Thursday, September 15, 2022

A New Illustrators Quarterly, Fortunino Matania, British Strips, Spider-Man, Gris Grimly, 30 Years of Harley & Dan Brereton’s By The Blade.

By the Blade by Dan Brereton--signed; 1914-18 Through the Eyes of Matania; Illustrators Quarterly 38, Foreword by Neil Gaiman! British Strips, Spider-Man and Underground Comix Histories, Hocus Pocus by Gris Grimly, 30 Years of Harley Quinn, Garth Ennis & Simon Bisley. The 2023 Olivia/Bettie Page and Boris & Julie Bell Calendars are here. And more….

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Signed extra-illustrated bookplate! Highly Recommended. Featuring many new pieces from the last two years, including work Dan added right up to press time. A 124-page hardcover celebrating swordslingers and she-wolves, ronin and reavers, masters of blade and battle. This is Dan’s tribute to Sword & Sorcery, Samurai Chambara, Weird Tales and Heroic Fantasy. You’ll find Red Sonja (include a short wordless story!), Conan and Belit, Solomon Kane, Fafrd & The Grey Mouser, Flash Gordon, Dale Arden & Ming, Elric of Melnibone, John Carter & Dejah Thoris (nude), Lone Wolf & Cub, Usagi Yojimbo, Death Dealer, and even Batman and Tarzan. And usually several images of each character. And much more, lady sword swingers as well as men. Some nudity. Dan Brereton/Imaginary Beast Books, 2022. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: DANBYHS
Hard Cover, 9x11, 124pg, Partial Color
An exclusive Kickstarter event now available from us. Dan is also working on an original art edition but we won’t have copies for two weeks or so. [DANBYD. $105]. Click here for our complete Brereton selection. Other original art editions are available.

Foreword by Neil Gaiman. Highly Recommended. For the first time ever, the life and astonishing career of John Watkiss are celebrated. Packed with contributions from friends and colleagues, we present the story of the man whose work captivates moviegoers, comic readers and lovers of fine art. His amazing and moody nudes remind us of Jeffrey Jones' and Frank Brangwyn's work (!). In comics he's well known for Sandman presentation paintings, Trigger and Deadman for Vertigo, and Ring of Roses for Dark Horse, promotional art for TV series such as The Walking Dead, collaborations with film director Derek Jarman to helping to launch Disney's Tarzan, along with a host of other activities, art for TV series such as The Walking Dead. This artist is prolific! Bookpalace, 2022....More.

Item Code: IQ38
Soft Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color
Click here for available back issues and IQ Specials.

The first 60 orders will get a special bonus plate. Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Peter Richardson. In August 1914 much of Europe was pitched into a war which would eclipse all others in terms of its industrialized ferocity. With photography and film recording still in their infancy, much of the news was relayed through wartime illustrators. Preeminent among them was Fortunino Matania, The Sphere's artist-on-the-spot for events ranging from coronations to disasters. Sent to a variety of fronts to cover the conflict, his illustrations created a gripping testimony. Over 150 paintings and drawings of the World War I conflict depict all its horrors and special moments. Book Palace, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: THFMH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 160pg, b&w
The publisher added a bonus 7x10 plate, loose, with advance orders only. We have 24 left as I write this. Click here for more Matania, including: Drawing From History: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania [DRFMH. $90] – Our Highest Recommendation Matania Portfolio Volume 1 [FORT01. $37.50] The Art of Fortunino Matania (illustrations Omitted from Drawing from History) RB3639. $125]

Comics History


316 pages. Recommended. By Paul Hudson. A comprehensive guide to the long and distinguished career of the British Newspaper Strip, with 680 different strips from the last hundred years. 650 titles are illustrated, including Andy Capp, the sexy s&s Axa, Bristow, Flook, Fred Bassett, the adventure strip Garth, George and Lynne, more adventure with Jeff Hawke of course, Modesty Blaise; Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, Rupert Bear, Tamara Drewe, The Perishers, Varoomshka, etc. Book Palace, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: ATOZH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 320pg, Partial Color
Here’s more about British comics and creators.

