*TV & Film Related Comics: Small amounts added of the ever popular Look-In (1971, 1974, 1975 & 1979), TV Tornado and a TV Comic Holiday Special (1982), as well as more esoteric fare with the first issue of Action 21 from 1988 and Hanna-Barbera’s Fun Time from 1973.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Titter ye not Missus! It’s not that type of adult fantasy, instead it’s fairy stories for grown-ups, the sort that Lin Carter and C S Lewis would have approved of. Around 1970 Pan/Ballantine issued a set of adult fantasy books that are considered to be the definitive collection of the genre. We are delighted to add a number of them to our Books section, including The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle, Don Rodriguez and At The Edge Of The World by Lord Dunsanay, The World’s Desire by H Rider Haggard & Andrew Lang, Evenor by George MacDonald, The Wood Beyond The World by William Morris (taking time off from wallpapering) and three by Evangeline Walton, The Children Of Llyr, The Song Of Rhiannon and The Island Of The Mighty. The books mainly range from GD to FN and all have beautiful and distinctive cover art.
*Humour Comics: A nice selection of very affordable Summer Specials in for Beano, Dandy and the Bash Street Kids from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A big update to our classic Eagle stocks, starting in 1950 with a few issues from Volume 1, then substantial amounts from Volumes 17-20, right up to and including the final issue Volume 20 #17 26/4/69.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A chunky update to our stocks of 2000 AD from 1984-1988, issues between #363 & #601, taking in the first Halo Jones by Alan Moore and the first Zenith by Grant Morrison.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A small selection of early numbers of War Picture Library new in between #5 & #20, mostly in VG to FN condition.
*Marvel: A touch more recent than most of our catalogue stock, Marvel’s 1990 Spider-Man series, written and drawn by Todd McFarlane, was an instant hit, with so many printings and variant editions that you’d swear that there was at least one printed for every person on the planet! Nevertheless, it’s become a desirable collectible in recent years, no more so than with the extremely limited, one-per-retailer Platinum Edition, which we’re delighted to make available in a pristine Near Mint/Mint copy at £200, together with the Marvel letter to Retailers that accompanied its circulation. We’re also taking the opportunity to list it in two other delicious flavours for the more budget-conscious collector: Regular Edition NM p at £8 and Silver Edition NM at £10.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: This week’s magazine update features, from 1980 onwards, a complete run (34 issues) of Epic Illustrated, Marvel’s shameless attempt to tap into the Heavy Metal market – but with fewer airbrushed boobies and a bit more, you know, actual content. This slick full-colour mag showcased a galaxy of star talents, and really needs no better sales pitch than a list of the illustrious contributors: Ellison, Moorcock, Corben, Byrne, Adams, Windsor-Smith, Sim, Starlin, Vess, Gulacy, Claremont, Bolton, Austin, Moore, Bode, Sienkievicz, Wrightson, Williamson, Veitch, Totleben, Steranko, Russell, Bode, Kaluta, Steranko, and scores more! This run averages VF, with a scattering of Fine and nothing less than VG.
*Marvel: 1972’s Iron Man #55, at the time a ‘fill-in’ issue written and drawn by Jim Starlin, has become an unexpected collector’s item over the ensuing decades, particularly after the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which brought Drax the Destroyer and Thanos into public consciousness. This issue was used by Starlin to lay down many of the cornerstones for his patented cosmic epics, and it features the debuts of not only Thanos; not only Drax the Destroyer; but also of Eros (later to play a major part in Avengers history as Starfox), Mentor, Kronos, and guest-villains, the bodacious Blood Brothers! We think Iron Man shows up for a couple of panels here and there. This latter-day collectible is in VG condition; it’s superficially an attractive grade, with excellent interior page quality, but a fine diagonal crease at the lower right cover corner, plus some colour over the Iron Man figure in the logo/masthead, make it a tad more affordable. VG p at £125.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: Werewolf By Night, featuring the adventures of the lycanthropic Jack Russell (yes, someone must have been having a laugh…) had a respectable run and is reasonably commercial, but one issue almost never found is #32, which is sought-after not for our hairy hero, but for the guest mercenary hero-villain, Moon Knight. Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, the silver-clad avenger proved such a hit with the readership that he made numerous return appearances all over the Marvel Universe before gaining his own series, which has appeared intermittently to the present day. This is the first appearance of the character known as “Marvel’s Batman”, and copies in high grade command wince-inducing prices; this GD/VG pence copy is marred by light creasing of the lower right cover and some mild spine wear, but is much more affordable at £35.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We begin the listing for a collection of Boys’ comics/story papers from the 1930’s, spear-headed by the first ten issues of Hotspur from 1933. Hotspur (through 2 series) lasted from 1933-1981, and it all started here. Features commencing in issue #1 include Buffalo Bill’s Schooldays, Japers Of the Red Circle, The Son Of Scarface, The Swooping Vengeance (cover featured), Colorado Kid, The Big Stiff and The Traitor Of the Team. Decent page quality for their age on #1-10, with varying degrees of cover wear and tear, most prominently to right edges. #1 is FA/GD at £100. A very worthy update of historical significance; #1-3 pictured. More artefacts from the 1930’s to be unearthed soon!
