*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Two mouth-wateringly rare Hammer Horror books join our shelves today, featuring John Burke’s gruesomely spine-chilling novelisations of classic Hammer films. The elusive Hammer Horror Omnibus features a double double bill: The Curse Of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Gorgon and The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb. The Second Hammer Horror Film Omnibus is even more elusive, but by a spooky twist of fate we have two on offer. This book also features tales from four films: Dracula – Prince Of Darkness, Rasputin – The Mad Monk, The Reptile and finally The Plague Of The Zombies. All are 1st UK PB editions; truly horror to make you drool. Prices reflect their rarity: the first Omnibus is VG at £75; both seconds are GD also at £75 each.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: More from our 1930’s vintage British comics haul. This time, it’s the turn of Wizard in the spotlight, with dozens of issues all through the 1930’s from 1931 to 1938. A wonderful selection of stories with Western, Sports, Science-Fiction, Jungle, School, Exotic Locale & Adventure themes which thrilled a generation.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: From 1979, 21 out of the 22 issues of 2000 AD ‘spin-off’ Tornado fresh in, the fondly-remembered comic that featured Drago, the Mind Of Wolfie Smith, Captain Klep and Blackhawk among others before being subsumed into 2000 AD itself later that same year. Also featured Dave Gibbons in a super-hero suit as the Big E!
*Girls’ Comics: A significant update for the most famous Girls’ comic title of all: almost the whole year of Bunty 1971 fresh in, mostly in VG/FN grades, a smattering of 1975, 1976 and 1991 and then many from 1994 up to Easter 1995.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: A small update to this immensely popular category for the following 1970’s Charlton titles: Ghostly Tales, Ghost Manor, Haunted Love, Many Ghosts Of Dr. Graves, Midnight Tales, Monster Hunters & Scary Tales.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Continuing our 1930’s vintage British comics updates, we’re delighted to present a handful of Boys’ Cinema from 1939. Featuring text stories of contemporary films illustrated with stills, these are a pure nostalgia-fest for anyone old enough to remember them and a fascinating insight into the times for those young whippersnappers among you.
*DC: We make no apologies for re-using the same text as last time we had this gem through our hands: You’ve heard of the Rumble in the Jungle? You’ve heard of the Thriller in Manila? Now, get ready for the Uproarium in the Emporium as we bring you Superman Vs Muhammad Ali in the Treasury-sized All New Collectors’ Edition C56. Highly sought after by both comic and boxing enthusiasts, this one-off issue is gorgeously illustrated by the incomparable Neal Adams, whose art looks amazing at this size. In FN+ grade, marred only by minor spine wear and a soft-creased corner, this is an item set only to rise in price as the years go by. Yours currently for £40. And it won’t be here long, so float like a butterfly and get your order in, or you’ll be stung by a bee.
*Marvel: No less than ten #1 issues from Marvel’s Silver and Bronze Ages, incorporating Amazing Adventures FN/VF £30 (1970 – with the beginning of the Inhumans and Black Widow strips), Astonishing Tales VF+ £36, Captain Marvel VF+ p £100, Marvel Two-In-One NM £105, New Mutants FN+ p £5, Nick Fury, Agent Of Shield FN/VF p £45, Punisher (1986 mini) NM- p £33, Spectacular Spider-Man NM £80, Super-Villain Team-Up VF+ £26 & What If (1977) NM £39. As all collectors know, #1 issues are always in demand and represent good investments. We shall say no more!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A great selection of books by two great authors, chosen to add to the titles already offered. From Isaac Asimov we have Prelude To Foundation, Foundation and Forward The Foundation, I, Robot and The Rest Of The Robots, The Caves of Steel and The Stars In Their Courses. From Arthur C Clarke we have 2001 A Space Odyssey, Rendezvous With Rama, Earthlight and The Deep Range. We also have three late 1950’s Corgi editions, Pebble In The Sky (Asimov) and The City And The Stars and The Sands Of Mars (Clarke).
*Childrens’ Books: A variety of classics join the Children’s section today, including two more Enid Blyton adventures (Ring’o Bells Mystery and The Rilloby Fair Mystery), Moonfleet (Falkner), Wishing Water-Gate (Elinor Lyon), 101 Dalmations (Dodie Smith), What Katy Did (Susan Coolidge), Treasure Island (Stevenson) and Terry’s Only Term (Ethel Talbot). In addition we have a pair of Nathaniel Hawthorne stories collected as The Pomegranate Seeds and all three of the Earthsea tales By Ursula Le Guin, an unusual Captain W E Johns adventure, The Death Rays Of Ardilla and another Billy Bunter (Billy Bunter Afloat).
