Thursday, August 31, 2023

Calvin and Hobbes, Charles Schulz, Bettie Page, Red Sonja, The Phantom Stranger, Iron Man, Weird Science, and Richard Corben!

Richard Corben's Den is here. Calvin and Hobbes are back. Omnibus editions: The Phantom Stranger, Iron Man, The Avengers, and Red Sonja's first Marvel adventures. Weird Science 2 EC Archive. Charles Schulz's life in comics form! 2024 calendars. Doc Savage in two new adventures. The Art of Sci-Fi Movies. And Bettie Page goes after aliens. Enjoy!

Last Chance! Now 25% off at checkout (coupon code: GONE25). We’re ending our 3…2…1 Gone sale on Tuesday, September 5th. But we’ve INCREASED the bonus discount (on top of whatever discount the books are already at) from 20% off to 25% off to finish this with a flourish!! See the box below for samples and more information.

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THE CALVIN AND HOBBES Portable Compendium Set Volume 1
Our Highest Recommendation. The first set of books collecting Bill Watterson's timeless Calvin and Hobbes comics in a compact, portable format designed to introduce the timeless adventures of a boy and his stuffed tiger to a new generation of readers. Featuring nearly 500 comics from the strip's debut in November 1985 through March 1987, this is the first set in a series of seven. Andrews McMeel, 2023....More.

Item Code: CALV01
Soft Cover, 6x9, 144pg ea, Partial Color


Art Books


Recommended. Introduction by Kim Newman. By Nick Jones, Stephen Jones, Mark Salisbury et al. A large, thick coffee table book, packed with hundreds of classic posters, 100 mini-features highlighting key films, directors, stars, poster artists and subgenres. From the dawn of silent cinema to today, mad scientists, terrifying monsters (giant and otherwise), UFOs, and invading aliens all bursting out from some of the most brilliantly designed posters ever printed, featuring art that was sometimes lurid, always eye-catching, and often simply beautiful. With plenty of room for the rare and unfamiliar, this presents a stellar selection of imagery, charting the story of the genre. Applause, 2023.  ...More.

Item Code: ARTSCIH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 320pg, Full Color
$45.00 $39.95

ART OF FANTASY A Visual Sourcebook of All That is Unreal
Highly Recommended. By S. Elizabeth. This beautiful, fully illustrated book presents a compendium of artworks throughout history which have been inspired by myth, fantasy and the unreal. While the artists in our history books first brought fantasy art to the galleries, it was the 19th and 20th century artists who brought it to the masses, such as Mucha, Giger, Dore, Dulac, Rackham, Harry Clarke, John Bauer, Sidney Sime, N.C. Wyeth, Boris Vallejo, James Gurney, Robida, Maxfield Parrish...all here and many more. Frances Lincoln, 2023....More.

Item Code: ARTFH
Hard Cover, 7x9, 240pg, Partial Color
Find more like this in Fantasy & Sci-Fi under Artists and Illustration.

HENRY HOLIDAY His Stained Glass Windows for Gilded Age New York
Recommended. By George B. Bryant. Henry Holiday (1839-1927) counted figures such as Lewis Carroll, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, and Emmeline Pankhurst as his friends. Most significantly, he was unquestionably one of the greatest stained-glass artists of the Victorian-Edwardian period, yet his considerable achievements have not received the recognition that they deserve. He was also a Victorian painter and illustrator of Carroll's Hunting of the Snark. Lund Humphries, 2023....More.

Item Code: HENRH
Hard Cover, 10x11, 328pg, Full Color
For more 19th and early 20th century painters, see our Classic section in Artists and Illustration.

COGNITIVE DRAWING Learn the Female Figure
By Jason Brubaker. Learn to draw step by easy step, right here. This unusual course was created for the purpose of helping new and experienced artists overcome a difficult task: learn how to draw anything quickly, and from memory! Developed with scientifically proven techniques, this book will help you permanently memorize the entire female anatomy and so much more. This is a hands-on how-to, with space for you to practice drawing all parts of female anatomy right alongside the artist's renderings. Coffee Table Comics, 2023....More.

