*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Launched in 1963 in the wake of the success of Victor, Hornet followed its elder brother’s formula of sport, war and adventure stories, with a lot of ‘true life’ tales of heroism, and had a respectable run up until early 1976, when it merged with its stablemate Hotspur. Popular strips include ageless athlete ‘Wilson’; sporting polymath ‘Bouncing’ Bernard Briggs’; and ‘The Swamp Rat’, a muscular tattooed gentleman who ran around the jungle in a pair of cut-off shorts terrorising the invading Japanese with his mongoose. As you would. This selection of Hornet issues with free gifts hails from the years 1971 and 1973. Issue #419 is in GD, with the Free Gift Hi-Flyer Boomerang in VG -; the Boomerang itself is immaculate, but at some point the paper surrounding it (check the illo., you’ll see what I mean) has become slightly marked. The following issue, #420, contains a booklet, ‘How to be a Super Boy’ – curiously, being rocketed from the doomed planet Krypton is not one of the options explored! Comic is FN, with Free Gift VF. And finally, from 1973, #529 offers 2 Super Model Fighting Planes of World War II. The comic is good, the Free Gift still sealed in slightly grubby envelope, so VG. PICTURED: HORNET #419 GD GIFT VG £20 SOLD #420 FN GIFT VF £20 SOLD #529 GD GIFT VG £20 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Continuing our systematic restock of Air Ace, we have now reached the 400’s, with yet more tales of daring pilots in combat. This is virtually a complete run, lacking only a handful of the range from #400 to #499, but the condition is exemplary. From one single source, a newsagent’s unsold inventory, these are copies which have never been circulated, and are in a remarkable state of preservation, averaging VF, an unusual grade for British comics of this vintage. Our massive Air Ace stock-up will touch down in the very near future – keep watching for the final (for now) update!
*TV & Film Related Comics: The ‘Junior TV Times’, having launched in 1971, was a sufficient hit to commence its own series of Holiday Specials the following year (retitled Summer Extras from 1974 on). We have the first four in stock, commencing with 1972, with the star power of ‘Catweazle’, ‘Please Sir’ and ‘On the Buses’; 1973 offers a David Cassidy comic strip – apparently drawn by somebody who’d never seen pictures of David Cassidy, which is a bit weird – in the 1970s how could you avoid him? 1974 has an extra-length ‘Timeslip’ story, and Gary Glitter exhorting the readers to ‘Remember Me This Way’ (We’ll just leave that right there, shall we?) And rounding it out, 1975 has, unusually, no comics content, but a plethora of pop pin-ups and TV publicity puff pieces. PICTURED: LOOK-IN HOLIDAY SPECIAL 1972 FA £20 1973 FN £20 LOOK-IN SUMMER EXTRA 1974 VF £25 1975 FN/VF £22.50
*Girls’ Comics: The long-running companion to Bunty, Judy launched in 1960 and lasted in excess of thirty years. Home of proto-feminist ‘Bobby Dazzler’, peripatetic nurse ‘Fay Farrell’, exploited Victorian waif ‘Wee Slavey’ and many more well-remembered strips, we have restocked our Judy inventory with just over 150 issues, ranging from 1967, when sci-fi series ‘Marina and the Blue Mountain’ and secret agent ‘The Girl From D.O.R.S.E.T’ ruled the covers, to 1976, when the front of the mag was devoted to some truly hideous and unrecognizable portraits of pop stars, drawn by someone who had clearly never seen the people in question – or possibly never even seen another human being!
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*TV/Film Tie-Ins: This update significantly increases the law and order quotient on the book shelves. First up is Columbo #2, The Dean’s Death, then the eponymous Dixon Of Dock Green (tracing Dixon from constable to station-sergeant over seven stories). Policewoman #1, The Rape, features Angie Dickinson on the cover and is based on a TV script. The final book is The Expert, featuring forensic pathologist Dr John Hardy ‘helping the police with their enquiries’. All four books have TV covers, and Dixon Of Dock Green also includes two black and white stills.