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: *Marvel UK *Power Comics
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Power Comics: When is a Power comic not a Power comic? After Odhams folded, the Smash title was taken over in 1969 by Fleetway IPC, and ran, with content more traditional to that publisher, until 1971. We have the first relaunch issue from 15/3/69 (which includes the first Cursitor Doom) and then a good selection new in right up until the last issue in 1971. Highlights along the way include the 1st Tri-Man strip and numerous issues with promotional flyers for Whizzer & Chips (I guess they were really pushing that!)
*Marvel: The first six issue run of Hulk seem to be among the rarest of the early Marvel Silver Age, so we’re particularly pleased to have a nice copy of #5 new in. Featuring the first appearance of Tyrannus, and all the quality you’d expect from Stan Lee & jack Kirby in the early 1960’s, this VG+ pence copy is priced at £225. Although there is a small tear at upper staple back cover, this is a clean, tidy and very presentable copy with good page quality.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We present the large format Hawk Books hardcover of Tales From the Trigan Empire, published in 1989, featuring the sumptuous art of Don Lawrence. This edition is graded at VG and is clean and sharp. There are small splits either side of the base of the spine, and very slight water damage to the tops of the pages, but nothing horrible in this uncommon gem.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: W∴ W∴, otherwise known as William Bound, produced his Qhe! series in the 1970’s. Qhe – mystic, divine ruler of the tiny Himalayan state of Pashman, jet-set guerrilla, cosmic-Bond and superlover (well, there’s a surprise) fights the good fight with his uncivil servant Willard, a deadly snake-charmer in a pinstripe suit. We have the complete series, all four in FN or VF grade, and all 1st UK PB editions.
*DC: A small range of DC 100 pagers and other giants fresh in, comprising DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #4 (Weird Mystery Tales), #16 (Sgt Rock), #21 (Superboy) & #22 (The Flash), DC Special #5 (Joe Kubert), Shazam #8, Superboy #185 & #208 and Super DC Giant S23 (The Unexpected).
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Some esoteric fare on offer this update in the form of an Australian Gunsmoke, Mandrake the Magician World Adventure Library, Pecos Bill, Pearson’s Private Eye Picture Stories, Secret Agent Holiday Special, a couple of text adventures from the Sexton Blake Library, Space Picture Library and a seldom-seen 448 page Super Picture Special from 1969.
*Marvel: Continuing our grudging acknowledgment of the passing years, we admit to our catalogue listings another ‘modern’ series, but one whose popularity and appeal we can’t deny. Deadpool! Marvel’s Merc-with-A-Mouth, after the four-issue Circle Chase mini-series in 1993, became the Merc-With-A-Monthly when his own ongoing title debuted in 1997, establishing the irreverent, lecherous and bloodthirsty anti-hero that an entire generation has come to love. We have the entire Deadpool: Circle Chase mini-series, plus the first ten issues of the 1997 monthly, backed up by a selection of others from that run, and the 2008 Deadpool ongoing from #1 upwards. As you would expect from comparatively recent comics, these are in high grade, with none dipping below VF-, and the majority NM or better, with many achieving the comparatively-rare grade of Mint – and you know how stingy we are with that grade! The ‘Pool’s prices have spiralled up over the last half-decade because of his popularity – but we predict they will escalate still further once his forthcoming movie starring Rhino Reynolds is released, so get ’em while they’re kind-of affordable! Because You Demanded It, Pilgrim!
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Two more crime fighters join the Crime bookshelves today. The first is Shell Scott, Richard S Prather’s detective, described on the books as ‘White-haired, broken-nosed, with a neat line in wisecracks and a liking for beautiful women. The toughest, most efficient detective you’ve ever met.’ We have four Shell Scott adventures available in 1950’s and 1960’s editions. The second is by Terry Harknett, writing as Thomas H Stone. Chester Fortune is described as ‘ a Man of Violence in a Violent World.’ We believe we have the whole set of five Fortune novels, all in First UK paperback editions and in grades ranging from VG to FN.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Although this a comparatively modern novel/work, Stephen Hunt’s The Kingdom Beyond The Waves has been favourably compared to such disparate writers as Jules Verne, H G Wells, Charles Dickens, Philip Pullman and Ian Fleming. With antecedents like these it must be good! We have a signed, NM HC copy, with a FN dustjacket at £40.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: The expansion of the Book Section allows us to put out thisTV/Film update covering a wide range of genres. We have the first three novels by Martin Caidin that inspired the 6 Million Dollar Man, Cannon, Dangerman (two novels), Paul Temple (two novels) and the Men from U.N.C.L.E., including a rare copy of the The Corfu Affair. We also have the World of Tim Frazer (an accidental spy), the Memoirs Of A Thief (inspiration for the film Teresa The Thief), the second 1990 novel, Blue Blood, George Lucas’ Star Wars novel, a few Dr Who adventures and finally Two A Penny, based on a film starring Cliff Richard.
*Modern Reprints: Our listings have been languishing for a while without the Silver Age Marvel Masterworks, the handsome full-colour volumes reprinting the early years of the Marvel Universe – but no longer! We’ve restocked with the paperback editions of popular series such as Avengers, Captain America, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Sgt. Fury, Spider-Man, Thor, and the classic X-Men. While our inventory is far from complete, it does include several volumes now out of print, all brand new at £19 each!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’re delighted to be able to offer the complete set (#1-8) of Weird Heroes. Edited by Byron Preiss, these were a revival of the glory days of pulp magazines, using the synergy of good writing and artwork to produce amazing science fiction and fantasy. Featuring well-known authors such as Philip Jose Farmer, Ron Goulart, Edmond Hamilton, Michael Moorcock, Ted White amongst others, and equally wonderful artists including Alcala, Chaykin, Fabian, Hickman, Jones, Maroto, Nebres, Nino, Reese, Russell, Sutton, Sheridan and Steranko, these offer a treat for any Science Fiction and/or Comic fan, especially as most books are in FN or VF grade.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: “Spine-Tingling Tales of Perils, Passions and Plunder!” we are promised by the strapline of the first (and, alas, only) issue of Son of Sinbad, and by Cracky, they did what it said on the tin. In the Post-War years, superhero comics were in a slump, and publishers were looking around for new genres to try. One field explored was the quasi-historical fantasy movies which were big box-office, and Joe Kubert’s illustration in this all-Kubert issue is an evocative translation from the silver screen to the four-colour page. Kubert’s style was beginning to mature here, and his portrayal of our swashbuckling hero and his lovely companion, as they are pitted against a succession of rogues and villains, is among some of his finest early work. GD- at £38.
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: It isn’t often we get to bandy about the phrase, “A Queen-Size Update!”, but we are pleased to announce the arrival of the first six Millie the Model Annuals, in which Miss Millicent Barbara Collins and her eternal ‘frenemy’ Chili Storm travel the world in romantic adventures, while finding time to change outfits and hairdos every few panels! Issue #1, released in 1962, is believed to be the second Marvel Annual ever, and despite an unfortunate watermark on the upper cover, is a genuine rarity; GD- at £20. (Mind you, Millie always came over here to the UK in lesser quantities than the rest of the Marvel universe, so none of her issues are commonplace) Fun, folly, fashions, and even a tear-shedding’ wedding in Annual #4; what more can you ask?
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: In the 1970’s adventuring crime fiction moved away from dashing and debonair characters such as The Saint and The Baron, becoming more hard-edged and action-packed. This change was marked by almost all protagonists being given a name ending in ~er or ~or. We have two fine examples of this: The Penetrator and Expeditor. Lionel Derrick’s Penetrator (Mark Hardin) was part Welsh and part Cheyenne, allowing him to combine the fighting skills of two heritages to become the ultimate action hero. Luckily he never encountered Paul Edwards’ Expeditor (John Eagle), who was part Scottish border fighter and part Apache, allowing him to combine the fighting skills of two heritages to become the ultimate action hero. Both characters have magnificent physiques, incredible stamina and an amazing capacity to meet villains and beautiful women in equal measure (but only one has a camel!). We have all 14 Expeditor books and 6 Penetrator books, including #1-5. We recommend that you read these books lying down, in case the pace proves to be too much for you.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Continuing our 1930’s update, we’re spotlighting Skipper – the one of D.C.Thomson’s ‘Big Five’ which was suspended “for the duration” at the outset of World War II, but never made it back. A dozen new issues, primarily from 1937. In addition to Skipper, we also have selections of Rover from 1931 to 1937, a pair of Adventure from 1934, and a couple of oddities: Topical Times from 1938 and 1939, and a Red Letter from 1941, two series which are more the antecedents of general magazines rather than the precursors to comics that the story papers were, but we thought we’d give them a try! These slices of history from the days of The Empire are strangely compelling in retrospect.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Eight hardcover books join this expanding section. A mixture of anthologies (Space Opera – Edited by Brian Aldiss, Decade The 1960s – edited by Brian Aldiss and Harry Harrison, Low-Flying Aircraft – short stories by J G Ballard, The Future Makers – edited by Peter Haining), a collection of three novellas (Three For Tomorrow – edited by Robert Silverberg), a novel (a rare edition of A Canticle For Leibowitz – Walter M Miller, with a gorgeous front cover) and last, but definitely not least, a collection of Michael Moorcock novels, Stormbringer.
*Girls’ Comics: As promised, here’s our huge Tammy update, with a couple of hundred issues new in. We start at #1 (6/2/71), a Fine graded copy and superior to the other copies we have listed. We then have many more issues from Tammy’s first year, after which we jump to a comprehensive update for 1975-1978. Christmas, April Fool, Valentine, Birthday, Fireworks & Halloween issues abound, and there’s even the Silver Jubilee issue. Tammy collectors, get your skates on and fill your boots, to mix a metaphor or two!
*Marvel: New additions for several titles from Marvel’s Silver & Bronze Ages, including Black Panther (#1 from 1977), Captain America, Conan (#4), Dr. Strange (1974), Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1 (with Spider-Man), Hulk, Journey Into Mystery with Thor, Marvel Spotlight (with Son of Satan and Moon Knight), Marvel Team-Up, Giant-Size Spider-Man (#1 VF+ £40), Sub-Mariner, and low grade copies of Tales Of Suspense #41 (3rd Iron Man) and Tales To Astonish #36 (3rd Ant-Man).
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our American section: *DC
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: Substantial stock added for two classic Marvel horrors from the 1970s: (Adventure Into) Fear, issues between #11 & #31 (final issue) and Werewolf By Night, issues between #2 & #36. Fear features Man-Thing and then Morbius, taking in along the way the first appearance of Howard The Duck in #19 (FN £25); Werewolf By Night features the earliest appearances of Moon Knight (#33, second app. in this update FN+ £18.50). A nice selection of both, mostly in high grade with many VF copies and all cents. SORRY, ADVENTURE INTO FEAR #19 HAS NOW SOLD
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Two adventurers with a big following in this update, both fondly remembered for their hit TV series: The Saint by Leslie Charteris and the Baron by John Creasy. Ten Saint novels new in of 1950’s and 1960’s vintage, including his first adventure, publishers including Pan, Hodder and Brown Watson. Five Barons from the 1960’s and 1970’s, published by Corgi and Hodder.
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: *Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Some unusual fare in this week’s magazine update. Two rare Batman items: from 1966 and the height of the TV show craze, 3D Batman, reprinting classic Batman stories in the 3D format and including stills of Adam West & Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo (sadly, no 3D glasses present) and from 1990, the strange-looking hardcover graphic novel Batman: Digital Justice, an early computer generated work (listed here because of its size). These are backed up by three magazines from 1975 by Atlas Seaboard: both issues of Devilina and #2 of Thrilling Adventure Stories, with art by Toth, Heath, Severin and Simonson under an Adams cover.
*Mad Books: Even more Mad books have joined our collection, now placed on the bookcases near the stairs. Highlights include a NM copy of Don Martin’s second Captain Klutz (which includes his origin story), Sergio Aragone’s Mad As A Hatter! (VG) and The Self-Made Mad (VG), but there is also the eponymous It’s A World, World, World, World, World Mad as well as Mad In Orbit / Howling / Striking Back, Non-Violent /Polyunsaturated / Questionable Mad and many others.
We’ve now added many new bookcases inside our shop (located near the staircase to the basement) and this new location is where you’ll now find TV/ Film Tie-Ins, Pulp Fiction, Childrens’ Books and Mad Books, leaving Science-Fiction, Fantasy & Horror and Crime Spies & Sleaze in the tall bookcases at the rear of the shop. This allows us room for about a further 600-700 books to go out on sale, so look for a big expansion to our book stocks in all categories in the weeks ahead.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Spinning off from the phenomenally popular DC comic of the same name, Warner Books produced two paperback volumes of the House Of Mystery in 1973. Written by Jack Oleck, each volume contains 8 short horror text stories in the same vein as the comic title, and exquisitely illustrated by the master of the genre Berni Wrightson with many full page black and white images. All contained within Wrightson colour covers, these two rare volumes comprise the complete series and we’ve graded them as Very Fine at £20 each, being in virtually as new condition. The only time we’ve ever seen these, and we don’t expect them to hang around!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A decent-sized update to three of our best-selling Boys’ titles: Lion (just a soupcon from 1952 & 1964 then many from 1971-74), Tiger from 1965-68 and Valiant (a soupcon from 1965/66, then many from 1972-75).
*Marvel: A Nifty Nineties Triple-Threat this update, as we venture out of our vintage zone to present the first appearances of a trio of characters who defined the decade of big hair, implausible musculature and a superabundance of weaponry! First up, New Mutants #87, the first full appearance of Cable, the telekinetic mercenary who was sent back from the future to prevent his present becoming the X-Men’s past. Or something like that. This VF/NM pence copy (£40) has excellent white pages, and only the tiniest spine roll precluding a higher grade. Following on, another New Mutants, this time #98, with the palpitating premier of everybody’s favourite Merc-With-A-Mouth, Deadpool, as well as the accompanying debuts of the delightful but deadly Domino and the villainous Gideon. This is a Fine cents copy (£50), in decent shape but with light label residue at the upper cover corner. Rounding out, Uncanny X-Men #266, with the least plausible French accent since the cast of ‘Allo ‘Allo, the debut of Gambit, soon, if rumour is to be believed, the star of his own movie franchise! (As soon as anybody works out exactly what his powers are.) A very decent VF pence copy here (£50). SORRY, NEW MUTANTS #98 HAS NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: A scattering of Sally from 1970 and 1971, with ‘Cat Girl’, ‘Maisie’s Magic Eye’, ‘Sara’s Kingdom’, the ‘Silent Shadows’ (yet another group of masked schoolgirls fighting the Nazis – it’s a wonder the Third Reich ever got anything done!) and ‘Twangy Pearl the Elastic Girl’, among other features. As a bonus, the 6/2/1971 issue sports a promotional flyer for ‘Tammy’, the young upstart weekly who would absorb the faltering Sally later that same year. How ironic! Sally always sells swiftly, so fire up your e-mail now!
*Marvel: Marvel’s most controversial hero of the Silver Age, the Silver Surfer, restocked this update! Issues from #2 to the final issue #18, of his original series are now back in stock, mostly mid-high grade copies up to Very Fine+. By John Buscema at his most awesome, and Stan Lee at his most loquacious, these well-remembered and highly acclaimed tales express the Sentinel of the Spaceways’ despair about humanity’s propensity for intolerance and violence – usually just before he turns around and twats someone with the Power Cosmic! Dramatic highlights from this selection include #2 (debut of the brutal Badoon), #3 (first appearance of Surfy’s arch-nemesis Mephisto), #4 the rare Thor crossover issue), #14 (battle with Spider-Man) and #18 (in which our peaceful hero finally loses the plot and decides he’s at war with planet Earth – so it’s just as well his book was cancelled! Phew!)
*Girls’ Comics: Following on from our recent and hugely popular pop, romance and fashion update from the 1950’s and 1960’s, we now present similar fare 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s style, courtesy of Blue Jeans, Hi, Mates, My Guy & Oh Boy. If you can’t get enough of poptastic hunks and babes, or want to learn how to lose weight, how to write a saucy love letter or how to knit a nubbly waistcoat, these are the comics for you!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: All gardeners know how it is at the end of summer, when all your carefully tended plants are laden with fruit. This year the SF bookberry bushes have been especially prolific, allowing us to add a large number of anthologies. These include a great selection of ‘Best Ofs’: L Sprague de Camp, Lester Del Rey, Raymond Z Gallun, C L Moore, Eric Frank Russell and Clifford D Simak, all three Andromeda collections (edited by Peter Weston), a range of anthologies from those stalwart editors Brian Aldiss and Damon Knight as well as many more. We’re particularly pleased to have Casey Agonistes by Richard McKenna, an author who died far too young.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: For this week’s magazine update, we turn to 1975 and feature 6 out of the 8 issues of Marvel’s Doc Savage magazine, the pulp favourite hero in beautifully-rendered adventures. All issues present except #1 & #4, mostly in Fine condition.