Thursday, May 25, 2023

Carl Barks, Will Eisner, John Buscema’s Roy Rogers, Phantom Lady, Punch Comics and a new Toppi!

Carl Barks’ Original Art Edition! The Spirit Artisan Edition! A new Toppi! The long-awaited Best of John Buscema’s Roy Rogers. Facsimile editions of Phantom Lady and Punch Comics. A fun new Poison Ivy, Spider-Man 2099 Omnibus, the latest Blackhawk, Konga and Gorgo volumes from PS. A new Pierced Veil album. Free Comic Book Day issues still available. And more….

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“Best of” compilation from IDW’s Spirit Artist’s Editions Vols 1 & 2. Our Highest Recommendation. Introduction by Denis Kitchen.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. And all from the original artwork, with every blemish and correction! When done as an Artist’s Edition, this quickly sold out. This new smaller-sized edition offers another intimate look at this fine and rare material, page by glorious page.IDW, 2023....More.

Item Code: WILSP
Soft Cover, 8x12, 144pg, b&w

Here’s more with The Spirit and Will Eisner’s work.

From Dell's Our Gang Comics, 1943-47. Highly Recommended. Edited by Kim Weston. This volume collects nine complete Carl Barks stories in the full size they were originally drawn, in black and white, reproduced from high quality stats made by the original publisher, Dell Comics. There are 2 Happy Hound (Droopy) stories, 3 Benny Burro solo stories, and 4 stories of the combined Barney Bear and Benny Burro feature. These all appeared in Our Gang Comics. The earliest (1943-44) and lesser known stories here were done at the same time Barks was doing stories in Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #38-42 and "The Mummy's Ring" in Four Color #9. Kim Weston, 2023. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: CARBAH
Hard Cover, 14x20, 108pg, b&w
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Collects John's work from Roy Rogers (Dell) #76-77, 79, 80-81, 85-86, 88; 1954-55. Recommended. By Gaylord DuBois. Exclusively featuring the art of comic great John Buscema, early in his career. 272 pages of action-packed Roy Rogers King of the Cowboys comics, specially selected by Roy's son, Dusty. Six page introduction by L. Allbert with original art reproduced. Well-written stories mostly by Dell's best writer, Gaylord DuBois. Hermes, 2023....More.

Item Code: BESRRJH
Hard Cover, 8x10, 272pg, Full Color
Here is more with John Buscema. Available now is his Silver Surfer Artisan Edition [JBSSAE. $39.99] and his Marvel Heroes Artist’s Edition [JBMHAEH. $150].

THE COLLECTED TOPPI Volume 9 The Old World
Our Highest Recommendation. Widely considered a master of graphic storytelling, Toppi spins tales of mystery and folklore set in Tuscany, Portugal and elsewhere during the age of exploration. Stunning art and unusual, unique subjects and characters. Fables set in Old World Italy, plus a feature-length what-if tale about the New World, Hypothesis 1492, speculating on a history where Christopher Columbus never made it to America. Stories are The Hidden Things, Saint Martin's Cloak, A Tuscan Fable, Roland Will Come, Algarve 1460, and two more, several set in Medieval times. Magnetic Press, 2023....More.

Item Code: COLT09H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 124pg, b&w
Here’s what we still have in previous Toppi collections.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 Omnibus Volume 1
Art by Rick Leonardi et al. Peter David’s futuristic epic, collected in full. Miguel O’Hara, his DNA rewritten in an attempt to escape his employer Alchemax, has gained amazing powers — and become the new Spider-Man! 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....More.

Item Code: SPIOMH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1384pg, Full Color
$150.00 $130.00
The Arana and Spider-Man 2099 prose novel, Dark Tomorrow, was just listed here last week [ARASH. $17.99]. Here’s more of our regular, today-based Spider-Man.

