*DC: ‘Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy
Well late at night when you’re sleepin’
Poison Ivy comes a creepin’ all around’
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. Fresh in this week is both #181 with her 1st appearance and #183, featuring her rather swift return! This Batman #181 is a very nice pence stamped copy, with vibrant cover colour and gloss, very little wear, tight and firmly attached staples and good page quality. It would grade much higher were it not for a small chip out of the lower right edge of the cover (see scan); most importantly the centrefold pin-up (frequently missing, depriving the second story of its splash page) is firmly in place! #183 is in a very similar condition, but without the chip! The dynamic Carmine Infantino covers on both don’t hurt any, either! PICTURED: BATMAN #181 VG+ p £300 #183 FN/VF p £70
*DC: John Constantine, Hellblazer, has been a popular character in the DCU and pretty much ever-present since his inception in the pages of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, gathering much media attention along the way. So, we’re glad to restock many issues of his 1988 series between #13 and #30 this week. Listed, of course, under Hellblazer.
*DC: This week we focus on DC titles beginning with the latter ‘B’ (excluding Batman). Specifically, we have many issues of Blackhawk, Black Lightning (from #1, his first appearance), and then a huge amount of Brave & Bold between #33 and #198, starting off with wonderful issues such as Kubert’s Hawkman, Starman & Black Canary and early team-ups, leading to many Neal Adams art team-up issues and high grade 100 pagers, followed by Bronze Age high grade Batman team-ups. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Marvel: Back in the Silver Age, Spidey guest appearances in other characters’ series weren’t all that common, and thus were rather special when they did occur. Two such cases for your consideration this week: Spidey clashed with the Silver Surfer in issue #14 of the surfing dude’s own title, and with the X-Men in #35 of the merry mutants’ book (I guess he was just misunderstood). Silver Surfer #14 is a nice pence printed copy with minor spine wear and minor non-colour breaking creasing, while X-Men #35 (pence printed) is a solid mid-grade with some edge wear and corner blunting, firm staples and a small crease at bottom right edge which does not break colour. PICTURED: SILVER SURFER #14 FN+ p £75 X-MEN #35 VG p £60
*Marvel: Following his 1976 return to Marvel, the legendary Jack Kirby was anxious not to get trapped in the cycle of just illustrating super-heroes again, and one of his conditions was that he would be allowed to write and draw his own concepts. How much of the Eternals concept was his is, politely, open to debate; heavily ‘influenced’ (ahem, ahem) by the popular Erich Von Daniken paperbacks, which postulated that mankind’s ancient ‘Gods’ were alien visitors, Kirby’s Eternals portrayed the return of ancient immortal extraterrestrials, and the cataclysmic repercussions for humanity. Originally intended to stand apart from the Marvel Universe, it was shoehorned in at editorial insistence, which resulted in Kirby eventually abandoning the strip mid-narrative. Because of this dissonance, the Eternals have been comparatively overlooked by all but the most diehard Kirby Kollectors, but with the confirmation of an Eternals movie, prices are spiralling. Every issue (except #1 and #19, the final issue) fresh into stock this week in a variety of grades and prices, but mostly high grade. As always, consult our catalogue for full details. PICTURED: ETERNALS #2 VF p £45
*Marvel: In the Frank Miller era of Daredevil, Bullseye, the unfailing assassin, became firmly established as DD’s bête noire, causing the Man Without Fear endless grief and misery. And can we ever forget Colin Farrell’s epic scenery-chewing as Bullseye in the Daredevil movie? Well, maybe if we’re lucky and get hit in the head with a blunt object. But a lot of people, even today, aren’t aware that Bullseye wasn’t a Miller creation; step forward Marv Wolfman and Bob Brown, who presented The Assassin Who Never Misses for the first time in Daredevil #131, two years before the Miller regime kicked in! This new copy in is a lower grade, superficially nice with cover gloss, good staples and decent pages and just a bit of handling wear and minor creasing to the bottom right corner; however, something has been spilt at the right edge of the mast-head, resulting in a tiny hole and a small 1p coin size rough patch that you can’t see but can feel. PICTURED: DAREDEVIL #131 GD/VG p £45
*Marvel: Two contrasting images of the Golden Avenger here this week. On the anniversary issue #100, Iron Man powerfully smashes a girder in front of the huge ‘100’ lettering; on the cover of #128, we see the dark side of Tony Stark as he confronts his personal addiction in the classic ‘Demon In A Bottle’ story. A great period for storytelling. PICTURED: IRON MAN #100 VF p £25 #128 FN/VF p £40
*Marvel: Our Six Of The Best feature this week spans the Silver Age of Marvel, through the Bronze Age and up to the Modern Age. #1 issues include: Alpha Flight, Doc Savage, Inhumans, New Mutants, Not Brand Echh and Wolverine: Origin. Full details as always in our catalogue. PICTURED: INHUMANS #1 VF £30 NOT BRAND ECHH #1 FN+ £20
*Marvel: Published in 1994, the series Marvels ran over four books covering 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. PICTURED: MARVELS #0; COMPLETE SET #1-4 + #0 NM £30
*Marvel: A small batch of Marvel’s flagship title, the Fantastic Four, added to our catalogue this week between #37 and #82, plus the landmark Annual #3, featuring the wedding of Sue & Reed. Among others, issues included are #51 (the classic Thing cover and story), #55 (Thing vs Surfer) and #60 (vs the cosmic-powered Dr Doom).
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: A large top-up to our stock of Atlas Seaboard comics published in 1975. In the 1980s and 1990s, new universes were quite commonplace (Valiant, Ultraverse, Defaint etc), but back in 1975 a whole new comic group launch competing with DC & Marvel was quite a bold and innovative move. Sadly, this project helmed by Marvel’s founder Martin Goodman was doomed to failure, and none of the 28 comic and magazine titles lasted more than 4 issues, despite having stellar names involved such as Wood, Ditko, Chaykin, Adams, Heath, Severin, Toth and more. But in 2019 a new Atlas company was formed amid rumours of movie franchise options from 2021 onwards. A bumper selection of Atlas Seaboard titles new in this week, including the Brute, the Destructor, the Grim Ghost, Ironjaw, Moorlock 2001, Phoenix, Planet Of Vampires, Tiger-Man and Wulf the Barbarian, many #1 issues among them. See our catalogue for our full listings of all our Atlas Seaboard stock. PICTURED: DESTRUCTOR #1 VF £10.75 GRIM GHOST #1 FN P £4.75 IRONJAW #1 VF/NM p £16.25
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: What’s Old is our feature where we highlight stuff from our catalogue that you may have missed. By its tenth issue, Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan’s highly acclaimed run on Tomb of Dracula was in full swing, racking up plaudits from critics and fans alike, when suddenly there came a character who was to outstrip even the success of his comic book ‘parent’. Blade the Vampire Slayer debuted in issue #10, and, numerous comic-book appearances and a highly successful movie trilogy (Marvel’s first such, in fact) behind him, remains one of the more enduring breakthrough characters of the 1970s. With the Blade franchise shortly about to be ‘rebooted’, in the media’s voracious frenzy for new properties, Blade’s early appearances are once more spiralling upward. This is a cents copy, no UK price or overstamp, in superior VF+ condition, excellent cover colour and gloss, fresh and supple, firm staples at spine and centrefold, tiny crease in upper right cover corner and small faint arrival date at side of the logo. Front, back and splash shown below; high resolution images are available on request. PICTURED: TOMB OF DRACULA #10 VF+ £1,000
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Although Scream the comic itself lasted only a scant 15 issues, in the grand tradition of British comics, Holiday Specials were issued for years after its demise, and this week we have the first four of the five published. Ranging from the first in 1985, through to 1988, these have all the horror (and wit) of the comic, but printed on considerably better paper! ‘Not for the nervous!’ PICTURED: SCREAM HOLIDAY SPECIAL 1985 GD/VG £15 (loose centrefold) 1986 GD/VG £25 1987 FN £40 1988 VG/FN £35
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: About 30 additions to Commando, the most popular and longest-lived of all Picture Library titles in the range #1001-1050, published in the mid-70s. These are in the best condition you’re likely to come across, all VF with just a couple of FN grades. They are from a newsagent’s unsold stock, never circulated or read. Glossy covers with vibrant colour, tight spines and sharp corners; truly exceptional copies.
*Humour Comics: Like its cousin the Beano, issues of the Dandy from the early 1960s are less often seen than earlier or later issues due to lower print runs, so we’re particularly chuffed to have dozens of issues fresh in from 1963 and 1964, years barely represented in our catalogue for sometime previously. Included are Fireworks and Christmas issues for 1963 and New Year, Easter and April Fool issues for 1964. Most of these are superior copies in nicer than average condition. Your early attention is recommended. PICTURED: DANDY #1146 FN £18 Fireworks issue #1153 VG £16 Christmas issue #1154 FN £18 New Year issue #1166 VG/FN £15 Easter issue
*Girls’ Comics: Lindy was a bit of an anomaly for Fleetway/IPC, published on better quality paper and with more colour pages than the average weekly, seemingly attempting to straddle the gap between the usual girls’ comic and the teen magazines, with a heavy emphasis on TV and pop. The experiment doesn’t appear to have been successful, as, after a scant twenty issues, it was merged into Jinty. While Lindy didn’t offer any ‘star’ features – the comedy filler ‘Penny Crayon’ was the longest-lived of its strips – its short achievable run, and the fact that the plethora of pin-ups mean that undamaged copies are rare, means that today it’s highly collectable. We welcome an almost complete run to our catalogue, including the first three and final issues. PICTURED: LINDY #1 VG £25
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: For now, the last instalment of our updates to Pearson’s Picture Romance Library as the titles progresses into the mid 1960s following one last livery change. Issues in this update between #284 & #409. Shortly after this, the title switched to being published by (firstly) Newnes and (subsequently) Fleetway, but those are updates for another day. PICTURED: PICTURE ROMANCE LIBRARY #342 FN/VF £7
Please note that all orders received by Saturday 12th December and paid for by 4 pm on Tuesday 15th December should be posted on Wednesday 16th, which is the last date we are posting before Christmas. Due to the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic, there will be no last minute exceptions, so please ensure if you’re buying Christmas presents (and you’re in the UK) that you get your order in by Saturday 12th December to be sure of getting it before Christmas. Outside the UK, delivery times vary widely.
Since we’re now trading by mail order only, it gives us the chance to maintain our catalogue even more accurately. All items sold since lockdown are now being deleted within a few days of sale. We are also working through our entire catalogue to delete those items that sold pre-lockdown since files were last updated. This means that as we finish updating a file, you can rely on the catalogue for that category being (and staying) as close to 100% accurate as it is possible to get, with virtually everything available, apart from items sold in the last few days (and just a tiny amount of human error). We have now completed this exercise for the following category from our Books section: *TV/Film Tie-Ins
All categories down to this point in our Catalogue Index have now been Super-Housekept! We will continue to post here as we make progress.
*DC: Now we’re straying dangerously close here to my all-time favourite comics! Absolutely delighted to bring you all 6 parts of the Zatanna’s Search storyline – a crossover story arc before there were such things — commonplace now but unheard of in 1964! A particularly timely update bearing in mind strong movie rumours! Zatanna is the daughter of DC’s Golden Age magician Zatara, first appearing in Hawkman #4 and taking her search for her missing father through the pages of Green Lantern, Atom, Detective Comics and the Justice League of America. Our latest copy of Hawkman #4 is an apparent VG-, pence stamped, with a good colour cover image, tight staples and decent pages. There is some edge wear, particularly to the spine, and some colour-breaking creases to the bottom right corner. We use the term ‘apparent’ because the right edge looks a little narrower than it should, suggesting a trim, although the wear at that edge would seem to contradict that. Nevertheless, we have priced it as if it was trimmed. The remaining five parts are shown below in order (completists should note that Zatanna only appears in disguise in Detective Comics #336, retconned into the Batman story, as we found out in JLA #51, in order to get Batman into that issue). PICTURED: HAWKMAN #4 App VG- p £140 1 of 6 DETECTIVE COMICS #336 GD/VG £18.50 2 of 6 ATOM #19 FN- p £95 3 of 6 GREEN LANTERN #42 VG+ p £30 4 of 6 DETECTIVE COMICS #355 FA p £8.25 5 of 6 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #51 FN/VF p £60 6 of 6
*DC: Following their two try-out adventures in Brave & Bold, the Teen Titans switched to Showcase for their 3rd appearance. In this they encounter an apparent teenage criminal gang (or are they?) named the Flips, whose theme song: ‘We’re just a Babe, a Board and a Bike’ somehow still resonates down the years. I love the DC writers and editors getting down with the kids. The gorgeous art of Nick Cardy adorns this issue, and indeed his was the definitive look for the Teen Titans in these early years. A gorgeous high grade pence stamped copy with lustrous cover colour and gloss, flat and tight with firmly attached staples and excellent white to off-white pages. Just minor stress marks at the spine prevent an even higher grade. PICTURED: SHOWCASE #59 VF p £90
*DC: In 1964, with issue #164, newly transferred editor Julius Schwartz ushered in the ‘New Look’ for Batman; the Caped Crusader gained a yellow circle around the bat emblem on his chest and the tone of the stories changed to emphasize mystery and crime, away from the science-fiction tales so often employed in the ‘Old Look’, with monsters, aliens, super-powered villains and the Batman Family, including Alfred, Batwoman, Bat-Girl and Ace the Bat-Hound. This update we focus on the ‘New Look’, from the first issue (#164) up to #192 — more mystery, more detection, more action; lots of really nice grades among these and lots of lovely Carmine Infantino covers to boot. But there’s still plenty of ‘Old Look’ charm to be found in those wonderful 80 page reprint annuals, several of which are included in this update under the Annual sequential numbering at the end of our Batman listing. PICTURED: BATMAN #173 VF- p £46
*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 is a low grade pence printed copy; it benefits from a relatively unspoilt cover image with (non-severe) creasing and handling wear but no markings; edge wear and corner blunting; the staples are a little loose (particularly at the upper), but firmly attached at the centrefold where there is a tiny bit of rust migration. The spine is weak with more than moderate wear and a couple of chips out, plus an upper spine split of about 2 cm. The back cover also has a couple of chips out but the interiors are okay. Nevertheless a relatively affordable copy of this iconic issue. PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #48 FA/GD p £320 SOLD
*Marvel: What’s Old is our feature where we highlight stuff from our catalogue that you may have missed. One of the later breakout characters of Marvel, Frank Castle, aka bereaved urban vigilante the Punisher, became one of the company’s super-stars in the 1990s, but had spent most of the previous two decades ‘bubbling under’ as a guest-starring anti-hero. His media presence – and commercial appeal – has been heightened by numerous film and TV appearances. The Punisher’s first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #129, February 1974, is particularly rare in the UK, where, owing to the presence of Spider-Man Comics Weekly, the US title was embargoed for distribution for several years. This is a cents copy (there are no pence copies, of course), CGC certified Blue Label (no restoration) graded 9.4 (NM equivalent). PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129 CGC 9.4 NM £2500
*Marvel: By his 101st issue, Spider-Man had become temporarily encumbered with six arms, leaving him a true eight-limbed arachnoid hero; but more importantly, he met a foe who was destined to become one of the Marvel Universe’s prime anti-heroes. Following the 1971 relaxation of the Comics Code Authority (which had hitherto banned mention of vampires and werewolves in the wake of the 1950s horror comics scare), the floodgates were opened for all manner of supernatural beings; one of the first was Michael Morbius, tragic scientist who, while not a traditional vampire, gained many vampiric attributes after an experiment gone awry. Among said attributes: enhanced strength, speed, senses… and an uncontrollable craving for human blood. A big hit with the Spider-Man audience, Morbius the Living Vampire made a rapid reappearance in Marvel Team-Up #3, graduating to his own series in Fear thereafter. There have been several Morbius series in the intervening decades, and the upcoming Morbius flick is scheduled to premiere early next year, leading to a heightened demand for his premier appearance. This is a low grade pence printed copy with several defects: a torn spine with small chunks missing (mostly from rear cover) taped tear on rear cover, colour-breaking creasing and a cover detached at both staples, but there aren’t many copies around for under a ton these days. PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101 FA p £80 SOLD
*Marvel: From 1981, and the days when alternate future storylines were not nearly as cliched as they’ve since become, one of the most compelling of them all: the classic ‘Days Of Future Past’ two-parter from X-Men #141/142 by Claremont & Byrne. This was virtually Byrne’s swan song on the title. Featuring an aged X-Men line-up against the Sentinels (and the first appearance of Rachel Summers, who became Excalibur’s Phoenix, (later Marvel Girl II)), this really is the story where, as the cover gleefully proclaims, “Everybody Dies!” Already a sought-after two-parter, but its popularity (and value!) skyrocketed after the release of the X-Men film, ‘Days of Future Past’, which adapted the narrative to the big screen (though, it must be said, Wolverine was very unconvincing in the role of Kitty Pryde…). PICTURED: X-MEN #141 VF- p £55 #142 VF- £40
*Marvel: Okay, this is an oddity; the 1970s revival of Strange Tales restarted with the ‘classic’ numbering of #169, and featured Brother Voodoo, a peculiar attempt at a heroic practitioner of, duh, voodoo, intended to tap into both the ‘blaxploitation’ and horror crazes of the time. Len Wein and Gene Colan were the creators, so it was competently done, but a fundamental misunderstanding of the religion of voodoo, combined with objections to the depiction of non-Christian religion and severe criticism about the portrayal of non-white characters, meant that the heroic sojourn of Jericho Drumm, intermittently possessed by the ghost of his deceased twin Daniel, stuttered to a halt within five issues, to be replaced by the hastily thrown-together Golem. That might have been it for this Bronze Age update of Quality’s old Captain Triumph (look it up if you don’t get the reference), but for the zeal of fan-turned pro writers, who brought the character back from oblivion. He’s been a Skrull. he’s been the Scarlet Witch (kind of) and now he’s Doctor Voodoo, Sorcerer Supreme (well, one of them) of the Marvel Universe! This VG copy of an origin issue never distributed in the UK has a small chip out of the bottom right edge of the cover, minor edge wear and corner blunting and slight tanning to inside covers, but is otherwise very sound, glossy and presentable. PICTURED: STRANGE TALES #169 VG £80
*Marvel: The Captain America half of Tales of Suspense #75 introduced not one, but two, characters who were to factor largely in the life of the Star-Spangled Avenger. One was Batroc the Leaper, the savate-stomping stereotype who has unexpectedly kick-boxed his way into the hearts of fandom, who know him with affectionate derision as ‘Batroc Zee Leapair’; the other was Sharon Carter, a.k.a. Agent 13 of SHIELD, in this story a nameless young woman whose innocent appearance conceals a deadly skill set – and who became the second love of Cap’s life. This is a lower graded cents copy with heavy spine roll, tanned interior covers and edge wear, particularly at spine, but is otherwise okay, with good staples and decent pages. PICTURED: TALES OF SUSPENSE #75 GD/VG £30 SOLD
*Marvel: The ‘What If’ franchise has been an enduringly popular one for Marvel over the years (although it was DC who pioneered the concept with their ‘Imaginary Stories’ back in the 1960s), so we’ve expanded our catalogue to add a couple of dozen issues from the second series from 1989 onwards. Each issue done-in-one, the many stars of the Marvel Universe are featured.
*Dell: Dell published loads of stuff. Although probably best remembered for their TV and Film titles and their famous Four Colour series, super-heroes and all sorts of other genres found their way into their titles. This update is typical: Movie ‘Classics’ The Cat, A Dog of Flanders and Hatari, animated cartoon characters Chip’n’Dale, Bugs Bunny & Quick Draw McGraw, TV adaptations Three Stooges, Mission Impossible & Peter Gunn, Ellery Queen Detective, Super-Heroes Nukla and the Super-Heroes (duh!), and Toka, Jungle King. You have to have very wide taste to be a Dell completist!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: It’s a thing, isn’t it? Girls menaced by robots in the Golden Age. One only has to think of the classic advertising posters for the Forbidden Planet movie to see the iconography of this type of image. Planet Comics #70, Robotmen of the Lost Planet, countless others. Perhaps the most famous of these is Nedor’s Startling Comics #49 by Alex Schomburg. Whilst the prices on this have risen stratospherically out of reach for the average collector, the lesser known Brick Bradford #6 from King Features in 1948 provides a relatively more affordable alternative. Brick Bradford is a space adventurer in the mould of Flash Gordon, with his adventures more than competently illustrated by Clarence Gray. But it’s the cover of #6 that’s the big selling point. Drawn by Alex Schomburg, a typical Schomburg robot menaces our heroine, with Brick there to save the day. This is a superb copy for a comic published in 1948, with vivid colour, flat with tight staples, great page quality and only very minimal wear. What looks like an arrival date is pencilled near the robot’s head and a faint trace of a non-colour breaking crease can just be made out close to the right bottom edge. There is a very small scuff at the top of the spine, but this hardly shows against the yellow background. I doubt there’s many better copies in existence. High resolution images are available on request. PICTURED: BRICK BRADFORD #6 FN- £750 SOLD
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: Continuing our massive Patsy Walker stock update, we add issues of Miss America from 1952 to 1958, transitioning from the clumsy volume number system to more straightforward sequential numbers. By this time, the erstwhile features of Miss America Magazine had long gone and the title was in effect a traditional comic book full of picture strips starring Patsy and others. Another 30 gems for your consideration! PICTURED: MISS AMERICA #70 GD/VG £13
*Alan Class Reprints: A couple of really unusual items from the Alan Class vaults this week. First up, Astounding Stories #150. This copy (and we’re not sure if this applies to all copies) has several pages printed more than once (including part of the Marvel BPM Spragg story). What makes it unique is a sheet of Alan’s handwritten instructions to the printers advising them that the flongs (the plastic or papier mache plates that the pages are printed from) were uncut on presentation and therefore not in the right order, so to make sure they double-checked the correct running order for the pages, an instruction they seem to have ignored! Secondly, Creepy Worlds #73, which reprints the Dr Strange story from Strange Tales #123 by Lee & Ditko, where the Master of the Mystic Arts comes up against Loki, with Thor guest-starring. This copy comes with the full Dr. Strange story in printer’s proof form i.e. black and white copies. Both issues of course are accompanied by a hand-signed certificate from Alan Class himself. Your chance to own a unique piece of Alan Class history! PICTURED: ASTOUNDING STORIES #150 VG £20 With Alan Class instruction sheet SOLD CREEPY WORLDS #73 VG £40 With Dr. Strange story printer’s proofs SOLD
*Power Comics: We’re very pleased to have an early issue of Wham! fresh into stock, #3 in fact. With General Nitt & His Barmy Army, The Wacks, the suspiciously Bash Street-alikes the Tiddlers, Billy Binns, Eagle-Eye Junior Spy, Danny Dare, Georgie’s Germs and loads more packed into its very full 24 pages. Not the best copy, a little spine-rolled with a worn and foxed spine, but not too bad either! PICTURED: WHAM! #3 GD £25 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Created as a companion to Hotspur, Hornet’s star was ‘Bouncing’ Bernard Briggs, soccer goalie (and later jack-of-all-sports – British comics presented sportsmen the way American ones did scientists, with all the disciplines being interchangeable), who was the only survivor from the original line-up to make it all the way to the end. After a very respectable run, Bernard, along with everlasting wonder-man ‘Wilson’, crossed over to Hotspur. But this week we have Hornet from the beginning, with the vast majority of its first two years, 1963 and 1964, in a mixture of grades, including the first three issues. The first issue is a nice copy, but with a small tear at the lower left cover margin. PICTURED: HORNET #1 GD/VG £45 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: About 30 additions to Commando, the most popular and longest-lived of all Picture Library titles in the range #901-1000, published in the mid-70s. These are in the best condition you’re likely to come across, all VF with just a couple of FN grades. They are from a newsagent’s unsold stock, never circulated or read. Glossy covers with vibrant colour, tight spines and sharp corners; truly exceptional copies.
*Girls’ Comics: Two Free Gift issues from the long-running Judy this week: #419 (1968) features a pristine sheet of stick-on ‘Funflowers’; #475 (1969) features a ‘Two-In-One Bracelet’, still sealed in its original envelope. PICTURED: JUDY BOTH SOLD #419 VG/FN WITH FREE GIFT VF £30 #475 VG/FN WITH FREE GIFT VF £40
Since we’re now trading by mail order only, it gives us the chance to maintain our catalogue even more accurately. All items sold since lockdown are now being deleted within a few days of sale. We are also working through our entire catalogue to delete those items that sold pre-lockdown since files were last updated. This means that as we finish updating a file, you can rely on the catalogue for that category being (and staying) as close to 100% accurate as it is possible to get, with virtually everything available, apart from items sold in the last few days (and just a tiny amount of human error). We have now completed this exercise for the following category from our Books section: *Crime, Spies & Sleaze
All categories down to this point in our Catalogue Index have now been Super-Housekept! We will continue to post here as we make progress.
*DC: The two final appearances of the Clown Prince of Crime in the Batman ‘old look’ period before the ‘new look’ relaunch in 1964. In #159, in a double-length feature, Batman and chums get embroiled in the ‘Great Clayface Joker Feud’ and in #163, Batman & Robin encounter the ‘Joker Jury’. These issues are also among the final appearances of Batman Family regulars Batwoman and Bat-Girl before they were swept away by the ‘new look’ to resurface years later in different guises. #159 is a nice above average pence stamped copy, tight and flat with good staples, page quality and cover and only very moderate edge and handling wear. #163, also pence stamped, has some edge wear at spine and right edge and corner blunting, good staples and page quality and a couple of small creases to the right bottom edge area. Both copies present very well. PICTURED: BATMAN #159 VG/FN p £90 #163 VG+ p £65
*DC: What’s Old is our feature where we highlight stuff from our catalogue that you may have missed. In the wake of the successful Silver Age revivals of Flash and Green Lantern, DC decided to try one of their most popular Golden Age characters, Hawkman, recast in a ‘Space-Age’ mode. This version was Katar Hol, police officer sent from Thanagar to study Earth law-enforcement customs, and his helpmate Hawkgirl was no silly debutante as in the original, but rather his colleague in policing, and his wife. A husband-and-wife superhero team was virtually unheard-of at that time, and Gardner Fox’s scripting, gave equal time to both Hawks. Superbly illustrated, first by Joe Kubert, then by Murphy Anderson, the Hawk’s adventures combined a true partnership of equals with derring-do all over Earth and on other worlds. We’re proud to have the first Hawkman revival issue, Brave & Bold #34, available in a choice of two grades and prices. There’s a Fine copy, pence stamped, with good cover colour and gloss, tight and flat except for some very minor non-colour breaking creasing near the top edge and a faint small crease across the top right corner; great page quality and a fresh, supple copy, with minimal spine and edge wear. Our second copy is GD (cents), with moderate spine and edge wear and corner blunting, but unspoilt cover image; specific defects are a fingernail-size chip out of the bottom edge near the spine and interior tape to front and back cover interiors along the spine. I bang on a bit about the quality of DC’s colour palette at this time; here the deep blue background gives this awesome cover an almost 3D effect. One of my favourite comics. PICTURED: BRAVE & BOLD #34 FN p £370 GD £125
*DC: A further top up to DC titles beginning with ‘A’: Action Comics, Adventure Comics (with the Legion of Super-Heroes), a lot of early Aquaman (inc #18 with the wedding of Aquaman & Mera), and Atom, a personal favourite. Full details as always in our catalogue. PICTURED: AQUMAN #18 VG+ p £35
*DC/Marvel: In the midst of a great many company crossover events between the Big Two came Spider-Man & Batman, starring the most popular character from each company. It’s a nice package, squarebound with an embossed shiny cover and featuring the Joker and Carnage as the baddies. Written by J. M. DeMatteis and drawn by Mark Bagley, you know what? It’s actually pretty good, and in a sparkling NM condition to boot! PICTURED: SPIDER-MAN & BATMAN NM £35
*Marvel: The implacable robotic Sentinels, nemeses of the X-Men, have loomed large in the history of Marvel’s Mutant Heroes, making multiple appearances, each more fearsome than the last. The creations of a man determined to expunge the mutant genome from humanity, they emphasise the X-Men’s ‘otherness’, which is why they resonate so strongly with the readership – and in a world where fascism seems sadly to be coming back into fashion, they’re more relevant than ever! This is the first appearance of the Sentinels, a decent mid-grade pence printed copy with a nice clean cover image, firmly attached staples and nice page quality. There is just a tiny hint of spine roll at the top and three small colour-breaking creases across the top of the masthead; minimal edge wear and corner blunting; a little tanning to inside covers. PICTURED: X-MEN #14 VG+ p £200
*Marvel: Another fabulous issue of Amazing Spider-Man drawn by Steve Ditko this week. #34 features Spidey’s re-match with Kraven the Hunter and is a sound pence printed copy with a cover unmarked but for a narrow dust shadow along the right edge, good firm staples and minor edge wear and corner blunting; nice page quality and minor tanning to the edges of inside covers. PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34 VG p £50
*Marvel: From 1994, written by Peter David, comes this fancy one-shot: Hulk Vs Venom. What more can we say? It does what it says on the tin. Cardstock embossed shiny cover, for all you magpies out there, and a pristine NM copy. PICTURED: HULK VS VENOM #1 NM £55
*Marvel: In August 1967’s Avengers #43, we found out that the Black Widow’s nom-du-guerre was a teeny bit inaccurate, as her previously ‘deceased’ husband was discovered, not only alive, but the first subject of the Soviet Union’s own super-soldier project, the Red Guardian! Now announced as one of the major figures of the BW film (though whether as antagonist or ally is not yet known), the Red Guardian’s debut is a low grade good pence printed copy with heavy spine roll and misaligned staples, but otherwise okay. Avengers #83 saw several of Marvel’s fabulous femmes – Black Widow, Medusa, the Scarlet Witch and the Wasp – join forces as the Lady Liberators, under the leadership of the vivacious Valkyrie! Val’s origins and history are too complex to go into here, but this was the first appearance of the Valkyrie character and persona, as later portrayed by Tessa Thompson in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. This is a respectable mid-grade pence printed copy with the only specific defect being a small tear on the back cover at the base of the spine. PICTURED: AVENGERS #43 GD p £25 SOLD #83 VG+p £45
*Marvel: In 1975, Roy Thomas’ lifelong love affair with all things Golden Age paid off, as he got to reunite the 1940s iterations of Captain America, the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch in a series of ‘untold tales’ set in World War II. Intended to be an ongoing double-sized title, Giant-Size Invaders #1 proved to be a one-shot owing to Marvel editorial retrenchment, but relaunched as an ongoing series later in the year, running 40+ issues, and being generally accepted as the retconned foundation of the Marvel Universe. This premier team-up of Timely’s ‘Big Three’ (plus their sidekicks, Bucky and Toro) is a nice superior copy with just minor stress marks at the top and bottom spine. We also have #1 of the ongoing series in high grade. Never distributed in the UK, these are of course cents copies. PICTURED: BOTH SOLD GIANT-SIZE INVADERS #1 FN+ £34 INVADERS #1 VF+ £47
*Marvel: After a one-off black & white magazine in 1975, Legion of Monsters, used up a rag-bag of separate inventory stories starring Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, Manphibian and other horror heroes, someone at Marvel decided that the title was nifty enough to merit a further outing, and therefore the bizarre and otherwise inexplicable Marvel Premiere #28 came about. Unlike the Legion of Monsters one-shot, which featured unrelated stories, Marvel Premiere #28 brought Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Werewolf By Night and Morbius the Living Vampire together as an actual team, albeit one even more mis-matched than the Champions! From the team of Bill Mantlo and Frank Robbins, it’s… everything you might expect! For decades discarded in bargain boxes everywhere, this issue has acquired white-hot collector’s status in the last decade. Our latest copy is a glossy, flat pence printed comic with just minor edge and spine wear; the grade is brought down by a small tear and loose but attached chip mid right edge of the cover. PICTURED: MARVEL PREMIERE #28 VG p £35 SOLD