Thursday, March 9, 2023

New Alex Toth, Margaret Armstrong’s Book Design, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and Song sheet Art.

New Alex Toth! Margaret Armstrong’s Book Design. Guardians by Bendis. Iron Fist. Spider-Man and Daredevil. Music Sheet Art. Plus a new March Sale, New Imperfect Editions, New Warehouse Finds… and news from the land of ice and snow! We’re back up and running!!!

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COVER TREASURE The Life and Art of Margaret Armstrong
700 color images includes every known cover design. Our Highest Recommendation. By Lowell Thing.The Golden Age of American Publishers’ Decorated Cloth Book Covers. Among the hundreds of artists who designed these covers, one stood above the rest. Scribner’s, Putnam’s, and Dodd Mead were among the publishers vying for the talents of Margaret Armstrong. Her inventive, elegant, and beautifully colored designs and lettering were self-identifying; they hardly needed the tiny monogram that she often added to her designs. During her career, she would design over 300 book covers and decorate the pages of many books with her drawings. Black Dome Press, 2022....More.

Item Code: COVTH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 456pg, Full Color

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GENIUS ILLUSTRATED The Life and Art of Alex Toth
First time in Softcover; Eisner Award Winner. Highly Recommended. By Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell.Covering the years from the 1960s to Toth's poignant death in 2006, this lavishly illustrated biography features artwork and complete stories from Toth's latter-day work at Warren, DC, Red Circle, Marvel, and his own creator-owned properties. It also includes samples of his animation work for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and others, as well as sketchbook pages, doodles, advertising art, and other rarities provided through the cooperation of Toth's family and his legion of fans. IDW, 2023....More.

Item Code: GENIL
Soft Cover, 9x12, 352pg, Partial Color

GENIUS, ISOLATED The Life and Art of Alex Toth
Our Highest Recommendation. By Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell. Now in paperback, this biography was compiled with complete access to Toth's archives and with the full cooperation of Toth's family. Rare comics pages from the original art, photographs, and drawings. It also reproduces 20 complete stories, including a previously unknown and unfinished story from 1950, most from the original artwork. Updates include clarification on Toth's early married life in the 1950s and the first appearance of the recently discovered final page that completes the special section collecting Jon Fury, the comic strip Toth created in the army, a prize long sought by even the most ardent Toth collectors. IDW, 2022....More.

Item Code: GENIAT
Soft Cover, 9x12, 328pg, Partial Color
We have all three original volumes in hardcover, plus a 2nd copy of the hardcover of this volume. They are uncataloged and unpriced as yet. Contact if you are interested. And click here for more by Alex, including several uncommon Rare Books.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY By Brian Michael Bendis Volume 1
Collects Avengers Assemble #1-8; Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1-3, 1-27 & 12 more titles & issues, 2012-2015. Art by Mark Bagley, Mike Deodato, Frank Cho, Art Adams, Michael Oeming, Kevin Maguire et al. Blockbuster writer Brian Michael Bendis takes on Marvel’s misfit movie stars! Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot assemble alongside the Avengers to thwart Thanos’s latest scheme — and they’ll take Iron Man back into space with them! They’ll face the wrath of the Badoon, Peter Quill’s father and — once again — the infinite threat of Thanos! But can anything prepare them for Angela? The Guardians will add new recruits and fight alongside the X-Men, but which team members will end up star-crossed lovers? And when Secret Wars obliterates the galaxy, what will be left to guard? Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: GUAR01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1152pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00

Collects Immortal Iron Fist #1-27, Immortal Weapons #1-5 & 7 more titles, 2006-09. By Brubaker, Fraction et al. Art by David Aja, Travel Foreman, Kano et al. Iron Fist is explored like never before in this huge Omnibus, with epic adventures steeped in fable, magic and martial arts. After learning the hard way that the Iron Fist’s centuries-spanning legacy holds more secrets than he ever dreamed, Danny is called to K’un-Lun to fight in a tournament against the Immortal Weapons of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven! But can he ferret out a conspiracy against K’un-Lun? Plus: The noir adventures of Orson Randall, the previous Iron Fist, and amazing solo tales of the fan-favorite Immortal Weapons. Marvel, 20022. ...More.

