Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Art of Tom Lovell, Crumb’s 1980s underground comics magazine Weirdo, Szukalski, Plastic Man, Superman, Steve Ditko and more!

The new edition of Tom Lovell Illustrator is now in stock, Coming next is Rafael DeSoto, below, coming in June. Crumb's 1980s underground comics magazine Weirdo gets the all-star treatment by Jon Cooke and friends. We have a Szukalski book to tie into the December, 2018 Netflix documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio. Also here is a new Plastic Man, the Death of Superman, The Infinity War, Conan, Planet of the Apes Art, Ditko's Monsters, a new Shadow, and some fine coming items.

And don't miss our latest sale, new this week, right here.

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New Edition. Limited to 900. Our Highest Recommendation. By Daniel Zimmer. Tom Lovell is widely known today for his Western and fine art work, and previous books focused almost exclusively on this side of his career. This branches out to explore the artist's earlier days as an illustrator. Featuring over 270 beautiful illustrations reproduced from the original paintings and drawings, as well as scores of rarely seen tear sheets from the pulps, the slicks, and beyond, circa the 1930s to the mid-70s. Illustrated Press, 2019...More.

Item Code: TLIH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color

See the other books available from The Illustrated Press on our website. And their next book on Rafael DeSoto is below in Coming items.

Highly Recommended. By Jon B. Cooke. The Book of Weirdo is a hugely entertaining examination of Weirdo magazine, Robert Crumb's legendary and long-running humor comics anthology from the 1980s. Crumb himself calls this “a great book” and “the definitive work on the subject.” Weirdo influenced a generation of cartoonists, and served as a creative refuge for underground comix veterans and training ground for new creators. This book features the comprehensive story of the fondly-recalled magazine, along with testimonials from over 130 of the mag's contributors, plus interviews withWeirdo’s three editors: Crumb himself, Peter “Hate” Bagge, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, as well as publisher “Baba Ron” Turner. Last Gasp, 2019...More.

Item Code: BOOWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 288pg, Text/b&w
$39.95 $35.95


From 1981. Highly Recommended. By Robert Crumb. Robert Crumb is an artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. While he is perhaps best known for his Keep on Truckin' and Fritz the Cat cartoons, his "Short History of America" series is an urbanist classic. Arguably his most timeless image, this series shows the gradual metamorphosis of a single plot of land from virgin wilderness to urban decay in 12 panels. It first appeared in black & white in 1979 in the ecological magazine Co-Evolutionary Quarterly and in Snoid Comics. It was rearranged and colored by Peter Poplaski in 1981 and quickly became Kitchen Sink Press' best-selling poster. Kitchen Sink Press, 1981. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: SHAPO
na, 23.5x16.5, Full Color

Shown here is just four panels from the complete poster. Click on the title for the full experience!


Stanislaus Szukalski

Stanislav Szukalski (1893–1987) was a Polish-born sculptor, writer, graphic artist, and heretic. Highly regarded in both the US and Poland between the World Wars, he lapsed into obscurity, living and working in “America's Cultural Siberia” (Southern California) until comic art collector Glenn Bray rediscovered him in 1973. Last Gasp, 2019...More.

Item Code: BEHOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 160pg, Text/Partial Color

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently produced a Netflix documentary film on this amazing artist: "Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski", finally giving his career and artwork the attention it deserves. Last Gasp did two books on him many years ago, and Behold The Protong is a new edition of one of these.

Collector and publisher Glenn Bray (The Blighted Eye, The Original Art of Basil Wolverton), befriended Szukalski at the very end of his long life, and helped to publicize his work, bringing it to the attention of comic fans and artists, many of whom became big admirers. We also have just one copy of Szukalski, a small booklet published in 1989 [RB1061. $40.00].


By Stanislav Szukalski. Quarto, brown cloth stamped in gilt. First edition, number 830 of an unspecified limited edition (believed to be 1,000 or fewer) of a scarce monograph on the Polish artist.

Issued as is with no jacket. Slight waviness to pages, still quite a sharp, near fine copy of the very first book on this illustrator. One other monograph was done on him, also issued in Chicago, but it was even more limited and is even more difficult to find. We found just two copies of this on the Internet current, one at $3000, and one not as nice as ours at $2400.

Szukalski created many bold, dramatic Art Deco styled sculptures in larger than life size as outdoor exhibits in his homeland of Poland. But legend has it they were pulled down and destroyed by the Nazis when Hitler invaded in WWII. The artist was a huge deal in his homeland in the 1920s and 1930s. before the war. Light Wear. Covici-McGee, 1923. Out of Print.. Near Fine....More.

