Thursday, March 28, 2024

It Rose From the Tomb, Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser, The U-Ray conclusion, Brett Bean, Gun Honey, Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale’s Hulk, plus Men’s Adventure Quarterly.

The Best of From the Tomb examines pre-code horror comics. The final Fritz Leiber Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser novel. Lackadaisy, in the Disney/Don Bluth animation tradition. The conclusion to the rare 1940s graphic novel, The U-Ray. Brett Bean on drawing. Gun Honey in two variants. Men’s Adventure Quarterly. And much more!

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IT ROSE FROM THE TOMB The 20th Century's Best Horror Comics
Highly Recommended. An all-new examination of the 20th Century's best horror comics, written by Peter Normanton (editor of From The Tomb, the UK’s preeminent magazine on the genre). From the pulps and seminal horror comics of the 1940s, through ones they tried to ban in the 1950s, this explores how the genre survived the introduction of the Comics Code, before making its terrifying return during the 1960s and 1970s. Come face-to-face with the early days of ACG’s alarming line, every horror comic from June 1953, hypodermic horrors, DC’s Gothic romance comics, Marvel’s Giant-Size terrors, Skywald's and Warren’s chillers, and Atlas Seaboard’s shocking magazines. TwoMorrows, 2024....More.

Item Code: ITROS
Soft Cover, 8x11, 192pg, Partial Color
$31.95 $28.95

This is also an occasional feature in Alter Ego. We find it in #172 (Alfredo Alcala special, $9.95), #174 (Captain Marvel —the original) and #178 (Starman/Emil Gershwin) at $10.95 each.

Fritz Leiber – Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser


Highly Recommended. Art by Tim Kirk. This short story collection features Leiber's sword and sorcery heroes Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, the seventh and last volume of the complete series. Introduction by Marc Laidlaw and artwork by Tim Kirk — seven interior illustrations, a full-color frontispiece, two maps, a full color wraparound dust jacket, and illustrated endpapers. Includes "Sea Magic," "The Mer She," "The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars," "The Mouser Goes Below," and four bonus short essays by Fritz Leiber. Centipede Press, 2024....More.

Item Code: KNISH
Hard Cover, 6x9, 304pg, Text/b&w
We first announced this as signed and numbered but it was a misunderstanding. Dealers received regular non-signed copies. All previous volumes are sold out; this is the final volume in the series. Here’s more from Fritz Leiber, The Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Omnibus is currently on backorder from the publisher [FAFGM. $29.99, $26.99]. Also from Centipede Press:

Limited, 750. Recommended. Special 25% off Price. A melting pot of ghouls, goblins, grim reapers, freaks, arachnids, dragons, sea monsters, space invaders, and any other harbinger of death and destruction! Allen Koszowski’s first professional sale to Asimov's Science Fiction in 1982. If you’ve ever flipped through a Cemetery Dance, Fantasy Tales, Weird Tales, Chills or other genre publication, then you’ve likely witnessed his understated yet distinctive brand of textured, black and white iconography. It can be eerie, menacing, and even cultish. Whether it’s crestfallen creatures from the great beyond, disturbed underlings from beyond the grave, or embattled forces under grave danger, Koszowski’s artistic range knows no bounds. Centipede Press, 2022....More.

Item Code: DREADA
Hard Cover, 6x8, 568pg, Partial Color
$80.00 $60.00

Graphic Novels


LACKADAISY Volume 1 Hardcover
Highly Recommended. Deluxe Hardcover in Jacket. By Tracy J. Butler. The cult classic, Eisner Award-nominated webcomic, finally available in a handsome collected edition. It’s 1927 and Prohibition is in full effect in St. Louis, Missouri. Organized crime has risen to meet the relentless demand for illicit alcohol. Bootleggers, gangsters, and might-makes-right rule dominate the city’s underworld, fueled by the patrons of speakeasies like Lackadaisy. In the tradition of Blacksad, a delightful anthropomorphic world... The style of the comic is highly detailed, with elegantly attired cartoon characters that resemble styles from animated films of Walt Disney and Don Bluth. The earlier strips are sepia-toned, resembling aged photographs of the 1920s era, while more recent pages can be seen fully colored, often in shades of deep blue. Launched by Butler in July 2006, the comic updates on an irregular basis, with the most recent update published in 2020. Iron Circus Comics, 2024....More.

