Thursday, August 25, 2022

Kinuko Craft’s magnificent new book, Kent Williams does fairy tales, Blacksad, The Animal Man, PS Archives and Replicas plus new calendars.

Kinuko Craft’s Visions of Beauty is just that — it’s a magnificent volume. Kent Williams illustrates Japanese ghost and fairy tales. Ablaze releases four graphic novels newly translated to English. Euro feline hero Blacksad is back in a brand new story. Animal Man gets an Omnibus. Several fine new PS Archives and Replicas. Three of our favorite 2023 calendars are here. And Marvel Comics Library: Spider-Man is back in stock!

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VISIONS OF BEAUTY By Kinuko Craft Signed
Signed bookmark. Limited, 2000. Oversized, 294 pages. Our Highest Recommendation. Collectors and lovers of Kinuko Y. Craft’s work have been waiting for the release of her first full-blown coffee table book. Here it is, with no effort spared to make it a magnificent presentation packed with full page paintings and drawings that have consumed her storied life. Visions of Beauty is magical. She is best known for her fairy tale books with new interpretations of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and so many more. Her passionate love of beauty, fine art and deep knowledge of art history are on display in each painting. Borsini-Burr Inc. & Imaginary Realism, 2022. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge. ...More.

Item Code: VISBEH
Hard Cover, 12x13, 294pg, Full Color
See News and Notes below for details about special editions. Also see Kinuko’s new calendar below. She is featured in Women of Wonder from 2015, which examines women fantasy artists [WOMOW. $24.95, $14.95] from Underwood Books and with our Highest Recommendation. Kinuko is a Spectrum Grand Master.



KWAIDAN & SHADOWINGS Illuminated Edition
Bonus 9x12 print with gold inks. Recommended. Painter and multimedia artist Kent Williams depicts the supernatural Japanese stories of Lafcadio Hearn, the wildly popular author of the early 20th century. These stories first appeared in his prose books Kwaidan and Shadowings. Ghost stories, nightmares and strange tales — of possessed forests, of monks tormented by demons and ghosts, of corpse brides, man-eating goblins, and undead samurai. They come to life as never before under Williams' brush. Beehive Books, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: KWAIH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 168pg, Full Color
Two more Beehive illuminated editions just came in, click here for all Beehive editions.

Four Special Features plus a color booklet and the three feature films. Recommended. Tarzan of the Apes (1918), with the brawny Elmo Lincoln in the title role, introduced the character to movie audiences and told the traditional tale of how the orphaned heir to the Greystoke fortune became lord of the jungle. Lincoln returns in Adventures of Tarzan (1921), this time to rescue his beloved Jane from the clutches of the evil Queen La. And from 1935, now played by Herman Brix (AKA Bruce Bennet), we have The New Adventures of Tarzan. Film Detective, 2022....More.

Item Code: TARVC
Here’s the latest Tarzan collections and appearances, including several out of print Rare Books.

From Ablaze: Four New Hardcover Graphic Novels


Recommended. A student of Classical Literature at the Sorbonne, Séverine lives a banal existence, without brilliance but without drama. But she is given a silk blouse that will mysteriously change her life. From that day forward, men give her a different look, loaded with desire. Does the garment have a magic power? Séverine doesn't know, but she finds that it gives her confidence to live out her sexual fantasies, and those of the men she meets. Nudity, sexual situations. Ablaze, 2022. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: BASVH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 208pg, b&w

GUILLEM MARCH Laura and Other Stories
Recommended. Before his work on Batman and the hit Joker series, before he created Karmen, there was the heartfelt story of Laura, the book that led Guillem March to the mainstream comics world. Does the fact that the boy she has feelings for is in love with someone else mean there is something wrong with her? Other stories include Irene, which explores the nature of inspiration and creating art outside of one's comfort zone, thanks to some advice from a role model and a cameo by Guillem himself. And in Muse, an artist's search for a model puts how a young woman is perceived by her male roommates into perspective. Nudity. Ablaze, 2022. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: GUIML
Hard Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color

The life, career and music of a true rock n' roll god — Grammy-award winning musician Jimi Hendrix — who Rolling Stone ranked #1 on their Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Take a trip into the mind and world of Jimi Hendrix. An exhilarating ride, from Jimi's difficult beginnings in the South, plagued by racism, through his global stardom and triumph at Woodstock, and the excessive lifestyle of a rockstar. Ablaze, 2022....More.

