Thursday, July 15, 2021

Tarzan of the Apes Deluxe, John Hassall, George Orwell, Animation History, Locke & Key Compendium, & Captain America!

It's impossible to do justice to the new deluxe Tarzan of the Apes--the special features just go on and on. We also have a wonderful new book on John Hassall, nearly forgotten now but once a household name for his amazing poster art.

Plus: George Orwell, Animation History Graphic Novel, Locke & Key Compendium, 80 Years of Captain America, Bruce Timm's Naughty & Nice Publisher Edition, and much more.

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Our Highest Recommendation. Signed by the 4 artists plus, 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 and clamshell box handcrafted in leather with letterpress title page and new illustrated endpapers by Darren Bader. Two wrap-around dust jackets fitted on each book feature a new Tarzan painting by Sanjulian and the original 1st edition dust jacket. 25 tipped-in color plates by Frazetta, Brom, Manchess, St. John, Jeffrey Jones, Patrick, Miller, Thomas Yeates, Grindberg, Jusko, Neal Adams, Hogarth and more. 75 black & white illustrations, with 16 full-page illustrations by Zdenek Burian and a 16-page Artist's Sketch Section. Plus a separate envelope with facsimiles of ALL ERB's original correspondence about this title, from first placing Tarzan in the pulp All-Story Weekly, to rejection letters from book publishers, to his contract with McClurg, and even with A.L. Burt for reprints! ERB Books, 2021....More.

Item Code: TARAPD
Hard Cover, 6x9, 364pg, Partial Color

We sold half our remaining Princess of Mars deluxe editions once I announced Tarzan was coming in soon. We have exactly three left as I write this. Still publication price [APRIND. $225]. We also still handle Princess illustrated by W. Michael Kaluta, a fine book at a very good price [PRINMW. $29.99]. Here's much more with Tarzan and by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

JOHN HASSALL The Life and Art of the Poster King
Our Highest Recommendation. By Lucinda Gosling. Foreword by film director Mike Leigh. A biography of British commercial illustrator John Hassall (1868-1948), "The Poster King," who was also a prolific book illustrator and cover designer, with one hundred color illustrations. In the early twentieth century, he was one of Britain's best-known, highest-profile artists, as well know as Cheret, Mucha and Toulouse Letrec were in France for their poster art! Though he worked across a variety of disciplines, it was his commercial art for travel companies, political causes, and well-known brands that made him a household name. With bold lines, flat colors, and an engaging, cheery style, Hassall created some of the most famous and influential designs of the era. Unicorn, 2021....More.

Item Code: JOHAH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 208pg, Partial Color
Here's more about great artists from the Golden Age of Illustration (1900-1925], including facsimile reproductions of great illustrated books from Calla Books (Dover).

Graphic Novels


Recommended. George Orwell's most celebrated work, 1984, and the prescient vision it contains of a society governed by Big Brother, predates the constant monitoring of people and data we are familiar with today. But his life was every bit as fascinating and forward-looking as his books. Orwell studied at Eton, joined the police in Burma, fought in the Spanish Civil War, fiercely opposed Stalinism, and lived in London's slums while working as a journalist. With illustrations by a team of artists including Juanjo Guarnido, Enki Bilal, Manu Larcenet, Blutch and André Juillard, Pierre Christin and Sébastien Verdier, Orwell offers readers an intimate yet definitive portrait of our greatest political writer. SelfMadeHero, 2021....More.

Item Code: ORWEL
Soft Cover, 7x8, 160pg, Partial Color
Also, coming in August is George Orwell 1984: The Graphic Novel. George Orwell is also profiled in The PS Book of Fantastic Fictioneers Vol 2 by Pete Von Sholly [PSB02H. $69].

Recommended. By Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey. From the team behind The Comic Book History of Comics comes the perfect companion piece telling the story of the triumphs and tragedies of the filmmakers and beloved characters of the past century and a half! It's all here, from Windsor McCay and Max Fleischer to Zoetrope, Disney to Miyazaki, Hanna-Barbera to Pixar, and everything in-between! IDW, 2021....More.

