*Marvel: Close on 200 new issues added to our Marvel boxes for the following titles: Journey Into Mystery (with Thor), Marvel Two-In-One, Not Brand Echh, Power Man, Secret Wars II, Skull The Slayer, Son Of Satan, Strange Tales, Sub-Mariner, Tales Of Suspense, Tales To Astonish, 2001, Warlock, What If, X-Factor and last but by no means least, dozens of issues of X-Men between #28 and #203.
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: Though most series in this category are dismissed as ‘Archie’ imitators – and of course they all wanted to emulate the success of Riverdale’s favourite son – their roots are earlier, in the Andy Hardy and Henry Aldrich movie and radio comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. One other media crossover was A Date With Judy, taken from a series of B-Movies originally starring Jane Powell, which metastised into a long-running radio show, and generated one of the longer-running non-Archie humour comics, lasting from 1948 up until the early 1960s. Several issues of Judy are new to our listings, as well as several Archie-alike titles: Buzzy, Here’s Howie, and Leave It To Binky.
*Western: During the transitional decade from its Timely heyday to the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee’s domain was known as Atlas Comics, and unobtrusively kept itself going by following whatever trend was cresting, whether it was romance, war or comedy. One big phenomenon in the 1950s was Westerns, and Stan and his crew obligingly turned out myriad titles featuring Western adventurers, some loosely based on historical figures, and some rather more fanciful. New to our lists this update are Atlas-era issues of Annie Oakley, Apache Kid, Black Rider, Frontier Western and Gunhawk. Despite the punishing deadlines, artists like Joe Maneely, John Severin, Werner Roth and Syd Shores did outstanding work on these series, and many of them are a visual delight.
*Power Comics: The last of Power Comics’ ‘Big Five’, Terrific, launched in 1967 as their second ‘prestige’ title – like Fantastic, it was printed on higher quality whiter paper, presenting adventures of the Sub-Mariner, Doctor Strange and the Avengers in amusingly-reedited forms for the British audience. This copy of Terrific #1 is a cut above condition-wise, being a clean, tight FN+ copy, but it has the bonus appeal of the original promotional Free Gift – an Iron Man Iron-On Transfer, to make your own Shellhead T-Shirt! (With your Mum’s cooperation…). The Iron-On Transfer is VF, virtually immaculate, and we strongly urge you not to attempt to iron it anywhere; given the intervening decades, who knows what might occur? This remarkable comic & gift pairing is on sale at £90. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Two ‘orphan’ Specials which were omitted from our previous updates for these titles: Scorcher Holiday Special 1980, which, we now have on good authority, was the final Scorcher Special, GD/VG at £12.50, with a ‘bonus’ free incomplete copy of 1973’s Special and Valiant Holiday Special 1979, in an appealing VF at £30.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Early and key issues of Transformers, the much-loved shape-shifting robots who fought a covert war to save Earth while disguising themselves as common vehicles, according to the popular toy & cartoon series from the 1980s! The Marvel UK title started out as a simple reprint of the US series, but demand proved so huge that a great deal of new material was produced for the UK market to satiate the desires of a generation of rabid Transfans! Included in this update are the first ten issues of the 1984 UK Transformers series, plus issue #28 (debut of the Dinobots) and #113, which saw the first appearance of the cult character Death’s Head! #1 is FN £50; #28 VF £50 and #113 VF £50. For details of grade and price on the rest, see the UK – Film & TV Related section of our online catalogue. SORRY, PICTURED ITEMS NOW SOLD
*Humour Comics: We reach the end of our bumper Buster top-up of regular weekly issues with a selection from 1977 through to 1988 – heavier on the former side of the period, the late 1970s, and kind of spotty and skimpy thereafter, with only token touches to the 1980s. During this period, Buster, as the longest-surviving IPC funny weekly, cannibalised a lot of its fallen brethren, including Jackpot, School Fun, the frankly rubbish Nippper, Oink! and, eventually, Whizzer and Chips. This brought a huge array of popular and long-running strips into the titles’ pages – among which ‘Big Daddy’ (yes, the former pro wrestler) was probably the most bizarre and inexplicable. Watch out for two special further Buster updates coming soon!