Item Code: COGDF
Soft Cover, 8x11, 160pg, Black & White
Here's more in our reference and how-to-draw section.

Graphic Novels


BETTIE PAGE The Alien Agenda
Collects #1-5, the entire mini-series from 2022. Poor Bettie Page has barely finished up her latest adventure and gotten back to modeling when duty calls once more! Seems there's something funny going on in a place called Roswell, and it's up to Bettie to investigate. There's a catch this time, though — the United States military might be putting Bettie on the case, but they can't avow the existence of said case — or Bettie! Instead, our marvelous model is given a crack team of assistants to help her go where no woman has gone before! Different front and back covers by Linsner. Dynamite, 2023....More.

Item Code: BPTAL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
Here's more Bettie graphic novels and photo collections.

Signed by Scott Braden, cover artist Matthew Plog, and writer Marty Grosser! Recommended. He is known by many names... "Mysterious Mariner," "Supernatural Sailor," "Weird Hero!" He is Kent Menace, two-fisted sailor of the limitless Pangean Sea, and four-color comic book hero-turned-reality's-champion. And he once again takes up his mystical harpoon, the Tritonblade, to fight the good fight across time and reality in 2023! Art director Belinda Miller, co-creators Scott Braden and Mike Malborough, plus Mark Wheatley, John Charles, Frank Fosco, Marty Grosser, Mark Herr, Dan Lawlis, Tom Newell, Chuck Patton, Eraklis and Erin Petmezas, Meggan Groves Robinson, Dillon Samuelson, Nate Shelton, Lance Woods, and Hiroshi Kanatani! Brilliant Enterprise LLC, 2023....More.

Item Code: KENTQ01
Comic, 7x10, 60pg, Full Color

FUNNY THINGS A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz
Recommended. Discover the man behind Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang in this imaginative and tender-hearted tribute told in comic-strip format, Sunday pages in color, dailies in b&w, starring Schulz himself from his army days in the 1940s, to the early comic books and strips, to worldwide success. Top Shelf Productions, 2023....More.

Item Code: FUNTH
Hard Cover, 8x7, 440pg, Partial Color
$39.99 $36.99
See more Peanuts here.

MORIARTY Clockwork Empire
Highly Recommended. By Fred Duval and Jean-Pierre Pecau. Art by Stevan Subic. In an alternate history of the London of 1899, Holmes and Watson are on the case. A wretched man flees an opium house, transformed into a twisted monster. A clockwork card-playing automaton is discovered cheating the gentry out of their inheritances. And Lady Li Mei, widow of the late inventor Alfred Nobel, has come to London to strike a bargain on behalf of a mysterious benefactor. All these events are linked...but how? The game is afoot. And so is the strange alter ego of one Henry Jekyll... This is a dark and beautifully drawn story, with lots of detail and authentic atmosphere of War of the Worlds. Titan, 2023....More.

Item Code: MORCL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color
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The near future. Politicians invent their own facts, and independent newspapers no longer exist. The very concept of truth has died. In this world, private detectives serve as ronin, searching out the hard truths that people are desperate to keep hidden. The best of these PIs is Satya — when she's not drinking, anyway — a former journalist turned hard-assed gumshoe. But Satya's former editor has been murdered and the trail points toward the highest bastions of power. To find justice for her friend, she'll have to put everything — and everyone — she knows at risk. A prophetic neo-noir thriller with unexpected twists at every turn.Aftershock Comics, 2023....More.

Item Code: BYLBL
Soft Cover, 7x10, 120pg, Full Color

SCARLET WITCH By Steve Orlando Volume 1 The Last Door
Collects Scarlet Witch #1-5 and Scarlet Witch Annual #1, 2023. By Steve Orlando. Art by Sara Pichelli and Carlos Nieto. There is a door that appears only to those who need it most, who have no one else in the world to turn to. On the other side is the witchcraft shop. If your hope is gone, there you will meet the Scarlet Witch! Wanda Maximoff is familiar with hitting rock bottom — and now that she's finally found peace, she's pledged to help others who are languishing at their lowest. Ten pages of variant covers by noted creators. Marvel, 2023....More.

