*Horror 1940-1959: Menace is one of the shortest-lived of Atlas’s pre-code horror titles, lasting just 11 issues. However, Atlas always put out a good quality of artistry in their horror line, and for Menace they saved some of the best. Many issues included Bill Everett art, and although this week’s two issues from the Bute Collection do not, there are several pieces with an equal artistic talent at work. Less commonly seen than other Atlas horror.
#8 VG+ £190 Pre-code. Joe Maneeley, John Romita, Russ Heath (2 stories, with one in ‘3D’) and more. End Of World story. Nice solid copy with deep colour, firm staples, supple off-white pages, only minor wear. Faint vertical crease down the centre (like subscription crease but much less apparent). 4 cm tear up from central bottom cover sealed on inside.
#10 VG £165 Pre-code. Russ Heath, Robert Q Sale, Sheldon Moldoff, Joe Sinnott and more. H-Bomb panels. Bright copy with clear, unspoilt cover image. Staples are firm, pages a nice off-white to cream. Very small spine split at base with minor erosion and 1.25 cm split upper spine.