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Thursday, September 24, 2020

King-Size Steranko, four Tarzan novels, John Constantine, Firefly, Batman, Vampirella and more!

I'm excited! New this week is the King-Size Jim Steranko's SHIELD, the next four Tarzan novels in the ERB Authorized Library, John Constantine, Firefly with Sheriff Mal, Batman and The Demon, and Jose Gonzalez's Vampi Statue. Also: new art books coming from Angoulême, including two on Calvo and a Manara, more half-price HURTS, and coming soon is Art of Tim Truman, for which we are doing a signed bookplate.

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Jim Steranko!


Collects the Nick Fury stories in Strange Tales #151-168 & Nick Fury, Agent of S. H. I. E. L. D. #1-3, 5, 1966-68. Our Highest Recommendation. By Jim Steranko, Stan Lee et al. Rarely before and rarely since has the comics industry seen a talent as innovative as Jim Steranko. Blending together influences surrealist and psychedelic, as well as Jack Kirby, Will Eisner and Wallace Wood, Steranko's groundbreaking style is an incomparable visual language. Watch it all come together here, each issue better than the last. Here is Steranko's complete tenure on Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a single, massive King-Size edition. Marvel, 2020....More.

Item Code: STERRH
Hard Cover, 14x21, 336pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

STERANKO The Self-Created Man
Highly Recommended. By James Romberger. Art by Jim Steranko. James Romberger's long-awaited examination of the comics and film work of Jim Steranko, America's first comic book auteur. It is presented in three parts---a biographical overview; a comprehensive interview with Steranko that articulates 144 graphic and narrative innovations found in his comics from 1966-1984; and a critical analysis of his film conceptualizations for Alain Resnais, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. Romberger's unique perspective offers an insightful and readable commentary about one of the most enigmatic and influential creators of our time. Ground Zero Books, 2018....More.

Item Code: STERSE
Soft Cover, 6x9, 162pg, Text/Partial Color
We have a copy of the out of print Steranko Nick Fury Agent of Shield Artist's Edition [SNFAEH. $275], his variant cover of Detective #1000 [DETCOJS. $9.99] and his 1972 History of Comics Volume 2 [STER02. $20]. See our website for more items with Steranko.

Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library


EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS AUTHORIZED LIBRARY Volume 5 Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
Featuring Rare and Previously Unpublished Archival Materials. Highly Recommended. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New cover art and frontispiece by Joe Jusko. When fate deals a devastating blow to Tarzan and Jane's fortunes, the ape-man must once again refill their coffers from the legendary treasure vaults of Opar, forgotten outpost of lost Atlantis. There awaits the high priestess La, ready to sacrifice Tarzan upon the altar of the Flaming God for having spurned her love, even while the traitorous, half-bestial high priest of Opar schemes to usurp her rule. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2020....More.

Item Code: ERBA05H
Hard Cover, 6x9, 248pg, Text/b&w

Featuring Rare and Previously Unpublished Archival Materials. Highly Recommended. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New cover and frontispiece by Joe Jusko. How did the helpless child of the shipwrecked couple John and Alice Clayton become the superhuman legend that is Tarzan of the Apes, Lord of the Jungle? These twelve stand-alone coming-of-age tales tell the full story, describing his boyhood, youth, first love, first kill...finding their place alongside the richest and most meaningful allegories of mythology. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, 2020....More.

Item Code: ERBA06H
Hard Cover, 6x9, 250pg, Text/b&w

Featuring Rare and Previously Unpublished Archival Materials. Highly Recommended. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New cover and frontispiece by Joe Jusko. World War I enflames East Africa as German troops raze the Greystokes' estate, where Tarzan returns to find the charred, lifeless remains of his beloved Jane. Consumed by vengeance, the ape-man wages guerrilla warfare against the hated enemy, using his most savage tactics to help the Allies drive the invaders from his land ..including loosing a starving, angry lion in German trenches! One of my favorite Tarzan novels! Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, 2020....More.

Item Code: ERBA07H
Hard Cover, 6x9, 364pg, Text/b&w

Featuring Rare and Previously Unpublished Archival Materials. Highly Recomended. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New cover and frontispiece by Joe Jusko. Driven by the single-minded purpose of tracking his beloved Jane and her German abductor, Tarzan braves the forbidding wastes of the great barrier swamps to enter the primeval land of Pal-ul-don—an unforgiving world of tailed humanoids pitted in unrelenting war, where the fierce reptilian gryf stalks its prey. One of the most popular Tarzan novels and subject of the sequel by Will Murray. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, 2020....More.

