Thursday, December 26, 2019

Classic Comics Press White Sale, Superman, Batman, Birds of Prey and the Best of 75 Years of EC Comics, Choke Gasp!

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Exclusive!! Classic Comics Press White Sale: Lance, Casey Ruggles, Rusty Riley, Cisco Kid! A very special Choke! Gasp! Best of 75 Years of EC Comics. Birds of Prey origins stories, a new Johnny Hazard by Frank Robbins, the Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol 1 is back in print, the Batman Black & White Omnibus makes its first appearance.

Eric Powell gets his own coffee table book, Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four begins John Byrne's tenure, our Sanctum Sale continues with The Spider #1-10 and The Whisperer #1-7 pulp reprints.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Bud's Art Books!

Archives & Comic Strip Collections  |  John Byrne's Fantastic Four
 Classic Comics Press White Sale

Sanctum White Sale Pt 4  |  Art Books  |  Warehouse finds  |  Coming in February
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CHOKE GASP! The Best of 75 Years of EC Comics
Our Highest Recommendation. By Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein et al. Art by Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood et al. You don't know how hard it was to choose the extra scans for this...there are so many great, great EC stories. It truly is the best, broken up by artist. Here we have Reed Crandall (2 stories), Johnny Craig (6), Jack Davis (9), George Evans (3), Graham Ingels (9), Harvey Kurtzman (5), Wally Wood (5), Al Williamson (4) and lots more by Toth, Orlando, Severin, Kamen, Krigstein, Feldstein, and Russ Heath... From "Foul Play" to "Mars is Heaven," from "50 Girls 50" to "Thunderjet," "Judgement Day" to "Master Race." Here is EC's finest, those fabled stories that are everyone's favorites. Dark Horse, 2019...More.

Item Code: CHOKH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 528pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Click here for all of the Dark Horse EC Archives, as well as the Fantagraphics black & white Artist Library series and book sets. These are bargain priced when in the slipcased sets, such as this one below, which just came in. Several individual volumes are also currently on sale.

EC ARTIST LIBRARY Volume 4 Slipcased Set
Four books in slipcase. Highly Recommended. By Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen et al. Collects four outstanding volumes in The New York Times best-selling series. The best comics of the 1950s in crisp black and white reproductions: Grave Business by Graham IngelsForty Whacks by Jack KamenThe High Cost of Dying by Reed Crandall, and The Living Mummy by Jack Davis. More than 100 stories and more than 800 pages, plus bonus features and insightful commentary from EC scholars in each book. A perfect gift for the person in your life who’s into compelling comic art, illustration, or gripping storytelling! Fantagraphics, 2019...More.

Item Code: ECAL04H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 824pg, b&w
$99.99 $84.99


Archives and Comic Strip Collections

SUPERMAN The Golden Age Omnibus Volume 1
New edition. Collects Action Comics #1-31, Superman #1-7 and New York World's Fair Comics #1-2, 1938-40. Our Highest Recommendation. By Jerry Siegel. Art by Joe Shuster, with Jack Burnley and Wayne Boring. Foreword and afterword by none other than Jim Steranko.These groundbreaking stories cementing Superman's place as the medium's most enduring hero are gathered for the first time in this massive, expansive collection. This collects every single Superman story from the fabled origin on for three full years...1938 to December, 1940! Here is the original Superman, who began as a heroic crusader who could only leap, not fly, and was operating way outside the law. Police were shooting at him as often as bad guys. And he was not above intimidating, and sometimes summarily dealing out harsh justice as the lone vigilante he was. DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: SG01H
Hard Cover, 8x12, 784pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

More Superman collections are on our website, Golden Age, Silver Age and Bronze Age comic book archives, and nearly the complete run of newspaper Sunday Pages, from the 1940s to the 1960s..

Winner of FIVE Eisner Awards!! 900 pages! Highly Recommended. By Neal Adams, Brian Bolland et al. The title is simple. The talent is spectacular. Collected from 2004: Batman: Black and White #1-4, second series #1-6,  series and ALL 49 of the backup stories in Batman: Gotham Knight. Featuring a Who's Who of fine artists, eager contributors to this unique project: Neal Adams, Brian Bolland, José Luis Garcia-López, Ted McKeever, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Sienkiewicz, Rafael Albuquerque, Michael Cho, Dave Gibbons, Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, Marc Silvestri, Michael Allred, Gene Colan... DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: BATBWOH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 800pg, Partial Color
$125.00 $105.00

Find more Batman here.


John Byrne's Fantastic Four

Collects Fantastic Four #232-240; Annual #16 & Roast #1, 1981-82. Highly Recommended. By John Byrne, Stan Lee et al. Art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko et al. The Fantastic Four are going back to basics! This collects the debut of John Byrne writing AND drawing, kicking off his celebrated run. Byrne's deft balance, renewing the characters' core, revitalizing old foes and introducing new concepts, gave the FF a bold new vitality. Marvel's First Family were back to the lofty heights of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. In fact, the Lee/Kirby contribution to FF's 20th Anniversary is one of the many bonus treats this volume has in store. Also FF Annual by Steve Ditko, the FF Roast and a treasure trove of bonus material. Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: MMFF21H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 352pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Fantastic Four #215-262 + much more, 1977-83. Recommended. By John Byrne, Chris Claremont et al. Art by Jack Kirby and Ron Wilson. If there is any run of FF that most closely recaptures the magic of Stan and Jack's first 100 issues, this is it for me! It was the world's greatest comic magazine -- again! Not since those hallowed issues had a creator so perfectly captured the classic sense of adventure of Marvel's First Family. Fresh off an earth-shattering and reputation-making run as penciler on Uncanny X-Men, John Byrne proved his writing talent was every bit the equal of his art as he pulled double-duty, including the classic players from Skrulls and Dr. Doom, to Subby and Galactus and the Silver Surfer. Marvel, 2018...More.