MAVERIX AND LUNATIX Icons of Underground Comix
Highly Recommended. Perverted, Insane, Degenerate, Brilliant. Artist Drew Friedman pays tribute to the great underground comix creators from Z (Zap) to A (Arcade) with 101 wild, highly detailed portraits. Featuring R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, S. Clay Wilson, Melinda Gebbie, Art Spiegelman, Vaughn Bode, Trina Robbins, Bill Griffith, Jay Lynch, Sharon Rudahl, Larry Gonick, Rick Veitch, Joyce Farmer, Justin Green, "Grass" Green, George DiCaprio, Diane Noomin, Harvey Pekar, Robert Williams, Howard Cruse, Dan O'Neill, Spain Rodriguez, Shary Flenniken, Richard Corben, and so many others— all of whom helped to reinvent an entire artistic medium and became icons of underground comix. Fantagraphics, 2022....More.

Item Code: MAVLH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 216pg, b&w
$34.99 $31.99
We have a lot more about underground comics, click here.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Web-Slinger, Hero, Icon
Highly Recommended. This handsome, full color hardcover explores Spider-Man and all his supporting characters, villains, writers and artists over the decades. Longtime comic-industry insider Rich Johnson (former VP of DC Comics, Lion Forge, an Eisner Awards judge, founder of Yen Press) examines the character using more than three hundred Spider-Man illustrations, including covers, interior comic art, variant covers, sketch treatments, and Marvel Studios film concept art. It's a beautifully designed book beginning with Spidey’s first appearance in comics in the early 1960s to present-day treatments. Marvel, 2022....More.

Item Code: AMSPH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 224pg, Full Color
$50.00 $44.99

Art & An Illustrated Novel


HOCUS POCUS The Illustrated Novelization Signed
Signed Bookplate! Highly Recommended. By A. W. Jantha. Art by Gris Grimly. A deluxe novelization, full-color illustrated edition of the cult classic Halloween film from 1993. Here are Max Dennison, the three witches who he inadvertently resurrected on Halloween, Binx the cat, and other iconic characters. Wonderful spot illustrations, full and even double-page pictures as only celebrated, renowned artist Gris Grimly can do it. In all their darkly humorous, uniquely gruesome glory!Disney Press, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: HOCPHS
Hard Cover, 9x11, 240pg, Text/Full Color

From Glenn Danzig's second feature film, Death Rider in the House of Vampires, here are all of longtime Danzig and Verotik collaborator, Simon "The Biz" Bisley's character designs, storyboard art & illustrations for this wild vampire Spaghetti Western! All reproduced full page, plus several preliminary drawings. Violence, some nudity. Verotik, 2022. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: DEARI
Soft Cover, 9x12, 52pg, b&w
Here is more Bisley, including his Slaine, The Horned God.

Archives & Graphic Novels


HARLEY QUINN 30 Years of the Maid of Mischief Deluxe Edition
Recommended. Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. Co-Starring The Joker, Batman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Big Tony, Sy Borgman and Punchline! Follow along on Harley's greatest adventures over the past thirty years as she crowned herself the Clown Princess of Crime, dating back to her very first story in 1993! New introduction by Paul Dini and commentary by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Jordie Bellaire. DC Comics, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: HARMMH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 336pg, Full Color
$49.99 $42.50
Here is more Harley.

All new! Recommended. Two of the greatest British comics of all time join forces to bring you seven blazing new, very well written stories. Ennis is the best writer of wartime comics today, hands down, and here the author of Preacher and The Boys presents his own take on the classic characters of the British series Battle and Action. Ace fighter pilot Johnny Red battles Skreamer of the Stukas on the nightmarish Russian front. Veteran leader The Sarge and his section face hell in the brutal Italian campaign. Wheeler-dealer Crazy Keller drives for his life as World War Two comes to its bloody conclusion. And lethal British agent Dredger doles out justice — of a kind — on the streets of 1980s London. Rebellion, 2022....More.

Item Code: BATACH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 96pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99
Here are more recommended stories by author Garth Ennis.

