*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: The most poetic of SF writers has just been restocked, with gems such as Fahrenheit 451, Machineries Of Joy (the The went missing for this edition), R Is For Rocket, The Golden Apples Of The Sun and The Silver Locusts (also known as The Martian Chronicles). Most are in the Corgi edition with the stylish cover shown by Something Wicked This Way Comes. Who can resist a story set in space that begins with ‘ “South”, said the captain.’?
*DC: Ranging from 1942 to 1947, four issues of Sensation Comics, the DC anthology in which the Amazing Amazon, Wonder Woman, was the lead feature. Created by H.G. Peter and William Moulton Marston, the dynamic diva’s derring-do caused not only Sensation, but Comics Cavalcade and WW’s own series, to be top sellers during this decade, and these issues feature her at her prime, before censorious cretins and creator illness caused her to become a shadow of her former self. Other popular and long-running features in Sensation were her fellow Justice Society members, crusading pugilist Wildcat, and show-off polymath Mr. Terrific, and the trio were backed up by some of the odder series in DC’s history – the Black Pirate, the Gay Ghost and Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys. No, really. Sensation Comics #11 is GD/VG £165; #49 VG+ £125; #51 VG/FN £135 and #61 GD+ £65. With the recent blockbuster Wonder Woman movie, and her reappearance in the upcoming Justice League film, interest in Diana’s doings has never been keener, so now’s the time to grab yourself a slice of Amazon justice!
*DC: “What?” we hear you gasp, “A twenty-first century comic in the listings?” Well, even though we’re famous for crumbly old comics, we do sometimes admit a deserving modern item to the catalogue, and 2002’s Y The Last Man #1 is such an exception. After a devastating event which eliminates all men – and all male mammals – from planet Earth, society must restructure itself with an all-female paradigm. But not quite all-female. Two males survive: Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. Some factions of the surviving women want to rescue Yorick, some to study him, some to use him, some to eradicate him; but with literally all the women in the world seeking him, Yorick wants only one woman: his girlfriend, who was across the globe when the cataclysm hit. Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi series was a huge hit for DC/Vertigo, winning shedloads of awards, and is being adapted into a TV series, so interest will only climb. This first issue is NM at £150.
*Marvel: While the first couple of issues of the Fantastic Four were an unqualified success, it wasn’t until the third issue that the team’s rough edges were smoothed out, and they became the familiar First Family we know and love. Issue #3, in addition to the menace of the Miracle Man (no, not that Miracle Man), had the team in costume for the first time, and the debut of their unique transportation the Fantasti-Car (aka ‘The Flying Bathtub’), as well as showing the readers in detail the team’s Baxter Building headquarters. With this issue, all the foundation for the FF’s future of high adventure and exploration were in place. Our newly-acquired FF #3 is a GD/VG cents copy, with only very minor ‘Marvel chipping’ at the cover’s edge precluding a higher grade. On sale at £390.
*Marvel: From 1984, a little later than most fare in our catalogue, the famous Marvel series which launched a sequence of crossover ‘events’ that still reverberate through the Marvel Universe today. Secret Wars was the first of its kind, and featured many landmarks, but most famously the origin of Spidey’s black costume (later revealed to be the alien symbiote Venom) in #8. Cuddly brain-eating symbiotes remaining eternally popular with the kiddies, this origin issue is keenly sought-after, and our incoming Secret Wars #8 is a highly attractive NM/M p copy at £75. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Although she was not cover-featured, the enigmatic woman known as Mantis made her debut in Avengers #112, and rapidly became both a thorn in the side of the Avengers and a crucial ally, deploying her empathic skills and her martial-arts mastery in a succession of adventures, primarily the ‘Celestial Madonna’ story arc written by Steve Englehart, before marrying a sentient plant inhabited by the ghost of her dead boyfriend and becoming one with the cosmos. As you do. Having been reiterated (albeit in somewhat altered form) as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the second GOTG movie, Mantis’ early appearances are spiralling up in value, so this FN/VF cents copy is relatively bargainaceous at £50. Buy it now – ‘This one’ says so! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The 1972-launched Marvel Team-Up paired Spidey (and occasionally the Human Torch) with a different one of Marvel’s best and boldest each issue, providing readers with a chance to be exposed to new and unfamiliar characters – and, by happy coincidence, enable Marvel to retain copyright on heroes who didn’t currently have their own series! We have around twenty issues of MTU newly listed, from #1 (VG £20 pictured) to #100 (1st Karma – later of the New Mutants – by Frank Miller), but primarily focused on the first 23 issues – prior to the series’ distribution in the UK.
