Thursday, November 4, 2021

A new Moebius catalog, Mr Monster, graphic novels Cutting Edge and Friday, Glenn Barr’s Studies and Dracula meets Frankenstein!

The big new Moebius catalog based on an Italian exhibit is here. So is the long-awaited Original Adventures of Doc Stearne/Mr Monster, with a signed/ limited bookplate.

Plus two outstanding new graphic novels, Cutting Edge and Friday; DC's The Phantom; Kull; new Hammer Films; Dave Sim's Strange Death of Alex Raymond; Glenn Barr; Art Record covers; and seven more new calendars.

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Over 330 reproductions. Highly Recommended. This impressive new exhibition book features an all-new look at the master of French comics and fantasy art. Packed with reproductions from original artwork and paintings, and essays on the themes of time and archeology. Based on an exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) in 2021. If you don't have the Italian catalogs Moebius: Visioni di Fine Millennio (1997) or Infinito (1998), then there are even more works you will have never seen before. Text in Italian and French. Moebius Production/Comicon Edizioni, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: MOEBLH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 176pg, Partial Color
Here are more of the latest from Moebius. Lazlo Parker is his latest art book, same French publisher as 40 Days, The Major and La Faune de Mars. All are $49.95 each.

Graphic Novels


"The Italian Neil Gaiman." Beautifully drawn supernatural adventure. Recommended. By Francesco Dimitri. Art by Mario Alberti. Scientists, artists, entrepreneurs...three young men and two beautiful women. They are the best of humanity — the Cutting Edge. A wealthy company offers this exclusive group of pioneers an incredible challenge, that will not only push them to their limits but will put their very lives at risk. Only by completing it will they know what it was all for, and uncover the truth of a deadly conspiracy — and a struggle between powers they don't initially comprehend. History is to be changed forever... Adult situations, minor nudity. Titan, 2021. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: CUTEDH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 208pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
Ok, this is Italian, but it's in the same high quality vein as many of the newly translated French graphic novels. See our website for all of these, many highly recommended.

FRIDAY BOOK 1: The First Day of Christmas
Eisner Winner for Best Digital Comic. Highly Recommended. Collected in print for the first time—a young adult detective hero finally grows up in the first volume of this genre-defying, post-YA masterpiece from award-winning creators Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Reckless, Pulp) and Marcos Martin (The Private Eye, Daredevil). Friday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend, brilliant Lancelot Jones. But she's in college, starting a new life — or so she thought. When Friday comes home for the holidays, she's immediately pulled back into Lance's orbit and finds that something very strange and dangerous is happening in their little New England town... Image Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: FRID01
Soft Cover, 6x9, 120pg, Partial Color
See our website for more Ed Brubaker.

Recommended. All-ages, animation-style art, 1998-2008. By Evan Dorkin and Sara Dyer, Brett Blevins, Adam Beechen, Carlo Barberi et al. A perfect gift for young women comic fans. A slipcased set of four mini-graphic novels feature Batman Adventures: Cat Got Your Tongue? and Batgirl: A League of Her Own, Supergirl Adventures: Girl of Steel, and Justice League Unlimited: Girl Power. Catwoman makes purrfect plans for herself but will be sure to mess with it. Supergirl gets accustomed to life on Earth, all while having to face her fears. Batgirl faces off with Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Ra's al Ghul! Mary Marvel, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman in a JLA tale. DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: DCGUN
Hard Cover, 6x8, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99
See our website for more all-ages books that double as great gifts.

SEIS CUERDAS Defender of Mexico Volume 1
Recommended. By Anthony Rella. Art by Benito Gallego. A fun new graphic novel drawn in the style of John Buscema and inspired by the filmDesperado. When the leader of Mexico's largest drug cartel is captured, civil war erupts among its members. One faction plans to sacrifice thirteen kidnapped children to Santa Muerte. A young, almost-famous mariachi singer, Dantes, reluctantly answers the call for help. Blessed (or cursed) with no need for sleep, Dantes strives for physical and mental perfection 24/7 — except when he's sipping tequila, cavorting with groupies, or otherwise savoring life. Source Point Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: SEIS01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 26pg, Full Color

