Thursday, May 30, 2019

Rare & Out of Print Books List #5

When we bought the Underwood Books archives, we set aside several less-than-perfect copies of the limited editions. We lead off with several of these, deluxe and out-of-print Frazetta books. From the Jim Vadeboncoeur collection comes all six of the Virgil Finlay books published by Gerry de la Ree, and more. We've also just now reduced prices on more than 70 Rare Books. Some are included here, but many more can be seen by clicking here.

We add new Rare Books to the website most weeks, so watch our weekly emails or just click anytime on new arrivals, on our website.

For the full selection of our Rare Books, scroll to the bottom of this and you can click on each category, from Artists and Illustrations to Comics Related and Erotic. Or to see all the Rare & Out of Print books in one shot, click here. You can sort them by newest and by price.

Reminder: we only have ONE copy of most of these -- so it is first come, first served. Condition of each is described in brief here, click on each item for more detail and longer descriptions.

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Frank Frazetta

Closeout Price! Signed & limited, #879 of 2500! Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner. Includes German linen slipcase. Frank's health at the time of publication prevented him from signing these books, but as with Icon, each book is hand-stamped with the Frazetta seal of certification and Frank's signature. Only in this deluxe edition will you also get an additional 16 pages not in the trade edition, including two previously unpublished oils and one watercolor and 13 very rare or unpublished major b&w illustrations. These are VERY early numbers, starting  in single digits. We will fill orders numerically beginning with the earliest. Underwood Books, 1999. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Six to eight 1" to 2" long scuff where pages were pried apart from glue on edge, at page tops. Else as new....More.

Item Code: RB1091
Hard Cover, 9x12, 176pg, Partial Color
$300.00 $200.00

Closeout Price! Signed & limited, #669 of 1200! Publisher's File Copy. Highly Recommended. Edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner. The deluxe edition offers 16 more pages not found in the trade edition including unseen and previously unpublished artwork, some in full color: a newly discovered two-page humor strip from a 1961 issue of Teen Life magazine (previously unknown to collectors); Frazetta's conceptual drawings for an unrealized Lancer cover featuring Conan crucified, and more. Bound in German linen and individually numbered and slipcased. Each volume is embossed with Frazetta's seal of certification since he was physically unable to sign at the time of publication. Underwood Books, 2001. Out of Print.. About half the pages have a slight crease in the lower right side, like they were bumped in binding....More.

Item Code: RB1086
Hard Cover, 9x12, 176pg, Partial Color
$250.00 $145.00

We have other versions of Testament that are not hurt copies.
Numbered or lettered, limited, #168 of 1200! Edited by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. The largest and most comprehensive Frazetta book ever published, featuring over 100 full color paintings and numerous drawings and photographs. Included is an illustrated biography and an introduction by Doc Savage cover artist James Bama. This was the first in the trilogy from Underwood, and the print run was raised to 2500 for the 2nd and 3rd; this is the rarest with less than half that number. Frazetta was unable to sign due to his stroke, but his signature was made into a stamp and hand-stamped on each copy on a specially illustrated limitation page. This also has 16 extra pages not in the trade edition, and a black cloth slipcase. Underwood Books, 1998. Out of Print.. Eight pages have two light dents or creases in the lower half. You need to look hard to see them but you can feel them....More.

Item Code: RB1087
Hard Cover, 9x12, 180pg, Full Color
$450.00 $375.00

Limited, 120! Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner. Signed by Danton Burroughs (ERB's grandson), who wrote the introduction; Nick MeglinMad magazine editor and Frank's life-long friend who wrote the foreword; Michael Friedlander, who contributed an article on observing the master at work; and by Arnie and Cathy Fenner. Beside the additional 16 pages, this also has an unpublished piece not in any other edition, mounted to the inside cover of the black cloth traycase. Bound in full leather with gold embossed titles. Underwood Books, 1999. Out of Print.. Very, very light scuff to the slipcase front. Lacks number and Frazetta stamp....More.

Item Code: RB1088
Hard Cover, 9x12, 208pg, Partial Color
$850.00 $650.00

Click here to see all of our Underwood Books File Copies.
SMALL WONDERS The Funny Animal Art of Frank Frazetta
Frazetta's first published work was a story called Snowman in Talley Ho Comics, a tale featuring talking animals. For the next few years, Frazetta worked with characters like Hucky Duck, Dodger Dequoil (of the Brooklyn Squoile) and Barney Rooster. This collects much of Frazetta's charming art from that era. A menagerie of delights awaits you inside! Kitchen Sink Press, 1991. Out of Print.. Very Good. The bottom right corner is bumped, creasing all the interior pages and covers. Beside the bump, this book is in mint condition....More.

Item Code: RB244
Soft Cover, 8x11, 80pg, b&w

Limited #2287/4000 By Claybourn Moore. This is a beautiful cold cast porcelain figure based on "A Fighting Man of Mars" painting by legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. The figurine was sculpted by Clayburn Moore. This is a limited edition collectible, number 2287 of 4000. The figurine is like new with no flaws. There are a few scratches on the bottom of the wooden base, and the box has a 2 inch sized dent in one corner. This piece captures the elegance, voluptuousness and enchantment of the female form, which are hallmarks of the Frazetta style. She is a 1/6 scale figurine that is 10 inches tall. She comes hand painted, fully assembled and ready for display. Moore Creations, 1996. Out of Print.. As New in a Fine minus box....More.

