Thursday, December 2, 2021

A new EC Artist's set, American Comics History, Vampirella, Firefly, Alley Opp, and new Tarzan coming soon.

A new six volume EC Artist's set, Marvel's graphic design, an American Comics History and Grimm Terror Tales. Also, a deluxe Firefly, Star Wars, Alley Oop, and the next set of Tarzan in the ERB authorized library.

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EC ARTIST LIBRARY Volume 6 Slipcased Set
From the New York Times best selling series, a box set of four great books in the acclaimed EC Artists' Library, which collects the best comics of the 1950s from the greatest mass market comic book publisher in history. Featured are: Master Race and Other Stories, illustrated by Bernard Krigstein, Death Stand and Other Stories, illustrated by Jack Davis, Doctor of Horror And Other Stories, illustrated by Graham Ingels, and The Martian Monster and Other Stories, illustrated by Jack Kamen. Fantagraphics, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: ECAL06H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 916pg, Full Color
$99.99 $84.99
See the website for more EC, and individual volumes in this series.

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #11-19, 1963; Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, 1964. The stories that built the Marvel Universe, from the brilliant minds of legendary creators — now available in an accessible new format the whole family can enjoy! Peter Parker has not been Spider-Man for very long, but the threats this newly minted hero must face are mounting quickly! Experience the debuts of Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter, the Scorpion — and most dastardly of all, the Green Goblin! And as if that weren't enough, the eight-armed Doctor Octopus has returned, determined to unmask Spidey! Plus, witness the wallcrawler's first meetings with Daredevil and the Hulk, and the continuing development of his love/hate friendship with the Human Torch! But when Doc Ock recruits five villainous allies to join him in the Sinister Six, Spider-Man will face the battle of his life! Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: MMMA02
Soft Cover, 6x9, 288pg, Full Color
Here's previous Mighty Marvel collections, all $15.99. They make affordable gifts for all ages — my son grew up reading these same vintage Marvel stories in the Masterworks series. They can't be beat!

CONAN THE BARBARIAN The Original Marvel Years Epic Collection Volume 4
Collects Conan the Barbarian #43-59, 1970; Giant-Size Conan #5 (cover only), 1974; material from Savage Sword of Conan #1, 1974. In these pages Conan meets the Queen of the Black Coast in one of the most captivating pairings in comics! But first, he teams up with Red Sonja in one of Roy Thomas and John Buscema's finest tales! Then, Conan's travels through the western wastelands bring readers the tear-jerking "Last Ballad of Laza-Lanti," the fearsome threat of Shokkoth and a flashback tale of from the Cimmerian's youth! Next, the saga of Lupalina the Wolf-Woman takes Conan to the castle keep of the death-dealing Unos! Along the way, Conan picks up sidekicks Yusef and Tara and comes face-to-face with his biggest challenge: himself! We conclude with debut and origin of BĂȘlit, the pirate queen that would become Conan's partner in love and war. Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: CONBE04
Soft Cover, 7x10, 360pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99
See our website for previous volumes.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 3
Collects #157-200, 1980-83. New foreword by Scott Beatty. By Mike W. Barr, Gerry Conway, Alan Brennert et al. Art by Ross Andru, Jim Aparo, Rich Bucker et al. Batman’s team-up tales of the 1980s, fighting alongside Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Black Lightning, Superboy, Swamp Thing and others. Batman also takes on or teams up with Kamandi, Ra’s Al Ghul, Supergirl, Adam Strange, Sgt. Rock, Hawkman, Black Canary, Blackhawk (in a Golden Age-era story), Zatanna, Guardians of the Galaxy, Green Lantern, The Creeper, The Legion, The Spectre, Metal-Men, Flash and others! DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: BATBB03H
Hard Cover, 6x8, 904pg, Full Color
$99.99 $85.00
Volume 1 is $125, Volume 2 is $99,$85 [BATBB01H, BATBB02H]. Here are more Batman collections.

Collects #28-30, 1944. Packed with crazy heroes and villains on far flung and distant planets. Drawn by Joe Doolin, Graham Ingels, Fran Hopper, George Appel, Alex Blum, Lily Renee, Lee Elias, Richard Case and George Tuska. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: PLC10
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color

Collects #25-27, 1943. Art by George Appel, et al. Collects Fiction House's Planet Comics. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: PLC09
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color

Collects #22-24, 1943. By Dan Zolnerowich et al. Continuing the popular Softie collection with mind blowing tales from Planet Comics. Another alien-infested issue with battles decided in the far flung future, written and drawn by the Godfathers of Science Fiction. PS Artbooks, 2021....More.

Item Code: PLC08
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
Also available: Volumes 1-7 [PLC01, etc. $24.99 ea]. Still on sale is the HARDCOVER Volume 1 which collects issues #1-4 [PLC01H. $48, $29.99] and Volume 3 which collects issues #9-12 [PLC03H . $48, $29.99]. Other available hardcover volumes are $48 to $59.99. Note: The softcovers each collect just THREE issues, the hardcovers FOUR, so the volume contents are different. See all of them on our website.

Recommended. By Dave Graue. In the mysterious dimension of Nerr, Alley Oop leads the revolution against the wicked Thorn King, Oop also visits the Old West in search of the Lost Silver of Panamint City. This volume includes all of the daily strips from 1975, which have never before been reprinted. Manuscript Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: ALLETK
Soft Cover, 9x8, 106pg, b&w
The publisher plans a new chronological release in this series every two months, with this as the first volume, all by Dave Graue. Dave was V.T. Hamlin's assistant beginning in 1950, and took over the strip when Hamlin retired in 1971. Dave drew the strip until 1991 and then collaborated with Jack Bender until his death in 2001.

Graphic Novels


Collects Firefly Blue Sun Rising #0-1, and Firefly #21-24. By Greg Pak. Art by Dan McDaid, Sharma & Bayliss. The first-ever firefly comic book event! Sheriff Mal Reynolds has a new partner — a law enforcing robot from the Blue Sun corporation, who doesn't care about motives, about mercy, about anything other than enforcing the law — no matter the cost. The Blue Sun Corporation has helped to run the 'Verse from the shadows for years, but they're ready to step into the light and take over. For Mal, there's really one choice — reunite the crew of the Serenity for one last impossible job to save everyone they love. Boom!, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: FIRBSH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 300pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Here's a second Firefly Deluxe and more collections.

By Sunshine Barbito. Art by Debora Carita, Alessia Alfano et al. At the height of the roaring twenties, the daughter of a mafia boss is determined to rise to prominence in her family's business. Dark Horse, 2021....More.

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

A Compendium of Evils. By E.M. Rauch. Art by Julian Totino Tedesco. Still mourning the losses of his beloved Penny Priddy and his surrogate father Professor Hikita, Buckaroo Banzai must also contend with the constant threat of attack from his immortal nemesis Hanoi Xan, ruthless leader of the World Crime League. To make matters worse, Planet 10 warrior queen John Emdall has sent her Lectroid legions against Earth with a brutal ultimatum. Or is her true target Buckaroo Banzai? As the apocalyptic threats continue to mount, only Buckaroo and his Hong Kong Cavaliers stand in the way of global destruction. The long-awaited sequel to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is finally here after more than 35 years! As told by the Reno Kid to Buckaroo Banzai chronicler E.M. Rauch, this tale follows everyone's favorite scientist-surgeon-entertainer-daredevil as he sets off on a brand-new hair-raising adventure! Dark Horse, 2021....More.

Item Code: BUCBAH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 624pg, Text Only
We have the long out of print Buckaroo collection (I think the signed edition) but it's not yet on the website. Email todd@budsartbooks for details.

STAR WARS The High Republic Adventures Volume 1
Collects #1-5. All ages/middle grade readers. Recommended. By Daniel Jose Older (NY Times bestselling author), art by Harvey Tolibao. A well-drawn epic with cool new characters, not all of them human, and robots. Centuries before Luke Skywalker, the Jedi are at the height of their power. But the emergence of the piratical, anarchic Nihil proves peace is fragile, and the Jedi's influence is neither as pervasive nor as benevolent as they would believe. Now Lula, Farzala, and Qort, inexperienced Jedi Padawans, must help the inhabitants of Trymant IV in the wake of a Nihil attack. IDW, 2021....More.

Item Code: SWHIG01
Soft Cover, 6x8, 128pg, Full Color



GRIMM TALES OF TERROR Annual Goddess of Death Vitorino Cover
By Dave Franchini and Joe Brusha.Keres is the Goddess of Death, and has punished many deserving beings by sending them to pay for their sins for eternity in a hellish afterlife. But Keres isn't the only one who should be feared. The world below is full of those who seek to take power but also escape the prison they are held in and rise to our world. The 12 Kings of Hell are making their move and only Keres stands in the way of utter world-changing chaos. Will she be able to stop them and keep hell from rising? Who is the 13th King of Hell? Zenescope, 2021....More.

Item Code: GRIMTG
Comic, 7x10, 64pg, Full Color

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR 2021 Halloween Special Leo Matos Cover
By Dave Franchini et al. The Tales of Terror Halloween special returns for another year in this oversized Quarterly format! With tons of blood-dripping pages of horror-filled story, join Keres, the goddess of death as she brings her own brand of justice this year to those attending a haunted theme park during the height of the horror season! Zenescope, 2021....More.

Item Code: GRIMH21
Comic, 7x10, 72pg, Full Color
Here are more Grimm comics and other comics from Zenescope.

VAMPIRELLA & RED SONJA 2021 Holiday Special Set
Cover art by Michael Linsner. Wreck the Halls! Vampirella is hunted (haunted?) by The Spirits of Christmas, hunters whose holiday tradition is to hunt a mythical creature every Christmas Eve! By writer/artist Will Robson (Fantastic Four)! An all-new She-Devil tale, from ongoing Red Sonja architect Mirka Andolfo (Sweet Paprika) and a cavalcade of creators! Dynamite, 2021....More.

Item Code: VARHP
Comic, 7x10, 32pg ea, Full Color
Here's more Vampi and Red Sonja collections. And more comics from Zenescope.

Animation & Comics History


Comics have conquered America. From our multiplexes, where Marvel and DC movies reign supreme, to our television screens, where comics-based shows like The Walking Dead have become among the most popular in cable history, to convention halls, and best-seller lists. Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber takes readers through the golden age of newspaper comic strips and the first great superhero boom; the moral panic of the Eisenhower era, the Marvel Comics revolution, and the underground comix movement of the 1960s and ‘70s; and finally into the twenty-first century, the grim and gritty Dark Knight and Watchmen alongside the brilliant rise of the graphic novel. W.W. Norton, 2021....More.

Item Code: AMECOH
Hard Cover, 6x10, 592pg, Text Only
Here is more on comics history.

WILD MINDS The Artist and Rivalries that Inspired the Golden Age of Animation
Recommended. By Reid Mitenbuler. In 1911, famed cartoonist Winsor McCay debuted one of the first animated cartoons, based on his sophisticated newspaper strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland," itself inspired by Freud's recent research on dreams. McCay unleashed an art form and the creative energy of artists from Otto Messmer and Max Fleischer to Walt Disney and Warner Bros.' Chuck Jones. Their origin stories, rivalries, and sheer genius, were as colorful and subversive as their creations — from Felix the Cat to Bugs Bunny to feature films such as Fantasia — which became an integral part and reflection of American culture over the next five decades. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020....More.

Item Code: WILDM
Soft Cover, 5x8, 432pg, Text/Partial Color
$18.00 $16.00
The Hardcover is still available as I write this. I haven't had a chance to read this yet, but it got very good reviews. This may be close to out of print, they usually are once the softcover comes out. [WILDMH. $28, $24.99].



A first-ever look behind the scenes at Marvel's unique graphic design. An expansive visual encyclopedia, highlighting examples of Marvel's exceptional approach to logos, layout, lettering, cover design, and color. With insights from Marvel's most renowned, such as Klaus Janson and Todd Klein. Essays from famous graphic designers including Mike Essl and Paul Sahre, as well as from well-known Marvel contributors including letterer Chris Eliopolous and designer/editor Carl Potts. Gestalten, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: MARVDEH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 320pg, Full Color

By Zoya Agnis. Art by Alexander Utkin. Discover a whole new world of dragons in this beautifully illustrated book on the scaliest of magical creatures. From every detail of their wings to the history of their treasure, you'll learn about famous dragons from around the world. The latest research into dragon culture will be revealed, and you'll meet some incredible dragon leaders along the way. If you thought the world's most famous fire-breathing creatures lived only in myth and fairytale, think again. Dragon researchers will introduce you to amazing beasts from tiny to huge, from sweet to ferocious. Soon you'll be a dragon expert to rival them all! Flying Eye Books, 2021....More.

Item Code: SECLDH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 64pg, Full Color
$18.99 $16.99

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Return in Tales From The Magician's Skull #6! It overflows with thrilling adventures. There are swords, and there is sorcery. There are dark deeds and daring rescues. There are lands where heroes fear to tread. Dare you imagine it? Picture this as well — maps to wondrous and terrible places. Electrifying art for every tale. Guides to bring the terrors within to your own game table. All I lack are a few paltry shekels. Grant them to me, and I shall fling open a new portal to a world of ancient wonders! Join me, mortal dogs! Together we shall storm the gates of Valhalla! Issue #6 features cover art by Doug Kovacs of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Joseph Goodman, 2021....More.

Item Code: TALMS06
Soft Cover, 8x11, 80pg, Text/b&w
Volumes 3-5 are also available at $14.99 each. See the full contents on our website.


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.

Edgar Rice Burroughs


BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR Restored Edition Hardcover
Art by Roy G. Krenkel. New frontispiece by Mark Schultz. In 1940, as the world hurtled into the darkness of global conflict, Edgar Rice Burroughs turned his legendary writing talents toward an interstellar tale of wonder and adventure set on a war-racked planet—one whose star was so distant that it was invisible to the Earth's most powerful telescopes. Featuring a protagonist who is transported to the planet Poloda by means reminiscent of John Carter's projection to Mars, Beyond the Farthest Star is set in a wholly unique solar system in which all the planets are aligned in the same orbit and connected by means of an atmosphere tube that allows for potential travel between worlds via airplane. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2021....More.

Item Code: BEYFAH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 182pg, Text/b&w

Also available in a softcover edition [BEYFA. $21.95]. Tap on the ERB banner above for all our ERB books, including more new releases in the Tarzan, Mars and Venus series.


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By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New cover and frontispiece by Joe Jusko. David Innes was a captive in Pellucidar, the strange world within a world that lies under the Earth's crust. To rescue him, Tarzan comes into that savage, prehistoric land at the head of an expedition equipped with every modern device. But Pellucidar is not like the jungles the ape-man knows. Here are saber-toothed tigers and every savage creature from the beginning of time. Here the horizon curves back on itself and the sun hangs always in the middle of the sky. And now, for the first time, Tarzan is hopelessly lost in a land teeming with unknown, gigantic killers—where even time has no meaning! Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: ERBA13H
Hard Cover, 6x9, Text/b&w

By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New cover and frontispiece by Joe Jusko. La was in trouble. The high priestess of the Flaming God in the ancient city of Opar—forgotten outpost of Atlantis-had been betrayed by her people and locked in the eon-haunted dungeons until Tarzan came to rescue her. La still loved Tarzan, but Tarzan brought her to his people and then left her. Now, together with a strange woman of Tarzan's kind, she lies bound in the tent of an Arab slave trader, dreading her certain fate. Meanwhile, Tarzan is beset by a strange band of men who have invaded his land—led by a madman bent on evil subversion! Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: ERBA14H
Hard Cover, 6x9, Text/b&w

By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New cover and frontispiece by Joe Jusko. Evil men have come to the land of Tarzan of the Apes, looting and killing as they move. But other evil lurks in a small valley of the Ghenzi Mountains, where the last remnants of an ugly, perverted people dwell in what they call their faith”an ancient belief that came from Rome nearly 2,000 years before. Now they are wicked and many of them are insane. And now they have captured Lady Barbara Collis and mean to use her as a human sacrifice—unless Tarzan arrives in time! Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: ERBA15H
Hard Cover, 6x9, Text/b&w

By Edgar Rice Burroughs. New cover and frontispiece by Joe Jusko. When Tarzan of the Apes frees a man being tortured by cruel bandits, he is surprised to learn that the stranger comes from no race or country the ape-man knows. He is from the fabled land of Onthar, where lie two ancient cities unknown to the outside world. One is Athne, city of ivory; the other is Cathne, city of gold and evil. There great prides of trained lions are used to hunt down men and wage eternal war. And there Tarzan meets the beautiful queen Nemone, who is determined to have Tarzan as her king—or feed him to the lions! Edgar Rice Burroughs, 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: ERBA16H
Hard Cover, 6x9, Text/b&w

By Edgar Rice Burroughs. The ERB Authorized Library's fourth set of four volumes (Tarzan 13-16) features Tarzan at the Earth's Core, Tarzan the Invincible, Tarzan Triumphant, and Tarzan and the City of Gold. These new hardcover editions feature gorgeous new cover art and frontispieces by Joe Jusko; forewords by Casper Van Dien, Robert de Young and Demos Sachlas, and afterwords by noted ERB scholar Henry G. Franke III. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: ERBA05P
Hard Cover, 6x9, Text/b&w
All previous releases are available in matching editions, with all new cover art and archival bonus material. The discounted sets of Vol 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12 are also available.

Coming in April


Presenting the long-delayed first volumes of PS Artbooks' 8 volume Roy Thomas Presents: Dick Briefer's Frankenstein in the new Softee format. Volume #3-8 previously published in hardcover. With illustrated introductions by Frankenstein expert Don Glut and Dick Briefer. Roy Thomas Presents: Frankenstein Volume 1 The Prize Comics Years : Issue #7-37, 1940-43. Roy Thomas Presents: Frankenstein Volume 2 The Prize Comics Years : Issue #38-68, 1944-48. PS Artbooks, 2022. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: FRAP
Soft Cover, 7x10, 512pg, Full Color

We're announcing this a bit more in advance than normal, because we've already offered Frankenstein Vol 1. – which is available now [FRA01. $36.99]. Volume 2 will likely be here at the same time as this set. We wanted you to know asap that you have the option of getting both volumes in a slipcase, which should be a very handsome matched set. Each volume is extra thick and collects the stories from the much-in-demand Prize Comics. Volume 1 has lots of new introductory material.

Also still available are several Frankenstein hardcovers, collecting Prize's Frankenstein Comics series, from first to last issues. And here is more on Frankenstein from the original book to films.


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Fine Print referred to the "fine print" in a deal a lovely young lady makes with the God of Desire…this is a well-drawn new graphic novel series by By Stjepan Sejic. From the artist & author of the adult Sunstone series, also a creator on Witchblade, Aphrodite IX, Ravine and Harleen.

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I'm off for a week to Utah to visit the desert in the Escalante area, with Anne, my daughter Ena, and fellow booksellers Ken Sanders and his family, and Bob and Susan Gavora. So while I've put together this email while on the road, I haven't been able to review most of the new books. Thus they will lack personal "recommended" notes and personal comments. I'll do those and also the new items from next week, when I get back home.



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