Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The Art of Tim Truman; Alien to Zombie an ABC monster book, Hank Janson & Louis Shabner, S. Clay Wilson, and more French Graphic Novels.

Too many goodies this week to mention them all...We now have the long awaited Art of Tim Truman; Alien to Zombie: An ABC Book by Mark Chiarello; Hank Janson Under Cover: A Visual History; Dear Charlie by S. Clay Wilson, Mutiny Magazine #1; Bare Bones #8!!

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Signed Illustrated Bookplate, numbered from 100! Highly Recommended. Introduction by Joe Lansdale. A career-spanning collection of art from Grimjack co-creator Timothy Truman, an important and popular creator in the heyday of 1970s and 1980s independent comics, whose career went on to encompass book covers, game illustrations, children's books, DC covers. And writing for comics also. This full-color hardcover focuses on Truman's western, fantasy, and science fiction genres, plus roleplaying game art. Clover Press, 2020....More.

Item Code: FANTTHS
Hard Cover, 9x13, 184pg, Partial Color


Signed bookplate, limited to the first 50 copies! Highly Recommended. By Ricardo Delgado. A fresh, bold retelling of the classic Stoker novel with the pace of the modern thriller, written by AND lavished with incredible concept art from one of Hollywood's leading Conceptual Designers, Ricardo Delgado. 1899 Transylvania bleeds history and evil. Young Solicitor Jonathan Harker braves ghosts, demons, living skeletons, and armies of rats as he encounters Dracula. The demonic, shapeshifting vampire imposes his wrath, malice and vengeance upon an England about to enter the Modern Era, crushing everything in his path. Clover Press, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: DRACHS
Hard Cover, 8x10, 560pg, Full Color
See our website for more excellent Dracula adaptations.

ALIEN TO ZOMBIE An ABC Book of Monsters and Spooks Signed
Signed by Chiarello & Somers! Highly Recommended. Edited by John Fleskes. After a successful caper chasing a gang of disembodied teen ghouls from an abandoned junior high school, paranormal investigator and legendary artist Mark Chiarello found himself stranded in a ghost town just on the outskirts of nowhere along with his wordsmith and fellow ghost-chaser, Kevin Somers. There they took up residence for the night in the creepiest old manor anyone had ever set eyes on. They'd have to take drastic measures if they were to make it to dawn— In a stroke of genius (or perhaps madness), the two swiftly went to work making the ultimate tool to fight fear — Alien to Zombie: An ABC Book of Monsters and Spooks! Flesk, 2021....More.

Item Code: ALIZH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 32pg, Full Color

New from Telos Publishing


Import from England. Highly Recommended. In this full-color coffee-table art book, noted researcher Stephen James Walker presents a complete visual history of the Hank Janson crime fiction series, from its inception in 1946 through to the last of the original novels in 1971, and beyond. Reproductions of every single cover — including, in full-page size and in better quality than ever seen before, all of the classic Reginald Heade painted covers of the 1940s and 1950s, including his foreign editions. Good girls, bad's all about racy themes and sex appeal on these vintage covers: nudity, bondage, violence, cleavage... The equivalent U.S. series might be Mike Hammer or Michael Shayne — except Janson was far longer-lived! Telos, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: HANJH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 256pg, Full Color

Import from England. Recommended. By Stuart Webb. Louis Shabner began his career producing shop window advertising for brands such as Ever Ready, Ovaltine and Chivers jams, amongst others, but is best known for his paintings of sultry sirens. During the 1960s and 1970s his prints and calendars adorned lounge walls up and down the UK. Under the pseudonym Sheldon, Shabner also produced numerous book cover paintings for Pan Books and other publishers. Telos, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: ARTLSH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 200pg, Full Color

THE WHO ADVENTURES The Art and History of Virgin Publishing's Doctor Who Fiction Signed
Signed! By David J. Howe. In 1989 Doctor Who on television came to an end. There were to be no more travels in space and time. But the moment had been prepared for, and Virgin Publishing, then the license-holders for BBC-authorized fiction, stepped into the breach. This is the story of Virgin Publishing's New Adventures range of Doctor Who novels. Picking up where the television series stopped, and presenting the new and further adventures of the seventh Doctor and his companion Ace, the books crossed space and time, introducing new companions like archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, and reuniting the Doctor with many old adversaries like the Ice Warriors and the Cybermen. Telos, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: WHOAH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 336pg, Full Color
Click on the banner above or here for more Telos art books: The Art of Reginald Heade and Cover Me: The Vintage Art of Pan Books 1950-1965. Cover Me has been an excellent seller, nearly outselling the popular Reginald Heade books.