Item Code: RB855
10" tall, Full Color

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Virgil Finlay

Limited 1050! Art by Virgil Finlay. Edited by Gerry de la Ree. This is the largest volume of quality artwork by the late Virgil Finlay (1914-1971) yet published. It includes the bulk of the Finlay black and white collection owned by Gerry de la Ree. It contains more than 120 drawings dating from the early 1930's including some of his pre-professional work. Emphasis is placed on his post World War II illustrations (1948-54) when the artist reached his peak. Gerry de la Ree, 1975. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Slight smudging on jacket. First few pages have moisture wrinkles....More.

Item Code: RB1099
Hard Cover, 9x11, 128pg, b&w

We also have one copy each of books 2-6, and the seventh book here:
Limited 1300! Art by Virgil Finlay. Edited by Gerry de la Ree. This is the seventh in a series of books published by Gerry de la Ree of the works of Virgil Finlay. This book is dedicated to his art and poetry. Gerry de la Ree, 1981. Out of Print.. Fine. Light sunning at the top half inch of the cover. Light corner and edge wear....More.

Item Code: RB1105
Soft Cover, 9x11, 128pg, b&w

Limited 1300! By Donald Grant. Art by Virgil Finlay. Wonderfully illustrated of course including 4 full page full color illustrations. Limited to 1,000 copies.Contains an Appreciation by Sam Moskowitz, and a 57 page checklist by Gerry de la Ree. 4 full-page color plates. Numerous black & white illustrations. Green cloth. Pictorial dust jacket.From the Jim Vadeboncoeur collection. Donald Grant, 1971. Out of Print..Very fine in a fine minus jacket. Light sunning to the spine and the top inch of the cover. Light corner and edge wear....More.

Item Code: RB1106
Hard Cover, 7x10, 153pg, Text/b&w

An original Italian art book. By di Giuseppe Lippi. This is an impressive Italian collection that seems to be unique, rather than a translation of a U.S. volume. It offers 27 pages of illustrated intro, with pictures of pulp covers, early non-stipple work from interiors of Weird Tales, even extensive footnotes. Plus a checklist, bibliography, and detailed sources for all 116 full page plates. The plates themselves are chronological, from 1934 to 1969. Some suffer from less-than-ideal reproduction, perhaps from printed sources, so these are not up to recent books that scanned from original art. Note: Except for story and book titles, this is entirely in Italian. Mazzotta, 1981. Out of Print.. Very fine in a Fine jacket....More.

Item Code: RB1107
Hard Cover, 8x11, 173pg, b&w

Click here to see additional items by Virgil Finlay.

Syd Mead

Concepts of Syd Mead By Syd Mead. 167 pages, with over 200 illustrations of futuristic designs and illustrations by artist Syd Mead including full color rendering for movies such as Bladerunner, 2010, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as well as designs for Honda, Norwegian CarIbbean Cruise lines and many others. This publication is a staple for design studios in Hollywood and Detroit as well as bookshelves of Syd Mead's fans around the world. Oblagon, 1985. . Fine. The plastic jacket has caused the cover to slightly curl. Light wear to edges and corners....More.

Item Code: RB1097
Soft Cover, 11x11, 167pg, Partial Color

By Syd Mead. This very scarce book was published by US Steel in 1962. It is a glimpse into US Steel's idea of the future for steel technology, engineering and design for future cars and multi-use transportation vehicles. It was designed and illustrated by Syd Mead. This is one of five books Syd Mead illustrated for US Steel that included "Concepts", "Progressions", "Innovations" and "Interface". These were promotional books sent to the heads of automotive design centers, engineers and the like and not sold commercially to the public. Thus, these books remain quite scarce. This copy includes a 9x12 "Data Specification Card" with sliding panels; we are unsure if this is simply laid in or actually was included with some or all books. United States Steel, 1962. Out of Print.. Very Good to Fine minus. See full description for details....More.

Item Code: RB1092
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 14x11, 95pg, Full Color

We also have a second copy availabe in slightly lesser condition.
By Syd Mead. A showcase of Syd Mead's futuristic designs and illustrations including work for products, entertainment (movies, TV, interactive games, theme parks), fantasy, toys, vehicles, architectural interiors and more. Oblagon, 2001. Out of Print.. Good. Both corners have bumps as well as the top of the spine. Bottom bump has creased the pages about a half inch. Shrink wrap still with book, albeit loose, it still has protected the covers. ...More.

Item Code: RB638
Soft Cover, 12x12, 174pg, Partial Color
$150.00 $120.00

By Syd Mead. We thought this was long sold out--it was first published by Mead's own company, Oblagon, in 2000. But Design Studio did a new edition in 2010, which is what we offer here. Having illustrated the future for the past 40 years, Syd Mead continues to amaze and surprise us with his stunning pieces. Design Studio, 2010. . Fine minus. A bump to the top corner has bent the pages slightly....More.

Item Code: RB1093
Soft Cover, 11x11, 176pg, Full Color

By Syd Mead. Anthology of renderings of what fashions the future may hold, by the man who designed the spectacular sets for Blade Runner. Oblagon, 1987. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Cover has some scuffs and light wear. Cover slightly rolled at the top of the spine. ...More.

