Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Roy Krenkel: Father of Heroic Fantasy, new Illustration Magazine, Art of Jim Lee, Stan Lee, Superman and Game of Thrones.

Best wishes to everyone for a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday. One of the best books of the year is finally here: Roy Krenkel: Father of Heroic Fantasy. Plus a new Illustration Magazine with artist George Gross; The Art of Jim Lee, Stan Lee's Master Class (it's really good), and much more.

If you didn't get our Cybersale, which went out by email on Tuesday November 26, click to see it here. And our latest catalog should be in your mailbox momentarily. Or you can download it right here--all items in it are now linked to our website, so click on each one for more scans and additional detail.

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Roy Krenkel

Our Highest Recommendation. By AndrewSteven Damsits, Barry Klugerman. Roy G. Krenkel was one of the most renowned fantasy artists of the 20th century. His far-reaching influence on--and work with--artists like Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Michael Wm. Kaluta and Jeffrey Jones, to name but a few, was immeasurable and cannot be overstated. Krenkel illustrated numerous works by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard and others. But many of Krenkel's works--what he called his "Doodles," as well as full-blown paintings and illustrations--often were unpublished and never seen by even his biggest fans. IDW, 2019...More.

Item Code: ROYKH
Hard Cover, 9x13, 304pg, Partial Color
$59.99 $49.99

We also have RGK: The Art of Roy G. Krenkel, limited to 800 copies, from 2005. [RB1130. $250] And his Cities and Scenes of the Ancient World, from 1974 [RB1128. $140]. See our website for more of Roy in other collections, including Witzend #2, Amra, The EC Fan-Addict, Best of EC Artist's Edition and this:

Standard Edition. Our Highest Recommendation. Four volumes present an illustrative history of all Burroughs' publications in the United States (and some from the U.K.). Written and compiled by Michael Tierney, the narrative gives the history of Burroughs' work and the often legendary artists who visualized it, featuring untold stories, art that hasn't been seen since its release, and pieces that were buried in the vaults from the beginning of his publishing history to the present day. Pulps, books, paintings, prints,'s all here. Chenault & Gray, 2018...More.

Item Code: ERB100D
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 1224pg, Partial Color


Art & Illustration

Highly Recommended. Art by George Gross, Bruce Baumgartner, and Paul Shipper. Featuring the work of George Gross, best known for his pulp covers for Fiction House titles like Jungle and Detective Book, spectacular men's adventure magazine and paperback book cover illustrations of the 50s and 60s. Also featured is the work of Bruce Baumgartner, known for his complete mastery of vibrant watercolor in his slick magazine illustrations of the '40s and '50s. Both written by David Saunders. Plus contemporary "entertainment" illustrator Paul Shipper (Star Trek: Discovery, The Last Jedi, Avengers: Infinity War). Illustrated Press, 2019...More.

Item Code: IL66
Magazine, 9x11, 80pg, Partial Color

Back issues are available on our website, both in-print ones and long sold out issues.

Huge oversized hardcover. Recommended. By Deborah Riley and Jody Revenson. The official collection of behind the scenes concept art and production design from HBO's landmark TV show Game of Thrones. Learn how BAFTA and Emmy award-winning production designer Deborah Riley and her team brought to life the iconic locations of Westeros and beyond. Insight Editions, 2019...More.

Item Code: ARTGTH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 432pg, Partial Color
$75.00 $65.00

GAME OF THRONES A Viewer's Guide to The World of Westeros and Beyond
The Complete Series. Recommended. By Myles McNutt. A visual exploration of the world of HBO's Game of Thrones. In two parts, the book follows the story of the South, where kings and queens battle for the Iron Throne, and of the North, where the White Walkers and their army of the dead gather. Each character is pictured and described. Covering all eight seasons of the show, this definitive guide provides bold infographics and illuminating timelines; original essays that unpack plot lines and character arcs; stunning photography featuring the show's characters. Chronicle Books, 2019...More.

Item Code: GAMETH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 288pg, Full Color
$50.00 $42.50

DC COMICS The Art of Jim Lee Volume 1
Highly Recommended. By William Baker and Paul Levitz. "I'm doing what I love and there's nothing better in the world than that." -Jim Lee. This reveals the tremendous impact Lee has had on the DC Comics universe, including such superstar characters as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, along with his legion of WildStorm heroes. From roughs and storyboards to pencils and finished color art,  here is every stage of Jim Lee's creative process, spanning his WildStorm and DC career up to DC Comics' seminal New 52 relaunch in 2011, with exclusive commentary by Lee. This goes beyond comics and covers to model designs, merchandise, and film work. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: DCARJ01H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 320pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $34.99

ALICE IN WONDERLAND By David Delamare Deluxe Signed
Signed by Wendy Ice. Limited, 2000. With bookplate (for a previous book) drawn & signed by David. Highly Recommended. Back in stock. David Delamare on Illustrating Alice: This deluxe volume is very similar to the storybooks that were read by Victorian children—with a cloth cover, embossed foil titles, sewn binding, and a full color overlay on the front. It comes in a slipcase with a sewn-in ribbon bookmark. "In 2008, after painting an image for an invitational Alice in Wonderland exhibition, I found myself haunted by the characters from the book." Beautifully--and hauntingly--illustrated in color and b&w on nearly every page. Wendy Ice, 2016...More.

Item Code: ALICWHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 134pg, Text/Full Color

This is such a fine book, and limited, so when we found it still available, we brought it back into stock. Also: there are only 12 copies left of the out of print Alice in Wonderland 2020 Calendar [AL20. $14.99]. And just three left of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Gothic Fantasy), also out of print [ALICAH. $30, $14.99].


Krazy Kat

KRAZY & IGNATZ 1916-1918
Geroge Herriman Library. Oversized. Highly Recommended. By George Herriman. For nearly 30 years, George Herriman's hilarious, poetic masterpiece graced the Sunday pages of America's newspapers. Featuring the love triangle of “kat,” “mice,” and “pupp,” each of Herriman's pages is a work of transcendent art, crackling with verbal wit and graphic brilliance, considered by many as the best comics strip ever created. This new hardcover collects all the full-sized Sunday pages from 1916 through 1918; the inventive language, haunting vistas, and beguiling brick throwing that makes this strip so special. Fantagraphics, 2019...More.

Item Code: KRAZ01H
Hard Cover, 11x14, 176pg, Partial Color
$35.00 $29.95

GEORGE HERRIMAN The Complete Krazy Kat in Color 1935-1944
Highly Recommended. By George Herriman. A huge coffee table book, collecting the complete pages of George Herriman's Krazy Kat 1935–44, just a little smaller than the original published Sunday page size. One of the first comics to be considered a work of art, Krazy Kat delights with its detailed characterization and visual-verbal creativity alongside the slapstick shenanigans of Krazy and Ignatz the mouse. This reprint comes with a 100-page illustrated introduction by Alexander Braun in a special carrying-case/box. Taschen, 2019...More.

Item Code: GEOKKH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 632pg, Partial Color
$200.00 $185.00

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Craig Yoe. Art by George Herriman. Appreciation by Bill Watterson. Craig Yoe's passion for the subject and attention to detail result in a highly enjoyable book--a work of art unto itself, here collecting some impossibly rare art by Herriman, much of it having never been printed before anywhere. This isn't just original artwork for Krazy Kat strips. It has page after page of one-of-a-kind, beautifully hand-colored pieces that Herriman did for friends, including birthday cards, framed artworks, and illustrated thank-you's. Plus historic photos, posters, book covers and memorabilia. Abrams, 2011. . Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: KKAOGH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 176pg, Partial Color
$29.95 $14.95

See more by and about Herriman on the website.


Comics and Graphic Novels

Introduction by Mark Waid. Recommended. By Jerry Siegel. Art by Wayne Boring. In these classic adventures from January 27, 1963 until the series conclusion on May 1, 1966, the impish Mr. Mxyzptlk from the Fifth Dimension returns to exasperate the Man of Steel; Superman becomes Super-Cop to outwit a master spy when Metropolis's entire police force is disabled; tries to help a planet of blind people regain their sight, but loses his own powers in the process; fights it out with his arch enemy Lex Luthor on an alien planet where Luthor is the hero and Superman a villain; competes in the Interplanetary Olympics against a field in which everyone has super-powers; travels back in time with Lois Lane; and is reunited with the mermaid Lori Lemaris; plus more! IDW, 2019...More.

Item Code: SUSS02H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 184pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Eighteen complete Sunday Adventures. Highly Recommended. By Jerry Siegel, Otto Binder, Edmond Hamilton et al. Art by Wayne Boring. Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel returned to DC and became writer, once again, of the newspaper comic strip along with DC's other top writers. In these eighteen classic adventures from October 18, 1959 to January 20, 1963, the Man of Steel meets "The Kryptonite Girl" and his "Mermaid Sweetheart." Also featured are Superman's "Greatest Feats," "The Super Powers of Perry White," "The Invasion of the Super-Ants," and "The Creature of 1,000 Disguises," among other early '60s tales drawn by Wayne Boring. And "Superman Joins the Army," a theme DC refused to touch on during World War II. Find out why, here. IDW, 2018...More.

Item Code: SUSS01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 184pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Also in stock are Superman The Golden Age, Dailies and Sundays, with more offbeat adventures with the Man of Steel.

Collects the twelve-part miniseries, 2018-19. By Louise Simonson. Art by Cat Staggs, Joel Ojeda et al. The death of Superman was an event that shocked the world. But not every story from that unforgettable day has been told. This companion to the iconic story imagines the never-before-told adventures that take place before, during, and after Superman's deadly clash with Doomsday. How did Superman spend his final hours? How did the rest of the Justice League react to losing their greatest champion? Can Jimmy Olsen keep up with the story of a lifetime? DC Comics, 2019...More.

Item Code: DEASU
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Full Color
$16.99 $15.50

SAVAGE AVENGERS Volume 1 City of Sickles
Recommended. By Gerry Duggan. Art by Mike Deodato. The most savage, most unkillable team of characters in the Marvel Universe is assembled! Wolverine! Venom! Elektra! Punisher! And in their midst - Conan the Barbarian! Conan has returned to the Marvel Universe, and his new adventures begin here. What is the City of Sickles? Who is the Marrow God? How is the Hand involved? The roughest and most dangerous characters rumble through this new title starting with...Conan vs. Wolverine? 'Nuff said. Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: SAVAV01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color

See more recent Conan collections on the website. I still highly recommend Wonder Woman Meets Conan, it's really a good read:

Collects Wonder Woman/Conan #1-6. 2017. Our Highest Recommendation. By Gail Simone. Art by Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Wendy Broome et al. Dark and malicious magic by two scheming goddesses has driven Wonder Woman and Conan together, stripping Diana of her memories and chaining her destiny to this dark-haired and dangerous stranger. Slavers and gladiators, pirates and predators, an army of witches poised to conquer the world on wings of wickedness; these are the foes the Amazon and the Cimmerian must join together to defeat. First a young Diana meets a young warrior lad, then she's a captive rescued by Conan, and on through leaps through time and space. DC, 2018...More.

Item Code: WWCONH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

STRANGELANDS Volume 1 Love and Chaos
Collects Strangelands #1-4. Recommended. By Darcie Little Badger and Magdalene Visaggio. Art by Guillermo Sanna. From an Eisner-nominated author, an unusual story of two strangers find themselves inextricably tied together by inexplicable superpowers. Fighting their connection could mean destroying the world. They cannot touch--but they cannot get too far away from one another either, though they'd love to. Set in the H1 Ignition universe of United, a fast-paced new series blending action, romance and superpowers. Too bad they can't control them. Spanish artist Guillermo Sanna's previous work includes Marvel Comics Presents and Luke Cage. H1 Ignition, 2019...More.

Item Code: STRL01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 96pg, Full Color

MATTÉO Book Two 1917-1918
From the creator of The Reprieve & Flight of the Raven. Recommended. By Jean-Pierre Gibrat. In this tour-de-force from award winning writer/artist Jean-Pierre Gibrat, the honor and glory sought in the Great War (seen in Book One of this series) have become mutilated and blurred memories. The October Revolution in Russia creates hope in the hearts of the oppressed and draws in Mattéo, the son of a Spanish anarchist. He sees his beloved Juliet for a brief but memorable moment, and the next day, with his father's friend Gervasio, Mattéo departs for Petrograd with camera in hand. But he may very well become victim of the disputes and differences between the various factions leading the Russian revolution. IDW, 2019...More.

Item Code: MATTB02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 80pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

Volume 1 is in stock, same discount price, and his other two books which get my highest recommendation: The Reprieve and Flight of the Raven, which deal with the underground resistance and romance in World War II occupied France. Beautifully drawn work.



Each page opens to the original b&w art on left, finished color art on right. Highly Recommended. By Dennis O'Neil. Art by Jerry Ordway. Beautifully adapted by two comics legends, this appeared when home video was still in its infancy and became the "rewatchable" version of the Academy-Award winning movie. For many, it opened the door to a whole new world of sequential storytelling. This celebrated retelling of hugely important, ground-breaking film is for the first time in a dedicated hardcover volume. It features the complete original artwork, using high-quality scans of Ordway's original, never-before-seen, black-and-white artwork, side-by-side with each finished full color page. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: BATMAH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 144pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

Collects #1-5,1950-51. Recommended. By Warren Kremer, Mike Sekowsky, Ace Baker et al. Above average artwork, top-tier cover art, and babes...lots of babes. These issues have taken off with collectors recently and you can quickly see why. Publisher Ace kicked off their horror comics line with this title and a solid lineup of creators. Stories include The Frenzy of Shiela Lord, Big Top Nightmare, Cult of the Undead, Keeper of the Flames (he's a skeleton, naturally), Behind the Locked Door, The Amulet of Terror, The Shrieking Terror, The Ghost Who Stole a Body, Master of the Undead, The Reluctant Ghost, etc. PS Artbooks, 2019...More.

Item Code: PCTB01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color




Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee. From the co-creator of the Mighty Marvel Universe and some of the most popular comic book characters of all time comes an in-depth comics drawing instruction book revealing the tools, styles, and techniques of today's top comics artists. Beyond this light-weight cover is, surprise, a very serious look at the history of illustration, with examples by Moebius, Brian Bolland, Jim Steranko, Mike Ploog and dozens more. Anatomy, perspective, character design, manga styles, covers, tools, page design, it’s all examined in surprisingly comprehensive volume!! Focusing on topics like anatomy, perspective, and character design, as well as brand new topics like manga art styles, digital art, and more, Stan Lee's Master Class is the next step for those looking to perfect their superhero rendering and create fantastic worlds perfect for today's modern comic book audience. With examples from his classic collaborations at Marvel Comics and from today's top comics artists, Lee builds on concepts only touched upon in his previous instructional offerings and provides a pathway for aspiring artists to bring their comic book artwork to professional-quality levels.Watson Guptill, 2019...More.

Item Code: STAMC
Soft Cover, 8x10, 224pg, Partial Color
$24.99 $21.99

This joins the recent How to Paint Characters the Marvel Way, and Sketch with Asia: Manga Inspired Art and Tutorials. See the Sketching from the Imagination series and more in our How-To section.


Sanctum White Sale

All sale-priced issues of The Shadow #1-115 are now ready for your order. We're still putting up Doc Savage issues, all 87 of them, plus James Bama variants. Multi-packs are mostly half price, $24.95 and $29.95 each.

Soon to follow will be The Spider, The Phantom Detective, The Black Bat and more short-run titles. All are now $5.95 each.

Hint: Sales have been very strong already and we don't have an unlimited supply. Act now.


Coming in January

HUNG, DRAWN AND EXECUTED The Horror Art of Graham Humphreys
Recommended. Graham Humphreys' career as a poster artist looms large over horror cinema. From designing the iconic Evil Dead poster to Nightmare on Elm Street and House of a Thousand Corpses, his work is familiar to everyone. It's easy to see why his work grabs the attention of horror fans and filmmakers alike as he continually and systematically sets the bar ever higher in his quest for sheer terror and pure entertainment. With more than 40 years experience he is one of the few contemporary illustrators using the traditional medium of gouache to paint his images. Includes previously unseen work: paintings, drawings, and color studies. Korero Press, 2020. Due Jan. ...More.

Item Code: HUNGH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 176pg, Full Color
$45.00 $39.95

HOUSE OF SECRETS The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 2
Collects #112-154. Highly Recommended. By Len Wein, Gerry Conway and Marv Wolfman. Art by Nestor Redondo, Bernie Wrightson et al. The House of Secrets #112-154 are painstakingly recolored, restored, and collected for the first time in this handsome hardcover edition. This omnibus also includes the never-before-published Patchwork Man story by Gerry Conway and Nestor Redondo, "Night of the Rat," as well as a foreword by the legendary artist Sergio Aragonés--and two brand new Aragonés House of Secrets cartoons! DC, 2019. Due Jan. ...More.

Item Code: HOSB02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 872pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

Omnibus 1 is a special order item but I'm bringing a couple more in since this new one is out. [HOSB01H. $125].

Recommended. By Michel Draguet.In this beautifully illustrated book, Michel Draguet, an internationally recognized authority on fin-de-siècle art, offers an enlightening examination of the life and art of Belgian Symbolist painter Fernand Khnopff (1858–1921). Khnopff achieved widespread acclaim during his lifetime for his moody, dreamlike paintings, as well as his numerous commissioned portraits, designs for costumes and sets for the theater and opera, photography, sculpture, book illustrations, and writings. Mercatorfonds, 2020. Due Jan. ...More.

Item Code: FERNH
Hard Cover, 9x10, 304pg, Full Color

Speaking of symbolists, we have one copy of Carlos Schwabe (French Edition), [RB329, $125]. And still coming, some day soon, Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece; limited edition hardcover with prints [ALPMH. $120]


Mature Readers

A handsome new edition is available of Alvarado's Pin-Up Nudes, with 16-pages all new. He does outstanding work combining photographs of nude models with digital costuming and accessories. Always with a nod to pop culture, as well as Vargas and Elvgren. Nice work. Here's a link to our pin-up section.

And we have a new Cavewoman, Terror in the Skies, with the ol' Bud Root nude cover. More Cavewoman is right here.

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News and Notes


Illustrated Press

Illustrated Press has announced their next two books: Stanley Meltzoff, the science fiction illustrator, will be out in February. After that is a classic illustrator from the Pyle and Wyeth school, the great Mead Schaeffer. I'm really looking forward to that; I've collected his work for years. The Art of Harry Anderson is now sold out. See our website for all available titles.



Fantagraphics unexpectedly cancelled the 3rd Prince Valiant slipcased set, #7-9. Not sure why, so I hope perhaps they'll reinstate it for next year. It's a nice Christmas tradition to see those big slipcased sets. The first two, with Vol 1-3 and Vol 4-6, remain available [PVS01P, PVS02P. $99.99, $84.99 each]. Also volumes 1-20 are all now in stock.

Rare and Out of Print

We've hired someone new, Todd's daughter Olivia, whose job will be solely devoted to getting these onto the website. She's training now. Keep an eye on Rare and Out of Print to be first to see new titles as they go up. If there is anything you are looking for, feel free to inquire, we have an entire room filled with the Jim Vadeboncoeur collection and other material, waiting to be cataloged.



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