*Marvel: In the wake of other Marvel hits starring occult characters, and with the Exorcist movie taking big box-office, Stan Lee had originally proposed a series starring Satan himself, but Roy Thomas commuted it to Satan’s offspring, a demon/human hybrid who used his evil-spawned power for good, in rebellion against his father. Daimon Hellstrom duly appeared in Ghost Rider #2 as an antagonist before moving into his own solo series in Marvel Spotlight, and then progressing to his own book. Daimon remains a prominent character today in the Marvel Universe, though he doesn’t use the Son of Satan soubriquet any more, and in these more sensitive times his origins are usually politely glossed over. We have high grade copies of his early appearances in stock this week: Ghost Rider #2, his first full appearance anywhere, is VF+ at £80. Son of Satan #1 is a gleaming NM at £60. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Strange Tales was a comic of great quality in the mid-1960s, with contrasting features, the scientific secret agent spy stuff of SHIELD, starring Nick Fury and the mystic arts of Dr. Strange. Great art adorned both strips, the former with Kirby and then Steranko, the latter with Ditko, then Bill Everett and Marie Severin. We’re delighted to add about a dozen issues fresh in, mostly in superior FN+ grades between #137 & #166, much needed in our inventory.
*Marvel: Virtually the entire Marvel Universe must have passed through the pages of Marvel’s twin Bronze Age team-up books at one time or another, Team-Up starring (mostly) Spider-Man and Two-In-One starring the Thing. We have a significant chunk of both titles new in this week, inc. several annuals of both. Highlights to look out for include MTU #65 & #66 with the first US appearances of Captain Britain, #103 with a Taskmaster appearance, #117 with Wolverine and Annual #1 with the X-Men; MTIO #8 with the Ghost Rider, #30 with 2nd full appearance of Spider-Woman, #52 with Moon Knight and a whole load of cosmic mayhem with Warlock, Moondragon, Starhawk etc in subsequent issues.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: Continuing our tour through the comic-book underworld, we have two series from the Crime Craze of the 1950s: Crime Cases, which ran from 1950 to 1952, taking over the numbering of teen title ‘Willie’ (no further comment needed…) one of Atlas’ myriad imitators of Gleason’s Crime Does Not Pay. We have this from its second issue, #25 through to its final, #12 (the series ‘reset’ to conventional numbering from #5). Then we have 1951’s Private Eye, featuring the adventures of intrepid gumshoe Rocky Jorden, from its first issue and a selection of others ’til its final issue #8. Pictured: Crime Cases #26 (3rd issue), VG+ £31 and Private Eye #1 FA/GD £16. Details of the others in our catalogue.
*War: For when one war series isn’t enough, a combo platter of combat tales, with the complete 1952 Pre-Code series of War Combat, a typically lurid Cold War anthology which became Combat Casey with its sixth issue; as with all Atlas war titles of the period, this features unfortunate ethnic stereotypes and violence a’plenty. Our double feature concludes with the final two issues of Marines At War (1957), a relatively sedate Post-Code entry, but still beautifully crafted – remarkably so, given the soul-crushing deadlines the artists worked under. Pictured is War Combat #1 GD £26; by now, you should know where to look for the others’ details!
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: More from the diverse world of magazine-sized comics. Marvel brings us the scarce digest-sized 1st series of Haunt of Horror, the Marvel Comics Super Special Adaptation of Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back (with stunning Williamson art), the ground-breaking Marvel Graphic Novel, ‘The Death of Captain Marvel’ by Jim Starlin, and the first Spectacular Spider-Man issue. Warren has top-ups to Creepy, 1984, our sadly depleted Vampirella stock, and the first UK edition (published, as far as we can tell, in tandem with its American edition) of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Skywald only has one addition, but it’s a corker: Hell-Rider #1, with the first appearances of the eponymous cycling super-hero and super-heroic soul sister the Butterfly! And we round out the update with three 1950s rarities: Snafu V2 #1 from Atlas, their second attempt at a Mad magazine imitation, with contributions from the stellar roster of Atlas artists; Terror Illustrated #2 , from EC’s short-lived effort to circumvent the Comics Code by issuing magazine chillers and issue #1 of World-Famous Creatures from 1958, a UK edition of one of the myriad ‘Famous Monsters Of Filmland’ clones. We have no idea whether this is a British edition of a US mag, or a UK original, sorry. Pictured are Marvel Comics Super Special #16 (VF £25), Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (VG/FN £35), Famous Monsters of Filmland #1 (UK, GD/VG £45), Snafu V2 #1 VG+ £24), and Terror Illustrated #2 (FA/GD £25). Details on all others to be found in our online catalogue.
