Thursday, September 30, 2021

Steranko’s Nick Fury Artisan Edition, Trigan Empire 3, Hayao Miyazaki, Art of Pulp Fiction, Godzilla, Firefly, and a new western!

Our cup overfloweth this week. Killer-good art books and graphic novels: Art of Pulp Fiction, Steranko's Nick Fury Artisan Edition, Trigan Empire 3, Hayao Miyazaki, signed copies of Jeff Smith's new stone age novel, Tuki, and Tex The Magnificent Outlaw. Plus: Godzilla, Firefly, four issues of Heavy Metal at once…and more!

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Collects Strange Tales #151-162, 1966-67. Our Highest Recommendation. By Jim Steranko. Finally, a bargain-priced version of the long unavailable Artist's Edition. This collects the first 12 stories of Jim Steranko's run, from Strange Tales #151-162, with covers. Additionally, a select number of extras are presented. Nearly all the pages have been scanned from the original art, from Steranko's private archives. Complete stories: story and art by Steranko with additional scripts by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. Additional Layouts by Jack Kirby. IDW, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: SNFAE
Soft Cover, 8x12, 184pg, b&w

STERANKO The Self-Created Man
Highly Recommended. By James Romberger. Art by Jim Steranko. James Romberger's long-awaited examination of the comics and film work of Jim Steranko, America's first comic book auteur. It is presented in three parts — a biographical overview; a comprehensive interview with Steranko that articulates 144 graphic and narrative innovations found in his comics from 1966-1984; and a critical analysis of his film conceptualizations for Alain Resnais, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. Romberger's unique perspective offers an insightful and readable commentary about one of the most enigmatic and influential creators of our time. Ground Zero Books, 2018....More.

Item Code: STERSE
Soft Cover, 6x9, 162pg, Text/Partial Color

THE ART OF PULP FICTION An Illustrated History of Vintage Paperbacks
Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Ed Hulse, with Will Murray, Gary Lovisi and David Saunders. Wow, this looks even better than I could have imagined. Finally, THE book on vintage paperback art — a visual feast of great artwork! -Bud. From 1940 to 1970, paperbacks eclipsed pulp magazines and hardbound books as the most popular delivery vehicle for escapist fiction. And it was all about the cover art. To catch the eyes of potential buyers they were adorned with covers that were invariably vibrant, frequently garish, and often lurid.IDW, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: ARTPFH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 240pg, Text/Partial Color
$49.99 $39.99

Also: The Art of Pulps, also edited by Ed Hulse (and friends) [ARTPIH. $49.99, $39.99]. And The Art of Pulp Horror, edited by Stephen Jones [ARTPHH. $40, $34.99]. See more here in "Art of Pulp".

Sorry, we ran out filling advance orders for this. More are on the way.




15 stories from 1970-73. Highly Recommended. By Mike Butterworth. More exciting and superbly painted stories from the lost sci-fi classic. This is an epic story of how Trigo, pilot and warrior, often alone, had to fend off usurpers and monstrous threats to save his people in an alien society of robots, interplanetary travel, warring factions and evil scientists. The lush painted work by Don Lawrence would solidify him as one of the greatest comic book artists of all time — and that is no hyperbole. This is incredible work, every single page. Rebellion, 2021....More.

Item Code: RIS03
Soft Cover, 8x11, 256pg, Full Color
Volumes 1 and 2 are now in stock; they come from England and our supply can be disrupted. These are SO good!

FANTASTIC FOUR Omnibus Volume 3
New printing. Collects Fantastic Four #61-93; Fantastic Four Annual #5-7 & more, 1967-69. Our Highest Recommendation. It's one history-making hit after another: the first appearances of the Kree, Annihilus and "Him" (a.k.a. Adam Warlock); team-ups with the Inhumans and Silver Surfer; and the birth of Franklin Richards! Add in classic enemies Dr. Doom, the Mole Man and Galactus...and Crystal's first outing as a member of the FF. This takes us to almost the final issue of Jack and Stan's amazing run of more than 100 issues. Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: FFOM03H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 952pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00
See other FF Omnibuses here, and more FF here.

