Thursday, December 29, 2022

Gary Gianni, Modesty Blaise, James Warren, Neal Adams, Men’s Adventures Quarterly, Mile Morales, Dick Tracy, Alley Oop and much more!

Gary Gianni, The Modesty Blaise Artists, James Warren’s unauthorized biography, and Robots! Neal Adams’ Ra’s Al Ghul, Eerie Card Set, Rorschach, Men’s Adventures Quarterly, Miles Morales, Dick Tracy, Alley Oop, Calendar Flash Sale and much more!

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Art & Illustration


Our Highest Recommendation. This issue's cover feature is on contemporary illustrator Gary Gianni, a modern master whose work still seems to emanate from the Golden Age of Illustration. From Conan, Batman, Hellboy and Solomon Kane, to The Shadow, Prince Valiant (he drew the Sunday Page for 8 years) and The Game of Thrones, celebrate this amazing and versatile artist. Book Palace, 2022....More.

Item Code: IQ39
Soft Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Partial Color


Our Highest Recommendation. First Printing of 1,000. An impressively thick, 160-page look at all the artists who have depicted Modesty Blaise in the comic strips, comic books, hardcover and paperback covers, magazine appearances, even privately commissioned artwork. Jim Holdaway, Enric Romero, John M. Burns, Patrick Wright, Neville Colvin, Gerald Lip to Dick Giordano. Packed with superb examples of all the artists' work, fascinating articles and never before seen script to sketch comparisons, insights and never before seen visuals of Modesty. Nudity. Book Palace, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: IQS16
Soft Cover, 9x11, 160pg, Partial Color
Here are all of the available issues and specials from IQ. And here is more Modesty Blaise, including the Companion.

ROBOTS 1:2 R.F. Collection
Recommended. This compact volume explores the 172 space-themed toys in the R.F. Robot Collection held by the Vitra Design Museum. Largely produced in Japan between 1937 and 1973, this shows the toys and their original packaging on a scale of 1:2, with the largest robot determining the size of the book. QR codes for some of the robots link to a page with short videos showing them in action. Vitra Design Museum, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: ROBRF
Soft Cover, 7x10, 352pg, Full Color

A revised edition of Whitney Chadwick’s seminal 1985 work on the women artists who shaped the Surrealist art movement of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. This pioneering book stands as the most comprehensive treatment of the lives, ideas, and art works of the remarkable group of women. Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Leonore Fini, Kay Sage, Frida Kahlo, and Dorothea Tanning, among others, embodied their age as they struggled toward artistic maturity and their own "liberation of the spirit" in the context of the Surrealist revolution. Well illustrated in b&w and full color. Thames & Hudson, 2022....More.

Item Code: WOMSM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 320pg, Partial Color

WOMEN OF WONDER Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art
Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Cathy Fenner. Introduction by Lauren Panepinto. From the co-editor of Spectrum, a spotlight on women creators of fantastic art (traditionally seen as a largely male domain, though women have always been active participants) from Kewpie creator Rose O'Neill and pulp illustrator Margaret Brundage to Spectrum Grand Masters Diane Dillon and Kinuko Y. Craft. Underwood Books, 2015. Out of print....More.

Item Code: WOMOW
Soft Cover, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color
$24.95 $14.95
More Women Artists and Women in Art: Women Picturing Women, Women and the Comics, Pollen’s Women, Liberatore’s Women, Pin-Ups Around the World, Babes in Arms, Matt Baker, Sorolla and Fashion, and more.

The Inside Story of James Warren


JAMES WARREN EMPIRE OF MONSTERS The Man Behind Creepy, Vampirella and Famous Monsters
Our Highest Recommendation. The definitive biography of the visionary publisher of Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, and Famous Monsters of Filmland, the magazine that inspired filmmakers Steven Spielberg, George Lucas is now available in paperback. Award-winning biographer Bill Schelly digs beneath the hype and myth-making to tell the true story of James Warren, featuring numerous eye-opening, often outrageous anecdotes. Here are the hardscrabble origins of Warren Publishing, its great success and ignominious end, and reemergence on the public scene in the 1990s, and the lawsuit to regain ownership of his literary properties. Fantagraphics, 2022....More.

