Thursday, June 25, 2020

Legion of Super-Heroes Omnibus, Carthago 2, more Doomsday Clock, Frank Cho’s Jungle Girl, the Dark Knight and more!

Next week is the holiday, and we'll be closed on Friday, July 3. This email will go out as usual on Thursday night. This week we have a new Legion Omnibus, Carthago 2, Will Murray's Wild Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Frank Cho's Jungle Girl Omnibus, and The Complete Wraith by Michael Gilbert, with a signed full color Mr. Monster bookplate! Plus lots of interesting News and Notes.

Our new catalog, featuring the new Frank Cho Retrospective on the cover, is downloadable right now. You'll see printed copies in mid July.

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LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES The Silver Age Omnibus Volume 3
1967-70. Return to the world of the 30th Century! By Jim Shooter et al. Art by Curt Swan et al. In the third omnibus collection of the Legion of Super-Heroes' Silver Age stories, the future super-team's mission continues in the pages of Adventure Comics and Action Comics. Classic tales from creators including prolific Legion writer Jim Shooter and legendary comics artists including Curt Swan and Win Mortimer are collected in this massive volume.  Meet the team of villains who never lose--"The Unkillables"! Witness "The Revolt Of The Super-Pets"! Discover "Chameleon Boy's Secret Identity"! And unravel the mystery of "The Legionnaires Who Never Were"! DC, 2020...More.

Item Code: LEGS03H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 680pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00

Volumes 1 and 2 are both still in stock [LEGS01H, LEGS02H. $75, $65 ea]. There's also a softcover of Volume 1, [LEGS01. $24.99, $21.99]. There's also two volumes of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes [SUPE01H, 02H. $49.99, $39.99]. These collect stories from 1977-80 by Paul Levitz, Mike Grell et al.

Signed full color Mr. Monster Bookplate. Highly Recommended. The Wraith was a cult classic during the early days of indie comics in the 1970s, and a training ground for Michael T. Gilbert's later work on Elric and Mr. Monster. Created as spoof of Will Eisner's Spirit, Wraith fans included Eisner himself. He wrote "The Wraith has a lot of originality. Your style and approach are very vigorous!" The Wraith appeared in all six issues of Star*Reach's Quack! Here is every story, scanned from the original art, plus a wealth of unpublished art and photos, and an intro by Mr. Monster himself! Gilbert's commentary provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the 1970s comic book scene. Clover Press, 2020...More.

Item Code: COMWS
Hard Cover, 7x10, 96pg, Two Color

Mike also has work in Star Reach Companion, below, and every issue of Alter Ego. Ask for a free copy of his Mr. Monster vs Gorzilla with any order [MRMVG. $00]. It's an Image comic from 1998, written by Ken Bruzenak.

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Richard Arndt. A complete history and bibliography of the 1970s independent comic, bridging underground and "straight" comics. Its influence was enormous, impacting nearly every aspect of modern comics and genres, and showcasing new work by young creators Dave Stevens, Frank Brunner, Howard Chaykin, Steve Leialoha, Walter Simonson, Barry Windsor-Smith, Ken Steacy, John Workman, Mike Vosburg, P. Craig Russell, Dave Sim, Michael Gilbert, and many others. TwoMorrows, 2013. Mature Readers...More.

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

Highly Recommended. By Christophe Bec, Alcante et al. Art by Jaouen, Fafner et al. Gargantuan prehistoric sharks, aquatic civilizations, and a nefarious centenarian -- the critically acclaimed series continues. Twelve years ago, Lou Melville and her brother were deep in the ocean, observing prehistoric sharks (see book 1). But after a terrible accident, Lou lost her family...and grew up. Now an heiress to a fortune, she is sucked back into the world of legends and monsters...and leading an expedition to an ancient underwater city. Here she may find the secret of her own origins, and her mysterious power. Humanoids, 2020...More.

Item Code: CARTHA02
Soft Cover, 8x10, 288pg, Full Color
$27.99 $24.99

Highly Recommended. By Christophe Bec, Alcante et al. Art by Aleksa Gajic, Jaquen, Fafner et al. A prelude to the highly recommended Carthago graphic novel, about the discovery of a modern day Megladon, the killing machine ancestor of the great white shark. These five individual, but interlinked, stories see our Carthago characters Donovan and billionaire Feiersinger combating all manner of malicious myths and monsters from the Californian Bigfoot and deadly African dinosaurs to Arctic sea creatures and giant Canadian wolves. Whether driven by a taste for adventure, a passion for scientific curiosity, or simply by pure obsession, join our unrelenting heroes as they chase and encounter creatures that are as mythical as they are deadly. Humanoids, 2017...More.

Item Code: CARTHAH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 288pg, Full Color
$34.95 $29.95

Volume 1 is currently out of print, we have just two left [CARTHA. $24.95]. I really like this series, I'm eager to read this new one.

Collects #7-12. Highly Recommended. By Geoff Johns. Art by Gary Frank. Here is part 2 to the critically acclaimed Doomsday Clock by the renowned team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank--in a slipcase with room for Part 1! The truth behind DC Universe: Rebirth is revealed, and the final fate of the DC Universe is decided in a confrontation between Superman and Dr. Manhattan. Where or what is the Justice Society of America? Who is Wally West? As the answers to the mysteries plaguing our heroes reveal themselves one thing is certain. Their world will never be the same. DC Comics, 2020...More.

Item Code: DOOM02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 232pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Part 1 is also available [DOOM01H. $24.99, $21.99].

JUNGLE GIRL Complete Omnibus
Collects Season 1 #0-5, Season 2 #1-5 and Season 3 #1-4. Recommended. By Frank Cho and Doug Murray. Art by Frank Cho and Adriano Batista. This Complete Omnibus features all three "seasons" of the Jungle Girl series, collected for the first time in one book. Well-drawn adventures, this looks very good. Overseen by co-writer and artist Frank Cho and infused with everything Cho fans want to see, beautiful women, thrilling adventures, and, of course, dinosaurs. Co-writer Doug Murray brings his magic and series artist Adriano Batista does a fine job. Includes bonus Cho pencil drawings and studies, variant covers. Dynamite, 2020...More.

