*Western: In 1948, a country & western song written by Stan Jones, “Ghost Riders In The Sky”, hit the charts and has been engrained into the zeitgeist ever since, with multiple recordings – most famously Frankie Laine. What’s this got to do with comic books? Well, one year later, while the song was still being played everywhere, a western hero, Ghost Rider, debuted in Magazine Enterprises’ Tim Holt, and won his own series shortly thereafter, his western/horror adventures continuing until the advent of the Comics Code. One of the Ghost Rider’s most prominent creators was Dick Ayers. Fast forward to 1967, and Marvel Comics released a new western hero called…Ghost Rider, illustrated by the very same Dick Ayers and identical to the 1940s character, which was in turn inspired by the song. An unrestrained homage (a.k.a. shameless rip-off), this told the tale of Carter Slade, mild-mannered schoolteacher who, when danger calls, throws on luminous bedsheets and takes some ‘herbs’ (winky winky) given to him by friendly Native Americans to become the Frontier Phantom, the Ghost Rider! GR’s original run lasted a scant 7 issues, but he’s reappeared, as first the Night Rider and as the Phantom many times since. We are chuffed to have the original series in full back in stock, from #1 (VG/FN p £20) to #7, in superior mid grades. Saddle up for spooky rough-riding adventure! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: From the early days of the acclaimed Comics Journal – before Fantagraphics decided it was too cool to talk about proper comics – issues ranging from 1977’s #38 to 1981’s #62, covering topics such as the infamous DC Explosion/Implosion, Gerber’s dismissal from Marvel over the Howard the Duck controversy, and an obscure little indie movie you may have heard of called Star Wars. All this, plus interviews with Kane, Byrne, Shooter, Lee, and many more.
*Power Comics: ‘The Brand New Comic for the New Breed of Comic Fans’ proclaimed Pow! #1 across its masthead. In 1967, Odhams Press, after successes with the Beano-esque Wham! and Smash!, hit upon its highly successful formula of Marvel reprints combined with original British humour and adventure strips. Nowhere was this more notable than in Pow!, their third launch, which featured Spider-Man reprints virtually from the beginning, backed up by Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, as well as well-remembered original strips ‘Georgie’s Germs’, ‘The Dolls of St. Dominic’s’, and ‘The Cloak’. We have a copy of #1 GD/VG at £50, structurally sound with moderate spine and edge wear, and very slightly rusty staples. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Home of D-Day Dawson, Johnny Red, Charley’s War, Major Eazy and a host of other acclaimed strips, Battle weekly reinvented the war genre for the British comic medium, and caught on so fast it won its own series of extra-length Specials in its first year of publication, 1975. We are pleased to welcome a consecutive run of the Battle Specials from 1975 to 1983; pictured is 1978 (FN £20), and details of the others may be found in our online catalogue.
*Girls’ Comics: 75 new copies of Judy from these two years, both shamefully under-represented until now. In addition to the regulars – ‘Bobby Dazzler’, ‘Wee Slavey’, ‘Fay Farrell, District/Island/Student Nurse’ – my, she led a full life – there were lots of interesting and peculiar new seies at this time, such as ‘Spog’ (short for ‘Space Dog’), ‘Vicky the Evacuee’, and not one, but two strips entitled ‘Supergirl’. one of which sported a logo so similar to Superman’s that it’s a wonder DC’s lawyers didn’t have an aneurysm! Our previous recent top-up of Judy gathered much attention, so we’re expecting more of the same from all you fans of plucky schoolgirls, equestriennes, war orphans and ballerinas out there!
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: … by which we mean crime adventures published in the currently fashionable larger size, rather than the classic 7 1/16″ x 4 3/8″ format. Dating from the 1980s and 2000s, we have Double Indemnity (Cain, the novel that led to the classic film), The Hollow Man (Carr, generally regarded as the finest locked room mystery ever written), Cobra Trap (O’Donnell, the last Modesty Blaise book) and Kiss For A Killer (Fickling, a Honey West adventure, the character that had her own stylish TV series in the 1960s). Perhaps most interesting of all is The Black Gang (Sapper, featuring classic British hero Bulldog Drummond and friends).