Outsider & Underground Art


Illustrated Lyrics. Releasing over 100 records all over the world since 1992, Electric Frankenstein is where AC/DC meets The Dead Boys! EF asked 100 artists to create illustrations and short comics, some 2-3 pages long, based on the lyrics of their songs. What was born was sometimes beautiful and poetic, sometimes disturbing and raw! All lie between the covers of this book. Clover Press, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: ELFRAH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 350pg, Full Color
The softcover should be arriving anytime now [ELFRA. $40].

Signed bookplate! Highly Recommended. A visual chronology of ALL 62 of Lovecraft's stories and novellas — over 325 color illustrations detail scenes from each of his stories. With over 200 full color, landscape-oriented pages, the illustrations are presented in the order the stories were written with copious quotes and commentary for each. Von Sholly is a writer, artist, director, and producer: his storyboard work for TV shows and movies includes Darkman, The Mask, James and the Giant Peach, Mars Attacks!, Scooby Doo, The Real Ghostbusters, The Bride of Chucky, The Mist, and dozens more. Clover Press, 2020....More.

Item Code: PETLIHS
Soft Cover, 11x8, 208pg, Full Color

Highly Recommended. Pete Von Sholly's History of Monsters is a glorious look at the phenomenon of monsters. This unprecedented illustrated pageant, presented as an accordion folded hardcover book, shows the actual history of monsters from man's earliest fears of the darkness beyond the fire to today's nightmares to see how these terrors found expression in myth, legend, and entertainment. 1,1000 characters, a guided tour through myth and modern pop culture...With a separate pamphlet guide to every scene and character!! Display it on a BIG table, or mount it on the way. A wild panorama to be examined over and over. Clover Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: PETHMH
Hard Cover, 11x7, 58pg, Full Color

ROBERT WILLIAMS The Father of Exponential Imagination
Our Highest Recommendation. Art by Robert Williams. A career-spanning collection of the iconic painter's fine art, including over 300 oil paintings as well as drawings, sculptures, and more. Simply put, this is the definitive volume that Williams has been working towards his entire career. It's huge in page count, and huge in size. Robert himself provides a fascinating six-page preface and annotations all through the book. This begins with his first work and runs though his entire career, including sculptures, rare photos, artifacts and ephemera. Fantagraphics, 2019....More.

Item Code: ROBWH
Hard Cover, 12x17, 484pg, Full Color
$150.00 $125.00
Also see more Outsider Art from Todd Schorr .

S. Clay Wilson


DEAR CHARLIE Hardcover Signed
Inset bookplate signed by Charles Plymell and signed in facsimile by S. Clay Wilson! Numbered & limited, 100. Art by S. Clay Wilson.Charles Plymell, the legendary publisher of the very first issue of Zap Comix was an early and good friend of legendary madman artist, S. Clay Wilson. Wilson loved to write (and illustrate) long postcards, letters and even envelope exteriors ("give the postman something to smile at") and here is that amazing correspondence, from decades of staying in touch with Charles. Reproduced in full color, it's a hoot for any Wilson fan. Water Row Books, 2021. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: DEACHAH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 70pg, Partial Color

Limited, 300. Art by S. Clay Wilson.Charles Plymell, the legendary publisher of the very first issue of Zap Comix was an early and good friend of legendary madman artist, S. Clay Wilson. Wilson loved to write (and illustrate) long postcards, letters and even envelope exteriors ("give the postman something to smile at") and here is that amazing correspondence, from decades of staying in touch with Charles. Reproduced in full color, it's a hoot for any Wilson fan. Water Row Books, 2021. Mature readers. ...More.

Item Code: DEACHA
Soft Cover, 9x11, 70pg, Full Color
The softcover contains the same material, sans signed bookplate and hardcover binding.

BELGIAN LACE FROM HELL The Mythology of S Clay Wilson Volume 3
Closeout Price! 1990-2017. Edited by Patrick Rosenkranz. The third and final volume in this impressive series. This includes all his work from Zap Comix #12 through #15; stories published in the horror anthology Taboo; the three appearances of his outrageous character Meadows from Weirdo; illustrations for Grimm and Andersen fairy tales; as well as book jackets and album covers. Plus, dozens of privately commissioned paintings with his best-known characters. And finally, the inside story of his outrageous partying life and his tragic accident in 2008 that ended his career. Fantagraphics, 2017. Adult Material....More.

Item Code: PIH03H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 224pg, b&w
$34.99 $17.50

DEMONS AND ANGELS The Mythology of S Clay Wilson Volume 2
Closeout Price! Second of a three-volume series reprinting his best comics and chronicling his life in a series of prose chapters. Features his two solo comics, 2 and 22, strips from Cocaine Comix, Knockabout, Weird Smut, and all his stories from Zap Comix #6-11. Strips in MANY obscure mags, as well as many never published privately commissioned watercolors and paintings. Fantagraphics, 2015....More.

Item Code: PIH02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 232pg, b&w
$34.99 $17.50
Here's more from the world of Underground Comics—From Zap Comix to artists Spain and R. Crumb.

Odd & Interesting


Cover B Gene Ha

Cover C Karen Darboe

Variant Cover by Gene Ha. Recommended. A cutting-edge new magazine devoted to the best in comics. Interview with writers Stephanie Phillips (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn) and Garth Ennis (about his new project, Marj). Artist Ray-Anthony Height (Star Wars, Luke Cage, Midnight Tiger). Spanish creator Maria Llovet (Faithless). Comics veteran Sal Buscema. Felix the Cat; Marvel's What If? in comics and the Disney channel. Plus SEVEN original comics stories by Eric Herenguel, Ibrahium Moustafa, Mark Stafford, Alex Schumacher, Brandon Thomas et al. FairSquare Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: MUTM01B
Magazine, 8x11, 100pg, Full Color

MUTINY MAGAZINE #1 Cover C Karen Darboe

Item Code: MUTM01C
Magazine, 8x11, 100pg, Full Color


BARE BONES Volume 8 Winter 2021
Recommended. This issue explores Damnation Alley on page and screen; Charlton's overlooked Fantasy-Horror Comics; William Ard's pulp paperback Buchanan novels, the "One Man Massacre;" Returning to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; Robert Bloch's Psycho novels and films; BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas; Sleuth Mystery Magazine; Marvel's Monster Mags — Dracula Lives!; comic collections; Sleaze Alley; David J. Schow's latest R&D column. Cimmaron Street Books, 2021....More.

Item Code: BARE08
Soft Cover, 6x9, 110pg, Text/b&w
Back issues are all in stock, also at $12 each. See them all on our website.

BARE BONES The Best of
Edited by Peter Enfantino and John Scoleri. Born from the ashes of The Scream Factory Magazine, bare•bones (1997-2001) unearthed some of the best vintage and forgotten paperbacks, films, pulp fiction, television, and video. This volume collects many of the best articles from the magazine's first run examining pulp fiction series, filmmakers, Ann-Margret, Dark Shadows novels, interviews with horror show host Bob Wilkins and others. Profusely illustrated with paperback covers, film posters, photos & more. Cimarron Street Books, 2019....More.

Item Code: BAREB
Soft Cover, 6x9, 239pg, Text/b&w

MANEATERS Killer Sharks in Men's Adventure Magazines Hardcover
With 24 bonus pages with a complete story. Men's Adventure Library editors Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle present a deep dive into long unseen shark-themed pulp fiction and savage full-color illustration art drawn from three decades of classic men's adventure magazines. 14 complete stories with art by Mort Kunstler, Ken Barr, Earl Norem, Robert Stanley, Syd Shores, Ray Johnson and others. Also: commentary and myth busting by a celebrated panel of contemporary shark experts who separate the stories' fact from fiction. New Texture, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: MANEAH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 192pgs, Text/Partial Color
Also available in softcover without the bonus pages [MANEA. $19.95]. Also from the same publisher: I Watched Them Eat Me Alive [IWAT. $14.95], Exotic Adventures of Robert Silverberg, Pollen's Action, Pollen's Women, Eva: Men's Adventure Supermodel, Barbarians on Bikes, One Man Army, and Mort Kunstler: Godfather of Pulp Fiction Illustrators. See our website for details.

Graphic Novel Award Winners from France


Recommended. By Hubert. Art by Zanzim. First published in France. An award winning fairy tale about love! Once upon a time in Renaissance Italy, Bianca, a young lady from a good family, is of marriage age. Her parents find her a fiance to their liking, Giovanni, a rich merchant, young and pleasant — but Bianca can't hide her disappointment at having to marry a man she knows nothing about. However, she learns the secret held and bequeathed by the women of her family for generations: a "man's skin"! By donning it, Bianca becomes the male "Lorenzo" and enjoys all the attributes of a young man of stunning beauty. She can now visit the world of men incognito and get to know her fiance. In her male skin, Bianca frees herself from the limits imposed on women. Occasional nudity & sexual situations. Ablaze, 2021....More.

Item Code: AMANH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color

First published in France. Winner FNAC/France award for Best Graphic Novel. By Mathieu Bablet. Art by Mike Kennedy. A massive, epic story. Carbon and Silicon are the first of a new generation of robots meant to care for the aging human population. Raised in the protective cocoon of a laboratory, they are eager to discover the outside world but are dramatically separated during an escape attempt. Lost and alone, they will gather three centuries' worth of experiences, observing the last gasps of humanity facing the ecological, economic, and social disasters that they themselves have created. Faced with this declining world, will Carbon and Silicon manage to find their place? Magnetic Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: CARBH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 272pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Fauve d'Or Award for Best Graphic novel, first published in France. By Mathieu Bablet.A few hundred years in the future, humans live in a space station far from Earth governed by a cultured multinational corporation. On the surface, everyone seems to be satisfied with this "perfect society" and they are set on pushing their own limitations to become equal to gods. They are near to setting up a program aimed at creating life from scratch on Shangri-La, one of the most hospitable regions of Titan, where they intend to rewrite "Genesis" in their own way. But as tends to happen, mankind's hubris gets in the way... Magnetic Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: SHANGH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
Here's more of the latest graphic novels from France.


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.

Comics Archives


UNCANNY X-MEN Omnibus Volume 2
New printing. X-Men #132-153, Marvel Fanfare, Bizarre Adventures, Phoenix and more. Highly Recommended. By Chris Claremont, Bob Layton et al. Art by John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, John Romita and Brent Anderson.Claremont, Cockrum and Byrne took the cancelled X-Men and turned it into the all-new, all-different titan that became the most popular and best-selling Marvel title of the 1970s and 1980s. Here is "The Dark Phoenix Saga," "Days of Future Past," and much more in this enormous Omnibus! Including the first appearances of Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde, the debut of Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Wolverine's first solo story, the original ending of "Dark Phoenix" where Jean Grey lived, a rare adventure into the Savage Land and a host of bonus stories. Marvel, 2020. ...More.

Item Code: UX02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 912pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00
Volume 1 is a special order item, same price; Volume 3 is in stock, also in a new printing [UX03H. $125, $105]. Click here for many more X-Men collections including Omnibus collections of the earlier series by Kirby and others.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Omnibus Volume 2 New Printing
New Printing. Collects Amazing Spider-Man #39-67, Annual #3-5 & Spectacular Spider-Man #1-2, 1966-68. Highly Recommended. The Stan Lee/John Romita era starts here! Lee and Romita transformed the web-slinger into Marvel's top title with stories that raised your spirits, tore at your heartstrings and kept you on the edge of your seat. From the revelation of the Green Goblin's secret identity to the unforgettable entrance of Mary Jane Watson, these classics define Spidey to this day — with star-studded debuts including the Kingpin, the Rhino and Captain Stacy; Spidey's disastrous first tryout with the Avengers; the iconic "Spider-Man No More!" issue; and an epic battle against the Green Goblin! Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: AM02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 992pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00

