Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Art of Harrison Cady, Jackie Ormes, Jim Lee in a DC Poster Portfolio, Joe Quesada, Basil Wolverton, Enki Bilal, and much more!

The Art of Harrison Cady: I love it. He was a genius! The first African American woman cartoonist is examined; Jim Lee in a DC Poster Portfolio; Joe Quesada in a full-blown art book; new Terada; Basil Wolverton, Monster by Enki Bilal, Bill Everett's Golden Age Sub-Mariner, Bettie Page comics; deluxe Batman: The Killing Joke; Disney Masters slipcased sets; Spidey by John Byrne, Freak Brothers; The Phantom Dailies; Katy Keene; Umbrella Academy and more.

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MADNESS IN CROWDS The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady
Our Highest Recommendation. By Denis Kitchen and Violet Kitchen. Famed artist and publisher Denis Kitchen and his daughter Violet Kitchen have created the first-ever comprehensive examination of this great artist, while collecting an amazing array of 300 generally scarce images. Harrison Cady (1877–1970) was one of the definitive magazine illustrators and cartoon artists of the first half of the 20th century. He created countless overflowing worlds of anthropomorphic lives: the Peter Rabbit Sunday page, the Happy Chaps for the magazine St. Nicholas, and illustrations that brought to life dozens of the Thornton Burgess books, filled with talking woodland animals and beloved by readers. Beehive, 2019...More.

Item Code: MADNH
Hard Cover, 10x14, 176pg, Partial Color

MADNESS IN CROWDS The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady Deluxe Edition
Signed & numbered slipcase edition, 250. Our Highest Recommendation. By Denis Kitchen and Violet Kitchen. Art by Harrison Cady. Very limited availability--possibly only available from the publisher and ourselves. Special slipcased edition with an embedded removable magnifying lens, a 24-page Happychaps booklet with 4 installments from 1908, a 3D Road to Wealth print w/glasses, postcard & sticker. Famed artist and publisher Denis Kitchen and his daughter Violet Kitchen have created the first-ever comprehensive examination of this great artist, while collecting an amazing array of 300 generally scarce images.. Beehive, 2019...More.

Item Code: MADND
Hard Cover, 10x14, 176pg, Partial Color


Art Books

JACKIE ORMES The First African American Woman Cartoonist
Good-girl art by an arrestingly beautiful black cartoonist. Recommended. By Nancy Goldstein. Art by Jackie Ormes. At a time of few opportunities for women in general and even fewer for African American women, Jackie Ormes (1911-85) blazed a trail as a popular cartoonist with the major black newspapers of the day. Her cartoon characters (including Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger) delighted readers and spawned other major merchandizing, including an elegant doll with a stylish wardrobe and “Torchy Togs” paper dolls. This celebrated biography features a large sampling of Ormes's cartoons, color Sunday pages, and a new preface for this new paperback edition. University of Michigan Press, 2019...More.

Item Code: JACOR
Soft Cover, 8x11, 240pg, Text/Partial Color

Recommended. This collection includes 20 of Jim Lee's most memorable DC covers starring Batman, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Aquaman, The Joker, the Flash, Green Lantern, plus epic battles between Superman and Batman, and JLA multi-character pictures! Printed on heavy cardstock paper at a massive 12 by 16 inches, the pages of the Poster Portfolios are easily pulled out and are perfect for framing and display! Super heavy backcover to keep this stiff and upright. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: DCPOJ
Soft Cover, 12x16, 42pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Also just in is the first in this series, DC Poster Portfolio: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau [DCPOS. $24.99, your price $21.99]. It's just amazing and is Highly Recommended. His work is so good!

Recommended. In the first decade of the 21st century, Joe Quesada has guided Marvel and its characters back to prominence as editor-in-chief. Along the way he has changed the manner in which the industry works from the inside out. With those achievements, it's perhaps easy to overlook that at the root of all his success is his skill as an artist. Here is every detail of Joe's artistry, featuring his best interior and cover artwork, as well as a wealth of unpublished images and sketches, plus commentary from Joe himself! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: MARJQH
Hard Cover, 11x10, 320pg, Full Color
$50.00 $39.95

Based on the Terada 12-Year Retrospective Show. Printed in Japan. Recommended. Art by Katsuya Terada. This is the definitive collection of Katsuya Terada's black marker artworks, which have been displayed at his exhibitions and live drawing events. Containing over 150 illustrations, each work is displayed at 16% of the original to show the whole artwork, along with the original size (real size) showing part of the artwork but revealing the detail and sensitivity of Terada's work. The variety and the scale of these works are overwhelming. Includes three fold-outs, photos of Terada at work, and wrap-around cover art new for this book. Nudity. PIE, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: KATSRH
Hard Cover, 7x12, 202pg, b&w

Terada also shares the stage with Hajime Sorayama and Rockin' Jelly Bean in the handsome and oversized erotic art book Toyko Sweet Gwendoline, 2018, 10x14. But the cover is too explicit for me to picture it here [TOKSW. $49.95].

CREEPING DEATH FROM NEPTUNE The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Volume 1
Back in stock. 1909-41. Our Highest Recommendation. By Greg Sadowski. Basil Wolverton is best known for his goofy grotesqueries in the pages of MAD and other humor comics, but he was also responsible for some of the wildest and most eye-popping science fiction and horror comics of the Golden Age. This finally collects all that early (most serious, some funny) comics work, much of it complete stories: Space Patrol, Meteor Martin, Disc-Eyes the Detective, plus long-lost rejected comic strips and lots more, including a blow-by-blow story of the tough early years of his career. Fantagraphics, 2014...More.

