Thursday, August 19, 2021

New Illustration Magazine & Illustration Quarterly, Lynd Ward’s Frankenstein, Albert Breccia’s Dracula and Michael Turner.

Five new titles from Book Palace. A new Illustration magazine with three major U.S. artists. Lynd Ward's Frankenstein; Albert Breccia's Dracula; Michael Turner; the third and final Fables Compendium. Coming next month, new from Illustrated Press, Herbert Paus. And more, enjoy!

We still have most of our offerings for Free Comic Book Day—add them to any order. On August 18 we emailed a special Rare Books listing of 61 mostly new-listed titles. You can see it here, and sign up for the next one here. Finally, our new Fall Catalog, Bruce Timm cover, is downloadable now. Every item is linked to the website for longer descriptions and additional interior scans.

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Highly Recommended. Pin-Up and Cheesecake Art take front and center in two feature articles: Peter Driben, one of the most prolific American pin-up artists of the 1940s and '50s — best known for his hundreds of cover paintings for Beauty Parade, Titter, Wink, Flirt, and more. And Zoe Mozert, one of the "big four" names in pin-up, as prolific and famous in her day as contemporaries Rolf Armstrong, Earl Moran, and Gil Elvgren. Numerous examples of original artwork as well as rare tear sheets and photographs. Plus a look at Doc Savage model Steve Holland, by the author of the new book on him; Robert Osonitsch, The Illustrator's Photographer; and 1950s and 60s automotive specialists, Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman. Illustrated Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: IL73
Magazine, 8x11, 112pg, Full Color
Click here for back issues. Inquire about out of print issues; we have nearly a complete set right now, but haven't gotten them all uploaded yet. Check with Todd.

New from Book Palace


Classic Illustration Issue! Our Highest Recommendation. Featuring The Golden Age of Illustration and the work of J C Leyendecker! And join Frank Earle Schoonover on his trips across uncharted territory, visit the whimsical fairy tale world of Edmund Dulac, go back to the Age of Chivalry with Edmund Blair Leighton and re-visit the historical paintings of Frank Moss Bennett. Book Palace, 2021....More.

Item Code: IQ33
Magazine, 9x11, 96pg, Partial Color

ILLUSTRATORS QUARTERLY SPECIAL 10 The Art of Sydney Jordan & Jim Holdaway
Two art books in one, a massive 160 pages. Highly Recommended. At long last, a fitting tribute to two of the greatest British newspaper comic strip artists, Sydney Jordan, renowned for the fine Sci Fi strip Jeff Hawke, and Jim Holdaway, the definitive artist on Peter O'Donnell's iconic Modesty Blaise newspaper strip. And of course, both artists had long careers with much more to be talked about. Foreword by Brian Bolland, Jeff Hawke gallery, in-depth interview with Jordan, Modesty Blaise and Romeo Brown gallery from original art, and much more. Book Palace, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: IQS10
Magazine, 9x11, 160pg, Partial Color

ILLUSTRATORS QUARTERLY SPECIAL #12 The Very Best of British Boys' Comics
Limited, 750. Recommended. Highwaymen in comics and books: Galloping horses, velvet masks, smoking pistols, stand and deliver, David Ashford takes us on a moonlit ride through the perilous roads of old England to meet up with the artists who have helped to create the visual images of the notorious masked highwaymen — “Gentlemen of the Road”. Also: British War, Naval and Western comics: The history and legends of the Wild West: Gunslingers, Cattle Rustlers, Buffalo Bill, Kit Carson, Billy the Kid; all come whooping, hollering and slapping leather. Book Palace, 2021....More.

Item Code: IQS12
Magazine, 9x11, 96pg, Partial Color

Recommended. Art by Solano Lopez, Renzo Clegari et al. In 1958 a new comic book "pocket library" hit the news stands in England. Following the success of Cowboy, Thriller and Detective, Fleetway launched the Picture Library titles: War Picture Library, Air Ace, Battle, and War At Sea. These four series ran for over 4000 issues over 26 years. This collection reprints for the first time ever the very rare first issues of all 4 libraries: Fight Back to Dunkirk, Target Top Secret, The Rats of Tobruk and Devil's Cargo. Book Palace, 2021....More.

