Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Rare & Out-of-Print List #6

Art Portfolios
  |  Richard Corben  |  Robert E. Howard
Harry Clarke  |  Jeffrey Jones  |  Individual Artists  |  Art Books

Illustrated Books & Others  |  Masterworks, DC Archives & Others  |  Batman
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Art Portfolios

Signed & Limited #175 of 950. Highly Recommended. By Moebius and Geof Darrow. Signed and numbered, this is a very rare portfolio of Moebius and Geof Darrow from 1985. It is huge, one of the largest portfolios we've handled. It's bound hardcover in blue cloth, with bold full color lettering. Individually numbered, then signed by both artists, Moebius and Darrow. Limited to 950. Contains 8 plates including 2 fold-out double size (29 x 19 inches). Portfolio folder size is 15 x 20 inches. We pay postage and insurance within the U.S. Editions Aedena, 1985. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Portfolio cover has some slight scuffs on the back, and a few dirt spots on the front. Prints are as new....More.

Item Code: RB1119
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 15x20, 8 prints, Full Color

Click here to see other items with artwork by Moebius.
Signed & Limited 1500! With Will Eisner, Johnny Hart, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jerry Robinson, Wally Wood, Milton Caniff, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Kirby, Jeffrey Jones, Al Williamson, Burne Hogarth et al. Limited Edition Portfolio. Volume one: "Treasure" (The Spirit) by Will Eisner, "B.C." by Johnny Hart, "The Witch" by Barry Windsor-Smith, "Variations on a Theme: No. 39" (Batman) by Jerry Robinson, "Idyll" by Wally Wood, "Hero Image" by Milton Caniff, "Scared" by Harvey Kurtzman, "The Eagle Takes Coup" by John Severin, "Cosmic Message" by Russell Myers, "Chandler" by Steranko, "Partners in Action" (Captain America and Bucky) by Jack Kirby, "Woman" by Jeffrey Jones, "Flash Gordon" by Al Williamson, and "The Four Horsemen" by Burne Hogarth!! An incredible set of 14 prints by legendary comic names with all plates signed and numbered to 1,500 by the respective artists!! Each plate is printed on archival fine art paper, and measures 12" x 16". Collectors Press, 1978. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Slight creasing to the portfolio sleeve....More.

Item Code: RB1198
12x16, 29pg, b&w

Another great portfolio, signed by 13 artists including Moebius, Will Eisner and Bill Sienkiewicz, is Strength of Man [STMAN. $200].
Signed & Limited 1500! By Harlan Ellison. Art by Jim Steranko. Limited Signed Portfolio. Signed by Jim Steranko and Harlan Ellison. Limited to 1500 copies, this is number 352. Art and cover by Jim Steranko. Loose pages in envelope. Baronet Publishing Co., 1978. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Small bump to the bottom corner....More.

Item Code: RB1199
12x16, 6 plates, b&w


By Wally Wood, Frazetta/Williamson, Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein, and Marie Severin. The twenty-two covers contained in this envelope represent some of the finest artwork done for EC comics. These are the same covers used in the Complete Weird Fantasy, except that they are trimmed to include the entire cover. The artwork, chiefly by Al Feldstein, was colored especially for this series by the original EC color artist, Marie Severin. Two prints were done by Joe Orlando, and one done by Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta. Russ Cochran, 1981. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Cover has a small crease across the top where the prints lay. Prints are in fine shape except the white border on the top was trimmed....More.

Item Code: RB491
9x12, 22 plates, Full Color

Also recently listed is Wally Wood's Weird Sex Portfolio, [RB1197. $150].
By Jim Burns. An introductory text accompanies 28 of the artist's fantasy visions of gentle dreamscapes, awesome beasts, startling humanoids and futuristic cars and hardware. Titles are kept to the blank reverse of each plate, making the paintings suitable for framing. Paper Tiger, 1990. Out of Print.. Fine. Cover has light wear and scuffs. Spine has a small crease, but does not affect the pages. Bottom corner is slightly curled....More.

Item Code: RB310
Soft Cover, 11x16, 60pg, Partial Color
$65.00 $45.00

By Chris Foss. An introductory text accompanies 28 of the artist's fantasy visions of a decaying future, with transistorized and riveted intergalactic arks limping between weary ion-driving civilizations. Titles are kept to the blank reverse of each plate, making the paintings suitable for framing. Paper Tiger, 1990. Out of Print.. Fine. Cover has light wear, some scuffs and a small price sticker. Spine has a small crease, but does not affect the pages. Bottom corner is slightly curled....More.

Item Code: RB311
Soft Cover, 11x16, 60pg, Partial Color
$90.00 $65.00


Richard Corben

An Illustrated Epic Adventure of Fantasy and Magic By Richard Corben. Foreword by Fritz Leiber. Acclaimed artist Corben spent over five years creating more than 500 individual paintings for his masterpiece. This enchanting visual epic will be ranked among the great classics of fantasy. Ariel Books, 1978. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Slight wear to the cover and corners....More.

