Thursday, June 1, 2023

The art of Yana Bogatch, Cinema of Swords, Syd Hoff, Captain Marvel, EC collections, Uncle Scrooge, Senorita Rio and signed Brom.

Orientalism; the art of Yana Bogatch; Swashbuckling film history; signed Brom; Syd Hoff; Golden Age Captain Marvel comics in facsimile; two new EC collections; Uncle Scrooge; Spidey/Venom; Sgt. Fury 2; a new Valerian; Senorita Rio back in stock; New Rare Books.

And the complete—gasp, choke—Bud Plant/50 Years of the Direct Market Zoom interview!

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PRISM The Art Journey of Cosmic Spectrum
Recommended. By Yana Bogatch aka Cosmic Spectrum. She has self-published a graphic novel and two art books. Now, The art of Yana, aka Cosmic Spectrum, showcases the artist’s entire story and demonstrates the development of her style and career, plus brand new art. Character art and comics being her specialty, this features an array of tips and techniques for drawing anatomy, gesture, and character details, much of it with pretty girls. 3dtotal Publishing, 2023....More.

Item Code: ARTCSH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 152pg, Partial Color

There’s much more by Women Artists available now, from their work in Golden Age comics, to animation art at Disney, to classic book illustrators and painters. And here’s more from publisher 3dtotal.

LUPENTE Flesk Artist Showcase
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. Lupente showcases five outstanding contemporary artists in an elegant and absorbing package. This volume — the first in an ongoing Flesk Artist Showcase series — features Stephanie Law, a fine artist who pulls from dreams and reality to illuminate the boundary between those two worlds; Julia Blattman, a premier visual-development artist working in the animation industry; Karla Ortiz, a concept and fine artist who is renowned for her personal works and her designs for film; Virginie Ropars, one of the most-revered dollmakers today and an inspiration to sculptors around the world; and Erica Williams, also known as “HookieDuke,” who has gained acclaim by mastering a unique, highly intricate style of lines and designs that centers on Nature as its inspiration. Flesk, 2022....More.

Item Code: LUPEN
Soft Cover, 9x12, 176pg, Partial Color
$39.95 $24.95
This is a wonderful book, the first volume in a new series from Flesk with each issue collecting several new talents. This is also on sale in the publisher hardcover, limited to 1000 [LUPENH. $60, $39.99].

Highly Recommended. By Claire Maingon and Mathias Ary Jan. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Ary Jan Gallery in Paris in 2022, a handsome oversized coffee table art book. Masterpieces of 19th century Orientalist art, a great many full or double-page, with 300 color reproductions. Starting in the 1840s, a revolution in transportation allowed artists to visit countries from North Africa to the Middle East that had previously been relatively inaccessible. European artists found fascinating, exotic subjects, especially women and warriors, as well as unique architecture, tile design, and even colors and light. Here is work by Delacroix, Decamps, Berchère, Bridgman, Ziem, Gérôme, Corrodi, Dinet, Matisse, Majorelle and many, many others. Editions Norma, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: ORIDH
Hard Cover, 10x12, 352pg, Full Color
$90.00 $85.00

A History and Guide to Movies About Knights, Pirates, Barbarians, and Vikings. Recommended. By Lawrence Ellsworth. A history and homage to nearly four hundred movies and television shows featuring swashbucklers, knights, pirates, samurai, Vikings, gladiators, outlaw heroes like Zorro and Robin Hood, and anyone else who lives by the blade and solves their problems with the point of a sword. Though swordplay thrives as a mainstay of current pop culture— whether Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings or Star Wars — swashbuckling was if anything even more ubiquitous during Hollywood’s classic period, from its foundations in the Silent Era up through the savage bursts of fantasy films in the '80s. Applause, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: CINSH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 384pg, Text/b&w
$50.00 $45.00

SLEWFOOT A Tale of Bewitchery Signed
New Softcover Edition Signed bookplate! Recommended. Art and story by Brom. Eight color plates and 16 half-page b&w chapter headings by Brom. Connecticut, 1666. An ancient spirit awakens in a dark wood. The wildfolk call him Father, slayer, protector. The colonists call him Slewfoot, demon, devil. To Abitha, a recently widowed outcast, alone and vulnerable in her pious village, he is the only one she can turn to for help. Together, they ignite a battle between pagan and Puritan - one that threatens to destroy the entire village, leaving nothing but ashes and bloodshed in their wake. Nightfire, 2023....More.