Item Code: CREE01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 304pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $34.99

We brought this back in because Volume 2 is ready—I saw an advance copy last week—and we expect it very soon. It's another must-have book for me, just packed with rare work and more about Basil's interesting life and career:

BRAIN BATS OF VENUS The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Volume 2
1942-52. Our Highest Recommendation. By Greg Sadowski. Even larger than the first volume, this is packed with scores of letters between Wolverton and his editors and publishers and excerpts from his personal diaries, providing documentary insight not only into Wolverton's day-to-day life and career, but also the inner workings of the early comic book industry. It is also chock full of Wolverton's comics stories from this period, including 17 science-fiction and horror tales fully restored and never before collected in a single volume. Fantagraphics, 2019. Due Oct. ...More.

Item Code: BRAIH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 432pg, Full Color
$44.99 $39.99

See our website for more Wolverton work in Archives collections and his own Artist's Edition! We also have  Gary Arlington's (San Francisco Comic Book Company, underground comics publisher and long-time store owner) own copy of Wolverton's Foopgoop Frolics, with the original mailing envelope from publisher Glenn Bray, from 1975. Very Good (some wear) [RB942. $150]. 


Graphic Novels & Comics

MONSTER By Enki Bilal
Highly Recommended. The Monster tetralogy is influential creator Enki Bilal's most personal work. The story follows Nike, Leyla, and Amir -- three orphans born days apart, in the same bed, amidst the bombs of Sarajevo (Bilal's homeland) during the war of Yugoslavia in 1993. The lives of the three spiral off on different trajectories before coming together once more. Collects the entire four-part story in English for the first time. Collection includes The Dormant Monster, December 32, Rendezvous in Paris, and Quatre? Titan, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: MONEBH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 264pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

BATMAN The Killing Joke
Packed with bonus features. Highly Recommended. By Alan Moore. Art & new introduction by Brian Bolland. Batman: The Killing Joke is Alan Moore's unforgettable meditation on the razor-thin line between sanity and insanity, heroism and villainy, comedy and tragedy. Stunningly illustrated by artist Brian Bolland, presenting his original vision of this modern classic. This new edition includes Batman: The Killing Joke and stories from Batman: Black and White #4 and Countdown #31, along with numerous Batman and Joker covers and sketches by Brian Bolland, including artwork only previously published in the Absolute Edition! DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: BATKJOH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 96pg, Full Color
$17.99 $16.50

Set of five variant covers--interior is the same. By John Royle, Mohan, Scott Chantler, David Williams, Kelsey Shannon, Julius Ohta. Recommended. By David Avallone. Art by Julius Ohta. Bettie's next stop on her dimension-hopping quest finds her six inches tall... with gossamer wings. Can one tiny adorable sprite stop the most powerful creatures in the multiverse from throwing it all into chaos and destruction? Dynamite, 2019...More.

Item Code: BPU04P
Soft Cover, 7x10, 32pg, Full Color

Sets #1 &3 are still available, same price, and the black bag edition [BPU01V. $12]. The previous two series, of which this is the third, are now collected as graphic novels:

Bettie Page #1 in Hollywood, 2017, 104pgs [BP01. $17.99]

Betty Page #2 Model Agent, 2018, 112pgs [ BP02. $17.99]

We also have just a few left of the variant cover sets for both of those series. See our website.


Comic Book & Comic Strip Archives

TIMELY'S GREATEST The Golden Age Sub-Mariner by Bill Everett The Pre-War Years Omnibus
Collects Marvel Comics #1, Marvel Mystery #2-31, Sub-Mariner #1-4, Human Torch #2-6, All Winners #1-4, Daring Mystery #7-8, Comedy #9. Our Highest Recommendation. By Bill Everett. For the first time ever, experience every adventure of Prince Namor from his 1939 debut through Bill Everett's February 1942 induction into the armed services. This debut volume celebrates the incomparable adventures of comics' first antihero--some of the finest art and stories to be found in the Golden Age! Bill Everett's Sub-Mariner cut a bold path, defending his undersea kingdom, invading New York City, fighting the Axis powers, and battling both against and alongside the Human Torch! Like his signature character, Everett was an iconoclast ahead of his time. His lush, detailed artwork and engrossing ongoing storylines were unlike anything else of the era! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: TIMGASH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 872pg, Full Color
$150.00 $125.00

SPIDER-MAN By John Byrne Omnibus
c.1999-2001. The fan-favorite artist takes on Marvel's #1 title(s). Recommended. By Bill Mantlo, Chris Claremont et al. Art by Roger Stern and John Byrne. Spider-Man is put through his paces as he teams with the Hulk, the Wasp, Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Captain Britain, Man-Thing, Thor, Luke Cage and more! Spidey battles Man-Wolf, Doctor Octopus and the Ringer! Revisit chapter one of Spider-Man's history as the web-slinger faces his many foes for the first time! And a legend is reborn as Peter Parker gives up being Spidey only to find a young girl is replacing him and returns to the Spider-Man costume. An amazing run featuring daring drama, fresh faces and classic foes! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: SPIDJBH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1264pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

DISNEY MASTERS Volumes 7 & 8 Boxed Set
Recommended. By Giovan Battista Carpi, Romano Scarpa and Carl Barks. Disney Masters presents acclaimed artists from around the world working in the grand Disney tradition. Vol. 7: Mickey Mouse: The Pirates of Tabasco Bay, with travels and travails — from cowboy capers at “Yesterday Ranch” to the head-scratching mystery of “The Vanishing Railroad!” And Vol. 8: Donald Duck: Duck Avenger Strikes Again: Donald is secretly that infamous super-anti-hero, Duck Avenger! Seven complete Mickey serials in all — each newly recolored in the warm tints of the original comic books. Fantgraphics, 2019...More.

