Thursday, June 20, 2019

DC Artgerm collection is here, the latest Monsters & Dames collection, Bernie Wrightson is back in City of Others, Vampi meets Dejah Thoris, new Pre-Code Classics and more!

Our first Artgerm collection is here and it's very sharp. Also new is the latest Monsters & Dames collection, filled with all-new art by guest artists at the Emerald City Show. This is an exclusive we offer each year. Detective Comics #1000 is available now in hardcover and we have a very few left of the variant covers.

Frank Cho's large Drawing Beautiful Women is now signed and on sale. Bernie Wrightson is back in City of Others. Plus Vampi meets Dejah Thoris, three new Pre-Code Classics, Comics Revue, Warehouse Finds, and some great Coming Items.

Frank Cho—signed and on sale!  |  New Pre-Code Classics  |  Bernie Wrightson
Warehouse Finds  |  Coming in July  |  Coming in August
 Rare & Out of Print  |  Mature Readers  |  News & Notes  |  Website Index

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DC POSTER PORTFOLIO Stanley "Artgerm" Lau
Highly Recommended. By Stanley Lau. DC spotlights top cover artists with the new Poster Portfolio series, starting with superstar cover illustrator Stanley "Artgerm" Lau! This collection includes 20 of Artgerm's most memorable DC covers starring Supergirl, Catwoman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more! DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: DCPOS
Soft Cover, 12x16, 42pg, Full Color

Numbered, limited, 750! By Aaron Lopresti, Aaron McConnell et al. Cover by Joy Ang. The annual Monsters & Dames art book returns with a mythical menagerie of 88 mind blowing images! Featuring over 88 pieces of stunning Monsters & Dames artwork, all done exclusively as a fund raiser for the Emerald City Comic-Con, and it looks like we are the only remaining source for it. A full-color, 9x12 inch hardcover art book featuring contributions from guests and artists including Aimee Dan, Alex Cabal et al. ECCC, 2019...More.

Item Code: MNST19H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 88pg, Full Color

We have just three back volumes: 2018 (with a signed bookplate, only 12 left), 2016 (two left), 2015 (eight left). All three are out of print and cannot be restocked.

Collects #1-5. By Erik Burnham. Art by Ediano Silva. The encounter that was destined to happen! When an alien scout ship crashes on Mars, Dejah Thoris must risk reigniting war with the Green Martians and becoming dinner for the white apes. But the stakes are raised so much higher when the ship is revealed to carry Vampirella, who is on a desperate mission of survival--one that might end before it truly begins! Dynamite, 2019...More.

Item Code: VAMDJ
Soft Cover, 7x10, 132pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

See more Vampirella and Dejah Thoris, including more cross-overs, on our website.


Frank Cho—signed and on sale!

Signed! Artist's Edition-size. Highly Recommended. By Frank Cho. This deluxe edition has an extra 16-page section with bonus artwork, an exclusive Frank Cho interview, and an alternate cover featuring a new painting. Two gatefolds are included. Frank Cho, the acclaimed creator of Liberty Meadows, shares his secrets to drawing the lovely women he is renowned for. A storytelling chapter is highlighted by an all-new, eleven-page adventure premiering Cho's Jungle Queen. The majority of the art shown here has been created specifically for this collection. This is as much an art book, beautifully displaying Frank's work, as it is a how-to-book. Enhanced by Frank Cho's wit in his personal comments, for a fun and playful experience.  Mature Readers. Flesk, 2014...More.

Item Code: DRBWD
Hard Cover, 12x17, 140pg, Full Color
$150.00 $50.00

Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. By Frank Cho. The complete collection of all of Cho's covers for all Liberty Meadows comics and books, starring the gorgeous Brandy--and far more. An all-new cover on the dust jacket, a silver-embossed red cloth binding, and a behind the scenes look at the development of some of the favorite pin-up style images of Brandy and the gang. Each color piece is accompanied by the original b&w version. Also includes a special pin-up section. Frank continues to be one of the most in-demand and popular good-girl artists in comics.Image, 2006...More.

Item Code: LIBMH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 128pg, Partial Color
$24.99 $12.50

This Liberty Meadows collection—more correctly called the Brandy Pin-Up Collection—also just recently came in. It is now bargain-priced because of a publisher white sale. See our website for more of Frank's fine work: statues, Artist Editions, comics archives, and more art books.