*Annuals: To continue our pedigree collection of ‘Immaculate Annuals’, we turn this week to the traditional British Humour titles. As with other ‘Immaculate Annuals’ updates, these are uncirculated 1960s and 1970s stock from a newsagent’s inventory, never sold or even displayed, so the only flaws in any of them occur from long-term storage, but many could still pass as new. No prices clipped, no gift dedications, ‘This Book Belongs To’ inscriptions or other interior markings, solid spines, tight corners and bright, vibrant colours, occasionally very slight tanning of interior pages owing to age. This week we add: Beezer from 1966 to 1970 in VF or VF/NM, Beryl the Peril from 1967 to 1971 VF/NM, Buster 1967 VF, Cor 1972 VF, Shiver & Shake 1974 VF/NM £7 (pictured), Sparky from 1967 to 1971 averaging VF/NM, Topper from 1966 to 1970 between FN to VF/NM, and Whizzer & Chips 1971 VF/NM £7 (pictured). We don’t anticipate that these exceptional copies will remain in stock long, so order early to avoid disappointment. SORRY, MOST OF THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Two early (though not quite the first) Holiday Specials for Scorcher, the soccer-themed weekly, starring ‘Billy’s Boots’, ‘Nipper’, ‘Lags Eleven’, ‘Bobby of the Blues’, ‘Hot-Shot Hamish’ and more: These are both beautiful VF copies, bright, clean, sharp edges, firm staples, and no interior markings of any kind. Scorcher Holiday Special 1971 is VF £25 and the 1972 Special (by which time it had incorporated Score) is also VF £25. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Newly in, we have the four progs set during Judge Dredd’s ‘Cursed Earth’ which, owing to their use of copyrighted properties, were until 2015 banned from being reprinted; #71 and #72, the ‘Burger Wars’ issues, which caused umbrage with MacDonalds and Burger King; and #77 and #78, the ‘Jolly Green Giant’ numbers, in which a certain verdant behemoth (no, not the Hulk) was an antagonist. Despite the reprint embargo having been lifted owing to a change in copyright law allowing parodic usage, we have found demand for the originals to remain high, judging by the speed with which they’ve sold out previously! All four issues are pictured here, all FN and all £25 each. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: Beginning in 1963, Judy Picture Library began by collecting serials from its weekly edition, then branched out into new stories starring popular characters including maid-of-all-work ‘Wee Slavey’, gymnast ‘Topsy On Her Toes’, junior secret agent ‘The Girl From D.O.R.S.E.T.’ and space-girl ‘Fabula’. We have in excess of 70 new copies added to our inventory, all but a couple from the first 100 issues (it lasted 375, all the way to 1994), commencing with #1, illustrated here, VG £35.
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*DC K – Z
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: Daringly, in 1975, DC awarded the Joker his own title, (in defiance of the Comics Code, which said that villains couldn’t be shown to triumph) and even now, decades later, it remains the Clown Prince Of Crime’s only on-going series. Not that it ‘on-went’ for long, stopping at #9. But what was a Bronze Age curio has now become a much sought-after short series with one of the hottest characters in comics. We have the first and final issues newly in stock; #1, pitting ‘Mr. J.’ against fellow villain Two-Face, is VF+ at £55 and #9, in which he squares off against the captivating Catwoman, is VF+ at £19.25. Both cents copies, with no UK price markings or overstamp. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*DC: One of the wackier titles of the Silver Age – and it had plenty of competition – was Lois Lane, the solo series of Superman’s gal who yearned for nothing so much as to throw off her humdrum life of international fame and award-winning journalism to trick and trap the Man of Steel into an open and honest marriage. In real life, most of Lois’ antics would have earned her a heartfelt restraining order or a jail term, but the exquisite art of primary illustrator Kurt Schaffenberger keeps you hooked in and sells this heap of insane tosh to even the most sceptical audience. We’re huge fans, as you can probably tell. We’ve restocked Lois’ series from the Pre-Distribution issue #10 through to #124. Highlight of this new influx is the first Silver Age appearance of the Catwoman in #70, returning from Limbo after almost a decade in a very classy variant of her classic costume; this is VG- p £50. Also of high interest is the first appearance of cult heroine (or given her schizophrenic state should that be heroines?) Rose & the Thorn in #105. In other newly added issues, Lois becomes a baby, becomes Insect Queen, marries at least three other super-beings who aren’t Superman, fights Wonder Woman, marries a death-row inmate, and goes blind. Goodness, I’m exhausted just writing