As you may realise, the purpose of our Clearance Corner lots is to clear space in our shop by discontinuing titles we’re no longer carrying to make way for new and incoming stuff. As such, they will only be offered for a short time. This Clearance Corner lot, listed on 11th December 2018, has not been snapped up and is nearing the end of its time with us. If not purchased by the weekend, we will have to dispose of it. Here are the details from our original listing: ‘A charming bargain lot in Clearance Corner this week. Classics Illustrated Junior, the companion to the famous Classics Illustrated series, commenced in 1953 and ran for 77 issues, featuring many famous (and some not so famous) fairy tales with brightly painted cover illustrations. Included in this lot of 36 different issues are Sleeping Beauty, Jack & the Beanstalk, Puss In Boots, Rumplestiltskin, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Rapunzel, Snow White & Rose Red and many more. The UK version of this was called Pixi Tales and there is one issue of that included in this lot of otherwise US versions, making 37 in total, all in a mix of FA to FN grades. We have to clear something to make room for our Atlas Explosion, so these, with regret, have to go. Here’s your chance for a real bargain — just £25 the lot (UK postage if required would be an extra £7).’
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: *Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: Yus, m’lady! Ten books have been added to this category, all linked to favourite series by Gerry Anderson: Captain Scarlet and the Angels, Thunderbirds and Lady Penelope, and Stingray. Captain Scarlet encounters The Mysterons and The Silent Saboteur, while the Angels do battle with The Creeping Enemy. Stingray is represented by Stingray itself and by Stingray And The Monster, while in the Thunderbird universe Lady Penelope deals with the Albanian Affair and the Tracy family appear in Thunderbirds, Calling Thunderbirds, Ring Of Fire and Thunderbirds Are Go. All ten books are 1st UK PB and guaranteed to let you wallow in nostalgia as you enjoy the adventures.
We’ve been busy moving around some of our stock categories within the shop to better ultilise space to suit changes in stock levels. Cnanges are as follows:
Ground Floor: Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics have moved and expanded, as have Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material.
Basement: Magazines & Books About Vintage US Comics have moved downstairs to join their UK counterpart in a new basement section. We’ve also relocated Marvel UK, Power Comics & Younger Readers’ Comics.
If you’re visiting and can’t find the category you’re looking for, just ask!
*DC: Following his critically-acclaimed ‘Fourth World’ series of intersecting titles at DC, Jack Kirby branched out into three stand-alone series. One such was Kamandi, a.k.a. ‘The Last Boy On Earth’, doubtless influenced by the then-ongoing Planet of the Apes phenomenon. Kamandi showed a post-apocalyptic future in which all humanity apart from our titular hero had degraded to virtual beasts, oppressed by all manner of super-evolved animals. Later attempts by other, lesser talents have been made to link this in with the greater DC Universe, but most folk prefer to think of the original 59-issue run from 1972 to 1978 as a self-contained odyssey. We have issue #1 of this cult series, a cents copy with no pence price or overstamp; only the very lightest, barely perceptible corner wear on this beautiful copy which we have graded VF+ at £50. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: The ever-popular exploits of the Caped Crusaders are extensively refreshed this update, with 25 new issues to our list from #129 (pictured, VG £100), through to #309, with a scattering of Silver Age Scenarios, but concentrating mostly on the Bronze Age Era of the 1970s, when the ‘Darknight Detective’ was in the ascendant over the family-friendly Dynamic Duo of days agone. During the 1970s, distribution of DC in the UK got a bit dodgy – not as bad as Marvel, admittedly but still irregular – so many of these issues are not common. Battles with the classic villains – Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Blockbuster – abound!
