Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The new Illustration Magazine, Taschen art books, Wizard of Oz, One Man Army, PS Artbooks, 2022 calendars including Charles Vess!

A full week with 27 new items! Illustration Magazine, Taschen art books, softcover EC Haunt of Fear, Sandman, Ms. Tree, Wizard of Oz, One Man Army and more PS Artbooks. Previously unseen 2022 calendars including Charles Vess! News about Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly #1—and its bookplate signed by Dan dos Santos.

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Recommended. Illustration Magazine celebrates their 20th year. The entire issue showcases the work of Peter Helck, the brilliant illustrator best known for his action-packed automotive illustrations of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Lots of original art, rare tear sheets and photographs combine with a book-length story on Helck's life and work. Illustrated Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: IL74
Magazine, 9x11, 112pg, Partial Color
Back issues are on our website. Inquire about out of print issues, we have nearly every back issue on hand, but haven’t gotten them up on the website yet. Here are Illustrated Press art books, including several out of print titles.

New from Taschen. Recommended. This visual chronicle is the first of its kind, a deep dive into the complex symbologies behind witchcraft traditions, explored through the history of art. The witch has played muse to great artists throughout time, from the dark seductions of de Goya and Albrecht Dürer to the elegant paean to the magical feminine as re-imagined by the Surrealist circle of Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, and Leonor Fini. This surveys her many incarnations as she shape-shifts through the centuries: mother, nymph, crone — seductress and destroyer. Profusely illustrated with a wide range of artwork from Victorian era to today. Nudity. Taschen, 2021. Mature Readers. ...More.

Item Code: LIBESH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 520pg, Full Color
Here’s more on Witches, from Roald Dahl’s The Witches to Sabrina and English Fairy Tales.

Recommended. 47 tales based on the most famous episodes in Greek mythology, from Prometheus, the Argonauts, and Theseus to the Trojan War and Homer's Odyssey. Strikingly illustrated by multiple images from 29 artists, among them outstanding representatives of the Golden Age of Book Illustration and the Arts and Crafts Movement, including Walter Crane (1845-1915), Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), William Russell Flint (1880-1969), and Virginia Frances Sterrett (1900-1930). Taschen, 2021....More.

Item Code: GREMYH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 336pg, Partial Color
$40.00 $34.95
Here’s more on myths and mythology.

Comic Book Archives


EC ARCHIVES The Haunt of Fear Volume 1
Collects #15-17 (#1-3) and 4-6, 1950-51. Highly Recommended. The first six issues of Haunt in a new bargain-priced softcover. Very early work but classic still, by an all-star cast: Johnny Craig, Wallace Wood, Graham Ingles, Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, and Harry Harrison! New digital colors, using Marie Severin’s original palette as a guide. Includes some original ads and all text stories. Dark Horse, 2021....More.

Item Code: ECAHF01
Soft Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
This puts the first issues of Crypt, Vault, Haunt and Shock all back into print in softcover at $19.99, $17.99 ea. See more EC Archives on our website.

Collects #51-69 original series. Highly Recommended. By Neil Gaiman. Art by Marc Hempel. Includes the zero-hour tale "World's End" — at the World's End Tavern, two travelers tell stories like "A Tale of Two Cities". Vertigo Jam #1, where the beauty and wonder of Dream's Castle is able to be experienced. Also reintroduces Prez; Death appearance; Belushi, Nixon and Wildcat cameos; and the Death of the Sandman in #69. DC Comics, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: SAND04H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 528pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99
Volumes 1-3 in stock, same discounted price.

Collects #25-27, including three fold-out color posters. By Kentaro Miura. Though Guts the Black Swordsman lies near death from battling the dragon knight Grunbeld and his demonic legion, the witch Schierke has a dangerous tool to put Guts back in the fight: the unholy Berserker Armor. But the accursed shell unleashes its host’s inner demons, which might send the tormented Guts into eternal darkness! Dark Horse, 2021. Mature readers. ...More.