about it. SORRY, LOIS LANE #70 HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: The 1970’s DC Special switched from reprint to new material, and featured a number of popular characters and creators in its rotating spotlight. One of the most popular and sought-after issues is #29, tying in to the Justice Society of America series then running in the All-Star revival. Paul Levitz and Joe Staton, the same team making the 1970s JSA an acclaimed series, take the team back to its 1940s roots and reveal how the founding members banded together as a force for good – a tale never before told in the team’s (at that point) 30+ year history! This extra-length 34-page story is surprisingly often overlooked by JSA completists, but is an essential companion to the 1970s All-Star revival. This is a Near Mint cents copy in beautiful condition, bright and glossy with sharp edges, tight staples, white interiors, on sale at £75. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: From the 1980s, the decade where the Dark Knight ruled the comics stores and the movie screens, a selection from Batman #401 onwards, including several story arcs that would resonate for years to come. Issues #404-407 featured Miller and Mazzucelli’s ‘Batman: Year One’; #408-410 presented a new and altogether darker origin for the second Robin, Jason Todd; #417-420 featured the epic ‘Ten Nights of the Beast’; and this run closes with numbers #426-429, ‘A Death In The Family’, a notorious and controversial tale in which readers were invited to phone in to determine the fate of one of the series’ supporting cast. In mid to high grades, averaging VF+, this is a run of Batman said to have inspired much of the popular ‘Gotham’ TV show, and demand is increasing.
*DC: A large update to our DC Silver/Bronze stocks for titles beginning with K-S as follows: Kamandi, Legion of Super-Heroes (complete 3 issue mini-series ‘Secrets Of’), Man-Bat (#1), Metal Men, Metamorpho, Mister Miracle, My Greatest Adventure (#81 2nd Doom Patrol), New Gods (from #1), Omac (from #1), Plastic Man (from #1), Secret Society of Super-Villains, Shazam, Showcase, Spectre (Neal Adams issues), Star Hunters, Strange Sports Stories & Superboy.
*Marvel: One very successful latter-day addition to the Web-Head’s Rogue’s Gallery was the Hobgoblin, who made his debut in 1983’s Amazing Spider-Man #238. The path of carnage and mysterious identity of this suspiciously familiar evil-doer kept readers entertained for more than a year before the Big Reveal, with several red herrings and false ‘revelations’ along the way. Our newest copy of ASM #238 is NM- p at £135, proudly retaining the Free Gift – Lakeside ‘Tattooz’ – which baffle and frustrate so many completists. Then, venturing tentatively into the world of modern comics, 2018’s Amazing Spider-Man #797 sports an ‘homage’ cover to #238, Mayhew Variant with the Red Goblin (your guess is probably better than mine) in the Hobgoblin role. This is a CGC Blue Label (unrestored) 9.8 (NM/M equivalent) at £150. So just to avoid any possible confusion; Spidey #238, NM- p NOT slabbed, £135, Spidey #797 9.8 CGC slabbed, £150.
*Marvel: Following their ‘stealth pilot’ appearances in Sub-Mariner’s own series, the non-team of Namor, Doctor Strange, the Hulk and (on & off) the Silver Surfer proved such a hit that the powers-that-be brainstormed the idea of an alliance of Marvel’s most determined loners, who were forced by circumstances to work together whether they liked it or not! The Defenders premiered in 1971’s Marvel Feature #1, an extra-length issue which also brought Doctor Strange back from his ill-judged ‘masked superhero’ phase in a separate back-up. This is the comic that kicked off 150+ issues of the Defenders’ original series, plus myriad relaunches – and, as an additional factor, it was never distributed in the UK! This is a splendid VF-, bright with excellent squarebound spine, vivid colour and only minimal corner blunting; on sale at £130. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW 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…). #141 is FN+ p £25, #142 VF £25. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Despite the fact that she hasn’t been the subject of a Marvel Movie or TV Show yet (but just wait half a tick…) the follically-challenged, attitude-enhanced mental marvel Moondragon has been spiking up in popularity. We speculate that the rise in interest is owing to her connection with Thanos and his merry crew, who are all over the media right now, and she’s catching some of the, as it were, ‘shared heat’ in anticipation of a future media debut. Her first appearance in comics, however, was under a somewhat less dignified nom de guerre of Madam McEvil! This debut of an up-and-coming character is VF, would grade higher but for a tiny irregularity in the upper left corner, cents copy with no pence price or overstamp, on sale at £115.
