be our cover feature on our next (June/July) catalog. Five-time Eisner nominee. 25 years in the industry, writer and artist, working in every genre imaginable and for every major publisher. Best known for his creation "The Nocturnals" and his many contributions to Image Comics, plus client work for Disney, CBS, Hasbro, Topps and much more! Big Wow!, 2019...More.

Item Code: NIGHD
Hard Cover, 9x11, 120pg, Full Color

More of Dan's collections, most available with a special full-page drawing, are on our website.

Recommended. The works of the illustrator, animator and manga artist, Senbon Umishima, including the artist's anime characters, landscapes, and selections from Senbon's own original manga stories. Umishima also worked as animation director for She & Her Cat, the first animated work by the award-winning animator Makoto Shinkai, and contributed to The Heroic Legend of Arslan and other anime series. Umishima's drawings are known for the way they illustrate body movement beautifully, while also expressing a sense of sentiment —a unique style that has inspired the artist's more than a hundred thousand followers on Twitter. PIE International, 2019...More.

Item Code: ABOUQ
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Partial Color

You will find three collections by Yoshitaka Amano on our site, as well as many more books dealing with manga and anime artists, and with film director Miyazaki.


Highly Recommended from Dead Reckoning

Our Highest Recommendation. All art by Riff Reb's. Prose by Joseph Conrad, William Hope Hodgson, Poe, Verne, Jack London, et al. Men at Sea is an opus of eight spectacularly drawn dramatic stories, tightly adapted by French illustrator Riff Reb's and often using a great deal of the original (and superbly written) text. Plus there are also eight more double-page drawings, each accompanied by poetic, poignant excerpts from stories, with Riff giving us a key scene. What we get is a rich, poetic, and masterfully crafted work of life and death on the sea--drawn in a style that will remind you of Berni Wrightson--particularly the double-page works. Dead Reckoning, 2019...More.

Item Code: MENAT
Soft Cover, 8x11, 120pg, Full Color

Highly Recommended. By Garth Ennis. Art by Russell Braun. As the German Army smashes deep into Soviet Russia and the defenders of the Motherland retreat in disarray, a new squadron arrives at a Russian forward airbase. They will risk fiery death flying obsolete biplanes as night-bombers against the invader. But these pilots and navigators are women, who must, and do, prove themselves capable even as most lose their lives. In the lethal skies above the Eastern front, they will become a legend known to friend and foe alike as the Night Witches. And one woman will survive, to move up to flying fighters and becoming a hero of Soviet Russia for her determination and skill. Dead Reckoning, 2019...More.

Item Code: NIGWI
Soft Cover, 7x10, 256pg, Partial Color

KATUSHA Girl Soldier of the Great Patriotic War
Recommended. By Wayne Vansant. On Sunday, June 22, 1941, the morning after Katusha's graduation, the Germans invade the Soviet Union. As enemy forces occupy Kiev, Ukraine, Katusha and her family learn the Nazis are not there to liberate them from communist rule, but to conquer. During the next four years, Katusha experiences the war on the Eastern Front with all its ferocity and hardship: first as a partisan, then as a Red Army tank driver and commander. From Barbarossa to Stalingrad, Dnipro to Berlin, follow Katusha's amazing adventures in the Russian army, through death, hopelessness, victory, glory, and even love. Dead Reckoning, 2019...More.

Item Code: KATUG
Soft Cover, 7x10, 584pg, Full Color

It's interesting that two of these three new books deal with World War II but from an entirely different viewpoint, of the Soviet Army battling the invading Nazi army. Publisher Dead Reckoning is a non-profit publishing arm of the Naval Institute Press. The first book of theirs that we handled was also very well done:

Highly Recommended. By Frank V. Martinek. Edited by Craig Yoe. A collection of the best stories from the classic Fawcett Comics run of Don Winslow of the Navy, beginning with the first issue in 1943. A long, well illustrated introduction details his appearances first as a newspaper comic strip (1934-55), then in films beginning in 1942, books, pulps and other media. Here you'll find Winslow fighting the Axis powers as well as  villains like The Snake and the smoldering hot, but deadly lady pirate, Singapore Sal. Winslow was a spy-chasing lieutenant commander in Naval intelligence. Dead Reckoning, 2018...More.

Item Code: BEDWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 272pg, Full Color

See our website for more on World War I and II history in graphic novel form and art collections.


Graphic Novels

AMERICAN GODS Volume 2 My Ainsel
Collects #1-9, 2017-19. Recommended. By Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell. Art by Scott Hampton. Cover by David Mack. Shadow and Wednesday leave the House on the Rock and continue their journey across the country where they set up aliases, meet new gods, and prepare for war.
The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award-winning novel and hit Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a handsome hardcover graphic novel in jacket. With additional art by Mark Buckingham, Galen Showman and Glenn Fabry. Dark Horse, 2019...More.