*DC: 10c Batman issues are becoming increasingly scarce on the market, and to have one in attractive grade with a cover appearance by Batman’s greatest foe is a rare treat. #136 features the Joker (and his Sky Sled!) plus ‘The Case of the Crazy Crimes’ and ‘The Town That Hated Batman’, in a beautiful VG+: crisp interior pages, sharp corners and edges, bright glossy covers, firm staples and only a small glued lower spine split precluding a significantly higher grade – on casual examination, it looks like an easy FN+ or better. A cents copy, no pence stamp or overprint. PICTURED: BATMAN #136 VG+ £95 SOLD
*DC: Another more ‘modern’ addition to our listings is Preacher #1 from DC’s Vertigo imprint. A mere 23 years ago, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon brought us the tale of the eponymous Preacher, Jesse Custer, who travels across America on a mission to track down God with the assistance of his gorgeous hitwoman girlfriend and his best friend, an Irish vampire. As you do. Sexist, racist, violent, twisted, homophobic, misogynist and thoroughly, thoroughly blasphemous, Preacher was also intelligent, viciously insightful, and outrageously funny. Lasting 66 issues and a handful of Specials, Preacher broke boundaries and won both acclaim and controversy in abundance. Recently made into a TV show which has attracted a cult following, readers should be advised that the TV series is restrained and discreet compared to the original comic! No, really. PICTURED: PREACHER #1 FN p £45
*DC: In 1966, with Batmania sweeping America, the Batman TV show was in full swing and it seemed you couldn’t pick up a DC comic without Batman being involved. Even here, in Lois Lane #70, the Caped Crusader and Robin make an appearance, but the show is stolen by one of his most famous foes, Catwoman, making her first entrance into the Silver Age of Comics. For good measure there’s also the Penguin and plenty of Superman too (natch!) in this book-length tale of villainy, crime, magic and impersonation. All beautifully rendered at the hands of Kurt Schaffenberger, who knew how to tell a story! An attractive GD/VG p copy, off lower staple and minor spine roll, but generally very presentable. PICTURED: LOIS LANE #70 GD/VG p £60 SOLD
*DC: DC’s 1987 company-wide crossover Legends introduced a fistful of new concepts they were generating post- Crisis On Infinite Earths. Issue #1 saw the first appearance of the formidable Amanda Waller, and the final issue #6 saw the introduction of the ‘new’ Justice League, as manifested in their own series by Giffen, DeMatteis and Maguire. The later breakout issue of this series, however, was #3, which brought in the most successful version to date of the Suicide Squad, under the direction of the aforementioned Ms. Waller. While the name ‘Suicide Squad’ had been used twice in the DCU before – once for a team of non-superpowered adventurers in Brave & Bold, and once for a series of stories in the war titles, this was the one which caught on. Unwillingly reformed super-villains, the team took on insanely hazardous missions with the dangling promise of freedom if they earned enough ‘time’ off their sentences – or the alternative of a swift and brutal death at the hands of their governmental captors if they crossed the line. A massive hit, this Suicide Squad spun off into several acclaimed series, and of course, a flawed-but successful major film release in 2016. This entire 6 issue set of Legends is NM pence copies. PICTURED: LEGENDS #3 (COMPLETE SET OF 6 NM £50) SOLD
*DC: Large additions to our stock for many DC titles beginning with ‘A’: Action Comics, from early 1960s with Supergirl, through to the Legion of Super-Heroes & beyond); Adventure Comics (inc #346, 1st Karate Kid etc, #353 death of Ferro Lad and other LSH, Supergirl stories, Spectre series commencing with #431, giant Dollar Comics and beyond), All Star Comics (inc final issue), Aquaman & Atom. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Marvel: They don’t come much hotter these days than Iron Man #55, wherein the cosmic arch-villain Thanos, nemesis of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, made his first appearance, the brainchild of fan favourite writer/artist Jim Starlin. Thanos has of course gone on to plague Marvel’s heroes in comics and movies ever since, but here is where it all started. This landmark issue also features the debuts of Drax the Destroyer, Mentor, Eros (later Starfox of the Avengers) and Kronos. With Avengers: Endgame, in which Thanos is the Big Bad, having broken box-office records in cinemas worldwide, the character’s debut is only going to become more sought after. This copy is VF, bright and tight with firm staples at cover and centrefold, sharp corners and vivid cover colour with no discernible creasing or blemish. A pence priced copy. High resolution images are available on request. PICTURED: IRON MAN #55 VF p £550