Item Code: JUNGCO
Soft Cover, 7x10, 392pgpg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

Closeout Price! Recommended. By Frank Cho, Doug Murray. Art by Jack Jadson. The Lost World is doomed! When a tear in the dimensional fabric opens over the forbidden God Mountain, the brave and cunning Jana must rescue her friends Togg and Mike Mize from flaming debris, stampeding dinosaurs, and bloodthirsty tribesmen. And then there's the fearsome otherworldly deities known as The Old Ones... Story and all four covers by Frank Cho, co-writing by the renowned Doug Murray, and excellent art. We like it all! Dynamite, 2016...More.

Item Code: JGIR
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
$15.99 $10.99

See all items in stock by Frank Cho on our website.

New Printing. Recommended. By Michael Uslan. Art by Giovanni Timpano. A historic crossover, finally back in print! Cover by Alex Ross. The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Avenger, the three iconic pulp crime-fighters come together for the first time! Out of tragedy, a hero is born... and an alliance formed! When an airliner carrying industrialist Richard Henry Benson and his family disappears, it's the first strike in a secret cabal's master plan for world conquest. As genius adventurer Doc Savage and brutal vigilante The Shadow attempt to avert disaster with their science and bullets, Benson rises from the ashes with a fearsome new identity: The Avenger. Dynamite, 2020...More.

Item Code: JUSI01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

Matt Wagner's prolific run on Batman is collected in one place for the first time ever. From a mad scientist who has created a race of giant monster men to do his bidding, to Batman encountering sinister machinations and new dimensions of wickedness as he confronts the hooded menace of the Mad Monk, there's plenty of horror and action! Collects Batman #626-641 and #54, 2016; Batman and the Monster Men #1-6, Batman Black and White #3, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #28-30, Batman: The Mad Monk #1-6, and five more comics. DC Comics, 2020...More.

Item Code: LEGMWH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 488pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Highly Recommended. By Dennis O'Neil, Gerry Conway et al. Art by Michael Golden. The 1970s stories starring Batman featuring the slick artwork of Michael Golden are collected for the first time, including appearances by the Demon and Man-Bat and stories never before collected. Golden is renowned for his design skills and unique interpretation of Batman and other heroes, as seen in these early stories, written by well-known comics writers including Dennis O'Neil, Gerry Conway and Mike W. Barr. I would compare his work to that of Michael Kaluta and Berni Wrightson. It's excellent, and the stories are also very good. DC Comics, 2019...More.

Item Code: LEGDMH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 248pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99


Art & Reference

DAVE COCKRUM'S X-MEN Artifact Edition
Recommended. Introduction by Chris Claremont. Art by Dave Cockrum. More than 100 pages from Dave Cockrum's initial run on The X-Men, and from a second run several years later. Pages presented were all scanned from Cockrum's actual original art and are printed at the same size they were drawn, capturing the look and feel of the artist's hand-drawn work. Bonus Gallery featuring covers, sketches, model sheets and guides to other artists on how to draw each X-Men character! And a few surprises, like color commission pieces. This is an art book MADE for fans of Cockrum's X-Men art! IDW, 2020...More.

Item Code: DCXAEH
Hard Cover, 12x17, 144pg, b&w

Click here for all Artist and Artifact editions. And here for X-Men Omnibus collections with Dave Cockrum and John Byrne.

Highly Recommended. Foreword by Dennis Dittrich. Introduction by Royal Cortissoz. A New York City–based institution founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators remains dedicated to promoting the art of illustration. Ten years after its 1901 founding, the organization resolved to publish an annual compilation of the year's best illustrations by its members--today the Illustrators Annual is among the most prestigious publications in its field. 85 images, including work by the most influential illustrators of the twentieth century: Frederic Remington, James Montgomery Flagg, Franklin Booth, Charles Dana Gibson, and many others. Dover, 2020...More.

Item Code: FIRAN
Soft Cover, 8x11, 192pg, b&w
$24.95 $22.95

For similar material and artists from this period, see our Artists & Illustration/Classic section. Also see other reprint/facsimile books like this from publisher Dover and Calla. I especially like 100 Favorite Illustrations from Collier's Magazine [100FAV. $24.95, $21.95].

New printing of the 2004 edition. By Jack Faragasso. This is the Frank Reilly system of drawing and painting, presented by Jack Faragasso, the artist and teacher who succeeded Reilly as director of the Frank J. Reilly School of Art. Hundreds, if not thousands of artists have studied this method. "The same system I've been teaching for 33 years at the Art Students League of New York." With the aid of more than 500 illustrations and photographs, this shows step-by-step and in great detail all aspects of figure illustration: choosing materials and tools; creating and balancing the line; the principles of growth in plants and animals; the interplay of light and shadow; proportion; action; several chapters on the structure of the figure. Dover, 2020...More.

Item Code: MASS
Soft Cover, 9x11, 256pg, b&w
$24.95 $22.95

More artist reference in our how-to section, under Comics Related. Also from Jack Farragasso is The Early Photographs of Bettie Page [EARP. $19.99, $14.99].


Prose & Story Anthology Books

Recommended. By Will Murray. Cover by Joe DeVito. Ten new stories of Sherlock Holmes! Is a blue-skinned dinosaur tearing up the Essex countryside? "The Wild Adventure of the Indigo Impossibility" provides the astonishing answer. Holmes and Watson plunge into the darkest dens of Limehouse in search of "The Mystery of the Elusive Li Shen." Is he man, myth, or monster? What is the secret of the uncatchable Thames footpad chronicled in "The Adventure of Old Black Duffel?" Altus, 2020...More.

Item Code: WILSHE
Soft Cover, 6x9, 303pg, Text Only

There will be a signed hardcover edition, but details are not yet pinned down as of this writing. A related but far more light-heard series is Enola Holmes, which now runs to three collections. They've been quiet but steady sellers for us, and are fun to read. Here's the first one:

AN ENOLA HOLMES MYSTERY 1 The Case of the Missing Marquess
Sherlock Holmes' Younger Sister! Recommended. By Serena Blasco. With Sherlock and Mycroft off in London, their younger sister Enola has been raised by her mother on the family's country manor. But Enola wakes on her 14th birthday to discover that her mother has disappeared, leaving only a collection of flowers and a coded message book. With Sherlock and Mycroft determined to ship her off to a boarding school, Enola escapes, displaying a cleverness that even impresses the elder Holmes. But nothing prepares her for what lies ahead. An all-ages tale that's light and fun, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment. IDW, 2018...More.

