Wednesday, September 20, 2023

All New Rare Books List!

September Rare Books List!

Plenty of brand new arrivals plus selected titles that only appeared once before. We include Rare Books in most weekly emails, but rarely is there room to picture all new ones, so we link to them. We usually just list them once--then we count on you to go browse our Rare Books website category to find them all!

Inquire if you are looking for something, we have bookcases filled with unlisted material from several collections. Email

Most of these came from long-time collectors who really took good care of their books--many are truly as-new, which we define as Very Fine in the book world. We do NOT list our books on other websites like Amazon or ABE.


Signed Editions


THE BOOK OF GIANTS Signed/Limited Deluxe
First Edition. Signed & Limited To 500. By Petar Meseldzija. Take a journey with the artist and writer Petar Meseldzija, who tells how he was allowed unparalleled access into the land of giants. 16 paintings and nearly 90 drawings bring to life secrets uncovered, going back to ancient times. He frees giants from the murky abyss of myth and a forgotten past, with gorgeous artwork that reminds one of Brian Froud and the Golden Age of Illustration. Flesk, 2015. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New....More.

Item Code: RB4022
Hard Cover Slip Case Deluxe, 9x12, 176pg, Full Color

MILTON CANIFF'S AMERICA Reflections Of A Drawing Board Patriot Signed/Limited
Signed & Limited to 400. By Milton Caniff. This collection of Milton Caniff’s career expands on the patriotism theme to include the work he did for the Airfare, Boy Scouts, public service drawings and a sequence from the Steve Canyon strip. US Comics, 1987. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine....More.

Item Code: RB4899
Hard Cover, 100pg, b&w
 A rare chance at getting a uncommon Milton Caniff signature. Here's more Caniff, Terry, Steve Canyon, etc.

JOE CHIODO Artwork Shape Color And Form Signed
By Joe Chiodo. Joe Chiodo's art book showcases his sketches, drawings, and paintings of his favorite subject: girls, girls, girls! The book features pin-ups and good girls, demure or sultry. It presents Chiodo's gallery work as well as unpublished comic book work, life study paintings, finished drawings, and more. It's full of luscious ladies and will delight fans and admirers of good girl art. It also comes with Joe's signature on the front cover! Hermes, 2007. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine....More.

Item Code: RB3611
Soft Cover, 8x11, 96pg, Partial Color
 Here's two more Chiodo books, Works of Art at $50, and Art of Chiodo at $45. Neither is signed.

FROM AARGH TO ZAP: Harvey Kurtzman's Visual History of the Comics Signed
Signed Limited Edition #900 of 1250. By Harvey Kurtzman and Michael Barrier. Certificate of Authenticity included. Harvey Kurtzman's history is significant — the entire book is colored by his tastes and perceptions. Kurtzman spends an inordinate amount of time on his own work; Mad magazine and the true-life war comics, both of which he created for EC in the 1950s, the short-lived Mad-like magazines he did after parting ways with EC, and his Little Annie Fanny strip in Playboy. Kitchen Sink Press, 1091. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine. ...More.

Item Code: RB3040
Hard Cover, 11x15, 95pg, Text/Full Color
We have another copy Fine with a scuffed backcover: [RB3143.  $175]. Also available is the unsigned edition, in Fine [ RB4725, $75].

DAWN Volume 3 Three Tiers Signed/Limited
Signed and Limited to 500. Collects the complete limited series #1-6, 2003-2005. By Joseph Michael Linsner. In Three Tiers, Dawn leads her earthly lover Darrian through a post-apocalyptic Europa. She taunts him in visions and dreams, but she is always just one maddening step away. On his quest for Dawn, Darrian fights duels in a coliseum, slays dragons, and makes love to three women — a virgin, a queen, and a whore. Is Dawn one of them — or all three?! In chasing Dawn, Darrian stumbles upon the key to his destiny and discovers the true face of the goddess. Deluxe silver-printed transparent jacket. Comes with a very handsome, illustrated bookplate Linsner created and signed for us in 1997, to go with Dawn: Lucifer's Halo. Outstanding, luxurious artwork! Image Comics, 2006. Out of Print. Condition. Book,Very Fine. Jacket, Good Plus. Tiny tear on the bottom back edge. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: RB4163
Hard Cover, 7x10, 176 pg., Full Color
Here's much more from Joseph Michael Linsner, including a statue and last year's Overstreet special edition, now on sale.

First Edition. Signed & Numbered, 82 of 500, by John Stanley and Marjorie Henderson Buell. The Little Lulu Library is an encyclopedic compendium of the very best in comics. All stories are reproduced larger than comic book size, sharp and clear, from the original proofs and most are printed in black and white as the artists drew them. The front covers to the original comics and some special "extras" are reproduced in stunning full color! This is set six, containing books #16-18, issues #68-87. Another Rainbow, 1989. Out of Print. Condition: Fine Plus. Set has a hint of wear to the slipcase. Books have slight wear to the spine and covers. Inside pages are like new....More.

Item Code: RB1173
Hard Cover, 9x12, 722pg, b&w
We have Vols 2, 3 and another copy of this signed Vol 6, if the one above sells out. Inquire about Vols 2 and 3, they are not yet priced and listed but they'd be much less since they are not signed.

