Thursday, May 30, 2019

Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition is back, Illustration Magazine, Life on the Moon by Robert Grossman, Iron Man, Mysterious Traveler, The Phantom, Bettie Page and more!

The Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition is back in print—it's primo. Illustration Magazine has a fine new issue, with coverage of three very different but excellent artists. Life on the Moon was a final project by the high profile magazine cover artist, Robert Grossman.

All Quiet on the Western Front is adapted to a graphic novel by Wayne Vansant. Taschen releases a bargain-priced Golden Age of DC Comics. Also: Iron Man, Mysterious Traveler, The Phantom, Bettie Page, Marvel's Decades, and Norman Mailer's Moonfire. And more!

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Highly Recommended. Art by Joe De Mers, Alex Redmond, E. Simms Campbell. Cover feature is on Joe De Mers (1910-84), known for his many slick magazine illustrations of fashion and beautiful women for Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post and others, and some major film posters c.1940s and 50s. Finally a look at a personal favorite, E. Simms Campbell, famous for his gag cartoon illustrations for Esquire and Playboy, and for his comic strip Cuties in the 1940s. And a look at pulp cover artist Alex Redmond with dozens of his 1930s-era Real Detective and Real Love, among othersNudity. Illustrated Press, 2019...More.

Item Code: IL64
Magazine, 9x11, 80pg, Partial Color


Bernie Wrightson

New Printing and new cover! Our Highest Recommendation. Bernie Wrightson began his career in the late 1960s, just barely out of his teens, and within a decade, rose to prominence as the preeminent horror artist of his generation. Showcases his early groundbreaking work in the DC Comics Mystery books, such as House of Mystery (14 plates), and his legendary artistic turn on the very first issues of Swamp Thing (73 plates), plus work from House of Secrets, Batman: The Cult, Unexpected, Spectre... Plus a number of rarely seen and completely (until now) unseen treasures. 152 pages plus three foldouts with six oversized pieces of art, including full color work. IDW, 2019...More.

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

BERNIE WRIGHTSON Art and Designs For The Gang of Seven Animation
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. Preface by Michael Wm. Kaluta. Bernie Wrightson's extensive design work for the Gang of Seven Animation Studio has never before been documented and if you are like we are, this is going to be entirely new material to you. And what fine, fine work it is. This in-depth monograph utilizes the archives of the studio and features concept drawings, model sheets, and hundreds of designs for projects including Biker Mice From Mars, The Juice, and Freak Show. All of the artwork in this book has been scanned directly from the original artwork so fans can savor Wrightson's genius up close and personal. Hermes, 2017. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: BWADH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 240pg, Full Color
$60.00 $45.00

Finally available in softcover! Highly Recommended. A collection so terrifying, so huge, so gritty and raw that it had to be called MONSTROUS! Collecting the collaborations between two horror legends — Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson — this Monstrous Collection includes three complete tales: Dead She Said, The Ghoul, and Doc Macabre, each a piece of the dark, dangerous universe Niles has created in the shadows... Enjoy them here, collected together for the first time in black and white. The hardcover is out of print. Brilliant work by Wrightson. IDW, 2017...More.

Item Code: MONSC
Soft Cover, 7x11, 200pg, b&w
$24.99 $21.99

See more by Bernie on our website, including original copies of The Macabre, a DC comic devoted to Berni's work from 1983. Thirteen left [BWMA. $10].


The Moon Fantasy and in Reality!

LIFE ON THE MOON A Completely Illustrated Novel
By Robert Grossman. From an artist who reveled in illustrating "the un-illustratable," a historical graphic novel based on the "Great Moon Hoax," the most successful newspaper hoax ever. It's told in comic book fashion, but one panel per page, with all text underneath. In 1835, New York newspaper The Sun published a series of six articles declaring the discovery of life--and even civilization--on the Moon. According to the Sun, the lunar inhabitants included unicorns, bison, bipedal tail-less beavers, and intelligent humanoids with bat-like wings. IDW, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: LIFMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x9, 400pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $34.99

AVENGERS OF THE MOON A Captain Future Novel
Highly Recommended. By Allen Steele. An old-fashioned, SF pulp adventure with a modern sensibility. The author of Arkwright reprises the popular Edmond Hamilton series from the 1940s pulps. Curt Newton has spent his life hidden from humankind, raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. Curt's innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. To uncover the evil mastermind--Curt must become Captain Future. TOR, 2018...More.