Item Code: FLFIR
Soft Cover, 7x9, 272pg, b&w

Collected from Super Detective Library #79, 101, 111 and 115, late 1950s. Recommended. Four tales starring Rick Random, "the first detective of the space age". Set in the 21st century, Rick, Head of the Interplanetary Bureau of Investigation, is called upon to solve mysteries that take him all over the universe. He encounters amazing alien races and their fantastic technologies as he seeks truth and justice. These chart Ron Turner's development into one of Britain's greatest science fiction comic artists. Book Palace, 2021....More.

Item Code: FLRIC
Soft Cover, 7x9, 272pg, b&w
Click here or on the banner ad for all of Book Palace's collections: more Illustrators, Specials, and Fleetway collections. We also just restocked their editions of Modesty Blaise Companion and Fortunino Matania (a strong seller still) and other Book Palace titles.

Graphic Novels


Collects #1-4, 2020. Oversized deluxe softcover with stiff covers. Logan. Patch. Weapon X. Wolverine. The mysterious mutant has gone by many names and lived many different lives. Now, experience all-new, untold tales of the best there is through the lens of an all-star cast of creators, in the unadulterated black-and-white format (with a healthy splash of blood red all over)! Return to the Weapon X program with Gerry Duggan and Adam Kubert! Join Matthew Rosenberg and Joshua Cassara on an explosive deep-cover spy mission from Wolverine's association with Nick Fury! Head into the wilds with writer/artist Declan Shalvey as Logan finds himself in the crossfire of a deadly trap! Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: WOLVBWB
Soft Cover, 10x13, 136pg, b&w
$29.99 $26.99

A Vampire tale like no other you've ever read! Recommended. In this wordless, full-color collection of satiric short comics stories, an internationally acclaimed cartoonist chronicles the waning days of the most famous vampire of them all. Brutally funny satirical misadventures befall the hapless eponymous antihero. Literally defanged, the protagonist's glory days are long behind him and other, more sinister villains are sickening and draining the life out of the villagers far more than one creature of the night ever could. Plus a fascinating 17-page sketchbook and four pages of backstory and Breccia biography. Fantagraphics, 2021....More.

Item Code: ALBDRH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 88pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
Here's more from Breccia.

2019 Eisner Award Nominee. Recommended. By Sean McArdle & Jon Judy. Art by Dexter Wee. Charlie Chaplin — comic, filmmaker, and raconteur — didn't become the world's biggest star by courting controversy, but when he comes face-to-face with the horrors of Hitler, he feels compelled to get off the sidelines and get involved. And then Charlie is approached by FDR himself with a special assignment that will send Chaplin, a swashbuckling hero and a beautiful femme fatale across the globe and bring them face-to-face with the Fuhrer! Plus: 14 PACKED pages of references, footnotes, backstory...completely and accurately annotated. Source Point Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: FURTR
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Full Color

1000 STORMS By Tony Sandoval
Recommended. Lisa is a lonely girl who enjoys wandering nature and collecting odd bones and pebbles. The other kids think she's kinda weird, maybe a witch, and avoid her. When one day she discovers a tree that allows passage to a parallel world, she finds herself in the middle of a demonic invasion plot, faced with saving the very children who ridiculed her. In this magical tale (set in the same world as Watersnakes), Tony Sandoval takes readers back to his world of mysterious adolescence and surreal beauty — and death. Minor nudity, violence. Magnetic Press, 2021.  ...More.

Item Code: 1000SH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 144pg, Full Color

By Benoist Simmat. Art by Eldo Yoshimizu. Aiko Moriyama studied religious art at the Sorbonne, but her research in occultism quickly led her down a dangerous path. When several experts around her come under attack from a mysterious entity rising from the depths of the web, she finds herself embroiled in a police investigation involving the sinister leader of an international organization. From London to Tokyo, between transhumanism and black magic, Aiko is determined to solve the enigma of Gamma Draconis and to discover how exactly her family is involved. Titan, 2021....More.

Item Code: GAMMH
Soft Cover, 6x8, 256pg, b&w

BLADE RUNNER Origins Volume 1
Recommended. When a Tyrell Corp. scientist working on an experimental new type of Replicant is discovered dead, LAPD detective Cal Moreau is called in to investigate. What he uncovers is a conspiracy of silence so deadly it could change the world. Set ten years before the events of the first Blade Runner film, this is the world on the cusp of environmental collapse, and the beginning of the mass off-world migration into space. Titan, 2021....More.

Item Code: BLRU01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
Here's more from Philip K. Dick and Syd Mead on Blade Runner.

Comic Book Archives


Collects Captain America #13-24, 1942-43. Never before collected!! Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee et al. Art by Syd Shores, Al Avison et al. Finally! Never before collected Cap stories! Vintage 1940s Timely tales! Across 12 64-page classics, Steve Rogers and Bucky battle Axis invaders, fifth columnists, weird terrors, robotic menaces — and the Red Skull! The World War II-era action takes place stateside and in the European and Pacific theaters of battle. Each 64-page issue is packed with adventure, including superstar backups featuring Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch. Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: GACA02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 832pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00
Volume 1 collects issues #1-12—same discounted price. We also have two Imperfect copies of Volume 1 at $75. See more Timely Golden Age collections here.

Collects Fables #83-113; Jack of Fables #33-35; The Literals #1-3; Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland #1. Recommended. Art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy, Jim Fern and Craig Hamilton. Explore Bill Willingham’s acclaimed Eisner Award-winning series to the very end in this third and final volume. After the great War — the great crossover! This captures all the branching fables that intersect our heroes’ stories — from Jack of Fables and The Literals, to the classic short story Werewolves of the Heartland. DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: FABC03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 1096pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99
Volumes 1 and 2 are in stock, same discounted price [FABL01H, FABL02H]. Willingham also wrote The Greatest Adventure, and contributes to The Kamandi Challenge and Vampirella & Red Sonja set.

New Softcover Edition. In 2003, superstar artist Michael Turner founded Aspen Comics, and now much of his body of work is here — THE most comprehensive collection of his creations, including the first volume of his iconic Fathom and Soulfire series. And the entire Ekos and a complete Fathom cover gallery! The hardcover edition [MICHTH] is already out of print and in short supply. Aspen Milt, 2021....More.

Item Code: MICHT
Soft Cover, 8x12, 720pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
The hardcover [MICHTH. $125, $110] has already gone out of print. We have only two copies left.

Art & Illustrated Books


HI-FRUCTOSE COLLECTED EDITION Volume 1 Under the Counter Culture
A compilation of the "best-of-Hi-Fructose" from the first four hard-to-find volumes. Features artists Chris Ware, Ron English, Ragnar, Mark Ryden, Jim Woodring, Tim Biskup, Dave Cooper, Gary Baseman, Joe Ledbetter, Friends With You, Wilfrid Wood, Kurt Halsey, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Invader, Gary Taxali, Alex Pardee, Seen, Leslie Reppeteaux, Brian McCarty, Attaboy, Fawn Gehweiler, Saur Kids. Chris Uphues, Michael Salter, Jeff Soto, Scott Musgrove, Junko Mizuno, Kaiju Big Battel, PShaw!, Jenny Bird, Ray Caesar, Cat Chow, Longo Land, and many more. Cover art by Ray Caesar. Last Gasp, 2021....More.

Item Code: HIFRU
Soft Cover, 8x11, 256pg, Partial Color
$29.95 $26.95

FRANKENSTEIN The Lynd Ward Illustrated Edition
Highly Recommended. By Mary Shelley. Art by Lynd Ward. This magnificently illustrated edition features the complete wood engravings by graphic artist Lynd Ward. A master of woodcut technique, Ward combined elements of Art Deco and German Expressionism in his images. His unusual perspectives and dramatic light-and-dark contrasts offer the perfect complement to Shelley's moody masterpiece. Reprint of the Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, New York, 1934 edition. Dover, 2009....More.

Item Code: FRANLW
Soft Cover, 6x8, 304pg, b&w

Recommended. By Elizabeth Campbell Denlinger. Commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein, trace the origins and impact of Mary Shelley's novel — a classic of world literature, a masterpiece of horror, and a forerunner of science fiction. Shelley conceived the archetype of the mad scientist who dares to flout the laws of nature. She devised a conflicted creature, eloquent and repulsive, torn between good and evil. In the movies he can be a brute pure and simple, yet he is still an object of compassion. Includes an art gallery with illustrations by Wrightson, Lynd Ward and Barry Moser, comics by Dick Briefer and Ploog, powerful movie posters and much more. Handsome black cloth with silver-embossed cover design. New York Public Library, 2018....More.

Item Code: ITSALH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 8x11, 336pg, Text/Partial Color
$54.95 $47.50
Here are more works on Frankenstein. And regarding the woodcuts of Lynd Ward, you might enjoy White Collar: A Novel in Linocuts [WHITH. $24.95, $12.95]. Dover, 2016, one copy left.

Collects Captain America (1998) #25-50; Annual 2000-01, & material from CA: The Legend #1, 1996. By Dan Jurgens. Art by Andy Kubert et al. Comic book titan Dan Jurgens' complete Captain America run! In action-packed adventures, Cap must somehow stop the war efforts of the Hate-Monger, a villain with ties to Hitler himself — and save Ka-Zar from the monstrous murderer Count Nefaria! And what happens when Steve's girlfriend Connie Ferrari gets caught in an A.I.M. plot? Then, the entire free world is at stake when the nefarious Red Skull hijacks the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and threatens nuclear annihilation. Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: CAPADH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 880pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00


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.
We just listed 15-20 new Imperfect Editions in the Closeouts section of our website. But we’ve had no room this week to feature them here. These include PS Artbooks never before discounted, Conan and Solomon Kane Omnibus editions, The Phantom Dailies, Howard the Duck Masterwork, The Stringbags, and Ditko Shrugged.

Coming in September


Highly Recommended. Herbert Paus is known best today for his faultless draftsmanship, his sense of design, and his brilliant use of color in his long-running series of covers for Popular Science and other best-selling magazines: Woman's Home Companion, American Magazine, and Collier's, as well as outstanding book illustrations for Maurice Maeterlinck's Tyltyl and more. He was a member of the government's committee on pictorial publicity during World War I, and painted many effective posters to support the war effort. Paus also painted for such advertisers as Hart Schaffner & Marx, Goodyear, General Motors, Certain-teed, and Victor Records. Illustrated Press, 2021. Due: Sep. ...More.

Item Code: ARTHPH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color
Click here for more books from The Illustrated Press; just this week we added to Rare Books several of their out-of-print titles. More will come soon, from two collections we've recently acquired.

Coming in November


MARVEL MASTERWORKS The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 23
Collects Amazing Spider-Man #238-251; Annual #17; Spectacular Spider-Man #85; The Official Marvel Try-Out Book, 1983. Roger Stern and John Romita Jr. earned their stripes as two of Marvel's most legendary creators with their run on Amazing Spider-Man — and they kick off this volume with the introduction of the Hobgoblin! Who is he, and how did he quickly become one of Spidey's most threatening villains? Then, you can't keep a bad Vulture down, as the master criminal returns in a classic two-parter. Plus confrontations with the Mad Thinker and Thunderball! Peter Parker's romantic life gets messy when both Mary Jane and the Black Cat enter the picture! Marvel. 2021. Due: Nov. ...More.

Item Code: MAS23H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 472pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00
More Spidey and Marvel Masterworks here.

Collects Batgirl #35-52, Batgirl Annual #3, Secret Origins #10 and DC Sneak Peek: Batgirl #1. Barbara Gordon's ready for a fresh start. She's packing her bags, crossing the bridge, and heading to Gotham's coolest neighborhood: Burnside. And when a freak fire burns up her costume and gear, Babs has the chance to become a whole new Batgirl! But she barely slips on her new DIY costume before Batgirl starts trending as Gotham's first viral vigilante — and attracting a new wave of enemies who want her social-media spotlight for themselves. DC Comics, 2021. Due: Nov. ...More.

Item Code: BATGBH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 552pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00
Find more Batgirl here.

Continuing Scott Snyder's and Greg Capullo's prolific Batman saga, this encompasses their run on The New 52 and more! The bestselling Batman epic from the team behind Dark Nights: Metal continues here! This second and final omnibus collection includes Batman #34-52; Detective Comics #27; Batman Annual #3-4; Batman: Futures End #1; DC Sneak Peek: Batman #1; Detective Comics #1000 and Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1-3. DC Comics, 2021. Due: Nov. ...More.

Item Code: BATOM02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 928pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

Coming in December


THE WHO ADVENTURES The Art and History of Virgin Publishing's Doctor Who Fiction
Signed! By David J. Howe. In 1989 Doctor Who on television came to an end. There were to be no more travels in space and time. But the moment had been prepared for, and Virgin Publishing, then the licence-holders for BBC-authorised fiction, stepped into the breach. This is the story of Virgin Publishing's New Adventures range of Doctor Who novels. Picking up where the television series stopped, and presenting the new and further adventures of the seventh Doctor and his companion Ace, the books crossed space and time, introducing new companions like archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, and reuniting the Doctor with many old adversaries like the Ice Warriors and the Cybermen. Telos, 2021. Due: Dec. ...More.

Item Code: WHOAH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 336pg, Full Color

Collects Voyage to the Deep #1-5, Dell 1962-64, and Escape from Devil's Island #1. Avon, 1952. Recommended. Art by Sam Glanzman, Everett Raymond Kinstler et al. In Voyage to the Deep, the submarine Proteus has just finished its shakedown run and heads out to explore the Mariana trench; When they reach the trench they not only have to deal with giant sea creatures but an act of terrorism that threatens the entire world. Escape from Devils Island is a pre-code tale focusing on life inside the notorious French penal colony known as Devil's Island. Set up and framed for murder and robbery, Pierre Gavril is sentenced to twenty years of torture, hard labor and isolation on Devils Island — and escape is said to be suicide. PS Artbooks, 2021. Due: Dec. ...More.

Item Code: PCAD04H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

SILVER AGE CLASSICS: Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds Volume 3 Hardcover
Collects #11-15, 1959. Recommended. Fantasy-supernatural, horror and science fiction stories from Steve Ditko, Matt Baker, Bill Molno, Paul Reinman, Ernie Hart, Charles Nicholas and Bill Fraccio. All here, reproduced completely from cover to cover as they should be — just like the original comic! PS Artbooks, 2021. Due: Dec. ...More.

Item Code: SAMUW03H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

PS ARTBOOKS PRESENTS: Sci-Fi Classic Comics Volume 4 Hardcover
Collects Lost Worlds #5-6, 1952,; Zip Jet #1-2, 1953; and Space Mysteries #1, 1958. Recommended. Reproduced completely from cover to cover, just like the original comics. Here's a very eclectic mix of comics from pre- and post-code. Work by John Celardo, Ross Andru, Jack Katz, Nick Cardy, Alex Toth, Rocco Mastroserio, Art Saaf, Ruben Moreira, Art Pinajian, Al Plastino, Ralph Mayo, Carl Burgos and Russ Heath. PS Artbooks, 2021. Due: Dec. ...More.

Item Code: PSSC04H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Click here for previous releases of these and more PS Artbooks.

Rare & Out of Print


Rare Books Email:

As I mentioned above, we emailed out a list of 61 Rare Books on Wednesday, April 18. Click here to see it on our blog, or click here to see the items on our site.

These are the very beginning of the two collections that I talk about in my editorial in the new catalog. Two of my very good friends passed away in 2020. I am handling their collections, which we'll be listing over the next months.

Richard Dix and Steve Adamovich had been been collecting since the 1960s. They had huge collections of art books, fantasy and sci-fi and comics-related books, including a great many signed/limited editions. Richard had a huge collection of vintage illustrated books dating back to the 1890s…many of these will be listed by Anne in our separate antiquarian business. You can contact Anne at to get on her email mailing list. Anne's also working on a brand new antiquarian website.

Note: If you click on an item in the Rare Books list, or search the item code and it does not come up on the website, it is SOLD OUT. Our old website used to let you know an item was sold out, but that's impossible (so far) on our new site. Now the item drops off the site entirely. If you want to double check with us, and/or would like to have us put you down for the next copy that we find, give Todd a call or send him an email.

For example, as I write this, already sold out are:

Drawing with Pen and Ink RB1696
J.C. Coll Art of Adventure Deluxe RB1823
Maxfield Parrish: A Retrospective RB1828
Haddon Sundblom RB1863.
Frank Frazetta Book Five RB1847
The Art of Jon Whitcomb RB1852
Vaughn Bode Lizard Zen RB1810

If you are looking for anything special, contact and we'll see if it's available and/or add it for you to our Want List. A great many of the books we'll be listing are ones we have handled in the past 40 or so years. We plan to ramp up doing more Rare Books emails, one each month from now on, so be sure to sign up. We'll also continue to list new Rare Books most weeks in this email too, or just check the website and select “latest” in each category of Rare Books.

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