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*Mad & Other Parody
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This week’s spolight from our previously-listed stock falls on a comic from recent times (only 13 years old!) Yes, we can see you all reclining on your fainting couches at the thought of us spotlighting a comic published in the 21st Century, but trust us, Dan Slott and Juan Bobillo’s She-Hulk series is worth the attention! A delightful blend of comedy, drama and pathos, it follows the former Jennifer Walters, superheroic stunner and lawyer at large, dealing with the complexities of a world where ghosts, aliens, clones, robots and more are everyday matters. Can a deceased superhero who’s had a resurrection reclaim his estate from his heirs? Who’s legally liable if a person has an unwanted origin? is the testimony of a murder victim’s ghost admissible in court? Fun and imaginative stuff as Jen has to re-start her life after being kicked out of Avengers Mansion – again! This copy of #1 from 2005 is CGC 9.8 (NM/M), at £40.
*Collected Editions: One of the more gratifying phenomena of recent years has been the systematic reprinting of classic British comic strips, bringing them to an entirely new generation of readers, and in many cases shedding light on previously lesser-known creators. We have two such volumes new in: Charley’s War – The Definitive Collection Volume 2, ‘Brothers In Arms’, continuing the sequential reprinting of Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun’s groundbreaking war strip from the 1970’s Battle weekly: and Dan Dare – ‘The Earth Stealers’, re-presenting yesteryear’s Pilot of the Future from Eagle, featuring the talents of Bruce Cornwell, Eric Eden and Don Harley. Both of these are brand-new; Charley’s War is a trade paperback, black & white with some colour pages (following the pattern of original publication) at £20, while Dan Dare is a full-colour hardcover at £30.
*DC: It all began so routinely. Yet another bunch of super-powered teens arriving in Smallville, a quiet town which had seen so many brightly-clad youths streak across its skies, only to vanish and never be seen again. But this trio of guest-stars were different. Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, from the far future’s Legion of Super-Heroes, travelled back to invite Superboy, the most legendary teen hero of all, to join their ranks – and a legend began. After multiple guest-appearances in various Superman family titles, the Legion gained its own series with Adventure Comics #300, and despite setbacks along the way, remains an important presence in DC’s history. We are admittedly prejudiced witnesses, huge Legion of Super-Heroes fans, to the extent we named our business after their home era. Therefore we are especially delighted to welcome the Legion’s first three appearances into our lists. Adventure #247, dated April 1958, brought the founding trio to Smallville for the first time. This is an attractive GD copy, with an iconic cover scene endlessly homaged since; the interior pages are exceptionally white, with no creasing, tears or discolouration. The spine is sound, staples firm, and only light wear at the spine and edges. However, there has been a cover colour touch – the black area at Cosmic Boy’s side of the podium. Nevertheless, a lovely copy of a major debut. The team’s second appearance was in Adventure #267, the following year, sales reports having spiked on the team’s debut. Again, this is a GD copy with considerable eye appeal. Light creasing on the back cover precludes a higher grade, but overall a strong sound copy with light to moderate wear, and one diagonal cover crease which breaks the colour across the logo. The team’s third appearance was in 1960’s Action #267, where we saw the roster expand for the first time, with the on-panel debuts of Chameleon Boy, Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy, as Supergirl was invited to audition (better luck next year, Kara…) This copy of Action #267 is only FA, with considerable edge and corner wear, a small tape ‘patch’ on lower front cover, and minor writing on the front cover. Adventure #247 is GD £625; Adventure #267 is GD £80 and Action #267 is FA p £25. SORRY, ADVENTURE COMICS #247 HAS NOW SOLD
Our Rough Guide to Alan Class Reprints, which you’ll find in the Alan Class category in our Features section has now been updated with details of lots more issues that we’ve come across for the first time. Even after all these years, we’re still building towards a complete listing of the contents of the Alan Class publications, and still adding to our knowledge!
*DC: Issue #54 of Brave & Bold teamed up three junior partners of DC’s major super-heroes – Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin – against the villainy of the sinister Mr. Twister, as a kind of junior Justice League. Written by Bob Haney, ilustrated by Bruno Premiani, this proved to be such a hit that issue #60 of the same title got the band back together as the “Teen Titans”, with the addition of Wonder Girl, against the staggering Separated Man! Often overlooked is the fact that B & B #60 is actually a double debut: not only the premier of the Teen Titans title, but the first appearance of Donna Troy as Wonder Girl – previous appearances of WG had just been stories of Wonder Woman’s younger adventures, a la Superboy, but this was the first WG as an independent entity. The team got one more tryout in Showcase #59, against the funky but forgettable Flips (“We’re Just A Babe, A Board, And A Bike”…), most notable for Premiani yielding the artistic reins to Nick Cardy, the artist most associated with the classic Titans. And finally, comics’ other Fantastic Four got their own ongoing series commencing in 1965, and despite cancellations and setbacks, some iteration of the Titans has almost always been on DC’s roster of stars. Our Brave & Bold #54 is VG/FN p, with a very slight cover tear, less than a quarter-inch, at lower spine; Brave & Bold #60 is FN p, with an unmarred black cover border bearing only the faintest of cover colour breaks; Showcase #59 is a lovely FN/VF p, minimal corner blunting being the only flaw and Teen Titans #1 is FN+ p, unmarred white cover background and excellent interior pages. Brave & Bold #54 VG/FN p £225; Brave & Bold #60 FN p £225; Showcase #59 FN/VF p £50; Teen Titans #1 FN+ p £120.