*DC: From the days before UK distribution, we have two early issues of Brave & Bold from the late 1950’s. In those days, before it later became a try-out series for new characters in a similar vein to Showcase, Brave & Bold featured tales of heroes of bygone years, namely the Silent Knight, Robin Hood, and, in particular the Viking Prince, the latter superbly illustrated by the incomparable Joe Kubert. These two issues, both a very presentable VG at £50 each, are the earliest Brave & Bold we now have in stock, and wonderful comics they are too!
*Marvel: Following on from recent voluminous sales, we’re delighted to have a few new Marvel Treasury editions in stock, featuring Dr. Strange, Howard The Duck and several different Conan editions.
*Girls’ Comics: A couple of dozen issues of material aimed at older girls this week, which means fashion, pop & romance! Romeo, the long-running DC Thomson romance weekly for young women, is scarce as the proverbial hen’s teeth, so we’re particularly chuffed to have ten new issues for our stock, ranging from 1959 to 1972, in grades from Good to Fine. The psychedelic fashion covers from the ’70’s are worth the price of admission alone – But we don’t stop there! Other new listings in this category include Roxy from 1958 & 1959, Mirabelle from 1961 to 1969, and Valentine from 1969 & 1970 – the latter providing a particularly intriguing contrast, as Valentine swaps its blue & white comic-strip covers for the ubiquitous photo-covers during this time. We also have one issue of Go-Girl from 1969 (no, we’d never heard of it either – learning all the time!), and, in an experiment, several issues of Petticoat from 1969, a young women’s magazine with no comics content. These provide a kaleidoscope of fashions, hairstyles, dating rituals and tactical strikes in the battle of the sexes over three decades – and the art, by Romero and other European illustrators, is often very lovely indeed. If you’re going to catch Cupid’s arrow, move sharpish – these are never on our shelves for very long!
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Edgar Wallace was one of the most prolific and successful crime/thriller writers of the early-mid 20th Century. Very many of his ideas have been adapted into film and TV series, notably King Kong, the Four Just Men and The Mind Of Mr. J. G. Reeder. From my youth I remember the Edgar Wallace Mystery Hour TV show. So far he has been sadly unrepresented in our Crime section, but no more. We have added a selection of the ever popular Pan editions, including 6 Great Pan. The dates range from 1950 to 1975, so there are a range of cover styles, mainly in GD or VG grades. Although there’s no denying his massive popular appeal, his output has earned him the delightful sobriquet: ‘The Man Who Wrote Too Much!’
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 Books section:
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: After Roy Of The Rovers, Scorcher is probably the most famous and best of the boy’s weeklies dedicated to football. Here we present a huge update to our stock, with over a hundred issues new in from 1970 (its first year) up to 1974 (its final year and previously unrepresented in our listings).
*DC: Two lovely Golden Age items from DC this week that have both seen better days, but still have much enjoyment left in them. First up, from 1944, Leading Comics #12, with a classic book-length Seven Soldiers Of Victory story; heavy spine wear but decent page quality and unmarred cover image; GD+ £45. Secondly, from 1954, World’s Finest #69, with solo stories for Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Tomahawk & others; heavily taped spine, heavy cover scuff over Superman figure; worn and torn but complete; PR £25.
