Thursday, June 8, 2023

Alphonse Mucha’s Le Pater, Cinematic Superheroes, Resident Alien, Richard Corben, John Landis’ Navigator and Buck Danny Classics.

Mucha’s Le Pater is here in a deluxe affordable edition. I like Cliffhanger, a fun new take on comic books superheroes on the screen from 1930s Serials to ‘60s TV. Resident Alien is back in Omnibus 2. Blab starts a new series. Corben returns with Murky World. John Landis introduces us to GN Navigator. Coming: Simon and Kirby’s Mainline Comics.

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CLIFFHANGER! The Cinematic Superheroes of the Serials 1941-1952
Highly Recommended. Historian Christopher Irving explores the origins of the first on-screen superheroes and the comic creators and film-makers who brought them to life in the early days of the film serial, with its explosion as a juvenile medium of the 1930s and ‘40s. See how the creation of characters like Superman, Captain America, Spy Smasher, and Captain Marvel dovetailed with the early film adaptations. Very well illustrated in full color. TwoMorrows, 2023....More.

Item Code: CLIFH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 160pg, Full Color
$39.95 $36.95

Here’s more about serials: Midnite Matinee Comics: Island of the Lost Gorillas, Warren’s Spacemen Magazine Archives as well as replica editions, a run of the early fanzine Serial Quarterly and more.

Recommended. Over the course of a long and very successful career spanning the first half of the 20th century, Lucy Kemp-Welch established herself as one of the leading equestrian painters at work in the UK and one of the country’s best-known women artists. David Boyd Haycock’s new, extensively illustrated biography of Kemp-Welch brings this remarkable artist and her work back into sharp focus. ACC Art Books, 2023....More.

Item Code: LUCKH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 224pg, Full Color
Here’s more early art masters in our Classic Illustration section.

Revised softcover edition with an introduction by Michael Moorcock and 16 pages of previously unpublished material. Our Highest Recommendation. By Thomas Negovan. By 1899, Alphonse Mucha was the most recognizable artist of Art Nouveau graphics and the most celebrated illustrator in Paris. So Mucha insisted upon creating a deeply personal work, a magnificent, oversized deluxe limited edition, Le Pater. For the remainder of his life he considered this his masterpiece. This Symbolist story features a female deity protecting humankind, sophisticated occult themes and mystical illustrations. And this edition from Century Guild is one of the most beautifully produced books we've seen: oversized, gilt embossed cover, gilt page edges...and packed with amazing work including never-before-seen studies and paintings, plus the entire Le Pater. Century Guild, 2023....More.

Item Code: ALPM
Soft Cover, 12x16, 231pg, Partial Color
The 2019 hardcover is still available as I write this. It also gets our Highest Recommendation [ALPMH. $179]. Here’s more with Alphonse Mucha.

Comic Book Archives


The first-ever volume collecting Richard Corben's entire Murky World series, this features never-before-seen sketch material, the Dark Horse Presents one-shot, and an introduction by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, all presented in a gorgeous hardcover with a dust jacket. A warrior wakes from a strange dream only to find himself in a bizarre land populated by hungry deadlings, cruel necromancers, buxom cyclopses, evil cults, and more as he sets off on a dangerous journey with his beloved horse Frix. Nudity. Dark Horse, 2023. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: MURWH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 168pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $36.99

Limited to 500 copies. Highly Recommended. By Dennis Cunningham. Art by Richard Corben. This is a special edition of Horror from the Crypt of Fear which collects Richard Corben's very first graphic novel done for an obscure fanzine, Weirdom Illustrated, in 1969. Corben was 28 years old and still working at Calvin Productions when he began working on "The Plague" in 1968. Dennis Cunningham was one of the first publishers to use Corben's art in the comic book industry. Bill Leach, 2023....More.

Item Code: RCTALE
Soft Cover, 5x8, 46pg, b&w

Plague took us unawares, we blew through our first shipment of this, exclusively available from us. But now we have more from the 500 print run.

Here is more by Richard Corben, both in print and out of print. Recently listed: Vic and Blood, Densaga, Den set, Jeremy Brood, Mutant World, Brood signed & limited, Corben: Flights into Fantasy, Tales from the Berkeley-Con #2 and more!


RESIDENT ALIEN Omnibus Volume 2
Highly Recommended. Following up the first volume from 2020 and the acclaimed television series, this is a real fan-favorite. Our stranded alien explorer — hiding in plain sight — has been posing as a doctor and solving crimes in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Harry accidentally exposes himself to investigators and a mysterious arsonist and a stubborn federal agent arrive in town. The local sheriff must decide if he’ll remain loyal to friend Harry, and nurse Asta finally realizes the danger they are both in. Dark Horse, 2023....More.

Item Code: RESAL02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 352pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

DAREDEVIL Omnibus Volume 2
Collecting Daredevil #42-74, 1968-71. Recommended. By Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. Art by Gene Colan et al. Daredevil has done battle with Marvel’s most maddening villains, but when the Jester enters the fray, the rules change... Framing DD for murder, he sets all of New York against our hero. Starr Saxon discovers DD’s secret identity and Matt reveals his identity to Karen Page — but rather than bringing her closer, doing so pushes her away! That brings him to Los Angeles, a town with a cast of bizarre and action-packed enemies unlike any other. Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: DAOM02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 800pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00
Volume 1 came out in 2017 and is out of stock, but we can special order it for you if you call and ask. Here’s more Daredevil Omnibus editions.

Collects Howard the Duck #15-31 & Annual #1, 1977-79. Marvel Masterworks finishes off Steve Gerber’s satirical masterpiece collecting 16 issues and an Annual’s worth of quackstastic adventures starring Howard and his gal pal, Beverly! Howard finds himself lost on the island of his greatest enemy, Dr. Bong, and Beverly faces an ultimatum: become Mrs. Beverly Bong or the duck gets fricasseed! Things get worse for our feathered friend when he undergoes a monstrous transformation. Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: MMHD02H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 376pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Volume 1 from 2021 can be special ordered [MMHD01H. $75]. Here’s more of Howard as well as the newly published Destroyer Duck by Kirby and Gerber.

PS Artbooks Archives & Replica Editions


Collects #1-5, 1954-55. Recommended. Art by Shelly Moldoff, Ogden Whitney, Kenneth Landau et al. I've always enjoyed this title and collect the original comics. It flashes you back to the early days of atomic bombs, not long after World War II, when people were actually thrilled to have subs with atomic weapons patrolling international waters! There's an H-Bomb cover, the sub becomes a spaceship in #3, and in the last issue, #7, which we hope will be collected, also features flying saucers! #4 is the last pre-code issue. #5 is a "3-D effect" issue. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: COMBA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
We have no hardcover on schedule. This may only be appearing in softcover, like the other ACG titles like Forbidden Worlds and Adventures Into the Unknown.

Collects #6-10, 1952-53. Highly Recommended. By Norman Saunders (covers), Bernard Baily, Shelly Moldoff et al. From the magical days of 1952 and also featuring Harry Harrison, Maurice Gutwirth, and Bob McCarty (his work is this collection’s highlight, with a fine story in every single issue). Crossing horror and SF has never been more enjoyable. Completes the series, including a classic "drowning cover" and the iconic "man with no eyes" Saunders cover & eyes-ripped-out story in the last issue! PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PCWOF02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Volume 1 is available too [PCWOF01. $32.99]. The hardcover editions of both were done several years ago and are both long out of print.

Spook Comics #1, 1946. Highly Recommended. Art by John Giunta, Howie Post, Munson Paddock et al. A rare 1946 one-shot produced by artist Bernard Baily himself, with a great lineup. One of Giunta's best works: Two crooks rob a store, shoot a policeman and hide out in a cemetery to hide their stolen funds, when suddenly Mr. Lucifer appears, being freed by the crook's actions. The wild creator Munson Paddock draws "The Obi Makes Jumbee," with a half-naked Haitian dancer getting wild. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: SPOC01
Comic, 7x10, 38pg, Full Color