ETERNITY SMITH: Original Series Hardcover Signed
First Edition. Signed & Limited #29 of #550 By Dennis Mallonee and Rick Hoberg. Deluxe hardbound collection of the original series. Stories included are Windows of Opportunity, Shadows of Future Past! Revenge, Failures of Salvation and Death Comes Softly Knocking. Also includes a drawing and lengthy inscription (see gallery). Renegade, 1986. Out of Print. Condition: Fine plus. Very minor wear on the signature page....More.

Item Code: RB3451
Hard Cover, 7x10, 127pg, Full Color

MEDUSA The Third Book of Illustrations Signed
First Edition. Signed. By Nigel Suckling and Chris Achilleos. A book about techniques, a fascinating insight into the methods of a superlative craftsman, and as is quite often the case, a sketch may tell us as much as a finely finished painting; a description of the methods of production may be as interesting as the product itself. In this book we are privileged to admire not only Chris Achilleos's preliminary drawings — so dynamic, so immediate — but also the painting process itself. The images take shape before your very eyes! Paper Tiger, 1988. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Minor bending on the back cover....More.

Item Code: RB3460
Soft Cover, 8x12, 144pg, Partial Color
Chris' work also appears in the The Art of Glamour Special Edition Vol 13 [IQS13. $44.95].

Signed & Limited 120/500. By Trina Robbins. The most famous female superhero is Wonder Woman, created in 1940 by a William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who also happened to invent the lie detector. But superheroines like the Blonde Phantom (1946); Ultra Violet (1947) and Miss Masque (1946) have long been forgotten. Trina Robbins (A Century of Women Cartoonists) resurrects the story behind these early characters and introduces a new generation of superheroines and their creators in The Great Women Superheroes. Kitchen Sink Press, 1996. Condition: Very Fine....More.

Item Code: RB1531
Hard Cover, 8x11, 207pgs, b&w
We have a second copy but only in Very Good with some dampstaining [RB1523. $60] and an unsigned edition copy in Very Good Plus [RB1524. $35].

LIGHTSTRIKE: The Art Of John Zeleznik Signed
First Edition. Signed Bookplate. By John Zeleznik and Philip Reed. Fans know his work from Shadowrun and RIFTS, as well as GURPS Robots, Reign of Steel, Vehicles, Ogre, Atomic Horror, and many others. This volume is full of beautiful full color sexy art from across his career. Cartouche, 2001. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. ...More.

Item Code: RB3444
Hard Cover, 8x11, 64 pgs, Full Color
Click here to see more signed books on our website. You can sort them by most recent and by lowest and highest price.

Dave Stevens


By Dave Stevens. Introduction by Harlan Ellison. A very special book honoring the work of this esteemed creator. This Artist's Edition is a mammoth hardcover book printed in glorious black and white. Nearly every page in The Rocketeer has been scanned in color from Stevens' original art to ensure the best possible reproduction and highest degree of accuracy. Printed on uncoated stock and at the same size as the original art, Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer: Artist's Edition is the next best thing to holding the actual art by Dave Stevens. IDW, 2010. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine....More.

Item Code: RB1916
Hard Cover - No Dustjacket, 12x17, 140pg, b&w

DAVE STEVENS Covers & Stories
By Dave Stevens. These pages collect Dave Stevens' non-Rocketeer comics work. While he never worked regularly on any assignment, Dave's covers and interior work graced a variety of titles—and made each one a special event. Nearly all of Dave's covers are showcased here, as well as his published stories (other than The Rocketeer). Examples of pages from stories he assisted on, as well as unpublished work, are also presented. In as many cases as possible, the original art was scanned for printing. IDW, 2012. Out of print. Condition: Very Fine. ...More.

Item Code: RB4702
Hard Cover, 9x12, 272pg, Partial Color

DAVE STEVENS Selected Sketches & Studies Volume 4 Signed/Limited
Signed and Limited to 1,200. Highly Recommended. By Dave Stevens. Almost gone. Last copies of Dave's wonderful 4th sketchbook, with many pages of life studies—full nudes—of gorgeous young models. Also work from Star Wars (he helped on the 1980 newspaper strip), his 1977 Christmas card, Elvira, The Shadow & Doc Savage, Michael Jordan, fanzine covers, Madman, Aurora, Superman, Syn, Julie, and much more. Bulldog Studios, 2005. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Sunned edge with rubbing from sticker removal....More.

Item Code: RB4673
Soft Cover, 8x11, 32pg, b&w
We also have Volumes 2, 3 and 4 all unsigned for $75 each. Click here for much more by Dave Stevens on our website, both in print and long out of print.

Artists & Illustration


First Edition. By Neal Adams. A portfolio of black and white artwork from legendary comic artist Neal Adams. The cover features the Marvel Comics superheroes versus the DC Comics superheroes facing off against each other with just Atomic Mouse from Charlton Comics between the two sides! The back cover features the Spirit, the Will Eisner created character. The inside of the front and back covers tell a little about each of the artwork in the book. The book features some of Neal’s unused covers, some of his comic strip work, samples of his Power Records art, movie poster work, advertising art and a preview of the Tarzan book covers that he would be doing shortly after this publication. Sal Quartuccio, 1975. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Has bumped corners....More.

