Thursday, September 23, 2021

Gary Gianni’s Cthulhu, The Drawings of Edwin Austin Abbey, a new Illustrators Quarterly, The Loki Omnibus and many more!

Cool week! Two new Flesk books: Gary Gianni's Cthulhu and The Drawings of Edwin Austin Abbey. A new issue and three Specials from Illustrators Quarterly/Book Palace.

EC's Shock Suspense softcover is here; Miss Endicott; Planet Comics softcover Vol 7; Tor by Joe Kubert, The Loki Omnibus, Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol 4, a personal favorite, The Jewish Brigade…and coming from Twomorrows, with a very special exclusive bookplate: John Severin: Two-Fisted Comic Book Artist!!

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THE CALL OF CTHULHU A Mystery in Three Parts
Featuring over one hundred pencil drawings plus color! Our Highest Recommendation. By H.P. Lovecraft. Art by Gary Gianni. This is quite a unique fusion of cinematic design, graphic novel and illustrated book. Over a hundred finished pencil drawings with occasional color pieces enhance and bring to life the work of two visionaries — H.P. Lovecraft and Gary Gianni — in an extraordinary feat of storytelling and art, with art on nearly every page, worked carefully into the text. Written in 1928, Cthulhu defined the ancient gods as dark creatures who came from the stars and ruled the world before mankind. Flesk, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: CALCT
Soft Cover, 7x9, 112pg, Partial Color
Here is more by Gary Gianni. In the works: his complete Sunday Prince Valiant pages!!

Exclusive Publisher Hardcover Edition. Our Highest Recommendation. By Alice "Bunny" Carter. One of the finest pen & ink artists of his day; this first-ever book focuses on Edwin Austen Abbey's (1852-1911) work in magazines and books. 350 drawings, including an exquisite series done over twenty years for The Comedies of William Shakespeare, followed by a very rare set, The Shakespeare Tragedies. His painstaking devotion to research while securing the appropriate costumes, props and models for his drawings was legendary. He is in the rarified class of Joseph Clement Coll, Franklin Booth, Arthur Rackham, and Frank Godwin — all masters of the medium— and he was the first in this line of greats. An extensive new essay by Alice A. Carter offers a fresh look at his life and career. Flesk, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: DRAWEAH
Soft Cover, 6x9, 400pg, b&w
Also available in softcover with exactly the same contents [DRAWEA. $39.95 $34.95]. Click here for more recently published Flesk books. These once again were hand-delivered to us in advance of general distribution. We'd hoped to get the long-delayed Covenant: The Art of Allen Williams but it's still hung up at a port. John let me see a copy and it's really amazing, just stunning work.

Comic Book Archives


EC ARCHIVES Shock Suspensestories Volume 1
Collects #1-6, 1952-53. Our Highest Recommendation. This inexpensive new softcover collects the titanic artistic talents of Al Feldstein, Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Graham Ingles and Wally Wood. Cross-race marriage, bigotry, black hangings and the KKK, EC used Shock to introduce readers to real life horrors, alongside sci-fi (a story in every issue), crime, and their regular tales. Always with a surprise, snap ending! Dark Horse, 2021....More.

Item Code: ECS01
Soft Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
This is the 3rd release in the new bargain-priced EC Softcover series. Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror are also available, same discounted price. Shock is still available in hardcover too, but the others are out of print. It looks like Dark Horse is letting the HCs sell out as they release these softcovers, so act now for older ones if you want them before they are gone. The next softcover titles to release will be Haunt of Fear, then Weird Fantasy. There are also still NEW hardcover editions appearing, such as Crime Illustrated, MD, Saddle Justice and Shock this is a long term project!!

Collects Ghostly Tales #55-59, 1966-67. Hosting here is Mr. L. Dedd (later changed to I. M. Dedd), a middle-aged gentleman with purplish skin and horns who dressed like a vampire. And #55 features the first Dr. Graves story, a series that ran through #70 and spun off to his own title. Ghostly Tales was part of a wave of new horror and suspense comics published by Charlton. It debuted with issue #55. With Steve Ditko, Pat Boyette, Bill Ely, Rudi Palais, Dick Giordano, et al. PS Artbooks, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: SAGT01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
In this case the softcover got to us first, so here we're listing the just-arrived hardcover. Softcover: [SAGT01. $24.99]. Otherwise contents are the same.

Collects Planet Comics #19-21, 1942. Recommended. Packed with crazy space adventurers and even evil gods: Flint Baker, Reef Ryan, Auro Lord of Jupiter, Mars God of War, Reef Ryan, Crash Parker — as well as valiant ladies, fighting feminists Gale Allen and the Girl Squadron, who trash wicked dwarfs on a far flung planet. Drawn by stalwarts such as Dan Zolnerowich, Joe Doolin, Rafael Astarita, Saul Rosen, Al Walker, George Appel, Art Saaf, and Rudy Palais. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: PLC07
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
Here are volumes 1-6, same price, and several hardcovers. Volume 1 and 3 are still on sale; we sold out of on-sale copies of the others, so they are back to regular price, some as special order items. They have different contents (more) than in the softcovers.

TOR Volume 1
Collects Tor #1, 3-5, 1953-54 and Naza-Stone Age Warrior #1, 1963. Highly Recommended. By Norman Maurer, Joe Kubert and Mort Meskin. Joe Kubert's first creator-owned series from the pre-code era. The prehistoric warrior Tor was superior to the others in his clan, with an extra spark of humanity, instinctively striving for a better, more civilized way of life. Thanks to the work and obvious love that went into this series, what might have become a standard adventure strip, with man battling monster within the unusual prehistoric-world settings and situations, was actually elevated to art! PS Artbooks, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: PCTOR01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Also available in hardcover [PCTOR01H. $46.99]. This Replica edition collects Tor 3D #1 and 2, not contained in the SC or HC edition.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS Marvel Team-up Volume 6
Collects Marvel Team-Up #53-64; Annual #1; Marvel Premiere #31; Mighty Marvel Calendar, all circa 1977. At the same time as they were making history on The X-Men, Chris Claremont and John Byrne were pairing Spider-Man with some of the coolest and catchiest characters in the Marvel firmament! The just-revived X-Men, Warlock, Daredevil, Black Widow, Ghost Rider, Yellowjacket and the Wasp, The Human Torch, Ms. Marvel, and finally, Iron Fist! Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: MMMT06H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 320pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Here's more Team-Up collections.

LOKI Omnibus Volume 1
Stories from Journey into Mystery, Thor & much more, 1963-70. Highly Recommended. The classic villainy of the God of Mischief — every Loki appearance from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's legendary era of Thor and more, including work by Joe Sinnott, Neal Adams, Ditko, Marie Severin and John Buscema. It's a volume full of brotherly rivalry, deadly plots and wicked magic. Loki's tricks on Thor are a treat to read, as he wreaks havoc in Asgard and Midgard, banishing Jane Foster to Limbo, trading spells with Doctor Strange, masterminding a Thor/Silver Surfer battle...and of course, causing the Avengers to first assemble! Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: LOKI01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1008pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00
Loki's first appearances are also in The Mighty Thor Omnibus collection. Here's more of him...

FANTASTIC FOUR Omnibus Volume 4
Collects Fantastic Four #94-125, Annual #8-9 & more, 1969-72. Highly Recommended. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby conclude their record-setting tenures on the FF, the book that birthed the Marvel Universe. In Kirby's final issues, Doctor Doom lurks in the shadows, the FF save Apollo 11 from an alien threat, and the Sub-Mariner and Magneto team up to attack our heroes. Then art legends John Romita Sr. and John Buscema give us the Thing battling the Hulk, the Surfer taken captive by Galactus and the Overmind — plus Doctor Doom joins the FF?! Guest-starring Black Panther, the Inhumans and more! Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: FFOM04H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 816pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00
Here are the other available Omnibus volumes and Epic collections.

MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS The Avengers Volume 1 The Coming of the Avengers
Collects #1-10, 1963. Our Highest Recommendation. By Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby. The stories that built the Marvel Universe are now available in an accessible and low cost new format the whole family can enjoy. Gathering together to face the evil Loki, solo heroes Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and the Wasp joined forces to become Marvel's most powerful super team! And when Captain America returned from the frozen depths to battle alongside them, in issue #4, the Avengers truly took form! Kang the Conqueror, Wonder Man, the Space Phantom and Baron Zemo, and witness the debut of the Masters of Evil! Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: MMMAV01
Soft Cover, 6x9, 240pg, Full Color
Fourth in the new bargain-priced series collecting the first ten issues of each seminal Marvel title. Also available are Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and The X-Men. All $15.99 each.

Graphic Novels


Recommended. By Jean-Christophe Derrien. Art by Xavier Fourquemin. After many years abroad, Prudence Endicott is back in England to bury her mother — the city's Conciliator. What's that? It's a righter of wrongs! Our young woman immediately carries on, spending her nights in the working-class neighborhoods, helping the poor and humble. But she discovers the world of the Forgotten, little people who live under the city...on the brink of open revolt! Can she prevent the coming war? Translated from the first appearance in France. Cinebook, 2021....More.

Item Code: MISE01
Soft Cover, 8x11, 80pg, Full Color
$17.95 $16.50

Recommended. By Jean-Christophe Derrien. Art by Xavier Fourquemin. Miss Endicott's life as a Conciliator is off to a bad start: a strange plot is being hatched in the tunnels beneath London, her headquarters have been torched, the child whose nanny she is by day has disappeared— and to top it all, her mother, whom everyone believed dead, has reappeared! A blessing, or a curse? Can two Conciliators together defeat the mysterious master — assuming two Conciliators could ever work together? A fun Victorian-era adventure/fantasy, newly translated from the French. Cinebook, 2021....More.

Item Code: MISE02
Soft Cover, 8x11, 80pg, Full Color
$17.95 $16.50
Volume 1 ends with a cliff-hanger, so you may want to order both at once. Here's more books with Victorian inspired art and story.

GRAY Volume 1
By Arvind Ethan David. Art by Eugenia Koumaki and Diana Greenhalgh. A graphic novel by the mind behind the Dirk Gently TV show, the Darkness Visible graphic novel, and the Jagged Little Pill Broadway musical, Gray is a reimagined, modern feminist, politically charged update on Oscar Wilde's A Picture of Dorian Gray. Warning, sexual violence. Based on Oscar Wilde's novel, a classic of gothic literature. It's a tale of the most beautiful man of his age, who sells his soul and his conscience in exchange for eternal youth, beauty and power - and who spends his life murdering, raping and corrupting. All the time in his attic, his picture degrades and rots. Clover Press, 2021. Adult Material....More.

Item Code: GRAY01H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 124pg, Full Color

Oversized limited edition in deluxe slipcase. Highly Recommended. By Oscar Wilde. Art by Yuko Shimizu. A fine press, slipcased hardcover edition lavishly illustrated in color by Yuko Shimizu (DC Comics' The Unwritten). Oscar Wilde wrote these fairy tales between 1888-1891. This volume includes all five stories from The Happy Prince, and the four published in House of Pomegranates. The deluxe slipcase is die-cut, foil blocked, and debossed to create a three dimensional impression of Yuko's beautiful linework, matching the other Beehive editions. From 2009 and 2015 Shimizu created over 70 covers for the DC Comic Series The Unwritten, for which she received a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Beehive, 2020....More.

Item Code: FAITH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 148pg,

CUPHEAD Volume 2 Cartoon Chronicles & Calamities
Highly Recommended. The brilliant recreation of wild cartoons of the back! The trio can't seem to catch a break as they find themselves in a plethora of peculiar positions and side stories in the all-cartoon magical wonderworld of the Inkwell Isles! All new tales in glorious full color, all authentically drawn to match the award-winning vintage animation style of the wild Fleischer cartoons...uh, I mean Cuphead! Dark Horse, 2021....More.

Item Code: CUP02
Soft Cover, 6x9, 72pg, Full Color
Volume 1 is still available, $10.99, and The Art of Cuphead [ARTCUPH. $39.99, $34.99], but both are in very short supply.

BIRDS OF PREY Fighters by Trade
Collects #81-91, 2005-06. Recommended. By Gail Simone. Art by Joe Bennett. Outstanding artwork and what appears to be a powerful story features The Huntress, Black Canary, Lady Blackhawk and Wildcat. The Birds of Prey have flown their separate ways. The Huntress is back in Gotham City to face ghosts of her past. Black Canary takes on a dangerous mission to Singapore and has a new ally — Wildcat. And Oracle has contracted a deadly virus — created by one of the DC Universe's deadliest villains? DC Comics, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: BIRFI
Soft Cover, 7x10, 272pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99
Here's more Birds of Prey...

ETERNALS Volume 1 Only Death is Eternal
Collects #1-6, 2021. Recommended. Never die—never win. What's the point of an eternal battle? For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity, fending off Thanos. Their war echos in our myths and nightmares. But today, the Eternals face something new: change! An Eternal has been murdered by one of their own, and this may not be the last such killing. Very well drawn, reminds us of John Bolton's work, deep and rich, beautifully colored too. Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: ETER01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color
$17.99 $16.50
Here's the complete Eternals Saga, the Jack Kirby Omnibus, and a softcover edition.

Highly Recommended. By Marvano. I really like this—it's a very different look at World War II. In the waning years of the war, as the tragic plight of the European Jews was coming to light in ever more horrific detail, a Jewish fighting force, known as the Jewish Infantry Brigade Group, was born as part of the British Eighth Army. Leslie Toliver, a former race car driver, eagerly joined the all-volunteer force for a chance to fight with his own people against those who sought to murder them. The war is over, but now they are trying to save refugees and take vengeance on Nazis hiding out or fleeing the country. And there's a young Jewish girl they rescued who's grown up and fighting a new battle against Arabs and British colonists, for a homeland in Palestine. Dead Reckoning, 2021....More.

Item Code: JEWBR
Soft Cover, 8x10, 144pg, Full Color
This was a great read, unique among all the WWII graphic novels. Here are more recommended wartime graphic novels from Naval Institute. If you like this, you also might enjoy The Regiment: the True Story of the SAS, the story of the origins of the North African “Rat Patrol.”

Book Palace


Limited, 1000. Massive 144 pages. Highly Recommended. Frank Bellamy is an artist whose work reflects much of the century that he inhabited. Born a year before the end of the First World War, his art documented an age of conflict, exploration, technological advancement, and social change, one which could envisage worlds as yet undiscovered as well as worlds long departed deep beneath the sands of time. What makes Bellamy's story so particular is his development into a pre-eminent graphic artist. Robin Hood, King Arthur, Heros the Spartan, Montgomery, Churchill, Fraser of Africa, Thunderbirds and Garth are only his most famous works. There is much more. Book Palace, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: IQS11
Soft Cover, 9x11, 144pg, Partial Color

Highly Recommended. This issue begins with the artwork of two international mainstays in British comics, Jesús Blasco and Solano López, from Spain and Argentina respectively. We then head down to Italy and discover the realistic monster illustrations and comic strips of Eugenio Sicomoro. Then to Spain and the life and work of comic strip & graphic novel artist Victor de la Fuente (Haxtur, Amargo, Haggarth) and then visit the studio of contemporary painter Arantzazu Martinez, whose photo-realistic figures and nudes illustrate fantasy and fairy tales. Some nudity. Book Palace, 2021. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: IQ34
Magazine, 8x11, 96pg, Partial Color
Here are back issues of IQ, and all the IQ Specials.

ILLUSTRATION ART GALLERY PRESENTS Charles Dickens Drawings and Paintings by Ron Embleton
Limited, 600. Recommended. By Peter Richardson. Art by Ron Embleton. The complete collection of Ron Embleton's Dickensian themed artworks. Created during the 1970s, these images covered a variety of themes including characters from the novels of Dickens, children's street games, street vendors, horse-borne transport and Edwardian entertainment. The book includes an introduction to Ron Embleton's art and career, including photographs of the artist in his studio and the techniques he employs. Scanned directly from the originals. Embleton is widely known in the comics world for his steamy Penthouse strip, Oh, Wicked Wanda. Book Palace, 2021....More.