From 1952. Art by Tex Blaisdell and Ed Goldfarb. This notorious Avon one-shot features a single long story that is genuinely creepy! Out of the horrible abyss came a ghastly army of the dead! Thirsting for the pleasures of the living, these lost souls wanted human bodies! But a beautiful girl and two brave men dared to defy them... PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: DEADWW
Magazine, 7x10, 38pg, Full Color

Collects #6-10, 1952-53. Recommended. By Basil Wolverton, Howard Nostrand, Ross Andru et al. Tiny comics publisher Stanley Morse wasn't trying to imitate the gore, shock and horror in EC comics — he was trying to outdo it! See for yourself. We have sexy women in a "classic" bondage/torture cover on #6; being buried alive on #7; faced with an explosive creature coming in through a port hole in #8; and a hook-handed grave robber menaced by floating creatures' heads — a classic by Bernard Baily — on issue #10. Also: "Brain Bats of Venus" and "Robot Woman"— rewritten and partially redrawn — both by Wolverton. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PCMM02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Volume 1 is oddly enough, $1 more, [PCMM01. $33.99]. Volumes 1 and 2 in hardcover appeared quite some time ago, but are available as special order items at $44.99 each.

Collects #1-5, 1957-58. This oddball, post-code title reprinted stories from pre-code horror titles Voodoo, Fantastic Fears, Haunted Thrills and Strange Fantasy, with suitable changes to pass the new code. Behind all-new covers by unknown artists, you'll find classic pre-code stories, retitled and altered, from the Iger Shop, Ken Battefield, and Robert Webb. Also here are one-off stories from Seven Seas #4 and Farrell's own Phantom Lady series, when she was resurrected in 1954, with a story from issue #1 and 2, and from The Flame #5. PS Artbooks, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: MIDN01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
The hardcover edition is scheduled for July [MIDN01H. $52.99].

Graphic Novels


Recommended. Introduction by John Landis. By John Bruno. Art by Jordi Armengol. Creator John Bruno is a big deal, and it shows here in his art and story. He did storyboards for John Landis's American Werewolf in London, effects for The Abyss that got him an Oscar, worked on True Lies, Titanic, Terminator 2, Avatar. He directed Virus. Here he gives us a VERY alien navigator, captured in battle on Jupiter’s moon, who seeks sanctuary in return for his advanced technology to help defend mankind from the alien force that enslaved his race and has come to destroy us. Dark Horse, 2023....More.

Item Code: NAVIH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 104pg, Full Color
$24.99 $22.99

BUCK DANNY CLASSICS Volume 1 Sabres Over Korea
New series from France. Recommended. By Frederic Zumbiehl. Art by Jean-Michel Arroyo. The first volume of a return-to-the-roots new series. War has engulfed Korea, where the great powers are fighting to ensure the domination of their ideology. With the introduction of the superb MIG-15, the North Koreans and Chinese are on the verge of gaining air supremacy. Even American jets can only compete because of the superior training of their pilots. With the threat of veteran Soviet pilots tipping the balance, Buck is tasked with testing a new, far more formidable version of the F-86 Sabre in combat conditions. But saboteurs lurk... Cinebook, 2023....More.

Item Code: BUCD01
Soft Cover, 9x11, 48pg, Full Color

BUCK DANNY CLASSICS Volume 2 Duel in MIG Alley
From the French GN series. Recommended. By Frederic Zumbiehl. Art by Jean-Michel Arroyo. New volumes of the adventures of ace pilot Buck Danny, but set during significant moments in history – World War Two, Korea, the Cold War. The second volume of a return-to-the-roots new series. For the commander of the newly arrived veteran Soviet squadron, Colonel Korsakov, ambushing outclassed American jets isn’t enough, no matter how successful. What he must do is defeat Buck Danny himself … in a duel! Even if that means cheating to ensure a victory vital to maintain troop morale. Cinebook, 2023....More.