Item Code: LACKA
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, 10x11, 100pg, Two Color

Highly Recommended. By Jean Van HammeArt by Christian Cailleaux. Before Blake & Mortimer, Edgar P. Jacobs had created a first comic that has now attained mythical status. This rare strip was a war-time replacement for Flash Gordon in occupied Belgium! Here, at last, is the sequel, penned by the legendary Jean Van Hamme himself. The Marduk expedition has returned victorious to Norlandia, bearing a precious sample of Uradium. Now the professor can test his revolutionary U Ray's potency when combined with the miracle ore. But Austradia, the old enemy, won't take this lying down. So the dastardly Captain Dagon didn't succeed in stopping Marduk from finding the Uradium deposit? No matter! The Imperial Austradian Army will simply take possession of it in a military operation — and who cares if that's where Prince Nazca's people live? Cinebook, 2024....More.

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

Highly Recommended. Before Blake & Mortimer, this rare strip was a war-time replacement for Flash Gordon in occupied Belgium! After assisting Herge on six Tintin albums, Edgar P. Jacobs created a strip that has now attained mythical status — The U Ray. Here it is now, finally translated into English. It is clearly inspired by Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon and ERB’s Mars and Venus novels. It’s fun and very vintage science-fiction fantasy with lost lands, prehistoric monsters, a lovely heroine, and smart, daring adventurers. Cinebook, 2023....More.

Item Code: URAY
Soft Cover, 9x11, 56pg, Full Color
Here are more offbeat graphic novels from Cinebook.

By Mark McCann and Baden James Mellonie. Cover by Simon Bisley. An anthology of 11 horror and science fiction short stories, in the style of EC Comics. Twisted tales of horror, aliens, witches, gangsters, space ships, Bigfoot, futuristic cars, the devil, parallel dimensions, fever dreams, and murder — from artists Simon Bisley, Andy Brown, Douglas Paszkiewicz, Andrei Bressan, Nate Van Dyke, Clint Langley, Dom Reardon, David Hitchcock, Juan Rubi, Caio Oliveira et al. Berserker, 2023.  ...More.

Item Code: FROMUF
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color

Brett Bean on Drawing


DRAW! Brett Bean Breaks Down the Art of Drawing
Highly Recommended. Become a better artist with this immersive visual master class in drawing, created by industry veteran Brett Bean. We've handled several of his sketchbooks and he's a regular at San Diego Comic-Con. Just enjoy Brett's wild and imaginative work here. Or...learn about construction lines, warm-up exercises, and line weight, before diving into lessons on how to build up characters, vehicles, buildings, and environments with basic shapes. Soak up Brett's unique way of building up detail and interest in drawings, and how he researches and implements unique and fascinating elements that catch the eye. Tackling tricky tasks such as creating perspective, drawing hands and poses, and succeeding at effective color and lighting. All of this can be absorbed at a glance thanks to the visually engrossing exercises, meaning you can get going as soon as you open the cover. Impressively thick, 219 pages in a handsome square format. 3dtotal Publishing, 2024....More.

Item Code: DRABB
Soft Cover, 9x11, 224pg, Partial Color

Closeout Price! Recommended. Voyage into a future where droids, hovering buildings, and space vehicles exist with an accessible, entertaining introduction to creating science-fiction concepts with traditional tools. Packed with insightful tips, tutorial projects, and essential art theory simply explained by industry professionals, this exciting volume is the perfect launch pad for your journey forward through time. 3dtotal Publishing, 2022....More.

Item Code: BEGDF
Soft Cover, 7x9, 180pg, Partial Color
$24.00 $12.00
Here’ are more how to draw books from 3dtotal and other publishers.

Comic Book Archives


JLAPE The Complete Collection
Collects nine cross-over issues, including 7 Annuals, 1999. By Len Kaminski. Art by by Jason Orfalis. Apes alive! When Solovar, leader of Gorilla City, is apparently assassinated by pro-human extremists, Gorilla City’s new government declares war on humanity. Part of their plot involves turning the JLA into human-hating gorillas to help carry out their bidding. Now it’s up to Batman (the only member who wasn’t transformed) and Martian Manhunter to find a cure for their banana-loving buddies and prevent all-out gorilla warfare from encompassing every civilization from Atlantis to Themyscira. DC Comics, 2024....More.