Item Code: ILLCDH
Soft Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color

Limited, 600. Highly Recommended. By Peter Richardson. The art of Fortunino Matania might have slipped from public view, but to connoisseurs of great illustration he remains in a league of his own. Now, for the first time ever, Book Palace presents a collection of some of his most powerful and awe-inspiring depictions of historical characters. Includes an introduction to Matania's art and career, including photographs of him in his studio, with models, and the techniques he employed. Many nudes. Many images scanned directly from the originals. Book Palace, 2021....More.

Item Code: FORT01
Soft Cover, 8x11, 80pg, b&w
A second volume of this is planned but we have no due date yet. Here is the full book on Matania, Drawing from History: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania [DRFMH. $90]. We're temporarily out but more are on the way.


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 December


Our Highest Recommendation. With full color, double-sided exclusive signed bookplate. By Greg Biga and Jon B. Cooke. A spirited biography of one of the most prolific creators in the history of American comics! From a start in 1947 at the Simon & Kirby shop, John Severin co-created the legendary Western strip American Eagle, and became an EC Comics mainstay, working with Harvey Kurtzman on MAD and Two-Fisted Tales. In addition to a 40 year association with Cracked magazine, his pivotal Marvel Comics work included an extended run on The Hulk, and teaming with sister Marie Severin to create the definitive comics version of King Kull. TwoMorrows, 2021. Due: Dec....More.

Item Code: JOHSEH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 160pg, Full Color
Here's more from Twomorrows. These guys love comics and clearly do projects for the love of it, not just to make a buck. They deserve your support.

Signed extra-illustrated full color 7x10 bookplate! Now in softcover. Our Highest Recommendation. By Roger Hill. The special bookplate features a painting never before reproduced in full color featuring John Carter, Dejah Thoris & friends, and Tars Tarkas going into battle (nudity). From the 1940s to the ‘70s, Reed Crandall brought a unique and masterful style to American comic art. Using an illustrator's approach on everything he touched, Crandall gained a reputation as the “artist's artist” through his skillful interpretations of Golden Age super-heroes Doll Man, The Ray, Firebrand, and Blackhawk (his signature character); horror and sci-fi for the legendary EC Comics line; Warren Publishing's Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing Combat; THUNDER Agents and Edgar Rice Burroughs characters; and even Flash Gordon for King Features. TwoMorrows, 2021.  ...More.

Item Code: REEDCRA
Soft Cover, 9x11, 156pg, Full Color

MAC RABOY Master of the Comics
The first-ever book on this hugely talented artist. Our Highest Recommendation. By Roger Hill. Introduction by Roy Thomas. Beginning with his WPA etchings during the 1930s, Mac Raboy struggled to survive the Great Depression and eventually found his way into the comics. He perfected his art style on early stories of Dr. Voodoo, Zorro The Mystery Man, Bulletman, Spy Smasher, (all for Fawcett), The Green Lama and, finally, his crowning achievement, Captain Marvel Jr. Raboy went on to illustrate the Flash Gordon Sunday newspaper strip, and left behind a legacy of meticulous perfection. Through extensive research and interviews with son David Raboy, and with several of Mac Raboy's Golden Age assistants, author Roger Hill brings Mac Raboy, the man and the artist, into focus. TwoMorrows, 2019....More.

Item Code: MACRAH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 160pg, Full Color

Mature Readers

Swing Volume 4 is here, the offbeat and kinky series. This is the penultimate volume; 1-3 remain available; #1 is $9.99, the others $16.99.

This is a cross-over volume with Sunstone, by a different creator but in the same vein and from the same publisher. Sunstone is a girlfriends and threesome BDSM romp. Both are very well drawn and quite appealing.

We also have two new Budd Root nude covers this week for Cavewoman: Movie Mayhem. Here are all the Cavewoman issues in stock.

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We finally broke through with Heavy Metal and have four issues at once. See our home page or watch for their listing next week. #302, 307, 308, 309!

Steranko's Agent of Shield Artisan Edition [SNFAE. $39.99] collecting Strange Tales #151-162 from the original art also finally rolled in, too late to include this week.


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