*Marvel: Among the most sought-after comics of the 1970s, Hulk #180 featured the first appearance of Wolverine, the Canadian super-hero who, outstripping everyone’s expectations, became the most popular Marvel character since the dawn of the Marvel Age. Created by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe (from a John Romita design), Wolvy was revived by Wein when he put together the New X-Men who debuted in Giant-Size X-Men #1, and since then, Wolverine became the star of the X-Men, and a media darling in his own right. Having said that, it wasn’t a lengthy first appearance – in the final panel of #180, Wolverine popped up to make dire threats to both Jade-Jaws and guest-monster the winsome Wendigo – but it’s still the first on-panel appearance of the decade’s mega-hot star. Never distributed in the UK, this gap in your Hulk history can be filled with an attractive FN+ copy, tight & bright with minimal spine and corner wear, flexible off-white interiors, and, most crucially, the Marvel Value stamp firmly in place! FN+ cents (no pence variants on this puppy) at £300. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Although often touted on his own front cover as ‘Marvel’s First Black Super-Hero’, Luke Cage, later Power Man, was the second such, after the Black Panther. But whereas T’Challa was a sophisticated, urbane monarch of a highly technological society, Luke Cage was All-American, and All-Cliché. Inner city ghetto? Check. Swear words amended to pass the Mother-Freakin’ Comics Code? Check. Unjust jail time? Check. Fat racist corrupt prison guard with a vendetta? Check. Said guard-with-a-grudge sabotaging an experiment so that it unexpectedly gives Luke super-powers? Oops. Liberated from prison, our hero goes ‘underground’, by setting himself up as a highly visible ‘Hero For Hire’, decked out in an attention-getting outfit of leather pants, bracelets, tiara, chain belt and fetching yellow chiffon blouse. (Look, it was the 1970s… ) After a lengthy career solo and in tandem with Iron Fist, Luke languished in limbo for a few years, before being revived in Netflix’s Jessica Jones TV series, then spinning off into his own eponymous show and a co-starring role in the Defenders series. Now riding higher than ever in the public eye, his first appearance in this issue less common than many of its contemporaries, as we suspect Marvel’s experimental #1’s didn’t print high numbers – is in very high demand. This copy is a CGC blue label, denoting no restoration, graded by them as 6.5, an equivalent to FN+, on sale at £200. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: By the time of Spider-Man’s 50th issue, ‘new’ artist John Romita had made the series his own, and this special issue was marked with the debut of a new villain, the Kingpin – so long associated with Daredevil, in the post-Miller years, that many people overlook the fact that he originally belonged to Spider-Man’s Rogues’ Gallery! The cover to #50, with Peter’s temporarily abandoning his Spider-Man identity, has become etched in the minds of a generation, endlessly imitated and ‘homaged’, in comics and other media. Our newest copy of ASM #50 is VG+, a pence copy with strong spine, but very light corner wear. Firmly attached at cover and centrefold, largely unimpaired cover scene, with excellent cover colour and gloss, and only a tiny chip out of the top cover edge. Interiors clean, off-white, flexible, with considerable eye appeal. VG+ p £200.
*Marvel: A perennial favourite of our clients is the ‘Big Panty Monster’ subgenre, perfected in the late 1950s by the company that would become Marvel. Before Thor, Dr. Strange, Iron Man or Ant-Man, titles like Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense and Tales to Astonish were replete with gigantic invading creatures from other worlds or other realms, (but always decently attired in sturdy enormous knickers, courtesy of the Comics Code Authority) who tried to take over the Earth on a weekly basis, but were inevitably thwarted by skinny nerdy guys with pocket-protectors. We have a fresh selection of would-be tyrants for your delectation, including Zog, Gomdulla, the Hulk (not that one), Dragoom, Taboo, Gargantus and many more, illustrated by Jack Kirby, and backed up with twist-ending Lee & Ditko shockers plus sundry stories from Heck, Sinnott, and other Bullpen stalwarts. Depicted here are Journey Into Mystery #56 (FN- £78), Journey Into Mystery #61 (VG, colour touch at spine £57), and Strange Tales Annual #1 (GD glued spine £49), but there’s hordes more looming behemoths waiting to menace you (in a variety of appealing grades) in our online catalogue!
*Marvel: The Claremont & Cockrum New X-Men was already a critical hit when #101 turned up, and in a dramatic turn of events, Jean Grey, former weak sister of the team, was escalated into a powerhouse when a cosmic ray storm seemed to transform her into the entity known as Phoenix – and a major, ultimately tragic, story arc for the X-Men began. The legend was somewhat tarnished in later years by Marvel’s back & forth position on whether Jean actually was the Phoenix, or whether the Phoenix force just manifested itself in her form (with a swingin’ new costume), but nevertheless, this remains a key and highly sought after issue, whose appeal has been enhanced by the announcement of the forthcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie. This copy is VG-, light to moderate spine & corner creasing, pence copy, for £100.