Comics Archives


MR. MONSTER The Original Adventures of Doc Stearne Signed
Signed full color bookplate with new work by Michael T. Gilbert, limited to 300! Our Highest Recommendation. Mr. Monster was one of the many heroes created during the Golden Age of Canadian comics. But Michael T. Gilbert updated this same Mr. Monster in the 1980s, and we've all seen what fun he had with the character. This new collection includes the two original 1940s Mr. Monster stories plus the earlier Doc Stearne stories and covers, all by creator Fred Kelly. Plus never-before seen art, an interview with Kelly, a new afterword by Gilbert and an original pin-up gallery from over two-dozen contemporary Canadian artists! Raid, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: MRMOHS
Hard Cover, 7x9, 110pg, Partial Color
Michael T. Gilbert's Complete Wraith was recently recollected by Clover Press. We have a reorder coming in shortly. It also includes a full color Mr. Monster bookplate, signed [COMWS. $14.99]. Michael also writes Mr. Monster's Comic Crypt, which explores old comics and artists in each issue of Alter Ego. It's one of my favorite columns there.

THE PHANTOM The Complete DC Comics Years Volume 1
From 1987, first of three volumes. By Lee Falk et el. "A new, intelligent take on a classic hero [this] stand[s] as a distinguished chapter in the canon of the character." An action packed collection of the first six stories of the DC Comic Phantom, with the first mini-series by Peter David with art by Joe Orlando, followed by two stories from the next series with script by Mark Verheiden, pencils and inks by Luke McDonnell. Includes an interview with Peter David and a detailed biography of Joe Orlando. Hermes Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: PHDC01H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 224pg, Full Color
More Phantom is available on the website: Dailies, Sundays and special series.

Collects 4 Classic Pulp issues plus bonus material. Recommended. By Fred Guardineer, King Ward, MCann, Astarita, Blum, Ben Thompson, Dick Briefer et al. Lost tales of ghouls and gumshoes from the Golden Age! Curated and digitally remastered to their original colors and quality from the pre-code appearances like Ghost Squadron from Fiction House, very early ACG horror, Ellery Queen and Charlie Chan stories, and even rare early Centaur material. Source Point Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: JWERC01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

KULL THE DESTROYER The Original Marvel Years Omnibus
Collects Kull #1-29 and nine more appearances, 1971 plus. Highly Recommended. Following Conan's breakout success, Roy Thomas brought to comics Robert E. Howard's second most famous character: the barbarian king of Valusia. Marie Severin and John Severin contributed what many consider the creative highlight of their careers, in tales that showed how uneasy sat the crown on the head of Kull — especially when confronting wicked sorcerer Thulsa Doom! The art of Mike Ploog also features heavily, and Kull's first appearance is here, by Bernie Wrightson, from Creatures on the Loose #10, then on to Kull #1! Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: KULLDH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 808pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
See the website for Kull: The Conqueror Omnibus, Kull Savage Sword Omnibus, and the 1977 Kull Portfolio, limited to 1500 and signed by John Severin [KULL02. $125]. And here too is Robert E. Howard's third most famous hero: Solomon Kane: The Original Marvel Years. We still have a couple hurt copies left [SOLKMHR. $100, $60] and regular copies[SOLKMH. $100, $85].

Sixty years after its publication in November 1961, this re-imagining by award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd uses an original copy of the comic book to present the classic story in a whole new way — with each panel as a full page. The book also includes text by Marvel editor Tom Brevoort and historian Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics), and the entire issue as it was originally presented also. Abrams ComicArts, 2021....More.

Item Code: FANTFH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 260pg, Full Color
$40.00 $36.95
You can also get the complete FF #1 and everything else that was done that month in 1961 in August 1961 Omnibus [MARAUGH. $150, $125], which I rather like. From Millie the Model to Kid Colt and the monster books, before Ant-Man, Iron Man and Thor appeared...every Marvel comic issued that month!

Collects Shadowman #0-24, 1992-94 plus four more issues. Jack Boniface nearly died one night — attacked by something out of a nightmare. Now, when darkness falls, a feeling comes over him, the urge to cast out the evil that would defile the night. Demons in the dark, beware the vigilante known as... Shadowman. From Valiant legends Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), David Lapham (Stray Bullets), and Steve Englehart. Plus 20-plus pages of rarely seen art and extras. Valiant, 2021.  ...More.