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 file in our American section:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Kurt Vonnegut remains one of our most popular SF authors, so we’re very pleased to be able to expand the number of books on offer from him. This time we’ve added Cat’s Cradle, Player Piano, Wampeters Foma & Granfalloons and Welcome To The Monkey House. We’ve also added God Bless You, Mr Rosewater and Jailbird, neither are strictly SF, but written in Vonnegut’s unique, surreal style and highly entertaining.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Dame Ngaio Marsh has been considered one of the four ‘Queens Of Crime’ of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction (alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Margery Allingham – although we would put a case for Gladys Mitchell to also be included in their number…) Anyway, it’s the New Zealand author that we’re paying attention to this week as we add nine of her Inspector Alleyn mysteries to our shelves. Clever and stylish whodunnits, often with a theatrical edge (Marsh was a theatre director as well as an author). Titles such as Artists In Crime, Spinsters In Jeopardy, Final Curtain & Vintage Murder are included in this update and two are illustrated here.
*DC: This DC update centres upon the members of the illustrious Justice Society of America, the super-team which defended democracy in the 1940s. Returning in the Silver Age Flash series, the veteran heroes, explained as denizens of a parallel world, reunited for regular team-ups with their modern counterparts, and occasional adventures of their own. This update, we are delighted to present some of our favourite comics of the 1960s. We open with Brave & Bold #61, which united Black Canary and Starman; then, a trio of Flash issues where Barry Allen teams up with Jay Garrick – #129, #137 (with the first Silver Age appearance of the JSA as a group) and #151; Green Lantern #40, retconned as a ‘Crisis On infinite Earths’ prequel and co-starring Alan Scott, the GL of Earth-2; Justice League of America #21, in the first full JLA/JSA team-up, which became an annual tradition for decades; Showcase #55 and #56, with the power-packed pairing of Doctor Fate and Hourman and Showcase #60, which brought the Spectre, the Ghostly Guardian, back to… non-death? Stellar creators Fox, Infantino, Broome, Anderson, Sekowsky; epic villainy from the Mist, the Shade, Vandal Savage, the Psycho-Pirate and Solomon Grundy and amazing odysseys spanning two universes – it doesn’t get better than this! Illustrated: Flash #137 VF- p £160, Green Lantern #40 FN £120, and Justice League of America #21 VG- p £50.
*DC: In keeping with our programme to increase the range of our catalogue into the 1980s, we are pleased to add to our listings the later part of the first series of Barry Allen, the Flash (formerly listed up to #250) right up until the final issue, #350. Starting with the legacy of the Silver Age classics and ending with the famous and controversial trial of the Flash, these high grade additions of 100 issues tie up the adventures of Barry Allen, who was killed off in the Crisis On Infinite Earths which followed on shortly after this series. Of course, comics being what they are, Barry eventually came back from the dead, but that’s a whole other can of worms…
*Marvel: Following his debut in Fantastic Four #48, readers clamoured for more of the Silver Surfer, originally winning him his own solo series in 1968 – and to do justice to the character’s cosmic adventures, Marvel took the unusual step of launching the Surfer as a double-length book, with Tales of the Watcher as the back-up. This series is frequently cited as one of the finest examples of John Buscema’s lyrical flowing artwork… and as one of the leading examples of Stan Lee’s affection for many, many words! Despite the reservations of those of us who thinks that Norrin Radd just Goes On A Bit Much, this series remains highly sought-after, especially the earlier issues before (with #8), it shrank down to a standard size. Of particular interest to collectors are the first issue, predictably, and issue #4, a spectacular crossover with the Mighty Thor, which had a low print run, and is notoriously hard to find in any grade. Lasting only 18 issues, all now in stock, the short first run of the Silver Surfer’s series is one of the Holy Grails of Silver Age Marvel collectors. Pictured are #1 FN+ p £175, #2 FN/VF £70 (1st Badoon), #3 FN/VF £75 (1st Mephisto), #4 FN- £150 (1st 2 signatures off interior staple), #5 VF/NM £140, #14 VF- £70, and #18 (Kirby art) VF+ £73. For details of the other issues, check the Marvel section of our online catalogue.
