Thursday, April 25, 2024

Syd Mead, Frazetta Tribute, Tales from the Crypt 3, Zatanna, Capt. Marvel Jr, Bulletman 2, The Blue Beetle 1, Fine Print and more.

Syd Mead, new Frazetta Tribute, Tales from the Crypt 3, Zatanna, Capt. Marvel Jr, Bulletman 2, The Blue Beetle (the original) 1, and more. Plus lots of news and some specials

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Art Books


STUDIO IMAGE Volume 1 By Syd Mead
Highly Recommended. New printing (one of three) of these fine oversized series from world-renowned artist/visual futurist, Syd Mead (1933-2019). From preliminary concept sketches to brilliantly colored illustrations, step by step through the creative process from the artist’s point of view. Artwork ranges from a futuristic nightclub that was built in Tokyo, to futuristic sports cars, “Minolta Marina”, and a lavish proposal for “Houston Center.” Also, the process of creating animals and creatures in future environments as well as many workups for the television series “L.A. 2015.” Design Studio Press, 2024....More.

Item Code: STUD01
Soft Cover, 16x12, 32pg, Partial Color


STUDIO IMAGE Volume 2 By Syd Mead
Highly Recommended. New printing (two of three) of these fine oversized series from world-renowned artist/visual futurist, Syd Mead (1933-2019). From preliminary concept sketches to brilliantly colored illustrations, step by step through the creative process from the artist’s point of view. A glimpse of the future through the eyes of one of the great visionaries of his time. Artwork included ranges from practical designs for products to illustrations of spacecraft and fantasy worlds, workups and illustrations from the motion picture Short Circuit and the poster series commissioned for Lockheed’s Advanced Tactical Fighter. Design Studio Press, 2024....More.

Item Code: STUD02
Soft Cover, 16x12, 36pg, Partial Color

STUDIO IMAGE Volume 3 By Syd Mead
Highly Recommended. New printing (three of three) of these fine oversized series from world-renowned artist/visual futurist, Syd Mead (1933-2019). This brings together many of his finest illustrations at the time of publication, in 1989. Never-before-seen concept drawings for theme park attractions, "Journey to the Center of the Earth", and movies like “Princess of Mars”, “Aliens” and “Solar Crisis” take the viewer on a visual fantasy excursion to a place in time not yet seen by anyone other than Syd Mead. Design Studio Press, 2024....More.

Item Code: STUD03
Soft Cover, 16x12, 36pg, Partial Color
Here’s more work by Syd Mead.

FRANK FRAZETTA An Artists' Tribute
Spectacular die-cut cover; full color endpapers. Introduction by Susan Frazetta. Highly Recommended. A selection of incredible artists pay tribute to Frank Frazetta by creating new art (11 art projects) inspired by his work, accompanied by in-depth interviews with members of the Frazetta family. Foreword by Allen Williams; "My Grandpa, Frank" by Sara Frazetta; art features by Peter Meseldzija, Robert Rodgriguez, The Shiflett Brothers, Entei Ryu, Rafael Grassetti, Valentina Remenar, Gustavo Pelissari, Jodie Muir, Daniel Landerman, Anato Finnstark, Jama Jurabaev, et al. 3dtotal, 2024....More.

Item Code: FRAATH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 248pg, Partial Color
Here’s more of the latest from Frazetta, and also from 3dtotal.

Archives & Graphic Novels


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, and Joe Orlando. Includes Al Williamson’s first story at EC which was used in Parade of Pleasure. Classic covers abound, all by Jack Davis, with decapitation, being nailed live into a coffin, a beautiful circus star squished by an elephant, Frankenstein, and, of course, the undead in many forms! This is a prime run for Crypt, as the creators were at their peak, with innovative, wild stories in every issue. Dark Horse, 2024....More.

Item Code: ECTFC03
Soft Cover, 8x11, 214pg, Full Color
Also available in hardcover [ECTFC03H. $49.99, $44.99]. No other hardcovers are currently in print. Also available are the new softcovers 1 and 2, $19.99 each. Click here for more Crypt, EC History and more. We just got in a new set of Russ Cochran’s Complete Tales From the Crypt Boxed Set from 1979 [RB2101. $600]. Here are all available EC Archives now in softcover editions.

Collects #1-16, 2003-11. Recommended. Cover by Adam Hughes. Sixteen great issues! Emmy award-winning writer Paul Dini's complete collection of Zatanna. The lovely daughter of DC's first magician, Zatara — the Doctor Strange of the DC Universe but one heck of a lot cuter. And her magic is no illusion — she can warp reality. Brother Night has possessed puppets into nightmare demons. And things get complicated when Zatanna's foe is the ghost of someone she loves. Amazing, imaginative work by Paul Dini (Warner Bros. Animation/DC Comics screenwriter; Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), DC Animated Universe). DC Comics, 2024. ...More.

Item Code: ZATPA
Soft Cover, 7x10, 440pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99
On sale is a Zatanna graphic novel, The Jewel of Gravesend by Alys Arden and Jacquelin De Leon: [ZATJG. $16.99, $9.99]. Seven copies left.

Collects #1-5. Recommended. Superstar writer Dan Panosian (Unkindness of Ravens, Black Tape) and artist Giorgio Spalletta (007: For King & Country) explore the morbid side of escapism in this twisted tale that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Even if Alice escapes Wonderland and makes it back home, would it even be the home she remembers? Wonderland is her new home, but the mad residents have turned against her. As Alice’s sister Edith and her childhood friend Earl fight for a way to bring her back, Alice has been crowned the new Queen of Hearts! Handsomely drawn. Boom! 2024....More.

Item Code: ALICN
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color
Here’s the first in this series, also by Panosian and Spalletta: Alice Ever After [ALIEV. $16.99]. Click for more Alice!

Collects #1-6, 2023. By Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad and Liam Sharp. New from the Valiant Universe. Meet Aric of Dacia, a warrior-king whose destiny is intricately woven with the legendary X-O Manowar armor. From being abducted as a Visigoth and enslaved among the stars, Aric's transformation from a displaced captive to a cosmic powerhouse has left him the wielder of an otherworldly weapon of unimaginable power. Experience Aric's poignant struggle with his past as he confronts an ancient adversary resurrected in the vastness of space — the formidable Nova Romanus legions. Alien Books, 2024....More.

Item Code: XOUNH
Hard Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Full Color
$29.99 $24.99

Recommended. Complete in this issue: Rick O’Shay (1959-60) by Stan Lynde, Buz Sawyer (1972) by Roy Crane, Sir Bagby (1964) by R&D Hackney. 19 pages of color Sunday pages featuring Alley Oop by V.T. Hamlin, The Phantom by Lee Falk, Flash Gordon by Dan Barry, and Steve Canyon by Milton Caniff. Plus a wealth of B&W features: Chris Welkin-Planeteer, Garth, Mandrake the Magician, Augusta, Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts, Gasoline Alley and much more. Manuscript Press, 2024....More.

Item Code: CR0424
Magazine, 8x11, 128pg, Partial Color
Back issues are here.

PS Artbooks Archives


Collects #4-6, 1942. Recommended. By Mac Raboy, Bill Ward, Ed Dobrotka et al. Three fine 64-page issues. This popular Fawcett hero, the cover feature on Master Comics until Captain Marvel Jr. took it over, gains his own bi-monthly title. Join Jim Barr and Susan Kent as they harness the might of science to become Bulletman and Bulletgirl, defending a world teetering on the edge of chaos in the midst of World War II. Raboy provides the cover art (no stories) for #4 and #5, and the excellent artist Charles Sultan draws the cover of #6. Much of the art inside is not attributed (Ward does do a story in each issue). PS Artbooks, 2024....More.

Item Code: BULL02
Soft Cover, 7x10, 204pg, Full Color
Volume 1 is also available [BULL01. $32.99]. Click here for more by Mac Raboy, including the fine biography by Roger Hill.

Collects #4-6, 1940. Highly Recommended. By Charles Nicholas et al. Blue Beetle was revived in the 60s by Charlton and Steve Ditko first, and later by DC Comics. But here we find the original Golden Age creation, who had a long tenure in his own title as well as Wonderworld Comics. Fox Publications had many top talents in their earliest comics — #1 features a Lou Fine cover and multiple stories by Will Eisner (Yarko the Magician) and Bob Powell. Joe Simon drew the cover of #3, just before partnering up with Jack Kirby! With dynamic visuals and a narrative that captures the spirit of a bygone era...the roots of superhero storytelling, where it all began! PS Artbooks, 2024....More.

Item Code: BLUEB01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 208pg, Full Color


Item Code: SAMUW06H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Collects #26-30, 1961-62. By Steve Ditko, Rocco Mastroserio, Bill Molno, Charles Nicholas et al. Includes a classic Communist A-Bomb story with Krushchev and Ditko contributes "See No Evil," a typically well-drawn story. Serving us with a never-ending concoction of fantastic fantasy-supernatural and horror tales and science fiction stories, they really did keep the comic buying youth happy, no mean achievement and well worth celebrating! All here, reproduced completely from cover to cover. PS Artbooks, 2024. ...More.


Item Code: SAMUW06
Soft Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color

Here are previous volumes.

Facsimile Editions


CAPTAIN MARVEL JR #24 Facsimile Edition
From 1944. Recommended. Three CM Jr. stories: "The American Eagle Menace" and "The Masked Matador" are both by by Mac Raboy. "Vs. the Weather Man" is attributed to August Froelich (a frequent contributor to Classic Comics). Plus a paper drive ad, "The Snortville Sneeze" by Sid Lazarus, a text story, "Brother American." and two more half-page fillers. Classic wartime stories with excellent artwork. PS Artbooks, 2024....More.

Item Code: CAPMJ24
Comic, 7x10, 36pg, Full Color
More Captain Marvel, Marvel Family, Master Comics and other facsimile editions are here.

SUSPENSE COMICS #7 Facsimile Edition
From 1943. Recommended. Another rare issue from very unusual publisher Continental, featuring a classic L.B. Cole cover and some very fine stories inside. "Bedlam" by John Giunta. Giunta took a young Frazetta under his wing for Frank's first comic work; you can see the influence here. "Mr. Nobody's Clue Corner," by L. B. Cole. "Curse of the Copperhead," by George H. Appel. "The Sands of Time" by Nina Albright. "Sherry Flippe," art by future Atlas artist Tony Di Preta. "Murder Is On The Air" starring Spirit rip-off, The Grey Mask, by Maurice Del Bourgo. "Caligstranno the Great," by Jack Alderman. "License for Murder," art by the excellent Rudy Palais. PS Artbooks, 2024....More.

Item Code: SUSP07
Comic, 7x10, 52pg, Full Color
Suspense #11 is also available [SUSC11. $15.99]. Click here for more L.B. Cole and Alex Schomberg classics.

PHANTOM LADY #16 Facsimile Edition & Print
From 1948. With 11 1/2 x 16 matted print of the cover. Cover and two stories by the legendary Matt Baker: "The Avenging Skulls" and "The Monster in the Pool." DC's very own Gil Kane draws the final Phantom Lady story "Clara Peete — The Beautiful Beast." One of the most notorious comics of the Golden Age, with good-girl art, racy panels, lots of cleavage and legs. Publisher Fox was not shy about exploiting the ladies in these quite adult-themed comics. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PHL16
Comic, 7x10, 36pg, Full Color

PHANTOM LADY #17 Facsimile Edition & Print
From 1948. Recommended. With 11 1/2 x 16 matted print of the cover. One of the most iconic good girl covers of the entire Golden Age, and one of Matt Baker's finest! This issue includes "The Soda Mint Killer" and the "Stinging Whip" by Baker, possibly with some work by EC's Jack Kamen on "Whip." "Evelyn Ellis Queen of Gangsters" is a crime back-up feature drawn by Rudy Palais. Includes an oversized, 8 x 12 1/2 inch (image size) cover reproduction on card stock, mounted within a larger 11 1/2 x 16 inch black matt, ready to display. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: PHL17
Comic, 7x10, 36pg, Full Color
Also available: Phantom Lady #19, 20, 21 as facsimile comics [PHL13, 14 etc. $14.99 each]. And as comic & print sets like the new ones above: #13 (#1), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 [PHL13, 14 etc. $23.99 each].

#1, 1961. Charlton Comics joined the monster craze of the 1950's and 60's with ten issues from 1961-64. This first issue has a cover by Frank DeMarco and is edited by Ed Konick. This issue features "Frankenstein; Transylvania, Here I Come," "How to Build Your Own Monster," "The Monster's Love Song," "Famous Monsters of History" and a preview of Hammer Films' "Curse of the Werewolf," plus many other features. PS Artbooks, 2023....More.

Item Code: HORM01
Magazine, 7x10, 68pg, b&w
Also see Spacemen, Psycho, Nightmare and Scream for more classic horror magazine facsimiles.


Here's another batch of 30 items that are going away soon, down to just one, two or three copies left. You can now see the latest 3…2…1 items in a new section on our website, called ALMOST GONE, at the top of the home page, right next to CLOSEOUTS. We are continuously adding to our Imperfect Editions sections as well.


Coming in June


Collects #1-3 plus many unpublished additional stories! Our Highest Recommendation. In 1969, a feisty new comics magazine emerged to rival Creepy and Eerie. Conceived by a plucky, independent publisher, Web of Horror showcased instant classics of horror and science fiction by rising young stars Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Bruce Jones, Ralph Reese, Frank Brunner, Roger Brand, and Wayne Howard (who became Wally Wood's assistant), as well as seasoned veterans such as Syd Shores and Norman Nodel, illustrating stories written by Otto Binder, Nicola Cuti, and others. Fantagraphics, 2024. Due: June....More.

Item Code: COMWHH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 296pg, Full Color
$49.99 $44.99

CLASSIC SCI-FI COMICS Volume 7 Hardcover Wolverton
Our Highest Recommendation. Collects some of Wolverton's very earliest and finest work, including the ultra-rare Space Patrol stories from (Centaur, 1939-40) and the legendary Spacehawk from (Novelty, 1940-41). Plus the modern key issues of (June-September 1952). Harvey Kurtzman felt "Wolverton never borrowed, never hacked, and he never shortchanged the public — Wolverton was an original." In 1991 he was posthumously inducted in the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame and in 2000 in the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. PS Artbooks, 2024. Due: June....More.

Item Code: PSSC07H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 184pg, Full Color
This will also be available in softcover [PSSC07. $32.99]. I expect both to be very popular, so reserve your copy now.

SECRET SIX By Gail Simone Omnibus Volume 1
Collects Secret Six Vol 2 #1-6, 2006; Secret Six Vol 3 #1-16, 2008-10 14 more issues. Art by Nicola Scott and Brad Walker. Together, they want to take a stand to stop the super-heroic community from tampering with their minds and to prove how deadly they can be! But not everyone agrees to this agenda. Six rogues are recruited by the enigmatic Mockingbird, charged with opposing the Society and given assignments to thwart their rivals and even help their enemies. Who is Mockingbird? Could it be one of the six? The status quo is rocked by the Society's formation and the revelations along the way make certain that when the Secret Six are done, nothing in the DCU will ever be the same! DC Comics, 2024. Due: June....More.

Item Code: SECS01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 920pg, Full Color
$125.00 $110.00

The 1995 groundbreaking series featuring 36-individual Shi stories is collected into this oversized hardcover Omnibus Edition gloriously interpreted by the world's greatest comic artists. Shi: Senryaku contains 240-pages of never-before-published penciled, inked and colored artwork! Featuring Billy Tucci, Jim Lee, Frank Frazetta, Adam Hughes, Marc Silvestri, and many more! Crusade Comics, 2024. Due: June....More.

Item Code: SHISH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 240pg, Full Color

MULTIVERSE The Art of Aleksi Briclot
There’s no way you haven’t seen his art, whether it was while watching a movie, reading a comic-book, or playing a card or a video game! Aleksi Briclot visually develops universes, stories, and characters for the greatest entertainment companies, like Wizards of the Coast, Ubisoft, Image Comics, Dark Horse, Capcom, and Marvel Studios. It is now time for this extraordinary artist to have a monograph dedicated completely to his own art. In Multiverse: The Art of Aleksi Briclot, you will find all of the artistic universes Aleksi has developed throughout his career and is continuing to expand. Cernunnos, 2024. Due: June....More.

Item Code: MULABH
Hard Cover, 272pg, Full Color

Mature Readers

Fine Print Volume 2 is here—more wild erotic adventures with a beautiful lady who makes a deal with the gods to bring herself the ultimate in satisfaction…with unpredictable results. Volume 1 is currently out of print! Here is more fine work by artist/writer Sejic: Sunstone, Swing and his latest creation, Kharma.

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Flash Sale


Our Highest Recommendation. Four volumes in a handsome illustrated slipcase present an illustrative history of all Burroughs' publications in the United States (and some from the U.K.). Written and compiled by Michael Tierney, the narrative gives the history of Burroughs' work and the often legendary artists who visualized it, featuring untold stories, art that hasn't been seen since its release, and pieces that were buried in the vaults from the beginning of his publishing history to the present day. Pulps, books, paintings, prints,'s all here. Chenault & Gray, 2018. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: ERB100D
Hard Cover, 9x12, 1224pg, Partial Color
$250.00 $195.00

Contains four volumes. Our Highest Recommendation. This is the definitive illustrated history of all of Howard's publications in the United States. Written and compiled by Michael Tierney, the narrative gives the history of Howard's work and the often legendary artists who visualized it, featuring untold stories, art that hasn't been seen since its release and pieces that were buried in the vaults from the beginning of his publishing history to the present day. Chenault & Gray, 2023. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: ROBACH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 1600pg, Full Color
See our website for more from Robert E. Howard.
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Rare Books

Signed & Numbered!

Over 60 new titles listed in the Rare and Out of Print section this week, many bargain priced. Also more than a dozen new listings in the Adult section.


News & Notes


Trina Robbins

Our tribute to Trina, who we lost earlier this month, can be seen on our website. A very well done feature on her appeared in the New York Times. Click here for her books on our site.


ERB Tarzan Vol 21-24 set

These are still coming in a few at a time. We’ve filled nearly all of our backorders, in order received, but haven’t any extras yet so that we can list them here. Soon I hope. All other volumes ARE available, including all the other sets of four.


Lou Fine’s The Ray/Black Condor

I got caught short on these—I knew they’d be popular, but I didn’t anticipate how popular. We immediately sold out on the softcover edition last week, but we do have six copies of the hardcover still available as I write this [BLACR01H. $52.99]. More softcovers will be here…from England…in a few weeks. We’re also still looking for our restock on the Frazetta facsimile, Thun’da King of the Congo #1, which the publisher failed to include in our last shipment [THUK01. $19.99]. We do have a copy of Russ Cochran’s first oversize reprint of Thun’da [RB4728. $75]. From 1973, in as-new condition!


At The Earth’s Core Artist’s Edition

We have just three of this super deluxe edition left; then we will only have A/P copies if still available [ATEAD. $299.99]. This was limited to 648 copies. The Moon Maid, with three complete books and bonus material, also remains available. It’s amazing and has my Highest Recommendation… [MOONMH. $350]. Note: shipping in the U.S. on orders over $300 is FREE.


BP&H Books catalog

My partner Anne last week issued three new catalogs, including one of Horror & Comic-Related books. Available as I write this: Dave Stevens Just Teasing signed/limited, signed Charles Vess, inscribed Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, the Portable Moebius, a lettered copy of Pogo Files for Pogofiles (1992), inscribed Kliban, Humbug Boxed Set, Alan Moore From Hell signed/limited, Ashley Wood Sparrow (four different), a signed Alex Toth Zorro boxed set, two signed Gahan Wilson softcovers….

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