*DC: In 1975, DC decided to take the daring step, for the time, of publishing a series in which a villain was the ‘hero’ – and what better choice than the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker? Bat-Veteran creators Denny O’Neil and Irv Novick launched the series, and it was loaded with guest-stars – the Creeper, Lex Luthor, Green Arrow & Black Canary, the Royal Flush Gang, the Scarecrow and more. However, the pesky Comics Code Authority, still in force at that time, decreed that evil-doers should never be shown as triumphant, so the audience was in the position of watching the Joker lose out issue after issue, and while that was fine for a guest-villain, it didn’t fly for the ostensible star of the series! It ended with issue #9, but has since then, with the Joker’s ever-escalating popularity, become a highly sought-after series, and we have the first eight of the nine back in stock in nice grades, averaging Fine – but if you want to beat out the other larcenous miscreants in search of the series, better move with alacrity!
*DC: Five vintage issues of Adventure Comics from 1949 and 1950 starring Superboy are new in this week. The title starred Superboy, but perhaps of greater interest than even the exploits of the Boy of Steel are the variety of back-up series- Green Arrow, Aquaman, Johnny Quick (the other Fastest Man Alive…) and the Shining knight. These issues were published in the aftermath of the Golden Age, as it were, and are the last vestiges of the old-school anthologies. The low grade of these issues, between Poor and Good, makes them particularly affordable and appealing to collectors of ‘reading copies’, and a pleasant bonus is the artwork on the Shining Knight stories (in #157 & #159) by a promising youngster named Frank Frazetta, who we think may have a bit of a career in front of him.
*Marvel: Several of the God Of Thunder’s adventures re-stocked, starting with Journey Into Mystery #94 and ending with Thor #172. Included is #118, the first appearance of the Destroyer. In most cases these are lower graded but very presentable and cheaper alternatives to high grade copies we already have in stock. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: DC Thomson revived the title Wizard in 1970 following its cancellation in 1963 after 42 years of publication. The second series lasted until 1978 and featured such strips as Soldiers Of The Jet Age by Martin Asbury and The Wriggling Wrecker and The Flying Tripehound (a personal favourite title) by Dave Gibbons. Other artists on the title included Brian Bolland, Denis McLoughlin & Carlos Ezquerra. We have several dozen issues new in from #2 onwards throughout the 1970’s.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: A further update to this popular category, with many high grade copies new in. From DC: House Of Secrets (with Gothic covers), Secrets Of Sinister House & Witching Hour; from Marvel: Creatures On The Loose, Crypt Of Shadows, Giant-Size Chillers (both #1 issues from 1974 & 1975), Vault Of Evil (#1), Weird Wonder Tales (#1), Werewolf By Night #33 (2nd Moon Knight) & Where Monsters Dwell (#1).
*Humour Comics: We refresh one of the most popular and long-lived British Humour titles this week with a run of Buster complete from 26/12/64 (Christmas issue pictured) through to 22/5/65. At this time. Buster was a larger format comic (Beezer/Topper size) than it evolved into later in 1965, and this selection, from an original owner, is in extraordinary unfolded condition, almost all copies FN or VG/FN. Included are the Easter issue for 1965 and the first merged issue with the Big One 27/2/65, following the demise of that even larger format title. SORRY, THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE PICTURED HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: A very large general update to our DC stocks from the 1960’s and 1970’s, with issues added of all the following titles: Action Comics, Adventure Comics, All-Star, DC Special Series (with Swamp Thing), Demon, Flash (inc #129, 1st Silver Age JSA), Green Lantern, Jimmy Olsen, Kamandi, Karate Kid, Lois Lane, Metal Men, Metamorpho, Mystery in Space, Phantom Stranger, Prez, Sandman (#1), Sherlock Holmes, Showcase (Maniaks, Bat Lash & Phantom Stranger issues), Superboy (& LSH), Supergirl, Swamp Thing (inc 1980’s series), Teen Titans (from #2), Wonder Woman, World Of Krypton (1st series from 1979 complete) & World’s Finest. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Marvel: From 1975, issues #2-7 of Marvel Chillers. Issue #2 (like #1) featured Modred the Mystic, but the remaining issues in the series from #3-#7 starred Tigra the Were-Woman, she who once was The Cat, in a quirky but excellent series of adventures by diverse hands inc. Jim Shooter and John Byrne. Tigra remains a popular character in the Marvel Universe and still pops up as a guest star here and there.
Captains log: TV/Film Tie-Ins:
Kirk: What do you make of them?
McCoy: It’s fumetti, Jim, but not as we know it!
Spock: Fumetti (literally little puffs of smoke in Italian) are photonovels, using photos or stills with speech balloons added.
McCoy: Dammit Spock! Do you have to be so logical?
Kirk: Well, what’s special about these?
McCoy: They’re about us!
Spock: Twelve Star Trek fotonovels were published, and they’re all here, and in high grades. Fascinating!
*Power Comics: A decent update to four of the five Power Comics titles: plenty of Fantastic (from #1 VG £30), early Pow, lots of Smash (both Odhams & IPC issues) and a Terrific. Fondly remembered for their mix of humour and adventure and Marvel & DC reprints, these have a unique place in British comics’ history. SORRY, THE FANTASTIC #1 PICTURED HAS NOW SOLD
*Boy’s Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A small but diverse update, starring Air Ace Picture Library #1, a VG copy at £10 which sadly has the last 2 story pages missing, but it appears that the story is all-but over by that point. Joined by a couple of 1970’s Holiday Specials, plus Conflict PL, Eagle PL, a solitary Fleetway Super Secret Agent series, a handful of Starblazers and a few War PL.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A substantial amount of post-decimal Girls’ Picture Libraries fresh into stock, bolstering our much-depleted boxes! Bunty, Girl, Judy and Mandy are all well represented in this large update, together with a smattering of Debbie and Star Love Stories in Pictures. These done-in-one publications are increasingly popular with both male and female readers of a certain age, and scarcely a day goes by without a raid on the boxes of them we display!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Many new additions to the popular D.C. Thomson weekly from the years 1966 to 1968, considerably augmenting our existing stock. While stablemate Victor devoted its ‘historical’ front pages to wartime exploits, Hotspur preferred western tales on the front, with unusual weaponry or ‘White Chiefs’ being recurring themes. Behind the covers, the most famous inmate was probably “The Wolf Of Kabul”, but other series at this time included sports, adventure and sci-fi, with “The Outlaw Olympics” “Firefighter Flynn”, and “The Beetles of Doom”, and comic relief was provided by, oh dear, “The Cheery Cherokees”. It’s heartening to note that the lads of Red Circle School, who originated in Hotspur’s first incarnation as a story paper, were still going strong decades later as the token text story. Nice grades, averaging VG with many Fine copies.
*Marvel: Five truly vintage issues in of Tales To Astonish, starring Hank Pym as Ant-Man and then Giant-Man, joined in later issues by the wonderful Wasp. #37 GD+ p £35, #41 GD/VG p £38, #42 FN- £76 (pictured), #56 FN £37 & the key issue here #59 (FN/VF £120, pictured), which features the Giant-Man/Hulk encounter prior to the start of the Hulk’s own series in #60, and also the story in which it is first mentioned that anger triggers the Hulk’s transformation.
*Marvel: A chunky update to our Bronze Age Iron Man stocks between issues #43 & #150, including many issues previously missing from our listings. Included are the anniversary issues #100 & #150.
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:
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: From the 1970’s, the Satan-spawned adventures of everyone’s favourite flame-faced bad lad, the Ghost Rider! Marvel recycled the name of one of their Western heroes for the saga of an ill-advised stunt cyclist who made a pact with the Devil – with the best of intentions – and ended up as an emissary of Satan. Scripter Gary Friedrich employed some of the tropes previously used in his stint on Skywald’s short-lived Hell-Rider (see earlier updates), but Johnny Blaze proved a more likeable hero – and the distinctive and atmospheric art by Mike Ploog didn’t hurt either! After enjoying a successful run in Marvel Spotlight from #’s 5-11, Johnny spun out into his own series, which lasted issues. We have the second Ghost Rider appearance, in Marvel Spotlight #6, new in, as well as his final two in Spotlight (#’s 10 and 11), all in high grade, VF+ or better, then we continue on to his fiery first issue, in an attractive Fine- cents copy at £40.
*Marvel: Inhumans are everywhere these days in both Marvel’s comic and media Universes, so here’s a chance to pick up their first bid for solo stardom. (Hang on – can a race have solo stardom? Oh, well…) in 1975, Doug Moench and George Perez were the team behind the first Inhumans #1, as part of Marvel’s ambitious expansion project which saw most long-standing supporting characters have a stab at a series. Although this run only lasted twelve issues, it is fondly remembered, and we have a Near Mint pence copy of issue #1 available at £80.
*DC: Holy Bat-Stuff! Updates to three titles starring the Caped Crusader and his Pals n’ Gals: firstly, Batman himself, opening with #163’s distinctive ‘Joker Jury’ cover, and continuing through to the early 300’s, with highlights from the selection including the first Silver Age appearance of the Scarecrow, the special 200th celebratory issue, #237 (an early ‘Vermont Halloween’ issue, with Adams interior art) and featuring many eyecatching Neal Adams covers. We follow up with Detective Comics, commencing with #387, the 30th Anniversary special, and adding yet more dazzling Adams covers in the early 400’s, before closing with #526, a Giant special marking Batman’s 200th appearance in the title. Wrapping it up are later issues of the Batman Family, the oddball hybrid that featured Batgirl & Robin in team action. By the time of #11, where we pick up, the series had become a venue for more experimental artists, and Don newton, Marshall Rogers and Michael Golden were frequent contributors, presenting work of a high standard and an unusual atmosphere that was curiously engaging. A less common series because of sketchy UK distribution, we have issues through to #18 new in.
*War: A Lee & Kirby classic, and possibly the single most in-demand issue of Sgt. Fury, exceeding even the popularity of #1, issue #13’s team-up of Fury and his Howling Commandos with Captain America and Bucky is hugely sought-after even by non-war comics fans, and we’re delighted to have this VG+ pence copy to offer for £60. Although it’s a mid-high grade, the cover scene is completely unimpeded except for the pence price stamp, and it captures the Living Legend of World War II at his iconic finest.
*Modern Reprints: Several new items of stock for these high-quality full-colour hardcovers, sequentially reprinting DC’s pantheon of characters. New in this update: Comic Cavalcade Vol. 1, the anthology which featured Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Wildcat, the Ghost Patrol, and Scribbly, among others; Vol. 3 of Fox and Sekowsky’s classic Justice League of America; volumes 1 & 3 of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, in which Green Arrow and Speedy, the Shining Knight, the Crimson Avenger, Vigilante, and the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesey joined together as a kind of alt. Justice Society of America; the second volume of the Golden Age Starman, by Jack Burnley, Mort Meskin and others; the premier volume of Sheldon Mayer’s delightful comedy, Sugar & Spike; and finally, the inaugural volume of Wonder Woman the Amazon Princess, representing the Amazing Amazon’s earliest Silver Age adventures from #98 onwards, when Kanigher, Andru & Esposito gave the DC Universe one its earliest ‘reboots’. All of these are in high grades, averaging VF, and the 3rd Seven Soldiers volume is Mint, never having been opened and still in its original shrinkwrap!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: In 1969, in response to Power Comics’ repackaging of Marvel reprints, an attempt was made to similarly anthologize the DC characters, in the monthly, “Super DC”. Featuring Superman, Batman, Superboy, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane and Batman in every issue, it presented a random selection of stories ranging from a couple of years old to fifteen years old, in no particular sequence, and the covers were mostly supplied by the Mick Anglo studio, who amalgamated swipes from wildly different artists, so that you would see a Schaffenberger Superman with a Novick Batman, or an Adams Batman with a Bob Kane Batwoman, in a bizarre clash of mismatched styles. This oddball concoction only lasted 14 monthly issues – after which, presumably to maintain copyright, it became the American series, “Super DC Giant” – and was a calamitous failure at the time, but is now sought after by folks of a certain generation nostalgic for inexplicable experiments! We have the first ten issues in of the UK Super DC, and they must be seen to be disbelieved.
*Younger Readers’ Comics: We have a wide variety of Younger Readers’ material new in this week, including #1 issues and Holiday Specials, as follows: Bimbo, Bobo Bunny’s Holiday Special 1970, Bonnie #1, Donald Duck #1 (1975), Donald & Mickey #1 (1972), Little Star Christmas issue 1973, Mickey Mouse Weekly 1955, Pippin Holiday Special 1969, Playhour 1966, Playhour & Robin Holiday Special 1969 & Twinkle.
*Marvel: Strange Tales is a venerable Golden Age/Silver Age Marvel title that went through many changes of focus in its lifetime. This update, we concentrate on the swinging 60’s and the sensational 70’s. First up, we have issues from the Human Torch and Dr. Strange (by Ditko) period. We then move on to a very fondly remembered period when the good doctor shared the title with Nicky Fury, Agent Of Shield, and in particular the work of Jim Steranko, whose debut on that strip is featured in this update. We close out with the short run of issues from #178-181 featuring Jim Starlin’s Warlock, including the key issue #180 (FN/VF p £35), with the first appearance of that doyenne of the Guardians Of The Galaxy Gamorra.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Just a handful of new entries this time, mostly from Micron’s Cowboy Adventure Library, but also including a Pecos Bill & a Totem Picture Library.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A very small update to a few favourite titles in this increasingly popular category: Bunty, Judy and June & School Friend.
*Childrens’ Books: The popular aviator Biggles returns in five FN Dean & Son hardcover editions from the mid-1970’s. These all have very attractive pictorial boards rather than dust jackets, and have all been well looked after by their previous owner. Titles include Biggles Air Detective, Biggles & The Black Peril, Biggles Flies Again, Biggles in the Cruise of the Condor and Biggles Pioneer Air Fighter.
*TV & Film Related Comics: A varied selection this week, inc. many Holiday Specials: Basil Brush Specials x3, a few Film Funs from 1948, 1951 & 1960, Popeye Holiday Special 1969, Radio Fun from 1948, a She-Ra Princess Of Power Special from the 1980’s, a rare issue of Solo (#4), a 1983 Stingray Special, a Fine copy of Target #1 from 1978, Thunderbirds Specials from 1971, 1983 & 1984, TV Comic Special from 1972 and, last but not least, TV Land from 1960/61 with Gerry Anderson’s Twizzle.
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: This ever-popular section is topped up this week with lots of mags: a couple of dozen Alter Egos, Amazing Heroes 1-12, some Back Issues, Comic Book Artist (1st series from #1), some Comic Book Marketplaces, Comic Reader and Comics Forum. Plus one book — Trina Robbins’s Great Women Super-Heroes.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A massive update to our stocks of Lion, one of the most very popular of all the Boys’ weeklies we sell. We go right through in this update from the first year (1952) and issue #7 until the final year (1973). Along the way there are new issues in for the following years: 1953, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966 (lots), 1967, 1968 (many), 1969 (lots) & 1972. We also have two Holiday Specials for 1978 & 1980 (pictured). Keen attention will be paid to this update, so quick ordering is advised!
In celebration of our Skywald Magazine update today, we’re adding to our Extras page Will’s article on the Butterfly, the first black woman to join the ‘panties & capes’ party of the Super-Folks. You can read all about her in his ‘Where There’s A Will’ column on our Extras page.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: From Skywald, the cheerfully opportunist black & white mag publishers of the early 1970’s, a selection of their exploitative titles; an attempt to revive the crime genre with Crime Machine #1, loaded with pre-code reprints (including some Kubert) behind a misleading new cover; new copies in of their main horror titles, Nightmare (#7 VF) and Psycho (#3 FN), featuring a bizarre but fascinating selection of artists and writers who – being either at the beginning or end of their careers – were willing to work for cheap; and a personal favourite here at 30th Century, Hell-Rider, a cycling super-hero with peripatetic super-strength who travelled across the USA trying to find himself – but instead finding drug-smuggling ganglords and libidinous werewolves. As you do. Co-featured in Hell-Rider were his chums the Wild Bunch (a do-gooder motorcycle gang) and the Butterfly, a super-heroic soul sister in a costume that, in 1971, was shockingly skimpy. Hell-Rider didn’t last beyond the second issue, but scripter ‘Groovy’ Gary Friedrich made good use of the experience on Marvel’s suspiciously-similar Ghost Rider, less than a year later. Coincidence? Hmmm… Both issues of Hell-Rider new in, in affordable mid-grades – buy them and see Rich Buckler’s art back when he was making an effort! (No, seriously: it’s really rather nice…)
*Girls’ Comics: An update to three hugely popular Girl’s titles: Judy from 1980, Mandy from 1969-1972 & Tammy 1971-72. In all cases, many issues have been added previously missing from our listings.
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:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Humour Comics: We’re delighted to present every issue of the Big One from 1964, including the first issue (17/10) and both the Fireworks and Christmas issues (pictured). This huge, over-sized experiment from Fleetway only lasted 19 issues (into early 1965) before it was merged with Buster. Measuring approx. 14″ x 22″, we suspect this was a real nightmare for newsagents and that this comic was stored and sold horizontally folded like broadsheet newspapers. We’ve never seen a copy without such a fold and indeed we store and sell them that way. This new collection is nevertheless in really nice condition, mostly VG or FN, and we don’t see many of these at all, let alone in such nice shape. The prices reflect their condition and rarity; full details in our website catalogue listing as always.
*DC: A nice selection of DC Giant issues new in, with a variety of page counts between 68 and 100. The following series are featured: Adventure, DC 100 Page Super-Spectacular (Superman & Superboy), DC Special (Wild Frontier), Lois Lane, Shazam, Superboy, Super DC Giant (Western, Brave & Bold), Superman Family & World’s Finest. Great value reading!
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: An octet of Leslie Charteris’ ever popular Simon Templar books have joined the bookshelves. The majority are Pan editions, but we also have a Hodder and Stoughton yellow cover edition of Follow The Saint and a high grade (VF) Coronet edition of The Saint Intervenes.
*Marvel: We conclude our current wave of Spider-Mania this week! Two landmark issues anchor this Spider-Man update: #121, the death of Gwen Stacy issue, is new in in not one but two grades: a VG+ at £75 (below left), with only minor wear and one discolouration in the lower right cover corner; a second copy, graded GD/VG at £50 (below centre), is flawed only by a hard subscription crease down the middle of the cover image. They are accompanied by a copy of the Punisher’s debut, issue #129, in GD/VG at £150. In high demand now with the rumours of a Punisher media slot, this copy is superficially nicer than the stated grade, but has at some time had some moisture exposure, leading to shallow wrinkling. There is also some wear at the upper left cover corner. All of these are achievable opportunities to obtain key Spider-man issues at reasonably affordable levels. Not content with that, we also have a scattering of other issues from #68 to #375 in a variety of grades, plus Annual #5 (“The Secret of Peter Parker’s Parents!”), for a comprehensive restock of one of our most popular series. Have no fear, Spider-philes: the webslinging one will return to our listings faster than you can say J. Jonah Jameson (20 times with a mouth full of webbing…)
*Marvel: The All-Seeing Eye of Agomotto guides us to a superlative selection of the exploits of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange! Soon to be reincarnated on the cinematic screen, the Master of the Mystic Art’s adventures have seldom been in keener demand, and we kick off with a very attractive FNp #169 at £50, the good Doctor’s first solo issue after his long run in Strange Tales. We also have a few later issues from his first series, with artwork by Colan & Palmer at possibly their peak, then we move on to the 1970’s series, where Doc received his first #1 after a prolonged try-out in Marvel Premiere. We have the first 28 of his second ongoing series in mid to high grades (Fine or better on average, many VF), and with accomplished art by Frank Brunner and the returning Colan/Palmer team, Doctor Strange was in fine form. A scattering of later issues concludes the second series, and we round out the update with his first and only King-Size issue, ND and squarebound, from 1975. May the Shades of the Seraphim protect thee!
*Younger Readers’ Comics: Free Gift Farrago: Baby Baby Bunting! Piggles Postman! Cock Robin & Jenny Wren! Pixie Bumpkin! Banana Bunny! It’s the All-New Expectorated X-Men! Oh no, wait, that’s a different update. These are the denizens of our latest batch of early Free Gift issues for the pre-school set. First up, Dickory Dock (1980) #1, with the Glove Puppet untouched by human hand; Donald & Mickey #3, from 1972, with a pristine wall poster of Mr. Mouse, Esq.; Robin #1 from 1985, with a free Wimpole Village picture book starring the sinister Major Stickwielder; and a double dose of two-fisted action from 1972’s Hey Diddle Diddle, with #1 offering a large fold-out poster & accompanying stickers in NM condition; and #2, with the stickers in… less than mint condition, as they’ve gotten a bit, er, stuck to the interior page. Still, bargainacious! See the fury! Feel the power! Nutty Noodle, Duke of the Duck Pond, and Fuddy, Duddy, and the Disco Kid – Unleashed! Pictured below: Dickory Dock #1 and Hey Diddle Diddle #1 with their respective Free Gifts!
*Undergrounds: From 1970 onwards, a controversial quartet of the underground newspaper Oz! Subject of one of the most notorious media campaigns of the 1970’s, Oz’s unrepentantly anti-Establishment attitude landed its publishers in trouble on multiple occasions, culminating in the infamous ‘Schoolkids’ issue, #28 – which, despite popular misconceptions, was edited by under-18’s, rather than featuring them. The four new in are #26 – the ‘Pussy Power’ issue, which contains the invitation to younger readers to edit an issue of Oz; #28, the ‘Schoolkids’ issue, with its infamous X-Rated Rupert the Bear parody; and issues #37 and #38. The #28 (pictured) is FA/GD at £35, with only spine & cover corner wear precluding a higher grade.
*Mad & Other Parody: Following the success of Mad’s transfer from colour comic to black & white magazine, Atlas, ever keen on bandwagon-jumping, decided to launch their own imitation, and thus Snafu was born. In fairness, with Heath, Everett, Maneely and Severin among the contributors, it’s a superior Mad clone, with high standards throughout, but for some reason it didn’t ‘catch’ despite two attempts. We have the first issue (and indeed the only issue) of the first series new in, from November 1955, in Fine+ at £35. One of the earliest known sightings of the elusive Irving Forbush can be yours!
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: In the mid-1970’s, Charlton surprised everyone by trying to launch a black & white magazine line, just as other b & w were retrenching. We have one such, the first issue of Six Million Dollar Man, newly in, and with a Neal Adams cover and rather lovely interior art from Adams and his ‘Crusty Bunker’ cohorts, it’s probably one of the highest production-value Charltons ever! These stories, completists should note, are separate and distinct from the stories Charlton ran in their Six Million Dollar Man colour comic, and quite a bit better. Probably among the rarer later Charltons, this copy is an attractive Fine+ and offered at £15.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: The more perspicacious of you may have realised that our heading means we have new in stock the first three issues of Eagle Volume 1 from 1950. Unfortunately in low grades: #1 FA £60, #2 FA+ £30, #3 FA/GD £35, but an opportunity to acquire at very affordable prices the earliest issues of arguably the most famous British Boys’ Adventure comic of them all with the debut of the iconic British space pilot/adventurer Dan Dare, who remains a household name to this day (if your household has comic collectors!)
*Annuals: A new selection of annuals in this week in the following sub-categories: Humour – Topper from the 1970’s and 1980’s; Film & TV related: the Impossibles, Lady Penelope & Space 1999; Boys’ Adventure: a pride of Lions between 1968 and 1980, plus the Lion Book of Great Conquerors 1970 and Robin Hood 1958.
*Power Comics: ‘The Brand New Comic for the New Breed of Comic Fans’ proclaimed Pow! #1 across its masthead. In 1967, Odhams Press hit upon its highly successful formula of Marvel reprints combined with original British humour and adventure strips. Nowhere was this more notable than in Pow!, which featured Spider-Man reprints virtually from the beginning. We have a copy of #1, GD/VG at £45, structurally sound with some edge browning. The Free Gift of Spider-Matic pistol has, sadly, long since departed.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: Well, lashings of ghouls and other creatures of the night in our mega horror update this week! From ACG: Adventures into The Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, Midnight Mystery & Unknown Worlds; from Charlton: Ghostly Tales, Ghost Manor, Haunted & Haunted Love (#1); from DC: Doorway To Nightmare (#1), Ghosts, House Of Mystery, House Of Secrets (including many stunning high grade issues), Plop (from #1 – early issues in high grade), Secrets Of Haunted House, Unexpected (including Giant issues), Weird Mystery Tales (inc. high grade #1) & Witching Hour; from Gold Key: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not; from Marvel: Arrgh (#1), Beware, Chamber Of Chills, Chamber Of Darkness, Fear, Giant-Size Creatures (1st app Tigra), Journey Into Mystery, Man Thing 2nd series, Monsters On The Prowl, Tower Of Shadows & Vault Of Evil (stunning VF+ #1); and last but not least, the rare and seldom seen Dell Giant from 1962 Tales From The Tomb #1 which has a unique atmosphere all its own. A selection of the #1 issues in this update are pictured below. Full details of grades and prices in our catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: One of the tougher short run series from the 1960’s to complete is Fleetway’s Hurricane. It lasted 63 issues from 29th February 1964 to 8th May 1965, when it was merged in with Tiger. We have a substantial number of issues new in, covering most of 1964, including the 2nd and 3rd issues and also the final issue from 1965 (pictured), mostly in decent VG grade (a few better, a few worse). Famous strips include Typhoon Tracy, Skid Solo and Sword For Hire.
*DC: A gathering of a small number of DC early 12 cents issues for the following titles: Atom, Green Lantern, House Of Mystery, Lois Lane, Superboy & World’s Finest. Check our catalogue listing for additions!
*Humour Comics: But wait, hasn’t it just been Christmas? Is this some form of late, late celebration? Well, sort of, as we commemorate the festive season with a flurry of Humour Christmas issues from all the above titles, mostly from the 1970’s and 1980’s, but with the highlight being a very rare 1964 Christmas Beano in VG/FN at £31.