Thursday, December 10, 2020

Invisible Men, Illustrator’s Quarterly, illustrated Fairy Tales, Great Naval Battles, Batgirl and more Pre Code Classics!

Invisible Men is my favorite book this week, this month, maybe longer. It's the fascinating story of Black Comic Artists in the Golden Age. Also, a new Illustrator's Quarterly featuring Men's Adventure magazine artists; Fairy Tales illustrated; Great Naval Battles; Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness; Dune part 1 of 3; PS Pre-Code Sale part 3; 16" Batgirl Macquette; Christmas Deadlines (NOW!) and more news.

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INVISIBLE MEN The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books
Our Highest Recommendation. By Ken Quattro. Art by Adolphe Barreaux, A.C. Hollingsworth, Cal Massey, E.C. Stoner, Owen Middleton, Matt Baker, et al. Read the riveting stories of Black artists who drew—mostly covertly behind the scenes—superhero, horror, and romance comics in the early years of the industry. An indepth, highly original look at each of these important illustrators, offering intimate details of their life and work like never done before. This is a gem of a book, put together by the incredibly painstaking researcher who's offering all comic fans new ground to be enjoyed. Yoe Books. 2020....More.

Item Code: INVMEH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 240pg, Partial Color
$34.99 $29.99

This may just be the best book ever from Yoe books. I've barely scratched the surfaced myself and I'm enthralled by just the first two creators covered. This is as much about the earliest days of comics during the Golden Age, as it is about the hard times of being a black artist in a mostly white man's field. I can't recommend this enough.

Here are other Yoe Books from IDW and Clover Press.


Highly Recommended. Cover feature: Weasels Ripped My Flesh: Men's Adventure Magazines, their publishers and artists. Plus Mort Künstler: his action-packed artwork; Earl Norem, who also went on to do Marvel's Conan and Superhero magazine covers, and Norman Saunders: his intriguing Topps Trading Cards (Mars Attacks, Batman) and Stickers artwork. Some nudity. Book Palace, 2020. ...More.

Item Code: IQ30
Magazine, 9x11, 96 pg, Partial Color
See our website for all available back issues, plus specials. Several issues are going on sale very soon, watch for them.

Collects #14-16 & Monster #1-2, 1953-55. Highly Recommended. By Matt Baker, Ed Goldfarb et al. Wonderful stuff this—publisher St. John was a far step above most of the competition! For the more discerning horror comics reader, boasting some of the most magnificent artists: Matt Baker (all three covers), Everett Raymond Kinstler, Ray Willner, Frank Giacoia, Bob Powell, Carmine Infantino, George Tuska, Dan Barry, George Roussos, Joe Kubert, Jerry Grandenetti...not just horror, but GHOST stories! Plus both issues of Monster, a scarce Fiction House title with Dr. Drew and two great covers by Maurice Whitman. PS Artbooks, 2020....More.

Item Code: PCAGS01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Here are more of the latest Pre-Code Classics.

WALT DISNEY FILM ARCHIVES Animated Movies 1921-1968 40th Anniversary Edition
Edited by Daniel Kothenschulte. Highly Recommended. One of the most expansive illustrated publications on Disney animation, finally available in a compact edition. The landmark volume includes behind-the-scenes photos, story sketches, and cel setups of famous film scenes, many never before seen, by major illustrators. It covers each of the major animated features made during Walt's lifetime, as well as lesser-known short films. Hundreds of images as well as essays by Disney experts. Taschen, 2020....More.

Hard Cover, 6x9, 512pg, Full Color
More Disney and even more bargain priced, on our website.

THE FAIRY TALES OF GRIMM & ANDERSEN 40th Anniversary Edition
Highly Recommended. By The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Art by Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham, Kay Neielsen, Herbert Leupin et al.The world's most beloved fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, now in one massive anthology. With beautiful illustrations by legendary artists, both vintage and contemporary, scene-setting essays, introductions to each fairy tale, and an appendix with extended artist biographies, this collection is a delightful feast for the eyes and a pleasure to read. Taschen, 2020....More.

Item Code: FATGAH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 512pg, Text/Partial Color
On our website, many more Fairy Tale collections: more classics, offbeat collections from Asia, Europe and Africa and much more. Always a favorite subject with illustrators from Harry Clarke and Kay Nielsen, to Charles Vess and even Walt Kelly!!

New Graphic Novels


By Jean-Yves Delitte and Giuseppe Baiguera. Highly Recommended. In the history of civilizations, sea power has always played a preponderant role. This collection plunges into the heart of three of the twentieth century's greatest naval battles, told from both the lowliest sailor's viewpoint, as well as from the commanders'. TSUSHIMA. 1905. Newly opened to the world, Japan surprises and confounds the fabled Russian fleet. JUTLAND. 1916: the British Royal Navy and the German Kaiserliche Marine confront one another in the North Sea in the final great marine confrontation of World War I and one of the greatest epic battles in the history of seafaring. MIDWAY. 1942: The age of the aircraft carrier begins. What unfolds is an epic carrier duel, the likes of which the world had never seen. In the end, Japan would never recover... Dead Reckoning, 2020....More.

