A new edition of Xenozoic; Marvel June 1962; Gil Kane and Wally Wood's superlative Captain Action; Vampi 50th Art Book; a new Sham spoof; three EC Artist Libraries. After a year of work, our Underwood Sale Books are here and we offer the first batch this week; plus more File Copies. Enjoy.
Late Spring 2022
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|XENOZOIC By Mark Schultz
New printing. Our Highest Recommendation. Here is every single story to date, 352 pages, all behind an all-new cover. Imagine Wood, Williamson, & Frazetta all working together on an after-the-apocalypse story in their finest EC Comics styles. Imagine them creating a gorgeous heroine — feisty, daring, voluptuous — and a two-fisted hero to create sexual tension and drama. Imagine good-girl art in the tradition of Dave Stevens, with a modern take on how a stunningly beautiful woman can look. Mark Schultz has channeled all this like no other artist, from the dramatic cities of Alex Raymond to the drama of Prince Valiant. That is Xenozoic Tales! Flesk, 2022....More.
Item Code: XENO
Soft Cover, 9x11, 352pg, b&w
|More Mark Schultz including his latest collection, Carbon 4, still available in both signed and regular editions [$40 and $24.95]. Also here are several out of print titles, like Flesk Prime, Carbon 1 and Various Drawings 1 and 3, Comics Journal Library and the rare, limited to 99, Xenozoic Age [RB520. $1000].|
|CAPTAIN ACTION Classic Collection |
Collects DC's title #1-5, 1968-69. Highly Recommended. Introduction by Mark Waid. By Jim Shooter. Art by Gil Kane and Wally Wood. Man-o-man. I'd forgotten how beautifully drawn this series was. Gil Kane at his best, inking his own work AND also inked by Wally Wood. Amazing. Action-packed. A Classic from the Silver Age of Comics, unavailable for more than 50 years with art and stories by comic legends! Completely re-mastered with all-new coloring that faithfully captures the look of the original comics! IDW, 2022....More.
Item Code: CAPACH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
|Here's much more with Gil Kane, from Star Hawks, signed [RB3147. $150] to his own art book Gil Kane: Art of the Comics [RB3321. $100].|
|MARVEL JUNE 1962 Omnibus |
Recommended. In June of 1962 Spider-Man was making his historic debut in Amazing Fantasy #15. Thor first held aloft the hammer in JIM #83. Hank Pym donned his cybernetic helmet, becoming Ant-Man. The FF squared off against Namor and Doctor Doom. Kid Colt mixed it up with the Circus of Crime. Millie the Model and Patsy and Hedy were still on the Marvel roster. And tales of horror and fantasy stories crept from the pages of titles like Strange Tales. Collects every comic from this single month! Marvel. 2022. ...More.
Item Code: MARJ62H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 520pg, Full Color
Still available: Marvel August 1961 Omnibus [MARAUGH.
|MOON KNIGHT By Huston, Benson & Hurwitz Omnibus |
By Charlie Huston, Mike Benson, Gregg Hurwitz et al. Art by Don Cameron, David Finch et al. Once, Marc Spector was the Egyptian god Khonshu's avatar on Earth. But now, Spector and Khonshu are at odds. Moon Knight desperately wants to get back in the hero game, but every battle pushes him closer to the edge — of both brutality and sanity! As the increasingly unstable Moon Knight tries to navigate the superhero Civil War, can he reclaim his heroic ideals, or will he succumb to the shadows — and end up back under Khonshu's thrall? Marvel, 2022. ...More.
Item Code: MOONKH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
|Here are more Moon Knight collections.|
|VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY ART BOOK |
Recommended. By Artgerm, J. Scott Campbell, Lucio Parrillo, Alex Ross, Jenny Frison, Terry Dodson, Joe Jusko et al. Classic portrayals of the Daughter of Drakulon on beautiful oversized pages. Picking up where The Art of Vampirella: The Dynamite Years left off, this brand-new hardcover volume includes well over 40 covers from the hit Vampirella #1. Plus covers from the critically acclaimed 2014 run by Nancy Collins, the Linsner masterpiece Roses for the Dead, both 2019 series, Vampirella and Vengeance of Vampirella. and the Vampi/Red Sonja crossover covers. Dynamite, 2022....More.
Item Code: VAMPAH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 240pg, Full Color
|Here's more Vampi art and graphic novels.|
|MIDNITE MATINEE COMICS The Island of Lost Gorillas |
Recommended. Sham Comics go to the movies...and the 1940s serials! This B&W extravaganza is just like a night at the multiplex 70 years ago...kind of. It begins with a vintage "Rickey Rodent" cartoon full of violence and savagery, a chapter from the action serial "Bolt Uprite & The Crossdressers from Space," and a public service film, "Hemp for Victory." Be patient through all the previews and sit tight for the future presentation. "Island of Lost Gorillas" is an action horror adventure starring a pair of familiar-looking lounge singers (Dino and Jerry?) stranded on a mysterious lost island with danger at every turn and, of course, a beautiful native girl. Source Point Press, 2022....More.
Item Code: MIDMC
Soft Cover, 6x9, 112pg, b&w
|BARE BONES Volume 10 Spring 2022 |
This issue: a look at 60's TV comic tie-ins; a tour of "Nightmare Alley;" an exploration of 45 years of Star Wars EU fiction; John Scoleri talks with Chris Matheson about his new memoir of his famous father; a guide to Verdict Crime Detection Magazine; The Marvel University profs tackle Marvel's Monsters Unleashed Magazine; fiction reviews by S. Craig Zahler; another trip down Sleaze Alley with Peter Enfantino; and David J. Schow takes on the 8th Wonder of the World in his R&D column...and the "Godfather of Grande Dame Guignol." Plentiful illustrations in b&w. Cimmaron Street, 2022....More.
Item Code: BARE10
Soft Cover, 6x9, 108pg, Text/b&w
|Here are back issues. You might also check out two other articles series, Digest Enthusiast and Black Infinity.|
|SHAMELESS ART 20th Century Genre and the Artist That Defined It |
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. All from the original art: Rare, completely nude ladies by famous pin-up artists Fritz Willis, Roy Best, Zoe Mozart, Gil Elvgren (who rarely did nudes), Andrew Loomis, Earl Moran, Art Sarnoff, Rolf Armstrong (several), George Petty (one nude, four just-about), Bergey, and of course, Vargas. Suggestive pin-ups by Caldwell Higgins, Bill Randal, Ted Withers, Art Frahm, 11 pieces including one nude and several great Film Fun covers by Enoch Bolles. And much more by lesser-known and unknowns. Underwood Books, 2010. Out of print. Mature Readers. ...More.
Item Code: SHAAH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 112pg, Full Color
|SAVAGE ART 20th Century Genre and the Artists that Defined It Hardcover |
Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. Entirely from the original paintings, with stunning reproduction, full page for each pulp cover. The lurid and violent illustrations which prefigured and helped create the visual language in movie poster art, comic books, and game art. Featuring classic illustration by pulp artists Virgil Finlay, Norman Saunders, H.J. Ward, Harold McCauley, Austin Briggs, Emsh, Harry Parkhurst, Walter Baumhofer, Rafael de Soto, George and Jerome Rozen, Tom Lovell and, of course, Weird Tales legend Margaret Brundage, and others. Underwood Books, 2010. Out of print. ...More.
Item Code: SAVAH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 112pg, Full Color
|STRANGE DAYS Aliens, Adventurers, Devils, and Dames |
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. 32 oversized, full-color, framable examples of this best of the fabled pulp covers. Included are works by some of pulpdom's most renowned artists: Virgil Finlay, Hannes Bok, Edd Cartier, Margaret Brundage, Jerome Rozen, Belarski, Enoch Bolles and Walter Baumhoffer...all reproduced from the original paintings! Underwood Books, 2009. Out of print....More.
Item Code: STRDH
Soft Cover, 11x15, 32pg, Full Color
|TELLING STORIES The Comic Art of Frank Frazetta Hardcover Slipcased |
Closeout Price! Back in stock. Our Highest Recommendation. Art by Frank Frazetta. This offers the complete Thunda and his best romance works, such as "Untamed Love" and "The Wrong Road." Plus combat tales, funny animals, White Indian, Ghost Rider covers and much, much more. Some of these stories offer some of his finest pen & ink works, with shapely women, nude statues, and lots of implied lust. Fantasy art's most popular painter was also one of the finest comic book illustrators in the pre-code 1950s. This deluxe collection exhibits the skill of a master craftsman but also provides tantalizing glimpses of where the young artist's career would ultimately take him, into covers for Conan, Warren mags and movie posters. Hardcover in slipcase! This was the ONLY trade edition of this book. Underwood Books, 2008. ...More.