Item Code: DM04HP
Hard Cover, 7x10, 372pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99

DISNEY MASTERS Volumes 5 & 6 Boxed Set
Highly Recommended. By Giovan Battista Carpi and Romano Scarpa. Volume 5: The best from Italian artist Romano Scarpa (1927-2005). Mickey's diabolical arch-enemy--the Phantom Blot--is on the loose! But when Mickey, Goofy, and Chief O'Hara set out to stop his crime spree, there's something they don't know: The Blot has Mickey hypnotized--our hero is unknowingly doing the bad guy's bidding! Volume 6: First-ever translation of the best stories by Giovan Carpi (1927-99): High up the Duck Family Tree lurks King Dondorado, ancient ruler of a pre-Columbian South American empire. Now Scrooge is after Dondorado's treasure! Fantgraphics, 2019...More.

Item Code: DM03HP
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 370pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99

See our website for previous Disney Masters Boxed sets, Volumes 1&2 and 3&4, same discounted price. The individual volumes are now up to Volume 9 and are $29.99, your price $26.99 each.

Highly Recommended. By Gilbert Shelton. A low-priced sampler of Freak Brothers stories--for the new reader or old fans not ready to pony up for the complete compendium (which we carry at $29.95). Four stories in full color. Shelton himself introduces the volume with a classic answer to the question "are the Freak Brothers based on real people?" Classic comic strips from the past 50 years, by one of the very best and funniest underground comics artists. Nudity and LOTS of drug use--but all in fun. Shelton's comics and books have now sold over 40 million copies worldwide in 17 languages. Knockabout, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: FABFC
Soft Cover, 7x10, 64pg, Partial Color

Highly Recommended. By Gilbert Shelton. Take a trip with Fat Freddy, Phineas and Freewheelin' Franklin! Beginning in 1968, Shelton's ground-breaking stories set the template for much of the underground comix revolution and here, every story, strip and gag has been collected along with rare promotional items and a short history of the Freak Brothers. These hilarious and deviant stories feature mind-boggling artwork, mostly in b&w, with two large color sections. Knockabout, 2008. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: FABF
Soft Cover, 7x10, 624pg, Partial Color

And the lastest material on our boys is in Fifty Years of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, with new material, 64 pages, full color, 2017 [FIFTF. $12.95]. Shelton's Wonder Wart-hog compilation, matching the Freaks big book, is also available [BWWH. $29.95].

THE PHANTOM The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 16 1959-1961
Recommended. By Lee Falk. Art by Wilson McCoy. The introduction chronicles how Wilson McCoy began on the Phantom as a ghost artist for Ray Moore, but by 1946 he was signing the strips and he carried on for another 15 years before his death in 1961. Six more episodes: "The Swamp Rats," "Oogooru and the Witchmen" (aka "The Flying Horse"), "The Reporter," "The Monkey Mail," "The Gurk Twins," and "The 50th Wife," in which Diana is kidnapped and being forced to join a prince's harem--until The Phantom takes on his empire single-handed. Hermes, 2019...More.

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

THE PHANTOM UNMASKED America's First Superhero
At last, a thorough look at this worldwide phenomenon. Recommended. By Kevin Patrick. Before Superman, before Batman, there was — the Phantom! Making its debut as an American newspaper comic strip in 1936, The Phantom was the forerunner of the comic-book superhero genre. Superman was the first costumed hero with super powers...but The Phantom was the first costumed hero. Despite its American origins, The Phantom comic strip has enjoyed far greater popularity with international audiences, most notably in Australia, Sweden, and India, where it has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and comic books. University of Iowa, 2018...More.

Item Code: PHAUN
Soft Cover, 6x9, 258pg, Text Only

See the website for all things Phantom: previous Dailies, Sundays collectiions, the Avon Books prose novels and more.

UMBRELLA ACADEMY Library Edition Volume 1
Recommended. By Gereard Way. Art by Gabriel Bá, with James Jean and Tony Ong. In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-three extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world." Netflix's most watched show of 2019 with over 45 million viewers and a second season on the way! Catch up. An oversized hardcover collection of the complete first series, Apocalypse Suite, "Mon Dieu!" and "But the Past Ain't Through with You," and a 50-page sketchbook section. Dark Horse, 2019...More.

Item Code: UMB01H
Hard Cover, 8x12, 216pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

1957-2007 By Bill Woggon, John Lucas, Mike Esposito, Chic Stone, Dan Parent et al. 13 stories from 1957-59, ten from '87-88; 12 from 2005-2008. The most famous pin-up queen and fashion model in comics. Vintage stories from her own title plus Katy Keene Pin-Up Parade and Katy Keene Fashion Book. Runway adventures and intriguing romances; Katy Keene was one of the first interactive comic book series, inviting readers to send in fashion suggestions that were turned into pin-ups and paper dolls. Katy certainly has her hands full with the Hollywood lifestyle, glitz and glamour, famous boyfriends and runway rivals! Archie Comics, 2019...More.

Item Code: KATK
Soft Cover, 5x8, 224pg, Full Color

See our website for more pin-up artwork and Archie-related books.


Prose Fiction - New Collections

H.G. WELLS Timeless Adventures from the Father of Science Fiction
Recommended. Few can claim a literary legacy to match that of H.G. Wells, who conjured fantastic tales that continue to stir both wonder and terror in readers after more than a century. His messages remain strikingly relevant today, with cutting social critiques and almost visionary portrayals of the future. This collection contains Wells's most notable science fiction works, including his four most popular novels:  the eerily prescient The Time MachineThe War of the WorldsThe Invisible Man; and The Island of Dr. Moreau. In addition, the book includes ten of his very best short stories, 652 pages. Prion, 2018...More.

Item Code: HGWT
Soft Cover, 6x9, 656pg, Text Only

EDGAR ALLAN POE Ghastly Tales from the Master of the Macabre
Recommended. Few authors' names conjure up such an air of ghoulish terror as that of Edgar Allan Poe. The best of his chilling horror stories and other suspenseful tales, 27 in total, are presented here in one 652-page volume, providing an ideal introduction to this master of the macabre. Although best known for his classic gothic horror tales such as “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “Fall of the House of Usher,” and “Premature Burial,” Poe also wrote mystery thrillers like “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” and curiosities like “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.” Prion, 2018...More.

