Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Life & Art of Dave Cockrum, Philip Jose Farmer’s Stone God, Astro City, Archie, Daredevil & Frazetta Coming in Feb.

The Art and Life of Dave Cockrum is here, a modern Pin-Ups book, "See you in San Diego," a new Character Design Quarterly, the story of Nat Love aka Deadwood Dick, The Great Gatsby with wonderful illustrations, and much more.

First chance to reserve copies of Taschen’s enormous XXL editions of Marvel Comics Library The Fantastic Four and the long-awaited…Fantastic World of Frank Frazetta!

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THE GREAT GATSBY Illuminated Edition
Highly Recommended. The Italian illustrators known as the Balbusso Twins are taking on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest novel, bringing out the richness, satire and sorrow that suffuses this Jazz Age saga of wealth, corruption, decadence and love. Their modern illustration style highlights the relevance of Fitzgerald’s story, which has only seemed to increase over time. Deluxe edition in a die-cut slipcase matching the earlier Beehive illustrated editions and wonderful full gilt slipcase design. Beautiful reproduction. Beehive Books, 2021....More.

Item Code: GREGH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 294pg, Full Color
Last week Kwaidan & Shadowing by Lafcadio Hearn came in, illustrated by Kent Williams. Next week A Voyage to Arcturus illustrated by Jim Woodring will be listed (it’s in stock now). All six releases are in die cut, gold and silver embossed slipcases and still $100 each. Peter Pan is on sale at $59, (only 4 left). And here’s other fine books from Beehive.

SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture
400 photos and artworks. Highly Recommended. Forewords by Stan Sakai and Jeff Smith. Afterword by RZA. A comprehensive oral chronicle of the early days of San Diego Comic-Con. Intimate, hilarious, and often-thought provoking stories by Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Bruce Campbell, Felicia Day, Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonés, Trina Robbins, the Russo Bros., Tim Seeley, Kevin Eastman, Len Wein, Maggie Thompson, Scott Shaw, Brinke Stevens, Mark Evanier, and sci-fi writers Greg Bear and Gregory Benford, who began attending the show as youngsters. Fantagraphics, 2022....More.

Item Code: SEEYO
Soft Cover, 8x10, 480pg, Text/Partial Color
$39.99 $34.99
Here’s more comic-con sketchbooks and convention history.

Art & Illustrated


By Lucy Radford-Earle. Introduction by artist Fiona Stephenson. Previously considered taboo, pinup women continue to grow in popularity in the art community. The current appeal of pinup art celebrates the sensuality of the women depicted, often drawn by women themselves. This around-the-world survey features contemporary artists, grouped by subjects from Seduction and Surreal, to Halloween and Sci-fi. Chartwell Books, 2022....More.

Item Code: PINAWH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 176pg, Full Color
Click here to see more of the latest Pin-Up collections.

CDQ is a lively, creative magazine bringing inspiration, expert insights, and leading techniques from professional illustrators and artists worldwide. Among this issue’s highlights: Amelia Bothe reveals the process of creating this issue's cover; we go behind the scenes at London animation studio Blinkink, talk to animator Carlos Luzzi, character creator Jeanne Wong, Wouter Bruneel shows how to stylize character designs, Laura Pauselli reveals making contrasting emotions effect character design. 3dtotal Publishing, 2022.  ...More.

Item Code: CDQ21
Soft Cover, 8x11, 104pg, Full Color
#20 is also available [CDQ20. $16]. Here’s more on Character design.

THE STONE GOD AWAKENS Deluxe Signed Hardcover
Signed by Danny Adams and Charles Berlin on an extra-illustrated page! Gold-embossed silver binding with dust jacket. Limited, 150. By Philip Jose Farmer, art by Charles Berlin. Twentieth-century scientist Ulysses Singing Bear had no idea his experiments with atomic stasis would result in a twenty-million-year journey to a world peopled by the descendants of present-day mammals. It is the world of Awina, the cat-woman who impossibly falls in love with Ulysses. It is the planet of the mammoth continent-spanning intelligence — The Tree, whose branches touched the heavens and whose roots clasped hell — who knew that Ulysses, the newly-awakened Stone God, could destroy his reign. Meteor House, 2022....More.