Item Code: RB3614
Comic, 8x11, 22pg, b&w

First Edition. By Neal Adams. An early portfolio of artwork from the legendary comic artist Neal Adams, one of the great iconic comic artists of all time. He shines in this second collection of work from his personal sketchbook, as well as advertising and commercial portfolio. Originally published in 1977, this is a genuine blast from the past. Sal Quartuccio, 1977. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: RB3615
Comic, 8x11, 30pg, b&w
Here is more by Neal Adams, including special issues of Alter Ego and of Back Issue magazine.

First Edition. By Robert Williams. One of America's most opprobrious and maligned underground artists, the painter Robert Williams brought the term "lowbrow" into the fine arts lexicon, with his ground breaking 1979 book, The Lowbrow Art of Robt. Williams. It was from this point that the seminal elements of West Coast Outlaw culture slowly started to aggregate. Williams pursued a career as a fine arts painter for years before joining the art studio of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth in the mid-1960's. In this position as the famous custom car builder's art director, he moved into the rebellious, anti-war circles of early underground comix. Rip Off Press, 1982. Out of Print. Condition:Fine. Bumped top right corner and minor wear ....More.

Item Code: RB3617
Soft Cover, 8x11, 94 pgs, b&w
We have a second copy in slightly better condition [RB3724. $75] and the new reprint edition [LOWRW. $24.95] published in 2022. Here's more by Robert Williams.

By Stanislav Szukalski. This was the second book on Stanislav Szukalski published by Glenn Bray (after Troughful of Pearls) and only the second monograph on the artist in the modern era. Written & illustrated by Szukalski and edited by Glen Bray and Lena Zwalve. Glenn Bray, 1983. Out Of Print. Condition: Very Good. Small top bumped front corner throughout all pages. Slight bottom bumped corner on front cover....More.

Item Code: RB4733
Soft Cover, 11x12, 94pg, b&w
Struggle ($60) and Troughful of Pearls: Behold!!! The Protong ($300) are also available.

COVER STORY: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland
By Brian Bolland. Artist Brian Bolland is best known for his work as illustrator of the best selling title BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE — his covers for DC Comics are collected here. Featuring highly detailed and meticulous craftsmanship combined with dramatic takes on the world's best-known Super Heroes. Bolland's work has been featured on Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Zatanna and the Vertigo series The Invisibles and Animal Man. This spectacular collection includes rarely seen and never-before-published art, along with commentary from Bolland. DC Comics, 2011. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New....More.

Item Code: RB3110
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 9x12, 206pg, Partial Color
 Here's more by Bolland, including his new autobiography regular ($49.99) and signed ($84.99).

1Illustration Magazine #14 edited by Dan Zimmer, profiles the art of W.T. Benda, famous for his elaborate masks and delicate illustrations; the fantastic art of Alex Schomburg, who redefined the look of the American comic book in the 1950s; the weird pulp art of illustrator Lee Brown Coye, known for his work in the pages of the legendary Weird Tales magazine; and much more! Illustration House, 2005. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine. As New. ...More.

Item Code: RB3233
Magazine, 8x11, 80pgs, Full Color

IIllustration Magazine #20, edited by Dan Zimmer, profiles the work of the renowned Andrew Loomis, best known today for his enduringly popular series of "how-to" drawing books, the classic comic art of sports cartoonist Willard Mullin, the life and art of Alton Tobey, known for his Golden Books series of illustrations, plus Book Reviews, Events and Exhibitions, and much more! Illustration House, 2007. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Small nick at top of spine....More.

Item Code: RB3237
Magazine, 8x11, 112pg, Full Color
We have many more out of print issues of Illustration Magazine on our website, from $15 for the in-print issues (the last issue was #84, featuring N.C. Wyeth) back to the rarest issues tha run $30 to $50.

By Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle. Harvey Kurtzman was a talented and influential artist, writer and satirist. He created "Little Annie Fanny," as well as groundbreaking war comics. His contributions to MAD, Humbug, Help! and many other publications inspired generations of comic artists. This is the first definitive book on Kurtzman, packed with hundreds of illustrations, paintings, sketches, layouts, correspondence, interviews and photos, many never-before-seen. Abrams, 2009. Condition: Very Fine minus. Small bump to top of spine....More.

Item Code: RB1642
Hard Cover, 11x10, 256pg, Partial Color

#39 of 300. By Sylvia Anderson. This all new book will be a must-have for any fan of these great Sci-fi productions. Packed full of behind-the-scenes photographs depciting the daily nuts-and-bolts of these productions, Sylvia Anderson details everything fans of these great shows want to know. Anderson's new book contains pages after page of memorable stories and anecdotes about her involvement with these ground-breaking sci-fi television shows and films. The book contains over 200 rarely seen photographs with detailed remembrances of what made these gound-breaking shows so memorable. Hermes Press, 2007. Out of Print. Condition: Fine plus. Some slight wear to the edges and jacket....More.

