From Japanese and other Asian artists, to new sale books, we’ve got quite the variety this week. Also graphic novel biographies of Rod Serling, Leonora Carrington, George Clayton Johnson and the erotic writer Anais Nin. Also Doris Danger, The History of Japan, Desegregating Comics, Doc Savage & other pulp titles further discounted, New on Sale titles and a Flash Sale on Classics Illustrated for this week only. Enjoy!
Download our brand new catalog here, with an exceptional selection of signed Rare Books and special sale items. See the editorial for more about Bud’s nomination to be an Eisner Hall of Fame inductee!
Late Spring 2023
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WONDERLAND THE ART OF NANACO YASHIRO
|ASIAN ILLUSTRATION 46 Asian Illustrators with Distinctively Sensitive and Expressive Styles|
Back in Stock. 250 illustrations by 46 artists. Highly Recommended. This book showcases 250 illustrations by 46 young up-and-coming artists. These polished creators are working at the forefront of the animation and art world of Asia. All names are new to us (you'll notice many use just one name)—but these are polished, professional illustrators doing fantasy, creatures, beautiful girls and women, fairy tales, futuristic cityscapes, everyday scenes and more, with 2-6 pages by each. Profiles in English and Japanese. Some of our favorites are Zeen Chin, LOIZA, Junc, REDUM, kara xu, Sainker, arxlee, Gharliera, and grandia. The cover illustrator, who gets a feature section. is acclaimed Singaporean artist Guweiz. PIE International, 2020....More.
Item Code: ASILL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 224pg, Full Color
VISIONS 2021 Illustrators Book
Almost Gone! Recommended. All English Text. A new Japanese-based best-of art book. From Kadokawa and fully supervised by pixiv. A massive 360 pages features artwork from 170 of today’s top Asian illustrators, with background scenes, monsters, and a strong emphasis on beautiful girl heroines (no nudity). Includes work by 0313, 12stairs, 6VCR, Yoshitoshi Abe, Ace Akira, AF_KURO, Sashimi Akai, Akakura, Aki Akane, A. Merica, and many others. Yen Press, 2021....More.
Item Code: VISILB
Soft Cover, 7x10, 360pg, Full Color
|See below in coming, for an entire book on the artist who did the cover of Asian Illustration, Guweiz. And here’s more books with Asian themes, such as The Good Asian (noir mystery) and Tokyo Rose: Zero Hour.|
Recommended. Edited by Kerryn Greenberg. Showcasing more than 100 remarkable artworks from the past 200 years, this beautiful book reveals how the intangibility of light continues to fascinate. In every conceivable media, artists have exploited the contrasts between light and dark, opposed cool and warm colors, drawn on science, and attempted to capture the transient effects of light and its emotional associations. Beginning with the British artist John Martin's Dore-like fantasies, William Blake, and finally J. M. W. Turner (1775—“1851), who captured triumphant explosions of light, influencing the French Impressionists. For them, light became the subject itself, as the likes of Claude Monet (1840—“1926), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841—“1919), Alfred Sisley (1839—“99), and others ventured outside to capture the momentary effects of sunlight on canvas. Tate Gallery, 2023....More.
Item Code: LIGT
Soft Cover, 8x10, 224pg, Partial Color
|ANAIS NIN A SEA OF LIES |
First published in France in 2020. Highly Recommended. By Léonie Bischoff. An impressive and no-holds-barred graphic novel of the highly unique and sexually-charged life of Anais Nin, the author of erotic works such as Delta of Venus and House of Incest. She is “the patron saint of taboo-breaking pop culture sexual iconoclasts.” Not only is she an inspiration for contemporary figures such as Madonna, but her oeuvre, which encompasses erotica, autobiography, essays, short fiction, novels, and much more, has been adapted into film (Henry and June), television (Little Birds), and other media. Nudity, adult themes. Fantagraphics , 2023....More.
Item Code: ANANH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 184pg, Full Color
|ARMED WITH MADNESS THE SURREAL LEONORA CARRINGTON |
Recommended. By Mary M. Talbot, Bryan Talbot. A new perspective on the 1930s Paris art scene from an influential surrealist artist, feminist icon, reluctant muse (to Max Ernst)—heiress, rebel, refugee, often quite the demented soul. Perhaps the last of the great surrealists, Leonora Carrington played many roles in her long and extraordinary life. Exchanging her privileged upbringing in prewar England for the more exciting elite of Paris's 1930s avant-garde, she comes to rub shoulders (and more) with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, and Salvador Dali. SelfMadeHero , 2023....More.