Item Code: EDGA
Soft Cover, 5x9, 656pg, Text/b&w

CONAN THE BARBARIAN The Original Unabridged Adventures of the World's Greatest Fantasy Hero
Recommended. By Robert E. Howard. Robert E. Howard's original, unedited stories. The 10 works here include Howard's essay "The Hyborian Age," "Shadows in the Moonlight," "Queen of the Black Coast," "The Devil in Iron," "People of the Black Circle," “A Witch Shall Be Born,” "Jewels of Gwalur,"  "Beyond the Black River" (one of my favorites), "Shadows in Zamboula," and "Red Nails." Howard was a master of his craft, creating a hero as powerful and exciting as any in literature. Introduction by Rod Green. Prion, 2018...More.

Item Code: CONTBA
Soft Cover, 6x9, 512pg, Text/b&w
$22.95 $19.95

At last--Bargain-Priced! Highly Recommended. HPL's sole novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between 1917 and 1935, Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures, supernatural thrills, and science-fiction, that have influenced writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman. Includes The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Color Out of Space," "The Dunwich Horror," and many more hair-raising tales. Chartwell, 2014...More.

Item Code: CFHPH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 1102pg, Text Only

We got a scare, we thought this was going out of print. It's a very steady seller and bargain-priced. But apparently we can still get them—have ten in stock. Also available is essentially the same book, but in an attractive deluxe binding and slipcase: The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft Slipcased Edition (Blue) [CWHPH. $35, your price $29.95].

See our website for more graphic novels and other books of Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and H.G. Wells (several excellent new adaptations).



The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Highly Recommended. By Desirina Boskovich. Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. But it wasn't always thus. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works, as well as little-known information, revealed in nice bite-sized chapters. Larger sections examine Film & TV, Literature, Art, Music, Fashion, Architecture, and Pop Culture, with dozens of smaller pieces in each section. 75 essays by 30 contributors including Neil Gaiman, Paul Tremblay and William Gibson! Abrams, 2019...More.

Item Code: LOSTTH
Hard Cover, 7x9, 288pg, Text/Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99

Closeout Price! Movies - Art - Comics - Pulps - Fiction - Fantasy - Horror. Highly Recommended. By Dave Golber, Jess Nevins et al. A fine all-new illustrated history of science fiction. Using timelines, online links, illustrations, movie posters & well-selected stills, book covers, and more, this amazing new book propels us into the well of modern imagination, from its roots in Frankenstein, through Verne, H.G. Wells, the late gothic and weird horror of Lovecraft to the mass market Pulps. Then a new generation of writers (Bradbury, Bloch, Asimov, Philip K. Dick), television and film, right up to the present day. Flame Tree, 2017...More.

Item Code: ASTIH
Hard Cover, 12x11, 192pg, Full Color
$35.00 $24.99

See our website for more science fiction, for specific SF titles, and for more general sci-fi in a far larger selection!

WOODSTOCK 3 Days of Peace & Music
Recommended. By Michael Lang. This is the official 50th-anniversary celebration of Woodstock, very personally compiled by the festival's co-creator and co-founder, Michael Lang. A large illustrated edition, it includes hundreds of photographs and documents accompanied by Lang's memories and insights into the most famous and influential festival of all time, with images of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Richie Havens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald and the Grateful Dead. Plus all kinds of behind the scenes pictures, and a chapter on creating the film. Reel Art Press, 2019...More.

Item Code: WOODDH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 288pg, Partial Color
$59.95 $54.95

Also see on our website, Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World—50th Anniversary, 2019, HC, 10x12, 288pgs, [WOODH. $29.95, your price $24.95].

Prose collection, no art. At the age of six, Paul Krassner became the youngest concert artist in any field ever to perform at Carnegie Hall. But a minor incident during his performance of Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor led him to a profound revelation that changed his life. Krassner ultimately traded performing music for performing stand-up comedy and went on to found The Realist, the provocative magazine of news and satire whose motto was “Irreverence Is Our Only Sacred Cow.” Fantagraphics, 2019...More.

Item Code: ZAPPH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 268pg, Text Only
$26.99 $23.99

Krassner is also in:

The Psychedelic Sex Book from Taschen, on sale: [PSYSH. $70, your price $34.95]

The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood Volume 2 (Krassner is a contributor—he also first published Wood's famous Walt Disney sex parady centerfold) [LIFL02H. $39.99, your price $34.99]

Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson, Last Gasp, 2017 [WHOKH. $39.95]. Just three copies left then it becomes a special order item.

The Dead Who Lived and Crime Over Casco. Highly Recommended. By Walter Gibson. Art by Edd Cartier and Charles Coll. The Knight of Darkness resumes his true identity of Kent Allard, with cool art by Edd Cartier and a bonus feature on Shadow Comics artist Charles Coll. First, a plague of sleeping sickness hits New York, and only The Shadow can uncover the secret of the death gas and revive "The Dead Who Lived!" Then, "Crime Over Casco" leads Kent Allard to uncover a Neo-Nazi conspiracy in the quiet coastal islands of Casco Bay, Maine! Sanctum, 2019...More.

Item Code: SHT144
Soft Cover, 7X10, 112pg, Text/b&w

We still have all issues from #114 up available, plus multi-packs and annuals. See our pulps section for more.