*Girls’ Comics: A huge update to Judy, D C Thomson’s second longest-running girls’ title, between the years 1968-1972, with over a hundred issues newly listed. Most of these new issues were not already featured in our listings, particularly for 1971, where we previously only had one issue listed and now we feature virtually the whole year.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Most of the 36-issue run of War At Sea Picture Library now in stock, including many multiple copies in a variety of grades to suit every budget. Many of these are in an unprecedented FN/VF or even VF condition, highly unusual for an item of this vintage, (1962-1963) and feature very sharp glossy covers and crisp white interior pages, but there are also plenty of comfortably-priced reading copies. #1-3 pictured, all in VF.
Regular visitors to our shop or veterans of our online window updates will be familiar with our dark red livery, which in one form or another has graced our exterior since its inception. Well, we’re having a change and from this coming Sunday (weather permitting), we’ll be sporting a shiny new blue exterior. For one week only, we’re showing a grey frontage, which is the undercoat for our new paint job. Here’s the image for how the shop looks now and we’ll post a further picture of the finished look very soon!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Seven books to strike terror into your heart/organ of choice whenever anyone mentions spare parts surgery. We start with a copy of the original story, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. After enough time to forget that Frankenstein created the monster (rather than that the monster was called Frankenstein), we find four of Donald F Glut’s New Adventures of Frankenstein, including the imaginatively titled Frankenstein Meets Dracula (it had to happen!). We conclude with two more continuations of the monster’s story by Robert J Myers. All copies are GD to VG, apart from a FN grade Slave Of Frankenstein. After reading these you may feel like tearing up your organ donor card!
*Marvel: A quartet of short-run cult series from the 1970’s, restocked from their debut issues up! From the mind of Jack Kirby come the Eternals, ageless protectors of humanity, and 2001, which takes the Kubrick classic film and sends it on a sideways spiral, culminating in the debut of X-51 in #8, later known as Marvel’s Machine Man. In addition, Nova, Marvel’s second-string space sentinel, and Son Of Satan, the peculiar post-Exorcist attempt to cast a demonic hellspawn as a hero! Some of the kookier tangents of the Marvel Universe, in mid-high grades, now in!
*Girls’ Comics: One of the most popular Girls’ titles, Tammy, is extensively re-stocked this week from the very first issue (6th February 1971) right through to 1982, including the Tammy & Misty and Tammy & Jinty years. We have 2 copies of #1: GD/VG £35 pictured (discoloured right edge and small tear last few pages) and FA £20 with a faded cover. Issues #2 & #3 are FN but with the pull-out supplements missing (otherwise complete). This is just the beginning of a massive update to Tammy to follow in the weeks ahead, so keep watching!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A chunky update for one of the longest-running Boys’ titles, Tiger, with over a hundred issues new in from 1969 all the way up to 1985, its final year.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A small selection of romantic Picture Libraries from the 1950’s for bigger girls from the following three series: Confessions Library, Famous Romance Library and Love Story Library. Wonderfully evocative covers that speak for themselves as in the examples here:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A further update to war-themed Picture Libraries, all pre-decimal, including Combat, Commando (between #200-500), Lion, Valiant & War (from #3).
*War: A small update to our war stock from three decades and numerous publishers: from Ajax-Farrell: Battle Report and GI In Battle; from Fawcett: Bill Battle; from DC: GI Combat & Weird War Tales; from Dell: Combat; and from Charlton: Fightin’ Navy.
*TV & Film Related Comics: A nice-graded consecutive run from #1-23 of the excellent British Horror mag House Of Hammer (later Hammer’s hall Of Horrors), chock full of features, photos and comic strips focused, as you would imagine, on the phenomenal success of the British film-making company Hammer.
*Younger Readers’ Comics: Just yesterday we had a customer at the shop reminiscing about Twinkle from her childhood and that a copy of it was among her prized possessions. So, if you’re like her and have a soft spot for the premier comic for little girls, we have lots of Twinkle new in for you, an almost unbroken run of 1970 and 1971, plus issues from 1972 & 1973. And let’s not forget Nurse Nancy…
*Girls’ Comics: A small update to those two rival spooky girls’ weeklies, Misty & Spellbound. Ever popular with both our male and female collectors, now’s the chance to grab some fresh issues to fill your gaps!
