Thursday, January 13, 2022

The large Art of Pin-Up, Batman collections, The Phantom Dailies, Steve Ditko, Howard Chaykin, Lady Death, and Mighty Marvel does The Fantastic Four.

The new edition of Art of Pin-Up is our (literally) BIG book this week. Plus new graphic novels, two Batman collections, a new Phantom Dailies, Steve Ditko does Gorgo and Konga, and Russian revolutionary Octobriana returns.

Plus two new Heavy Metal issues, Howard Chaykin revealed, Lady Death, and the Mighty Marvel series collects Fantastic Four #11-20. Coming soon: a new & improved Terry and the Pirates archive series begins, EC's Gunfighter is collected and much more.

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New lower-priced edition. Our Highest Recommendation. By Sarahjane Blum and Louis Meisel. Edited by Dian Hanson. Based on the formidably sized $200 Art of Pin-up, this new edition gathers nearly 100 artists alongside in-depth showcases of the top 10 names in the game. Each chapter opens with a reproduction of an original calendar or magazine cover by that artist. The reproduction quality of the paintings, pastels, and preparatory sketches that follow — largely sourced from the original art — invites the viewer to trace the brushstrokes, while the exquisite period calendars, vintage prints, and original model photos document the artists' creative process. Much of this ephemera was photographed on-site at the historic Brown & Bigelow Company, home to the world's largest archive of vintage pin-up calendars. Taschen, 2021....More.

Item Code: ARTOPH
Hard Cover, 10x14, 548pg, Full Color
$80.00 $70.00

This is virtually the same as the $200 XXL edition which went out of print last year. It's just smaller in size but still quite large and impressive, I think I've said it may be the best book ever on the subject! Our website has a pin-up sub-section as part of our adult category. See more here, including several Rare Books, such as special issues of Glamour International that we have just recently listed.

Illustrated Lyrics. Cover by Johnny Ace. Releasing over 100 records all over the world since 1992, Electric Frankenstein is where AC/DC meets The Dead Boys! Electric Frankenstein asked over 100 artists to create short comics based on the lyrics of their songs. What was born was sometimes beautiful and poetic, but other times just downright disturbing and raw! Judgment will not be passed on what you gravitate towards! All lie between the covers of this book. Clover Press, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: ELFRA
Soft Cover, 9x11, 352pg, Partial Color
The hardcover edition was listed here a few weeks ago [ELFRAH. $75].

Comics & Graphic Novels


Originally released in three French volumes by Editions Glenat. Recommended. By Antoine Charreyron and Mario Alberti. Art by Mario Alberti. In a post-apocalyptic future, civilization is no more and humanity lives on looting and hacking, organizing itself into makeshift villages or caravans of roaring wrecks. In this brutal society, a young repairman named Solal does what he can to protect his sister Eva, who suffers from a respiratory illness. But when their medication runs out, they have only one hope: to go to the "Wall", a gigantic impregnable enclosure guarded by monstrous robots. Inside that fabled shelter lives a community of wealthy, powerful people who should have the resources to help them... Excellent artwork.. Magnetic Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: WALLH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 144pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
See more fine and recommended graphic novels from France on our website, many fine ones are appearing regularly now in English editions.

Collects #1-7, 2020-21. From Maestros creator, We Stand on Guard co-creator, and The Matrix storyboard artist Steve Skroce, with colors by Eisner Award winner Dave Stewart. Nicely influenced by Moebius! The Cheyenne mountain installation, aka The Bubble, is the most sophisticated super bunker in the world. It was built to ensure the survival of the American government's executive branch, as well as America's most important citizens, should the unthinkable happen. When the world ended, the executive branch didn't reach the sanctuary, but the elite citizenry did. Image Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: POSTA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color

Collects issues #1-4. By Rob MacKinnon. Art by Luca Casalanguida et al. In 9th century England, a twist of fate enables a poor Viking girl called Hildebrand to overcome adversity and rise to knighthood. She leads an army to repel a Viking invasion of her homeland but her victory celebration is short-lived when her estranged father reveals their secret lineage. Now the two embark on a perilous journey to Rome. Caliber Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: HILV01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color

Recommended. By Stephanie Phillips et al. Art by Simon Fraser et al. Cover by Marguerite Sauvage. During the height of the cold war, in 1967, Czech Petr Sadecky defected to the West with a suitcase full of comics. That was the origin of Octobriana, both a wild adventure comic and an anti-Soviet act of rebellion. This celebrates the cult underground Russian superheroine with eight fun new stories by an exciting mix of creative talent! Dead Good Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: OCTW01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 64pg, Full Color
The original Octobriana book was published close to the same time as the first Barbarella (1962) [BARBA. $19.99], which of course is continuing today as a new series from Dynamite.

FANTASTIC GIANTS Facsimile Edition
Highly Recommended. In September 1966, the biggest monsters on the comic stands were Gorgo and Konga! Originally published by Charlton, this one shot, all-Ditko Monster Special is reproduced on high quality paper in a special facsimile edition. Featuring Steve Ditko art and Joe Gill's Gorgo and Konga movie adaptations plus two more Ditko classics, "The Mountain Monster" and "The Help of Hogar." Fantaco Enterprises, 2021....More.

Item Code: FANTG
Soft Cover, 7x10, 68pg, Full Color
See our website for more from Steve Ditko, and click here for more Replica & Facsimile Editions.

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #311 Quintana Cover
The Boulet Brothers (known individually as Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet) are drag artists, television personalities, writers, and producers. Their projects have included horror themed television shows, live nightlife productions, books, movies, and comic books. Since 2016 the Boulet Brothers have produced and starred in the Netflix reality competition series The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. The duo is considered to be "modern day horror hosts." The Boulet Brothers are also widely celebrated as queer icons due to the inclusive nature of their creative endeavors. The famed drag duo curates this special Halloween edition. Heavy Metal, 2021. Some copies have a slightly creased corner....More.

Item Code: HM311
Magazine, 8x11, 144pg, Full Color

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #312 Sorayama Cover
Cover and feature article on the unique and very adult artwork of Hajime Sorayama. "Avenging Demons Princes" begins a new adaptation of the Jack Vance novel, this version first published in France, by Joe Morvan and Paolo Traisci. The return of "Adrienne James", in part one of a new story of "the female Indiana Jones in space!" by Matthew Medney and Bruce Edwards. Plus "Basic Time Travel," Starward" pt 7, "Dafina," and "Black Beacon" pt 5. Heavy Metal, 2021. Adult material....More.

Item Code: HM312
Magazine, 8x11, 144pg, Full Color
Here's more Heavy Metal issues.

By Brian Pulido and Mike MacLean. Art by Dheeraj Verma. Cover by Paolo Pantalena. Lady Death rescues an innocent boy dragged to Hell, inciting an ultra-violent quest into the depths of Damnation, a depraved city hosting "The Hades Engine," a contraption that can return the boy to earth. But Lady Death's actions bring her into direct conflict with the nefarious Hellwitch (1st appearance alert). Full-length story. Coffin Comics, 2015. Mature readers. ...More.

Item Code: LADDG01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 48pg, Full Color

LADY DEATH CHAOS RULES #1 Premiere Edition
By Brian Pulido and Brian Augustyn. Art by Dheeraj Verma. Cover by Paolo Pantalena.Long ago, a girl named Hope renounced her humanity to save her mother's soul from eternal torment in Hell. She is transformed by insurmountable odds and tragic circumstances into Lady Death, the ravishing conqueror of the netherworld. She ruled Hell. She faced the Judgment War. She joined a Dark Alliance and then she disappeared. It's been twenty years. Now, find out what happened to her. Coffin Comics, 2015. Mature readers. ...More.

Item Code: LADC01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 48pg, Full Color
Please note that these two Lady Death issues are from 2015. Click here for more Lady Death.

About Comics


Highly Recommended. By Alex Grand, Jim Thompson et al.A career-spanning look at Howard Chaykin's life and controversies. Examines his childhood reading comic books and watching films during the 1960s, training under Gil Kane, Wally Wood, and Neal Adams, early work at Marvel including drawing the first Star Wars comics, DC, Atlas/Seaboard, Byron Preiss, Heavy Metal, and on into American Flagg! for First Comics, right up to today. Comic Book Historians, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: COMHC
Soft Cover, 7x10, 110pg, Text/Partial Color

FRANK THORNE The Blue Wizard of the Comic Arts
Recommended. Comic Book Historians Alex Grand and Jim Thompson provide historical insight into the comic book legend Frank Thorne with essays and a one of a kind interview shortly before his death, discussing his works. Thorne has worked at Dell, Gold Key, and DC Comics. He received an explosion of fan activity in the 1970s and 80s with his comic work centered around strong beautiful female characters like Red Sonja and other famous femmes fatales like Ghita, Lann for Heavy Metal, Ribit for Comico, Danger Rangerette for National Lampoon, and Moonshine McJugs for Playboy. Comic Book Historians, 2021.  ...More.

Item Code: FTBLUE
Soft Cover, 7x10, 64pg, Text/b&w

FORGOTTEN ALL-STAR A Biography of Gardner Fox
Highly Recommended. By Jennifer DeRoss. Comics and science fiction author Gardner Fox was known best for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics, including the Flash, Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Zatanna and the original Sandman, and was the writer who first teamed those and other heroes as the Justice Society of America, later recreating the team as the Justice League of America! Fox also introduced the concept of the Multiverse to DC Comics in the 1961 story "Flash of Two Worlds!". Pulp Hero Press, 2020....More.

Item Code: FORALL
Soft Cover, 5x9, 240pg, Text/b&w

Warehouse find, 1980. Recommended. By Howard Chaykin. Swashbucking science fiction hero Cody Starbuck was created by comic book artist Howard Chaykin and debuted in the first issue of Star Reach magazine in 1974.
Starbuck, an amoral Errol Flynn analogue starred in Chaykin's violent and sexually explicit space opera, appearing infrequently in Mike Friedrich's black and white anthology comic until the character moved to Heavy Metal magazine in 1981. There the character appeared in five issues before disappearing completely. However, the theme of a morally ambivalent and sexually adventurous hero was one that Chaykin would revisit again, most notably in his American Flagg series of the mid-Eighties.
But before Starbuck moved to the science fiction and fantasy digest the character appeared in this portfolio collection released in 1980. SQP, 1980. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine. Envelope slightly smudged and sun damaged....More.

Item Code: CODYS
11x14, 4pg, Full Color
Here is more from Chaykin: Solomon Kane Omnibus (both regular $100, $85 and discounted/hurt copies at $60), Star Reach Companion (from 2013, only nine left) [STRC. $27.95, $19.95], The Best of Witzend [BESWH. $49.99, $39.99], etc.

Comics Archives


Collects Fantastic Four #11-20, 1961; Annual #1, 1963. Our Highest Recommendation. As Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's foundational adventures of the Fantastic Four continue, see the Thing and the Hulk face off for the first time! The FF battle uncanny new adversaries including the Red Ghost and his Super Apes, the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, the Molecule Man, the Impossible Man and the multi-powered Super Skrull! Plus rematches with the Puppet Master, the Sub-Mariner — and their greatest enemy of all! Shrunk to microscopic size, can the Fantastic Four escape from the clutches of Doctor Doom? Perhaps they can—with a little help from Ant-Man! Marvel, 2021....More.

Item Code: MMMF02
Soft Cover, 6x9, 296pg, Full Color
This is the eighth book in this new, low-priced series. At the same price: Mighty Thor #1, Amazing Spider-Man #1 and 2, The Avengers #1, X-Men #1, Incredible Hulk #1, and Fantastic Four #1.

WARLOCK By Jim Starlin Gallery Edition
Recommended. Collects Strange Tales #178-181; Warlock #9-15; Avengers Annual #7; Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2, in a large 9x13 edition. 1972-75. At Marvel in the 1970s, no one mastered cosmic adventure like Jim Starlin! In this star-spanning spectacle, Starlin evolved Adam Warlock to the next level, imbuing the character with the inner demons of a man-god on the brink of insanity. Featuring the first-ever assembling of the Infinity Gems, the debuts of Gamora and Pip the Troll, and an all-out struggle to save the universe — joined by the Avengers, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man! Now in the oversized pages of a handsome and impressive Gallery Edition, with 70 bonus pages of material: penciled pages, reprint covers, house ads and much more. Marvel, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: WARLOH
Hard Cover, 9x13, 360pg, Partial Color
$50.00 $39.99
Here’s more with Jim Starlin.

THE BATMAN'S GRAVE The Complete Collection
Collects #1-12, 2019-2020. By Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowlan & Jim Sinclair. Alfred meticulously tends to Thomas and Martha Wayne's headstones: weeding, cleaning, polishing. But how much longer before there's another Wayne memorial to tend to? Batman's current case forces him to inhabit the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face — sending him on a collision course with an enemy who has infiltrated every part of Gotham. Every corner Batman turns leads him one step closer to his own grave! DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: BATGRH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 296pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99

BATMAN NO MAN'S LAND Omnibus Volume 1
Collects 12 different titles circa 1999-2000. By Dennis O'Neil and Greg Rucka. Art by Dale Eaglesham and Frank Teran. The crossover event that changed Gotham City and the Dark Knight forever, collected in one volume for the first time. After suffering a cataclysmic earthquake, the U.S. government has deemed Gotham City uninhabitable and ordered all citizens to leave. It is now months later and those that have refused to vacate "No Man's Land" live amidst a citywide turf war in which the strongest prey on the weak. Batman and his allies, including the enigmatic new Batgirl, Nightwing, Oracle and Robin, must fight to save Gotham during its darkest hour. DC Comics, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: BATN01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1136pg, Full Color
$125.00 $105.00
More Batman on the website, starting with the latest releases.

PHANTOM Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 23 1971-1973
By Lee Falk. "The Phantom Faces Modern Challenges," Introduction. Continues the Sy Barry years. Six complete continuities: "The Fence," "The Mysterious Passenger," "The Vultures," "The Lost City," "The Witchman," and "The Tanker-Jackers." Taken directly from King Feature's proofs. Hermes, 2021....More.

Item Code: PH23H
Hard Cover, 12x9, 272pg, b&w
Here's everything we have on The Phantom.


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.

Coming in March & April


TERRY AND THE PIRATES The Master Collection Volume 1
Collects all dailies and Sundays from the strip's beginning in 1934 through the end of 1935. Highly Recommended. The Library of American Comics and Clover Press presents Terry and the Pirates: The Master Collection. Reproduced from Milton Caniff's personal set of color syndicate proofs that were unavailable for previous books, this series will be the ultimate edition of Caniff's masterpiece. The Sundays are presented in an unmatched color fidelity and larger than they have ever before been reprinted — an unparalleled upgrade that no Terry fan can afford to pass up. Clover Press, 2022. Due: Mar. ...More.

Item Code: TERP01H
Hard Cover, 11x14, 192pg, Partial Color
$120.00 $110.00
Here is much more by Milton Caniff, including Steve Canyon collections and Comics Review which runs Steve Canyon in each issue. Caniff is also featured in Comics Ad Men from Fantagraphics from 2019 [COMADM. $30]—we have only two of these left.

EC ARCHIVES Gunfighter Volume 1
Thrilling Stories of the West. Collects #5-9 (#1-5). Recommended. By Gardner Fox, Al Feldstein et al. Art by Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig, Shelly Moldoff et al. More rare "Pre-Trend" EC stories, done before the three witches brought on the horror comics boom. The creators are much the same. At last collecting the wild adventures of the lone lawman known as the Gunfighter and his comrade the Buckskin Kid as they take on multiple mean outlaws and ride a rough terrain of terror in this collection of thrilling pre-trend EC tales of western lore. Dark Horse, 2022. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: ECAG01H
Hard Cover, 176pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99
Click here for all EC Archives, hardcovers and new inexpensive softcovers.

MIKE MIGNOLA'S HELLBOY Artisan Edition Hellboy in Hell and Other Stories
Highly Recommended. Features the first five issues of Hellboy in Hell as well as a wealth of historic supplementary material: the first three Hellboy stories — the two initial four-pagers, produced for promotional purposes, and the 10-page story from John Byrne's Nextmen #21 — plus The Corpse, and two other tales selected by Mignola for inclusion. Nearly every page has been scanned from Mignola's original art and showcases the artist's gorgeous work as closely as possible to the physical page — this is a book for fans of great storytelling and students of the craft. IDW, 2022. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: MMHAE
Soft Cover, 200pg, Full Color
See our website: More Mignola and Hellboy.

DOCTOR DOOM The Book of Doom Omnibus
Recommended. By Stan Lee, John Byrne et al. Art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko et al. The greatest Marvel Comics villain of all is celebrated in a tome of tyranny six decades in the making! We begin with his first battle with the accursed Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four — and their most epic clashes since! Plus, Doom's unforgettable encounters with Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men and the Avengers! A trip to hell with Doctor Strange! The power of the Beyonder! Victor von Doom's incredible life story contained in the Books of Doom! And more tales of the Lord of Latveria! Marvel, 2022. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: DOCDH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 1336pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00

MOON KNIGHT The Midnight Mission
Collects #1-6, 2021. By Jed MacKay. Art by Alessandro Cappucio. The mysterious Mr. Knight has opened his Midnight Mission, his people petitioning him to shelter them from the weird and horrible. The Moon Knight stalks the rooftops and alleys marked with his crescent moon tag, bringing violence to any who would harm his flock. Marc Spector, in whichever guise he dons, is back on the streets, a renegade priest of an unworthy god. But while Khonshu languishes in prison, Moon Knight's duty still must be observed: the protection of those who travel at night. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: MOONKH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
Here is more Moon Knight.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN The Original Marvel Years Epic Collection Volume 5
Collects Conan the Barbarian #60-71; Conan Annual #2-3, 1976-77. Recommended. Conan and pirate queen BĂȘlit reave a path across the high seas and into the jungles of the Hyborian Age. They encounter the Lord of the Lions and Conan gains the name Amra in one of the greatest Conan adventures of all time! Master storytellers Roy Thomas and John Buscema follow with an exploit that brings Conan, Kull and Red Sonja pitted against one another! Also featuring full-color editions of black-and-white Conan stories by Jim Starlin and John Buscema, an adaptation of the very first Conan story and the rare "Crawler in the Mists"! Marvel, 2022. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: CONBE05
Soft Cover, 7x10, 360pg, Full Color
$44.99 $39.99
Epic Collections 1-5 are all still available — they vary in price. See all Conan collections here.

2022 Calendars


This is the time when we seriously start running out of 2022 calendars. We have restocks coming of two or three adult titles. The rest will be running out as our supply is gone.

Sold out are Luis Royo, Bosch, and Tolkien. Down to five or less are Vintage Golden Age Comics, Pole Dancers, Alice in Wonderland, Fantasy Art, Girls, Fractal Cosmos, and The Zoo Book. Sold out titles will drop off the website. 


Mature Readers

Eye Candy Girls is the latest Goliath collection of adult photography. Beautiful fresh ladies in 34 "scenarios" as they tease the viewer, each one over several pages. We also have 16 more photography titles from this popular German publisher.

Cavewoman Gone Fishing comes with two variant covers, both nudes by Budd Root. Here's more Cavewoman

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Nudism in a Cold Climate is a serious look at British nudism from the 1920s to the 1970s. It's a strange and wild ride; the pictures vary in quality but they document the "nude" lifestyle.

Finally, we have a new 42nd Street collection, Volume 51. See all available 42nd Street collections and other adult DVDs here.  

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News & Notes


Winter Weather Update

Well, we're mostly back to normal here after two weeks of playing catchup. We got nearly all our backorders out Wednesday, Jan 12, including most of the long-pending Spectrum Quarterlys that had been waiting while we got the day-by-day orders caught up. We're still down a person with Diane Still's retirement, but we hope to have a new person here very shortly now. Thanks to several of you for sending appreciations for Diane's 24 years here as our first-row Customer Service person. Any more can be directed to me, I'll send them on to her —



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