Highly Recommended. Story Mauro Boselli. Collected from the renowned and long-running Italian graphic novel series, circa 2012. Main Tex writer and editor, Mauro Boselli, and stunning artwork by maestro Stefano Andreucci, whose style reminds us of Nick Cardy and Warren Tufts. Tex in his younger, pre-ranger, outlaw days — framed for the crime he did not commit, he will stop at nothing to clear his name, and in the process he will both teach and learn some hard-won life lessons. Massive 244 pages. Epicenter Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: TEXMH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 252pg, b&w
I like nice gritty westerns in comic and graphic novel form. If you do too, don't miss Calamity Jane (on sale), The Cisco Kid, Fleetway Picture Library (2 different), Outlaw Territory (also on sale), Little Joe by Harold Gray, Wally Wood's Shattuck, Sky Hawk, Pulp by Ed Brubaker, Wyoming Doll, and more. And Warren Tuft's Lance, with our Highest Recommendation, which is down to just a couple copies [WARTH. $100].

Graphic Novels


TUKI Fight for Fire Hardcover Signed
Signed! Recommended. By Jeff Smith. The ancient world was filled with restless and powerful spirits. Two million years ago, new forces began to stir...and everything changed. At the dawn of humanity, during a prolonged period of hardship and drought, three lost children meet a mysterious traveler named Tuki. Together, their search for the Motherherd of all Buffalo leads them far north through the dangerous territory of a rival species called the Habiline. The Habiline hunt and kill anyone found using fire. Tuki's reputation precedes them and soon they find themselves at the center of unwanted attention not only from Habiline warriors, but of gods and giants! Cartoon Books, 2021....More.

Item Code: TUKIFHS
Hard Cover, 11x9, 144pg, b&w
Also available in softcover and, while they last, SIGNED also. [TUKIFS. $20]. Volume 2, Fight for Family, will be ready in January; same deal, $40 signed HC, $20 signed SC [TUKIFASH, TUKIFAS].

Collects #1-4. Four superb covers by Dave Johnson. Writer Pornsak Pichetshote's long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Infidel, art by Alexandre Tefenkgi (Outpost Zero)! Following Edison Harkï, a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown — a Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Chinese-Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes. Image Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: GOAS01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color

By Laurent Queyssi. Art by Juzhen. Earth. Earth. 96 years after the fall. Giala and her tribe live amongst the ruins of a metropolis turned upside down. When a gang of slave traffickers attacks them, the men are executed and the women are enslaved. Narrowly escaping, Giala has only one thing in mind: to rescue the children of the tribe and set things right. Along the way she meets a band of mutants with strange powers that will eventually lead to the discovery of the ultimate secret: the source of the cataclysm that led to the Fall... Magnetic Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: AFTEH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 96pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

Recommended. By Jean-David Morvan. Art by Rey Macutay. Flashback to 2052, an unexplained natural phenomenon causes all technology to fail worldwide...bringing civilization to its knees. 150 years later, it's all about savage self-preservation. One man tries desperately to protect his loved ones and rebuild a sense of civility in a dystopic adventure that spans nearly a century. Adapted from the classic sci-fi novel Ravage by Rene Barjavel, widely cited as one of the top-100 most influential SF novels ever written. Magnetic Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: ASHEH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 144pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

FIREFLY Return to Earth That Was Part 1
Collects #25-28. New characters, new enemies, a new era starts here... For the first time, it's the most-demanded Firefly story ever, as the series jumps forward in time after the battle with the Reavers that left Wash & Book dead. Serenity soars again, with Kaylee captaining a crew including River, Jayne and the bandit Leonard Chang-Benitez. But they'll soon find themselves drawn into a shocking conflict that means Zoe — along with her toddler Emma — and old friends must rejoin the crew...except for Mal Reynolds. Boom!, 2021....More.

Item Code: FIRR01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
Here's more Firefly.

GODZILLA World of Monsters
Collected from three 5-issue mini-series.This collects three series: Gangsters & Goliaths, Cataclysm, and Oblivion. In Gangsters by John Layman and Alberto Ponticelli, Detective Makoto Sato's efforts to bring down the Takahashi crime syndicate earn him a one-way trip to a tropical getaway: Monster Island! Alone and facing death at the hands of both gangsters and goliaths, Sato must use his wits to survive — and enlist the aid of some unusual friends. IDW, 2021....More.

Item Code: GODWM
Soft Cover, 7x10, 360pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
Click here for more Godzilla comic book series, plus more about the films.