*Marvel: In the year 3007, the countries of the world are brought together in the United Lands of Earth, spreading the Terran empire throughout the known galaxy – when interplanetary harmony is disrupted by the arrival of the voracious Badoon, who overcome Earth and her dominions, leaving only a few scattered freedom fighters to battle on – the Guardians of the Galaxy! Such was the premise of the original story created by Arnold Drake (writer of the Doom Patrol, another popular band of outcasts) and Gene Colan in issue #18 of Marvel Super-Heroes, January 1969. A powerful and moving story, it lay dormant for some years, until revived by Steve Gerber in the Seventies, whereupon the Guardians became a regular, if infrequent, part of the Marvel Universe, before the movie versions (featuring, it must be said, an entirely different cast) catapulted the title back into public consciousness. This copy is an attractive VG/FN, cents copy, with only minimal edge & corner wear, but unbroken cover colour and gloss despite a soft vertical crease paralleling the spine; excellent interior page quality. Harder to find in any condition, and sure to become scarcer yet as Avengers: Endgame and Guardians of the Galaxy III (Oh come on, you didn’t really think they all died at the end of the movie?) zoom toward your local multiplex! Priced at £85.
*Marvel: A fabulous fifty issues added to our stock of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes between #10 and #92, including highlights such as (deep breath): the debut of the sinister Immortus (#10); the Swordsman premiere in #19; the heroic Black Knight’s debut in #48; the nefarious Grim Reaper enters in #52; the second X-Men/Avengers battle in #53; the debut of Yellowjacket in #59, and his subsequent wedding to the wonderful Wasp in #60; the Invaders ‘prototype’ in #71; #72 sees the first appearance of the villainous cartel Zodiac; #83 sees the first appearance of the Valkyrie and the Lady Liberators and #87 gives us the awesome origin of the Black Panther! Depicted are #10 (VG+ p £45); #11 App. FN p £49 – one non-story page out and #83 VG+ p £45. Almost all of this new acquisition is characterised by high grades, averaging FN+ or better, and with many, many VF’s in the mix.
*Marvel: In the 1970s, everybody was Kung Fu Fighting – trust us, we were there – and one ingenious response to the martial arts movie craze launched by Bruce Lee and his chums, was Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin in the previously-reprint title, Special Marvel Edition. Given more depth than the average chop-sockey character by being created as the hitherto unsuspected son of classic fictional nemesis Doctor Fu Manchu, Shang-Chi, the half-American scion of one of history’s greatest villains, sought to combat his father’s ongoing evil and attain peace and spiritual enlightenment… while kicking in heads! After two tryouts, the suddenly selling Special Marvel Edition was renamed Master of Kung Fu and ran for more than a hundred issues, its most famous period being under the creative hands of Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy. Around twenty issues of Master of Kung Fu are added to our listings this week, from Special Marvel Edition #16 – Shang-Chi’s second appearance – to #50, a period generally acknowledged to be the series’ peak.
*Marvel: Following the success of 1970’s Conan the Barbarian title, Marvel hoped to expand the fantasy genre in their line-up, and their next target was Kull the Conqueror, another adaptation, like Conan, from the fantasy works of author Robert E. Howard. Although he didn’t achieve the popularity of Conan, lasting 29 issues in his first series, he remained an ongoing part of the Conan continuity, and has undergone sporadic revivals. We have issue #1 (1971) to #9, then #11 (when the title was renamed Kull the Destroyer) to #14, beautifully illustrated by, at various times, the sensational Severin Siblings, John and Marie, and Mike Ploog, among others. Issue #1 (Kull’s second appearance – the Marvel Comics version debuted in Creatures on the Loose #10 – and his origin) is FN+ £20; prices on all other issues in our online catalogue. SORRY, KULL #1 NOW SOLD
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: One of Atlas’ first ventures into the crime field was Crime Exposed, which launched as a one-shot in 1948 before returning as an ongoing series in 1950. Although Crime Exposed’s run was comparatively short (a mere 14 issues in the second series), it did have several artists of distinction, including Maneely, Sale, Robinson and Krigstein, and not one, but two, of its issues (#10 and #13) were cited in the notorious pro-censorship book ‘Parade of Pleasure’, for excessive violence. Ten of the fourteen second-series issues are now in stock, from #2 to the final #14; issue #9 (FN+ £41) is depicted.