*Marvel: A significant latecomer to Marvel in the Silver Age was the enigmatic synthezoid, the Vision, who premiered in Avengers #57 as a pawn of the evil Ultron. Rapidly being discovered to be in Ultron’s thrall, the Vision was offered membership the next issue, in one of the most rapid reforms ever, and became a mainstay of the Avengers and the MU in general, particularly through his convoluted relationship with the Scarlet Witch. Based on a Simon & Kirby character from the 1940s, author Roy Thomas’ love affair with all things Golden Age stood him in good stead, as the Vision captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide… though the exquisite art by John Buscema didn’t hurt! Those of us old enough to be around at the time have indelible memories of the impact Vizh made, as something genuinely out of the ordinary in super-heroics, and these two issues, his debut and induction into the Avengers, represent the work of Thomas and Buscema at their peak. With the increasing prominence of the Vision in Marvel’s cinematic universe, demand for his earlier appearances has spiked – and if you’re going to have two, these are the two to get! Issue #57 is a sound, bright VG+ p, small spine ‘ticks’ but unimpaired cover scene. The #58 is a sound and clean GD/VG p, with some minor age-related discolouration and wear at right cover edge, but again, unimpaired cover image. PICTURED: AVENGERS #57 VG+ p £125 SOLD
*Marvel: There are few more significant debuts in the latter days of the 20th Century than that of cuddly brain-sucking symbiote Venom, who graduated from being a genetically modified costume in a jar to the fully-fledged Emperor of Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery! ‘The Venom Trilogy’, is Amazing Spider-Man #298-300, leading up to the first full appearance of Venom. Having debuted in Secret Wars #8 as a semi-sentient blob which configured itself into Spider-Man’s new costume, the ‘symbiote’ became a regular feature in Spidey’s own series before being revealed as a malevolent alien parasite which disclosed its true agenda in these very issues! #298 is the first brief appearance of Eddie Brock (the man who would become Venom) and the beginning of Todd MacFarlane’s run as artist; #299 features the first cameo of Venom himself and the big one, #300 (light to moderate spine ‘ticks’) is the first ‘Full Venom’. PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #298 NM- p £55 #299 VF/NM p £40 #300 FN+ p £150
*Marvel: During the lean years of the mid 1950s to early 1960s, the company that would become Marvel ran a moderately successful sci-fi/suspense line built around two tropes: one, the famous ‘Big Panty Monsters’ by Lee & Kirby lauded in many previous updates, and the other, quieter, but even more chilling, twist-ending tales reminiscent of (and often ripped off by) TV shows such as ‘The Outer Limits’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’. The latter proved so popular that the fledgling Marvel devoted an entire series just to them, Amazing Adult Fantasy, taking over the numbering of Amazing Adventures from #7 and rebranding as ‘The Magazine That Respects Your Intelligence!’. Lovely though they were, it didn’t catch the mass market’s eye, and the series finished with #14 (with #15, of course, it became simply ‘Amazing Fantasy’ and featured an upstart hero called Spider-Man). These low-circulation, high-quality issues are now greatly in demand, and we have two of them newly listed, both pence printed copies. #7 with scribble on the inside front cover ad, and #14, featuring a Professor X/Marvel mutant prototype, with slight chipping at right cover edge. PICTURED: AMAZING ADULT FANTASY
#7 VG- p £75 #14 VG p £110
*Marvel: Two science-fiction based super-teams long associated with the X-Men are the Imperial Guard and the Starjammers, and both, oddly, were the result of artist Dave Cockrum’s impatience. Cockrum had illustrated a critically acclaimed and successful run of DC’s Legion of Super-heroes, but following altercations with editor Murray Boltinoff, Cockrum quit the Legion and DC to co-create the ‘New’ X-Men. By way of cocking a snook at DC, Dave came up with a suspiciously similar team of alien super-heroes, the Imperial Guard, each one of which was a (just barely) non-litigious clone of a Legionnaire. Similarly, the Starjammers had been created by Cockrum for a solo tryout in Marvel Premiere or Marvel Spotlight, but on being told those books’ schedules were filled years in advance, Cockrum offered the band of space pirates to X-Men scripter Chris Claremont, who bolted on a retconned relationship to an X-Man and threw them into the mix. This issue saw the first full appearance of both teams (the Starjammers having done the ‘enigmatic cameo’ bit since #104), taking the cast list – never forgetting our mutant heroes – to around 50, for a full-on free-for-all! This copy of X-Men #107 is an outstanding NM, cents (no UK copies exists, as the issue was not distributed here). PICTURED: X-MEN #107 NM £275
*Marvel: The tabloid-sized Treasury Editions published by Marvel from 1974 to the 1980s may not have caught on as a permanent format, but they certainly have their fans, particularly among a certain generation in the UK whose earliest exposure to the iconic Marvel characters was via these huge compendiums of classic adventures! In addition to the ‘baseline’ Marvel Treasury Series, Marvel launched a few short-run series in the same format, one of which was Marvel Special Edition, an oversized reprint (in issues #1 and #2) of the first six issues of Star Wars monthly, which in its turn adapted the very first Star Wars film (or the fourth, depending on how seriously you take all that). In addition, we have the all-new 2001: A Space Odyssey Treasury from 1976, in which legendary writer-artist Jack Kirby adapted the highly-acclaimed Kubrick sci-fi movie, giving his imagination free rein on the oversized panoramic pages, with such success that he was given the green light to continue 2001 as an ongoing series. PICTURED:
MARVEL SPECIAL EDITION #1 VF p £35 MARVEL SPECIAL EDITION #2 VG £15 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY VG+ £15
*Marvel: Following his debut in Marvel Spotlight #5, Johnny Blaze, a.k.a. the Satanic stunt-biker Ghost Rider, gathered momentum – as one would expect – and tore through a series of supernatural adventures until issue #11, after which he ceded the Marvel Spotlight gig to Son of Satan, and Johnny B. span out into his own successful 80+ issue series. We have the Ghost Rider run of Marvel Spotlight, courtesy of his creator ‘Groovy’ Gary Friedrich and artist Mike Ploog, from #6, the character’s second ever appearance, to #11, in superior condition, all cents copies. PICTURED: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT
#6 VF/NM £76 SOLD #7 VF+ £58
*Marvel: After the acclaimed ‘Death of Captain Marvel’ Graphic Novel, Marvel, for copyright purposes, was not about to let the name loiter for long, and in 1982’s Spider-Man Annual #16, the new Captain Marvel was introduced – an African-American woman named Monica Rambeau, with the ability to convert her body into all forms of energy. Although created as a ‘placemarker’ for the title, Monica proved very popular, becoming in time a mainstay of the Avengers (and one of the team’s most distinguished leaders). Despite having been shamefully treated by Marvel’s Powers-That-Be, shunted out of the Captain Marvel title when newer iterations, Monica remains a vital and active part of the Marvel Universe, whether she’s Photon, Spectrum, or whatever other nom-du-guerre they’ve pinned on her this week. Soon to be seen in the second Captain Marvel movie, Monica’s future is looking ever brighter. This copy of her premier appearance is a NM-, with only one tiny cover flaw, just above the price at the very top edge. PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #16 NM- £50
*Marvel: Following her guest appearances in Conan the Barbarian, demand for a Red Sonja solo series mounted, and after a trial run in Marvel feature (second series) the ‘revised’ version as redesigned by Frank Thorne gained her own series in 1977, notorious chain-mail bikini and all. Despite the skimpier clothing, Thorne’s Sonja was often more scary than sexy, as Thorne drew her with intense expressions that bordered on the deranged, for a very mixed message indeed. We have the entire 15 issue series from 1977-1979 newly in stock, averaging VF/NM, all cents copies. PICTURED: RED SONJA #1 (1977) NM £50 SOLD
*Marvel: One of our favourite Marvel characters here at 30th C. is Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, a misunderstood anti-hero who, at his finest, operates against a background of Machiavellian intrigue in his Atlantean kingdom – with occasional time-outs for a regal strop against the surface world! His second solo series, which launched in 1968, is refreshed this week with 15+ issues new to our listings, commencing with #51 and ending with #72, the final issue of that run. Along the way, Namor meets his fellow Golden Age Bill Everett creation, the goddess Venus, gets what’s been unfairly derided as his ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ costume (It’s really not that bad a design…) and fights against or alongside (among others), Sunfire, the Sea Devils (pardon?), Thor, Virago, Dr. Hydro, the Fantastic Four, Triton, Spider-Man and the sinister Slime-Thing! This selection includes some of the final work by Golden Age legend Bill Everett, Subby’s creator, before his untimely death in 1974.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: Launched in 1950, Captain Science, aka Gordon Dane, was a sci-fi hero in the vein of Buck Rogers who fought all manner of outer space villains including flying saucers, monster gods, alien warriors, and even domestic traitors, with the help of his young assistant Rip Gary (a name, not an instruction!) and his shapely Gal Friday Luana, who favoured the ever so practical bra-n’-panties-under-cellophane-‘spacesuit’ ensemble so beloved of pulp sci-fi heroines – or at least by their illustrators! Since one of said illustrators was the fabulous Wally Wood, what ought to have looked cheesy and exploitative, mind, often looked sophisticated and glamourous. The intrepid trio faced down the Cat Men of Phobos, the Space Pirates of Lenthus IV, the Deadly Dwarfs of Deimos, the Martian Slavers, and the Insidious Doctor Khartoum, among others, while in the back-up pages, interplanetary private eye Brant Craig battled space crooks while sporting a rather silly-looking ‘Thunderbirds’ titfer. These are very lovely and highly sought-after issues, seldom seen on the market, and we’re lucky to have attained a complete run of Captain Science, #1-7. #1 has its spine glued and rebuilt, extra staples removed and a right edge microtrim. #3 has extreme spine wear (and a shameless cover swipe from Wings Comics!). #4 has its cover detached from both staples. #5, by contrast, has extra staples reinforcing the original ones and #6 has moderate spine wear. Wally Wood’s art graces #1,# 4 & #5. With issue #8, it morphed into a more general SF series, Fantastic, though the Captain continued to appear for a while. PICTURED: CAPTAIN SCIENCE #1 App. VG+ £100 SOLD #2 VG/FN £125 SOLD #3 GD- £75 SOLD #4 FA+ £75 #5 GD/VG £125 SOLD #6 FN £300 SOLD #7 GD £125 SOLD
