Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Freak Brothers, Fantasy artist Gilead, Kevin Nowlan, The Spirit, Carmine Infantino, Tales From the Crypt and new Graphic Novels.

The holidays are over and it’s a bit quiet this week. We have nearly as many coming as new items. Coming items include a Kevin Nowlan Artist’s Edition, The Spirit Artisan Edition, Carmine Infantino’s best comics, Tales From the Crypt and Planet of the Apes. And here’s some cool new items too! Enjoy.

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Deluxe die-cut cover. Highly Recommended. By Gilbert Shelton and Paul Mavrides. In this collection of hilarious and politically incorrect short comics, Freewheelin’ Franklin, Phineas, and Fat Freddy form a band; bring home a stray container of plutonium; try to make it through a whole day without getting stoned; and help Phineas through his pregnancy, in “Phineas Gets an Abortion.” (About which, say no more). Second in a series of seven chronological volumes. Fantagraphics, 2023....More.

Item Code: FABICH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 144pg, Partial Color
$22.99 $20.99

The Idiots Abroad is the first volume in this series of seven, each with a matching die-cut front cover [FABIH. $22.99, $20.99]. Here is more from the world of Underground Comics and Artists.

Signed! Fantasy artist Gilead combines a passion for working with live nude models and creating Sword and Sorcery heroes and heroines. Here we have brave and beautiful women, fiendish villains, monsters and more. He shows us the process, from initial drawing of the models to adding clothing and weapons and further details. Gilead, 2020. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: GIL01S
Soft Cover, 8x11, 40pg, b&w

Signed! Magic, mystery, heroic barbarian warriors both men and women, sorcerers, mischievous goblins, dragons, fierce mountain apes...this second collection has lots of flesh but no nudity. And it concentrates on finished works where the first sketchbook showed the process to get there. We like the new color cover and there is more commentary by the artist. Gilead, 2022....More.

Item Code: GIL02S
Soft Cover, 8x11, 40pg, b&w
Here’s more signed sketchbooks starting with the latest releases, including Art Adams, Justin Sweet (see below), Terry Moore, Mandy, and several scarce out of print titles in Rare Books.



KRAZY & IGNATZ Volume 4: 1925-1927
Recommended. By George Herriman. This Eisner Award-nominated series showcases one of the most renowned and celebrated comic strips in the art form's history as it strides boldly through the mid-1920s, its quirky characters in full flower in this gorgeous, archival hardcover collection. Ignatz repeatedly sets elaborate traps for Krazy (long before the Road Runner), adventures on the "enchanted mesa," wacky weather, literal cliffhangers — and what happens when Santa and the stork arrive at the same chimney at the same moment? BONUS: The most complete collection of Herriman's long-lost Book of Magic pages ever assembled. Fantagraphics, 2023....More.

Item Code: KRAZ04H
Hard Cover, 11x14, 228pg, Partial Color
$49.99 $44.99
We had just enough copies for backorders but more will be here shortly. Volumes 1 and 2 are $35, $31.99 and Volume 3 is $49.99, $44.99.

GRENDEL Omnibus Volume 3 Orion's Reign
Collects #20-22, #0-10 and #1-7, 1988-2013. 564 pages! No longer content to inhabit one host at a time, the Grendel entity goes viral, in this new phase of Matt Wagner's epic, which spans centuries and culminates in the rise of a new kind of host: the Grendel-Khan! As the Grendel cycle transitions into the far future, artists Tim Sale, John K. Snyder, Jay Geldhof, and Hannibal King join creator Matt Wagner for the most ambitious Grendel stories to date! Dark Horse, 2023....More.

Item Code: GREN03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 564pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
Volumes 1 and 2 are in stock at the same discounted price. Also see Tim Sale in Tim Sale: Black and White [RB3871. $50] from 2004.

Collects dozens of issues and titles, 2017-19. By Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo. The entire Dark Nights Metal saga. Batman has uncovered one of the lost mysteries of the that could destroy the very fabric of the DC Universe! He’ll wage war against diabolical Dark Knights across the multiverse and come face-to-face with The Batman Who Laughs. The Dark Multiverse is revealed in all its devastating danger. Can Batman and his allies save the Multiverse from total darkness? DC Comics, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: DARNMH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 760pg, Full Color
$150.00 $130.00

Bud's Clearance Sale

The new Clearance Sale emailed just two days before this email; as far as I know nothing is sold out yet, but act soon for the most choices. Other bargains can be found in the CLOSEOUT section on our website.

