Thursday, December 16, 2021

Our Artists at War, Alex Raymond in Illustrators Quarterly, Little Lulu, H.R. Giger, Rorschach and Adam Strange.

Alex Raymond is featured in Illustrators Quarterly 35. Our Artists at War looks at the entire war genre in comics, and comes with a signed bookplate. H.R. Giger is featured in a bargain-priced Taschen collection. Little Lulu Volume 3 is here, almost in time for Christmas (what a great series). Also Rorschach, Adam Strange, and the exciting new Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly — with a signed & numbered bookplate.

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Art Books


OUR ARTISTS AT WAR The Best of The Best American War Comics Signed
Signed by both authors on a custom illustrated bookplate! Highly Recommended. Introduction by Roy Thomas, Foreword by Will Franz, cover by Joe Kubert. The first book ever published in the U.S. that solely examines War Comics published in America. It covers the talented writers and artists who supplied the finest, most compelling stories in the genre, long been neglected in the annals of comics history. Critical analysis of authors (and dedicated fans) Richard J. Arndt (Alter Ego) and Steven Fears. TwoMorrows, 2021....More.

Item Code: OURAR
Soft Cover, 8x11, 160pg, Full Color

On our website is DC Goes to War, Atlas at War, The Complete Kirby War & Romance, Nuke ‘Em, Babes in Arms, and more excellent graphic novels and comics in the war genre.

Highly Recommendation. Pull out your ray guns for Alex Raymond, creator of Rip Kirby and Flash Gordon, as we visit one of the greatest comic strip artists of all time! The multi-talented Bob Eggleton entreats you to lock your windows and close the doors as we dive into your greatest fears with his monsters, aliens and nocturnal frighteners! Jacques Terpant shows us what he's been doing since he graced the French comics magazine, Métal Hurlant. Some nudity. Book Palace, 2021....More.

Item Code: IQ35
Soft Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Partial Color
For available back issues click here, and for Illustration Specials, click here.

ILLUSTRATION ART GALLERY PRESENTS Through the Ages Drawings and Paintings by Peter Jackson
Recommended. A major collection of Peter Jackson's stunning historical art. Most active during the 1960s - 1980s, Peter used his superb artistry and wonderful imagination to depict a variety of historic events and characters, including work in The Eagle and Look and Learn, of the Ancients, Roman and Greek History, Medieval, Tudor and Victorian times, and beyond, taking us well into 20th Century Life. The book includes an introduction to his art and career, including the techniques he employs. Scanned directly from the originals. He died in 2003. Book Palace, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: ILLTHH
Soft Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color
Also available in this series, Charles Dickens with art by Ron Embleton.

Shell Motor Oil's finest promotions. Recommended. By Scott Anthony, Oliver Green, Nicky Penny and Margaret Timmers. A beautifully designed and illustrated book, with material taken from Shell Oil's remarkable archives from its origins up to the 1960's. Shell has a well-established reputation for this artistic heritage, particularly from its 1930's heyday, but this is the first publication to present and describe it comprehensively. Examinations of the historical, political, and social contexts of Shell's art and advertising enable the authors to assess the work's broader cultural significance. Lund Humphries, 2020....More.

Item Code: SHELAH
Hard Cover, 10 x11, 208pg, Full Color
$79.99 $69.99
Boy, was this a long time was first announced in 2019, I think. It's a handsome book on a very unique time in the 20th century, when oil companies were promoting cars, driving, travel and of course, how their products were the best. Here is more advertising art, from Comics Ad Men and 100 Years of Toys, to Auto Erotica: Classic Car Brochures!

HR GIGER 40th Anniversary Edition
Bargain Priced, 412 pages. Recommended. This affordable anniversary edition pays homage to Giger's unique fantastic vision. The book shows the complete story of Giger's life and art, his sculptures, film design (the Alien series, Species, Dark Star, Poltergeist, etc), and iconic album covers as well as the heritage he left us in his own artist's museum and self-designed bar in the Swiss Alps. In an in-depth essay, Giger scholar Andreas J. Hirsch plunges into the themes of the artist's oeuvre while an extensive biography draws on contemporary quotes and Giger's own statements. Taschen, 2021....More.

Item Code: HRGIH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 512pg, Partial Color
Also by Giger, a smaller Taschen book with just 96 pages, 8x10 [GIGEH. $15], and the limited edition Poltergeist II Drawings, printed in Germany [HRGPOLH. $95].