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:
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
As you may be aware, we only stock the first 500 or so issues of 2000 AD, so when we recently bought in a collection that goes a little beyond that, it turns out to be a bit of good fortune for some lucky punter out there, since we have some 45 Copies (1 duplicate) between #523 & #589 up for grabs in our latest bargain pack for the first taker. These are available for just £15; they weigh 2.7 kg and if UK postage is required, this will cost an additional £7 (sent as 2 packages) SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
Some time back, we cleared our shelves of Champion, the venerable Boys’ story paper that ran from 1922-1955. Now, from deep in our vaults we’ve unearthed 8 Free Gifts that accompany this series as follows:
Recordbreakers Album (completed) 1934
Sports Wallet (completed) 17/10/36
Autograph album (completed with autographs from comics) 5/6/37
Defence Forces of the World booklets #1-4 (pre WW II)
The R.A.F At War album (completed) 11/5/40
These are available at a snip for just £10; first come, first served. UK postage if required will be an additional £2.50
SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD
*Collected Editions: The latest offering in this popular category is another new publication, Misty Vol 2, following on from the highly successful Volume 1 reprinting stories from this spooky Girls’ Comic. Volume 2 features another 2 complete stories: ‘The Sentinels’ and ‘End Of The Line’. A brand new softcover edition at £14.
*DC: Following the success of their Limited Collectors’ Edition tabloid series in the 1970s, DC branched out into non-reprint editions, which were rebranded All-New Collectors’ Edition – though, confusingly, they kept the same numbering sequence. One of the most sought-after issues – and by a long way the most contentious – was issue #C55, which featured an all-new tale of the Legion of Super-Heroes, at that time one of DC’s strongest-selling series. Featuring the wedding of two founding Legionnaires, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, this was completely undistributed in the UK and not commonplace in the US, with the result that rabid completist Legion fans (yes, like us!) had to have it, and sought it out regardless of expense or effort, despite the fact that, frankly, the expanded page size did the Grell & Colletta ‘artwork’ no favours whatsoever. Didn’t matter to the diehard Legion folks – and still doesn’t, decades later, as every copy to come through our hands has vanished as if abducted by the Time Trapper! This copy is an outstanding VF+ at £40 SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: The artwork of Carmine Infantino is so inextricably linked with Adam Strange in the minds of veteran fans that it’s a surprise to many that Adam’s earliest adventures were illustrated by Mike Sekowsky, who imparted a lush wildness and kinetic energy to the series which made it more reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ fantasy adventures than the sleek, machine-tooled science fiction of Asimov, Hamilton, et al. This, the third ever Adam Strange appearance, was his final outing in Showcase before he graduated to the lead series in Mystery In Space for which he is best remembered. Pre-distribution, this cents copy sports a nifty Gil Kane cover and the first (and only Silver Age) appearance of the Adam Strange logo at the masthead and is a highly attractive VG+ at £170. Unbroken black cover background, vivid colour, minimal corner wear and no creasing, tight staples, and all the exotic interplanetary derring-do you could wish for!
*DC: The Clown Princess of Crime, as we’ve related many times before, took fandom by storm following her debut in the Batman Adventures animated TV show, and we have a clutch of her earlier comic-book appearances back in stock. Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1 was her fifth appearance in DC’s younger readers line GD/VG p £10; Batman & Robin Adventures #1, often overlooked by completists, features an appearance by Harl without her distinctive costume (no, she’s wearing street clothes, you mucky urchins…) and is available in FN p £6 and Batman & Robin Adventures #18 features both Harley and the Joker GD/VG £4. These mid-grade copies of a popular character’s early appearances are sure to go fast, so move swiftly. Top of the shop however is Batman: Harley Quinn, the prestige format one-shot in which Harl ‘crossed over’ from the Animated Comics Universe to the DCU proper. This is a second printing VF/NM with gorgeous Alex Ross cover on sale for £40. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*DC: A decent Silver Age update for both the Boy and Man of Steel this week: Superboy between #78 (FN £75 pictured, origin Mr. Myxyzptlk and Superboy costume) and #128; Superman between #165 & #190, plus Annual #6, which reprints the very first Legion of Super-Heroes story.