Item Code: SHAC01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 736pg, Full Color
$99.99 $89.99

Comics History & Illustration


Highly Recommended. Legendary creator Dave Sim is renowned for his groundbreaking Cerebus the Aardvark. Now, Sim brings to life the history of comics' greatest creators, using their own techniques. Equal parts Understanding Comics and From Hell, Strange Death is a head-on collision of ink drawing and spiritual intrigue, pulp comics and movies, history and fiction. The story traces the lives and techniques of Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon, Rip Kirby), Stan Drake (Juliet Jones), Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), and more, dissecting their methods through recreations of their artwork, and highlighting their common inspiration. Living the Line, 2021....More.

Item Code: STRANH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 320pg, b&w
$39.99 $36.99
We handle everything by Alex Raymond. See our website for the Rip Kirby series, several Flash Gordon editions, Illustrators Quarterly Special, Secret Agent X-9 and more.

Back in stock, from 2011. Mike Kooiman with Jim Amash! The first dedicated look at the prolific Golden Age publisher that spawned a treasure trove of beautiful art and classic characters, including the modern-day "Freedom Fighters" — Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Black Condor, The Ray, Human Bomb, and Doll Man — as well as Plastic Man, Blackhawk, and others now under the DC Comics umbrella. It provides the first-ever A-Z, in-depth character profiles of every Quality costumed super-hero, many of whom were superbly produced but are now long forgotten. It also reprints — in full color — nine complete original stories from 1940s issues of Feature, Smash, Police, National, and Crack Comics, with art by Lou Fine, Reed Crandall, Jack, Cole, Will Eisner, Jim Mooney, and others! TwoMorrows, 2021....More.

Item Code: QUALC
Soft Cover, 8x11, 288pg, Partial Color
$31.95 $27.95
Web of Evil was Quality's 1950s horror title, with wonderful work by Reed Crandall and Jack Cole. See the three PS Artbook collections on our website—one is still on sale.

Film History


HAMMER COMPLETE The Films, The Personnel, The Company
Recommended. By Howard Maxford. Everything you could ever want to know about the fabled “Studio that Dripped Blood.” A massive 984 pages, lowdown on all the imperishable classics of horror, like The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula and The Devil Rides Out. What about the company's less blood-curdling back catalog? What about the musicals, comedies and travelogues, the fantasies and historical epics — not to mention the pirate adventures? And every star, from Christopher Lee to the voluptuous ladies. Lavishly illustrated. McFarland, 2019....More.

Item Code: HAMCH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 992pg, Text/b&w
Also recently released is The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography, which sold faster than we could keep it in stock [WOMHA. $29.95]. More are due shortly. The excellent, large-size art book The Art of Hammer: Posters from the Archive of Hammer Films is also still available [ARHAMH. $34.95, $29.95].

My Years Making Drive-In Movies with Al Adamson. By Sam Sherman. Sam Sherman revisits those halcyon days and reveals the behind-the-scenes story of IIP's rise and fall. In 1968 two ambitious young filmmakers, working on a shoestring, made a movie about a ruthless motorcycle gang. Satan's Sadists was wildly successful and put Independent-International Pictures on the map. Over the next two decades Sherman and Al Adamson collaborated on a succession of low-budget films that exploited all the hot trends — horror, sci-fi, biker films, martial arts, sexploitation, blaxploitation — and marketed their product with dynamic, occasionally lurid campaigns. 250 images. Independently published, 2021....More.

Item Code: WHEDR
Soft Cover, 7x10, 378pg, Text/b&w
Here's more on film history, exploitation and blaxploitation films. Here's more with Dracula and Frankenstein...

Art Books


STUDIES By Glenn Barr
Recommended. The largest collection of the popular artist's drawings ever assembled. With over 200 sketches in his "old school," pencil-to-paper fluid style, Glenn Barr's energetic loose line dances on the page. His pencil strokes evoke a playfulness and ease, yet reveal a honed mastery of storytelling. Juxtapoz says his work "exude[s] the sensuality and tension found in pulp art or film noir," and HiFructose says it demonstrates a "unique style that combines cheesy glamour with scenes based in modern reality." Sympathetic Press, 2021. Mature Readers. ...More.

