*Girls’ Comics: New stock in from 1969 and 1970 of IPC/Fleetway’s shortlived “comic for the adventurous girl”, which featured not only the usual plucky orphans and wandering waifs (“Four On The Road” and “Daddy Come Home”) and fish-out-of-water stories (“Farm Boss Fanny”), but also two bona fide super-heroines (“Cat Girl” and “The Justice of Justine”), science-fiction stories (“The Girl From Tomorrow”, “Tiny Tania In Space”) and one stonking great heap of bonkers (“The Legion of Super-Slaves”, in which a master villain kidnaps and brainwashes nubile teenage girl athletes & gymnasts into being his spandex-clad army of conquest. As you would. If your objective wasn’t actually conquest. Ahem.) This run commences with the second issue, and features a copy of #3 with the original free gift of a “Lucky Birthday Wheel”. Being a short achieveable run of only 94 issues and with the heavy adventure bias, Sally is always sought after, and we expect the copies we have to be briskly contested – get your skates on!
*Marvel: With interest increasing all the time in the Bronze Age Of Comics, we offer no fewer than eleven premier issues from the House of Ideas: Astonishing Tales, co-starring Ka-Zar and Doctor Doom; Black Goliath; Captain Marvel; Devil Dinosaur and the Eternals, by Jack Kirby; cult-favourite Howard the Duck; Ka-Zar’s solo title from 1974; short-lived TV star, The Man From Atlantis; Micronauts, illustrated by Mike Golden; the New Mutants; and Rom, Spaceknight! Just short of a dozen dazzling debuts from the outskirts of the Marvel Universe, usually in high grade.
*Childrens’ Books: Two Enid Blyton hardcovers and several of Frank Richards’ Billy Bunters join our wonderful Childrens’ section today. The Famous Five Fall Into Adventure and Shadow the Sheepdog is put through his paces. Bunter gets up to his usual hilarious tricks, permanently waiting for the elusive postal order that never comes.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: 2 High Grade copies of classic 1970’s Marvel Horror #1’s: Tomb Of Dracula FN/VF £50 and Werewolf By Night VF+ £80. Both copies are characterised by rich red cover colour backgrounds and are unmarked, highly desirable issues, with the Dracula just showing a few stress marks along the spine.
*Humour Comics: A big cackle of classic British humour titles fresh in, including: Beano 1951/52, 1954, 1956/57, 1962, 1964/65, 1967-1970; Beezer 1968; Buster 1965, 1967, 1969; Cor 1970 (inc 2nd issue); Dandy 1958, 1962, 1964/65, 1967/68; Giggle 1967; Sparky 1967-69 & Topper 1965, 1968 & 1970.
*DC: Flash is undergoing a resurgence in popularity at the moment, due in part no doubt to the successful TV show, so what better time for us to feature two 1959 issues published prior to regular UK distribution? These are #108 & #109 (the series followed on the numbering of the Golden Age Flash series since DC weren’t sure about the sales-worthiness of a #1 issue at the time!) and thus are two of the earliest Barry Allen adventures. #108 (a solid GD/VG with no major defects at £100) features Gorilla Grodd and #109 (FA/GD with some central water-staining on the front cover and minor graffiti to the Flash figure at £40) features the Mirror Master, so two of the most famous members of Flash’s Rogues Gallery are present. Wonderful comics!
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: A small addition to our Crime section today, with Sherlock wrestling with a sinister hound, Ellery Queen hunting out facts and Modesty Blaise ‘doing her thang’!
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 Books section:
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: For those who like big guys with guns, here’s New Mutants #87 (VF p £20), the first full appearance of Cable. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
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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.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Previously the most underrepresented volume of classic Eagle in our listings, we’ve now rectified that with a complete run of all 52 issues of Volume 13 new into stock. A run of particularly nice condition, with many Fines & Very Goods and only a few Goods and Fairs. Notable in this volume are the debuts of two famous strips by Frank Bellamy: Montgomery of Alamein and Heroes of Sparta.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: A few early issues of Savage Sword Of Conan added to our listings, plus a couple of Marvel Super Specials, #2 & #9, featuring Conan.
*Modesty Blaise: We are pleased to update our listings for one of our fictional favourites, Modesty Blaise, in the current Titan series of sequentially reprinted stories, three per volume. We’ve included many volumes previously missing from our listings, plus, for the first time, we’ve given them volume numbers for collector information (which is more than the publishers do!)
Our exclusive Alan Class signing session on 7th June was hugely enjoyed by all who attended (especially Alan himself!). Every visitor was able to spend time chatting to Alan about his comics and his time as a publisher, sharing memories of a mutual appreciation of the material he published. Notable among our visitors was Derek Marsden, comics historian and author of ‘Free Gifts In The Big Five’ and ‘This Was The Wizard’.
For those of you unfortunate enough not to be there, we have created a new page linked to the Alan Class page in our Extras section, where you can see both many more photographs of the day (samples below) plus a video interview with Alan.
*Marvel: The first six issues of Daredevil new in, Marvel’s Sightless Swashbuckler, currently enjoying a major revival of interest thanks to the Netflix TV series. The #1 at VG (£390) is actually a better copy than the grade might indicate, with only faint tracing marks on the central figure precluding a grade of Fine or better. In addition to the debut and origin of the Man Without Fear himself, the first sextet of issues also brings us the first appearances of the Owl (#3), Killgrave the Purple Man (#4), the Matador (#5), and Mr Fear (#6), as well as, in issue #5, the first art by Wally Wood on the series. Wood, a couple of issues later, was to revise DD’s look to a more suitably demonic all-red appearance, but these six issues are in DD’s original red & yellow garb, which, to be fair, is a costume a blind man may very well have designed! Issues #1 & #2 are UK-distributed pence stamped copies, while #3-6 are US cents issues, and in nice grade. Scans of #1-5 below.
Just in case you’ve been vacationing on another planet and haven’t heard yet, we’ll be opening specially this coming Sunday from 2-5 pm for our exclusive Alan Class signing event. Alan will be talking about his decades as a comics publisher and signing copies of his comics and Printing Plate Sets. He is a mine of stories and information about comics publication in the UK from the 1960’s to the 1980’s and a very entertaining raconteur, so come along, be entertained and grab yourself a unique piece of comics history!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A big update to the biggest of our categories, with issues of the following titles new in: Speed 1980, Spike 1983 (inc #1), Star Lord 1978, Thunder 1970/71, a whole pack of Tigers from 1969, 1970, 1976-1984 and Holiday Specials and 2000 AD from 1978 and 1983/84.
*DC: We’re always happy to feature Golden Age issues of any famous characters, and none more so than the most iconic heroine in comics: Wonder Woman. This example is #47 from 1951, with three excellent Wonder Woman fantasies: ‘The World Below The North Pole’, ‘Mystery Of The Indian Totem Pole’ and ‘the Bridge From Mars’. in VG+ grade at £125, this copy presents well, with an unmarked cover with minor edge wear, but rich colour and nice page quality. There is a small corner off upper back cover and last (ad) page, but the stories are unaffected by this. A lovely item.
*Marvel: From 1971, the debut of Werewolf By Night in Marvel Spotlight #2, with distinctive art by Mike Ploog. A FN/VF copy with unblemished cover and deep colour and gloss, marred only by minor creasing at top edge and right bottom corner, and just a suspicion of a central cover crease (but nowhere as pronounced as a subscription crease). Flat and tight with a good spine. And for those of you with broad tastes, there is of course the gorgeous Venus back-up reprint strip drawn by the incomparable Bill Everett.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: As if Summer Specials for Lion & Valiant weren’t enough, IPC/Fleetway also saw fit to publish three combined Special Extras from 1968-1970, featuring characters from both titles, such as Robot Archie, Paddy Payne, Zip Nolan, Billy Bunter, Captain Hurricane and many more. These 96 page bumper editions are vanishingly rare, and we hardly ever see them, so we’re pleased to feature a 1969 example in a very presentable VG+ at £70, with no significant defects. Worth grabbing while you’ve got the chance!
*Annuals: Nine new annuals in to suit a wide range of tastes, inc. Beezer 1959 (2nd annual), Knockout 1953, TV Century 21 1967, Eagle 1962 and Best Of, Famous Five 1982, the first 2000 AD annual from 1978, Rawhide (with Clint Eastwood) from 1962 and Fab 208 1974.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Our latest update features more fine anthologies, including Imagination Unlimited (edited by Bleily & Dikter), a VG/FN hardcover copy of Again, Dangerous Visions (edited by Harlan Ellison), Universe 2 (edited by Terry Carr; we’re still looking for the first universe), and several annual productions such as Nebula Award Stories 9, New Writings in SF 26 and Best SF Stories From New Worlds 7.
*Humour Comics: New stock for those perennial favourites of British Humour, Beano & Dandy for the years 1967-1970. Beano in 1967 features the 1st Pup Parade strip.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: Jungle Comics were de rigeur back in the 1940’s, no more so than at Fox Publications, where if there was a bandwagon to jump on, they headed straight for it. But transcending the genre somewhat, Victor Fox produced a brand of schlock adventure, where scantily-clad jungle princesses starred in lurid adventures, often punctuated by scenes of gore, torture and mayhem. Enter Tarzan alike Jo-Jo (so named because he inherited the funny animal title from the first 6 issues of the comic before it was rebranded) and his mate Tanee; #14 featured here is a fine example of the type of thing we’re on about: three stories, two with wickedly seductive villainesses, and one with an English heroine, wherein Jo-Jo bizarrely ends up in Stonehenge. A very presentable VG copy at £85, with some edge wear, nice page quality and other than being off top staple, no significant defects.
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our British section:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: Well, colour me crazy, but I never thought I’d be writing that it’s time in our spotlight for Dazzler & the Human Fly, but these once fringe 70’s and 80’s short run titles are really coming into their own now popularity-wise and we’re delighted to feature them here. The disco diva mutant Dazzler first appeared in the Uncanny X-Men, but went on to a very respectable run of 41 issues of her own series, where she did all sorts of tricks with light (and roller skates!) and encountered both the good and bad denizens of the Marvel Universe; we have the first 5 issues in NM back into stock. The Human Fly was ‘The Wildest Super-Hero Ever — Because He’s Real!” as his covers proclaimed. Based on a real-life stunt-man (allegedly), he lasted 19 issues and guest-starred such Marvel Universe stalwarts as Spider-Man, Daredevil & the Ghost Rider; a complete high grade run of all 19 issues just in! A good time to buy before they announce a movie, I bet!
*Marvel: Our NM- p copy of Daredevil #168 £120 now comes with a free, boxed Marvel Select Elektra Action Figure (value £25). This is a one-off offer, for one Action Figure only, so move fast if you want to take advantage of this superb deal — get the first appearance of DD’s lost love with her also rendered in plastic!
*TV & Film Related Comics: A small number of issues fresh in for many favourite titles in this extremely popular category: Joe 90 #4, Penelope (previously Lady Penelope) #183 from 1969, Marvel UK’s Planet Of The Apes #1 (with poster) & #2, a Tom & Jerry Holiday Special from 1979, a few TV Action, a couple of TV Comic (1961 & 1965) and a TV Tornado with the Mysterons.
*Girls’ Comics: One of Fleetway/IPC’s latterday entrants into the girls’ comic field was Penny, launched in 1979 and absorbed by Jinty after Penny’s 45th issue in 1980. Although aimed at a very slightly younger audience than much of the girls’ line, it nevertheless featured quality work from artists such as John Armstrong, Jose Casanovas and Veronica Weir on strips like “Kathy’s Convict”, “Suelah the Seal”, “Sad Sal and Smiley Sue”, and J. Edward Oliver’s “Blunder Girl”, a parody of the Wonder Woman TV show being screened on the Beeb at that time. This selection includes most issues from #2 up to the final issue, and the Summer Special from 1979.
*Classics Illustrated: More from both the US and UK divisions of this publisher, with adaptations of timeless novels including Great Expectations, Lorna Doone, Daniel Boone, Call of the Wild, and Around the World in 80 Days. Additionally, this update offers the Classics spin-offs The World Around Us (US) and World Illustrated (UK), as well as a stray copy of the 21st Century UK-based Classics reprints.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: A complete run of Unknown Worlds of Science-Fiction, #’s 1-6 and the Giant-Sized Special Issue which wrapped up the series. This attempt at a more prestigious and less pulpy SF series heavily featured comic-strip adaptations of the works of famous authors, including Bradbury, Wyndham, Bester, Ellison, Moorcock, Niven and Van Vogt, backed-up by new and somewhat fringier stories from the Marvel Bullpen at large.
*Marvel UK: New stocks of the first series of Captain Britain, in which Claremont and Trimpe gleefully trot out every American’s cliché about the UK, for some truly painful reading. A range of issues from #2 to #37 (Silver Jubilee Special!) back into stock. Plus Daredevils #2, with Moore & Davis’ rather more intelligently produced Captain Britain strip; and the debut of Hulk’s 1979 series (inc. Free Gift), with new material starring Nick Fury, Night Raven, Ant-Man and old Green Genes himself. Plus, the Complete Fantastic Four from #1 onwards with Free Gifts in #1 and #2, and early issues of Marvel UK’s flagship title, Mighty World of Marvel, from #30 upwards.
*DC: At a time when the Flash is more in the public eye than he has been in decades, we’re very pleased to have back in stock one of his most significant issues: # 123, the acclaimed “Flash of Two Worlds”, which introduced us to Barry Allen’s Golden Age counterpart, Jay Garrick, and opened the interdimensional door to the entire Earth-2 legend, with the Justice Society of America and in due course their heirs and imitators, brought to new generations of readers! This is a UK-distributed pence-stamped copy, in GD/VG, very sound with excellent interiors and some spine wear, but an unimpeded cover scene. A personal favourite of all here at 30th C., and increasing in significance as the years go by. Offered at £175. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The debut of Todd McFarlane’s 1990 Spider-Man series is normally beyond our catalogue remit, but for the Limited Retailer’s Platinum Edition, we’ll make an exception! This extremely limited edition was distributed, one per retailer, as a ‘thank you’ for making the 1990 Spider-Man #1 launch one of the most successful comics debuts to that date. Each issue was also accompanied by a (photocopied) letter from Lou Bank, Director of the Direct Market for Marvel at the time, and this copy retains its letter. This copy is FN+, with only minor pressure marks in the upper right corner (and equivalent upper left on the back cover) indicating it’s had a slight impact somewhere along its career. Nevertheless, a very respectable copy of a genuine rarity, offered at £50. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: New stock of the first series of What If? Marvel’s very own ‘Imaginary Tales’. Highlights include: the first issue, with the Fantastic Four being joined by the sensational Spider-Man (VF £15); and issue #10, in which Jane Foster gains the power of Thor – an issue spiralling upward in price, owing to recent events in Thor’s own title! (NM £20). SORRY, #10 HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: A consecutive run of World’s Finest, the Superman/Batman team-up book from the heart of DC’s Silver Age, when the title was at its best from #102-119 (excepting just #106). Some wonderful monster covers, a super-powered Batwoman, a Mr. Mxyzptlk/Bat-Mite team-up, plus the debuts of the villainous Clock King and the lovely Bonnie King, aka Miss Arrowette, a personal favourite here at 30th Century (anyone remember the powder-puff arrow? We bet you do!). Mostly low grade copies and priced to sell!
*DC: This update, a selection of the oversized treasury editions which DC released during the 1970’s and early 80’s, in titles like Limited Collector’s Edition (Secret Origin Of Super-Villains, Super-Friends, and Batman’s Strangest Cases), an aberrant oversized issue of DC Special Series (Superman and His Fortress of Solitude), and the particularly sought-after All-New Collector’s Edition (Superman – The Movie and Superman Vs. Wonder Woman). These low-or non-distributed tabloids are extremely hard to find in the UK, but not commonplace anywhere in the world, as their size leaves them more prone than most to damage. Since this range is in mid to high grades, averaging FN or better, we expect them to be swiftly snapped up!
*Undergrounds: A handful (#5-8) of the tabloid sized and extremely rare issues of Raw, Spiegelman and Mouly’s ambitious attempt to create a more cerebral and intellectual alternative magazine, as opposed to the visceral and scatological approach of Crumb, Sheldon, and the like. Each of these has an instalment of Spiegelman’s groundbreaking and acclaimed parental memoir, “Maus”, as well as a plethora of other features by Charles Burns, Paul Boyer, Gary Panter, Munoz and Sampayo, and many more. All are in extraordinary Near Mint condition.
*Horror Mystery 1960-1980’s: A selection of shocks and shudders from a plethora of publishers: ACG (Adventures Into The Unknown, Forbidden Worlds and Unknown Worlds), Charlton (Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves), DC (House of Mystery, Secrets of Haunted House), Gold Key (Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not) and Marvel (Fear (including the first Man-Thing and Morbius solo issues), Man-Thing (first and second series, with the second Howard the Duck appearance in Vol.1 #1), Supernatural Thrillers, Tower of Shadows, and Werewolf By Night (with the second appearance of Moon Knight.))
*Horror 1940-1959: We’re in-between courses on our Pre-Code Horror Fests at the moment, but here’s a fistful of five fear-fests from the Fifties, with new stock of Beware Terror Tales (Fawcett), Journey Into Fear (Superior), Nightmare (St. John), Unknown World (Fawcett) and Web of Evil (Quality); these very affordable mid-to-low grade copies are a ‘taster menu’ for future horrors to come!
*Marvel: Not one, but two, first issues for the World’s Greatest Non-Team! In Marvel Feature (1st Series) #1, Roy Thomas, Ross Andru and Bill Everett brought us the first appearance of the Defenders, an unlikely alliance of Marvel’s greatest loners – Dr. Strange, Sub-Mariner and the Hulk, a seemingly mismatched concept which caught on for decades. In addition to the Defenders’ debut, Marvel Feature #1 has another new tale of how & why Dr. Strange ditched his temporary ‘super-hero’ persona. Ballast ink at the top and spine is the only thing precluding a higher grade on this very tempting FN- squarebound. Not content with that, we also have the first issue of the Defenders’ ongoing series, in a glorious NM-, with vivid cover colour and gloss and excellent interior page quality, the issue which kicked off a run of more than 150 numbers, and which still influences the Marvel Universe today.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A shimmering sextette of romantic picture libraries this update, with new listings for Confessions, Famous Romance, Love Story, Star, True Life and – a title entirely new to our inventory – Valentine, which follows the lead of its weekly sister by featuring stories inspired by pop songs of the time. With frequently lovely painted covers and come-on titles such as “I Vowed Vengeance”, “Never Give All”, “He Wrecked Her Life”, and “Prisoner of Love”, these shine an interesting retrospective spotlight on the Battle of the Sexes.
*Girls’ Comics: Out of stock here for far too long, we’re delighted to have at least a small quantity of the wonderful Spellbound series back into stock, commencing with a FN copy of #1 at £40, and including a handful of later issues from 1976 to 1977. As well as rivalling Misty for the quality of its spooky stories, Spellbound also had the bonus of the nubile Super-Cats, drawn by Romero (super-heroines in space science-fiction adventures) that were no doubt furtively enjoyed by many readers’ brothers (and dads!). As an added bonus, we also have the issue of Bunty (#976 from 1976) complete with its Promotional Flyer advertising the launch of Spellbound. A quick trip to your email outbox or telephonic communication device is advised in order to secure these!
In 1976, Alan Class joined forces with the foremost collector and historian of British comics, Denis Gifford to revive the character generally regarded as the first British comics character Ally Sloper. Ally Sloper was a blustery, lazy, scheming ne’er-do-well who debuted in 1867 in Judy, a ‘companion’ paper to Punch. The revival was sadly short-lived, lasting only 4 issues, despite boasting the cream of British artistic talent of the time, headlined by Frank Bellamy.
To launch the series, a party was held on a boat on the Thames, with many artists attending. There was a commemorative board and a large promotional board which many of the comics’ artists adorned with their rendition of Ally Sloper.
Left: Ally Sloper #1
1: 91cm x 125 cm
2: 104cm x 124 cm
Attendees included (left to right below, showing details of their Ally Sloper renditions): Denis Gifford, Hunt Emerson, Kevin O’Neill (faint on reverse of board), Ann Spano , Ed McHenry and many others.
On June 7th at our Alan Class signing session, these promotional boards will be on display and available (as a single lot, together with a copy of Ally Sloper #1) to the highest bidder. Simply contact us before 4 pm on June 7th with your bid (or make a bid on the day if you’re attending) and the best offer will win. Please note that the boards are too big to be posted and MUST be collected and taken away from our shop on June 7th (or within one week thereafter); you’ll need a car to take them, as they’ll be too large for public transport.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Another classic Marvel black and white magazine title added this week. From 1974, the complete five issue run of Haunt Of Horror, starring Gabriel, Devil-Hunter and Satana, among others. Issues #3-5 feature art by Neal Adams.
*Marvel: A long overdue update to our Silver/Bronze stocks of the Golden Avenger as we present new issues in of Iron Man between #8 and #70, with an emphasis on issues between #30 and #50, less often seen in the UK. In keeping with many of its contemporaries, the Iron Man title had a bewildering range of writer and artist changes during this period, resulting in some memorable highs and some equally memorable lows. Check them out in our online catalogue!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: We’re seeing lots of demand for this title lately, so here’s another bunch of wartime aviators in action in Air Ace Picture Library. A new selection now available, with dozens added as early as #2, all the way up to #349. As we invariably say, chocks away, chums!
We’ve made a short video explaining and showing what’s in an Alan Class Printing Plate set. You can view that from our Alan Class Page in our Extras section.
*Alan Class Reprints: In anticipation of our exclusive signing by Alan Class at our shop on Sunday 7th June (2-5 pm), we’re delighted to unveil a further baker’s dozen of his Printing Plate Sets. Frequent visitors to our site will know by now just what these are: an original Alan Class comic plus the lead plates used to print the cover, plus a certificate of authenticity, all encased in a presentation box, very often with extras. This release sees many popular titles such as Astounding, Outer Space, Out Of This World, Secrets Of the Unknown, Sinister Tales, Suspense and Uncanny, with much Marvel super-hero (and pre-hero) reprints alongside fantasy/horror from other publishers; big helpings of Kirby and in particular Ditko are included. This takes our tally of stock up to around 50 of these beautiful one-off items, the most we’ve ever assembled at the same time, all here for you to relish on the signing day (or sooner, if it takes your fancy!)