BEAUTIFUL BOYS Illustrations Inspired by the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons
Except for introduction, entirely in Japanese. This book is a collection of full color illustrations by 30 different creators of games, manga, book designs and other content. These newly drawn illustrations of beautiful boys and men are inspired by the ancient Japanese monsters and ghosts that appear in Zuga Hyakkiyakou and other works by the Edo-period painter Toriyama Sekien. Boys and men dressed up as bewitching, beautiful and cute yokai creatures, ghosts and goblins. PIE International, 2021....More.

Item Code: BEABI
Soft Cover, 6x8, 128pg, Partial Color
$29.99 $26.99
Here is more manga and Japanese anime and scenery art.

Comic Book Archives


MARGE'S LITTLE LULU The Little Girl Who Could Talk to Trees
Various Stories and all covers from #27-49, 1950-52. Highly Recommended. Forget trying to break into the boys club, Lulu Moppet would rather tear it down! In this new third volume, our heroine plays pranks on her male counterparts, beating them at their own game and having a lot more fun because of it. Many of the strips are farcical retellings of classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales “ stories Lulu is telling Alvin, the boy she baby sits. Bonus material: a detachable Dell Comics Club Membership from 1950, two afterwords, an ad for Lulu pin-up prints and more. Drawn & Quarterly, 2021....More.

Item Code: LITL03H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 308pg, Full Color
$29.95 $26.95
Volumes 1 and 2 are in stock, same discounted price. We also have a Complete Little Lulu Library Vol 6, three volumes in a slipcase. Signed by John Stanley AND Marge, and limited to 500 copies. [RB1173. $350]. Only one available. Here's more Lulu.

After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture — the biggest cross-continuity "universe" conceivable — Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill conclude the series, tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy, into a dazzling and ingenious bow. This demonstrates the excitement that attracted them to comics in the first place; and analyzes, critically and entertainingly, the reasons they are claiming for their departure from the comics world!!! Top Shelf Productions, 2021....More.

Item Code: LEA04
Soft Cover, 7x10, 224pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99
Here is more by Alan Moore: Swamp Thing, Promethea, Watchman, and his lastest H.P. Lovecraft inspired series, Providence.

Comics & Graphic Novels


Collects #1-12. Recommended.Writer Tom King joins forces with artist Jorge Fornés for a new miniseries that explores the mythic qualities of one of the most compelling characters from the bestselling graphic novel of all time, Watchmen. So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin trying to kill a candidate running against President Robert Redford? Bonus variant covers, character studies, an amazing 45 cover design concepts by Fornés, and more. DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: RORSH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 312pg, Full Color
$34.99 $31.99

Collects #1-12. Art by Mitch Gerads. This new science fiction epic written by bestselling author Tom King offers a continuation of one of DC's finest characters, Adam Strange. Born on Earth and hero of the distant planet Rann, Adam is famous throughout the galaxy for his bravery and honor. After leading his adopted home to victory in a great planetary war, Adam and his wife, Alanna, retire to Earth. But decisions Adam made during battles on Rann come back to haunt his family. It will take an investigation by one of the most brilliant heroes in the DC Universe, Mr. Terrific, to uncover the truth and clear Adam's good name. DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: STRADVH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 376pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

By Brandon Beckner and Scott Sampila. Art by Stewart Moore. A reality-based graphic novel of San Francisco, 1971. As the Vietnam War rages, the government wages war at home against the hippy counter-culture. High profile drug trials capture headlines. Seymour Phillips, a headstrong journalist eager to prove himself, discovers key information uncovering a vast drug network. A routine interview leads to a sensational accusation that the man accused of trafficking mass quantities of LSD works for the CIA. Clover Press, 2021. Mature readers.  ...More.

Item Code: PROJ01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 152pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #310 Francesco Ciampi Cover
Behind a very cool robot cover you'll find Juan Giménez & Richard Malka's Segments concluded; An interview with Jim Shooter about the time when Marvel Comics tried to beat Heavy Metal at its own game... and failed; New installments of Steve Orlando's Starward, Camille Willaford's Outer Demons, Ron Marz' Swamp God, and more. Heavy Metal, 2021....More.

Item Code: HM310
Magazine, 8x11, 128pg, Full Color
We have most back issues. #296-300, the anniversary issue, are $9.99 each. #301 up are $13.99 ea.

GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS QUARTERLY 2021 Holiday Special Igor Vitorino Cover
By Jenna Lyn Wright, Joe Brusha, Dave Franchini and David Wohl. Art by Eduardo Garcia, Juan Francisco Mota, Ricardo Osnaya and Dario Carrasco. From flesh-eating demons, to an undead gift, and even a sacrifice or two…holiday-themed horror stories — and babes — in this annual special from Zenescope! 72-page issue; the variant cover we’ve chosen to handle is by Igor Vitorino. Zenescope, 2021....More.

