Thursday, June 29, 2023

Cover artists James McConnell and Ron Lesser, Frazetta Death Dealer #2, Absolute Batman, New X-Men, Project Arka & The Phantom.

The new art book on James McConnell gets our Highest Recommendation. Paperback cover artist Ron Lesser is here. Plus Frazetta Death Dealer #2, Absolute Batman, Marvel July 1963, New X-Men, Project Arka, and Phantom Dailies Volume 28. Plus Lorenzo Sperlonga pin-up card sets.

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THE ART OF RON LESSER Volume 1 Deadly Dames and Sexy Sirens
Highly Recommended. By Robert Deis. In the late 1950s, while studying with the legendary art teacher Frank J. Reilly at the Art Students League in New York City, Ron Lesser embarked on a long career as one of America’s top illustration artists. Over the next four decades, his artwork was used for thousands of paperback book covers, movie posters, magazines, and advertisements. The focus of this volume, first in a series, is on the first leg of his career — paperback covers, movie posters, magazines, and ads between 1959 and 1979 that featured images of "dangerous dames," "sexy sirens," and other beautiful women. Subtropic Productions, 2023....More.

Item Code: ARTRL01H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 146pg, Full Color
$55.00

 

Exclusive Art Books from Telos

 


MINIATURE MARVELS The Book Cover Art of James E McConnell
352 pages of full color reproductions! Our Highest Recommendation. By Steve Chibnall. James E McConnell was one of the last century’s finest and most prolific commercial artists working in publishing. In a career spanning from the 1930s to the 1970s, McConnell produced hundreds of superb paintings for hardback dust jackets and paperback covers (as well as magazines such as Look and Learn, and advertising posters), working for noted British publishers large and small. Amongst his most celebrated works were covers for Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu; John D. Macdonald and James M. Cain thrillers; Berkeley Gray and Vernon Warren crime novels; children’s adventure novels; Edgar Wallace mysteries; and over a dozen Pinnacle paperbacks of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, Mars and Venus novels. Telos, 2023....More.

Item Code: MINMH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 352pg, Full Color
$75.00
 


ALSO AVAILABLE
THE ART OF REGINALD HEADE Volume 2
Our Highest Recommendation, By Stephen James Walker and Steve Chibnall. Reginald Heade was an incredibly prolific artist, at the height of his career taking on as many as 100 commissions per year. Ongoing research carried out since the completion of work on the expanded Art of Reginald Heade Vol. One has uncovered hundreds more previously unknown examples of his superb book cover, magazine illustration and other commercial art, and all of these are presented here. Plus: the most comprehensive biography of Heade ever, including the first photographs of the artist ever to be published; a detailed checklist of all known published work; many previously-unpublished preparatory sketches and roughs; plus dozens of superb full-page reproductions of Heade's original pulp-fiction cover paintings, showcasing choice examples of his most celebrated work in greater detail and clarity than ever seen before. Telos, 2020....More.

Item Code: ARTRH02H
Hard Cover, 9x11, 384pg, Full Color
$75.00
 


ALSO AVAILABLE
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
 


ALSO AVAILABLE
THE ART OF LOUIS SHABNER
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
 


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HANK JANSON UNDER COVER A Visual History
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 girls...it'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
These sale prices on Telos titles will end shortly, act now. Also available is Dr. Who Adventures (available both on sale and hurt, discounted to $39.99 and $32.99).
 

Graphic Novels

 


FRANK FRAZETTA'S DEATH DEALER Volume 2
Critically acclaimed animation writer Mitch Iverson (DOTA: Dragon's Blood, Voltron: Legendary Defender) joins world renowned artists Esau Escorza, Isaac Escorza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin), and Diego Yapur (Dawn Attack) to bring you the next brutal chapter in the saga of Death Dealer, featuring characters envisioned by the godfather of fantasy art — Frank Frazetta! Includes reprinted Frazetta paintings and a cover gallery with Dave Dorman, Robert Hack, Dan Panosian, Ryan Christiansen and others. Some nudity. Opus Comics, 2023. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: FRAF02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color
$19.99
 


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FRANK FRAZETTA'S DEATH DEALER Volume 1
Highly Recommended. Cover & 5 interior pages by Frank Frazetta. The legendary Death Dealer returns in collaboration with the Frazetta Girls! Critically acclaimed animation writer Mitch Iverson joins artists Stefano Martino, Luis Antonio Delgado, Axel Medellin and Diego Galindo to bring you a major new five-chapter story. Each chapter opens with a classic Frazetta painting. Occasional nudity. Art is for the most part quite good. Opus Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: FRAF01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color
$19.99
Here is more Death Dealer and Frazetta.
 


