Thursday, April 8, 2021

McClelland Barclay collected, Slow Death Comix anthology, Kirby’s 1977 Captain America, Red Sonja, Conan and Olivia Enamel Pins.

The Golden Age of Illustration is explored with a new book on magazine illustrator McClelland Barclay. 1970s iconic Slow Death Comix has an all-new anthology. It's on my reading list.

Also: Kirby's 1977 Captain America Omnibus, a low-run Red Sonja Variant Statue by Frank Thorne, Zub's new Conan GN, Stan & Jack's Fantastic Four Epic, new plastic Comic Dividers, a Tripwire Special Issue and EIGHT new Olivia Enamel Pins. And more!

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MCCLELLAND BARCLAY Painter of Beautiful Women and More
Highly Recommended. By Patricia Gostick. Passion is the first word that comes to mind when talking about McClelland Barclay (1891-1943). He was passionate about his art, the sea, sports, women, and his patriotic duty. "The Golden Age of American Illustration" was a time when all the great magazines of the day used artists to paint their interior stories and advertisements. One such artist was Barclay. From the 1920s almost until his death, his illustrations were everywhere. His Fisher Body Girl ads, his pretty girls on the covers of magazines such as Pictorial Review, Redbook, and the Saturday Evening Post, and his artwork for the serial stories that appeared in Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping all made him a household name. Friesen Press, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: MCCLH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 200pg, Partial Color
Barclay is profiled by this same author in Illustration Magazine #28, 2009 [RB1609. $30]. We have only one copy of this, but here are other back issues, both in and out of print. And click here for more books and features on The Golden Age of Illustration.

SLOW DEATH ZERO The Comix Anthology of Ecological Horror
Highly Recommended. All-new comix by 33 writers and artists, with one classic reprint by R. Crumb, 28 stories and pin-ups to chill the bones in our temperature-rising age of global warming. Feature story & cover about the melting polar ice cap in Antarctica by William Stout. Also: Richard Corben, Rick Veitch, Drew Friedman, Bryan Talbot, Hunt Emerson, Peter Kuper, and others, plus previously unseen work by the late, great Greg Irons. Adult themes, minor nudity. Last Gasp, 2021. Mature readers....More.

Item Code: SLODE
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Partial Color
Click here for more Underground Comix collections: Comics of Crumb, Spain, S. Clay Wilson, The Berkeley Con Program Book, Snatch Comix, The Complete Zap, The First Kingdom, and Robert Williams.

Recommended. Tripwire has been on a nine-year hiatus, but it's back with an extra big special issue packed with features on comics, looking at creators, their history, latest film and TV. Flash 80th anniversary. Four Daniel Craig James Bond films so far and a taste of what we can expect in No Time To Die. A Neil Gaiman feature, taking a look at the writer's long and renowned career. An exclusive Kieron Gillen interview with the writer talking about hit series like Once & Future, Die and his latest series, The Eternals for Marvel. 80 years of The Joker. And much more. Image Comics, 2020....More.

Item Code: TRIPA20
Soft Cover, 8x12, 138pg, Text/Partial Color
See Comic Reference for Comic Book Creator, Alter Ego and other magazines about comics.

Archives & Graphic Novels


CAPTAIN AMERICA By Jack Kirby Omnibus
Collects Captain America #193-214 4 Annuals and Specials, 1976-77. Jack "King" Kirby, co-creator of Captain America, returned to the title in the mid-1970s to write AND draw an earth-shattering encore. "Unparalleled in sheer scope and creativity!" The Secret Empire has infiltrated American society and plans to drive the country into war with their insanity-inducing Madbomb — unless Cap and the Falcon can find them! And even the eternal evil of the Red Skull pales before Cap's most bizarre foe yet — Arnim Zola, the Bio-Fanatic! Plus the menaces of the Swine, Magneto and his evil mutants! Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: CAPJKH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 648pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00
Here's lots more Captain America and more Kirby.

FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION Volume 2 The Master Plan of Doctor Doom
New Printing. Collects Fantastic Four #19-32 & Annual #1-2, 1963-64. Our Highest Recommendation. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby set the standard for out-of-this-world imaginative adventure and launched the Marvel Universe in the pages of Fantastic Four. The Thing throws down with the Hulk in a battle so huge it takes the combined might of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to stop it! The Sub-Mariner makes a play for Sue Storm! The Fantastic Four tangle with the X-Men! Nick Fury drops by in the story that set the table for Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! And even Doctor Strange makes an ever-so-astral appearance! Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: FFE02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 448pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99
Here's more Fantastic Four collections.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN By Jim Zub Volume 1 Into The Crucible
Collects Conan the Barbarian #13-18, 2020. Recommended. By Jim Zub. Art by Roge Antonio, Robert Gill and Luca Pizzari. A new era for Conan! The barbarian has faced many foes since leaving Cimmeria, but now Conan finds himself in a city in the mystical Uttara Kuru, farther on the eastern border than he has ever traveled. Unfamiliar with the language, Conan inadvertently agrees to be the latest entrant in the Great Crucible! And with only a local boy named Delian to translate for him, can anyone — or anything — be trusted? Marvel, 2021.  ...More.

Item Code: CONJZ01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
Here's more new Conan stories, as well as vintage Windsor-Smith comics, Savage Sword omnibuses and more.

Recommended. Cover by Guy Poissant.Complete stories in this issue: The Phantom by Lee Falk and Sy Barry from 1969, Sir Bagby by R&D Hackney from 1963, and Flash Gordon by Dan Barry & Bob Fujitani from 1972. Plus 18 pages of full-color Sunday pages and 120 pages more of great comic strips: Tarzan by Archie Goodwin & Gil Kane, Mandrake by Lee Falk & Phil Davis from 1939, Garth by Peter (Modesty Blaise) O'Donnell, Stephern Dowling & John Allard (Chapter 2),and much more. Manuscript Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: CR0421
Soft Cover, 8x10, 128pg, Partial Color
Back issues here, going back to 2019. Catch up on every storyline.

Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales


A Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales Book. Recommended. Ghostly warriors, angry gods, and monstrous tyrants? That's just the start. Seventeen stories by as many artists — a "thrilling, funny, and totally new" take on stories and lesser known myths and legends from the Philippines, New Zealand, Hawaii, and beyond. Featuring the work of Tintin Pantoja, Paolo Chikiamco, Rob Cham, Tokerau Wilson, and others! Iron Circus Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: NIGMAR
Soft Cover, 6x9, 272pg, b&w

This is the 4th release in this series. The others are:
The Nixie of the Mill Pond and Other European Stories [NIXIM]

The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stories [GIRLW]

Tamamo the Fox Maiden and other Asian Stories [TAMAF] All are $15 ea.


New from Olivia


Recommended. Enamel Pin featuring Bettie Page in "Bettie's Eyes" with a wild head of swirling hair. Classic Olivia work! Made of stainless steel. 1.75 inches wide x 1.75 inches high approximately. Olivia De Berardinis, 2021....More.

Item Code: OLIVBE
1.75" x 1.75", Full Color

Recommended. Enamel Pin featuring Dita Von Teese in "Rhinestone Cowgirl". It's a celebration, with red graffiti all over. A fun image. Made of stainless steel. 1 inch wide x 2 inches high approximately. Olivia De Berardinis, 2021....More.

Item Code: OLIVRC
1" x 2", Full Color

Recommended. Enamel Pin featuring Bettie Page in "Pearl Dive". Bettie as a mermaid, with black giant fins, a rose in her hair, and tiny somethings over her nipples. Fun image. Made of stainless steel. 1.25 inches wide x 1.75 inches high approx. Olivia De Berardinis, 2021....More.

Item Code: OLIVPD
1.25" x 1.75 ", Full Color

Recommended. Enamel Pin featuring Masuimi Max, nearly topless, lying down with huge spiked heels in the air. Attractive red and blue colors, eye-catching. Made of stainless steel. 1.5 inches wide x 2 inches high approximately. Olivia De Berardinis, 2021....More.