Item Code: GRENB
Soft Cover, 8x11, 176pg, Full Color
On our website are 11 more excellent books from Dead Reckoning, the publishing division of the U.S. Naval Institute. These folks are doing GREAT books, including the killer archive, Atlas at War:

My Highest Recommendation. Art by Russ Heath, John Severin, Gene Colan, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Syd Shores, Don Heck et al. Edited by Michael J. Vassallo. Fifty hard-hitting stories from Atlas, the company that became Marvel Comics. Each one hand-picked by Vassallo, a comics historian and world-renowned authority on Timely/Atlas. Marvel published more war titles than anyone in the industry, between 1951 and 1960, and were strongly influenced, at their best, by Kurtzman's EC stories. If you think EC and DC were the only publishers doing poignant, powerful and well-drawn war stories, read this and have your head turned around. This is good. Dead Reckoning, 2020....More.

Item Code: ATLASWH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 272 pg, Full Color
$65.00 $59.00

By Joseph Conrad. Adapted by Peter Kuper. Highly Recommended.Heart of Darkness has unsettled generations of readers with its haunting portrait of evil in the depths of Africa, brought there by the white man and his greed. Francis Ford Coppola's "brilliant re-imagining of Heart of Darkness, set during the Vietnam War" gives you a hint of what is in store for you here. The narrator is hired to pilot a ship up an unexplored river, uncovering the rampant ivory trade, slavery, cruelty and tyranny...portrayed here with Kuper's signature woodblock style. Norton, 2019....More.

Item Code: HEADAH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 160pg, b&w
$21.95 $19.95

Closeout Price! Recommended. Art by Ralph Steadman, Peter de Seve, Milton Glaser, et al. Edited with an introduction by Steve Brodner. Based on the 2008 Society of Illustrators' exhibit, "Artists Against the War", this draws from the history of graphic protest and demonstrates the many ways that illustrators — in comics, editorial cartoons, illustrations for magazine articles, and so on — have reflected on the representations and misrepresentations of war, specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan. 56 nationally-known contributors, an all-star list including Grossman, Arisman, Kuper, Sorel, Holland, Billout, Silverman, Tim O'Brien, Banyai et al. Underwood Books, 2011....More.

Item Code: ARTAGH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 110pg, Partial Color
$19.95 $9.95
Peter Kuper also appears in this—we have just ten copies left at this sale price.

DUNE The Graphic Novel Book 1
1st of 3 books. Adapted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Art by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín. Covert art by Bill Sienkiewicz. Dune, Frank Herbert's epic science-fiction masterpiece set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar society, tells the story of Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune is a powerful, fantastical tale that takes an unprecedented look into our universe, and is transformed by the graphic novel format. Abrams Comic Arts, 2020....More.

Item Code: DUNE01
Hard Cover, 7x10, 176pg, Full Color

By Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham. Art by John Bolton, Colleen Doran, Michael Zulli, Mark Buckingham et al. Highly Recommended. A deluxe oversized collection of comic novellas and stories. In these four essential Gaiman tales, a group of friends search for a mysterious circus that is either a dream or nightmare, a string of bizarre occult events befall strangers from all walks of life, a woman is given the gift of a Harlequin's heart, and a young boy is followed by monsters and regrets that last a lifetime. Collects the full graphic novels The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, Likely Stories, Harlequin Valentine, and Troll Bridge. Dark Horse, 2020....More.

Item Code: NGLIB02H
Hard Cover, 8x12, 240pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Deluxe hardcover with bonus material. Recommended. By Neil Gaiman and Rafael Scavone. Art by Rafael Albuquerque, P. Craig Russell et al. In these four essential Gaiman tales, a familiar detective finds himself at the heart of a Lovecraftian nightmare on Baker Street, a strange man delves into the heartbreaking mystery of a divine murder in paradise, teenage boys find that approaching girls can lead to more danger than romance, and a verbose gothic writer finds his true calling amidst family duels. Collects the full graphic novels A Study in EmeraldMurder MysteriesHow to Talk to Girls at Parties, and Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire in a single deluxe hardcover volume, along with bonus material from each book. Dark Horse, 2020....More.

Item Code: NGLIB01H
Hard Cover, 8x12, 312pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99
See our website for much more by Gaiman, including the Newberry Award winner, The Graveyard Book.