*Marvel: In 1972, Marvel decided to issue a ‘tryout’ title, in which new concepts or popular supporting characters could be ‘auditioned’ for their own series. One such was Warlock, who had previously made only a handful of appearances as ‘Him’ in Fantastic Four and Thor before being forgotten, but with a new name and new look, he was pimped out by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane as a brand-new super-hero on a parallel world called Counter-Earth. After two issues of M. Prem., Warlock got his own series – perhaps prematurely, as it only lasted eight issues before he died in the pages of the Hulk – but don’t worry, he got better, revived by Jim Starlin before, oh, being killed again. Notwithstanding, Warlock is confirmed as resurfacing in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise, and these two issues, prior to his solo series, are the first appearances of him in full heroic guise. Marvel Premiere # 1 is VF+, a beautiful copy with only a few minor spine ticks, at £225; #2 is still nicer, a glossy NM at £62.
*Marvel: No, sorry, we’re out of cutesy-poo ‘Moonlight/Moon Knight’ puns for now, so you’ll have to take it straight. From a passing appearance as an antagonist in Werewolf By Night, the character of Moon Knight, a.k.a. Marc Spector, eccentric billionaire, compulsive role-player and nocturnal crimefighter (Hmm… where’ve we heard that description before?) wormed his way rapidly into the readers’ hearts, and the clamour triggered his first solo foray, a two-parter in Marvel Spotlight #28 & #29, by his WBN co-creators Doug Moench and Don Perlin. No, it’s every bit as good as you’d expect. No, really. Given the mentions dropped in the Marvel cinematic universe of a ‘Marc Spector’, speculation is rife that a Moon Knight media debut is imminent, and the prices of these issues have lately risen to reflect that; issue #28 is NM, sharp & bright with firm tight staples and white pages, on sale at £125; #29, the conclusion of the two-parter, is VF/NM, a relatively sedate £22.50. Both cents copies, with no UK price markings.
*Marvel: By the 1980s, Wolverine’s status as the breakout star of the ‘New’ X-Men had become evident, and an A-List team of Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Josef Rubinstein was assembled to give him a solo spotlight in a four issue mini-series. Logan returns to Japan where he seeks to regain his lost honour and win the hand of his beloved Mariko, in an outstanding series which was the basis for the 2013 smash film ‘The Wolverine’ – instead of being merely an outline for the film, many of Miller’s striking visuals for the mini-series were meticulously re-created for the movie. This complete 4-issue series, the first Wolverine solo title, is available as a set only of all four, all pence copies, #1 NM- and the other three at NM, for £150. SORRY, THIS SET HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In the Seventies, Marvel was experimenting with a wide range of genres, and the dystopic near-future science-fiction field showed promise, with Killraven over in Amazing Adventures and, here in Astonishing Tales #25, the premier of Deathlok, a cyborg assassin who rebelled against his programming and searched for his purpose – while shooting people a lot. The creation of Rich Buckler and Doug Moench, Deathlok has remained a fixture in the Marvel Universe – including his portrayal by August Richards in the Agents of SHIELD TV series – and this copy of his debut issue is FN p £30, a superior copy with only minimal right cover edge wear, but unblemished cover scene and excellent interior pages. Completist bonus: AT #25 also features a two-pager with George Perez’s first Marvel artwork! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In this otherwise unremarkable issue, guest-hero Captain America (then going by the name of ‘The Captain’, prompting a lost generation to ask “Where’s Tennille?”, but I digress…) lifted and effectively deployed Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, something which no other entity had previously done. So what, you may well ask? Well, this scene was ‘homaged’, probably inadvertently, in the recent mega-hit movie ‘Avengers: Endgame’, and since then the Interwebs has been going insane with demand for this issue. No, we don’t pretend to understand it either. But here it is, VF- p £35, so, you know, snap it up if that’s your bag. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Lots of new stuff on offer this week in our Marvel boxes in this update featuring the following titles: Avengers, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Cat, Conan (inc. Annual #1), Daredevil (inc #100 and 1st Bullseye in #131), Dazzler, Defenders, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Iron Fist, Marvel Chillers (with Tigra), Marvel Presents (with Guardians Of The Galaxy), Master Of Kung Fu (inc first issue), Punisher (1st mini-series), Son Of Satan, Spectacular Spider-Man, Thor, X-Factor (#24 1st full Archangel) and X-Force (#2 2nd Deadpool).