Item Code: IMMH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 1048pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00

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, Gary Friedrich and Arnold Drake. 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. Also featuring the first appearance of Captain Stacy and 16 bonus pages of features. and much more in the 16 regular issues also here. Marvel, 2023....More.

Item Code: AME04
Soft Cover, 7x10, 496pg, Full Color
$44.99 $39.99
Here’s more epic volumes and more Spidey in other formats.

MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS DAREDEVIL Volume 2 Alone Against the Underworld
Collects #12-21, 1964. Highly Recommended. By Stan Lee and Dennis O'Neil. Art by Romita, Kirby & Colan.Legendary artist John Romita makes his Marvel Age debut, and he’s taking Daredevil straight into the heart of the Savage Land. There, DD will battle the Plunderer and meet Ka-Zar! Then we have a Daredevil/Spider-Man team-up! Featuring Romita’s first-ever Spidey art, the adventure pits two high-flying heroes against the Masked Marauder, but only after they duke it out themselves. Next comes the debut of Daredevil’s classic nemesis, the Gladiator, and before you know it, enter another amazing artist”Gene Colan. Marvel, 2023....More.

Item Code: MMMD02
Soft Cover, 6x9, 216pg, Full Color
Here’s the first Daredevil and more Mighty Marvels, all still at $15.99.

THINGS THAT WERE MADE FOR LOVE The Songsheet Art of Sydney Leff 1924-1932
The first volume in a new series focused on Jazz Age song sheet art and the illustrators who created it. This collects over 150 examples of illustrator Sydney Leff's finest cover art. Includes introductory text and context supplied by the editors, including a new essay by Jazz Age musicologist Hal Glatzer, including excerpts from Leff's only known interview, conducted by Glatzer. New Texture, 2022....More.

Item Code: THINT
Soft Cover, 8x11, 178pg, Full Color
Also available in an identical hardcover [THINTH. $49.95]. Publisher New Texture specializes in books on men’s magazine artists. Click here for their listings; here’s their other recent collection:

Variant cover. Recommended. George Gross is one of the best known of the pulp cover artists—here we are introduced to his men's adventure magazine covers and art of the '50s and '60s, and paperback covers from the '40s through the '80s. Gross was a mentor and friend to iconic illustrator Mort Künstler. Gross's artwork helped establish a visual vocabulary for action/adventure and hard-boiled fiction. His imagery continues to inspire and influence, from action paperbacks to the Pulp Fiction movie poster. New Texture, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: GEOGC
Soft Cover, 9x11, 116pg, Full Color
This is also available as a hardcover with 18 additional pages and a variant cover [GEOGCH. $39.95].


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.


New March Sale

We intended to send out a special SALE email this month, but it’s been pushed back by the weather here. Meanwhile, here’s some highlights. Click here for the entire list of new-on-sale items.

Import from England. Highly Recommended. In this full-color coffee-table art book, noted researcher Stephen James Walker presents a complete visual history of the Hank Janson crime fiction series, from its inception in 1946 through to the last of the original novels in 1971, and beyond. Reproductions of every single cover — including, in full-page size and in better quality than ever seen before, all of the classic Reginald Heade painted covers of the 1940s and 1950s, including his foreign editions. Good girls, bad's all about racy themes and sex appeal on these vintage covers: nudity, bondage, violence, cleavage... The equivalent U.S. series might be Mike Hammer or Michael Shayne — except Janson was far longer-lived! Telos, 2021....More.

Item Code: HANJH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 256pg, Full Color
$65.00 $45.00

Closeout Price! Import from England. Recommended. By Stuart Webb. Louis Shabner began his career producing shop window advertising for brands such as Ever Ready, Ovaltine and Chivers jams, amongst others, but is best known for his paintings of sultry sirens. During the 1960s and 1970s his prints and calendars adorned lounge walls up and down the UK. Under the pseudonym Sheldon, Shabner also produced numerous book cover paintings for Pan Books and other publishers. Telos, 2021....More.

Item Code: ARTLSH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 200pg, Full Color
$65.00 $39.95

COVER ME The Vintage Art of Pan Books 1950-1965
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Colin Larkin. An affectionate and thoroughly-researched celebration of the classic Pan Books paperbacks, beautifully illustrated with sumptuous full-color reproductions of over 300 of the original cover paintings! From Robert Heinlein classics to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Agatha Christie mysteries to pulp fiction and cheesecake, and lots of it, Pan has always commissioned their own art for their often-iconic paperback covers. Here's that art, and the story behind the company. Telos, 2020....More.