Item Code: RB639
Soft Cover, 12x12, 115pg, Partial Color
$150.00 $120.00

Click here to see additional titles by Syd Mead. Sentury & Sentinel II were just marked down for this email.

Underground Comix

Volume One Comix By Gilbert Shelton, Jaxon, Robert Crumb, Fred Schrier, Dave Sheridan, Spain Rodriguez et al. Underground comics anthology. Artists include Gilbert Shelton, Jaxon, Robert Crumb, Fred Schrier, Dave Sheridan, Spain Rodriguez, Greg Irons, Robert Williams, Jim Franklin, S. Clay Wilson and Foolbert Sturgeon. Rip Off Press, 1973. Out of Print.. Very Fine plus. Slight curl to the top corner....More.

Item Code: RB1065
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, b&w

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers By Gilbert Shelton. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers is the creation of Gilbert Shelton and is one of the most popular underground comix ever produced. Rip Off Press, 1974. Out of Print.. Very Good. Corner bumps, creases to the cover and spine....More.

Item Code: RB1084
Soft Cover, 7x10, 94pg, b&w

Click here to see the other items we have by Gilbert Shelton.
The New Adventures of Jesus By Foolbert Sturgeon. In this comic adventure, tag along with Jesus as he makes his way through various situations and humorous predicaments. Rip Off Press, 1979. Out of Print.. Fine minus. Bump to the bottom corner and crease to the top of the spine. Interior pages clean....More.

Item Code: RB1085
Soft Cover, 7x10, 96pg, b&w

Warehouse find. 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.. These posters have been stored rolled which did not crease the poster, but it will not lay flat on its own. If framed, this will not be noticed. The edges have some wear and discoloration....More.

Item Code: SHAPO
23.5x16.5, Full Color

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By Wallace Wood, Gray Morrow, Harvey Kurtzman, Warren Sattler, Reed Crandell, et al. Published by renowned artist Wallace Wood, Witzend is a critically acclaimed fanzine showcasing some of the best artists of the era. Issue #2 includes: Orion by Gray Morrow, Hey Look (by Harvey Kurtzman, Feeble Fable by Warren Sattler, Edgar Rice Burroughs portfolio by Reed Crandall, illustration by Frank Frazetta, cartoon by Will Elder, 3-page comic story by Art Spiegelman, 1-page comic by Steve Ditko, 2-page comic by Don Martin, illustration by Al Williamson, 2 illustrations by Roy Krenkel, and Animan by Wood. Front cover by Wood. Back cover by Ralph Reese. Wallace Wood, 1967. Out of Print.. Fine/Very Fine. Slight wear on the cover, and a tiny ding to the end pages....More.

Item Code: RB138
Soft Cover, 8x11, 36pg, b&w
$90.00 $65.00

We have other issues of Witzend that have also been reduced.
Limited 1200! Highly Recommended. By Basil Wolverton. Oversized book collecting all kinds of Basil Wolverton artwork in a rare large format. Comes with the original brown cardboard mailer from the publisher, Glenn Bray, hand addressed (in 1975) to underground and EC Comics and store owner legend Gary Arlington, publisher and founder of the San Francisco Comic Book Company. Note: The mailer is worn and has small tears on the flap, as you would expect. But what a provenance! Glenn Bray and Basil Wolverton, 1975. Out of Print.. Very Fine. A few creases near the spine, and one on the front cover. Slight edge and corner wear....More.

Item Code: RB428
Soft Cover, 11x16, 56pg, b&w
$200.00 $150.00


Artist Monographs & Art Books
Many Reduced!

Signed & Limited 250! By Robert E. Howard. Art by Gary Gianni. This is a FACSIMILE of the original manuscript for The Black Stranger. Published in 2002 in an edition of 250 signed (by Gary Gianni, illustrator) and numbered copies (this is copy 237). The facsimile manuscript is 98 pages long (disbound, i.e. loose) and printed on cream-colored paper. It is housed in an unusual (and fragile) illustrated cardboard fold-over cover which has a clasp that has a string to attach to a second clasp to hold things tight. Gary Gianni's signature and the limitation notation are on the front of the cardboard fold-over cover. Wandering Star, 2002. Out of Print.. Fine. Both bottom and top right corners have bumps with the bottom and top right slightly creasing the pages inside....More.

Item Code: RB276
na, 9x11, 98pg, Text/b&w
$200.00 $150.00

MALICIOUS RESPLENDENCE The Paintings of Robert Williams Deluxe
Signed & limited 500! By Robert Williams. Introduction by Walter Hopps. This infamous artist's paintings get the lush treatment they deserve in this career-spanning collection. Williams' transcendent work integrates his formative underground influences with a mastery of fine art techniques. A career-spanning collection of the infamous lowbrow master. Williams sprang from the custom car culture of Southern California and the roots of the Underground Comix movement (Williams, of course, was one of the founding ZAP artists, along with R. Crumb), ultimately transcending the constraints of both by cultivating his mastery of oil paints and forging a career as the preeminent artist among a generation of imagist painters gathering inspiration from the shadowed corners of contemporary culture. Fantagraphics, 1997. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Comes with a black cloth slipcase that is scuffed and has a small bump to the back corner....More.