Item Code: RB1062
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x12, 150+pg, Partial Color


Comic Book Archives & Graphic Novels

By Gail Simone Art by Adrian Melo. Eel O'Brian has a lot going on: he's a petty thief, a con artist who manages a strip club and, last but not least, the pliable paladin Plastic Man. And now he may also be the world's only hope against a secret society of sociopaths who have infiltrated the Justice League! DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: PLASTM
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Partial Color

We don't have any more Plastic Man collections right now, but the character and his creator Jack Cole are discussed in a number of reference books that we do stock, including a fine chapter in Jim Steranko's original 1972 edition of History of the Comics [STER02. $20.00]. See the website.

By Jim Starlin, Tom Defalco et al. Art by Ron Lim, Paul Ryan et al. The epic sequel to The Infinity Gauntlet. Adam Warlock's dark half has resurfaced. As the Magus schemes for ultimate power, an army of evil doppelgangers overwhelms Earth's heroes, Dr. Strange and Galactus seek answers and Thanos enters the fray--alongside the Infinity Watch! Can the Avengers, X-Men and more turn the tide? To defeat the Magus, Eternity must be awakened...and the Infinity Gauntlet reassembled! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: INFWH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1352pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

THE ART OF JIM STARLIN A life in Words and Pictures
Recommended. By Jim Starlin. Jim Starlin's creations Thanos, Gamora and Drax the Destroyer occupy prominent roles in Marvel's cinematic universe. The "father of the cosmic soap opera," Jim Starlin's name is synonymous with the larger-than-life epic, which is why AfterShock is proud to bring back into print this epic 328-page retrospective on the career of one of the most popular and prolific comic book artists of the last 40 years! Covering everything from his humble beginnings to his rise as one of the industry's top creative talents, this oversized volume includes glimpses into Starlin's files and sketchbooks, as well as images of his personal favorites with insights into his life and creative process. Aftershock, 2018...More.

Item Code: ARTJSH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 328pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99

There is a lot more by Jim Starlin on our website: The Death of Captain Marvel, Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition, The Best of Star Studded, Gates of Eden, etc.
By Pierre Boulle. Art by Alex Ross, Paolo Rivera et al. Since its original release in 1968, the Planet of the Apes franchise has shocked and captivated authors, artists, filmmakers, and fans across the world with its incredible effects and brilliant narrative. Now, return to the worlds of Planet of the Apes, both old and new, realized by a collection of classic and modern artistic voices in celebration of one of cinema's most celebrated works. Boom!, 2019...More.

Item Code: PLAAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 112pg, Full Color

See much more on Planet of the Apes on our website.

Collects #20-39, 2005-07. By Kurt Busiek, Mike Mignola et al. Art by Cary Nord, Greg Ruth et al. The Tower of the Elephant and other stories! Conan the Barbarian stars in more legendary tales filled with swords, sorcery, giant spiders and monstrous creatures -- including stories adapted from the original works of Robert E. Howard! Stealing the priceless gem the Heart of the Elephant from an unguarded tower seems like child's play -- but nothing's ever easy for Conan! Then, a dalliance with a magistrate's wife spells trouble, and Conan's adventures in the City of Thieves continue as he runs a gauntlet of threats both human and inhuman! But what grotesque horrors await him in the Hall of the Dead? And is anybody ready for Conan...the King? Plus, tales of Conan's youth as he braves the Battle of Brita's Vale -- and rides a wild Cimmerian bull! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: CCE02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 504pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

More Conan Chronicles, Archives and Omnibus collections are on our website.

By Dan Jurgens. The unthinkable has happened. The Man of Steel is dead. Sacrificing his life to an unstoppable global threat, the people of Earth must now accept that the world they live in is a world without Superman. Legendary writer Dan Jurgens (Superman: Action Comics) brings you in its entirety the epic saga that gripped the nation when it first appeared. When the Earth continues to be threatened by beings of immeasurable power, Metropolis' one true hero will rise and return hope to those who need it most. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: DEARH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 1000pg, Full Color
$150.00 $125.00

By Joe Gill. Introductions by Tony Isabella and Mark Ditko. Two "famous monsters of filmland" battle for your hearts and minds in this terror-ific comic! Gorgo and Konga's best individual stories! They don't go head to claw, they're busy fighting commies, but they battle for your mind as you decide who is the coolest of the cool! Plus, two covers using Flipism technology: one on the front, another on the back! And wait till you see the flipped-out centerfold! With Gorgo introduction by Tony Isabella and Konga introduction by Mark Ditko! IDW, 2019...More.