Item Code: SLEW
Soft Cover, 7x9, 306pg, Text/Partial Color
Three of Brom’s art books are in stock in Rare Books, from $45 to $115 (signed). Here’s more Brom in Expose, Spectrum and elsewhere.

THE RULING CLAWSS The Socialist Cartoons of Syd Hoff
Recommended. First published in 1933 under a pseudonym, here prominent New Yorker contributor Syd Hoff offers us mordant and marvelously drawn gag comics skewering the rich and powerful with a pointed pen. Scorning what he saw as the complicity and stale yucks of cartooning peers like Peter Arno, Hoff set his sights on the rich and powerful and revealed them for what they were: hilariously inept, deeply selfish, and incredibly dangerous, lampooning police brutality, thin-skinned industrialists, racists, and the looming threat of fascism at home and abroad. New York Review Comics, 2023....More.

Item Code: RULCL
Soft Cover, 7x8, 184pg, b&w
$24.95 $21.95

Captain Marvel – Yesterday and Today


Collects Captain Marvel #1-26; Captain Marvel: The End #1, 2019-2020. Recommended. By Kelly Thompson. Art by Carmen Carnero et al. Carol Danvers has finally returned home after months in space. New York has never looked so good — until a powerful villain turns Roosevelt Island into an apocalyptic wasteland! Now, Carol must assemble a new crew to kick-start a revolution! But soon she goes from Earth’s Mightiest Hero to Public Enemy No. 1 when a new star steals the spotlight! And things go from bad to worse when Captain Marvel is given 24 kill the Avengers! Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: CAPKT01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 736pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00

CAPTAIN MARVEL Omnibus Volume 1
Branded a traitor for defending the people of Earth, the space-born Kree hero Captain Mar-Vell uses his cosmic powers as our planet’s protector. And the good Captain’s legacy is strong: From his early adventures drawn by Gene Colan to his reinvention by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane to his iconic cosmic awakening under Jim Starlin, each story is presented in oversized glory in this massive Omnibus volume. Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: CAPTM01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 888pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00

Collects Captain Marvel Adventures #18, 1942. Recommended. Art by C.C Beck, Marc Swayze et al. The origin and first appearance of Mary Marvel, in one of the most desirable issues of the entire 150-issue run. Plus a wonderful painted cover (by Swayze) that includes CM, Jr. Three complete Capt. Marvel stories, plus a backup story of Capt. Kidd, and several 1- and 2-page stories. Mary Marvel went on to become the cover feature of Wow Comics for 50 issues, and star in her own 28-issue title, all during the Golden Age. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: CAPM18
Comic, 7x10, 68pg, Full Color

CAPTAIN MARVEL JR #4 Facsimile Edition
Issue #4, 1943. Highly Recommended. By Otto Binder. Cover by Mac Raboy. Art by Al Carreno et al. Our young Marvel, a lame newspaper boy until he says the magic words. He battles the invisible Nazi, villain Sabbac and Satan in several disguises, Captain Nippon, Sivana and daughter Beautia, the invisible Count Spector and White Robes — several in their first appearances. Classic all-time great Raboy cover. A great 64-page Golden Age issue. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: CAPMJ04
Comic, 7x10, 68pg, Full Color

THE MARVEL FAMILY #4 Facsimile Edition
1946. Recommended. By Otto Binder et al. Art by Pete Costanza, C.C. Beck et al. One of the best issues, with three witches going after the entire Marvel family. Then each charcter is featured in an individual adventure: CM, Jr. in "Knife of Jade," Mary in "Don Quixote Rides Again," and Capt. Marvel in a cool story, "Sivana's Vampire". Includes a coupon to join the Capt. Marvel Club, a full page ad for a Mary Marvel schoolgirl dress, and classic Charles Atlas ad. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: CAPMMF04
Comic, 7x10, 36pg, Full Color
Here are all the latest PS Artbooks Facsimile Editions. I’m pleased to see these new Capt. Marvel titles. They’re finally doing some of the more scarce, hard-to-find issues; these are all very good.