POISON IVY Volume 1 The Virtuous Circle
Collects #1-6. Winner, Outstanding Comic Book, GLAAD Media Awards 2023. Recommended. By G. Willow Wilson. Art by Marcio Takara. Pamela Isley has been a living god, a super-villain, an activist, a scientist...and dead. In a new body that she didn’t ask for, Ivy leaves Gotham and sets out to complete her greatest work — a gift to the world that will heal the damage dealt to ending humanity. On her journey to doom humankind, a heartbroken and betrayed Poison Ivy encounters plant assassins and dodges the law in a horror-infused, character-defining epic. Lengthy bonus section with dozens of variant covers, prelim cover sketches and an interview! We like the art — this looks like fun! DC Comics, 2023....More.

Item Code: POIV01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 200pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99
Here’s more Poison Ivy, Harley, and artist Jenny Frison’s DC Portfolio with all the DC girls. Oh, and also the DC Girls Unite Box Set [DCGUN. $39.99, $34.99].

Now a Netflix series. Collects #1-12, 2017-19. "...recalls all sorts of classic robot fiction while standing on its own as a wonderfully imaginative and colorful new world." - SyFy Wire. Each year, giant sentient robots from space come to Earth and bond with a new Sky Corps Academy cadet to keep the planet safe. But this time, one mech bonds with Stanford Yu, a young kid working with his mom as a janitor. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for him, but first he’ll have to earn his classmates’ trust and survive an uncompromising enemy—colossal aliens known as the Sharg. Boom!, 2023....More.

Item Code: MECH01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 320pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Recommended. Art by Carita Lupattelli. Mythical tales of bloodshed set in a Feudal Japan that runs rampant with spirits both demonic and heroic — all fighting for the fate of their world, from acclaimed creator Saverio Tenuta. Beautifully drawn series, the 3rd release. Since the dawn of time, the Izuna wolves have been entrusted as guardians against Japan's evil spirits without piercing the veil that keeps the spirit world of the Kami and the human world separate. But when an Izuna cub is born in the shape of a young human girl, the divide between the spirit world and the waking world becomes threatened. Humanoids, 2023....More.

Item Code: LEGIZH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 200pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99
Also available in this series: The Scarlet Blades [LEGSBH. $29.99, $26.99].


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.


New PS Archives


Collects #31-35, 1950. Highly Recommended. By Reed Crandall, Bill Ward, Paul Gustavson et al. Five more great issues. Females again are everywhere, girls to be rescued as well as evil-plotting Femmes Fatales. Reed Crandall shows his stuff on story after story. But also here is Bill Ward with some classic good-girl art in the best tradition of Torchy. The first three are 32-pagers, then the title went back to 52 pagers for #34 and #35, both with classic Reed Crandall covers. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: BLAC06
Soft Cover, 7x10, 228pg, Full Color
PS managed to ship us this before #5, which is still due this month, but it’s not yet up on the website. Volume 2 is available. We have restocks coming in of #1, 3 and 4 but no copies as I write this. They have been massively popular and keep selling out.

Item Code: PSSC06H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Strange Planets #1, 15, 18, Atom Age Combat #2,3, 1958-64. Recommended. Science fiction from the pre-code days is collected in this I.W./Super reprint title Strange Planets #1 (1958) with artwork by Wally Wood, Bernie Krigstein, Joe Orlando and Jack Davis. #15 and #16 (1964) are absolutely crammed with the cream of 1950's comic book talent, including Mike Esposito, Hy Rosen, Russ Heath, Gene Colan, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Norman Nodel and Sid Check. And from Fago Magazines, Atom-Age Combat (#2-3, 1959), starring the artistic talents of Dick Ayers.. PS Artbooks, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: PSSC06
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Here are other available volumes.

Item Code: KONG02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

KONGA Volume 2 Hardcover
Collects #6-10, 1962-63. By Joe Gill. Art by Steve Ditko, Bill Molno and Rocco Mastroserio. More colossal Konga action pencilled by the late, great comic book giant himself, Mr. Steve Ditko. Including "Konga Meets the Creatures From Beyond Space" — after escaping England, Konga ends up on an island fighting flying saucers and aliens from another world! Only then, in "The Land of the Frozen Giants," to battle pre-historic dinosaurs in a lost Antarctic world. Until finally facing his mightiest challenge with "Konga and The Mole Men!" All reproduced completely from cover to cover, just like the original comics! PS Artbooks, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: KONG02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