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: As previously noted, we will make some allowances for more modern comics if they have artistic merit – and the enduring popularity of Adam Hughes, arguably the ‘hottest’ living artist in the field, brings his covers prominently into that category. From 2006’s Red Sonja series by Dynamite Comics, this issue sports a cover of our Titian-tressed termagant about to enjoy a quiet quaff in a hostelry, when she’s accosted by some fellow patrons. Anybody want to guess what happens next? Pretty sure it doesn’t involve sensitivity training! This is a CGC Blue Label (no restoration) item 9.8 NM/M. PICTURED : RED SONJA #7 (2006) CGC 9.8 £60 SOLD
*Western: Launched as a reprint title in 1970, DC’s All-Star Western chugged along, adding a couple of original series, including the rather splendid ‘El Diablo’ illustrated by Dick Giordano and Gray Morrow, achieving respect but not a great deal of attention. With its tenth issue, dated Feb-March 1972, all that changed. Jonah Hex, a horribly scarred, surly and cynical bounty hunter with a compulsion to defend the innocent, joined the line-up, and a superstar was born. Created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, Hex was heavily ‘influenced’ (ahem ahem) by the spaghetti-western fad prevalent at the time, as popularised by such actors as Clint Eastwood, but his own twisted code of honour kept readers fascinated through his own 92 issue series and myriad subsequent relaunches, as well as other media appearances in film and in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow TV show. This copy of Jonah Hex’s debut is CGC Blue Label (no restoration) 4.5 VG+. PICTURED: ALL-STAR WESTERN #10 CGC 4.5 £135 SOLD
*Classics Illustrated: It’s the turn of some American versions of the famous Classics Illustrated series to star this time, as we round up some recent incoming issues. Among the many included in this update are #2 (Ivanhoe), #26 (Frankenstein), #32 (Lorna Doone with art by Matt Baker) and the less often seen #161 (Cleopatra) and #167 (Faust). Also here is the rare Classics Illustrated publication Boys’ Life (#2); full details in our catalogue. PICTURED: CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #161 VG £5 2nd edition #167 VG- £7.25 2nd edition
*Alan Class Reprints: Five more plate sets from the Alan Class Private Collection, each one reprinting a story from the Silver Age of Marvel’s super-heroes – in most cases, as previously remarked, the first reprinting of these classic tales, very shortly after their first release! All five feature, in addition to publisher Alan Class’s file copies of the comics, the four lead printing plate sets originally used in production, plus a hand-signed Certificate of authenticity from Alan Class himself. All sets are supplied in a plastic presentation/display case.
Creepy Worlds #34 is one of a string of CW issues reprinting early Fantastic Fours, not quite in sequence. This issue re-presents Fantastic Four #4, in which an accidental encounter with the Human Torch brings the Golden Age anti-hero, the Sub-Mariner, into the Silver Age Marvel Universe! Creepy Worlds #71 re-presents issue #9 of the Amazing Spider-Man, with the first appearance of Electro. In addition to the usual four cover colour plates, this set offers an additional two interior plates – one of which is the splash page of the Spider-Man story! Suspense #91 presents a Daredevil double-feature, reprinting issues #35 & #36 of the original series. Suspense #104 features not one, but two issues from the original Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD series, #13 and #14. And Astounding Stories #80 reprints X-Men #55, behind an early cover by Barry (later Windsor-) Smith! Full details as always in our catalogue. PICTURED: CREEPY WORLDS #34 VG £125 #71 VG/FN £100
*Marvel UK: From 1979 and 1980, years when the good Captain’s solo career was in a bit of a slump, these extra-thick Summer Specials were released collecting some of his greatest hits. 1979’s Captain Britain Summer Special re-presented from Marvel Team-Up his first US appearance, a two-parter with Spider-Man, and some of the Black Knight serial from Hulk Weekly, in which the Captain co-starred, rather beautifully illustrated by John Stokes. 1980’s Summer Special should more properly have been called ‘Captain Britain and the Black Knight’, as in addition to CB strips it features a Black Knight/Dr. Strange team-up and a 1950s BK tale from Joe Maneely. (Plus, on the back, Captains Britain and America drawn by the legendary Jack Kirby!) 1979 is a straight Fine, 1980 GD, because of two small Book Centre Stamps on the cover and splash. PICTURED: CAPTAIN BRITAIN SUMMER SPECIAL 1979 FN £15 1980 GD £10
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: 70+ new issues to our lists for Valiant, home of such noted adventure series as ‘Captain Hurricane’, ‘Kelly’s Eye’, ‘Steel Claw’, House of Dolmann’, ‘Raven on the Wing’, ‘Mytek the Mighty’, ‘The Wild Wonders’ and dozens more remembered fondly by generations. This selection, from 1968 to 1976, includes the titles absorption of fallen stablemates and step-siblings Smash!, TV 21 and Lion, bringing popular series such as ‘Janus Stark’, ‘Adam Eterno’, ‘Zip Nolan’, and TV’s ‘Star Trek’ to an already stellar line-up. This run goes up to the penultimate issue of 1976 – shortly after which it fell into the gaping maw of the upstart Battle, and Valiant’s proud legacy was done. But you can re-live it with this selection from the title’s prime!
*TV & Film Related Comics: TV Tornado ran a little under two years, but made quite an impact, bringing lesser-known (in the UK) series such as the Phantom, the Green Hornet, Flash Gordon and Magnus Robot Fighter to the attention of a British readership, as well as offering new comics adaptations of the Saint, Tarzan and others – including, from issue #36, The Mysterons, villains of the Gerry Anderson ‘Captain Scarlet’ television show, in their very own series! We have more than 20 issues new to our lists this week, ranging from #8 to the final issue #88, and including #36, the premiere of the Mysterons’ strip! PICTURED: TV TORNADO #36 FN £18 SOLD
*Humour Comics: It’s a one-two punch for the funnies this update, as we have loads of Knockout, the comic with two lives! Series one was launched in 1939, one of the earliest funny weeklies as we recognise them, pre-dated only by the D.C. Thomson superstars Dandy and Beano. Home of ‘Deed-A-Day Danny’, ‘Sporty’, ‘Mike’, and ‘Stoneage Kit the Ancient Brit’, among many more funny folk, the series also ran a respectable number of adventure strips, including ‘Buffalo Bill’ ‘Thunderbolt Jaxon’, ‘Battler Britton’, and ‘Davy Crockett’. Star of the show, though, was Billy Bunter, who had migrated from Magnet in 1940, and the heavyweight humour champ transferred over to Valiant when Knockout breathed its last in 1963, after a very respectable 1,251 issues. Our newest selection of series one ranges 110 issues from 1948 to 1951, in grades averaging GD/VG. We then follow up with the second series, launched in 1971 and having nothing to do with the first other than the name. Although Knockout Mk. II didn’t having the staying power of its predecessor, lasting a mere 106 issues before merging into Whizzer & Chips, ‘The Toffs and the Toughs’, ‘Fuss Pot’, ‘Pete’s Pockets’ and ‘Joker’ (no relation to Batman’s arch-nemesis) all lasted long enough to make the jump and enjoy rather longer careers in W & C than in their original home. We have 35 of Knockout series 2 new in, averaging VG, and including the final issue.
*Girls’ Comics: Launched in 1967 in the wake of her elder siblings Bunty & Judy, Mandy, despite the relentlessly can-do attitude of its eponymous heroine, seemed to specialise in stories which were generally moralistic in tone, with long-suffering heroines finally achieving happiness, while villainous relatives or girls who were liars, cheats and bullies received their comeuppance — good hearty fare for its intended audience! Three new issues in from that first year of 1967 with their Free Gifts still present: #19 GD with Free Gift (Goofy Stickers) VF, #39 VG with Free Gift (Bluebell Necklace) VF and #40 GD (slight browning at spine and top edge) with the ‘Super Gift For every Smart Girl’ (Dainty Manicure Set) in VF. PICTURED: MANDY #19 GD GIFT VF £40 SOLD #39 VG GIFT VF £40 SOLD #40 GD GIFT VF £35 SOLD
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A pair of novels by Russell that show his range. Dreadful Sanctuary is about an alien conspiracy, while Next Of Kin is a humorous take on one man’s fight against an alien bureaucracy. Perhaps one of them was written by his Eustace….
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Here are three novels by Wilson Tucker, in each of which he explores horrific futures. Two, The Year Of The Quiet Sun and Ice And Iron feature time travel, while the third, The Long Loud Silence, explores the effect of a deadly plague.
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our American section: *Marvel A – C *Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Modern Reprints: The latest in the line of facsimile editions from Marvel is the second most valuable Silver Age comic of them all (after Amazing Fantasy #15): Hulk #1 from 1962, featuring the debut of the (then) grey behemoth. As with other facsimiles in this series, this is an exact reproduction of the original (inc ads) except for price and bar-code. Your chance to get a Hulk #1 for £4! PICTURED: HULK #1 (facsimile) MINT £4
*Collected Editions: In addition to archiving classic UK comic strips from the 1960s through to the 1980s, Rebellion are also providing a series of all-new Specials starring the characters (and where possible, the creators) of yesteryear. This month, just in time for Hallowe’en, they’ve issued ‘Home, Sweet, Home’, a Special starring the sentient and vengeful computer, Max, and the unfortunate denizens of the tower block where he metes out the roughest of justice, as originally seen in Scream! Devoted to mostly one long story by a variety of artists (with a short back-up and a reprint of an original ‘Thirteenth Floor’ episode), this epic-length ‘monster mash-up’, alternating black & white with full-colour for maximum shock impact, is brand-new for £5.
*DC: Introduced as a last-minute afterthought in the Batman Animated TV Show, a curvaceous minion of the Joker brainstormed to do a task thought inappropriate for ‘Mr. J’ himself, Harley Quinn caught on like wildfire, and after several reappearances in the show, crossed over into the comic books with Batman Adventures #12 in 1993. Since then, of course, she’s transferred from the DC Comics Animated Universe to the main DCU, had her own series and several spin-offs, and is now regarded as one of the big-earning ‘pillars’ of the DCU, alongside Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley in the ‘Suicide Squad’ movie was widely acknowledged as the only bright spot in that stinker of a film, and a Harley co-starring role is in the works for ‘Birds of Prey’, so now is the time to grab this hugely sought-after issue! This is a NM p copy of Harley’s comic book debut, and is on sale for £400.
*DC: DC’s groundbreaking and controversial run of Green Lantern (cover-titled ‘Green Lantern co-starring Green Arrow’) was renowned for its tackling of issues which had been seldom raised in comics before – albeit, in retrospect, perhaps heavy-handedly, it nevertheless raised many questions the medium had previously failed to address. One such was racism, and when, after Hal Jordan got injured, the Power Ring selected African-American John Stewart as a temporary replacement Green Lantern, the heroes were forced to confront certain unspoken truths in their society. Originally intended as a one-off character, John was brought back frequently, often replacing Hal for long stretches, both in the Justice League and as the Green Lantern of Earth – mercifully having abandoned his cliched ‘angry black dude’ persona early on. This copy of the debut of DC’s first black super-hero is a FN p copy, minor foxing at upper and right cover edges but otherwise unmarred, on sale at £125.
*DC: Five fabulous additions to our stock of the tabloid-sized Limited Collectors’ Edition & All New Collectors’ Edition series from the 1970s, all starring the Man of Steel (plus celebrity guests). We open with issue LCE C-38, with a striking Bob Oksner photo-cover showing our hero soaring past the actual Statue of Liberty, then move on to LCE C-47, with a new framing sequence as the Man of Steel ponders the early American struggles for independence – with the aid of Tomahawk! LCE C-48 reprints both two-part epic races between Superman and the Flash from the Silver Age, and ANCE C-58 faces off the Man Of Steel against the original Captain Marvel, Shazam!, co-starring Supergirl and Mary Marvel. Lastly, slightly out of sequence because it’s the ‘biggest’ of the Big ‘Uns in terms of importance, ANCE C-56’s Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali battle places the two iconic champions in a battle for the fate of the Earth, drawn by superstar artist Neal Adams! All five of these high-grade beauties are pictured: C-38 VF £25, C-47 VF £20, C-48 VF+ £40 SOLD, C-56 FN/VF £80 SOLD and C-58 FN+ £30 SOLD. These were never significantly distributed in the UK, and their large size means that they damage easily, so these high-grade items are not commonplace, and swift ordering is advised to avoid disappointment.
*DC: A condition of Kirby’s move to DC was that, in addition to launching his own series, he should take on one long-running DC title. The lucky title was Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen – a surprise pick, admittedly – in which Kirby ditched all the beloved tropes such as lovelorn alien women and Jimmy Olsen Fan Clubs, and set our freckle-faced hero off on an odyssey across America to encounter Kirby’s own ‘Fourth World’ creations. Prominent among these was Darkseid, the fiendish ruler of the hell-world Apokolips, in only a fleeting cameo – Darkseid’s image flashes up on a monitor screen while Facetiming with Morgan Edge – but it’s nevertheless the first appearance of the villainous fulcrum of the entire Fourth World Saga, and as such is commanding insane prices right now. We have the first three of Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen back in stock, in affordable mid-grades: #133 is FN+ £18; #134 (1st Darkseid cameo) is FA p £20 and #135 (pictured, 3rd Darkseid) is FN+ p £55.
*Marvel: In 1964, Peter Parker’s arachnid alter-ego was rewarded with his own Annual, and a thing of beauty it was: an all-new Lee & Ditko extravaganza, with a 41 page feature length lead story introducing the Sinister Six, an alliance of Spidey’s deadliest enemies: the Sandman, Mysterio, Electro, the Vulture, Doctor Octopus and Kraven the Hunter. As if that wasn’t enough, this massive tome also featured a plethora of pin-ups, a 9-page ‘Secrets of Spider-Man’ feature, and the startling secrets of ‘How Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Create Spider-Man’ – the latter presented with tongue firmly in cheek. This copy of Spider-Man Annual #1 is a CBCS copy, with the assessors noting that there has been minor restoration, in the form of a glued small lower spine split. Taking that into account, they have called this a 3.5 (VG-), and it is on sale for £275. SOLD
*Marvel: After a long stint as a supporting character and mainstay Avenger, the Black Panther was finally awarded his own series, taking over in Jungle Action from the 1950s reprints of scantily-clad white folks saving grateful black people, which to be honest was a bit tone-deaf even back then! The decision seems to have been made a bit suddenly, as T’Challa’s first solo was technically a reprint of his first clash with M’Baku the Man-Ape, but under the hands of scripter Don McGregor and diverse artists, it rapidly became one of the most talked-about series of the 70s. We have two of the Black Panther Jungle Action run new in stock: #5, 7.0 FN/VF at £70 and #13, 9.2 NM- at £40. Both are CGC Blue Label copies, indicating no restoration, but in full disclosure we should point out that the #5 has a stamped arrival date (over the ‘her’ in ‘Panther’ on the cover), which the CGC graders may not have taken into account, as technically it’s not a wear & tear defect.
*Marvel: Many folks say – probably with justification – that Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat, was a taste-alike rip-off of DC’s Catwoman, created to give Spider-Man a ‘beloved enemy’ vibe and increase the romantic tension in the series. Probably true; but nevertheless, the Black Cat rapidly stepped away from her derivative roots, primarily owing to her low-level probability manipulation – subconsciously causing ‘bad luck’ for people who opposed her – and the fact that although she’s frequently done heroic and noble things, she’s never completely shed her criminal ways. This copy of the Black Cat’s debut in Amazing Spider-Man #194 comes from the non-distributed ‘wilderness years’, so there are no pence variants of this issue. This cents copy, no UK stamp or overprint, is FN+, light wear at lower right cover corner, on sale at £90. SOLD
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: In the middle of a convoluted cross-dimensional saga such as Steve Gerber, writer of Man-Thing, was fond of, everyone’s second favourite shambling muck monster met a few guest stars from other worlds. One such was Howard the Duck, an irascible humanoid fowl from a plane where anthropomorphic animals were the highest life form. This walk-on character, doubtless intended as a one-off joke at the expense of Disney, was so avidly welcomed by readers that he was brought back from seeming destruction to star in his own acclaimed and award-winning satirical series – which got its accidental springboard in this very issue! Fear #19 is VF, on sale at £125. SOLD
*Marvel: Marvel Super-Heroes #12 saw the debut of Captain Marvel, a warrior of the spacefaring Kree Empire who masqueraded as a human on Earth. Actually conceived as a copyright-protecting exercise (Marvel’s lawyers had recently seen off a short-lived ‘Captain Marvel’ from another publisher), Mar-Vell’s genesis may have been a bit less than sincere, but his impact remains enduring in the Marvel Universe, especially his participation in the cosmic events initiated by Jim Starlin later in Cap’s own series. These two issues present not one, but two Captains’ debuts: not only Mar-Vell in #12, but Carol Danvers – later Ms. Marvel, occasionally Warbird, and fifth and current holder of the Captain Marvel title – made her first appearance in #13 as part of Mar-Vell’s supporting cast. Given the blockbuster success of the ‘Captain Carol’ movie, we are delighted to have both to offer: issue #12 is a VG/FN cents copy, clean and bright with excellent spine, on sale at £80; #13 is GD+ p, with moderate spine and corner creases but fundamentally sound, on sale at £65.
*Marvel: Issue #13 of the Fantastic Four’s magazine brought us to the mysterious Blue Area of the Moon, and introduced the enigmatic Watcher, cosmic custodian of devices of unimaginable power. Despite his vast power and omniscient knowledge, the Watcher was solemnly sworn never to intervene in the affairs of Earth… unless, you know, he really wanted to, which fortunately for Marvel Earth he did numerous times before his untimely death in 2014! (It’s okay, he got better. We think. Modern comics are a bit hazy for us, but we’re sure we’ve seen him around…) Moreover, it featured a Russian scientist re-creating the flight which gave the FF their powers to gain super-abilities of his own – and by staffing his ship with trained primates, making sure his ‘teammates’ were subservient to him! The Red Ghost and his Super-Apes (Mikhlo, Igor and Piotr – we knew you were dying to know!) also became a recurring feature in the Marvel Universe, even after the Cold War thawed. This double-shot debut, heroic and villainous, is a PR p copy. General moderate to heavy wear, tape residue at spine, covers separated and detached and one non-story page removed. On sale at £50. 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 of all four, all pence copies, averaging VF, for £90. (Illustrated: #1 VF+ p)
*Marvel: Now, our ‘Mighty Marvel Firsts’ sub-heading is normally reserved for persons rather than artefacts, but this is kind of a special case; in this issue’s Captain America story, the Red Skull gains possession of the Cosmic Cube, an artefact so powerful it can bend reality to his will. This was the first appearance of the Cube, which gained greater prominence in Marvel Lore over the decades, before being swept up into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as (let’s see if I have this right) the ‘Tesseract’, a.k.a. the Reality Stone of the Infinity Gems, which ties into the whole big Thanos brouhaha, which frankly is so complicated it makes my brain ache. But anyway, that’s the reason for the sudden ‘spiking’ of this otherwise perfectly lovely issue in the series. This is a cents copy, no pence stamp or overprint, and is a remarkable VF+, on sale at £65. SOLD
*Marvel: Inspired no doubt by DC’s Imaginary Stories of the 1960s, in 1977 Marvel came up with the What If? concept, which had fun with the what-might-have-beens of the Marvel Universe. Highly popular with fans, who loved these sort of done-in-one stories, previously only the speculations of fandom, one issue has broken ranks to become a highly sought-after edition. #10, ‘What If Jane Foster Had Found The Hammer of Thor?’, was the first rendition of Jane Foster as Thor, and, in light of the recent series which had Dr. Foster taking over the mantle of the God of Thunder in ‘real’ Marvel Continuity, plus the info. that the next Thor movie will have Jane in the title role, this early ‘prototype’ of the concept has shot up in price. This FN cents copy (no pence copies exist of first series What If?, being ND UK) is available for £50. SOLD
*Marvel: During their expansion of the mid-1970s, Marvel gave many long term characters a shot at their own series, and one such was the Inhumans, who had been supporting the Fantastic Four for years. Under the creative direction of writer Doug Moench and artist George Perez, the series was a ‘fish out of water’ drama, as the Inhumans sought to come to terms with both modern Manhattan and changing political mores in their own retreat of Attilan. The first five of the short-run series are now back in stock. #1 (pictured) is FN p £20.