Item Code: AMG02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 232pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Volume 1 is still available in a matching hardcover format [AMG01H. $29.99, $26.99]. Click here for all our Neil Gaiman.

Signed! Katchoo is unstoppable in her hunt for Stephanie, a rogue Parker Girl who threatens Katchoo's family. But the mission becomes complicated when she discovers Stephanie has a bigger goal in mind, one that has attracted the attention of every nuclear power on earth...and a woman named Lilith. Francine and the kids are forced to defend themselves in a deadly game of hide and seek. A thrilling conclusion to SiP's comeback story celebrating 25 years! Terry has boldly signed each of our copies on the blank first page. Abstract Studio, 2019...More.

Item Code: TMSP02S
Soft Cover, 7x10, 116pg, b&w

The first volume, also signed, is still available [TMSPS. $15.99]. Terry's Strangers in Paradise Gallery Edition [TMSGEH. $125.00] and his 25th Anniversary Sketchbook/signed [TM25S. $16.99] are both still available, along with both Motor Girl collections, also signed [MOT01S, MOT02S. $15.99 ea].

FIREFLY The Unification War Part One
By Joss Whedon and Greg Pak. Art by Dan McDaid. From Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avengers) comes a new era of Firefly, as the definitive story of the Unification War is told at last! Captain Malcolm Reynolds thought he could outrun his past, but when a simple heist goes wrong, he's forced to confront it. With the fabled Traitor of Serenity Valley in his sights, Mal's quest for revenge will put him at odds with his own crew, forcing him to make a choice: fix the past or fight for the future. Boom!, 2019...More.

Item Code: FIREU01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color

See our website for more Firefly collections and the recent new prose novel.

DICK TRACY Dead or Alive
Collects the four-issue series. By Lee and Michael Allred. Art by Rich Tommaso. The All-American detective just made the biggest collar of his career, and it only cost him his job! But now the honest cop has packed his bags for "the city by the lake," and its criminals better watch out. It's bizarre villains, crooked cops, and gunfights galore! Reimagined for the 21st century through a retro lens, in a bit more cartoony/animation style. Appearances by Big Boy, The Mole, Scorpio, Camps...and Tess Truehart is back, undercover for the FBI as sexy singer, "Smoking Hot." IDW, 2019...More.

Item Code: DTDEAD
Soft Cover, 7x10, 104pg, Full Color


Comic Book & Comic Strip Archives

WALT AND SKEEZIX Volume 7 1933-1934
Highly Recommended. By Frank King. This new volume opens amid tough times, as the Depression grinds into its fourth year. Against this setting, a con artist sets up a storefront in town and ropes Walt and the Gasoline Alley gang into the scheme. Young Skeezix and his friends try to find inventive ways to earn money, although not always with the intended results--including fixes to a smashed-up car long before they can drive it...or afford gas. Frank King was one of the pioneering masters of cartooning, and this serves as a fascinating historical document of early- to mid-twentieth-century American life. Funny, poignant and endearing stories, some of the finest of the times. Drawn & Quarterly, 2019...More.

Item Code: WA07H
Hard Cover, 10x7, 400pg, b&w

Still available for order are Volumes 1-3, all $29.95, Volume 4 at $39.95, Volume 6 at $44.95, and Walt Before Skeezix [WABSK. $44.95, $39.95]. Volume 5 is out of print.

BATMAN AND SUPERMAN World's Finest The Silver Age Omnibus Volume 2 Hardcover
Collects #117-158, 1961-66. Recommended. By Bill Finger, Edmond Hamilton et al. Art by Curt Swan, Dick Sprang, Jim Mooney et al. Superman and Batman first teamed up in WF and those unique collaborative adventures continue here. Appearances with Bizarro Superman, Bat-Mite, and Mr. Mxyzptlk. This kicks off with a Bat-Woman appearance in #117, a Joker and Luthor team up in #129,  the origin of the Composite Superman, a Legion appearance, Luthor/Clayface and Luthor/Braniac team ups, the second Super Sons story, and the last appearance of Kathy Kane (Bat-Woman) until Batman Family #10 in 1977, more than ten years later! Dick Sprang provides the art until #135. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: BSF02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 688pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

The first volume, which began with Batman and Superman's first team-up is [BSF01H. $75.00, $65.00]. We also have a softcover collection Volume 2/Silver Age, collecting WF #95-116 [BSF02. $24.99, $21.99].

We have one copy of the original EC Archives: Golden Age World's Finest #2-16. Out of print [RB978. $75.00]. See our website, Rare and Out of Print/Archives, for more out of print Batman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Superman and Flash archives, as well as Marvel Masterworks and Complete EC Sets.