Item Code: COVMH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 264pg, Full Color
$55.00 $39.95

CONAN THE BARBARIAN By Kurt Busiek Omnibus
Closeout Price! Recommended. By Kurt Busiek, Len Wein et al. Art by Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates et al. Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek reinvents the Hyborian Age with a gritty new take on Conan the Barbarian! From his birth on a Cimmerian battlefield to his coming-of-age during the Battle of Venarium, witness Conan's legendary rise. As he wanders the ancient world in search of adventure, Conan will face the Vanir, be enslaved by an ageless evil and battle Janissa the Widowmaker! He will experience the mystery of the Frost Giant's Daughter, the horror of the God in the Bowl, and the secrets of the Tower of the Elephant! Marvel, 2020....More.

Item Code: CONKBH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1024, Full Color
$125.00 $75.00

Closeout Price! With 24 bonus pages. Travel to faraway lands of mystery, danger, and erotic intrigue in stories from a time when the world still held secrets to be uncovered. From safari to bordello, from smugglers' cove to opium den. Award-winning science fiction writer Robert Silverberg moonlighted writing these lost pulp tales. Never before collected since their original 1950s publication, in bold new oversized facsimile re-creations complete with the original artwork. Available in softcover and deluxe expanded hardcover editions that look fresh off the newsstand, circa 1958. Go Exotic...or go home. Nudity, adult situations. New Texture, 2021. Mature Readers. ...More.

Item Code: EXOTAH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 144pg, Text/Partial Color|na
$39.95 $24.95

REFLECTIONS AND REFRACTIONS/Robert Silverberg Signed Limited Edition
Closeout Price! Publisher file copy. Thoughts on Science-Fiction, Science, and Other Matters. Signed by Robert Silverberg & numbered from 300, in slipcase. A collection of 20 years of columns originally published in Amazing Stories, Galileo, and Issac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine between 1973 and 1997 discusses science fiction, science and society, the profession of writing, and other writers. The liveliest and most relevant were chosen for this substantial volume. Robert Silverberg is one of the grand masters of the sci-fi genre. He has won more major award nominations than any other writer in his field, and no less than nine Hugo and Nebula awards, the key science fiction/fantasy trophies. His books have been translated into some 18 languages and his short stories have appeared in every science fiction and fantasy magazine in the world as well as Omni, Playboy and Penthouse. Underwood Books, 1997. Out of print. ...More.

Item Code: REFRED
Hard Cover, 6x9, 426pg, Text Only

Closeout Price! Tharg the Mighty has tasked forty-five of Earth's most popular comic and illustration artists to interpret the characters featured in the pages of 2000 AD. Featuring all new work by Francisco Francavilla (Capt. America, Detective Comics), Kelly Jones (Batman, Sandman), Phil Noto (Black Widow, Jonah Hex), Kevin O'Neill (a 2000 AD legend, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Michael Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer), Sean Phillips (Reckless, The Fade Out), Colleen Doran (Sandman, A Distant Soil), et al. 2000 AD, 2022....More.

Item Code: 45YRH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 96pg, Full Color
$45.00 $27.50

Collects Fleetway Super Picture Library #2 & 4, 1967. By Jerry Siegel and Donne Avenell. Art by Aldo Marculeta and Giorgio Trevisan. The Spider (not to be confused with the 1930s pulp hero) was an anti-hero created in British comics but written, in part, by Superman-co-creator Jerry Siegel. He is the uncrowned king of the New York underworld, so elusive to the police that he even manages to taunt the Police Commissioner at his retirement party. But Professor Aldo Cummings, a famous but ill-tempered scientist, determined to stop the schemes of the Spider once and for all, invents a ray-machine which will eliminate the evil from a person's personality. Unfortunately, a tragic miscalculation will turn Professor Cummings into the Professor of Power, and he will seek a more direct confrontation with the Spider. Rebellion/2000 AD, 2022....More.