EC Archives


EC ARCHIVES Tales From The Crypt Volume 3 Hardcover
Finally available again. Collects #29-34, 1952-53. Our Highest Recommendation. Horror, murder, and the supernatural, 24 classic stories written by Al Feldstein and illustrated by Jack Davis, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen, George Evans, Joe Orlando, and Marie Severin. Includes Al Williamson's first story at EC which was used in Parade of Pleasure. Jack Kamen, Feldstein and Gaines all appear in a story, while Johnny Craig and Jack Davis draw themselves! Ray Bradbury adaption in #34. Dark Horse, 2023....More.

Item Code: ECTFC03H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99

This is the only hardcover volume currently available. The two new softcover editions of Volumes 1 and 2 are both available [ECTFC01, ECTFC02. $19.99, $17.99 ea].

Also in stock is one copy of Tales from the Crypt The Official Archives, St. Martin’s Press, 1996. Condition Very Good, slight bump to two corners. [RB4185. $85] We also have ONE of the 5-volume Russ Cochran Complete EC Sets here but as yet unlisted. Call Todd if you are interested. It’s the most in-demand of all the sets, our price is $600, postpaid. We just sold the Haunt and Vault sets, but we will be listing ALL the rest of the Complete EC sets in the near future, from a collection NEVER opened, still in the original shipping boxes.


Highly Recommended. Joe Orlando became a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and this collects his first two dozen stories, all scripted by Al Feldstein. These serve up classic O. Henry-style shock endings, including a mind-bending time-travel twister in which a man visits the past and (unknowingly) romances his own mother (think about it), a gender-switching look at a future where women are the breadwinners and men are the homemakers, another future where marriages are limited by law to three-year contracts, a good old-fashioned "planets collide" shocker, an animal rights parable, plus lots of rollicking space opera, aliens, and, of course, interplanetary monsters (some of them human). Fantagraphics, 2023....More.

Item Code: PLANOH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 208pg, b&w
$35.00 $31.99
Here more in this series, and more EC Archives.

Comic Book Archives


Madwoman of the Sacred Heart, Twisted Tales & The Debt. Recommended. Two of Jodorowsky's most philosophically daring collaborations: the comedic and ironic misadventures of a confused Philosophy professor on the path to spiritual awakening, Madwoman of the Sacred Heart, illustrated by the masterful Mœbius; and what can only be referred to as an exercise in imagination, born from a mutual love of word, image, and mind, Twisted Tales with François Boucq. Plus the "unnerving" short story, The Debt. Some explicit adult sequences. Humanoids, 2023. Adult Material....More.

Item Code: JODL06H
Hard Cover, 8x10, 304pg, Full Color
$39.99 $34.99
This does have some explicit adult content. Volume 1 is sold out; still available are Volumes 2, 4, 5 each $39.99, $34.99 and Volume 3 $49.99, $44.99 [JDL02H, etc].

1961-2007. Highly Recommended. When Uncle Scrooge. Donald, and the nephews are approached by a wayward archaeologist bearing fragile clay tablets that point the way to Ali Baba’s lost cave, the hunt is on! A rare story started by Carl Barks and completed by internationally acclaimed Duck artist Daan Jippes, never before published in the U.S.: "The Pied Piper of Duckburg." Plus an indestructible Money Bin, and a whole series of shorts with Gyro Gearloose. Fantagraphics, 2023....More.

Item Code: WD28H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 208pg, Full Color
$35.00 $31.99
Click here for all available Complete Barks Libraries.