EC ARCHIVES Two-Fisted Tales Volume 4
Collects #36-41, the final issues, 1954-55. Our Highest Recommendation. By Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis, et al. Art by Jack Davis, John Severin, Evans, Wood, Krigstein and Crandall. As these final issues were produced, editor Harvey Kurtzman turned over the editorial reins to artist John Severin. Stories moved away from WWII and the Korean war and turned to adventure, including western frontier tales starring Indians and gunslingers. Severin took over doing cover art and drew many of the stories, frequently along with superb work by Jack Davis. But also here is a wonderful biography of big game hunter Carl Akeley by Wally Wood. Yet another facet of EC's fine innovation. Dark Horse, 2019...More.

Item Code: ECTW04H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Volumes 1 is available for $49.99, $29.99, and volume 3 is available at the same discounted price. Volume 2 is gone. We also have one Covers Portfolio [RB489. $50.00] and a complete EC Two-Fisted Tales set with four volumes in slipcase [RB98. $200.00].

DECADES MARVEL IN THE 70'S Legion of Monsters
By Doug Moench, Marv Wolfman et al. Art by Mike Ploog, Bill Mantlo, Gene Colan, Dave Cockrum et al. It was an era of black-and-white magazines filled with macabre monsters, and unsettling new titles starring horror-themed "heroes"! The melancholy muck-monster known as the Man-Thing: whosoever knows fear burns at his touch! Morbius, the Living Vampire! Jack Russell, cursed to be a Werewolf-by-Night! And the flame-skulled spirit of vengeance, the Ghost Rider! But what happens when they are forced together to become...the Legion of Monsters? Plus stories starring Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Manphibian, the vampire-hunter Blade...and never-before-reprinted tales of terror! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: DECA70
Soft Cover, 7x10, 240pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Previous Decades are all in stock, same discounted price. 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Book 20 in the series, 1956-62. Our Highest Recommendation. By Carl Barks. When Uncle Scrooge decides to takes Donald and the nephews on a world tour to inspect the many businesses in his far-flung empire, he never dreamed he'd wind up uncovering the fabled lost treasure of the even-more fabled King Solomon! Then Scrooge and Donald wind up in Southeast Asia in “City of Golden Roofs.” And the Beagle Boys come calling again with a devious scheme to drill Scrooge's money right out from under him! Plus an amazing TWELVE Gyro Gearloose shorts, each a gem! Fantagraphics, 2019...More.

Item Code: WD20H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 200pg, Full Color
$29.99 $25.99

This is the 20th book in the Carl Barks series. See them all on our website.


Batman Cutaways

BATMOBILE CUTAWAYS The Movie Vehicles 1989-2012
By Alan Cowsill, James Hill et al. Art by Ed Giddings and Mojo. A 72-page book comes packaged with a 1/43 scale die-cast metal replica of the Anton Furst-designed Batmobile featured in Tim Burton's 2008 film Batman. Now you can discover what lies inside this and TEN other Batmobiles, with extraordinary cutaway art: see under the hood and behind the controls as weapons systems and construction secrets are revealed. Also features vehicles from Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), Batman Begins (2005), and The Dark Knight (2008). Hero Collector, 2019...More.

Item Code: BATCUTM
Soft Cover, 9x11, 72pg, Full Color

By Richard Jackson, Alan Cowsill et al. Art by Ed Giddings. One of a kind custom cutaway book of every vehicle from the original TV series, packaged with a die-cast model of the iconic 1966 Batmobile, a 1/43 scale metal replica of the classic 1966 Batmobile in a diorama display of the Batcave, the Caped Crusader's subterranean crime lab with lots of props. Learn the secrets of all the vehicles from the classic Batman TV series--the 72 page guidebook features lavish illustrations and photos of every vehicle from the show -- the Batmobile, Bat-cycle, Bat-copter, Bat-boat, and more. Hero Collector, 2018...More.

Item Code: BATCUT
Soft Cover, 9x11, 9x11, 72pg, Full Color


Statue Variants

Limited, 99! The color variations on this proof variant are very interesting, with more green rather than purple, and silver, and the faceplate in yellow now. Dawn is one of the most enduring characters in independent comics since her creation by artist, Joseph Michael Linsner, in the late 1980s. With sculpting by RVCKVS International, and continued guidance from her creator, Dynamite has spared no detail in bringing this iconic comic book idol to life. Very nicely detailed. Dynamite, 2019...More.

Item Code: JOSDAA
12" tall, Full Color

BETTIE PAGE Statue By Terry Dodson Artist Proof
Limited, 49! Sculpted by Steve Kiwus. Art Terry Dodson. Bettie Page, the "Queen of Pin-ups", has always been known to turn heads and Dynamite Entertainment's playful rendering by Steve Kiwus captures all of the charm that made her a legend. Inspired by the classic artwork of Dave Stevens (creator of The Rocketeer), veteran comic artist Terry Dodson chose to pay homage to Stevens with his own rendition of his definitive Bettie Page pose. With bonus accessories that you can arrange and display in any way you wish. Dynamite, 2019...More.