Limited & numbered, 5,000! Recommended. By Ant Lucia. Action! Gadgets! Flight! Bombshells! The DC Bombshells Celebration statue has all this and more. Crafted from an illustration by Ant Lucia, this epic piece brings two of the most beloved heroes in the Bombshells universe — Batgirl and Supergirl -- together at last. Cast in polyresin, the statue captures the dynamic details from Lucia's art. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: DCBBAT
15" tall, Full Color

The previous DC Bombshells release can be special ordered for you: Batman and Catwoman, 2018. [DCBBATC. $270]. See more statues on our website.


Mature Readers

The massive Helmut Newton Sumo book is now available on its 20th Anniversary. It's still huge, but not as huge as the original edition which sold for something around $1500, I think. This one is $150, and we discount it to $125.00. It's still HUGE. See the website for our entire Nude Photography section.

The Virgin Hunters 3Some pack offers three movies, over four hours, in one bargain-priced set. It's x-rated space fantasy in the far future. We also have two copies left of Volume 2 by itself [VIRG. $14.95]. See the website for more adult DVDs.

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PG&E shut off the electricity for the area on Wednesday, September 25—just in case you tried to call us. Our server could still take internet orders, but the phones were off and our staff, myself included, had to work from home or take the day off. I'm writing this on my iPad—thank goodness our cellular internet is still good! We’re back up and running with full power now.
The new Basil Gogos books came in with some damage—we were able to fill advance orders with perfect copies, but that left us just three, not enough to promote it in this email. I hope we'll have replacements by next week.

Just today I got word that the publisher of Sky Masters: The Complete Sundays is willing to sell us another 12 copies. We have backorders for two, so ten are available. We'll probably have these in two to three weeks. [SKYMSH. $125]. It has my highest recommendation. I'm still sad we won't see a reprint, but the publisher is in Spain and the cost of producing it and then getting into into the U.S. distribution system is just prohibitive.



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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Terry Dodson, Charles Schultz, Complete DC Comics Covers, New 2020 Calendars, Part 2 of our White Sale, and Bill Schelly, in memoriam.

A new edition of Muse by Terry Dodson. Born to Draw Comics, a new biography of Charles Schultz. Inside the Toy Vault. More Complete DC Comics Covers. New 2020 Calendars. Part 2 of our exclusive TwoMorrows White Sale. Spectrum 26. And a heartfelt memorial to our good friend Bill Schelly, who passed away this last week.

Our new catalog is now available for download, just click the image above. Printed copies will be in your hands early October.

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MUSE Signed
Signed bookplate by Dodson. New printing, New cover. Our Highest Recommendation. By Terry Dodson and Denis-Pierre Filippi. Terry Dodson is already a master of the female figure, as evidenced particularly in his fine Bombshells sketchbooks. Here he's taken that eroticism a big step farther, creating a voluptuous, gorgeous heroine in a full graphic story, in the finest tradition of Dean Yeagle's Mandy, Serpieri's Druuna, John Willie's Sweet Gwendoline, Little Annie Fanny and other classics of erotic graphic stories. This is none of those, but it deserves to be in the same class: gorgeous artwork, dramatic storytelling and yet a wonderful vehicle for drawing a tall, long-legged, stunning woman either naked or in various states of undress throughout the story. Humanoids, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: MUSEH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 112pg, Full Color


BOMBS AWAY A Terry Dodson Sketchbook Signed
Signed! All-new!
Highly Recommended. One of our very favorite good-girl illustrators. Bombs Away is a collection of highlights from the last 3 years of Terry's personal sketchbooks. The drawings include numerous character designs and figure studies, most but not all of heroines...including work for his upcoming IMAGE title Adventureman! with Matt Fraction. Plus a how-to section about the creation of this cover, with Terry narrating the process step by step. Today Terry is also working on covers for Marvel's Star Wars, Mr. and Mrs. X, and DC's Wonder Woman--she gets the center spread here. Flesk, 2019...More.

Item Code: BOMB09S
Soft Cover, 6x8, 32pg, Full Color


BOMBSHELLS TWO A Terry Dodson Sketchbook Signed
Highly Recommended. A collection of Terry Dodson's art straight out of his personal sketchbooks. Collecting his previously published Bombshells Sketchbooks #4-7 plus all new material and a step-by-step of how Dodson created the wrap-around cover for this new edition. From Wonder Woman to Muse to The Red One, his work (with partner Rachel) is so much fun, full of life and full of lovely ladies. We continue to be big fans. Nice little hardcover from Flesk, done just in time for 2016's Comic-Con. Flesk, 2016...More.

Item Code: BOM02H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 48pg, Partial Color

Terry is one of the best good-girl artists working today, and we try to carry all of his collections. Find them all on our website.


BORN TO DRAW COMICS The Story of Charles Schulz and The Creation of Peanuts
By Ginger Wadsworth. Art Craig Orback. A mixed-panel format picture book biography of Charles "Sparky" Schulz, creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts. As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected challenges that laid ahead: military deployment to the European front of World War II, and the heartbreak of a family tragedy back home. Even so, Charles never lost sight of the hopeful joy of his early years and his love for Spike, both of which inspired Peanuts. The comic strip went on to become the most popular and influential in comics history. Henry Holt, 2019...More.

Item Code: BORNH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 40pg, Full Color


Highly Recommended. By Charles Schulz. In collection for the first time ever! Charles never let his strip out of his hands, so when Dell wanted to do a Peanuts comic book, he took time off from the strip and drew these special covers and stories, unique to the series. For that reason, these have never been included with the widely distributed newspaper strip collections. Published through the 1950s and 60s, the Dell Peanuts comic strips were drawn by Charles M. Schulz with a little help from his friends. These truly classic comics will delight any Peanuts fan, collector and newbie alike. kaboom!, 2018...More.

Item Code: PEADH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 6x9, 352pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

See collections of Peanuts Dailies and Sunday pages on our website.


