I lead off this week with three cool new art books: Enchanted, from the Norman Rockwell Museum; Masters of British Comic Art, which covers wonderfully the best British comic artists; and Flapper Queens, Trina's new book about the superlative lady artists doing comics in the 1920s newspapers!
Plus; The Black Mask Library, two WONDERFUL new graphic novels that get my highest recommendation, Ed Brubaker's Pulp and Trillo's The Big Hoax, Hellsing, Wonder Woman, Conan, Out of the Blue, and the deluxe Hannes Bok Fiction collection.
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|ENCHANTED A History of Fantasy Illustration
Published to coincide with a major exhibition. Our Highest Recommendation. Written by leading historians of the field, Enchanted traces the development of fantasy art from Old Masters like Bosch, Dürer, and Henry Fuseli, through Golden Age illustrators like Arthur Rackham and Howard Pyle, to classic cover artists like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, and emerging talents like Anna Dittmann and Heather Edwards. More than 150 superb reproductions, including paintings, prints, drawings, and digital art, are illustrated in vibrant color, many at full-page size. Abbeville Press, 2020...More.
Item Code: ENCHFH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 256pg, Partial Color
|MASTERS OF BRITISH COMIC ART
Oversized, 386-page monster! Highly Recommended. By David Roach. Revealing the extraordinary history of the UK's prolific comic book industry from the 19th Century to the 21st, this ground breaking volume celebrates the incredible artists who made a huge impact on British comics and would go on to revolutionize the industry on a global scale as they or their work came to the U.S.. Featuring a Who's Who of talent, including Brian Bolland, Ron Embleton, Alan Davis, John Bolton, Gary Leech, Sydney Jordan, Jaime Hewlett, Glenn Fabry, Frank Hampton, Dave Gibbons, Don Lawrence and lost masters like Reg Bunn and Shirley Bellwood. Rebellion, 2020...More.
Item Code: MASBCAH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 336pg, Partial Color
|The world of British comics and British art runs from The Pre-Raphaelites and Arthur Rackham and Art Nouveau, to Marvelman, Brian Bolland, Don Lawrence and the Trigan Empire. Explore it on our website.|
|FLAPPER QUEENS Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age
Highly Recommended. By Trina Robbins. In the 1920s, the figure of The Flapper, with her bobbed hair and angular elbows and knees, short dresses and daring necklines, seemed to exist in a perpetual, euphoric state. Girls discovering freedom and sexuality! Eisner Award-winning herstorian Trina Robbins curates this collection of comic strips by "The Flapper Queens," the six finest woman cartoonists who graced magazines and newspapers with images: Nell Brinkley, Eleanor Schoer, Edith Stevens, Virginia Huget and the amazing, superlative Ethel Hayes (my favorite). Fantagraphics, 2020...More.
Item Code: FLAPH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 168pg, Partial Color
|Also from Trina: Gladys Parker (delayed, but still coming), Silver Metal Lover, Sax Rohmer's Dope, The Complete Wimmen's Comix, and Miss Fury.|
|THE FANTASTIC FICTION OF HANNES BOK Signed
Signed & numbered by five contributors, from 140 copies. Highly Recommended. By Hannes Bok and Jim Pitts. Bound-in signature page with a color illustration. Signed by artists Jim Pitts, Charles de Lint, William Lorenzo, and editor/publisher Bob Garcia. The Sorcerer's Ship, Beyond the Golden Stair and Starstone World. These aren't your conventional fantasies, although all the trappings are there. They have a sly humor with plots full of twists and turns, stories which take the reader on strange metaphysical paths, and glorious descriptions that could only come from someone with a painter's eye. Never-before-published Hannes Bok painting on the cover, library cloth with a matching cloth slipcase. American Fantasy Press, 2020...More.
Item Code: FANHBD
Hard Cover, 6x10, 448pg, Full Color
|This and the trade edition have been quite popular...the trade edition came in several weeks ago. [FANHBH. $45]. Bok's artwork appears in several other books, see them here on our website.|
|BLACK MASK LIBRARY BLOOD ON THE CURB
By Joseph T. Shaw. Cover by Stockton Mulford. Joseph T. Shaw, the editor of Black Mask Magazine, has written one of the most exciting adventure mysteries of 1936. Blood on the Curb is about the New York Police Department's bloody battle to wipe out the infamous “Black Hand” gang which terrorized the Lower East Side. Newly-recruited Paul Cardine is placed in charge of a special squad of officers—all of Italian decent—to find the man at the top of what appears to be a consolidated conglomerate of crime families. Never before reprinted, one of Shaw's rarest hardcovers, and it contains all the hallmarks of his hard-boiled novels. Steeger, 2020...More.