*Horror 1940-1959: One of the longer-running and most respected Atlas mystery series, Uncanny Tales survived its transition into the reign of the Comics Code Authority by resorting more to imagination and creativity than viscera and bloodletting; Everett, Heath and Maneely, while admittedly the workhorses of the Atlas stable, turned out an astonishing amount of high quality work given the gruelling deadlines, and never more so than on this series, where all three are present in abundance. Other contributing artists during this period included Torres, Drucker, Morrow and Powell. Of particular interest to modern readers will be issue #52, claimed by guides as the first Iron Man prototype – for whatever weight one wishes to put on that sort of thing! Our range here runs from the first Post Code issue, 1955’s #29, to the final issue of the series, #56 in 1957. Illustrated; 29 VG+ £57, 37 VG £50, 39 VG+ £57, 45 VG+ £57 (with free incomplete #42), 46 VG £50, 47 VG+ £57 and the final issue, 56 VG £52. Details on the others, which include many in very affordable mid-grades, in our online catalogue.
*Western: Not one, but two Atlas Western series riding into town this week – you know the Two-Gun Kid? Famous Western masked hero, secret identity as a lawyer, met the Avengers? Well, this isn’t that one. Almost forgotten these days is an earlier version of Two-Gun Kid – blonde, unmasked, and more prone to singing about his low-slung Colts (ahem) than arguing cases in court – had a successful career from 1948 to 1961, in his own series and other titles. These are all first series, from #12 (pictured, FA+ £13) to #38. Backing up the Kid is a complete, albeit short-lived series, the anthology Western Thrillers, which ran 4 issues from 1954 to 1955, before rebranding itself as Cowboy Action from #5. Depicted is #1 GD- £15. Both of these new additions are very affordable mid to low grade copies; details on grades and prices may be found, as always, in our online catalogue.
*Modern Reprints: New additions to our stock of the ‘Big Two’s prestigious full-colour hardcover series featuring sequential reprints of their legendary characters. From DC, we have Adam Strange Archives Volume 1, with interplanetary adventures on the planet Rann and elsewhere, superbly illustrated by Mike Sekowsky and Carmine Infantino. Black Canary Archives Volume 1 features the blonde-by-request bombshell of the JSA and JLA, from her debut as a villainess in Flash Comics (by that Infantino man again) and her gradual reformation, with art by Murphy Anderson, Alex Toth and other A-List creators. Turning to the Marvel side of the fence, we have three volumes of Marvel Masterworks in the original livery, sequentially numbered by release rather than subject, which can be confusing for the uninitiated. They are the first volumes respectively of Silver Age Captain America, Fantastic Four and Hulk, compiling the earliest issues, and can be found under their series headings in the Marvel section of this category. All of these are now long out of print, and seldom come our way, so any interest should be expressed swiftly.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints Of Vintage US Material: Len Miller, leading repackager of American content for the UK, plundered most US publishers for content, but struck a mother lode with Atlas, particularly in the field of romance. Three UK editions of Atlas romance series – Love Romances, Lovers and Love Tales – are newly listed this week, featuring the artistic talents of Jay Scott Pike, Ann Brewster, Al Hartley and John Severin, among many others. Seen here are the covers for Love Romances #1 GD £12 and Lovers #1 VG £15; for details on the others, check out our catalogue.