*Horror 1940-1959: Resting our extensive Atlas horror updates for a week – still many more to come, folks! – we turn our attention to one of the 1950s more notorious publishers, Harvey Comics. Although best known today for their barrage of juvenile titles starring Richie Rich and his little chums, Harvey were at one point prominent players in the horror field, with their mystery titles being acknowledged as gorier than Atlas’ and approaching the artistic quality of EC’s. Black Cat Mystery took over the numbering from a defunct super-heroine series, and artist Lee Elias proved as adept at delineating corpses and vengeful ghouls as he was at the Hollywood-based heroics of Linda Turner. Elias was joined on the series by Powell, Nostrand and Fujitani, and the covers are among some of the most iconic of the genre. We have a selection of Black Cat Mystery from #37 to #48 (#48 depicted VG+ £72 with free incomplete #40). Several of them are complete but low-grade copies at very affordable prices.
*War: Launched in 1952, Atlas’ Battlefield’s short run of 11 issues made quite an impact on the readership, with unusual levels of violence and casual racism even by the propaganda-frenzied standards of the time; Pakula, Heath, Maneely, Everett and Colan all contributed, with several memorable and action-packed covers by Heath. A casualty of the advent of the Comics Code Authority, Battlefield was one of many titles which the publishers decided to cancel rather than attempt to rein it in to meet Code standards. We have the complete 11-issue run d (albeit the #6 is incomplete and enclosed as a free bonus with #5). Our illustration is issue #5 FN+ £56, with the rest in a variety of affordable grades – see our catalogue listing for details.
*Western: 1956’s Frontier Western had a smattering of series characters who appeared intermittently – the Pecos Kid and Ringo Kid, for example – but was primarily noteworthy for its outstanding line-up of artistic contributors, including Matt Baker, Reed Crandall, Gene Colan, Mort Drucker, Jack Davis, Gray Morrow, John Romita, Doug Wildey – it’s a whole passel of talent penned in just ten issues! Striking covers by Heath, Maneely and Severin also characterise this short-run but high-quality anthology. Issue #6 (FN+ £42) is illustrated, but the complete series of ten issues is currently available.
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: Two different historical tomes for your consideration this week. Comics artist Greg Sadowksi produced ‘B. Krigstein’ in 2002 for Fantagraphics Books, a tribute to, and appreciation of, one of Sadowkski’s own artistic heroes, the iconic Artist Bernie Krigstein, illustrator of ‘Master Race’ for EC as well as many other acclaimed stories. This first volume runs from 1919 to 1955, a handsome and lavishly-illustrated hardcover, VF £25. In 2010, the UK’s ILEX publishers issued ‘Comic Art Propaganda’ by Fredrik Stromburg, a compendium of the way the comics art has been used to inform, and deform, the minds of people over the decades. This full-colour hardcover with dustjacket is VF £20.
*Annuals: Dalek-Mania, whatever you young people may think, isn’t a new phenomenon – in the 1960s the Daleks were almost as big as the Beatles, and such was their popularity that the hard-shelled exterminators from Skaro featured in a shedload of merchandise, including Annuals in which their nemesis, Dr. Who, was nowhere to be found! Beginning with 1964’s Dalek Book, and working through two sequel volumes, the history of the Dalek race was revealed in comic strips, text stories and features, building an entire ancillary mythos including new opponents, primarily Space Security Agent Sara Kingdom, a super-strong super-spy from space! We have all three of the Dalek trilogy in stock: 1964’s Dalek Book is GD £30 – there is a flaw in the laminate producing a ‘wrinkled’ effect, but structurally the book would otherwise be FN; 1965’s Dalek World is also GD, with a piece of the upper spine missing, but otherwise sound. On sale at £30. And finally, 1966’s Dalek Outer Space Book, conspicuously the hardest to find – significantly fewer copies printed than the first two, meaning fewer have survived to the present day – is FN £150. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Collected Editions: Originating in the short-lived Ranger weekly, but best remembered from its lengthy run in Look & Learn, the sumptuous science-fiction saga ‘The Trigan Empire’, written by Mike Butterworth and illustrated by Don Lawrence, is regarded as one of the highest accomplishments of the UK comics industry. However, most readers found the two-page weekly instalments somewhat insufficient. Two early attempts to remedy this were the 1973 Look & Learn Book of the Trigan Empire, which mimicked the British hardcover Annual format to present a collection of strips behind a new Lawrence cover; and the 1978 oversized hardcover from Hamlyn, which featured almost three times the number of story pages as its predecessor (though oddly they don’t reprint much of the same material). Both of these full-colour collections are back in stock. The 1973 volume is FN at £45, while the 1978 volume is FN/VF £55.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A light once-over to several popular Boys’ Adventure titles: second series Eagle (including an issue with Free Gift – Dan Dare badge!), Lion from 1968, the early ’60s sci-fi anthology Space Ace, Valiant from 1966 and 1967, and the acclaimed Warrior from the 1980s. Marvelman, Dan Dare, the Spider, V For Vendetta, Robot Archie, Steel Claw, Kelly’s Eye and… Sinbad? What’s he doing in space?