LEVIUS 3-in-1 Edition
A masterfully illustrated cyberpunk manga soon to be adapted into a Netflix original anime.
By Haruhisa Nakata. As society rises from the ashes of war, cybernetically augmented arena fighters battle for fame and fortune…or die trying. It’s the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of mechanical martial arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive. Viz Media, 2019...More.

Item Code: LEVIH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 680pg, Partial Color
$34.99 $29.99

See the website for more Manga graphic novels and art.


A WORLD WITHOUT REALITY Inside Marvin Glass's Toy Vault!
By Bill Paxton. Over 130 playthings from the 1940's-1980's are profiled with compelling behind-the-scene creation stories of items like Operation, Simon, Lite-Brite, Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Mouse Trap, the Blythe doll, Yakity Yak Teeth, Whoops (fake vomit), the Pie Face game, Toss Across, Hands Down, Mystery Date, Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle and more! Bill Paxton, 2019...More.

Item Code: AWORH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 604pg, Text/Partial Color


Complete DC Covers Collections


DC COMICS DETECTIVE COMICS The Complete Covers Volume 3
Palm-sized miniature.
Featuring covers from Detective Comics' 600th issue to the New 52 and present day, this mini book is bound together at a readable pocket-book size and is the perfect collector's item for comic book fans. Insight Editions, 2019...More.

Item Code: DCDET03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 3x4, 304pg, Full Color


DC COMICS WONDER WOMAN The Complete Covers Volume 3
Palm-sized miniature. Featuring exciting classic imagery of the Amazonian warrior, this miniature art book compiles the covers of over a hundred volumes and issues of Wonder Woman comic history, including annuals and variant covers, all bound together in a readable pocket-book size that makes the perfect collector's item for comic book fans. Insight Studios, 2019...More.

Item Code: DCWW03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 3x4, 304pg, Full Color

See the previous releases on our website.


2020 Calendars


Recommended. First published by William Heineman, London, 1900 and today one of Nicholson's scarcest illustrated books. The first-ever calendar we have had on this important vintage artist, and in a tiny limited edition. Once again this year, a devoted art fan in the Bay Area has produced a specialty high quality calendar featuring beautiful and very scarce artwork. Nicholson at this point was inspired by bold, Art Nouveau style poster art and his books are unique in their bold approach top narrative. Spiral bound, printed on very heavy stock, oversized, and enclosed in a handsome clear-view sleeve. Each page can be removed to beome a fine art print. Calligraphics, 2019...More.

Item Code: WN20
Wirebound, 13x19, 24pg, b&w


Very limited, fine art oversized calendar. Joseph Broader wrote a book entitled A New System of Artificial Memory, Applied to General History, Chronology, etc., Ancient and Modern in London in 1827. Today this is incredibly rare, with only five copies recorded in holdings in the U.S. The engravings symbolically and pictorially portray the history of the world by century, beginning with the 7th century B.C.E. and ending at 1827. The plates were intended to serve as a mnemonic device -- a visual aid to assist with recall of historical chronology and important events and dates. A devoted art fan in the Bay Area has produced fine, very high quality calendars featuring this vintage artwork. Each is spiral bound, printed on very heavy stock, oversized, and enclosed in a handsome clear-view sleeve. Calligraphics, 2019...More.

Item Code: JB20
Wirebound, 13x19, 24pg, b&w


TOLKIEN ALAN LEE 2020 Calendar
Recommended. Immerse yourself in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy, featuring artwork from the acclaimed Alan Lee, illustrator of the centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings and whose concept art was used to create the five films.The Tolkien Calendar 2020 features all-new illustrations from Alan Lee's forthcoming Hobbit Sketchbook, and captures Tolkien's world in all its imaginative splendor, danger, and wonder. Harper, 2019...More.

Item Code: TOLK20
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


Film, pulp and digest covers: Amazing Bigfoot Stories, Thrilling Wonder, H.G. Wells' Things to Come, Kidnapped into the Future (great Harold MacCauley), Whom the Gods Would Slay, Gernsback's Science and Invention, Tarantula, two offbeat slightly humorous works from F&SF magazine, and more. Tushita, 2019...More.

Item Code: WF20
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


PIN-UP HISTORY 2020 Calendar
Highly Recommended. Hot, sexy ladies, several fully nude, by various pin-up artists from the 1940s and 50s. I recognize two or three by Fritz Willis, a sharp early "blue boom" full nude, a very steamy full nude lady posed in her bedroom, one "artists' sketchbook" piece, an island girl in revealing sarong, an apple picker with her dress caught on a ladder, a Las Vegas showgirl in topless lingerie, two classic early pin-up poses, again both topless. Good varety of images, perhaps one Elvgren. Tushita, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: PI20
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


CINEMA NOIR 2020 Calendar
Twelve iconic movie posters from the golden age of Hollywood crime dramas. Third Man, Psycho, The Big Sleep, Niagara, The Maltese Falcon, Female on the Beach, Gangsters, I Love Trouble, The Outlaw (with Jane Russell) foreign versions of The Outlaw, entirely different, The Lady from Shanghai, Lots of Bogart, Bacall, Monroe, Joan Crawford, Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner. Nice selection of sultry works, with tough PI's and seductive ladies. Tushita, 2019...More.

Item Code: CN20
12x12, 24pg, Full Color


PULP ATTACK 2020 Calendar
Some classics, many fresh images new to us: Classics include Marihuana, Attack of the 50 Ft Woman, but interesting works new to us include Night Nurse, The Root of his Evil, Naked and Alone, Women in Crime, Something Wild, The Prisoner, Satan was a Man, Nurses' Quarters, and She Was High on Grass. These look to me like rare softcore digest covers from the 1940s and early 50s, maybe a vintage paperback or two, and just one movie poster and one magazine cover. Tushita, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: PULP20
12x12, 28pg, Full Color

See our website for more in-stock 2020 Calendars. And for a handful of remaining titles from 2019 deeply discounted.