Item Code: RB1219
Soft Cover, 9x12, 110pg, Full Color

By Richard Corben. Richard Corben is an American illustrator and comic book artist best known for his comics featured in Heavy Metal magazine. He is the winner of the 2009 Spectrum Grand Master Award. In 2012 he was elected to the The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame. This is the second volume of Corben's fantasy epic. Not a first edition. Fantogor Press, 1991. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Slight bump to bottom corner. Still in shrink wrap....More.

Item Code: RB1220
Soft Cover, 8x11, 112pg, Full Color

First Edition. By Richard Corben, Robert Kline and Jan Strnad. An early underground comic featuring Richard Corben along with Robert Kline and writer Jan Strnad. Stories include Corben's twisted take on “Alice in Wonderland” plus “Encounter at War” plus Kline & Strnad's “Leander and the Fat Queen.” Protected with a bag and board. Bud Plant, 1972. Out of Print.. Fine/ Very Fine. Slight wear to the corners. Covers have slight creases to the back....More.

Item Code: RB1221
Comic, 7x10, 32pg, b&w

Another underground comic just listed this week is Zap #4, [ZAP04. $25]. Click here to see other items with work by Corben.

Robert E. Howard

THE ULTIMATE TRIUMPH The Heroic Fantasy World of Robert E. Howard Hardcover
By Robert E. Howard. Art by Frank Frazetta. This volume is packed with b&w illustrations by Frank Frazetta. A wonderful production, contents include: Beyond the Black River; House of Arabu; Spears of Clontarf; Lord of Samarcand; Night of the Wolf; Spear and Fang; Valley of the Worm; Poetry ---A Word from the Outer Dark; Song of the Naked Lands; An Echo from the Iron Harp; Viking's Trail; Song of the Last Briton; ---APPENDICES: Barbarism vs Civilization (letters to Lovecraft); Chronology; Waiting for the Barbarians; The Power of Passion; Notes on the original Howard text. Wandering Star, 1999. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Would be like new aside from some slight edge rubbing and wear to the jacket....More.

Item Code: RB1110
Hard Cover, 7x10, 315pg, b&w

By Robert E. Howard. Art by Jeff Jones. Collects twelve stories, seven of which were first published in Weird Tales between 1928 and 1932, and three poems, all the known writings featuring Solomon Kane. Contains 4 full color illustrations by Jeff Jones. Donald Grant, 1968. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Minor wear to the cover on the edges and spine....More.

Item Code: RB1216
Hard Cover, 5x7, 381pg, Text/Full Color

Just listed this week, Conan: The Tower of the Elephant, a bargain priced portfolio by Stephen E. Fabian.

Harry Clarke

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

Item Code: RB661
Hard Cover, 7x10, 301pg, Partial Color
$200.00 $125.00

By Nicola Gordon Bowe. Beautifully illustrated with numerous reproductions of the artist's work. The first major book about Clarke and his work, including book illustrations, such as from the seminal Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1919, by Edgar Allan Poe, which was reprinted over and over since then. Plus more book illustrations, his very rarely seen stained glass work, and much more little-seen work. H. Keith Burns, 1983. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Back cover has a small bump, and the jacket has a small 2 inch crease....More.

Item Code: RB576
Hard Cover, 8x12, 160pg, b&w
$125.00 $75.00


Jeffrey Jones

#128/2,000 By Jeff Jones,Thomas Burnett Swann.Thomas Burnett Swann wrote primarily about the ancient Greek and Roman world, blending myth with romance and adventure. A reviewer in the Village Voice sums his work up well: "Swann's neo-romantic fantasies of the past are unique. He uses the stuff of myth but with twists and inventions of his own." Swann's last published novel, Queens Walk in the Dusk, is a retelling of the romance of Dido and Aeneas, illustrated by Jeff Jones. It is a companion volume to Green Phoenix. Heritage Press, 1976. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: RB912
Hard Cover, 6x9, 248pg, Partial Color

When Jeffrey Jones and Tim Underwood were considering how to make the Super Deluxe edition of Age of Innocence special, they came upon the idea of Jeff hand-coloring a drawing he had done, reproduced in b&w on parchment paper. Here are the three proposal hand-colored samples, each one subtly different and unlike the final versions. These are not numbered but each is signed with an initial. Comes with a hand-written note "Tim, This is the Idea. Give me a call. -Jeff," along with the un-numbered limitation page wih an illustration, and the signature page, un-numbered, which is signed only by Roger Dean but not by Jeff. Out of Print.. Very Fine/ As New....More.

Item Code: RB312
$900.00 $600.00

By Jeffrey Jones. This print of three Neanderthal warriors came from a paperback cover done sometime in the seventies. Signed by Jeffrey on the side of the print. Heavy stock paper, the print measures 12 1/2" by 19 1/2". Out of Print.. Very Fine. Has a half inch crease at the top of the print, and a minor crease at the bottom corner....More.

Item Code: RB704
na, 12.5x19.5, 1 print, Full Color

We have three other prints availabe from Jeffrey Jones.

Individual Artists

LOUIS ICART The Complete Etchings
By William R Holland, Clifford P Catania, Nathan D Isen. 1988 marked the one hundredth anniversary of Louis Icart's birth. There were no parades or large celebrations, but Louis and his wife, Fanny, would certainly have been grateful for the great resurgence of interest in his artwork. This newly expanded book now includes over 510 different etchings, painstakingly acquired and photographed. Particular attention has been given to the early years (1911-1924), when Icart was a relatively unknown artist and his edition sizes were small. With few exceptions, the book contains large, full color illustrations which give the reader a true representation of the full-size etchings. Schiffer, 1990. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Jacket has an inch tear by the spine. Bottom of spine has been bumped.Interior of the book is excellent....More.

Item Code: RB632
Hard Cover, 9x12, 246pg, Full Color
$75.00 $60.00

Graphics Sculpture By Eric Estorick. A superb catalog of Erte's last art works is a perfect way to celebrate the master's 100th birthday. Right up until his death in 1990, Erte continued to produce the art that made him so famous. In the two years after the publication of Erte at 95, he created no fewer than 71 prints and 105 sculptures, all of which are illustrated in this wonderful collection. 185 photographs, 176 in full color. Dutton Studio Books, 1992. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Slight edge wear to the jacket....More.

Item Code: RB1059
Hard Cover, 11x14, 208pg, Full Color

SATAN'S TEARS The Art of Alex Nino
Signed and numbered, #787 of 1000. A massive art book devoted to this unique Filipino comic artist. Only produced in this deluxe Signed & numbered edition. This is it, one of the most fabled books ever produced on a comics artist. Limited to just 1000, this quickly went out of print back in 1977 and since then it has been one of the holy grails amongst comic fans who want something very special about their artist. And this is it, collecting a plethora of wonderful artwork by this amazing illustrator, the leading name amongst all the Filipino artists who came into the comics world in the 1970s. Land of Enchantment, 1977. Out of Print.. Fine/ Very Fine. There is some wear to the spine, and a tiny circle damp stain on the front cover. The jacket shows more wear, with some creases at the top of the spine...More.

Item Code: RB985
Hard Cover, 10x13, 302pg, Partial Color

By Gil Bruvel. A beautiful coffee table art book, filled with over 50 color plates of exquisite original works of art from the palette of award winning, French visionary artist Gil Bruvel. Comes with a red cloth, gold embossed slipcase. Book is signed and personalized "To Doug". Bruvel Editions, 1994. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Book has a tiny bump to the top corner. Slipcase has some shelf wear and residue from a price sticker on the front....More.

Item Code: RB669
Hard Cover, 10x13, 64pg, Full Color
$125.00 $100.00

By Roy G. Krenkel. Roy Krenkel drew in a classic, fine-art, Old Master style that is rarely seen these days. Here are 180 of his best sketches, drawings, and paintings on historical subjects and settings. This was the very first collection of his work, printed by a small specialty publisher who was also responsible for publishing the prestigious Amra. Two-page preface by Sanford Meschkow, five-page "Some Comments on Doodling" by Krenkel himself. Color frontis, some nudity, many finely finished pieces. Owlswick Press, 1974. Out of Print.. Book is Fine in a Near Fine jacket....More.

Item Code: RB1128
Hard Cover, 10x13, 82pg, Duotone

Click here to see other works by Roy G. Krenkel.
CARLOS SCHWABE Symboliste et Visionnaire (French Edition)
By Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond. Carlos Schwabe (1866-1926), though of German origin, acquired Swiss nationality and lived in France for most of his life. He settled in Paris at a time when, with the birth of Symbolism, a vast movement of reaction to Naturalism was taking shape. Despite his secret and solitary character, Schwabe was to play an important role in the artistic life of the turn of century. ACR Editions, 1994. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Small bump to the bottom right corner....More.

Item Code: RB329
Hard Cover, 11x12, 260pg, Partial Color
$150.00 $125.00

Comes with a second bonus dust jacket! Highly Recommended. Edited by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. Frank Frazetta's paintings and illustrations have set the standard for fantasy artists for the past 50 years. His art continues to exert a tremendous influence over collectors of classic comic and sci-fi art, who pay record-setting auction prices for his original works. This lushly produced, large-format retrospective follows Frazetta's career from his apprenticeships at various publishers in the 1940s, to his 1950s breakthrough with the "Buck Rogers" and "Lil' Abner" series, to his powerfully erotic compositions for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the famous "Conan" illustrations for Robert E. Howard. Underwood Books, 1998. Out of Print.. Fine. Bump and small split to the top edge and a couple very small bumps/scuffs to the bottom edge....More.

Item Code: RB277
Hard Cover, 9x12, 164pg, Full Color
$120.00 $100.00

First Edition. By Syd Mead. Profusely illustrated in color. Text in English. From the man whose design concepts made the motion pictures "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", "Tron", "Blade Runner", "2010", and anime like "Gundam". This book is comprised completely of illustrations on glossy heavy paper stock and it is beautifully printed. This is a definitive collection up to 1991 from the legendary designer. Bandai Co., 1991. Out of Print.. Fine. Cover has some light scuffing. A couple small bumps to the board edges....More.