Item Code: BLMBC
Soft Cover, 6x9, 264pg, Text Only
|BLACK MASK LIBRARY BOOMERANG DICE
The Complete Black Mask Cases of Johnny Hi Gear. By Stewart Sterling. Art by Arthur Rodman Bowker and Jes Schlaikjer. Introduction by Will Murray. One of the most talented authors to be recruited to write for Black Mask Magazine following the departure of Dashiell Hammett, Stewart Sterling made a lasting impression on readers with his initial series character, Johnny Hi Gear: undercover police agent K-Five who battled gambling rackets during the Great Depression.Never before reprinted, this popular series jump-started Sterling's writing career which covered spans of time in radio, TV, and hardcovers, along with writing some of pulpdom's most popular heroes, the Black Bat and The Spider. Collecting all 8 stories, along with an all-new introduction by Will Murray. Steeger, 2020...More.
Item Code: BLMBD
Soft Cover, 6x9, 218pg, Text/b&w
|BLACK MASK LIBRARY DEAD AND DONE FOR
The Complete Black Mask Cases of Cellini Smith, Book 1 By Robert Reeves. Long considered one of the best of the Black Mask authors, author Robert Reeves's longest-running detective character actually first appeared in the 1939 novel, Dead and Done For. Cellini Smith, accountant for a New York City pinball gangster, must clear his boss's name after being accused of murder. Featuring an introduction by Black Mask editor Kenneth S. White, and a cover illustration by the great Rafael DeSoto. Steeger, 2020...More.
Item Code: BLMCS01
Soft Cover, 6x9, 239pg, Text Only
|BLACK MASK LIBRARY DEAD EVIDENCE
The Complete Black Mask Cases of Harrigan. By Ed Lybeck. Art by Arthur Rodman Bowker and Jes Schlaikjer. Introduction by Will Murray. Quite likely one of the most hype -- and most mysterious -- Black Mask authors to ever appear in its pages, Ed Lybeck made his debut as one of editor Joesph Shaw's new faces in the wake of Dashiell Hammett's departure. For Black Mask, Lybeck penned the hard-boiled stories of Francis St. Xavier Harrigan, a former gunman-turned-reporter for the New York Leader. This edition collects -- for the first time -- the entirety of Lybeck's Black Mask output. Includes an all-new introduction by pulp historian Will Murray. Steeger, 2020...More.
Item Code: BLMDE
Soft Cover, 6x9, 148pg, Text/b&w
|BLACK MASK LIBRARY MURDER COSTS MONEY
The Complete Black Mask Cases of Rex Sackler Book 1. By D.L. Champion. Cover by Rafael De Soto. Author D.L. Champion's knack for penning quirky series characters reached a new height with his stories of skinflint shamus Rex Sackler, one of Black Mask's longest-running and most beloved series. Already a reader favorite for his Inspector Allhoff stories in Black Mask's companion title, Dime Detective, Champion chronicled the offbeat cases of Rex Sackler, the greedy gumshoe who “could squeeze a nickel till the buffalo cried uncle.” Steeger, 2020...More.
Item Code: BLMRS01
Soft Cover, 6x9, 379pg, Text/b&w
With Sanctum's long running reprints at an end (The Shadow, Doc Savage), we thought we ought to look around at more pulp reprints. So we went to the always reliable Steeger, previously known as Altus Press, and asked for their advice on some of the best books to handle. Black Mask is a new series they just started, and next week we'll be starting their Milo March series.
Here are all the Sanctum books still available, most on sale at half price or less. The more recent Shadows, #116-151, at least those issues still available, remain full price. I don't believe they will be reduced at this point. Shadows up to #115 are $7.50, if still available.
|THE BIG HOAX
Angoulême Prize Winner and brilliantly drawn. Our Highest Recommendation. By Carlos Trillo. Art by Roberto Mandrafina. A highly original and complex noir adventure. A beautiful young woman in an early 20th Century banana republic is dragged into a life of deceit and lust, as she turns to one man after another to help her survive abuse by a despotic dictator. Ultimately she finds a down-and-out ex cop, who cannot resist her charms and is determined to save the poor girl. But her other seducers and now a hired assassin, The Iguana, are after them to make a martyr of her and a corpse of both. A long, luxurious hardback featuring rich, intriguing color for the first time! Nudity, adult situations. Titan Comics, 2020. Adult Material...More.