Item Code: CBHIS
Soft Cover, 7x10, 120pg, Full Color
$17.99 $15.99
See our Film & Animation section for more books on all aspects of animation.

PS Artbooks Comics Archives


PS Artbooks Softee Adventures into the Unknown Volume 15
Collects #84-89, 1957. Recommended. Another round up of all that's good in these wonderful 1950's comics — wonderfully written post-code stories by Richard Hughes, known for complex plots and unusual twist endings, not unlike what came later in The Twilight Zone. The artists as usual are top notch with contributions from fan-favorites Kurt Schaffenberger, Ogden Whitney and Harry Lazarus. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: ADU15
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color

PS Artbooks Softee Forbidden Worlds Volume 15
Collects #89-94, 1960-61. Recommended. More wild adventure stories: sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, mostly written by the great ACG editor Richard Hughes. Excellent art by Ogden Whitney, John Forte, John Rosenberger, and Kurt Schaffenberger (Superman, Lois Lane). Issue #94 features the second appearance of the popular Herbie. He first appeared in #73, and starred in 23 issues of his own title, 1964-67. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: FOR15
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
See our website for back volumes of both titles from ACG. Many are still available on sale, but supply is VERY limited. Softcover editions of Vol 13 and 14 are available.

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. ...More.

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

PS Artbooks Softee Unusual Tales Volume 1
Collects #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....More.

Item Code: SAUT01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

PS Artbooks Softee Classic Adventure Comics Volume 1
Collects Son of Sinbad #1, 1950; Secret Missions #1, 1950; The Mask of Dr. Fu Manchu #1, 1951; High Adventure #1, 1957; and Great Exploits #1, 1957. Highly Recommended. Here's Joe Kubert's Son of Sinbad rescuing a slave girl and a fortune in jewels. The Son of Robin Hood in Great Exploits. Daring exploits of US foreign agents during the Cold War in Secret Missions. Bernie Krigstein's Explorer Joe in High Adventure. Wally Wood's Mask of Dr. Fu Manchu. All reproduced completely from cover to cover, also with Carmine Infantino, A.C. Hollingsworth, Frank Borth, Art Peddy and others. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: PCAD01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Also available in hardcover, with Joe Kubert's Son of Sinbad on the variant cover [PCAD01H. $46.99]. Volume 2 is also available in hardcover and softcover, same prices. Volume 3 in hardcover is due in October and we expect it will appear at the same time in softcover. See them all here.

Archives & Comics History


Recommended. By Joe Hill. Art by Gabriel Rodriguez. Now a Netflix original series. This new edition collects all six volumes of the critically acclaimed series into one massive compendium. Named a "modern masterpiece" by The A.V. Club, Locke & Key tells a sprawling tale of magic and family, legacy and grief, good and evil. Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times-bestselling author Joe Hill (The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2) has created a gripping story of dark fantasy and wonder with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez that, like the doors of Keyhouse, will transform all who open it. IDW, 2020....More.

Item Code: LOCKKH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 976pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA The First 80 Years Hardcover
Recommended. A collector's edition celebrating the 80th anniversary of the first appearance of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe of comic books, with Captain America Comics #1, in March 1941. This full color, well documented survey takes us through milestones in comic book history of the Super Soldier, featuring covers, original art, behind-the-scenes facts and information about the authors and artists who brought the legend to life! Titan, 2021....More.

Item Code: MARCAFH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 192pg, Text/Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
Also available in softcover [MARCAF. $19.99 $17.99].

The True Story of a Pop-Culture Phenomenon. An in-depth, beautifully illustrated companion book which explores the origins and rich history of the largest comic book publishing company in the world, from the minds of infamous creators such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko - Marvel Comics! Though now the company is famous for their blockbuster hits such as the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, and Spider-Man, this book explores the company's humble beginnings and its struggle to become the powerhouse of publishing that it is today. Featuring all-encompassing overviews of the trials and triumphs from each decade, with marvelous milestones, characters, creators, incredible illustrations, and behind-the-scenes trivia. Titan, 2020....More.

Item Code: MARV80H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 160pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99
Like Captain America, this is also available in softcover [MARV80. $19.99, $17.99]. Here's more comics history in our Comics Reference section.

SUICIDE SQUAD Their Greatest Shots
Stories from 1987 to 2017. Featuring everyone's favorite DC antiheroes — from Harley Quinn to Captain Boomerang — more high-stakes black-ops missions where no one is safe! Ranging from classic adventures by John Ostrander to contemporary takes with art by Jim Lee — all the comics heavy hitters who've shaped the Squad are featured in this collection! DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: SUITG
Soft Cover, 7x10, 200pg, Full Color
More Suicide Squad collections on our website.

Coming this month


NAUGHTY AND NICE The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Publisher Edition
Extensively Revised. Special exclusive Publisher's Hardcover edition, 1500. Highly Recommended. Over 125 new images were prepared especially for the first edition in the early 2010s, long out of print, with an additional 125 images new here — from studio archives completed throughout the 2000s. Timm explores the female form with absolute freedom, and a pure personal expression is the result. Naughty and Nice contains nudity throughout. This is entirely different material than what was collected in The Big Tease. Flesk, 2021. Due: July. Mature readers. ...More.

Item Code: NAUNBH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 256pg, Full Color
Publisher John Fleskes has just informed us we can get a one-time order on this Publisher Edition. It will be hand-delivered along with the softcover edition [NAUNB. $44.95, $39.95] to our warehouse July 21. Also with that shipment is Frank Cho's Pencil & Ink [FRANPEH. HC $39.95, FRANPE. SC $24.95].


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. We are continuously adding to our Imperfect Editions sections as well.

Coming in October: Kay Nielsen


KAY NIELSEN An Enchanted Vision
Highly Recommended. By Alison Luxner and Meghan Melvin. Kay Nielsen's luminous interpretations of fairy tales and legends from around the world are among the most celebrated book illustrations of the early 20th century, unsurpassed in their dramatic intensity and intricate detail. This book is the first to put his achievements in the context of a career that took him from studies in Paris to the Copenhagen theater, to galleries in London and New York, to the Walt Disney Studios, presenting fresh insights into his life and work as well as his materials and techniques. Dazzling reproductions of original watercolors and drawings from one of the premier collections of Nielsen's work invite viewers to enter the enchanted world of an imaginative and supremely gifted artist. MFA Publications, 2021. Due: Oct. ...More.

Item Code: KAYNEH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 168pg, Full Color

KAY NIELSEN A Thousand and One Nights
Highly Recommended. Edited by Noel Daniel. Published for the first time ever in five colors including gold, this unique presentation of fine art prints revives all 21 strikingly beautiful illustrations reproduced directly from Nielsen's original watercolors — from the never-published book. And the only complete set of his illustrations to have survived. Includes a large 144-page hardcover book printed in five colors, featuring descriptions of all of the images, and three generously illustrated essays on the making of this series, the origin of Nielsen's unique imagery, and a history of the tales. All are enclosed in a beautiful, strikingly large blue velvet box with gold cover embossing. Taschen, 2018....More.

Item Code: KNTH
Hard Cover, 16x16, 144pg, Full Color
East of the Sun and West of the Moon, also from Tashchen, is available as a special order item (allow 3-4 weeks) [KNEH. $40]. It gets our Highest Recommendation, it's a super nice package, in a special slip cover. Here's more Nielsen available on our website.

Also Coming in October


Collects Space Man #5-7 & Drift Marlo, Space Detective #2, Dell Comics, 1962-64. Art by Jack Sparling, Tom Cooke et al. Space Man was rocket ace Ian Stannard, who was accompanied by his 14-year-old sidekick, Space Academy student Johnny Mack. They blasted off from Cape Canaveral in their space ship, the Flyin' Jenny II. Their mission: find and destroy what had prevented Moon exploration for the last decade. Drift Marlo is a astronaut/space detective, in a short-lived 2-issue run also from Dell Comics. PS Artbooks, 2021. Due: Oct. ...More.

Item Code: SASPM02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Volume 1 is expected by August 1. Both are only currently available in hardcover.

Collects Fight Comics #4-6, 1940. Recommended. FFeaturing Power Man (aka Rip Regan) who is given a "power suit" by his friend and mentor Dr. Austin which gives him super-strength, a rare Fiction House superhero! Plus regular features Shark Brodie, Kinks Mason, Spy Fighter, Chip Collins, Big Red McLane, Kayo Kirby, Oran of the Jungle, and Strut Warren. All masterfully brought to life by Lou Fine, George Tuska, Charles Sultan, John Celardo, Fletcher Hanks, Dan Zolnerowich, and Bob Powell. PS Artbooks, 2021. Due: Oct. ...More.

Item Code: GACFC02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
We expect a softcover to be available at the same time. Volume 1 hardcover and softcover editions are in stock now.

Releasing over 100 records all over the world since 1992, Electric Frankenstein is where AC/DC meets The Dead Boys! Electric Frankenstein asked over 100 artists to create short comics based on the lyrics of their songs. What was born was sometimes beautiful and poetic, but other times just downright disturbing and raw! Judgment will not be passed on what you gravitate towards! All lie between the covers of this book. Clover Press, 2021. Due: Oct. ...More.

Item Code: ELFRAH
Hard Cover, Full Color

Softcover edition:
Item Code: ELFRA
Soft Cover, Full Color


Imperfect Editions


By Sophia Craze. Celebrates the American experience through the paintings and sculptures on Western themes of Frederic Remington. Crescent Books, 1989. Condition: Slight bumps to spine. ...More.

Item Code: FREMHR
Hard Cover, 11x14, 112pg, Full Color

N.C. WYETH The Collected Paintings, Illustrations & Murals Hurt
More than 300 four-color and black-and-white illustrations by one of America's preeminent painters are collected here, along with illuminating text from the artist's letters, magazine articles about his work, and many other sources. The result: a fully realized portrait of a golden age illustrator whose work appeared in then Saturday Evening Post, a classic edition of Treasure Island, and elsewhere for 42 years. Reprint edition. Wings Books, 1996. Condition: Bumped corners, torn dust jacket and dinged cover. All are slight. ...More.

Item Code: NCWYCHR
Hard Cover, 9x12, 200pg, Partial Color
Here's more with N.C. Wyeth, of one our favorite classic artists.

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BERNI WRIGHTSON: A LOOK BACK Signed Deluxe Original Edition - $1000

HEAVY METAL: 25 Years of Classic Covers 1977-2001 -$200

WITZEND #2 by Wally Wood, Kurtzman, Morrow, et al. multiple copies/ various conditions - $45-$70

R. Crumb Checklist - $30

FRANK CHO: Apes and Babes Book One Signed - $125

THE HOWARD COLLECTOR AUTUMN 1970 - $40 Other Howard Collectors are Available.

GEORGE BARBIER Master of Art Deco - $85


THE LITTLE LULU LIBRARY Volume VI #68-87 Signed - $350

We also have The Little Lulu Library Volumes I, II & III, but they have yet to be processed. Please contact Todd ( if you are interested in any of these sets.

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Mature Readers

This week we have two books from a new publisher, each one entirely devoted to a single amazingly gorgeous young model. From, Top Models Candice B, and Top Models Little Caprice.

Two nude photography books listed in our rare book section this week, Sha-Girl '97 and Qui Est-Elle.

Click here to see more in our Nude Photography section. Next week we'll be featuring two new softcover editions of popular Stefan Soell work, previously only available in hardcovers at twice the price. Modern Urban Girls and Alpengluhn!


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Tarzan and the Cannibal King illustrated by Alex Niño is still available in a handsome hardcover edition, limited to 1700 [TARCKH. $49.99]. The deluxe has gone out of print. Tarzan and the Martian Legion remains available [MARTLH. $200]. There are no plans for softcover editions of either of these. We also still have signed copies of Song of Opar, which is ONLY available in softcover, with a wonderful original cover by Joe Jusko [SONOPA. $29.95]. It's signed by the author and publisher.


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