*Marvel: Remember when we got a set in of Jim Starlin’s ‘Infinity’ trilogy – Gauntlet, War, and Crusade – a couple of weeks back? Well, following sales of several issues, we’re delighted to have another run of Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War in stock! These cosmic epics are fondly remembered by a generation whose first exposure to Thanos was as a nigh-omnipotent force of destruction in the Marvel Universe. The Infinity Gauntlet saga is soon going to be reprised in the Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy movie crossover, so prices on these are only going to rise.
*Marvel: With the ongoing popularity of the Marvel Conan the Barbarian series, we’ve now, rather than just listing the first hundred as previously, elevated our entire stock of the first run into our catalogue stock. In addition, we’re now listing the 1980 spin-off King Conan, dealing with our hero’s more mature years (though his only concessions to his regal status seem to have been getting a Prince Valiant ‘do and putting a vest on, otherwise it’s mighty-thewed barbarian hijinx as usual.). Buy them all, by Crom!
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: A classic 1970s title from Charlton extensively updated this week, with over a third of the run of the Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves added to our listings, as early as #6 and as late as #75, the final issue. First rate artists were let loose on Charlton’s horror line allegedly without much editorial rein in place, so a great chance to experience at relatively modest prices the unfettered artistry of Steve Ditko, Tom Sutton, Don Newton, Jim Aparo, Pete Morisi. Mick Zeck, Joe Staton and many other famous names whose work appear in the pages of this title.
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: From the Timely/Atlas/Marvel stable of funny girls, My Friend Irma, the comics adaptation of the popular B-movie and radio series from the 1940s starring Marie Windsor as possibly the dumbest ‘dumb blonde’ ever. What brought the Irma comic out of the crowd of similar titles, though, was the artwork by Dan DeCarlo, delightful and engaging, establishing his reputation as the definitive ‘funny girl’ artist. Half a dozen new issues of Irma, all complete, but in very affordable low to mid grades, are new to our stock, as well as a handful of fellow-travellers: Cindy Smith, Nellie the Nurse, and a relative latecomer at the beginnings of the Marvel Universe, Kathy the Teen-Age Tornado!
*Modern Reprints: A ghoulish gathering of classic EC horror and sf from both the Gemstone and Gladstone reprint lines of the 1990s. The top titles, Haunt of Fear, Incredible Science-Fiction, Tales From the Crypt and Vault of Horror, featuring the talents of Craig, Wood, Ingels, Davis, Kamen and all the usual suspects. These full-colour reproductions of the original issues give everyone an affordable chance to see why the EC line is generally regarded as one of the crowing achievements of the comics medium.
*Mad & Other Parody: Mad Magazine, the parody anthology founded by William Gaines, has become a byword in satirical commentary, and we are delighted, after too long a gap, to announce a significant influx of new stock. We have a scattering of the American edition, between 1975 and 2016, and a soupcon of Sick, one of Mad’s many imitators, but the main thrust of this update is close to 100 copies of early UK Mads, beginning with #4 (illustrated VG £30) and ending with #202. Dave Berg, Don Martin, Sergio Aragones, Wally Wood, Mort Drucker and a plethora of parody stars can be found in these issues at various points, and the satirical targets range from politicians, world leaders and public figures to popular media hits of years agone, including ‘2001’, ‘Peanuts’, and an obscure thing you may not have heard of called ‘Star Wars’. Check out the ‘Mad & other Parody’ section of our online catalogue for all the details!