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

DAREDEVIL By Brubaker & Lark Omnibus Volume 2
New printing. Collects #106-119 and more, 2008-09. Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, and Best Penciler-Inker Team! The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark concludes their explosive run. The Hand is back in New York and in league with Lady Bullseye; The Kingpin forges a surprising pact with DD to target the ninja cult. An old friend brings Matt Murdock the last-minute appeal of a villain on death row. What will Matt do when confronted with a convicted bad guy who's completely innocent? Also the Owl and a new ally, Black Tarantula! Marvel, 2024....More.

Item Code: DARE02H
Hard Cover, 7x11, 472pg, Full Color
$75.00 $65.00

DAREDEVIL By Brubaker & Lark Omnibus Volume 1
Collects Daredevil #82-105 (1998 series), 2006-2008. Recommended. Nominated for THREE Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, and Best Penciler-Inker Team! Longtime Daredevil fans will will recognize this classic work by the critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and artists Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano, who leave their mark on one of comics’ most enduring characters! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, people he calls friends are deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen is slipping out of control. How far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Marvel, 2022. ...More.

Item Code: DARE01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 608pg, Full Color
$100.00 $90.00

JEPH LOEB & TIM SALE Hulk Gallery Edition
Collects Hulk: Gray #1-6, 2003. Recommended. The Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale continue their insightful look into the early days of Marvel Comics’ most popular heroes, unraveling the Hulk’s origin and uncovering a secret that will change the way we look at Bruce Banner forever! Before the world knew Bruce Banner was the Hulk. Before Bruce confessed his love to Betty Ross. Before the Hulk was green — there was Hulk: Gray. The explosion of the Gamma Bomb tore Bruce Banner’s life apart, unleashing the strongest creature on Earth! But no matter how powerful he became, he was still bound to the daughter of his greatest enemy, General "Thunderbolt" Ross. Marvel, 2024. ...More.

Item Code: JEPHGH
Hard Cover, 9x13, 168pg, Partial Color
$50.00 $44.99
Here are more Gallery and Artist’s and Artisan Editions, including on-sale and out of print titles.

Limited, 200. Art by Turner, Joe Benitez et al. In 2003, artist Michael Turner founded Aspen Comics. His body of work is encapsulated like never before in this massive, over-sized collection. Including the full first volumes of Fathom and Soulfire series collected together in their entirety, along with his entire Ekos, Soulfire and a complete Fathom cover gallery. 720 packed pages of story, art and more! This is the most complete Michael Turner book ever produced. Oversized, slipcase.! Aspen Milt, 2023....More.

Item Code: MICCH
Hard Cover, 8x12, 720pg, Full Color
Also available in a new softcover edition [MICHT. $75, $67.50].

Gun Honey – Signed by the author


HEAT SEEKER A Gun Honey Series Volume 1 Artgerm Cover Signed
Signed by Charles Ardai! Recommended. Award-winning writer and co-founder of hard case crime Charles Ardai returns to the gun honey universe in this action-packed spin-off featuring the sultry and explosive artwork of Ace Continuado. If the heat is on, Dahlia Racers can help you disappear — for a price. Marked for death by a U.S. intelligence agency, Gun Honey Joanna Tan turns to Dahlia Racers to help her pull a vanishing act. But the killer hot on her trail, beautiful sociopath Sarah Claride, will leave bodies strewn from New York to Las Vegas to Tijuana, Mexico, if it means cornering Dahlia — and breaking her. Abundant nudity. Part of the action takes place on a nudist beach. Adult situations. Titan, 2024. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: HEGH01A
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
While they last, all our copies are signed by author Charles Ardai!! The is the Direct Market edition. There is also a variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz for the same price, but Diamond sent us the wrong book. We should have copies in two or three weeks and we’ll reannounce it then [HEGH01B. $24.99].