Collects #114-149, 2012-15. By Bill Willingham. Art by Mark Buckingham and Shawn McManus. With Castle Dark now back in the hands of the Fables, mysteries both young and old begin to challenge the residents of Fabletown. Bigsby and Stinky set off from Fabletown in Rose Red's blood-fueled sports car to track down the two abducted cubs. Unfortunately for Snow White, besides suffering the trauma of having two of her cubs go missing, a long forgotten secret uncovered in Castle Dark threatens to sabotage her and Bigsby's marriage. DC Comics, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: FABC04
Soft Cover, 7x10, 928pg, Full Color
$59.99 $49.99
Volumes 1 and 3 are available, same discounted price. Volume 2 has gone out of print and is currently sold out.

Coming in March


By Kentaro Miura. Collects #28-30. Genuine leather binding, over 600 pages, plus three fold-out color posters. Guts and his companions have finally arrived at the sea, but their respite is short-lived as bloodthirsty beasts possessed by Kushan sorcery emerge from the surf. Guts must again don the Berserker Armor to give his troupe any hope of survival, but the accursed shell threatens his very soul . . . and the lives of his comrades! Dark Horse, 2022. Due: Mar. Mature readers. ...More.

Item Code: BER10H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 648pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99
See our website for all previous volumes, plus the informational Berserk: Written in Darkness [BERSEKH. $29.95], which reviews the series, the author's life, deciphers the entire series and more!

Collects #10-14, 1953-54. Art by the Iger Shop and others.Zombies take over America! Opium story! Things have come along way since the first issue with South Sea Girl!! Blood-soaked, brain-damaged gonzo pre-code stories from this offbeat title from Ajax/Farrell. How about "Tusks of Terror!"? In colonial India, the sadistic Colonel Rankin frames his daughter's Indian lover for theft and sentences him to death. But Ahmed Rai reincarnates as a wild boar and, well, find out here! PS Artbooks, 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: PCV02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
We have three copies left of Volume 1, that has just gone out of print.

Recommended. Beginning in 1962 and lasting for 20 years and 1000 issues, the premise of Look and Learn was to delight and inspire the imaginations of its young readers. To advance this principle, the features were clearly and briskly written and illustrated by some of the finest artists of the era resulting in a magazine of unmatched quality. Look and Learn drew on artists from across Europe — primarily from Italy and Spain “ as well as on the cream of talent from Britain, Peter Jackson, C. L. Doughty, Ron Embleton and Sep E. Scott, to name but a few. The paper had, indeed, been designed around the work of famous historical artists like Fortunino Matania, who was able to contribute new artwork to the paper in his final years. Book Palace, 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: LOOKLH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 464pg, Partial Color
More fine art and series from overseas: Peter Jackson, Trigan Empire, Fortunino Matania, Jet-Ace Logan, Modesty Blaise, Sylvia Anderson, Three Musketeers, Jerry Siegel's Syndicate of Crime, Johnny Future, and much more.

News & Notes


We're sending this email one day early this week and also next week, New Years. If you place your order by Thursday noon, Pacific Time, we can ship it to you before the holiday weekend. We will not be here Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, Dec 24 and Dec 31, we are all off for the holiday weekends!!

Holiday Gift Suggestions and Cyber Sale

We've done two email specials in the last 30 days: December's gift list which list many of our favorite books. Many books remain available from the Thanksgiving Cyber Sale. Also we still have four free items (free with ANY order, one per order please). Spend some holiday time bargain hunting in our Imperfect Editions and Closeouts sections.

Spectrum Quarterly. Enric, Glamour Illustrators Special

The new Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly #1 began arriving as I write this, but we don't have all copies in yet. We'll be filling backorders for it next week. Response has been overwhelming, we've already taken orders for 40% of our signed & numbered bookplate editions.

Enric is due to arrive in early January now.

Illustrators Special #13: The Art of Glamour – we got nearly enough to fill backorders but our reorder will not be here until Feb or perhaps even March. So we're not officially listing it as here yet, but you can still reserve copies. It's proving to be a bestseller also.



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