New Pre-Code Classics

Collects #5-9,1951-52 (this began with #5). Recommended. By Mike Sekowsky, Lou Cameron, Gene Colan, Maurice Gutwirth et al. Mike Sekowsky, Maurice Gutwirth, George Appel, Gene Colan, Jim McLaughlin, Ace Baker, Lou Cameron (Wood-ish art), Bill Molno, and Chic Stone all contribute stories to this collection from small but excellent publisher Ace. Like sister title The Beyond, this is another offbeat Ace Publications title that offered reasonably written stories without going over the top like other comics of the era, and yet keeping a good overall quality of story. Not unlike what Richard Hughes was doing over at ACG, but Ace had generally better artists! PS Artbooks, 2018...More.

Item Code: PCBM01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects #10-14, 1952-53. Recommended. By Mike Sekowsky, Gene Colan et al. Is there no shame? We have a Crypt-Keeper swipe from EC on the cover, no less, of #10. Mainstay Ace contributor Lou Cameron is here, with Atlas and Marvel Comics stalwart Gene Colan, as well as Chic Stone, covers by Jim McLaughlin, Avon Comics' notorious Howard Larsen, a rare "Ace" Baker cover, Lou Zansky, the bizarre Paul Gatusso, Blue Beetle artist Charles Nicholas, and DC's own Mike Sekowsky. Read 'em and shake your head in pure astonishment. PS Artbooks, 2018...More.

Item Code: PCBM02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

PRE-CODE CLASSICS Hand of Fate Volume 3
Collects #18-22, 1953-54. Recommended. By Lou Cameron, Ken Rice, Chic Stone et al. Maybe a little wild and certainly a whole heap wacky, here is PS's third volume of pulp style stories from this Ace title, chock full of stolen pagan religious relics and mysterious cults in odd corners of the world plus, of course, the inevitable shuffling cadavers, vampires, ghouls and all manner of similar undead, half-dead or just down with a bad headache monster-types. Plus bondage, hypo needle scenes, and four wonderful Lou Cameron stories. PS Artbooks, 2019...More.

Item Code: PCHF03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Also in stock at the same price are Volumes 1 and 2; Volume 4 is due in August, also at $44.99.

See all of our Pre-Code Classics on the website, including many still on sale. And see all the PS Artbooks archives here.

Cover by Reno Maniquis. 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, etc. With an all-new cover by Reno Maniquis, featuring The Phantom. Manuscript Press, 2019...More.

Item Code: CR0619
Soft Cover, 8x10, 128pg, Partial Color

Back issues are available, twelve issues at the same price. Also four more from 2016 and 2017 discounted to $11.95 each, while they last.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 Hardcover
Cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair. By Scott Snyder, Kevin Smith et al. Art by Neal Adams, Jim Lee et al. After 80 years, it's here--the 1000th issue of Detective Comics, the title that defines DC! This incredible landmark issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here! DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: DETCOH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 176pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

We have the regular edition and two variant cover editions, all at $9.99 each. The Steranko (ten left) & Timm (5 left) are out of print.

Steve Rude, 1930s
Bruce Timm, 1940s
Jim Steranko, 1960s

We also still have Action #1000 in stock.


Bernie Wrightson

CITY OF OTHERS 10TH Anniversary Edition
Collects #1-4. By Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson. Art by Bernie Wrightson and Jose Villarrubia. From the writer who created 30 Days of Night and the artist who created Swamp Thing comes a horror graphic novel like no other! Stosh Bludowski is a killer, born with the capacity for no apparent human emotion other than rage. Killing comes easy for Blud, and he makes a good living doing what's easy--until the day he meets two jobs in an alley who just won't die, and a grotesque mystery unfolds right in front of him. Soon, the remorseless killer is confronted by a reality he could never imagine, and he will be invited to make a decision once and for all . . . is he human, or is he Other? Dark Horse, 2019...More.

Item Code: CITYH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x12, 128pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

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

This Artifact Edition just came back into print a few weeks ago. See all our other Wrightson books on the website.