Item Code: ENOLH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x11, 64pg, Full Color

A Cautionary Fables & Fairytales Book. Recommended. By Kory Bing, Mary Cagle et al. Giant beanstalks, trickster cats, magic pipers, royal werewolves, marauding trolls, and wooden battle spoons? European folktales are refreshed, rebooted, and totally reimagined in this high-spirited collection! This is the third book in this series, each a collection of nine fun comic book tales spanning the realm from sly humor to dark fireside tales. Featuring the work of Carla Speed McNeil (Kid Brother from Russia), Mary Cagle, K.C. Green (The Singing Bone), Katie Shanahan (Tatterhood, Norway), and more! Iron Circus Comics, 2020...More.

Item Code: NIXIM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 200pg,

The other two collections in this series, which are also good reads, are Tamamo The Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories [TAMAF. $15], and The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stories [GIRLW. $15].



Here's another batch of 50 items that are going away soon, down to just one, two or three copies left. Click the links to see the previous groups listed in February, March, April, May and June.

Coming in July

By Christine B. Podmaniczky. The first catalogue raisonné of N.C. Wyeth's work. Slipcased two volume hardback set. Contains information on 1,922 paintings arranged chronologically by genre. Published in 2008, but never before available from us. Volume 1 features two essays, "N. C. Wyeth" by Christine B. Podmaniczky, and "An Evolving Technique: N. C. Wyeth's Methods, and Materials" by conservator Joyce Hill Stoner. It also includes a Guide to the Catalogue and entries for illustrations 1-959. Volume 2 includes entries for illustrations 996-1322, as well as sections on Murals and Architectural Decoration, Commercial Work, Landscapes, Still Life, Portraiture and Private Paintings, and Other Work. Scala Publishers, 2008. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: NCWCATH
Hard Cover, 12x13, 920pg, Full Color

We have these Wyeth items in stock and there's another exhibit book on the artist due any day now. Watch for it.

SILVER AGE CLASSICS Strange Mysteries Volume 1 Hardcover
Collects Strange Mysteries #9-12, 1958-64 and Strange Worlds 1958. By Jay Disbrow, Ross Andru et al. I.W. Publishing became notorious for publishing unauthorized reprints of other company's comics, often with new covers. Incredibly, the company produced 118 separate titles, no mean achievement, which is where we start with Strange Mysteries. Issues #9-12 are an eccentric mix of weird and strange tales from Jay Disbrow, George H. Appel, Ross Andru, Ben Brown, Bernard Baily and Carl Burgos from the 1940s and 1950s. Bonus issue Strange Worlds features spine-tingling science fiction by Mike Esposito, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Syd Shores and Gene Fawcette. PS Artbooks, 2020. Due July. ...More.

Item Code: SASM01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color


Coming in August

THE POWER OF SHAZAM! BOOK 1 in the Beginning by Jerry Ordway
1995- DC's Captain Marvel make-over, well-drawn by Ordway. He brought back Capt. Nazi, Ibis, Bulletman, Spy Smash and Minuteman. Curt Swan puts in a guest artist appearance. Ordway's 1994 graphic novel was a success, winning the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Original Graphic Album of 1994, and led to the publication of an ongoing Power of Shazam! series, set four years after the graphic novel.The 1995 series reintroduced many of the characters from Fawcett Comics into current DC continuity, including Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr., Beautia Sivana, Mister Tawky Tawny, etc. DC Comics, 2020. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: POWS01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 408pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

We have more about Shazam! and the original Captain Marvel on our website.

The Uncompromising Life of the Artist Behind Spider-Man and the Rise of Marvel Comics. By Dave Currie. Foreword by Mark S. Ditko. The first in depth biography of comics legend Steve Ditko, in his own words — taken from years of correspondence with author David Currie and endorsed by the Ditko family with a foreword by Mark S. Ditko, who writes "I'm very happy to say that this is a really great book. David, and his correspondence with my uncle and others, uncovered and documented things that would otherwise have been left unknown or subject to complete speculation ...if ever even considered." Hermes Press, 2020. Due Aug. ...More.

Item Code: DITKH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 208pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $44.99

We have a good selection of books collecting Ditko's work right now, several on sale.


Coming in September

By Mike W. Barr. How did Ra's al Ghul become the villain that he is? How would a union between his daughter Talia and the Dark Knight benefit him? Why would he want to father an heir? Follow along as Batman lives through and tries to unravel the mystery behind the mind of Ra's al Ghul! This collection of the three Demon tales contains the stories that explore the connection between Batman and the notorious villain.Collects Batman: Birth of the Demon #1, Batman: Bride of the Demon #1, and Batman: Son of the Demon #1. DC Comics, 2020. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: BATDTH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 304pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

GROSS EXAGGERATIONS The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross
Presenting a comprehensive collection of the major comic strips from Milt GrossNize Baby, Count Screwloose, and Dave's Delicatessen, along with other comic strips and offerings from books and magazines. The king of "screwball" comic strips, Milt Gross had a varied career in movies and animation, humorous poetry and illustrated novels, and, most prolifically, comic strips. Beginning in the 1920s, his comics were born of the Yiddish humor in vaudeville and expanded to lampooning all the foibles and fallacies of American life. IDW, 2020. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: GROEXH
Hard Cover, 13x16, 144pg, Partial Color
$85.00 $69.00

If you like Milt Gross, check all the artists as crazy as he is, in Screwball Comics, available now:

SCREWBALL! The Cartoonists Who Made The Funnies Funny
Bonus: exclusive limited edition 16-page pamphlet of bonus material, signed by Paul Tumey. Highly Recommended. By Paul Tumey. Art by George Herriman et al. Before "screwball" became a movie genre, it was a staple of other forms of American culture, including newspaper comic strips. Screwball comics offered a healthy dose of laughter and perspective. Comics scholar Paul C. Tumey traces the development of screwball as a genre in magazine cartoons and newspaper comics, presenting the lives and work of fifteen cartoonists, with an art-stuffed chapter on each, such as Segar, Goldberg, Holman, Gross, Mager, Swanson and others. IDW, 2018...More.