TROJAN
Recommended. By Daniel Kraus. Art by Laci. When a mysterious young woman, Nessa, enlists the help of a hacker to take a tour of the grisliest corners of the Dark Web, she sets in motion a war between those who pander to mankind’s darkest fantasies and a world that transcends imagination. What does she find? Once upon a time, we lived alongside Creatures of myth. Centaurs, fauns, gorgons, kelpies, gnomes... They were spectacular. Majestic. Powerful. Peaceful. Pure. But not longer... Very well drawn. And check out the wings on our heroine! Artists, Writers & Artisans, 2023....More.

Item Code: TROJ
Soft Cover, 7x10, 100pg, Full Color
$9.99
 


PROJECT ARKA Into the Dark Unknown
Highly Recommended. Newly translated from the French. Young space opera novelist Romain Benassaya adapts his own 2018 novel, Pyramides, into a graphic novel with lush art by Joan Urgell. In the year 2182, citizens of a dying Earth flee to a distant promised land in a massive colony ship, the Arka III. But when the passengers awaken from their long intergalactic journey, they realize their journey has taken far longer than planned and they are in a starless, seemingly endless void—not the intended destination. Eric Rives, the ship’s second-in-command, and his partner Jia Tang are sent on an exploratory mission to investigate the dark labyrinth that surrounds them...What they find is beyond belief. Minor nudity. Humanoids, 2023. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: PROJAH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 120pg, Full Color
$24.99
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Comic Book Archives & Omnibus

 


ABSOLUTE BATMAN Three Jokers
Collects #1-3, 2020, deluxe oversized hardcover. Batman doesn't understand how or why, but the fact is certain: the man he has spent a lifetime chasing isn't one man at all. There are three Jokers. Joined by Barbara Gordon and Jason Todd, the Dark Knight is finally on a path to defeat the madman once and for all. Every last one of him. Geoff Johns (Doomsday Clock, Batman: Earth One) and Jason Fabok (Justice League: The Darkseid War) reunite to present this highly anticipated new storyline. DC Comics, 2023....More.

Item Code: ABSTJH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 240pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00
Also available in Absolute Editions: Kingdom Come, Swamp Thing (Wein/Wrightson), Fourth World Vol 1 & 2 by Jack Kirby, Doomsday Clock, Swamp Thing Vol 1, 2 and 3, (Alan Moore), Wonder Woman, Death (Sandman), Sandman Overture.
 


MARVEL JULY 1963 Omnibus
Collects Avengers #1, X-Men #1, Spider-Man #5, Sgt Fury #3, FF #19 & much more. Highly Recommended. Marvel celebrates the 60th anniversaries of the X-Men and the Avengers by collecting each and every Marvel comic book from the month of their July 1963 debut! In July Marvel also debuted groundbreaking Annuals, experimented with a new type of war comic, continued the tales of frontier justice and appealed to an audience not just interested in fisticuffs — with teen humor and romance titles. Includes Spider-Man #5, FF #19 & Annual 1, Sgt. Fury #3, TOS 146, TTA 48, Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid, Two-Gun Kid, Millie the Model, Kathy, Patsy Walker and more... Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: MARJ63H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 656pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00
Also available is Marvel August 1961 (both regular at $150, $125 [MARAUGH] and hurt at $90 [MARAUGHR]), June 1962 [MARJ62H. $125, $110].
 


NEW X-MEN Omnibus
New printing. Collects New X-Men #114-154 & Annual #1, 2001-04. Grant Morrison’s wildly innovative X-Men saga — the team is re-imagined with a new look and a new mission, weird new threats including evil twins, organ harvesters, sentient bacteria, rebellious mutant youth, power-enhancing street drugs and living weapons! Joined by wicked telepath Emma Frost and mysterious powerhouse Xorn, the X-Men go public — expanding Xavier’s school to train a new generation of mutants including the insect-like Angel, the bird-boy Beak, the living sandstorm Dust and eerie telepathic quintuplets the Stepford Cuckoos. Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: NEWXH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 1120pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
Here’s more X-Men in Omnibus and other collections.
 