*Annuals: Following up our ‘Immaculate Annuals’ listings in the Boys’ category, we turn now to TV & Film Related Annuals, from the same pedigree source. A selection of mostly 1960s Annuals newly added to our listings, in immaculate condition; no prices clipped, no gift dedications, ‘This Book Belongs To’ inscriptions or other interior markings, solid spines, tight corners and bright, vibrant colours, most of these could pass as brand new but for very slight tanning of interior pages owing to age. A couple of them, because of slightly marred laminate or a tiny bit of cover fading, do dip to VF- or even FN, but mostly these are VF to VF/NM, truly lovely items, among the best examples we’ve seen in our quarter century in business. New this listing: Bewitched (1967), Burke’s Law (1966), Mission: Impossible (1968 and 1969), Outer Limits (1966), Persuaders (1973), Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (1967 and 1968), Z Cars (1963 and 1966 – the first and last Annuals for that series, respectively) and our three display items, of unusual rarity as well as high grade: Adam Adamant 1968 VF £60, Avengers 1969 VF/NM £50 and Avengers 1970 VF/NM £50. SORRY, MOST OF THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: …And if you’re wondering how we can make that claim, there are a number of duplicated copies in varying grades festooning this monster update, refreshing highly depleted stocks of 2000 AD’s earliest years. Running from #4 to #100, with only a handful of gaps, this selection encompasses the debuts of long-running series ‘Tharg’s Future-Shocks’ and ‘Robo-Hunter’, as well as the first amalgamated issue of 2000 AD and Star-Lord, in which ‘Ro-Busters’ and ‘Strontium Dog’ joined the lineup, to much lengthier careers than in their original home. The finest British comics talents on display – Ian Gibson, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O’Neill, and a Bonanza of Brian Bolland, including his work on the epic ‘Cursed Earth’ saga!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Small additions to our stocks of Longacre’s large (Eagle-sized) Boy’s Adventure comic Boys’ World from both volumes of its two year run. Many famous strips including Wrath of the Gods, John Brody, Iron Man, Brett Million, Merlo the Magician etc by the best British creators of the time, including Moorcock, Harrison, Embleton, Langford, Lewis, Burns, Bellamy et al. After its run it merged with Eagle; all our new additions are issues previously missing from our stock.
*Girls’ Comics: A trinity of high-grade Summer/Holiday Specials for one of the most popular and longest-lasting girls’ series. We open with Tammy & Sally Holiday Special for 1971, featuring several Sally immigrants – ‘Cat Girl’, ‘Ghost Busters’, and ‘Maisie’s Magic Eye’- then progress to pure Tammy Summer Special for 1972, and conclude with the Tammy and June Summer Special of 1975, by which time the all-star trifecta of ‘Wee Sue’, ‘No Tears for Molly’, and street-wise gymnastic urchin ‘Bella’, as well as a plethora of other strips and features, are firmly in place. Girls’ Summer/Holiday Specials are increasingly sought after, generally proportionately scarcer than their boys’ equivalents, and these are beautiful copies, no interior markings, clean firm staples with no trace of rust, and only the lightest of long-term storage wear to denote the passage of time. Tammy & Sally 1971 is FN £50; Tammy 1972 VF £60 and Tammy & June 1975 FN £40.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: The 1960 launch of Valentine Picture Story Library followed on from the 1957 debuting weekly, where often beautifully illustrated love stories were ‘inspired by’ (read: had an otherwise irrelevant song name as the story title) pop hits. Taking a cue from its weekly parent, VPSL featured longer romantic tales entitled after Top Ten records, and, after the earliest issues, stuck the face of the recording artist in question on the front cover, to shift a few extra copies! We have 13 new issues in our lists – half of the 26-issue run – from the very first. Depicted are #1 VG £25 and #2 VG £12; as always, further details on the rest in our online catalogue.
*Clearance Corner: The vintage story paper Hotspur, launched in 1933, thrilled a generation until its termination in 1959, to be immediately revived as the ‘New’ Hotspur, a picture-strip weekly. While Hotspur’s position in the annals of history is assured, the generation who remembers it best is, sadly, mostly no longer with us, and as a consequence we’ve decided to say farewell to this series. This lot of early issues is twelve copies, from 1933 and 1934, averaging Good condition; numbers 2, 5, 7, 11, 15, 16, 35, 37, 39, 46, 50 and 55. The original retail on these was in excess of £150, now reduced to £40. UK postage, if required, is an additional £5. SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD
*Clearance Corner: Concluding our farewell to the venerable story paper Hotspur, this second lot is 13 issues, again averaging Good condition, from the first two years of publication, 1933 and 1934. ‘Dead-Wide Dick’, ‘Peeping Percy’ and ‘The Phantom of the Fourth Form’ are among the features awaiting you in this nostalgic accumulation. Numbers 3, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 18, 36, 38, 45, 49, 54, and 56; the original retail on these was in excess of £150, now reduced to £40. UK postage, if required, is an additional £5. SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD
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As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Clearance Corner: As you may realise, the purpose of our Clearance Corner lots is to clear space in our shop by discontinuing titles we’re no longer carrying to make way for new and incoming stuff. As such, they will only be offered for a short time. This Clearance Corner lot, listed on 19th April 2019, has not been snapped up and is nearing the end of its time with us. If not purchased by the weekend, we will have to dispose of it. Here are the details from our original listing:
‘This week, we offer two separate complete mini-series of the famous Lee Falk creation: 2009’s The Phantom: Ghost Who Walks commenced with issue #0 and ran until issue #12, and Dynamite’s The Last Phantom ran 12 issues from 2011. Both complete series are in this package, averaging Near Mint condition, and as bonuses, you get an additional #1 (variant cover) of Last Phantom, plus Annuals#1 & #2 (2007 and 2008) of the Phantom’s ongoing Moonstone series. All this can be yours for a mere £20. UK postage (if required) will be a further £4.’