Item Code: RB745
Hard Cover, 12x12, 176 pg., Partial Color

TWIN VISIONS: The Magical Art of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
By Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. This unique collection of over 120 fantasy paintings takes us into a magical universe, otherwise visited only in our dreams. In this sumptuous anthology, new fans of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell will discover the beauty and sheer wonder of their paintings, while seasoned ones will find much to surprise and delight them. Charged with drama and eroticism, Boris and Julie have created enchanting visions of loveliness and terrifying nightmares side by side, beauty and the beast inhabiting realms of limitless possibility. Thunders Mouth, 2002. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New....More.

Item Code: RB3446
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 9x12, 128pg, Full Color
Click here for more Boris and Julie, including their 2024 Calendar.

By Harry Harrison and Jim Burns. In this ebullient space opera the world of Strabismus is invaded by an immense automatic track-laying robot which slams down railway lines across the planet through the city, forest, steppes and rolling farmland, providing access for the United States of Earth to a rich mineral deposit. 50 pages of spectacular full color illustrations by Jim Burns. A&W,1979. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Minor scuffing and scratching on the front and back covers....More.

Item Code: RB3331
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 11x11, 115pg, Full Color

PHANTASIA: Of Dockland, Rockland And Dodos
First Edition. By Alan Aldridge. A sampling of Alan Aldridge's artwork, combined with the artist's description of his life and career. Aldridge first worked as an illustrator at The Sunday Times Magazine. After doing some freelance book covers for Penguin Books he was hired in March 1965 by Penguin's chief editor Tony Godwin to become the art director of Penguin. Ballantine, 1982. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New...More.

Item Code: RB3459
Soft Cover, 8x11, 74pg, Full Color

WEIRD FANTASY EC Portfolio Three
By Graham Ingels, Al Williamson, Wally Wood, John Severin, and Al Feldstein. The EC artists produced some of the finest artwork ever to appear in the medium of comics. Pleased, with the success of EC Portfolio One, the Physics professor/comic book fan turned his talents to publishing EC Portfolio Three. This extra large portfolio measures 11.25" x 16.5", and is printed in black and white with color covers by Williamson and Frazetta. Also included are 2 extra covers, " The Tales From The Crypt"#35 by Davis and "Haunt Of Fear", #17 by Ingels, and Weird Science #6 by Feldstein, all with beautiful production values. Russ Cochran,1973. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Slightly bumped corners....More.

Item Code: RB4109
Wirebound, 11x16, 38pg, Partial Color
We have another copy in just FAIR condition for $50, and Portfolio 4 [RB4111. $100] and 5 [RB4117] in Very fine for just $75. Click here for more EC, including the massive History of EC Comics, and the newly released EC Checklist: Horror From the Crypt of Fear Volume 17.

By Earl Baldwin, Peter dePaolo and Frank Frazetta. Frank Frazetta is the legendary illustrator who almost single-handedly changed the face of fantasy art with his paintings of Conan the Barbarian and the creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs. In 1952, at the height of his popularity as a comic book artist, Frazetta collaborated with Indianapolis 500 champion Peter DePaolo to create the superbly illustrated adventure series Johnny Comet. The action never ceases as Johnny Comet and his friends cross America at break-neck speeds, with trouble always close behind. Johnny is a race car driver who spends as much time fighting criminals and keeping up with beautiful women as he does on the race track! Eclipse Books, 1991. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine. Tiny bump to bottom spine....More.

Item Code: RB1905
Hard Cover, 11x8, 224pg, b&w
 Here's more by Frazetta including many out of print books.

First Edition. By Edgar Rice Burroughs and Burne Hogarth. Tarzan is a classic among comic strips and its most famous portrayer, Burne Hogarth, is an acknowledged "old master" of this uniquely American art form. Here Hogarth presents a totally new pictorial version of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel. Three sections: The first is text by Maurice Horn titled "The Magic of Burne Hogarth", and book 1 and book 2 tell the story in full color. Watson-Guptill, 1972. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Dust jacket has rubbing on the corners and minor wear around the edges....More.

Item Code: RB3604
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 9x12, 86pg, Partial Color

Click here for much more by Burne Hogarth. We also have a nicer copy of this [RB3363. $75] in Very Fine condition.

First Edition. Inscribed by Emil Petaja. Edited by Emil Petaja. This volume contains the work of Hannes Bok, Emil Petaja, Ray Bradbury, Clark Ashton Smith, Alicia Austin, George Barr, Jack Gaughan, Tim Kirk, Greg Bear, Stephen Fabian, and Frank Kelly Freas. It's from the collection of esteemed Canadian fandom member, Michael Glicksohn. Included is a lengthy introductory essay on fantasy art by Petaja, thirty-one biographies or autobiographies, of fantasy artists and illustrated with examples of their art, along with other material. SISU, 1974. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Book cover has yellowing and slight bending on the edges....More.

Item Code: RB3607
Soft Cover, 8x11, 170pg, b&w

Wally Wood


WALLY'S WORLD: The Brilliant Life and Tragic Death of Wally Wood
First Edition. By Steve Starger, Wallace Wood and J. David Spurlock. The Brilliant Life and Tragic Death of Wally Wood, The World's 2nd Best Comic Book Artist is a dramatic illustrated biography of legendary cartoonist Wallace Wood. Journalist Steve Starger and historian J. David Spurlock tell a concise but sweeping tale of Wood's life and times and offer a brisk, colorful history of the comic book industry and the American century from the Depression through the early 1980s. Vanguard, 2006.Out of Print.Condition: Fine. Has wear on the covers along with bent corners....More.