Item Code: ARMM
Hard Cover, 6x9, 144pg, Duotone
|GEORGE'S RUN: A WRITER'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE TWILIGHT ZONE |
By Henry Chamberlain. The life of sci-fi and screen writer George Clayton Johnson in a new graphic novel. George broke into Hollywood in a big way when he co-wrote the screenplay for Ocean’s Eleven. More legendary works followed, including Logan’s Run and classic scripts for shows like The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In the meantime, he forged friendships with some of the era’s most visionary science fiction writers, including Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Richard Matheson, and Rod Serling. Rutgers University Press, 2023....More.
Item Code: GEORUN
Soft Cover, 6x9, 264pg, Duotone
|Here’s more Biography books on artists and famous persons, from Che Guevara and Hokusai, to publisher James Warren, Winsor McCay, and Alex Toth....|
These hardcovers were already discounted to $7.95, but for one week only, we are making most of them just $4.99 each! The exceptions are ones that we have under 4 or 5 copies left. These will return to $7.95 next week when the next email goes out.
|A HISTORY OF JAPAN IN MANGA SAMURAI, SHOGUN AND WORLD WAR II |
By Shunichiro Kanaya. A quite serious and detail-packed graphic novel (each chapter begins with a text section with maps and charts) portraying the saga of Japan from its misty origins up to the present day. Epic battles, noble Samurai and duplicitous leaders are all portrayed in modern manga fashion. The lively stories in this book include The Genpei and Onin Wars, the 47 Ronin, and the Satsuma Rebellion. Tuttle Publishing , 2023....More.
Item Code: HISJM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 320pg, Tritone
|DAUGHTERS OF SNOW AND CINDERS |
By Núria Tamarit. A handsome, hardbound, oversized full color graphic novel. Fleeing the fires of her war-torn homeland, a young woman travels to the New World in search of gold to rebuild her life. In this strange, lawless land, Joana encounters friends (the kind Native women Tala and Opa), foes (the cruel gold hunter Matwei and his men), and an unexpected traveling companion who may just be her good luck charm — and amidst the icy reaches of the wilderness, a fearsome fantastical beast lurks in the shadows. Fantagraphics , 2023....More.
Item Code: DAUGH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 212pg, Full Color
|DORIS DANGER GIANT MONSTERS AMOK |
By Chris Wisnia & Ricky Sprague, with Dick Ayers, Art Adams, Bill Stout et al. Written and drawn as dead-on homages to the styles of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Dick Ayers, these 20 stories recount Doris Danger’s encounters with the classic Marvel-style pre-hero monsters, now renamed “Ner-Nee-Nah,” “Spwum,” “Ho-Chee-Cha,” “X, Son of XI,” etc. But this is parody on a meta-level, as “editor” Rob Oder takes you behind the scenes and reveals the secrets behind these comics — the chaos, the “faster-faster/cheaper-cheaper” mentality, the never-ending deadlines, the despicable treatment of writers and artists, the contempt for fans, the blithe disregard for quality — all presented with an unctuous, sunny veneer of jocular “sophistication” to readers. This is one very, very strange book! Fantagraphics, 2023....More.
Item Code: DORDH
Soft Cover, 7x11, 214pg, Full Color
|THOR EPIC COLLECTION Volume 9 Even An Immortal Can Die |
Collecting Thor #260-280, Annual #6-7, and Marvel Preview #10, 1977-79. Recommended. When writer Len Wein is joined by all-time great Thor artist Walter Simonson, there’s no question that what’s in store will be great. Odin has disappeared and Thor ventures across the vastness of space to find him, bringing him into conflict with the Enchantress and the Executioner, the Destroyer and, of course, Loki. Then, Roy Thomas and John Buscema take up the hammer. They’ll tap deep into Thor’s mythic roots, crafting amazing adventures featuring the death of Balder, the Midgard Serpent and a new Norse Thor. Marvel, 2023....More.
Item Code: THE09
Soft Cover, 7x10, 520pg, Full Color
|Click here for previous Epic volumes and more Thor.|
|ROD SERLING HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION |
Highly Recommended. By Nicholas Parisi. Foreword by Anne Serling. In great detail and including never-published insights drawn directly from Rod Serling's personal correspondence, unpublished writings, speeches, and unproduced scripts, Nicholas Parisi explores Serling's entire, massive body of work. Long before anyone had heard of alien cookbooks, gremlins on the wings of airplanes, or places where pig-faced people are considered beautiful, Rod Serling was the most prestigious writer in American television. As creator, host, and primary writer for The Twilight Zone, Serling became something more: an American icon. When Serling died in 1975, at the age of fifty, he was the most honored, most outspoken, most recognizable, and perhaps the most prolific writer in television history. University Press of Mississippi , 2018....More.