*Annuals: In our Boys’ Adventure Annuals sub-category, 8 new entries: Battle Picture Weekly Annual for 1977 & 1978, plus War Picture Library Annual (full-size) for the years 1976-1981, the first three of which are softcover editions.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Three unusual Specials for 2000 AD, the galaxy’s greatest science-fiction comic! From 1977, the very first 2000 AD Summer Special, featuring several of the iconic series and – because the weekly hadn’t been going that long – some other features that looked decidedly quaint to the discerning reader. From 1992, the 2000 AD Action Special, in which some of Britain’s most outlandish comic talents turned their hands to reinventing classic series like the Spider, Kelly’s Eye, the Steel Claw and Mytek – many of which the publishers didn’t actually own, oops, so this puppy’s never going to be reprinted! And finally, the 1988 Winter Special, featuring, among others, the cult slacker superhero strip ‘Zenith’, by Grant Morrison. The 1977 Summer Special ‘Supercomic’ – to give it its full title – is VG at £15; for details of the others, see our online catalogue. SORRY, 1977 SPECIAL NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A further update to our Eagle stocks, with nice copies of Volume 11 complete, mostly in VG or FN. This volume features the last Bellamy Dan Dare, before he switched to Fraser of Africa, and the Dan Dare assignment was passed to the team of Harley & Cornwell.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A massive update to our stock of the long running story paper Wizard, with lots of issues of the first series from 1949-60 and lots of the second series from 1970-76 (from #3). First series features include the Boyhood of Desperate Dan and the story of Charles Darwin; the second series is much more football orientated. Christmas and New Year issues included, with many gaps filled in our stock for both series.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Our Gerry Anderson celebration concludes (for now…). TV Century 21’s serendipitous launch in 1965 (or 2065, if you believe its covers) brought together one of the creative juggernauts of Children’s television, Gerry Anderson, with the greatest British comics illustrators of the Sixties. Frank Bellamy, Ron Embleton, Mike Noble and more told lavishly-drawn adventures of Fireball XL5, Lady Penelope, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, and of course Thunderbirds. Often imitated but never equalled, TV Century 21 holds a special place in the hearts of a generation. We are delighted to add twenty new issues to our lists, numbers ranging from #10 through to #229.
*Humour Comics: Taking a break from our ‘Bring on the Buster’ marathon, we bring you a cornucopia of chuckles from three decades, with new stock in for Beano (from 1962), Buster (a small run from 1976), the Cor! Christmas issue from 1973, Dandy from 1976 to 1979, Magic (a facsimile of the first issue of Dandy and Beano’s forgotten sibling, launched in 1939), Nutty from #1 (first Bananaman!) to #71, Shiver and Shake from 1973, Whoopee #1 in PR/FA, a dash of Whizzer & Chips from 1972, and two publications oriented towards the older-but-immature: Oink! from 1988, with that year’s Summer Special, and Viz, restocked between #34 and #54. Biffo, Korky, Buster, Gus Gorilla, Tom Thug, Pete and His Pimple, Bananaman and the Fat Slags – all present for a cavacade of fun, frolics, and occasional filth!
*Girls’ Comics: From 1967, the trans-European Tina, launched in multiple language editions, was so heavily pre-sold prior to its launch that it could legitimately claim, even on the front of its debut issue, “More copies sold than any other girl’s paper in the world!” With a strong adventure-oriented line-up, curvaceous secret agent ‘Jane Bond’ illustrated by Michael Hubbard, was the lead, and the ‘Space Girls’ (in colour, by Dan Dare illustrator Keith Watson) added a sci-fi touch. Other features which debuted here were exotic island drama with Brenda Burn and ‘My Chum Yum-Yum’, pop musicians ‘Jackie and the Wild Boys’, western adventuress ‘Glory Gold’, and ‘Barbie’. Yep, that Barbie. After thirty issues, Tina merged with Princess and lived a long and happy life as Princess Tina, but the pre-Princess issues remain scarce, and we have never before, in our years of trading, encountered a Tina #1 with the free gift, of a ‘Gold Plated’ Troll Brooch!(bear in mind that in 1967, phrases like that didn’t necessarily imply that there was any actual gold involved…) Our copy of Tina #1 is in a remarkable FN/VF condition, and the brooch is VF/NM. Both comic and brooch can be yours for £80. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
Our previously-listed spotlight this week falls on a Marvel landmark! An unassuming back-up story in Strange Tales #110 saw the debut of Doctor Strange, a man of mystery and master of magic who was probably not originally conceived as a series star. After all, just a short while prior, the very-similar, though lesser-powered, Doctor Droom had crashed and burned in the first Marvel series of Amazing Adventures. But Doctor Strange had a secret ingredient that Doctor Droom had not: the illustrative powers of Steve Ditko, who conferred upon the Doctor and his environs a genuinely otherworldly quality, eerie and evocative, which kept the readers coming back for more. Rising to the challenge, scripter Stan Lee soon developed the Doctor’s adventures from short twist-ending one-offs to phantasmagorical sagas, and the Doctor has been the mystic nexus of the Marvel Universe, culminating in the hugely successful film starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Not that you could have predicted any of that from this issue’s cover, which doesn’t even mention Doctor Strange, but focuses solely on the Human Torch battling the Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete, in their pre-Frightful Four days! Never mind, we do promise you it’s in there! This copy of a landmark issue is a CBCS slabbed copy, graded at 5.5 (FN-), with minimal corner and edge wear, and deep vivid cover colour and gloss. On sale at £1,500.
