Thursday, April 1, 2021

New graphic novels, Vlad the Impaler, Wika, The Tankies and The Shadow of a Man. Also Firefly, Lady Death, Green Arrow, Batman and Sugar Jones.

New graphic novels include Vlad the Impaler by Roy Thomas, Wika--a steam-punk extravaganza, The Tankies by Garth Ennis, and a new book in the Obscure Cities series by Peeters and Schuiten. We also have a Paul Robeson bio, Lady Death in swimsuit, Mandrake the Magician as a teen-aged girl, and the start of a new Firefly storyline. Plus 80 Years of Green Arrow, Sugar Jones, Batman. And finally, my story of meeting author Larry McMurtry.

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Highly Recommended. By John Rhett Thomas. Explore the amazing visual history of Marvel Comics variant covers in this first-ever collection. Comprising some of the most sought-after and valuable comics, variant covers have become a tradition in comics publishing. The variant cover phenomenon began in 1986 and was immediately embraced by a devoted legion of fans. This showcases the finest and most famous variants alongside exclusive interviews from artists and industry experts. Featuring abundant fan-favorite characters: Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, the X-Men, and many others. Marvel, 2020....More.

Item Code: MARVCOH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 216pg, Full Color
$45.00 $39.99

Comics & Graphic Novels


Recommended. By Thomas Day. Art by Olivier Ledroit. Immerse yourself in a stunning, steampunk Lord of the Rings-esque fantasy world, from award-winning artist Olivier Ledroit! Oversized, massively detailed, imaginative without end; think Druillet modernized, with epic, panoramic panels, full and double page. All manner of strange fantasy creatures, fairies, dwarves, goblins, elves and far more. The work that went into this oversized, handsome volume is astonishing to contemplate. After narrowly escaping an uprising that claims the lives of her parents, Wika, the last of a royal line of fairies, must evade the assassins on her trail long enough to discover the secret of her lineage. Titan Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: WIKAH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 232pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

Highly Recommended. By Roy Thomas. Art by Esteban Maroto. Dracula is one of the most well-known characters in the world. Now, read the story of the man who inspired the legend, Vlad, who would become the undead monster as a result of the adventures herein. When his father is killed at the hands of traitorous nobles in his own land, he assumes the crown and wages a cruel war to regain his lands and avenge his father, committing acts so heinous that he became accursed. IDW, 2021....More.

Item Code: DRACV
Soft Cover, 7x10, 96pg, b&w

THE TANKIES By Garth Ennis
Recommended. By Garth Ennis. Art by Carlos Ezquerra. From the bloody battle for Normandy to the Nazi heartland, from war's end to the killing fields of Korea, the men of the British Army's Royal Tank Regiment fight battle after battle against terrible odds. Whether outnumbered or outgunned, the Tankies soldier on — as their motto would have it, "From Mud, Through Blood, to the Green Fields Beyond." Three complete stories by Ennis, whose work is always powerful and historically accurate. Dead Reckoning, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: TANKI
Soft Cover, 7x10, 256pg, Full Color
Here's more by Garth Ennis on our website: Hellblazer Omnibus, The Stringbags, DC Goes to War, Out of the Blue: The Complete Series and Volumes 1 and 2. Ennis is also profiled in The British Comics Invasion [BRITCO. $39.95, $29.95], now on sale.

Highly Recommended. By Benoît Peeter. Art by François Schuiten. The fourth release in The Obscure Cities series brings the award winning graphic novels to readers in English for the first time! Newly married Albert Chamisso is having horrific nightmares. Eccentric doctor Polydore Vincent is able to give him relief, but the experimental treatment has a strange side effect and his life is crashing down, ultimately losing him his job and his new wife. Evicted from his home, he moves away and meets the beautiful and talented Minna, who will help turn his curse into a gift. IDW, 2021....More.

Item Code: SHADOM
Soft Cover, 9x12, 112pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
The previous “Obscure Cities” volumes have gone out of stock. The Theory of the Grain of Sand (2016) is out of print. Fever in Urbicande and The Tower are coming in later 2021. The Leaning Girl ($29.95, 2017) has been delisted but is still in print. Let us know if you want us to restock them.

Collects Dark Nights: Death Metal #1-7, 2020. Recommended. Art by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia. A grim, dark story in another time and place, with great detail and wonderful evil variations on our heros, like an evil Robin squad. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman are separated and fight to survive, making their way across their demonic new home. Wild stuff!! DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: DARKDM
Hard Cover, 7x11, 232pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

THE LEGACY OF MANDRAKE The Magician Volume 1
By Erica Schultz. Art by Diego Giribaldi. Collecting the reboot of the classic Lee Falk character! By all appearances, Mandy Paz is an ordinary teenager just trying to make her way through high school (can you say BUFFY?). She's going out of her way to avoid attention because she's hiding a big secret: she has powerful magical talents. Is she related to the original master of Magic? When strange and sinister things start happening in her small town, Mandy takes action. Four variant covers. All Ages. Red 5 Comics/Stonebot Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: LEGMA01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 104pg, Full Color
We have two collections with the original Mandrake: The Fred Fredericks Sundays Volume 1 [special order MANFS01H. $49.99, $44.99] and Mandrake Dailies Vol 1 (1934-36).[MAMD01H. $39.99, $34.99]. Mandrake strips also appear in every issue of Comics Revue.

BALLAD OF AN AMERICAN A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson
Recommended. By Sharon Rudahl. This graphic biography of Paul Robeson charts his career as a singer, actor, scholar, athlete, and activist who achieved global fame. Despite his stardom, he was denied access to many audiences — but through films, concerts, and recordings, he became a potent symbol representing the promise of a multicultural, multiracial American democracy. The first-ever graphic biography. Rutgers University Press, 2020.

Item Code: BALAM
Soft Cover, 7x9, 142pg, b&w

LADY DEATH SWIMSUIT #1 Premiere Edition
An A-List of creators bring Lady Death to life in swimsuit-themed full page works. Lorenzo Sperlonga, Elias Chatzoudis, Jeremy Clark, Kate Colors, Mike DeBalfo, David Delanty, Chris Ehnot, Sean Forney, Joel Gomez, Ryan Kincaid, Mike Krome, Dawn McTeigue, Dan Mendoza, Matt Merhoff, Jonboy Meyers, Monte Moore and 15 others. Nudity. Coffin Comics, 2021. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: LADSPE
Comic, 7x10, 32pg, Partial Color
More Lady Death is on the website.

Collects Firefly Blue Sun Rising #0, and Firefly #21-22, 2020. By Greg Pak. Art by Dan McDaid.Officially continuing Joss Whedon's acclaimed series. Mal must reunite the crew of the Serenity for one last impossible job to save the Verse from the Blue Sun Corporation. Sheriff Mal has a new partner — a law enforcing robot from the Blue Sun corporation, who doesn't care about motives, about mercy, about anything other than enforcing the law — no matter the cost. Boom!, 2021....More.

Item Code: FIRBS01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
Here's more Firefly collections and also the new art book.



1973-80. Recommended. Sugar Jones is the charming twenty-something host of her own late night variety show, beloved by viewers. Only her assistant Susie knows her secret: Sugar is really selfish, sour, scheming — and 40 years old! She'll do anything to make a quick buck! Written by 2000 AD legend Pat Mills, this features stunningly beautiful art from Spanish illustrator Rafael Busóm Clúa, who draws very much like Esteban Maroto and Vampi's Jose Gonzales! And this is not just fun stories, it's an archive of 1970s fashion and Good-Girl pin-up. Rebellion/2000AD, 2021....More.

Item Code: BESSJ
Soft Cover, 8x11, 112pg, b&w

GREEN ARROW 80 Years of The Emerald Archer
1941-2016. Recommended. The finest stories stories selected from eight decades of the Emerald Archer starring Oliver Queen and Connor Hawke. With appearances from Green Lantern, Black Canary, Speedy, and more! Includes newly restored versions of "The Rainbow Archer" and "The Green Arrow's Mystery Pupil" from issues of Adventure Comics, 1958-59, and his origin from More Fun #73, 1941! DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: GA80YH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 416pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
Here's more Green Arrow, from Hard Traveling Heroes, and his Golden Age Omnibus, to his Silver Age Omnibus. See the website.

13 issues and the complete Son of the Demon graphic novel, 1971-2018. Highly Recommended. By Dennis O'Neil. Art by Neal Adams, Grant Morrison et al. Brilliant. Beautiful. Brutal. Heir to the bloody throne of her father, Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul is all of these things and more. Now the most memorable adventures of this criminal mastermind have been collected in a single must-have volume with outstanding artwork from beginning to end. DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: BATATA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 320pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Collects DC Presents, 1979-86. By Len Wein, Curt Swan, Murphy Andersn, Dick Giordano et al. The greatest Superman team-up tales from the 1980s are collected in hardcover for the first time. He joins Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Mister Miracle, Batgirl, Black Canary, the Flash, and even Supergirl, in the pre-Crisis DC Universe. And others! Includes an early appearance by the galaxy-conquering villain known as Mongul. Collects DC Comics Presents #5, 9-12, 14, 19, 28, 30, 35, 38, 39, 45, 50, 58, 63, 67, 71, and 97. DC Comics, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: SUPGTH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 400pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

Circa 1986-89. Collects dozens of issues from a dozen different titles. By Louise Simonson, Chris Claremont et al. The entire incendiary epic: when mad geneticist Mr. Sinister and the demonic N'astirh set their respective master plans in motion, an Inferno engulfs the Marvel Universe. Sinister's Marauders attack the X-Men, while a demonic horde preys upon the helpless, horrified populace of New York — and Illyana Rasputin battles for her soul! But it is Cyclops' estranged wife Madelyne Pryor, now the Goblin Queen, who might turn the Earth into a hellish wasteland! The X-Men, X-Factor and New Mutants face their most harrowing ordeal, aided by Spider-Man, Daredevil, and the Avengers! Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: XMINFH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1240pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

MARVEL MASTERWORKS The Invincible Iron Man Volume 13
Collects Iron Man #113-128, and Marvel Premiere #44, 1978-79. Many have lent their talents to The Invincible Iron Man, but few, if any, have had a greater impact than the creative trio of David Michelinie, Bob Layton and John Romita Jr.! They remade Iron Man with new co-stars — including Jim Rhodes, the future War Machine — and new armors, but more important than anything else, a new and character-defining take on the man inside the armor. Their Tony Stark is a hero not because of the extent of his technological wizardry, but because of his perseverance in the face of his own personal failings. Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: MMIM13H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 360pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Volumes 10, 11 and 12 are also available at the same discounted price. The Invincible Iron Man Bob Layton Artist Select Deluxe signed is available by special order [IIMASD. $125].

PS Artbooks now in Softcover


PS Artbooks Softee Fight Comics Volume 1
New softcover edition. Collects #1-3, 1940. The very beginning of this long-running Fiction House title, best known for sexy girls, bondage covers, and work by the top artists in comics. Covers by Lou Fine (#1), and Will Eisner and Fine together on #2 and 3 — considered classics. These first issues include work by George Tuska, Alex Blum, the notorious Fletcher Hanks, John Celardo and Charles Sultan. Origin of Spy Fighter, Starring Saber; Jack Dempsey life story; Shark Brodie; Chip Collins; Joe Louis life story; Rip Regan, the Power Man begins in #3. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: GACFC01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
This appeared just a week or two ago in a hardcover; contents are identical, but it has a different cover [GACF01H. $46.99].

PS Artbooks Softee Weird Adventures Volume 1 City of the Living Dead
Collects #1-3 and two classic Avon one-shots, 1951-53. Highly Recommended. Art by Matt Baker, Everett Raymond Kinstler, John Giunta et al. PS is kicking off a new series of inexpensive paperback editions in addition to their hardcovers. Here we have three great issues of Weird Adventures — not the Ziff-Davis title but the far stranger 3-issue run from tiny P.L. You'll find bondage/hypodermic panels, male bondage/torture, and a severed head story. A real treat is "The She-Wolf Killer" by Matt Baker. But even better, we have two more comics: iconic, good-girl Avon rarebies, Diary of Horror! and City of the Living Dead, both with wild covers and stories by by A.C. Hollingsworth. PS Artbooks, 2020....More.

Item Code: PCWA01
Soft Cover, 8x11, 184pg, Full Color
This came out in 2020 as a hardcover; contents are identical, but it has a different cover [PCWA01H. $45.99].

PS Artbooks Softee Kona Monarch of Monster Isle Volume 2
Collects Kona #5-8, 1963; and Reptilicus #2, 1961. By Sam Glanzman, Don Segal. Art by Sam Glanzman et al. Scripted by Don Segall and drawn by Sam Glanzman, featuring superbly painted covers by Victor Prezio. Dr. Henry Dodd, his daughter Mary and his grandchildren Mason and Lily crash land on a lost, prehistoric Pacific island: Monster Isle. The primitive, caveman-like Kona becomes their protector and saves them from a huge array of monsters, including giant cats, strange and dangerous creatures from the ocean depths, and giant red ants. Also: Reptilicus #2 from 1971, a 20-page story by Molno and Alascia. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: SAKM02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
This appeared just a few weeks ago in a hardcover; contents are identical, but it has a different cover [SAKM02H. $46.99]. Normally we announce books in different editions (HC and SC) at the same time, so you know your choices right up front. But PS has been announcing so many new books late, it got beyond us to announce the coming Softcover and Hardcover editions together. We’ll try and do better in the future. Call if you want to check with us. Not all books are coming out in softcover, certainly. On the other hand, some, like Fight and Kona above, came in at the same time or within a week or two of one another.

PS Artbooks Softee Adventures into the Unknown Volume 14
Collects #78-83, 1956-57. Highly Recommended. Continuing the series in new softcover format. The seminal 50's title with very cool stories and fun letters pages, just when it got into its stride! Artistic and storytelling talents of legends such as Ogden Whitney, John Rosenberger, Kurt Schaffenberger, Harry Lazarus, Pete Costanza and Emil Gershwin. They gave us heroes, spacemen, aliens, monsters, ghosts, wizards and witches but in unusual, well-written stories by the legendary editor & author, Richard Hughes. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: ADU14
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
See our website for back volumes, many of which are still on sale but going, here for all the Softee editions, and here for all PS Artbooks.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE The New 52 Omnibus Volume 1
Recommended. Witness legendary duo Geoff Johns and Jim Lee on their all-new Justice League origin story! Collecting their entire run along with supplemental origin stories of the entire Justice League, this omnibus is a must have for any JLA fan. In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a Scarlet Speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an undersea monarch. DC Comics, 2021. Due: Jun. ...More.

Item Code: JLNEWH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1248pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00
See our website for more Justice League collections.

1951-55. Art by Wallace Wood, Pete Morisi, Henry Kiefer et al. Horror and suspense with The Black Tarantula, classic sea-faring action with Moby Dick, jungle quests with the great Allan Quatermain, The New Adventures of Jack the Giant Killer, and an invisible man terrorizes the English countryside! All pre-code classics reproduced completely from cover to cover. PS Artbooks, 2021. Due: Jun. ...More.

Item Code: PCAD02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Volume 1 is in stock at the same price, with more cool Wally Wood, Kubert, Krigstein & others [PCAD01H. $46.99].

Collects Unusual Tales #1-5, 1955-56. Science fiction, horror, suspense, fantasy and the supernatural from Charlton comics. 1950s comic book talent including Bill Molno, Marc Swayze, Maurice Whitman, Charles Nicholas, Dick Giordano, Ernie Bache, Rocco Mastroserio, Vince Alascia, Tony Tallarico and Pat Musulli, all captured here within these pages, reproduced completely from cover to cover! PS Artbooks, 2021. Due: Jun. ...More.

Item Code: SAUT01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Signed bookplate! Highly Recommended. By Michael Allred. This 680-page volume collects Madman's adventures from 1990 to 1996, reprinting "For the Record,"Madman (original series) #1-3, Madman Adventures #1-3, and Madman Comics #1-10, Mike Allred's never-before-published first comics. THEY! Bonus pinups and art by Frank Miller, Jack Kirby, Moebius, Frank Frazetta, and more! Dark Horse, 2021. Due: Jun. ...More.

Item Code: MAD01HS
Hard Cover, 8x12, 680pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00
The Madman Artist Select Deluxe Edition Signed is available as special order [MAMASH. $125].


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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Humanoids has just published Volume 1 of Milo Manara: The Definitive Collection. It collects three complete graphic novels, Gullivera, Pandora's Eyes and The Golden Ass for the low price of $24.99. See more Manara work on our website.

Also, We have a small number of the Mystique Exposed 2021 Calendar with a bumped corner or two that we just listed. I'm pricing them down to $8.99 to blow them out, so act now. Click here for more discounted calendars.

Serpieri Eros update: These books from Italy are never easy. We've gotten enough of this one to fill all but a couple backorders. We're crossing our fingers more of our original order will come in, but we're not listing it officially until they do. But…if you want to reserve a copy, do it now and you'll have first priority. The second Serpieri, The West, has not arrived yet. Here's more Serpieri that IS available!

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Tarzan of the Apes Artist Edition

It's coming along nicely and the publisher has added a signature by Neal Adams to it! We still have matching numbers with Princess of Mars if you let us know. Princess is all but out of print, we have six copies left. The publisher has a few more AP (unnumbered copies done for the contributors) which we will bring in when we are out of the official edition.

Collected Toppi

We finally have all five volumes of The Collected Toppi back in stock; Volume 2 just came in again. Volume 6: Japan will be in this Spring. One of my favorite series.

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Spring Clearance Sale

So we've just reduced the price on just over 100 items, and are planning on sending out a spring sale in the next week or so. This includes Bettie Page & Barbarella comic sets, Wonder Woman 750 variants, and many adult DVD titles. More than 50 items are $15 or less. Click here to get a head start.

Larry McMurtry 1936-2021

Novelist, essayist, screenwriter and bookseller. I met Larry first in his bookselling role, when he had an open used bookstore in Houston in the late 1970s or early 1980s. His first bookstore was in Georgetown, but I never made it there. A few years later, he opened his famous stores (four of them) in his hometown Archer City, Texas. That is where the novel and film The Last Picture Show were based.

I was lucky enough visit Archer City with two booksellers he knew, Maury Neville and Oscar Graham, along with Maury's wife Marsha. Larry took us on a tour of his house, signed a few things, and then we all drove up to Wichita Falls for dinner together (there are no restaurants in Archer City except a market and the Dairy Queen). He wrote his novels on old manual, portable typewriters and had several on display, as well as an impressive wall of books. This was before he won the Academy Award for co-writing Brokeback Mountain.

Out back he had a separate little place, and lo and behold, there were his comics. Turns out Larry, like many others his age, grew up in the Golden Age. He had runs of Fiction House, Rulah and Jo-Jo, lots of things. And Italian comics, since he'd lived in Italy at one time. Jungla was an Italian Sheena who starred in comics for years, and he had a long run. And perhaps most memorable, he had a couple of my catalogs there, too. He was a customer!

He ended up selling his comics via Heritage Auctions many years later. I went back to Archer City a couple more times, but admittedly, the first journey was the best, when I loaded up with good books and met Larry. The other times he wasn't around. But it was always an adventure, we'd plow through room after room of books all day. Then we'd stay overnite at the Lonesome Dove Inn, named after his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

If you have not read it or at least seen the mini-series, you really should. Both are wonderful. The book is a masterpiece, and turned me on to reading all of Larry's western-themed books, for their gritty, realistic detail and superb characterization. The novel Lonesome Dove was followed up by two prequels and two sequels, and reading them in order is a treat. They cover the beloved Texas Rangers from Lonesome Dove, Gus and Call, from fresh young kids to their end days.



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