*Marvel: A surprising breakout character from the 1990s was Gambit, the Cajun adventurer who aided Storm when she was running around de-aged to a powerless child (it happens to the X-Men more often than you would expect), and quickly became a mainstay of the team, fortunately ditching his original costume of pervy knickers, stripey tights and flasher-mac in favour of a more conservative ensemble! His doomed romance with the untouchable Rogue endeared him to readers, and the Ragin’ Cajun has gone from strength to strength since and given that he’s allegedly to be embodied on the big screen by lumbering thespian beefcake Channing Tatum, now’s the time to grab his early appearances before they soar even higher in price! This extremely attractive VF/NM pence copy is on sale for £80.
*Marvel: As the premier series of the Marvel Universe, the Fantastic Four did seem to spend a lot of time incubating the stars of tomorrow, as their guests frequently spun off into their own titles. One of the most popular ‘break-out’ stars was the Silver Surfer, and in issue #50 the former Norrin Radd, having been introduced two issues previously as the minion of the planet-devouring Galactus, breaks away from his master and defends the threatened planet Earth. Cosmic menace; epic grandeur; and, hm, college hi-jinks, as the Human Torch commences his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it struggle with higher education. That last aside, this defining issue for the Surfer is a FN cents copy with a beautiful unmarred cover, on sale at £125.
*Marvel: One very successful latter-day addition to the Web-Head’s Rogue’s Gallery was the Hobgoblin, who made his debut in 1983’s Amazing Spider-Man #238. The path of carnage and mysterious identity of this suspiciously familiar evil-doer kept readers entertained for more than a year before the Big Reveal, with several red herrings and false ‘revelations’ along the way. This copy of ASM #238 is VF p £60 and proudly retains the Free Gift – Lakeside ‘Tattooz’ – which baffle and frustrate so many completists. #239 is VF/NM p at £35. SORRY, SPIDEY #238 HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A tempting selection of Tales of Suspense for the discerning collector, opening with #49, featuring a team-up in which, rather implausibly, the X-Men’s Angel is on the verge of defeating the Armoured Avenger! The first X-Men crossover is illustrated by Steve Ditko, in a bit of a departure for Shell-Head. We also have superior cents copies of #61 and #62, with the villainy of the Mandarin, and not one but two copies of #63 (both pence), retelling the origin of Iron Man’s captivating co-star, Captain America! Finally, the Big One – issue #65, with the first Silver Age appearance of the Red Skull, Cap’s classic nemesis, in FN+ p £80 (pictured). SORRY, #65 HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Following on from Frank Miller’s innovative and hugely popular run on Daredevil’s own series, 1993 saw the debut of Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, a five-part series written by Miller and drawn by John Romita Jr., in which Miller ‘deconstructed’ the classic Daredevil origin and cast new lights on everything that had previously been ‘known’ about Marvel’s Sightless Swashbuckler. The entire set (#1-4 NM p, #5 VF/NM p) is now available for purchase at £20 for all 5. SORRY, THIS SET HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Jim Steranko, despite his comparatively small output, revolutionised the art of comics storytelling with his cinematic and design-oriented artwork, and while he is most famous for his work on Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD, some of his most striking work was done on the Captain America issues he illustrated. We have two of these back in: #110, VG+ p £17.50, which features the first appearance of Madame Hydra, a.k.a. the Viper, who became a major villainous player; and 111, VG/FN p £17.50, with death and return of Captain America. No, the first one. (Well, maybe the second…does being frozen in ice count?). Both of these stunning issues are highly sought after, and these affordable mid-high grade copies are extremely attractive purchases. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We’re delighted to report that due to the recent acquisition of many collections, we’re able to extend our Long Hot Summer event all through the coming winter, with a plethora of Summer and Holiday Specials to come in many categories. This week: 3 Lions (1971-73) in nice shape (1972 pictured VF £30), and 2 Valiants (and TV21) from 1972 and 1973. None of these are common — see our catalogue for full details. And many more to come as you enjoy this taste of summer as you gather round your fires with mugs of hot beverages and mulled wine (or whatever is is you do to pass these long nights!). SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Jet & Thunder were two short-lived early 1970s productions from Fleetway, lasting just 22 issues each before being absorbed into Buster & Lion respectively. Their short runs make them highly collectable today. We have a handful of Jet from May-July 1971 new in, plus a couple of Thunder from 1970 & 1971.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Now there’s no need for any heavy lifting, as we’ve added a more than a boxful of later Victors, ranging from 1977 to 1986 and including ten from 1979, a year that was previously missing. All you have to do is place your order by email, or, if you’re lucky enough to be able to visit in person, gently browse through the boxes to make your selection.