Item Code: TELSH
Hard Cover w/ Slipcase, 9x12, 192 pg., Full Color
|TELLING STORIES The Classic Comic Art of Frank Frazetta Super Deluxe Lettered |
Limited to 26 lettered copies, in leather & traycase, with bonus print. Highly Recommended. Fantasy art's most popular painter was also one of the most popular comic book illustrators during the industry's golden age. Telling Stories: The Classic Comic Art of Frank Frazetta celebrates the rare and largely forgotten stories created five decades ago by this iconic artist. These jungle adventures, true-life tales of heroism, and dreamy love stories not only exhibit the skill of a master craftsman but also provide tantalizing glimpses of where the young artist's career would ultimately take him. Note: We pay the shipping on any order of $300 or more, in the U.S. Underwood Books, 2008. Out of Print. Condition: There is some offsetting of the black ink on the edges of both sets of endpapers and in the rear, on the blank back of the free endpaper....More.
Item Code: TELSSDL
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 192 pg., Full Color
|We have exactly two copies left, lettered “C” and “D”.|
|TELLING STORIES The Classic Comic Art of Frank Frazetta Super Deluxe Numbered |
Numbered from 200 copies, leather-bound in cloth tray case with bonus print. Highly Recommended. Fantasy art's most popular painter was also one of the most popular comic book illustrators during the industry's golden age. Telling Stories: The Classic Comic Art of Frank Frazetta celebrates the rare and largely forgotten stories created five decades ago by this iconic artist. These jungle adventures, true-life tales of heroism, and dreamy love stories not only exhibit the skill of a master craftsman but also provide tantalizing glimpses of where the young artist's career would ultimately take him. Underwood Books, 2008. Out of Print....More.
Item Code: TELSSD
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 9x12, 192 pg., Full Color
We have six copies of this, numbers 2 and 6-10. We previously thought the bonus print came ONLY with the lettered copies above; but we carefully sliced open the shrink-wrap to discover that each one comes with the same Weird Science Fantasy #29 print. Also now we can allocate the earliest numbers to the first orders we receive.
Too late to picture we also have received Spectrum 19 HC at a new sale price [SPE19H.
|DARK THOUGHTS ON WRITING Advice and Commentary from Fifty Masters of Fear and Suspense |
Almost Gone! Publisher file copy. Interview with Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Clive Barker and 45 more writers! For anyone interested in writing horror, as well as true fans of the genre, Dark Thoughts is a source of inspiration and revelation with behind-the-scenes looks at the most popular and acclaimed authors of our time. Stanley Wiater extracts something out-of-the-ordinary from each of his interview subjects, whether it's their special writing tricks, strange fan mail or views on censorship. Underwood Books, 1997. Out of print. ...More.
Item Code: DARTHO
Soft Cover, 6x9, 206pg, Text Only
|CLIVE BARKER'S SHADOWS IN EDEN |
Publisher file copy. By Stephen Jones. Barker is second only to Stephen King as a writer of horror fiction. He also writes plays (highly imaginative ones, judging by the summaries included here) and draws. Editor Jones has assembled four dozen interviews and articles, some by Barker himself, to produce the first substantial work on the author. There's no mistaking the protean nature of Barker's talent, his enthusiasm, and his unbounded imagination: "I simply want to go as far as my mind will take me." - Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id. Underwood-Miller, 1991. Out of print. Note: May have tiny corner bump....More.
Item Code: CBSHA
Soft Cover, 7x9, 468pg, Text/b&w
|See all our Underwood File Copies here. The two signed Jack Vance editions are moving faster than we expected; some have gone to dealers.|
Recommended. By Mikael. By the author of the critically acclaimed Giant. On the German front, in the spring of 1945: the war leaves only death and destruction in its wake. To escape the horror of the present, Al, an American soldier, the only survivor of his unit, immerses himself in the memories of his New York life. Son of German immigrants, born in the United States, he was not yet ten years old when, in one night, under the approving eyes of anti-immigrant Americans, he lost his parents and his home in a terrible fire. Turning his back on his origins, Al has no choice but to live on the streets; he becomes a Bootblack, a shoe shiner. NBM, 2022....More.
Item Code: BOOTBLH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color
|VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA Volume 2 The Spoils of War |
Collects #7-12. By Tom Sniegoski. Art by Michael Sta. Maria. Cover by Lucio Parrillo. Still recovering from her final battle with Hemorrhage, Vampirella realizes that there will be no rest for the wicked and begins the process of assembling a plan to liberate Earth from the clutches of Mistress Nyx and the Chaos Lords. Step One: the creation of a new Danse Macabre! The Vengeance of Vampirella debuted in 1994 with a more savage and feral Vampi. Now the original series writer is back for a sequel 25 years later. Complete variant cover gallery. Dynamite, 2022....More.