Warehouse Finds & Hurts

THE MERCENARY The Cult of the Sacred Fire & The Formula Hurt
Warehouse find, 1983. By V. Segrelles. In a lost and long forgotten valley high up in the mountains, The Mercenary has been contracted to save a woman from the mysterious and powerful Cult of the Sacred Fire. Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried, decades-long history. NBM, 1983. Mature Readers. Bent corners and/or cracked spines, slightly scuffed....More.

Item Code: MERCR
Soft Cover, 8x11, 96pg, Full Color

WARBIRD PINUP GIRLS A Tribute to the 1940's Nose Art Pinup Girls
Warehouse find, 2013 By Christian Kieffer. Edited by Gili Kieffer. In late 2008, artist and creative director Christian Kieffer began his retro revival, when he brought WWII nose-art pinups to life. He began shooting some of his handpicked beauties with a P-51 Mustang and the sky was the limit from there. With the successful release of his 2011 Warbird Pinup Girls calendar, featuring all flight worthy WWII fighter planes and authentic classy pinup girls, they took the retro world by storm. With the help of his wife and creative partner, Gili Kieffer, they became renowned for recreating the most authentic pinup girls. Now in their 5th year of production comes the release of this special edition book featuring many unseen works by the creative duo. Binary, 2013. Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: WARBPW
Soft Cover, 8x11, 106pg, Full Color
$34.99 $19.99

WARBIRD PINUP GIRLS A Tribute to the 1940's Nose Art Pinup Girls Hurt
By Christian Kieffer. Edited by Gili Kieffer. In late 2008, artist and creative director Christian Kieffer began his retro revival, when he brought WWII nose-art pinups to life. He began shooting some of his handpicked beauties with a P-51 Mustang and the sky was the limit from there. With the successful release of his 2011 Warbird Pinup Girls calendar, featuring all flight worthy WWII fighter planes and authentic classy pinup girls, they took the retro world by storm. With the help of his wife and creative partner, Gili Kieffer, they became renowned for recreating the most authentic pinup girls. Now in their 5th year of production comes the release of this special edition book featuring many unseen works by the creative duo. Binary, 2013. Bumped corners and/or slightly cracked spines....More.

Item Code: WARBPR
Soft Cover, 8x11, 106pg, Full Color
$34.99 $17.50

Warehouse find, 1982. Limited edition reprint. By Chester Gould. The very first DT Feature Book from 1937, and one of the earliest-ever DT collections as a complete comic book. With the huge popularity of Dick Tracy, Dell quickly jumped on the comics bandwagon and began collecting the daily strips. The results were these Feature Books, published by Dell Comics in 1937-38 and collecting complete or nearly complete episodes in one issue. Although the interiors were still black & white, like the strips themselves, the covers were in glorious color and the size, 9x12, was striking for fans of the times. This is a facsimile reprinting of the original comic. Pacific Comics Club, 1982...More.

Item Code: DTDET06
Soft Cover, 8x11, 72pg, b&w

Still available are matching Feature Book reprints #4, 8 and 9. We have just two to five copies of each, then they'll be gone.

See more Warehouse Finds and more discounted Hurt books on our website.


Coming in July

FROM SUNBEAMS TO SUNSET The Rise And Fall of the Australian Comic Book 1924-1965
By Graeme Cliffe. In 1954 there were about seventy-two million comic books being sold in Australia. Seventy-two million! Today a variety of entertainment media are offered to Australians, and there are very few local artists working in the industry. What led to this decline? What were some of the titles that were so popular years ago? Graeme Cliffe's book seeks to answer all these questions.... and a whole lot more! This is the story of Australia's original comic book industry, from its origins in humorous strips which were published in Sydney early in the twentieth century, to the industry's demise in the nineteen sixties, when other entertainment sources proved more popular. Nat Karmichael, 2019. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: FROMSH
Hard Cover, 12x10, 250+, Partial Color

Don't miss our two exclusive books on Canadian Comics History, Heroes of the Home Front and the WECA Priceguide. Both are out of print and almost gone.