Item Code: DITM
Soft Cover, 7x10, 96pg, Full Color

Want more Ditko? We have most everything on the website. Still in stock, from Dark Horse, is Creepy Presents Steve Ditko [CRESDH. $19.99]. Don't miss this, the best-ever book on his career:

Our Highest Recommendation. His astounding career from the early 1950s to the present, with work for Charlton, Warren, Marvel and DC are shown, both as printed pages and scans from Ditko's beautiful original art! This is a museum catalogue that accompanied a massive exhibition in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in the Fall of 2016. By the same Eisner Award-nominated team who created the gold-standard for museum catalogues: Woodwork: Wallace Wood 1927-1981, Flesh & Steel: The Art of Russ Heath, and Big John Buscema: Comics & Drawings. IDW, 2016...More.

Item Code: DITUH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x13, 368pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99


Pulp, Art Books, Comic Strips

Murder Lake, Syndicate of Death and the Mask of Mephisto. By Walter Gibson. Art by Paul Orban. The Master of Darkness demonstrates that "crime does not pay" in three pulp thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, disappearing fish and vanishing corpses provide a sinister puzzle that only The Shadow can solve! Then, death threatens the life of an eccentric scientist when his amazing invention attracts the attention of a “Syndicate of Death.” Finally, murder lurks behind Mardi Gras’ satanic cosplay as The Shadow grapples with a criminal mastermind concealed by “The Mask of Mephisto." This instant collector’s item showcases the original color pulp covers by Modest Stein and the classic interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with supporting commentary by pulp historian Will Murray.Sanctum, 2019...More.

Item Code: SHT140
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Text/b&w

We still keep a stock on all issues from around #110 and up, as well as several multi-packs, the Shadow Annual and more.

Designs by Monique Lallier. Catalogue for an exhibition at the Guilford College Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC from October 29, 2018 to January 6, 2019, covering 46 years of fine bindings created by Monique Lallier. The exhibition draws from private lenders and institutional collections. With appreciations by Theresa Hammond, Ara Serjoie, Peter Geraty, and Karen Hanmer, and an essay by Lallier herself. Oak Knoll Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: MONLA
Soft Cover, 9x11, 118pg, Text/Full Color

See more about bookbinding and fine art books in other titles from Oak Knoll Press.

By Russ Manning, Milton Caniff et al. America's longest-running magazine of classic comics now has twice as many pages of strips as the earlier version, on better paper, includes 8 pages of full-color comic strips, and features Flash Gordon by Harry Harrison, Rick O'Shay by Stan Lynde, The Phantom by Wilson McCoy, Gasoline Alley by Dick Moores, Alley Oop by V. T. Hamlin, Tarzan by Russ Manning, Steve Canyon by Milton Caniff, and Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts. Manuscript Press, 2019...More.

Item Code: CR0419
Soft Cover, 8x10, 128pg, Partial Color

All back issues are on our website.


Coming in June

Dailies & Sundays, 1970-72. By Chester Gould. Having returned to policing duty on Planet Earth, former Space Sheriff Tracy finds a world markedly changed from the one he left. Feeling handcuffed by expanded legal protections afforded suspects and stricter guidelines of evidence, Tracy all but begs bad guys to shoot first, and he may get his wish, thanks to nemeses such as explosion-crazed Jonny Scorn, the hand-grenade toting revolutionary called El Tigress, and the aptly-named Dope King, in a story that features Tracy's most direct assault on drug traffickers, coinciding with Richard Nixon's "War on Drugs!" IDW, 2019. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: CC26H
Hard Cover, 11x9, b&w
$44.99 $39.99

Most volumes through 25 remain available. We also have  three well-done reproductions of the Dell Comics Dick Tracy Feature Books from 1937-38, reprinted in 1982:  $14.95, $9.95 each. Volume 4 (The Detective DTDET04. 4 left), Volume 8 (Racket Buster DTRB08. 2 left), Volume 9 (and the Famon Boys DTFB09. 6 left).

THE PHANTOM The Complete Sundays Volume 6
1957-61. By Lee Falk. Art by Wilson McCoy. The long anticipated sixth volume of the reprint of the entire run of Lee Falk's full color Phantom Sundays, with art by Wilson McCoy continues!  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 and this is the sixth book in the series.  As with Hermes Press' complete reprint of The Phantom dailies, this book contains every strip digitally reconstructed to perfection.  Hermes, 2019. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: PHS06H
Hard Cover, 13x9, 208pg, Full Color
$65.00 $57.50

THE PHANTOM The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 16 1958-1959
Referred to by comic strip historian Maurice Horn as the “granddaddy of all costumed superheroes,” The Phantom was created in 1936 by Lee Falk with artwork by Ray Moore. The strip hit the funny pages of newspapers well before the Dark Knight or Superman made their first appearances and has been acknowledged as an influence on every “masked man of mystery” since. The Phantom set the standard for action, adventure, intrigue, and romance in adventure comic strips and comic books – it has frequently been copied but never equaled. Hermes, 2019. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: PH16H
Hard Cover, 12x8, 208pg, Full Color
$60.00 $54.95

See our website for previous collections in both series. Not all are still available.