We also reduced prices on most remaining calendars; only a few that will sell out shortly are still at full price, such as the popular Hildebrandt American Beauties, Boris, Mucha, Elvgren, Alex Ross, Vintage Sci-Fi and Pulp and the ever-popular Mystique X-posed. We have seven or less copies of each of these, some just 2 or 3. 13 titles are now sold out.

Olivia, the Deluxe Frazetta Sea Witch and Golden Girl, Dan Brereton’s Halloween and many more titles are now on sale but only while supply lasts.


Graphic Novels


Highly Recommended. Superlative artwork!!! By acclaimed creator Saverio Tenuta. Mythical tales of bloodshed set in a Feudal Japan that runs rampant with spirits. They are both demonic and heroic, fighting for the fate of their world. The Scarlet Blades, the first in this collection, is the tale of Raido, a young amnesiac Ronin - a masterless Samurai - who roams Japan in a quest for his memories. His first stop is the city that talks to the sky, the ultimate stronghold against the ice invading the land of the rising sun. There, he meets Meiki, a graceful puppeteer and storyteller with a secret history of her own. Humanoids, 2023....More.

Item Code: LEGSBH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 200pg, Full Color
$29.99 $21.99
Here are more art books and graphic novels featuring Japanese themes. We have only two copies left of Legend of the Scarlet Blades, from 2021 [LEGSCA. $24.99].

Recommended. All-ages. By Anthony Silverston. Art by Willem Samuel. Young diver Pearl has always felt more comfortable in the sea, as she balances school and providing for her unemployed dad, turning up fish and the rare lost treasure from under the sea. The people in her sleepy South African town, including her dad, let her down, but when a new friend from below the surface—a sea monster named Otto—is taken by poachers, Pearl will fight for his survival and will need some help after all. Attractive and polished animation style, a fun read with lots to enjoy here. Catalyst Press, 2023....More.

Item Code: PEARSE
Soft Cover, 5x8, 168pg, Full Color
Here are more young adult and all-ages graphic novels.

Collects issues #1-4; Part 1. Recommended. By Jai Nitz and Hayley Nitz. Art by Jethro Morales. Historical action-adventure as a pair of commandos hunt a fleeing Fuhrer after he fakes his death. As WWII draws to an end and the Allies surround Berlin, Adolf Hitler realizes that all is lost. Or is it? Two Allied servicemen are tasked with verifying Hitler's death. When they can't, the chase begins! Red 5 Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: CHASHI
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
I liked reading this, but it does end with a cliff-hanger as our intrepid duo don’t quite finish the job! I’m looking forward to part two.

Highly Recommended. Art by Nick Bertozzi.A riveting graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning nonfiction book Bomb — the fascinating and frightening true story of the creation of the Atom Bomb. With excellent detail, this tracks the story from the beginning. In 1938, a German chemist split a uranium atom and launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. The race was on, with the top U.S. scientists, aided by refugee scientists from conquered nations, working to figure out the bomb’s secrets first. If the Germans had been first, the allies might have easily lost the war, as bombing Japan changed everything in 1945. Roaring Book Press, 2023....More.

Item Code: BOMBG
Soft Cover, 6x8, 256pg, Full Color

BLACK ADAM The Justice Society Case Files
Collects four special #1 issues from 2022. By Cavan Scott, Bryan Q. Miller. Art by Scot Eaton et al. One of the world’s foremost wielders of magic, Black Adam has been both hero and villain over a life that’s spanned thousands of years. But where does that leave him in the fight for justice? This ties into the film and co-stars Hawkman, Cyclone, Atom Smasher and Dr. Fate. DC Comics, 2023....More.

Item Code: BLAJSC
Soft Cover, 7x10, 176pg, Full Color
Here’s more Black Adam: the Box Set, Rise and Fall of an Empire, and Statue.

Publisher File Copies


Publisher File Copy, 1974. Highly Recommended. In 1973 the first underground comics convention met the mainstream in Berkeley, California. A year later, the second show (and last Underground Comics show) was celebrated with a program book with contributions from an amazing list of creators. Much of the work was done especially for this comic format program book. Sporting a wrap-around cover by Rand Holmes (spoofing the dealer's room!) here are Vaughn Bodé, Gilbert Shelton, Rick Griffin, Alex Niño, Robert Williams, Alfredo Alcala, Jesse Santos, Steve Leialoha, Frank Brunner, Spain Rodriguez, Kim Deitch, Art Spiegelman, S. Clay Wilson, T. Bird, Mark Nelson, Jay Kinney, John Workman, Dave Sheridan, Jack Jaxon, Trina Robbins, and many others. Rip Off Press/ Last Gasp, 1974. Out of Print. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: TALBC
Comic, 7x10, 52pg, b&w
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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 April


Highly Recommended. Kevin Nowlan is a true "artist's artist." He has won the coveted Eisner Award for his art on "Jack B. Quick", in collaboration with Alan Moore, as well for inking Batman: Sword of Azrael, over Joe Quesada. This volume contains a selection of Nowlan’s best works for Marvel comics: Covers, pages, and two complete stories, most notably his fully painted, 62-page Man-Thing graphic novel, written by Howard the Duck creator Steve Gerber. A true labor of love, this graphic novel took Nowlan 25 years to complete. IDW, 2023. Due: Apr. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: KEVMHH
Hard Cover, 184pg, b&w

Our Highest Recommendation. Will Eisner’s work on The Spirit was, in its way, as groundbreaking as Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. Both artistic achievements rewrote the book on sequential storytelling and had lasting impacts on all that followed them. Featured here are 17 Spirit stories all from Eisner’s peak period, 1946-1950, generally regarded as his best work on The Spirit. Eisner is the namesake of the Eisner Awards, the "Academy Awards" of the comics industry, held each year at Comic-Con International. IDW, 2023. Due: Apr....More.

Item Code: WILSP
Soft Cover, 144pg, Partial Color
Here's more of The Spirit, both in and out of print.

Finally available again. Collects #29-34. Our Highest Recommendation. This volume of the complete collection of the revered magazine features classic tales of horror, murder, and the supernatural written by Al Feldstein and illustrated by Jack Davis, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen, George Evans, Joe Orlando, and Marie Severin. Dark Horse, 2023. Due: May....More.

Item Code: ECTFC03H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99
Volume 1 & 2 are out of print in hardcover, but are now available in softcover [ECTFC01, 02. $19.99, $17.99 each]. Click here for more EC archives in softcover and hardcover.

Our Highest Recommendation. Carmine Infantino is a legend in comics, known for his work with The Flash, Batman, Superman, and more. The DC Universe wouldn't be what it is today without this legendary artist! Here is his best, beginning in the late 1940s and up to around 1970...all his finest is here, including the first "New Look" Batman, the first Deadman, Black Canary's first appearances, the first new Flash in Showcase #4, work from four issues of the rare 1950s run of Danger Trail...this is the good stuff, some of it rarely if ever collected before. DC Comics, 2023. Due: Apr....More.

Item Code: LEGCIH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 408pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99

Collects material from Flash Comics #86-88, 90-104; Comic Cavalcade #25; DC Special #3; Adventure Comics #399, 418-419; Brave and the Bold #61-62, 1947-72. Our Highest Recommendation. Don't miss this: ALL the cool first adventures of this late-Golden-Age heroine. Introduced in 1947 as a supporting character in Flash Comics, Black Canary became an instant hit with readers. She earned her own starring feature that established her identity as Dinah Drake, a meek florist by day who dished out vigilante justice by night under the guise of the Black Canary. Collects all of Dinah Drake’s early comic book appearances by Robert Kanigher, Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino, and Murphy Anderson. DC Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: BLACAB
Soft Cover, 7x10, 224pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Collects What If?#1, 1988 & #1-39, 1989 & more. Anything can happen in WHAT IF? — and this is the Omnibus to prove it! Imaginative creators line up to explore alternate possibilities: What if the alien costume possessed Spider-Man? What if the new X-Men died on their first mission? What if the Fantastic Four all had the same power?! Professor X becomes the Juggernaut, Wolverine is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil kills the Kingpin—¦and the Punisher’s family survives! Marvel, 2023. Due April. ...More.

Item Code: WHA01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 1240pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00

SPIDER-MAN 2099 Omnibus Volume 1
Art by Rick Leonardi et al. Peter David’s futuristic epic, collected in full! The year 2099 is full of menace, but none so insidious as the corrupt corporations that run the world! Miguel O’Hara, his DNA rewritten in an attempt to escape his employer Alchemax, has gained amazing powers — and become the new Spider-Man! But as Miguel battles injustice in both high and low society, menaces new and familiar come calling: Venture, the Specialist, the Vulture, the mysterious Thanatos and more! The possible return of the Asgardian gods unites Miguel with 2099’s other heroes — but who is the Net Prophet? How will Spider-Man react when Doctor Doom conquers America? And what is Miguel’s connection to Venom 2099? Marvel, 2023. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: SPIOMH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1384pg, Full Color
$150.00 $130.00

PLANET OF THE APES ADVENTURES The Original Marvel Years Omnibus
Collects #1-11, 1975. Recommended. Art by Mike Ploog, Alfredo Alcala et al. Relive the classic films Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes as Marvel’s 1970s color comic adaptations are collected in one action-packed volume. When a crew of astronauts crash-lands on a strange and desolate world, they discover a society of apes with heightened intelligence and speech. And here, a race of mute humans are their slaves. Can the mission’s leader, Taylor, fight his way free and hold onto his humanity? What is the shocking secret of this Planet of the Apes? And what unfathomable danger lies beneath the surface? Find out when a second spaceship makes its way to this uncanny world and another astronaut faces a battle for survival, with the fate of the entire planet at stake! Marvel, 2023. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: PLAMYH
Hard Cover, 224pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00

Hard Cover

Collects Do You Believe in Nightmares #1-2, 1957-58; Eerie #1, 8-9, 1964. By Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, Jerry Grandenetti et al. "Nightmare" from St. John in 1958 serves up lots of great Steve Ditko in two issues originally intended to be a Charlton title. Eerie offers a variety of reprint material, including early 1950s Wood cover & art, a story from Spook #1, a classic Dr. Drew by Grandenetti from Ghost #9 and more. PS Artbooks, 2023. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: CLHOR03H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Item Code: CLHOR03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Soft Cover, Coming in June

The softcover, with a variant cover, will be here in June [CLHOR03. $32.99].

Hard Cover

Collects #16-20, 1962-63. By Joe Gill. This bumper-full science-fiction feast from Charlton Comics' other-worldly Space War has everything you could imagine from "Rescue in Space" to "The Brain Master." Dick Giordano, Bill Molno, Rocco Mastroserio, and Charles Nicholas! PS Artbooks, 2023. Due: Apr. ...More.

Item Code: SASW04H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Item Code: SASW04H
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Soft Cover, Coming in June

The softcover version will be here in June [SASW04. $32.99] with a different cover.

Recommended. 30 years of work: Explore the dark, mystical, and mysterious work of Peter Bergting, collected for the first time in hardcover. Introduction by award-winning horror writer and longtime collaborator Christopher Golden! Bergting’s repertoire of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi illustrations include comics, magazines, novels, and games, and he’s worked in collaboration with creative giants like Mike Mignola. Dark Horse, 2023. Due: Apr....More.

Item Code: ARTPBH
Hard Cover, 208pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99

Highly Recommended. This caps off Frank Miller’s early-’80s writer/artist run on Daredevil with a volume that stands with the best comics of all time. In the aftermath of the death of Elektra, Matt Murdock is at the crossroads of his sanity. Obsessed with the idea that she might not really be dead, can he pull it together in time to stop the criminal machinations of the Kingpin and bring justice to Bullseye? Enter Black Widow to help the man she once loved. Marvel, 2023. Due: Apr....More.

Item Code: MMDA17H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 368pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Here’s more Daredevil including previous Marvel Masterworks.

Coming in June


Recommended. Thirty years ago, a trading card series was released that would forever change the non-sport card industry. Because of the sheer popularity of this series, it took an unprecedented 350,000 boxes to quench the thirst of card collectors worldwide. Joe Jusko produced 104 mind-boggling paintings and set the standard for all the Marvel Masterpieces series that were to follow. FPG, 2023. Due: Jun....More.

Hard Cover, 8x11, 300pg, Partial Color
Here's more with Joe Jusko. We have just four copies left of Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs published in 1995, an ERB Inc warehouse find [JJARTS. $39.95]. Also in stock is one copy of the signed/limited to 500 edition of this [RB3377. $150] and also one of The Art of Joe Jusko, hardcover, 200 pages, from Desperado, 2009 [RB3826. $200].

Coming in March Adult

Sorayama, Rockin’ Jelley Bean, and Katsuya Terada are back again in another highly erotic collection of their work. This is Dominatrix Heaven, and it’s apparently just what the title reads. This is their third group collection. Coming in March.

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Droar 4: Artwork by Justin Sweet

Justin did a handsome full color bookplate for us quite a few years ago, and I just ran across them again, all nicely signed. So I’ve added them, at no charge, to his new sketchbook that we are handling. He already signed the book, so now you get two signatures plus a new full color image.

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Wrightson & Frazetta

The XXL Taschen Frazetta is shipping to us any day now; the numbered edition may be sold out at this point. Inquire or get your reservation in now [FANWFH. $200, $180]. Bernie Wrightson: The FPG Years ships to us this week [BERNWH. $49]. Click here for available Frazetta and Wrightson books.



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