Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Art of Luis Garcia, Nightmare Alley, a New Marvel Series, Alley Oop, Elvira, Jeffrey Jones and Ilene Meyer.

More Underwood Sale Books; The Art of Luis Garcia; The first issue of Nightmare Abbey; more V.T. Hamlin Alley Oop; Elvira Omnibus 1; the new series Penguin Classics: Marvel Collection begins. Coming soon is Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage and the Art of the Street and Smith Universe.

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New Arrivals from Underwood Books

Publisher file copy. By Gahan Wilson. Sure to incite laughter or a shiver when it touches on childhood fears in us all, this is a macabre collection of the best and most hilarious examples of Wilson's jaundiced humor, as seen over the years in Playboy, The New Yorker, Esquire and National Lampoon. Featuring numerous anecdotes and observations, this celebrates his 50-year career, including Wilson's wry, illustrated essays on topics such as childhood fears and human tourists in space. Underwood Books, 2004. Out of print....More.

Item Code: BOGW
Soft Cover, 6x9, 144pg, Partial Color

Publisher file copy. Edited by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. Ilene Meyer's oil paintings transport viewers through the mists of myths and creation to explore a unique world populated by fantastical creatures and imaginary landscapes — all rendered with clarity and passion. As surreal as Pablo Picasso or Salvador Dali, as evocative as Georgia O'Keeffe, this gallery introduces SF and New Age afficionados to the first full-scale celebration of Meyer's work. Invoking themes of ecology, conservation, culture, and lost civilizations, Meyer's paintings pronounce that all existence is interconnected and that all souls are intertwined. A cultural sensation in Japan and the subject of numerous articles, interviews and even a documentary film, Meyer is perfectly primed to enchant America with her bold, painterly style. Designed and edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner, the creators of the Spectrum series, this is the first collection of Ilene Meyer paintings to be published in the U.S. Underwood Books, 2004. ...More.

Item Code: ILENEH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color


Publisher file copy. Slipcased. Signed & numbered, 500!
Item Code: ILENED
Hard Cover, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color

We priced these at the original 2004 cover price. These are as-new copies, most in original shrink-wrap. Online the deluxe lists at $125. The regular edition runs $30 and up for used, lesser-condition copies.

Publisher file copy, with some wear. Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. Art by Jeffrey Jones. This features 185 stunning full-color works. And it's all written by the highly respected Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the editors for the first 20 years of the annual Spectrum, as well as the three Underwood art books on Frank Frazetta: Legacy, Testament, and Icon. From the 1960s through the early 1980s, Jeffrey Jones was one of the most respected creators of fantasy and science fiction art. Underwood Books, 2002. Out of print. Condition: Very Good to Fine: Copies have a slightly bumped corner and tears or creases on the jacket....More.

Item Code: ARTJJ
Hard Cover, 9x12, 160pg, Full Color

As noted, these have just a little wear which is why Tim put them aside. Here’s more Jones.

More Jeffrey Jones: The second issue of Spectrum Quarterly will feature the latest on Jeffrey Jones, but Arnie Fenner had to deal with a health issue (not covid) that has delayed its release.

Here’s more Underwood Sale Books and File Copies.


Art Books & More


For the first time anywhere in the world The Art of Luis Garcia brings together each phase of his career to create the first comprehensive retrospective of his amazing artwork. Each chapter details his work and life with historical analysis from artist and author David Roach (The Art of Vampirella, Masters of Spanish Comic Art), together with commentary and reminiscences from Luis Garcia himself. It is a story that brings together his life as a child prodigy in S.I.'s mythical Barcelona comic studios and working as a model for romantic fotonovela's, meeting Salvador Dali and John Lennon, moving from swinging London to Hippy Communes, hanging out at Studio 54 and teaching the techniques of Old master Painters like Velazquez. The book is illustrated throughout with some of Garcia's finest artwork, almost entirely shot from the original pages, and includes several complete stories, some translated into English for the first time. It is a fitting tribute to one of the most creative, ground-breaking artists in comics, and beyond. Dynamite, 2022....More.

Item Code: ARTLGH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 230pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $36.99

BITTER BLOSSOMS The Art of Der Orchideengarten Volume 7
Collects #1-6, 1921. By Thomas Negovan. Published after the First World War when German art was at its height of decadence and debauchery, the magazine included a wide selection of new and reprinted stories by both German-language and foreign writers ranging from suspense and terror to crime and the eerily-erotic. While the literary content is historically significant, many of the stories have been reprinted in multiple places across the last century; we have focused our attention on what has gone undocumented: the incredible artworks that illustrated these stories. The artworks range from peculiar medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions - all balancing the romantic and the gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication. Century Guild, 2021....More.

Item Code: ARTD07
Soft Cover, 5x9, 80pg, Partial Color
All six back issues are also available at $29 each. Click here for other books from Century Guild.

Cover by Virgil Finlay. The first volume of Nightmare Abbey is a special Ramsey Campbell issue featuring a new interview with the UK’s grandmaster of horror. Included are 19 tales of terror (several rarely seen classics, plus six new stories, by award-winning writers Steve Duffy, Lynda E. Rucker, David Surface and others; and two illustrated articles, on the 70s TV series Kolchak: the Night Stalker; and Jacques Tourneur’s I Walked With a Zombie (by film historian Justin Humphreys). Dead Letters Press, 2022....More.

Item Code: NIGA01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 180pg, Text/b&w
If you enjoy pop culture as well as new fiction, also check out Bare Bones and more from their publisher, Cimarron Street Books.

Comic Strips & Graphic Novels


ALLEY OOP Book Three Invasion of Moo - V.T. Hamlin
Join Alley Oop on his quest for a new land when a plague of locusts ravage his homeland of Moo. This volume includes all of the daily strips from 1977, which have never before been reprinted. Andrews McMeel, 2022....More.

Item Code: ALLE03
Soft Cover, 11x8, 112pg, b&w
The first two issues are in stock, as well as the sister-series collecting Dave Graue’s Alley Oop strips. Same format, one year in each.

Collects #33-36. The crew of the Serenity is stretched too thin and in unfamiliar territory, but Kaylee has had enough. Despite being at odds with the Jefa, they’ll have to turn their attention toward a mutual threat, along with other factions. Meanwhile the Washbot continues to come into his own, as the various groups — our heroes, Earthers, plunderer workers, and others — will also learn how imperfect people can come together to build a community, and a sense of hope. But that hope may be short-lived, as they discover that the Alliance has built portals, and are coming to The-Earth-That-Was... in this new chapter of Firefly by New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak (Darth Vader) and rising star artist Simona Di Gianfelice (Power Rangers). Boom!, 2022....More.

Item Code: FIRR03H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
Here are all our Firefly Graphic Novels, The Art of Firefly etc. Several are on sale.

Collects Series I #1-10 and Series II #1-5. Brian Michael Bendis, co-creator of Miles Morales, Naomi, and Jessica Jones, teams up with his superstar co-creator and Iron Man and Daredevil collaborator Alex Maleev in this complete omnibus collection of their fearless political thriller set in the seedy underbelly of Portland, Oregon. A young woman is pushed to the edge by a world filled by police brutality, government corruption, and unspeakable crimes. After a mysterious murder and a near-death experience, Scarlet Rue wakes from a coma with her world shattered. Fueled by rage, guilt, and her vision of a better future; she takes the fight to her oppressors... and anyone else who gets in her way. Striking back against the corrupt cops who tore her life apart and sparks an uprising in this all too real tale of power, corruption, and lies. Dark Horse, 2022....More.

Item Code: SCARL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 528pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

BENEATH THE TREES Volume 3 A Fine Summer
By Dav. It's summer, and the laughter of children echoes under the trees. But for some of the older animals, the frivolous abandon of childhood is far behind them. Old Mr. Owl and Mr. Toad get the crazy idea to relive some of their youth if that's even possible anymore... Magnetic Press, 2022....More.

Item Code: BEN03H
Hard Cover, 10x7, 32pg, Full Color
Volumes 1 and 2 are in the same cute oblong format, same style. These are The Autumn of Mr. Grumph and A Fine Summer. As you can see, each features a different season in the forest. All-ages, gentle, fun stories and very well drawn.

New Marvel Series - Edited by Ben Saunders


Edited by Ben Saunders. This anthology goes back to the original source material for The Amazing Spider-Man, with key stories from the first two years from 1962 to 1964. These allegories of adolescence permanently transformed the conventions of the super hero genre by insisting that great power is never just a means to an end, but also a burden some responsibility. The introduction offers fresh insights into character development and the personalities of his creators. Also included are rarely reprinted non-super hero stories, early letter pages, and supplemental materials shedding light on Stan Lee's and Steve Ditko’s artistic process. Penguin Classics, 2022....More.

Item Code: PCMA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 384pg, Full Color

Edited by Ben Saunders. As Black Panther and the leader of the hidden African nation of Wakanda, King T’Challa combines the legendary stealth of his namesake with the strength and intelligence to overcome his adversaries while earning the trust of his people. This anthology includes the Panther’s 1966 origin story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and the critically-acclaimed “Panther’s Rage” from the character’s 1970s solo series, by Don McGregor, Rich Buckler and Billy Graham; both series were produced during a turbulent moment in America’s struggle for civil rights, and reflect that struggle in different ways. The introduction offers fresh insight into the thematic development of the Black Panther, along with the social and cultural influences that shape the world he inhabits. Penguin Classics, 2022....More.

Item Code: PCMB
Soft Cover, 7x10, 416pg, Full Color

Edited by Ben Saunders. Debuting in 1941 — almost a year before the events of Pearl Harbor ” Captain America was initially conceived by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby as a pop culture argument for US intervention in the European war against fascism. This collection includes his first appearances from 1941 alongside key examples of his first solo stories of the 1960s, in which the newly resurrected hero of World War II struggles to find his place in an unfamiliar world. The transformation of this American icon thus marks a parallel transformation in the nation itself. The introduction offers insight into the social and political significance of Captain America as a character and a national symbol, while a critical apparatus and appendices shed further light on his creative development. Penguin Classics, 2022....More.

Item Code: PCMC
Soft Cover, 7x10, 400pg, Full Color

Comic Book Archives


ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK The Classic Years Omnibus Volume 1
Collects #1-27, 1993. The Elvira Mistress of the Dark Classic Years Omnibus is the first volume reprinting the highly sought-after tales originally published by Claypool Comics. With this deluxe volume, fans can turn back the clock to 1993. Bill Clinton was president, Jurassic Park ruled the box office, and just like today, Elvira was her legendary horror host self. A bevy of talented creators contributed to these adventures. Known for his love of the macabre and the flirty, Paul Dini of Batman fame lent his hand. While this first volume also compiles all of the plentiful pages written by Kurt Busiek (Avengers, Astro City). Claypool head honcho Richard Howell (Vision & The Scarlet Witch) and Frank Strom also contributed writing. While on the art side, Tom Simonton is beloved by Elvira fans for his early contributions to the series, as well as John Heebink. X-Men fans will thrill to the lines of Dave Cockrum on stories, and Dynamite's Vampirella fans will love to see Louis LaChance. Other stars inside include Dan Spiegle, Fred Hembeck, and Neil Vokes. Dynamite, 2021....More.

Item Code: ELVC01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 616pg, b&w
$39.99 $36.99
The signed edition of this sold out before publication. Click here for more Elvira.

EC ARCHIVES Vault of Horror Volume 2
Collects #18-#23. Foreword by John Landis. Witness the opening of the Vault! This terrifying tome contains six issues of the classic horror series, and features gorgeous new digital colors — using Marie Severin’s original palette as a guide! Including unforgettable stories drawn by all-star comic artists Johnny Craig, Jack Davis, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, and Howard Larsen! Dark Horse, 2022....More.

Item Code: ECVH02
Soft Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

Here are all the new EC softcovers in the same format at the same bargain price: Vault of Horror 1, Tales From the Crypt 1 and 2, Haunt of Fear 1, Weird Science 1, Shock 1...

The latest Hardcover EC Archives include Gunfighter, Saddle Justice, Frontline 3, Modern Love, and the Picto-Fiction series.


DAREDEVIL By Brubaker & Lark Omnibus Volume 1
Collects Daredevil #82-105 (1998 series), 2006-2008. Longtime DD fans will not be disappointed as the critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark leave their mark on one of comics’ most enduring legends! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, people he calls friends are deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen is slipping out of control. How far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: DARE01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 608pg, Full Color
$100.00 $85.00
Here is more Daredevil.

Mature Readers

New this week is Swing Volume 5, which may well be the final story. #1 is $9.95, #2-4 are $16.99. Click here for more erotic and adult graphic novels.

Also new this week is Cavewoman: Midnight Madness Budd Root Cover E. Here are all the available Cavewoman variant covers.


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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 September & October


PULP POWER The Shadow, Doc Savage and The Art of The Street & Smith Universe
Highly Recommended. By Neil McGinness. Foreword by Frank Miller. Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe gives fans a rare glimpse into the pre-war pulp novel decade of the 1930s, a period of bold action and adventure storytelling that ultimately led to the creation of the comic book and the superheroes we know and love today. This period, a pre-Batman, pre-Superman golden era of American creativity and artistic excellence, starred two main characters in leading roles: The Shadow and Doc Savage. In more than 500 novels written between 1930 and 1940, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Street & Smith universe of characters captivated a generation of Americans with their heroic exploits and inspired a new generation of writers to create a pantheon of comic book superheroes in their mold. Abrams, 2022. Due: Aug. ...More.

Item Code: PULPPH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 352pg, Full Color
This looks like an exciting new look at the pulps. I’m eager to see it. For more on pulp art, click here for both in-print and out-of-print volumes.

By Brian Michael Bendis and Jason Latour. Art by Sara Pichelli, Nico Leon et al. Welcome to the Marvel Universe, Miles Morales! After the dimension-shattering Secret Wars, the Ultimate Spider-Man is starting a brand new life on a brand new world! And Miles will have to find his feet quickly when he goes up against one of the biggest bads in the Marvel U! The villainous Black Cat plots to get her claws in this new Spidey — but will Miles find romance with the other-dimensional Spider-Gwen? And Spidey gets caught in the middle when Marvel’s heroes square off in a second Civil War! Plus, the secret history of Miles’ dad—Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Miles Morales and Peter Parker team up to take on a familiar face! And here comes an all-new, all-deadly Sinister Six! Marvel, 2022. Due: Late Sept. ...More.

Item Code: MILM02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 856pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00
According to our latest intel, both Vol 2 and Volume 1 are expected in September, two weeks apart. Volume 1 collects Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1-28, Ultimate Spider-Man #1-12 & much more, 2012-14. [MILM01H. $125, $110].

Collects Marvel Spotlight #2-4, 1971; Werewolf by Night #1-8, 1972; Marvel Team-Up #12, 1972. Born on the night of a full moon, Marvel’s most fearsome horror hero debuts! He may be Jack Russell by day, but when darkness falls, he becomes the Werewolf by Night! Immigrated from Eastern Europe as a small child, 18-year-old Russell finds out the hair-raising secret of a family curse that turns all males into werewolves! Now, he must learn to survive in a world not hospitable to werewolf-kind — and try not to kill anyone in the process! In this first volume, master of the macabre Mike Ploog delivers some of the greatest artwork of his storied career. And these classic tales are looking better than ever because they have been newly restored for the Marvel Masterworks. Marvel, 2022. Due: Sep. ...More.

Item Code: MMW01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 280pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Here are the other latest Marvel Masterworks.

The entire Seven to Eternity epic collected in one deluxe oversized hardcover edition! Writer Rick Remender re-teams with collaborators Jerome Opeña (Fear Agent) and Matt Hollingsworth (Tokyo Ghost) in this giant prestige edition loaded with variant covers, sketches, model sheet designs, raw inks, and script pages-the ultimate oversized format to enjoy this groundbreaking and critically acclaimed series. Image Comics, 2022. Due: Aug. ...More.

Item Code: SEVETH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 544pg, Full Color
$59.99 $54.99
Here’s three more books with work by Rick Remender. Thought Bubble is on deep discount [THOUB. $9.99, $5.00].

FANTASTIC FOUR By John Byrne Omnibus Volume 1 New Printing
It’s the world’s greatest comic magazine — again! Not since the days of Lee and Kirby had a creator so perfectly captured the intense mood, cosmic style and classic adventure of Marvel’s First Family — as legendary writer/artist John Byrne launched Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny into fantastic realms of imagination and wonder! From the corners of the globe to the vastness of space to the depths of the Negative Zone, the FF face off against foes old and new, including Dr. Doom, Galactus and Annihilus! Plus: The FF aid the Inhumans, bid farewell to the Baxter Building and celebrate their 20th anniversary in style, as Byrne reminds us all that there’s a family at the heart of this team! Marvel, 2022. Due: Sep. ...More.

Item Code: FFJB01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1096pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
Here is more by John Byrne, and more Fantastic Four.

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MARK SCHULTZ: Carbon 2 - $40

FRANK FRAZETTA CLASSICS: White Indian: Volume 2 - $100

YESTERDAY'S LILY - Jeffrey Jones - $165

THE PAINTINGS OF J. ALLEN ST. JOHN: Grand Master of Fantasy - $150

KRONOZONE - Philippe Caza - $250



FANTASY ART MASTERS: The Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Artists Show How They Work - $50

MORE FANTASY ART MASTERS: The Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Artists Show How They Work - $50

ANIMALERIES - Jean Solé - $70

ALEX TOTH - $100

TOTH: One For The Road - $135

L’ÉTAT DES STOCKS - Enki Bilal - $90


SWARTE: Hors Serie - Joost Swarte - $100


VINTAGE ILLUSTRATION: Discovering America’s Calendar Artists, 1900-1960 - $50


ALL AMERICAN GIRL: The Art Of Coles Phillips - $85

J. SCOTT CAMPBELL’S DANGER GIRL: Sketchbook Expanded Edition - $50


ILLUSTRATING MODERN LIFE: The Golden Age of American Illustration From The Kelly Collection - $75

ALLEY OOP: The Adventures of a Time Traveling Caveman Signed - $115

MR. MONSTERS PRESENTS: The Secret Files of Dr. Drew - $55


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I’m in Portland this week for the Rose City Book Fair, so I was unable to edit all the above items in time for this eblast. That also means I can’t yet add my personal recommendations. I’ll catch up with these as soon as possible.

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