Item Code: RB1068
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 14x11, 143pg, Full Color

Click here to see more out of print titles by Syd Mead.
By Ray Wyman, Jr. Foreword by Kevin Eastman. THE first major book about Jack Kirby and his career, packed with art both from his best times and also previously unpublished. Includes a full bibliography of his work. Blue Rose Press, 1992. Out of Print.. Fine. Some edge wear on the spine, slight curled pages on the bottom right corner and scratches and creases on the covers....More.

Item Code: RB505
Soft Cover, 10x14, 219pg, Partial Color

By Roger Dean and Martyn Dean. Views showcases the first seven years of Roger Dean's work after his graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1968. It includes paintings and graphics; branding such as the Yes typography and the first Virgin Records logo; groundbreaking stage sets; and album art including iconic early Yes covers such as the award-winning Tales From Topographic Oceans. This is the original edition. Dragon's Dream, 1975. Out of Print.. Good. Cover is scuffed and creased in a few places. Cover is also coming away from the spine. Pages are nice sans some thumbing....More.

Item Code: RB303
Soft Cover, 12x12, 155pg, Full Color

By James Van Hise. Introduction by William Stout. Introduction by William Stout. B&W illustrations and photos throughout. Al Williamson was one of the few grand masters of comic art. His art was a seamless combination of the finest in earliest 20th century illustration and classic comic art. Blue Dolphin Enterprises, 1983. Out of Print.. Fine plus. Light wear to the cover and edges....More.

Item Code: RB1210
Soft Cover, 9x11, 144pg, b&w

The Art of Hannes Bok By Gerry de la Ree. Art by Hannes Bok. Profusely illustrated in b&w. This book is devoted to the drawings of Bok, who made his professional debut in the pages of WIERD TALES in 1939, and who is one of only a few fantasy illustrators from the pulp magazine era to have stood the test of time. Gerry de la Ree, 1978. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Jacket has a few tears and smudges. Book is in excellent condition....More.

Item Code: RB452
Hard Cover, 9x11, 128pg, b&w

Click here to see other titles by Hannes Bok.
Limited 2000! By Edd Cartier, edited by Dean Cartier. The first collection of fantasy art by a master illustrator with emphasis on reproduction of work for Unknown, Astounding, and the 1949 and 1950 Gnome Press calendars. Gerry de la Ree, 1977. Out of Print.. Fine. Jacket is slightly discolored. Bottom of spine and top corner have tiny bumps....More.

Item Code: RB603
Hard Cover, 9x11, 128pg, b&w

GUSTAVE DORE Adrift on Dreams of Splendor
By Dan Malan. The first serious English language biography of Gustave Dore for over a century, and the only significant biography available in any language. In the 19th century Dore was unchallenged as the world's greatest illustrator. He also was one of the pioneers of the comic strip and an incisive caricaturist. The English and Americans saw him as one of the world's great painters and he created some beautiful sculptures. Ahead of his time, artists from Van Gogh and Picasso to Henry Irving and Cecil B Demille were influenced by him. Malan Classical Enterprises, 1995. Out of Print.. Very Good. Back cover edge has a half inch bump, but it does not affect the pages. Price and ISBN stickers on jacket....More.

Item Code: RB608
Hard Cover, 9x11, 352pg, b&w

CHROMA The Art of Alex Schomburg
By Jon Gustafson. Introductions by Harlan Ellison, Stan Lee and Kelly Freas. He defined and crystallized the exuberant images of the newborn field of Science Fiction. He captured and recorded the impossible super-heroic battles of World War Two for the Golden Age of Comics. He is Alex Schomburg, pioneer illustrator, master craftsman, visionary extraordinaire. Chroma, the first book devoted to the wide spectrum of Schomburg art, is a visual delight, presenting scores of works, most in full color, with text by art historian Jon Gustafson and commentaries by some of the top names in Science Fiction and Comics. Father Tree Press, 1986. Out of Print.. Very Good. Cover has a couple minor scratches. Corners are slightly curled and the edge pages are dirty....More.

Item Code: RB630
Soft Cover, 8x11, 108pg, Partial Color

AS I SEE Artzybasheff
By Boris Artzybasheff. A striking collection of extraordinary images from one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed and unique American artists.This fantastical collection teems with ironic imagery which documents our culture's vanity, aggression, dreams, and neuroses with biting wit and wisdom. Boris Artzybasheff's striking graphic style, which includes everything from grotesque experiments in anthropomorphism, to the depiction of vivid and extreme ranges of human psychology and emotion, is displayed to full effect in this seminal collection of his work. Dodd, Mead and Company, 1954. Out of Print.. Very Fine. The cover has tiny bumps to the corners, and some wear on and age discoloration the edges....More.

Item Code: RB403
Hard Cover, 9x11, 93pg, b&w
$300.00 $250.00

First Edition. By Chris Achilleos. Foreword by Ray Harryhausen. One of the most popular fantasy artist in the world, Chris Achilleos' near photo-realistic paintings of fantasy, science fiction, stunning women and nature in all its forms have illustrated hundreds of books, magazines and posters for almost 40 years. Paper Tiger, 1986. Out of Print.. Fine. Jacket has a couple small creases and a few scuffs and scratches. Cover has a couple small bumps to the top edge, and bottom edge has minor shelf wear....More.

Item Code: RB737
Hard Cover, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color

Edited by Dan Zimmer. We profile Saturday Evening Post cover artist Ellen B.T. Pyle with stunning examples of her original cover paintings, and rare photographs from her personal life. Next up we feature Edwin Georgi, whose brilliantly colored illustrations breathed exciting life into virtually every major American magazine of the 40s and 50s. Our last feature is on the darkly weird and wonderful work of British horror illustrator Douglas Walters. Illustrated Press, 2010. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: RB1188
Magazine, 8x11, 96pg, Full Color

Click here to see more available issues of Illustration Magazine.
The Romantic Tradition in British Art Edited by John Cristian. An exhibition of works at the Barbican Gallery from the decline of the Pre-Raphaelites to the rise of Neo-Romanticism in the 1940s, from Burne-Jones to Stanley Spencer. Table of contents, foreword, editor's preface, introduction, lists of abbreviations, artists, lenders, acknowledgments. Frontispiece, color and black and white illustrations throughout. Lund Humphries Pub Ltd, 1989. Out of Print.. Very Good. Corners are rounded and the cover is scratched and rolled at the edges. Light thumbing and the spine is creased from the book being opened....More.

Item Code: RB734
Soft Cover, 9x11, 208pg, Partial Color

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

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

Nineteenth-Century American Painters and Their French Teachers By H. Barbara Weinberg. For American artists of the 19th century, Paris offered famous teachers, willing models, cheap lodgings, and museums filled with art. The Lure of Paris is the first book to investigate so thoroughly the experiences of these American artists. Exhaustively researched and lavishly illustrated, this groundbreaking study will be requisite for collectors, scholars and everyone curious about America's cultural history. Abbeville Press, 1991. Out of Print.. As New. Still in shrink wrap....More.

Item Code: RB1113
Hard Cover, 11x13, 296pg, Partial Color


Illustrated Books & Others

1st Edition with Signed Bookplate. by Scott Gustafson. 1st printing. Oblong 4to picture book, glossy pictorial boards, a counting book with the author's vivid paintings of musical animals. Fine in fine, unclipped dj, no previous owner's marks. Greenwich Workshop Press, 1995. Out of Print.. Fine in fine, unclipped dj....More.

Item Code: RB758
Hard Cover, 12x9, 32pg, Full Color

By Charles Vess. What is Peter Parker doing in Scotland? When his wife, Mary Jane, inherits a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, the newlyweds decide to go on a second honeymoon to check it out. After they discover the local lord's castle is haunted by a spectral knight who is hell-bent on getting rid of the villagers, things go from bad to worse when Scotland's branch of the Hellfire Club shows up in the mix. Marvel, 1990. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Slight edge wear and yellowing to the jacket. Jacket is in a clear brodart protective cover. ...More.

Item Code: RB922
Hard Cover, 8x11, 80pg, Full Color
$45.00 $35.00

By Ben Hecht. Drawings by Wallace Smith. True first, the numbered edition. There was a second edition with no numbering and a pictorial cover, this has just the two-line title on the jacket, and a small gold vignette on the cover itself. #1723 of 2025 books printed. Untrimmed edges. Red endpapers. Ten pen and ink drawings (and a few page illustrations throughout) by Wallace Smith, each full page illustration protected by tissue page. Wild artwork, some plates strangely erotic, nudity. All the plates are probably online, they are quite famous. A suppressed book - with a history. Covici-McGee, 1922. Out of Print.. Fine in a fine jacket. Scarce thus. Letter on the book and jacket spine may be very slightly faded or just lightly printed in a light yellow-gold....More.

Item Code: RB789
Hard Cover, 7x10, 175pg, Text/b&w

First edition. By Richard A. Lupoff. Thirty-five rare comic books, valued at a quarter of a million dollars of rare comic books (including the first appearance of Superman, Batman, Marvel Mystery Comics No 1.), have been stolen. Insurance claim adjuster Hobart Lindsey at first can only laugh, but that is before he finds that he must follow a dangerous path from the backstabbing and dangerous world of big-time comic book collectors to the kinky streets of Berkeley to the holographic wonders of a computer millionaire. Offspring Press, 1988. . Very Fine. As New. Slipcase has a small pen mark and residue from a price sticker....More.

Item Code: RB980
Hard Cover, 6x9, 270pg, Text/b&w
$60.00 $50.00

By Juan Gimenez. Pictorial hardcover encloses 80 pages of Juan Gimenez's sombre fantasy illustrations, with an introduction by Alfonso Azpiri, a brief bio of the artist and the artist's notes on the various works, including posters for books and magazines, character design, and movie pre-production. A small binding flaw has caused the top corner of the first three pages to crease slightly, otherwise fine. Heavy Metal Magazine, 2000. Out of Print.. Fine....More.

Item Code: RB963
Hard Cover, 9x12, 80pg, Full Color


Masterworks, DC Archives & Others

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

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

First printing. Collects Superman #5-8, 1940. By Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster. SUPERMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 2 continues the retelling of the Man of Steel's greatest adventures from the 1940s. Featuring the first appearance of the Daily Planet's Editor-in-Chief Perry White and the last appearance of Lex Luthor with red hair, this volume also showcases the last son of Krypton as he clears Lois Lane of suspicion of murder, rescues a small country from the ravages of an earthquake, saves an innocent man from the electric chair, thwarts an evil conspiracy, and battles the members of a crooked carnival. DC, 1990. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Half inch bump to the top corner of cover. Doesn't affect the interior pages....More.

Item Code: RB580
Hard Cover, 7x10, 272pg, Full Color

More DC Archives on our website.
Introduction by E. Nelson Bridwell. A nostalgic tour through the world of the superhuman hero covers the entire range of his career fighting crime and corruption. Black and White with color signature interior; full color dustjacket. Bonanza Books, 1971. Out of Print.. Very Fine in a Fine jacket. Minor wear to the spine. Jacket has a small tear at the jacket and minor rolling near the top....More.

Item Code: RB1165
Hard Cover, 7x10, 386pg, Partial Color

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

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

Collects Daredevil #1-11, 1964-65. By Stan Lee, Wally Wood, Joe Orlando, Bob Powell A Good Samaritan act stole young Matt Murdock's sight, but also enhanced his remaining senses to superhuman level! After becoming a lawyer - and suffering the murder of his father - Matt now uses his powers to protect the innocent in New York City's Hell's Kitchen as Daredevil, the Man Without Fear! Relive Daredevil's origin and first adventure, meet his memorable supporting cast, and also his many famous foes like the Owl, Mr. Fear and the deadly Eel! Marvel, 1999. Out of Print.. As New. Still in shrink wrap....More.

Item Code: RB553
Hard Cover, 8x11, 248pg, Full Color
$75.00 $60.00

Collects Tales of Suspense #59-81, 1964-66. First Edition. By Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, John Romita and Don Heck. If The Fantastic Four and Thor provided Jack Kirby with vehicles to depict his characteristic super science, strange beings, fantastic creatures and mythical worlds, then Captain America provided a vehicle for Kirby as a pure action artist. Apart from the odd gadget, this first collection of Cap's Silver Age solo adventures recalls the thrill-a-minute exploits of the Golden Age Captain America. Marvel, 1990. Out of Print.. Very Fine/ As new. ...More.

Item Code: RB558
Hard Cover, 7x10, 231pg, Full Color

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Reprints Batman #1-4, 1940-41. By Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson et al. Taken from the Golden Age of comics, these stories feature early appearances by Catwoman, the Joker, and the Penguin. Written by Bob Kane, the man who created Batman, these entertaining tales of heroism and action feature the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder as they take on the colorful figures that try to control and victimize Gotham City. DC, 1992. Out of Print.. Very Good. Very good jacket, book is fine. Top edge of book and jacket are soiled and slightly worn....More.

Item Code: RB1077
Hard Cover, 7x10, 224pg, Full Color

Collects Detective Comics #27-50, 1939-40. By Bob Kane. When a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his parents were murdered, the legend of the Batman was born. Collected here are the first stories of the masked vigilante as they were originally printed in 1939. These stories include the classic first appearance of the Batman and the introduction of his teenage ally, Robin. These early adventures show how a dark and grim character and his humorous and light sidekick were masterfully combined to create one of the most enduring partnerships of all time. DC, 1990. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Tiny bump to the bottom corner and some wear to the jacket....More.

Item Code: RB587
Hard Cover, 7x11, 304pg, Full Color

First printing. By Dick Giordano, Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams et al. As a celebration of the 50th birthday of Batman this book collects stories from 50 years of the Dark Knight. DC, 1988. Out of Print.. As New....More.

Item Code: RB619
Hard Cover, 7x10, 352pg, Full Color

BATMAN The World's Finest Comics Archives Volume 1
Collects World's Best Comics #1 and World's Finest Comics #2-16. By Bob Kane. What could be a better idea than featuring Superman and Batman in one comic? Well, to actually team them up, for one thing -- and that wouldn't happen on a regular basis until 1954. But what concerns us here is the fact that both of DC's greatest heroes did appear in the same title as early as 1940, albeit in totally separate adventures. The idea originated with the legendary editor Vin Sullivan as a comic-book tie-in with the New York World's Fair in 1939, but the first issue only featured Superman. It was the second issue, entitled New York World's Fair Comics 1940, where history was made. Not only did the issue contain both a Superman and a Batman story (among others in the anthology) under one cover, but that cover featured our heroes together, drawn by the same artist, for the first time. And with that issue the formula was set for almost a decade and a half to come (even if it did take a couple of issues for the title to be finalized). DC, 2002. . Very Fine. Book has some light thumbing, a couple bumps to the cover, and a bump to the top spine....More.

Item Code: RB978
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 240pg, Full Color

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Comic Reference

Signed & Limited 750! By Scott McCloud. A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time." Kitchen Sink Press, 1993. Out of Print.. Very Fine/ As New....More.

Item Code: RB1168
Hard Cover, 7x10, 215pg, b&w

By Larry Gonick. The Cartoon History of the Modern World is a wickedly funny take on modern history. It is essentially a complete and up to date course in college level Modern World History, but presented as a graphic novel. In an engaging and humorous graphic style, Larry Gonick covers the history, personalities and big topics that have shaped our universe over the past five centuries, including the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the evolution of political, social, economic, and scientific thought, Communism, Fascism, Nazism, the Cold War, Globalization and much more. Harper Collins, 2007. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Price sticker on back cover. ...More.

Item Code: RB1208
Soft Cover, 8x9, 259pg, b&w

By Larry Gonick. An irreverent, graphic novel approach to the history of the universe continues in a collection of comics that trace world history from the birth and spread of Islam and the rise and fall of the Byzantine empire, to the Crusades, the Dark Ages, the Black Death, the Renaissance, and Columbus's departure for the New World. Norton, 2002. Out of Print.. Very Fine....More.

Item Code: RB1209
Hard Cover, 9x11, 312pg, b&w

ALTER EGO Volume 1 Number 10
By Gil Kane, Jim Steranko, Joe Kubert. Alter Ego -- Volume 1, Number 10 - GIL KANE Is There a Life After comic-books? - Limited Edition of 5000 Copies 94 pages, staple binding; Loaded with B&W photos & illustrations.Includes, Interview GIL KANE Is There a Life After comic-books ; Confessions of a Con Man; A Comicon is; The Old, Un-mod Blunder Woman; The Tor Gambit; Comics Code Talks Back!: Jim Steranko is Alive and Well and Living with Paul McCartney. Alter Ego Ent., 1969. Out of Print.. Fine. Corners have slight rubbing, back cover light scuffing, edge pages have a small pencil mark....More.

Item Code: RB966
Soft Cover, 8x11, 42pg, b&w

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Comic Strip Collections

First Edition. By Al Capp. Cartoonist Al Capp presents 26 of his favorite sequences from his cartoon strip. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978. Out of Print.. Very Good. Slight wear to the edges and cover. First few pages are curled and yellowed. Back cover has a two inch crease, and thumbing....More.

Item Code: BOLA
Soft Cover, 9x11, 190pg, Partial Color
$60.00 $45.00

By Frank Cho. Image's first-ever newspaper strip book from award-winning cartoonist, Frank Cho. Liberty Meadows is an animal sanctuary where the animals run the show! There's Leslie, the hypochondriac bullfrog, Ralph the midget circus bear, Dean the male chauvinist pig (who really IS a pig), and the beautiful animal psychologist, Brandy, among others. Liberty Meadows is a bit Bloom County mixed with pop culture satire and sometimes (but never salacious) humor. Image Comics, 2002. Out of Print.. As New....More.

Item Code: RB1117
Soft Cover, 9x12, 128pg, b&w

First printing. By Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In the late thirties, when Superman was making his ground-breaking debut in comic books, his legend was simultaneously being propagated in Sunday newspapers. Collected in this deluxe edition are the first three years of the classic Sunday Superman comic strips as written and illustrated by the Man of Steel's creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster. In these timeless tales, the Man of Steel challenges saboteurs and racketeers, saves runaway trains and plummeting planes, defeats giant robots and begins his lifelong rivalry with his greatest nemesis, Lex Luthor. Kitchen Sink Press, 1998. Out of Print.Very Fine minus. Minor scuffing on the covers and back of slipcase has a small corner bump....More.

Item Code: RB1164
Hard Cover, 12x9, 192pg, Full Color

By Will Eisner. Introduction by Al Williamson. From 1936 to 1938, Eisner's Hawks of the Seas weekly stories were translated into several different languages and distributed all over the world, and collected here in this handsome softcover edition. The stories themselves stand the test of time, as thrilling and exciting as they were almost 70 years ago. Featuring an introduction by comics veteran Al Williamson. Edited by Dave Schreiner. Kitchen Sink Press, 1986. Out of Print.. Fine. The spine is broken and slight wear on the corners....More.

Item Code: RB945
Soft Cover, 10x14, 126pg, b&w


Erotic Art, Pin-Up & Nude Photography

Signed & limited, 1110/2000. By Simon Bisley. Simon Bisley is a British comics artist best known for his 1990s work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Sláine. His style, reliant on paints, acrylics, inks and multiple-media, was strongly influenced by Frank Frazetta, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, William Turner and Richard Corben. He also took inspiration from rock album covers and graffiti as well as traditional comics art. In turn he and his work have inspired various forms in media, including the Beast in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "The Satan Pit", and Simon Pegg's character graphic artist Tim Bisley on the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced. Heavy Metal, 2000. Out of Print.. Fine in fine Unclipped dustjacket....More.

Item Code: RB1046
Hard Cover, 9x12, 96pg, Full Color

The Art of Azpiri By Alfonso Azpiri. You've seen him often in Heavy Metal magazine with sultry women in beautifully colored fantasy stories. Well, here's a collection of gorgeous pieces of his, in full color, for your enjoyment! NBM, 2000. Out of Print. Adult Material. Very Fine/ As New. Covers have a few scratches and scuffs....More.

Item Code: RBA32
Soft Cover, 9x12, 80pg, Full Color

First Edition By Vaughn Bodé. A collection of poems and artwork by the late, great Vaughn Bode - Includes introductions by Berni Wrightson, Richard Corben, Moebius and others and an afterword by Fred A. Levy Haskell. Tundra Publishing, 1989. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Fine. Cover is lightly scuffed....More.

Item Code: RB1060
Soft Cover, 5x8, 48pg, Full Color

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First Edition. Signed Highly Recommended. Foreword by Hugh M. Hefner. You've seen her art in the pages of Playboy and in dozens of other publications, on calendars, book covers, limited edition prints, greeting cards, and movie posters. The first book collection of Olivia's work. Personally compiled and published by Olivia and her husband, with over 100 of her most seductive images, several seen here for the first time. Several Bettie Page images, and comments by Olivia on her technique, models, and creative process.Signed with a dedication to the books previous owner. Ozone, 1993. Mature Readers. Slight bumps to corners....More.

Item Code: AB01
Hard Cover, 9x12, 108pg, Full Color
$100.00 $75.00

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By Jean-Francois Jonvelle. A retrospective of Jean-Francois Jonvelle's work about the world of women. It covers the 1983-1999 years, and contains some of the famous portraits and nudes which made him a star in France, Germany and Japan. Ipso Facto, 1999. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Fine. Small tear to the front of the jacket. Book has rectangular indentation on the front cover and jacket from another book stacked on top of it....More.

Item Code: RBA26
Hard Cover, 11x13, 192pg, b&w

Signed. Second Printing. By Bunny Yeager. This delightful book, written in Bunny Yeager's sprightly fashion, is full of invaluable information for the amateur or professional photographer of women, and illustrated with more than 100 pictures, mostly black & white and a few color. Most photos are of Bunny herself, but there are also many others with the numerous models she has worked with. Included is a photo of an unknown model signed 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....More.

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

Signed. Fourth Printing. By Bunny Yeager. This delightful book, written in Bunny Yeager's sprightly fashion, is full of invaluable information for the amateur or professional photographer of women, and illustrated with more than 100 pictures, mostly black & white and a few color. Many photos of Bettie Page as well as the many other models Bunny has worked with. Included is a photo of an unknown model signed 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....More.

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

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By Sean Kelly and Valerie Marchant. Art by Bode, Druillet, Richard Corben, Arthur Suydam et al. This is a set of 5 issues of Heavy Metal Magazine. This set contains the first and fifth issues ever published, April 1977, August 1977. The set also contains September 1995, the special issue Havoc from 1995, and the Italian version, Metal Hurlant #15 from 1977. This science fiction and fantasy comics magazine was known primarily for its blend of dark fantasy/science fiction and erotica. Artists include Luis Royo, Simon Bisley, Richard Corben, Arthur Suydam, Bilal, Azpiri, Caza, Chichoni, Juan Gimenez, Horacio Altuna and others. Heavy Metal, 1977. Out of Print. Adult Material. The early issues have badly scuffed covers and slightly curled corners....More.

Item Code: RBA39
Soft Cover, 8x11, 300+pg, Partial Color
$120.00 $95.00

BETTIE PAGE The Life of a Pin-Up Legend-Signed by Dave Stevens
Signed by Dave Stevens on the half-title page. First printing. The ultimate girl-next-door, and one of the most popular Playboy centerfolds, Bettie Page challenged the conservative 1950s, posing as a fierce dominatrix among many other fetish scenarios, from bondage and spanking, to just looking good in high heels and nylons. And sometimes nothing else. This earned her both a cult underground following and a Senate Committee investigation for the industry she worked in. This book chronicles Page's life and career, telling the incredible story of a woman who has left an indelible mark on the history of popular culture. 500 photos. General Publishing Group, 1996. Out of Print.. Very Fine. Fresh a copy as you will find, with no flaws at all....More.

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

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First Edition. By Max Allan Collins and Drake Elvgren. This 1998 Editor's Choice Award winner of the Independent Publishing Association quickly sold out the first printing of 10,000. It is a lively biography of American pin-up artist Gillette Elvgren, a commercial advertising artist of the WWII era. Told by the son of the artist, included are art techniques, pin-up paintings and a behind the scenes personal view of this legendary artist who inspired servicemen worldwide. Collectors Press, 1998. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Fine. Book is as new except for a bump to the top edge that has lightly scratched about half of the edge pages....More.

Item Code: RB1111
Hard Cover, 10x12, 196pg,

By Luis Royo. Four book set: Includes Prohibited HC (2003 Luis Royo) Vol. 1-3 and the Prohibited Sketchbook HC (2004). By Luis Royo. Now you can display the entire series of Luis Royo's Prohibited art books (Volumes 1-3 and the Sketchbook) in this handsome illustrated binder case. Heavy Metal. Out of Print. Mature Readers. Fine/ Very Fine. Slipcase is cardboard, and has come apart at the top. Sketchbook has a small bump to the top corner. Other books are as new....More.

Item Code: RB1159
Hard Cover, 7x10, 192pg,

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