GUN HONEY Book 1 Bill Sienkiewicz Cover
Recommended. By Charles Ardai. Art by Ang Hor Kheng. "The finest kind of pulp noir." -Ed Brubaker. The weapon you need, where you need it, when you need it, she'll get it! They call her Gun Honey. From Edgar Award Winning Writer Charles Ardai, Founder of Hard Case Crime. She thought she was planting a gun for a simple hit. But when it's used in a deadly prison riot, Joanna is forced to work with U.S. Government agent to hunt down the perp, a deadly scarred killer with shadowy past. TV Series now in development. Nudity. Titan Comics, 2022. Mature Readers. ...More.

Item Code: GUNHO
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Full Color

GUN HONEY Book 2 Blood for Blood Adam Hughes Cover
Sexy variant cover by Adam Hughes. Recommended. By Charles Ardai. Art by Ang Hor Kheng. The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling graphic novel, written by award winner Charles Ardai, co-founder of Hard Case crime! Fans of the first graphic novel and classic pulp crime fiction can't miss this sexy, fast-paced, mystery thriller. Gun Honey is currently in development as a television series. Joanna Tan is back, deadlier than ever...She’ll get you the weapon you need, when you need it, where you need it — no matter how impossible. But this time, somebody else is planting the weapons. Excellent artwork. Nudity. Titan, 2023. Mature Readers....More.

Item Code: GUNHBV
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color
Book two is available with an alternate cover by Stanley "Aartgerm" Lau [GUNHB. $17.99]. Hard Case Crime also publishes the Ms. Tree series; we have three volumes in stock.


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.


From 2000 AD and Britain


From 2000 A.D. #387-415, 1984-85. By John Wagner and Alan Grant. Art by Jose Ortiz and Horacio Lalia. They were the new frontiersmen — men and women who hated life in Mega-City One so much that they were willing to travel 2000 kilometers across the radiated desert known as the "Cursed Earth" to start a new life. The chances of reaching the new territories are slim — the hostile environment is full of danger, including acid rain downpours, killer viruses, mutants and herds of hungry dinosaurs! The Helltrekkers set off in a large convoy, but sometimes fellow travelers can cause just as many problems as the threats from outside! A monumental survival story and one of the earliest Judge Dredd universe spin-offs. The Helltrekkers is a monumental survival story and one of the earliest Dreddverse spin-off strips. Rebellion/2000 AD, 2024....More.

Item Code: HELLTR
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Partial Color

16 stories and features, 3 new here, 1966-2021. Recommended. By Brian Bolland, Cam Kennedy, Pat Mills et al. For over a century, the comic book annual has been an essential Christmas stocking filler for British comics fans. Here is a deep dive, selecting a great variety of exciting, well drawn and complete in themselves stories. Material from Lion, Starlord, Misty, Action, Wham!, Scream! Smash!, Battle, and Valiant. Plus three brand new strips: The Leopard from Lime Street vs The Spider by Simon Furman, David Roach and Mike Collins, Black Beth by Alec Worley and DaNi, and Gustav of the Bearmacht by Kek-W and Staz Johnson. Rebellion/2000 AD, 2023....More.

Item Code: TREB24H
Hard Cover, 8x11, 112pg, Partial Color
Here’s more from 2000 AD and the world of British comics.

Recommended. Edited by Robert Deis, and Bill Cunningham. Special expanded issue. The men's mags expanded and exaggerated the Vietnam war, mixing fact and fiction with equal abandon. Here are "thrilling, horrifying, and mystifying Vietnam stories" by military historian Robert F. Dorr, and best-selling novelist Mario Puzo, with famed illustrators Mort Künstler, Mel Crair, and comic book icon, Will Eisner — a great chapter is devoted to his PS Magazine and its mascot, Connie Rod, and with additional art on PS by Murphy Anderson and Mike Ploog. Also: Gallery with the lovely Raquel Welch on her USO Tour to Vietnam! Subtropic Productions, 2024.  ...More.

Item Code: MENQ10
Soft Cover, 8x11, 172pg, Text/Full Color
All previous issues are still in stock [MENQ01, 02 etc. $31.95 each]. Also from Subtropic Publishers:

THE ART OF RON LESSER Volume 1 Deadly Dames and Sexy Sirens Hurt
Highly Recommended. By Robert Deis, Bill Cunningham and J. Kingston Pierce. 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. Condition: Bumped corners....More.