Item Code: FFJOM01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x11, 1096pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

JOHN BYRNE FANTASTIC FOUR Artist Select Deluxe Signed
Signed & numbered, 999! Recommended. For more than 40 years, John Byrne has been one of the most popular artists in comics. His legendary run on X-Men with collaborator Chris Claremont stands as one of the most influential of all time. This oversized and massive 360-page limited edition hardcover celebrates John Byrne's time on Fantastic Four, with a carefully chosen selection of his best work. 999-copy limited edition, in a beautiful slipcase, individually numbered and signed by John Byrne. IDW, 2019. Due Nov. ...More.

Item Code: JBFFASD
Hard Cover, 9x13, 360pg, Full Color

See all the available Marvel Masterworks here, and more Fantastic Four here, including several long out-of-print early Marvel Masterworks editions, like Vol 2, 6 and 13. We also have two Artist's Editions featuring Fantastic Four original artwork by Jack Kirby.

Stories from 1996-2007. Recommended. By Paul Dini, Greg Rucka et al. Art by Bill Sienkiewicz, Damion Scott et al. In celebration of the feature film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes Harley Quinn & The Birds of Prey! Meet the characters that inspired the film in six classic tales, written and drawn by a fine variety of creators, and starring: Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, Cassandra Cain, and Black Mask. Includes info pages on each character and variant covers. DC, 2019...More.

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

See our website for more Harley, and more with the Birds of Prey.

Shades of Alex Toth!!! Highly Recommended. By Frank Robbins. Frank Robbins' masterpiece, one of the all-time greatest action/adventure newspaper comic strips. One look at it reveals artwork that looks SO much like Alex Toth--like the best of Alex Toth. Imagine if Alex Toth was drawing Steve Canyon--lots of action in the sky, beautiful damsels in distress and bad girls. That's it! Not sure who influenced who, but this is exciting work, with great action sequences. "One of the most important adventure strips ever to grace newspapers." Hermes Press, 2019...More.

Item Code: JH07H
Hard Cover, 10x6, 288pg, b&w
$50.00 $42.50

Volumes 4-6 are available [JH04H, etc. $50, $42.50 each]. Frank Robbins also worked on Batgirl in the Bronze Age, see the Batgirl Omnibus [BGB01H. $99.99, $85]. And he also contributed to Werewolf by Night, see our listing of Volume 3 [WERE03. $39.99].

By David Lumsdon. Art by Eisu. Freckle-faced Sandra is the girl next door striving to become the next top model, but so far her career has been more booth babe than runway walker. As this crazy Canadian tries to make it in France, Sandra has to deal with a sadistic supervisor, an icy ex-model, a seductive chauffeur, and beautiful people at every turn trying to date, develop, or destroy her! Collects over 250 installments of the popular webcomic series, including print-exclusive bonus stories! By the creative team of writer David Lumsdon (Ménage à 3) and artist Saiful Remy "Eisu" Mokhtar (Carmen Chamelia, No Pink Ponies). Adult themes, but no full nudity, nothing explicit. Udon, 2019...More.

Item Code: SANR01
Soft Cover, 6x8, 272pg, b&w

By the same writer and in much the same style, see Menage a 3 Volumes 1-4 [MENA01, etc. $19.99 ea], These are more explicit and feature more full nudity that the above collection. See more Manga-style comics here.


Classic Comics Press

White Sale

Special new White Sale price! 1955-60. Our Highest Recommendation. By Warren Tufts. Fans have been asking for this ever since I first began selling comics 50 years ago. Warren Tuft's masterpiece Lance includes the entire run of this magnificent comic strip in one volume with the Sundays in full glorious color! Each daily and Sunday has been beautifully restored by Manuel Caldas. Also included in this volume: an in-depth analysis of Tufts' work on Lance by Zoran Djukanovic, biographical information, and more! Tufts was actually emulating Hal Foster's Prince Valiant, right down to the lack of word balloons, an ironic narrator, and brilliantly designed artwork in every panel. This is one of the best Sunday adventure strips you will ever see. Classic Comics Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: WARTH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 368pg, Full Color
$100.00 $45.00

Please read my complete description for more about this monumental work. In all seriousness, this is very much in the vein of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant. It's that good, both in suspenseful, exciting story AND in the panoramic and action-packed art.

This is my hands-down favorite newspaper strip collection for the year. Literally a forgotten strip, it deserves exactly what we have here...a superbly printed, complete collection, including essays and background material. This self-syndicated Sunday Page was only handled by a handful of papers in its day. Frustrated by his lack of control with the Casey Ruggles page, Tufts gave that up while it was stil in its prime, to put all his energy into this creator-owned work of art. A masterpiece of comic strip storytelling and art. And now it's less than half price. ‘nuff said.

CASEY RUGGLES A Saga of the West Volume 1
Special Sale Price 1949-55. Highly Recommended. By Warren Tufts. Warren Tufts is one those rare artist‘s artists, hugely admired by his fellow creators. Tufts' assistants were another talented list: Al Plastino (Superman artist), Edmond Good, Alex Toth, and the super DC creator Ruben Moreira. Tufts is not so well known to the public today, but this small body of work--and then his next project, Lance-- captured devoted admiration from fans AND other creators, for quality stories AND quality artwork. Casey Ruggles is a smart and brave adventurer, in and out of scrapes with nefarious villains and beautiful women. Classic Comics Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: CASR01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x9, 336pg, Full Color
$59.95 $24.95

Also by Warren Tufts, this was his first strip, which preceded Lance by just a few years. It's very much in the same vein, a unique look at the west from a different perspective. And beautiful artwork.