Item Code: VENV02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 156pg, Full Color
|Volume One is still available as well.|
|HEAVY METAL PRESENTS ARENA MODE |
Nominated for Best Sci-Fi Novel of the Year/BSFA. By Blake Northcott. Superhumans live among us, but none of them want to save the world. Instead, they're competing in 2041's deadliest sport: "Arena Mode." Hoping to win enough money for life-saving surgery, Matthew Moxon enters the event... but in a battle against superhumans, he's the only competitor without a super power. An expert at tilting the odds in his favor, Mox has a strategy, an inside track, and his friends to help. But in a competition with demigods, he's armed with nothing more than his rapidly-diminishing brain cells. Heavy Metal, 2022. ...More.
Item Code: HMARE
Soft Cover, 6x9, 380pg, Full Color
|HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #317 Kim Jung Gi Cover |
The final of four interconnected covers by Kim Jung Gi. "Wiremonkeys," a new high-octane, science fiction horror series written and illustrated by Dan Schaeffer debuts, with the dirtiest pair of mercenaries you'll ever meet! The continuing YA horror serial "The Axe" by Fall Out Boy's lead guitarist Joe Trohman and writer/actor Brian Posehn with Deadpool artist Scott Koblish ramps up toward its multidimensional climax! The climatic epilogue of Matthew Medney's intergalactic saga "Dark Wing" with German Ponce is revealed! "The Rise" by George C. Romero and Diego Yapur heads toward the bloody end of its second act! "Death Defied," the historical fiction tale of art in the 20th century by Joe Harris and Federico Pietrobon continues! And "Spu Dolores" begins by Didier Tarquin and Lyse Tarquin. Heavy Metal, 2022. Mature Readers. ...More.
Item Code: HM317
Magazine, 8x11, 144pg, Full Color
|It's catch up time with HM...we listed 3 issues just last week, and now another new one! No waiting for the serialized stories this way! Here's all the available back issues. We cannot restock any back issues, so once they sell out, they will be gone.|
|GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2022 MAY THE 4TH Cosplay Pinup Special Vitorino Cover |
By Dave Franchini. Art by Matos, Garcia, Paul Green, Reyes, Riveiro, Chatzoudis, DeBalfo, Basaldua et al. All the Grimm Universe heroines and villainesses cosplaying as some of the most famous Sci-Fi characters in the galaxy! Top Xenescope artists contribute sexy pin-ups of the Grimm Universe's most popular characters plus a never-before-published Grimm Fairy Tales short story! Zenescope, 2022....More.
Item Code: GRIMCP
Comic, 7x10, 48pg, Full Color
|Here's more Zenescope comics and GNs.|
|CODE OF HONOR AND OTHER STORIES |
30 stories plus lots of bonus material. Our Highest Recommendation. When John Severin became editor of Two-Fisted Tales, he expanded the scope of its stories beyond its traditional war stories to head off to far-flung times and places, searching for adventure. This volume collects all those stories — the EC stories that Severin had the most control over. Tales range from action and intrigue in the Old West to exploring for a lost city in the jungles of Peru, to facing danger in the Khyber Pass, to a Cold War chiller about the "ultimate weapon," to EC's only Vietnam story, "Dien Bien Phu!" Fantagraphics, 2022....More.
Item Code: CODEH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 248pg, b&w
|CAME THE DAWN AND OTHER STORIES |
Back in print. Our Highest Recommendation. Taking its title from one of legendary comic artist Wally Wood's all-time classics, this collection features page after page after page of Wood's astonishingly beautiful brushwork.These tales range from supernatural shockers from the pages of Tales From the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear ("The Living Corpse," "Terror Ride," "Man From the Grave," "Horror in the Freak Tent") to crime thrillers from Crime SuspenStories ("The Assault," "The Whipping"). Fantagraphics, 2022. ...More.
Item Code: CAMEH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 208pg, b&w
|50 GIRLS 50 AND OTHER STORIES |
Back in print. Our Highest Recommendation. Barely old enough to drink when he joined the EC Comics stable, Al Williamson may have been the new kid on the block, but a lifetime of studying such classic adventure cartoonists as Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon) and Hal Foster (Prince Valiant) had made him a kid to reckon with — as he proved again and again in the stories he created for EC's legendary "New Trend" comics, in particular Weird Science and Weird Fantasy. As a result of Williamson's focus, it's possible to compile all of Williamson's "New Trend" EC work into one book — which Fantagraphics is finally doing here. Fanatagraphics, 2022....More.