Item Code: JAMEM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 272pg, Text/Partial Color
$24.99 $21.99

See our website for more Warren: Famous Monsters Chronicles II, Masters of Spanish Art, The Art of Vampirella: The Warren Years, The Art of Jose Gonzales, Spacemen and Vampirella Archives, and more.

And here is more fine comics history by the late and much missed Bill Schelly:
The Golden Age of Comics Fandom
The Best of Star Studded

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s
The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

The Best of Alter Ego 2


Illustrated Fiction


Edited by Robert Deis and Bill Cunningham. Stories and art from the wildest men's magazines of the 50s, 60s and 70s, and a special article on starlet Angie Dickinson, "Cinema's Best Honey." The Heist Issue! "The Flying Bank Looters" from Man's World, October 1967, written by Tom Christopher. "The Flying Bank Looters" art is by Earl Norem (1923-2015), also known for his Marvel b&w magazine covers. "GI Stick-Up Mob That Heisted $35 Million in Nazi Gold" is by Eugene Joseph from Male, November 1967. The cover art here is by the great Mort Künstler, with more interiors by Bruce Minney and six more complete, illustrated stories. Subtropic Productions, 2022. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: MENQ06
Soft Cover, 8x10, 160pg, Partial Color
Volumes 1-4 are $29.95 each, Vol 5 $31.95 [MENQ01, etc]. In the same vein, see the art of George Gross, Mort Kunstler, and Samson Pollen, the Soft Blondes series, the Exotic Adventures of Robert Silverberg, One Man Army and ManEaters!

Highly Recommended. 23 illustrations, deluxe binding. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was a critically acclaimed bestseller upon its publication in 1868. It tells the story of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March”each a young woman with a distinctive and relatable personality, a rare feature for a novel at the time. This is the first modern edition to feature the complete full color illustrations of Clara M. Burd, originally executed in 1926. Deluxe gilt-embossed binding. Fascinating 13-page introduction by Alice "Bunny" Carter. She examines Burd's career and the other three women illustrators of this classic. Abbeville Press, 2022....More.

Item Code: LITTWH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 512pg, Text/b&w
See more in our Illustrated Fiction section: Arsen Lupin: Gentleman Thief, Hocus Pocus, King Arthur, A Princess of Mars (Kaluta), War of the Worlds, King Kong, The Lost World, Cthulhu, Alice in Wonderland and more, including Wrightson’s illustrated Frankenstein!

Flash Sale!

THE FANTASY ART OF LUIS ROYO 2023 Calendar $15.99, $11.99

WOMEN OF MYTH AND MAGIC Kinuko Craft 2023 Calendar $14.99, $10.99

FRACTAL COSMOS The Art of Alice Kelley 2023 Calendar $14.99, $10.99

TOLKIEN 2023 Calendar $15.99, $11.99

GIRLS 2023 Calendar $14.99, $9.99

LINGERIE 2023 Calendar (Avonside) $14.99, $9.99

ASIAN BABES 2023 Calendar $14.99, $9.99

THE FEMALE FORM 2023 Calendar $14.99, $10.99

DAN BRERETON'S NOCTURNALS OCTOBER EPOCH 2023 Calendar Signed $25, $18.75

These are on sale but only for a limited time, then they return to regular price. This special price expires at midnight Wednesday January 4th.


Graphic Novels & Comics


Collects #1-6, 2019-21. Recommended. Written and drawn by Neal Adams. Neal Adams returns to Gotham and one his most beloved storylines, with an all new story, as contenders vie to wear the cape and cowl as the new Batman!! Gotham City is under siege by terrorists, and Batman is determined to find the source. But when Boston Brand/Deadman tries to intervene, he discovers an even more disturbing and deadly truth: the terrorists are led by an inhuman monster. Ra's al Ghul has volunteered his own private security force to aid the Police Department, and now they are the only thing standing between nuclear terror and the townspeople. DC Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: BATVR
Soft Cover, 6x10, 160pg, Full Color
We have three copies left of the hardcover, published in 2021 [BATVRH. $24.99].