Item Code: ARTRL01R
Soft Cover, 8x11, 146pg, Full Color
$39.95 $19.99
We have only ten copies left of this at half price. Once sold out, it is available as-new: hardcover [ARTRL01H. $55] and softcover [ARTRL01. $39.95].

Coming In June


Reprints all dailies from 1939 to 1942. Foreword by Michael H. Price, apprentice to V.T. Hamlin! Never before collected: four years of rare Alley Oop Daily Strips! Alley Oop's time-traveling adventures begin! Join Alley as he fights in the Trojan War, joins Ulysses' Odyssey, visits Cleopatra's Egypt, sails the Spanish Main, plunges into World War II, and more! You've seen the Sunday pages; now enjoy the daily strips, all featuring the time-travel stories, from the very beginning. Beautifully restored from 1939-1942 in this oversize hardcover. Our understanding is the dailies are part of the same continuity as the Sundays, but as common on many strips, the Sundays were written so that you could keep up with the story even if you hadn't read the dailies all week long. Acoustic Learning, 2024. Due: Jun....More.

Item Code: ALLEFTH
Hard Cover, 10x13, 424pg, Full Color
Here's all the Alley Oop books, including the full color Sunday Page collections.

Signed! Recommended. Foreword by Bill Sienkiewicz. Essential for any fan of Bob Fingerman’s work, this career memoir details his 40 years of toiling in comics, and boasts a huge amount of art, much of which is presented for the first time and scanned from the originals. Take a trip through the beloved cartoonist's artistic journey, best known for his cult comic series Minimum Wage. In 2018 he became one of MAD’s "usual gang of idiots." Especially signed for us, at $20 less than the signed edition being offered on Zoop (the Kickstarter-like site). Zoop, 2024. Due: June....More.

Item Code: THATHS
Hard Cover, 9x11, 200pg, Partial Color
$70.00 $50.00
Here’s more from the world of Mad Magazine: Mad Art, the Mad Artists’s Edtion, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis, Mort Drucker, Mad-imitator Get Lost, even Marvel’s own take on Mad, Not Brand Echh!

Mature Readers

No new titles this week, but we do have an array of new adult Rare Books, including a dozen new listings from Milo Manara. Also many EROS graphic novels titles, erotic art from Artcore & Art Premiere, and a three book set from the ladies of Mystique. See all the new listings here.

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We’re getting a LOT more Rare Books described, priced and onto the website than we have room to list here. And we are now listing more adult titles than ever before. If you want to be first to see ALL of the new offerings, keep checking into JUST ARRIVED/RARE & OUT OF PRINT at the top of our home page. Adult items can be found in JUST ARRIVED/PIN-UP & ADULT. New arrivals generally go up on Wednesday and Thursday. We only have one copy of 99% of these; once they sell, they will NOT come up on the website until we list another copy.



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News & Notes


Terror: The Horror Comic Art of Jayme Cortez

I don’t think our initial scans did this book justice. It’s every bit as interesting as the best of the Italian artists found in the Sex and Horror series. In this case though, Cortez is from Brazil and actually dates back a little farther, doing his horror work in the 1950s and 1960s. Check it out, some wild stuff here. I quite like a lot of his work, and the pictures of his models and the resulting paintings are a bonus treat you rarely see from an illustrator. [TERRH. $29.99].


Eden by Christopher Sebela with art by Marc Laming

This new sci-fi graphic novel from Humanoids came in just a week or two ago. It caught my eye, I took it home and read it in two sittings. I came back and rewrote my description after that, and raised my recommendation from just Recommended to Highly Recommended. I really liked the artwork, the unique, well-characterized players in the story, and the unusual plot. Check it out! [EDENSC. $22.99].


The Art of Rachel and Terry Dodson

John Fleskes has just driven back from the Pacific Northwest, where he met with the Dodsons to get books signed. They’ve specially done 200 signed prints for us, to go with the hardcover Publisher Edition. Both Terry and Rachel have signed these. The books are finished and in the Flesk warehouse; we’ll have ours as soon as they have shipped out their Kickstarter orders for the completed offering, probably no later than May 7th but perhaps as early as April. This new book will be featured on the cover of our next catalog.


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