*DC: We’re starting a new regular feature this week, celebrating the Golden Age of DC Comics! We’re always happy to welcome Golden Age copies of an iconic character into stock – and who’s more iconic than the Man of Steel? We are delighted to offer a trio of vintage Superman issues from the post-war years: #36 from 1945, #56 from 1948, and #60 from 1949. All of these are appealing copies for their age – the #36 has a restoration (paper ‘fill’ and colour redrawing) at the right cover edge, but would otherwise grade a minimum of GD+; taking into account the restoration, we have graded it as FA+. The other two copies are in an extraordinary condition for their vintage. The #54 is FN+, with vibrant colours, off-white flexible pages and tight staples and corners; the #60 is VG+, with only light edge foxing and the faintest of subscription creases precluding a higher grade. Seldom seen in this country, and almost never as such attractive copies. #36 is FA+ £65, #54 FN+ £315 and #60 VG+ £185. Watch out for more Golden Age DC Greats coming soon!
*DC: As everyone knows (or should), the Silver Age of Comics is generally acknowledged to have begun with Showcase #4, which revived the Flash persona in the form of Barry Allen, Police Scientist, in a new streamlined legend for the Space Age. A hit with the new Space-Age readership, the Flash, sleekly illustrated by Carmine Infantino, was brought back for three more appearances in the tryout magazine Showcase and this, #14, was his final ‘audition’ before gaining his own series. Predating UK distribution, this is a cents copy, with a beautiful deep purple cover, unfaded by the passing decades. Minor corner and edge wear, a minuscule chip at the top cover edge, and a small sealed tear on the back cover, are the only detracting factors from this outstanding copy for its vintage. Given its unusual state of preservation, its scarcity, and the increasing popularity of the Flash character, we are selling this VG/FN copy of Showcase #14 at £700.
*DC: Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke (also known for much of his career as ‘the Terminator’, until Arnie’s agents said ‘Oi!) made his first appearance in New Teen Titans #2, the successful Wolfman/Perez revival of the faltering franchise. Already a hit, the New Teen Titans’ fortunes rose with those of Mr. Slade as their recurring arch-nemesis, and eventually he went on to star in several series of his own, as well as media appearances in the ‘Arrow’ TV show and elsewhere. This premier appearance is an attractive FN pence copy, very good eye appeal but with faint crease/pressure marks in the upper left and lower right corners precluding a higher grade. On sale at £60.
*DC: Another sweep through the Silver/Bronze DC Universe, including some particularly significant issues. Titles include: Action Comics, Adventure Comics (inc. a lovely copy of #325 with Lex Luthor and a couple of the uncommon later digest-sized issues), Batman (inc. #200), Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest (Superman), Brave & Bold, Detective Comics, Justice League of America, Mr. District Attorney, Showcase (#77 1st Angel & The Ape), Super-Friends, Superman (Inc. #147, 1st Legion of Super-Villains), Superman Family, Teen Titans (inc. 1st Lillith), Warlord (inc. #1) and World’s Finest.
*Marvel: An inexplicable early flop for the House of Ideas, the Hulk’s original series only lasted 6 issues, after which he went on to greater popularity as a villain before working his way back through the anti-hero route to his own series in Tales to Astonish, and thence to his (rather longer) second solo career. Any issue of the Hulk’s first series is rare in decent shape, so we’re pleased to have a #3 in, which also featured the debut of one of Marvel’s longest-running villain teams – the Ringmaster and His Circus of Crime! This cents copy of Hulk #3 has good cover colour, an almost unimpeded cover scene (faint marks at centre, with one very small patch of deeper yellow that looks like a colour touch), and generally good interior page quality; there is a 2″ top spine split and a 1″ bottom spine split. Presenting a very collectable package, much better than it sounds. GD- cents copy at £165.
*Marvel: Of the post-Ditko run of Amazing Spider-Man, one of the most in-demand issues is #50, wherein artist John Romita hit his stride and started doing some of the finest work of his career. The cover to #50 has become etched in the minds of a generation, endlessly imitated and ‘homaged’, and as if that wasn’t enough, this epic issue featured the first appearance of the Kingpin, one of Spider-Man’s most significant villains! (Later shoplifted by Daredevil, but that was a decade or two in the future…) Our newest Spider-Man #50 is a VG+ pence copy, with moderate edge & corner wear, but an unmarked cover scene and flexible, off-white interiors. On sale for £120.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: A few dozen issues new in this popular category from DC & Marvel. DC: House Of Mystery, House Of Secrets, Madame Xanadu (#1), Night Force (#1), Unexpected & Witching Hour. Marvel: Arrgh (#1), Chamber Of Darkness (#1), Fear (giant issues #2 & #4), Giant-Size Chillers (inc. #1 1975), Supernatural Thrillers (#1), Tower Of Shadows (#1 with Steranko art plus special), Vault Of Evil (#1), Where Monsters Dwell (#1) and Worlds Unknown.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: As we’ve previously noted, little says “Summer Fun” to the British psyche more effectively than stories of battle and carnage in Forn Parts. While Warlord was a Johnny-Come-Lately to DC Thomson’s war weekly line-up, only launching in 1974, it swiftly deployed the extra-tall Summer Specials which were so successful for its fellows. We have a selection of Warlord Summer Specials from 1975 (the very first) to 1989, in affordable low to mid grades.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We have a captivating quintet of premier issues in our First Quenchers event this week, in affordable mid to low grades: Battle #1 from 1975, home of D-Day Dawson and many others GD £15; Jet #1 from 1971, starring Von Hoffman’s Invasion, The Sludgemouth Sloggers, and Ken Reid’s Faceache, GD at £15; Super DC #1, 1969’s attempt to emulate Power Comics’ success with the Marvel heroes by reprinting Superman, Batman and Company – FA/GD, £8; Tarkan #1 from 1973, a translation of Sezgin Burak’s popular Turkish warrior VG £5 and Wildcat #1, a late-entry in the sci-fi sweepstakes from Fleetway/IPC, which eventually merged into Eagle Mk. II. This first issue is VF £15, and comes with the original free gift, an Alien Monster Poster!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Borag thungg! Welcome to our second (and final in this sequence) top-up of the Galaxy’s mightiest comic, 2000 AD! This update, we have around 100 new progs added to our lists, in a range between #349 to #499. This was a period during which Judge Dredd was at his most outlandish, and a new talent named Alan Moore was exciting the readership with series like D.R. & Quinch, and The Ballad of Halo Jones. Strontium Dog, Slaine, Rogue Trooper, Robo-Hunter and Nemesis were all at their peak… and the ‘Ace Trucking Corps’ was still hanging on, but you can’t have everything! Check out our listings for a jolt of Thrill-Power that’ll fry your circuits!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A large update of Rover, consisting of Rover itself covering 1949 to 1952, Rover and Adventure from 1961 and Rover and Wizard covering 1964 to 1969, with one Christmas issue from 1967. The grades are nearly all GD or VG. Thrill to the adventures of Alf Tupper, Tough of the Track, who trained on fish and chips!
*TV & Film Related Comics: This week we have the first two issues of Star Wars Weekly from 1978. Marvel UK lost little time in jumping on the bandwagon, re-packaging reprints of the American material, and, in the best tradition of British Weeklies, enticing the punters with the added incentive of a flimsy and easily-damaged cardboard toy! We have issue #1 of Star Wars Weekly in VF with the Free Gift X-Fighter in NM, and issue #2 in GD (generally nicer than that grade, but does have a mid-cover edge tear) with Free Gift Tie-Fighter in VF. Both gifts are flat and still attached to the original support card, as per illustrations; neither has ever been ‘punched out’ and assembled. Issue #1 with Free Gift is £75; issue #2 with Free Gift is £40.
*TV & Film Related Comics: And here’s more Gerry Anderson material, as we present TV Tornado #2-39. The nasties from Captain Scarlet feature from #36 (see cover image), but there’s much more to TV Tornado than the Mysterons, with Batman, Tarzan, the Phantom, the Man From UNCLE, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Bonanza, Flash Gordon, Green Hornet, Magnus Robot Figther, the Lone Ranger, the Saint, the Invaders and others. A real cult TV fan favourite title!
*TV & Film Related Comics: Continuing our Gerry Anderson theme, following on from last week’s Lady Penelope extravaganza and our celebratory window display, we’re delighted to have issues #6-20 (less #18) of TV Century 21 from 1965 fresh into stock. Sadly, these are low grade copies, with frayed spines and ragged edges, but they are all complete and readable and at prices beyween £4 and £10, great for filling gaps in yuour collection until better copies come along.