Item Code: BETTPA
12" tall, Full Color

See our website for the regular editions and other variants of both these statues.


Coming in June

MARVEL MASTERWORKS The Invincible Iron Man Volume 12
Collects Iron Man #95-112, 1977-78. By Bill Mantlo, Gerry Conway et al. Art by Carmine Infantino, Keith Pollard et al. It's time for an upgrade! Iron Man increases his armor's power as his title gains a powerful new writer: Bill Mantlo! Never before collected, Mantlo's run delved into Tony Stark's supporting cast, added a dose of industrial intrigue and brought back iconic adversaries. It begins with accusations of Stark Industries bribing U.S. senators, gets dangerous with the return of Ultimo and reaches a fever pitch when an all-new Guardsman comes calling! The mysterious Madame Masque and the Jack of Hearts enter the fray. Marvel, 2019. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: MMIM12H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 344pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

We also have Iron Man Masterworks 9-11 in stock, same discounted price. Plus the Iron Man Epic Collection 2 (Tales of Suspense #73-99, Iron Man #1 etc. IME02. $39.99, $34.99, almost gone], Little Book of Iron Man by Roy Thomas [LBIRO. $10.00], and the Bob Layton Artist Select signed deluxe [IIMASD. $125.00]

1972-75-Three years of stories. By Stan Lee Gerry Conway et al. Art by Ross Andru, Gil Kane et al. John Romita Sr. shares the spotlight with the creators above. The Green Goblin is back! Gwen Stacy is missing! And it all leads to a confrontation atop the George Washington Bridge that will leave Peter Parker forever changed! It's the story that cemented the Green Goblin as the definition of evil. And lest you think that's the only milestone in these pages, this Omnibus also features the debut of the Punisher, the wedding of Aunt May and Doc Ock, Harry Osborn's descent into madness and a new role for Mary Jane Watson! Marvel, 2019. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: AM04H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 976pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

More Spider-Man, such as Marvel Masterworks and Ultimate Newspaper Comics volumes, are on our website.


Rare & Out of Print

By Wallace Wood.
Wallace Wood, 1978.

Mature Readers. Very Good. Slight scuffing and thumbing to the front cover. Moderate scuffing on the back, and two creases in the spine.

Item Code: RB1071
Magazine, 10x12, 36pg, b&w


By Stan Lee. Art by John Romita.
Non-Pareil Publishing Corp., 1968.

Fine. A few small creases and thumbing to the front cover. 

Item Code: RB1069
Soft Cover, 8x10, 63pg, Full Color

An Annotated Catalog
By Vaughn Bode. Foreword by Bob Coughlin.
Chimneysweep Nostalgia Company, 1978.
Very Fine. Fine minus. Cover is slightly scuffed in the b&w illustration and just a bit on the orange border at bottom, otherwise its as new.

Item Code: RB1064
Soft Cover, 7x9, 160pg, b&w

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First Edition. By Syd Mead.
Bandai Co., 1991.
Fine. Cover has some light scuffing. A couple small bumps to the board edges.

Item Code: RB1068
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 14x11, 143pg, Full Color

Also available are two extremely rare Syd Mead books, Perspective and two different copies of Projections. This is the first time we’ve ever seen or offered these. We also have Sentury and Sentinel II at $150.00 each.
By Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, John Severin and Marie Severin.
Russ Cochran, 1988.
Very Good. Damp stained and a few covers have staple holes.

Item Code: RB1070
9x13, 23 plates, Full Color

Other cover portfolios available are Two-Fisted Tales, Frontline Combat and Weird Fantasy.
Signed & Limited, #33 of 1000.
By Thea von Harbou. Art by Michael W. Kaluta.
Donning Co., 1988.

Fine/ Very Fine. Slight scuffing on covers and small bump to top edge. Slipcase has light scuffing and wear. Inside pages are crisp and clean.

Item Code: RB1073
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 170pg, Partial Color


Mature Readers

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News and Notes


Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

We promoted this a few weeks ago, as the new edition of the graphic novel came in. But we'd forgotten we'd done a really outstanding full color bookplate, drawn by Charles Vess, for the original edition. And still had copies signed by Charles. So this is now included with any copies. If you got one before we added it, let us know next time you order. Here's a picture of the plate.

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Gallery Ready

A local publisher who used to operate an art gallery here in Grass Valley wrote a very specialized book: Gallery Ready: A Creative Blueprint for Visual Artists, by Franceska Alexander. It's a small 5x8 book with 100 pages, about organizing your work, finding your market, getting your work into a gallery, pursuing your audience. This is so specialized I'm not adding it to our inventory, but if you want a copy, it's $15. Call or email us.



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