*Marvel: In the year 3007, the countries of the world are brought together in the United Lands of Earth, spreading the Terran empire throughout the known galaxy – when interplanetary harmony is disrupted by the arrival of the voracious Badoon, who overcome Earth and her dominions, leaving only a few scattered freedom fighters to battle on – the Guardians of the Galaxy! Such was the premise of the original story created by Arnold Drake (writer of the Doom Patrol, another popular band of outcasts) and Gene Colan in issue #18 of Marvel Super-Heroes, January 1969. A powerful and moving story, it lay dormant for some years, until revived by Steve Gerber in the Seventies, whereupon the Guardians became a regular, if infrequent, part of the Marvel Universe, before the recent movie (featuring, it must be said, an entirely different cast) catapulted the title into public consciousness. This copy is an attractive Fine+, pence stamped, at £125, with only minimal edge & corner wear, but unbroken cover colour and gloss despite a soft crease across the bottom right corner, and excellent interior page quality. Harder to find in any condition, and sure to become scarcer yet as Guardians of the Galaxy II heads toward your local multiplex!
*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 has a significant corner off the lower right front cover, though not impinging upon the stories, and three tears to the back cover, but everything is clean and readable in a very presentable FA/GD at £40.
*DC: It’s a funny business this comic business. As you know, being a vintage comics specialist, we rarely feature modern comics here, let alone one that’s just been published this week, but we have a point to make. Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12, released on Wednesday 23rd September, was already changing hands on that date on eBay for between £20 and £25. We assume it must have been under-ordered, that enough subscribers and retailers didn’t spot that the issue guest-starred the Gotham Girls, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman & Batgirl. Consequently, there must be more demand than there are copies to go round, hence the inflated eBay price. So, what’s a retailer to do? If we put it on sale at our regular price (£2.25), speculators will attempt to buy up all our copies and sell them on eBay for £20-£25. So, having made sure our regulars got it at the regular price, we’re putting a copy on sale at £15 in the hope that it will be bought by someone who actually wants to read it rather than speculate on it. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A nice selection of Express weekly (later TV Express) from 1957 to 1961. A leading competitor to Eagle, Express did its very best to match its rival, not only in presentation and layout, but also in quality, Ron Embleton’s work on “Wulf the Briton” being one example. Other residents of Express include “Biggles”, “Sgt. Pinto”, “No Hiding Place”, and “Jet Morgan”, in a superior selection of adventure and comedy.
*TV & Film Related Comics: New additions to our listings of Film Fun (1959-1962), and Radio Fun (1958-1959) featuring a mixture of licensed characters and original creations; prominent series include detective (and occasional costumed hero) the Falcon, Superman, Donald Duck, Scoop Donovan, Terry-Thomas, Goofy, and Jack O’Justice! The new influx ranges from Good to Fine, and sees these venerable titles struggling to adapt to a new decade, resulting in some interesting experimentation.
*DC: The clunkily-named Super DC Giant continued its numbering from Super DC Weekly, an abortive attempt to launch a DC comic in the UK equivalent to what Odhams had achieved with Fantastic and Terrific for Marvel. Wasting nothing, DC’s Powers-That-Be converted the title into a rotating anthology, repackaging old inventory under various themes, frequently with some new bridging material added. New in stock this week: issues spotlighting Top Guns of the West (two different), Supergirl, House of Mystery, Best of the Brave & The Bold, and Jack Kirby’s Challengers of the Unknown!
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: As we meander along to Quirky Corner this time, we discover two of the rarest artefacts ever to pass through our hands: From the earliest days of US comics fandom, Heroes’ Hangout # 1 and 2, from 1963 and 1964, respectively! Issue #1 (FN £75) is an old-school duplicated ‘zine (the kind you had to type out on stencils which printed in a funny purple hue), from November 1963. It’s the limited run first printing (Number 17 of 100), and has as an additional bonus an eight-page mini-comic (centre picture below – also, confusingly, named Heroes’ Hangout #1) which we infer was a bonus insert with the first issue. Issue #2 (VG £30), from February or March 1964 (depending whether you believe the cover or the editorial page) graduated to black stencils; it’s missing its final two pages, but they were only adverts. Vanishingly few artefacts remain from the early years, so here’s an opportunity to grab a slice of fandom history, edited by Rudi Franke, and featuring very early works by Bill DuBay, Roger Brand, Ray Miller, John McGeehan, and others!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: An outstanding example of Fiction House’s Planet Comics this week: issue #49, July 1947, in an extraordinary VG+ condition, with vivid cover colour and gloss, tight pages with sharp corners, and flexible off-white interior pages. If it wasn’t for the fact that this copy is off its top staple, we would easily have graded it at least a full grade higher, such is its overall appeal. By this time, Planet had acquired most of the major contributors and series that were to its mainstays. Joe Doolin’s evocative “Mermaid Invasion” cover leads us into “Star Pirate” from a young Murphy Anderson (who also illustrated the “Life On Other Worlds” feature), “Mysta of the Moon” is illustrated by Fran Hopper, doing her best Matt Baker impersonation; Lily Renee draws “The Lost World”; and George Evans turns in outstanding work on “Auro, lord of Jupiter”. This is a rare combination of high grade and high quality work in one serendipitous package, and yours for £135.
