Thursday, October 8, 2020

The History of EC, Pre Code Classics, a Stanley Lau portfolio, Mickey Mouse, a Complete Sandman Boxed Set, and much more!

Big week! The History of EC came in, two pallets of them. All our exhibit catalogs from Angoulême. Plus a heap of new Pre Code Classics, a special issue of PulpFest's annual, The Pulpster, a new Stanley Lau portfolio, a handsome little Conan handbook, a well-priced Taschen book on Mickey Mouse, two Disney Masters, The Complete Sandman Boxed Set, and a bunch of new graphic novels. Enjoy!

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First printing limited to 5000. From the leading authority on EC. Huge oversized volume. Our Highest Recommendation. By Grant Geissman. With exclusive 8x11 full color bookplate drawn by Angelo Torres, and signed by the author. Taschen presents the full, fascinating story of this fabled company, written and designed by EC-expert Grant Geissman. Even the most die-hard EC Fan-Addicts will find something new within these pages, with the Gaines family archives providing over 100 rarities that have never seen print. Cover images are reproduced from Gaines file copies. 1,000 illustrations include the rarest and most notorious covers, interior pages and panels, rare photos, vintage original artwork, and some of the most celebrated stories ever to be printed in four colors. Note: Due to the weight, Rush shipping would require an additional charge. Taschen, 2020....More.

Item Code: HISECH
Hard Cover, 16x11, 596pg, Full Color
See News & Notes for more news about this. Ironically, you can't search EC on our website, two letters is too small a search sequence. But "EC Archives" will get you most of the EC Archives, plus other books. And don't miss the Highly Recommended EC Fan Addict. Roger promises a new issue before very long. Two are in stock now, and we hope he might reprint the earlier issues. Also on our website are three out of print Russ Cochran Archives and the Complete EC Picto-Fiction Set.

Highly Recommended. By Mike Chomko, Will Murray et al. The Pulpster has two major themes this year: the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Ray Bradbury, and the 100th anniversary of the debut of Black Mask. The annual magazine for PulpFest is available despite PulpFest being cancelled due to the pandemic. It's not a regular edition, but almost twice as large as last year's edition. Mike Chomko, 2020....More.

Item Code: PULP29
Soft Cover, 8x11, 80pg, Text/Partial Color
Click here for the latest new arrivals in our Pulp category. Check out the new Milo March and Black Mask series, and if you are missing any Sanctum titles like The Shadow, The Avenger, and Doc, we've still got quite a good stock on them, all but the most recent Shadows still less than half price.

MARVEL PORTFOLIO Stanley Artgerm Lau
Highly Recommended. By Stanley "Artgerm" Lau. Incredible artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau has made a name for himself at Marvel Comics with a series of striking and instantly recognizable variant covers. His work has graced titles including Astonishing X-Men, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Mighty Thor, Spider-Gwen, Absolute Carnage and more. This deluxe hardcover portfolio presents twelve gorgeous, full-color reproductions of some of his most iconic work. Lau’s Poster Portfolios has been our most popular in that series, and he’s obviously one of the fan favorite artists now working in comics. Now we get a deluxe true portfolio, his very first. Includes images of Spider-Man, Jean Grey, the new female Thor, Cat-Woman, Captain Marvel, Sue Storm, Mary Jane and others. Marvel, 2020....More.

Item Code: MARPSL
Hard Cover, 11x15, 12pg, Full Color
$50.00 $42.50
See more by Stanley Lau on our website. I pick up anything I can with his work.

Recommended. By Alan Zelenetz. Art by John Buscema, et al. Wrap-around cover by Michael Kaluta. This comprehensive compendium of Conan characters — first published in 1986 — offers a detailed guide to the many heroes and villains featured in Marvel's Conan. The A to Z of Conan's savage world, filled with illustrations from some of the greatest talents of the era, including John Buscema and Ernie Chan. Full color, double-page highly detailed map, best we've ever seen. Marvel Comics, 2020....More.