*Clearance Corner: Guy N Smith is most famous for ‘Night Of The Crabs’, but he was no slouch when it came to writing horror stories. On offer are 16 books (no duplicates) for just £10 for collection from the shop. Titles to give you a flavour of what to expect include:
The Slime Beast
UK postage, if required, is an additional £3.50. The books fit into a shoebox, weighing just under 2 Kg.
*Clearance Corner: The most famous name in the post-war boom in British gangster ‘pulps’ (curiously, mostly set in the both seedy and glamorous USA) was Hank Janson. Written by ‘Hank’ and telling his adventures as a journalist and later general adventurer, these were in reality written by Stephen D Frances, although by the late 1950s and early 60s, Hank Janson was very much a house name and his novels were written by myriad hands. We have on offer a selection of later Hank Janson novels published by Compact, with titles like ‘Visit From A Broad’, ‘Voodoo Violence’, ‘Dateline Debbie’ etc; these are hard-boiled examples of the genre, with covers featuring scantily clad women drawn with varying degrees of quality. We got rather more of these in from a huge collection than we have room for on our shelves, so we’re clearing them in a great opportunity for bulk reading. 32 books (with one duplicate) for just £10; mostly Good condition, with some Fair and some Poor. (UK postage if required would be an additional £13.50 — these fit in a box weighing 4.5 kg).
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics (E – G)
*Magazines/Books About Vintage UK Comics
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: The latest in our sequence featuring the best of British Comics! A huge pride of Lions joins our stock this week for the years 1959-1963 (from the end of ’59 to the beginning of ’63). 169 issues fresh into our boxes, with just a few gaps in numbers, and in nice shape, the vast majority being nice VG or even FN grades, with just a handful of GD. Paddy Payne, Warrior of the Skies, cover-starred throughout this period, and familiar favourites such as Robot Archie, Captain Condor, Karl the Viking (by Don Lawrence), Rory Macduff & Bruce Kent awaited the reader inside (I was such a reader, having the Lion delivered at the time!). One of the best of British Boys’ Adventure Comics, and very welcome additions to years previously under-represented in our stock. Illustrated are 24/10/59 (1st Lion & Sun, 1st Rory Macduff) and 29/10/60 (1st Karl the Viking as Sword Of Eingar).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Another SF update by publisher brings us to Penguin, known for their good taste in books. Our earliest book is a venerable 1946 copy of H G Wells’ Island Of Dr Moreau, only FA, but deserving a special mention for reaching it’s eighth decade. From the 1960’s comes Ballard’s The Terminal Beach, Bester’s Tiger! Tiger!, Boardman’s Connoisseur’s S.F., Judd’s Gunner Cade and Pangborn’s A Mirror For Observers. Finally two published in the 1970’s, Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and Peake’s Titus Alone. Excellent books and some stunning covers, as the images show; what more could you ask?
*DC: Continuing our trip through the DC Golden Age of Comics! Following his successful run in the anthology Flash Comics, Jay Garrick – the first Fastest Man Alive – gained his own solo quarterly, rather awkwardly entitled All-Flash, bringing more hyper-speed adventures to an eager public. We have two of these rarities new in. Issue #21 from 1945 is VG- at £110, with the only significant flaws being a small corner off the upper right cover, and a tiny bit of rodent damage immediately below that – see picture – which does not encroach upon the stories. Issue #23 from 1946 is an unabashed FN, with clean unimpaired cover scene, minimal corner and edge wear, and attractive undamaged interiors for £165.