Collects #1-12. 2019-2020. Recommended. Well drawn and bargain priced for 300 pages. Writer Tom King joins forces with artist Jorge Fornés for a new miniseries that explores the mythic qualities of one of the most compelling characters from the bestselling graphic novel of all time, Watchmen. So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin trying to kill a candidate running against President Robert Redford? Bonus variant covers, character studies, an amazing 45 cover design concepts by Fornés, and more. DC Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: RORSC
Soft Cover, 7x10, 304pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

By Sam Timel. Art by Jorge Miguel. An oversized graphic novel first published in France. Imprisoned by the thousands in the bowels of an uninhabited moon, they have been erased from official history. All members of the Khelek Dynasty and their allies were banished to the barren caves. Sixty-five years later, their descendants are still captive there. Xinthia has had enough and with the help of a robot warrior turned rebel, she's doing it. Humanoids, 2022....More.

Item Code: SAPIH
Hard Cover, 9x13, 120pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

DEGA Volume 1
A crashed ship, a lone survivor...and a monstrous secret hiding in the dark under the world. On a hostile alien planet, a young astronaut searches to harness the power source buried beneath the surface while struggling to hold on to her sanity. A new graphic novel, the first drawn AND written, by Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, and Firefly artist Dan McDaid. Bonus pages with cover concepts and prelim page ideas. Oni Press, 2023....More.

Item Code: DEGA01H
Hard Cover, 6x9, 58pg, b&w

ALLEY OOP Book Six Mootoo 1938 V.T. Hamlin
Highly Recommended. By V.T. Hamlin. The complete year of 1938 daily Alley Oop strips, all newly scanned and cleaned from newspaper pages. Alley Oop and his friends move from the land of Moo to a new land they call Mootoo. They enlist Dinny to haul carts of stuff; a new love interest comes on board and convinces Oola to bedevil Oop with a hot new leopardskin outfit. Great work. Acoustic Learning, 2022....More.

Item Code: ALLE06
Soft Cover, 11x8, 110pg, b&w
Catch up on Alley Oop by Hamlin and by Dave Graue, plus the oversized and highly recommended Sundays collection, just published. Click here.

Eerie Publications--Back from the Dead


Recommended. The Weird Facsimile series continues with the second issue of the classic horror comic magazine, published in April 1966 by Eerie Publications. Published by the notorious Myron Fass, editing by the creator of the Human Torch, Carl Burgos, and painted cover by Bob Powell. Fantaco, 2022....More.

Item Code: WEIR02
Magazine, 8x11, 48pg, b&w
#1 is also available [WEIR01. $12.99]. Click here for Tales from the Tomb, Weird Mysteries, Eerie Tales and more offbeat horror from magazines from the 50s to the 70s.

Limited Edition. Notations by Mike Howlett. Cover by Bill Alexander. Beginning in 1966, Eerie Publications assaulted newsstands with the most violent, gore-drenched and downright dangerous covers ever to appear on newsstands. Now they are a card set. The card set reproduces 55 of those demented horror covers in full bloody color with back side notations by Eerie Publications maven, Mike Howlett. These are super deluxe and thick 300gsm cards shrink-wrapped in a specially designed box. Fantaco, 2022. Out of print....More.

Item Code: EERTC
3x4, Full Color
Two different items collecting 1970s horror and from two different publishers...both came in this week. Kinda weird, I’d say....

Omnibus Collections


BLACK PANTHER By Christopher Priest Omnibus Volume 1
Collects Black Panther #1-33, 1998-2000 & more. By Christopher Priest. Art by Mark Texeira, Vince Evans, Joe Jusko, and Mike Manley. T’Challa is the man with a plan as the Black Panther is reinvented in this brilliantly sharp and witty political satire! Prepare to see the king of Wakanda through new eyes: those of U.S. government attaché Everett K. Ross! When a new regime stages a coup in Wakanda, T’Challa finds himself an enemy of the state! The Black Panther is always two or three steps ahead — but with foes like Mephisto, Malice, Klaw and Killmonger against him, will T’Challa’s cool head and intricate maneuvers be enough to free his nation without alienating his allies and destabilizing the world? Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: BLPA01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 840pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00

Collects Spider-Man #1-21, 234-240; Spider-Gwen #16-18; Spider-Men II #1-5 & more, 2015-17. By Brian Michael Bendis and Jason Latour. Art by Sara Pichelli, Nico Leon et al. Welcome to the Marvel Universe, Miles Morales! After Secret Wars, the Ultimate Spider-Man is starting a brand new life on a brand new world! 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. ...More.