Collects #11-15,1959. By Steve Ditko, Carl Burgos, Rocco Mastroserio, Matt Baker, Bob Powell, et al. They don't come better than this one! This volume from Charlton is as good as it gets, with a roster of writers and artists that includes the truly remarkable and now late lamented Steve Ditko (the Traveler's creator) together with Carl Burgos, Rocco Mastroserio, Charles Nicholas, Bill Molno, Matt Baker, Bob Powell, Alan Mandel, George Woodbridge, John D'Agostino, Cal Massey, and Mannie Banks. Collects Mysterious Traveler #11-15 (February 1959 to June 1959) plus as a bonus the original Mysterious Traveler #1 (from 1948) and Horror from the Tomb #1 (from 1954). PS Artbooks, 2019. Due May. ...More.

Item Code: SATM03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 335pg, Full Color

Voumes 1 and 2 are both now in stock, same price.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS The Spectacular Spider-Man Volume 2
Collects #16-31, 1976. By Bill Mantlo, Elliot S. Maggin. Art by Sal Buscema, Jim Mooney, Frank Miller, Mike Zeck. Peter Parker's second SPECTACULAR serving is even greater than the first! The Beetle kicks it off, then Peter heads west to cover the demise of the Champions, leading to a battle between Spider-Man, Angel and Iceman. The White Tiger enters for an extended guest role as the Lightmaster, the Enforcers and the Scorpion turn up the tension. Then, Moon Knight helps Spidey fight the Maggia, who retaliate in the form of the Masked Marauder. It's a multipart epic pairing Spider-Man and Daredevil and featuring Frank Miller's first DD artwork! It culminates in the seven-part saga of Carrion, the mysterious rotting horror with hidden ties to Peter Parker's past and a violent desire to punish him for the death of Gwen Stacy. Marvel, 2019. Due June. ...More.

Item Code: MMSS02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 320pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Volume 1 [MMSS01H. $75.00, $65.00] is in stock now.


Coming in August

Limited, 900! Highly Recommended. By David Saunders. This is the consummate art book on the life of pulp, paperback, and men's adventure magazine artist Rafael DeSoto, with reproductions taken directly from DeSoto's original paintings, as well as working drawings, reference photos, rare proof sheets of pulp and paperback covers, as well as historic family photos. He began drawing pulp covers in 1932 and because he was 4F, was one of very few pulp artists to work through the war years. He worked in pulps until the very end in the early 1950s, while expanding into doing paperback covers for Ace, Bantam, Dell, Lion, Signet, and Pocket Books, including the iconic "H Is For Heroin." He also worked for the slicks and for men's magazines. Illustrated Press, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: ARTRDH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color

This is the next limited edition collection from The Illustrated Press. This is the first-ever collection on DeSoto.


Rare & Out of Print

Graphics Sculpture By Eric Estorick. A superb catalog of Erté's last art works is a perfect way to celebrate the master's 100th birthday. Right up until his death in 1990, Erte continued to produce the art that made him so famous. In the two years after the publication of Erte at 95, he created no fewer than 71 prints and 105 sculptures, all of which are illustrated in this wonderful collection. 185 photographs, 176 in full color. Dutton Studio Books, 1992. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Slight edge wear to the jacket....More.

Item Code: RB1059
Hard Cover, 11x14, 208pg, Full Color

Edited by Marshall Lee. Introduction by Erté. The work that Erté has produced in graphics since "Erté at Ninety" is covered in the present volume, "Erté at Ninety-Five". These 163 works reproduced in full color amply demonstrate both the continuity and the development of the artist's creativity, with many pieces showing how he has employed innovative techniques to produce graphics of increasing visual power and excitement. E.P. Dutton, 1987. Out of Print.. Very Good. Wrinkled jacket in back, bump to top of pages creating a 1/2 inch crease....More.

Item Code: RB1058
Hard Cover, 11x14, 191pg, Full Color

We also have two reprints of the same book that come with additional material.

First Edition By Vaughn Bodé. A collection of poems and artwork by the late, great Vaughn Bode - Includes introductions by Berni Wrightson, Richard Corben, Moebius and others and an afterword by Fred A. Levy Haskell. Tundra Publishing, 1989. Out of Print. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: RB1060
Soft Cover, 5x8, 48pg, Full Color

Also available is Vaughn Bode's Poem Toon Coloring Book.


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News and Notes


Earlier this week

We emailed out a new April Clearance Sale of 80 books. Click here if you haven't yet seen it. We're already getting ready for our next monthly sale in May, and I've repriced a number of items in preparation. You can browse these by looking under “Closeouts” in each of our categories on the home page.

We also have a lot more sale-priced items, sometimes too few to list in an email. These can also be found by looking under “Closeouts” in each of our categories on the home page, or click on the links below.

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