Item Code: RB323
Hard Cover, 12x12, 283pg, Partial Color
$200.00 $125.00

Highly Recommended. By Sal Quartuccio. Art by John Buscema. Buscema is a legend due to his mastery of anatomy and the dynamics of his figures. He proved his skills with one of the most popular characters of the '70s: Conan. Buscema, with writer Roy Thomas, created a new archetype that will remain a beacon in comics history. This is one of the earliest, if not the very first professional magazine devoted to his work, published the the publisher known as SQP today. Very well done. SQP, 1978. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Small bump on the bottom of the spine....More.

Item Code: RB447
Soft Cover, 8x11, 32pg, b&w
$60.00 $50.00

Compiled by Jeffrey Jones and George Pratt. Beautiful pen and ink sketches by renowned artist Jeffrey Jones, with a sprinkling of his painted work interspersed throughout. Interior is black and white, with rich color dust-jacket. Compiled with the help of George Pratt and David Spurlock, with an intro by Michael Friendlander. Includes a conversation with Jeffrey Jones and George Pratt. Vanguard, 2000. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Jacket has a small fold and a few scuffs and scratches. The jacket has a protective plastic cover....More.

Item Code: RB471
Hard Cover, 7x10, 124pg, b&w
$85.00 $65.00

Also available are many beautiful art prints by Jeffrey Jones.
CHROMA The Art of Alex Schomburg
By Jon Gustafson. Introductions by Harlan Ellison, Stan Lee and Kelly Freas. He defined and crystallized the exuberant images of the newborn field of Science Fiction. He captured and recorded the impossible super-heroic battles of World War Two for the Golden Age of Comics. He is Alex Schomburg, pioneer illustrator, master craftsman, visionary extraordinaire. Chroma, the first book devoted to the wide spectrum of Schomburg art, is a visual delight, presenting scores of works, most in full color, with text by art historian Jon Gustafson and commentaries by some of the top names in Science Fiction and Comics. Father Tree, 1986. Very Fine. Cover has a crease about 2" long and a few scratches on the front. Back cover is scuffed....More.

Item Code: RB565
Soft Cover, 9x11, 108pg, Full Color
$50.00 $40.00

By Michael T. Gilbert. The Wraith, Gilbert's homage to Will Eisner's The Spirit, was published in a handful of stories in the 1970s, and here find their first collection. Michael T. Gilbert, 1998. Out of Print.. Very Good. Bump in the top right corner, slightly effects the inside pages....More.

Item Code: RB120
Hard Cover, 7x10, 95pg, b&w
$125.00 $75.00

By Walt Reed. A comprehensive reference covering over 140 years and 650 artists from the Civil War through the entire 20th century, The Illustrator in America includes a biographical sketch on each artist along with a time-line chart that provides the various influences of styles and schools needed to understand the artists and their work. First published in 1964 and revised in 1984, this third edition is the first offered in paperback. Included in this incredible compendium are the works of Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, Jessie Wilcox Smith, J.C. Leyendecker, Milton Glaser, Chris Van Allsburg and many more. Harper Design, 2003. Out of Print.. Fine. Has minor shelf wear and some dirt smudges on the edge pages. Cover has a few scuffs....More.

Item Code: RB533
Soft Cover, 9x12, 452pg, Partial Color
$75.00 $60.00

By Joseph Clement Coll. Essays by Nick Meglin and Gary Gianni. Coll defined the look of adventure illustration. No one has ever captured the menace of the Devil Doctor or Athelstan King's journeys into mystic lands the way Coll did. The struggle between the gallant Sir Denis Nayland Smith and his arch-nemesis the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu in Sax Rohmer's classic sagas breathe and move on the page. Every nuance of form and fantasy one could imagine is evoked in Talbot Mundy's incredible tale of intrigue, King of the Khyber Rifles. Flesk, 2004. Out of Print.. Very Fine. There is some smudges on the end pages and minor cover wear....More.

Item Code: RB598
Soft Cover, 9x11, 208pg, b&w
$75.00 $60.00

JOSEPH CLEMENT COLL The Art of Adventure
Limited, 800! By John Fleskes. Introduction by Al Williamson and Mark Schultz. Coll executed hundreds of drawings for Associated Sunday Magazines. Because of the magazines' rarity, these images have remained relatively unknown. Selected from a near complete run — from 1904 to 1917 — over 220 of the finest are reproduced here, many for the first time since their original publication. Over 40 have been scanned direct from the original art and rendered for the most part at full size, revealing the tonal effects lost in the original printed form. This is the first time such a large collection of Coll's originals has been assembled in one volume, showcasing his brilliant imagination and ease at handling adventure art. All images include the corresponding source information. A bibliography of Joseph Clement Coll's work for Associated Sunday Magazines is included as well. Flesk, 2003. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Small quarter inch bump to top right corner....More.

Item Code: RB601
Hard Cover, 9x11, 168pg, b&w
$95.00 $75.00

Signed & limited 200! By Jordi Bernet, Will Eisner, Joe Kubert, Manuel Auad. #34 of 200 copies of the deluxe hardbound edition, signed and numbered on custom bookplate. Edited by Manual Auad, introduced by Will Eisner and foreword by Joe Kubert. 240 pages of Bernet's linework, bibliography and awards listing. Auad. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Slight laminate creasing to covers else fine....More.