Item Code: RB3452
Soft Cover, 7x10, 224pg, Text/b&w

By Wallace Wood. The third issue of Wally Wood's self published comic book featuring CANNON, a hard charging, tough S.O.B. who's part spy, part war hero, and part womanizer. Drawn as only the great Wally Wood could draw him this is a must have for any serious Wood collector. Wallace Wood, 1979. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/ As New. Adult Material....More.

Item Code: RB1516
Magazine, 10x12, 36 pg., b&w

By Wallace Wood. From the pages of Witzend and in glorious black & white, tales of The Wizard King - Includes, "Shadows with Eyes", "Mirror of Memory", "Lord Vandall's Decision", and "The Laughing Dead". Wallace Wood, 1978. Out of print. Condition: Very Fine in a good jacket. Jacket severely rubbed at bottom edge. Foxing on inside. Adult Material....More.

Item Code: RB1665
Hard Cover, 9x11, 50pg, b&w
Click here for more Wally Wood.

Multiple Book Sets


First Edition. Collects Sub-Mariner Comics #1-12. Limited 1073, 1200 & 1290. By Stan Lee, Gene Colan, Russ Heath, John Romita, Jerry Robinson, Dick Ayers, Joe Maneely, Joe Simon, Mark D. Beazley, Jennifer Grünwald, Jeff Youngquist and Cory Sedlmeier. Marvel Masterworks series reprints the Golden Age Sub-Mariner #1-12 in these three volumes: Volume 47, 81 and 128. Marvel, 2005, 2007, 2008. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. In Shrink Wrap....More.

Item Code: RB4234
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 7x10, 270pg|280pg|290pg, Full Color

First Edition. By Mac Raboy, Don Moore. These Four Volumes are reprints of Mac Raboy's Flash Gordon, one of the great comic artists. In 1948 he took over the Flash Gordon strips of one of his most envied idols, Alex Raymond. He continued till his death, two decades later. Dark horse, 2003. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Very light scratches on the covers on Volumes 3-4. Volume 1 is Fine-. Tiny tear to back cover....More.

Item Code: RB4245
Soft Cover, 12x9, 256pg|270pg, b&w

First Edition. Limited to 1200 and 845. By Stan Lee, Otto Binder, Al Gabriele, Jack Kirby, and Charles Nicholas.This Marvel Masterworks, Volume 121 - # 1 through #4, is a collector's edition featuring the classic format. The Young Allies, comics' very first boy-adventure team, leap into four-color action once more with their debut Marvel Masterworks volume! Super-hero sidekicks unite when Captain America's pal, Bucky and his Sentinels of Liberty team up with the Human Torch's pal Toro to take on the Axis! And they won't waste a second getting down to business. Marvel, 2009 & 2012. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. In Shrink Wrap....More.

Item Code: RB4295
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 7x10, 288pg, Full Color

First Edition. By Bill Finger. Re-presenting from the Golden Age of Comics— the early adventures of Alan Scott, the Green Lantern, Volumes 1. Volume 2 is from All-American Comics #31-38 and Green Lantern Quarterly #2 & 3. DC Comics, 1999 & 2002. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. In Shrink Wrap....More.

Item Code: RB4292
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 7x10, 232pgs|224pgs, Full Color
Many more DC Archives and Marvel Masterworks available on our site. And many more, especially Marvel Masterworks, are not yet listed. Inquire for specific issues with Todd.

SPIRIT ARCHIVES Volumes 1-16 Set
By Will Eisner.. The first 16 volumes set. These are priced all over the map on the internet, depending on how scarce they are, from a low of $25 to a high of, get this, $1500 for one volume. There are a few out there in the $60, 75 to $150 range due to scarcity. This set collects Eisner’s fabled Spirit stories, from 1940 to 1948. Collecting all of these in the originals is still next to impossible…I’ve been after them myself for 50 years now, and still don’t have them all. DC Comics, 2000-2005. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: RB2026
Hard Cover, 7x10, Various pages, Full Color
Here's many more Spirit collections.

Comics Archives


Collects Sensation Comics #25-32 and Wonder Woman #8-9. By William Moulton Marston. Collects comic books following the development of Wonder Woman's powers and philosophy as she battles villains including Dr. Psycho and the Cheetah. DC, 2004. Out of Print. Condition: As New. This book is new and still in the original shrink wrap....More.

Item Code: RB334
Hard Cover, 7x10, 204pg, Full Color

Second printing. By Joseph Greene, Dick Sprang, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Alvin Schwartz, Jack Burnley et al. The DC Archive Editions showcase the most famous comic book and superheroes of the Golden Age in a series of carefully restored archive editions.BATMAN ARCHIVES Vol. 4 features some of the craziest and most entertaining adventures of the 1940's when Batman and Robin fight against rogues like the Joker and the Penguin. DC, 1998. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine. Book has some light thumbing. Dust jacket is in a protective plastic cover....More.