Item Code: ERBA08H
Hard Cover, 6x9, 318pg, Text/b&w

The ERB Authorized Library's Second Set of Four Volumes [5-8]. Highly Recommended. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New covers and frontispieces by Joe Jusko. The ERB Authorized Library's Second Set of Four Volumes [5-8] “ Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Tarzan the Untamed, and Tarzan the Terrible. Each volume has a superlative new cover painting and frontis by Joe Jusko, new forewords by writers and ERB experts, and at least 24 pages of bonus archival notes, letters and artwork. See each individual book for more details.Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, 2020....More.

Item Code: ERBA02P
Hard Cover, 6x9, Text/b&w
$119.80 $109.00

Highly Recommended. Art and Foreword by Joe Jusko. Set of the first four ERB Authorized Tarzan Library titles. Also sold individually. Joe Jusko is doing a stunning job of creating new color dust jacket covers for each of these new novels. ERB plans to collect every ERB novel in new editions, and Jusko, at least for now, is the artist who will be painting every cover. Each has a new Foreword by a noted authority. Each has a unique Afterword by Scott Tracy Griffin, in which he talks about how this novel came to be, and details the correspondance between ERB and All-Story editor Metcalf. Bonus archival materail in each volume. See each one for more details. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, 2019....More.

Item Code: ERBAP
Hard Cover, 6x9, Text Only
$119.80 $109.00
Each book in this set is also available individually, see each one here. See more ERB material online.

Archives & Graphic Novels


Collects Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1 and Firefly #13-15. By Greg Pak. Art by Davide Gianfelice and Lalit Kumar Sharma. Meet Sheriff Mal Reynolds. Soldier. Scoundrel. Maybe even hero. Mal Reynolds has been all these things, but now the captain of the spaceship Serenity has a new job: SHERIFF. After the shocking conclusion of Mal's journey with Boss Moon, Mal hands himself in to the Alliance...but it turns out he's not the one they want. The infamous Ma Reynolds -- that's Mal's mom -- is at the top of the Alliance's Most Wanted. Boom Studios, 2020....More.

Item Code: FIRNS01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
Here's several more Firefly collections on our website.

By Mike W. Barr & Dennis O'Neil. Art by Jerry Bingham, Tom Grindberg, and Norm Breyfogle. Recommended. 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! Collects these three original graphic novels Batman: Birth of the Demon (1987), Batman: Bride of the Demon (1990), and Batman: Son of the Demon (1987). DC Comics, 2020....More.

Item Code: BATDTH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 304pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
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Collects John Constantine: Hellblazer #1-6 & two more titles, 2019-2020. By Simon Spurrier. Art by Aaron Campbell, Matias Bergara et al. The bastard is back. England's legendary street-level sorcerer has returned to his grimy roots with a second lease on life. Which leaves him with just one question: How the hell did that happen? Brutally retrieved from a tangle of apocalyptic futures and outright insanity, the working-class magus finds himself restored to the haunted shadows of London, where local gangsters are being shredded by terrifying entities. Their boss wants to hire Constantine to help, and without a penny to his name--and with a gun in his face--who is he to say no? DC Comics, 2020....More.

Item Code: JCHEL01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
See more from the Sandman universe on our website.

Art Books & Gonzalez's Vampi Statue


Recommended. Edited by Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wiedemann. A unique book from the innovative publisher Taschen. This coffee table size, 488-page volume presents a fascinating look at offering information using graphics. It highlights the work of the masters of the profession now, plus historical creators of breakthroughs changing the way we communicate. Designed not just for graphics professionals, but for anyone interested in the history and practice of communicating visually. More than 400 graphs, maps, stats, and diagrams, from journalism to art, government to education accompanied by essays tracing the evolving art form that is pictorial explanation. Taschen, 2020....More.

Item Code: INFGRH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 480pg, Full Color
$45.00 $39.95
Here's all of our latest Taschen Art Books.

Limited to 706, hand-numbered with certificate & nicely illustrated box. Recommended. By Jose Gonzalez. Few artists have managed to capture the iconic look of Vampirella like Jose Gonzalez could. 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of comics' most memorable vampire, and Dynamite now celebrates the occasion with a 1/6 scale tribute to her most memorable illustration! The classic "Warren era" of Vampirella, over 12 inches high, from heel to bat, on a base modeled after her "bat" logo. Dynamite, 2020....More.

Item Code: WODVJ
12" tall, Full Color

Limited, 500. Highly Recommended. Harris Comics has reprinted one of the crown jewels of Vampirella collectibles: the Jose Gonzalez Door Poster! Die hard Vampi fans have often paid top dollar for this, but now you too will finally be able to take one home! This special edition of the poster bears a small Vampirella 40th Anniversary logo on the bottom. Dynamite, 2020....More.

Item Code: VAMJGPO
24x72, Full Color
He's also one of the artists profiled in the Illustrators Quarterly Special #1 [IQS01. $34.99]. We are out of this as I write this, but more are expected momentarily. See our website for more work by Gonzalez and the latest Vampirella releases. There are now four Vampirella Replica Editions, reprising Issue #1 from 1969, #2, #3 and #30 [VAMP01, VAMR02, VAMR03 & VAMR30. $6.99 each].