Item Code: RODSE
Soft Cover, 6x9, 543pg, Text/b&w
|DESEGREGATING COMICS — DEBATING BLACKNESS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN COMICS |
Recommended. Edited by Eisner Award Winner Oiana Whitted. Some comics fans view the industry's Golden Age (1930s-1950s) as a challenging time when it comes to representations of race, an era when the few Black characters appeared as brutal savages, devious witch doctors, or unintelligible minstrels. Yet the true portrait is more complex and reveals that even as caricatures predominated, some Golden Age comics creators offered more progressive and nuanced depictions of Black people. Desegregating Comics assembles a team of leading scholars to explore how debates about the representation of Blackness shaped both the production and reception of Golden Age comics. Rutgers University Press , 2023...More.
Item Code: DESEC
Soft Cover, 6x9, 358pg, Text/Partial Color
|Here’s more comics reference books.|
First Edition, 2010
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I’m particularly excited to have four outstanding new "remainder" sale books now available.
Benson’s Confessions about the 1950s publisher St. John is packed with never before known details about Matt Baker & the creators there; I love this book.
Edward Sorel’s bio/art book is fascinating and beautifully illustrated, and in hardcover.
Funnyman is must-read story, how the creators of Superman tried so hard to come up with a new winner ten years after the debut of Superman.
Marvel Vault is a fun book for veterans or youngsters alike—with rare early Timely and Atlas gems, and cool bonus materials in a big envelope!
|THE MARVEL VAULT A VISUAL HISTORY|
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Roy Thomas and Peter Sanderson. Chock-full of historic and never-before-seen memorabilia, including great prelim drawings for important covers, and an envelope with five cool tucked-in rarities (see full description). This chronicles how Marvel has channeled its singular storytelling into a blockbuster movie studio, even as it has stayed true to its hallowed roots in the comics world. Excellent coverage of the 1940s, 50s and 60s creations. This updated edition features 16 new pages that cover Marvel's story from 2010 right up to the present day. Titan, 2016....More.
Item Code: MARVAH
Hard Cover, 12x10, 192pg, Full Color
MARVEL MUSEUM The Story of the Comics
Closeout Price! Recommended. By Ned Hartley. The complete story of Marvel Comics, illustrated with artwork from the official Marvel archives, touching on the MMMS (the first Marvel fan club), Stan’s go-to assistant Flo Steinberg, Roy Thomas, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Marvel’s early days as Timely and Atlas, and each of the the characters and groups that have morphed into the big screen, from Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor, to Doctor Strange and Black Widow. This gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful oversized (11x14) hardcover book. Studio Press, 2019....More.
Item Code: MARMUSH
Hard Cover, 11x15, 96pg, Text/Full Color
|Also check out Marvel: Year by Year A Visual History [MARYH. $50, $42.50] and the new Taschen XXL books on Spider-Man, The Avengers, and The Fantastic Four.|
|CONFESSIONS, ROMANCES, SECRETS, AND TEMPTATIONS Archer St. John and the St. John Romance Comics |
Closeout Price! Our Highest Recommendation. St. John's reputation as a fair and honest publisher attracted many of the top artists of the day, including Matt Baker, Ric Estrada, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Joe Kubert, Bob Powell, Leonard Starr, and George Tuska. In addition to interviewing Estrada, Kubert, and Starr, Benson talks with several St. John staffers, including editor Irwin Stein, production man Warren Kremer, and editorial assistant Nadine King, an attractive lady who often modeled for the artists! They provide an engaging account of publisher Archer St. John and the innovative atmosphere he nourished to create these distinctive comics. Fantagraphics, 2007....More.
Item Code: CONRO
Soft Cover, 6x9, 96pg, Partial Color
|John Benson also edits the EC fanzine Squa Tront. #14, still available [SQ14. $16.99], with our Highest Recommendation. John is now putting together a box of back issues for us to sell for him...stay tuned!|
|SIEGEL AND SHUSTER'S FUNNYMAN The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman |
Closeout Price! Edited by Thomas Andrae and Mel Gordon. By Jerry Siegel. Art by Joe Shuster. Here is a kaleidoscopic analysis of Funnyman, a little-known super-hero comics & syndicated strip by the creators of Superman. Included are complete stories, daily strips and color Sunday pages from this short-lived series. They lost the lawsuit against DC to regain rights to Superman and were fired, in 1946. But when they launched their new comic character Funnyman in 1947, it failed miserably. All the turmoil and personal disasters in Siegel and Shuster’s postwar life percolated into the comic strip. Feral House, 2010....More.