Item Code: OFFCU
Soft Cover, na, 40pg, Full Color
Click here for Conan, and here for more by Robert E. Howard.

Disney Masters & Taschen's Mickey Mouse


DISNEY MASTERS Volume 12 Donald the Forgetful Hero
Collected from Topolino, 1973, ’76, ’83 & ’91. By Giorgio Cavazzano. Art by Max Monteduro, Christos Kontrotis. Uncle Scrooge wants to publish a historic tell-all interview with World War I flying ace Eddie Brickenbatter. But the legendary hero has amnesia — so to cure it, Scrooge tells Donald Duck to reenact the plane crash that caused Brickenbatter to lose his memory in the first place! Then, in “Plantastic Voyage,” Donald and Scrooge shrink down to the size of germs on a leaf. And Daisy Duck embarks on a super-secret mission in “The Dazzling Duck She-Venger.” Finally, Mickey Mouse, on the trail of a missing man, finds himself in a twisting mystery of film noir thrills and chills in “The Case of the Cut-Off Calls!” “Plantastic Voyage” is a spoof on the film Fantastic Voyage. The germs are all now walking, talking characters and there’s good germs, and bad germs, and it’s one wild adventure with the Ducks in the middle. Fantagraphics, 2020. ...More.

Item Code: DM12H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 200pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

DISNEY MASTERS Volume 13 Mickey Mouse The Sunken City
Collected from Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #197-216, 1957-58. Highly Recommended. Art by Paul Murry. The serialized adventures of Mickey and Goofy are finally collected! After the Barks’ Duck stories, these were every young readers favorite adventures in these classic issues of WDC&S. They were certainly mine, as a youngster reading my family’s subscription copies! Paul Murry was THE Mickey artist from this era. Seven complete adventures written by Carl Fallberg. Our spunky heroes are lost at sea, and they get caught in a pitched battle between buccaneer Pete and sneaky submarine commander Captain Grapple. At stake: the ancient gold of Port Rancid, a pirate stronghold that sank beneath the waves — and is now guarded by a pack of very jealous sea monsters! Then, Mickey and Goofy have their hands full with a host of mystery puzzlers — from canoe-going ghosts in “Legend of Loon Lake” to hi-tech arsonists in “The Phantom Fires” to a piratical parrot in “The Castaways of Whale Bay!” Fantagraphics, 2020....More.

Item Code: DM13H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 176pgs, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

For old-time fans, this new volume is a real treat. Even though the Disney Masters series is mostly featuring stories first done in Europe, this is the third to instead offer us the beloved Mickey Mouse adventures that older baby boomers grew up reading in the back pages of Walt Disney's Comics & Stories.

While Barks was doing his one-off ten pages in the front of every issue, artist Paul Murry was serializing these into long, satisfying adventures, with Mickey as brave and fearless hero, solver of every sort of problem and obstacle. It's great work. Here are the previous two volumes, collecting the Walt Disney's Comics & Stories Mickey series beginning with issue #152 in 1953, all by Paul Murray:


DISNEY MASTERS Volume 3 Mickey Mouse The Case of The Vanishing Bandit
Collected from Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #152-175, 1953-55. Highly Recommended. By Paul Murry. Hop on board “ Fantagraphics new Disney Masters collections continues! Each of these seven classic and fun stories was serialized in three successive issues of WDC&S and are collected here for the first time together. Join Mickey on the trail of cops-and-robbers capers from shady doings at "The Last Resort" to Black Pete's raucous wrangles with a Rajah in "The Lost Legion!" Murry's first seven Mickey serials are all here “ newly recolored in the warm colors from the originals. Fantagraphics, 2018....More.