Special Sale Price! Dailies, 1951-53. Highly Recommended. By Rod Reed and Jose Luis Salinas. Volume 1 begins at the very beginning on January 15, 1951 to January 31, 1953. Based on the Western character created by short story writer O. Henry! The Cisco Kid starred in his own comic strip for over 15 years, bringing unparalleled authenticity and realism to "western" adventure. Loaded with amazing artwork by Jose Salinas, whose fine-line work rivals that of Frank Godwin and even Frazetta's own work at the same time on Johnny Comet. Introduction written by Mad Magazine contributor Sergio Aragones, this is an amazing collection of Golden Age Western action! Classic Comics Press, 2011...More.

Item Code: CIS01
Soft Cover, 8x11, 240pg, b&w
$24.95 $12.50

Also on sale is Volume 2 [CIS02. $24.95, $14.95], which is in shorter supply than the other two, and Volume 3 [CIS03. $24.95, $12.50]. We were also expecting Volume 4 as part of this sale, but it didn't show up in our shipment. We'll announce it if and when we get them.

Special Sale Price Dailies, 1948-49. Highly Recommended. By Frank Godwin. First appearing on January 26, 1948, this follows the adventures of orphan Rusty Riley and his faithful dog, Flip. Leaving the orphanage, Rusty is hired by wealthy racehorse owner Mr. Miles in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Soon Rusty is thrust into the world of horse racing--as well as danger, lost treasure, criminals, and a beautiful comrade! Introduction by Howard Chaykin, interview with Frank Godwin' s daughter Diane, plus a number of Godwin illustrations covering the span of his long and productive career, several in full glorious color! Classic Comics Press, 2013...More.

Item Code: RR01H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 344pg, Partial Color
$49.95 $19.95

Watch for more Classic Comics Press titles over the next two-three weeks: Kelly Green, On Stage with Mary Perkins, Big Ben Bolt, Buck O'Rue, Dondi, The Heart of Juliet Jones, and Tarzan: Centennial Edition.


Sanctum White Sale Pt 4

Closeout Price! The very first Spider story with his orgin. Highly Recommended. By Norvell Page, writing as Grant Stockridge. The Citadel of Hell & The Spider and The Sons of Satan. "Woe be to criminals who fell into the Spider's web. He'd often execute them before they had a chance to draw their guns." -Jim Steranko. Like Jim, I too find The Spider stories some of the best, even stacked up against Doc Savage and The Shadow. The Spider had a level of both daring and violence that is just so much fun...the police were as willing to gun him down as the criminals were, since he was, literally, a vigilante killer. He just killed bad guys, with absolutely no remorse! Packed with the superb historical extras that are the hallmark of Sanctum Books. Sanctum, 2013...More.

Item Code: SID01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Text/b&w
$14.95 $6.95

Also available areThe Spider #2-10, same discounted price [SID02, SID03, etc].

Closeout Price! The Dead Who Talked & The Red Hatchets. By Laurence Donovan. "He knows no law but justice!" In this new unusual series, now collected by Sanctum, The Gray Wraith deals out vengeance in two hardboiled pulp thrillers from the most violent series ever published by Street & Smith. In "The Dead Who Talked," the police commissioner is ordered to bring to justice the sinister super-villain. Then, the Long Arm of the Law becomes ensnared in the crossfire of a bloody tong war between the Underworld and The Red Hatchets. BONUS: From the pages of Crime Busters, the first Norgil the Magician story by The Shadow's Walter B. Gibson writing as Maxwell Grant. Sanctum, 2009...More.

Item Code: WH01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Text/b&w
$12.95 $6.95

Also available are The Whisperer #2-7, same discounted price [WH02, WH03, etc].

See all the other books as part of the Sanctum sale, here: Doc Savage, The Shadow, Phantom Detective, The Black Bat, The Avenger, and more, including multi-packs.


Art Books

Oversized hardcover. Recommended. A unique look at a unique creator--Here is the deliberate and painstaking process of becoming a world renowned (!) comic book creator as recalled by Eric and a few of his delinquent (!) friends. This extensive art book spotlights never-before-seen early drawings, superhero test pages, film poster art, and the establishment of Powell's homegrown publishing house Albatross (Exploding) Funnybooks. And, of course, creation of The Goon, his signature work. It's also very funny. Boom!, 2019...More.

Item Code: ARTEPH
Hard Cover, 12x12, 208pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

MODERN MASTERS Volume 28 Eric Powell
Closeout Price! Powell has won FIVE Eisners. Recommended. By Jorge Khoury and Eric Nolen-Weathington. Introduction by Robert Ben Garant. The Goon represents a new generation of brilliant story-telling and art. Here is a full bio of Powell: high school drawings, discovery of Berni Wrightson and the EC gang, work for Hellboy, and more. Comic book pages, color full page drawings. 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. TwoMorrows, 2012...More.

Item Code: MODM28
Soft Cover, 8x11, 120pg, Partial Color
$15.95 $7.95

We only have ten of these left at this price. Eric Powell is also the cover feature on Comic Book Creator #21, the latest issue [CBCR21. $9.95]. And see our website for more with Powell's work.

A highlight of the time-honored gathering of children's publishers in Bologna, Italy, the Illustrators Annual is juried every year from the finest art at the show. Celebrating debut and storied talent from around the world—talent poised to engage a whole new generation of book lovers—this glorious compendium can be read cover to cover or browsed through at random. A delightful glimpse into the future of children's books, in a wide variety of styles and media. Chronicle, 2019...More.

Item Code: ILLA19
Soft Cover, 9x11, 192pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95


Warehouse finds

SCIENCE FICTION The Illustrated Encyclopedia
Warehouse find, 1995. Recommended. By John Clute. Featuring more than a thousand illustrations in full color, a decade-by-decade timeline includes fascinating facts about science fiction films, television series, magazines, and novels, making it the most thorough visual reference book on science fiction available. DK, 1995. . Very good condition. Dust jacket covers worn and slightly scuffed....More.

Item Code: SCIFIC
Hard Cover, 10x12, 312pg, Partial Color

More about the art and history of science fiction, here.

Children's Book Covers 1860-1960. Warehouse find, 1999. Recommended. By Harold Darling. Art by Walter Crane, Maurice Sendak et al. The covers of children's books dazzle us with art, enchantment, and boldly creative designs. This is especially true of books created during the golden age of children's book publishing. During this time, advances in printing and more eclectic tastes made for the most colorful and daring books of all. A treasury of covers from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. From brilliantly illustrated fairy tales to early editions of such favorites as "Curious George Takes a Job," "The Little Prince," "Charlotte's Web," "Babar's Picnic," "Hansel and Gretel," "Cinderella," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," and other classics. Chronicle Books, 1999. . Fine  very light wear....More.

Item Code: FMGDS
Soft Cover, 10x10, 173pg, Text/Full Color

Click here for more long out-of-print warehouse finds...all are in very, very short supply.


Coming in February

DOOM PATROL By John Byrne Omnibus
Collects Doom Patrol #1-18, 2004; JLA #94-99 and more. The World's Strangest Heroes are back, in the way that only the legendary writer/artist John Byrne can deliver! Picking up in the wake of the events of "The Tenth Circle" saga in JLA, this series reunites Robotman, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man and Niles Caulder with a host of edgy new heroes. Byrne, best known for his unforgettable work on Marvel's X-Men and for taking on Fantastic Four, has our team encounter the vampiric threat of Crucifer, head to the Antarctic to stop a pack of mysterious creatures from before the dawn of time, rescue a team of scientists conducting ocean research on an ancient, deadly species of monsters and much more. DC, 2020. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: DOJBH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 672pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Also available is The Doom Patrol Silver Age Omnibus [DOOMPH. $99.99, $85]. Silver Age Volume 1 [DOSA01. $29.99, $26.99] and Doom Patrol Volume 2, on sale, only one left: [DOP02. $29.99, $24.99].

Recommended. Edited by Craig Yoe. Captain America, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner! PLUS dozens of obscure Timely heroes like Blazing Skull, Blonde Phantom, The Terror, Sun Girl, Marvel Boy and Whizzer! This ginormous-format coffee-table book is brought to you by Yoe Books & IDW, who gave you the rousingly acclaimed Super Weird Heroes books! True Believers, face front as we look back at the pulse-pounding super heroes who are the bodacious bedrock of the Marvel before it was Marvel. But Timely was still a wild, offbeat publisher, pushing the limits during the 1940s boom. Marvel, 2020. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: MARSGH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Highly Recommended. Art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Steranko, Windsor-Smith, Severin, Wood, De Carlo et al. Edited by Craig Yoe. As part of the tremendous fun of Silver Age comics, Marvel's artists created pin-ups of the most popular heroes and villains, often for the highly prized Annuals! Now the greatest of these are gathered for the first time in a beautiful large-format hardback! Also included are rare examples of actual original art of The Thing, Spider-Man, and Dr. Strange. An incredible artbook showcasing Spidey, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Avengers, Nick Fury, Daredevil, Millie the Model (!), and the ever lovin' blue-eyed Thing—all from the sixties. IDW, 2019...More.

Item Code: MARMPH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 120pg, Partial Color
$34.99 $29.99

See more Golden Age compilations, such as Super Weird Heroes [SWH02H. $39.99, $34.99--edited and compiled by Yoe Studios--on our website.
New printing. Recommended. By Keith Dallas. Covering all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details: a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends. The rise and fall of Jim Shooter at Marvel Comics! The ascendancy of Frank Miller as a comic book superstar with Daredevil, Ronin and The Dark Knight! DC Comics' reboot with Crisis on Infinite Earths and its Renaissance with a British invasion of talent: Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Neil Gaiman! The emergence of Direct Market-exclusive publishers like Eclipse Comics, Pacific Comics, First Comics, Comico, Dark Horse Comics and others! TwoMorrows, 2019. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: ACB02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 288pg, Full Color
$48.95 $44.95

This is a new printing of this popular release, the first to sell out. See our website for all other volumes: 1940-44 [ACB07H], which I highly recommend; 1960-64 [ACB01H], 1965-69 [ACB04H], 1970s [ACB05H. $41.95], 1990s [ACB06H]-- $39.95 each. Bill Schelly's 1950s has gone out of print and we have no more for now.


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The illustration at the beginning of this email is by our good friend and Disney illustrator Bob Foster. We stole it from his Christmas Card this year, hopefully with his permission! See his two books that we handle here!

Infected by Art Volume 7

We sold out of the deluxe edition in just a couple weeks. The regular edition got hung up in customs, so we are still awaiting delivery. You can reserve a copy anytime, however. Here are previous volumes, also.


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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Neil Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane, King-Size Ditko, Star Trek and Vampirella Replica Editions, Charles Vess, and more!

Just in, a cool Neil Gaiman with wonderful illustrations, Ocean at the End of the Lane. A King-Size Ditko collection and a huge Taschen book on Japanese Woodblock Prints. Firefly Unification Wars part 2, a great Spider-Man collecting the two 1968 magazines; a Mary Shazam, uh, Mary Marvel statue; Star Trek Replica Edition; Vampi #2 replica; six more Sanctum pulp titles on sale; exclusive sale items, warehouse finds including Charles Vess, and more.

Don't miss our Cyber Sale and our Special December email, you can see them both here. See our free book offer, good for ANY order you make: The Golden Age of Fandom by Bill Schelly. And every order this month gets our Christmas Card.

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NEIL GAIMAN The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Superbly and profusely illustrated in this deluxe new edition. Highly Recommended. By Neil Gaiman. Art by Elise Hurst. Once upon a time in a rural English town, an eleven-year-old girl named Lettie Hempstock showed a little boy the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things beyond his darkest imagination. But an ancient power has been disturbed, and now invasive creatures from beyond the known world are set loose. There is primal horror here, and menace unleashed—within the boy's family and from the forces that have gathered to consume it. Determined to get what they want, these otherworldly beings will destroy a meddling little boy if he dares to get in the way. It will take calm, courage, and the cleverness of the extraordinary Hempstock women—Lettie, her mother, and her grandmother, to keep him alive. But his survival will come at an unexpected cost. . . . William Morrow, 2013...More.

Item Code: NGOCH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 192pg, Text/b&w
$26.99 $22.99

Signed bookplate! Our Highest Recommendation. By Neil Gaiman. Art by Colleen Doran. A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by New York Times bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran! A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter, Snow White--who literally murders the king. Roles are reversed and this evil creature cannot be destroyed. We added an illustrated bookplate signed by Colleen before I knew just how beautiful a work this is. Colleen's art and design (there are very few actual panels) are inspired by Art Nouveau illustrator and stained glass designer Harry Clarke. This is gorgeous, page after page!! Adult situations and nudity throughout. Dark Horse, 2019. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: SNOHS
Hard Cover, 7x10, 64pg, Full Color

We actually have three other books about the far-different, more traditional Snow White. And here's more by Neil Gaiman.

DOC SAVAGE Frightened Fish
Back in print after 20 years, the rare Lester Dent/Will Murray collaboration. Highly Recommended. By Will Murray and Lester Dent. Cover by Joe DeVito. This very first in a series of wonderful, well-written new adventures of the pulp hero and his team. The deluded ravings of a madman and the absence of all sea life around a New England fishing village lure Doc Savage and his crew to an obscure island bristling with gunmen. The trail of terror leads to the ravaged coasts of Occupied Japan. There they fall into the clutches of an evil genius long believed dead, a shadowy figure who masterminded World War II... and who now seeks to plunge humanity into a fresh Armageddon. Altus, 2016...More.

Item Code: DOCFF
Soft Cover, 6x9, 142pg, Text Only

See more by Will Murray on our website, including King Kong vs. Tarzan and other Doc Savage New Wild Adventures.

FIREFLY The Unification War Part Two
Collects issues #5-8. By Joss Whedon and Greg Pak. Art by Dan McDaid. The secret history of the Unification War, long before our hero became the captain on Firefly...The official continuation of the pop culture phenomenon from visionary writer & director Joss Whedon! Mal Reynolds and Zoe Washburn are arrested for crimes committed during the Unification War by the mysterious Boss Moon and her Unificators! But their escape from captivity might land them in even greater danger, as secrets are revealed and nothing will ever be the same for the crew of the Serenity! Bonus: variant covers and script-to-page feature. Boom!, 2019...More.

Item Code: FIREU02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color

Part One is available, same price. See more Firefly collections on our website.

Highly Recommended. Edited by Paul Duncan. Meet the inventor of modern horror, suspense, and innovative filmmaking--the directoral equivalent of Will Eisner. This complete guide to the Hitchcock canon is a movie buff's dream: from his 1925 debut The Pleasure Garden to 1976's swan song Family Plot, this traces the filmmaker's entire life and career. Detailed behind-the scenes essays for each of Hitchcock's 53 movies, along with behind-the camera, on-set photos. With triumphs such as Rebecca, Vertigo, Rear Window, and Psycho, and of course, The Birds, Hitchcock fashioned a new level of cinematic intrigue and fear through careful pacing, subtlety, and suggestiveness. Taschen, 2019...More.

Item Code: ALFHH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 688pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $35.00

You'll find more about Alfred Hitchcock in The Digest Enthusiast and The Pulpster #26, with a piece on Robert Bloch, who wrote The Birds.

Numbered & limited, 5000. Recommended. Designed by Ant Lucia. Mary Marvel has grown up, and is she a beauty! The favorite youngster of the Marvel family is now a drum major and the newest addition to the DC Bombshells statue line. OK, ok, she's now Mary Shazam, according to DC. But this still captures that Fawcett magic that fans so love from the 1940s, at least I think so as a fan myself. Except that little Mary Marvel is now a beautiful young lady, with a winning smile and a salute to her fans. Designed by Ant Lucia, sculpted by Tim Miller. It's a keeper for you may not want to miss! DC, 2019...More.

Item Code: DCMS
10.4" tall, Full Color

Click here for more Shazam! material.


Japanese Woodblock Prints

Taschen does it again--a massive fifteen-pound, oversize volume in a fancy box. Includes 17 fold-outs. Recommended. By Andreas Marks. This book lifts the veil on a much-loved but little-understood art form by presenting the 200 most exceptional Japanese woodblock prints in their historical context. Ranging from the 17th-century development of decadent ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” to the decline and later resurgence of prints in the early 20th century, the images collected in this edition make up an unmatched record not only of a unique genre in art history, but also of the shifting mores and cultural development of Japan. From mystical mountains to snowy passes, samurai swordsmen to sex workers in shop windows, each piece is explored as a work of art in its own right, revealing the stories and people behind the motifs. Taschen, 2019...More.

Item Code: JAPWBH
Hard Cover, 11x16, 622pg, Full Color
$200.00 $180.00

THE PRINTED IMAGE The Flowering of Japan's Wood Block Print Culture
Recommended. By Matthi Forrer. The Printed Image offers a chance to discover Japan's groundbreaking woodblock printing culture through 348 full color images. Cologne's Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst has been collecting Japanese woodblock prints and books for more than 100 years, and this publication brings together the best of its holdings in a major new survey of the art form. With a massive 400 pages, all genres are explored: Geisha, Risque, Theatre, Landscapes, Wind & Rain, Nature, Legend, Ghosts and the Supernatural. Fine large reproduction. Walther König Verlag, 2018...More.

Item Code: PRIMH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 400pg, Full Color

See our website for more Japan-related books, from film director Miyazaki, and Shin Hanga (Modern woodblock works), to its influence on Kay Nielsen and manga.



Collects Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #3, 11-13, 24, 31-33, Annual #1-2, 1962-4. Highly Recommended. By Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. The incomparable Amazing Spider-Man work of Steve Ditko, in the massive King-Size format. From Spidey's origin to the first appearances of villains like Mysterio and Doctor Octopus, all for the first time OVERSIZE. Including the Master Planner saga (#21-33) -- considered by many to be the greatest Spider-Man story ever. A host of bonus material, including Ditko's original Amazing Fantasy #15 artwork with variant art, several pages of his uninked pencils, full color house ads and more. Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: DITAKH
Hard Cover, 14x22, 328pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00

Also in this King-Size series: Kirby is...Mighty [KIRMH] and Kirby is...Fantastic [KIRIH] $100, $89.95.

Collects the rare magazine run #1-2, 1968. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee. Art by John Romita Sr. and Larry Lieber. In 1968, Spider-Man swung into a brand-new magazine-sized format -- and the results were spectacular! With John Romita Sr. channeling film noir in his visuals and Stan Lee offering longer stories for a more mature readership, these were Spidey tales like nothing that had come before! In the first issue, told in glorious halftone black-and-white, things get political as Richard Raleigh bids to be the next mayor of New York -- but will his campaign be derailed by a monster running amok in the Big Apple? Then, Lee and Romita go fittingly full-color for the high-flying return of the Green Goblin and deliver a feature-length showdown between Spidey and his archnemesis! Plus, revisit the origin of Spider-Man as retold by Stan and his brother, Larry Lieber! Marvel, 2019...More.

Item Code: SPECLO
Soft Cover, 7x10, 136pg, Partial Color
$19.99 $17.99

You will find more new and archival Spider-Man collections on our website, 30 different titles.


Replica Editions

STAR TREK The Motion Picture
Facsimile of the original 1979 magazine, adapting to comics the first ST film! Recommended. By Marv Wolfman. Art by Dave Cockrum and Klaus Janson. A complete 52-page full color comics adaptation of the film, plus photos, interviews, features, art, and the new Starship Concordance. An alien presence of enormous power enters Federation space, destroying three powerful Klingon cruisers and neutralizing everything in its path. As it heads toward Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk returns to the helm of an upgraded U.S.S. Enterprise and sets course to meet the aggressor head-on. IDW, 2019...More.

Item Code: STARMP
Soft Cover, 8x11, 64pg, Full Color

Find more Star Trek collections, including both comics and newspaper strips, on our website.

VAMPIRELLA Volume 2 1969 Replica Edition
Limited. By Forrest J. Ackerman, Nick Cuti, Don Glut, Bill Parente et al. This Limited Replica Edition of Vampirella #2 is exactly what you got off the newstand in 1969! Every story and advertisement. Artists this issue are Mike Royer, Ernie Colon, Billy GrahamWilliam Barry, Jerry Grandenetti, Dick Piscopo and Tony Williamson. This issue features historic first appearances by Vampirella's cousin Evily and her blonde twin Draculina. Seven stories, including "Queen of Horror," "Down to Earth," "The Octopus," "Rhapsody in Red," a robot story, Vampi's Feary Tales and more. Dynamite, 2019...More.

Item Code: VAMR02
Magazine, 8x11, 66pg, b&w

Volume 1 replica is also in stock, and has been selling well [VAMP01. $6.99]. See our website for more Vampi books and three statues.

See our website for more facsimile editions: Calla Editions, Dick Tracy Feature Books, Wow #1 (Canadian), even a Matt Baker Pictorial Confessions!


Sanctum Sale, part 3

Here's three more short run titles. We may have the rest done by next week. Meanwhile, The Shadow #1-115 and Doc Savage #1-87 are all $5.95, but beware, they are selling briskly. We are sold out of the Shadow Annual #1 and close to it on #2, but we are trying to get more copies.
Closeout Price! Marked for Death & The Impossible Theft. Recommended. By Richard Wormser and Thomas C. McClary writing as Nick Carter. The first of three double-story issues, from the same publisher as the outstanding Shadow and Doc Savage pulp reprints. This legendary master detective actually predates Sherlock Holmes! But he was reborn in the hard-boiled 1930s as a new hero from top pulp publisher, Street and Smith (publisher of The Shadow and Doc, among many other titles). Here is his debut appearance in "Marked for Death" from the first Nick Carter Magazine (March, 1933), designed as a "sister" title to Doc Savage. Sanctum, 2013...More.

Item Code: NC01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, b&w
$14.95 $6.95

Click here to see the other two books in the Nick Carter series, both on sale for $6.95 [NC02, NC03. $6.95].
CAP FURY Volume 1
Closeout Price! Recommended. By Laurence Donovan and Steve Fisher. In the two-fisted tradition of Doc Savage, Captain John Fury and the crew of his super-ship The Whirlwind battle modern-day piracy in two thrilling pulp novels from 1935 and 1937! First, after the law fails, Cap Fury follows a trail of vengeance to his brother's murderers in "The Red Heart Pearls." Then, "Black Daylight" strikes at high noon, enveloping thousands in terror and suffering, and propelling Cap Fury on an urgent mission to Mexico's Sierra Madres. Plus, an action-packed adventure of Sheridan Doome from the back pages of The Shadow Magazine! Sanctum, 2014...More.

Item Code: CF01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, b&w
$14.95 $6.95

Closeout Price! The Emperor of Death & The Crime of Fu Kee Wong. Recommended. By D'Arcy Champion, writing as G. Wayman Jones. The pulp era's longest-running pulp title--20 years--starred this handsome, masked detective in his signature black top hat. Here are his first two adventures, straight out of 1933, in this two-book series from Sanctum. On a special mission for the President, The Phantom seeks to end the murderous reign of The Emperor of Death in his debut adventure! Then, he combats a mysterious Asian's sinister plot in The Crime of Fu Kee Wong. Also from Thrilling Comics #53, the first Phantom Detective comic book story, illustrated by Justice Society and Flash artist E. E. Hibbard. Sanctum, 2012...More.

Item Code: PHDE01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Text/b&w
$14.95 $6.95

Also available and on sale is The Phantom Detective Volume 2 [PHDE02. $6.95].

New on Sale

The Cave Paintings and Alex Schomburg are reduced for a limited time, until January 31st!
CASEY RUGGLES A Saga of the West Volume 1
Closeout Price! 1949-55. Highly Recommended. By Warren Tufts. Warren Tufts is one those rare artist‘s artists, hugely admired his fellow creators. Tufts' assistants were another talented list: Al Plastino (Superman artist), Edmond Good, Alex Toth, and the super DC creator Ruben Moreira. Tufts is not so well known to the public today, but this small body of work--and then his next project, Lance-- captured devoted admiration from fans AND other creators, for quality stories AND quality artwork. Casey Ruggles is a smart and brave adventurer, in and out of scrapes with nefarious villains and beautiful women. Classic Comics Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: CASR01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x9, 336pg, Full Color
$59.95 $24.95

The second volume is currently slated to come out sometime in 2020; the publisher moved and it's been delayed along with his other upcoming projects.

CAVE PAINTINGS The Art of Budd Root
Closeout Price! Limited, 2000! Recommended. By Budd Root. Introduction by Frank Cho. "I'm a huge Budd Root fan from day one and I always wanted a nice hardcover Budd Root art book for a long time. After years of waiting, I decided to put my publisher hat on and just publish it myself." -Frank Cho. And is this a hot book! Page after page of dazzling art, not only wonderful nudes (and almost nudes) of Cavewoman, but specialty pieces, commissions, Universal monsters, convention book covers and posters, and an interview. Monkey Boy, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: CAVPH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color
$30.00 $19.95

Budd does all those nude cover variants on Cavewoman. See them all on our website.

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By J. David Spurlock. Alex Schomburg produced the most dazzling array of high quality comic book covers in the Golden Age of American comics (1933-1955). This book collects, for the first time, a host of tantalizing Schomburg treasures in one volume. Super-heroes, jungle girls, robots, wild animals, and space travelers abound in these romantic and nostalgic pop art icons of the bygone WWII era. Vanguard, 2005...More.

Item Code: THRC
Soft Cover, 9x11, 112pg, Full Color
$24.95 $14.95

We also have just two copies left of this in hardcover, still at regular price [THRCH. $34.95]. You can find more of Alex's comics work on our website.



Here are another 50 items that we have 3, 2 or just one copy left. Many have been newly reduced in price. Click here for the first and second batches of 50 books.

Warehouse finds

Signed bookplate! Warehouse find, 1990. Two issues. Highly Recommended. Script by Patrick Mason. Art by P. Craig Russell. Book one: The Magic Flute, adaptation of Mozart's opera. The Queen of Night sends Tamino and Papageno on a quest to rescue her daughter Pamino from Sarastro. Book two: The Queen of the Night wants Pamina to murder Sarastro while Tamino and Papageno face a test. Beautifully illustrated by Russell. Published by the long-gone Eclipse Comics, which IDW editor Dean Mullaney once owned along with his wife cat yronwode. Includes signed bookplate P. Craig Russell did for us in 1992 for his Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, complete with a special illustration. Eclipse Books, 1990...More.

Item Code: WAMMF

CHARLES VESS From the 1970's to 1996 Signed
Signed! Fourth printing. Warehouse find, 1997. Recommended. By J. Olivier Dancoine and John Potten. Scarce publication on the life and early works of noted illustrator and comic book artist Charles Vess. J. Olivier Dancoine, 1997. . As new....More.

Item Code: CVF70S
Soft Cover, 6x8, 96pg, b&w

We have just a couple of these, and also a couple with one bumped corner, but still signed and otherwise sharp: [CVF70SR. $60].

Charles is one of our favorite contemporary illustrators. We handle all of his books, see our website for many with signed bookplates. Here are three favorites:

BOOKS OF EARTHSEA The Complete Illustrated Edition Signed
Signed bookplate! 992-pages!! Our Highest Recommendation. By Ursula K. Le Guin. Art by Charles Vess. Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea novels are some of the most acclaimed and awarded works in literature—they have received prestigious accolades such as the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, the Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award and many more honors, commemorating their enduring place in the hearts and minds of readers and the literary world alike. Now for the first time ever, they're all together in one volume—including the early short stories, Le Guin's “Earthsea Revisioned” Oxford lecture, and a new Earthsea story, never before printed. New introduction by Le Guin herself, fifty illustrations in both b&w and color, some double-page, by Charles Vess, specially commissioned and selected by Le Guin. Saga Press, 2018...More.

Item Code: BOOKEHS
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x9, 1008pg, Partial Color

Signed! Our Highest Recommendation. By Neil Gaiman, Charles De Lint et al. Art by Charles Vess. >This award-winning compendium of English and Scottish fairy tales and folklore returns to print in a sumptuous new collection! Beautifully illustrated by Charles Vess and featuring adaptations by Neil Gaiman, Charles De Lint, Jeff Smith, Elaine Lee and acclaimed children's writer Jane Yolen. This new edition also collects for the first time since 1995, Vess' unfinished epic saga Skade, and 10 additional pages of art never seen in print before. "Each ballad is a little gem sparkling with restored vitality. It is all here: lust and humor, ghosts and demons, passion and terror, all the things that keep us up at night. What more could the fantasy reader desire?" - SciFiDimensions Titan, 2018. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: BBSAGH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 240pg, b&w
$29.99 $26.99

Signed bookplate! Our Highest Recommendation. By Charles de Lint. Illustrated by Charles Vess. The magic is all around you, if only you open your eyes... Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills--until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Little Brown, 2013...More.

Item Code: CATTHS
Hard Cover, 6x9, 292pg, Full Color

Also available in softcover, without the signed bookplate: [CATT. $11.99]. The sister publication for this is Seven Wild Sisters, also available in hardcover and softcover, [SEVWH. $18] and [SEVW. $9.99].

Rare & Out of Print

We have a few more Pogo books listed this week, as well as a Solomon Kane sketchbook by Gary Gianni, and a paperback Weird World of Gahan Wilson. A few Howard Pyle collections have made it up, and more will be coming soon. Click here to see our newest listings.

Coming in February

WHISPER Omnibus Volume 1
By Steven Grant. Art by Rich Larson et al. The critically acclaimed series by Steven Grant (The PunisherBadlands) is finally collected in remastered omnibus editions! Alexis Devin was trained in the martial arts by her Japanese stepfather to make her healthy...but this is just what saved her life when she became a target. She thought that putting on a mask would make her a superhero... but she's about to learn that while the world needs heroes, they aren't the kind you see in comic books. Comicmix, 2020. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: WHIS01
Soft Cover, 6x9, 338pg, Full Color

STEVE CANYON Volume 10 1965-1966
Contraband Cargo. Dailies and Sundays. By Milton Caniff. Shades of Terry and the Pirates! Steve roams the Far East in Volume 10, learning that politics makes strange bedfellows as he first teams up with Cheetah in Taiwan, then goes undercover in Hanoi to rescue “Herself” Muldoon! In between he encounters another femme fatale from his past, now harrying the Hong Kong waters under the nom de guerre “Madame Hook.” Library of American Comics, 2020. Due Feb. ...More.

Item Code: SC10H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 336pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $39.99

Still available: Volumes 1-4, 7-9 [SC01H, SC02H, etc. $49.99, $39.99 each. Volumes 4 and 5 are sold out.


Mature Readers

Two picture books this week, both from German erotic publisher, Goliath. First is A Visual History of Lovemaking Toys - just what it sounds like, and all in a pocket-sized hardcover. Same format as the popular Private Pornography in the Third Reich.

Second we have More Dirty Girls Having Fun, a collection by photographer Ellen Stagg. It's always a bit different to see what a woman chooses to picture, and how her subjects react to having a woman behind the camera instead of a man. Also see her first collection, Dirty Girl: Naked and Uncensored.

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News and Notes


Steranko's History of the Comics

Diamond Comics announced a "new printing" of this, but when our copies came in, they were still the original 1972 printing, complete with various small defects. Until we know better, there is no new printing of this. But we still have the original and it's a classic! [STER02. $20].

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Choke! Gasp: The Best of 75 Years EC Comics

Once again, we got the shipment but once backorders were filled, the only copies we had left were damaged due to bad packing. So we're waiting for a new shipment to come in. We had the same problem with The Phantom Sundays Volume 3, we're awaiting replacement copies.

This is our last email before Christmas please accept our very best wishes for you and your family this holiday. Thanks for your support this year. Now we head into 2020 and we will be celebrating our 50th year in business. Really!?! I'm not quite sure how yet, but we'll come up with something fun.

I am very grateful that I still enjoy doing this. It's truly a blessing to be able to make a career from something you enjoy—in my case, comics, art and illustration. I'm glad that I started when I was 18 years I'm not yet too ancient to keep going for a while longer!



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