Item Code: BER09H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 656pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99
We keep all previous volumes in stock, same discounted price.

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. ...More.

Item Code: BATOM02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 928pg, Partial Color
$125.00 $105.00
See the website for more by Scott Snyder, and more Batman.

MS. TREE Volume 3 The Cold Dish
Collects Ms Tree's Thrilling Detective Adventures #1-9 and Files of Ms Tree Vol 1. Recommended. From Road to Perdition author Max Allan Collins and artist Terry Beatty, comes a new collection of classic Ms Tree, "the black widow of detective fiction." Follow our private investigator, the 6ft, 9mm-carrying private eye, as she races to solve crimes of passion, murder and intrigue! And to stay alive in the process. No case is too small, no violence is too extreme — just as long as it gets the job done. Titans, 2021....More.

Item Code: MST03
Soft Cover, 6x9, 240pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99
Volume 1: One Mean Mother, five stories [MST01. $24.99, $21.99] is almost gone. Volume 2 has six more stories [MST02. $29.99,$26.99].

Art Books & More


THE ART OF OZ Witches, Wizards and Wonders Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
By John Fricke. Art by Gabriel Gale. Artist and Oz archeologist Gabriel Gale brings to life all the creatures and inhabitants from L. Frank Baum’s beloved series, many illustrated here for the first time: wicked witches and their armies, mythical beasts, elemental fairies, robots, insects, one-legged and two-sided people, and many more sky, land, sea, and underground creatures. The Art of Oz also debuts the first-ever “Google Map” of the Land of Oz! Also art from the original books. Very nicely illustrated, with many characters never seen before, full page full color drawings. And lots of textual notes putting all into context in the series. Rizzoli, 2021....More.

Item Code: ARTOZH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 192pg, Partial Color
$39.95 $34.95
Here’s five more we have about or related to The Wizard of Oz. Eric Shanhower’s new Royal Book of Oz is down to one copy in softcover. Another in this series will be out early in 2022, Kabumpo in Oz!

Collects #1-5. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi. Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It Fall) examines the mythology of the DC Universe in this compelling combination of prose and illustration. Reframing iconic moments of DC history and charting a previously unexplored sociopolitical thread as seen through the prism of DC Super Heroes who come from historically disenfranchised groups, John Ridley goes where no other has gone before! DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: OTHISH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 224pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99



ONE MAN ARMY The Action Paperback Art of Gil Cohen Hardcover
With 24 bonus pages. By Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle. Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan, "The Executioner," applies skills and training to target organized crime with the intensity, fortitude, and firepower of an entire division of highly trained specialists. Gil Cohen, veteran artist and art teacher, targeted the commercial illustration market with the drive, skill, and stamina of ten painters. He created hundreds of arresting cover images for bestsellers and paperback series of every stripe. New Texture, 2020. ...More.

Item Code: ONEMAH
Hardcover, 9x9, 140pg, Full Color

ONE MAN ARMY The Action Paperback Art of Gil Cohen
Item Code: ONEMA
Softcover, 9x9, 116pg, Full Color

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PS Artbooks Archives


Collects #21-25, 1953-54. Recommended. Penultimate volume of Ace’s excellent horror title and the first to appear in softcover. Lou Cameron (a story in EVERY issue, and all of them outstanding!), the under-rated Jim McLaughlin (with more excellent work), Lin Streeter, Ken Rice, Louis Zansky and others. Ghouls and cadavers, vampires and ghosts, beautiful gals threatened by a fate worse than — or including — death! Some superb work by Cameron, who at his best was as good as Frazetta in these issues! PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: PCTB05
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Also available in hardcover with a variant cover [PCTB05H. $46.99]. See our website for previous volumes. Previous volumes were only published in hardcover, but this and Volume 6 will be available in both formats.