*DC: Despite having made only two appearances in the Golden Age before falling into comic-book limbo, the Riddler was one of a handful of foes selected to feature in the 1960s Batman TV show (played by Frank Gorshin), and as a consequence he was brought back into the comics world, beginning with Batman #171, only his third ever appearance! Now prominently featured (played by Cory Michael Smith) in the hugely successful Gotham TV series, Riddler’s stock continues to rise. This edition of his Silver Age return, Batman #171, is a FN- copy with a pence price overstamp. Clean unblemished interiors, cover scene largely unblemished, but light cover edge wear and several small breaks in the spine colour precluding a higher grade. On sale at £175.
*Marvel: By the time of Spider-Man’s 50th issue, ‘new’ artist John Romita had made the series his own, and this special issue was marked with the debut of a new villain, the Kingpin – so long associated with Daredevil, in the post-Miller years, that many people overlook the fact that he originally belonged to Spider-Man’s Rogues’ Gallery! This landmark issue also saw a crisis of confidence in Peter Parker, his temporary abandoning of the Spider-Man identity immortalised in the iconic (and often imitated) cover. Our newest copy of ASM #50 is VG, a cents copy with no pence price or overstamp. There is some browning and spine wear, but the overall appearance of the book is very attractive, with excellent cover gloss and unfaded cover colour. On sale at £125. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The latest entry in our Marvel 1968 feature showcases the grooviness of Jim Steranko (why didn’t he draw more comics?). Having made his mark on the SHIELD strip in Strange Tales, Jaunty Jim Steranko took the brakes off and went all-out when Nick Fury’s Pals n’ Gals got their own full-length series, with cinematic storytelling and psychedelic designs, particularly on the cover and splash pages, that utilised the full potential of the medium with an imagination seldom seen since the heyday of Eisner. Nick Fury #1, “Who Is Scorpio?”, is the definitive example, with the popular espionage tropes of the day turned up to 11, and a striking cover image that still resonates in the fandom psyche half a century later. Our newest Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #1 is a FN+ pence copy, with beautiful unmarred cover image, on sale at £40. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: One of the phenomena of the last decade of the 20th Century was Jim Starlin’s Infinity Gauntlet, in which Thanos, the megavillain Starlin had been building up for nearly twenty years, was unleashed against the massed forces of the Marvel Universe, armed with the reality-altering Infinity Gauntlet, in a struggle for the sake of the universe itself! Hugely popular, the mini-series spawned many, many crossover issues, and two direct sequels, Infinity War – in which the Marvel Heroes were forced to confront their own dark duplicates – and Infinity Crusade – in which ‘The Goddess’ separated the Marvel Heroes into a super-powered jihad. These three series have been hugely popular ever since their inception, but with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet at the centre of the Avengers: Infinity War movie, demand for them is at its height, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have acquired both Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War in their entirety. Infinity Gauntlet #1-6 average NM p, and are sold as a set of six at £100; Infinity War #1-6 are averaging NM p, and sold as a set of six at £50; as a bonus, we also have the first issue of Infinity Crusade NM p £6. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In the early 1970s, Marvel had the bright idea of teaming up all their big solo heroes not already in the Avengers into a new team and after a few try-outs here and there, the Defenders were born! No matter that the temperaments of the Hulk, Sub-Mariner and Silver Surfer would scarce lend themselves to teamwork (hence the non-team), at least they had Doc Strange to hold them together (for a few issues, at least; roster changes soon followed after a war with the Avengers). Early issues between #2 and #21 in nice grades now in, with a Giant-Size #1 thrown in for good measure! Full details in our catalogue.
*Marvel: In 1975, in the spirit of the Defenders, Marvel rounded up a disparate group of heroes who didn’t have any ‘homes’ and banded them together as the Champions: Ghost Rider, Hercules, Black Widow, Iceman and the Angel. The series floundered a bit in its early issues in diverse hands before gaining some nice quality when John Byrne took over — but even he, at the height of his powers, couldn’t save the series from cancellation after 17 issues. Every issue new fresh into stock in decent grades.
*Marvel: From the final year or so of Tales of Suspense & Tales To Astonish, right up to their final issues in both cases, we present many nice graded copies, with Iron Man & Captain America in Suspense and Sub-Mariner & the Hulk in Astonish. Lots of great stories, including debuts for Modok, Whiplash & the New Zemo and fabulous artwork from the likes of Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, Bill Everett, Marie Severin and others. There was something about the 10-12 page pacing of these tales that made them compulsive reading, and it seemed like you were getting more for your money!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: In the 1950s, Atlas, like most publishers, was scrambling around different genres to find the next ‘big thing’, and one such experiment was 1951’s Space Squadron, tales of derring-do as plucky adventurers went where no man had gone before. These pulpy adventures were high on action and tinged with horror, as the publisher tried to cover all bases, but Space Squadron and its companion, Speed Carter Spaceman, didn’t catch on with the public despite some quality work, and had only short runs. Nowadays, they’re highly sought collectibles, and we’re delighted to have Space Squadron #4 in stock in VG+, with only a detached staple precluding a grade of FN+ or better. On sale at £95. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: Following the relaxation of the Comics Code Authority in the late 1960s, the formerly tepid DC mystery line revitalised its image with superior chiller tales illustrated by the premier artists of the day. Leading the charge were House of Mystery and House of Secrets, whose rival horror-hosts, brothers Cain and Abel, brought a dash of the old EC flavour to the tales. From the late 60s to the early 70s, these were genuinely gripping twist-ending stories, and often featured stunning covers by A-listers Adams, Wrightson, and Kaluta. We’re delighted to welcome back a new range of numbers of House of Mystery between #189 to #217, and House of Secrets between #87 to #106, as well as a bonus trio of similarly-refurbished Unexpected issues! (#118, #133 and the 100-Page #157!)
*Western: We open with Geronimo #1 (sub-titled Indian Fighter) – that’s Geronimo, an Indian who’s a fighter, rather than Geronimo who fights Indians, for the grammatically punctilious. Avon in the 1950s wasn’t exactly PC, and while Geronimo may have been the protagonist of this pre-Code series, he’s hardly the hero, as the title of the first story – “Geronimo and His Horde of Indian Devils” – makes clear. Three stories of Geronimo himself, and a Texas Ranger tale, in this debut issue of a popular title. This is an exquisite Fine+, with very vibrant cover colour, on sale at £50. Atlas, of course, was an early adopter of the Western genre; before the advent of Marvel’s famous ‘Kids’ – Rawhide, Two-Gun and Colt – they had tapped into the booming Western market with a plethora of rough-ridin’ cowpokes, and one of the earliest, getting his start in 1950, was the Black Rider. Illustrated predominantly by Syd Shores, the Black Rider was one of the company’s longest-running Western heroes, (in effect a super-hero, with a secret identity and everything) and we have his 19th issue, from 1953, in a truly remarkable FN/VF condition, on sale at £50.
*Modern Reprints: Marvel’s handsome hardcover Masterworks volumes remain one of the more affordable ways of obtaining classic stories, and this is particularly true of their Golden Age editions, given the scarcity of the 1940s material. We have three volumes of the Golden Age Captain America Marvel Masterworks new in stock: Volume 3 (pictured, VF/NM £45) is Simon & Kirby, reprinting issues #9-12 (unlike DC’s Archives, the Masterworks reprint the entire comic in question, so back-up features and text stories are included for a true facsimile experience). Volumes 5 and 6, NM £30 each, feature the work of Stan Lee, Otto Binder, Syd Shores and more, with guest-features the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner! Catch the earliest days of what would become the Marvel Universe!
*Alan Class Reprints: Continuing our periodic spotlight on Alan Class comics which reprint classic Marvel tales – often the very first reprinting of these stories, within a year or so of original publication – we turn to Uncanny Tales #3, which reprints the Ant-Man story from Tales to Astonish #36. TTA #36 was the third appearance of Hank Pym/Ant-Man, his second in costume, and introduced the first ‘super-villain’ of Hank’s Rogue’s Gallery in Comrade X! (Don’t worry, it did get better – though one has to admit, Comrade X’s gimmick was genuinely unexpected.) This early Marvel Universe story by Lee & Kirby is re-presented in full, as well as a selection of Charlton sci-fi one-offs, including no fewer than four illustrated by Steve Ditko! The comic itself is in a superb VF condition, tight corners, vibrant covers, and the squarebound spine suffering from none of the ‘puckering’ effect owing to glue contraction which is very familiar to Class collectors. This lovely early AC item, complete with certification that it is from the Alan Class Private Collection, is on sale at £50.
*Marvel UK: Another of the experimental launches from Marvel UK’s second wave, Future Tense reprinted a bunch of loosely sci-fi related series (Micronauts, Seeker 3000, Starlord, and, er… Paladin?) under a future-shock banner. We have the first three issues back in stock, with a bonus copy of #2, all possessing the original Free Gifts – components of a ‘Build Your Own Spaceship’ cardboard model. Issue #1 is VG with Free Gift VG at £15; the better #2 is FN with Free Gift VF at £15 and the other copy is VG with GD Free Gift (punched out of its supporting card) at £8; the #3 is FN with FN Free Gift at £12. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A quartet of Summer Specials from the well-remembered adventure weekly, home of ‘Captain Hurricane’, ‘Billy Bunter’, ‘Raven on the Wing’, ‘Kelly’s Eye’, ‘House of Dolmann’ and scores more. We open with 1971’s Valiant & Smash! Summer Special (Valiant recently having gobbled up a flagging stablemate), VG at £25 – a very nice copy with only minor wear towards the lower spine. 1976 is GD at £15 – respectable, but moderate general wear, especially at spine. 1977 is a tight & bright FN at £25, and 1980 is probably the most sought-after of the later Summer Specials because of a new story of the classic hero ‘Kelly’s Eye’ illustrated by Dave Harwood, and a stunning Brian Bolland cover featuring the ‘House of Dolmann’ gang. 1980’s Summer Special is VG/FN at £25. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
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*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards
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*Collected Editions: New this week in our category featuring modern collections of iconic British comic and newspaper strips comes Volume 1 of the Ballad Of Halo Jones by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson from the pages of 2000 AD, now in full colour. And they don’t come much more iconic than this, the galaxy-spanning adventure of a young girl from her humble beginnings. One of the great masterpieces of UK comics and a heroine who provides a positive female role model. ‘Where did she go? Out. What did she do? Everything.’ A brand new 2018 edition in stock at £10.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: A multiplicity of Doctor Whos in this week’s update as we feature 10 Target novelisations new into stock, featuring all seven regenerations of classic Doctor Who. The First Doctor: The Daleks & The Romans; the Second Doctor: The Dominators; The Third Doctor: Death To The Daleks & The Daemons; the Fourth Doctor: Full Circle, the Fifth Doctor: The Caves Of Androzani; the Sixth Doctor: Timelash; the Seventh Doctor: Remembrance Of The Daleks and all first five Doctors in… (you guessed it) The Five Doctors! All are in grades ranging from GD to VF (except the Five Doctors is only FA with a large cover scuff and watermark on lower part of pages (see scan below). Many classic stories now included in our inventory — I’m sure our shop must be bigger on the inside…
*DC: We commence a new round of our hugely popular Batmania events with a classic twosome! This update, we have the first appearances of two of Batman’s villainous vixens. The breakout character of the late 20th Century, Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel began as the Joker’s therapist, but – in a case of transference gone wild – assumed the identity of Harley Quinn, and became his partner in crime, taking over entire episodes of the Batman Animated TV show and spinning off into DC’s comic-book adaptation of same with its 12th issue in 1993. Some years previously, Poison Ivy had been created with the intention of adding her to the Batman TV show, as most of that series’ femmes fatales were more… mature. Ivy never made it to the small screen – at least not in that decade – but became a firm favourite with the readership, remaining a staple of the Batman Rogue’s Gallery ever since, her profile being considerably upped in recent years by her status as Harley Quinn’s favourite gal-pal. Our new copy of Poison Ivy’s debut, Batman #181 June 1966, is a lovely FN+, cents copy with no pence stamp, vivid unfaded red cover with only very minor, barely perceptible wear at the edges and corners, tight on staples, and most vitally, the centre page pin-up – often ripped out, leaving the story incomplete in many copies – still firmly in situ. The new Batman Adventures #12, Harley’s first in-print appearance, is a NM- pence copy, in dazzling condition; you’ll have bought items as brand new that are in worse shape. With Harley now headlining the forthcoming Birds of Prey movie, her star will continue to rise! Batman #181 FN+ £300; Batman Adventures #12 NM- p £375. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The latest in our series of key Marvel issues from 1968! After a long run as the co-star of Tales of Suspense, Iron Man was given his own title in 1968, when the ‘Berlin Wall’ of Marvel’s distribution was broken down, and they were allowed to expand their range of titles. New in this week, a beautiful FN+ copy of Iron Man’s first stunning solo issue, continuing from where his strip in Tales of Suspense left off, with Gene Colan’s hyperkinetic art driving the drama onward! A key item for collectors and investors alike, Iron Man’s pivotal status in the Marvel Universe means that demand for this issue is only going to increase as the years go by. This is a pence copy, with unblemished deep purple cover background, excellent gloss, superior inside page quality, and only minimal edge wear with one tiny ‘nick’ at the cover’s right edge (towards the base of the logo). #1 FN+ p £250.
*Marvel: The third appearance of Kraven the Hunter, and his second solo foray (he teamed up with other villains as the Sinister Six in ASM Annual #1), this classic issue sees Kraven determined to test his mettle in one-on-one combat with the most dangerous prey – Spider-Man! As Kraven’s metaphorical net tightens around Spider-Man, Spidey’s alter-ego, Peter Parker, sees his first love drifting away from him. A perfect balance of drama and action, this Lee/Ditko classic epitomises all that appealed about the early Spider-Man tales. This copy is FN+, cents with no pence price or overstamp, sound, clean and tight with only a hint of curvature at the spine edge precluding a higher grade. On sale at £52.
*Marvel: The 87th issue of the ‘junior X-Men’ series, New Mutants, featured the first full appearance (he had made a fleeting walk-on in the previous) of the man named Cable, the man from an apocalyptic near-future, son of Scott Summers by a cloned replica of Jean Grey, who came back in time to prevent his own future from coming to pass. Or something like that. His powers include metal bits, a strappy costume, really big guns, and glaring a lot. With a shiny eye, for no very good reason. Anyway, he took over the stewardship of the New Mutants from Magneto, and eventually honed the survivors into X-Force, a dubious achievement for which no-one should thank him. He’s since bobbed back between ‘now’ and the future, interfering with his own and the world’s time stream, and accosting various mutant children to become the Hope of the World. Kind of a perma-grumpy Mary Poppins, with metal limbs. Confusing back history and ambiguous abilities or not, he’s co-starring in the Deadpool 2 movie, played by Gordon Ramsay (what, it isn’t him? Could have fooled me from the movie posters…) so interest in the character’s early appearances has skyrocketed. This VF Pence copy is in excellent condition at £75. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Following his six-issue debut series, the Hulk lurked around the Marvel Universe as an anti-hero, eventually winning his own strip in Tales to Astonish and – when the ‘split’ titles fissioned in 1968 – continuing Astonish’s numbering with his second solo series! This week, we add twelve issues from Hulk’s first twenty, numbers ranging from #104 to #117, in unusually high grades – a couple around the Fine range, but several VF or better, bright, glossy and vibrant. This update includes classic clashes with the Mandarin, the Rhino, Ka-Zar, the Sandman and the Leader among others. A lovely selection of classic tales.
*Marvel: Just in time for the FF’s return to the Marvel Universe (both print and cinematic), we welcome a fresh influx of Marvel’s Founding Family, predominantly high-grade issues – with one exception, FN at minimum, and including many VF or higher. This batch of around 25 issues between numbers #65 and #95 includes many issues previously out of stock, including the debuts of Kree hardman Ronan the Accuser (#65), supernatural guardian Agatha Harkness (#94), and Franklin Richards (in Annual #6) — though we’ll draw a veil of discretion over Franklin’s later superheroic guises as ‘Tattletale’ and ‘Psi-Lord’, shall we? Let the cry ring out once more: “It’s Clobberin’ Time!”
*Alan Class Reprints: Following many updates of the prestigious certificated copies of the Alan Class Private Collection, we now turn our attention to the non-certificated stock in our regular inventory, with substantial updates to the first half of the AC ‘Big Six’ – Astounding Stories, Creepy Worlds, and Secrets of the Unknown – plus the first issue of the short-run series, Outer Space! Crammed with charmingly random contents, these feature reprints from Charlton, Atlas, ACG, Marvel, Archie’s super-hero line, and the occasional inexplicable surprise, with Kirby and Ditko galore from a span of over a decade, and frequent appearances by members of the Marvel Universe – Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four are among the pop-up guest-stars this time! Approximately 50 issues newly added, so gambol away – and don’t forget to come back in a short while, when we’ll advance on Sinister Tales, Suspense, Uncanny Tales and maybe a couple of extras!
*Power Comics: There was only one Summer Special for the Power Comics series Fantastic, and its rather clunky full title, as seen in the header, indicates that by this time it had already devoured two of its weaker weekly siblings, in the hatch-match-and-despatch trope beloved of traditional British weeklies. This is ‘A Treasure-Store of Power Style Super-Hero Action and Laughs containing the best of FANTASTIC, SMASH and POW weekly!’, as it says on the packet. Not common in any condition, dating from Power Comics’ final days, it’s exceedingly hard to find in high grade, as most known copies tend to have very rusty staples. This one has only moderately rusty staples, and the cover is off the lower staple, but in every other aspect this copy would be an outstanding VF, the best copy we’ve seen. Because of the specific defect, however, we have erred on the side of caution and graded it as FN+, yours for £50. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*TV & Film Related Comics: 1966’s Lady Penelope was launched in the wake of the successful TV Century 21, and was scooped up by girls (and more than a few furtive boys, because of the Thunderbirds tie-in) nationwide, becoming an instant hit. In addition to the adventures of the eponymous aristocrat, the ‘British Agent’ for International Rescue, there were TV adaptations with a distaff twist: adventures of Bewitched, and Marina – Girl of the Sea (from Stingray), plus The Beverley Hillbillies, The Perils of Parker (Lady P’s larcenous manservant) and the Man From UNCLE (what’s he doing there?). Not commonplace in any grade, we are delighted to welcome Her Ladyship’s debut issue into stock, in an attractive GD+; superficially, it looks even nicer, but a touch of lower spine wear and some small tears and creases towards the lower cover edge do rather let the side down. Nevertheless, the cover scene is unmarred, the interior pages tight and bright, and for its grade, this is an exceptionally appealing copy with specific minor flaws. GD+ at £125. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: Another mammoth instalment of our restock of Judy, home of ‘Wee Slavey’, ‘Fay Farrell’, ‘Sandra of the Secret Ballet’, and proto-feminist ‘Bobby Dazzler’, who was at the height of her popularity, and the cover feature for this entire period, save for a few covers promoting Free Gifts and the like. This top-up of close to 100 issues fills up three years, 1972 to 1974, for which we had virtually no stock previously. An opportunity to fill those gaps, completists!
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our American section:
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics
and in our American/British section:
*Tarzan/E R Burroughs
and in our British section:
*Alan Class Reprints
*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.
*DC: A collection of misfits with strange powers, hated and feared by the world they protect, led by a paraplegic genius in a wheelchair. Sound familiar? Well, guess again – almost simultaneously with the debut of the X-Men at Marvel, DC made their moribund title My Greatest Adventure the home of the ‘Doom Patrol’, created by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani. While the similarities between the X-Men and the DP are marked, the differences provide a significant contrast – the X-Men are teens, in a special school, with little experience of the world, while the Doom Patrol are all adults with successful careers and lives which they lost when a twisted fate granted them powers which would ostracise and, ultimately, possibly destroy them. The tone was altogether darker, and the series caught on, taking over the title, running to #121, and various reiterations of the team have been mainstays of the DCU ever since. Now announced as the subject of a forthcoming live-action TV show, the DP’s star is on the ascendant. This copy of the Doom Patrol’s first appearance (as well as that of their arch-enemy General Immortus) is a gorgeous FN+ p copy, tight & bright with sharp corners, firm staples, and vivid colours on both cover and interiors. On sale at £300.
*DC: Before John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and the multiplicity of later claimants to the GL mantle, the idea that anyone could challenge Hal Jordan’s supremacy as Green Lantern of Earth was a shocking concept. John Broome and Gil Kane explored that thought in 1968’s Green Lantern #59, showing what might have happened if an equally qualified candidate had taken the role instead of Hal Jordan. Originally a one-shot novelty akin to the Superman Family’s ‘Imaginary Tales’, GL #59 spiked in price after unexpectedly Steve Englehart brought back Guy as a recurring character almost two decades after his debut. Eventually Guy joined both the Green Lantern Corps and the Justice League, and remains a fixture of the current DC Universe. This copy of his first appearance is a VG/FN pence copy, sound and unmarred with excellent colour, reasonable gloss unimpaired cover scene; cover off bottom staple. On sale at £60.
*DC: A chunky batch of Adventure Comics fresh in from #311 to #378, spanning almost the entire run of the Legion’s strip in the comic that they took over from Superboy with issue #300. Our favourite DC team, of course, for which we’re named. These wonderful stories are so ingrained in our memories that we hardly need to see them to remember that these issues featured a wealth of Legion lore being established: the rebirth of Lightning Lad, the renegade Ultra Boy, Dev-Em, the debut of the Time Trapper, the Legion of Super Outlaws, Lex Luthor and the Legion, the Girl Legionnaires revolting (twice!), the Bizarro Legion, Timber Wolf, the Super Moby Dick of Space (!), the Weddings that Wrecked the Legion, the Tornado Twins and much, much more. Wonderful ‘retro’ sci-fi art by John Forte, superb craftsmanship by Curt Swan and generous helpings of Jim Mooney and Win Mortimer. If you’ve never tried the Legion, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it!
*Marvel: The second in our Marvel 1968 series, when Marvel’s ‘double feature’ books divided. We have the first solo issue of Captain America of the Silver Age. Issue #100 (continuing the numbering of Tales of Suspense) featured the talents of Lee, Kirby and Shores, re-introducing the Sentinel of Liberty in solo action to the modern age (though between the retelling of his origins and his ongoing plotlines, he certainly had enough pals along in his first issue!). This copy is a very respectable VG pence edition, which would grade Fine or better but for a few creases and tiny ‘nicks’ at the base of the cover, which do not impinge upon the main cover image. VG p £80.
*Marvel: A beautiful item for this spotlight, the seventh issue of Daredevil, the Man Without Fear! After a little artistic floundering in his early issues, the Sightless Swashbuckler lucked out when the superlative Wally Wood took over illustrating his adventures. This is probably the finest Wood issue, marked not only by the premiere of the red Daredevil costume, (replacing his original outfit, which actually looked like it was designed by a blind man…) but also by a genuinely gripping and harrowing battle in which Daredevil, hopelessly outgunned by the vastly superior might of the Sub-Mariner, nevertheless shows such courage and determination that even Namor’s scaly heart is moved to compassion. A beautiful piece of work – and, in this instance, a beautiful copy, cents, graded FN/VF, with flat, white interior pages, tight staples, vibrant cover colour and gloss, and only two very minor flaws- a tiny diagonal crease in the upper right cover, and the faintest of ‘stacking’ smudges at the logo – precluding a still higher grade for this outstanding item. On sale at £250.
*Marvel: A nice range of Amazing Spider-Man from #47 to #78 plus Annual #5 (VF £49 pictured). These new-in issues are superior grades, averaging FN+, mostly pence copies. Many of Spidey’s most infamous foes are featured, including Kraven the Hunter, two (count ’em) Vultures, the Kingpin, Doc Ock, Mysterio, the Shocker, the Lizard and more, as well as friendly enemies Medusa, Quicksilver & the Prowler, who debuted in #78.
*Marvel: A new selection in of Marvel’s Merry Mutants between #33 and #63. An interesting period this for the X-Men, following the ‘death’ of Professor X, and most of these nicely-graded issues feature either the hands of Jim Steranko, Barry Smith or Neal Adams at the artistic helm (#57 VF £49 pictured, by Adams). Amazingly, all this didn’t prevent the series’ cancellation with issue #66, surprising though it is to think of that today!
*Marvel: Marvel’s Sightless Swashbuckler is restocked this week with a selection of issues from the mid-20’s to the mid-30’s, then a slightly larger run from the 1970s commencing with #101 and ending with #118, during which time Daredevil was the partner in life and love with the beauteous Black Widow, who even got co-starring billing on the cover! Highlight of this second swathe is #105, featuring an early appearance by Moondragon (the first one in which she uses that name, having previously been known as – oh dear- ‘Madame McEvil’), and her origin told for the first time, by Jim Starlin! Many of these later issues are in lovely high grades, averaging VF and with several achieving VF/NM. #105 (pictured) is VF/NM p £45; the others may be discerned in our online catalogue as usual.
*Archie: We’ve wombled on nostalgically about Archie Comics’ various ventures into super-heroics, and we’re delighted that our readership has responded, so following brisk sales in this category, we’re restocking both ‘wings’ of the Archie/Radio/Mighty Comics super-heroes (or ‘Mighty Heroes’, as legal constraints forced them to call them after the mid-60s!). From the earlier wave, we have new issues of the Fly (from #10) and the Jaguar (from #1), mostly superbly illustrated by the underrated John Rosenberger, with fun heroics reminiscent of the Weisinger-era Superman family. From the clunkingly awful ‘faux Marvel’ of the second wave, we have new issues of their showcase title, Mighty Comics Presents, from #43, with the Shield, Black Hood, Steel Sterling and others, and the publisher’s cringe-making attempt at Avengers-style team conflicts with the Mighty Crusaders, from #3! Off to one side, there’s the company’s peculiar attempt at taking the classic pulp character, the Shadow, a figure of enigma and darkness, and transforming him into a brightly-clad ersatz Batman. One of vintage comics’ guilty pleasures – go on, you know you want to try them…
*Dell: Like its companion and quasi-offspring, Gold Key/Whitman, Dell had a bewildering variety of series, many of which flittered evanescently across the public consciousness, but some of which stuck around for an inexplicably long time. Big on TV, movie, and sometimes even comic strip adaptations, they also flirted with their own line of original adventure characters. We’ve added, this week, the adaptations of movies & TV shows John Paul Jones, Naked Prey, Peter Gunn and Robin Hood (plus newspaper strip Short Ribs), and original series Kona (post-nuclear caveman, bonkers story, superbly illustrated by Sam Glanzman) Nukla (Poundland Captain Atom, drawn by Steve Ditko), and Werewolf (a superheroic secret agent with a canine sidekick; Tony Tallarico at the height of his powers! Ahem.) Oh, and Tom & Jerry, just for a touch of gravitas.
*Gold Key/Whitman: Like its ‘parent’, Dell (long story, Wiki it if you’re bothered), Gold Key/Whitman majored in film & TV adaptations, but had a surprisingly vigorous selection of original creations. We concentrate in this update with their TV adaptations, with new issues of cult 1970s cartoon Battle of the Planets, gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, and the definitive super-spy TV drama, Man From UNCLE, but we’ve also replenished Magnus Robot Fighter, the sci-fi drama, magnificently illustrated by Russ Manning, of a hero who dares to stand alone against the robots threatening to take over a dissolute humanity in the year 4000 AD. While wearing a mini-skirt & go-go boots. As you do.
*Western: The Revolutionary War is a subject that’s never gone over big in the UK, for obvious historical reasons, but nevertheless issues of Tomahawk drifted over to these shores, and were treated as somewhat confusing cultural artefacts, in which we were expected to take the viewpoint of Tomahawk and his – ahem – Rip-Roaring Rangers, and cheer him on as he fought the evil British. Things were enlivened considerably when the creators steered away from the historical and moved to the fantastical, with King Cobweb and his Bug Bandits, freedom fighter Miss Liberty, and cross-dressing villainess the Hood. In 1968, a slightly more realistic tone became evident, with the advent of some truly epic covers by Neal Adams commencing with #116. Later still, in the 70s, the title changed (on the cover, anyway) to “Son of Tomahawk”, and his half-Native American son took the spotlight, with Tomahawk himself playing the cranky old sidekick/mentor. This selection runs from 1959’s #64 to 1972’s #138. (And what d’you mean, “It’s not a proper Western”? It’s set in the past, it’s got horses, shurrup…)
*Modern Reprints: The Legion of Super-Heroes is a series dear to our hearts, as may be inferred from our businesses’ title, and this robust tome, clocking in at nearly 700 pages, reprints in sequence every significant appearance by the Legion prior to their own series (they were originally guest-stars in a Superboy story, but caught on in a big way with the readership), as well as just over a quarter of their Adventure Comics run. With the debuts and origins of Star Boy, Sun Boy, Lightning Lass, Matter-Eater Lad, Dream Girl, Element Lad, Bouncing Boy, the Legion of Super-Villains, the Legion of Substitute Heroes, the Time Trapper, the Legion of Super-Pets, and scores more, this is a fun-packed full-colour hardcover compendium of retro-futuristic derring-do! Despite years of neglect and abuse from DC’s recent management, the Legion remains beloved by thousands, and this is how it all began – NM at £45!
*Marvel UK: The venerable Marvel UK weekly, Mighty World of Marvel, switched titles and format towards the end of its career, becoming Marvel Super-Heroes Monthly, and the relaunch was celebrated with a new Captain Britain strip, taking the cliched ‘Austin Powers’ version created by Chris Claremont and spinning it into a genuinely powerful and ground-breaking mythos. The artistry of Alan Davis, who designed the new look, is consistent throughout, but what many people don’t remember is that it was Dave Thorpe, not Alan Moore (Moore took over the series later), who co-created this version and set in place the building blocks for Moore’s acclaimed run. We have the debut of the ‘New’ Captain Britain in MSH Monthly #377 back in stock, together with the rest of the CB-starring issues, including the debut of Omniversal Majestrix Satyrnyne in #381, the first Alan Moore scripted CB in #387 and an odd coda, a text feature on CB by Moore in #389, after the Captain’s strip departed for greener pastures. In addition, we have #390 to #396 – the series’ penultimate issue – with full-colour posters, many featuring original Alan Davis illustrations. This run averages FN, with several VF, so high-grade copies of a cult series. #377 is VF £35, #381 VF £20, and #387 VF £25; for all others, details may be found in our online catalogue.
*Annuals: Small but select top-ups to two (arguably three) titles this update: Fantastic, the ‘Power Comics’ weekly which reprinted classic Marvel super-hero adventures, and Countdown, the successor to TV 21, which used the star power of Doctor Who and the Gerry Anderson ensemble to garner readership. Fantastic Annuals 1968, 1969, and 1970 are new to our listings, featuring Thor, the X-Men, Iron Man and a smattering of UK-originated strips, while Countdown 1972, 1973 and TV Action 1974 (the title changed from Countdown to TV Action when the focus switched from sci-fi to crime and adventure) featured original material of hit TV series. These are, in both cases, all the Annuals issued for their respective titles, now in at respectable and affordable mid grades. Details in our online catalogue.