Item Code: SPICUH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 256pg, b&w
$24.99 $14.99

Closeout Price! Numbered & limited, 705. By Joseph Michael Linsner. Dawn, the goddess of rebirth, celebrates 30 years with an all-new two-statue set featuring one of Dynamite's most exciting crossovers with Vampirella. Each of the 7.5 inch high resin busts are hand painted and placed on an elegant "book" base. Both statues together, create a complete, thematic set based on the idea of "balance between heart and mind". These strictly limited resin collectibles are hand numbered and only 705 will ever be made. Dynamite, 2022....More.

Item Code: JMLDAW
7.5" tall, Full Color
$139.99 $99.99

Closeout Price! Limited & numbered, 705. Vampirella celebrates 50 years with an all-new statue featuring Joseph Michael Linsner's Vampirella. Each 7.5 inch high resin bust is hand painted and placed on an elegant "book" base. The theme is based on the idea of "balance between heart and mind." This strictly limited resin collectible is the only one that will ever be made. Dynamite, 2021....More.

Item Code: JMLVAM
7.5" tall, Full Color
$139.99 $99.99

2023 Calendars

We also just marked down our last remaining Calendars. Check them out here, from Olivia’s Bettie Page to Dan Brereton’s signed Halloween, Vintage Westerns, Pulp Horror and War, Royo, Android Jones, Tolkien and Mucha. Plus Adult titles, as low as $4.99.


Imperfect Editions


Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. This fine art book celebrates the work of Clayton Knight (1891-1969) and William Heaslip (1898-1970), the two preeminent American aviation artists of their time, who chronicled the golden age of aviation, (1927-1945) from Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight through the most devastating wars in world history. Knight and Heaslip were experienced military men and formally trained artists who, combining an authenticity of experience and an artistic mastery of illustration, produced powerful artwork that influenced a generation of Americans, creating air-minded adults and youngsters, many of whom flocked to US military service after Pearl Harbor. Casemate, 2021. Condition: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: CHAMHR
Hard Cover, 9x12, 200pg, Partial Color
$49.95 $24.95

Collects #151-200, 2005-2011. By McFarlane, David Hine & Brian Holguin. Art by Philip Tan, Brian Haberlin, Greg Capullo, whilce Portacio, McFarlane et al.Like clockwork, a massive (fifty issues!!) new softcover. Todd McFarlane unleashed his signature creation, Spawn, in 1992. In doing so, he created the most successful independent comic book in history. Here Spawn discovers the true meaning of becoming a Hellspawn and settles on a path of bloody revenge in search of a way back to his humanity. Collected for the first time in full color and featuring some never-before-collected issues. Image Comics, 2022. Condition: Bumped corners.  ...More.

Item Code: SPAW04R
Soft Cover, 7x10, 1136pg, Full Color
$59.99 $34.99

Highly Recommended. Art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Buscema, Moebius, Joe Maneely, Wally Wood et al. 70 years of stories featuring Lee & company’s beloved co-creations — including the earliest adventures of Capt. America (1940s), Black Knight (1955), pre-code horror, The Rawhide Kid, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, the Avengers, Daredevil, She-Hulk, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, The X-Men, Thor and Nick Fury — all in his signature, senses-shattering style! These astonishing tales of suspense, horror, fantasy, romance, comedy, cowboys, super heroics and more prove beyond doubt that Stan is "The Man!" Marvel, 2022. Condition: Bumped corners. ...More.

Item Code: BESMHR
Hard Cover, 8x11, 896pg, Full Color
$100.00 $60.00

INVADERS Omnibus Hurt
Collects Invaders #1-41, 1975 and 15 other comics/titles, 1975-78. Recommended. By Roy Thomas and Don Glut. Art by Frank Robbins, Don Heck, Sal Buscema et al. Long before Captain America led the Avengers, he joined the original Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner and more as the mightiest heroes of World War II: the Invaders! With young adventurers Bucky and Toro by their side, they charged into overseas action, taking on Nazi threats such as Baron Blood, Master Man, Warrior Woman and the vilest of them all, the Red Skull! Marvel. 2022. Condition: Bumped corners. ...More.

Item Code: INVADHR
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1152pg, Full Color
$125.00 $75.00

CONAN THE KING The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 1 Hurt
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. Condition: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: KINC01HR
Hard Cover, 7x10, 776pg, Full Color
$125.00 $75.00
We have only three to six copies of these titles. Click here for more Imperfect Editions, including never-before-listed titles that we have just one or two copies of.

Warehouse Finds


Warehouse find, 1983. Highly Recommended. By Nicola Gordon Bowe.The first major book about Harry Clarke and his art, including book illustrations, such as from the seminal Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1919, by Edgar Allan Poe, which has been reprinted over and over since then. Beautifully illustrated with numerous reproductions of the artist’s work including book illustrations, his very rarely seen stained glass work, and much more lesser known material. H. Keith Burns, 1983. Out of Print....More.

Item Code: HCHGAH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 160pg, b&w

HARRY CLARKE An Imaginative Genius in Illustration and Stained-Glass Arts
By Hiroshi Unno. Art by Harry Clarke. Packed with unusual and some never before collected pieces, a perfect introduction or a companion to previous Harry Clarke collections. Born in Dublin in 1889, he studied stained-glass until he moved to London in 1913 to work as a book illustrator. His first printed work was 40 illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales. His next was Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination which made him famous. Despite his short life (only 42 years), he left an expansive legacy of illustration and stained-glass artwork. PIE, 2014. Out Of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New....More.

Item Code: RB3582
Soft Cover, 7x10, 288pg, Partial Color
We have just one copy of this 2014 edition. We also have another copy of Harry Clarke His Graphic Art RB576 for $85. Rather than as-new, it’s Near Fine to Fine condition: with a small bump and a 2” crease in the jacket rear cover.

Warehouse Find, 1986. Although Caldecott's children's book illustrations are universally admired, his significance as an artist is not yet fully appreciated. He was one of the first illustrators to break with the dense cross-hatching and shading that characterized the wood-engraved illustrations of the 1860s. Dark atmospheric effects continued to be favored by many artists well into the 1870s and 1880s. Caldecott, in contrast, used wood-engraving in an entirely different way. His drawings employ a minimum of line — mere outlines in many cases — with the emphasis on lively and expressive draftsmanship. Houghton Library, 1986....More.

Item Code: RCALD
Soft Cover, 7x10, 38pg, b&w

Warehouse Find, 1986. First printing. Signed bookplate! Recommended. Written and drawn by Eric Shanower. Introduction by Harlan Ellison.One in an excellent series of graphic novels devoted to further adventures from the land of Oz. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and Billina, the talking hen, encounter Valynn, Bortag, and magic apples which have been in limbo for one hundred years. The magician Bortag attempts to steal the golden apples. Well-produced on heavy, glossy paper, unpaginated. Includes a special bookplate we did with additional art by Eric, and signed by him. First Comics, 1986....More.

Item Code: ENAPOZ
Soft Cover, 8x11, 46pg, na

DESIGNED TO PERSUADE The Graphic Art of Edward Penfield
Warehouse Find,1984. First edition. Recommended. By David Gibson.Catalog for an exhibition of the illustrations of the American artist Edward Penfield (1866-1925), an American illustrator from the era known as the "Golden Age of American Illustration" and considered the father of the American poster. His work has been included in almost every major book on American Illustration or the history of the poster. He is also a major figure in the evolution of graphic design. Hudson River Museum. 1984....More.

Item Code: DETPER
Soft Cover, 8x11, 34pg, Partial Color

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News & Notes


Where’s that California Sunshine?

Well….it’s been a crazy couple of weeks here. We’ve gotten several feet of snow, while we are used to getting just a few occasional inches. Our warehouse sits at just under 3000 ft elevation, on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento. It took down our power, our internet, and even our phone system. Everything is back up as I write this, except for our phone system; we’re still operating with just one phone line possibly for another full week. Please call back if you can’t reach someone during normal working hours, M-F 9-4.

We were back filling orders on Monday March 6, after being down for six working days. We did not send out an email with new items last week, just a note about what was going on. Nearly all backed up orders were shipped out as of today, Wednesday, March 8, as I write this.

Thanks to everyone for your patience. Fortunately, our website server is remotely located and your orders kept coming in as usual. Mail-in orders are also being processed now and all orders will be shipped out as of Thursday, March 9.

One good result of all this…the California drought is over for at least the next year! We’re at 200% of normal right now.



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