Art Books


Highly Recommended. Published on the occasion of the 2021 inaugural exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Studio Ghibli in Tokyo. This book accompanied the first ever North American retrospective dedicated to the legendary filmmaker, introducing hundreds of original production materials and including artworks never before seen outside of Studio Ghibli's archives. Concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds and production cels from his early career through all 11 of his feature films. DelMonico Books, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: HAYMIH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 288pg, Full Color
Also available: The Works of Hayao Miyazaki [WORKHMH. $29.95, $26.95] and My Neighbor Hayao: Art Inspired by the Films of Miyazaki [MYNEH. $29.95]. You should also check out Gamayun Tales 1 and 2, which I compare very favorably to his animated films [GAMT01, GAMT02. $19.95, $17.95 ea].

ANATOMY FOR FANTASY ARTISTS An Essential Guide to Creating Action Figures and Fantastical Forms
New Expanded Edition. Recommended. By Glenn Fabry. Fantasy artists are unlikely to use models to draw from life but, to be successful, their creations must have a grounding in reality. This book, by successful comic and fantasy artist Glenn Fabry, teaches you the principles of anatomy, from musculature and skeletal structure through to movement, often featuring photographs of models in action poses. Also: facial expressions, hands and body language, and principles of perspective and composition, ways to distort, develop, and transform the human figure, giving it features that range from monstrous or magical to super-agile or larger than life, including dynamic poses for superheroes and villains, as well as fantasy female poses. David & Charles, 2021....More.

Item Code: ANATFA
Soft Cover, 8x11, 160pg, Partial Color
$22.99 $20.99
See our website for more hand-picked How-To books, and also the "Beautiful Scenes" series of set paintings as inspiration for artists...and us art fans...

WOMEN PICTURING WOMEN From Personal Spaces to Public Ventures
Based on a 2021 exhibit and selected from the rich holdings of the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, this explores the common themes and complex visions that emerge when women depict other women in both photography and art. Artists grapple with narratives found in religion, mythology or social critique, focusing on motifs of both intimacy and isolation in varying degrees. With works that range from the 17th century to the close of the 1960s, this provides a varied set of examples that speak to the unique and frequently under-emphasized artistic lens through which women view women, with further scholarship on each artist and her work. Artists include: Angelica Kauffman, Berthe Morisot, Jesse Tarbox Beals, Lilly Martin Spencer, Alice Neel, Diane Arbus and Sylvia Sleigh. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 2021....More.

Item Code: WOMPH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 156pg, Full Color
Here's more books by and about women: Women of Walt Disney, Pollen's Women, William Stout's Women, The Great Women Superheroes (in three editions, $35, $60 and $120 signed deluxe)! Flapper Queens, Sleeping Beauties...

Pulp & Comics Reference


Cover by Graves Gladney. Highly Recommended. "The Shadow at 90" package includes a look by Craig McDonald at how The Shadow changed from his first appearance in "The Living Shadow" in 1931 to "The Whispering Eyes" in 1949. David Saunders profiles actor James La Curto, the first voice and face of The Shadow. Will Murray reveals the secrets of The Shadow's mysterious girasol ring. Fictioneer Walter B. Gibson recalls how he wrote, "a million words a year for 10 straight years." Rounding out the section are a pair of interviews with cover artists Jerome Rozen and Graves Gladney. Mike Chomko, 2021....More.

Item Code: PULP30
Soft Cover, 8x11, 60pg, Text/Partial Color

Highly Recommended. By Mike Chomko, Will Murray et al. The Pulpster has two major themes this year: the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Ray Bradbury, and the 100th anniversary of the debut of Black Mask. The annual magazine for PulpFest is available despite PulpFest being cancelled due to the pandemic. It's not a regular edition, but almost twice as large as last year's edition. Mike Chomko, 2020....More.

Item Code: PULP29
Soft Cover, 8x11, 80pg, Text/Partial Color
Here's more in our Pulp & Fiction section.

Collects #1-7. Recommended. This collects every issue of the little-seen labor of love fanzine published in the early 2000s by Jon B. Cooke (editor of today's Comic Book Creator magazine), just after the original Comic Book Artist ended its TwoMorrows run. Featured are in-depth interviews with comics' veterans George Tuska and Frank Bolle (Black Phantom, Doctor Solar), fans-turned-pros Fred Hembeck and Terry Beatty (Ms Tree), and an amazing all-star tribute to Silver Age great Jack Abel by the Marvel Comics Bullpen, previously unpublished. TwoMorrows, 2021....More.