*Marvel: Three landmark issues for the Man Without Fear: everyone is familiar with the astonishing work done by Frank Miller with the psychotic villain, Bullseye – but a surprising number remain unaware that Bullseye was not created by Miller, but repurposed by him from Daredevil #131, in which Marv Wolfman and Bob Brown brought us the debut of the Man Who Never Misses! Elektra, of course, is a Frank Miller creation, and her premiere appearance was in Daredevil #168, bringing Matt Murdock his most beloved enemy/ally. And in Daredevil #181, a double-length Miller spectacular, Bullseye and Elektra battled to the death. All three issues now back in stock, but not for long; #131 VG+ £50, #168 VF- p £50, and #181 NM p £50. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Marvel’s tabloid-sized comic books, generally published as ‘Marvel Treasury Editions’, enjoyed a flurry of popularity in the 1970s, and are often the first format in which a certain generation encountered the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. Now highly sought after collectibles, these always turn over quickly in our stock, and we’re pleased to have a new wave of Marvel tabloids. In Marvel Treasury Edition ‘proper’, we have a selection of numbers from issues #2 to #19, featuring the Fantastic Four, Thor, Spider-Man and Conan (including #4’s ‘Red Nails’ saga, in which Barry Smith’s art looks superb at the larger size). We also have a few one-offs and tabloid specials: Marvel Super Special #8, with the comics adaptation of Battlstar Galactica; Marvel Special Edition, with the conclusion of the Star Wars adaptation and a pair of Marvel Treasury Specials, 1974’s Giant Superhero Holiday Grab Bag (with no Giant Superheroes in sight! Swiz…), and 1976’s Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles, in which the Star-Spangled Avenger travels through time in a phantasmagoric odyssey of all-new (then) art by Jack Kirby!
*Marvel: Another sweep through the Marvel Silver & Bronze ages, adding this time from the following titles: Astonishing Tales, Avengers, Captain America (Annual #4 by Kirby), Captain Marvel (#17 1st full app new costume), Conan (#5), Daredevil (1st Jester #42 and Annual #1), Dr Strange (1st series), Hulk (inc #141 1st Doc Samson), Iron Man (#100), lots of Spider-Man (mostly between #51 & #90), Strange Tales (#151 1st Steranko at Marvel), Tales Of Suspense and lots of X-Men (a couple of Neal Adams issues inc #58 1st Havok, then a conscutive run from #129 to #138, with several key issues: 1st Emma Frost, 1st Kitty Pryde, 1st Dazzler and the Death of Phoenix).
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: We turn our attention to Superman’s greatest imitator, who at one stage outstripped even the Man of Steel in sales – Captain Marvel! Issue #58 of Captain Marvel Adventures, dated April 12th, 1946 (yes, it was so popular it was published fortnightly!) features a three-part confrontation between Cap and his greatest nemesis, Doctor Thaddeus Bodog Sivana, a follically-challenged criminal genius who was no influence at all on later iterations of Lex Luthor, ahem ahem. In addition to this epic adventure, two further Cap stories are “Nature Goes Wild!” and “King of the Apes!” Paper salvage was still in effect at this time, so post-WWII copies are uncommon, and of course were never available in the UK, so the Big Red Cheese’s original series is seldom seen in the UK. This copy of CMA #58 is a VG-, with moderate wear at the lower corners, but unimpaired cover scene and interior pages, on sale at £45.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: Another classic 1970s title from Charlton extensively updated this week, with over 20 issues of Ghostly Haunts added to our listings, starting with #27 (series commenced with #20) right up to the final issue #58. 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, Joe Staton and many other famous names whose work appear in the pages of this title.
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: Previously in this series of Teen Humour/Funny Girls updates, we’ve focused on the merry maidens of Timely/Atlas Marvel, but following the smash success of Archie and his pals in the 1940s, every publisher wanted to get in on the act, and here’s a batch of what would, these days, be termed the ‘indie’ contingent from three decades: Candy (Quality), Cookie (ACG), Freckles & His Friends (Argo), Freddy (Charlton), Georgie (Timely – okay, that one slipped the net), Junior Hopp (Stanmor), Lucy the Real Gone Gal (St. John), Mazie (Harvey), Mopsy (St. John), My Little Margie (Charlton), and Thirteen (Dell). With artwork ranging from the gorgeous to the grotesque (no clues which!), these paint a picture of the evolution of the ‘teen-ager’ in popular culture.