TwoMorrows Sale Part 2

More White Sale books from this fine specialty publisher. We listed several last week, and we’ll have just a couple more next week. Or look on the website, all 18 titles are there together. One-time sale, exclusive to us, only while quantities last.

MARIE SEVERIN The Mirthful Mistress of Comics
Closeout Price! By Dewey Cassell and Aaron Sultan. Marie Severin was born into a family of artists, and she made friendships in comics that have lasted a lifetime. She colored the horror, science fiction, and war comics of the legendary EC line, and spent thirty years working for Marvel Comics, doing everything from production and coloring to penciling, inking, and art direction, with work on characters including the Incredible Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Doctor Strange, and Kull the Conqueror, which she drew with her brother John. TwoMorrows, 2012...More.

Item Code: MARSE
Soft Cover, 8x11, 176pg, Text/b&w

Marie only passed away last year. She worked for EC and Marvel and has a colorful history, along with her brother John Severin. This is the one-and-only book about her career and work, as a major EC colorist and a major Marvel artist, on titles such as The Incredible Hulk. Includes many specialty pieces she did, never before collected.


Closeout Price!
Recommended. Edited by Roy Thomas and Bill Schelly. This sequel to Alter Ego: The Best of the Legendary Comics Fanzine presents more fantastic features from the fabled mag begun in 1961 by Jerry Bails & Roy Thomas covering undiscovered gems from all 11 original issues published between 1961 and 1978! TwoMorrows, 2013...More.

Item Code: BESA02
Soft Cover, 9x11, 160pg, Text/b&w

We also have Volume 1, but only nine copies. This is not part of this White Sale, we put these on sale ourselves and that's all we have at this price. [BEAS01. $17.95, your price $8.95]. We also carry the latest issues of Alter Ego, beginning with #150.


Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Richard Arndt. The Star*Reach Companion is a complete history and bibliography of the 1970s independent comic, highlighting its importance to the comics field. Star*Reach's influence was enormous, impacting nearly every aspect of modern comics and genres, and showcasing such creators as Dave Stevens, Frank Brunner, Howard Chaykin, Steve Leialoha, Walter Simonson, Barry Windsor-Smith, Ken Steacy, John Workman, Mike Vosburg, P. Craig Russell, Dave Sim, Michael Gilbert, and many others. TwoMorrows, 2013. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: STRC
Soft Cover, 9x11, 192pg, Text/Partial Color
$27.95 $13.95


Closeout Price! By Pierre Comtois. TwoMorrows Publishing presents Marvel Comics in the 1980s, the third volume in Pierre Comtois‘ heralded series covering the pop culture phenomenon on an issue-by-issue basis! This new book covers Marvel's final historical phase, when the movement begun by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko moved into a darker era that has yet to run its course. TwoMorrows, 2014...More.

Item Code: MARVCO
Soft Cover, 8x11, 224pg, Text/b&w
$27.95 $13.95


HERO-A-GO-GO Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, and Culture of The Swinging Sixties
Closeout Price!
Highly Recommended. By Michael Eury. Art by Ralph Bakshi, Ramona Fradon et al. Welcome to the CAMP AGE, when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm, good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch, and Batman shook a mean cape. A massive, highly detailed, and wonderfully illustrated examination of everything camp in the Swinging Sixties, when just about everyone was a super-hero or a secret agent. Back Issue magazine and former DC Comics editor Michael Eury takes you through that coolest cultural phenomenon with this all-new collection. TwoMorrows, 2017...More.

Item Code: HEROAG
Soft Cover, 8x11, 268pg, Text/Full Color


MODERN MASTERS Volume 28 Eric Powell
Closeout Price!
Recommended. By Jorge Khoury and Eric Nolen-Weathington. Introduction by Robert Ben Garant. Eric Powell is a sick, sick man. Sick.. .but brilliant. How else would he have been able to come up with a concept like The Goon? A smarter-than-he-looks brute raised by carnies who run the city's underworld while protecting it from being overrun by zombies. How could anyone not love that idea? Especially as told through the words and illustrations of Eric Powell. He's an amazing penciler, a wizard with a brush, and shows a great sense of color and composition in his painting. He also has a blazing wit and a story telling style that complements his artwork perfectly. And Powell's five Eisner Awards merely confirm the fact that he is truly a Modern Master! TwoMorrows, 2012...More.

Item Code: MODM28
Soft Cover, 8x11, 120pg, Partial Color


MODERN MASTERS Volume 29 Cliff Chiang
Closeout Price!
Recommended. By Chris Arrant and Eric Nolen-Weathington. As the artist of DC's New 52 breakout hit Wonder Woman series, Cliff Chiang's star has never shown brighter. His bold, graphic style has a classic feel with a modern sensibility, and it's no wonder he's become one of the industry's top illustrators. Now Chris Arrant and Eric Nolen-Weathington reveal just how Chiang went from promising assistant editor to in-demand freelance artist. TwoMorrows, 2014...More.

Item Code: MODM29
Soft Cover, 8x11, 120pg, Partial Color
$15.95 $7.95

See more on-sale Modern Masters on the website.




DARK KNIGHT RETURNS A Call to Arms Mini Battle Statue
Limited & numbered, 5,000!
Long retired due to age and a changing world, an elder Batman makes his homecoming to the crime-ridden streets of Gotham City in the seminal Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. In this epic statue crafted from the art of the book, Batman leads the charge against a new foe, mounted atop a horse as dark as night. This high-quality mini-statue is made from polyresin, giving a rich depth of detail to both Batman and his steed. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: DARKC
8" tall, Full Color


Coming in October


EC ARCHIVES Frontline Combat Volume 2
Collects #7-12.
By Harvey Kurtzman. Art by Jack Davis and Alex Toth. Legendary writer/artist/editor Harvey Kurtzman collaborates with some of the greatest artists of all time — Wally Wood, John Severin, Bill Elder, George Evans, Alex Toth, and many others — to create some of the most essential war stories ever told! In these classic EC tales, we are taken to War in the true grueling and horrific light that few comics of the time dared to show! Dark Horse, 2019. Due Oct. ...More.