Item Code: RB464
Hard Cover, 7x10, 224pg, Full Color

Classic Artists


J.B.POST: An Atlas Of Fantasy
First Edition. By J.P. Post. Over 268 pages of maps, all presented in chronological order, reprinted and reproduced, more-or-less, exactly as drawn and published in their original sources, often by the writers of the various novels that are the predominate texts from which the maps are chosen. In most cases the maps are on the recto and a brief text describing a little bit about the context, the work and author. You'll find a complete listing of all the maps, ranging from an 8th-century Spanish monks' conception of Eden to "The Four Lands" from Terry Brooks' Shannara series and The Land, from Stephen R. Donaldson's Thomas Covenant trilogy. Mirage Press, 1973. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine. Bending on the back cover corners....More.

Item Code: RB3461
Soft Cover, 8x11, 284pg, b&w

By Christopher Newall. Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton, PRA, known as Sir Frederic Leighton between 1878 and 1896, was probably the greatest British painter, draftsman, and sculptor of the brilliant artistic renaissance occurring in Victorian England. His works depicted historical, biblical, and classical subject matter with a mix of academic style and tenuous delight in the movement of the human form. This volume embodies the essential critical overview of the works of his intricate figurative paintings - for which he has been immortalized in art history - reveal a subtly innovative and quietly absorbing combination of influences from a diversity of both ancient and classical sculpture, and painting. Phaidon,1994 . Out of Print. Condition: Fine. 2 lightly bumped corners and a light scratch across the cover....More.

Item Code: RB4900
Soft Cover, 9x11, 144pg, Text/Full Color

First Edition. By Eric M. Zafran. Introductory essay by Gerald M. Ackerman. Includes two excellent essays on Paris Salons and American patronage (Ackerman and Zafran). This beautifully illustrated book comes with some 73 works of art, 17 reproduced in color and the others black and white — it's championing the resurgent interest in Salon painting among art historians by show-casing some of the best examples of the genre in Southern collections. High Museum of Art, 1983. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Light edge wear with a bumped corner....More.

Item Code: RB4901
Soft Cover, 8x11, 174pg, Text/Partial Color

HOWARD PYLE: Writer, Illustrator, Founder Of The Brandywine School
First Edition. By Henry G. Pitz and Howard Pyle. First Edition. The biography of one of the great illustrators and art teachers in America, the founder of the Brandywine School. American illustration is being collected and studied not only as an art but as a powerful voice in our social history. This beautifully illustrated biography of Howard Pyle makes a lasting contribution to such study. Potter, 1975. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. Tape holding the plastic cover on top and bottom. Ink name on front endpaper....More.

Item Code: RB3346
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 9x12, 248pg, Partial Color
Click here for more Howard Pyle.

FANTASY & SYMMETRY The Periodic Drawings Of M. C. Escher
By Carolina Henriette MacGillavry. Carolina Henriette MacGillavry, a Dutch chemist and crystallographer known for her discoveries on the use of diffraction in crystallography, analyzes the principles of logic, scientific design, classical, black-white, or polychromatic symmetry underlying forty-two of M. C. Escher's drawings. Abrams, 1976. Out of Print. Condition: Fine Plus....More.

Item Code: RB4902
Hard Cover with Dustjacket, 8x10, 84 pgs, Text/Partial Color
 We have two other books in stock by Escher, at $15 and $52.50, both in print.

By Matthew Baigell. Thomas Benton was an American painter, muralist and printmaker. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. The fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. Abrams, 1975. Out of Print. Condition: Fine Plus. Slight edge wear....More.

Item Code: RB4903
Soft Cover, 9x11, 156pg, Partial Color

First Edition. By Francine-Claire Legrand. Translated from the French by Alistair Kennedy. Belgian Symbolism was unique for its predilection for morbid and decadent subject matter. In the mid-19th century, Antoine Wiertz introduced death and decline as leitmotifs in art, which were taken up by a range of artists, from sculptors such as George Minne to the master of the absurd, James Ensor. Laconti, 1972. Out of Print. Condition: Near Fine....More.

Item Code: RB4925
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 8x10, 290pg, Text/Partial Color

By Michael Gibson. In the late 19th century, painters such as Gustave Moreau and Odilon Redon rejected realism, naturalism, and impressionism to express instead the emotion or idea. This large, lavishly illustrated book explores the Symbolists' rich pool of inspiration as they strove to express love, fear, anguish, death, sexual awakening, and unrequited desire. Taschen, 1999. Out of Print. Condition: Very Good. Very slight bumped corner.  ...More.

Item Code: RB4913
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 10x12, 258pg, Full Color
We have several more books in print and out of print, on Symbolist art.

First Edition. By Anthony Hobson. John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) is among the most popular Victorian artists, and many of his paintings have become icons of femininity recognized the world over. With their glowing color, compelling composition and Impressionist-inflected technique, these paintings are admired for their beauty, yet at the same time have the power to transport viewers into a romantic world of myth and legend. Phaidon, 1989. Out of Print. Condition: Fine. One slightly bumped corner....More.

Item Code: RB4914
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 10x13, 128pg, Full Color

First Edition. By Geoffroy Millais. Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Baronet, PRA was an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He was a child prodigy who, aged eleven, became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. Academy Editions, 1979. Out of Print. Condition: Fine Plus. Tiny bumped back corner....More.

Item Code: RB4927
Soft Cover, 8x11, 96pgs, Partial Color

PASSION BY DESIGN The Art and Times Of Tamara de Lempicka
By Kizette de Lempicka-Foxhall. As F. Scott Fitzgerald portrayed the mad glories of the 1920s on the printed page, Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) captured them on canvas. A seductive Garbo-esque beauty with an irresistible force of personality, this refugee of the Russian Revolution successively conquered Paris, Hollywood, and New York with coruscating portraits of the world’s rich and famous. Her Art Deco paintings earned for her a life more fabulously excessive than anything Fitzgerald dreamed of. Abbeville, 2020. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New.  ...More.

Item Code: RB4928
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 8x10, 200pg, Text/Partial Color
There is also a 1992 Tamara de Lempika [RB4157. $35] in Very Fine condition. More fine artbooks can be found in our Artists & Illustration section.

Just Arrived


ELEKTRA Assassin Limited
First Edition. Limited to 720. By Bill Sienkiewicz and Frank Miller. In this 8th volume of the Elektra Assassin limited series, an unconscious woman washed ashore off the coast of a small Central American country. Two policemen are strangled. A diplomat is assassinated. A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is brutally dismembered. Are they unrelated events? Has Elektra's ultimate enemy, the Beast, truly won? Hardly! Marvel, 1986. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. In shrink wrap....More.

Item Code: RB4929
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 7x10, 272pg, Full Color

First Edition. By Charles Band. Catalog for an auction held in June 1980 at the Hollywood Palladium. Pictures and descriptions for many rare items offered, generally related to science fiction, horror, fantasy, film, comics and animation. Introductions by John Carpenter, Jack Kirby, and Bob Overstreet among others. Wizard Promotions, 1980. Out of Print. Condition: Minus Good. Corner bend and bumps, with edge wear. Cover isn't attached....More.

Item Code: RB4924
Soft Cover, 9x12, 160pg, Partial Color

A SEPARATE CINEMA Fifty Years of Black Cast Posters
First Edition. By John Kisch and Edward Mapp. As early as the 1920's a thriving black film industry existed in the United States. Independent film studios, many of them black owned, produced hundreds of movies, films with all black casts and aimed at a black audience. At the height of this boom, there were as many as 600 theaters on the race-movie circuit. Farrar Straus & Giroux ,1992. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine....More.

Item Code: RB4909
Soft Cover, 8x11, 168pg, Text/Partial Color

Marvel Comics Premiere FF Volume 2
First Edition. By Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Steve Epting, Barry Kitson and Greg Tocchini. Volume 2 of FF is reprints of #6-11. The War of Four Cities escalates, and we learn what it is that the FF fears most! The Future Foundation is caught in the middle as the war expands to encompass the entire Marvel Universe! Plus: Black Bolt is back and is determined to reclaim his throne. Ben Grimm returns to the pages of the FF as ronan the Accuser and the armies of the Kree empire invade the earth! A Galactic empire is born as the war of Four Cities comes to a close. What does it mean for Marvel's First Family? Marvel, 2012. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. In Shrink Wrap....More.

Item Code: RB4930
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color

Marvel Comics Premiere FF Volume 4
First Edition. By Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Nick Dragotta, Gabriel Hernandez Walt and Andre Araujo. Volume 4 of FF is reprints of #17-23. Now that he's back among the living, the Human Torch moves in with Spider-Man! Can two super heroes share an apartment without driving each other crazy? What secret lies behind the door to Annihilus' closet? Who throws a house party like the Light Brigade? Marvel, 2012. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. In Shrink Wrap....More.

Item Code: RB4931
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 7x10, 144pg, Full Color

JESSE JAMES Classic Western Collection
First Edition. By Joe Kubert and Carmine Infantino. These are just a few of the pulse-pounding tales of Jesse James. In the old West the young gunslinger Jesse James rode a hard road to become a legend. This graphic novel collects the classic 1950s outlaw stories of the often heroic Jesse James, by comic book legends Joe Kubert and Carmine Infantino. Vanguard, 2003. Out of Print. Condition: Very Good. Back bottom cover dent and bend going back through to page 88....More.

Item Code: RB4932
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 7x10, 96pgs, b&w

Fantasy Art Showcases


Elemental 2: The Worlds Best Autodesk Art
Edited by Daniel P. Wade. Elemental 2 showcases the world's best digital artwork created with Autodesk software. This fantastic book is packed with exciting imagery from artists in the fields of visual effects, animation, game development, and architectural and design visualization. ELEMENTAL 2 was created in partnership with Autodesk and includes a foreword by Carol Bartz, CEO of Autodesk, Inc. Ballistic, 2008. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New. ...More.

Item Code: RB3115
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 9x12, 192pg, Full Color

ELEMENTAL: The World's Best Discreet Art
First Edition. Edited by Daniel Wade and Mark Snoswell. Elemental showcases the world's best Discreet 3D art. The first collaborative title in Ballistic Publishing's growing list of digital art books, the book has been created in partnership with Discreet, a division of Autodesk. To match the diverse fields that Discreet software is used in, They sought out high profile practitioners in the fields of visual effects, game development, architecture and software development. Elemental reflects the diverse fields that Discreet products occupy including motion pictures, TV, games, architecture/design visualization and artistic 3D creations. Elemental expands upon Discreet's success with Exposé 1 where over half of 3D works featured were created using Discreet tools such as 3ds max, VIZ, combustion, character studio, mental ray, flame, flint, and inferno. Ballistic, 2004. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New....More.