Item Code: BUCD02
Soft Cover, 9x11, 48pg, Full Color

BLAB! Volume 1
Premiere Issue. Recommended. Edited by Monte Beauchamp. Documentary comics stories! Noah Van Sciver depicts the tragic demise of Crime Does Not Pay editor Bob Wood. Ryan Heshka recounts the rise and fall of Superman creators Siegel and Shuster. Sasha Velour portrays the making of film director F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. Children’s book illustrator Giselle Potter examines Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter’s passion as a naturalist. Illustrated articles include the history of the gorilla in pop culture lore, a report on UFOs and more.. Dark Horse, 2023....More.

Item Code: BLAB01
Soft Cover, 8x11, 112pg, Partial Color

About Comics


Collects the complete series from 1986. By Marv Wolfman. Art by George Perez. A perfect companion to Crisis on Infinite Earths, this is a definitive history of the DC Universe based on the consequences of that epic tale. Narrated by Harbinger, a central figure in the Crisis story line, the reader is brought through the new history of the world and its heroes. Featuring virtually every character in the DC Universe, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and the Flash, as well as Quality and Fawcett/Marvel Family heroes, this tale takes us from the dawn of creation to the end of recorded history and lays the foundation for adventures to come. DC Comics, 2023....More.

Item Code: HISDCUH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
$24.99 $21.99

Highly Recommended. Edited by Roy Thomas. An FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) special, behind a breathtaking Jerry Ordway cover! It includes features on Uncle Marvel and the Fawcett Family and a focus on artist Kenneth Landau (illustrator of Commander Battle and The Atomic Sub and many ACG horror stories) and writer Lee Goldsmith, who wrote Golden Age Green Lantern, Flash, and others. Plus Mr. Monster's Comic Crypt by Michael T. Gilbert, and more! TwoMorrows, 2023....More.

Item Code: AE182
Magazine, 8x11, 84pg, Partial Color
Back issues and Best-of collections!

June Sale

Next week we'll be sending out a special email highlighting our June Sale, but you can get a jump on it now. Over 100 items newly reduced. We are continuously adding to our Imperfect Editions sections as well.




ALEX ROSS MARVEL MURAL 2024 Six Foot Calendar
Recommended. Unfolding to 6 ft. wide x 2 ft. tall, this oversized wall calendar features a mural of 35 Marvel Comics Super Heroes painted by renowned comics artist Alex Ross, from Angel to Wolverine. Alex Ross is one of the most respected and influential artists working in comics. Originally commissioned for Marvel’s New York City offices, the mural presents the Marvel Super Heroes painted in the award-winning, breathtaking style that made Ross famous. Abrams, 2023....More.

Item Code: ARM24
na, 72x24, 24pg, Full Color
Also now available is Zenescope’s Art of Paul Green 2024 Calendar [ZENE24. $19.99].

Recommended. Cover by Art Sansom. New in this issue: the rare 1951 sci-fi strip Chris Welkin -- Planeteer by Russ Winterbotham and Art Sansom, with a special guest editorial about it by Roy Thomas. Complete this issue is Buz Sawyer by Roy Crane (1971) and The Phantom by Lee Falk and Sy Barry (1978). 19 pages of full-color Sunday pages with Alley Oop, Flash Gordon, Burne Hogarth’s Drago, and others...and a wealth of B&W features. Manuscript Press, 2023....More.

Item Code: CR0623
Soft Cover, 8x11, 128pg, Partial Color
Back issues!

Coming in July


First printing of 5,000 numbered copies. Introduction by Chris Claremont, in-depth essay by X-Men writer Fabian Nicieza. Grab a front row seat to the creation of "The Strangest Super-Heroes of All!" In this colossal collector’s dream, the first 21 X-Men stories from 1963-1966 have been meticulously reproduced from the most pristine copies of these rare comic books — the fourth volume from Taschen’s Eisner Award-winning Marvel Comics Library series. Taschen, 2023. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge. Due: July....More.

Item Code: MARX01H
Hard Cover, 11x15, 666pg, Full Color
$200.00 $180.00

Fourth in Taschen’s enormous XXL series collecting the first issues of the seminal Marvel titles Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Avengers. All are still available at the same discounted price.

This is the same format as the hugely popular History of EC Comics, Masters of Fantasy Art, and The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta, as well as The Alps: A Portrait in Color, and The Star Wars Archives.


Coming in August


DEMENTIA 21 Box Set 1&2
Arthritic superheroes! Supernatural old biddies! Zombie caretakers! Mind-controlling dentures! When plucky young Yukie Sakai is hired as a home aide, little does she know what surreal, absurd, and grotesque adventures are in store. One of the most outrageously satirical comics ever, written and drawn by Shintaro Kago, one of the most experimental of Japan’s manga auteurs. Initially printed in a super limited edition run, Fantagraphics is bringing this title back into print for larger audiences. Presented in a beautifully designed deluxe slipcase, it contains the complete two-volume paperback set of this engrossing and bestselling manga series. Fantagraphics, 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: DEM01P
Soft Cover, 7x11, 600pg, Full Color
$60.00 $54.95

Collected for the first time in a deluxe hardcover slipcase with an all-new die-cut cover, these award-winning comics place the world’s most beloved animated family in exciting horror, science fiction, and supernatural settings. All-ages. This second volume in the trilogy includes an introduction by Lisa Simpson. Abrams, 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: SIMPT02H
Hard Cover, 8x12, 400pg, Full Color
Volume 1 [SIMPTH. $39.99] from 2022.

Recommended. This volume focuses on the work of Franz Wacik (1883-1938), an extraordinary Austrian talent who also designed for the theater, painted frescoes and murals, and illustrated children’s books. While his startlingly original work is largely unknown today, this volume (primarily composed of Wacik’s work for the satire magazine Die Muskete) will be a revelation for many. Wacik’s expertise encompassed a diverse array of fantastical subjects, including bizarre creatures and fairy tale settings. Illustrated Press, 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: FRAWAH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 224pg, Full Color

This is a departure for The Illustrated Press, which usually sticks to traditional illustrators and pulp artists. Here we have a fascinating Viennese illustrator from the classic Jugenstil period, circa 1900-1920, a period of wild experimentation in both artwork and subject matter.

Here’s more still in print from the Illustrated Press. We have a great many back issues of Illustration Magazine in stock or soon to be listed. Inquire after specific issues you don’t see online.


Coming in September


By Kelley Puckett. Art by Michael Parobeck and Ty Templeton. The crimelord formerly known as the Penguin is now Mayor Oswald Cobblepot — elected to be Gotham's leader by promising to outlaw vigilantes and villains alike. The immortal mastermind Ra's al Ghul has ordered an invasion of assassins — not to destroy the Dark Knight, but to eliminate his enemies—permanently. And a two-bit hood called the Black Mask is forming a deadly new masked mob. DC Comics, 2023. Due: Sept....More.

Item Code: BATAOH
Hard Cover, na, 1192pg, Full Color
$150.00 $125.00

Highly Recommended. In 1954, industry legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby founded Mainline Publications to publish their own comics during that turbulent era in comics history. The four titles — Bullseye, Foxhole, Police Trap, and In Love — looked to build off their reputation as hit makers in the Western, War, Crime, and Romance genres, but the 1950s backlash against comics killed any chance at success, and Mainline closed its doors just two years later. TwoMorrows, 2023. Due: Sept....More.

Item Code: BESKMH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 256pg, Full Color
$49.95 $44.95
Here’s much more by Simon and Kirby, both in print and newly posted in our Rare Books section.

Mature Readers

Faithless by Brian Azzarello. Art by Maria Llovet. "The rare erotic comic that’s actually hot." The first three volumes are collected in a handsome hardcover, with a slipcased deluxe edition still coming. Also still available in three individual softcovers.

And a new erotic film, Red Latex, about a dominatrix encounter that goes very, very wrong when the family comes along to find the errant husband. Aughh!

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Anne and I will be exhibiting at the Portland Rose City Book Show next week, Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17. We’ll have out of print children’s, illustrated and art books, going back to the early 20th century…some vintage comic books and a small selection of recent books for Bud’s Art Books. Hope to see you there.

Our next show will be the vintage comic book show Berkeley Comic Show, Saturday, August 5th. There we’ll have vintage comic books and discounted, half price hurts from Bud’s Art Books. And a few special new books.


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