*Western: New back issues added this week of the popular and long-running series Gunsmoke Western, which bridged the gap between Atlas and its transition into Marvel Comics. Co-starring Kid Colt Outlaw, and Wyatt Earp, the series welcomed a third hero in #57, when another of Marvel’s famous western ‘Kids’, the Two-Gun Kid, made his premier appearance in a John Severin-drawn adventure – though in a greatly altered form his later iteration! With mostly Kirby covers (and occasional interior art) and illustrations by Severin, Jack Keller, Matt Baker, and Joe Maneely, the series kept up a high artistic standard, and has gained in popularity in recent years as completists realise its connectivity to the greater Marvel Universe. Issue #57 (pictured) is FN+ at £40; for details of the rest, see the Western section of our online catalogue.
*Undergrounds: We’ve topped up our Underground comics section with 75+ items from more than twenty series, including (deep breath) All-New Underground Comix (“Two-Fisted Zombies”), Arik Khan, Black & White Comics, Home Grown, San Francisco Comic Book (Crumb in all), Blood on the Moon, Red Raider and White Comanche (Jaxon), Doc Chaos, Doll (Guy Colwell’s outrageous erotic thriller), Fresh Blood, Fantagor, Jeremy Brood and Mutant World (all Corben), High Adventure, the rare and controversial Kids’ Liberation Coloring Book from 1971, Subvert Comix (Spain), Underground Classics, Teaching Through Trauma, Wet Satin, Wha..!? (Ditko), Yow and Zippy, and virtually complete runs of the cult series Star*Reach and Wimmen’s Comix. Illustrated: Kids’ Liberation Coloring Book VG/FN £15, Subvert #3 VF £12, Wimmen’s Comix #1 FN+ £15. For grade and price details on all the others, check out our Underground section in our burgeoning online catalogue!
*Collected Editions: Following his departure from the famous ‘Trigan Empire’ strip in 1976, illustrator Don Lawrence looked for new worlds to conquer – and found them in Europe, where his work had long had a huge fanbase. Liaising with a Dutch publisher, he started the sprawling saga ‘Storm’, about an eponymous astronaut who, in the best tradition of John Carter and myriad other heroes, finds himself marooned in a strange fantasy world, and has to make his way through it with only the aid of a gorgeous redheaded warrior woman and a chunky red-skinned alien prince. The ‘Storm’ series continued for decades, but not in English (save for a single paperback volume in 1982 and two Titan albums in the late ’80s), leaving fans frustrated. But at the beginning of this century, a determined collective started issuing sumptuous large-format, full-colour hardcovers reprinting not only all 22 Don Lawrence ‘Storm’ adventures, (two to a book) in English, but also sketches, designs, and a huge amount of ‘behind-the-scenes’ material. Produced in extremely limited numbers, these volumes are now vanishingly scarce, and we are fortunate enough to have a series of all twelve (including a couple of duplicate numbers) in stock. For details on price, please see the Collected Editions series of our online catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: In 1969, despite the fact that Power Comics’ UK reprinting of the Marvel super-heroes was waning by then, the publishers and distributors Top Sellers were inspired to try something similar, launching a black & white monthly, ‘Super DC’. Batman, Superman, Superboy, Jimmy and Lois were the featured players, and, not having to be reprinted in sequence like the continuity-tight Marvel stories were, bewildered readers could experience tales from the late 1940s to the late 1960s in the very same issue. High grade copies of Super DC are extraordinarily rare, and we have never actually seen a #1 with free gifts before in our almost quarter-century of trading, so we are disproportionately chuffed to bring you this FN/VF Super DC #1 with all three free gifts in their original manila envelope (all in VF/NM condition), on sale for £120! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A small update to the hugely popular Comet title, 4 issues from 1957 inc. the Christmas issue and 6 from 1958, a year previously unrepresented in our listings.
*Humour Comics: Continuing our monster top-up of Buster, we hit the years 1975 and 1976, which saw the debuts of comedy series ‘Kid Gloves’, which ran more than a decade, and one of the last – and certainly the most successful – adventure series to run in Buster, ‘The Leopard from Lime Street’, illustrated by veteran artists Mike Western and Eric Bradbury, and written by…well, no-one’s actually confessed to it, which may be because it’s a tad…familiar. Plucky orphan? Check. Radioactive critter giving strange powers? Check. Ailing aunt? Check. Part-time job as a newspaper photographer? Check. Ah, but this do-gooder – variously known as ‘Leopardboy’, Leopardman’, or ‘The Beast’ – is a 13-year old schoolboy who has an abusive uncle as well as an ailing aunt, so that’s completely different. Whatever the similarities, ‘Leopard’ was a huge hit, running almost ten years, and beating out previous record holder ‘Fishboy’ for the title of Buster’s most enduring adventure series. This period also saw Buster snap up the ailing ‘Monster Fun’, fully half of whose contents found new homes, so it was more a true merger than most such, with ‘Kid Kong’, ‘Martha’s Monster Make-Up’, ‘Teddy Scare’, ‘Draculass’, ‘Gums’ and more adding to the antics. The Leopard debuts in the 27/3/76 issue VG £10.
*Girls’ Comics: In the real world, summer may be drawing to a close, but here at 30th Century our Long Hot Summer rolls on! More from Princess Tina, the pan-European girls’ anthology which, in a spirit of egalitarianism circa 1971, dropped its royal title and became plain ‘Tina’ for its final couple of years. Two more new entires in the Special stakes – Princess Tina Summer Extra 1971, GD/VG £40 and Tina Holiday Special 1979 VG/FN £45, the latter with a free bonus – an incomplete copy of the 1978 Holiday Special! Among the features are Sue Day and the ‘Happy Days’, ‘Alona the Wild One’, ‘Chairman Cherry’, ‘Milly the Merry Mermaid’, peripatetic popstress ‘Jackie and the Wild Boys’, and, a personal favourite here at 30th Century, ‘Jane Bond’, the curvaceous blonde secret agent for ‘Worldpol’ whose main method of combat seems to be rugby-tackling her foes and then rolling around on them; astonishingly, very few ever seem to raise an objection! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
In our “Another chance to see” slot this week, a pair of premier issues from IPC/Fleetway’s comedy line, each with their original free gift! 1975’s Monster Fun #1 introduced the world to ‘Kid Kong’, ‘X-Ray Specs’, ‘Martha’s Monster Make-Up’, ‘Draculass’, ‘Tom Thumbscrew, Torturer’s Apprentice’, and more. This copy is an attractive FN, with the ‘Badtime Bedtime Story’ supplement and the Plate Wobbler Free Gift (VF), on sale at £100. Cheeky #1, from a couple of years later, is only Fair, with significant tears to the back cover and inside back page. Our eponymous hero’s comic co-starred ‘The Six-Million-Dollar Gran’, politically-incorrect ‘Mustapha Mi££ion’, token adventure strip ‘Space Family Robinson’ (yet another version), and ‘Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner’, among others. Despite its modest grade, all pages are present and readable, and the free gift – ‘Red Jet Rattler’ – in excellent condition, VF/NM. On sale at £30.
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 section:
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards
and in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics (H-K)
and in our Books Section:
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Today we’ve added eleven collections by nine great authors, published in the quarter century between 1962 and 1987. Represented twice are Alan E Nourse with The Counterfeit Man and Tiger By The Tail and Theodore Sturgeon with Caviar and E Pluribus Unicorn. Also represented are Brian Aldiss (The Canopy Of Time), Frederic Brown (Nightmares And Geezenstacks), Arthur C Clarke (Tales From The White Hart), Avram Davidson (Or All The Seas With Oysters), Harry Harrison (Prime Number), Damon Knight (Natural State And Other Stories) and C M Kornbluth (The Explorers). All experts in their field, these are guaranteed to entertain – don’t say we don’t spoil you!
*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! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*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. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*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.