Item Code: STONGH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 218pg, Text/b&w
Also available in softcover [STONG. $23].

Limited. Highly Recommended. By Glen Cadigan. Introduction by Alex Ross. From the letters pages of Silver Age comics to his 2021 induction into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, Dave Cockrum started as a fan but rose to the top of the comic book industry as the artist who reinvented the modern X-Men. Beginning with his childhood obsession with comics and continuing through his years in the Navy, follow the rising star from fandom (where he was one of the "Big Three" fanzine artists) to pro-dom, where he helped revive two struggling comic book franchises: the Legion of Super-Heroes and the X-Men. TwoMorrows, 2022....More.

Item Code: LIFDCH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 162pg, Text/Partial Color
$36.95 $33.95
Also available in softcover [LIFDC. $27.95, $25.95].

MUTINY MAGAZINE #3 Marcus Williams cover
Bill Sienkiewicz interview. Recommended. These are looking better and better every issue. In-depth interviews, features and original creator owned comic stories! Return of the No Future series (by Eder Messias & Fabrice Sapolsky), a long conversation with comic book heavyweight Jason Aaron (Avengers, Conan, Southern Bastards), with the Miranda Brothers, and with Kelly Thompson, top Marvel Comics writer for ten years now. Plus a bold new creator owned story from Djibril Morissette Phan called "The Eternal Winter", a never seen before tale from Eisner nominated and Glyph Awards winning series Watson & Holmes drawn by Rick Leonardi, a legendary French hero Photonik published in the US for the first time ever, comics from Russia and Ukraine, and so much more! Fairsquare Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: MUTM03A
Magazine, 8x11, 100pg, Full Color
Mutiny #1 is still available with variant covers by Karen Darboe and Gene Ha, and #2 cover by Moritat (featuring Moebius) $15 each.

Back in Print. Recommended. By Steven Heller. America of the 1960s exuded optimism and a bright economic future. Advertisers seduced Americans to indulge in a giant consumer binge. This collection of ads features stars such as Sean Connery, Woody Allen, Salvador Dalí, and Sammy Davis Jr. endorsing everything from bourbon to suits to the latest sleek streamlined cars, in an era known for extremes. Social change at the end of the era brought psychedelic art, hippies and liberated women and minorities now making their way into mass advertising! Taschen, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: ALL60H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 640pg, Full Color

Back in Print. Recommended. By Steven Heller. Edited by Jim Heimann. Cover by Nagel. The emergence of the digital world signaled a looming change in the advertising industry. Still cash, cocaine, and Calvins were the staples of flagrant consumerism. With cell phones just around the corner and the death of print in the air, advertisers were still devoting substantial dollars to the outrageous and flamboyant. The "greed is good" mantra on Wall Street spawned the power-dressing, exercise-obsessed "Me Generation" of Yuppies. The art world enjoyed the influx of capital; computers and video games ruled in the office and at home. Leg warmers were big, shoulder pads were bigger and hair was biggest of all. Taschen, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: ALL80H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 640pg, Full Color
Also available is the 70s [ALL70H. $40]. Here’s more advertising & Pop Culture.

Graphic Novels


BEST SHOT IN THE WEST The Thrilling Adventures of Nat Love the Legendary Black Cowboy!
Highly Recommended. Powerful, unusual artwork and a gripping and true story of an unforgettable man, by famed authors and historians Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack Jr., now in paperback! Born into slavery in 1854, Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick, grew up to become the most famous African American cowboy in the Old West. A contemporary and acquaintance of Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, Nat was widely known as an expert roper and driver, a crack shot, and a real Wild West character. Chronicle Books, 2022....More.

Item Code: BESSWE
Soft Cover, 6x8, 136pg, Full Color
At $9.99, Best Shot is really a bargain. Here’s more graphic novel westerns.