SGT. FURY EPIC COLLECTION Volume 2 Berlin Breakout
Collects Sgt. Fury #20-36 and Annual #1-2, 1965-66. Recommended. By Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. Art by Dick Ayers. Cover by Jack Kirby. World War II adventures, including a mission to protect the Manhattan Project and the atom bomb against Nazi spies and saboteurs, uprooting an undercover agent who is none other than the Red Skull, confronting a traitor in their own ranks, and going mano a mano with Baron Strucker in war-torn France! Also: the origin of Nick Fury’s eyepatch, Dum Dum going it alone behind enemy lines, and the story that spurred the concept for the film Inglorious Basterds! Bonus: 8 pages of original art. Marvel, 2023....More.

Item Code: SGTE02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 416pg, Full Color
$39.99 $35.99
Volume 1 is already sold out. Watch for a new printing. But here’s more fine comics about war, especially World War II.

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #1-10 and Amazing Fantasy #15. Highly Recommended. By popular demand! Back in hardcover, beautifully restored to match the original comics and boasting expanded bonus material! Welcome to Marvel’s reMasterworks! Spidey’s web-slinging adventures from the very beginning. Including: the tragic origin that started it all; the first appearances of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Vulture, Electro; and guest appearances by the Fantastic Four. And to top it off, bonuses galore, including the original artwork to Amazing Fantasy #15! Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: MAS01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 312pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00
Marvel is also issuing the first Fantastic Four in this "Re-Masterworks" series of classics, due at the end of July [MMFF01H. $75, $65]. Click here for all available Marvel Masterworks volumes. We have an entire collection of 200+ volumes that we haven’t cataloged yet, if you are looking for any in particular. Call or email Todd.


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.


Graphic Novels


First published in France. Highly Recommended. By Olivier Vatine and Daniel Pecqueur. Art by Didier Cassegrain with Fred Blanchard. The lovely Ellora has found her business in freefall since the dragon sheikh Ad Arphax opened a competing brothel nearby. So she sets out with a pirate ruffian Norden to find the Isle of Mermaids, whose siren song should bring in the customers and put her back on top. But the journey is wrought with fantastic dangers, not the least of which is the Amazon pirate Tao Bang — an old acquaintance of Norden's — now in the employ of Ad Arphax...not to mention dragons, monsters, and a fair amount of slapstick stupidity by several players. Magnetic Press, 2023....More.

Item Code: TAOH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 96pg, Full Color
In my humble opinion, the best in modern graphic novels are coming from France. Not always, but on the average, these are more different, more far-ranging than we see in the U.S. Click here for all of our French Graphic Novels, always now translated into English.

Highly Recommended. By Pierre Christin. Art by Virginie Augustin. A brand new Valerian and Laureline adventure! A second volume of a spin-off series that pays homage to a legendary series. The Delphs are an artificial species who depend entirely on an extremely rare substance, that not only allows them to live and reproduce, but also fuels their creative talents — for the Delphs are the most sought-after storytellers in the galaxy. They call upon Galaxity to find a new source of it, their own exhausted. But the only available deposit is on 21st century Earth, and the agents on station are still going to high school... Cinebook, 2023....More.

Item Code: VALWS
Soft Cover, 9x11, 56pg, Full Color

VALERIAN The Illustrated Treasury
Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. By Pierre Christin. Director Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets introduced movie audiences to a future populated by weird and wonderful aliens and laced with incredible futuristic technology. Now discover the universe of the original Valerian and Laureline graphic novels, one of the most popular sci-fi series in France. We get a comprehensive overview of the Valerian universe, details on key locations (including Central Point), transport, galactic anomalies, and all the alien races and characters “ friendly and hostile “ and there is a special section on the ever-popular Shingouz. Richly illustrated. Titan, 2017.  ...More.

Item Code: VALEH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 96pg, Full Color
$34.95 $14.95

Recommended. By Scott Schmidt. Art by Slobodan Jovanovic. Well drawn! In 1897, the world descended upon the frozen hills of the Yukon Territory, mad with gold fever. But little did they know the perils and pitfalls that awaited them. A trail lined with dead horses and stalked by a man-killer, a haunted cave mined by an army of the dead, and an endless swamp teeming with terrible serpents. Enter the legendary Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police, master of the wilderness. Outland Entertainment, 2022....More.