*Marvel: Two classy issues from the early years of Marvel Comics, of course; what did you think we meant? We open with X-Men #14 in VG/FN, a tight attractive copy with deep unfaded cover colour (particularly tricky on red backgrounds), featuring the debut of everyone’s favourite cuddly giant mutant hunting killer ‘bots, the Sentinels. This is a Cents copy, with no UK price mark or overstamp, at £52. We follow that up with Tales To Astonish #57 in Fine+ at £90, featuring the first appearance of no-one, but nevertheless sought after because it has a cross-over by Spider-Man (at a time when such things weren’t commonplace), making it, between him, Ant/Giant-Man and the Wasp, a three-way clash of genus arthropda! (Look it up, we can’t do everything for you…)
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: A diverse and eclectic selection added to this popular category, including Amazing Heroes, BEM from 1981 (with a Bolland Lady Blackhawk cover – what more do you need to know?), Fantagraphic’s Ditko Collection Vol. II, Craig Yoe’s hardcover collection and retrospective on Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein, Whiz Kids #1, (the UK’s first Fawcett fanzine from 1975), two texts on R. Crumb (Life & Times Of… and Your Vigor For Life Appals Me.), an early DC mass-market release, Secret Origins of the DC Super-Heroes, the Golden Age of Comics *and* the not-to-be-confused-with Comics: The Golden Age, and from the mid-1970’s, two copies of Captain George Presents…! Perhaps the most interesting item in this selection, though, is the 1977 Comic Art Convention Booklet – the Tenth Anniversary Special, even – a handsome tome featuring dozens of sketches and finished illos. by many of the best in the business at the time: Cardy, Kirby, Adams, Cockrum, Morrow and scores more!
*Marvel: Although often touted on his own front cover as ‘Marvel’s First Black Super-Hero’, Luke Cage, later Power Man, was the second such, after the Black Panther. But whereas T’Challa was a sophisticated, urbane monarch of a highly technological society, Luke Cage was All-American, and All-Cliché. Inner city ghetto? Swear words amended to pass the Mother-Freakin’ Comics Code? Check. Check. Unjust jail time? Check. Fat white corrupt prison guard with a vendetta? Check. Said guard-with-a-grudge sabotaging an experiment so that it unexpectedly gives Luke super-powers? Oops. Liberated from prison, our hero ‘goes underground, by setting himself up as a highly visible ‘Hero For Hire’, decked out in an attention-getting outfit of leather pants, bracelets, tiara, chain belt and fetching yellow chiffon blouse. (Look, it was the 1970’s…) The diverse creators on this title – Graham, Mantlo, Tuska, Robbins, Colletta, Giella and more – keep the creative standards remarkably…consistent. And then there’s Luke’s Rogues Gallery! Big Ben! Lion-Fang! Cockroach! Stiletto! Mr Fish! Black Mariah! Can we ever forget them? Well, maybe if we try very hard… We have most of the first 40 issues new in stock from #2 up, in a variety of conditions to suit all budgets, many of the earlier issues completely non-distributed in the UK at the time of their release. Luke Cage is truly an experience… unlike anything else in comics. Really.
*Humour Comics: More laughs this week as we present 8 Holiday & Summer Specials from the 1980’s (nearly all in a very nice Fine condition) for the following titles: Buster, Buster & Monster Fun, Jackpot, Krazy, Whizzer & Chips & Whoopee. These extra page specials are always popular, so grab yourself a laugh or six right away!
*Humour Comics: A small number of the leading two titles of British Humour, Beano & Dandy, but featuring our earliest issues in stock of both. Beano includes #29 from 1939, FA/GD, but with four missing pages replaced by photocopies (£25), plus other complete issues from 1942 & 1945. Dandy includes #81 from 1939 (GD £45), plus other issues from 1944, 1949 & 1950.
*Marvel: A really nice collection of Daredevil new in, most issues in the range from #10 to #177, and very many cents copies, with many in VF or better condition. Highlights include #10-11, the last two issues to feature art by the maestro Wally Wood, Spider-Man crossover in #16, the first Gladiator in #18, plus first appearances of numerous friends and foes, including the Leap Frog, the Jester, Death’s Head, the Stunt-Master, Elektra and more. Daredevil’s always popular and none more so than right now!
*Mad & Other Parody: A small update to our US and UK Mad stock, plus an early issue of Sick from 1961.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Often dubbed ‘the poor man Sherlock Holmes’, there’s still no doubting the popularity of Sexton Blake, who has probably had far more fiction written of him than the world’s greatest detective. Our range has now been enhanced by the addition of six novels and more than twenty digests from the famous Sexton Blake Library. These are picture library sized, but mainly text. The series ran from 1915 to 1968, and our new influx of stock dates from the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s, following the 1956 revamp by W Howard Baker when the covers took on a more gangster/sleazy mode and were drawn by notable artists such as Reginald Heade (as on The Wicked Three shown below). Written by a ‘harem’ of notable writers including Wilfred McNeilly, W Howard Baker, Michael Moorcock (moonlighting as Desmond Reid), Peter Saxon and Jack Trevor Story, the longevity of the series is testament to the quality of the plotting and writing. And a factoid: one of Sexton Blake’s arch-enemies, was Zenith the Albino – who is widely acknowledged to have inspired Moorcock’s morose hero Elric.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: A pot pourri of stuff in this update, including Annie Oakley, Daredevil, Giant Comic with Turok, King Of The Royal Mounted, Mandrake, Red Comet & Red Ryder, from Miller, World Distributors & Atlas as well as a variety of obscurities from Down Under: Batman, Giant Jimmy Olsen Album, Mighty Comics (with DC reprints) & Scary Tales #1 (1970’s Charlton reprints).
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Marvelman is a character with a chequered past. Originally conceived by Mick Anglo for Len Miller’s comic line when his rights to publish Captain Marvel & Company ran out, Marvelman, Young Marvelman and the gang were thus conceived as ersatz versions of the Fawcett family of heroes for the British market. Highly popular at the time, Marvelman ran to some 370 (mostly weekly) issues into the early 1960’s before disappearing. Not forever, though, since comic buffs will know all about the 1980’s revival by Alan Moore which led to the Miracleman version of the character and all the convoluted publishing history that continues to this day. Anyway, we have 10 issues of Marvelman new in from the late 1950’s for you to see what all the fuss was about way back when.
*Girls’ Comics: A small update to the always-in-demand June, with a dozen or two new issues added to our listings between 1968-1973.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We end our 1930’s Boys’ Story paper update where we began with Hotspur, featuring some of the earliest issues ever, from #11 upwards, running from 1933-1937; several dozen new issues listed.
*Modern Reprints: Widely regarded as the finest reprintings of classic EC comics ever produced, the over-sized hardcover volumes issued by Gemstone in moody, atmospheric black and white (with colour covers) are handsome items to grace your bookcase (providing it’s reinforced to take the weight!). The large format really shows off the quality of art from surely the most talented bunch of creators ever assembled by one publisher in one period. It’s been a while since we’ve had any of these in stock, but we’re delighted now to present a large selection, all complete and many in slipcase editions: Aces High, Extra, Frontline Combat, Haunt Of Fear, Impact, MD, Piracy, Psychoanalysis, Two-Fisted Tales, Valor, Vault Of Horror & Weird Science-Fantasy/Incredible Science-Fiction. Prices start as low as £15 for some single volume titles.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In the 1970’s Dennis Wheatley (author of To The Devil A Daughter and many more books in a similar vein) assembled a collection of books to act as a guided tour of the worlds of magic and mayhem. We have five books from this Library Of Occult: The Necromancers by R H Benson, The Gap In The Curtain by John Buchan, Down There by J K Huysmans, Voodoo by Alfred Metraux (a factual account, allegedly) and Harry Price Ghost-Hunter by Paul Tabori (a biography). Covering Ghosts, Necromancy, Prescience, Satanism and Voodoo these represent a good start for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of the occult (!).
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: This week’s magazine update focuses on Warren, that estimable publisher of quality periodicals in this category, with additions to Blazing Combat (#2-4 of the 4 issue run), Creepy (inc. the all Wrightson #113), the complete 3 issue run of the short-lived Goblin, a chunky update to the sci-fi orientated 1984/1994 and a few issues of the ever-popular Vampirella from #5 onwards.
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 British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics (L-Z, completing this section)
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: A quartet of quality items this update, all cents copies, each featuring a significant ‘first’ in the Marvel Universe: Doctor Strange #169 (FN- £50), in which the Master of the Mystic Arts got his first solo series; Iron Fist #14 (FN+ £65), with the first appearance of the X-Men’s favourite feral fiend, Sabre-Tooth; Marvel Premiere #15 (FN+ £50), in which the Ku’n Lu’un Kid, Iron Fist himself, made his debut; and last but far from least, Strange Tales #180 (VF+ £60), in which Adam Warlock – and the world at large – first encounters the delicious but deadly Gamora! SORRY, ALL OF THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: An often-overlooked cul-de-sac of girls’ comics is Lindy, a Fleetway weekly which came and went in 1975 after a scant 20 issues before being subsumed by the all-consuming Jinty. Strips like “Pavement Patsy”, “Jane’s Jeannie”, “Hard Days For Hilda” and “Defiant Daisy” sadly failed, despite being the same quality as its sister titles, in attracting a mass audience. We have 11 new in, ranging from #6 to #17, and all intact; Lindy having apparently set out to snare a slightly older audience, it featured a lot of pin-up picture of pop hunks, and these are frequently torn out in second-hand copies. Ours have all been carefully screened, so if you have a hankering for supernaturally-guided tennis players, hard-done-by working girls, pre-teen pickpockets, or pictures of the young David Essex wearing only a pair of denim cut-offs (hey, we don’t judge…) Lindy’s the mag for you!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Robert E Howard should be feeling very pleased, as all of these books are ‘In the tradition of Conan’. The heroes featured include Tark (Colum MacConnell), Odan the Half-God (Norvil Manning; actually Kenneth Bulmer), Cormac (Andrew J Offutt & Keith Taylor), ex-gladiator Prester John (Norvell W Page), Bran Mak Morn (David C Smith & Richard Tierney and Karl Edward Wagner) and Jamnar (Dave Van Arnam). Most of the covers display the hero’s mastery of the lost martial art of Skan Ti-Do (fighting whilst encumbered by a barely dressed woman), and more muscles than seem humanly possible, although they all seem to have found time to wax to display their musculature to maximum advantage. All of these books are 1st US PB and an added bonus is that Lord Of Blood (Dave Van Arnam) has a Steranko cover.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: This week’s magazine update features a mix of Marvel mags from the 1970’s, with one or more of each of the following: Howard The Duck, Kull & The Barbarians, The Legion Of Monsters, Marvel Preview, Masters Of Terror, Rampaging Hulk, Savage Tales, Spectacular Spider-Man, Tales Of The Zombie, Tomb Of Dracula, Unknown Worlds Of Science-Fiction & Vampire Tales. Look out also in this section for two prestigious Hardcover Marvel Graphic Novels: Grant, Wagner & Kennedy’s Punisher: Blood On The Moors and O’Neill & Kaluta’s Shadow: Hitler’s Astrologer.
*Marvel: Well, how do you like your Warlock? Earthbound, psychedelic and cosmic flavoured, as in the first 8 issues of this run as rendered by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane and later Bob Brown (1972/73) or, a couple of years later, relaunching at #9 for a further 7 issues, spacebound, psychedelic and cosmic flavoured by the redoubtable Jim Starlin, with Thanos, Pip, Gamora and the gang. A complete run of all 15 issues fresh into stock, multiple copies of most issues, all cents copies, in a variety of grades to suit all pockets.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A small update to two popular titles: Cowboy (with Lucky Lannagan, Buck Jones & Kit Carson) and Thriller (with Robin Hood, John Steel & Jet Ace Logan, among others).
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: No time for love in our Books department – no bodice-ripping Regency doorstops here, thank you – but for the author Madeleine Brent, we make an exception. Because ‘Madeleine Brent was a pseudonym for Peter O’Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise, who used a variety of aliases in his long career as a jobbing author, and where the Madeleine Brent novels stand out is that their heroines are unusually skilled, preternaturally gifted, physically courageous, or all three. These tightly-plotted stories all have a strong adventurous/suspense component, and it’s easy to imagine – if you have the Phillip Jose Farmer mindset of wanting to connect all the fictional realms – that Madeleine Brent heroines are ancestresses of the mysterious Modesty! From the boomerang-throwing Mitjikwin of “Golden Urchin” to the heiress-turned-music hall performer Bridie Chance of “Capricorn Stone”, these ladies are independent, intelligent, and highly entertaining. We have five of the nine Brent novels available from a variety of publishers and in varying condition, so if we’ve managed to pique your curiosity, now’s a good time to try!
*Phantom: For Phantom phans everywhere, a long-overdue update to the eternally popular hero. We have approx. 20 of the American King/Charlton series, #1 of the British series from Wolf and the special 1000th issue of the Australian series from Frew, a near-300 page bonanza complete with a facsimile of the first edition from 1948.
*Marvel UK: A chunky update to this section, comprising the following titles: Captain Britain, Forces In Combat, Fury, Marvel Team-Up, Mighty World Of Marvel, Spider-Man, Strip, Super-Heroes and Titans. At £1 each (or sometimes a little more) these are extremely bargainacious!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Once again we have added books to broaden the range offered by two very popular authors. There are four new Ray Bradbury titles, Dandelion Wine, I Sing The Body Electric, The Day It Rained Forever and The Small Assassin. There are 23 additional Heinlein titles, too many to mention them all, but highlights include Beyond This Horizon, Glory Road, Methuselah’s Children, Stranger In A Strange Land and Waldo + Magic Inc.
*Alan Class Reprints: Following on from his highly successful signing appearance at our shop in the summer, we are thrilled to have a further 14 Alan Class comic and printing plate sets now available. As regulars will know, these sets comprise an original Alan Class comic, the four colour cover lead plates used in the printing process, a certificate signed by Alan Class and usually an anecdotal handwritten note from Alan as well about the comic. Often there are extras as well; most of these new sets come with 1 or 2 interior page printing plates. Each set comes in a sturdy presentation case. This update concentrates on 3 short-lived and rare titles from the dawn of Alan’s operation: Just Dennis #1-5 (complete), reprinting the infamous Fawcett/Charlton scamp, Space Mouse #1-2 (complete), reprinting Charlton’s Atomic Mouse and 7 issues of Tales Of The Underworld inc #1. We have hardly ever seen any issues of these series on the market, so this is really a unique opportunity to grab a piece of comics history. Prices range from £25 to £75 per set.
*Marvel: The Norse God Avenger is a frim favourite here at 30th Century, so we’re delighted to welcome a really nice consecutive run of mid-high grade early issues (all cents copies) of Journey Into Mystery from #94 to #99. This run features appearances by Loki, Odin and other denizens of the Norse pantheon, as well as debuts for the Lava Man, Mr. Hyde, the Cobra, Surtur, Merlin and the beginning of the superlative Tales Of Asgard series, with Kirby’s art at its best. Details as follows: #94 FN £87, #95 VF+ £400, #96 FN/VF £150, #97 FN £93, #98 (not pictured) VG/FN £59, #99 FN+ £95.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: From the 1980’s comics revolution of the UK, new stock of Crisis, which flared briefly as the mouthpiece of the political, intellectual, and counter-cultural fringe of the readership. With many creators from the popular 2000 AD, Crisis won acclaim and awards for its boundary pushing, but ultimately failed to win much of a readership, fizzling out in 1992 in a welter of money-saving European reprints. This selection from # 15 to # 43 features many of its most popular creators – Ennis, Ezquerra, Fabry, Phillips – doing a body of work that enhanced their already formidable reputations. And hey, kids – Free Stickers! (If they didn’t get you by appealing to your intellect, maybe gaudy tat’d be worth a try!)
*Undergrounds: From 1975 & 1976, Print Mint’s Arcade – the Comics Revue, magazine-sized anthologies featuring the ‘stars’ of the counter-culture, including Kominsky, Spain, Crumb, Shelton, Williams, Deitch, Lynch and more. This selection runs from #2 to #7, just one issue short of a complete run, and is in exceptionally nice condition, averaging Near Mint.
*DC: Batman’s back in our listings with a few dozen new Silver & Bronze Age issues in between #158 and #281, including the unusual Shadow crossover in #253, plus many 80 Page and other Giants.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: From 1994, we present Volume 9 of the over-sized Hawk Books exquisite reprintings of classic Dan Dare adventures from the Eagle. This volume reprints the famous Terra Nova trilogy of stories originally presented in 1959/60: Safari In Space, Terra Nova & Trip To Trouble. NM at £20.
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 British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics (A-K only, L-Z to follow)
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: The Baroness, written in the 1970’s with tongue firmly in cheek, features an aristocrat by marriage who takes multitasking to extremes: international playgirl, model, millionairess and superspy. In these books she takes on and defeats a dazzling array of foes including Dr Thing, sex-starved Otto Funke, neo-Nazis, savage Arab oil potentates, Russian viruses, and S.P.O.I.L.E.R.. We have all eight of the US editions, mainly in VG – FN grades.
*Humour Comics: More Monster Fun! Twenty new issues, ranging from #3 to #63, of the popular series which gave us such well-remembered series as “X-Ray Specs”, “Draculass”, “Gums”, “Kid Kong” and other comedy-horror hybrids. Seven of the series switched over to Buster in 1976, and ran for years more in their adopted home, but this is where they got started. Particularly amusing, in retrospect, is the debut of “Terror TV” in #50, in which a family sits transfixed at the prospect of… gasp – a *FOURTH* TV channel! Oh, how times have changed. All of our copies of Monster Fun are sold complete – incomplete copies are rife on the second-hand market, but all ours are checked for completeness by our crack quality control department (ahem), and guaranteed to come complete with “Badtime Bedtime Stories”, pull-out posters, or other centrefold gimmicks.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Gerry Anderson’s creation, the lads of International Rescue (and their British agent, the fragrant Lady Penelope) have entertained generations of TV watchers and comics readers, and the 1991-launched repackaging of classic Bellamy strips from TV Century 21 in fortnightly format was one of the more appealing reissues. Numbers 1-19 new in, along with the 1992 Holiday Special. (And what the hell *did* F.A.B. stand for, anyway?)
*Marvel: Probably the most significant comics of the 1970’s this week, insofar as they feature the first three appearances of a character who was to redefine the Marvel Universe: Wolverine! Incredible Hulk #180 had Wolverine saying hello at the finale of a battle with the winsome Wendigo – and #182 saw Wolvy wave goodbye as our Jade Giant faced the threat of Hammer & Anvil! But in between, in #181, we were treated to a full-length, knockdown battle between the Hulk and Wolverine, establishing the Canadian mutant as one of the most formidable characters in the MU! Subsequently, of course, Wolverine went on to headline in 1975’s ‘New’ X-Men, as well as starring in hundreds of solo stories – but here’s where it all began, courtesy of Len Wein, Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel. (Hey, never mind the quality, feel the history!) These three key cents issues are all in exceptional condition, with glossy covers, vivid, unmarred cover colour, and creamy white interior pages. Possibly the most sought-after comics of the modern era, in prime condition, now in stock – but not for long! Hulk #180 VF £125, #181 VF £1000, #182 VF/NM £120 SORRY, THESE HAVE ALL NOW SOLD
*Tarzan/ERB: From 1977, Marvel’s take on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most famous creation as we present Tarzan #1-10 plus #12-13. Lovingly written by Roy Thomas and beautifully illustrated by John Buscema, Marvel certainly put the right guys on the job!
*TV & Film Related Comics: A dozen or so issues of TV Century 21 1st series between #35 and #84, all in PR, FA or GD: affordable reading copies for Fandersons on a budget.
*Marvel: There’s no one quite like Barry Smith to illustrate Conan the Barbarian, and we’re proud to present a complete run of his work from the early 1970’s, bringing Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation to comics for the first time. Issues #1-24 fresh into stock (which includes a couple he didn’t draw!) in a mixture of grades. #1 is FN+ at £65 and the other outstanding issue is a sparkling NM copy of #24, the first full appearance of Red Sonja at £95. We have multiple copies of many issues in a choice of grades, so a great chance to fill the gaps in your collection!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A titanic trio of Valiant Summer Specials from consecutive years adorns our What’s New page. 1971 (GD/VG £17.50) is Valiant & Smash, whereas 1972 (VG/FN £22.50) & 1973 (GD £15) are Valiant & TV21. Condition is best described as average on these, with spine and cover tears on 1971 & 1973 in particular, but these are always fiercely sought-after whenever we get them, so don’t dally long. Roll up to meet all your weekly pals inside!
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: For our magazine update this week, we turn to Warren and a long run from the second half of Eerie’s life, with most issues added between #82 and #137. Featuring fabulous art, memorable characters and death, destruction and sacrificial virgins — if all that’s your bag, what more could you want?