*Humour Comics: Lots of Busters from 1972, including a New Year issue and Easter issues. ‘Nuff said!
*Girls’ Comics: We don’t see Princess too often, so we’re delighted to have a nice batch in from the later years, from 5th November 1966 complete right up to the final issue 16th September 1967, including Christmas, Valentine, Easter & April Fool issues. Mostly all in superior condition, with the vast majority being FN grade. This fondly remembered series featured many quality picture strip stories (including the long running ‘Happy Days’ NB NOT the TV show!) and fun features, with charming and evocative covers. Christmas issue 1966 and final issue pictured. After this, it was merged with Tina to become Princess Tina (but that’s a story for another day!). Christmas issue 1966 and final issue pictured.
*Clearance Corner: Our latest bargain pack is an idiosyncratic mix of 8 poster and sticker magazines mainly from 1980s as follows:
Action Man Sticker Collection (Panini) 1983 FN
Battlestar Galactica Premier Collector’s Edition 1978(?) FN
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Sticker Collection (Panini) 1986 VF
Star Wars Return Of The Jedi Sticker Collection (Panini) 1983 VG
Star Wars Return Of The Jedi Sticker Collection (Panini) 1983 GD
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Official Poster Monthly #2 1980 FN
Transformers Sticker Collection (Panini) 1986 VF
Transformers Poster Magazine 1986/7 VF
All stickers present in sticker collections. Available for £7.50 (that’s less than £1 per mag!) Postage to a UK address (if required) would be an extra £3.50.
This week’s spotlight on our previously listed stock falls on Ghost Rider #1 VF+ £125 (pence copy). The 1970’s retooling of the venerable Western character, Ghost Rider, as a supernatural satanically-empowered cyclist raised eyebrows among the purists, to say the least – but no-one can deny it was a commercial success, and after a hit streak in Marvel Spotlight, former stunt-rider Johnny Blaze burned rubber into his own series!
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:
*Alan Class Reprints
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: In Batman #232, the creative team of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams created one of Batman’s most significant villains: Ra’s al Ghul, a.k.a. the Head of the Demon, leader of the League of Assassins, and father of Talia, the only woman who ever posed Catwoman a serious threat for the Caped Crusader’s affections. Both Talia and the League had made a couple of appearances before this, but this issue was the first time the readers saw the mysterious head of the League, and this issue kick-started an epic saga that continues to unravel to this very day. This landmark issue, with gorgeous Neal Adams artwork throughout, is represented in our stock by a highly attractive FN+ copy, no pence price or overstamp, unimpeded cover scene with off-white, flexible interior pages and tight staples and corners. On sale for £150. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In Avengers #57, Roy Thomas and John Buscema brought the world the mysterious Vision, a reinterpretation of a 1940s character, but this time with his origins in super-science rather than the supernatural. Genuinely innovative and shocking at the time, the Vision’s popularity was only enhanced when in the very next issue, his origin was disclosed and he switched sides from villainy to heroism, becoming one of the Avengers’ longest-serving and most loyal members. (Well, apart from the few times he went cyber-crazy and tried to take over the world, but don’t judge, we’ve all done it…) We’re proud to have Vizh’s first and second appearances, his debut and his origin, back in stock: issue #57 is GD/VG p at £60, while #58, very low distribution in the UK, is VG/FN £20. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Breakout characters from the 2014 cinematic smash-hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, were Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the mis-matched buddies who inexplicably became the heart of the film. Each had made their first appearances many years prior – Rocket in Marvel Preview #7 as ‘Rocky Raccoon’ in a non-continuity back-up, and Groot as the Big-Panty-Monster in 1960’s Tales to Astonish #13. Oddly enough, however, both characters made their second appearances under the auspices of a certain Jade Giant: Hulk #271 co-starred Rocket Raccoon with Bruce Banner’s alter ego, and 1976’s Hulk Annual #5 brought Groot back, with a bunch of his BPM cohorts, to plague the Hulk in a seven-way monster tag-team. Each of these second appearances is new in this update. Our copy of Hulk #271 is VF- p at £50; Hulk Annual #5 is VG/FN at £25. With the popularity of the characters rocketing (sorry) after this year’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, now would be a prudent time to pick these up; accept the word of one who knows.
*Marvel: A scintillating septet of first issues this update, kicking off, in alphabetical order, with 1973’s Crazy, a short-run title reprinting earlier stories from Not Brand Ecch; a genuine quirky rarity with a miniscule print run. A rather longer legacy was left by Marvel Feature #1 from 1971, an extra-thick issue which brought us the debut of the dynamic Defenders, the non-team of Hulk, Sub-Mariner and Dr. Strange which went through 150+ issues in their original series, plus many subsequent relaunches. Rom Space Knight, a seemingly bodged-together toy tie-in, proved surprisingly durable and well-remembered thanks to Bill Manlo and Sal Buscema’s craftsmanship, lasting 75 issues and currently revived at IDW. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars was the first Marvel sprawling crossover event with spin-off chapters in every ongoing title, setting the precedent for many extravaganzas to come – some more successful than others! Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #1 was a 1977 release originally intended to focus on the Wall-Crawler’s civilian life rather than his costumed antics – a distinction rapidly abandoned! And we round out this parade of premier issues with not one, but two, Wolverine #1 issues: the first of his mini-series (first solo run) from 1982 by Frank Miller and the first of his first ongoing series from 1988. Pictured: Marvel Feature #1 GD/VG £25; Rom #1 VF £25; Wolverine #1 (1982) FN p £25; Wolverine #1 (1988) FN+ £15. For grade and price details on all the others, our online catalogue holds all the answers…
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Another in our spotlights on the extra-thick Holiday Specials traditionally produced for the British Summer (such as it is), and we turn our attention to Tiger, which by the 1970s had become a specialist paper full of sporting superstars. Regulars from the weekly including Roy of the Rovers, Johnny Cougar, Skid Solo, Hot-Shot Hamish, Tallon of the Track and Billy’s Boots participated in new and reprint adventures for these bumper editions. We have a selection of issues from 1974 to 1980 new in: the 1974, 1975 and 1976 Holiday Specials, all FN at £20 each, are seen below, and details on the others may be found in our website catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: For our #1 issue ‘First Quenchers’ event this week, we present the 1978 debut of 2000 AD companion, Starlord, which produced a swath of science-fiction series – ‘Timequake’, ‘Planet of the Damned’, ‘Ro-Busters’ and ‘Strontium Dog’ among them – on slick paper with more colour pages than its more famous sibling. However, Starlord was never intended as a long-runner, created as a ‘feeder’ title to hopefully produce a couple of ‘star’ strips and give 2000 AD a quickie circulation boost when it was absorbed by the older title. After only 22 issues, it duly became part of 2000 AD, with ‘Strontium Dog’ and ‘Ro-Busters’ (later rebranded ‘ABC Warriors’) leading much longer lives than they had in their original title. We are delighted to have a FN copy of the first issue, with a VF free gift – the ‘Starlord Trooper’ Laser Specialist badge – for £40.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Following mega-sales, Britain’s premier sci-fi weekly, 2000 AD, is hugely restocked with close to 200 new issues from the years 1979 to 1983. A handful of issues from the early #100’s, then pretty solidly with minimal gappage from #150 upwards, a period where the series was generally acknowledged to be in its prime. A hot new writer called Alan Moore was beginning to make his impact, and Kev O’Neill, Dave Gibbons, Ian Kennedy, and Ian Gibson were all regular contributing talents. Highlights from this period include the debut of Nemesis, first as a one-off in #167, then as an ongoing series in #178, the first appearances of long-running stories Mean Arena and Ace Trucking Co. in #178 and #232 respectively, and an interesting curiosity, the virtual pro debut of a promising young artist named Alan Davis on “Harry Twenty on the High Rock”, commencing in #287. Plus, a plethora of issues with art by the legendary Brian Bolland, all tagged in our listings where in stock, culminating in the Judge Dredd serial, “Judge Death Lives!” from #224 on.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Following phenomenal sales on our recent massive influx of Marvel UK’s Transformers, we have… another massive influx of Marvel UK Transformers! This selection runs from the very first issue (FN £12, pictured) through to #322, ten issues or so shy of the series finale. While not a complete run, this is a substantial update with very few gaps, encompassing free gift issues and, of course, featuring much new material generated specifically for the UK edition to satisfy the legion of clamouring Transfans, and never reprinted anywhere! SORRY, #1 HAS NOW SOLD
*Humour Comics: A couple of dozen issues of Buster from 1973 added to our catalogue to replenish a year of this very popular title that we were almost out of. Includes the Easter issue for that year.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: We’ve been doing a bit of detective work on this one. It seems that in the 1960s, D C Thomson published a romance picture library under a variety of titles: Love & Life Library, Blue Rosette Romances, Silver Moon Romances and Golden Heart are the ones we’ve come across. Now, we suspect (but don’t know for sure), that these all had one numeric sequence, whatever the title. In any event, that seems to be the case after issue #100, when the overall title of Star Love Stories – All In Pictures took over and the previous titles stayed for a while as sub-titles until they all eventually became Star Love Stories in Pictures. As well as a couple of Love & Life Library pre-Star fresh in, we have a stonking amount of nearly 200 of these Star Love Stories in Pictures fresh in, ranging from #103 to #1213. Its longevity pays testament to what must have been its enduring popularity (1960s to 1990s) and at £1.50 to £2.50 each for the vast majority of these, this title represents outstanding value.
*Clearance Corner: Two complete and very different series from Marvel’s Epic imprint comprise this week’s bargain. Black Dragon is a stirring medieval knights adventure written by Chris Claremont with beautiful art by John Bolton; Plastic Forks is Ted McKeever’s acclaimed metaphor for the underprivileged. Nothing in common except quality! Black Dragon #1-6 complete, Plastic Forks #1-5 complete. Both series (11 comics) for just £10. UK postage (in a twister mailer) if required would be an additional £3.50.
Something from our Books department in our spotlight on previously listed stock this week. Presented by the Spirit, this 1976 paperback collects a ‘file of occult and unexplained events.’ Copiously illustrated by Eisner, this beautiful but ghastly volume is seemingly very rare on this side of the pond. A Fine first US pb at £35.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Our latest additions are a selection of Pan paperbacks dating from 1953 to 1979. Arthur C Clarke (Childhood’s End, The Sands Of Mars) is joined by Richard Cowper (signed copy of The Road To Corlay), C S Lewis (Voyage To Venus), Bob Shaw (Orbitsville and Other Days, Other Eyes) and Clifford Simak (Why Call Them Back From Heaven) as well as a collaboration between Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson (Farthest Star).
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 Picture Libraries
*Girls’ Picture Libraries
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*TV & Film Related Comics: The second of our specially featured British updates this summer is an excellent selection of Lady Penelope (later just ‘Penelope’). Although not a complete run, this update features over 60 issues, ranging from #2 to #200 (the series finished at #204) and includes the one special: the 1966 Summer Extra. By far the rarest of the main Gerry Anderson series, we seldom see as many as this all in one go. Starting out in 1966, apart from Lady P herself (the original role model for Mary Berry?), the early issues featured Marina, Space Family Robinson, the Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched and the Perils of Parker, soon adding the Man From UNCLE. Later the Monkees, the Girl From UNCLE, Daktari and the Angels came on board, before it changed title to Penelope in 1968, and concentrated on her ladyship’s adventures as a girl, turning into more of a traditional girl’s comic. Eventually, it shrank from tabloid to standard size and ended in 1969, after a very respectable run. A mixture of grades are available from PR to FN, but mostly a reasonable batch condition-wise. The 1966 Summer Extra is only FA, with edge and spine tears, and some unobtrusive pen marks on 2 panels of the first story, but is a genuine rarity at £75. For full grading and pricing information, consult our catalogue, while they’re still there!
*DC: If you only remember the Doom Patrol from its 1980s revival and that Grant Morrison chappie, you should be aware that the original 1960s iteration was pretty groundbreaking in its day. It had heroes who resented their powers – which in some cases were killing them – bickering, marital discord, significant character developments, and all sorts of funky stuff. In a lot of cases, it was the DC comic that Marvelites read, so it’s appropriate that its final issue #121 (bar three following reprint issues) offered the most innovative ending of all. Inescapably trapped, our heroes were offered a choice: allow an obscure fishing village of only 14 inhabitants to be destroyed, and walk away free – or give up their own lives. The heroes chose to sacrifice themselves, and the series ended there, in a shocking denouement for those of us reading the series at the time. Yes, yes, it’s been undone by several tedious time-realigning Crises, but for more than a decade – virtually unheard of in comics at the time – the Doom Patrol actually stayed dead, leaving a proud heroic example behind. This copy of Doom Patrol #121 is a Fine+ cents copy, no UK stamp or overprint, on sale for £30. And a damn fine read it is, too. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: A small selection of classic items for our Detective Comics stock, commencing with 1956’s issue #235, revealing the origin of Batman’s costume. The striking cover of issue #262 (pictured FN £85) introduces Anubis, the ‘Jackal of the Underworld’ (unusually for the decade, a brand-new costumed villain), and #270, featuring “The Creature From Planet X” is more era-appropriate, as the Dynamic Duo square off against a giant alien. Finally, from the Swingin’ Sixties, #362 features an early Silver Age appearance by the Riddler (re-popularised by the Batman TV show) in “The Night Batman Destroyed Gotham City!” Full details in our catalogue.
*Marvel: In the distant days of 1975, the X-Men, once mainstays of the Marvel Universe, were a spent force. Reduced to a bi-monthly reprint comic and occasional guest-appearances, the merry mutants were without a home to call their own. Then two of Marvel’s young gius of the era, Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, changed all that. In Giant-Size X-Men #1, the original X-Men were captured, and Professor X assembled a team of international mutants, some known to the readers (Sunfire, Banshee, and Wein’s own creation, Wolverine, who had made his debut in Hulk #181) and some brand new (Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Thunderbird), and sent them out to rescue their mutant brethren. The ‘New’ X-Men were an instant hit, and with issue #94 of the X-Men ongoing title, the team was restored to all-new adventures, and on their way to becoming the multi-media stars they are today! We are delighted to have the first two appearances of the ‘New’ X-Men in stock; the Giant-Size #1 is a highly attractive FN/VF at £450, with clean bright interiors, firm staples, only very minor misaligment of spine (a flaw prevalent in Marvel’s squarebound comics) and very modest wear at the base of spine and top right edge preventing us from grading it still higher. X-Men #94, first appearance of the new team in the title, is a very bright VF- at £285. Neither of these issues was ever distributed in the UK, so their already uncommon status is exacerbated by their scarcity on this side of the pond. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In the Frank Miller era of Daredevil, Bullseye, the unfailing assassin, became firmly established as DD’s bête noire, causing the Man Without Fear endless grief and misery. And can we ever forget Colin Farrell’s epic performance as Bullseye in the Daredevil movie? Well, maybe if we’re lucky and get hit in the head with a blunt object. But a lot of people, even today, aren’t aware that Bullseye wasn’t a Miller creation; step forward Marv Wolfman and Bob Brown, who presented The Assassin Who Never Misses for the first time in Daredevil #131, two years before the Miller regime kicked in! We are pleased to present a Fine cents copy, without UK stamp or overprint, of this increasingly-significant debut issue at £60. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: From the earliest days of the Marvel Universe, when the editors, doubtless hoping to emulate the success of his Golden Age namesake, intended the Human Torch to be the breakout character of the Fantastic Four, Johnny Storm was granted his own series in the pages of Strange Tales, and while it rapidly deteriorated into a parade of ridiculous villains, the earlier issues featured Lee & Kirby collaborations and credible antagonists – such as this issue, wherein the Torch faces his very own arch-nemesis, the Wizard, for the second time! This slice of early Marvel history is a respectable VG+ cents copy at £58. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Modern Reprints: From DC’s Archives Series, the handsome full-colour hardcover volumes reprinting, in sequence, the earliest adventures of the Man of Steel, beginning with his debut from 1938’s Action Comics #1! Created by Jerry Siegel and Jerome Shuster, Superman was turned down by several syndicates as a proposed newspaper comic strip, before the then-new publisher National/DC took a chance on the neophyte creators – and the entire superhero genre was born! Now out of print, Volumes 1 and 2 are NM at £30 each; the slightly rarer Vols 3 & 4 NM at £35 each.
*Classics Illustrated: Between 1955 and 1962, Gilberton, the publisher of Classics Illustrated, issued in America a series of Special Issues, published semi-annually, in squarebound form at 100 pages each. These are seldom seen over here, and we have two of them fresh into stock: #132A The Story Of America and #141A The Rough Rider. Grade and price details in our catalogue. Your Classics Illustrated collection isn’t complete without them!
*Marvel UK: For our #1 issue event this week, the second ongoing series from Marvel UK which saw Spider-Man spin off from Mighty World Of Marvel to star in his own mag, backed up by the God of Thunder, the Mighty Thor. The longest-running Marvel UK series, outdoing even its parent at 667 issues, Spider-Man Comics Weekly is now becoming a focus of collector interest from our American Cousins. This is where it all began; owing to the cheap newsprint paper the earlier Marvel UK titles were printed on, high-grade copies are difficult to find, but this is a highly attractive VG/FN copy, with just minor creasing at the top of the spine, for £50. Reprints Amazing Spider-Man #9 and the very first Thor story from Journey Into Mystery #83, both in glorious red, black and white! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: After decades of apprenticeship in Tiger, Roy of the Rovers finally won his own series in 1976, previous weeklies like Scorcher having proved that there was a strong market for a single-themed football comic. The very next year, Roy and his teammates at Melchester Rovers got their own Holiday Special, a tradition which continued for more than twelve years. We have eight of Roy’s extra-thick Holiday extravaganzas, from the very first in 1977 to 1985, plus the nostalgic ‘Souvenir Specials’ of 2009 and 2010.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Weekly was the a title of Marvel UK’s Star Wars comic series. Although in effect it continued onwards from the Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back titles, the series was renumbered at #1 for this title. The series reprinted stories from Marvel’s American Star Wars series, along with several original tales. The American comic’s issues were usually split into smaller segments and appeared over a number of issues. We have the entire 155 issue run fresh into stock, plus the three holiday specials. That’s a whole lotta force!
*TV & Film Related Comics: Most issues fresh in of Marvel UK’s Galaxy Rangers, based on the Japanese/American Space Western animated TV show. The series lasted 9 issues in 1988, and we have 7 of the run, including #1, #2 with Free Gift (stickers) and #9, the final issue. For grades and prices, check out our catalogue. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A smashing selection just in of Princess Picture Library, ranging from #2 to #117 (nearly the last issue). The early numbers are all even, which means that up to the #70’s, we’re looking at Ballerina Sally and her various adventures in ballets of seemingly interminable variety. Later issues focus on a more rotating cast. This selection includes both many lower-graded copies of issues already in stock, offering cheaper alternatives, as well as many issues that are new to our listings.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: This week’s update is devoted to Lancer, a publishing company that knew what it liked, both in terms of swashbuckling storytelling and cover art. Writers such as Lin Carter, Gordon R Dickson, Robert E Howard, Richard A Lupoff, C C MacApp, David Mason, Robert Moore Williams, Robert Silverberg and Jack Williamson were published in books adorned by striking covers by artists such as Frank Frazetta (Conan Of Cimmeria – Howard et al, Kavin’s World – Mason, The Reign Of Wizardry – Williamson), Jack Gaughan (One Million Centuries – Lupoff), Jeff Jones (Zanthar series – Moore) and Jim Steranko (Prisoners In The Sky – MacApp and The Shores Of Tomorrow – Mason). Many feature the lovely, distinctive purple page edge colouration, and most are 1st US PB.
Our exclusive window designer, the glamorous but deadly Dr. Evilla, has come up with a tribute to the fondly-remembered TV shows of Gerry Anderson, firmly anchored in the collective consciousness of more than one generation! Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Stingray, Fireball XL5 and more can all be found in our catalogue and within our walls. And watch out for some significant additions to our Gerry Anderson related stock coming very soon!
*Clearance Corner: Here’s a real bargain for the first lucky enthusiast to grab it! Swift Volume 1 complete — issues #1-41 from 1954, all bound into a hardback volume and offered for just £35! (Previously on sale for £200!) Binding only Fair, faded, loose at top and bottom of spine. Hand lettering on spine. #1 has loose pages owing to binding damage, some edge chipping on early issues, but stories untouched. Borders of issues trimmed, otherwise averaging GD condition. On offer for less than £1 per issue, and includes the very first issue of this fondly remembered companion title to Eagle. This fits into a small box weighing 2.3 kg and UK postage if required would be an extra £13.50. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Clearance Corner: Our latest bargain features 4 complete mini-series, 3 Captain America and 1 Falcon. The Caps are: Dead Men Running (#1-3 2002), What Price Glory (#1-4 2003 art by Steve Rude), The Chosen (#1-6 2007); the Falcon mini is #1-4 1983. All 17 comics are available for just £6. All in VF/NM condition. These fit into a plump twister mailer and UK postage if required will be an extra £3.50.