Item Code: NORST
Hard Cover, 7x10, 80pg, b&w

Third of three books. Recommended. By Frederic Richaud and Patrick Rambaud. Art by Ivan Gil. September 1812. Napoleon is master of Europe, and strikes at Russia with an army of half a million. He enters Moscow with no resistance, a conqueror at the height of his glory … and everything crumbles. The last volume of a trilogy. The terrible Russian winter has engulfed the retreat, and the Grande Armée is no more. Mercilessly harassed by the fierce Cossacks, a few thousand men only continue to trudge forward, weak, starving, emaciated, leaving a trail of frozen dead behind. Cincebook, 2023....More.

Item Code: BERE03
Soft Cover, 9x11, 72pg, Full Color

Volumes 1 and 2 remain in stock at $15.95 each [BERE01, BERE02.] This publisher, Cinebook, is based in England. They specialize in low-priced, newly-translated French graphic novels.

We quite enjoy nearly every book they do, which include Isabellae, Lonesome 1 & 2, XIII Mystery, Miss Endicott 1 & 2, Texas Jack 1 & 2, Islandia, Wanted Lucky Luke, Trent, The Battle 1-3, The Regiment 1-3, and more.


Back in stock


FIGHT COMICS Featuring Senorita Rio Volume 1
Back in stock. Collects stories from Fight #19-34, 1942-44. Highly Recommended. Art by Nick Cardy, Lily Renee et al. A wonderful wartime series, usually 10 full pages in each issue. This lovely actress-turned-agent was a mainstay in Fight for many years. Created by a true legend in the industry Nick Viscardi, later known better as Nick Cardy, he stayed with the series for eleven adventures. Lily Renée’s first Rio adventure is here and she is most strongly associated with the character, being one of the greatest female comic artists in the history of the business!PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: FCSR01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

FIGHT COMICS Featuring Senorita Rio Volume 2
Back in stock. Collects stories from Fight #35-50, 1944-47. Recommended. Art by Lily Renee and Bob Lubbers. Señorita Rio, the lovely actress-turned-agent survives in a male-dominated world due to her extraordinary skills: marksman, athlete, expert fighter, jiu-jitsu and fencing. Throughout the Golden Age she was battling Axis agents all over South America — she truly is “The Queen of Spies”! Señorita Rio was one of the first female and Latin characters to feature on 7 covers of the former all boys club of Fight Comics! PS Artbooks, 2022....More.

Item Code: FCSR02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
Volume 3 softcover is in stock at $32.99, and all three are in stock in hardcover at $46.99 and $52.99 for Vol 3. This is one of our most popular series from PS Artbooks.

Back in stock. Collects all Venom appearances across the Marvel Universe, starting with Spider-Man #300, 1985 & into the 1990s. Spider-Man meets his deadliest foe when his symbiotic alien black costume takes a new host: Eddie Brock, who hates Spider-Man. Then Venom sires an even more psychopathic offspring: Maximum Carnage! Plus the sinister symbiote sinks his teeth into Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Quasar, Darkhawk and the Avengers, in this complete compendium of Venom’s earliest appearances! Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: SPIDVH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1160pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00
Here’s more Venom and Spider-Man, including Todd McFarlane’s Spidey Artist’s Edition [TMSAEH. $150].

Rare & Out of Print


Approximately 50 new Rare & Out of Print items listed this week, too many to list here! Click Here to see the cover scans and descriptions, and click here to see all of our Rare Book new arrivals.

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News & Notes


Icv2 Zoom Interview – Complete!

Well, it turns out the link I gave you last week was just the teaser about Phil Seuling and I. Icv2 editor and friend Milton Griepp put up another much longer prose piece with some nice comments from folks in the industry.

At the end of that, you’ll find links to parts 1, 2 and 3 of entire 60-75 minute interview conducted by Dan Gearino (Comic Shop).

My career in comics: Marvel Zombie circa 1964, discovering fandom, DC EC and good-art comics in 1965, early days of the Direct Market, Comics & Comix stores 1972-88, business ups and downs, selling out to Diamond, and much about this very business beginning in 1970 and 53 years later, looking back…



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