Item Code: STUGBH
Hard Cover, 10x10, 204pg, b&w
$45.00 $39.95

ART RECORD COVERS 40th Anniversary Edition
In Francesco Spampinato's unique anthology of artists' record covers, we discover the rhythm of this particular cultural history. The book presents 450 covers and records by visual artists from the 1950s through to today, exploring how modernism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, postmodernism, and various forms of contemporary art practice have supported the mass distribution of music with defining imagery that swiftly and suggestively evokes our attention. Lengthy anecdotes about the musicians, artists and graphic designers. Taschen, 2021....More.

Item Code: ARTRECH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 512pg, Full Color
Also from Taschen, in the same format: Rock Covers 40th Anniversary Edition [ROCCOH. $25]. And Jazz Covers, a larger, full-blown coffee table volume [JAZZH. $70, $60].

The Latest 2022 Calendars


R. CRUMB 2022 Calendar
Recommended. Crumb doesn't do a calendar every year, so this is a rare treat. Showcases 12 of his great images, including the hugely popular Portrait of Janis Joplin and covers of his magazine Weirdo. Flame Tree, 2021....More.

Item Code: RC22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Partial Color

CTHULHU 2022 Calendar
Recommended. H.P. Lovecraft's kraken-like monster Cthulhu is an iconic figure that has fed imaginations and terrified generations. It has come to define the whole mythos built up around Lovecraft's strange worlds and pantheon of monsters that continue to inspire many writers. From a variety of talented artists, a fascinating mix of weird and wonderful depictions of this notorious monster that lurks beneath the deep. Flame Tree, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: CTH22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color

ERTÉ 2022 Calendar
Recommended. Immediately recognizable, Erté is quintessentially Art Deco in design. With his elegant and glamorous figures, his work dominated fashion magazines, jewellery, sculpture and the stage for several decades. Featuring 12 exquisite works including "Lyre, Swept Away," and "Surprises of the Sea." Flame Tree, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: ERTE22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color

Recommended. British painter Bruce Pennington is known for his science fiction and fantasy cover art. This calendar offers cover art for books including Space, Time and Nathaniel by Brian Aldiss, The Green Brain by Frank Herbert and Children of Tomorrow by A.E. van Vogt. Very strong work, we especially like the cover painting, one of many entirely new to us. Flame Tree, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: BP22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color

HEATH ROBINSON 2022 Calendar
Recommended. Illustrator and cartoonist W. Heath Robinson is considered the "Rube Goldberg" of England, renowned for his wild, complex and funny contraptions. Courtesy of the new Heath Robinson Museum, 12 witty and hilarious drawings, often featuring complicated machines ironically designed to make life that little bit simpler. Flame Tree, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: HR22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color

ARTHUR RACKHAM 2022 Calendar
Recommended. Arthur Rackham is widely regarded as THE the leading illustrator from the "Golden Age" of British book illustration, which roughly encompassed the years from 1890-1918. His work continues to influence artists right up to today, such as Charles Vess and Charles Van Sandwyk. He created amazing fantasy art of trolls, gnomes, talking animals such as for Wind in the Willows, romantic art for Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Flame Tree, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: AR22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color

Hieronymus Bosch is best known for his fantastical, wondrous art full of strange creatures — both grotesque and heavenly. The work he left behind still defies the imagination. He's one of the earliest fantastic illustrators, creating visions an amazing 500 years ago. Flame Tree, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: WAH22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color
This is another late-arriving batch. We still have more coming, but many more are now are stock. See them all on our website and in our latest Holiday Catalog. Now that this catalog is in customer hands, orders for calendars have been brisk. There are some titles that we cannot reorder—please order early for the best selection.



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 also have 30 PS Artbooks titles that are almost gone! Many of these are on sale and we are unable to get more at these special prices.