Item Code: AVENM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 300pg, Text Only

Recommended. Introduction by Colum McCann and captions by leading Apollo 11 experts. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Norman Mailer was hired by Life Magazine in 1969 to cover the Moon shot. He enhanced his reportage in the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon, which is excerpted here. Equally adept at examining the science of space travel and the psychology of the men involved--from Saturn V rocket engineer Wernher von Braun to the crucial NASA support staff to the three astronauts--Mailer provides provocative and trenchant insights into this epoch-making event. Illustrating this volume are hundreds of crystal-clear photographs, often full page, of the capsule, equipment, one the moon, from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections. Taschen, 2019...More.

Item Code: MOONFIH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x13, 348pg, Full Color

THE MOON From Inner Worlds to Outer Space
By Marie Laurberg, Anja C. Andersen et al. The moon has long furnished humankind with an artistic icon, an image of longing and object of scientific inquiry. Encompassing art, film, literature, architecture, design, natural history and historical objects, and published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing (July 20, 1969), The Moon surveys the iconography of the moon, from Romantic landscape paintings to space-age art. It takes the 1969 landing as a thematic fulcrum and a culmination of the deep-rooted cultural conceptions invested in the space race in the 1960s, from David Bowie to Disney. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018...More.

Item Code: MOONFH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 128pg, Text/Partial Color

You might also enjoy taking a look at When is High Moon? an entertaining anthology.  Don't miss the gorgeous Kay Nielsen's East of the Sun, West of the Moon in regular and super deluxe portfolio; ERB's Swords Against the Moon Men (HC and SC), and Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess –with illustrated signed bookplate, one of our very favorite books [DDWS $29.99].


Graphic Novels & Pulp

All six issues. Variant covers by Adam Hughes, Jae Lee, Lopresti et al. By Gail Simone. Art by Walter Geovani. Bleeding Cool says: "A compelling and well-made fusion of two classic characters brought together under an excellent creative team. It fuses fantasy and early-20th Century expedition genres...” Infinite Worlds says "Gail Simone certainly knows how to write for strong female leads, and when you throw in the King Of The Jungle, the results are sure to impress.” It's 1921 and Korak the Killer is after Eson Duul, a thoroughly evil man. But bring in time travel and Tarzan and a Red Sonja you've never seen the likes of before, and you have quite a story. Includes six variants of cover #1 and three each of #2-6. Dynamite, 2019...More.

Item Code: REDTAR
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

See more of Red Sonja and Tarzan on our website.

Double Z and Death on Ice, plus radio play Death Paints a Picture. Recommended. Special Eulogy to writer Bill Elliott by Jim Steranko. The Dark Avenger crushes crime in two pulp thrillers and a lost Shadow radio adventure by Walter B. Gibson—with a postscript by legendary artist Jim Steranko! First, a master crook known only as “Double Z” terrorizes New York with serial slayings that are publicized in advance! Then, The Shadow investigates violent “Death on Ice" at a mountain resort, as the Fool Killer stalks helpless victims! BONUS: “Death Paints a Picture” in a long-lost Shadow radio script. Sanctum, 2019...More.

Item Code: SHT141
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Text/b&w

Back issues and more Shadow on the website.
By Erich Maria Remarque. Art by Wayne Vansant. Hailed by many as the greatest war novel of all time and publicly burned by the Nazis for being “degenerate,” Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front, is an elegant statement on a generation of men destroyed by war. Caught up by a romantic sense of patriotism, Paul Bäumer and his classmates join the fighting in the trenches of the Western Front in World War I. He is soon disenchanted by the constant bombardments and ruthless struggle to survive. Through years in battle, Paul and those he serves with become men defined by the violence around them, desperate to stay as decent as they can while growing more and more distant from the society for which they are fighting. Dead Reckoning, 2019...More.

Item Code: ALLQ
Soft Cover, 7x10, 176pg, Full Color

See our website for more stories of the wars, by Wayne Vansant and others. I very highly recommend this one, a great read:

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


Comics & Archives

New edition, Bargain-Priced. Our Highest Recommendation. By Paul Levitz. 1935-1956! Superman's story, and those of Batman, Wonder Woman, and hundreds of other DC Comics characters, are all told in The Golden Age of DC Comics. The single most comprehensive book on the subject, this volume traces the company's first decades, from its pulp origins up to the comic book burnings of the McCarthy '50s in more than 400 pages bursting with comics, art, comics, photographs, and more comics. Originally $60, now smaller sized but still with every page, every illustration. Taschen, 2019...More.