*Humour Comics: “A new comic for boys and girls”, averred this 1965 launch from DC Thomson, though it ought really to have said “for white boys and girls”, as the peculiar racist caricature of the titular character would surely offend and deter any readers who were not of the Caucasian persuasion. Nevertheless, the title did have a great deal to offer readers who, it seemed, were slightly younger than the Dandy and Beano set, with an almost fairy-tale character to some of the series like “Dreamy Dave and Dozy Dora”, while others – “Freddy the Fearless Fly”, “Keyhole Kate”, et. al – were new versions of old Beano stalwarts with the serial numbers filed off. Even the token adventure strips, such as “Wee Tusky”, lacked the tension noticeable in the other titles. Nevertheless, Sparky had a very respectable run, racking up more than 650 weekly issues until 1977, and this is where it all got started! This copy is a very presentable FA/GD, with moderate wear and browning but all pages complete, at £35. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: The year 1982 of the popular British Girls’ Weekly Judy – previously entirely unrepresented in our inventory – has now been restocked, with the majority of the year’s issues including the Christmas and New Year issues. Join ‘Bobby Dazzler’, ‘Junior Nanny’, ‘Wee Slavey’, and all the usual suspects for drama and laughter in the best British tradition!
To complement our new copy of Fantastic Four #50 (see post above), our previously listed feature this week is FF #55, where the Silver Surfer, a huge hit with readers, swiftly returned to the title after the initial Galactus trilogy. This time he picks a battle with the Thing following a jealous hissy-fit involving Alicia. Jack Kirby is at his bombastic best on this stand-out cover, with a luscious purple background. FN+ pence copy at £50.
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:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Just over a handful of fresh Digit books have arrived on the bookshelves: Bulmer’s The Fatal Fire and The Secret Of Zi, Cooper’s Voices In The Dark (short stories), a Kornbluth & Pohl collaboration, Search The Sky and Lan Wright’s Assignment Luther. Saving the best for last, despite coming first alphabetically, we have Aldiss’ Non-stop, the 1st UK PB for this novel, celebrated with a splendid Emshwiller cover.
Right here in our latest window display! After the creepy Halloween window even Dr Evilla felt the need for something more wholesome, hence the latest window dedicated to Eagle and particularly to its most famous creation, Dan Dare. Along with his trusted companions and other favourites such as PC 49, Harris Tweed, Riders of the Range, the exploded diagram to show how a machine works and various other features and adverts of the time, this is an unashamed nostalgia fest. Spaceship Away!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Our latest high profile British spotlight falls on 2000 AD, the title that changed the face of British comics forever! At the beginning of 1977, around about the onset of punk music, a comic was launched that captured the zeitgeist of the times, darker, more anarchic and anti-establishment than anything that had come before it in the comic world; nowhere more so than in the persona of Judge Dredd, the iconic anti-hero who has gone on to become legendary after debuting in issue #2. This very special update we’re featuring the first three issues of 2000 AD in exceptional condition as follows:
#1: Featuring the debuts of Mach-1, Invasion, Harlem’s Heroes, Flesh and the new Dan Dare. A tight, flat copy with good staples and off-white pages; just a faint browning age line along the spine keeps it from grading higher than FN/VF. The Space Spinner is not present, but has left only the most minimal of marks where its tape has been carefully removed from the front cover. Priced at £125.