Item Code: DM03H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

DISNEY MASTERS Volume 7 MICKEY MOUSE The Pirates of Tabasco Bay
Collected from Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #176-196, 1955-57. Highly Recommended. By Carl Fallberg. Art by Paul Murry. The second collection of these beloved 1950s adventures that were serialized in the pages of WDC&S. From cowboy capers at "Yesterday Ranch" to the head-scratching mystery of "The Vanishing Railroad!" In the title story, Mickey's uncle wants to attract tourists back to his fading seaside resort and Mickey and Goofy think populating the pier with fierce pirate "actors" is just the way to do it! But when Black Pete and his scurvy crew stage a real pirate raid, our intrepid heroes go from planning the boardwalk to walking the plank! Fantagraphics, 2019....More.

Item Code: DM07H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 174pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
Both of these are also available in two-volume sets with another Disney Masters volume: Volumes 3&4 [DM02HP] and Volumes 7&8 [DM04HP] $59.99, $49.99 ea.

WALT DISNEY'S MICKEY MOUSE The Ultimate History 40th Anniversary Edition
Bargain Priced. Highly Recommended. By David Gerstein, J. B. Kaufman et al. Celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse with one of the most expansive illustrated publications on the Disney universe: behind-the-scenes shots, rare animation art, and vintage comics trace Mickey's earliest cartoons, his comic book adventures, the world of Mickey merchandise and memorabilia, with lots of cool 1930s and 40s rarities, as well as the legendary Mickey Mouse Club. Excellent coverage of all the early, fun Mickey with never before seen material. Taschen, 2020....More.

Item Code: WALMMUH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 512pg, Partial Color
See previous Disney Masters and slipcased sets on our website. Click here for more Mickey Mouse.

Archives & Graphic Novels


Recommended. By Pat Dorian. A graphic novel debut: the life of the legendary silent-film actor Lon Chaney (the original Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame), as imagined by an artist whose work recalls the style and skill of early-era New Yorker cartoonists.From the artist: “‘No one will ever love me!’ This was this near-universal fear that makes Lon Chaney’s characters continue to resonate with us today. On their surface, most of them are distinctly unlikeable: they are monsters, outcasts, criminals. But through his unique magic, Chaney makes them empathetic. He pioneered the craft of makeup artist long before that term ever existed, and he used his expertise to hide himself from public view–what if nobody loved him?” Pantheon, 2020. ...More.

Item Code: LONCHH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 160pg, Full Color
$25.00 $21.95

THE CLOCK Volume 1
Recommended. Collects #1-4. By Matt Hawkins. Art by Colleen Doran. Within three weeks, hundreds of millions of healthy people worldwide contract an aggressive cancer. It stumps the best scientific minds available. But after a leading cancer researcher loses his wife and watches his nine-year-old daughter begin to succumb, he races to stop a global conspiracy that could propel the world straight into WWIII. Bonus: 34 pages of prelim art, author notes and much more. Image Comics. 2020....More.

Item Code: CLOC01
Soft Cover, na, 128pg, Full Color
See all of our latest Graphic Novels on the new website.

BATMAN Gotham By Gaslight Deluxe Edition
Collects Gotham by Gaslight, Batman: Master of the Future, Convergence: Shazam! #1-2, and Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight. Highly Recommended. By Brian Augustyn, Mike Mignola, P. Craig Russell & Eduardo Barreto. Two entire graphic novels and more offer a retro-Victorian-era Bat-Man, well drawn and very well written. The sequel, Batman: Master of the Future begins with a desperate search for Ray Palmer, the Silver Age Atom. We find The Blue Beetle, Green Lantern and the entire Shazam Family all go back in time to join our retro Batman in Victorian England! Plus all the other appearances of the Victorian Bat-Man. DC Comics, 2020....More.

Item Code: ABSGH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 208pg, Full Color
$34.99 $31.99

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES Volume 1 Millennium
Collects Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1-2 and Legion of Super-Heroes #1-6. Recommended. By Brian Michael Bendis. Art by Ryan Sook. Welcome to the 31st century! The Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident? Very well drawn. DC, 2020....More.

Item Code: LEG01
Soft Cover|na, 7x10, 240pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
Don't miss the Legion Omnibus editions.

Fourteen complete books in one handsome slipcase. Our Highest Recommendation. By Neil Gaiman. Art by Sam Keith, J. H. Williams III et al. Weaving together ancient mythology, folklore, and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision, Neil Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death. And a series popular with not just male comic book fans, but women and even non-comics people—everyone embraced this series like no other. The Sandman universe is a master-creation following Dream, also known as Morpheus, lord of the Dreaming — a vast, hallucinatory landscape that houses all the dreams of any and everyone who has ever existed. DC Comics, 2020....More.

Item Code: SANDM
Soft Cover, 7x10, 3000 pg, Full Color
$250.00 $225.00
See the website for more Sandman and more work from Neil Gaiman.

PS Artbooks "Softees"


Collects Weird Tales of the Future #1-4 & Weird Mysteries #2, 1952. Our Highest Recommendation. By Basil Wolverton, Bernard Baily et al. Bug-eyed monsters, two-timing homicidal husbands and wives, rampaging corpses. AND...a bunch of iconic and wild stories (and covers!) by the one and only Basil Wolverton. Robot Woman, Nighmare World, Monsters on Mars, Escape to Death all by himself, plus lots more wild stories from one of the most collectible of the pre-code titles, even more so than EC! PS Artbooks, 2020....More.

Item Code: WTF01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects #1-3, 1940. Recommended. By Will Eisner, Bob Powell, George Tuska et al. New bargain-priced "Softee" series. The iconic first three issues of the first and best science fiction comics title, with covers by Lou Fine and Will Eisner!! The very first stories of long-running characters like Flint Baker, the infamous Spurt Hammond, Buzz Crandall, Auro God of Jupiter, and the rare Fiction House superhero, The Red Comet. PS Artbooks, 2020....More.

Item Code: PLC01
Hard Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color

Collects #4-5, 1940. Recommended. By Bob Powell, Nick Cardy, Charles Quinlain et al. Covers by Will Eisner, Lou Fine and Charles Sultan. And here's the second installment of PS Artbooks' inexpensive new Softee series of Fiction House's Planet Comics. Gale Allen and Her Girl Squadron begins in #4; #5 features an Eisner/Lou Fine cover; all other features from #1 continue, including The Red Comet. PS Artbooks, 2020.     ....More.

Item Code: PLC02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color

PS kicked off their softcover collections with the Harvey Horror series, several of which we have on sale at $9.99. But they've restarted it recently; besides these three books, we also have these other three PRE-CODE CLASSICS: Beware! Terror Tales Volume 1 and 2 [PCBTT01 and PCBTT02] and Weird Adventures Volume 1: City of the Living Dead [PCWA01]. All are $24.99.

Special Note: we still have on-sale copies of the HARDCOVER Planet Comics Vol 1, 3, 7 and 8—we have 11, 12, 6 and 3 copies left, that's it, at $48, $29.95 ea. We also have SLIPCASED Volumes 12, 13 and 14 on sale at $34.99 each. All other Planet Comics collections are either retail price, slightly discounted, or sold out. See them all here.

Click here for more PS Artbooks. Click on SORT BY PRICE: LOW TO HIGH to see the Softees and on-sale titles first, or click on SORT BY LATEST for the newest and coming titles. You'll also see their other new series of facsimile reprints: Eerie Tales Magazine from 1959 [ETM01] and Weird Mysteries Magazine [WMM01], $11.99 ea.


More New Pre-Code Classics


SILVER AGE CLASSICS Strange Mysteries Volume 1 Hardcover
Collects Strange Mysteries #9-12, 1958-64 and Strange Worlds 1958. Recommended. By Jay Disbrow, Ross Andru et al. Stories here are collected from Rulah, Spook, Strange, Tales of Horror—from steamy jungle adventures of the Sheena-wannabe, to 1950s horror. In Strange Worlds, we get reprints of Avon's Strange Worlds #5 and #9, with work by Everett Raymond Kinstler. PS Artbooks, 2020....More.

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

Collects #10-14,1952-53. Recommended. By Richard Hughes. Art by Ogden Whitney et al. This third volume of Operation Peril collects a title in the process of changing genres. #10-12 all feature the three ongoing strips: two-fisted adventure with "Danny Danger," and "Typhoon Tyler," and sci-fi/history in the interesting "Time Travelers." With #11 the Korean War takes over the cover, and with #13 the older features are gone and it's full time war. PS Artbooks, 2020....More.

Item Code: PCOP03H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects #5-8, 1953, and The Man From Planet X, 1952. Recommended. Art by Bernard Baily, Sheldon Moldoff et al. Here's a rich gathering from above-average publisher Fawcett, plus a far-out bonus movie adaptation, The Man From Planet X. Beware is a great anthology comic featuring horror hosted by "The Mummy," with contributors Bernard Baily, Sheldon Moldoff, Maurice Gutwirth, Bob McCarty, Harry Harrison, Bob Powell, and Kurt Schaffenberger. Includes a classic skeleton cover, people being cooked (!), cool Toth-ish art and much more. PS Artbooks, 2020....More.

Item Code: PCBTT02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects #16-20, 1955-56. With TV's Rocky Jones. Recommended. Art by Dick Giordano, Tony Tallarico et al. A bumper-full line-up from Charlton Comics which has everything you could ever imagine! Including four courageous astronauts blazing an interplanetary trail and rocketing into the unknown in issue #20's "First Trip to the Moon," first published by Fawcett. Then-popular television sci-fi show Rocky Jones gets the cover feature and lead stories in three issues. Bernie Krigstein also contributed a cover. PS Artbooks, 2020....More.

Item Code: PCSPA04H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
See our website for previous volumes of the above three titles.

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News & Notes


History of EC Comics

We are still sending out backorders on this—over 150 of them! Couldn't just snap our fingers and make it happen. Each book is in its own giant-sized Tashen clamshell cardboard box. We bought special boxes and repacked each, box in box, with lots of bubble wrap. We hope to finish shipping these by early next week. Meanwhile, we have just 14 left on hand right now, but we have a new shipment coming in about two weeks.

Grant has been very generous with the color bookplate, drawn by Angelo Torres and signed by himself. We still have plenty of these. The earlier version of the bookplate, limited to 100 and signed by Torres and the Gaines family, are all spoken for and are going out in order of orders received. Grant kept the first one for himself, and I got #87 from the 100. We also got 20 Artist Proof copies but they are also spoken for.

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The print run/limitation on the book itself is 5000 copies and, in fact, is stated so using an original EC membership card in the indicia! Grant left no extra detail undone!

I just began reading it this morning, and I sent Grant a gushing email. It is SO good. I love all the EC ephermera, cover recreations, fanzines, office cartoons, original photos. Not to mention EVERY EC comic is pictured, right back to the first 1946 titles. M.C. Gaines' earlier career is also well covered. It's every EC fan's dream book.

Spectrum 27

John Fleskes is personally delivering our hardcover editions this weekend, far in advance of regular outlets. Amazon has a November delivery date. But he's out of softcovers, so ours will have to come from his book distributor, meaning they are a few weeks away. He's also delivering the new printing of The Big Tease by Bruce Timm, which we have been out of for several weeks.

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Upcoming Shows

The California Int'l Antiquarian Book Fair, scheduled for February 2021, has just been postponed, with no reschedule date as yet. Currently we have NO scheduled shows coming up until we get through this pandemic.

2021 Calendars

Fourteen new ones came in this week, too late to list. Click on each of our home page categories, then go to the last item on the drop down list, Calendars—then SORT BY LATEST. Or click on JUST ARRIVED and check them out as we get each one pictured and up on the website. They are ALL listed in our next catalog, which should be downloadable around October 16. With a cover from the new Spectrum!

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We also got our Exhibit books in from Angoulême: Calvo, more Les Mondes de Wally Wood, Manara, Tsuge and Alix, but we won't have additional scans, new descriptions, etc until sometime next week. You can search "Angouleme" to see what we do have up now.



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