Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Art of Raphael DeSoto, H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, Archie 1941, a new Weird Fantasy Archives and several new Marvel collections.

David Saunders presents The Art of Raphael DeSoto and it's a fine new book. I also really like the new adaptation of Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness. Archie 1941 is really a change of pace and an interesting, more serious take on the Riverdale kids.

We also have a second Berserk, Weird Fantasy Archives 4, three fine new 2020 calendars, several new Marvel collections, a new Bettie set, and a new magazine of veterans' stories in graphic novel form, Full Mag. The first Collected Toppi is back in print, and finally, Cons de Fee: The Erotic Art of Wally Wood is already flying out of here. Don't miss it.

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

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

If you click on the DeSoto mini-ad above, you'll see all the other Illustrated Press books that are still available.


Graphic Novels & Comics

Highly Recommended. By Gou Tanabe. This manga adaptation of  Lovecraft's only complete novel is beautifully illustrated, with highly detailed and darkly moody artwork. I'm very impressed. This could be the best-ever adaptation, at least from the aspect of art, that I've seen of HPL's work yet. Journey into the core of Lovecraft's mythos--the deep caverns and even deeper time of the inhospitable continent (Antarctica) where the secret history of our planet is preserved--amidst the ruins of its first civilization, built by the alien Elder Things and bio-engineered monstrosities, the shoggoths. Dark Horse, 2019...More.

Item Code: HPLAT01
Soft Cover, 5x7, 298pg, b&w
$19.99 $17.99

H.P. LOVECRAFT He Who Wrote in the Darkness
Highly Recommended. By Alex Nikolavitch. Art by Gervasio-Aon-Lee. Beginning with his move to Brooklyn in 1925, this factual graphic novel follows HPL on his many moves, his introverted lifestyle, his initial failed attempts to break into Weird Tales and their later attempt to hire him as editor! Interspersed through the bio are pieces of several of his most famous stories, as he daydreams or writes them up and we see related art with Cthulhu, mythical Arkham and The Necronomicon, his "alter ego," Randolph  Carter, Charles Dexter Ward, etc. HPL liked hanging out in graveyards at night, and always seemed to return to his beloved Providence. Pegasus Books, 2018....More.

Item Code: HPLHH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 112pg, Full Color
$25.95 $23.95

We still have a regular and a slipcased edition of The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft [HC, CFHPH, $17.99] and the deluxe slipcased edition of the same title [CWHPH. $34.00, $29.95]. Also available is Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories. We currently have one copy in stock, but more will be here shortly. See more comics adaptations of HPL's work on our website.

Recommended. By Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn. Art by Peter Krause. Archie Andrews and the gang get serious in a tale set in Riverdale on the eve and during World War II. First it's everyone's high school graduation! Then that last summer, a moment of peace before the war in Europe bears down, and Pearl Harbor is bombed. For Archie, Reggie and Moose, it‘s enlistment and off to war in Europe! Spoiler alert--Veronica is the snooty rich girl, at least to start, and it's Betty that has won Archie's heart. How about that! Includes 22 pages of variant covers by a plethora of talent and a six-page interview with Waid and Augustyn. Very, very different but I liked it. Archie Comics, 2019...More.

Item Code: ARC1941
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$17.99 $15.99

Closeout Price! Recommended. Edited by Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe. From the notorious Craig Yoe, a beautifully-designed celebration of over 70 years of comic book covers featuring America's reigning cartoon high school icons. Featuring full-color artwork by fan favorite artists Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent and many more, with an insider's look at their inspiration, creation and ongoing cultural legacy. Sections include celebs, fashion, rock 'n' roll, first appearances, artist's bios, swimsuits, Fine Art, sports, superheroes, The Archies, cheerleaders, kissing, and monsters! Archie, 2013. . Slight corner dents and may have slightly dirty covers....More.

Item Code: ARACH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 158pg, Full Color
$29.99 $14.99

There's more Archie collections on our website!