#2: 1st appearance of Judge Dredd. Again, a tight flat copy with good staples and beautiful near white cover and page quality with no age marks for a sparkling VF grade. The Free Gift, Biotronic Stickers, are unused on original backing sheet and grade at VF+, with just the tiniest of 2 creases at the left hand edge only. The nicest copy and gift we’ve ever seen. Priced at £450.
#3: A little more tan than #1 & #2, but still with great off-white pages (very minor dog-earring to a few). Good tight staples. Grading at FN. The Free Gift, Red Alert Survival Wallet, is present and grades at VF+, never having been assembled and still on original card backing. Priced at £80.
SORRY, THESE ARE NOW SOLD
*Collected Editions: The latest in Titan’s Deluxe reprintings of classic Dan Dare strips from the Eagle sees the complete stories ‘Mission Of The Earthmen’ and ‘The Solid State Mystery’, both with art by Don Harley and Bruce Cornwell finding their place in the complete sequence. From Volumes 11 & 12 of the Eagle comic (1960/61). These luxury volumes are beautifully presented on high quality paper with vivid colour and are chock full of extras; in this instance an article on Dan Dare merchandise, profusely illustrated, a Who’s Who in Dan Dare feature and a story checklist. Brand new at £30.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Three very different forms of horror writing have arrived, perfect for anyone who thinks Halloween is over too soon. Something Nasty In The Woodshed (Bonfiglioli) has a very unheroic hero, Tales Of Horror And The Supernatural Volume 2 (Machen) features a selection of chilling tales and Dracula (Stoker) has Something Very Nasty In The Coffin.
*DC: An obscure two-time villain in the Golden Age, Edward Nygma, the Riddler, was unexpectedly selected by the producers of the 1960s Batman TV show to be a prominent member of Adam West’s Rogue’s Gallery, and accordingly DC Comics rushed him back onto the contemporary playing field with Batman #171, the character’s third ever appearance. From there, of course, the Riddler became a mainstay of the Gotham landscape, in the comics, in the movies (as – ahem – memorably incarnated by Jim Carrey), and of course in the current hit Gotham TV series, where’s he’s a major player. This ‘revival’ issue is an attractive FN- pence copy, with vivid cover colour, light spine wear and a tiny chip/scuff at the lower right cover edge, but generally a superior example of a highly sought-after issue. On sale at £125.
*DC: In 1993, the wider world was rocked by the demise of Superman, who perished at the hands of the man-monster named Doomsday. Cynical fans, of course, knew better, fully expecting the Man of Steel’s eventual return, but the media brouhaha was considerable, driving civilians into comics shops in unprecedented numbers. We have most of the ‘Death of Superman’ saga new in stock, from the first cameo appearance of the villain Doomsday in Superman (2nd series) #73, Doomsday’s first full appearance in Superman: Man of Steel #18, through to the regular and deluxe (still sealed with free gifts) editions of the actual death issue, Superman #75, and concluding with the return of the Kryptonian Crusader in Adventures of Superman #500, deluxe edition, sealed with trading card. Superman #75 (Deluxe Collectors’ Edition) is NM 1st printing £30; Superman, Man of Steel #18 is VF/NM p £25. Details of the others may be found in our online catalogue. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*DC: Action Comics, birthplace of Superman, is eternally popular with our customers, and we’re delighted to restock a selection of classic Silver Age issues, commencing with the pre-distribution #249 (pictured) a classic Luthor/Superman clash VG+ @ £70; with minimal corner & edge wear and a vivid unfaded purple cover, co-starring Congo Bill and Tommy Tomorrow in those pre-Supergirl days. Thereafter, we commence at #294 and have new copies of fifteen issues through to #344, with robots, aliens, misunderstandings and strange bodily transformations galore for the Man and Maid of Steel! All of our new additions are cents copies, with no UK distribution stamps on the covers.
*Marvel: The X-Men, once a Marvel mainstay, had been languishing in the limbo of reprints and guest-shots when Len Wein and Dave Cockrum knocked fandom’s collective socks off with Giant-Size X-Men #1, reshaping the moribund franchise into the form internationally recognised today. With issue #94 of the X-Men’s own title, Wolverine, Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler and their chums moved into the formerly reprint series and continued the excitement. This issue, never distributed in the UK and scarce anywhere in the world, is VG+ with moderate corner and edge wear, but glossy, unblemished cover scene and, as a bonus, a signature by writer (technically co-writer, but he was to take on full scripting soon) Chris Claremont, who autographed the lower splash page back in 1982. This copy can be yours for £150. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Early Amazing Spider-Man with Steve Ditko artwork (‘Proper Spider-Mans’, as we at 30th C call them) are always in high demand, as they established the key notes of Spidey’s ongoing background. Issue #16 does not feature the debut of any characters, but is significant in other regards, in that it teams Spidey with Daredevil for the latter’s first appearance outside his own series and also imports the Ringmaster – originally a foe of the Incredible Hulk, but who went on the become a major thorn in Spider-Man’s side. This is a superior VG pence copy, clean, tight and bright, with cover and centrefold firmly attached and an unmarred white background, on sale at £125. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A fistful of major Avengers issues this update, beginning with #28, which saw the first appearance of the cosmic entity known as the Collector, now immortalised in the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and other appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This VG cents copy is £40. Issue #55 saw the first full appearance of Ultron, the malevolent mechanism who challenged the team on many occasions. This VG- pence copy is £25. In #83, we were treated not only to the debut of the Valkyrie – admittedly a persona adopted by the evil Enchantress here, but soon to become a star in her own right – but also the Lady Liberators, a team of heroic ladies who were nobody’s weaker vessels! #83 VG pence £25. In #87, we learned for the first time the detailed origin of the African Avenger, the Black Panther – this copy FN+ cents £40; and finally, the 100th issue, a true landmark illustrated by Barry Smith and featuring every single Avenger to that date. Those of us old enough to remember this the first time round will recall the ‘special’ feel of this story. This FN pence copy is £30. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: As part of our ongoing Catalogue Expansion, we’re welcoming in selected titles which previously had not been listed in our inventory. This update, we’re joined by early issues of the Punisher’s first ongoing series from 1987, when grief-crazed vigilante Frank Castle consolidated his career after a long string of guest-shots and an acclaimed mini-series. Issue #1 of the Punisher ongoing is VF- p at £20, and is accompanied by other early issues up to #10, the crossover with Daredevil #257.
*Marvel: Tales to Astonish is a favourite Marvel amongst us DC-philes at 30th Century, with its charming and realistic romance between Ant/Giant-Man and his lovely partner the Wasp, the grandeur and pageantry of the Sub-Mariner series, and… well, yeah, the Hulk was in there too. We have a nice selection of TTA new in, from #37 (Ant-Man’s third adventure in costume), then a consecutive run of #62 to #69, and selections along the way to #99. This run includes the debut of the Hulk’s nemesis the Leader, the ‘New’ Giant-Man, the shapely but sinister Madam Macabre, and a farrago of outlandish super-heroics from Bob Powell, Bill Everett, Gene Colan and diverse other talents. With the exception of #37 (picture FN p £70), all of our new TTA’s are cents copies, with no UK price stamp or overprint. Check our our cataogue for full details.
*Archie: As a coda to our recent ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ event, we feature the original comic book funny teen – though he doesn’t happen to be a girl! Archie Andrews was introduced in the back of the MLJ title Pep Comics, and proved such a smash that the entire publishing line was renamed in his favour, with our maladroit redheaded hero and his pals n’ gals delighting generations of readers – and now, viewers, in the Riverdale television show! We have just over a decade of vintage Archie comics newly added, from 1950 to the early 1960s, with titles such as Archie Annual, Archie Giant Series, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, Pep, and of course Archie himself newly restocked! A ‘new’ vintage title here is Suzie, a ‘cousin’ series which, while published by Archie, wasn’t directly in the same universe, being more in the ‘funny dumb blonde’ tradition. Not previously in our inventory, we now have several Suzies from #56 to #96. Jughead Annual #5 from 1957 (VG- £50) is one of the rarer items from this selection, but prices and grades can all be found in our online catalogue.