*DC: Following her debut in the Batman Adventures TV show, and her subsequent appearances in the DC Younger Readers’ Comics – fans were clamouring for the love-blinded loon to ‘cross over’ into the mainstream DC Universe, and in 1999’s Batman: Harley Quinn one-shot, that’s exactly what she did. Written by her creator Paul Dini, illustrated by Yvel Guichet and featuring a superlative Alex Ross cover, this squarebound stand-alone tells Harley’s origin, including her dalliance with the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker. First Printing, a superb NM, on sale for £130. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The second appearances of three iconic Marvel characters are the focus of this update: Journey Into Mystery #84 pits the newly-minted God of Thunder against the Executioner (not that Executioner, but obviously Stan & Co. liked the name so much they recycled it soon thereafter); Tales of Suspense #40 has the Armoured Avenger become the Golden Avenger for the very first time, blinging up his formerly leaden-grey armour and up against Gargantus (who?) and Tales to Astonish #35 features the return of Hank Pym (who in TTA #27 was merely a nerdy scientist) as the costumed adventurer Ant-Man for the very first time! All three of these classics are illustrated below; JIM #84 is VG cents £350, but with a possible very slight trim at the right edge – we are not conclusive on the issue; TOS #40 is an attractive VG+ cents copy at £335, with very minimal chipping at the cover edge; the first ‘proper’ Ant-Man in TTA #35, is a VG+ pence copy at £440. SORRY, TALES OF SUSPENSE #40 & JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #84 HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Ruler of the mysterious African nation of Wakanda, the Black Panther was introduced by Stan lee and Jack Kirby in FF #52, and rapidly became not only one of the FF’s staunchest allies, but a major figure in the Avengers and elsewhere in the Marvel Universe. His popularity was enhanced by his cinematic debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he is set to star in his own movie spectacular in the very near future. This copy of Fantastic Four #52 is VG p at £165. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The Merc-With-A-Mouth struck such a chord with readers in the 1990s that, following his New Mutants #98 debut and a mini-series, he gained his own ongoing book in 1997 – having transmuted from a frankly rather dull and bog-standard Guy-With-A-Gun to the wisecracking multiple-personality-psychotic we all know today. This is what may be regarded as the start of the ‘real’ Deadpool – the one beloved by movie fans worldwide. Our copy of the 1997 #1 issue is VF- at £25, and to back it up, we also bring you #2 NM £15. These won’t stick around for long, so maximum effort, people! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Another ride through the Silver/Bronze Marvel Universe, this time with issues added to our stock for Fantastic Four, Howard the Duck, Hulk (inc 1st Wendigo #162, 1st Gremlin #163), Iron Man (inc 1st Controller #12), Jungle Action with Black Panther, Ka-Zar (inc #1), Machine Man (inc #1), Marvel Premiere, Marvel Spotlight (both series inc. Moon Knight & Deathlok issues) and Marvel Team-Up.
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: Amongst fans of the ‘funny career girl’ sub-genre of comics (and there’s more of us around than you’d imagine), Sherry the Showgirl is acknowledged as one of the hardest to find. This story of an aspiring singer/dancer and her wacky friends is cut from the same template as Millie, Nellie, Tessie and the gang, but its short run and confusing publication history (it ran three issues, became ‘Showgirls’ with #4, reverted to Sherry for #4-7, then became Showgirls series II, #1 & #2) bewilders even the most diligent pursuer. However, we’re very pleased to have acquired #7, the final ‘Sherry’ solo issue, in an attractive VG with minimal corner and edge wear. Insanely rare anywhere, and with very few copies known in the UK, you can pick her up for £100.