Item Code: SCAW01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 168pg, Full Color
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Collects #13-19 with a complete cover gallery, 2022. By Tom Sniegoski. Art by Kewber Baal and Michael Sta. Maria et al. Originally debuting in 1994, Vengeance of Vampirella portrayed a more savage and feral Vampi. For the 50th anniversary of Warren's first issue, the original series writer is back. Set 25 years after the initial series, Vampirella is Dead!? Now she struggles not only with the bestial side of her nature but with the mysterious return of Adam Van Helsing. Besieged on all sides, she and the remnants of the Danse Macabre fight on against the Lords of Chaos while the world slips that much closer towards oblivion. Dynamite, 2023. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: VENV03
Soft Cover, 7x10, 180pg, Full Color
Vengeance of Vampi Vols 1 and 2 are also $19.99 ea. Here's more Vampirella.

Use coupon code: GONE25 at checkout until September 4th, and take 25% off all items in our ALMOST GONE section on our Website. Any order within the U.S. over $300 will also be shipped postage FREE.

Many French Graphic Novels have been added to this section this week. Grab 'em before they're gone!


Richard Corben


DEN Volume 1 Neverwhere
Highly Recommended. The first volume presenting the long-out-of-print masterpiece Den, by fantasy legend Richard Corben, plus bonus material. All art restored from the original plates. New essay and introduction. In a bizarre fantasy world called Neverwhere, the muscular adventurer Den goes on an exotic adventure through ancient ruins meeting an evil queen, her sacrificial doppelganger, bizarre lizard men, giant insects, and more strange and dangerous madness in this legendary saga brimming with horror, magic, abundant nudity and violence. This was the inspiration for the Den segment of the cult film, Heavy Metal. Dark Horse Books, 2023. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: DEN01H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 128pg, Full Color
$34.99 $31.99

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
These are the first two of a series of matching Corben collections from Dark Horse. See more Corben here.



Collects The Phantom Stranger #1-6, 1952; #1-41, 1969 on; stories from The Saga of the Swamp Thing #1-13 and much more. Highly Recommended. By John Broome, Mike Friedrich et al. Art by Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson, Neal Adams et al. First introduced in 1952, the Phantom Stranger is one of DC's most enigmatic characters, a supernatural hero whose origins have remained shrouded in mystery. This omnibus collects decades of his adventures beginning with the rare 1950s run, his highly successful late-1960s revival that ran into the 1970s, and early 1980s stories in the pages of The Saga of the Swamp Thing. DC Comics, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: PHASH
Hard Cover, 7x11, 1200pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00

Marvel, 1975-95. Recommended. By Roy Thomas, Frank Thorne, Bruce Jones, John Buscema, Howard Chaykin et al. This comprehensive, massive collection reprints all first, classic Red Sonja tales from Marvel Feature #1-7, Red Sonja issues #1-15, and her appearances from the original Savage Sword of Conan in a single impressive volume. Remastered color. Beautiful early work by legendary Red Sonja artist Frank Thorne. Dynamite, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: ADVREDH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 648pg, Full Color
$99.99 $89.99
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Collects Tales of Suspense #39-83 & more, 1963-66. Highly Recommended. Lushly-illustrated stories by "Dazzling" Don Heck, Gene "The Dean" Colan and scripted by no less than Stan "The Man" Lee himself. Jet-setter, playboy, and brilliant scientist, Tony Stark is cut down to Earth when a battlefield explosion rips into his heart. Only by creating the amazing Iron Man armor can he stay alive. Packed with debonair and debutantes, Cold War monsters and sultry super-spies, this collects the very earliest Iron Man stories. First appearances of such classic Marvel characters as the Mandarin, the Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Crimson Dynamo and the Titanium Man. Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: INV01H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 752pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00
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THE AVENGERS Omnibus Volume 3
Collects Avengers #59-88, 1968-71 & more. Recommended. Introduction by Roy Thomas. Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble under the titanic talents of Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Gene Colan and Barry Windsor-Smith! It's page after page of Avengers classics, beginning with the wedding of the Wasp and Yellowjacket! Hawkeye transforms into Goliath, Ultron re-emerges, Kang and the Grandmaster introduce the Squadron Sinister, the Black Panther infiltrates the Sons of the Serpent, and Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch return — and that's just the beginning. The barbarian Arkon invades, the Lady Liberators unite, the Squadron Supreme makes the scene, and the Black Panther's origin is revealed. Marvel, 2023. ...More.

Item Code: AVE03H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 768pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00
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EC ARCHIVES Weird Science Volume 2
Collects #7-12, 1951-52. Our Highest Recommendation. 24 more amazing stories written by Al Feldstein, and illustrated by such master artists as Wally Wood (nearly every issue), Joe Orlando, Jack Kamen, Harvey Kurtzman, and Feldstein himself. Alien invasion, contact in space, androids, war in space, landings on strange planets with unknown life... Includes Letters Page, house ads, "Artist of the Issue" with Jack Kamen, Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein! Forward by Paul Levitz. Dark Horse, 2023....More.

Item Code: ECAWS02
Soft Cover, 8x11, 216pg, Full Color
Vol 1 is in stock, same price. Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror and Shock Suspense are all up to Volume 3. Weird Fantasy; Incredible Science Ficiton; Haunt of Fear is up to volume 2. See more archives here.

2020 Bestseller #2. Limited to 5000. From the leading authority on EC. Huge oversized volume. Our Highest Recommendation. By Grant Geissman. With exclusive 8x11 full color bookplate drawn by Angelo Torres, and signed by the author. Taschen presents the full, fascinating story of this fabled company, written and designed by EC-expert Grant Geissman. Even the most die-hard EC Fan-Addicts will find something new within these pages, with the Gaines family archives providing over 100 rarities that have never seen print. Cover images are reproduced from Gaines file copies. 1,000 illustrations include the rarest and most notorious covers, interior pages and panels, rare photos, vintage original artwork, and some of the most celebrated stories ever to be printed in four colors. Taschen, 2020. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: HISECH
Hard Cover, 16x11, 596pg, 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.

Use coupon code: GONE25 for an additional 25% off all ALMOST GONE items!


2024 Calendars


PULP ATTACK 2024 Calendar
Recommended. Twelve steamy magazine and paperback covers and movie posters from the golden age of sleaze. Scarface, Hot Rod Gang, Bella, True Crime, Real Men, Nurse's Quarters, Marihuana, Line-Up Detective Crime, Fast, Loose and Lovely, LSD: Flesh of Devil, etc. Nice selection of sultry ladies. Lots of cleavage. Tushita, 2023....More.

Item Code: PULP24
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

CINEMA NOIR 2024 Calendar
Classic collection of twelve amazing and mostly little-seen movie posters from the golden age of Hollywood crime dramas. Psycho, Laura, The Chase, Gangsters, Cult of the Cobra, Outlaw: The Story of Billy the Kid with Jane Russell, City that Never Sleeps, Jean-Luc Godard in Alphaville, Scarface, even Bogart and Bacall are here, and Rear Window with James Stewart. Other stars: Orson Wells, Boris Karloff, George Raft, Alfred Hitchcock, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster et al. All posters are in English except Alphaville, which is in the original French. Tushita, 2023....More.

Item Code: CN24
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

Recommended. A fun selection of action film posters, but many that we've seen before. But if this is your first WOF calendar, you are in for a treat: H.G. Wells' Things to Come, Invasion of the Saucer-Men, The Deadly Mantis, At the Earth's Core, The Time Machine with Rod Taylor, Rocket Ship with Buster Crabbe, Mars Attacks, Invasion on Planet X, and good old Barbarella, the original with Jane Fonda! and more. Full page bottom grid on premium European paper stock. International holidays. Tushita, 2023....More.

Item Code: WOF24
12x12, 24pg, Full Color

PIN-UP HISTORY 2024 Calendar
Recommended. Classic 1940s and 50s Pin-Ups from an impressive variety of artists; two by Elvgren, a lovely full nude by Earl Moran, fun teasing pictures of girls caught with a dress up, a housecoat caught in a door, nylons and garters and lovely legs exposed. Two swimsuit classics, a strip poker loser? A girl caught nude, bathing in a tiny basin. Fun works. All with that wonderful innocent appeal of vintage pin-up art, girls with big smiles or a look of naive surprise. Features 4 months at a glance view Sept-Dec 2023. Tushita, 2023....More.

Item Code: PI24
12x12, 24pg, Full Color
The Vintage line of calendars came in, but too late to list this week: Westerns, Sci-fi, Monsters, and Crime Comics, Horror Comics, Golden Age Comics and Romance Comics. See all of the 2024 calendars on hand so far.

Doc Savage


Highly Recommended. By Lester Dent and Will Murray. Cover and frontis by Joe DeVito. Two Doc Savage novels in one volume! Prospecting in the Wyoming badlands, Doc's sister Patricia Savage spies a man swimming in circles — high in a cloudless sky! After he falls to his death, the dead swimmer is discovered soaked to the skin. Who is he? How did he manage to swim through thin air? These are the questions Pat sets out to answer when her cousin, the famous scientist-adventurer Doc Savage, diagnoses her account as a hallucination caused by altitude sickness. But when the bronze-skinned girl vanishes, the Man of Bronze is forced to take action. Altus Press, 2018....More.

Item Code: DOCMCH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 592pg, Text/b&w
Here's more new works by Will Murray, and here are the last of our Doc Savage pulp reprints published at $14.95 and $12.95, now $6.95 and $4.95 each while they last.

PULP POWER The Shadow, Doc Savage and The Art of The Street & Smith Universe
Our Highest Recommendation. By Neil McGinness with Dan Didio. Foreword by Frank Miller. A brilliant book, the most comprehensive ever devoted to just one pulp publisher. And what a choice, S&S was the most successful of all pulp houses, creating The Shadow, Doc Savage, Detective Story, Nick Carter, The Avenger... Packed with wonderful art from original paintings plus rare interior artwork. Frank Miller's intro is a gem, where he talks about discovering James Bama's Doc Savage paperback covers that inspired his own work. This is rare glimpse into the pre-war pulp explosion, a period of bold action and adventure storytelling that directly inspired the creation of comic book superheroes. In more than 500 novels written between 1930 and 1940, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Street & Smith universe of characters captivated a generation of readers. Packed with wonderful cover art and much more, telling the success story of the most popular hero pulps ever. Abrams, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: PULPPH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 352pg, Full Color

Mature Readers

The Titillating Tales of Dolly is back in print from SQP. Called "The European version of Little Annie Fanny," Gallego's sexy lady is amazing and funny.

This week we have three new books from Editions Skylight.

My Ukranian Top 15 Models is a new hardcover collection from the renowned Stefan Soell (Modern Urban Girls, My Favorite Top Models, Alpengluhn, Shasta).

Petter Hegre's Luba is devoted to one amazing model.

And the Penthouse 45th Anniversary Special is back in stock in the softcover edition.

See more from Editions Skylight here.

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News & Notes


We will be exhibiting at these Upcoming Shows:

OAF-Con, Norman, OK September 16 & 17

We'll have two tables of vintage comics and new art and comics-related books. Guests include Thomas Yeates, Joe Devito, Anthony Tollin, Buddy Saunders. Ken Sanders Rare Books will be there next to us.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, Seattle, WA October 14 & 15

Pasadena Feb 3 & 4, 2024

Thre is no link yet for the non-ABAA Feb show. It’s called Rare Books Los Angeles - Details to follow.

San Francisco Feb 9-11, 2024

I'm going to skip the Berkeley Comics Show in October, since we have a Seattle Book Fair that month, But we'll be back there for the January show.

Next Sale

Our next sale is scheduled for fall, but we have already started reducing all new listings at least 1/3 off to 40% off, many now at 50% off, and occasionally even more. You can get a sneak peek by clicking here. Nearly 100 items newly reduced.

Labor Day

We'll be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. We'll be back on Tuesday to process your orders and answer phones. Have a wonderful Holiday weekend!



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