Item Code: GADCH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 672pg, Full Color

I expect the other DC volumes, Silver and Bronze, will follow. I hope so. See our reference section for more on The Golden Age and the Silver Age of comics. Check out the Twomorrows series on all of comics, decade by decade--two volumes each for the 1940s and the 1960s. The first half of the 1940s has just been announced [ACB07H. $44.95, $39.95]. Here's two:

1990-1999. Highly Recommended. By Keith Dallas and Jason Sacks. This ambitious series covers every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today. Here are all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details of the decade when Marvel Comics sold 8.1 million copies of an issue of the X-Men, saw its superstar creators form their own company, Image, cloned Spider-Man...and went bankrupt. Superman died, Batman had his back broken, and the runaway success of Neil Gaiman's Sandman led to DC Comics' Vertigo line of adult comic books. It was the decade of gimmicky covers, skimpy costumes, and mega-crossovers. TwoMorrows, 2018...More.

Item Code: ACB06H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 288pg, Full Color
$44.95 $39.95

Highly Recommended. By Bill Schelly. This ambitious series will document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! Here is a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends, including: the rise of the great EC "New Trend" titles, Harvey Kurtzman's Mad, and Carl Barks' classic work on Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge! The re-tooling of The Flash in Showcase #4 that kicked off the Silver Age of Comics, and the introduction of DC's Martian Manhunter, Adam Strange and the new Green Lantern! TwoMorrows, 2013...More.

Item Code: ACB03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 240pg, Full Color

Set of five variant covers--interior is the same--by Julius Ohta, David Williams & Kelsey Shannon, Scott Chantler. By David Avallone. Art by Julius Ohta. Flying saucers in the sky, treason on the ground, and only two brave young women can save the world from invasion and domination. Lucky for us those two women are the Queen of Pin-ups and the Queen of England! If you thought Downton Abbey was great but needed more extraterrestrials (and who didn't?), you'll want to read the fourth chapter of this Bettie Page adventure, brought to you by David Avallone (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Twilight Zone: The Shadow) and Julius Ohta (Sherlock Holmes). Dynamite, 2019...More.

Item Code: BET04P
Comic, 7x10, 32pg ea, Partial Color

We got in #5 last week, and #1-3 are all still available. See our website for more of the variant sets of previous Bettie comics, and photo collections.

DECADES Marvel in the 80's Awesome Evolutions
Witness major shakeups in the Marvel universe. A new generation of creators crafting character-defining runs changed everything, with new faces donning Iron Man's armor and slinging Captain America's shield! Bold makeovers include Spider-Man's black costume, Storm's mohawk, Thor's battle armor and the Hulk's return to gray! Super team shake-ups: She-Hulk joining the Fantastic Four and the transformation of the original X-Man, Angel, into Apocalypse's Horseman of Death! And Peter Parker? Marriage to Mary Jane! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: DECA80
Soft Cover, 7x10, 240pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Now in stock are Marvel's Decades 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, same discounted price.

Collects #11-15,1959. Recommended. By Steve Ditko, Carl Burgos, Rocco Mastroserio, Matt Baker, Bob Powell, et al. 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. Includes a bonus, the original pre-Ditko Mysterious Traveler #1 (from 1948) and the strange and bizarre pre-code horror title, Horror from the Tomb #1 (from 1954). PS Artbooks, 2019...More.

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

The previous two volumes, both stuffed with vintage Ditko work, are also available.

THE PHANTOM The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 15 1957-58
Recommended. By Lee Falk. Art by Wilson McCoy. Reprinted for the first time in their entirety are six complete continuities: “The Calyle's Good Mark,” “The Crybaby,” “The Underwater Diamond Thieves,” “The Betrothal,” “The Swamp Rats,” and “Oogooru and the Witchmen.” Strips from this issue are taken directly from King Feature's proofs, crystal clear and nice large size, two dailies to each page. Included in the volume is a comprehensive essay discussing the end to the Wilson McCoy years, plus a complete 13-page story, adapted from one of the sequences here, into a Gold Key Phantom story in 1964. Hermes, 2018...More.

Item Code: PH15H
Hard Cover, 12x8, 272pg, b&w
$60.00 $54.95

See our website for previous volumes, as well as the Sunday collections, and the Story of the Phantom prose novels, now up to Volume 10.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS The Invincible Iron Man Volume 12
Collects Iron Man #95-112, 1977-78. Recommended. 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! Plus Madame Masque and the Jack of Hearts. Marvel, 2019...More.

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

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THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN Bob Layton Artist Select Deluxe Signed
Signed & numbered, 999! Foil-stamped slipcase. Recommended. By David Michelinie. Art by Bob Layton. Bob Layton's two long runs on The Invincible Iron Man, alongside writer/co-plotter David Michelinie and an array of peerless pencillers, remains the series' high-water mark. Now the best are curated by Bob himself, here in deluxe, oversized fashion! Including one amazing one with Layton inks on Barry Winsor-Smith's pencils. 400 pages of Iron Man classics with Ant Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Spider-Man, two two-part Doctor Doom tales, and more! New interview with Layton! IDW, 2018...More.