Item Code: GRIMUH21
Comic, 7x10, 72pg, Full Color
Here is more in the Grimm Universe, and other titles from Zenescope.

Comics Artists


THE LIFE AND COMICS OF HOWARD CRUSE Taking Risks in the Service of Truth
Recommended. By Andrew J. Kunka. The remarkable story of how a self-described “preacher's kid” from Birmingham, Alabama, became the so-called “Godfather of Gay Comics.” A remarkable fifty-year career that included working in the 1970s underground comics scene, becoming founding editor of the groundbreaking anthology series Gay Comix, and publishing the graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, partially based on his own experience of coming of age in the Civil Rights era. Rutgers University Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: LIFCOM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 196pg, Text/b&w
Here's more Underground Comics collections, and histories.

Highly Recommended. In the 1970s, talented artists from the Philippines were uncrowned kings of the comics — and no one drew more or better than Alfredo Alcala! He's best known in the U.S. for his work on Savage Sword of Conan — but wait'll you get a look at Voltar, the barbarian hero Alcala created before the Cimmerian came to comics! Richard Arndt interviews his sons Alfred and Christian, where you'll see the best of the Master's work for Marvel, DC, Warren — and, perhaps most amazingly of all, from his native Philippines, where Alfredo had his own comic book named after him! TwoMorrows, 2022....More.

Item Code: AE172
Magazine, 8x11, 84pg, Full Color
See our website for available back issues. Issue #170 just sold out.

Prose & Illustrated Books


By David J. Schow, art by Bernie Wrightson. David J. Schow’s groundbreaking (heh), genre-bending short stories of the Zombie Apocalypse, before, during, and after. Included is "Jerry’s Kids Meet Wormboy," — probably the single greatest zombie story of all time — in its original, longer, unexpurgated form. The majority of the Wrightson illustrations were originally created between 1999 and 2006. Bernie painted the wraparound cover art and created 8 of the interior illustrations for the hardcover limited edition (776 copies) published by Subterranean Press in 2005. This edition has twice the content of that book, and many more illustrations. Cimarron Street Books, 2020....More.

Item Code: ZOMJA
Soft Cover, 6x9, 260pg, Text/b&w
See our website for more work by David Schow, including Weird Doom, with a cover by Bernie Wrightson, and Eye, illustrated by Thomas Canty. His work also appears regularly in Bare Bones, click here to see these. And here's more from Wrightson!

Highly Recommended. Complete in this issue: The Phantom byLee Falk and Sy Barry and Flash Gordon by Dan Barry & Bob Fujitani, both from 1973. 19 pages of full-color Sunday pages and a wealth of B&W features: Flash Gordon by MacRaboy and Harry Harrison, Alley Oop by V. T. Hamlin, Tarzan by Gil Kane and Archie Goodwin, Steve Canyon by Milton Caniff (with color Sundays), Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts, Mandrake the Magician by Lee Falk and Phil Davis from 1939, Garth by Peter O'Donnell and Steve Dowling, Buz Sawyer by Roy Crane, Drago by Burne Hogarth, and Gasoline Alley by Dick Moores. Manuscript Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: CR1221
Soft Cover, 8x11, 128pg, Partial Color
Back issues are available. Catch up on your favorite storylines.

A Hollywood Memoir of Ghouls, Guts, and Gonzo Filmmaking. By Charles Band and Adam Felber. Zombies, aliens, a little skin, lots of gore “ and even more laughs “ the cinematic universe of Charles Band is legendary. From the toilet-invading creatures of Ghoulies to the time-travelling bounty hunter in Trancers to the pandemic-crashed Corona Zombies, Band has spent four decades giving B-movie lovers exactly what they love. In Confessions of a Puppetmaster, this congenial master of Grindhouse cinema tells his own story, uncut. Eight pages of photos with stars. Harper Collins, 2021....More.

Item Code: CONFPH
Hard Cover, 5x10, 288pg, Full Color
$27.99 $24.99
See our website for more on exploitation movies and film history.


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.

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FANTASTIC FOUR Omnibus Volume 1
New printing. Collects #1-30, 1961-64; Annual #1, 1963. Our Highest Recommendation. By Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby. They were visionaries. Explorers. Imaginauts. They were Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. And like the Fantastic Four, they continually strove to overcome the impossible and achieve the extraordinary. Now, the first three years of their landmark run are collected in one oversized volume. Includes all original letters pages and pinups, critical commentaries, a historical overview, and other DVD-style extras. It doesn't get better than this! The title that kicked off the entire Marvel Age of Comics in December, 1961. Stan and Jack's masterpiece!! Marvel, 2018....More.

Item Code: FFOM01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 848pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00
Also available are FF Omnibus collections 2-4, which collect the series up to #125, plus the FF by John Byrne, as well as less expensive Epic Collections in softcover.