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Item Code: PCSS07H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects #48-52, 1960-61. Recommended. Three issues with Steve Ditko covers and stories, a 4th with one story, including "The Human Powerhouse." Matt Baker gets an attribution with Vince Colletta inks on one of his last stories before he passed away. Also lots of work by Bill Molno and Rocco Mastroserio. Ditko's moody, individualistic touch came to dominate Charlton's supernatural titles just before he jumped to Marvel and the monster titles like Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense and Tales to Astonish, and his own solo work in Amazing Adult Fantasy....all just before creating Spider-Man. PS Artbooks, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: PCSS07
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Here are previous volumes.

Item Code: STRJ01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects Strange Journey #1-4 and Strange #6, 1957-58. Recommended. Art by the Iger Shop, Henry Kiefer, Ken Battefield et al. "Phantom Express" is an unscheduled horror on a one-way trip to hell! Meet the challenge of a visitor from "A Hole in the Sky"! Surely there can't be many takers for that fateful trip on board the Titanic in "A Voyage Into Forever!" And who would ever want to be a space pilot in the "Whirlpool of Space!" An offbeat title from an offbeat publisher, bridging the gap between pre-code and the superhero revival. PS Artbooks, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: STRJ01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color


Item Code: SAG02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

GORGO Volume 2
Collects #6-10. 1962. Recommended. By Joe Gill. Art by Joe Sinnott & Vince Colletta et al. The adventures of Gorgo, the North Atlantic's reigning misunderstood monster, continues, taking the infant Gorgo into a succession of dangerous situations, from battling other giant primitive monsters, to being mind-controlled by mad scientists, and inadvertently preventing World War III! Each issue has cover art and long 19 to 21 page adventures by Sinnott & Colletta, plus short back-up stories. PS Artbooks, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: SAG02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Here is Volume 1.

Facsimile Editions from PS


PUNCH COMICS #9 Facsimile Edition
52 pages, 1944. Recommended. Art by Gus Ricca, George Tuska, et al. Harry A. Chesler produced some of the wildest, offbeat titles of the 1940s and Punch is one. This classic includes Rocketman by future Superman artist Al Plastino; Winsor McCay's son with a new Nemo in Slumberland; a savage Gus Ricca cover of a comic book artist assassinated by his own creations. Plus Spirit wannabe Master Key, Hale the Magician by George Tuska, and Calling All Cars, a violent crime strip....includes every original page, ads and all.. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PUN09
Comic, 7x10, 52pg, Full Color

PUNCH COMICS #12 Facsimile Edition
1945, 52 pages. Recommended. Art by Gus Ricca, George Tuska et al. Harry A. Chesler produced some of the wildest, offbeat titles of the 1940s and Punch is one. This classic leads off with one of the most collectible covers of the Golden Age by Gus Ricca. Captain Glory and Master Key are both two-fisted adventurers in the tradition of Eisner's Spirit. Rocketboy does his Rocketeer-style crime fighting. The fine work of George Tuska is back on Hale the Magician, this time in Egypt fighting slavery and Black Magic. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PUN12
Comic, 7x10, 52pg, Full Color

PUNCH COMICS #13 Facsimile Edition
1945, 52 pages. Recommended. Art by Gus Ricca, Al Plastino, Ruben Moreira et al. Harry A. Chesler produced some of the wildest, offbeat titles of the 1940s. Rocketman and Rocketgirl, aided by the world's tightest costumes, fight crime this time by future DC artist Reuben Moreira. Gus Ricca draws another classic cover plus the violent free-for-all, The Gay Desperado, inside. Plus Crime on the Run, Johnny on the Spot by Al Plastino, soon to become a prolific artist at DC on Superman, and more strips. Includes every original page, ads and all. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PUN13
Comic, 7x10, 52pg, Full Color