Coming in February


BATMAN The Long Halloween CATWOMAN When in Rome Deluxe Edition
Collects Catwoman When in Rome #1-6 and more. For the third part of their Long Halloween trilogy, these two fine creators focused on Batman's most compelling sometimes-enemy, sometimes-ally. This takes place within the events of Dark Victory, detailing Selina Kyle's mysterious trip to Italy, her dealings with the deadly Falcone crime family, and her attempt to uncover information about her long-lost parents. As Selina's Roman Holiday unfolds over the span of a week, she encounters the Riddler, Scarecrow, and even Wonder Woman's nemesis, the Cheetah. The third chapter of Loeb and Sale's signature trilogy returns in a new Deluxe Edition hardcover. DC Comics, 2022. Due: Feb. ...More.

Item Code: BATLHH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 168pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99

EC ARCHIVES Terror Illustrated
Collects #1-3, 1954-55. Our Highest Recommendation. Containing illustrated prose stories (text plus art, EC's unique Picto-Fiction format) of terror, murder, and more of society's supernatural secrets — featuring work by the classic crew of the EC bullpen: Al Feldstein, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Charles Sultan, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, and Johnny Craig. Features the never printed third issue and a brand-new foreword by Mick Garris! Dark Horse, 2022. Due: Feb. ...More.

Item Code: ECATIH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 184pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99
Here are more EC Archives, including the companion Picto-Fiction titles, Shock Illustrated and Crime Illustrated (same discounted price). And the two EC histories: The History of EC and Choke! Gasp! The Best of 75 Years of EC Comics.

Collects #5, 6, and 8. Highly Recommended. John Buscema's innovative drawing on Marvel's Silver Surfer is presented in IDW's Artisan Edition format. Collecting three complete issues from the acclaimed original run written by Stan Lee. As a special bonus—this book will have four foldouts featuring eight oversized covers. An essential component of The House of Ideas, John Buscema's talented hand graced the pages of Marvel's most iconic characters for over four decades, working on The Avengers, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man just to name a few. As with all Artisan Edition books, nearly every page in this volume has been scanned from the original art, enabling the reader to clearly see all the little nuances that make original art unique and fascinating—blue pencil notations, margin notes, whiteout, and so much more. This will be a must-have for all fans and students of classic comic art! IDW, 2022. Due: Feb. ...More.

Item Code: JBSSAE
Soft Cover, 144pgs, Full Color
See our website for more Buscema: Mephisto, Best of Alex Toth and John Buscema's Roy Rogers, Savage Sword of Conan, John Buscema's Marvel Heroes Artist's Edition, and more.

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New Used/Rare Books Website

As I detailed last week, Anne (mostly) and I now have a brand new website to sell our older, one-of-a-kind books. This is a complement to the Rare Books we list here, with more far-ranging material not as much in the comics and fantasy art world, which we will continue to list here in Rare Books. But fantasy art is one of our specialties there too, and we'll also have some comics related books, so be sure to check us out and sign up for occasional email lists.

We're working our way through two major collections just acquired. And Anne is also scanning covers and updating all the books that were previously only seen on the websites ABE books and Biblio—and at the shows we do in person.

We'll list the website address each week in the Rare Books section. Bud Plant & Hutchison Books is an extension of Bud Plant Illustrated Books, which was a partnership between Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. and myself in the 1980s and 1990s.


Comic & Collector Supplies

Supply chain issues that you may have read about or experienced are severely effecting 4-mil Mylars. We currently don't expect to see more Standard/Regular sized mylars, the only size that we handle, until Spring of 2022. And then they may be prohibitively expensive for us to handle.

Meanwhile, we do have two sizes of the 2-mil Mylites: Silver/Gold and Magazine. And we have plenty of Plastic Bags and Backing Boards, as well as Fold-On book jacket covers. Fortunately we laid in large supplies of all of these early in the COVID era, since our primary source was planning to retire—that has served us well ever since.

Cost to us may also be going up. But until we have to restock at higher cost, we will maintain our regular prices which haven't changed in quite some time.

Sylvain Despretz's Los Angeles

I carefully noted in the new catalog that we were waiting for a reorder of the deluxe edition of this [LOSAD. $120], since it was on the back cover of the catalog. They reached us more quickly than I anticipated, so both editions are now available again.

Regular edition is [LOSAH. $65]. It's quite a special volume, published in France in a very limited printing. As well as exploring the art of storyboards, from a very fine artist who worked closely with Moebius, it's also a look at the Hollywood movie producing scene. Sylvain has worked for the biggest names there, from Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick, to Ridley Scott.


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