Item Code: SIESF
Soft Cover, 7x10, 240pg, Partial Color
|Here’s more by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, from Superman Sunday and Daily strips from the 1940s, to Superman Comics Omnibus editions.|
|PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED A Memoir Edward Sorel |
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. The fabulous life and times of one of our wittiest, most endearing and enduring caricaturists — in his own words and inimitable art. Sorel has given us “some of the best pictorial satire of our time … [his] pen can slash as well as any sword” -The Washington Post. Alongside more than 172 of his drawings, cartoons, and caricatures — and in prose as spirited and wickedly pointed as his artwork — Edward Sorel gives us an unforgettable self-portrait, including the scrappy early days of Push Pin Studios, founded with fellow Cooper Union alums Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast, which became the hottest design group of the 1960s. Knopf, 2021....More.
Item Code: PROFH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 272pg, Full Color
|Here’s more by Sorel: Unauthorized Portraits, Drawing the Line, Artists at War, and Poster Man. Here are more Comics-Related Closeouts. And here are Imperfect Editions, both Comics Related and other subjects, at 40% and 50% off.|
We bought a lot of the Sanctum pulp reprints several years ago when the publisher lost his license. Now we are dropping the price on most of the ones still in stock (from Doc Savage to The Avenger, The Whisperer, Phantom Detective, Cap Fury, and Black Bat) to $4.95 each. The James Bama Doc Savage variant covers, which until now were $12.95 to $14.95, are now $6.95 each, while they last.
The only exceptions to this new price are issues where we have just 2 or 3 left.
|THE WORLD OF GUWEIZ The Art of Gu Zheng |
Recommended. The second installment in the intriguing journey of Guweiz, whose stunning art has earned him over 1 million followers on Instagram. Following on from his first book, Guweiz: The Art of Gu Zheng Wei (2020), the artist now takes us deeper into his world of beautifully painted artwork, which features beautiful girls, often warriors, in manga-inspired dark settings. He discusses the storytelling in his work and his evolution as an artist. Fans will discover new insights into the artist’s creative processes, with in-depth step-by-step tutorials and discussions around working full-time as a freelance artist. 3dtotal Publishing, 2023. Due: June....More.
Item Code: WORGH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 152pg, Full Color
|ORIENTAL DREAMS |
By Claire Maingon and Mathias Ary Jan. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Ary Jan Gallery in Paris in October 2022, Oriental Dreams showcases masterpieces of 19th century Orientalist art with over 300 color reproductions. During this period, colonization and a revolution in means of transportation allowed artists to visit countries from North Africa to the Middle East that had previously been relatively inaccessible. The patterns, colors, and light of this region influenced artists such as Delacroix, Decamps, Berchère, Bridgman, Ziem, Gérôme, Corrodi, Dinet, Matisse, Majorelle and many others. Editions Norma, 2023. Due: June....More.
Item Code: ORIDH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 352pg, Full Color
|INTERNATIONAL REALISM 16th International Arc Salon |
Recommended. Edited by Kara Lysandra Ross and Frederick C. Ross. The latest installment of the International ARC Salon Competition. Over a thousand artworks from the forefront of the 21st Century Realist Art Movement. Winners and finalists in a range of categories: Figurative, Portraiture, Imaginative Realism, Landscape, Animals, Sculpture, Drawing, Still Life, Plein Air.ACC Art Books, 2023. Due: July....More.
Item Code: INTRH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 512pg, Full Color
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.
Special Adult Email in two weeks!
The week of May 8th will see a new Adults Only email from us. Todd’s adding new titles right now. Get an advance here; we have just one copy of many of these. Sign up for this special email here on our home page.
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This literally just came in the door. Next week we'll have a full write-up and interior scans, but it is available for purchase now.
Eisner Hall of Fame
As mentioned here and in the editorial of our latest catalog….I’ve been nominated for induction into the Eisner Hall of Fame. If you are a comics professional, you can apply for a ballot and vote. Here’s the link: https://form.jotform.com/230927489799177
Anne now has over 4600 books listed on our website, entirely separate from Bud’s Art Books. Here’s a few highlights that went out in her April email list this week.
Moebius Blueberry 6, 8, 9 signed/limited; Frank Frazetta Illustrations Arcanum; William Stout The New Dinosaurs signed/limited; Chris Achilleos Medusa, signed; The Thrilling Art of Alex Schomberg; Bill Sienkiewicz Sketchbook signed/limited; Ron Cobb Colorvision and 3 more books; Jim Fitzpatrick Celtia, Book of Conquests and The Silver Arm; Norman Lindsay’s Pen Drawings; Bill Griffith Zippy signed, and a few signed limited copies of the early Usagi Yojimbo hardcovers.
These won’t be listed on her website for several more days, but you can get the elist now by signing up on the site. Also children’s books by Dorothy Lathrop, William Pene du Bois, Otto Soglow, Wallace Tripp, Tasha Tudor, Trina Schart Hyman, and some new Alice editions.
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