ATOMIKA God is Red Omnibus Volume 1 Signed
Signed by Abbinanti! By Andrew Dabb. Art by Sal Abbinanti et al. Cover by Alex Ross. God is Red follows Atomika across a 12-issue story arc, as he travels the Soviet Union doing battle with mythological gods of Slavic Russia. This collects the entire story in a single volume with over 350 pages. Includes over 75 pages of all-new art, including covers and pin-ups by Alex Ross, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Turner, Darwyn Cooke, Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, John Romita, Sr., and others. Mercury Comics, 2023....More.

Item Code: ATOM01HS
Hard Cover, 7x10, 358pg, Full Color
$75.00
Also available unsigned [ATOM01H. $50, $45].
 


THE PHANTOM The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 28 1978-1979
Recommended. By Lee Falk. Continues the Sy Barry years. Four complete continuities: "The Heirs," a powerful adventure with a beautiful but newly pregnant Diana entirely on her own in Africa...and that ends with the birth of the next Phantom! Plus "Jungle Gold," "The Return of General Bababu," and "The Tree House." Strips from this issue are taken directly from King Feature's proofs. Included in the volume is a comprehensive essay by Daniel Herman and fine oversized reproductions of original artwork.Hermes, 2023....More.

Item Code: PH28H
Hard Cover, 12x8, 272pg, b&w
$60.00
Still available: Volumes 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 27. Click here for more with The Phantom, including The Complete DC Years and The Phantom Unmasked (only 2 copies left). It’s a history of the Phantom [PHAUN. $25]. We also have half price hurt copies of DC Years.
 

Glen Ridge Limited & Signed Editions

 


OIL SKETCHES By Glen Ridge Signed
Signed & numbered from just 100. Highly Recommended. Glen Ridge is a local artist who has long studied the work of Jeffrey Jones and other fine illustrators. We also handle his first collection of work, Hop Art. This new portfolio is small but absolutely first class, with a de-bossed gold title page and five fine full color plates reproducing his oil paintings. All but one are closeups of nude women—very much (to us) in the best tradition of Jeffrey Jones.. Penny Shrawder, 2023....More.

Item Code: OILSS
9x6, 5 plates, Full Color
$10.00
 


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HOP ART By Glen Ridge Signed
Signed & numbered from 100 with bonus (also signed) print and postcard. Highly Recommended. Long a fan of fantasy illustrator Jeffrey Jones, local artist Glen Ridge has compiled here some of his finest work in an extremely limited printing. Here are a number of portraits of beautiful women, a cat, tiger and elephant, and fantasy pieces inspired by sci fi authors Roger Zelazny, Poul Anderson, as well as a knight, an angel and a wonderful brooding pirate. And the "door into Neverland." Any fan of Jeff Jones' work really should take a look at this talented but as yet unknown painter. Exclusively available from us. Penny Shrawder, 2021....More.

Item Code: HOPAS
Soft Cover, 8x11, 24pg, Full Color
$20.00
Here’s more signed art books and sketchbooks.
 

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For the first time ever, until July 10th, all Rare Books in stock are now available at 20% off. Just put any item that begins with an RB code into your shopping cart and when you check out, it will be discounted 20%. Use coupon code: RARE20. If you have any issues or questions, just call us Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm (except for July 3-4, when we will be closed for the holiday!).

 

Coming in August

 


BRANDON SANDERSON'S WHITE SAND Omnibus
Written by Brandon Sanderson and Rik Hoskin and illustrated by Julius Gopez, Fritz Casas and Julius Ohta, this mesmerizing saga will captivate you with powerful characters in an uncanny world that only a master storyteller like Sanderson can deliver! On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss - a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own. Assassins are coming for them from all directions, and Kenton's only true ally is Khriss, a visitor from the other side of the planet who has an agenda of her own to pursue. Dynamite, 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: BRAWSH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 496pg, Full Color
$70.00 $62.50
 


OBLIVION SONG Compendium
By Robert Kirkman. Art by Lorenzo De Felici and Annalisa Leoni The entire series, collected for the first time. A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia suddenly were whisked away into an apocalyptic hellscape called Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but failed. But Nathan Cole won't give up. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the strange neverworld. Image Comics, 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: OBLSC
Soft Cover, 824pg, Full Color
$49.99 $42.50
 


HOCUS POCUS The Complete Collection
By Rik Worth and Richard Wiseman. Art by Jordan Collver and Owen Watts. The Eisner-nominated history of science and the supernatural is finally available worldwide in this beautiful, complete collection. Con-men, conjurors and occultists make up the cast of this anthology of true stories from history, in a series that does things no other comics can do. This comic will ready your mind! Nominated for Best Limited Series (Eisners and Tripwire 2022), and Rik Worth was nominated Best New Talent (Tripwire 2022). Won Best Limited Series (CAPStone Awards 2023). Vanishing, Inc., 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: HOCPH
Hard Cover, 178pg, Full Color
$49.95
 