*Western: When the 1940s craze for super-heroes waned, All-Star Comics, former home of the Justice Society, was succeeded by All-Star Western, with the Trigger Twins, Strong Bow, Dan Foley and Johnny Thunder replacing the likes of the Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and, er, the other Johnny Thunder. The revised title rode the 1950s Western fad for more than a decade, with classic creators like Barry, Toth, Infantino, Anderson and Kane turning out superbly-crafted frontier adventures. We have a dash of new All-Star Westerns in stock, commencing with #71 and culminating with #113 in 1961, a few issues before the title’s demise, but still as meticulously-produced as after.
*Annuals: A stellar collection of 2000 AD Annuals fresh into stock, all in sparkling VF grade from the very first one (1978) right up to and including 1985.
*Marvel UK: A nice selection of the Marvel UK imprint ‘Spider-Man Comics Weekly’ from 1973 fresh in. Starting at #1 (in an admittedly disappointing FA/GD at £10), we have most of the first 50 issues, and most of them are in much nicer shape. Reprinting the earliest adventures of your friendly neighbourhood webslinger, these are many readers’ first exposure to the character, and are now keenly sought after, not the least by our American cousins, to whom of course they are much rarer. Check out our catalogue for grades, prices and availability.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A real mash-up of stuff in this category this week: Action (3rd issue) from 1976, All-War Monthly #1 & #2 from 1981, a stray Lion from 1960, Revolver #1 with Press/Promotional Kit, Roy Of The Rovers Monthly #1 from 1993 with Free Gift, the 1970 Christmas issue of Tiger and two Christmas Victors from 1970 & 1971. Details in our catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure and War Comics: A whole box full of Victors added to our shelves this week from the years 1975 & 1976, with virtually every issue for those years now available. Most of our new additions are VG or FN with some GD.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Plucky Warlord reinforcements from 1979 to 1984 have joined the fray. The majority are fighting fit in FN or VG grades.
*Younger Readers’ Comics: Of the many comics adaptations of Gerry Anderson’s TV oeuvre, one of the more obscure is Candy, a Younger Readers’ series which focussed on a show which never actually happened. Legend has it that Anderson tried to sell a juvenile series, “Candy and Andy”, for which extensive prop and costume work was done, and when no TV producers took it up, used it instead as the basis for the third ‘Century 21’ comic, after TV 21 and Lady Penelope. Frankly, given the stills from the show which adorn the covers, the characters come across as more creepy than cuddlesome, but nevertheless the comic lasted 150+ issues, enhanced by the media presence of co-stars Topo Gigio, Tingha and Tucker, and Winnie the Pooh. The unusual landscape format makes these rarer than most Anderson-related memorabilia. We have a couple of earlier issues, #8 and #10, new in, then a selection from the #30’s to #50, including the Christmas issue from 1967 (pictured).
Already a successful publisher of pulp magazines, Ziff-Davis decided to diversify into comic books, and one of their outstanding contributions to the field was Amazing Adventures, an anthology devoted to high-flying science-fiction adventures, complete with daring heroes, voluptuous (and sometimes sinister) ladies, and weird aliens galore! This first issue is in a remarkable state of preservation for its vintage, its cover promising delights which were lived up to in the interior line-up: contributing artists include Wally Wood, Alex Schomburg, Murphy Anderson, and Ogden Whitney on lurid thrillers ‘Asteroid Witch’, ‘A-Day’, ‘Winged Death On Venus’, ‘Trespasser In Time’, and ‘The Stone Men’. Grab a slice of yesterday’s tales of tomorrow! This beauty is FN £150.
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 (W – Z)
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.