Item Code: HENELH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color

Recommended. By Xavier Dorison. Art by Felix Delep. On the Farm, all animals were equal. In the Castle, some are more equal than others. Forgotten by men, the Animal Castle is ruled with an iron hoof by President Silvio. The bull and its dog militia savor their power, while the other animals are exhausted by work, until the arrival of the mysterious Azelar, a traveling rat who will teach them the secrets of civil disobedience. Ablaze, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: ANIM01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99
Also available shortly will be a limited edition of Animal Castle, signed and numbered from 250 copies. Signed by both writer and artist [ANIM01D. $99].

Comics & Graphic Novels


BLACKSAD They All Fall Down Part One
Angouleme 2022 Grand Prix Nominee. Highly Recommended. By Juan Díaz Canales. Art by Juanjo Guarnido. In this exceptional noir tour de force from writer Juan Díaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarnido, the hotly anticipated worldwide bestseller returns to American shores after a seven-year hiatus with a brand-new two-part storyline! Following its chart-topping 2021 release in Europe and now translated for English-language readers by the team of Brandon Kander and Diana Schutz, feline private eye John Blacksad tangles with the unions, the mob, and mid-century construction magnate Lewis Solomon, who plans to pave New York City’s green space, come hell or high water. Dark Horse, 2022....More.

Item Code: BLATFH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 64pg, Full Color

STEP BY BLOODY STEP A Wordless Fantasy
A color wordless graphic novel from Eisner-Award nominees Matias Bergara and Si Spurrier. My Highest Recommendation. Beautifully drawn, richly colored. There is a girl. She has no memory and no name. Nothing but a guardian. An armored giant who protects her from predators and pitfalls. Together they walk across an extraordinary fantasy world. If they leave the path the air itself comes alive, forcing them onwards. Why? The girl doesn't know, but there's worse than beasts and bandits ahead. Civilization, with its temptations and treacheries, will test their bond beyond its limits. I just finished this…it’s poignant, powerful and makes you think at times, with no dialogue. I loved it. -Bud. Image Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: STEPBB
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Full Color

ROGUE SUN Volume 1
Collects #1-6. Yesterday: New Orleans' greatest hero, Rogue Sun, was murdered. Today: rebellious teenager Dylan Siegel discovers that Rogue Sun was his estranged father, Marcus — and that he's inherited his father's mantle. Tasked with protecting our world from the forces of the supernatural — and solving his father's murder — Dylan will be forced to come to terms with the man he's spent the majority of his life hating. Image Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: ROGS01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 176pg, Full Color

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #318 Greg Hildebrandt Cover
Almost Gone! Variant cover by Greg Hildebrandt. The seminal Black Panther writer Christopher Priest joins Heavy Metal for a prelude story to Entropy, called 3320, the new series debuting in July. Learn how KAKO, the enemy of Taarna has forged his emissaries through the centuries as he sets the stage to create the ultimate villain! The high-octane, science fiction horror of Wiremonkeys gets ever stranger and more twisted. YA horror serial "The Axe" by Fall Out Boy's lead guitarist Joe Trohman and writer/actor Brian Posehn with Deadpool artist Scott Koblish reaches its penultimate chapter! Nudity, sex. Heavy Metal, 2022. Mature Readers. ...More.

Item Code: HM318
Magazine, 8x11, 144pg, Full Color
Back issues in stock are #297, 299, [$9.99 ea]; #302-317 [$13.99 ea] use code HM297, etc. We are unable to restock any back issues. We are down to 4 copies of #299 and 11 copies each of #313 & 315. All others are sold out.

By Ron Marz, Soo Lee and Jordan Clark. Art by Andres Labrada and Emillana Pinna. Set of three one-shot comics: Red Sonja Fairy Tales One Shot Cover C Piriz, Dejah Thoris Fairy Tales One Shot Cover A Lee, and Vampirella Fairy Tales One Shot Cover B Leirix. Red Sonja climbs the bean stalk to take on the giant in the clouds. Dejah Thoris encounters a Snow White style queen who destroys anyone fairer than she. Vampirella falls into the role of Red Riding Hood but the wolf is going to be surprised.... Dynamite, 2022....More.

Item Code: RSDVP
Comic, 7x10, 40pg ea, Full Color
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Archives & Omnibuses


Collects Captain America #247-260, 1980-81. By Roger Stern, John Byrne, Gene Colan and Mike Zeck. These Cap adventures begin with the Machinesmith and his army of robot replicas — and moves on to his own race for the presidency?!? Next, Batroc is back with Mr. Hyde and Cobra. The Stern/Byrne run concludes with a timeless tale of horror from Cap’s war-torn past as Baron Blood seeks to conscript Cap into the army of the undead. Plus a 40th anniversary celebration that explores Cap’s all-American origin. Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: MCA14H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 328pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Collects Animal Man #1-26, Secret Origins #29 and an introduction by Morrison. Highly Recommended. By Grant Morrison. Covers by Brian Bolland. Art by Chaz Truog, Doug Hazelwood, Tom Grummett et al. Grant Morrison’s epic run on Animal Man collected in one massive hardcover! Buddy Baker is more than just a second rate Super Hero — he’s also a family man and animal rights activist. Now, as he tries to jump-start his crime fighting career, he experiences visions of aliens, people transforming into strange pencil-like drawings, and hints of a terrible crisis lurking around the edges of reality. DC Comics, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: ANIMMH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 712pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00

JUSTICE LEAGUE The New 52 Omnibus Volume 2
Collects Justice League #24-52, Forever Evil #1-7, and eleven Darkseid War #1 titles. In 2011, DC’s "New 52" era ushered in daring reinventions of pop culture’s greatest characters with the Justice League at the forefront. Here is the second half of visionary writer Geoff Johns’ time on Justice League. 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. No one stands between them and complete one except for Lex Luthor and his main ally: Batman. DC, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: JLNEW02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1256pg, Full Color
$150.00 $125.00
Volume 1 is in stock [JLNEWH. $125, $110]. Also see Justice League Dark: The New 52 Omnibus [JUSLDH. $150, $125]. Here is more Justice League collections.


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.


PS Comics Archives


Hard Cover

Item Code: CLHOR01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 186pg, Full Color


Collects Terrifying Tales #11, Tormented #1 & 2, and Climax #1 & 2, 1953-55. Variant good-girl cover. Recommended. Art by Mike Sekowsky, Bill Ely, Sal Trapani, A.C. Hollingsworth, Mike Roy et al. Terrifying Tales #11 (1953) with "Black Magic!" "Voodoo! Jungle Mystery!" and cover artwork by L.B. Cole. And there's more, with shocking and eerie tales including cannibalism in the pages of The Tormented #1 & 2 (1954). Climax #1 (1955) is from tiny publisher Stanley Morse and features the aptly titled "Fate!" where no matter which road Rocky Webster chooses he meets justice! Climax #2 gives us "The Witness," where Tony Paris commits murder but picks the wrong girl to be his alibi! PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Soft Cover

Item Code: CLHOR01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color


Collects Dell's Combat #1-5, 1961-62. Painted covers. Recommended. Remarkable accounts of some of the fiercest battles in World War II: "Get the Bismark!" "Pearl Harbor." "The Death March of Bataan." "Lt. John F. Kennedy, USNR," the story of President Kennedy on PT Boat 109. The great "Desert Fox" falls before the surging onslaught of British might! And all featuring the stunning artwork of the great Sam Glanzman! "Pearl Harbor" recounts how the Japanese lost 28 planes, while the U.S. lost half of its entire Pacific Fleet, all in 120 minutes ! PS Artbooks, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: PCAD05H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
There is also a softcover edition but it has not yet arrived here. Variant PT 109/John F. Kennedy cover [PCAD05. $29.99]. Here are previous Classic Adventure volumes.

Collects #1-5, 1950-51. Wonderful variant Dracula cover. Recommended. Ace Comics' premiere horror title, with strong work by Harvey's own Warren Kremer, Mike Sekowsky, DC's and Eisner-shop vet Jerry Grandenetti, Ken Rice, Atlas and Marvel artist Al Hartley, Maurice Gutwirth, Ace Baker (often mistaken for Matt), Louis Zansky, the always-eccentric Paul Gattuso, and all-star but forgotten Jim McLaughlin. Ghosts, mad scientists, werewolfs, demented witches, even Dracula (or at least a look-alike) are all here. Classic horror from the heyday of EC and the pre-code horror boom. PS Artbooks, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: PCTB01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects #6-10, 1951-52. Variant Lou Cameron cover. Recommended. Ace Magazines’ The Beyond continues apace with the same excellent creative line-up, from the golden years of the early 50’s. Jim McLaughlin, Gene Colan, Ace Baker, Maurice Gutwirth, Mike Sekowsky, Ken Rice, Louis Zansky and Lou Cameron. "Scourge of the Scorpion Cult," "Return from the Great Abyss," "The Doorway to Yesterday," "The Winged Spectres of Dismal Swamp," "On the Other Side of Death’s Door," "The Vampire of the Opera," "Leopard Girl’s Dread Domain." PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: PCTB02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
These are brand new softcover versions of previously published hardcovers, which appeared in 2019 and 2020. We don’t keep these in stock any longer but you can special order them [PCTB01H and PCTB02H. $45.99 ea].

Collects #102-107, 1958-59. Highly Recommended. By Richard Hughes. Art by John Buscema, John Rosenberger, John Forte, Paul Reinman, Ogden Whitney, et al! The latest version of this fondly remembered title, containing weird tales of the Past, Present and Future, brought to you by the ACG crew. John Buscema puts in two excellent appearances here. Wild and fun stories by the legendary Richard Hughes, as well as entertaining Letters Pages, two in each issue complete with Hughes' personal comments doing the Stan Lee thing before Stan! PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: ADU18
Soft Cover, 7x10, 216pg, Full Color
See all available volumes here and sister publication, Forbidden Worlds.

Collects #47-50, 1947. Highly Recommended. In my mind, the prime era of Planet. Featuring the sexy Futura by Lily Renee, Star Pirate by Murphy Anderson, Auro, Lord of Jupiter and Lost World by George Evans, Mysta of the Moon by Fran Hopper. This was the #1 science fiction comic during the Golden Age, as well as a treasure chest of Good Girl artwork. PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: PLC15
Soft Cover, 7x10, 208pg, Full Color
All previous fourteen volumes are in stock, some at $24.99, plus hardcovers, several still on sale.

PS Replica Editions


August 1973, 68 page issue. Recommended. Skywald's new #1 issue, according to editor Al Hewetson's introduction, was in response to readers' opinions in this companion magazine to Nightmare and Psycho. "The Strange Painting Of Jay Crumb," a spoof on underground cartoonists Jay Lynch & Robert Crumb by Felipe de la Rosa; "The Comics Macabre," by Hewetson and Maelo Cintron featured characters based on Seduction of the Innocent author Fredric Wertham and Comics Code Authority president Len Darvin! Plus a host of Spanish artists including Vincente Segrelles, Jossep Gual et al. PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: SCRE01
Magazine, 7x10, 68pg, b&w

NIGHTMARE #2 Replica Edition
Cover by Boris Vallejo. Recommended. From February 1971, publisher Skywald's popular horror black-and-white magazine with 68 pages. Bill Everett and Gene Fawcette are here, along with "Children of the Cold Gods" by Ross Andru, "The Phantom of Philip Hawks" by A.C. Hollingsworth, "The Circle of Circe!" by Syd Shores, and "Blood for the Vampire" by Norman Nodel. "Pressed for Time" scripted by Marv Wolfman and penciled by Dan Adkins. All reproduced here completely, like the original comic magazine. PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: NIGHM02
Magazine, 7x10, 68pg, b&w
Issue #1 is in stock [NIGHM01. $18.99]. Also see Psycho #1 & 2 for more of these early 1970s Skywald horror magazines. For more about Skywald, I recommend It Crept From the Tomb, a history of horror comics [ITCRE. $29.95]. Only two copies left.

Collects Charlton Premiere #2, 1967. Written by Denny O'Neil, and drawn by the late great Pat Boyette. A full length story with a unique blend of full color and black and white pages. Holocaust, space and time traveling, mutants...a compelling story, especially given the period it was produced in and the audience (kids?) it was aimed at. A rather obvious Dr. Strangelove reference as the world faces an uncertain future in the age of the Atom Bomb. PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: CHILDO
Magazine, 7x10, 36pg, b&w
Click here for more Replica editions. Pat Boyette also appears in the Ghostly Tales archives from PS.

2023 Calendars


FRACTAL COSMOS The Mathematical Art of Alice Kelley 2023 Calendar
Highly Recommended. Organic computer-generated designs of Alice Kelley's, who says, Fractals are an intuitive glimpse into the infinite order that composes the natural world, as well as being proof that math is beautiful. Fractals are the visual depictions of mathematical equations — the same equations, in fact, that describe natural phenomena such as crystal growth, galaxy formation, plant shapes, and weather patterns. Amber Lotus, 2022....More.

Item Code: FRA23
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

Recommended. Step into the mind-bending universe of digital painter Android Jones. At the forefront of the Electro-Mineralist art movement, Jones manipulates light and energy to explore the complex concepts of spirituality and altered states of consciousness. These vibrant multilayered psychedelic pieces challenge your perception of reality and push the boundaries of imagination. Amber Lotus, 2022....More.

Item Code: AJ23
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

WOMEN OF MYTH AND MAGIC Kinuko Craft 2023 Calendar
Highly Recommended. From mythical archetypes to historical figures, women have inspired great literature, poetry, and, above all, magnificent works of art. Among contemporary artists inspired by ladies of legends, none shines brighter than Kinuko Y. Craft. In this elegant calendar she presents 12 opulent and richly detailed portraits of enchantresses, goddesses, brave warriors, and fairy-tale princesses, each weaving a spell of breathtaking feminine beauty. Amber Lotus, 2022....More.

Item Code: WOME23
12x12, 24pg, Full Color
See all in-stock calendars here. And remaining on-sale 2022 calendars here, as low as $1.99.

Back in Print


New printing. Recommended. Travel back in time to witness the creation of the world’s favorite web-slinger as dreamed up by comic book legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who redefined what it meant to be a hero. In this Hulk-sized collector’s dream, the first 21 Spider-Man stories from 1962-1964 have been meticulously photographed from the most pristine copies of these rare comic books — a fine art celebration of the teen super hero in this inaugural volume of Taschen’s Marvel Comics Library series and reproduced in XXL size. Taschen, 2022. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge. ...More.

Item Code: MARS01H
Hard Cover, 11x16, 698pg, Full Color
$200.00 $180.00
The Avengers is available in the same XXL format. It collects the first 20 issues from 1963-65 [MARSA01AH. $200, $180].

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Visions of Beauty by Kinuko Y. Craft Deluxe Editions

The publisher is also doing several super deluxe editions starting at $1195 and including a Gold Edition with an original drawing, limited to 25, at $2995. The editions are very small (25 for the Gold Edition) and availability will be very limited. Inquire with LaDonna here at Bud Plant (530-273-2166, M-F 9-4 PST) for full details and to reserve a copy; these are special order items.

August Sale

In the constant battle of space here in the warehouse, we put another 100 plus titles on clearance. A special August Sale email was sent on Tuesday, click here if you are not already on our special email list. We are also offering a free 2022 calendar with any order while supplies last. Click here to see a list of all the newly reduced items.


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