PHANTOM LADY #19 Facsimile Edition
1948. Recommended. By Ruth Roche. Art by Matt Baker et al. Continuing the Phantom Lady facsimile comics with a complete cover to cover, ads and all, of #19. Two 10-page Phantom Lady stories, Sudden Death and The Case of the Murderous Model, plus a true crime story narrated by our girl and more. Great Good Girl Art in one of the most collectible comic book titles of the golden age. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PHL19
Comic, 7x10, 36pg, Full Color

PHANTOM LADY #20 Facsimile Edition
1948. Recommended. By Ruth Roche. Art by Matt Baker et al. Continuing the Phantom Lady facsimile comics with a complete cover to cover, with ads and all, of #20. There is some question of this being the work of Matt Baker or the Iger shop imitating Baker (and possibly Jack Kamen) but the end result is still wild, Good-Girl art adventure as good as it gets! PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PHL20
Comic, 7x10, 36pg, Full Color

PHANTOM LADY #21 Facsimile Edition
1949. Recommended. By Ruth Roche. Art by Matt Baker, Jack Kamen et al. Continuing the Phantom Lady facsimile comics with a complete cover to cover, ads and all, reprint of #21. Two 10-page Phantom Lady stories, The Jack-in-the-Box Murders and The Case of the Criminal Chessman plus a true crime story narrated by our girl and more. Great Good Girl Art in one of the most collectible comic book titles of the golden age. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PHL21
Comic, 7x10, 36pg, Full Color
Here are three more Phantom Lady editions, issues #13, 14 and 15 with prints, $23.99 each and the original hardcover collections 1 and 2. Here are all the rest of our facsimile and replica editions from PS and other publishers.

Coming in August


2000 AD ART OF KEVIN O'NEILL Apex Edition
Art from 1977 through to 2022. From concept sketches of 2000 AD's alien editor Tharg the Mighty to complete episodes of Ro-Busters and A.B.C. Warriors, and previously unseen versions of his Nemesis the Warlock: The Final Conflict pages. Also included are his never before reprinted Metalzoic covers and the entirety of his final sequential work on Bonjo From Beyond The Stars. A deluxe, over-sized Artist's Edition, 160 pages compiled by O'Neill from his own archive, reproducing his original art pages at their actual size. Rebellion/2000AD, 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: ADAKH
Hard Cover, 160pg, b&w
The first Apex Edition by Brian Bolland sold out almost immediately upon publication, but here is more on Bolland.

STAR TREK The Art of Neville Page
During a career spanning twenty years, visionary creature designer Neville Page has applied his considerable expertise to the creation and development of the aliens of the Star Trek Universe. From the movies Star Trek (2009) through to Star Trek Beyond (2016), as well as the shows Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, Page’s incredibly detailed and intricate work has yielded some of the franchise’s most memorable characters. Titan, 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: STARNH
Hard Cover, 192pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99
Here’s more on Star Trek.

Item Code: CLHOR04H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects Fantastic Fears #2-3, Haunted Thrills #10-11, & Beware #15, 1953. Beginning with Fantastic Fears and "Fiends From The Crypt" — Chasing a thief named Banco into the Rome sewers, Signor Renzi and his partner, Pietro find Banco with all his body eaten. Then we have Haunted Thrills and "Death At The Mardi Gras"— Marcus Kemp creates a robot duplicate so realistic he gets blamed for the murders it committed. HT #11 features a rare Nazi death-camp story. And finally, even more horror and suspense from Beware #15, all brought to you by those masters of 1950's comics Robert Webb, Myron Fass, Harry Harrison, A.C. Hollingsworth, Marty Elkin, Tony Tallarico and the Iger Shop. PS Artbooks, 2023. Due Aug....More.

Item Code: CLHOR04
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

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Bud Plant Interview on icv2

If it goes up on schedule, I’ll have a link here for an article written from a 60-90 minute zoom interview conducted by Dan Gearino (Comic Shop) just a couple weeks ago. We talk about 50 years in business in the comics world, now almost 60 years as a fan. Milton Griepp asked Dan to interview me after I was nominated for the Eisner Hall of Fame (I didn’t get inducted, though). Milton wrote his very generous piece about my part in the early days of the comics direct market. I quote from that in the editorial in our latest catalog. You can download that below.



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