Coming In December


1000-copy printing. Exclusive bookplate signed by dos Santos and limited to 300 numbered copies! Highly Recommended. Edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner. Frank Frazetta is remembered by his sisters Carol Frazetta, Jean Frazetta Falice, children Bill Frazetta, Holly Frazetta, Heidi Frazetta, collaborators James Gurney, Steven E. Gordon, William Stout, and granddaughter Sara Frazetta. Includes unpublished art and photos. Painter Dan dos Santos and New York Times bestselling writer Patricia Briggs discuss their 16-year collaboration on the Mercy Thompson series of fantasy book covers. Plus Gregory Manchess on painting book covers, Rich Corben, Steve Hickman, Ron Cobb, and Rowena tributes, and much more. Spectrum/Underwood Books, 2021. Due: Dec....More.

Item Code: SPEQ01
Magazine, 12x12, 88pg, Full Color
This is the cover feature on our next catalog, which you can download new just this week. This should be in our hands before the end of December — orders have already been strong, after I mentioned it in a News and Notes. Click on the banner above for back volumes of Spectrum; Volumes 5, 7, 9 and 11 are on sale. The latest, Volume 27 (2020) is entirely sold out.

Coming in March


Collects #1-10. By Brian Pulido & Mike MacLean, art by Dheeraj Verma. Lady Death awakens from a cursed sleep and finds herself in the pits of Hell. Who among her depraved enemies is responsible? Her ultra-violent quest for answers brings her into direct conflict with Hell's nefarious rogues gallery, culminating in an explosive battle in the City of Dis. Then, she returns to earth to face the epic villainy of The Trinity alongside The Sworn, Earth's outlaw supernatural protectors. Coffin Comics, 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: LADOMH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 544pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
Here's more Lady Death comics and collections.

THOR EPIC COLLECTION Volume 3 The Wrath of Odin
Collects: #131-153 & Annual #2, 1966-68. Highly Recommended. New Printing. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Thor is a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe. And in this Epic Collection, Thor's saga explodes onto the cosmic stage with the debut of Ego the Living Planet, the High Evolutionary, Ulik the Troll, the return of Lady Sif, the Growing Man, Replicus, the Super-Skrull, the Wrecker and the Destroyer! And Loki has Odin strip Thor of his power and banish him to Earth. Marvel, 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: THE03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 512pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99

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

Item Code: LOKI01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1008pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
Here are more Thor Epic and Omnibus collections.

JUDGE DREDD By Brian Bolland Apex Edition
Recommended. The Judge Dredd art of Brian Bolland is regarded as some of the greatest comic art of the Eighties, and helped catapult both the series and Brian Bolland himself to international acclaim, leading him to work on such titles as Camelot 3000, Animal Man and Batman: The Killing Joke. His incredible black & white art is showcased in this deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition featuring new high-resolution scans of his original art first published in Britain's renowned comics title 2000 AD. Rebellion/2000AD, 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: JUDRH
Hard Cover, 15x19, 128pg, b&w

Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. Often referred to as the "artist's artist," Brian Bolland has produced some of the most memorable and inspiring illustrations—primarily cover art—ever. This handsome volume is a retrospective of this astonishing artist's career and a look at the man himself. It begins with his rarely-seen British series, including Judge Dredd and Tank Girl, but quickly moves into iconic U.S. work on 63 covers for Animal Man, the legendary Camelot 3000, Wonder Woman, The Invisibles, Batman: Killing Joke. Every cover he's done is powerful, a knockout, minutely detailed. Image, 2006. Out of print....More.

Item Code: ARTBBH
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 176 pg., Partial Color
$49.99 $14.99

News & Notes


Fantagraphics Short Printings

Lately a number of new Fantagraphics releases have sold out very quickly. This would indicate they are setting their prints runs very conservatively. Several of the Complete Carl Barks Library went OP far too fast. Also the latest EC Art Edition, Three for the Money, a Complete Peanuts Set, and the Don Rosa Uncle Scrooge Deluxe Signed Edition.

Sometimes we've been able to move quickly and find copies from a secondary source…we did so on the Uncle Scrooge, the EC book and a recent Barks, thank goodness. So we still have copies available, but it's something you may want to be aware of when considering ordering (or ordering in advance) Fantagraphics books.

The Enric book is making progress and now off the boat from overseas, but we expect it will be another four weeks until we see it.

Friday Foster, another long-awaited book, was supposed to come in this week but not so far. I expect we'll see it in time for next week's email.

Sugar Jones we finally had to cancel orders on…we were never able to get a reorder on this after our initial shipment.



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