Item Code: OLIVSM
1.5" x 2", Full Color

Highly Recommended. Enamel Pin featuring Bettie Page in "Don't Tread On Me". It's a full-body Bettie in nylons and heels, with a red riding crop clenched in her teeth. Don't mess with this babe!! Nice large size, red flames behind her. Our favorite design of this new set. Made of stainless steel. 1.75 inches wide x 2 inches high approximately. Olivia De Berardinis, 2021....More.

Item Code: OLIVDT
1.75" x 2", Full Color

Recommended. Enamel Pin featuring Bettie Page from chest up, with lots of cleavage. Made of stainless steel. 1.25 inches wide x 1.75 inches high approx. Olivia De Berardinis, 2021....More.

Item Code: OLIVWO
1.25" x 1.75 ", Full Color

Recommended. Enamel Pin featuring model Aria Giovanni, full body, in a scanty negligee, nylons and heels, with a round red moon behind her. Very much in the Vargas style. Made of stainless steel. 1.5 inches wide x 2 inches high approx. Olivia De Berardinis, 2021....More.

Item Code: OLIVPP
1.5" x 2", Full Color

Recommended. Enamel Pin featuring Dita Von Teese, pouring champagne over her nearly-naked body. Called "The Night They Invented Champagne". Square image. Made of stainless steel. 1.25 inches wide x 1.75 inches high approximately. Olivia De Berardinis, 2021....More.

Item Code: OLIVCD
1.25" x 1.75", Full Color

Almost Gone! By Olivia De Berardinis. Produced by Olivia herself, a set of five 1 inch round buttons featuring her artwork. There's a closeup of Bettie Page, another closeup of a lovely blonde, a torso picture of a girl pouring champagne on her breasts, Masuimi Max Scorpion, and a full body picture of a sultry blonde in nylons. Packed with an illustrated header-card. Small, conversation-starting pins for decorating clothing, purses, or wherever you'd like a touch of color and eroticism. Ozone, 2019....More.

Item Code: OLIV2019
1" dia ea, Full Color

Almost Gone! By Olivia De Berardinis. Produced by Olivia herself, a set of five 1-inch round buttons featuring her artwork. There's two fun shots of Bettie Page, a sailor girl with nylons and an anchor behind her, a blonde astride a futuristic mini-rocket, and a dark haired girl with real 'tude, snarling at the viewer. Packed with an illustrated header-card. Small, conversation-starting pins for decorating clothing, purses, or wherever you'd like a touch of color and eroticism. Ozone, 2018....More.

Item Code: OLIV2018
1" dia ea, Full Color

Signed, numbered & limited, 600! Highly Recommended. By Olivia De Berardinis. Sideshow and Olivia De Berardinis, inspired by Gal Gadot's sensational performance in Wonder Woman (2017), present Olivia's incredible portrait of a beloved heroine, strikingly embodying Gadot's likeness, complete with her detailed Amazon armor. A superbly painted and reproduced high quality print, on very heavy deluxe paper, capturing every detailed color and brushstroke in a luxury collectible format. Each print is hand-signed by Olivia and includes a signed Certificate of Authenticity as a part of the limited edition of 600 pieces. Sideshow, 2020....More.

Item Code: WWLAS
18x26, Full Color
A wonderful print and a popular seller that we nearly ran out of. Still available is last year's Bettie Page Tattoo Flash Enamel Pin [OLIVTF. $12]. This is a full two inches high. All other Olivia pins sold out, rather quickly, so be warned about this new batch. Also by Olivia is a Lucky Ladies Playing Cards set [OLIL. $9.95] with Bettie Page. Olivia's fine art prints are featured in Sideshow Fine Art Prints Vol 1 [SIDF01H, $50, $42.50].