Recommended. By Greg Pak. Art by David Gianfelice and Lalit Kumar Sharma.A new graphic novel exploring one of the most pivotal moments of Joss Whedon's acclaimed Firefly, as Wash realizes he's about to die and the most important moments flash before his eyes " including one that even he never expected. He revisits the most important, never before revealed moments in his life: growing up on a planet so ravaged by pollution that no star could shine in the sky; meeting the woman of his dreams in Zoe; and connecting with a surprising someone he never thought possible to meet...proving that some bonds transcend our mortal coils. Boom!, 2020....More.

Item Code: FIRWAH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
More Firefly graphic novels and prose books, on our website.

New from Humanoids


Recommended. From the original French Graphic Novel. By Julia Verlanger & Harry Bozino. Art by Carlos Magno. Two young agents find themselves at the mercy of a stringent religious sect on a far-off planet when they rescue a young woman with a bizarre secret—she has mated with a mythical "angel with wings of light!" In the distant future, natives of Earth explore worlds scattered at the far reaches of the cosmos, on which civilizations have often forgotten they are descendants of settlers from Earth. Part of the Retroworlds universe, adapted from the work of acclaimed sci-fi novelist Julia Verlanger. Humanoids, 2020....More.

Item Code: WINGSL
Soft Cover, 8x10, 96pg, Full Color
$17.99 $16.50

Recommended. From the original French Graphic Novel. By Jerry Frissen. Art by Francesco Trifogli, covers by Gerald Parel.Theseus, the great Hero of Athens—was a woman? What legend has retained is merely a web of lies, a fable to hide the truth. It's time Her story was told. When the former Queen of Athens is murdered by the king's soldiers, their illegitimate daughter is sold into slavery. She vows to slay those who put her there, including her father the king. And the famous Minotaur is part of this saga, too. Well drawn. Nudity, adult situations. Humanoids, 2020....More.

Item Code: FIRETH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 112pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
Here are more graphic novels and art books from from Humanoids (the French arm of Heavy Metal), from Carthago Adventures and Jodorowsky, to Muse by Terry Dobson. Click here for new English editions of French Graphic Novels from other publishers.

For Free Comic Book Day, still available is Enter The Incal [FCBD5. $0.00]! Free with ANY order.


Batgirl Maquette - 16 inches high


Highly Recommended. Limited to 700. Sideshow and Tweeterhead present the newest edition from the Super Powers Collection of DC Maquettes. Superheroine Batgirl stands in a modern gray sculpted bodysuit at an impressive 1/6 scale, a full 16 inches tall, ready to exact swift justice! She's gorgeous, in a skin-tight outfit, beautifully detailed from her face to gloves to utility belt. Handsome full color box art. Very impressive. Tweeterhead, 2020....More.

Item Code: DCHSB
16" tall, Full Color


Here's another batch of 25 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.

PS Artbooks Sale, Part 3


Closeout Price! Collects #12-16, July 1957 to May 1958. Highly Recommended. By Steve Ditko et al. Another volume, this time from Charlton, who took over this title from Fawcett and brought in Steve Ditko, who contributes as many as two or even three stories to each issue here! And it's amazing work, featuring our host Dr. Haunt. More stuff in the great tradition of the likes of EC Comics and the PS multiple-volume library of Harvey's horror line-up, featuring a dizzying bevy of gnarled and twisted tales. PS Artbooks, 2016....More.

Item Code: PCTM04H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 252pg, Full Color
$59.99 $19.95

Closeout Price! Limited, 300! Collects #3, 1953 and #10-13, 1953-54. Recommended. By Kinstler, Kubert, Toth, Murphy Anderson, Colan, Matt Baker et al. Artists include Everett Raymond Kinstler, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth, Murphy Anderson, Gene Colan, Bernie Krigstein, Matt Baker (doing a horror cover, no less!), George Tuska and Bob Powell (2 stories). Here are adaptations of Poe's "Hop-Frog" and "The Black Cat," a Kubert bondage cover, and a cannibalism story! St. John was a mid-sized comics publisher with a varied list of titles, best known for above average material but especially for the superb romance comics by Matt Baker. In June 1952 they joined the horror binge with this short run title. PS Artbooks, 2017....More.

Item Code: PCN01H
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 7x10, 180pg, Full Color
$59.99 $19.95

Closeout Price! The Complete Stories from Planet Comics #21-64, 1942-50. Highly Recommended. By Nick Cardy, Graham Ingels, George Evans et al. An unusally fat book (456 pages) from PS, collecting the best continuing strip in Planet Stories. Plus these bonus features: a special overview by Roy Thomas, a close look at editor Malcolm Reiss AND brief bios (with special artwork) of ALL the creators: Rudy Palais, EC alumni Graham Ingels and George Evans, Lily Renée and others, by historian David Saunders! PS Artbooks, 2017....More.