Coming in September


Highly Recommended. Limited, 1500. This is the catalogue to the museum exhibition ("Calvo: a master of the fable") mounted for the Angoulême Comics Festival in January 2020. Working in animation style that looks like classic Disney work from the 1940s (Calvo's heyday), Calvo changed the face of comics with his albums featuring animal heroes and powerful anti-Nazi stories, using animals for all the players. Discover his superb artwork with 150 pages of original artwork and previously unpublished documents. 2020. Due: Oct....More.

Item Code: CALUNH
Hard Cover, 208pg, Partial Color

Highly Recommended. Limited, 1500. In 1946, at the height of his talent, Calvo wrote and drew this magnificent primer for children, with bright colors and incredible animation-style artwork. Joyful circus animals overflowing with vitality perform their numbers here to the delight of readers, young and old. This particularly neat reissue is a facsimile with nearly all the illustrations reproduced from the original drawings. 9eArt Editions. Due: Oct....More.

Item Code: MRLOYH
Hard Cover, 32pg, Partial Color
See News and Notes for more about "The French Walt Disney," Calvo.

Highly Recommended. Limited, 1500. In 2019 the Angoulême comics festival in France celebrated Milo Manara's fifty-year career with a major exhibit of his original art. From his beginnings in Italian pulp comics to his biography of Caravaggio, to his notable collaborations with Hugo Pratt and Federico Fellini, this traces the unique career of this master, especially of his erotic art. Reproducing more than 150 exceptional pieces, including unpublished drawings. Text is in French. 9eArt Editions, 1999. Due: Oct....More.

Item Code: MANITH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 160pg, Partial Color

Recommended. By Jacques Martin. Contributors include Gaëtan Akyüz, Stéphane Beaujean et al. Jacques Martin (1921 - 2010) was a French comics artist and comic book creator. He was one of the classic artists of Tintin magazine, alongside Edgar P. Jacobs and Hergé, of whom he was a longtime collaborator. He is best known for his series Alix. This is a catalog of his work, based on an exhibit at the Angoulême comics festival in France. 9eArt Editions, 2018. Due: Oct....More.

Item Code: ALIXH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 160pg, Partial Color

Limited, 1200. This is the catalogue to the museum exhibition ("Yoshiharu Tsuge: to be without existing") mounted for the Angoulême comics festival in January 2020. Tsuge is a Japanese cartoonist and essayist, active in comics between 1955 and 1987. His works range from tales of ordinary life to dream-like surrealism, and often show his interest in traveling about Japan. This handsome catalog pays tribute to the man considered the father of autobiographic comics or "watakushi manga." 9eArt+ éditions, 2020. Due: Sep....More.

Item Code: YOSTH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 160pg, Partial Color
See our website for Manara collections in stock now.

Coming in November


Signed Bookplate! Highly Recommended. A career-spanning collection of art from Grimjack co-creator Timothy Truman, an important and popular creator in the heyday of 1970s and 1980s independent comics. This full-color hardcover focuses on Truman's western, fantasy, and science fiction genres, plus artwork for roleplaying game covers and illustrations. Clover Press, 2020. Due: Nov. ...More.

Item Code: FANTTHS
Hard Cover, 184pg, Full Color
Search our website for "signed bookplate" and you'll find 54 different items, many with bookplates available exclusively from us. Search "signed" and you'll find a whopping 320 items, which you can sort by popularity (a new search category), by lowest and highest price and by newest.

Recommended. Frank Thorne's masterwork, Ghita of Alizarr, is finally being collected in its entirety in a hardcover archival edition sourced using the final versions of Thorne's original artwork. There have been various versions of these stories but this volume brings together Thorne's definitive take on Ghita of Alizarr, a heroine of sword and sorcery not unlike Red Sonja, but sporting less clothes and more libido. Adult themes and nudity. Due: Nov. Mature readers. ...More.

Item Code: FTCOMGH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 256pg, Partial Color
Find more by Frank Thorne on our website, including his other steamy heroine, Lann.

Recommended. By Paul Duncan. Made in close collaboration with George Lucas and Lucasfilm, this second volume covers the making of the prequel trilogy: Episode I, The Phantom Menace; Episode II; Attack of the Clones; and Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. The XXL tome continues a visual trip through the Star Wars galaxy with an exclusive interview with Lucas, script pages, concept art, on-set photography, and more. Taschen, 2020. Due: Nov. ...More.

Item Code: STARWEH
Hard Cover, Full Color
$200.00 $180.00
The companion volume with episodes 4-6 is in stock now. See more Star Wars on our website.

New Half-Price Hurts


RED SONJA The Complete Gail Simone Omnibus Hurt
Collects #0-18 of Volume 2, 2013-15. Recommended. By Gail Simone. Art by Walter Geovani and Jack Jadson. Collects all of Gail Simone's amazing work on Red Sonja in one beautiful oversized volume. Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, in three long, epic tales. Queen of the Plagues, The Art of Blood and Fire, and The Forgiving Monsters. "This is the perfect team for Sonja's exploits...Sonja continues to dazzle and terrify with this creative team."-SciFiPulse. Dynamite, 2019. Condition: Minor bumps to corners....More.

Item Code: REDGSHR
Hard Cover, 8x12, 528pg, Full Color
$49.99 $24.99

THE MAGICIANS Alice's Story Hurt
Highly Recommended. By Lev Grossman and Lilah Sturges. Art by Pius Bak. The Magicians Alice's Story is an all new chapter set in the world of The Magicians trilogy of novels by New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman that retells the events of the first novel through fan-favorite character Alice Quinn. And for me, unfamiliar with the series, I found it an outstanding stand-alone graphic novel. It features exceptionally good characterization and strong artwork. -Bud. Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she's always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, she rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically magical creature invade their dimension. Archaia, 2019. Condition: Minor bumps to corners. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: MAGASR
Hard Cover, 7x10, 208pg, Full Color
$16.99 $8.99

Highly Recommended. This collection presents all five Kaluta sketchbooks in a handsome oversized hardcover. All selected by the artist from his personal archives--a cornucopia of delightful delineations and lovely line drawings. We still had a wonderful illustrated bookplate he created for us for his Metropolis in 1995, so we asked him to sign these to accompany this new volume. This is packed with unpublished work; for John Carter and Dejah Thoris, for Carson of Venus, Conan, Fables, Sandman, Wonder Woman and much more. Condition: Slightly bumped corners. Small tear on the cover. IDW, 2016....More.

Item Code: MKKSHSR
Hard Cover, 9x12, 256pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $24.99

Our Highest Recommendation. By Roger Hill. After EC's demise in 1955, Wally Wood segued into the field of science fiction pulp illustration, providing over 200 beautiful drawings and color cover paintings for magazines like Galaxy and for specialty book publishers. Much of this work has never been reprinted--until now. Roger Hill (EC Fan Addict) has spent the past twenty years pulling together the history of Wood's involvement with the pulp digests and tracking down original art for this project. IDW, 2016. Condition: Minor bumps to corners....More.

Item Code: WWGALR
Hard Cover, 9x11, 160pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $14.99

We also found a few more copies of Warlord of Mars/Dejah Thoris Omnibus Volume 1 [WARDOM01R. $39.99, $19.99]. This sold out a few weeks ago. See more Dejah Thoris, several on sale, on our website.

Look here for all our current HURT Half-Price books. We're adding titles with just 2 or 3 copies which will not be promoted individually here, since with so few on hand they may sell out quickly. Here are some now available: The Marvel Portfolio Joe Quesada, Captain America Masterworks 11, Original Daredevil, Your Beauty Mark, Marvel Decade the 2010s.



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 full list of items low in stock.

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Mature Readers

We have a "mondo mash-up" film this week, The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield. The full description has a fairly critical review that I found online, so read the entire description and then decide if this is for you. It's WEIRD.

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News & Notes


New Closeouts

I've just marked down a couple dozen more items, but we currently don't have a way to earmark these for you. But go to the toolbar on the top of our home page, click on CLOSEOUTS, and browse to catch these.

Prince Valiant Volume 22

This rolled in just after we cut off new items this week. It should be available to order in the next day or so. In stock now are all back volumes and slipcased sets of 1-3 and 4-6. The 7-9 set was cancelled but has now been reannounced for this fall, in time for Christmas. We'll be listing it shortly. We also have some out of print PV items, see our website.

More about Edmond-François Calvo:

Born in 1892 in Elbeuf, France, he was in the army in the First World War, and started publishing cartoons in the 1920s. He had many different jobs, including working as a woodcarver and an innkeeper, until 1938 when he became a full-time artist. Most of his work had animals as the main characters, which together with his popularity and productivity gave him the nickname "The French Walt Disney".

His best known work is La bête est morte (The Beast is Dead), started clandestinely in 1942, published as a book after the liberation of France, in two parts, in 1944-1945, a satire on the second World War with the different countries depicted as different animals, a style that would later be used by Art Spiegelman in his graphic novel Maus.

Vampirella Artgerm Bust: Underworld Variant

When the regular edition came in last week, I neglected to mention this variant. It was first announced in late 2019 and then delayed indefinitely. We are not taking orders for it right now, but wanted you to know this may...or may coming. It was priced $189.99, while the regular edition, in stock now, is $139.99 [VAMAB].



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