Item Code: BIGHH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 128pg, Full Color
Our Highest Recommendation. By Ed Brubaker. Art by Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips. An original graphic novel from the bestselling creators--it may look like a western, but the story begins in New York City in 1939! Max Winters, an aging pulp writer, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at five cents a word--tales of a Wild West outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun (secretly based on his own outlaw youth in the real west). But now Max is having his own issues, has been tracked down by a retired Pinkerton detective, and might be able to make one last big score. Image Comics, 2020...More.
Item Code: PULPG
Soft Cover, 72pg, Full Color
|THE WINTER OF THE CARTOONIST
Recommended. By Paco Roca. In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and WWII, five extraordinary cartoonists decide to rebel. In 1957, Editorial Bruguera was one of Spain's largest publishing houses, putting out hugely popular weekly magazines and comics. They also retained all rights and creative control of their artists' work. Thoroughly researched, 2017 Eisner Award nominee and Spanish comics superstar Paco Roca investigates the true story of five cartoonists who, spurred by poor working conditions, arbitrary editorial edicts, and nationwide dictatorial rule, went searching for a life-affirming creative freedom. Fantagraphics, 2020...More.
Item Code: WINTCH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
|OUT OF THE BLUE The Complete Series
Highly Recommended. By Garth Ennis. Art by Keith Burns. Both volumes of the WWII aerial combat classic now in one complete deluxe size hardcover edition, and roughly $10 less. As I said with the individual books, this is not only exciting reading, and good history made real, but it's very, very accurately drawn. A war is a difficult thing to kill. WWII is almost over, but no one seems to have told the Germans, as Royal Air Force pilot Jamie McKenzie finds out when he's assigned flying Mosquito fighter-bombers into deadly shipping strikes along the enemy coast. Aftershock, 2020...More.
Item Code: OUTBH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 152pg, Full Color
We still have 5 copies of the out of print Out of the Blue Vol 1 ($17.99) and 2 copies of Volume 2, in case you already have one or the other. This new collection doesn't add anything—it puts the two stories together at a discount price.
Here's more on military history. Check out the excellent books from Naval Institute (aka Dead Reckoning), I've read most of them and they are always very good. Coming up from them is Atlas at War: Marvel's War Comics of the Fifties. Stringbags is excellent, so is Night Witches, and Once Upon a Time in France.
|HELLSING DELUXE Volume 1
Collects Hellsing chapters 1-27 from Hellsing Volumes #1-4. By Kohta Hirano. Deluxe hardcover editions, collecting Kohta Hirano's manga masterpiece for the first time. Embossed blood-red leatherette sewn binding. Except for the red color, it's a perfect match (and companion) to the Berserker series. With supernatural horrors haunting the streets and preying upon humanity, the shadowy Hellsing Organization fights back against hell's minions. And Hellsing has a secret weapon in their arsenal: the vampire lord Alucard, whose terrifying powers are needed more than ever as an army of the undead marches on London beneath the banner of the swastika! Dark Horse, 2020. Mature Readers...More.
Item Code: HELSD01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 696pg, b&w
|Same fancy leatherette format, same big size with tons of pages, as the popular Berserk series by Kentaro Miura. That‘s now up to Volume 6. For more manga, see our website.|
|WONDER WOMAN The War of The Gods Omnibus
Recommended. By George Perez. George Pérez masterfully reinvigorates the legend of the world's original warrior princess in this epic crossover event. When Zeus and the gods of Olympus go to war with other deities from across the heavens, the heroes of the DC Universe are stuck in the middle. Teaming with Superman, Hawkman, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Black Adam and others...Collects the entire "War of the Gods" event, including War of the Gods #1-4 and Wonder Woman #58-62 & 16 other titles/issues. DC, 2020...More.
Item Code: WWWARH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 760pg,
|See more Wonder Woman beginning with her most recent releases, on our website.|
|CONAN SERPENT WAR
Collects Conan: Serpent War #1-4, 2019; Supernatural Thrillers #3, 1972. Recommended. By Jim Zub. Art by Scot Eaton, Stephen Segovia et al. In an unprecedented comics event, Robert E. Howard's characters join forces along with Marvel's fascinating heroes. The serpent god Set plans to usher in an eternity of darkness, and warriors across time and space have a hope of stopping him: Conan, Solomon Kane, Dark Agnes...and Moon Knight, leading the way. James Allison will soon die. But it's not his first death. he has lived many lives, in many places. Now an Elder God reaches across time to contact him, and an era-spanning quest begins. Marvel, 2020...More.
Item Code: CONSW
Soft Cover, 7x10, 136pg, Full Color
|The Marvel Age Conan Omnibus series is popular, and so is the new Savage Sword of Conan Omnibus. See all that we have on Conan and the other works of Robert E. Howard on our site.|
|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 April, May, June, and July.|
|GEORGE R.R. MARTIN A Song of Ice and Fire 2021 Calendar
Recommended. Illustrations by Sam Hogg. Acclaimed artist Sam Hogg gives us her vision of George R. R. Martin's epic series, the inspiration for HBO's Game of Thrones, in a calendar featuring twelve never-before-seen views of Westeros and beyond. Returning to the roots of the series—the iconic characters and scenes—Hogg paints favorite moments and people, but also a few all-new faces and settings. And, as an added bonus, this calendar now contains images not only from the Song of Ice and Fire series, but also from the recently published Targaryen history, Fire & Blood. Bantam, 2020...More.
Item Code: GSF21
, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color
|BORIS VALLEJO & JULIE BELL Fantasy 2021 Calendar
Featuring 13 all-new paintings, with a stunning bonus centerfold. Recommended. By Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. 13 all-new paintings from the fantasy masters, featuring reptilian beasts, otherworldly landscapes, and sensual warrior queens. A brave knight spreads her resplendent wings. A striking siren befriends a scaly dragon. A beautiful gossamer woman flies through a brilliant red world. Two women are posed near a violent sea and magic tower. A tattooed girl hangs with a leopard. A young beauty is surrounded by flamingos. Escape into 13 dynamic all-new paintings, including a dazzling bonus centerfold. Workman, 2020...More.
Item Code: BVJB21
, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color
|FRACTAL COSMOS The Mathematical Art of Alice Kelley 2021 Calendar
Highly Recommended. One of our annual favorites, all new every year and with even more variety this year. Organic computer-generated designs by Alice Kelley, who says, "Fractals are an intuitive glimpse into the infinite order that composes the natural world, as well as being proof that math is beautiful." Well, not necessarily equations as we all know, but when math generates geometry and color, it's amazing, like sea shells and planet orbits, flowers and galaxies, which is what many of these will suggest to you. Amber Lotus, 2020...More.
Item Code: FRA21
, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color
|See all 2021 calendars here, and older on-sale titles here.|
|FABLES COMPENDIUM ONE
Fables #1-41 & more, 2002-2005. Highly Recommended. By Bill Willingham. Get lost in the fantastic world of Bill Willingham's acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning series Fables, now collected in a beautiful and story-packed compendium! When a savage creature, known only as the Adversary, conquered the lands of legends and fairy tales, the famous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of a modern New York, these magical characters created their own peaceful and secret society, which they called Fabletown. But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it's up to Fabletown's sheriff -- the reformed Big Bad Wolf, Bigby -- to find the killer. DC Comics, 2020. Due Oct. ...More.
Item Code: FABL01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 1184pg, Full Color
|See more Sandman and Neil Gaiman on our website.|
|NEW MUTANTS OMNIBUS Volume 1
Collects Marvel Graphic Novel #4, 1982; New Mutants #1-34, 1983 on and MUCH more. Art by Bill Sienkiewicz. The future of the X-Men is here! Karma. Wolfsbane. Sunspot. Cannonball. Moonstar. Follow their early days at Xavier's School -- including battles against Sentinels, the Hellfire Club, the Brood and more! New recruits Magma, Magik and Cypher find their footing, a deadly rivalry begins with Emma Frost's Hellions -- and the Demon Bear that haunts Dani Moonstar bares his teeth, Bill Sienkiewicz-style! Will the New Mutants survive -- and if so, can they make a new friend in the alien Warlock? Plus, the mind-bending debut of Professor X's son, Legion! Marvel. Due Dec. ...More.
Item Code: NEWM01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1272pg, Full Color
|THE COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD'S DICK TRACY Volume 29
Dailies & Sundays, 1976-77. Final Volume!! By Chester Gould. This completes the entire run: after 46 years-of writing and drawing Dick Tracy Chester Gould retired at the age of 77. In these historic stories, you'll find the latest in a long line of grotesque villains--Pucker Puss, the hitman who literally spits death at his opponents. Tracy, meanwhile, takes his law and order campaign to television, while his past catches up to him when a criminal he helped convict twenty years ago puts the detective on his "to kill" list. To round out this volume, the squadroom is kept busy with two members of B.O. Plenty's extended family who are anything but law-abiding--Perfume Plenty and her larcenous cousin Dade. IDW, 2020. Due Dec. ...More.
Item Code: CC29H
Hard Cover, 11x9, 288pg, b&w
|Get any earlier volumes you missed while they are still available. See our website.|
|JOHNNY HAZARD NEWSPAPER DAILIES Volume 8 1956-1957
Recommended. By Frank Robbins. See more trend-setting artwork by comics legend Frank Robbins in one of the most important adventure strips ever to grace newspapers. Includes the following stories: “Project Heat-Barrier,” “Hazard vs Hawkes,” “The Most Dangerous Man in the World,” “Project Globe,” “The Grand Gizmo,” and “It's Kismet.” Reproduced entirely from original King Features press proofs. Hermes Press, 2020. Due Dec. ...More.
Item Code: JH08H
Hard Cover, 10x6, 288pg, b&w
|See all available Johnny Hazard collections on our website.|
|THE PHANTOM The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 19 1964-1966
By Lee Falk. Art by Sy Barry. This continues the Sy Barry Years which just began last volume. Five complete continuities: “The Bad Ones,” “The Hanta Witch,” “Prince Hali and the White Stallion,” “Bullet's Town,” and “The Killer.” Strips from this issue are taken directly from King Feature's proofs. Included in the volume is a comprehensive essay plus documentary materials. Hermes, 2020. Due Dec. ...More.
Item Code: PH19H
Hard Cover, 12x8, 272pg, Full Color
|THE PHANTOM The Complete Sundays Volume 8
1963-66. By Lee Falk. Art by Sy Barry. The reprint of the entire run of Lee Falk's full color Phantom Sundays continues, with the much anticipated Sy Barry years. Fans of The Ghost Who Walks have waited for years to have a complete series of full size hardcover volumes featuring the complete Phantom Sundays. As with Hermes Press' complete reprint of The Phantom dailies, this book contains every strip digitally reconstructed "to perfection." Hermes, 2020. Due Dec. ...More.
Item Code: PHS08H
Hard Cover, 13x9, 256pg, Full Color
|Some are now of print but see what remains available of Phantom Dailies and Sundays.|
Famous American Illustrators - $45.00
Betty Boop's Sunday Best - $35.00
Virgil Finlay - $90.00
Virgil Finlay's Women of the Ages - $30.00
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After several weeks with little or no adult items, we have a new Lady Death: More Naughty in both regular and Deluxe Editions. We also still offer her two earlier collections in both editions, too.
And we have three 2021 adult calendars, all published by the excellent Mystique organization: Hot Naked Girls, Mystique X-Posed, and XXplicit Babes. See all, as of now, available 2021 calendars here, and see older discounted titles here.
FREE — Order any new calendar or adult item, and choose one of our discounted older titles, while they remain.
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New website and software
After all our careful planning and our announcement last week, we ran into a glitch and did not launch the new website. The change-over will now occur Friday July 31, 3:00pm PST. So you still have time to advance-order coming items or out of stock items and not pre-pay, until end of day tomorrow.
The Post Office is overwhelmed and it's taking inordinate amounts of time for orders to get where they are going. I ordered several comics from Texas and the shipment took 25 days, another took more than two weeks. Please be patient, and be nice to your local carrier. The Post Office is underfunded and understaffed due to politics and we are all paying the price now.
The pages in the Fantastic Paintings of Frazetta were mis-numbered. Four numbers were skipped after page 105, in both editions, but nothing is missing. All the material is there, and all the pages, as promised. Someone in layout made an error in placing the numbers. This will be corrected in the second printing. Our copies of the trade edition, and more copies of the deluxe first edition (now more or less sold out from the publisher and distributor) are due to arrive here any minute now (I am writing this Wednesday, July 29). At the same time, we're restocking the Frazetta Sketchbooks and The Sensuous Frazetta, including deluxe editions. We had some trouble keeping these in stock with the publisher's move. See them all on our website.
I'm leaving Booktown Books, Grass Valley
As I mentioned previously, I am "retiring" from the cooperative used book store that I have been a part of for nearly 20 years now. All my material there is half price, until the end of August when I pack up and leave. If you are in the area, you are welcome to come by and check out my offerings there: art books, adult material, how-to books, YA fiction, sci-fi pbs, conventional and fantasy art books, graphic novels, manga, comics related material. Since I mark-down most material there to 50% off cover price, except for actual new, unblemished copies, it means you can now buy items at 75% off cover price. The store is open seven days a week, 10-6 and 11-5 Sunday. 530-272-4655.
We are now allowing customers to visit our warehouse, but for now, limited to two at a time. Mask required, we can provide one. 13393 Grass Valley Ave, #7. We're open 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. 530-273-2166
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