*Charlton: A long overdue update to this most esoteric of publishers, with material from the 1950’s to the 1980’s: Steve Ditko’s Blue Beetle (and from 1985 both issues of his Static series in Charlton Action), John Byrne’s Doomsday + 1, Hercules, sci-fi extravaganza with Outer Space, Space Adventures (inc Captain Atom) and Space War, pop kitsch with the Partridge Family, and mystery with Strange Suspense Stories & Unusual Tales.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A chunky update for Micron’s Combat Picture Library, several dozen new issues in as early as #5 and as late as #1120. Included is the uncommon Bombers Special from 1961, which is text rather than comics.
*Marvel: Following the demise of the X-Men title, Hank McCoy, aka the Beast, featured in the second series of Amazing Adventures between issues #11 and #17. Issue #11 (FN/VF £60) is the first furry mutated Beast and tells how he got that way; issue #17 (VF/NM £60) retells his origin. We have all seven issues fresh into stock in a variety of grades, all cents copies.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Updates to two diverse titles this week: Rover, the long-lived story paper from 1947 through to 1969, over 60 new issues listed previously missing from our stock, plus a selection of Speed from 1980.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Four books from two, but apparently three, greats of Science Fiction. Confused? Read on….. Lords Of Creation and Menace Of The Saucers are by Eando Binder, which was actually the pen-name of Earl and Otto Binder (hence E and O Binder), but in fact by the time these were written, Otto had taken over all writing duties, still finding time to write for Captain Marvel and Superman as well. Space War and Twin World are by Neil R Jones, a writer little remembered today, but who was a huge formative influence on several major writers. He was the first to use the ideas of future history (later used by Heinlein and Cordwainer Smith), cryonics (inspiring Robert Ettinger, the ‘father of modern cryonics’ ) and cyborgs and robots (Asimov) as well as being one of the first writers to use the term astronaut. Space War and Twin worlds both concern Professor Jameson, the last surviving human, who was revived from suspended animation by the robot-like Zoromes. Both books are Ace Editions, with the added attraction of Gray Morrow cover art.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Three more iconic Badger novels hit the shelves (but very gently): ostensibly by two authors, John E Muller and Karl Zeigfreid, but aficianados will know that they are all the work of the prolific Lionel Fanthorpe. All three books are 1st UK PB in grades VG or VG/FN.
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*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
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*Marvel: A swift return to our site for our Spider-Mania feature, due to a large batch of Spidey incoming. This update: more of Marvel’s most misunderstood crusader, with the Amazing Spider-Man restocked within the 50-200 issue range! The star item this time is a VF copy of issue #121 (£150), with the death of Gwen Stacy, a sought-after issue never distributed in England (curse you, Marvel UK!) Other highlights in this update include clashes with the Punisher and Nightcrawler, the first appearance of the Gwen Stacy Clone, and the debuts of members of Spidey’s Rogues Gallery such as Jigsaw, Schemer, Will O’ The Wisp, the Schemer, Silvermane, and the kuddly Kangaroo! Also present are new copies of Spider-Man’s Annuals from #2 to #8, and a selection of the ND Giant-Size Spider-Man title; Annual #2 (VG+ p £55) is a particularly good example, with both Steve Ditko’s characters showcased with the guest appearance of Dr. Strange.
*Humour Comics: The Free Gift Farrago is back! Monster Fun #1, from 1975, the highly-collectible magazine of macabre mirth, is here in a very attractive Fine copy with the original Free Gift – Spooky Plate-Wobbler – mint, still in its original unopened polybag. Priced at £100, these issues with unused Free Gifts are becoming increasingly rare and sought after. This issue also features the debuts of X-Ray Specs, Draculass, Kid Kong and Martha’s Monster Makeup, and many other features which remain popular to this day! An achievable short run (60-odd issues before it was absorbed into Buster), Monster Fun is seldom found in high grade, because of the propensity of people to pull out the “Badtime Bedtime Book” pull-outs, but that’s also present and correct here for uninterrupted reading enjoyment!
*DC: From 1960, the debut issue of Green Lantern’s own title, following his three-issue tryout in Showcase. From John Broome and Gil Kane, the universe of the Emerald Guardian expanded with the first appearance of the Guardians of the Universe, the extraterrestrial organization whom the Green Lantern Corps served. GL’s finest nemeses were still mostly in the future at this point, but breathless science-fiction, his other speciality, was well-served in the lead tale, “Planet of Doomed Men”, superbly embellished by Murphy Anderson. This is an unabashed Poor (pence stamped copy at £75), with some interior tears and the covers detached and virtually separated, but complete and all interior pages clear and eminently readable.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Doomed Sinner, Wanton Bride, Too Hot To Handle and Naked Tales: with titles like these and suggestive cover art it’s not hard to see the appeal of these books. The sleaze novels of the 1950’s and 1960’s used covers and synopses hinting at risqué content as a means of increasing sales of formats such as romance and mystery. Occasionally cover art and content were deemed to have gone too far, resulting in prosecutions for obscenity, but the publishers were generally adept at pushing the boundary just far enough. We have added a salacious sample of sleaze in a range of grades and prices, most of which are 1st editions. The books pictured are Play It Hard (Gil Brewer), Perversity (Francis Carco), Manhandled (Whitman Chambers), Spotlight On Sin/Backwood Shack (a double book: Doug Duperrault/Harry Whittington), Hold Back The Night (Desmond Leslie), Glad To Be Bad (Adam Roberts)and Law Of Lust (Bob Tralins). As for the content – well you’ll just have to buy one to find out if it lives up to the hype (just as the original publishers hoped).
*Marvel: We’ve been here before haven’t we? Just in case you don’t know, in the years before the Marvel Universe as we know it was born, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others filled horror/mystery titles such as Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales, Tales Of Suspense and Tales To Astonish, predominantly with stories of gigantic creatures, many of whom invariably sported modesty-protecting underpants. We at 30th Century have affectionately coined the term ‘Big Panty Monsters’ for these creations and are delighted to let loose a whole new menagerie of them in a selection from the above titles in low and very affordable grades.
*DC: In 1973, it was DC’s turn to have a go at the classic pulp hero the Shadow, whose exploits have passed through many publishers over the decades. This 12 issue series was moody and atmospheric, enhanced greatly by the art of Mike Kaluta on several issues inc #1. Every issue fresh into stock in high grade cents copies.
*DC: Several issues of DC’s try-out series from 1975, First Issue Special, fresh in, high grade cents copies. Characters include the Green Team, Metamorpho, Manhunter, the Dingbats Of Danger Street, the Creeper, Dr. Fate, the Outsiders and, in particular, the first appearance in #8 of Mike Grell’s Warlord. With Kirby and Ditko among the artistic hands at the helm on many issues, a series well worth checking out.
*Younger Readers’ Comics: A further update to this endearing category, including many titles new to our listings: Jack & Jill (1956-1963), Magic (1978), Mickey Mouse (1947), Pippin (1966 & 1970), Playhour (1960-1968), Robin (1961), Teddy Bear (1963-1969 inc #1 & #2), and Twinkle (1969/70).
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Small updates to many popular titles including Action, All-War Summer Special, Champ, Crisis, Dracula, Eagle (1959), Hotspur (1951) and TV Express (1961 – both Christmas issues for that year). Of particular note are two copies in varying grade of the softcover All Worlds Album from the 1950s, reprinting the Swift Morgan story ‘The Feathered Serpent’.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: James Hadley Chase was one of several pen names used by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond. A highly successful author, writing more than 90 novels as Chase, and with more than 50 made into films, it’s no wonder he was dubbed the king of thriller writers in Europe. We have added six books (four titles) by Chase to the Crime section. Highlights include Hit And Run, featured in 1st UK PB edition, with John Pollack cover art, Safer Dead in 1st UK HC edition, also with John Pollack cover art on the dustjacket, a 1st UK HC edition of The Double Shuffle, with dustjacket, and You’ve Got It Coming! in Panther and Corgi editions.
*Marvel: A nice selection new in of everyone’s favourite green giant between #113 and #200; highlights include the first appearances of such foes as The Inheritor, The Harpy and The Wendigo, as well as the 200th Anniversary issue itself. Also included are the Warlock issues #177 & #178.
*Marvel UK: A substantial amount of comics added to our Marvel UK stocks, primarily in Mighty World Of Marvel, Spider-Man Weekly and Savage Sword Of Conan, but also smaller amounts of many other titles.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: The world of James Bond has captivated many readers and filmgoers, so it’s not surprising that there have been many books written about the man and his background. One of the most respected is Kingsley Amis’ James Bond Dossier (1st UK PB), which we are pleased to add to our Books section. It’s accompanied by For Bond Lovers Only (edited by Sheldon Lane, 1st UK PB), which features many black and white photos of Bond women, the man himself and some of his guns, as well as 007, James Bond, A Report (O F Snelling) the first major critical analysis of Fleming’s Bond novels, and the only one approved by Ian Fleming.
*Marvel: New to our listings, the complete 11 issue run of the second series of Marvel Spotlight from 1979. Used to showcase and trial characters, the series went through Captain Marvel, Dragon Lord, Captain Universe, and, most noticeably, Star-Lord in issues #6 & #7 (both VF) in his first colour comic appearances. With artists of the calibre of Frank Miller, Steve Ditko and Tom Sutton within its pages, this is a nice little series to check out.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Substantial updates to three classic Boys’ titles. First up, the story paper Adventure between the years 1946 and 1960; secondly ‘modern’ eagle from 1982 through to a few of the monthly issues from 1993/94; finally Hornet from #2 (1963), right up until its final year in 1975. At around a couple of pounds per issue, these represent great reading value!
*Marvel: Nice top-ups to two of Marvel’s finest characters in their first Silver Age series, following their ‘graduation’ in 1968 from Strange Tales (for Doc Strange) and Tales To Astonish (Subby). Most issues of the short-ish run of good doctor have been added to our existing stock in a mixture of grades, all cents copies, featuring (mostly) the incomparable Gene Colan at the artistic helm. Namor lasted much longer and went through the hands of many diverse creators of varying quality, but included some super-star art by John Buscema, Marie Severin and Bill Everett. Our Subby update starts as early as #8, but focuses mainly on issues between #40 and #60, which come in at extraordinarily high grades, many VF/NM, all cents copies.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: We proudly welcome a complete run of the Fleetway Super Library Front Line series, all 26 issues from 1967 to 1968. Originally published fortnightly, these extra-long digests provided 100+ pages of (as far as we know) all-new adventures, not reprinted from the weekly comics. Like its companion titles in the Fleetway Super Library family (Fantastic/Stupendous and Secret Agent), Front Line alternated its stars, odd-numbered issues featuring “Maddock’s Marauders”, a rag-tag team of international soldiers, and even-numbered copies starring “Sgt. Ironside”, who, to absolutely no-one’s surprise, got the job done while disobeying military rules. Much of this new stock is in surprisingly high grade (given the propensity of the card covers to attract and hoard creases, as collectors know), with the majority being VG to FN, and a few even attaining the coveted VF, almost never given to items in this series.
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As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: Two early appearances of the Silver Age Atom, the Tiny Titan of the DC Universe! Taking his heroic name, but little else, from the Golden Age hero who was basically just a very tough short guy, the 1961 re-imagining of the Atom had young Ray Palmer discover a piece of white dwarf matter and fashion a suit which enabled him to compress his atoms, becoming the World’s Smallest Super-Hero! Scripter Gardner Fox took great delight in finding unusual ways in which the minuscule crusader could turn his short stature to advantage, and Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson kept artistic pace, with each page crammed with delightful and imaginative layouts. Now that the character (in inevitably altered form) is a regular on the Flash TV show, folks are starting to take a new interest in the Atom’s adventures. We offer Showcase #35, his second Silver Age appearance, in GD/VG (pence) at £50, and the first issue of his solo-series (with the first appearance of Jason Woodrue, later the Floronic Man) in GD- (pence) also at £50. We’re particularly fond of Woodrue’s optimistic declaration on issue #1’s cover; “…then nothing will stand in the way of my plant-conquest of Earth!” Well, apart from Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern…..
*Marvel: Two landmark issues featuring everyone’s favourite mutant: Wolverine #1 from 1988 is the first issue of Logan’s first ongoing series, available in sparkling NM at £50 with art by the superlative team of John Buscema and Al Williamson; Hulk #340 has art by the inimitable Todd MacFarlane and a classic image of Wolvy on the cover, available in an equally sparkling NM at £55. Two of the cornerstones of any true Wolverine fan’s collection!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Robert Heinlein is one of our most popular authors. This previously depleted section has had the following titles added: Beyond This Horizon, Farmer In The Sky, Farnham’s Freehold, Red Planet, Rocket Ship Galileo, Starship Troopers, The Day After Tomorrow, The Past Through Tomorrow Volume 2, Waldo + Magic Inc, and most notably a 1960’s Signet edition of Double Star and a 1962 Digit edition (1st UK PB) of Assignment In Eternity.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Following recent huge sales on our Transformers weekly stock, we’re pleased to recharge with 70+ new issues, most of the run between #’s 68 and 143! Originally an all-reprint production, demand at the time proved so immense that new material (mostly by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior) was produced to fill the pages, so there’s lots of undiscovered adventures for hard-core Trans-fans, including the first appearance of the cult character Death’s Head in issue #113!
*Marvel: A Baker’s Dozen of premier issues from the mid-to-late 1970’s, with the #1’s of Astonishing Tales (co-starring Ka-Zar and Doctor Doom), Black Goliath, Godzilla, Howard the Duck (by the acclaimed Gerber/Brunner team), Dazzler, Ka-Zar, Machine Man (Kirby’s robotic everyman in his own series!), Marvel Chillers, Marvel Premiere (1st Warlock), Marvel Spotlight (Red Wolf, with a Neal Adams cover) Rom, Super-Villain Team-Up, and Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: All new old authors …. by which we mean vintage authors which haven’t been listed by us before. The wide range includes prolific and occasional, versatile and niche writers. Falling into the prolific and versatile categories are Ben Barzman (Echo X), a Canadian who wrote only two Science Fiction novels, but also many screenplays, Sydney Bounds (The Robot Brains) who wrote eight Science Fiction novels in addition to many Westerns, horror, mysteries and childrens’ fiction (often using pseudonyms) and Leigh Brackett (The Big Jump), also a screenwriter and married to Edmond Hamilton. In a special category of prolific and innovative is Mark Clifton (Eight Keys To Eden), winner of the second Hugo award for best novel. His ground-breaking use of psychological insight into the common themes of Science Fiction was recognised when he was awarded the 2010 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award for unjust obscurity. Horace Coon (43,000 Years Later), wrote many books, but this is one of his rare forays into Science Fiction. The same can be said of C B Gilford (The Liquid Man) who was another scriptwriter and author. Matthew Grant (Hyper-Drive) definitely falls into the niche category, appearing to have written only one Science Fiction novel, but despite that it is highly desirable. Laurence Manning wrote short stories and series for early pulps and The Man Who Awoke is one of those series published as a novel. Eric North (The Ant Men) was one among many pseudonyms of Bernard Cronin, who wrote novels, short stories, poems and a radio play. Finally, we have two works written as novelisations: Charles Chilton (Journey Into Space) based his work on the highly successful radio series of the same name that he produced, and Will Garth, probably Alexander Samalman, possibly Henry Kuttner (Dr Cyclops) based on the classic 1940 horror film of the same name.
*Younger Readers’ Comics: A round-up of various titles for Younger Readers, including Bobo Bunny (1972), Bonnie (1974), Donald & Mickey (1972 inc. #1), Goofy (#2), & Harold Hare’s Own Paper (1961).
*Alan Class Reprints:Two key and highly sought after issues from this famous publisher: Creepy Worlds #35 reprints Fantastic Four #3 inc. cover; Race Into Space #1 (and only) reprints Charlton science-fiction stories inc. 1 by Steve Ditko. Our Creepy Worlds #35 is a sparkling VF copy at £50 with just minor back cover creasing (due, we suspect to slight glue/paper shrinkage); Race Into Space #1 is an almost equally nice FN+ copy also at £50, with just a small back cover tear precluding a higher grade.
*Annuals: 11 new annuals in the Boys’ Adventure sub-section, including Battle, Dan Dare, Hotspur, 2000 AD, Valiant, Victor, Warlord & War Picture Library.
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: The highly regarded (by many) and sadly departed Michael Turner made his name with his own creation Witchblade, the saga of a cop who is ‘possessed’ by a mystical gauntlet (as you are), which debuted from Image Comics in 1995. His highly individualistic art style can be seen imitated in many modern comics still and his legacy began here in the very first issue which we are offering in a lovely VF+ grade for £20. The final issue of the series just came out; any comic that lasts 185 issues in this day and age (not to mention spawning its own TV series) must have something going for it!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A chunky update to Commando Picture Library, the premiere title of its genre, with dozens of pre and early decimal issues fresh into stock ranging from the 200’s to the 900’s, with the emphasis firmly on the earlier part of that range.
*Marvel: Arguably, the best of all the titles to jump on the 1970’s bandwagon of the martial arts explosion was Master Of Kung Fu. Shang-Chi, the heroic son of Fu Manchu, was written (mostly) by Doug Moench, who always managed to get some philosophy in with the action, and drawn by a succession of talented artists, including some outstanding ones. The series is much sought-after these days, and we have a continual run in from #21 to #64 plus Giant-Size #1, almost all in VF and all cents copies. Not just another kung fu filler title!
*DC: The Girl Of Steel took over Adventure Comics from the Legion of Super-Heroes with #381, and we’re pleased here to present an almost unbroken run of her adventures from #400-424, all cents copies, mostly mid-high grade. Supergirl was plagued by all the traditional worries of a young girl — love, friendships, fashion, dubious weddings, secret identities, aliens, monsters, super-villains etc etc, you know the drill… One highlight of this run is spotting the number of costume variations she went through, seemingly every issue, from hot pants to mini-skirts to kinky boots to swimsuits to cat-suits ad infinitum. Included are many extra-sized issues with classic reprints such as the Legion, Animal Man, Hawkman, Robotman and many more, plus a wonderful new Zatanna strip by Gray Morrow.
*Younger Readers Comics: Bimbo must have been many readers’ first experience of comics. Aimed at nursery school aged children it included many nursery rhyme characters in stories such as Old MacDonald’s Farm, and Little Snow White (very carefully delineated from the Disney version: Little Snow White’s dwarves included Bossy, Nosey, Dozy, Chuckles, Thumpy and Mumpy). Bizarrely, Bimbo didn’t appear on the front cover until issue #3, and was soon replaced by Tom Thumb. Other stories used characters from sister D C Thompson titles such as Baby Crockett (the Beezer), and Patsy the Panda (Twinkle), other notable stories include Pip the Penguin, which ran for the whole life of the comic, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp and Pussy Willow (fondly remembered by Dr Evilla). We have greatly expanded our stock of Bimbo, to include missing years 1961, the year it started, 1962, and 1970. 1963 and 1964 are much better represented than they were.
*DC: High adventure was de rigeur from DC in the Bronze Age, hence three titles that all launched in 1975 featuring primitive worlds and settings: Beowulf Dragon Slayer, Claw the Unconquered & Kong the Untamed. We have near complete runs of all three titles (including all #1 issues), all new to our listings in high grade cents copies. Sadly, this experiment fell victim to the DC implosion which saw the cancellation of many titles around this time, but they offered a thrilling albeit brief excursion away from super-heroes and the like.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Frank Herbert is best known for the Dune Saga, but he wrote many other novels as well. This week we have added Dune itself (just fitting it into 2015 to mark its 50th anniversary this year), Dune Messiah and Whipping Star. All are in GD or VG grade. Theodore Sturgeon is another author with longevity; we have added a collection of short stories, A Way Home, and two novels, The Dreaming Jewels and Some Of Your Blood, an intriguing horror/mystery in Sturgeon’s inimitable style, which is in an exceptional FN grade.
*Marvel: A good update to our Silver/Bronze Age stocks of Captain America, from the second issue (#101) and the greatness of Lee & Kirby through many issues previously missing from our stock to #173 by Englehart and Sal Buscema, guest-starring the X-Men.
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*Girls’ Comics: Girl’s Crystal started out as a story paper, with a style highly evocative of it’s time, such as the use of headings like Their Camping Holiday and Her Dilemma. The front cover and some internal pages carried illustrations, all of which suggest that women of the time only wore red. The characters were stylised, and intentionally youthful, but impossible to pin down to a particular age – mid-teens to late twenties. Stories were all Grand or Exciting (both if you were lucky), suitably patriotic during the war years, and, with the emphasis on cruises and adventures in exotic locations, offered post-war escapism. We’ve revamped our stock of Girls’ Crystal from its years as a story paper to bring the pricing structure into line with contemporary boys’ story papers, so that our stocks of these (1941-1948) are now approximately half the price at which we previously had them listed. For good measure we’ve added a complete year from 1952 also at the new prices. Bumper reading fun, with cover summaries such as ‘The Kiddies Were Looking Forward To The Mexican Fiesta — And Thanks To The Gay Outlaw All Their Hopes Were Realised’ (#583 1946). And in 1952 we get the Silent Three as well! Treat yourself to some ripping yarns, schoolgirl style!
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 Books Section:
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: Borrowing our heading from an Ant-Man special of a few years back, we’re delighted to present at this festive season both the first appearance of Ant-Man (Hank Pym) from Tales To Astonish #27 and of his partner the Wasp from Tales To Astonish #44. Two dynamic debuts for a favourite Marvel couple. Hank Pym, later to become Ant-Man (and Giant-Man, and Goliath, and Yellowjacket, and briefly the Wasp, but we don’t talk about that…), made his first appearance in Tales to Astonish #27 as “The Man In The Ant Hill!”, another of those ‘science gone awry’ stories so beloved of the early Marvel Bullpen. There was nothing in this story to distinguish Hank from myriad other white-coated geeks who had odd encounters at the hands of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, but for some reason he sparked the public imagination and returned in TTA #35 as a fully-fledged super-hero, Ant-Man. We have a copy of Hank’s first appearance, Tales to Astonish #27, new in in FN+, a highly attractive copy with excellent cover colour and gloss. The front cover has minuscule chips from the bottom right corner and mid-lower cover edge. There is also a small (approx. 1cm square) piece out of the back cover’s lower edge, which alone prevents a substantially higher grade. (The front and back back covers are pictured below). Ant-Man soon discovered that loyal as his ants were, they lacked something in the companionship stakes – so in Tales to Astonish #44, he was joined by Janet Van Dyne, alias the Wasp, and one of comics’ greatest and most turbulent relationships was born. Our copy of TTA #44 is a gorgeous VF-, with stunning cover and gloss, and only one tiny imperfection – a staple puncture just above the logo. Hank & Jan always had the most believable romance of the Marvel Universe, and the pair have long been favourites here at 30th C., so we’re delighted to see the characters getting their due recognition. Both of these highly collectible items are cents copies, with no UK price or overstamp, and, with the second Ant-Man movie now having been retitled “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, both characters are coming into greater public prominence, so now is the time to buy. Tales To Astonish #27 FN+ is offered at £3,275; Tales To Astonish #44 VF- is £650.
This special one-off event features dozens of items, many of which would be a spectacular update in themselves in an ordinary week – but because we’re too good to you, it’s a fantastic festive free-for-all! With cover dates ranging from 1957 to 1975, a spectacular array of love, pop, fashion and fun in comics and magazines intended for teen+ gals!
Particular highlights include: Jackie #1, from 1964, and more than twenty issues from 1965 and 1966 – the earliest Jackies we’ve ever had in stock!; eight new issues of Romeo, from 1957’s issue #5 through to 1971!; a batch of Mirabelle from 1966 with astonishing lovely painted covers, including a Free Gift Issue with the Mini-Mirabelle Mag (thus incorporating this week’s Free Gift Farrago!), featuring extra comic-strip adventures!; from 1975, Mates #1, in the last days before photo-love conquered the girls’ comics world! – and new listings for our stocks of the ever-popular romance weeklies Cherie, Marilyn, and Valentine. But not content with that, we also have a range of magazines – no comics content – with features, pictures and articles about the pop icons of the sixties, many of which are debut issues: Date #1(1960), the implausibly-oversized Intro #1 from 1967 (“The Beatles At Their Frankest!”), Scream! #1 (No, not the Skywald horror mag. nor the Fleetway one either!) from 1964; a double-punch from 1963, with the Thank Your Lucky Stars Special and its companion, Lucky Stars (they were low on imagination for titles, but high on Beatles pics!); and Rave #6 from 1964, with a showbiz smackdown – “Beatles Vs. Cliff Great Film Special!” Cover stars include Jagger, Connery, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Herman (no, not Munster…) and, oh yes, did we mention the Beatles? Relive the days of the British Invasion, Swinging London, and just a dab of the BCR’s with this cross-section of pop-culture phenomena! Groovy!
*Marvel: After a well-received run in Marvel Premiere, the Sorceror Supreme, Doctor Strange, won back his own series, commencing with this #1 issue from 1974. His run in Marvel Premiere had been characterised by some of the most inventive and daring storytelling and artwork seen in comics at that time, and the quality continued in #1, written by Steve Englehart and featuring the superlative illustrations of Frank Brunner. This particular issue #1 is a serendipitous instance of the quality of the content matching the quality of the copy, as it’s a gorgeous NM- specimen cents copy at £150. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A trio of Valiant Summer Specials from the 1970’s (with one bonus duplicate copy!) 1971’s ‘Valiant & Smash’ Summer Special has Kelly’s Eye, Sgt. Hurricane, the Steel Claw and company joined by the Ghostly Guardian and His Sporting Lordship. A year later, the title had morphed into ‘Valiant & TV 21’ , and featured Star Trek and Yellowknife of the Yard alongside all the other regulars; and in 1976, in a harsher time, the Summer Special was headlined by tough cop One-Eyed Jack and action dog ‘Paco’. !971 is in VG at £20, 1972 in VF at £30 or PR/FA at £7.50, and 1976 in VF at £30.
*DC: Two early appearances of DC’s sidekick super-team. In Brave & Bold #54, the ‘tryout’ title premiered a team-up of Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash, sans their adult mentors, against the sinister menace of Mister Twister. Sales spiked, and the team, christened the Teen Titans and with the welcome addition of Wonder Girl, won further auditions in B&B and Showcase, before graduating to their own series, and never looking back, remaining (with various line-ups) an integral part of the DC Universe to the present day. Our Brave & Bold #54 is an attractive VG+ (cents copy at £65), with only mid-spine weakness and to tiny chips out of lower cover corners precluding a grade of Fine or better; the Teen Titans #1 is a solid GD+ (cents copy at £30), with a narrow strip/chip off the bottom right cover being the only significant defect.