*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Substantial updates to three classic Boys’ titles. First up, the story paper Adventure between the years 1946 and 1960; secondly ‘modern’ eagle from 1982 through to a few of the monthly issues from 1993/94; finally Hornet from #2 (1963), right up until its final year in 1975. At around a couple of pounds per issue, these represent great reading value!
*Marvel: Nice top-ups to two of Marvel’s finest characters in their first Silver Age series, following their ‘graduation’ in 1968 from Strange Tales (for Doc Strange) and Tales To Astonish (Subby). Most issues of the short-ish run of good doctor have been added to our existing stock in a mixture of grades, all cents copies, featuring (mostly) the incomparable Gene Colan at the artistic helm. Namor lasted much longer and went through the hands of many diverse creators of varying quality, but included some super-star art by John Buscema, Marie Severin and Bill Everett. Our Subby update starts as early as #8, but focuses mainly on issues between #40 and #60, which come in at extraordinarily high grades, many VF/NM, all cents copies.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: We proudly welcome a complete run of the Fleetway Super Library Front Line series, all 26 issues from 1967 to 1968. Originally published fortnightly, these extra-long digests provided 100+ pages of (as far as we know) all-new adventures, not reprinted from the weekly comics. Like its companion titles in the Fleetway Super Library family (Fantastic/Stupendous and Secret Agent), Front Line alternated its stars, odd-numbered issues featuring “Maddock’s Marauders”, a rag-tag team of international soldiers, and even-numbered copies starring “Sgt. Ironside”, who, to absolutely no-one’s surprise, got the job done while disobeying military rules. Much of this new stock is in surprisingly high grade (given the propensity of the card covers to attract and hoard creases, as collectors know), with the majority being VG to FN, and a few even attaining the coveted VF, almost never given to items in this series.
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*DC: Two early appearances of the Silver Age Atom, the Tiny Titan of the DC Universe! Taking his heroic name, but little else, from the Golden Age hero who was basically just a very tough short guy, the 1961 re-imagining of the Atom had young Ray Palmer discover a piece of white dwarf matter and fashion a suit which enabled him to compress his atoms, becoming the World’s Smallest Super-Hero! Scripter Gardner Fox took great delight in finding unusual ways in which the minuscule crusader could turn his short stature to advantage, and Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson kept artistic pace, with each page crammed with delightful and imaginative layouts. Now that the character (in inevitably altered form) is a regular on the Flash TV show, folks are starting to take a new interest in the Atom’s adventures. We offer Showcase #35, his second Silver Age appearance, in GD/VG (pence) at £50, and the first issue of his solo-series (with the first appearance of Jason Woodrue, later the Floronic Man) in GD- (pence) also at £50. We’re particularly fond of Woodrue’s optimistic declaration on issue #1’s cover; “…then nothing will stand in the way of my plant-conquest of Earth!” Well, apart from Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern…..
*Marvel: Two landmark issues featuring everyone’s favourite mutant: Wolverine #1 from 1988 is the first issue of Logan’s first ongoing series, available in sparkling NM at £50 with art by the superlative team of John Buscema and Al Williamson; Hulk #340 has art by the inimitable Todd MacFarlane and a classic image of Wolvy on the cover, available in an equally sparkling NM at £55. Two of the cornerstones of any true Wolverine fan’s collection!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Robert Heinlein is one of our most popular authors. This previously depleted section has had the following titles added: Beyond This Horizon, Farmer In The Sky, Farnham’s Freehold, Red Planet, Rocket Ship Galileo, Starship Troopers, The Day After Tomorrow, The Past Through Tomorrow Volume 2, Waldo + Magic Inc, and most notably a 1960’s Signet edition of Double Star and a 1962 Digit edition (1st UK PB) of Assignment In Eternity.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Following recent huge sales on our Transformers weekly stock, we’re pleased to recharge with 70+ new issues, most of the run between #’s 68 and 143! Originally an all-reprint production, demand at the time proved so immense that new material (mostly by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior) was produced to fill the pages, so there’s lots of undiscovered adventures for hard-core Trans-fans, including the first appearance of the cult character Death’s Head in issue #113!
*Marvel: A Baker’s Dozen of premier issues from the mid-to-late 1970’s, with the #1’s of Astonishing Tales (co-starring Ka-Zar and Doctor Doom), Black Goliath, Godzilla, Howard the Duck (by the acclaimed Gerber/Brunner team), Dazzler, Ka-Zar, Machine Man (Kirby’s robotic everyman in his own series!), Marvel Chillers, Marvel Premiere (1st Warlock), Marvel Spotlight (Red Wolf, with a Neal Adams cover) Rom, Super-Villain Team-Up, and Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: All new old authors …. by which we mean vintage authors which haven’t been listed by us before. The wide range includes prolific and occasional, versatile and niche writers. Falling into the prolific and versatile categories are Ben Barzman (Echo X), a Canadian who wrote only two Science Fiction novels, but also many screenplays, Sydney Bounds (The Robot Brains) who wrote eight Science Fiction novels in addition to many Westerns, horror, mysteries and childrens’ fiction (often using pseudonyms) and Leigh Brackett (The Big Jump), also a screenwriter and married to Edmond Hamilton. In a special category of prolific and innovative is Mark Clifton (Eight Keys To Eden), winner of the second Hugo award for best novel. His ground-breaking use of psychological insight into the common themes of Science Fiction was recognised when he was awarded the 2010 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award for unjust obscurity. Horace Coon (43,000 Years Later), wrote many books, but this is one of his rare forays into Science Fiction. The same can be said of C B Gilford (The Liquid Man) who was another scriptwriter and author. Matthew Grant (Hyper-Drive) definitely falls into the niche category, appearing to have written only one Science Fiction novel, but despite that it is highly desirable. Laurence Manning wrote short stories and series for early pulps and The Man Who Awoke is one of those series published as a novel. Eric North (The Ant Men) was one among many pseudonyms of Bernard Cronin, who wrote novels, short stories, poems and a radio play. Finally, we have two works written as novelisations: Charles Chilton (Journey Into Space) based his work on the highly successful radio series of the same name that he produced, and Will Garth, probably Alexander Samalman, possibly Henry Kuttner (Dr Cyclops) based on the classic 1940 horror film of the same name.
*Younger Readers’ Comics: A round-up of various titles for Younger Readers, including Bobo Bunny (1972), Bonnie (1974), Donald & Mickey (1972 inc. #1), Goofy (#2), & Harold Hare’s Own Paper (1961).
*Alan Class Reprints:Two key and highly sought after issues from this famous publisher: Creepy Worlds #35 reprints Fantastic Four #3 inc. cover; Race Into Space #1 (and only) reprints Charlton science-fiction stories inc. 1 by Steve Ditko. Our Creepy Worlds #35 is a sparkling VF copy at £50 with just minor back cover creasing (due, we suspect to slight glue/paper shrinkage); Race Into Space #1 is an almost equally nice FN+ copy also at £50, with just a small back cover tear precluding a higher grade.
*Annuals: 11 new annuals in the Boys’ Adventure sub-section, including Battle, Dan Dare, Hotspur, 2000 AD, Valiant, Victor, Warlord & War Picture Library.
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: The highly regarded (by many) and sadly departed Michael Turner made his name with his own creation Witchblade, the saga of a cop who is ‘possessed’ by a mystical gauntlet (as you are), which debuted from Image Comics in 1995. His highly individualistic art style can be seen imitated in many modern comics still and his legacy began here in the very first issue which we are offering in a lovely VF+ grade for £20. The final issue of the series just came out; any comic that lasts 185 issues in this day and age (not to mention spawning its own TV series) must have something going for it!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A chunky update to Commando Picture Library, the premiere title of its genre, with dozens of pre and early decimal issues fresh into stock ranging from the 200’s to the 900’s, with the emphasis firmly on the earlier part of that range.
*Marvel: Arguably, the best of all the titles to jump on the 1970’s bandwagon of the martial arts explosion was Master Of Kung Fu. Shang-Chi, the heroic son of Fu Manchu, was written (mostly) by Doug Moench, who always managed to get some philosophy in with the action, and drawn by a succession of talented artists, including some outstanding ones. The series is much sought-after these days, and we have a continual run in from #21 to #64 plus Giant-Size #1, almost all in VF and all cents copies. Not just another kung fu filler title!
*DC: The Girl Of Steel took over Adventure Comics from the Legion of Super-Heroes with #381, and we’re pleased here to present an almost unbroken run of her adventures from #400-424, all cents copies, mostly mid-high grade. Supergirl was plagued by all the traditional worries of a young girl — love, friendships, fashion, dubious weddings, secret identities, aliens, monsters, super-villains etc etc, you know the drill… One highlight of this run is spotting the number of costume variations she went through, seemingly every issue, from hot pants to mini-skirts to kinky boots to swimsuits to cat-suits ad infinitum. Included are many extra-sized issues with classic reprints such as the Legion, Animal Man, Hawkman, Robotman and many more, plus a wonderful new Zatanna strip by Gray Morrow.
*Younger Readers Comics: Bimbo must have been many readers’ first experience of comics. Aimed at nursery school aged children it included many nursery rhyme characters in stories such as Old MacDonald’s Farm, and Little Snow White (very carefully delineated from the Disney version: Little Snow White’s dwarves included Bossy, Nosey, Dozy, Chuckles, Thumpy and Mumpy). Bizarrely, Bimbo didn’t appear on the front cover until issue #3, and was soon replaced by Tom Thumb. Other stories used characters from sister D C Thompson titles such as Baby Crockett (the Beezer), and Patsy the Panda (Twinkle), other notable stories include Pip the Penguin, which ran for the whole life of the comic, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp and Pussy Willow (fondly remembered by Dr Evilla). We have greatly expanded our stock of Bimbo, to include missing years 1961, the year it started, 1962, and 1970. 1963 and 1964 are much better represented than they were.
*DC: High adventure was de rigeur from DC in the Bronze Age, hence three titles that all launched in 1975 featuring primitive worlds and settings: Beowulf Dragon Slayer, Claw the Unconquered & Kong the Untamed. We have near complete runs of all three titles (including all #1 issues), all new to our listings in high grade cents copies. Sadly, this experiment fell victim to the DC implosion which saw the cancellation of many titles around this time, but they offered a thrilling albeit brief excursion away from super-heroes and the like.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Frank Herbert is best known for the Dune Saga, but he wrote many other novels as well. This week we have added Dune itself (just fitting it into 2015 to mark its 50th anniversary this year), Dune Messiah and Whipping Star. All are in GD or VG grade. Theodore Sturgeon is another author with longevity; we have added a collection of short stories, A Way Home, and two novels, The Dreaming Jewels and Some Of Your Blood, an intriguing horror/mystery in Sturgeon’s inimitable style, which is in an exceptional FN grade.
*Marvel: A good update to our Silver/Bronze Age stocks of Captain America, from the second issue (#101) and the greatness of Lee & Kirby through many issues previously missing from our stock to #173 by Englehart and Sal Buscema, guest-starring the X-Men.
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*Girls’ Comics: Girl’s Crystal started out as a story paper, with a style highly evocative of it’s time, such as the use of headings like Their Camping Holiday and Her Dilemma. The front cover and some internal pages carried illustrations, all of which suggest that women of the time only wore red. The characters were stylised, and intentionally youthful, but impossible to pin down to a particular age – mid-teens to late twenties. Stories were all Grand or Exciting (both if you were lucky), suitably patriotic during the war years, and, with the emphasis on cruises and adventures in exotic locations, offered post-war escapism. We’ve revamped our stock of Girls’ Crystal from its years as a story paper to bring the pricing structure into line with contemporary boys’ story papers, so that our stocks of these (1941-1948) are now approximately half the price at which we previously had them listed. For good measure we’ve added a complete year from 1952 also at the new prices. Bumper reading fun, with cover summaries such as ‘The Kiddies Were Looking Forward To The Mexican Fiesta — And Thanks To The Gay Outlaw All Their Hopes Were Realised’ (#583 1946). And in 1952 we get the Silent Three as well! Treat yourself to some ripping yarns, schoolgirl style!
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*Marvel: Borrowing our heading from an Ant-Man special of a few years back, we’re delighted to present at this festive season both the first appearance of Ant-Man (Hank Pym) from Tales To Astonish #27 and of his partner the Wasp from Tales To Astonish #44. Two dynamic debuts for a favourite Marvel couple. Hank Pym, later to become Ant-Man (and Giant-Man, and Goliath, and Yellowjacket, and briefly the Wasp, but we don’t talk about that…), made his first appearance in Tales to Astonish #27 as “The Man In The Ant Hill!”, another of those ‘science gone awry’ stories so beloved of the early Marvel Bullpen. There was nothing in this story to distinguish Hank from myriad other white-coated geeks who had odd encounters at the hands of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, but for some reason he sparked the public imagination and returned in TTA #35 as a fully-fledged super-hero, Ant-Man. We have a copy of Hank’s first appearance, Tales to Astonish #27, new in in FN+, a highly attractive copy with excellent cover colour and gloss. The front cover has minuscule chips from the bottom right corner and mid-lower cover edge. There is also a small (approx. 1cm square) piece out of the back cover’s lower edge, which alone prevents a substantially higher grade. (The front and back back covers are pictured below). Ant-Man soon discovered that loyal as his ants were, they lacked something in the companionship stakes – so in Tales to Astonish #44, he was joined by Janet Van Dyne, alias the Wasp, and one of comics’ greatest and most turbulent relationships was born. Our copy of TTA #44 is a gorgeous VF-, with stunning cover and gloss, and only one tiny imperfection – a staple puncture just above the logo. Hank & Jan always had the most believable romance of the Marvel Universe, and the pair have long been favourites here at 30th C., so we’re delighted to see the characters getting their due recognition. Both of these highly collectible items are cents copies, with no UK price or overstamp, and, with the second Ant-Man movie now having been retitled “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, both characters are coming into greater public prominence, so now is the time to buy. Tales To Astonish #27 FN+ is offered at £3,275; Tales To Astonish #44 VF- is £650.
This special one-off event features dozens of items, many of which would be a spectacular update in themselves in an ordinary week – but because we’re too good to you, it’s a fantastic festive free-for-all! With cover dates ranging from 1957 to 1975, a spectacular array of love, pop, fashion and fun in comics and magazines intended for teen+ gals!
Particular highlights include: Jackie #1, from 1964, and more than twenty issues from 1965 and 1966 – the earliest Jackies we’ve ever had in stock!; eight new issues of Romeo, from 1957’s issue #5 through to 1971!; a batch of Mirabelle from 1966 with astonishing lovely painted covers, including a Free Gift Issue with the Mini-Mirabelle Mag (thus incorporating this week’s Free Gift Farrago!), featuring extra comic-strip adventures!; from 1975, Mates #1, in the last days before photo-love conquered the girls’ comics world! – and new listings for our stocks of the ever-popular romance weeklies Cherie, Marilyn, and Valentine. But not content with that, we also have a range of magazines – no comics content – with features, pictures and articles about the pop icons of the sixties, many of which are debut issues: Date #1(1960), the implausibly-oversized Intro #1 from 1967 (“The Beatles At Their Frankest!”), Scream! #1 (No, not the Skywald horror mag. nor the Fleetway one either!) from 1964; a double-punch from 1963, with the Thank Your Lucky Stars Special and its companion, Lucky Stars (they were low on imagination for titles, but high on Beatles pics!); and Rave #6 from 1964, with a showbiz smackdown – “Beatles Vs. Cliff Great Film Special!” Cover stars include Jagger, Connery, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Herman (no, not Munster…) and, oh yes, did we mention the Beatles? Relive the days of the British Invasion, Swinging London, and just a dab of the BCR’s with this cross-section of pop-culture phenomena! Groovy!
*Marvel: After a well-received run in Marvel Premiere, the Sorceror Supreme, Doctor Strange, won back his own series, commencing with this #1 issue from 1974. His run in Marvel Premiere had been characterised by some of the most inventive and daring storytelling and artwork seen in comics at that time, and the quality continued in #1, written by Steve Englehart and featuring the superlative illustrations of Frank Brunner. This particular issue #1 is a serendipitous instance of the quality of the content matching the quality of the copy, as it’s a gorgeous NM- specimen cents copy at £150. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A trio of Valiant Summer Specials from the 1970’s (with one bonus duplicate copy!) 1971’s ‘Valiant & Smash’ Summer Special has Kelly’s Eye, Sgt. Hurricane, the Steel Claw and company joined by the Ghostly Guardian and His Sporting Lordship. A year later, the title had morphed into ‘Valiant & TV 21’ , and featured Star Trek and Yellowknife of the Yard alongside all the other regulars; and in 1976, in a harsher time, the Summer Special was headlined by tough cop One-Eyed Jack and action dog ‘Paco’. !971 is in VG at £20, 1972 in VF at £30 or PR/FA at £7.50, and 1976 in VF at £30.
*DC: Two early appearances of DC’s sidekick super-team. In Brave & Bold #54, the ‘tryout’ title premiered a team-up of Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash, sans their adult mentors, against the sinister menace of Mister Twister. Sales spiked, and the team, christened the Teen Titans and with the welcome addition of Wonder Girl, won further auditions in B&B and Showcase, before graduating to their own series, and never looking back, remaining (with various line-ups) an integral part of the DC Universe to the present day. Our Brave & Bold #54 is an attractive VG+ (cents copy at £65), with only mid-spine weakness and to tiny chips out of lower cover corners precluding a grade of Fine or better; the Teen Titans #1 is a solid GD+ (cents copy at £30), with a narrow strip/chip off the bottom right cover being the only significant defect.
*Marvel: In 1976, Chris Claremont, assigned the task of scripting that year’s Incredible Hulk Annual, hit on the idea of having Jade-Jaws take a rampage down memory lane and encounter a selection of the Big Panty Monsters who, before the advent of the Marvel Universe, used to rule the roost in Tales Of Suspense, Strange Tales, Tales To Astonish, and so on. Xemnu (Marvel’s previous ‘Hulk’), Goom, Taboo, Diablo, and the Blip were all participants in Greenskin’s ‘Big-Panty-Raid’, but most significant from a contemporary viewpoint is the guest-shot by Groot, fifteen years after his debut in 1960, and almost forty years before he became a pop-culture phenomenon with his role in the Guardians of the Galaxy cinematic blockbuster! This copy of Groot’s second ever appearance is an attractive FN+, with two small and discreet stamps by an American second-hand dealer, in the upper right and left cover corners, being the only defect to speak of. A cents copy – obviously, as this issue was never UK-distributed, enhancing its desirability – this is a rare opportunity to grab a nice-condition copy at an affordable price.
*Gold Key/Whitman: Three oddball titles from Gold Key this update: the Owl, a 1967 revival of a Golden Age character, was one of myriad attempts to cash in on the Batman TV series’ popularity, with the shapely Owl Girl standing in for Robin. Sadly, readers couldn’t give a hoot, and the series stalled with issue #2. Another trend-jumper was Tiger Girl, 1968’s mix of the superhero and superspy crazes, as circus aerialist Lily Taylor borrows the circus tiger (as you do) and nips out to battle the ranks of I.N.F.A.M.Y. on behalf of W.A.A.V. (want to decipher the initials? Buy the comic – there was only one issue!) Finally, a direct rival of the man from U.N.C.L.E. in the form of Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp! Based on a TV show which starred live-action chimpanzees, our simian hero and his glamorous cohort Mata Hairi defy the Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan, or C.H.U.M.P.! 1971’s Issue #1 new in.
*EC: Eight issues of EC’s most challenging title new in the conclusion to our Pre-Code Horror Fest event! Shock SuspenStories was, like its stablemate Crime SuspenStories, a departure for the EC comics group which had founded its empire on the supernatural, whether horrific or science-fictional; Shock derived its drama primarily from the darker side of human psychology – and what a dark side it was! Among the usual stories of lust and violence (and there were plenty of them), were parables about racism, drug addiction, corruption, anti-Semitism, child abuse and more. Presented with intelligence and skill – albeit punched-up for dramatic effect – these stories raised the bar for what could be expected in the comics medium, and, as always, illustrated by Wally Wood, Jack Kamen, Johnny Craig, and others of the finest artists of the time. Particularly worthy of note is issue #6, with its notorious “Klan” cover; this copy, though apparently a Very Good, is marred by a severe interior page tear which removes most of two interior panels (see scan below). Ordinarily we would not sell something so severely damaged, but the price of this issue has escalated so sharply over recent decades (seriously, check for yourselves online) that we thought we would offer an opportunity to obtain an otherwise very presentable copy at an affordable price. Pictured Below: #6 App VG £75, #7 FN £150, #14 VG/FN £63. We’re looking forward to further Fests in the New Year if we’re lucky enough to acquire more of these increasingly rare gems…
*Archie: From the early 1960’s, in the Archie Adventure series, updates to their two most famous super-heroes, the Fly and the Jaguar. With accomplished art by John Rosenberger, both series had a look and feel very much like contemporary DC and were great entertainment. Later, after the cancellation of the Jaguar, Fly became Fly-Man, Archie Adventure became Mighty Comics Group and the look was shamelessly Marvel, with vastly inferior creators, which gave it an entertainment value of a very different kind! Both ‘looks’ new in, including a Jaguar #1 in GD/VG at £18.25.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Carrying on immediately after the first series (TV Century 21) ended in 1969, the second series (known initially as TV 21 & Joe 90) commenced. The Thunderbirds strip continued by Frank Bellamy, and was joined by Joe 90 by Michael Strand. Other features included the Saint, Tarzan, Star Trek and Land Of the Giants; curiously, it took until #7 to get an Anderson-realted cover (Thunderbird 4). The series lasted 105 issues and we have fresh in the first 25, all in the large format of the first series before it ‘shrank’ in a variety of grades. #1 is Fair only at £25, but many of the subsequent issues rise to Fine.
*Marvel: A title new to our Marvel listings is the series based on the movie Logan’s Run (you remember the one, where everyone got killed off when they reached the age of 30?). We have the complete short-lived series #1-7, inc #6 which rather bizarrely sports a Thanos story in the back. It’s a good job they don’t apply that over-30 rule to comic shop proprietors (or many of our customers!)
*DC: From 1972, an almost complete run of the first series of Swamp Thing (just missing #3). Issues up to #10 are drawn by that master of the macabre Berni Wrightson, and in particular are much sought after. Nice grades on most of these cents copies, except that the #1 issue, sadly, has suffered the fate of rodent meal and has a gnawed bottom corner by the spine, although the story remains untouched.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Eight new issues in of Thriller Picture Library from the 1950’s, between #53 & #126, featuring Robin Hood, Rob Roy and others.
*Marvel: A couple of dozen new issues in of Tales To Astonish between #70 and #100, featuring Sub-Mariner and the ever Incredible Hulk. All cents copies, and mostly in mid-high grade from FN to VF, including many issues previously missing from our listings. A great period for both characters, with the cream of Marvel’s 1960’s bullpen present on both strips.
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/British section:
*Mad & Other Parody
and in our British section:
*Magazines/Books About Vintage UK Comics
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: The world’s most famous detective stars in our Crime update this week. Sherlock Holmes by his creator (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in his very first adventure ‘A Study In Scarlet’ and ‘The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes’, as well as by other writers, including Robert Lee Hall (‘Exit, Sherlock Holmes’ Sphere 1st 1979), Michael Harrison (‘The World Of Sherlock Holmes’ NEL 1975) and Michael Kurland (‘The Infernal Device’ NEL 1st 1979). If it’s a triple-pipe problem for you choosing which to buy, it’s elementary — buy them all!
*DC: A one week event as Batmania returns to our listings! More than 50 new Silver/Bronze issues of the Caped Crusader’s own series new in, ranging from #142 through to #327, including many appearances by classic villains (Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face) and some that are, well, less classic (The Eraser, Death-Man, the Ten-Eyed Man, and Gaggy!). High points include #181, the first appearance of the lovely-but-lethal Poison Ivy, and #227’s “Demon of Gothos Mansion”, with a stunning Neal Adams cover (though stunning Adams covers were not in short supply around the early 1970’s, this tops the lot). Not content with that, we have most of the first nine issues of Batman Family, the oddball series which teamed Batgirl and Robin surprisingly effectively. Issues #6, #8 & #9 of Batman Family feature the earliest appearances of Duela Dent, the Joker’s Daughter. Also, Brave & Bold featured Batman in tandem with other DC super-stars, and our new B & B stock offers several of the harder-to-find 100-page issues, as well as low-UK-distribution numbers #111, #129 and #130, which co-star the Joker. And finally, Detective Comics, the series which launched Batman’s career, is topped up with a dozen or so issues from the ‘Dark Knight’ early 1970’s, as well as the silver age classic “Negative Batman” from issue #284. Our copy of Batman #181 is VG-, sound with light wear, and while the centrefold poster is present, there are some light pencil lines around the Robin figure. This cents copy, with no UK price mark or overstamp, is offered at £60.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: To complement our other substantial Batman update this week, we have additional issues of the 1950’s Batman reprint series from Australia’s K. G. Murray publishers, featuring two vintage Batman stories and one Green Arrow per issue, in glorious black & white! issues between #89 and #100 new to our listings this week.
*Marvel UK: Evoking every American’s favourite clichés about the UK, it’s Captain Britain! The entire 39-issue run of the Defender of Albion’s weekly series is back in stock, with linguistic patterns and cultural misfires that anticipated the “Austin Powers” movies by decades! By Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe (later augmented by Fred Kida and Pablo Marcos – it just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?), this series received reviews that could charitably have been described as ‘mixed’, but is significant for the character’s later prominence in the Marvel Universe under more gifted hands – Jamie Delano, Alan Davis, and Alan Moore, to name just three pivotal contributors. But here, for better or worse, is where it all started – so it’s ‘istorically significant, innit? Most unusually, issue #8 of the series has spiralled in price over the last few years, as it featured the first appearance of our hero’s sister Betsy Braddock, who would later turn Japanese and join the X-Men. As you do. Our VF copy is £40.
*Marvel: Not a lot of people know this: Mar-Vell, agent of the Kree Empire, began his career as a copyright-saving device when another 1960’s publisher put out a ‘Captain Marvel’ comic which appeared to threaten the entire Marvel trademark. A new character was rapidly created, and after test appearances in Marvel Super-Heroes #12 and #13, launched into his own magazine, with perhaps more haste than sales figures would normally have justified. Captain Marvel was a somewhat hit & miss series, despite a dynamic costume redesign with #16, and rather floundered until a certain Jim Starlin took over with #25, and introduced the cosmic tropes which have become the character’s watchword. We have the first 53 of the good Captain’s own series, in addition to the 1975 one-off Giant-Size Captain Marvel, all cents copies, and including all of the Starlin ‘Cosmic Odyssey’ (with Thanos, Drax, the Avengers, and all Cap’s wacky chums) issues, #25-34, mostly in high grades. Many of these issues were low or non-distributed in the UK, so are doubly desirable here in the Old Country. A key member of the Captain’s earliest supporting cast was Carol Danvers, later Ms. Marvel and currently holder of the Captain Marvel title, so the early issues are now gathering sales momentum with the announcement of a Captain (Carol) Marvel movie in the works. pictured below: #1 FN- £30, #25 VF £30, #26 VF £35.
*Girls’ Comics: New in, the first issue of this short-lived weekly which got absorbed into Jinty in only a few months. Lindy is one of the less-commonly seen Fleetway girls’ weeklies, with not only a lower print run, but a high incidence of mutilated and incomplete second-hand copies, as it featured a number of pop photos which are frequently clipped or pulled out. Featuring ‘Pavement Patsy’, ‘The House of Fear’, ‘Sophie’s Secret Squeezy’ (our heroine has adventures when she inhales from a washing-up liquid bottle – nowadays, there’s rehab for that…), ‘Hard Days For Hilda’ and more, this debut issue is complete with centrefold of the Bay City Rollers – you have been warned – and has the original free gift, a heart-charm bracelet! In Fine, with a VF Free Gift, at £50.
*DC: Early issues of the Pinioned Paladin back in stock, with high-flying sci-fi stories by Gardner Fox and luminous Murphy Anderson artwork, from issue #2 to #8. All of these issues are superb (not that we’re prejudiced witnesses or anything…), but the highlight of this selection is issue #4, featuring the debut of the Princess of Prestidigitation – Zatanna! Zee (as she’s familiarly known), a personal favourite here at 30th Century, daughter of DC’s Golden Age magician Zatara, took her quest for her missing father through the pages of Green Lantern, Atom and Detective Comics, but here’s where her illustrious career began. (And yes, they did miss a bet by not having her featured on the cover. Foolish mortals). This Fine cents copy is offered at £125.
*Marvel: A quartet of classics from Marvel’s First Family: first, #16, guest-starring the Astonishing Ant-Man versus the menacing “Micro-World of Doctor Doom!”; issue #26, the conclusion of the classic Thing/Hulk battle, in which “The Avengers Take Over!”; a remarkable NM-p #54, guest-starring the Inhumans; and Annual #3, the wedding of Reed and Sue, guest-starring Sgt. Fury, Patsy & Hedy, Kid Colt (no, really; he’s on the cover there, see…), Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and just about everybody else who was in the Marvel Universe at the time!
*DC: As part of our catalogue expansion, we welcome DC’s Super-Friends, the 1976-launched series which spun off from a successful TV cartoon show. Written by E. Nelson Bridwell and illustrated mostly by Ramona Fradon, the criminally-underestimated creators turned in a series which was not only a vast improvement on its televisual parent (have you seen any of the TV ‘toons? They’re terrible!), but provided the best Justice League stories being published at the time. Substantially expanding the cast, and introducing a multinational feel to the plots (as well as creating characters such as Green Fury, Icemaiden and Godiva, who would later step into the DCU proper) Super-Friends’ adventure sagas remain cracking reading to this day!
*Marvel: Red Sonja puts in an appearance with us this week, from both Marvel Feature (2nd series 1975) and her own series from 1977. Several issues from both fresh into stock of your favourite chain-metal bikini-clad barbarienne!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: …we’ve got it covered! A long run of Crunch new in, most of the 54 issues in this D C Thomson series from 1979/80, starting with #1. Home to such series as Arena by Alcatena, The Mantracker by Alberto Salinas, The Walking Bombs by Denis McLoughlin, Hitler Lives by Pat Wright and many others, the title was eventually merged into Hotspur.