*War: Shortly after the revival of Captain America in Avengers #4, fans started clamouring for ‘untold adventures’ of the hero in his WWII heyday. There were several such ‘flashback’ stories in Cap’s own series in Tales of Suspense, but perhaps the most memorable one was this crossover with Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos in issue #13 of Nick Fury’s own series. This item is less common than many early Marvel Age landmarks, as the war books, like the westerns, tended to be overlooked by fledgling Marvelites, so copies in any condition are uncommon, and this is an outstanding grade for its vintage. A lovely FN/VF cents copy, with bright and vivid cover colours, tight corners, and clean off-white interiors. On sale for £160. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Modesty Blaise: We’ve finally reached the end of Titan’s sequential printing of all the Modesty Blaise strips from the Evening Standard, with Volume 30 in the series: The Killing Game. This last volume also features The Last Aristocrat and the final Modesty newspaper strip tale The Zombie. It’s taken years to get here, but finally, we Modesty devotees can have all the stories complete in one uniform volume (although some of the earlier volumes in the series are now out of print, we do have a selection of these available alongside this final volume). See our listings for details.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: The definitive Boys’ Adventure title of the later 20th Century, 2000 AD captured the hearts and minds of a generation, and we are delighted to have most (not quite all) of the first 50 Progs back in stock, including the very first issue and the second issue, which brought the world the first appearance of the series’ breakout character, Judge Dredd! #1 is GD at £50; #2 is FN at £150. Other highlights from this selection include the debut of the popular and long-running “Tharg’s Future-Shocks” in #25, and several covers by Brian Bolland, Kevin O’Neill and Dave Gibbons, at the commencement of their careers! Consult our catalogue listing for full details. SORRY, #1 & #2 NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Scorcher, the soccer-themed weekly, proved so popular with the readers that it launched its first Summer Special in the same year as its debut. We have that first Scorcher Summer Special, and all the others (save for 1973) up to 1979, which present information leads us to believe might be the final Special – though, as with so many matters related to British comics, a final verdict has yet to be reached! ‘Billy’s Boots’, ‘Nipper’, ‘Lags Eleven’, ‘Bobby of the Blues’, ‘Hot-Shot Hamish’ and more await you! The 1970 Special is VG £20, and 1971 VG £15, both illustrated. For details of the rest, see our online catalogue. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Another comprehensive batch of Eagles fresh in, this time Volumes 4, 5 & 13 virtually complete, including Christmas issues, mostly around a very respectable GD/VG grade and filling lots of gaps in our stock listings.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Our Gerry Anderson celebration continues this week with a consecutive run of Countdown from #1-43 (of the 58 issues before it became TV Action). Not only that, but #1 is presented in a choice of grades: a VG copy (pictured) at £40 and a FA copy at £20. But there was a lot more to this successor to TV Century 21 than just Gerry Anderson, although Thunderbirds, Stingray, Joe 90 and UFO were to be found within its pages; other star attractions included the Jon Pertwee Dr Who strip, the eponymous Countdown strip and later the Persuaders. A great title and very popular with our customers!
*Humour Comics: We continue our massive restock of IPC/Fleetway’s longest-running humour weekly with around 70 copies from the year 1971 (most of the years’ numbers, plus additional copies in varying grades for more buying choices) and – alert readers remembering we already did ’72 and ’73 previously – we then skip over to 1974, in which former Cor! stars such as ‘Ivor Lott and Tony Broke’, ‘Val’s Vanishing Cream’, ‘Chalky’ and ‘Tomboy’ considerably up the humour quotient, while the heartrending and Kafkaesque ‘Marney the Fox’ is a superior new adventure addition by the team of Scott Goodall and John Stokes. More to come as we wend our way through the decades!
*Childrens’ Books: As it says on the tin, a selection of classics have joined our shelves, ranging from Lewis Carroll’s Alice (both tales in one book), facsimiles of original editions of Frank Richards’ Billy Bunter’s Bolt and (as Hilda Richards) Bessie Bunter of Cliff House School and Enid Blyton’s first story of the Famous Five, Five On A Treasure Island. We’ve also added The Whispering Mountain (Joan Aiken), The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen (Alan Garner) and The Hundred And One Dalmations plus it’s sequel, The Starlight Barking, by Dodie Smith.
We’ve been very fortunate over the years to have had through our hands hundreds, if not thousands of issues of Pre-Code Horror, that very infamous genre that corrupted the youth of America in the 1940s and 50s. Vigourously sought after by collectors these days, we still have a very intense turnover of these controversial comics, although in recent years the supply s drying up. Fortunately, still a box and a half full of stock remains in our vaults, including these couple of examples: The Thing #17, a beautiful and uncommon VF copy sporting a Ditko cover and Powell art, the final issue of this Charlton series at £450; and Weird Tales Of The Future #1 from Morse (Key), with Wolverton partial cover and Andru art FN at £290. Take a look through our Horror 1940-1959 category for lots more gruesome specimens!