*Modern Reprints: Undercover and under the covers, Wally Wood’s John Cannon was the cold war all-American hero in the vein of James Bond, but tougher. This saga of sex and violence was originally produced as entertainment for US troops in military newspapers, and displays rather more of Wood’s gorgeous women than we were accustomed to seeing in Code-Approved comics! All this, plus torture, explosive gunplay, nuclear bombs and even Hitler gets in there somewhere. Not for the squeamish, this hardcover definitive collection of the complete series also includes the comic book adventures pencilled by Steve Ditko. Priced at £32.
*DC: After Superman’s first Annual in 1960, the Gotham Guardian followed suit in 1961, the first of many – oh, so many – reprint compilations, collections and compendia of the Dynamic Duo’s previous adventures. This 86-page tome (cover to cover) set the precedent for the 80-Page Giant series which rotated between various DC titles in the 60s, and this first collection hit on most of the key notes of the Batman mythos, bringing newer readers up to speed on the legend. This is a pence copy, and one of the nicer ones we’ve seen, as usually this issue, when available at all, is mid to low grade. This is a FN+, with only a small horizontal ripple – possibly exposure to moisture at some point, possibly glue ‘pucker’ – preventing a higher grade. On sale at £100.
*Marvel: For this week’s slabbed comics event, a captivating quartet of early issues featuring Marvel’s First Family, the Fantastic Four. We open with issue #6, in which Doctor Doom and the Sub-Mariner join forces; then the FF flees Earth to confront ‘The Master of Planet X’ in #7; Sub-Mariner leaves the FF homeless in issue #9 and Doctor Doom sets out to destroy the team from within in issue #10. All Lee/Kirby classics, and all CGC Blue Label (unrestored) copies. Issue #6 is 4.0 (VG) at £375, with a small hairline crack at the back of the case; #7 is 5.0 (VG/FN) at £200; #9 is also 5.0 VG/FN at £250 and #10 is 2.0 (GD) at £115. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*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 this very year, a big-budget movie starring Jared Leto as Morbius is now in post-production, leading to a heightened demand for his premier appearance. This copy of Spider-Man #101 is VG+; light to moderate wear and creasing at spine and cover corners, but no impediment of the cover scene, with bright unfaded colours and good gloss. Staples firm at cover and centrefold, interior pages off-white and flexible, with no stains, tears or markings. A cents copy, no pence price or overstamp. VG+, on sale at £200.
*Marvel: The two popular and long-running tryout series, Marvel Premiere and Marvel Spotlight, have been restocked with over 50 new copies between both titles. This batch is almost without exception cents copies, no pence price or overstamp, and in higher than average grades, averaging VF with many NM. Focusing on the one-off or short-run ‘pilots’, this is a widely diverse range of characters from newly-popular heroes (Black Panther, Star-Lord, Deathlok and the first Marvel US appearances of Doctor Who) to off-beat concepts so obscure that even the film developers haven’t optioned them – yet! (Dominic Fortune by Chaykin, Seeker 3000, Caleb Hammer, 3-D Man and the Torpedo, anyone?) Premiere, issues between # 25 to #61, and Spotlight, (1st series) between #25 to #33, newly refreshed for your entertainment!
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: In the wake of the hugely popular TV show, back numbers of the already highly-acclaimed Walking Dead comic continue to acquire interest, so we’re happy to have a batch shamble back into our shop – even if are a bit ‘recent’ for our usual tastes!. In mid-grades, between VG to FN with a couple VF, a run from #134 to #156 that saw a dramatically different direction for Rick Grimes and his merry band of post-apocalyptic survivors.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: One of the most startling success stories in the back issue world is the ever-spiralling popularity of Moon Knight’s premier appearance. The series Werewolf By Night had been toddling along, chronicling the adventures of young lycanthrope Jack Russell (no, really), when the boat was suddenly rocked in WBN #32 by a vigilante whose only goal seemed to be the annihilation of our hero – and his silver armour and weapons seemed likely to achieve it! The man who would later be revealed as Marc Spector had a deeper back story, of course, and in his multitudinous appearances since, has developed a complex background oscillating between ‘Marvel’s Batman’ and ‘Multiple Personality psychotic possessed by Egyptian Gods’. Be that as it may, he remains hugely popular, and a near-future Moon Knight movie having been recently confirmed, demand for his debut is intensifying. This copy of Werewolf By Night #32 is a cents copy, no pence price or overstamp, an outstanding VF+ with tight staples, sharp corners, excellent interior page quality and only very faint stress marks at the spine. Now on sale at £900. Front and back covers and splash page are shown below; high resolution images are available on request.
*War: Ringing the changes on the warfront, several Atlas battle-themed series took the action to the seven seas, and Navy Action was one of the longer lasting, running twenty issues from June 1955 to October 1958. With battling submariner (not the Sub-Mariner – this guy was crew on a submarine!) ‘Torpedo’ Taylor as the lead character, backed up by other naval adventurers, this had a roster of stellar artists including Berg, Colan, Drucker, Williamson, Torres, Crandall and Powell, with inventive covers by Maneely, Severin and Everett. We have a virtually complete run of Navy Combat, lacking only issues #5 and #15 from the twenty-issue series. Illustrated are #1 GD/VG £44 and #2 VG+ £45. Details on the rest in our online catalogue.
*Power Comics: Following its conversion into a faux-Valiant when IPC/Fleetway took over Odhams, the Smash! Holiday Specials dropped their previous comedic livery – though ‘The Swots and the Blots’ valiantly kept the laughter coming despite the changeover. ‘His Sporting Lordship’, ‘Janus Stark’, ‘Cursitor Doom’ and ‘Sergeant Rock’ – not the famous American version – took over the heavy lifting on the all-action covers. Always popular and never commonplace, we’re delighted to have the only two Smash! Holiday Specials published back in stock. From 1969 and 1970 respectively, both are an extremely attractive VF grade, no trace of rust at the staples, covers firmly attached, at £50 each. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Annuals: Following on from our ‘Immaculate Annuals’ listing of 21st April this year, another range from the same source. A selection of 1960s and 1970s Annuals newly added to our listings, in virtually immaculate condition; no prices clipped, no gift dedications, ‘This Book Belongs To’ inscriptions or other interior markings, solid spines, tight corners and bright, vibrant colours, most of these could pass as brand new but for very slight tanning of interior pages due to age. Truly lovely items, all at least VF and with several white & bright NM among the new additions, these are the best copies of these we’ve seen in 25 years in business – and several of them, we’ve never actually seen before! Titles are Champion (from 1967), Hurricane (from 1969 on), Jag (1970), Lion Book of War Adventures (1962), Roy of the Rovers (from 1967), Smash! (from 1967 on), Tiger (from 1966 on), and Valiant (from 1966 on). Illustrated are: Hurricane 1969 VF/NM £22.50; Roy of the Rovers 1967 VF/NM £22.50; Smash! 1967 VF £25; Tiger 1967 VF/NM £22.50 and Valiant 1966 VF/NM £22.50. Details on the others in our online listings – and keep an eye out for further ‘Immaculate Annuals’ listings in the Girls’, Humour and TV/Film sub-categories in the near future! SORRY, MOST OF THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: Strolling on through the romantic picture libraries which were targeted at the older female readership, we turn our rose-tinted glasses to D.C. Thomson’s Blue Rosette – painted covers wrapped around striking interior art – World Distributors’ Illustrated Romance Library (original covers with a plethora of reprints from US publishers inside), and a singleton from Pearson, Film Picture Library #2, with a photo-cover, but comic strip interiors adapting the cinematic epic ‘The Heart of a Man’, starring Frankie Vaughan and Anne Heywood. (No? Us neither.) We have a selection from Blue Rosette ranging from #1 to #75 and Illustrated Romance from #9 to #21. Depicted are Blue Rosette #1 VG £25, Illustrated Romance #10 FN £9 and lonely Film Picture Stories #2 FN £9. If you’re still searching for love after that, you’ll find plenty more in our online catalogue.