Item Code: SCRCH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 11x11, 272pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99

By Sorah Suhng et al. Art by Jay Anacleto, Monte Moore et al. Lady Death's Naughty side is visited once again in this brand-new hardcover art book, containing 48 full-color pages of pin up art by from today's top artists! Contributors include Jay Anacleto, Eric Basaldua, Jenevieve Broomall, Elias Chatzoudis, Jeremy Clark, Mike DeBalfo, Alé Garza, David Harrigan, Ken Hunt, Sun Khamunaki, Ryan Kincaid, Mike Krome, Bill McKay, Dawn McTeigue, Dan Mendoza, Jonboy Meyers, Monte Moore and many more! Coffin Comics, 2020. Due Sept. ...More.

Item Code: LDMNH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 48pg, Full Color

Signed! By Sorah Suhng et al. Art by Jay Anacleto, Monte Moore et al.Coffin Comics, 2020. Due Sept. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: LDMNHS
Hard Cover, 9x12, 48pg, Full Color

Here's the other available Lady Death Naughty collections.


Coming in October

By Chuck Dixon. A gripping and heartwrenching collection masterfully brought together by Chuck Dixon. Azrael is back in Gotham, bringing Bane back with him in an attempt to get him in custody. Azrael's plan is halted when an earthquake provides the perfect escape for Bane. Catwoman's world begins to unravel as the Angle Man is back in Gotham--his mind set on murder. Batman and his allies are faced with enemies they've faced before...and some they haven't...while trying to save Gotham, its people, and their own souls. DC Comics, 2020. Due Oct. ...More.

Item Code: BATRH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 1256pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00


Rare & Out of Print


The Illustrator in America 1880-1980 - $75.00

The Red Rose Girls - $90.00, $60.00

Visions of Adventure N.C. Wyeth and the Brandywine Artists - $50.00

The Sandman World's End - $25.00

The Sandman The Wake - $25.00

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Mature Readers

This week we have a very offbeat book, Naked Body: An Anthology of Chinese Comics. It's not particularly adult, it's mostly examining breaking Chinese law since drawings of nudes are illegal in China. So the cartoonists had some fun with it.

Final reminder, if you missed our recent special adult section in last week's email. At least half the items we listed are sold--you can see it by clicking here. We still have free adult calendars, one per customer per order, with ANY order. Just click here and pick out the one you want. You don't need to order anything adult to get one, and we still have the non-adult calendar A Song of Fire & Ice by George R.R. Martin.

Click here for the very last of our 2020 Calendars, most now $3.99.

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White Sales

Click on the links below to view items from recent White Sales.

PS Artbooks  |  Calendar Sale   |  Classic Comic Press  |  Image Comics Sale  |  Sanctum Sale

Dover/ Calla Sale  |  Fantagraphics   |  TwoMorrows Sale  |  Taschen Adult Sale  |  Dynamite Sale


News and Notes


July 24: New Website and Changes

We're changing our software and our website. The website will be better and more flexible, but as with anything, it might take a little getting used to. In the next catalog, which should be uploadable as you read this, I explain a few changes to expect.

We have one big one that for now we can't do anything about. Currently, if you order an out of stock item or a coming item, we don't charge your card until it actually ships. We will return to this system as soon as possible. But for now, our new system requires that we charge you for the entire order, including backordered or coming items, at the outset. Or you can opt not to backorder them, and wait until they come in. We're trying to bring up a system to contact you in this case but it won't be there at the beginning either.

Until our new system comes online, you can still pre-order or backorder items under our current system, and not be charged until they ship.

Lastly we cannot migrate charge card information over to the new system, since it's encrypted to safeguard you. You'll need to enter your card information again with your first order on the new system.

We will be closed Friday, July 3rd for the holiday.

Item Updates

The Three Musketeers is finally back in stock. I mentioned them in an email and we had a serious run on them. Great material, worthy of your notice.

Warren Tuft's Lance is nearly gone, we have just 17 copies left [WARTH. $100, $55].

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Lady Death Naughtier [LDNAH. $40] has a new cover by Ebas.

The Comic Journal Library 8: EC Artists is one of our most popular new sale books and they blew out. We have more in stock now.

Le Mondes de Wallace Wood. [LESMO] -this is the new massive art book/exhibit catalog based on an exhibit in Angouleme. It will list at $100 or $125, we're not quite sure yet. Copies are on their way to us.

The Art of Mead Schaeffer is en route, and should be here as a new item next week. The Art of Allen Anderson, from the same publisher, has unexpectedly sold out. It was a good one. Here are their other books that are still available, from Illustrated Press.

Booktown Books Half-Price Sale

For some 20 years, I have had my own section in a local used bookstore, with nine dealer/members. I offer a very large selection of art books, plus graphic novels, comic book and comic strip archives, and much more. Some of the same books as I offer from Bud's Art Books, mostly discounted for a bump or ding, a few new items, and quite a bit of older, out of print material.

But I am leaving Booktown at the end of August. Until then, all my material in the store will be marked down 50%. If you are nearby, I hope you will come see it, and you are welcome to drop by the warehouse here also. Please bring your mask.

Booktown Books is at 135 S. Bank Street in Grass Valley. 530-272-4655, Open 7 days.

Buds Art Books is at 13393 Grass Valley Ave, 530-273-2166. We are open Mon-Fri, 9am to 4pm.

The Eisner Award Nominations are out for 2020. Click here to see them all.

Noticeably lacking is Bill Schelly's book on James Warren, which should have made the cut. But among what is there, here are several nominations for items that we handle:

Best Continuing Series: Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett et al (Marvel)

Best New Series: Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora (Boom)

Best Graphic Album: Life on the Moon by Robert Grossman (Yoe Books/IDW)

Best Graphic Album/Reprint: Rusty Brown by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium:

Giraffes on Horseback Salad: The Marx Brothers and the Strangest Movie Never Made by Josh Frank, Time Hedecker and Manuela Pertega (Quirk Books)

The Giver by Lois Lowry, adapted by P. Craig Russell (HMH Books)

H.P. Loveraft's At the Mountains of Madness Vols 1-2, adapted by Gou Tanabe (Dark Horse Manga)

The Seventh Voyage by Stanislaw Lem, adapted by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic)

Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Dark Horse)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Gramercy Park by Timothee de Fombelle and Christian Calleaux (EuroComics/IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

Cham: The Best Comic Strips and Graphic Novelettes, 1839–1862, by David Kunzle (University Press of Mississippi)