Item Code: CBABULL
Soft Cover, 8x11, 176pg, Partial Color
$24.95 $21.95
From Jon Cooke, editor of Comic Book Creator. Here's back issues, and more from Twomorrows.

Heavy Metal


HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #302 Patrick Reilly Cover
Cobalt-19 by Mark Bodé along with an interview. George C. Romero's The Rise, a prequel to the film Night of the Living Dead, serialization starts in this issue as well as Michelle & Bart Sears' haunting tale of revenge, Maiden! In Brendan Columbus' Savage Circus (part 3) Deputy Brady Harrison must navigate a city of deranged animals and psychotic criminals. Also, in the distant future, Medney's Benedict Gunn guides the Dark Wing (part 3) crew in search of a new world to call home. Taara (part 2) by Butch Guice & crew; Angel of Detroit, Funeral (Part 1), The Tea House, Onslaught Prodigy and more. Heavy Metal, 2021. Mature readers....More.

Item Code: HM302
Magazine, 8x11, 200pg, Full Color

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #307 Keron Grant Cover
Two new serializations begin: Matt Medney & Geraldo Borges bring us The Adventures of Adrienne James, a fast-paced story set in another far, far away galaxy. And two parts of Bertold's Bubble by Diego Agrimbau and Gabriel Ippoliti. Black Beacon (part 2), Maiden (part 5), Vasator & Crunch, Outer Demons, Beyond Kuiper Prose by Medney, The Eye Collector, Swamp God by Ron Marz & Armitano, Interview with John Connelly. Heavy Metal, 2021. Mature readers....More.

Item Code: HM307
Magazine, 8x11, 144pg, Full Color

A new series begins drawn by Juan Giménez, Segments, with two chapters, plus an interview with the artist. Steve Orlando & Ivan Shavrin's Starward (part 3). Suneater by Dylan Sprouse. Black Beacon (part 3). Savage Circus (part 7). The Bog by Steve Rossa. Microscopic (part 1). Swamp God (part 4) by Ron Marz & Armitano, and more new stories. Heavy Metal, 2021. Mature readers....More.

Item Code: HM308
Magazine, 8x11, 148pg, Full Color

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #309 Kai Carpenter Cover
Segments by Richard Malka & Juan Giménez continues with two new chapters, The Adventures of Adrienne James (part 2) by Medney and Geraldo Borges. The Rise (part 4) by George C. Romero and Diego Yapur, Swamp God (part 5) by Ron Marz and Armitano, Vasator and Crunch (cover feature) by Erwin & Latina. Barracuda, Starward, Dying is Easy, Microscopic (part 2). And more! Heavy Metal, 2021. Mature readers....More.

Item Code: HM309
Magazine, 8x11, 148pg, Full Color
We finally got them to send a long overdue shipment to us—they have better things to do than sell books, what can we say? We now have #296 through #309. However...we don't have many of #296-298, 300 and 301 and boy, we make no predictions on when we'll have more. So act now if you want to score, any of these could become unavailable without notice. $9.99 each, with #301 they became $13.99 each.

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Third printing of their most popular special issue. Highly Recommended. By Diego Cordoba. With Jordi Bernet, Enric, Luis Garcia, Pepe Gonzales, Esteban Maroto, Sanjulian and Josep Toutain. The inside story of the Spanish Studio/Agency (Toutain Studio) that transformed the Warren empire and brought an unprecedented realism into comics! This glorious book from Illustrators is lavishly illustrated not only with Warren art, but with other comics projects, foreign publications, special projects, even specialty paintings never before seen. Finally we learn about these amazing talents that took comics by storm in the seventies and challenged U.S. artists with their abundant talent and creativity. Some nudity. Book Palace, 2021. Mature Readers. ...More.

Item Code: IQS01
Soft Cover, 8x11, 144pg, Partial Color
One of the most consistent sellers we handle, now in its 3rd printing! Here's more on Spanish artists. Here are more Illustrators Specials.