*Marvel: Tons more Amazing Spider-Man new into stock from #241 up towards the end of the run of the first series. Lots of Venom, Carnage, the Hobgoblin and many, many other foes featured. What’s not to like?
*Marvel: Following his successful return to action in Avengers #4, Golden Age icon Captain America became a co-feature with Iron Man in Tales of Suspense, until a change of distributors’ allocation meant that Marvel could expand its range – and finally, with issue #100, (Continuing the Suspense numbering), Captain America had his own series again – and he’s never looked back! This copy of #100 new in is VF+ at £100, a pence-stamped copy but with a lovely clean cover image and exceptional page quality. Interest in Cap is amping ever upward, and high-grade unslabbed copies are scarce, so get your order in early! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Something a little special in this week’s magazine update. In the early Seventies, Marvel, anxious to expand its market share, tried a number of new formats in an effort to broaden its readership. One such was to attempt a revival of the old pulp format with 1973’s Haunt of Horror, text stories by name writers, heavily illustrated by the best in the Marvel Bullpen. Despite the quality of the work, the format didn’t catch on, and only two issues of the digest series were released, though Marvel repurposed the title for a magazine-sized comic the following year. The two digest issues are rarer than average for their period, but we’re lucky to have acquired both recently, issue 1 being FN+ at £20, issue 2 VG/FN £15. With names like Lafferty, Ellison, Howard, McCaffrey, Morrow and O’Neil attached, they have quite a high pedigree, and make for one of the most interesting detours along Marvel’s path to triumph.
*Marvel: ‘A Special Once-In-A-Lifetime Issue’, the cover of this one-shot boasted, and its unique position is simply a result of a scheduling tangle which arose when Marvel was finally allowed by its distributors to increase its range of titles. The Hulk took over the numbering of Tales to Astonish, and Captain America the numbering of Tales of Suspense, but that left ‘orphaned’ chapters of the Iron Man and Sub-Mariner serials languishing, so they were used in this oddball one-off so that both Iron Man and the Sub-Mariner could start off their #1’s with clear storylines. This UK price-stamped copy is in a superb grade (VF+ £100), with only the very faintest corner wear preventing a higher grade. The white-background cover is clean and unmarked, and the cover and gloss vivid and fresh. One of the easiest Silver Age Marvel titles to complete – buy one and you’ve bought them all!
*Girls’ Comics: The traditional British Summer/Holiday Special editions of the weekly comics are always scarce, and the girls’ titles, we’ve found over our years of trading, particularly so, so we were chuffed to add to our inventory nine such Specials. We have Bunty from 1985, 1989, and 1994; the Bunty-Judy combo Special from 1978 and 1979 (the latter twice, in differing grades); Jinty from 1980; the uncommon June and School Friend Holiday Special from 1971; and Tammy 1983. In a variety of grades from Fair to Fine, there’ll be something to please every browser of this popular category.
*Marvel: 1982 is a bit ‘recent’ for our palates, as we tend to focus on all things Gold, Silver & Bronze in our backstock, but occasionally a newer comic catches the public interest, and this is one such exception. In Hulk #271, the Jade Giant hosted a guest-star who at the time was treated as a joke, but who has since become a major player following his starring role in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Yes, Hulk #271 is the second appearance – and the fist full-length, full-colour comic-book appearance – of Rocket Raccoon, and has skyrocketed in collectible and commercial importance over the last year and a half. This copy is a very nice VF/NMp condition, with just a tiny spine crease or two and a small back cover crease towards the upper spine, offered for £125, and features all the quality you’d expect from the creative team of Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. Enjoy!
*DC: A nice early Silver Age Flash for your consideration, #114 (VG+ p £55), featuring the second appearance of Captain Cold and a Kid Flash story ‘King Of The Beatniks!’. A solid VG+ copy with a nice cover image and relatively minor wear. Yowzer!
*Rupert: A long overdue update to our Rupert section, which has now been completely overhauled to include additional new annuals in from 1950’s to the 1980’s, as well as vintage Rupert Adventures comics from the 1950’s and issue #1 of the 1982 comic with free gift (badge). Nutwood’s favourite son is a real favourite here at 30th Century too!
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our British section:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*TV & Film Related Comics: The ever-popular Time Lord returns to our updates with a series of seasonal Dr Who specials from the 1980’s and 1990’s, including the Movie Special and the 30th Anniversary Special, plus a range of Classic Comics, reprinting vintage Dr Who comic strips and with free gifts in the form of posters all included.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Fresh into our Crime section comes a rare flash of 1970’s ‘feminism’ in the form of Cherry Delight (by Glen Chase) and the Ms Squad (by Mercedes Endfield), all in enticing First US Editions. Cherry, AKA The Sexecutioner, smoulders her way through three crime-busting adventures (Tong In Cheek, Up Your Ante and The Moorland Monster). The Ms Squad, on the other hand, could be Charlie’s Devils, restaging crimes planned and bungled by men, but obviously doing them better (in Lucky Pierre and On The Brink).
*Annuals: An entire decade of Beano Annuals fresh in from 1980-1989, plus the Dr Who Annual from 1993 and the Transformers Annual 1994.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A fair-sized update to this popular category, mostly war-themed, but including Football Picture Library alongside Battle, Battleground, early Combat Picture Library, Pocket War Library, and, most significantly, a large number of pre and post decimal Commando Picture Library, inc. later reprints of #1-5 & #8.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Whew — we’ve just finished listing every last issue of the Marvel UK Transformers series from #1-332 plus #1-18 of the Collected Comics specials! The comic version of this phenomenal franchise based on the Hasbro toy line lasted longer in the UK than its contemporary American counterpart, and thus, as well as reprinting the US material, the UK version also featured a swathe of original material. Many issues still have their Free Gifts, and in #113, we see the first appearance of Death’s Head. As we all know, the Trasformers’ success has continued to grow over the decades, but here’s a chance to get in on the ground floor with all 332 issues from 1984-1991.
*Marvel: A big update to the assembling ones this week, with dozens of issues of Avengers new in between #14 & #128; a mixture of grades and pence/cents copies, with most Silver Age issues being cents. Highlights include the first major line-up change #16, 1st Power Man #21, 1st Sons of the Serpent #32, 1st Living Laser #34, 1st Red Guardian #43, vs the X-Men #53, 1st Yellowjacket #59, 1st Man-Ape #62, 1st Red Wolf & Lobo #80 and issues from the Kree-Skrull War and Avengers/Defenders Epic. We’re particularly well-stocked on Avengers right now, but issues move fast, so it’s a great time to fill the gaps in your collection!
*Marvel: A nice update to Tales of Suspense from the mid-1960’s when the title was shared between Iron Man & Captain America. New issues in are between #65 & #95, and feature among many other foes of both Avengers, the dynamic debuts of the Titanium Man & Modok. With a couple of exceptions, these incoming issues are high grade, with many cents copies and ranging from FN+ through to VF+.
*Girls’ Comics: A small update to two popular girls’ titles: Debbie from 1974, 1976, 1978 (Christmas issue with Spellbound) and 1980, Jinty from 1974 (1st year), 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1981.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Ben Sarto was one of the most famous/infamous names of post-war UK ‘gangster digest’ pulp crime; all his stuff is long out of print and notoriously difficult to get hold of. Despite claiming that millions of these were sold, very few seem to have survived. Here we have a nice example: published by Modern Fiction, Hi-Jacker’s Lady, a crime thriller set in the days of US Prohibition laws, full of gangsters, molls and the like. Sporting a nice cover by H W Perl, this is a decent, unmarked GD/VG copy with some spine and edge wear but intact and solid. Definitely one for the collector/enthusiast of this genre at £35.
*Modern Reprints: From Marvel, three superbly packaged and presented hardcover reprints of classic material from the 1940’s and 1950’s by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby. Firstly Boys’ Ranch, the complete adventures of the teenage cowboys in a VF dustjacket edition at £35, secondly Captain America: The Classic Years, two sturdy hardcover volumes in a handsome slipcase all in NM at £75, reprinting the first ten issues of the Timely series from 1941 and featuring the debut and origin of Cap and finally Fighting American, the satire on Cap & Bucky from 1954, complete adventures in a NM dustjacket edition at £15. Important stuff from Marvel, even if two out of the three weren’t originally published by them! All pictured below, inc. both volumes and the slipcase for Captain America.