Item Code: 50GH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 240pg, b&w
Code of Honor is a brand new title; Came the Dawn and 50 Girls 50 are new editions that were sold out. Here's all of the EC Artist series, including the Volume 6 Slipcased set of 4 titles [ECAL06H.
Coming in July is A Photographic History of Nudism from the erotic German publisher, Goliath. In stock now is Nudism in a Cold Climate: The Visual Culture of Naturalists in Mid-20th Century Britain. Here is more nude photography.
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|JUSTICE LEAGUE The new 52 Omnibus Volume 2 |
In 2011, DC's "New 52" era ushered in daring reinventions of pop culture's greatest characters with the Justice League at the forefront! This omnibus collection of the second half of visionary writer Geoff Johns' time on Justice League pits the team against some of their greatest threats, as super-villains look to inherit Earth in the Forever Evil saga. In a flash of light, the world's most powerful heroes vanish as the Crime Syndicate arrives from Earth-3. As this evil version of the Justice League takes over the DC Universe, no one stands between them and complete domination...no one except for Lex Luthor. His main ally in this seemingly impossible battle? Batman. DC, 2022. Due: Jul. ...More.
Item Code: JLNEW02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1256pg, Full Color
Volume 1 is in stock [JLNEWH.
|BERSERK DELUXE EDITION Volume 11 |
Collects #31-33, including three fold-out color posters. Leather binding, massive 672 pages. Guts the Black Swordsman and company prepare to leave the port of Vritannis, only to have their way blocked by an army of abominations led by a powerful Kushan sorcerer. Even Guts' accursed Berserker armor may not be enough to stem the bestial tide . . . especially when faced by the leviathan astral form of the malefic Kushan Emperor! Dark Horse, 2022. Mature readers. Due: Jul. ...More.
Item Code: BER11H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 672pg, b&w
|52 Omnibus |
After Infinite Crisis, the DC Universe had its most eventful year ever. It was a year without Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman—but not a year without heroes! Collects the entirety of the ground-breaking, critically acclaimed DC Comics weekly series by award-winning writers Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. DC Comics, 2022. Due: Jul. ...More.
Item Code: 52OMH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 1216pg, Full Color
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.
YESTERDAY'S LILY - Jeffrey Jones - $200
HOWARD PYLE: Writer, Illustrator, Founder Of The Brandywine School - 2 copies - $85 & $100
THE SILVER SURFER: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience! - Stan Lee & Jack Kirby - $200
THE KATURRAN ODYSSEY Signed - $150
THE ART OF THE BARBARIAN Signed/Limited - Arthur Suydam - $65
THE ART OF FRANKLIN BOOTH - $100
THE WORLD OF A WAYWARD COMIC BOOK ARTIST - Sandy Plunkett, Introduction by Michael Kaluta - $60
RASCALS IN PARADISE - Jim Silke - $85
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Rose City Book Fair
I've forgotten to mention it recently, but Anne and I will be exhibiting at the Portland Rose City Book Fair next weekend, June 16 and 17. Come by, it's a great little show.
Tarzan Volumes 13-16
The new set of 4 books finally rolled in the door. Backorders will be shipping out in the next few days and we'll officially list them next week. ERB Inc rejected the first printing and had them redone, thus the delay. But they look great! Available individually or as a set [ERBA05P. $119.80, $109]. Includes one of my personal favorites, Tarzan at the Earth's Core with a great new Joe Jusko cover!
Ken Kelly (1946-2022)
Over his 50-year career, he focused in particular on paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy subgenres.
Kelly was the nephew of Frank Frazetta's wife Eleanor “Ellie” Frazetta (1935-2009), whose maiden name was Kelly. Early in his career he was able to study the paintings of Frank Frazetta in the latter's studio. In the early 1970s he did a couple of cover paintings for Castle of Frankenstein magazine. Throughout the 1970s he was one of the foremost cover artists on Warren Publishing's Creepy and Eerie magazines.
He depicted Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and the rock acts KISS, Manowar, Sleepy Hollow, Rainbow, and Ace Frehley. His work often portrays exotic, enchanted locales and primal battlefields.
Ken Kelly died on June 3, 2022, at the age of 76.
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