HIDETAKA TENJINS Artistry of Macross Volume 2
Recommended. Since its small screen debut in 1982, Macross has remained one of most influential anime films of all time. Longtime franchise illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin captures the high-flying action of the series’ iconic “variable fighters” like no other artist through his hyper-realistic illustrations for model kits, magazines, promotional materials, and more. This second volume collects Tenjin’s illustrations from the Macross Frontier films, Macross Delta TV series & films, and Walk├╝re launch, as well as an archive of his work on videogames, novels, animation and more. Impressive technical illustration.Udon Entertainment, 2023. Due: Aug....More.

Item Code: HIDT02H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 176pg, Full Color
$49.99
 

3...2...1...Gone

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 September

 


BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL Omnibus
By James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder. Art by Tim Seeley. Five years ago, Batman and Robin worked the most disturbing case of their crime fighting careers...bringing down the organization of the ultimate human trafficker, the mysterious woman known only as Mother. With Bruce Wayne now lost to them, Dick and all his allies are out in the cold! Who can they trust? Is someone among them not who they say they are? And who is the deadly, silent young woman in black who’s come to Gotham City looking for Batman? DC Comics, 2023. Due: Sept....More.

Item Code: BATROEH
Hard Cover, 624pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00
 


ADVENTURES OF RED SONJA Omnibus
By Roy Thomas. This comprehensive collection reprints the classic Red Sonja tales from Marvel Feature #1-7, Red Sonja issues #1-15, and the She-Devil's appearances from the original Marvel Comics series The Savage Sword of Conan in a single impressive volume. Presented with fully remastered color pages, this timeless tome also features a beautiful cover by legendary Red Sonja artist Frank Thorne. TwoMorrows, 2023. Due: Sept....More.

Item Code: ADVREDH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 648pg, Full Color
$99.99 $89.99
 

Mature Readers

 


LORENZO SPERLONGA'S PIN-UP PLAYING CARDS VIXENS & SIRENS
Recommended. Vixens & Sirens are two new collectible playing cards decks from the master pin-up artist. Each deck features 54 cards with a different painting on each. The decks are completely different from each other as well. Girls are both nude and clothed (well, scantily so). Casino premium quality. Sperlonga, 2023. Mature Viewers....More.

Item Code: LORPC02
3x4, Full Color
$35.00
 


ALSO AVAILABLE
LORENZO SPERLONGA'S PIN-UP PLAYING CARDS Dolls & Roses
Dolls & Roses are two completely new playing card decks featuring the pin-up art by Lorenzo Sperlonga. Each deck features 54 cards, each one with a new painting. The decks are completely different from each and sinfully uncensored! Each tuck box features its own wild card: "nice" in the front, "naughty" in the back of the box. Sperlonga, 2022. Mature Viewers. ...More.

Item Code: LORPC
3x4, Full Color
$35.00
Also by Sperlonga is the Foreplay Sketchbook Volume 1, signed [FOREHS. $35]. His work also appears in these two collections: Lady Death Swimsuit #1 and Pinups Around the World.
 
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We will be closed Monday July 3 and Tuesday July 4th so our guys can have a 4-day weekend! Have a wonderful and safe 4th!

Illustration Magazine

is coming to an end with #84. Editor Dan Zimmer has done an admirable job of producing a superb magazine for many years now and we applaud his fine efforts. As The Illustrated Press, he will continue to produce limited edition art books. We will handle each one. The last three issues of Illustration will all be ready at the same time, #82-84. We expect them shortly.

Click here for back issues or inquire, we have nearly a complete set on hand, but not all are listed yet.

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Donald M. Grant Company

just contacted us about a Jeffrey Jones Idyl/I’m Age book we listed in Rare Books—informing us it was still in print. So, we are bringing in both hardcover and softcover copies, along with the Roger Zelazny/Vaughn Bode set of two books, Way Up High and Here There Be Dragons, published in 2016. Also, The Paperback Art of James Avati (2005) and Goblin Market (2017), illustrated AND SIGNED by Omar Rayyan, with an introduction by Charles Vess. We'll have full details for all of these when these arrive in 3 weeks or so.

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