Also check out:

THE CANADIAN ALTERNATIVE Cartoonists, Comics and Graphic Novels
Edited by Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman. This overview of the history of Canadian comics explores acclaimed as well as unfamiliar artists. In contrast to the United States' melting pot, Canada has been understood to comprise a social, cultural, and ethnic mosaic, with distinct cultural variation as part of its identity. This volume reveals differences that often reflect in highly regional and localized comics such as Paul MacKinnon's Cape Breton-specific Old Trout Funnies, Michel Rabagliati's Montreal-based Paul comics, and Kurt Martell and Christopher Merkley's Thunder Bay-specific zombie apocalypse. University of Mississippi Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: CANALT
Soft Cover, 6x9, 288pg, Text/b&w

See more about the history of U.S. Comics in our Comics Reference section.


Coming in August

Background Illustrations and Scenes by Up-And-Coming Artists. This third book in the background illustration series takes readers on a sentimental journey through the scenes of their most cherished memories. In a departure from the first title in the series, this title focuses on more touching, delicate and emotional scenes, gathering together a collection of cityscapes, countryside, a beach, a classroom after school, and a building rooftop at dawn and dusk, sunrise and sunset. PIE, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: RETSC
Soft Cover, 10x10, 160pg, Full Color

This is from the same series as Beautiful Scenes from a Fantasy World, and Everyday Scenes from a Parallel World. Both are also $39.95, same oblong format.

THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Renaissance Volume 5
By Didier Ghez. Foreword by Don Hahn. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Disney animation studio redefined its creative vision in the wake of Walt Disney's death. This latest volume from renowned Disney historian Didier Ghez profiles Ken Anderson and Mel Shaw, whose work defined beloved classic Disney characters from films like The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, and The Rescuers. With vivid descriptions of passages from the artists' autobiographies and interviews, accompanied by never-before-seen images of their art and process, this visually rich collection offers a rare view of the Disney legends whose work helped shape the nature of character and story development for generations to come. Chronicle, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: THD05H
Hard Cover, 11x9, 208pg, Partial Color
$50.00 $42.50

See previous “They Drew as They Pleased” releases on our website.

Collects #140-145, 1983. By Roger McKenzie, Alex NiƱo, Don McGregor et al. From 1964 to 1983, Creepy magazine set the standard for horror in graphic fiction. Featuring the work of Roger McKenzie, Alex Niño, Don McGregor, Victor de la Fuente and many more, with hair-raising tales of bloodthirsty vampires, ruthless grave robbers, invisible men, alien creatures, and homicidal maniacs, these are still the comics that give you the creeps! Dark Horse, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: CRE29H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 248pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99

See all available Creepy Archives on our website, as well as Eerie Archives.

Collects Tales of Horror #10-13, 1954 and The Black Knight #1, 1953. Art by Ben Brown, George Olesen et al. Coming from Toby Press just a couple of years shy of Showcase #4 and the whole industry getting turned on its head, the third PS volume of Toby's Tales of Horror includes a bonus comic book, 1953's debut issue of The Black Knight. This one has just got to be one of the absolute best covers from the Golden/Silver Age, and the interiors are pretty nifty, too with the roster of artists and writers including Ben Brown, George Olesen, Chas. Kuhn, Art Helfant, Myron Fass, Ellis Eringer, Sal Trapani, Al Gordon, and H.L. Larsen. PS Artbooks, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: PCCT03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects Hand of Fate #23-25,1954 and Challenge of the Unknown #1, 1952. By Ken Rice. Art by Lin Streeter, Ken Rice et al. Ace were turning out class acts of four-colour nastiness for several years and the fourth volume of Hand of Fate goes one step further with a bonus 1950 title in the shape of issue 1 of Challenge of the Unknown. And funksters, that's quite a shape! Artists include Lou Cameron, Sy Grudko, Richard Case, Jim McLaughlin, Ken Rice, Louis Zansky,Lin Streeter, Larry Woromay and Warren Kremer. PS Artbooks, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: PCHF04H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

See previous releases, available now, here.

RIP KIRBY Volume 11
By Fred Dickenson. Art by John Prentice. In these 11 stories, Rip Kirby takes part in an old-style shoot-out in a nearly-deserted Western ghost town, battles the deadly Owl and the Pussycat over a hidden stash of heroin, and rubs a magic lamp the wrong way in a Turkish bazaar. After learning he is the doppelganger of the crown prince of a postage stamp-sized country, the bespectacled detective follows the trail of a counterfeit two million before being framed by a paroled con man who wants to get even with Rip for making him play second fiddle in the prison orchestra. Plus--the long awaited return of the Rip's original girlfriend, Honey Dorian, as well as his arch-nemesis, the deadly Mangler! IDW, 2019. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: RK11H
Hard Cover, 11x10, 296pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99

Volumes #1-5 and 8-10 are also either in stock or can be special ordered for you, at the same discounted price. They are drawn by Alex Raymond and John Prentice.

Art by Barry Windsor-Smith, Gil Kane et al. The Hyborian Age meets the Marvel Age in this stunning gallery of classic Conan comic art! The Cimmerian warrior made his comics mark at Marvel, and would hack and slash his way through three decades of phenomenal full-color storytelling in Conan the Barbarian and its many sister comics. This hardcover highlights the very best covers, pages and pinups from legendary titles such as Conan the Barbarian, Giant-Size Conan, King Conan and more - from the seminal masterworks of Barry Windsor-Smith, to stunning interpretations by Gil Kane and Neal Adams, to a character-defining legacy by John Buscema, to gorgeous latter-day illustrations by Silvestri, Kaluta, Mignola and more! As Conan makes his highly anticipated return to the House of Ideas in 2019, immerse yourself in the vibrant and vivid world of Conan the Barbarian, and experience sensational sword-and-sorcery sagas in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Marvel, 2019. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: MARACH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 224pg, Full Color
$50.00 $39.99

See more Conan archives and art inspired by Robert E. Howard on our website.


Rare & Out of Print

PRINCE VALIANT Book 5 And The Golden Princess Hardcover
First printing.
By Hal Foster with Max Trell.
Hastings House, 1955.
Out of Print.
Fine. There is some minor wear to the spine, edges and jacket. Bottom edge and top corner have a small bump..

Item Code: RB291.
Hard Cover, 6x10, 128pg, b&w

Scarce first appearance in paperback.
By H.P. Lovecraft.
Bart House, 1945.
Out of Print.
Very Good. Creases in the spine and book has waves. Small bump and cover crease to the bottom corner. .

Item Code: RB480.
Soft Cover, 4x6, 190pg, Text Only

Collects Kingdom Come #1-4
By Mark Waid. Illustrated by Alex Ross.
DC, 1997.
Out of Print.
As New. Still in the original shrink wrap..

Item Code: RB474.
Hard Cover, 7x10, 43pg, Full Color

By Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
DC, 1995.
Out of Print.
Very Fine. Cover has some scratches and slight rubbing..

Item Code: RB540.
Soft Cover, 7x10, 416pg, Full Color

100 years of Britains Toy Soldiers.
By James Opie et al.
Antique Collectors Club Ltd, 1993.
Out of Print.
Very good in very good, unclipped dj, shelfwear to board edges..

Item Code: RB895.
Hard Cover, 11x12, 640pg, Full Color

Ugly Publishing, 1981.
Out of Print.
Good. There is a lot of wear to the covers and spine. Covers are scuffed and slightly creased. Slight curling to the corner pages..

Item Code: RB238.
Soft Cover, 11x16, 48pg, Partial Color


By Brom. Introduction by Arnie Fenner.
Paper Tiger, 2001.
Out of Print.
Fine. Cover has some minor wear and scratches. Bottom edge has a couple tiny dings.

Item Code: RB275.
Soft Cover, 9x11, 128pg, Full Color


Mature Readers

First, Ms. Sands Peep Show, a new hardcover from Goliath with 500 photos of drop-dead gorgeous girls who strip and pose in full nudity.

Second we have a new DVD collection, 42nd Street Forever: Peep Show Collection #29. See more adult items on our website: DVDs, Nude Photography, Pin-Up, and erotic art.

Scheduled for next week is our fourth adult email. This will contain many sale items, out of print books, magazine sets and statues. You can take an early look at some of the items by clicking here. Be sure you are signed up to the Adults Only email list.

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News and Notes


I'm on the road this week, returning from the Rose City Book Fair in Portland, so I have not had a chance to edit the descriptions and make my personal recommendations yet. I'll do that next week as time allows.

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