Ed Leffingwell's Little Joe, by Harold Gray, edited by Peter Maresca and Sammy Harkham (Sunday Press Books)

The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916–1918, edited by R.J. Casey (Fantagraphics)

Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)

Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, by Violet and Denis Kitchen (Beehive Books)

Pogo, Vol. 6: Clean as a Weasel, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

The Complete Crepax, vol. 5: American Stories, edited by Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)

Jack Kirby's Dingbat Love, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)

Moonshadow: The Definitive Edition, by J. M. DeMatteis, Jon J Muth, George Pratt, Kent Williams, and others (Dark Horse Books)

Best Comics-Related Book

The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell (Abrams)

The Book of Weirdo, by Jon B. Cooke (Last Gasp)

Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe (Dark Horse)

Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny, by Paul Tumey (Library of American Comics/IDW)

Best Publication Design

Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe, designed by Ethan Kimberling (Dark Horse)

Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, designed by Anna-Tina Kessler (TASCHEN)

Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, designed by Paul Kopple and Alex Bruce (Beehive Books)

Rusty Brown, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)



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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Illustrators Quarterly celebrates Pirates, two Fleetway Picture Classics, War Against Crime, Dejah Thoris, The Joker and lots more!

Free calendar giveway—see Mature Readers. Plus 38 one-of-a-kind items. Illustrators Quarterly, IQ Special: Pirates! and two Fleetway Picture Library titles, all from overseas.

Plus Joker: The Deluxe Edition, War Against Crime Vol. 2, Superman/Batman Omnibus, Disney Masters 11, Tardi's Streets of Paris and more. News on The Big Tease by Bruce Timm and The Art of Frank Cho, plus the conclusion of our Dynamite sale.

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Highly Recommended. By Diego Cordoba and David Ashford. Fabulous special issue showcasing some of the greatest pirate art ever published from around the world in comics (Piracy, Pirates, Buccaneers, etc), books, magazines, posters and films. Full chapters on the art of Howard Pyle, Norman Price and illustrated versions of Treasure Island. A treasure trove of featured artists, including: H.M. Brock, Ron Embleton, Derek Eyles, Reginald Heade, Sidney Herbert Sime, Walter Baumhofer, Reed Crandall, Schoonover, Wyeth, Niño, Salinas, Matania, et al. Book Palace, 2020...More.

Item Code: IQS07
Magazine, 9x11, 128pg, Partial Color

Highly Recommended. By David Ashford, Diego Cordoba. Art by Charles Addams, Lawson Wood et al. Charles Addams: chuckles from the master of macabre humor. Cover feaure and lead article. Lawson Wood: humorous monkey business from all walks of life. Roy Wilson: one of the greatest names in slapstick Golden Age British comics. JJ Grandville: French caricaturist who brought illustration (and weird worlds) to the forefront.
Ersin Karabulut: the dark humoured cartoon universe of this Turkish artist. Each artist is profusely represented by superb reproductions, many for original paintings. Book Palace, 2020...More.

Item Code: IQ29
Magazine, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, all the issues of IQ through #24 are now out of print. Click here to see what we still have available; some are down to just one copy. #25 (the anniversary issue with Milo Manara) through #28 are still available [IQ25, etc. $24.99 ea]. See the website for previous IQ Special issues.

Recommended. Art by Ferdinando Tacconi, Nino Caroselli et al. Originally published in War Picture Library 49 and Air Ace Picture Library 11, 37 and 54, these four stories showcase the art of the great Ferdinando Tacconi. Tacconi's style is immediately recognizable, with a very clear linework, wisely using uncluttered lines limited to the essentials. The care he applied to the environment and details of each panel he drew, especially in his way of presenting vehicles or his beloved aircraft, made him one of the top artists around the world. In fact, Tacconi would never hide his deep love for flying machines, which accompanied him throughout his career. Book Palace, 2019...More.

Item Code: FLAIR
Soft Cover, 7x9, 272pg, b&w

Recommended. Art by Luis Bermejo and Reg Bunn. Four complete John Steel Case-Books featuring the suave, sophisticated and successful private detective. Includes biographies of Luis Bermejo and Reg Bunn. Blues For Danger and Violent Tempo from 1961, with art by Bermejo and Reg Bunn.  City of Shadows and The Rising Tide, both from 1962 and both by Bermejo. Beginning in 1974 he became one of the most prolific artists at Warren Publishing, with an entire issue devoted to him, and principal artist on The Rook and The Fox in Vampirella. Book Palace, 2019...More.

Item Code: FLJOHN
Soft Cover, 7x9, 272pg, b&w

Recommended. Art by Ron Turner and Kurt Ceasar. Four stories of the "Daredevil Ace of the R.A.F. Space Command," showcasing the art of two greats of British comics from 1961-63. "The Piebald Men," "Evil in Orbit," "Times 5," and "Power from Beyond." From the pages of Thriller Picture Library. This digest format was perfect, with just two large panels on each page, allowing for detail and panoramas rare in comics. Ron Turner has long been regarded as one of the most innovative and stylish sci-fi illustrators the UK has ever produced. Book Palace, 2019...More.

Item Code: FLJET
Soft Cover, 7x9, 272pg, b&w

Highly Recommended. Art by Arturo Del Castillo. Arturo Del Castillo was able to craft images of enormous depth and beauty through cross-hatched pen lines, creating subtle patterns and textures, juxtaposed with bold chiaroscuro lighting, which was utterly unique in comics. Widely regarded as one of the greatest artists to have worked in the comic medium, we are privileged to see him at his very best on this gritty, realistic western in the class of Clint Eastwood and The Man With No Name. Great gunfights starring our lightening-draw vigilante. Book Palace, 2019...More.

Item Code: FLLAR
Soft Cover, 7x9, 272pg, b&w


Comic Book Archives

Collects #7-11, 1949-50. Highly Recommended. Art by Johnny Craig, Al Feldstein, Graham Ingels et al. This includes the very first two Vault of Horror horror stories, and the first Vault-Keeper appearance, in #10 and 11--and this issue was also the very first EC horror cover.  With #12 the title changed to Vault of Horror. Cops and criminals clash in these exciting stories "ripped straight from police records." Includes artwork by Harry Harrison & Wally Wood, and Rudy Palais. Every cover is by Johnny Craig, and his work is the best here, far more sophisticated even in these early years of his tenure at EC. Dark Horse, 2020...More.