Item Code: RB614
Hard Cover, 9x12, 240pg, b&w
$200.00 $150.00

Signed & numbered, 1500! By Barry Windsor Smith. Limited Edition Portfolio. Signed and numbered to 1,500 (# 231) on the first plate by Barry Windsor Smith. This portfolio set contains 4 full-color 16.25 x 13.5 inch plates inside a textured paper cover with a black & white print on the front. Each plate is a woman who represents one of the four primary elements of Earth, Wind, Water, & Fire. Produced in 1979 by Smith's own imprint Gorblimey Press and published by BLACK LOTUS, these dramatic designs came at the height of Barry's career and are some of his finest work. Black Lotus, 1979. Out of Print.. Fine. Cover has a couple small coffee stains. First print has two small stains. Other three prints have slight corner and top edge curl....More.

Item Code: RB715
16x13, 4 prints, Full Color
$200.00 $150.00

Limited 3000! By Barry Smith. This book, Shelf Stuff, marked the beginning of a wider range of publications for the Gorblimey Press. It is a collection of drawings that were either working designs for material already published by GbP, or simply unused panneaux that were just lying on the shelves around the Gorblimey studio, now pulled together to form a rare collective insight into the house of an inspired artist. Gorblimey Press, 1975. Out of Print.. Fine. Cover has some shelf wear, dirt smudges and slightly bent corners....More.

Item Code: RB720
Magazine, 8x11, 24pg, b&w
$80.00 $50.00

An Uncommon Story of Art and Love By Alice A Carter. This is the true story of three women artists -- Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley -- who captivated early-twentieth-century Philadelphia with their brilliant careers and uncommon lifestyle. Nicknamed by their mentor, the famous illustrator Howard Pyle, "The Red Rose Girls" took over the Red Rose Inn, a picturesque estate on the city's venerable Main Line, and set up an unconventional household. Joined by their friend Henrietta Cozens, the women forged an intense emotional bond and made a pact to live together forever. Using their initials they adopted an acronymic surname, calling themselves the "Cogs family" -- C for Cozens, O for Oakley, G for Green, S for Smith. Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Light shelf wear. Jacket is in a clear brodart protective sleeve....More.

Item Code: RB733
Hard Cover, 9x11, 216pg, Partial Color
$90.00 $60.00

First Edition. By Chris Achilleos. Foreword by Ray Harryhausen. One of the most popular fantasy artists in the world, Chris Achilleos has created near photo-realistic paintings of fantasy, science fiction, stunning women and nature in all its forms to illustrate hundreds of books, magazines and posters for almost 40 years.Sirens collects the cream of Achilleos's illustrations, including Doctor Who and Star Trek, movies, amazons, fighting fantasy and pin-ups, accompanied by a discussion of the artist's techniques and influences, in a feast for the eyes. Paper Tiger, 1986. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Cover has a small crease and a few scuffs and scratches....More.

Item Code: RB736
Soft Cover, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color
$75.00 $55.00

We have this same title also available in a hardcover and softcover.
First United States Edition By Peter O'Donnell. Illustrated by Enrique Romero. This seventh novel in the Modesty Blaise series will not fail to please any of Modesty's innumerable fans. Modesty and her partner, Willie Garvin, are hot on the trail of a captured British Intelligence agent, but when they confront the agent's bizarre captors-a criminal tycoon, a genteel lady assassin, two inscrutable Chinese killers, and the invincibe Mr. Sexton, the world's premier combatant-even Modesty begins to doubt that she can succeed in this operation. Her task is further complicated when Willie's girlfriend and a young pilot also are taken hostage. Their situation seems hopeless until the Silver Mistress appears, bringing this thrilling saga to an astonishing climax. Archival Press, 1981. Out of Print.. Very Fine. A few small wrinkles in the jacket....More.

Item Code: RB1094
Hard Cover, 6x9, 254pg, Text/b&w

WINGS OF TWILIGHT The Art of Michael Kaluta Signed
Highly Recommended. By Michael Kaluta. A beautiful full-color compendium of the best of one of comic art's most revered artists! Includes a brief biography and 75 mostly full color illustrations. Michael is an artist who loves beauty, from beautiful women to fantasy worlds--and he has the talent to bring each vision to life with the most vivid detail and imagination possible. NBM, 2001. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Tiny bump to the bottom corner....More.

Item Code: RB1096
Hard Cover, 9x12, 80pg, Full Color

EC ARCHIVES Shock Suspenstories 3 Book Set
By William Gaines & Al Feldstein. Russ Cochran's EC Library--three volume, slip-cased hardcover set reprinting the Shock Suspenstories comic books, and collecting issues #1-18. This beautifully bound hardcover set reprints eighteen complete issues of the comic book Shock SuspenStories, originally published in 1952. Includes stories by William Gaines & Al Feldstein, with art by Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Graham Ingles, and Wally Wood. Featuring a foreword by Steven Spielberg, this book looks back at some of the edgiest and best written stories in comic history. Russ Cochran, 1981. Out of Print.. Fine minus. The slipcase has some wear and rubbing where the color has come off. The spine of the books have slight sunning and rubbing in a couple spots near the top. ...More.

Item Code: RB1098
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x13, 600pg, b&w

By Johnny Craig, George Evans, Joe Orlando, Reed Crandall et al. In 1954 the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency conducted hearings on comic books. In response, the industry formed a new trade association (the Comics Magazine Association of America). This association formulated a new Code to self-censor the industry and on October 26, 1954, adopted the Comics Code which controlled what content would be permitted in comics. The guidelines focused exclusively on crime and horror comics. Soon, the genre was no longer commercially viable. Russ Cochran, 1988. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Some tiny wear on the spine, otherwise the book cover and inside pages are in excellent shape....More.

Item Code: RB100
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 200pg, b&w
$60.00 $40.00

PS, The Preventive Maintenance Monthly is a series of United States Army technical bulletins published since June 1951 as a monthly magazine with comic book-style art to illustrate proper preventive maintenance methods. This is for a lot of 4 original magazines, issue numbers 142, 149, 151 and 164. American Visuals, 1964-66. Out of Print.. Good. Some wear and rubbing on the covers....More.

Item Code: RB89
Soft Cover, 5x7, 254pg, Partial Color
$65.00 $50.00

By Alex Toth. Edited by Manuel Auad. Alex Toth is one of the major practitioners of the comic medium. His mastery of realism within a stunning illustrative style is his great contribution to the standards of this art/writing form. - Will Eisner. Kitchen Sink Press, 1995. Out of Print.. Fine. Both covers have some scuffing and wear. Corners have some slight curling....More.

Item Code: RB348
Soft Cover, 8x11, 144pg, b&w

First Edition. By Nicola Gordon Bowe. The definitive biography of Clarke and a critical survey of his oeuvre. Stained glass, symbolism, decadence, Celtic mysticism, Art Nouveau, and the Ballets Russes--all these elements claim a place in the the art of Harry Clarke (1887-1931), the Dublin artist now recognized internationally as a bizarre genius of his age. Irish Academic Press, 1989. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Light shelf wear....More.

Item Code: RB661
Hard Cover, 7x10, 301pg, Partial Color
$200.00 $150.00

By Nicola Gordon Bowe. Beautifully illustrated with numerous reproductions of the artist‘s work. The first major book about Clarke and his work, including book illustrations, such as from the seminal Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1919, by Edgar Allan Poe, which has been reprinted over and over since then. Plus more book illustrations, his very rarely seen stained glass work, and much more little-seen work. H. Keith Burns, 1983. Out of Print.. Very Fine/As New. ...More.

Item Code: RB662
Hard Cover, 8x12, 160pg, b&w
$125.00 $100.00


Marvel Masterworks & DC Archives

First Edition, First Printing. Collects The Amazing Spider-Man #51-61 & Annual #4, 1967-68. By Stan Lee, John Romita, Don Heck and Larry Lieber. The first brand-new Spider-Man Masterworks volume in 12 years debuted just in time for SPIDER-MAN 2! This action-packed volume collects an "amazing" selection of Spidey tales by legends Stan Lee & John Romita Sr. Includes a four-part Doctor Octopus epic, plus appearances by the Kingpin, Ka-Zar, the Spider-Slayer, Captain Stacy and more! And an introduction by John Romita Sr. himself! Marvel, 2004. Out of Print.. As New....More.

Item Code: RB501
Hard Cover, 8x11, 296pg, Full Color
$200.00 $125.00

Collects X-Men #1-10, 1963-1965. By Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby. This is a collection of X-Men Comic books Nos 1-10 compiled into 1 Graphic Novel with an introduction by Stan Lee. The X-Men #1, September 1963: "X-Men"; The X-Men #2, November 1963: "No One Can Stop the Vanisher"; The X-Men #3, January 1964: "Beware of the Blob"; The X-Men #3, March 1964: "The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants"; The X-Men #5, May 1964: "Trapped: One X-Man!"; The X-Men #6, July 1964: "Sub-Mariner! Joins the Evil Mutants"; The X-Men #7, September 1964: "Return of the Blob"; The X-Men #8, November 1964: "The Uncanny Threat of ...Unus, The Untouchable!"; The X-Men #9, January 1965: "Enter, The Avengers!"; The X-Men #10, March 1965: "The Coming of...Ka-Zar!"; Marvel, 1987. Out of Print.. Fine. Book has a small bump to the bottom edge, and sunning to the spine of the jacket....More.

Item Code: RB531
Hard Cover, 7x10, 231pg, Full Color
$60.00 $45.00

Collects Fantastic Four #1-10, 1961-63. By Stan Lee, Jack Kirby. While testing an experimental spacecraft Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Sue and Johnny Storm were exposed to a bombardment of mysterious cosmic rays. Upon their return to Earth, they found that they had gained wondrous abilities, the likes of which had never been seen before. That voyage was the first of many extraordinary adventures for these friends, who became known to the world as: Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, The Human Torch, and The Invisible Girl - The Fantastic Four! Marvel, 1987. Out of Print.. As New. Still in shrink wrap....More.

Item Code: RB551
Hard Cover, 7x10, 246pg, Full Color
$85.00 $65.00

First printing. By C.C. Beck, Jack Binder, Mac Raboy, Dave Berg, William Woolfolk et al. Follows Captain Marvel as he faces villains from Nazi Germany to Mars using the power of Solomon (wisdom), Hercules (strength), Atlas (stamina), Zeus (power), Achilles (courage), and Mercury (speed), otherwise known as "Shazam!" DC, 2003. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Book has some light thumbing, and slight bump to top of spine. Dust jacket is in a protective plastic cover. ...More.

Item Code: RB467
Hard Cover, 7x10, 196pg, Full Color

Reprints BATMAN #164-167 and DETECTIVE COMICS #327-333, 1964. By Bob Kane, John Broome, Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson, et al. Follows Batman as the Caped Crusader and his youthful sidekick, Robin, protect the citizens of Gotham from villains including the Joker and gang leader "Boss" Barron. DC, 2003. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Tiny curl to the top of the jacket. Book is still in original shrink wrap....More.

Item Code: RB516
Hard Cover, 7x10, 240pg, Full Color

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Carl Barks

WALT DISNEY'S DONALD DUCK 50 Years of Happy Frustration
Limited, 5000! By Flora O'Brien. Published in 1984 by Three Duck Editions of England and distributed in the U.S. by Scribner. This copy is numbered 1965 of 5000. Included are copies of congratulatory letters from Clarence; Ducky; Nash, Jack Hannah, and Carl Barks. There is also a nice color facsimile print, The Duck Family Tree (suitable for framing, of course). The book is marvelously illustrated throughout, with the drawings adding much to the text that details the history of one of the world's favorite ducks. 96 pages. Limited edition with silk backed buckram, full color pictorial onlay, gilt lettering, and all edges heavily gilded. In buckram slip case, with gilt lettering. Three Duck Editions, 1984. Out of Print.. Very Fine. There is a small indentation on the front of the slipcase....More.

Item Code: RB563
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 96pg, Partial Color
$200.00 $150.00

Signed & Limited 300! By Carl Barks. This RARE 1996 signed Cover Calendar Art Poster by Carl Barks depicts his original comic book cover art for "The Old Castle's Secret" which was first released in June 1948. Besides having status as one of Barks' best stories, this is also notable for being Donald and Huey, Dewey and Louie's first treasure hunt with their uncle, Scrooge McDuck. This Carl Barks Print is the actual Calendar Cover Art for this 1996 Poster and is SIGNED by Carl Barks. It measures approximately 14 Inches by 20 Inches. The frame and matte shown in the picture ARE included. The frame is a black plastic with a clear plastic cover. Walt Disney. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: RB683
21x28, 1 print, Full Color
$300.00 $200.00

Highly Recommended. By Carl Barks. Presents the humorous adventures of the miserly duck in comic strip format. Also includes a biography of Uncle Scrooge's creator, Carl Barks. First trade edition published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Uncle Scrooge. Features several stories in color. Edited by Edward Summer and recolored by Peter Ledger. Includes an appreciation by George Lucas. This was the first-ever massive collection recognizing the huge popularity of the wonderful Barks character. George Lucas, who of course produced the Star Wars films, used his newfound wealth to finance this imprint. Celestial Arts, 1987. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Edge pages have a few minor bumps, the top bump affecting the first 15 pages. Very slight curling on the bottom corner. ...More.

Item Code: RB645
Soft Cover, 9x13, 376pg, Full Color
$150.00 $100.00


Antiquarian Books

By Godfrey Blunden. Art by Norman Lindsay. Here are nineteen examples of just one facet of Norman Lindsay's genius, his watercolours. Fourteen of the plates appeared in the Norman Lindsay Watercolour Book, published in 1939, and the five added to this edition appeared in Art in Australia and The Home. Ure Smith, 1969. Out of Print.. Fine. There is tape on the edges of the dust jacket. Interior pages have slight sunning, and cover pages have slight water stains....More.

Item Code: RB269
Hard Cover, 10x12, 75pg, Full Color

First edition. By Arthur Szyk. Introduction by Robert W. Straus Jr. Illustrated throughout. Contains 38 pages of plates, with 8 illustrations in color. Vitriolic caricatures of Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito, Nazism, Vichy France, the Hitler-Stalin Pact, the betrayal of Poland, the invasion of Ethiopia, the Balkans, etc. Szyk fled Nazi-controlled Europe for the United States in 1940. His widely published caricatures made him one of America's most famous political satirists during World War II. He was a gifted artist, considered one of the greatest modern practitioners of the art of illumination, especially in miniature format. In 1939, following Germany's invasion of Poland, he focused on producing anti-Nazi editorial cartoons published in many Western newspapers and magazines. In late 1940, after a period of residence in England, he emigrated to the United States with his family. Putnam, 1941. Out of Print.. Fine. Edge pages are discolored from age, and the cover and spine have some light wear. No dust jacket....More.

Item Code: RB444
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 100pg, Partial Color
$125.00 $95.00

The Book of Lawson Wood By A.E. Johnson. Art by Lawson Wood. 56 plates and figures, 8 in color. Part of the Brush, Pen, and Pencil series, which also featured volumes about John Hassall, Frank Reynolds, and others. Contains extensive information about the artist and his work, wonderful illustrations. 2nd edition with decorated cloth. Macmillan, 1930. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Spine and edge pages have slight age discoloration....More.

Item Code: RB438
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x8, 43pg, Partial Color
$150.00 $120.00

First Edition. By Dr. Josef Augusta and Zdenek Burian. From Wikipedia: Zdeněk Michael Frantisek Burian (February 11, 1905 in Kopřivnice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary – July 1, 1981 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) was a Czech painter, book illustrator and palaeoartist whose work played a central role in the development of palaeontological reconstruction. Originally recognised only in his native Czechoslovakia, Burian's fame later spread to an international audience during a remarkable career spanning six decades (1930s to 1980s). He is regarded by many as one of the most influential palaeoartists of the modern era, and a number of subsequent artists have attempted to emulate his style. This book has 23 color plates (four double page), 80 pages text by Augusta illustrated with b&w fossil photos. Paul Hamlyn, 1966. Out of Print.. Fine book in a very good jacket....More.

Item Code: RB1083
Hard Cover, 10x14, 127pg, Partial Color

First Edition. By Josef Augusta and Zdenek Burian. Prehistoric Man features a 45-page history by Prof. Augusta, accompanied by 52 full-page color plates from paintings by Zdenek Burian, with each plate having a facing page of explanatory text. Covering the various stages in the development of early man, from Java Man to the late paleolithic period -- man as hunter, gatherer, artist, tool user, with information on burial customs, magic and religious rites, etc. Artia for Paul Hamlyn, 1960. Out of Print.. Fine. Slight edge wear, and end pages on top are discolored. Spine slightly sloped, and cloth worn off the very bottom corner....More.

Item Code: RB671
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 10x14, 99pg, Partial Color

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First Edition in price-clipped dust jacket. By Marjorie Henderson Buell. Little Lulu is a comic strip created in 1935 by Marjorie Henderson Buell. The character, Lulu Moppet, debuted in The Saturday Evening Post on 23 February 1935 in a single panel, appearing as a flower girl at a wedding and mischievously strewing the aisle with banana peels. Little Lulu replaced Carl Anderson's Henry, which had been picked up for distribution by King Features Syndicate. The Little Lulu panel continued to run weekly in The Saturday Evening Post until 30 December 1944. In 1945, Marjorie turned the character over to John Stanley. David McKay, 1941. Out of Print.. Very Fine with just a hint of wear to tip of dj spine....More.

Item Code: RB83
Hard Cover, 7x8, 68pg, Tritone
$125.00 $90.00

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This was an unauthorized pirated edition, reprinting what I believe is the 1938-39, or 1939-1940 Disney Christmas catalog. A very thick catalog of Mickey Mouse merchandise -- page after page of everything Mickey. Watches, Big Little Books, storybooks, pins, comforters, and white photos on every page with items + manufacturers. No pricing. Walt Disney, 1970. Out of Print.. Very Good/Fine. A three quarter inch bump on the back cover tear the cover and back five pages....More.

Item Code: RB643
Soft Cover, 9x12, 97pg, b&w
$150.00 $100.00


Pin-Up & Adult

First Edition By Max Allan Collins and Drake Elvgren. This 1998 Editor's Choice Award winner of the Independent Publishing Association quickly sold out the first printing of 10,000. It is a lively biography of American pin-up artist Gillette Elvgren, a commercial advertising artist of the WWII era. Told by the son of the artist, included are art techniques, pin-up paintings and a behind the scenes personal view of this legendary artist who inspired servicemen worldwide. Collectors Press, 1998. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Very Fine. Jacket has a one inch crease in the back. Light thumbing on a few interior pages....More.

Item Code: RB764
Hard Cover, 10x12, 196pg

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BETTIE PAGE The Life of a Pin-Up Legend-Signed by Dave Stevens
Signed by Dave Stevens on the half-title page. First ptg. The ultimate girl-next-door, and one of the most popular Playboy centerfolds, Bettie Page challenged the conservative 1950s, posing as a fierce dominatrix among many other fetish scenarios, from bondage and spanking, to just looking good in high heels and nylons. And sometimes nothing else. This earned her both a cult underground following and a Senate Committee investigation for the industry she worked in. This book chronicles Page's life and career, telling the incredible story of a woman who has left an indelible mark on the history of popular culture. 500 photos. General Publishing Group, 1996. Out of Print.. Very Fine/ As New....More.

Item Code: RB1042
Hard Cover, 9x11, 288pg, Partial Color

Edited by Gianni Brunoro. Volume 14 - 1st printing. "Les Biches" Edited by Alberto Becattini. Cover by Vittorio Giardino. Italian erotic comic anthology. NOTE: Some text is in Italian. Glamour International, 1989. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Fine. There is some rubbing on the spine and edges, and a couple tiny folds on the cover....More.

Item Code: RB207
Soft Cover, 12x12, 96pg, Partial Color
$60.00 $50.00

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Edited by Gianni Brunoro. Volume 15 - 1st printing. "La Bocca (la bouche)" Edited by Alberto Becattini. Cover by Leone Frollo. Italian erotic comic anthology. NOTE: Some text is in Italian. Glamour International, 1991. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Very Fine. There is some rubbing and small creases on the spine, and a couple scratches on the covers....More.

Item Code: RB209
Soft Cover, 12x12, 96pg, Partial Color
$60.00 $50.00

Volume 16 - 1st printing. "Vampires" Edited by Alberto Becattini. Cover by John Bolton. Italian erotic comic anthology. NOTE: Some text is in Italian. Glamour International, 1991. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Very Good. Small bumps to corners, some wearing to the top of the spine, scratches and dings to the cover....More.

Item Code: RB214
Soft Cover, 12x12, 96pg, Partial Color
$60.00 $50.00

Edited by Gianni Brunoro. A special issue of the long-running Italian journal devoted to good girl and erotic art in comics and illustration (and more generally in pop culture). It is completely tri-lingual: all the text is in English, French and Italian. Glamour International, 1989. Out of Print. Adult Material. Good. Both covers are a bit rough. Scratches, wear, thumbing and a couple folds on the back....More.

Item Code: RB216
Soft Cover, 12x12, 96pg, b&w
$60.00 $50.00

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