BLACK BETH Vengeance Be Thy Name
New introduction by Worley. Recommended. By Alec Worley. Art by Blas Gallego & DaNi. In a world of swords and sorcery, the evil tyrant Rassau discovers that he is destined to be killed by a fearsome warrior called Beth. Together with his men, Rassau seeks Beth out, destroying her village and killing all held dear to her. With the aid of a former warrior, the blind Quido, Beth becomes a skilled fighter and sworn enemy of all that is evil...and will not rest until her people are avenged. Contains both the 1988 origin and all stories since it was resurrected in 2108. Masterfully worked into a seamless sequence by writer Alec Worley and DC Comic's newest star, Greek artist, DaNi! Rebellion, 2022.  ...More.

Item Code: BLABET
Soft Cover, 7x10, 80pg, Partial Color

Collects #1-5, 2022. Ron Marz and Ron Lim return to the Sentinel of the Spaceways with a brand new tale of cosmic adventure set during their classic 1990s run on Silver Surfer. When the Reality Gem is stolen from safekeeping by an unknown antagonist, the resulting chaos attracts the attention of Thanos — and the Mad Titan seeks the aid of the Surfer to recover the gem! As reality fractures around them, our unlikely duo cross paths with familiar faces including Nebula, Jack of Hearts, Galactus — and Mar-Vell! Marvel, 2022....More.

Item Code: SSREB
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
Here is more Silver Surfer.

Collects first 12 chapters of the digital comics series. By Sam Hamm. Art by Joe Quinones. Continuing the adventures of the Dark Knight from Tim Burton's classic movie Batman, Batman '89 pulls on a number of threads left dangling by that film while continuing in the tradition of DC's very successful Batman '66 series. In 1989 moviegoers were amazed at the new vision of the Dark Knight brought to the screen, starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as The Joker. Now, in the tradition of DC's very successful Batman '66 series, Batman '89 is set in a truly gothic Gotham City and features colorful villains including The Joker, Two-Face, and many more. DC Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: BAT89H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 152pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

By Matt Arnold. Art by Riccardo Burchielli. In the near future, two convicts (a disgraced senator and her husband) are sentenced to twenty-five years in a cryogenic penal facility for a horrible crime they claim they didn’t commit. When the prison malfunctions, the escapees discover that they’ve been incarcerated for thousands of years and are now the only survivors of a global catastrophe that wiped out mankind, an event so devastating that prehistoric creatures now walk the Earth. Will the world’s worst criminals be able to rise to the challenge of building a better society than the one they left? Dark Horse, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: EDENS
Soft Cover, 7x10, 136pg, Full Color
$22.99 $20.99

Comics Archives


Art by Dave Gibbons, Alan Davis et al. Introduction by Pat Mills. Dozens of complete stories from 2000 AD, written by the "Galaxy's Greatest" ideas man! From Tammy to The Eagle, Gerry Finley-Day was one of the most prolific comic book writers throughout the 1970s and 80s. His work for 2000 AD in particular was extraordinary and included such beloved strips as future war G.I. Rogue Trooper, the "Great Escape" in space titled Harry 20 on the High Rock, the Star Wars inspired V.C.'s and a gritty 1970s take on the iconic Eagle character Dan Dare. 2000 AD, 2022....More.

Item Code: BESGFH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 244pg, Full Color
Here’s more from 2000 A.D.: Judge Dredd, Slaine, The Spider, Karl the Viking—and 2000 A.D. artists Carlos Ezquerra, Mick McMahon and Brian Bolland (on sale!).

Collects Astro City Vol 2 #13-22, Local Heroes #1-5, Special #1 and more, 1995-97. Highly Recommended. Star creators Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, and friends bring you more stories that changed how we think about superheroes in their own universe of offbeat heroes, Astro-City. Here is the award-winning tale of Steeljack, a washed-up supervillain looking for a chance at a straight life — this super-powered convict must turn detective to protect his community. A young lawyer becomes entangled with a chilling avenger. A television actor finds himself playing superhero for real. A living cartoon, the chilling Blue Knight, an unusual comic book publisher and other heroes, villains, citizens and visitors in the strangest city on earth! Image Comics, 2022.  ...More.

Item Code: ASTC02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 496pg, Full Color
Vol 1 comes with a bookplate signed by Busiek, Anderson and Alex Ross! We still have eight of these available [ASTC01. $29.99].

Massive 500 pages! One of the best-selling manga — by one of the most decorated cartoonists in the world — comes to the U.S., starring vampire teens. The Poe Clan: a race of undead that feeds on the energy of the living, whiling away the centuries in a village of roses where time and geography have no meaning. Circumstances lead to a brother and sister, Edgar and Marybelle, being initiated into the clan too young, and therefore doomed to live out eternity forever on the brink of adulthood, until a wooden stake or a silver bullet should cut them down. Fantagraphics, 2019....More.

Item Code: POEC01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 512pg, b&w
$39.99 $34.99

Massive 500 pages! Handsome embossed cover. By Moto Hagio. In the concluding second volume, an amnesia-stricken Edgar is found alone on a snowy night in England. Separated from his “vampirnella” clan, who feed on the energy of the living and while away the centuries, he struggles to remember his own name. In stories like “Piccadilly, Seven O’Clock,” “Edith,” and “The Last Will and Testament of Oswald Owens,” there are murders, mysteries, seances, and obsessions — and generations of humans whose lives are profoundly affected by a boy who does not age, and his companions: sister Marybelle and Alan Twilight, a 14-year-old from the 1800s. Fantagraphics, 2022....More.

Item Code: POEC02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 404pg, b&w
$39.99 $34.99

This series is the #1 value in comics archives: featuring over 100 full-color, classic stories in a convenient Digest format. 1000 pages of iconic Archie comic stories with Betty & Veronica, Jughead and Reggie and the gang. These look like 1970s and later. Note: these bindings are low-rent, so please allow for small scuffs and spine wrinkles, all copies have them. Archie Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: ARCPC
Soft Cover, 5x6, 1000pg, Full Color
Here’s more Archie collections, as well as Archie’s Rivals in Teen Comics: An Illustrated History signed [ARCRIS. $39.95]—two copies left.

Collects Daredevil #173-181, 1981-82 & 4 more comics. Highly Recommended. By Frank Miller. In issue after issue, Frank Miller redefined the Man Without Fear with work that stands atop the peak of comic book storytelling. Here Elektra and Daredevil fight the unstoppable ninjas of The Hand. Miller introduces Stick, the gruff mentor who trained a young Murdock and who now must help him regain his radar sense before the Kingpin closes in. A deadly reckoning for Ben Urich and with Bullseye that ends in one of the most legendary moments in comics history. Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: MMDA16H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 352pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Here’s more Daredevil, including the original 1940s hero, whose name Marvel usurped.

CONAN THE KING The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 1
Collects King Conan #1-19, 1980-83. Highly Recommended. Conan is now ruler of Aquilonia. But Conan on the throne is still Conan. Palace intrigue adds a new level of drama with Queen Zenobia and heir to the throne Prince Conn taking prominent roles. Old nemeses like Thoth-Amon return, while mystical prophecy ties Conan to the first king of the realm. Each issue is a double-sized extravaganza by Roy Thomas, Doug Moench and Alan Zelenetz and with artwork by John Buscema and Marc Silvestri.. Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: KINC01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 776pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
Here are more Conan graphic novels and archives.

FANTASTIC FOUR Epic Collection Volume 8 Annihilus Revealed
Fantastic Four enters a new era as Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway take the reins. Thomas begins where it all began — with the Mole Man. This time he's paired with Kala, Queen of the Netherworld, and topped off with a retelling of the FF’s origin. The Human Torch’s relationship with Crystal runs head on into Quicksilver. The Frightful Four launch a surprise attack. Medusa will become the FF’s newest member. Then, it’s into the Negative Zone for the origin of Annihilus.Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: FFE08
Soft Cover, 7x10, 504pg, Full Color
$44.99 $39.99
Click for more Fantastic Four Epic, Mighty Marvel and Omnibus collections.

Huge Taschen Editions Coming Jan. & Feb.


Our Highest Recommendation. This monograph is the biggest and most complete ever produced on the artist, done in collaboration with the Frazetta family and with top collectors. Frank Frazetta has reigned as the undisputed lord of fantasy art for 50 years, his fame only growing in the 10 years since his death. With his paintings now breaking auction records, he's long overdue for this ultimate monograph. Born to a Sicilian immigrant family in Brooklyn, 1928, Frazetta was a minor league athlete, petty criminal and serial seducer with movie star looks and phenomenal talent. Taschen, 2022. Due: Feb. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: FANWFH
Hard Cover, 11x16, 472pg, Partial Color
$200.00 $180.00

Recommended. In 1961 Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four, a powerhouse super hero team that kicked the comic book industry into high gear. These four super-powered beings with complex human emotions revolutionized the world of comics. This enormous XXL volume collects their first 20 stories reproduced oversized, and documents how it became in Lee's words "the world's greatest comic magazine." Taschen America, 2022. Due: Jan. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: MARF01H
Hard Cover, 11x16, 700pg, Full Color
$200.00 $180.00

2023 Calendars

VINGA23 -- VINTAGE GOLDEN AGE COMICS 2023 Calendar $24.95


VINPH23 -- VINTAGE PULP HORROR 2023 Calendar $24.95

VINWE23 -- VINTAGE WESTERNS 2023 Calendar $24.95

VINM23 -- VINTAGE MONSTERS 2023 Calendar $24.95

VINS23 -- VINTAGE SCI-FI 2023 Calendar $24.95

VINW23 -- VINTAGE WAR 2023 Calendar $24.95


LR23 -- THE FANTASY ART OF LUIS ROYO 2023 Calendar $15.99

FRAZ23 -- THE FANTASY ART OF FRAZETTA 2023 Calendar $15.99

Two other Frazetta calendars are coming in October from the Frazetta Girls:

Golden Girl Regular Edition $28

Sea Witch Deluxe Edition $38

We’re not taking orders on these yet; watch for listing. Both come in premium slipcase envelopes. The Deluxe will have a bonus Jan 2024 spread and foil stamping on the calendar and envelope—we are being allocated only a limited number of these making us the only source besides the Frazetta Girls.

Here’s several more of our early-to-arrive calendars.



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.


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PS Artbooks Sale

We are currently processing over 50 titles newly on sale. Most of these we’ve been out of for quite a long time —as much as years; a few were on sale before, but most are fresh newly discounted titles. Many are in slipcases, if that was the only way we could get them (we don’t usually stock the slipcased editions). We’re planning two sale emails just to cover all these, hopefully with the first one going out next Tuesday. Watch for them as they appear as new arrivals beginning Sept 1.


At The Earth’s Core Update

Copies are now in stock but with a caveat. Here’s a note from the publisher:

"We’re getting lots of great feedback from fans who are saying this is our best effort yet. We really poured our hearts into this one. Almost 90% of the production (printing, assembly, stamping, collation, tipping in the color illustrations) was done by hand. It took a team of 20+ people working all day just to do final production and pack out.

[However] pg. 302 is missing. We’re still trying to figure out what happened. It is the last page of the book and the second page of the Acknowledgements. It doesn’t take away from the amazing effort of our team, but it is really annoying and I can’t believe it slipped through our proofing. We’ve never had this happen before, but this is the first time we’ve ever had to set up master plates for a plate maker and that’s where the problem occurred. Four different people could/should have caught it, but it’s ultimately my fault."

The publisher is printing the missing page letterpress, just like the rest of the book, and rushing them to us with an explanatory errata sheet. We’ve elected to NOT ship out the books until we have this page in hand, so it’ll be about two weeks wait, say September 10-15, when we can ship the complete package out. All that said, we DO have copies available and you are welcome to reserve one now. If you would like your limitation number to match the other editions you’ve bought from us (Princess of Mars, Tarzan of the Apes, etc), please note it on your order.  It will remain listed as a "coming item" until we have the missing page.


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