Item Code: MILM02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 856pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00

CAPTAIN MARVEL By Kelly Sue DeConnick Omnibus
Collects Captain Marvel #1-17, Avengers Assemble #16-19, Captain Marvel #1-15 & 7 more, 2012-14. Higher, Further, Faster, More! She’s been an ace pilot, an Avenger, a cosmic warrior. Now, Carol Danvers has a new name and a new mission, the latest and greatest Captain Marvel. A dramatic decision sends her to the stars — right into the middle of an intergalactic war! Plus a new romance at home and challenges ahead, adventures alongside Spider-Man and the Avengers—and who are the Carol Corps? Very well drawn. Includes bonus variant covers and other material. Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: CAPKSDH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 976pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00

Collects #34-36, including three fold-out color posters. Leather binding, massive 664 pages. By Kentaro Miura. Griffith's new Band of the Hawk assume their unholy forms to battle the monstrous Kushan emperor and his horde of demons, leaving the terrified Midland citizenry to wonder if their rescuers are another horrific curse. Meanwhile, Guts and his companions seek refuge to repair their ship on a small island that is not the safe haven they'd hoped for — it's a sinister place watched over by an ancient, vengeful god whose power is about to be unleashed! Dark Horse, 2022. Mature Readers. ...More.

Item Code: BER12H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 664pg, b&w
$49.99 $39.99


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.


Edgar Rice Burroughs


VICTORY HARBEN Fires of Halos Hardcover
By Christopher Paul Carey. When Gridley Wave contact between worlds is inexplicably broken, young physicist Victory Harben returns to her home in Pellucidar, at the Earth’s Core, to help solve the mystery. Soon Victory finds the riddles of her past are hopelessly entangled with the machinations of an ancient and inscrutable queen of the Mahars. Hurled into the cosmic void by the queen, Victory is hunted down across space and time by a vengeful being whose flaming sword absorbs the souls of the slain, delivering them to the ravenous lords of Halos. Bonus Novelette: "Beyond the Farthest Star: Rescue on Zandar" by Mike Wolfer. ERB, Inc., 2022....More.

Item Code: VICHH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 364pg, Text/b&w
Also available in a softcover edition, same contents and cover [VICH. $21.95].

Back in stock from The Sunday Press


QUEER VISITORS FROM THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ The Complete Comic Strip Saga 1904-1905
Back in Stock. Highly Recommended. Foreword by Eric Shanower. In 1904, to promote his second book, L. Frank Baum and cartoonist Walt McDougall brought his famed characters to a new medium, the comic strip. At this same time, Oz illustrator W.W. Denslow, offered his own Sunday feature, Scarecrow and the Tinman. Now both of these rare cartoon features are collected for the first time, magnificently restored and presented in full Sunday Page size. Sunday Press, 2009....More.

Item Code: QUEEVH
Hard Cover, 17x21, 72pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

Back in stock. Our Highest Recommendation. Frank King's innovations in art, layout and storytelling brought a new warmth and style to the medium at the dawn of the Golden Age of newspaper comic strips. If you are interested in the development of this unique American art form, or simply love beautiful comics, this sumptuous volume is a masterpiece in comic art, and a must for your collection. Sunday Press, 2007....More.

Item Code: SUNWH
Hard Cover, 19x24, 96pg, Full Color
$79.00 $69.00

DICK TRACY Colorful Cases of the 1930S
Oversized 11x15. Recommended. Winner Will Eisner Award, 2017: Best Archival Collection. This selection of Dick Tracy Sunday pages from 1931 to 1939 features Gould’s most infamous villains (Boris Arson, Cut Famon, Johnny Mintworth and The Purple Cross Gang) of the decade, with four complete stories, plus forty more fabulous Sundays highlighting the villains and heroes not seen in the featured cases. Each of these sections features detailed commentary by a Tracy historian. High-quality, hardbound volume produced in collaboration with the Chester Gould-Dick Tracy Museum. Fantagraphics, 2016....More.