Collects #95-100, 1961, Recommended. More wonderful, mind-boggling tales by the renowned Richard Hughes and drawn by Ogden Whitney, Paul Reinman, Jack Sparling, Kurt Schaffenberger, John Forte, Ken Landau, Pete Costanza, Dick Beck, John Rosenberger and Harry Lazarus. Includes two letters pages in each issue. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: FOR16
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
See our website for previous volumes; 13-15 are only in softcover and $24.99 each; some earlier volumes are on sale, others regular price.

Collects Avon one-shots The Hooded Menace and The Unknown Man, 1951; Charlton's Marco Polo #1, 1962; Dell one-shots Robin Hood and Robinson Crusoe, 1963. Highly Recommended. By Sam Glanzman et al. An unusual mix of scarce one-shot comics: In Menace, it's 1903 and ex-soldiers from the Spanish-American war prey on new settlers in the US Northwest! Unknown Man adapts a contemporary crime film, featuring an underworld gang lord, with artwork by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Then it's the middle ages and explorer Marco Polo in the court of Kubla Khan! Labeled "scarce" in the guide, a 1962 Charlton release drawn by Sam Glanzman and, quite unusually, a long 25-page story! Plus 2 more... PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: PCAD03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
The hardcover edition is expected anytime [PCAD03H. $46.99]. Volumes 1 and 2 are available in soft or hardcover, $24.99 and $46.99 ea.



Collects #6-10, 1957-58. Highly Recommended. From publisher Charlton, where the creators were allowed a greater freedom, Unusual Tales continues with its Steve Ditko highlighted treasure trove of science fiction, horror, suspense, fantasy, and supernatural tales. Also here: Dick Giordano, Charles Nicholas, Bill Molno, and Rocco Mastroserio. And all captured here, reproduced completely from cover to cover as they should be, just like the original comic! PS Artbooks, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: SAUT02H
Hardcover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Item Code: SAUT02
Softcover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Volume 1 is softcover at $24.99 and hardcover $46.99. Volume 3 is due in January. See them all here.

Collects #1-5, 1950-51. Highly Recommended. Avon calling! Avon's mesmerising 15-issue Strange Worlds run is available once more. Artistically, this title may be the closest to pure EC quality you'll ever find. Here is pure sci-fi work by top talents Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Al Williamson and even a collaboration with Frank Frazetta and Roy Krenkel on one legendary story! And those covers include some iconic headlight work by Woody. Plus those luscious black & white "contents" pages by Wood, Kinstler and others on the inside front covers of every issue! PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: STW01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
This first appeared in 2014 in hardcover and is long out of print. Volume 2 was also done in hardcover and we have it available as a special order item. A softcover edition is scheduled for 2022.

Graphic Novels


Recommended. For the first time in illustrated form, science fiction, its origins and, in fascinating detail, its history from its beginnings as a “schlock” genre to its respected status today. Who is considered the world’s first science fiction author? How did American science fiction begin? What sci-fi novel is the all-time best-seller? What authors were the stars of the “Pulps” and how did they predict with uncanny accuracy the 21st century world around us? Who are the innovators, from Robert Heinlein to Dune, Philip K. Dick to William Gibson's invention of cyberpunk. Humanoids, 2021....More.

Item Code: HISSFH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 216pg, Full Color
We also have the Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom [VISHS01H. $195], Astounding: The Golden Age of Sci Fi hurt [ASTOH. $28.99, $14.95], The Earliest Bradbury, Black Infinity, Strange Science by Virgil Finlay, and more.

Collects #1-5. Recommended. The true story of Dr. Nathaniel Calloway, a Black physician caught between medicine and the mob in 1930s Chicago. Writer Peter Calloway tells this story about his own grandfather, who graduated from medical school in the early 1930s. Unable to get work at any Chicago hospital (because he was Black) and unable to secure a loan from a bank to start his own practice (because he was Black), Nathaniel turned to the only other source of money in Prohibition-era Chicago: the Mafia, run by none other than Al Capone. Aftershock, 2021....More.

Item Code: SHADOC
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
Here’s more biographical graphic novels and art books.

A fact-based epic of the real-life Vlad the Impaler's career and ultimate transformation into the vampire Dracula. Part historical fiction, part horror fantasy, this graphic novel is brought to you by writer Mark Sable and artist Salgood Sam. Collects the original digital series. Includes map, character bios and 13 pages of annotations, which adds rich background behind every panel. Dark Horse, 2021....More.

Item Code: DRACS
Soft Cover, 8x10, 112pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
See the website for more Dracula. A favorite and regular seller is Vlad the Impaler by Roy Thomas and Esteban Maroto, first published in in the 1990s and reprinted in 2021 [DRACV.$15.99].

Collects #1-5. Recommended. Writer Joe Henderson (showrunner of Netflix's Lucifer) and artist Lee Garbett (Captain Marvel). An intriguing story about a young girl who's lost her brother; then found him as a dark wraith now trying to keep her alive and well. Writer Joe Henderson (showrunner of Netflix's Lucifer) and artist Lee Garbett (Captain Marvel), the Eisner-nominated creative team that brought you Skyward, invite you to join Zadie Lu as she ventures into the shadows and discovers a legacy she never knew she had. Image Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: SHADC01
Soft Cover, 6x10, 144pg, Full Color


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.

2022 Calendars


Highly Recommended. Extra tall again this year. Includes Prehistoric Times, The Brain, Chained, Lava Fight, Lost World, etc. — re-titled paintings first done for paperbacks by Robert E. Howard and other fantasy writers (Jongor!?) in the 1970s and 80s. Frank Frazetta often renamed these to prevent copyright or trademark issues, so let's just say most of these are classic paintings, some from Warren magazines like Creepy and Eerie also. Sellers, 2021.  ...More.

Item Code: FRAZ22
Calendar, 10x14, 32pg, Full Color

Recommended. Fabulous fantasy-themed artwork from father-and-son artists Luis and Romulo Royo. Bold, beautiful, and mysterious women with weapons and warrior outfits, as well as diaphanous wispy things that tantalize rather than cover up. Dark and seductive fantasy art. Near nudity, bondage, sheer outfits. Sellers, 2021.  ...More.

Item Code: LR22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color

Recommended. Ciruelo is an accomplished painter whose consummate skills have brought the dragon back into the limelight. The myths and mysteries surrounding dragons have captivated people for centuries. This Dragons collection has become an annual event. Includes The Amazon Warrior, Hobsyllwin, Draco Rex, Herk Dragon, Kyiandiyen, Red Dragon, Birth of a Dragon, Muses and Dragon, The Dragon's Mountain (pictured), etc. Sellers, 2021....More.

Item Code: DRA22
Calendar, 12x12, 24pg, Full Color

Entirely new 2022 Calendars


These arrived too late to include in our Holiday Catalog, with all the rest of our calendars.

THE MODERN ABC BOOK By Charles Buckles Falls 2022 Calendar
Highly Recommended. A fine art, extremely limited (less than 100) calendar from our favorite art historian-turned-publisher. This collects an elegant A-Z book published by John Day Company in 1930. Spiral bound. Very heavy cardstock throughout, gorgeous bright colors, and brilliant design work. Calligraphics, 2021....More.

Item Code: MOD22
Wirebound, 12x9, 12pg, Full Color

AN ALMANAC OF TWELVE SPORTS By William Nicholson 2022 Calendar
Oversized. Highly Recommended. A fine art, extremely limited (less than 100) calendar from our favorite art historian-turned-publisher. This collects a true classic, first published in 1898 in London. Each of the most popular English sports is elegantly pictured in a color woodblock style. Spiral bound. Very heavy cardstock throughout, gorgeous bright colors, and brilliant design work. Calligraphics, 2021....More.

Item Code: ALM22
Wirebound, 11x17, 12pg, Full Color

ZOOLOGICAL SOLILOQUIES By Mac Harshberger 2022 Calendar
Oversized. Highly Recommended. A fine art, extremely limited (less than 100) calendar from our favorite art historian-turned-publisher. This collects a true classic, first published in 1926 by Albert and Charles Boni. A humorous look at a very different kind of zoo, with The Woggle Bug, Oyster Bed, Wistful Elephant, Puzzled Enu, Arrogant Lion, Supercilious Camel and others! Very heavy cardstock throughout, gorgeous bright colors, and brilliant design work. Calligraphics, 2021....More.

Item Code: ZOSO22
Wirebound, 11x17, 12pg, Full Color

AN ALPHABET OF CELEBRITIES By Oliver Herford 2022 Calendar
Recommended. A fine art, extremely limited (less than 100) calendar from our favorite art historian-turned-publisher. Every letter of the alphabet, four per month, is humorously illustrated in this unusual ABC calendar. Borders and initial letters by the renowned designer Bertram Grosvenor Goodue. First printed by Small, Maynard & Co in Boston in 1900. Very heavy cardstock throughout. Oversized. Calligraphics, 2021....More.

Item Code: ALP22
Wirebound, 11x17, 12pg, Full Color
Calligraphics also has done The Zoo Book 2022 Calendar, based on a 1929 children’s book by Jimmy Garthwaite [ZOO22. $20].

Signed! The limited edition 2022 Charles Vess Art Calendar - Landscapes of Faerie, measures a generous 11x17 in size and is printed on heavyweight recycled paper. It is spiral-bound for easy flipping and features 12 beautiful illustrations from 2000-2015. Each image is highlighted twice: once in full color, then again shadowed behind the pertaining month. This has been formatted to include moon phases, birth dates of other artists that have inspired Charles, and a background summary on the illustrations portrayed. Charles Vess, 2021. Due: Dec ...More.

Item Code: CV22
Wirebound, 11x17, 24pg, Full Color
All copies will be signed! We just confirmed we will be getting this handsome, oversized 11x17 production. Previously the publisher kept it as an exclusive. Watch for it shortly or reserve a copy now [CV22. $25.00]. And here’s more fine books by Charles Vess; most would make great Christmas gifts.

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No new items this week, but we did add find a few rare warehouse finds. A very cool Bettie Page photo print signed by Bunny Yeager. The deluxe editon of Petty: The Classic Pin-Up Art of George Petty and Uwe Scheid's 1000 Nudes.

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly 1

We’re not formally announcing this yet, because the retail price falls below our minimum for coming items. But we want you to know that it’s coming in late December, and we are doing a special signed bookplate to accompany it.

Dan dos Santos is signing it, and we’re numbering them from 300. We’re taking 1/3 of the print run of just 1000 copies. Edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner, this is designed to “fill the void” of missing a year of the regular Spectrum Annual. It’s a high quality, large format magazine not unlike Glamour International if you remember those.

The first issue will feature revealing new interviews about Frank Frazetta with interviews with Frank’s family, as well as compatriots James Gurney and William Stout, offering a whole new side to the famous artist. Also, a major feature on Don dos Santos; Gregory Manchess on painting covers; memorials for Rich Corben, Stephen Hickman and Rowena and more [SPEQ01. $25].

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Thanksgiving Cyber Sale 2021

We sent our version of Cyber Monday on November 22nd. Many items have been reduced for the first time, and a few have already sold out. If you didn't receive it, you can sign up for our sale & special emails here. You can click here to see the items highlighted in the email, and click here to see the surplus items that were not included in the email. We included a few free items for you as well! These are available with ANY order for any regular or Sale items.

Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein Slipcased Set

We just discovered that PS Art Books will be releasing BOTH Volume 1 and 2 in a special slipcase, in April 2022 [FRAP. $89.99]. Volume 1 available now. There will not be hardcover editions of these.

Al Williamson Strange Adventures Hardcover

We’d sold out of this Publisher Edition but Fleskes generously gave us another fifteen copies during his last visit (see picture below) [ALSTRH. $49.95]. The softcover has also gone out of print; we still have a couple dozen left [ALSTR. $39.95].


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