Recommended. Art by Mike DeCarlo, Russ Heath, Ron Wagner et al. This is a very high quality 56 page graphic novel and military history magazine with art by Russ Heath, Mike DeCarlo, Ron Wagner, JW Erwin, and others.
Full Mag interviews military veterans and presents their stories in their own words with illustrations by the artists above.  In volume 1, we have stories from WW II, Viet Nam, and Afghanistan 2012.  Also included are traditional articles and essays by military historians and veteran authors. It is approximately 2/3 art content and 1/3 written content with hand painted cover art. Full Magazine, 2017...More.

Item Code: FULL01
Magazine, 8x11, 56pg, Partial Color

Recommended. By Russ Heath, Tom Mandrake et al. Full Mag interviews military veterans and presents their stories in their own words with illustrations by emerging talent and comics pros, including: Russ Heath (some of his last published work]), Gary MartinFernando RuizTom MandrakeGary KwapiszJ.W. ErwinJoshua SlonikerCassandra Dale, and others. Full Mag is not a comic book — it is a high quality, perfect bound, military history magazine. This issue takes, via first-person accounts, from the European and Pacific Theaters of WW II, to Vietnam, to modern conflicts in Central and Southwest Asia.  Eight of the nine stories in Volume 2 are told by the veterans themselves with one told by the widow of a veteran. Full Magazine, 2019...More.

Item Code: FULL02
Magazine, 8x11, 84pg, Partial Color

More true military history can be found under Special Interest/History on our home page.

Set of five variant covers--interior is the same. By Julius Ohta, John Royle, Scott Chantler, David Williams, & photo. Recommended. By David Avallone. Art by Julius Ohta. A new dimensional shift finds our heroine with sharpened canines, an eye-catching monokini, and a taste for blood...but if that's what it takes to stop the Great Old Ones from destroying our reality, pour her a Type O plasma on the rocks! The Crisis on Infinite Betties continues, and only our Pin-Up Protagonist can save the multiverse, in part two of the epic four-part saga from writer David Avallone (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark) and artist Julius Ohta (Sherlock Holmes). Fun story. Dynamite, 2019...More.

Item Code: BPU02P
Comic, 7x10, 32pg ea, Full Color

Set One is also available, same price, as well as the Black Bag Unbound #1 [BPU01V. $12.00]. See our website for previous Bettie comic sets, and also for softcover compilations. We've just discounted the last sets of the very first new Bettie Comic Set. We have #3, 5-8, with four variant issues in each, $11.99, now at $7.99 each. Sets #2 and 4 are almost gone, $11.99 each. Or you can get the compilation softcover with all the issues, Bettie Page in Hollywood, which collects issues #1-4 [BP01. $17.99] and Bettie Page Model Agent, which collects #5-8 to complete the first series [BP02. $17.99], with a Joseph Linsner cover. All five variant sets of series 2 are available at $19.99 each [BET01P, etc] as well as the series 2 Black Bag edition [BET01V. $10].



Genuine leather binding, massive 700 pages. Recommended. By Kentaro Miura. Now celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the entire Berserk series is being released in handsome oversized bookshelf format, each collecting three volumes of the original manga. Young Guts is hardened into a warrior of fearsome prowess and fearless will, drawing the attention of the charismatic Griffith, commander of the elite mercenary legion, the Band of the Hawk. This crossroad will take Guts to fame and glory...and to damnation! Berserk has cast its enormous shadow for three decades, garnering legions of fans and inspiring TV series, feature films, and video games. Minor nudity. Dark Horse, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: BER02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 704pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Volume 1 is also available, same black leathette binding [BER01H]. Same discounted price.

EC ARCHIVES Weird Fantasy Volume 4
Collects Weird Fantasy #19-22, and Weird Science-Fantasy #25-26, 1953-54 Our Highest Recommendation. By Ray Bradbury, Feldstein and Gaines. Art by Al Williamson, Frazetta, Wood, Crandall, Krigstein, Davis, Severin, Orlando & Kamen. Here are many of EC's finest sci-fi stories, during the very peak of their finest work, including five full stories by Ray Bradbury plus Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta, who both assist Al Williamson on two stories each, plus another in #25. Severin-Elder are in every WF issue, one Krigstein, a rare Reed CrandallWSF #26 is the special "Flying Saucer Report" with Wood, George Evans, Feldstein, Orlando and Crandall, plus A-bomb panels! Fully remastered in digital color! Dark Horse, 2019...More.

Item Code: ECW04H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

See the other EC Archives here, including more Weird Fantasy volumes.

COLLECTED TOPPI Volume 1 Enchanted World
Hurray! This great book is back in print. Highly Recommended. By Sergio Toppi. Introduction by Bill Sienkiewicz. Eleven amazing stories of fantasy, myth and legend, newly translated. This is the first of a seven-volume library of works by master illustrator Sergio Toppi. Consider this from Bill Sienkiewicz: "...his name comes up constantly in headshaking, hushed tones. His talent and oeuvre cast a long shadow, eliciting equal parts awe, reverence, and intimidation...Other artists were amazing, but to me this man's work was on an entirely different level...powerful, elegant, musical, and as realistic..." Lion Forge, 2019...More.

Item Code: COLT01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 168pg, b&w

I was surprised and disappointed when this quickly went out of print—it's the first in a projected series of Toppi work. Happlily it's now available again, and I hope to see the second volume very soon.


Marvel Comics Archives

19 stories from 1941-1995--15 from 1962 to 1972. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee. Art by Al Avison, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko et al. Introduction by Roy Thomas. Celebrate the career of pinnacle of Marvel Visionaries, Stan himself! In the days before WWII, a teenager named Stanley Lieber ran errands in the offices of Timely Comics. Soon "Stan Lee" published his first story, here from Captain America #3. Before long he was running the show! In the 1960s, Lee and Jack Kirby transformed super hero comics with the Fantastic Four, whose success sparked an unending line of smash hits that created the Marvel Universe! Here are the greatest stories, from rarely seen tales from Lee's earliest days, to unforgettable adventures starring his most iconic co-creations: the FF, Spider-Man, Thor, Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange and Daredevil! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: MARVSL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 336pg, Full Color
$34.99 $29.99

NOT BRAND ECHH The Complete Collection
Collects Not Brand Echh #1-13, 1967-68; #14, 2017, plus material from several other titles. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich et al. Art by Marie and John Severin, Tom Sutton, Colan, Kirby et al. When Stan Lee set the tone for the Marvel Age of Comics, it came with a healthy dose of humor. And when fans demanded more Marvel mayhem, Stan — along with Jack Kirby, Gene Colan and the Bullpen's mistress of mirth, Marie Severin — turned the dial to 11 and let loose, with a Mad Magazine inspired spoof of their own heroes! Silver Age Marvel's greatest talents present Charlie America, Scaredevil, the Revengers, Sore: Son of Shmodin, the Sunk-Mariner and the one and only Forbush Man are coming at you. Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: NOTBE
Soft Cover, 474pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

MARVEL COMICS The World Outside Your Window
Recommended. The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window -- from the moment Captain America punched Hitler before the U.S. declared war, to the present day! Marvel's characters often faced relevant, real-life issues, from grappling with alcoholism, to participating in politics, to celebrating diversity and everything in between! These powerful stories from Marvel's 80-year history tackle heavy-hitting subjects including drug abuse, teen suicide, HIV, terrorism, school shootings and more! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: MARWH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 320pg, Full Color
$50.00 $39.95

We have a LOT more Marvel collections, from clearance items as low as $5, to the latest Omnibus collections. See them all on our website, and then sort them by Newest, Title, or Price.


2020 Calendars

Highly Recommended. In his artwork, contemporary surrealist Daniel Merriam presents an airy dreamworld of vaguely Victorian characters and architectural wonders. His paintings often seem lit from within but underlaid by an edgy darkness. Merriam (American, b. 1963) grew up in a small Maine village in a household filled with music and creativity. He taught himself to paint at a young age, and later studied mechanical and architectural design before becoming an architectural illustrator. By age twenty-three he had given up a successful commercial art career to pursue his fine art dreams. Pomegranate, 2019...More.

Item Code: ADM20
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

Highly Recommended. At the end of the nineteenth century, artist and professor Anton Seder was appointed founding director of Strasbourg's College of Decorative Arts. Seder (German, 1850-1916) developed the school as an influential artistic force, creating work that bridged French and German artistic styles and contributed to the development of Art Nouveau. He published Die Pflanze in Kunst und Gewerbe (The plant in art and trade), two volumes of  two hundred images, stunning in their artistry and graceful depiction of nature. Here are 12 of the finest plates from that rare folio edition. Pomegranate, 2019...More.

Item Code: AS20
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

ALPHONSE MUCHA 2020 Calendar
Recommended. Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) believed that beautiful art improved the quality of life. While he created many advertising posters and calendars for champagne, chocolate, biscuits, and the like, he also pioneered a new genre of decorative panels (panneaux decoratifs), posters without words that were a precursor to today's art posters. He focused on nature—the seasons, flowers, gems, the arts—all with harmonious colors and decorative elements, starring beautiful women in diaphanous gowns. Pomegranate, 2019...More.

Item Code: AM20
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

Click here for five more Mucha collections.

See more early arrivals of 2020 calendars on our website. And click here for our sale calendars from past years.


Coming in September

WALT DISNEY'S SILLY SYMPHONIES The Complete Comics Volume 4 1942-1945
Recommended. By Hubie Karp, Bill Walsh et al. Art by Bob Grant and Paul Murry et al. The artwork for these rare strips has come straight from the Disney vaults, each page meticulously colored using as a guide the original file copies that belonged to Walt Disney himself! This concluding volume of the series features an adaptation of Bambi, plus the rarely seen Sunday pages featuring The Three Caballeros stars José Carioca and Panchito from 1942 to 1945. With these stories, the complete Silly Symphony newspaper strips are collected for the first time. IDW, 2019. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: WDSS04H
Hard Cover, 12x9, 192pgpg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Volumes 1-3 are all still available, same discounted price. Click here for more Disney collections of all kinds.

Collects #1-54. Winner of twelve Eisner and seventeen Harvey Awards--so far! Recommended. By Brian K. Vaughan. Art by Fiona Staples. The Ultimate Binge-Read! Collecting the first nine volumes of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series into one massive paperback, this compendium tells the entire story (so far!) of a girl named Hazel and her star-crossed parents. 1,400 pages of gorgeously graphic full-color artwork, including a new cover from Eisner Award-winning SAGA co-creator Fiona Staples. "The kind of comic you get when truly talented superstar creators are given the freedom to produce their dream book." - Entertainment Weekly. "A little bit Romeo & Juliet and a lot Star Wars." - USA Today. Image Comics, 2019. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: SAGA01
Soft Cover, 1400pg, Full Color
$59.99 $52.50

AMBEDO The Art of Tran Nguyen
Recommended. 120 paintings and drawings by this award-winning illustrator and fine artist. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States, she is fascinated by creating traditional paintings in the realms of fantasy and surrealism. Tran illustrates for magazines, books, product packaging, advertising and mural art. Her clients include Smithsonian magazine, Tiger Beer, the World Wildlife Fund and Amazon, and she has been showcased in galleries across the world. Flesk, 2019. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: AMBEH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 208pg, Full Color

EC ARCHIVES Crime Suspenstories Volume 4
Collects #19-27, 1953-55. Highly Recommended. By Al Feldstein & Bill Gaines. Art by Jack Davis, Johnny Craig, Harvevy Kurtzman, Joe Orlando et al. The final volume begins with an SOTI story in #19, a classic hanging cover in #20, also used in SOTI, #22 has yet another decapitation cover that was exhibited in the 1954 Senate investigation.  #27, the final issue, is reputed to have had low circulation. Packed with great artwork by the artists above plus George Evans, Reed Crandall (in every issue but one), Graham Ingles, Jack Kamen, and Bernie Krigstein. Dark Horse, 2019. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: ECC04H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 320pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99

Volume 1 is still out of print but we expect Dark Horse will do a new printing. Volumes 2 and 3 are both available [ECC02H. ECC03H. $49.99, $39.99 each].

Collects #132-139, 1983 By William Dubay, Don Mcgregor et al. Art by Rudy Nebres et al. Presenting the final volume of Eerie Archives, a 320-page grand finale to the complete collection of one of the most acclaimed comics magazines of all time, sister magazine to Creepy since the first issue in 1965. With tales of terror, mystery, and adventure by comics' finest creators, including William Dubay, Victor de la Fuente, Budd Lewis, Rudy Nebres, and more. The Rook returns in #132, #133 is an all Ramon Torrents issue, #135 is an all Steve Ditko issue, #136 has a color insert, #137 all superhero, #138 Sherlock Holmes. Dark Horse, 2019. Due Sept. Mature Readers. ...More.

Item Code: EER27H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 328pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $39.99

Most back volumes are still available, either in stock or as special order items. See our website for these as well as Creepy Archives, and also Bill Schelly's fine biography of publisher James Warren [JAMESH. $29.99, $26.99.]. It's thick and profusely illustrated, and a great read.


Rare & Out of Print

Numbered or lettered, limited, #311 of 1200!
Edited by Cathy and Arnie Fenner.
Underwood Books, 1998.
Out of Print.
As new.

Item Code: RB1114.
Hard Cover, 9x12, 180pg, Full Color

We also have one copy of the trade edition [RB277. $120 $100].
First Printing
By Charles Vess.
Marvel, 1991.
Out of Print.
Fine. Small bump to lower right corner.

Item Code: RB947.
Soft Cover, 7x10, 80pg, Full Color

Signed. Second Printing.
By Bunny Yeager.
A.S. Barnes, 1965.
Mature Readers. Fine minus. Edge boards have some curling and wear, as well as some slight sunning. Inside cover pages has slight damp stains. Jacket is stained, wrinkled and torn at the bottom of the spine.

Item Code: RBA35.
Hard Cover, 9x11, 157pg, Partial Color

Signed. Fourth Printing.
By Bunny Yeager.
A.S. Barnes, 1967.
Mature Readers. Fine plus. Back edge boards have some curling and wear. Jacket has some wrinkling and chipping at the top.

Item Code: RBA36.
Hard Cover, 9x11, 144pg, Partial Color

Warehouse find.
Dingbat Press, 1957, 1959.
Out of Print.
Mature Readers. These copies have bumped, folded and curled corners.

Item Code: RBA43.
Soft Cover, 9x11, 50pg, b&w

Warehouse find.
Various, 1955-1959.
Out of Print.
Mature Readers. These copies have bumped, folded and curled corners.

Item Code: RBA44.
Soft Cover, 9x11, 50pg, b&w


Mature Readers

The big title this week is Cons de Fee: The Erotic Art of Wally Wood. This has already gone out of print from Fantagraphics and we have no reprint date. However, we moved quickly after filling our advance orders, and have been able to get a good batch of these. We initially ran out, so I delayed listing it until this week when we have enough to fill orders.

It could be months before we see a reprint, so we're not listing this in the next catalog until we see if we have any left. Needless to say, it's selling very well and Fantagraphics obviously didn't anticipate the demand for it.

Also here this week: Cavewoman: Rescue Party (cover E), nude cover by Budd Root. And finally, a new Voyeur DVD: Aurora & Meredith.

More Adult DVD's - I just went over some older titles from one of our suppliers, OCN. I am discontinuing some titles with just 1 or 2 in stock, so this is your last chance on these. And I have taken $10 off the price of the others, with just two, three, or at most, four in stock.

Going away are Matinee Idol [MATIN], Ms. Magnificent [MSMAG], A Place Beyond Shame [PLABE], Showdown: Back in the Saddle [SHOWDO] and Too Naughty to Say No [TNTS]. All of these are $24.98 each.

Now discounted, from $24.98 to $14.98 each, are Naughty Girls Need Love Too [NAUGG], Never Sleep Alone [NEVSA], That's Outrageous [THOUT], and these five Peekarama double features: Silk Satin Sex and Turn On [PAFT], Show My Master My Love and Teenage Masseuse [PMYM], Pleasure Maze and Lover's Lane [PPLE], Sinful Pleasures, Kinky Tricks and China Lust [PSIN], Velvet High and Summertime Blue [PVEL]. Click here to see them on our website.

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Early Summer Sale

Our early summer sale is scheduled for next week, but you can get a sneak peek by clicking here. Many items have been newly reduced just for this sale.


San Diego Comic Con

I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con next week. I have a signing for Pros and (Comic) Con at the Dark Horse Booth, and two panels. Check the schedule for times and places.



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