Item Code: IIMASD
Hard Cover, 9x13, 388pg, Partial Color



Numbered & limited, 5000. By Frank Cho. Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statues are based on art from the comics industry's top creators and re-create their vision of the red-hot villain in vivid 3-D detail. For the latest statue in the line, the team drew inspiration from Frank Cho's variant cover for Harley Quinn #50. One can see panic in Harley's eyes as she scrambles to rid herself of the bomb and, in the process, save the ducks! Typical Harley priority! Custom nameplate stand, with the duck family unaware of their peril. Nice work by Cho, with Harley's classic costume. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: HQRED
8 tall, Full Color

See our website for more by Frank Cho, and for more Harley statues, some on sale. We just got in his Liberty Meadows: Cover Girls in at half price, order it now or full details next week.


Coming in July

MARVEL MASTERWORKS Captain America Volume 11
Collects Captain America #201-214 & Annual #4, 1976-77. Recommended. By Jack Kirby. Jack Kirby concludes his '70s Captain America tenure with adventures that only the King of the Marvel Age of Comics could create! It begins when the Falcon goes missing in an other-dimensional asylum - that's run by the inmates! The tale of the Night People and Agron the Unburied One is a tense sci-fi horror thriller unlike any other. Then comes "The Swine," a storyline packed with iconic moments: the debut of Arnim Zola; the return of the Red Skull; and Nazi X, the android with Hitler's brain! Marvel, 2019. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: MCA11H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 304pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Find all of our Marvel Masterworks on the website.

Recommended. The greatest Thor tales drawn by Jack "The King" Kirby. They're stories so utterly epic that even Marvel's King-Size format struggles to contain them. Featuring Thor's first appearance; a bruising battle between Thor and Hercules; the mind-bending first appearance of Ego the Living Planet; the invasion of Asgard by Ulik and his horrifying troll army; and concluding with a multi-part saga where Thor faces the immeasurable power of the world-devourer Galactus that reveals Galactus' origin.

Marvel, 2019. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: KIRMH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 320pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00

Collects Fantastic Four, 1961 series, #48-50, 74-77, 120-123 and 242-244. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee and John Byrne. Art by Jack Kirby and John Buscema. The Fantastic Four's first encounters with Galactus, together and in full color, in one HUGE Artist's Edition sized tome. We still can‘t figure out how they did this for just $50! First, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduce the World-Eater and his enigmatic herald, the Silver Surfer, as they come for Earth in one of the greatest comic book sagas ever told! Next, Stan and Jack bring big Guy back -- but what does he want this time? Then John Buscema's powerful pencils illustrate the arrival of new herald Gabriel the Air-Walker, signaling doom for the human race! Finally, John Byrne takes over as Terrax leads the Devourer back to Earth -- and the entire Marvel Universe pitches in to help the FF save the planet! Marvel, 2018...More.

Item Code: FFBEH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 14x22, 312pg, Full Color
$50.00 $44.99

MARVEL COMICS The World Outside Your Window
The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window -- from the moment Captain America charged into battle in World War II, to the present day! Marvel's characters face relevant and real-life issues alongside their extraordinary adventures — from grappling with alcoholism, to participating in politics, to celebrating diversity and everything in between! These powerful stories from Marvel's 80-year history feature iconic heroes tackling heavy-hitting subjects including drug abuse, teen suicide, HIV, terrorism, school shootings and more! Marvel, 2019. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: MARWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 320pg, Full Color
$50.00 $39.95

SUPERMAN The Golden Age Omnibus Volume 6
Collects Action #106-124, Superman #44-54 and World's Finest Comics #26-36, 1947-49. Recommended. Superman stories collected for the first time in their entirety, in this oversize omnibus series. Superman's adventures continue into the late 1940s with these stories in which the Man of Tomorrow becomes a British lord, foils conman J. Wilbur Wolfingham, thwarts the latest scheme of the Prankster, unravels the "Mother Goose Crimes," confronts the magically powered imp from the fifth dimension, Mr. Mxyztplk, and battles the mythical Atlas! And much more, including many iconic covers. DC, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: SG06H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 824pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

Previous Omnibus volumes are available.

Recommended. Legendary comics creator Jack Kirby's mind-boggling imagination is on full display in this massive hardcover that includes tales of super-hero adventure, mystery, war, fantasy, and science fiction. For the first time, DC collects Kirby's epic 1970s work from the pages of In The Days of the Mob #1, Spirit World #1, The Demon #1-16, The Sandman #1-6, OMAC #1-8, Our Fighting Forces #151-162, Super Powers #1-5 (1984), Super Powers #1-6 (1985), 1st Issue Special #1, 5 and 6, DC Comics Presents #84, Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #3, Weird Mystery Tales #1-3 and Forbidden Tales of the Dark Mansion #6. DC, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: DCUBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 1472pg, Full Color
$150.00 $125.00

See the website for more Bronze Age collections.


Rare & Out of Print

Our plan was to send out the latest Rare & Out of Print email yesterday, but unfortunately because of technical diffuculties, it is scheduled for Tuesday June 4th. We have reduced the price on many items for this email, and you can see them all by clicking here.

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Tokyo Sweet Gwendoline is a large, oversized book with art by the three top (and extreme) erotic illustrators: Sorayama, Katsuya Terada, and Rockin' Jelly Bean. Explicit, beautifully drawn.

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Out of Print Report

EC Fan Addict #2-4: We thought we'd seen the last of a couple of these, but Roger found a box of #2 and 20 more copies of #4, then it's OP. He still has plenty of #3. We just ordered the last 20 we are going to see, unless Roger can figure out a way to economically reprint this and perhaps #1. We're working on him to make this work. These are way too good to let them sell out. So you can safely order #2-4, but don't wait too long on #4.

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Complete Crepax 1: Dracula, etc is OP. We have one copy left. The slipcased Vol 1 &2 is also gone. We still have copies of the slipcased 3&4 [CREP02P. $150, $125].

Detective Comics #1000/Steve Rude 1930s variant is sold out from the publisher. We have seven copies left. Beware, the other variants will probably follow suit [DETCOSR. $9.99].
Simon Bisley Sketchbook 2018 signed, we have five copies left [SBS18S. $30]. The unsigned edition is also OP.

Now completely sold out: Illustrated Call of Cthulhu by Gary Gianni (great book, sorry to see it go), Red Sonja: Ballad of the Red Goddess, Will Eisner's The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers Remarked (the hc [WESPCHS. $39.99] and sc [WESPCH. $19.99, $17.99] editions are still available), Sex and Horror: The Art of Emanuele Taglietti and The Art of Alessandro Biffigandi, and John Byrne's X-Men Artifact Edition.

Vampirella 50th Anniversary 2019 Calendarsigned by Michael Linsner.

We thought this was sold out, both regular and signed. But we just now found three copies that have a bumped lower right corner, which we had set aside. Published at $59.99, yours for $34.99 [VAMP19S.]

Everett Raymond Kinstler 1926-2019

“Ray” Kinstler passed away on May 26th. My former partner in Bud Plant Illustrated Books, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. literally wrote the book on him, and brought Ray to San Diego Comic-Con to kick it off a number of years ago. That was the one time I got to meet Ray and his wife, and they were both delightful. He loved telling anecdotes about fellow artists, life in New York, and famous people he'd met. Unlike some comic artists from the pre-code days, Ray was happy to talk about his comics work even as he negotiated the “fine art” world.

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Everett Raymond Kinstler
August 5, 1926 - May 26, 2019

Kinstler's work hangs in museums, boardrooms, banks, private collections, The White House, and in the homes of his clients and friends. Before portraiture became his life's work, he spent the 1940s and 1950s honing his craft in comic books: Hawkman for DC's The Flash, Black Hood and Black Terror for Standard, and dozens upon dozens of covers, inside cover contents pages, and stories for those delightfully lurid Avon titles like Eerie, Cowpuncher, Jesse James, Strange Worlds, etc. And illustrating for pulp magazines like The Shadow and Doc Savage.

He also went on to draw Zorro and Max Brand for Dell Comics, Classics Illustrated, the obscure but provocative White Princess of the Jungle, and pulp fiction paperback covers.

He also encountered such notable figures as James Montgomery Flagg, Dean Cornwell, and many actors and actresses who he painted.

Normally I would leave it at that. I don't want to capitalize on Ray's passing. But I think that even he would approve of me letting you know about his book, which is a great book and an even greater bargain. He worked closely with Jim to create it, and was very proud of the results.
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When Jim Vadeboncoeur moved to Paris, he left me with his inventory of Ray's book, which we have been offering ever since it came out. At the time I took it over, I reduced the price dramatically since Jim had quite a few left. Like many publishers, Jim couldn't know what demand would be when he set the print runs. Underwood Books liked it so much, they did a softcover edition (long gone)—but we still have a stock of both the Deluxe Limited & Signed Edition [EVED. Published at $95.00, now $30.00] and Hardcover [EVEH. Published at $44.95, now $15.00].



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