Item Code: RB3117
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 9x12, 176pg, Full Color

EXPOSE 2: Finest Digital Art In The Known Universe
First Edition. By Mark Snoswell and Leonard Teo. Exposé 2 showcases the finest digital art of every type imaginable. Featuring the best of the worlds 2D and rendered 3D work summited for the Expose 2004 awards for Architectural, Environmental, Still Life, Visual Effect, Character in Repose, Character in Action, Transport and Mechanical. Ballistic, 2004. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New....More.

Item Code: RB3129
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 9x12, 192pg, Full Color

FANTASY+ 2: Best Artworks of CG Artists
By Vincent Zhao. Through interviews with both freelancers and industry insiders from Industrial Light and Magic, Disney, Imaginism, and Spicy Horse, volume 2 explores the influence of traditional art in the digital era. Includes top artists hailing from all over the world such as Steven Stahlberg (Sweden), Mike Daarken Lim (US), Bobby Chiu (US), Kei Acedera (Canada), Marc Craste (UK) and more. China Youth Press, 2010. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New....More.

Item Code: RB3134
Soft Cover, 9x12, 192pg, Full Color
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Pin-Up & Erotica


VARGAS 20s-50s Hardcover
By Alberto Vargas. Individual chapters for each decade of Vargas' career, beginning in the 1920s, then the 30s, 40s, and very early 50s. No Playboy-era or later work, this is all early. Eleven Esquire girls, and other unusual and less-seen work with elegant nudes, Follies beauties, etc. Taschen, 1990. Out of Print. Condition: Fine minus. Jacket scuffed, spine bumped....More.

Item Code: RB1858
Hard Cover, 9x12, 80pg, Full Color
Here's more from Vargas or Varga including another Rare Books collection for $50 [RB2081] in Fine.

Edited by Gianni Brunoro. Volume 24 - 1st printing. Edited by Alberto Becattini. Art and Cover by Alex Toth. Foreword by Alex Toth. An indepth look at the beautiful women that spring forth from the mind and memories of the legendary Alex Toth! NOTE: Some text is in Italian. Glamour International, 1997. Out of print. Condition: Very Fine. Mature Readers.  ...More.

Item Code: RB1880
Soft Cover, 13x12, 96pg, Partial Color
We also have volume 20--inquire about more not yet listed.

By Hajime Sorayama. Over 100 cyborgs, robots and erotic super pin-ups fill this popular collection by world famous airbrush illustrator, Hajime Sorayama. Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha, 1992. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine/As New....More.

Item Code: RB1359
Soft Cover, 9x12, 84pg, Full Color

EROTICA: An Illustrated Anthology of Sexual Art and Literature Volume 1 - 3 Set
By Charlotte Hill and William Wallace. Three Volume Set. Beautiful and daring mix of forbidden art (paintings, lithographs, drawings, watercolors, and photographs—many by masters of the form) with excerpts from banned books (the famous and the anonymous). Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc , 1992, 1993 & 1996. Out of print. Condition: Very Fine. Adult Material....More.

Item Code: RB2082
Soft Cover, 9x10, 260pg, Partial Color

PETTY: The Classic Pin-Up Art of George Petty
Foreword by Hugh M. Hefner. This exclusive collection features rare images of the legendary George Petty's pin-up art from ESQUIRE centerfolds, pin-up calendars, full-color ads, and many original airbrush paintings. The informative biographical text highlights the artist's life and work. Includes a Foreword by Hugh Hefner and an essay by the artist's daughter and model. Gramercy, 1997. Condition: Fine plus. Slight wear on the spine. Cover smudges....More.

Item Code: RB2030
Hard Cover, 9x12, 192pg, Full Color

PIN-UP: The Illegitimate Art
By Jim Silke. Lavishly illustrated - with over 100 new images by Silke and classic "girl artists" George Petty, Coby Whitmore, Enoch Bolles, Al Parker, Rolf Armstrong and others. Pin-Up: The Illegitimate Art is a delightful, sharp, insightful look at the "bedtime babies," "devil women" and "bare-naked ladies" that graced the walls-and hearts-of red-blooded lady lovers the world over. DH Press, 2004. Condition: Very Fine. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: RB2040
Soft Cover, 9x12, 96pg, Full Color

The Cover Girls of Yesteryear: Their Elegance, Charm, and Sex Appeal. By Francis Smilby. Compiled by the cartoonist, Francis Smith ("Smilby"), this is a history of the pin-up, reviewing portrayals of glamour girls in magazines produced in England, America and France from the 1870s to the 1930s. Hundreds of light-hearted illustrations, many in color. Collects many of the lesser known pulp and girlie magazines, such as Film Fun, Parisian Nights, etc. One of the best collections of early covers that we've seen. Playboy Press, 1981. Condition: Fine. Small corner bumps. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: RB2042
Hard Cover with Dustjacket, 9x12, 133pg, Partial Color
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