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


New editon. Highly Recommended. By Sarahjane Blum and Louis Meisel. Edited by Dian Hanson. Based on the formidably sized $200 Art of Pin-up, this new edition gathers nearly 100 artists alongside in-depth showcases of the top 10 names in the game. Each chapter opens with a reproduction of an original calendar or magazine cover by that artist. The reproduction quality of the paintings, pastels, and preparatory sketches that follow — largely sourced from the original art — invites the viewer to trace the brushstrokes, while the exquisite period calendars, vintage prints, and original model photos document the artists' creative process. Much of this ephemera was photographed on-site at the historic Brown & Bigelow Company, home to the world's largest archive of vintage pin-up calendars. Taschen, 2021. Due: Dec....More.

Item Code: ARTOPH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 548pg, Full Color
$80.00 $70.00
The original $200 edition was a good seller and quietly went out of print.

Coming in January


By Wallace G. Walker and Doris Schattschneider. Mysterious and mathematical at once, the magical visual world of Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) has captivated scientists and scholars and made its mark on popular culture, inspiring book covers, album art, films, posters, and puzzles. This set puts Escher's tessellated wonders right at your fingertips with 17 easy-to-assemble paper sculptures. Taschen, 2022. Due: Jan. ...More.

Item Code: MCEKH
Hard Cover, 64pg, Partial Color
$60.00 $52.50

THE WALT DISNEY FILM ARCHIVES The Animated Movies 1921-1968
Recommended. Edited by Daniel Kothenschulte. In Taschen's first volume of one of the most expansive illustrated publications on Disney animation, 1,500 images take us to the beating heart of the studio's "Golden Age of Animation." The landmark volume includes behind-the-scenes photos, story sketches, and cel setups of famous film scenes. It spans each of the major animated features made during Walt's lifetime, as well as lesser-known short films, episodic musical films, and unfinished projects. Taschen, 2022. Due: Jan. ...More.

Item Code: WALDFAH
Hard Cover, 16x12, 620pg, Partial Color
$80.00 $70.00
Here is the smaller 40th Anniversary Edition [WALDFARH. $25]. This is about 90 pages less and half the size.

Recommended. 250 posters from the pre-Stalin Soviet Union of the 1920s and 1930s explore the energy and invention of this period. Drawn from the private collection of connoisseur Susan Pack, the selection includes the work of 27 different artists. From bold figuration to architectural elements, each artist displays a distinct style and aesthetic, as much as they collectively eschew the glamour of Hollywood for more stark, striking, even challenging images, often marked by unusual angles, dynamic compositions, and startling close-ups. Taschen, 2022. Due: Jan. ...More.

Item Code: FILMPOH
Hard Cover, na, 320pg, Partial Color
$70.00 $60.00
Here's more collections of film posters, from Hammer to Batman animated, Joe Smith and Star Trek to Robert McGinnis and Blaxploitation. And don't miss the Sex and Horror series from Italy.

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This week's list contains many books that have sold, and we acquired another copy. So if you missed out last time, you have another shot.

J. ALLEN ST. JOHN: An Illustrated Bibliography - $60



BOOK OF GENESIS Illustrated by Robert Crumb (First Edition) - $50

THE WIZARD KING Hardcover by Wally Wood - $100

THE WIZARD KING Hardcover Signed by Wally Wood - $250




WITZEND #4 - $65


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Mature Readers

We're excited to finally offer Tom Kelly's Studio at a bargain price. We've handled this since it was published in 2014—unlike many items, this has remained popular, year after year. Why? Because of its fresh, unique look at beautiful women of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, including a great may well known models and movie stars. Here's more nude photography collections.

Also here this week is a new 42nd Street Forever Peep Show collection…#49. See others here, and all adult DVDs here.

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News & Notes


Linsner Overstreet Price Guide

This generous note came in from Hero's Initiative, who produced the special 500-copy edition of the Price Guide with a special cover of Dawn by Joseph Linsner: “NO ONE is selling more copies of Hero's exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #51 this year than world-famous @budsartbooks.” We just ordered half of the remaining copies, so this should be out of print any minute. We have plenty as I write this…it's still my favorite Price Guide cover this year.

Here's more by Linsner and here are the other Price Guide Editions. The Big Big Edition is gone.  


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John Severin: Two-Fisted Comic Book Artist

Here's a look at one side of our upcoming bookplate…an unpublished piece that didn't make it into the book [JOHSEH. $39.95]. Due in December. Our Highest Recommendation.



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