Red Sonja


RED SONJA 45TH ANNIVERSARY Statue Berzerker Variant
Limited Blood Splatter Edition, 250. By Frank Thorne. Few artists can capture Red Sonja's strength and power like Frank Thorne! For decades, Thorne rendered some of her most iconic comic covers, and Dynamite welcomes the 45th anniversary of Red Sonja with this deluxe, commemorative statue based on Thorne's striking cover for 1976's Red Sonja #4. Frank just passed away in March, 2021. Dynamite, 2020....More.

Item Code: REDSBV
13" tall, Full Color
Here's more Red Sonja, and more by Frank Thorne, who we shall miss. He just passed away in March. Good man, fun artist.

COMIC BOOK TALL DIVIDERS 7 1/4 x 11 1/4 (25)
Highly Recommended. Made from a full 30 point white high density Polyethylene Plastic (acid free, archival quality), with write-on index tab, and precision cut to size. Stick up beyond comics height to easily identify titles or issue runs, but below box top height. Perfect for organizing your collection to put everything at your fingertips, no more long searches in your comics boxes. BCW....More.

Item Code: COMTD
7 1/4 x 11 1/4
I use these myself all the time, so why not offer them to customers? Click here for all of our other collector supplies, or look in any catalog for their special section.

Coming in June


Collects Saddle Justice #3-8, 1948-49. Recommended. By Al Feldstein. Collects the complete run of Saddle Justice, the very first EC title by Bill Gaines to break away from M.C. Gaine's Education Comics format! Long before the day of horror and sci-fi, but by many of the same creators. Digitally recolored using the original palette, featuring art by legendary comics talents Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels, Henry Kiefer, Stan Asch, and others! Dark Horse, 2021. Due: Jun. ...More.

Item Code: ECASJH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 208pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99
Dark Horse has been steadily bring new EC Archives into print, and we keep them all in stock. Click here.

By Ben Croll. Delve behind the scenes of storyboard artist, designer and art director Eric Guillon and his artwork for ten years of Illumination's most popular films, including Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, and the upcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru. The playful and visionary designs of this French artist are here with twelve hundred pieces of the artist's work across eight films, showcasing concept art for beloved characters ranging from Gru and the Minions to Dr. Seuss' Once-ler, Sing‘s Buster Moon, and Max from The Secret Life of Pets. Insight Edtions, 2021. Due: Jun. ...More.

Item Code: ARTEGH
Hard Cover, 13x9, 384pg, Partial Color
$60.00 $52.50

Collects #5-10, and 12, 1962-63. Recommended. At the height of the atomic war era, Gorgo took on the army, the navy, giant sea monsters, Soviet war-mongering, and one-eyed space invaders. Originally published in 1962, three legendary comics talents — Joe Sinnott, Joe Gill, and Vince Colletta — produced together in one giant collection. Introduction by Mark Sinnott. Fantaco Enterprises, 2021. Due: Jul. ...More.

Item Code: GORAT
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Full Color
$29.95 $26.95
Also available in hardcover [GORATH. $49.95, $44.95]. Also check out Ditko's Monsters Konga vs. Gorgo [DITM. $9.99], which very nicely reprints #1 and #13, neither of which are in this new collection! Gorgo is also in William Stout's Monsters #6 Sketchbook Signed [WSM06].

MONDO The Art of Soundtracks
Foreword by Michael Giacchino. Following the success of The Art of Mondo comes another highly visual and deliciously "pop" collection of art inspired by the soundtracks of films, video games, and more. This highlights the all-original art created exclusively for Mondo's vinyl releases by world renowned artists for soundtracks to films, tv, and video games. Featuring stunning new takes on classic and modern material. Insight Editions, 2021. Due: Jun....More.

Item Code: MONDH
Hard Cover, 12x12, 216pg, Partial Color
$50.00 $45.00

BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES The Phantom City Creative Collection
Our Highest Recommendation. By Mondo. Art by Justin Erickson. Foreword by Paul Dini. A visually dynamic celebration of the Emmy Award-winning series. Known for their limitless passion and incredible ingenuity for film and television posters, Mondo turns their attention to the highly acclaimed show. Mondo has received global recognition for their astonishing artisanal posters, and their creations here partner with the award-winning artist at Phantom City Creative, Inc., Justin Erickson, in order to bring this show to life in a striking and unparalleled way. Filled with Erikson's slick graphic design as well as beautifully rendered illustrations. Insight Editions, 2020. ...More.

Item Code: BATMASH
Hard Cover, 9x13, 144pg, Full Color
$60.00 $52.50

EC COVERS Artist's Edition
Our Highest Recommendation. By Wood, Crandall, Kurtzman, Ingles, Williamson, Frazetta, Davis et al. This once-in-a-lifetime Artist's Edition collects more than 120 EC covers by EC's best and brightest talents. The luminaries included in this gigantic tome include: Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman. Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig, Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, and more. That's 40% of EC's entire catalog of covers! Each has been shot from the original art, scanned in color, enabling the reader to see all the subtle little nuances that make original art unique. Blue pencil notations, zip-a-tone, whiteout, all of these and more are clearly visible. IDW, 2021. Due: Jul. ...More.

Item Code: ECCAEH
Hard Cover, 15x22, 160pg, b&w
We first announced this pre-covid, back in 2019. It fell off IDW's schedule, but we've just been told it's finally going to make its appearance. Advance orders are making it one of IDW's most popular Artists Edition, though I can't say I'm surprised. So if you haven't reserved one yet, it might be a good time to do so. Some of these Archives have been known to sell out quickly, and this looks like a strong candidate. We're expecting it July 15th.


Here's another batch of 30 items that are going away soon, down to just one, two or three copies left. You can now see the latest 3…2…1 items in a new section on our website, called ALMOST GONE, at the top of the home page, right next to CLOSEOUTS.

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Mature Readers

We ran through our first shipment of The Complete Crepax 5 & 6 Slipcased Set, but we expect more Friday, April 9th, or else next week. So we're listing as in stock this week. Fantagraphics clearly didn't anticipate the volume of sales on this series. Volumes 1 and 4 are currently out of print, as are BOTH earlier Slipcased Sets of 1&2 and 3&4.

In stock are Individual Volumes 2, 3 [CREP02H, CREP03H. $75, $65 ea] and 5 and 6 [CREP05H, CREP06H. $85, $75 ea].

Also new this week is Around the World with John Holmes, the star of more than 500 adult films, as he explores the world of women in a 1975 classic.

We also have one new Imperfect Edition, just three copies: Nudes by Stefan Rappo Hurt [NUDSHR. $55, $27.50].

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Flesk Publishing Update

This is straight from John Fleskes. You can see what the current world transportation system is doing to publishers like John.

April 14: I have a fresh shipping update for you regarding our new Al Williamson and Mark Schultz books. We're still waiting for the titles to arrive at our warehouse. The vessel with our books is currently at the port of Oakland, CA waiting to unload. As I mentioned earlier, the ports are experiencing heavy congestion and delays unlike anything we have experienced before. The latest news is that we may finally have the books next week. Our fingers and toes are crossed!

That means we'll have books by the 3rd or 4th week of April. John is generously delivering our copies in person.


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Our latest sale went out Tuesday, April 13. If you don't have it in your inbox, click here to see it on our blog. And sign up for future special mailings here. 8 titles have sold out already, so act fast so you don't miss out.

Full Mag 1, 2 & 3

It was the work of Russ Heath that got me interested in this magazine. But it offers much more: comic stories written by veterans from their first person experiences in combat. We just got in Volume 3, we have a couple left of #1, and I'm restocking both #1 and #2, so we can offer a complete set of these. Worth a look. Here's our other Military & World War graphic novels.

Barry Windsor-Smith Monsters Deluxe

First we were told we were going to be allocated on these, but now we are getting our full order, which unfortunately is not that big. We're hoping to get a few more, based on very good early sales. We still have copies available for your advance order, if you don't want to miss this. You can also reserve the regular edition.



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