Item Code: ECFC02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 184pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Volume 1 is not currently in print. We have one set, not as-new but in very good condition, of the Complete Frontline Covers. This was published by Russ Cochran in 1983 and is $35 [RB490]. See the website for out-of-print Complete EC Libraries, published by Russ Cochran in the 1980s. Currently in stock are Vault of Horror, Shock Suspense, New Direction (with Aces High, Piracy, etc), and Weird Fantasy, $200-$250 each.

Two-Fisted Archives Volumes 1, 3, and 4 are in stock. See the website for more Dark Horse EC Archives.


By Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa. A brand new ultimate edition of the sci-fi fantasy opera, Sky Doll, collecting the first four volumes in English for the first time! A beautiful hardcover collection, which includes a jacket that reveals a gorgeous Sky Doll poster by creators Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa! Titan Comics, 2019. Due Oct. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: ULTSH
Hard Cover, 208pg, Full Color

There are four other Sky Doll collections: Decade, Spaceship and Sudra, this last in regular and Oversized editions. They start at $17.99 each.


Coming in November


SPECTRUM Volume 26
The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
Edited by John Fleskes. The best-selling Spectrum series continues with this twenty-sixth lavishly produced annual. Challenging, controversial, educational and irreverent, the award-winning series reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantastic art in today's culture. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators working in every style and medium, both traditional and digital. Flesk, 2019. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: SPE26
Soft Cover, 9x12, 336pg, Full Color
$39.95 $34.95


SPECTRUM Volume 26 Hardcover
The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
Edited by John Fleskes. The best-selling Spectrum series continues with this twenty-sixth lavishly produced annual. Challenging, controversial, educational and irreverent, the award-winning series reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantastic art in today's culture. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators working in every style and medium, both traditional and digital. Flesk, 2019. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: SPE26H
Soft Cover, 9x12, 336pg, Full Color
$49.95 $44.95

See our website for these back volumes:  2, 3, 5, 6, 7,  9-13, 19, 21, 22, 24 and 25. Several are on sale, due to publisher Tim Underwood's special sale. We have only one copy of those coded with RB (Rare Books).


Mature Readers

Frank Thorne's Lann is finally available again. This was a very popular adult graphic novel in the same vein as his Ghita. This is a great X-rated space opera—Barbarella meets Blade Runner, See more of Frank's adult work, including Ghita and Battling Beauties, on the website.

And we have three new adult calendars this week: Lingerie Provocative, Naked, and Derrieres. See the website for more 2020 and sale calendars, The Hot List from 2019, and Elvgren's Pin-Ups from 2019, both $3.99. Also from 2017 Hot Rides, and Marilyn Monroe, both $2.99.

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News and Notes


Comics Fandom is a little poorer this week, with the loss of Bill Schelly. No one did more to chronicle and preserve the early history of comics fanzines and their creators. And Bill's biographies of comics professionals are among the most thorough and enjoyable ever published. Rob Salkowitz in ICv2 wrote a wonderful piece that I could not agree with more. He gave me permission to include it here:


Word spread over the weekend that comics historian Bill Schelly died last week at the age of 67. Schelly was part of the original generation of comic fans and fanzine contributors from the 1960s, a period documented in his book Sense of Wonder: My Life in Comics Fandom. He became one of the most serious and diligent scholars of the medium, publishing substantial and well-researched biographies of creators....

Schelly's death came as a shock since few knew he was ill. In fact, he'd been struggling with health issues over the summer and got a diagnosis of multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer) in late August. He succumbed to complications from the treatment, according to his friend, writer John Lustig. "To many, Bill was the greatest historian and biographer that the comic book community has ever had," wrote Lustig. "To those of us who knew him personally, he was also a kind, considerate and witty friend."

All of us who write about comics and live in a world where comics receive respect as an artform and part of America's cultural tradition owe Schelly and his generation a huge debt. Those early fans built the groundwork, established the rules of the road, and created the institutions – from communities to conventions – that we enjoy today. They did it all under the disapproving glares of their peers who mocked their passion and a culture that considered comics worthless or worse. Schelly felt even stronger pressures as a gay man who did not come to terms with his sexuality until much later in life.

Bill was a gentle man of great depth and an unsung giant in our business. He will be greatly missed.

My friend Michelle Nolan was very good friends with Bill, living just 90 minutes away from his place in Seattle. They shared a love of comics and a passion for comics history and its creators. Michelle wrote this for a memorial that will be held at OAFCon next month:

Bill Schelly left us far too soon, for he had established himself as the best author of biographies in the world of comics. He had much more to contribute to his list of distinguished biographies of brilliant creators such as Harvey Kurtzman, John Stanley, Joe Kubert, Otto Binder, James Warren and others. Nobody ever worked harder to be comprehensive and yet always fair to his subjects.

Bill was a dear friend, filled with integrity, good will, great ideas, and a heartfelt love and respect for fandom. I recall what an honor my friend Bud Plant and I felt at being included in Bill's seminal book, "The Founders of Comic Fandom." He was not only a fine writer but a genuine friend and scrupulously accurate historian of a fandom now more than 50 years old.

I recall being filled with joy a couple of years ago when Bill won the Eisner Award for best book for "Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America." This was not only the best comics-related biography I had ever read, but one of the best biographies, period. With this book, Bill fulfilled his longtime dream of contributing something really meaningful to the history of American pop culture.

Rest in Peace, Bill. You really did biography better than anyone ever has.


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