PHENOMENA Volume 1 The Golden City of Eyes
Recommended. "The world-building, the scope, the creatures, and the architecture..looks like nothing you've ever seen. Bendis has always been a master of the power of story, but with Arauja they unlock something entirely original and fantastic." - Brad Meltzer. Phenomena is the story of a young boy named Boldon and his warrior friend, a cyber named Spike and an orphan, Matilde — survivors of a phenomena that took over Earth years ago. Not an apocalypse . . . something far more interesting. They go on a globetrotting adventure that takes them to a magical, mysterious place called the Golden City of Eyes. Abrams ComicArts, 2022....More.

Item Code: PHEN01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 144pg, b&w

DEJAH THORIS Volume 1 An Outcast of Mars
Collects #1-6, 2019. By Dan Abnett. Art by Vasco Georgiev. Cover by Luisa J. Preissler. Dejah Thoris has been many things: Wife, mother, royalty. But now, she is a determined scientist, dedicated to discovering why her world is freezing, and which political factions know the secret of this global catastrophe. Experience glittering palace intrigue and visceral adventure in the new ongoing adventures of Dejah Thoris! Includes a massive gallery of full page variant covers by Linsner (5), Adam Hughes, Ruffino, Castro (5), Kunnka, Davila, Anacleto plus five Cosplay photo covers. Dynamite, 2022....More.

Item Code: DEJOC01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 156pg, Full Color

RED SONJA Volume 3 Children's Crusade
Collects #13-18, 2019. By Mark Russell. Art by Bob Q. Year two of Mark Russell's epic tale kicks off, joined by artist Bob Q (Captain America, Fantastic Four). In this issue: Sonja The Red has won. Now comes the impossible part... Sonja is queen but now must wager everything to save her people. Full page covers for all six issues by Roberto Castro, Pepoy, Linsner, Laming, Bob Q, Diaz, Gorham, Cosplay photo covers and also work by Gedeon and Anwar. Dynamite, 2022....More.

Item Code: RED03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 156pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

By Rob Vollmar. Art by Pablo Callejo. Blues musician Lem Taylor’s harrowing journey starting from juke joints he appears in to fleeing across Arkansas of the late twenties, a black man hunted down for a crime he didn’t commit. A racially intense story presenting a significant aspect of black history, its music, its social injustice. Violent at times, drawn entirely in pen and ink, reproduced in b&w to give the artwork a raw, powerful edge. NBM, 2022....More.

Item Code: BLUESM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 224pg, b&w
Here’s more blues: Love Me Please, The Story of Janis Joplin and four vintage cards sets: William Stout’s Legends of the Blues and More Legends of the Blues $12.95 each, and R. Crumb’s Heroes of the Blues and Early Jazz Greats $11.95 each.

Omnibus Editions


DOCTOR DOOM The Book of Doom Omnibus
Collects dozens of issues from 1962 to 2003. 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, beginning with his very first appearances! Doom’s unforgettable encounters with The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men and the Avengers — as part of Secret Wars and in his own series/biography, The Books of Doom! A trip to hell with Doctor Strange. The power of the Beyonder. Marvel, 2022. ...More.

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

Massive 544-pages packed with bonus material. By Rick Remender, Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth. The entire Seven to Eternity epic. The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose either to join a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to rid their world of the evil god, or to accept the god's promise to give him everything his heart desires. Image Comics, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: SEVETH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 544pg, Full Color
$59.99 $54.99

New 2023 Calendars


THE ART OF OLIVIA Featuring Bettie Page 2023 Calendar
Our Highest Recommendation. Each page features a large pin-up image plus a full second different image next to the dates! This 12 month wall calendar features three images of Bettie Page, contemporary models and Josephine Baker. Elaborate see-through outfits, tattoos and more of Olivia’s signature style, including several nudes. Amazing work from today’s premier pin-up painter. Each large-size image is like a centerfold, extending to the lower opening. Ozone, 2022. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: OLI23
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

BORIS VALLEJO & JULIE BELL Fantasy 2023 Calendar
Highly Recommended. Each month features a full-color original painting, all new each year. This year: Sisters Clairvoyant, Watchers in the Wood, She Wolf, Keepers of Time, The Great Escape, Fearsome Guardian, Cosmic Entanglement etc. We have a trio of witches, a fairy woman, a Conan like warrior — most images feature at least one beautiful and usually powerful woman. All drawn with meticulous anatomical accuracy. Work by the two premiere fantasy artists, a bestseller each year. Workman, 2022. ....More.