Item Code: LOSTWH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 448pg, Full Color
$69.99 $29.95

Closeout Price! Collects Lost Worlds #5-6, 1952-53, and Fantastic Worlds #5-7 1952. Highly Recommended. By Alex Toth, Murphy Anderson, John Celardo, Ross Andru et al. Marauding winged men, dishy dolls with back-packs and ray guns, blazing interplanetary rocket ships, and grumpy flora and fauna — this one has it all! Outer space as it should be, courtesy of the greatest comic book writers and artists of the 1950s. Alex Toth does "Alice in Terrorland" and has stories in four of these five issues, plus a cover. A rare treat from Murphy Anderson! The complete run of both titles, since Standard liked to start their new titles with issue #5, and these had short but top-notch life-spans. Comparable to what was being done at EC and in Strange Adventures and Mystery in Space at DC, for both good art AND stories! PS Artbooks, 2017....More.

Item Code: PCFW01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
$44.99 $19.95

Closeout Price! Collects #71-76, 1958-59. Highly Recommended. By Al Williamson, John Buscema, Paul Reinman, Ogden Whitney, Mike Roy, John Rosenberger et al. Six new issues, more than 20 stories by the fine writer Richard Hughes and a solid stable of artists, including EC's own Al Williamson. The comics code was the best thing to happen to ACG, as it meant better and longer stories, with more characterization, depth and highly original plots. From science fiction to fantasy to the surreal—and that would be the very first appearance of Herbi, drawn by Ogden Whitney in #73. Lots of flying saucers and out of this world stories all still very readable today. PS Artbooks, 2017....More.

Item Code: FOR12H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 288pg, Full Color
$59.99 $19.95
More new titles will be listed in the next 2-3 weeks. You can see nearly all of them right here on our website. Most of these have never before been on sale. And click here for all PS Artbooks, including previous Sale editions still available.

Coming in March


Our Highest Recommendation. Signed by the artists and contributors, numbered & limited, 600! The sixth title in The ERB Limited Edition Collection and each one is more amazing than the last. Here is THE ultimate edition of Tarzan...Book and Clamshell Box handcrafted in leather with letterpress title page and illustrated endpapers. Two Wraparound Dust Jackets fitted on each book featuring a new Tarzan painting and the original 1st edition dust jacket. 25 Tipped-in Color Plates — featuring artwork by Frazetta, Brom, Manchess, St. John, Jones, Patrick, Miller, Yeates, Grindberg, Jusko, Hogarth and more. 75 Black & White Illustrations, with 16 full-page illustrations by Zdenek Burian and a 16-page Artist's Sketch Section. Due: Mar....More.

Item Code: TARAPD
Hard Cover

Signed by the artists and contributors, numbered & limited, 500. Highly Recommended. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Deluxe Edition of A Princess of Mars is the fifth title in the ERB Limited Edition Collection. The set is published by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and includes a leather bound book in dust jacket, manuscript portfolio, handcrafted dip pen and a Dejah Thoris medallion, all housed in 7”x 10” custom decorated case. This unique edition promises to be the most elaborate A Princess of Mars ever published. ERB Books, 2019....More.

Item Code: APRIND
Hard Cover, 7x10, 318pg, Text/Partial Color
See our website for more ERB Books, from the publisher of these two editions and also from ERB, Inc. themselves.

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News & Notes


Mailing Deadlines for Christmas

December 11 for the East Coast, December 16 for the West Coast. Rush Orders should be in our hands by Friday, December 18. Play it safe and place orders early. Especially for calendars, which are running low now. Neither UPS nor the Post Office make any guarantees this time of year. I just got a Priority Mail 2-day package that took 16 days to reach me. Aughhh. But let's keep our sympathy for those folks working the front lines, including the Post Office and UPS workers. It's not easy right now for anyone, especially them.

Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta

The new printing of the deluxe and hardcover editions was slated for October, but now it looks to be January before we'll see them. Minor corrections will be made.


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Clearance Sale and Jim Silke Free

Click here to see our latest Clearance Sale. Lots of books are left; the sold out ones are instantly deleted, so you won't find them hogging space on the website! And we still have the free Jim Silke Sketchbook, yours (limit of one) with ANY order.

Gift Certificates

There's no deadline on Gift Certificates, a welcome present for any comics or art fan. You can get these from us in increments of $10. Click here.

Christmas Card?

Well gang, we didn't get it together this year. You can probably understand why. Many of you know how much we enjoy putting together a card each year, which we mail to as many people as we can. But this year, what with software changes, a new website, increased online business due to the pandemic (one small silver lining), and our reluctance to bring in new help in the midst of these times…we had to let our traditional card go. We will be emailing everyone something special, so there's that, anyway!


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