Item Code: DTCOLH
Hard Cover, 11x15, 168pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Fantagraphics is helping Sunday Press get these books out to a larger market by handling distribution for them. We’ll have a couple more titles coming back in the next month or two. We also have Little Joe Sunday Comics by Harold Gray 1937-1942 as a special order item [LITJOH. $65].

Coming in February


NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER Epic Collection Volume 3 Who Strikes for Atlantis?
Collects Sub-Mariner #4-27, 1968-70. Recommended. Art by John Buscema, Gene Colan, Jim Mooney, Marie Severin et al. Our hero confronts the bloodthirsty Tiger Shark for the first time, and Destiny returns. The Helmet of the Ancients is revealed to be the powerful Serpent Crown and its evil influence threatens Namor and everyone he loves. The alien Stalker robs Namor of his ability to fly and to breathe underwater. Stranded on land, Namor is public enemy #1 and even Doctor Doom aims for the target on his back. Also a fight with the Thing, a meeting with the 1940s Human Torch and the death of Toro, and the touching return of a love from Namor’s past. Marvel, 2022. Due: Feb....More.

Item Code: NAMS03
Hard Cover, 7x10, 512pg, Full Color
$44.99 $39.99
Volume 2 is out of stock, but we still have Volume 1 [NAMS01. $39.99, $34.99]. Click here for Subby in bargain-priced Might Marvel and the two wonderful 1940s Omnibus Collections, The Pre-War Years with Bill Everett work in Marvel Mystery, his own title #1-4 and much more [TIMGASH. $150, $125] and Post-War Years from his own title 21-42 plus Namora #1-3 [TIMGSPH. $125, $110] Omnibus - $125 and $110. Both have our highest recommendation.

DAREDEVIL Epic Collection Volume 1 The Man Without Fear
New printing. Collects Daredevil #1-21, 1964-66. Our Highest Recommendation. By Stan Lee, Wally Wood, and Dennis O'Neil. Art by Wood, Romita, Colan, Everett. This is it, the first two years of stories starring Marvel's totally original new character, created just after Lee and Ditko (and perhaps Kirby) dreamed up Spider-Man. When a daring act to save a man's life blinds young Matt Murdock, he finds that the same accident has enhanced his remaining senses to superhuman levels! He becomes Daredevil. Origin story by Bill Everett, superlative follow-up stories by Wally Wood, then John Romita. Marvel, 2023. Due: Feb....More.

Item Code: DAE01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 472pg, Full Color
$44.99 $39.99
Part of this material is collected in the Mighty Marvel Daredevil 1, issues #1-11 [MMMD01. $15.99]. And here are more Daredevil appearances.

Coming in March


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Epic Collection Volume 4 The Goblin Lives
New printing. Collects Amazing Spider-Man #53-67, Spectacular Spider-Man (the magazine) #1-2 and more, 1967-68. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee et al. Art by John Romita et al. Spectacular Spider-Man was a full blown magazine, Marvel's attempt to jump Spidey into the more mature magazine world. And they were GOOD: Norman Osborn's memory has returned and with it, the Green Goblin—the only villain who knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man. These two icons meet in a gigantic 58-page masterpiece that will truly captivate you. Also featuring the first appearance of Captain Stacy. Plus 16 bonus pages of features. and much more in the regular issues. Marvel, 2023. Due: Mar....More.

Item Code: AME04
Soft Cover, 7x10, 496pg, Full Color
$44.99 $39.99
Volume 3 is available but almost gone, just one left [AME03. $39.99, $34.99]. Click here for more Spidey in Omnibus, Mighty Marvel and other collections.

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In our latest catalog, with the John Carter/Sanjulian cover, the prices on the Just Arrived page (page 30) are all mixed up. They glitched up in the data download. Unfortunately it may have put you off on new items such as The Charlton Companion priced at $65 when it should have been $39.95!

Prices are all correct on the website — this is only an issue in the printed version and first download version of the catalog. It’s been fixed on the current download version here.

Here are the CORRECT prices and discounts on our blog.


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