Item Code: BVJB23
12x12, 28pg, Full Color

PIN-UP GIRLS by Elvgren 2023 Calendar (Carousel)
Recommended. If you're a fan of the retro pin-up look then this fantastic collection of cheeky illustrations will be just the thing for you! Twelve classic Elvgren paintings: we have girls in evening dress, in a cowgirl outfit, topless in undies, accidentally exposing lovely legs with black nylons (three like this), posing in swimsuit and nightie, and more fun and humorous sexy images. No full nudity but lots of exposure! Carousel, 2022....More.

Item Code: PING23
12x12, 24pg, Full Color
Here’s more 2023 calendars now in stock. Every calendar, whether or not in stock, will appear in our Holiday print catalog, in your hands in about 60 days. We hope they will all be here by then, but there are often stragglers.

A Late Addition


Hard Cover

Item Code: TM22HS
Hard Cover, 7x10, 120pg, b&w

TERRY MOORE 2022 SKETCHBOOK Hardcover Signed
Signed! Handsome hardcover format. Recommended. Collecting the very best of Terry Moore's sketches over the last year, the 2022 Sketchbook contains 120 pages of gorgeous pinups featuring the women from his books Strangers In Paradise, Motor Girl, Rachel Rising, and more. Three nudes, many more pin-up and good-girl drawings. A must have for art collectors and fans of Moore's award winning stories. Abstract Studios, 2022....More.

Soft Cover

Item Code: TM22S
Soft Cover, 7x10, 120pg, b&w


Earlier we listed the new Terry Moore Sketchbook Softcover but we were not aware that this is also available in a hardcover edition with a different cover. Now we have both editions in stock.


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 October


Film and video director Christopher "mink" Morrison, veteran of Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender’s A Band Apart, is the author of Shinjuku, a story whose urban mix of action and horror is illustrated with raw, propulsive energy by world-famous illustrator Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D). Daniel Legend, in search of his missing sister Angela, discovers the unreal city within Tokyo: Shinjuku, the nexus of realities, riddled with underground pathways. Lowlife crooks and subterranean monsters spill blood and three rival yakuza leaders hold control over every earthly crime. Yet for one mobster lord, Shi, no amount of worldly gain is enough to satisfy him; he plans an unholy scheme to seize control over all existence that merges mysticism with the visionary quantum research that was the legacy of Daniel and Angela’s father. Dark Horse, 2022. Due: Oct. ...More.

Item Code: SHINJH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $44.99
Here is more collections with Yoshitaka Amano.

STEVE CANYON Volume 12 1969-1970
From the end of the tumultuous 1960s into a brand-new decade. Everyone’s favorite bird colonel travels from Alaska to Latin America and romances women from dominating millionaire Copper Calhoon to— Poteet’s old friend, Bitsy Beekman? Things are not always as they seem, but the course of love finally runs true on April 24, 1970. IDW, 2022. Due: Oct. ...More.

Item Code: SC12H
Hard Cover, 11x9, 296pg, Full Color
$49.99 $39.99
Volumes 10 & 11 are available also $49.99, $39.99. Volume 1: 1947-48 & Volume 9:1963-64 are available by special order. And here is more by Milton Caniff including the new Terry series.

SHE-HULK By Dan Slott Omnibus
Before he became a superstar on Amazing Spider-Man, Dan Slott delighted readers with his sensational She-Hulk run! Jennifer Walters is a gamma-powered Green Goliath just like her Hulkish cousin, but her home is in the courtroom — where she takes on some of the Marvel Universe’s wildest cases, litigating alongside coworkers like reformed android Awesome Andy and researching old Marvel comics to set legal precedents. Could She-Hulk’s career get any stranger? Sure! Marvel, 2022. Due: Oct. ...More.

Item Code: SHDSH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 824pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00
Also available is Savage She-Hulk Omnibus by David Anthony Kraft, Mike Vosburg and John Buscema, and She-Hulk Omnibus by Peter David, Shawn Moll et al, and Marvel Masterworks Savage She-Hulk Vol 2. See them all here.

Before he became a superstar on Amazing Spider-Man, Dan Slott delighted readers with his sensational She-Hulk run! Jennifer Walters is a gamma-powered Green Goliath just like her Hulkish cousin, but her home is in the courtroom — where she takes on some of the Marvel Universe’s wildest cases, litigating alongside coworkers like reformed android Awesome Andy and researching old Marvel comics to set legal precedents. Could She-Hulk’s career get any stranger? Sure! Marvel, 2022. Due: Oct. ...More.

Item Code: SPES01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 928pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
In stock now is a facsimile of SSM #1 from 1976 [SPECS01. $3.99]. Here is more Spider-Man.

Another Look!


When I was out of the office for two weeks in August, I didn’t get to handle and describe the arriving books. I’ve just caught up on editing and describing each of these. And I’ve added my recommendations. Here are several that got kind of short shrift with the descriptions the publishers gave us…I wanted to draw your attention these:


Surprise signed bookplate! I really like the art. The story is a grabber that pulls you in. The oblong format is fun and unusual. And we didn’t mention that this comes with a handsome full color bookplate signed by author and illustrator, J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman. Worth a look!


Illustrators 37

Our Highest Recommendation. The major article on Russ Heath alone makes this a must-have item. All of his work here is from original art, thanks to Heritage. But we also have coverage of George Gross, one of the finest of the pulp cover artists. And the cover feature is on an artist entirely new to us, but very, very good—his work is superb. That’s Antonio Caparo.

Here’s more Heath, in Full Mag magazine, Squa Tront #14, Artists at War and Best of DC War. We also have one copy of Flesh & Steel: The Art of Russ Heath (2014; Fine minus condition) [RB3189. $250].


Quaco: My Life in Slavery

Highly Recommended. Based on the illustrated memoirs of John Gabriel Stedman, an army captain in Suriname. Incredible documentation and study went into this. And it is drawn in a very enjoyable Tintin style, making it easy on the eyes. I like it.


Alice Guy: First Lady of Film

This is very impressive. It’s BIG, almost 400 pages. And it has an extensive appendix that offers lengthy biographies of all the important people in the early days of film. Alice herself did 300 films between 1895 and 1922, as the first female movie director. It’s an amazing story.

Drawing from Photos: Problem Solving and Interpretation

Highly Recommended. Patrick J. Jones is one of our favorite illustrators, ever since his first book, The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art of Patrick J. Jones (2017). Since then he’s been doing art instruction books, like Anatomy of Style and Sci-Fi and Painting Masterclass, but still filled with wonderful fantasy art. This time, we also get nude models and see how he interprets the visual image into a painting.


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News & Notes


PS Artbooks Sale

Part 1 was sent out September 7th, and Part 2 will be coming in a couple weeks. We've been backed up with so many new items lately that we haven't been able to finish the sale items. You can see all the available titles on our website here, and the new ones will appear as they are processed.


The Art of Ron Cobb

We would have listed The Art of Ron Cobb this week, but we only got enough copies to fill backorders, the balance were all damaged in shipping. We’ll officially list this when we get our reorder in 2-3 weeks, but you can reserve a copy anytime [ARTCH. $60, $52.50].

Forbidden Worlds Vol 19

Whoops: the printer ran page 2 of the first story twice, duping it as page 1. So this is missing the splash page of the first story. We’ve contacted the publisher PS Artbooks and they are reprinting the book and will replace the defective copies so we’ll do the same for everyone who ordered one. On the up side, this features the first Herbie cover and two Herbie stories [FOR19. $29.99].

Sanjulian and Illustrator’s Quarterly Special: Warren Artists

We’re told these are about six weeks out now from delivery to us from Book Palace in England. Meanwhile, here’s more with Sanjulian including an out of print collection, Tarot Deck and more.


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