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: More stock for the ever-popular combat-themed Picture Libraries, with light top-ups to Air Ace (from #219), Commando (from #115), Valiant (from #17) and War (from #240).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: This latest addition to this category consists of a hefty chunk of Jack Vance titles, including an Ace Double (The Brains Of Earth/The Many Worlds Of Magnus Ridolph), an early Lancer edition of The Dying Earth (a superbly crafted fantasy with a dark undertone of humour, which helped inspire Gene Wolfe’s great Book Of The New Sun) and a host of 1st PB editions, rightfully giving works previously only published in pulps a wider audience. Vance was a master of the Swords & Sorcery genre, with a greatly appreciated humorous streak. He created several series, each encompassing its own carefully imagined universe: from the Big Planet series we have Big Planet itself and Showboat World, from the Durdane series The Anome, The Brave Free Men and The Asutra, from the Gaean Reach series The Gray Prince, Maske: Thaery, Trullion: Alastor 2262, Marune: Alastor 933 and The Book Of Dreams, while from the Planet of Adventure series we have The Dirdir and The Pnume. In addition – yes, there’s more! – we have Son Of The Tree, The Dragon Masters, The Houses Of Iszm and The Languages Of Pao. The Ace Double has two Jack Gaughan covers, while The Dirdir and The Pnume have Jeff Jones cover art and The Dying Earth has Emshwiller cover art.
This year, as usual, we’ll be participating in the wonderful London Bookshop Crawl, organised by Ninja Book Box. This event, taking place over Friday 8th to Sunday 10th February*, gives you a chance to visit many of London’s bookshops (selling both old and new books). With a choice of approaches, from rugged individual exploration to organised tours, there are plenty of ways to get your literary fix. Many places will have offers only available to Crawlers: here at 30th Century Comics we will be offering 10% off all purchases from our Book department to anyone who mentions the Bookshop Crawl. Full details can be obtained from www.bookshopcrawl.co.uk.
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: *Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: DC’s Limited Collectors’ Edition tabloids of the 1970s, most of which were non-distributed in the UK, are highly sought-after now, their extra dimensions not lending themselves to long-term storage, and being more prone to damage than the average comic book. One of the most popular in the series is number C-37, starring the Batman and his Rogue’s Gallery, an ‘All-Villain Special’ featuring vintage tales of the Joker, Catwoman, Two-Face, the Penguin and the Scarecrow. This non-distributed item is a stunning VF+, with vibrant cover colour, sharp edges and unbroken cover gloss; if not for the tiniest crease in the upper left corner, it would pass as a new item – in fact, we’d bet money you’ve had comics advertised as ‘mint’ that were less appealing than this. On sale at VF+ £40. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: One highly-acclaimed series of more recent vintage (by our usual standards) is 1980’s New Teen Titans, in which Marv Wolfman and George Perez took a faded Sixties franchise and revitalised it into DC’s sales powerhouse of the decade. Introducing three brand-new characters – Cyborg, Raven and Starfire – Wolfman & Perez hewed very closely to the X-Men model of angst-ridden young heroes, and scored big points not only with DC’s readers: NTT became the DC Comic even Marvel fans bought! We have issue #1 of this hit series back in stock, but it is overshadowed by issue #2, which introduced long-time nemesis Deathstroke (then known also as the Terminator, until a certain movie franchise objected!), the breakout character who went on to several series of his own, and crossovers into media events such as the ‘Arrow’ TV show. Completing this trifecta is Issue #10, in which Deathstroke made his second appearance. Pictured are issue #1 VF/NM p £35 and issue 2 VF/NM p £100. Issue #10 is on sale at NM p £20. SORRY, #1 & #2 NOW SOLD
*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. Both have gone on to long and illustrious careers in the greater Marvel Universe, and this copy of the double debut is one of the nicest we’ve beheld, with tight staples, sharp edges, off-white interior pages and deep, vibrant, unbroken cover colour and gloss. There is minimal spine wear, and an extremely faint vertical line, barely perceptible, which runs from the top cover edge through the centre of the logo (the central ‘t’ and ‘r’ on the two rows) before vanishing entirely around the first ‘a’ in ‘Galactus’. However, this line does not break the cover colour, and would be easy to miss if you weren’t specifically looking for it. FN+ pence on sale at £900. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: By the 1980s, Wolverine’s status as the breakout star of the ‘New’ X-Men had become evident, and an A-List team of Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Josef Rubinstein was assembled to give him a solo spotlight in a four issue mini-series. Logan returns to Japan where he seeks to regain his lost honour and win the hand of his beloved Mariko, in an outstanding series which was the basis for the 2013 smash film ‘The Wolverine’ – instead of being merely an outline for the film, many of Miller’s striking visuals for the mini-series were meticulously re-created for the movie. This complete 4-issue series, the first Wolverine solo title, is available as a set only of all four in NM p for £175. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Following his return to active service in Avengers #4, Captain America became a companion feature of Iron Man in Tales of Suspense. After the division of the Marvel double-feature books in 1968, when distribution embargoes were slackened, Cap gained his own series again, though it retained the numbering of Tales of Suspense, premiering with #100. Featuring the talents of Lee, Kirby and Shores, this re-introduced the Sentinel of Liberty in solo action to the modern age (though between the retelling of his origins and his ongoing plotlines, he certainly had enough pals along for the ride in this first issue!). This copy is a very respectable edition, clean and appealing, tight staples at cover & centrefold, superior inside pages, minimal corner and edge wear, an above-average copy of Cap’s premier issue. FN p £150 SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: One of the more groundbreaking issues of the 1970s was Iron Man #128, in which creators David Michelinie and John Romita Jr. played out the plot they’d been building up for months: the dark underside of Tony Stark’s insouciant playboy façade, as his struggle with alcoholism was revealed. This was presented as an ongoing illness, rather than being wrapped up neatly by the issue’s end, and in fact even the current Tony Stark is still influenced by his addiction. Although the story caused controversy and outrage at the time of its release, over time it has received acclaim and respect as the first serious presentation of the subject in a mainstream comic. This issue is a sparkling CGC 9.6 (NM+) copy, blue label indicating no restoration; on sale at £115. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The Black Panther’s series in Jungle Action, which attracted a lot of acclaim at the time, was known for being verbose, introspective, reflective and philosophical. When the character’s co-creator, Jack Kirby, took over as writer and artists on T’Challa’s follow-up solo series, the results were… a considerable contrast. Shouting! Explosions! Aliens! Time-Travel! Implausibly-muscled ladies with black lipstick! Cosmic critters! All were here, and all playing at full volume all the time, in the crazed kinetic frenzy that Kirby was renowned for, as the King of Wakanda faced off against the Six-Million Year Man, King Solomon’s Frog, the sinister Agents of Kiber, Yetis, Samurais, and other bizarre menaces. We have the first five issues of Kirby’s 1970s relaunch back in stock, including two copies of #1, the nicer of which (VG+ p £20) is depicted. Prices and grades on the others in our online catalogue. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Perhaps owing to interest in a certain oceanic movie hit, sales of the original ‘Aquaman’, Marvel’s Sub-Mariner, have been taking an upturn, and we have twenty new issues added to his Silver Age series, from #4 to #70, including the debut of Tiger Shark, the returns of Golden Age heroes Red Raven and the original Human Torch, team-ups with Hercules, Captain Marvel and the Silver Age Human Torch, and more treachery and underwater intrigue than you can shake a minnow at, illustrated by Gene Colan, the Buscema Brothers, the Severin Siblings, Bill Everett and more!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: The Jungle genre, in which a white person becomes king or queen of a remote primitive nation, has fallen out of favour recently for obvious historical reasons, but in the 1940s and 1950s it was all the rage, and Atlas had several entries in the field. Chief amongst them were two jungle goddesses – Lorna, as previously listed in our catalogue, and Jann of the Jungle, who debuted in 1954’s Jungle Tales anthology, swiftly ousting her stablemates to become sole proprietress of the title, renamed ‘Jann of the Jungle’ from #8 onwards. Jane Hastings, stuntwoman and animal trainer, came to Africa to shoot a movie and stayed behind when the natives acclaimed her as ‘Jann’, their heroine of a generation ago, who turned out to be Jane’s grandmother. Nothing implausible there, then. Drawn by (among others) Arthur Peddy, Al Williamson and Jay Scott Pike, Jann’s beautifully-illustrated adventures gave reigning jungle queen Lorna a run for her money. We have new issues of Jungle Tales and of Jann’s own title back in stock, with the striking Bill Everett cover on #16 (VG £41) illustrated here.
*Horror 1940-1959: A mainstay of Atlas’ horror line was Astonishing, which began life in 1950 as Marvel Boy, a science-fiction super-hero who crashed and burned after his first two issues, yielding the title to a more generalised sci-fi/horror anthology with #3. Our run of Astonishing commences with #9, and ends with its final issue, 1957’s #63, adding 38 issues to our inventory, both pre and post code. A myriad of artistic contributors include Colan, Ditko, Drucker, Everett, Heath, Kirby, Krigstein, Maneely, Morrow, Orlando, Powell, Robinson, Romita, Sekowsky, Severin, Shores, Sinnott, Torres and Williamson. Many of the eye-catching covers have a dark sense of humour to go along with the lurid but beautifully-executed illustrations., and this series is regarded by many, along with Spellbound, as one of the most significant and collectable Atlas Horror titles. Pictured are #32 GD/VG £100 (classic Vampire cover), #37 VG £59. #44 VG+ £57, #46 FN £61, #54 VG/FN £57 and #59 FN- £56. As with many of the long-running titles in this exemplary collection, the grades vary widely, and there are many affordable lower to mid-grade copies available.
*War: Making his debut in Battle Action #5, Battle Brady (real name unrevealed, unless his parents had a really weird sense of humour) was a Texas native who eschewed US issue weapons in favour of his family’s heirloom six-shooters, and frequently charged into combat against the Koreans shouting ‘Remember the Alamo!’ The slender concept of this Hank Chapman/Joe Maneely co-creation proved surprisingly popular, and Battle popped up all over the many war titles that Atlas produced. Eventually he took over the Men In Action anthology with #10 to gain his own title, issue #11 of which was used in the notorious pro-censorship book Parade of Pleasure. We have several Battle Brady’s new in stock, from #10 (1st issue of series, VG £39, pictured) on, replete with the violence and xenophobia for which the Atlas war line is renowned. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Modern Reprints: From the hugely-popular and now long out of print Marvel Essentials series, we have Essential Luke Cage, Power Man Volume 1, a black & white trade paperback encompassing the first 27 issues of the urban crusader known variously as Hero For Hire, then Power Man and most recently – such as in his hit Netflix TV show – simply as Luke Cage. The steel-skinned street warrior came up in the era of ‘blaxploitation’, to become a major player in the Marvel Universe, and all his early and hard-to-find adventures, most of which weren’t distributed in the UK at the time, are here in one package, courtesy of Englehart, Wein, Tuska, Isabella, Graham and other talents. NM at £30.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: ‘Get Your Hands On Our Damned Dirty Apes!’ – Marvel’s magazine devoted to the cult sci-fi classic launched in 1974 with a comic-strip adaptation of the Planet of the Apes movie, alongside a plethora of features, articles and other strips set in the Apes’ world. Popular with both comics and movie buffs, Planet of the Apes magazine is highly sought after on two fronts, and we’re chuffed to welcome back 13 issues – including two #1s – for what we’re convinced will be a very short stay in our boxes! Our nicer #1 (VG+ £20) is pictured – the rest may be found in our online catalogue! Ook ook!
*Power Comics: 1967 was the year of expansion for the upstart Power Comics Group; having established Wham and Smash! as more traditional comics weeklies with eventually a smattering of US material, they cashed in on the super-hero craze of the 60s by launching Fantastic #1, reprinting sequential stories of Iron Man, Thor and the X-Men, with a small percentage of UK-originated stories in the back. This was followed in April that year by Terrific in the same format, with Doctor Strange, Sub-Mariner and the Avengers. Our newest early issues of Fantastic and Terrific, however, bear the distinction of the original Free Gifts that accompanied them. Fantastic #1 is in FN with the Fantastic Plastic Pennant – a small banner with a clear pocket into which you could insert one of several cut-outs to demonstrate your affiliation for a particular hero. Issue #2 comes without, alas, the Fantastic Bubblegum advertised, but does have the original envelope said gum came in. Turning to Terrific, #2 Iron Man’s Missile Launcher, a.k.a. a cardboard crossbow, but without the ‘cross’ bar: and Terrific #3 has a complete Astro-Dart Launcher. Fantastic #1 is FN with free gift VG at £100, #3 is FN with partial Free Gift VG at £40. Terrific #2 is FN with Partial Free Gift GD at £40; #3 is FN with Free Gift VG at £75. SORRY, FANTASTICS & TERRIFIC #3 NOW SOLD
*Marvel UK: We turn to our very own shores for this week’s Spidey fix! From 1984, two issues of Spider-Man Weekly, issues #607 and #608, which featured a brand-new Spider-Man story by the team of Mike Collins, Barry Kitson and Mark Farmer, wherein Spider-Man discovers a different neighbourhood to be friendly in, when he ventures over to the UK. Both of these issues are in VF condition, and have their original free gifts – in the case of #607, it’s a set of rub-down transfers of Spidey & his Friends N’ Foes with a backdrop; in #608, it’s a Spider-Man sticker. Issue #607 VF with NM Free Gift is £30, #608 VF with NM Free Gift is £25.
*TV & Film Related Comics: This week we have the first two issues of Star Wars Weekly from 1978. Marvel UK lost little time in jumping on the bandwagon, re-packaging reprints of the American material, and, in the best tradition of British Weeklies, enticing the punters with the added incentive of a flimsy and easily-damaged cardboard toy! We have issue #1 of Star Wars Weekly in FN with the Free Gift X-Fighter in FN, (one piece punched out of card but not assembled) and issue #2 in VF with Free Gift Tie-Fighter in GD, with one piece punched out of the supporting card and lightly folded. Issue #1 with Free Gift is £50; issue #2 with Free Gift is £35. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: Although best remembered these days for its merger with June, School Friend had a long and distinguished career as a solo act, commencing as a story paper for girls in 1919, and being rebranded as a weekly comic with a new #1 in 1950. The relaunch saw the debut of School Friend’s most enduring feature, ‘The Silent Three’, a masked trio of schoolgirl avengers who enforced justice and uncovered mysteries in their boarding school of St. Kit’s. The Silent Three caught on big-time, eventually having adventures worldwide, and are fondly remembered by generations of Ladies of a Certain Age. This first issue of School Friend is Poor, with rusty staples and considerable spine and corner wear, but complete, apart from a small coupon cut from one page affecting a text story. The Silent Three feature is unharmed. A piece of comics history on sale for £40. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
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: *Boys’ Adventure & War Comics T – Z
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
Our window designer, Dr. Evilla has chosen to spotlight the rara avis of Classics Illustrated UK versions, those that are originals, not featured in the US series. Often the bane of collectors, our new influx is celebrated in a window display which is replicated in the gallery below, which shows many (though not all) of our incoming rarities.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’re delighted to add Clark Ashton Smith to our list of authors, a writer whose work spans all three genres of this category. When you get fulsome praise from H P Lovecraft ‘Smith’s stories deal powerfully with other galaxies, worlds and dimensions. Who else has seen such gorgeous, luxuriant and feverishly distorted visions of infinite spheres and multiple dimensions and lived to tell the tale?’ and from August Derleth ‘..virtually without peer in the genre of fantasy and the macabre’, there’s really not much more recommendation required. We’ve added three collections of short stories, Out of Space & Time Volumes 1 and 2, and two copies of The Abominations Of Yondo. All these titles are hard to find, so snap them up to find out what all the praise was about.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: ‘All this’ is a great selection of books written or edited by Brian Aldiss, one of the most interesting, inventive, thought-provoking and entertaining of the great British SF writers. Pictured are Frankenstein Unbound, Hothouse, The Interpreter, The Malacia Tapestry and Space Opera. In addition we’ve added An Age, Non-Stop, The Airs Of Earth, The Canopy Of Time, The Dark Light Years, The Eighty-Minute Hour, Evil Earths and Space Odysseys. Whichever you choose you can be sure of a great read!