Item Code: ECWA02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 176pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Also available is Volume 1 [ECWA01H. $49.99, $39.99]. Recently published titles include Impact, Psychoanalysis, Modern Love, Frontline Combat 2, Crime Suspense 4, Two-Fisted Tales 4, Extra, Panic and Valor. See our website for all the Dark Horse EC Archives, and other EC-related books.

The Complete Graphic noir of Manchette + Tardi. By Jean-Patrick Manchette and Tardi. In the never-before-collected Griffu, the titular character is a legal advisor, not a private eye, but even he knows that when a sultry blonde appears in his office after hours, he shouldn't trust her -- and she doesn't disappoint. Griffu is soon ensnared in a deadly web of sexual betrayal, real estate fraud, and murder. In West Coast Blues, a young sales executive goes to the aid of an accident victim, and finds himself sucked into a spiral of violence involving an exiled war criminal and two hired assassins. Plus a bonus, 21-page unfinished story. Fantagraphics, 2020. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: STRP01H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 168pg, b&w
$29.99 $26.99

Another French book you might like is Monster by Enki Bilal [MONEBH. $49.99, $39.99]. See our website for all of our graphic novels from France.

SUPERMAN / BATMAN Omnibus Volume 1
Collects issues #1-43, Secret Files #1, Public Enemies & Annual #1 and #2, 2003-2008. By Jeph Loeb et al. Art by Ed McGuinness et al. The fan-favorite series is collected in omnibus format. The Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite when President Lex Luthor accuses Superman of a crime against humanity, and assembles a team of powerhouse heroes to bring Superman in -- dead or alive. Plus, prepare for the arrival of a very different Supergirl! She is a mysterious and powerful teenage girl bent on destroying Gotham City! DC Comics, 2020...More.

Item Code: SUPBAT01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1208pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

DISNEY MASTERS Volume 11 Mickey Mouse The Ice Sword Saga Book 2
Recommended. By Massimo De Vita. The second and final collection of cartoonist Massimo De Vita's epic saga of the legendary Ice Sword. Goofy and Mickey return to that dangerous domain, rejoining the wizard Yor and his dwarf defenders — first, to battle an old enemy when "The Prince of Mists Strikes Back," then to save the world from a sinister sleeping sickness in "The Sleeping Beauty in the Stars!" Donald Duck guest stars. Fun adventure stories reminding us of the classic Scrooge adventures by Carl Barks. Wild stuff, including a trip to outer space. Fantagraphics, 2020...More.

Item Code: DM11H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 192pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

See our website for more Disney Masters. We have every volume back to #1. The first three are on sale, while they last [DM01H, etc. $29.99, $19.99 ea.]. The others are all $29.99, $26.99.
There are also two volume sets of 1-2 and 3-4, on sale [DM01HP, DM02HP. $59.99, $34.99 ea]. Sets 5-6 and 7-8 are [DM03HP, DM04HP. $59.99, $49.99 ea].

DISNEY MASTERS Volumes 1 & 2 Boxed Set
Closeout Price! Recommended. By Romano Scarpa and Luciano Bottaro. Volume 1: Fantagraphics launches a new series of books devoted to Disney's greatest European cartoonists, beginning with this volume of Mickey Mouse classics drawn by the great Italian artist, Romano ScarpaVolume 2: This spotlights one of the all-time great Disney Duck artists, Luciano Bottaro! When Scrooge rockets his money to the moon to save it from the greedy Beagle Boys, Donald Duck accidentally stows away — and gets stranded on an asteroid! Two volumes in handsome slipcase. Fantgraphics, 2018...More.

Item Code: DM01HP
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x10, 392pg, Full Color
$59.99 $34.99


Graphic Novels

JOKER The Deluxe Edition
Exquisitely drawn but violent, savage art! Recommended. By Brian Azzarello. Art by Lee Bernejo. The award-winning creative team behind Batman: Damned, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, present one of the most chilling Joker stories ever told. With no Batman in sight--Harley is the only one here, but is this the real Harley or just an erotic dancer dressed as her? The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum. The result is a harrowing night of revenge, murder, and mania as only the Clown Prince of Crime can deliver it. All seen through the eyes of a new right-hand man who helps him in his mission to brutally reclaim his territory from the Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler, and KillerCroc. DC Comics, 2020...More.

Item Code: JOKEH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 152pg, Full Color
$34.99 $29.99

RED SONJA Birth of the She Devil
Collects #1-4, 2019. Recommended. By Luke Lieberman. Art by Sergio Davila. Covers by Lucio Parillo. Explore the early years of the wild and untamed Sonja the Red, before she became the scourge of Hyboria--Red Sonja. Retaining her trademark armor and flame-filled hair - and temper, Red is trying to find a young compatriot, Shashana, whose father hired Sonja to teach his daughter defensive skills. Now Red is out amongst the debauched society of Hyboria, looking for a lost girl and leaving a trail of dead men in her path.  High adventure very nicely drawn, and introducing the demon conqueror Raka, whose devil's brew turns men against one another. Dynamite, 2020...More.

Item Code: REDSB
Soft Cover, 7x10, 104pg, Full Color
$17.99 $16.50

You will find more Sonja on our website.

STEPHEN KINGS DARK TOWER The Drawing of the Three Volume 4 Bitter Medicine
By Stephen King, Robin Furth et al. Art by Jonathan Marks and Lee Loughridge. Roland has successfully drawn Odetta Holmes from 1960s New York City to the treacherous shores of Mid-World for recruitment in his ka-tet...but he and young Eddie Dean soon learn her terrible secret. A traumatic head injury in her youth led to her personality being split in two. Now she shares her mind with the terrifyingly unstable and violent Detta Walker. And Roland's health is rapidly deteriorating, so the stakes grow ever higher in the quest to reach the Dark Tower. Gallery, 2020...More.

Item Code: STEV04H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
$26.99 $23.99

This completes the set of four collections. The others are all still available. Coming in October is a boxed set of all four of these novels. [STEVP. $102.95, $89.95.
Also available is King's Cycle of the Werewolf, illustrated by Berni Wrightson. This is a new edition from 2019 [SKCYC. $18].


Sci-Fi Reference & Illustrated

Second Edition, Second Printing. Recommended. By David Ritter and Daniel Ritter. How did organized science fiction fandom begin? Who were the pioneering fans that created the foundation of today's massive science fiction and fantasy industry? What would it have been like to be a fan of this transformative genre in the 1930s? This massive history recounts the stories of the first active science fiction fans — pioneers who went on to lead the growth of speculative literature for the next several decades. Over 500 lavishly illustrated pages, packed with facsimile reproductions from rare fanzines. First Fandom Experience, 2020...More.

Item Code: VISHS01H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 515pg, Partial Color

Forrest Ackerman to Shirley Jackson. Exclusive color bookplate signed by Von Sholly. Highly Recommended. By Pete Von Sholly. An unprecendented, profusely illustrated compendium celebrating over 100 writers and artists behind our rich legacy of fantasy, horror, and science fiction in comic books, literature, and cinema. 75 contributors give us major, original essays--contributors as distinguished as their subjects! For example, Bill Stout writes about L. Frank BaumWill Murray on John W. Campbell; Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. on Frank Frazetta; Harlan Ellison on Frank Herbert; David Gerrold on Robert Heinlein; Roy Thomas on Robert E. Howard; etc. PS Publishing, 2019...More.

Item Code: PSB01H
Hard Cover, 6x9, 392pg, Partial Color

The matching Volume 2, which has the other half of the alphabet, is also available [PSB02H. $69].

Highly Recommended. By Howard Pyle. Rarely have the exploits of marauding pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main been more vividly recounted than in the stories of author and illustrator Howard Pyle. Possessed of a unique talent for recapturing the flavor of bygone eras, Pyle wrote and illustrated these highly readable sagas of the sea wolves who sailed under the dreaded black flag. 80 illustrations: b&w plates and drawings and 16 full color plates. Unabridged new edition of his 1921 Book of Pirates plus 5 additional color plates. Dover, 2020...More.

Item Code: BOOKPI
Soft Cover, 6x9, 336pg, Text/Partial Color

We've just ordered copies of Howard Pyle: History and Romance and a massive Catalog Raisonné of N.C. Wyeth from the Brandywine River Museum. Watch for their listing soon.
We currently have two copies of the best-ever Howard Pyle biography, from 1975, written by fellow illustrator Henry Pitz. It's one of my favorite art bios published by Clarkson Potter. [RB1293. Fine+ $100] and [RB1291. Very Fine minus $150]. Click here for more with Pyle's work.


Dynamite Sale, Part 3

Here's the final six titles in our special Dynamite sale. The Omnibus collections are particularly good values. We handled all of these at regular price up until now. For the previous 12 titles, several entirely new to us, click here or see our previous two emails, June 5 and June 12.
WARLORD OF MARS Dejah Thoris Omnibus Volume 1
Closeout Price! Collects #1-19. By Arvid Nelson and Robert Place Napton. Art by Carlos Rafael et al. Four hundred years before John Carter would arrive on the Red Planet, the long-lived Dejah Thoris must unite the forces of Greater and Lesser Helium, two warring city-states, to fend off the greatest threats ever to plague their lands: a rampaging colossus, pirate raiders, the dreaded Boora Witch, invading vampires from Saturn, and even more unspeakable menaces! Solo adventures in her first massive Omnibus edition; includes Bonus: 59 variant covers, reproduced four to a page, by a who's who of artists. Dynamite, 2017. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: WARDOM01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 480pg, Full Color
$39.99 $26.99

WARLORD OF MARS Dejah Thoris Omnibus Volume 2
Closeout Price! Collects #20-37, 2014-15. Recommended. By Robert Place Napton. Art by Carlos Rafael and Debora Carita. Cover art by Jay Anacleto. Dejah Thoris confronts Helium's Criminal Underworld, the former Jeddak of Yorn returns leading an unstoppable army of Machine Men and in the future she finds a world all but conquered by invaders from the planet Earth. This collects three full graphic novels: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Vol. 5: Rise of the Machine Men, Vol. 6: Phantoms of Time, and Vol. 7: Duel to the Death. Includes a variant cover gallery of 36 covers by Jay Anacleto, who we are big fans of, plus Neves, Renaud and Reis. Dynamite, 2018. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: WARDOM02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 456pg, Full Color
$39.99 $26.99

DEJAH THORIS and the White Apes of Mars
Closeout Price! By Mark Rahner. Art by Lui Antonio. The most harrowing survival-horror tale in the annals of Barsoom! Dejah Thoris, beautiful Princess of Helium, leads an archeological field trip to unearth the dark secret of the ancient battle site beneath the fabled "face of Mars" formation. Without John Carter or Tars Tarkas, Dejah Thoris must call upon all her nerve, cleverness and endurance in a relentless chase and horrifying bloodbath. A Mars epic like no other! No swashbuckling. No swordplay. "It's like a white-knuckle '70s horror flick--on steroids!" Dynamite, 2012...More.

Item Code: DEJ
Soft Cover, 7x10, 96pg, Full Color
$16.99 $11.99

Closeout Price! By Mark Rahner. Art by Jethro Morales. Cover art by Jay Anacleto. John Carter, the hero from Earth, has disappeared. Before he vanished, he assaulted loyal Heliumite guards and stole an ancient artifact. Now, Dejah Thoris, his wife and the Princess of Mars, must save him from the death penalty. Bonus: includes new variant nude covers by the superlative Jay Anacleto, four of them, plus four "incentive" covers by Fabiano Neves, and a "limited edition" cover by Mel Rubio. Dynamite, 2016. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: DJ01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 104pg, Full Color
$15.99 $10.99

Closeout Price! Collects #5-8. By Mark Rahner. Art by Lui Antonio, covers by Jay Anacleto. "Risque Cover Gallery" with topless Dejah in variant covers. Dejah Thoris has survived a horrific ordeal at the hands of the ravenous Thark, Voro. Now in hiding and mutilated, Voro is behind a terror campaign that threatens to have the streets of Helium flowing with the blood of Red Martians. Traumatized, isolated, and fighting eons of race hatred, Dejah Thoris must stop him! Dynamite, 2014. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: DEJG02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
$16.99 $11.99

Closeout Price! Collects #9-12, completing the series. By Mark Rahner. Art by Jethro Morales. Covers by Jay Anacleto. More "Risque" nude covers. Dejah Thoris does something beyond reckless: joins a team of Thark warriors formerly under Voro's command for a suicide mission. The Princess poses as their slave to infiltrate a savage tribe of green Warhoons trekking across the Barsoomian desert to an ancient, unearthed weapon. Vastly outnumbered, they must stop the Warhoon lunatics from activating it with a psychic in their midst--and turning it on Helium! The final story arc from Green Men of Mars, with a pin-up gallery featuring the entire gorgeous selection of variant cover artwork. Dynamite, 2014. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: DEJG03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 120pg, Full Color
$16.99 $11.99

Closeout Price! Recommended. By J. Scott Campbell, Joe Jusko, Frank Cho, Jay Anacleto et al. Since the first serialized adventures in 1912 of the Martian Princess Dejah Thoris and her beloved hero, John Carter, science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts have dreamed of the faraway Red Planet, its wondrous sights and monstrous perils. In this second collection, the finest artists of modern fantasy have brought the dying world of Mars to life, depicting scenes of brutal conflict with alien beasts, a cross-over with Vampirella, and plenty of variant covers, include nudes. Dynamite, 2019. Mature Readers. Copies have a small bump to the corner....More.

Item Code: ARTDJ02HR
Hard Cover, 9x12, 280pg, Full Color
$39.99 $18.95

See more Dejah Thoris and John Carter on our website.



Here's another batch of 50 items that are going away soon, down to just one, two or three copies left. Click here to see the previous groups listed in February, March, April, May and June.

Coming in July

THE BIG TEASE A Naughty and Nice Collection
Highly Recommended. By Bruce Timm. Bruce Timm has been creating elegant drawings of women for over 30 years, and nearly all of these charming nudes were drawn purely for fun after-hours. This book collects his three Teaser collections--released from 2011 to 2013 and long sold out--plus Surrender, My Sweet from 2015. In addition, Timm has created new material especially for this collection and delved into his personal archives to share pieces not shown before, culminating in more than 75 additional pages of material. Flesk, 2020. Due July. Mature Readers...More.

Item Code: BIGT
Soft Cover, 9x12, 208pg, Partial Color
$39.95 $34.95

This is being hand-delivered to us by the publisher, See Art of Frank Cho Update, below.


Rare & Out of Print

See below for 38 new out of print listings for mature readers.

Judson Huss's River of Mirrors - $45.00

Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Light and Shade - $40.00

Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Figure Drawing - $30.00

Burne Hogath's Drawing the Human Head - $30.00

The Arcane Eye of Hogarth Sketchbook - $80.00

Click here to see many Tarzan titles illustrated by Hogarth.

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Mature Readers - Free Calendars

We've haven't seen many adult items in the past few weeks, so we have a treat for you here. First off, with every order (for any item this week, adult or otherwise), you can choose one free calendar from among these nine. Eight are adult, including Wings of Angels, Lingerie, SNI, All About Dat Bass. One is all-ages, A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. Limited to quantity on hand, so act early.

Here we have 38 new listings of rare adult art books and graphic novels...but we have just one copy on most of these. Click here to see what's available. We have Fetish Girls, Norman Lindsay, Bertrand, Jonvelle, Julie Strain, French Pin-Ups, a three volume Russ Meyer set, Sex in the Comics, Cheech Wizard by Vaughn Bode, Sally Forth by Wally Wood, and several Milo Manara collections, including a complete original set of the notorious Click!


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News and Notes


The Art of Frank Cho

We should have our copies by June 30 or July 4th at the latest. Publisher John Fleskes is hand-delivering them to us, along with The Big Tease by Bruce Timm, above. John produced the signed hardcover only for his own sales. But he produced a special bookplate with art to go with our copies, and Frank has signed 100 of these exclusively for us. It's also available as an unsigned softcover.

New Pulp Collections

With Sanctum wrapping up their pulp series, including Doc Savage and The Shadow, I thought it time to look at what's new out there in pulp collections. I talked to the folks at Steeger Books, the new name for Altus Publishing. He gave me several good recommendations and we are bringing in these new series soon:

Steeger Books will reissue twenty-three vintage novels and stories by M.E. Chaber, whose Milo March Mysteries deliver mile-a-minute action and breezily readable entertainment for suspense buffs. The first six releases are ready now.

Written by Green Lama creator Ken Crossen under the Chaber pen name, the Milo March thrillers are fondly recalled by paperback collectors for the spectacular Robert McGinnis paintings on the covers of the 1970s series.

New, bonus articles, interviews, and rare images are featured in most of the volumes. There will also be two never-before-collected novels and a book of short fiction.

Milo March is an insurance investigator who takes on the toughest cases and the most ruthless enemies. Whenever many millions of insurance dollars are at stake, whether due to organized crime, grand theft, arson, fraud, suspicious disappearances, or murder, Milo is just the man for the job—or even the only man for it.

During World War II, Milo was assigned to the OSS and later the CIA. Now a major in the Army Reserves, he is recalled for special jobs behind the Iron Curtain in several novels. With quick improvisation, unflappable humor, and a stubborn insistence on staying alive, Milo closes each case or mission to return to his favorite things: women, booze, and good food, more or less in that order....

Next up: Steeger had planned to premiere the new Black Mask Library at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention in April—but the show was cancelled. So they are all-new here. The first six books each feature a novel or series character who has rarely or never-before been reprinted, from the pulp that many consider the best detective title ever. Dashiell Hammett and Carroll John Daly are two giants of Black Mask.

We're also bringing in the first book in the new Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, the pulp detective. And lastly, a deluxe hardcover collecting The Complete Tales of the Scientific Club by Ray Cummings, a well known Weird Tales and Astounding author. It sports a killer cover by Virgil Finlay and more cool artwork inside, too.

These will all be here in 3 weeks or so.


Comic Magazine Company, 1936-37

A fascinating article just was posted online about this company. CMC was created by ex-employees of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publications (later to become DC Comics). And after NAP, the Comics Magazine Company was only the second company to feature all new comic stories...not newspaper reprints.
After 14 short months it morphed first into Temerson, then into the legendary Centaur, home of Amazing Man and The Arrow. Once you finish it, you can explore more in Comic Book Historians, a website with comics articles, creator interviews and more.

I'm out of room--next week I'll list the Eisner Award nominees whose books and comics we offer (we handle every one in the Best Archival Collection category).



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