*Clearance Corner: It’s time for our stock of Champion, the boys’ story paper that ran from 1922 to 1955 to make way in our boxes for the huge amounts of stock piling into our shop every day. On offer in our latest bargain lot are 77 issues of Champion from 1946 to 1952, with the year 1949 almost complete (inc. Christmas issue). Condition varies from Poor to Very Good, with most being GD or VG. Evocative boys’ own stuff, with characters like Rockfist Rogan (RAF Pilot and Boxer), Ginger Nutt (The Boy Who Took The Biscuit), Johnny Fleetfoot (The Redskin Winger) and Colwyn Dane (Detective). All available for the bargain price of just £20. (UK Postage if required would be an extra £3.50). SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our American/British section:
*Tarzan/E R Burroughs
and in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics (A – D)
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: In the wake of the successful Silver Age revivals of Flash and Green Lantern, DC decided to try one of their most popular Golden Age characters, Hawkman, recast in a ‘Space-Age’ mode. This version was Katar Hol, police officer sent from Thanagar to study Earth law-enforcement customs, and his helpmate Hawkgirl was no silly debutante as in the original, but rather his colleague in policing, and his wife. A husband-and-wife superhero team was virtually unheard-of at that time, and Gardner Fox’s scripting, gave equal time to both Hawks. Superbly illustrated, first by Joe Kubert, then by Murphy Anderson, the Hawk’s adventures combined a true partnership of equals with derring-do all over Earth and on other worlds. We’re proud to have the first Hawkman revival issue, Brave & Bold #34, and the first issue of the ongoing series Hawkman, fresh into in stock; the #34 is an attractive VG+ cents copy, with minimal corner & spine wear, but vivid cover colour and excellent interiors; on sale at £265. The Hawkman #1, again very nice with only moderate spine wear, is GD/VG p £60. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*DC: Our latest third-party graded acquisition is the twelfth issue of the original Justice League of America, the World’s Mightiest Heroes, wherein they squared off against the Villain of the Visible Spectrum, Dr. Light! This issue, by the classic team of Fox, Sekowsky and Sachs, launched the career of one of the League’s most enduring villains, who went on to many battles with the team en masse and individually, as well as lengthy spells as a villain in New Teen Titans and a reluctant hero in Suicide Squad. This copy is a CGC Blue Label (indicating no repair or restoration), 6.5 (equivalent FN+) at £100.
*DC: Concluding our most recent sweep through our DC stock, we have additions to Metamorpho (inc #1 FN £30), Ragman, the criminally-underestimated original Secret Six series, Superboy (including 100-Pagers #185 & #202), New Teen Titans (including #10 2nd Deathstroke VF £8.50), Wonder Woman and World’s Finest Comics.
*DC/Marvel: A key entry in our new category with the first ever DC/Marvel joint effort. From 1976, the ground-breaking cross-company crossover as the two greatest solo stars of DC and Marvel met for the first time in Superman Vs. the Amazing Spider-Man! This tabloid-size event united the creative teams of the two companies, and set a precedent for a number of subsequent, very lucrative, collaborations between the opposing bullpens! This is a VG+ pence copy at £30, and we anticipate it will sell just as rapidly as every other one we’ve ever had in stock, so don’t dilly-dally – order today! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In the early days of the Marvel Universe, the idea of characters crossing over and casually teaming up (or more likely having a misunderstanding and clobbering each other for ten or so pages) was a relative novelty, so it was an unexpected treat to see folks ‘break out’ of their own pages. Tales of Suspense #49 has a particular distinction among such team-ups, as the X-Men’s Angel appears in Iron Man’s feature and – amazingly – battles the Armoured Avenger to a standstill! A brief appearance by Warren’s classmates at the Xavier Academy makes this the first X-Men crossover in the MU — and drawn by Steve Ditko to boot! This is a GD p copy on sale at £60. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The 87th issue of the ‘junior X-Men’ series, New Mutants, featured the first full appearance (he had made a fleeting walk-on in the previous) of the man named Cable, the man from an apocalyptic near-future, son of Scott Summers by a cloned replica of Jean Grey, who came back in time to prevent his own future from coming to pass. Or something like that. His powers include metal bits, a strappy costume, really big guns, and glaring a lot. With a shiny eye, for no very good reason. Anyway, he took over the stewardship of the New Mutants from Magneto, and eventually honed the survivors into X-Force, a dubious achievement for which no-one should thank him. He’s since bobbed back between ‘now’ and the future, interfering with his own and the world’s time stream, and accosting various mutant children to become the Hope of the World. Kind of like Mary Poppins, he’s a super-powered nanny with metal limbs. Confusing back history and ambiguous abilities or not, he’s scheduled to be appearing in the next Deadpool movie, so interest in the character’s early appearances has skyrocketed. This VF/NM Pence copy is in excellent condition, and believe me, the time will come when you’ll look back upon this as a snip at £95. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD