*Marvel: Published in 1994, the series Marvels ran over four books running over the 1939 to 1974 time period, examining the development of the Marvel Universe from the perspective of an Everyman character, news photographer Phil Sheldon. The evocative series portrayed ordinary life in a world full of costumed supermen, with each issue featuring events well known to readers of Marvel comics, as well as a variety of minute details and a retelling of the most famous events in Marvel history. Lovingly scripted by Kurt Busiek and lavishly painted by Alex Ross, this series transcended the vintage/modern divide and provided an experience both generations could appreciate. Various hardcover and paperback collections have remained steadily in print since the series concluded, but these are the originals. Issues #1 to #4, plus the subsequent ‘coda’ #0, are available for sale as a set, averaging VF/NM, at £25. SORRY, THIS SET HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The perennially popular Peter Parker is restocked this week with more than 60 issues from the 1970s (#105-170 range), the decade where UK flatlined (thanks again, Marvel UK!) so after #120, almost no issues made it over to the Old Country in significant quantities. Highlights from this run include guest appearances by the Hulk (#120), Luke Cage (#125) and Man-Wolf (who made his debut in #124), plus the debuts of villains Hammerhead (#113), Tarantula (#134), the second Green Goblin Harry Osborn (#136), the Grizzly (#139), Cyclone (#143), and Mirage (#156), plus the first appearance of the Gwen Stacy clone in #144 and the Spider-Man clone (later Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider) in #149.
*Marvel: A swift top-up to everyone’s favourite Assemblers from the Silver & Bronze Ages, including the following key issues: #54 (1st Ultron cameo FN £44), #55 (1st full Ultron FA/GD p £25), #62 (1st Man-Ape VG+ p £15), #112 (1st Mantis FA/GD p £10) plus lots of other issues previously missing from our listings.
*Marvel: Marvel’s Master Of The Mystic Arts has always been a fan favourite, and this has only heightened following his movie debut. First series Doctor Strange issues are getting harder and harder to keep in stock, but we’re pleased to add a few this time: #170, #171, #178 & #182 (grades and pricing details shown in our catalogue). Blessed with art from Dan Adkins and Gene Colan, the Doctor has never been in better shape!
*Charlton: A quick dash through one of the more esoteric publishers, with additions from three decades. From the 60s: Fightin’ 5, Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds (1st Son of Vulcan appearance) and Son of Vulcan’s solo series; from the 70s: Doomsday + 1 (post-apocalyptic sci-fi by John Byrne), E-Man (cult superhero by Joe Staton), TV/film humour with the Jetsons and Popeye; and from the 80s, Charlton’s final decade: their tryout title Charlton Bullseye, with super-heroes, sci-fi and horror, and the brief revival of Space War.
*Dell: A comedic update from Dell this week, with new listings for a raft of classic cartoon characters from MGM, Warner Brothers and Walter Lantz: Looney Tunes, New Funnies, Porky Pig, Tom & Jerry and Woody Woodpecker all spotlight anthropomorphic antics, while Mutt & Jeff features funny people. Rounding it out, there’s rather more sophisticated humour in Yak Yak, a 1961 attempt to tap into the Mad-style parody vein, with artwork throughout by EC and Mad alumnus Jack Davis.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: The venerable Mad Magazine started life as a comic book, and like any hit, it generated scores of imitators. Atlas Comics produced several of these Mad-alikes, and Wild, although it lasted only five issues, covered a wide range, from parodies of classic literature (Sherlock Holmes, the Scarlet Pimpernel) to media hits of the day (Charlie Chan, a bit cringey in today’s more ‘woke’ times), to popular genres such as science fiction and horror, illustrated by a fine team of artists including Everett, Maneely, Heath and Post, and featuring, often, a level of meticulously detailed and overcrowded artwork that surely couldn’t have been covered by the standard page rate! We have four of the five issues of Wild new in, lacking only issue #4. Illustrated are #2 VG £35 and #5 FN £45.
*War: 1954’s Battle Ground just caught the last wave of Pre-Code liberty, with the first four issues being free of the censorious Comics Code Authority. Having said that, the zeitgeist of the times meant that even the post Code issues were pretty violent! We have a complete series, all 20 issues of Battle Ground new in, with artwork by Katz, Krigstein, Maneely, Williamson, Orlando, Severin, and Heath, with some lurid if politically incorrect covers – as witnessed by our illustrations, #13 FN £41, and #14 FN £45. Go on… dare to prowl ‘Where the Commies Lurk!’ We dare you!
*Memorabilia & Esoterica: In 1964, 007-Mania, though not at its peak, was certainly well under way, and one early merchandising example was this mass market squarebound magazine, featuring short articles and commentary and pictures, pictures, pictures, black & white and colour, of the Sean Connery iteration of Bond and his friends, foes and femmes fatales. Costing 3/6 – a lot, back in the day – this glossy quality magazine was confirmation of the mega-hit status of the Bond franchise. VF £15. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: In the US comic-starved Britain of the 1950s, several enterprising souls leased the rights to American titles and repackaged them in, predominantly, black & white squarebound versions. One such publisher was Len Miller, helmsman of myriad series in the 1950s and early 60s. Among the regular Miller Romance titles was Life Story, which reprinted, we believe, love stories from the defunct Fawcett line, perhaps with some additional material. Launched circa 1958, the series ran for at least 30 issues, and we have a selection from #4 to #30, with, after the first few, original covers commissioned by Miller. Illustrated is #15 (GD £5); for other info, kindly consult our online listings.
*Marvel UK: In 1976, Marvel UK’s attempt to broaden their readership by generating a new British hero, Captain Britain was the subject of much controversy, not least because he was created by two Americans (Chris Claremont & Herb Trimpe) whose interpretation of the UK’s manners and mores made the Austin Powers films look like documentaries. Be that as it may, the character endured to become a respected icon of the medium, and these early issues are now attracting keen collector attention, primarily because of early appearances by characters who have become, as the young people say, ‘hot’ in the media. This isn’t a complete run, but it’s most of the issues to #23, pre-format change, and it does feature the landmark first appearances – the good Captain himself, in #1 of course, plus his supernatural guardians Roma and Merlin; our hero’s psychic sister Betsy Braddock, later to become the X-Men’s Psylocke, in #8 and Lance Hunter, later better known as ‘Mr. Mockingbird’ from Marvels ‘Agents of SHIELD’ television series, in #19. #1 is FN/VF with Free Gift (Captain Britain Mask) in VF at £40; #2 is FN/VF with Free Gift (Captain Britain Boomerang) in VF at £30 and #8 (First Betsy Braddock, with puzzle page completed) FN at £100. Grades and prices on the others in the online listings, as always.
*Annuals: Although the traditional hardcover UK Annuals, in the 1960s, were regarded firmly as a children’s field, the sales juggernaut that was James Bond couldn’t be overlooked, so in late 1965, for the Christmas market, the first James Bond 007 Annual for 1966 was released, followed by two more dated 1967 and 1969. We have the first two of these in stock, in outstanding grades, with comic strips, stories and film photos content that, while innocuous by contemporary standards, would probably have raised an eyebrow or two among parents of the time. 1966 is FN/VF, with only very faint age-related discolouration at the front cover’s upper right; 1967 is even nicer, a firm VF. Neither has the original price clipped, there is no writing or other interior markings, and all pages are bright and tightly attached, laminate unflawed, spines pristine. 1966 FN/VF £50; 1967 VF £50. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Running 188 issues, from 1953 to 1960, Super Detective Library featured tightly plotted done-in-one stories with often superbly crafted artwork, all within the general theme of ‘Detection’, but covering a wide range, from historical events to the reaches of outer space! While many of the issues were one-offs, hit characters tended to be brought back for further adventures in a rotating pattern – popular re-invitees included Blackshirt, Buck Ryan, Rip Kirby, space detective Rick Random, John Steel and – gasp! lady detective Lesley Shane! All of those characters are present in our new selection of Super Detective, numbers between #63 and #167, plus legendary consulting detective of Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes, who appeared in #65 (VG £40, illustrated here). Prices and grades on the rest of these little gems available in our online listings.
*Humour Comics: Our Long Hot Summer event continues with a selection of Cor!! Summer/Holiday Specials, not a complete run, but including the first from 1971 and the final from 1983, straddling more than a decade of fun & thrills! Starring Gus the Gorilla, Ivor Lott & Tony Broke, Hire-A-Horror, Spoilsport, Andy’s Ants, Jasper the Grasper, Chalky, and a cast of, well it must be dozens, Cor!!, while not the longest-running IPC/Fleetway comedy weekly, is among the most affectionately remembered, and this panoply of seaside-themed shenanigans will evoke many happy memories. Pictured is 1971 (the first Cor!! Summer Special) VF £35; for details on the others check out the Humour Comics section of our online catalogue.
*Girls’ Comics: A brace of vintage June & School Friend (to give the comic her full title of the time) from 1968, both in Fine condition. In a two-part gift series, the issues dated 27th January and 3rd February of that year featured the free gift ‘Happy Fortunes Game’ – cunningly designed with a big picture on the back so that when you cut up the card to play the game, you could use it as a jigsaw afterwards! (Not a very complicated one, admittedly…) Plus, all the usual favourite features such as ‘Lucky’s Living Doll’, ‘Bessie Bunter’, ‘The Sindy Set’, ‘Vanessa From Venus’, ‘Fourth Form Wonder’ and more. June didn’t offer free gifts as often as her sister papers, and these card sheets are VF, uncut in superior condition. Both comics FN; each comic and gift £25 each.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: In the late 1950s, Scottish publishers D.C. Thomson, who had had a success with their romance weekly Romeo, consolidated it with a series of done-in-one romance comics digests, issued two a month. Golden Heart Love Stories and Silver Moon Romances, to give them their full titles, ran for 97 and 79 issues respectively before Golden Heart was retitled Star Love Stories with #98 in 1965, and Silver Moon merged with Star three issues later. These have striking painted covers, often lovely interior art, and are not commonplace, having been bought mainly by women in their twenties through forties who read and disposed of what were seen as throwaway entertainment, therefore few survive today. We have a selection of Golden Heart from #10 to #71, and Silver Moon from #8 to #81. Pictured are Golden Heart #10 (VG £12) and #21 (VG £9), and Silver Moon #19 (FN £12) and #65 (FN £12). For details on the others, see our online catalogue.
*Clearance Corner: Not to be confused with the weekly comic Speed, which came later, Fleetway/IPC’s Speed & Power was a glossy weekly devoted to planes, cars, speedboats, trains – sort of manly fast stuff in general, really. Its unique selling point was high production standards at a time when such things weren’t commonplace in the juvenile field outside of ‘educational’ mags like Look & Learn, and lots of tech talk and photos, plus intermittent and minimal comics content. We have 36 issues of S & P (only one duplicated copy) and issues #1 to #3, plus #27, have their original Free Gifts in situ. This selection available for £25, with UK postage, because of the heavier stock, a further £8 if required. SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD
*Clearance Corner: In the same format as its more famous illustrated sibling, Combat Library was text stories with a World War II setting, rather than comics stories, but with evocative painted covers. This is a broken run from 1959’s first issue upward, 19 copies in all; #1-7, 9, 10, 12-14, 17, 18, 20-22, 27 and 31, averaging Very Good (would be Fine but for rust around the staples). This selection is available for £20; UK postage (if required) would be an extra £4.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Offered for your delectation here, three collections of stories and seven novels, including some sequels. The collections consist of Earth Is Room Enough, Nine Tomorrows and The Martian Way. The other titles are Foundation and Foundation And Empire, Fantastic Voyage II Destination Brain, The Naked Sun (follows The Caves Of Steel), Pebble In The Sky (#1 in the Trantorian Empire sequence), The Currents Of Space (#3 in the Trantorian Empire sequence) and The Gods Themselves. These are nearly all 1960s editions.
*Marvel: Iron Man’s very first appearance, in the pages of Tales of Suspense #39; abducted by Reds behind the Bamboo Curtain (it was a different time…) and forced to manufacture advanced weapons to crush capitalism, Tony Stark turned the tables on his captors by devising a cybernetic suit of armour which transformed him into an unstoppable juggernaut of justice – but at the cost of a near-fatal injury to his heart, which required constant contact with his robotic armour to keep beating! Under the artistic talents of (usually) Don Heck (who devoted special attention, bless him, to the many shapely ladies Tony Stark romanced), the sophisticated world of Tony Stark vied with the action-adventure of his Iron Man persona for the readers’ attention. Following the blockbuster success of the Iron Man movie franchise, demand for this issue has never been higher.
We’ve graded this pence printed priced copy as Apparent VG/FN. It lies tight and flat with considerable cover gloss, a totally unmarred cover image and only very minor edge wear. The original staples are non-rusty and are firmly attached at both the spine and the centrefold with minimal wear. Additional (but uncessary) staples have been added at upper and lower spine, but these could easily be removed leaving just unobtrusive tiny holes. The corners are mostly square, although the bottom of the spine has a very slightly rounded edge and a very tiny chip (attached and present). There is a barely noticeable crease across the bottom right corner which is flat but very slightly breaks the colour. Page quality is an exellent off-white. The reason we have applied the ‘Apparent’ term is that we believe the right edge has been micro-trimmed, although this does not detract from the considerable eye appeal of this very presentable copy. However, we have priced it well below a VG/FN grade to allow for this and it’s on sale at £4000.
Front and back cover scans and splash page image are shown below; high resolution scans are available on request. Please note that this is not stored at our shop and viewing is strictly by appointment only.
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
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As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: Batman #181 featured the debut of one of the Gotham Guardian’s most famous female nemeses. Poison Ivy was brainstormed with the idea of joining the hugely-popular TV show as a younger recurring villain – most of the villainesses, aside from Catwoman, being, let’s be kind, ladies of a certain age, it was thought a fresher face was needed! She sadly never made it onto the small screen – at least not in that decade – but the comics audience caught Poison Ivy with a vengeance, and she’s remained 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… well, the jury’s out, but let’s say very good friend. At least. A recurring role in the ‘Gotham’ TV series has also spurred demand for Ivy’s early appearances over the last few years. This Batman #181 is a splendid FN+ copy, pence stamp unobtrusive, with vibrant unbroken red cover background, good, gloss, clear unmarred cover image, and most importantly the centrefold pin-up (frequently missing, depriving the second story of its splash page) firmly in place! FN+ p £400. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: As you’ll recall, we’ve been regularly updating our lists with new issues of Bruce Wayne’s famous alter ego, but this week we have a ‘Brucie Bonus’ – almost thirty issues of Detective Comics, the series in which Batman made his first appearance and stars to this day! This sequence opens with #290 – Robin as a robot, how can you resist? – and continues to #504, filling many gaps in our inventory, with not only the Caped Crusader in the forefront, but additional features starring (at various times) Martian Manhunter, Roy Raymond, Elongated Man, Hawkman, and Batgirl and Robin solos! Depicted are #298 (PR/FA £30), the first appearance of the second and most famous Clayface and #400 (GD p £50), a Neal Adams-drawn extravaganza introducing Batman’s sinister ‘Dark Mirror’, the Man-Bat! SORRY, PICTURED ITEMS NOW SOLD
*DC: Know, O Best Beloved, that in those days of Long Ago, there existed issues of Brave & Bold which featured team-ups of stars from the DC Universe – without Batman! I know, hard to believe, but accept the word of one who knows. After a stint as DC’s second-run try-out book, (after Showcase) B & B switched tactics, pairing characters who previously had met only over the Justice League meeting table – or not at all! Some of these pairings were delightfully oddball, but curiously effective – the Metal Men and Metamorpho is a personal favourite – but after putting Batman in a few issues and observing the sales figures, DC saw the way the wind was blowing, and soon it was Bats-with-everything. We have the non-Batman team-up issues from the first, #50, to the last, #72, many in lovely high grades. Pictured are #50 VF- p £70, #51 VF- p £70, #55 NM £110 and #63 VF+ £61. Other issues, of course, listed in our online catalogue.
*DC: The cosmic adventures of Hal Jordan, Green Lantern of Earth, are restocked in a dozen newly-added items ranging from the second issue of his Silver Age series to #88 in the early 1970s! We open with #2, FA/GD £42, the first appearance of Hal’s Inuit assistant Thomas Kalmaku, rather unfortunately nicknamed ‘Pieface’ – political correctness wasn’t quite there yet – and highlights include #16’s debut of the sultry and sinister Star Sapphire, who you could distinguish from her alter-ego Carol Ferris by the fact that ‘Sapph’ was, if anything, a bit less evil than Carol! Other issues in this range feature guest-appearances by the Flash, the Golden Age Green Lantern and other greats of the DC realm, as well as Hal’s classic villains, Evil Star, Black Hand, Sinestro and more.
*Marvel: One of the most sought-after Marvel Comics of the 1960s is Fantastic Four #48, which introduced the Silver Surfer, a cosmic-powered being the equal of the combined FF… and the Surfer’s master, Galactus, an entity of even more monstrous might! Both became major figures in the Marvel Universe, with the Surfer repenting his role as Galactus’ herald and choosing the side of justice, while Galactus’ insatiable hunger drives him ever onwards to more heinous acts. This copy of the double debut is one of the nicest we’ve beheld, with tight staples, off-white interior pages and deep, vibrant, unbroken cover colour and gloss. There is minimal spine and upper cover edge wear, but the cover scene itself is utterly unmarred. It is a pence copy – unusually, both stamped (unobtrusively) and pence printed – but this doesn’t detract from its considerable eye appeal. FN+ p £1,000. Front and back covers and splash page shown here; high resolution scans are available on request. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In the early 1970s, with the supernatural craze at its height, the retooling of the venerable Western hero Ghost Rider as a supernatural satanically-empowered cyclist raised eyebrows among the purists, to say the least – but no-one can deny it was a commercial success, and after a hit streak in Marvel Spotlight, former stunt-rider Johnny Blaze burned rubber into his own series, achieving a very respectable 80+ run, and despite two disastrous movies starring Nicolas Cage, has continued to appear regularly ever after. This copy of Ghost Rider’s premier issue is a CGC Blue Label, no restoration, graded an exceptional 9.0 VF/NM equivalent, and is on sale at £335. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In Amazing Spider-Man #42, the astronaut offspring of J. Jonah Jameson gained super-powers and posed a looming threat to Spider-Man… but let’s be honest, who really cares? Because the Big Deal this issue was the revelation, finally, of Mary Jane Watson, the mysterious lady who’d been hovering in the odd panel, her face always obscured, for several previous issues! When Stan Lee and John Romita finally showed us the ‘Full MJ’, it proved to be well worth the wait, with one of the most famous intro. lines in the history of comics! The first full appearance of the woman who would eventually become Mrs. Spidey is a gorgeous FN/VF, tiniest breaks in spine colour, but lustrous cover with deep unfaded purple cover background, tight corners & edges, firm staples, and striking eye appeal. FN/VF cents copy, no pence price or overstamp, on sale at £100.
*Marvel: The cybernetic ‘offspring’ of Hank Pym (because controlling insects and robotics are all just ‘science’ in comics), Ultron has become one of the Avengers’ most relentless and popular enemies, appearing in countless comics as well as, memorably, on the Silver Screen in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. This is the first full appearance of the Avengers’ implacable foe (he made a last-panel ‘reveal’ in the previous issue), in a superb VF condition, with unmarred white cover background, tight staples, and only a very faint unevenness in cover texture, too subtle to called a crease, in the lower right cover corner. VF p £100.
*Marvel: 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 battle in which Daredevil, overpowered by the vastly superior might of the Sub-Mariner, shows such courage and determination that even Namor’s scaly heart is moved to compassion. This is a VG- pence copy, generally attractive, but with minor cover wear and stress, especially at the right edge. Also, some pillock put the price stamp right in the middle of Namor’s face! Despite these drawbacks, a superior second-hand copy of an epic issue. VG- p £85.
*Marvel: Originally conceived as a cynical marketing exercise – the enforced banding together of three solo operatives, in the Hulk, the Sub-Mariner and Doctor Strange, to create a new franchise – the Defenders grew, under the influence of its primary writer Steve Gerber, to be a significant factor in the Marvel Universe despite (because of?) its cast of super-powered hermits, misanthropes and oddballs. We have refreshed the Defenders’ first series from #3 to #48, plus Giant-Size Defenders #1, and the non-UK-distributed Marvel Feature (1st series) #3, the team’s third tryout just before they won their own mag! Marvel Feature #3 is VF/NM £55; all others, of course, may be seen in our online catalogue. SORRY, PICTURED ITEM NOW SOLD
*Marvel: One of comics’ biggest events of the last decades of the 20th Century was Jim Starlin’s Infinity Gauntlet, in which Thanos, the megavillain Starlin had been building up for nearly twenty years, armed with the reality-altering Infinity Gauntlet, faced down the Marvel super-beings en masse, in a struggle for the fate of the universe! Infinity Gauntlet was such a huge success that Starlin wrote two equally cosmic sequels, Infinity War and Infinity Crusade, each taking in most of the Marvel super-stars of the time.. Hugely popular ever since their inception, but with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet at the centre of the current Avengers: Endgame cinematic juggernaut, demand for these issues is at its height. We have the first issues of all three series in stock; Infinity Crusade #1 is NM p £7.50, Infinity War #1 is NM p £10 and Infinity Gauntlet #1 (pictured) NM p £40. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A small update to Bronze/Modern Age X-Men between issues #153 & #205, plus Annual (King-Size Special) #2. Superb art chores by Dave Cockrum, Paul Smith and Barry Windor-Smith (on the Wolverine solo issue #205). Also features the first appearance of Binary (Carol Danvers) in #164.
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: Yes, it’s a bit ‘modern’ for our remit, but 1993’s 21st issue of Next Men, John Byrne’s cult series, guest-starred Hellboy, in his own chapter illustrated by Mike Mignola. Hellboy of course has gone on to several major comics series and remains a ‘player’ in the field today, in addition to having carried two movie franchises. This copy of the first full appearance of Hellboy is NM- at £110. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Horror 1940-1959: One of the Post Code attempts to ‘rebrand’ the horror/mystery genre as more science-fiction and fantasy, Strange Tales of the Unusual ran for 11 issues from 1955 to 1957. We have five of this stylish and evocative series in stock, commencing with #4 and ending with the final issue #11. Cover artists include Maneely and Everett, with interior contributors including a certain Jack Kirby, whom you may have heard of! Depicted is #6 FN- £65; prices and grades on the rest may be found in our online listings. SORRY, PICTURED ITEM NOW SOLD
*Western: Not one, but two western series this week, albeit a pair with very similar titles; Western Outlaws and Sheriffs debuted in 1949, taking over the numbering from Best Western (no, not the hotel chain…) with #60, and lasted until issue #73 in 1952, with such cheery topics as cannibalism and mass hangings among its highlights. We have issues #69 and the final issue #73 in stock, the latter containing a Black Rider story, unusual in a series generally without ongoing characters. In 1954, Atlas revived the title but eliminated those pesky lawmakers, calling it just Western Outlaws; this second series ran from #1 to 1957’s #21, and we have sixteen of the series new in, from #2 to the last issue. Again eschewing recurring characters, this iteration had the expected, but appreciated, stellar roster of artists, with Everett, Maneely, Heath, Romita, Severin and Williamson among the more prominent contributors. Depicted are Western Outlaws and Sheriffs #69 VG+ £26 and Western Outlaws #2 FN £34: Grades and prices on the rest in our cowpunchin’ catalogue.
*Phantom: A quartet of vintage King and Charlton issues of the Phantom make an appearance on our lists this week – a mere smattering, but ‘The Ghost Who Walks’ walks out of our shop in Putney so swiftly that we tend to put out additions as soon as we get them, as demand is keen! Pat Boyette, Don Newton and other gifted artists illustrate these tales of Lee Falk’s cult creation.
*Alan Class Reprints: More than two dozen pre-decimal Alan Class items added to our inventory, with representation from his major, long-running series (Creepy Worlds, Secrets of the Unknown, Sinister Tales and Suspense) plus selections from the shorter-run and often harder to find titles, such as Amazing Stories, Out Of This World (1st series), Outer Space and Weird Planets. Lots of Pre-Hero Marvel with Big-Panty-Monsters illustrated by Kirby, Steve Ditko, twist-ending tales, Atlas era Krigstein and Everett, a miscellany from Charlton, ACG, Tower comics and much more!
*Power Comics: Although IPC’s re-invention of the popular Smash! is dismissed by many as an ersatz Valiant – and it’s true it shrank to the standard size and format of a regular IPC/Fleetway weekly – there was a lot more to it than that, and the first relaunch issue debuted two strips, ‘Cursitor Doom’ and ‘Janus Stark’, who went on to lengthy careers and engraved themselves in the hearts of a generation of comics readers. Other popular series from this run were the super-hero ‘Tri-Man’, challenger of the unknown ‘Simon Test’, and ‘Birdman of Baratoga’, another entry in the ‘feral child raised by random critters’ sub-genre so beloved of fiction. Plus, the well-loved comedy strips ‘Bad Penny’ and ‘The Swots and the Blots’ continued over from the old iteration to produce fresh mayhem and laughter! We have 89 of the 95 IPC Smash! issues new in stock, from the first new look issue to the final number; the relaunch issue, 15th March 1969, with the first appearances of Janus Stark and Cursitor Doom, is FN £12; prices and grades on the others are available in our catalogue.
*Collected Editions: Although Battle Weekly (at least in its early years) was famed for more ‘classic’ war stories, one of its earliest ventures into speculative fiction was ‘Invasion 1984’, originally published in 1983, and presenting the tale of a near-future (very near future, as it happens) invasion from Outer Space, and the valiant efforts of Earth’s forces to rally round – despite civilization falling apart! By John Wagner, Alan Grant and Eric Bradbury, this violent but inventive series is complete in one paperback volume, brand new this week, in the latest in Rebellion’s collections of classic British comics. Brand New SC at £15.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: At the beginning of 1977, around the onset of punk music, a comic was launched that captured the zeitgeist of the times, more anarchic and anti-establishment than anything that had come before it in British comics, no more so than in the persona of Judge Dredd, the iconic anti-hero who has gone on to become legendary after debuting in issue #2. This update we’re featuring the first three issues of 2000 AD, with free gifts:
#1: Featuring the debuts of Mach-1, Invasion, Harlem’s Heroes, Flesh and the new Dan Dare. A clean and presentable GD/VG copy with good staples, moderate light creasing and light tanning of the pages, but no brittleness. The Space Spinner is present, virtually unmarred by the passing years, and is graded VF. Comic (GD/VG) and gift (VF) together priced at £225.
#2: 1st appearance of Judge Dredd. A tight flat GD/VG copy with good staples and decent page quality, no wrinkles or creasing, light foxing at page edges. The Free Gift, Biotronic Stickers, are unused on original backing sheet and grade at VF. Comic (GD/VG) and gift (VF) priced at £300..
#3: Pages a little whiter than #1 & #2, tighter at spine, graded at VG/FN, with Free Gift, Red Alert Survival Wallet, at VF, never having been assembled and still on original card backing. Comic and gift together on sale at £125. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: In the 1960s, the Spy and Secret Agent craze was running rampant in the wake of Bond, and countless publishers tried to tap into the phenomenon. One of the more successful was Fleetway, who released several espionage-themed series, and we have the chunky triple-length Summer/Holiday Specials to prove it! Opening with Secret Agent Summer Special 1967, which altered its title slightly to Holiday Special from 1968, we have the full set of four from 1967 to 1970. Spy 13, intrepid star of Thriller Picture Library, gained his own solo Summer Special in 1966: and we round out the update with the first Top Secret PL Holiday Special from 1975. Pictured are Secret Agent Picture Library Summer/Holiday Specials 1967 through to 1970, all FN, each £15. SORRY, MOST OF THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*TV & Film Related Comics: Rarities like the 1965 TV Century 21 Summer Extra from 1965, and the Thunderbirds Extra from 1965, would ordinarily command very high prices, easily reaching three-figures in high grades. These ones… don’t. While technically complete, these copies have not only been around the block, but also over the bridge and across the river, and show every step of the journey through the passing decades! TV Century 21 1965 Summer Extra has (deep breath) light scribble on three interior pages, puzzles or quizzes filled in on three interior pages, eight interior page edges clipped, affecting the ‘Contact 21’ and ‘Supercar’ strips, one quarter of the back cover is missing, affecting ‘My Favourite Martian’, the front cover is torn, worn, and virtually separated, and there is extensive corner and edge wear throughout. The 1965 Thunderbirds Extra fares no better, with covers detached, worn and with missing corners – one such, on the back cover, affects the final ‘Thunderbirds’ story; scribble on front cover and eight interior pages; quiz completed on one interior page, and a quarter of one interior page (affecting text & activity features) missing. However, beaten-up though they are, they are almost complete, and – with a couple of exceptions noted above – all stories are readable. TV Century 21 Summer Extra 1965 and Thunderbirds Extra 1965, both graded Poor, at £30 each. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: A distaff companion to 2000 AD, but focusing more on the supernatural than science-fiction themes, Misty is fondly remembered for the quality of its stories and artwork (using many of the 2000 AD creators), and its wide appeal – even at the time of its publication, the subject matter made it the “Girls’ comic” a lot of boys furtively read, and these days it’s keenly collected by men and ladies alike! We have more than forty issues new in, mostly in its first year of publication, 1978, but just trailing over into ’79, with serials such as ‘aint It Black’, ‘School For The Lost’, ‘The Cats of Carey Street’, ‘Leap Through Time’ and more – all, of course, ably introduced by our ethereal hostess, who featured in frontispieces (and many covers) illustrated by the sublime Shirley Bellwood. This is a one-owner collection in nice condition, a few minor fluctuations but averaging Fine; clean, attractive copies with minimal wear.
*Clearance Corner: A very mixed bag of stuff up for grabs this week, comprising the following: Hurricane Book Of Records, Look & Learn Pocket Picture Encyclopaedia, Scoop Sport Star Club Badge, Rupert weekly Boomerang, Wizard World Cup Winners Book, Wizard World Cup Scorebook, 3 Stingray Badges, Storyland Book Of Nursery Rhymes, Midget Comic from Red Letter (1937), Spiro Agnew card from ABC’s ‘Man On The Moon’ series, 4 sets of Playing Cards from Supernaturals, Nursery Rhyme Colouring Book, Promotional comics for IPC’s Funtime & Sunny, 2 unidentified but probably pre-war Boomerang free gifts, a sheet of Panini Superman stickers, 2 Oor Wullie stickers and a Judge Dredd promotional stand from 1992. You can’t say that’s not variety! All this can be yours for just £20 (plus £4 UK postage if required). SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: This time we’ve added a fine assortment of short stories by Poul Anderson and by, or edited by, Damon Knight. From Poul Anderson there’s Guardians Of Time, Strangers From Earth (both the Ballantine 1st US PB and the Mayflower Dell 1st UK PB), Three Worlds To Conquer and Time And Stars. From Damon Knight there’s Natural State And Other Stories, Turning On and, acting as editor, The Metal Smile (featuring authors such as Aldiss, Anderson (!), Asimov, Dick, Kuttner and Sheckley).
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:
*Alan Class Reprints
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
As the official agents for Alan Class sales from his archives, including certificated comics and printing plate sets, we were tickled pink to see the cover on this week’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #5 (By Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill) with its homage to Alan Class comics. The ‘Blazing Worlds’ logo, and cover numbering, pricing and dress are all evocative of Alan Class’s presentation of his comics from the 1959 to 1989, and shows in their sixtieth anniversary year how much his publications are fondly remembered for the part they played in the history of British comics. We have a large stock of the real thing of course in our catalogue in the Alan Class Reprints category.
We were delighted recently to be of assistance to French publishers Delirium by supplying some material for their high-quality hardcover collection of the early adventures of 2000 AD’s Slaine. Created by veteran writer Pat Mills, with the assistance of artists Angie Kincaid, Mike McMahon and Massimo Belardinelli, the warp-shifting Celtic warrior became a fast favourite with the 2000 AD crowd, and has remained in publication ever since. While we don’t carry non-English language materials ourselves, this handsome 220-page archival edition is now available in bookshops throughout the French-speaking world, and well worth the effort for bilingual readers to track it down!
*Clearance Corner: Our final clearance lot of the Moonstone version of the Phantom features 9 issues of the Generations series, each one a self-contained novella, plus the following squarebound specials/graphic novels: Legacy, Law Of The Jungle, Valley of the Golden Men, The Treasures of Bagalla, The Singh Web, Man Eaters, The Hunt & The Ghost Killer. All in NM condition; many hundreds of pages of Phantom reading for the remarkable price of just £20. UK Postage if required will be an extra £4. SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD