*DC: ‘Stop! This is the new Green Lantern co-starring Green Arrow!’ So proclaimed the 76th issue of what was the Emerald Gladiator’s Silver Age series. With sales falling as GL’s traditional sci-fi adventures began to look a bit dated, editor Julius Schwartz turned to the creative team of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams to add Green Arrow to the title and re-invigorate the series. And that’s just what they did, bringing in contemporary ‘relevant’ storylines dealing in issues such as drugs, racism, pollution, and modern life in 1970s USA – not that we’re significantly better off these days…. The fame of their run extends to this day, and it is avidly collected, but it all began here in #76, as Social Justice Warrior Green Arrow (himself only newly made over by O’Neil and Adams in Brave & Bold #85) confronts GL with the issues arising on Earth while Green Lantern’s off among the stars. This is a highly attractive FN copy. There is a tiny upper spine split, approx. 1/4″, and light lower spine wear, but overall condition is excellent, with verdant colour, good gloss, firm staples, and lovely interior page quality. A cents copy, with no UK price markings, this is on sale at £240. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: During DC’s 1970s flirtation with the 100 Page Super-Spectacular format, Batman’s series was promoted to 100 Page status every issue, with new material backed up by a plethora of stories from the 1940s through to the 1960s; unlike most other Super-Specs, which presented a variety of features, the Batman 100 Pagers were all Bats. We open this consecutive selection with #254 and close with #262 – the latter not 100 Pages, but still a Giant, and the last issue before the series reverted to the 32 page standard. The new lead stories in these issues feature all the classic villains – Man-Bat, Catwoman, Penguin, Two-Face, the Joker and the Scarecrow – plus a guest-appearance by pulp hero the Shadow, and a rather nifty Neal Adams-drawn werewolf tale. With the exception of #254, which is a respectable VG, most of these are nice copies grading VF or better. Pictured is #257 VF/NM £61.
*DC: One of the less commonly seen issues of 80 Page Giant is #7 from 1965, which broke away from the superhero pattern to focus on DC’s war stars. Fronted by Sgt. Rock, behind a new Joe Kubert cover, this tome presented battle tales illustrated by Kubert, Mort Drucker, Russ Heath and Andru & Esposito, showing the grim reality of war on land, on sea, in the air and, er, with dinosaurs. This VG+ copy is a cents edition, without UK price stamp or overprint, and is on sale at £47. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: A chunky update to one of comics’ greatest sequences: Alan Moore’s classic run on Swamp Thing, with nearly 30 high grade issues fresh into stock between #22 and #53. When Moore took over Swampy with issue #20 of his second series, he was just another muck monster (albeit one with great pedigree), but Moore transformed the series into one of dark, gothic ecological thriller, penetrating to the heart of the darker side of the USA as perhaps only an Englishman could. Batman, Constantine and myriad denizens of DC’s supernatural universe guest. If you’ve never read Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, you’re in for a treat!
*Marvel: There were few more significant debuts, in the latter days of the 20th Century, than everyone’s favourite brain-eating symbiote Venom, who graduated from being a genetically modified costume in a jar to the Alpha Dog of Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery! 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! Now more popular than ever, Venom has starred in his own solo film sans Spider-Man (with a sequel in the works). This copy of the first full appearance of Venom is an attractive VF-, tight staples, bright colours, and only a few small breaks in the cover colour at the spine precluding a higher grade. VF- p £135. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Having boosted the sales of Jack Kirby’s oblique and confusing, though imaginative, comics version of 2001 (though not enough to actually save the book from cancellation), Machine Man, the robot with a soul, was given the chance at his own series in 1978. Although better received by readers and critics than 2001 itself, the series failed to gain long term traction, terminating with #19 (Kirby having departed with #9), but Aaron Stack remains an integral part of the MU, associated with the Avengers, the Agents of HATE and other groups. This is a PGX 9.6 copy (NM+ equivalent), on sale at £55.
*Marvel: Having driven away the Hulk in their previous number, the newly-formed Avengers set off to track him down in their third issue – not to apologise or reconcile, but in an attempt to neutralise any harm he might do. Unbeknownst to them, Old Jade Jaws had found a new chum, the savage Sub-Mariner, and the two together formed an alliance that took every ounce of strength and ingenuity the Avengers could muster in this epic battle – so epic, in fact, that Marvel had to do a call-back to it in Journey Into Mystery #112! Notable spine and edge wear on this copy, with multiple fine creases particularly at the top edge, but the cover scene is largely unimpaired, firm staples, light spine roll. A presentable and eminently affordable copy of a key early Avengers battle. GD p £65. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The Black Panther’s series in Jungle Action, which attracted a lot of acclaim at the time, was known for being verbose, introspective, reflective and philosophical. When the character’s co-creator, Jack Kirby, took over as writer and artist on T’Challa’s follow-up solo series, the results were… a considerable contrast. Shouting! Explosions! Aliens! Time-Travel! Implausibly-muscled ladies with black lipstick! Cosmic critters! All were here, and all playing at full volume all the time, in the crazed kinetic frenzy that Kirby was renowned for. Since the major movie hit (with a sequel just confirmed), the King of Wakanda’s star is ever-ascendant, and this issue especially always sells very briskly because of its – frankly – high loopiness quotient. This copy of Black Panther #1 is a pence copy, a few small colour-breaking spine ‘ticks’, but unmarred glossy cover with vivid, unfaded red background. VF p £65. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In 2002, Jim Starlin was persuaded to revisit the cosmic realm which had proved so successful with Infinity Gauntlet, War, Crusade and so on. Unlike the previous series, Starlin was encouraged to draw the strip as well as write it, and his renditions of Thanos, Warlock, Gamora and company were welcomed back by fandom at large. This six-issue epic centres on the Thanosi, clones of Thanos created to fulfil his agenda, and Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Moondragon and Spider-Man are among the heroes intervening in Thanos’ plot to destroy the anchor of reality and eliminate Earth once and for all. This complete 6 issue series is NM, and sold as a set for £40. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In the early days of the Marvel Age, the editors thought they could push Johnny Storm, the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch, as a solo star, following in the wake of his Golden Age predecessor, and his solo series had him pitted against some of the more outlandish villains in Marvel’s history. (Well, Paste-Pot Pete; say no more.) One such was the Sorceror, a gentleman who discovered Pandora’s Box and unleashed all the legendary evils in it upon our hapless hero. This often-overlooked Lee/Kirby story, in the last issue of Strange Tales before the debut of Dr. Strange, is one of the cleverer of Johnny’s, honestly, generally lacklustre solos, and is backed up by a Lee/Ditko twist-ending thriller, ‘Earth Is Off-Limits!’, and ‘Time Was…’ by Lee & Lieber. An attractive FN- p copy, with light to moderate spine wear but firm staples, this is on sale at £70. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In the 1970s, cuddly man-eating sharks were all the rage, and Marvel’s favourite skull-headed Satanic minion had his close encounter with the species in the bandwagon-jumping 16th issue of his ongoing series. This is a CGC Blue Label (no restoration) 9.4 (NM equivalent), on sale at £25 – a bargain to get your teeth into! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: More than twenty Silver Age Amazing Spider-Man entries this update, commencing with #46, the first appearance of the Shocker, and concluding with #114, wherein Spidey faces the twin menaces of Hammerhead and Doctor Octopus. Along the way, he faces off or fights beside (sometimes both in the same ish) Kraven, Vulture, Kingpin, Ka-Zar and Zabu, Quicksilver, Lizard and the Chameleon, all the while surrounded by the cavorting cast of crazy characters we know and love! This is a selection of mostly ‘readers’ – some Fine, but mostly ranging from PR to VG. Curiosity bonus: the newly-added #69 is Poor, but features an unverified autograph by artist Jim Mooney across the upper splash page!
*Marvel: A shimmering glissade through Marvel’s Bombastic Bronze Age this week, with many additions to the following titles: Avengers (between #200 & #300), Doc Savage (#2 with Steranko cover), Fantastic Four, Hulk, Marvel Chillers (with Modred the Mystic), Marvel Spotlight (1st series with Son Of Satan), Punisher, Secret Wars (1st series), Squadron Supreme (our catalogue now expanded to include most of the superlative 12 issue series from 1985), Thor, 2001 A Space Odyssey and X-Men (#96 & #115).
*Marvel: Can we tell you something? We love the She-Hulk here at 30th Century, we do. Not so much the first series, where, despite brave attempts, she generally came across as a pale imitation of her more famous cousin, but when John Byrne brought back her own series (after successfully rehabilitating the character in Fantastic Four) Jen was a smart, savvy lady who knew that she was a comic-book character and shamelessly exploited the tropes of the medium, breaking the ‘Fourth Wall’ on a regular basis, and reviving the most bizarre and outlandish elements from the Marvel Universe – Razorback, the Toad Men, the Blonde Phantom, Xemnu – in a fanboy’s delight, all the while establishing Jen Walters as a tough, witty and compassionate character with much more going on than her big green physique. We’re delighted to add the second series of Shulkie to our lists, with issues between #2 and #50 catalogued for your delectation.
*Marvel: Spinning out of a two-part ‘stealth pilot’ in X-Men #120 and #121, Alpha Flight were introduced as Canada’s premier super-team, retconned as the superhuman project from which Wolverine originated. Although therefore linked to Marvel’s most lucrative franchise, writer/artist John Byrne resisted too many crossovers with the mainstream MU, having the Flight predominantly operating in mainland Canada, and using the virtual tabula rasa of the characters to create stories which evoked the classic Marvel Silver Age, yet with a modern sensibility. Byrne quit the title after issue #28, and while the series went on for a long while after that (and indeed has had several subsequent revivals), it’s a truth universally acknowledged that the first 28 are the only ones really worth bothering with, so we’ve promoted the ones we have in stock to our catalogue listing.
*Horror 1940-1959: Standard’s Adventures Into Darkness provided high-quality work from a number of acclaimed artists, including Sekowsky, Katz and Alex Toth, the latter of whom graces this very issue, #5, behind an evocative Jack Katz cover; Ace’s Baffling Mysteries offers striking Lou Cameron artwork and, in #20, a classic bondage cover; and from ACG, we offer 1954’s first (and only) issue of the Clutching Hand, a rare one-shotof one of the less subtle titles of the period! Pictured are Adventures Into Darkness #5 GD+ £77, Baffling Mysteries #20 FA £25 and Clutching Hand #1 FA £30. See our online listings for further details, including Baffling Mysteries #21 in addition. SORRY, PICTURED ITEMS NOW SOLD
*Western: Twenty new ‘oaters’ added to our inventory from different publishers. From Marvel, we have early issues of Rawhide Kid, featuring Kirby art and including the first team-up with Two-Gun Kid, plus the cowboy Ghost Rider, who preceded the 70s Satanic super-hero. From Dell, we have additions to our stock of TV star Cheyenne and multi-media personality the Lone Ranger. And DC brings us All-Star Western (second series), the one-shot Trigger Twins, Weird Western Tales, American Revolutionary hero Tomahawk (not quite ‘period’, but if it’s got horses and is set in the past, it’s a Western by us), and spaghetti western-inspired anti-hero Jonah Hex. Jonah was an unexpected hit, bucking the anti-Western trend to win his own long-running title, and we have not only his first solo issue (VF- £48, pictured) but also the last, #92, a scarce item beautifully illustrated by Gray Morrow, among our new additions.
*Modern Reprints: A selection of full colour softcover compilations of some of DC’s finest: Batman: Brave & Bold the Bronze Age takes in many of the Darknight Detective’s most-loved team-ups, with most of the epic Neal Adams issues included. Secret Origins compiles the secrets behind the powers and abilities of DC’s greatest super-stars. Daring New Adventures of Supergirl presents the Maid of Steel’s breakaway series of the 1980s in two volumes. Super Powers showcases the work of the legendary Jack Kirby on DC’s greatest heroes and villains. The New Teen Titans features some of Wolfman and Perez’s most significant stories in the smash-hit series of the 80s. And World’s Finest: The Silver Age re-presents early Sixties wackiness and adventure from Dick Sprang, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan and more. All of these newly-added volumes are NM, virtually as new.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: One of Fawcett’s other long-running series, besides Captain Marvel and Family, was Nyoka the Jungle Girl. Originally adapted from a B-movie serial, Nyoka’s comics series lasted from 1942 to 1953, and she was unique among jungle girls in that she had realistic anatomy and sensible clothing! During the British Comics Famine of the 1950s, Len Miller, indefatigable re-packager of US titles, took Nyoka on, launching her British b & w series with #50, and running till #117. We have a Bakers’ Dozen Miller Nyokas, four later ones being fan-created facsimiles in VF, and the earlier issues being the first-run Miller reprints, in grades ranging from GD to VF.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: Alex Raymond’s classic detective comic strip Rip Kirby ran for decades, but its zenith was the late 1940s to the early 1950s, and this undated World Distributors compilation, which from context we’ve placed in the 1950s, is a softcover collection of three separate Alex Raymond stories – “The Elixir of Youth”, “Model In Trouble”, and “Desmond Makes A Lucky Strike”. Gunplay, violence, snappy dialogue and shapely ladies on both sides of the law, this is a truly delightful vintage piece. The flyleaf is brown, but the rest of the pages have held up well, and the softcover’s cloth spine is sound with only minor wear at lower edge. Although there is light to moderate corner and edge wear, the cover scene is unimpaired, and overall eye appeal good. On sale at £20.
*Collected Editions: Five collections of classic series, commencing with the 1961 ‘landscape’ double-feature of Garth in ‘The Last Goddess’, featuring the endlessly-reincarnated hero’s first encounter with his beloved Astra, and on the flip side, there’s two stories of ardent but maladroit Romeo Brown, delightfully illustrated by Jim Holdaway in a comic style very different from his Modesty Blaise work. Judge Anderson of Mega-City’s Psi-Division graces our shelves in two volumes of her Titan Books collections; Sydney Jordan’s interplanetary adventurer Jeff Hawke (think Flash Gordon, but in more sensible clothes) is featured in a 2008 hardcover, ‘Overlord’, with a new Brian Bolland cover and brand-new this week, Rebellion’s Turbo Jones, from the pages of Wildcat, a far-future Noah who predicted Earth’s destruction and assembled a space ark to find a new home for humanity. Anderson, Psi-Division Books 1 & 5 are both VF at £5 each; Garth/Romeo Brown (pictured) is VG/FN at £30; Jeff Hawke, Overlord is FN/VF £15 and Turbo Jones is a brand-new paperback compilation at £15.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Ah, Summertime! What better way to celebrate than with stories of bloody warfare? Home of D-Day Dawson, Johnny Red, Charley’s War, Major Eazy and a host of other acclaimed strips, Battle weekly reinvented the war genre for the British comic medium, and caught on so fast it won its own series of extra-length Specials in its first year of publication, 1975. We are chuffed to have that debut special, and its sequel from the following year, newly in stock in high grades, from a newsagent’s uncirculated stock, so never read, though very minor wear may have occurred owing to long-term storage. Battle Picture Weekly Summer Special 1975 (to give it its full title) is FN/VF £40, and its 1976 successor is VF £40. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A massive top-up to the D.C. Thomson adventure weekly Hotspur this week. When the first series of Hotspur, the story paper, breathed its last in 1959 after 1197 issues, the readership barely had time to mourn before it was relaunched the next week as ‘New Hotspur’, from #1 again – but although there were still a couple of token text stories, the thrust of Hotspur Mk II was comic strips. Over the next two decades, the series featured the usual mix of war, adventure and sport, but also ventured into science fiction (‘Return of the Fisters’, anyone?) and a surprising number of what our American cousins would call super-heroes – subterranean marvel the Black Sapper, daring aviator the Scarlet Hawk, teenage robot-botherer Red Star Robinson, time-displaced flying highwayman Nick Jolly and serpentine crimebuster King Cobra being prominent entries in the genre. Heck, even the Iron Teacher, a formidable robot who spent as much time inflicting corporal punishment on villains, dinosaurs and aliens as he did educating, would probably qualify. Hotspur Mk II absorbed its look-alike sibling Hornet in 1976, before itself stumbling into the maw of Victor in 1981, after a very respectable 1110 issues. We have 125 of said issues newly restocked, commencing with #2 and with a handful of other early numbers, but primarily dating from 1970 to 1976, when the quasi-superheroic craze was at its height.
As you may know, we’re a small team here at 30th Century, and with half of us away for annual holiday next week, it won’t be possible to post out orders, with available personnel keeping the shop open every day and no time to get to the Post Office. If you placed and paid for your order up to yesterday (Saturday 31st August) it will be posted on Monday 2nd September, but after that post-outs will not recommence until approximately 12th September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but you may still place orders as usual.
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 M – S
and in our American/British section:
*Memorabilia & Esoterica
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: A perennial fandom hot topic since the early Silver Age was “Who’s fastest, Superman or the Flash?” Amazingly, DC held off until 1967 to address, if not precisely answer, the question, with Superman #199, in which the Kryptonian Crusader and the Vizier of Velocity were forced to compete against each other for the title of World’s Swiftest Mortal. So hugely popular was this issue that a rematch was staged in Flash #175, later the same year, and a third bout, expanded to two parts, in World’s Finest #198 & #199 in 1970, with the tag-line, “This time… there MUST be a winner!”. So who was the winner? Hey, buy the books and find out! These three epic races are all new to our stocks this week: Superman #199 is FN+p £175; Flash #175 is FN+p £65 and World’s Finest #198 & #199 are both FN+ p at £40 each. We expect all these issues to move almost as fast as our fleet-footed competitors, so act with appropriate celerity if you want to nab them! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*DC: From the Gerry Conway and Gene Colan period of Detective Comics, when the Batman was once again being brought back to his noir roots, a new villain emerged: Killer Croc, the sideshow wrestler whose genetic anomaly caused him to degenerate into an animalistic killer and haunter of Gotham City’s sewers. Catching on big time with the readership, Croc has subsequently made it into animated TV shows, video games, and of course the big screen as one of the ‘Suicide Squad’ ensemble. Croc’s first cameo appearance was in Detective Comics #523 in 1983, and his storyline crossed over with early appearances of Jason Todd, the second Robin. Detective #523 (pictured) is NM p £50; #524 (1st ‘full Croc’, second Jason Todd) VF/NM p £20; and #525 (2nd full Croc, third Jason Todd) NM £30. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*DC: Around the turn of the century, DC flirted with a revival of its 1970s tabloid format in a handful of glossy oversized squarebound editions focussing on key characters in the DC pantheon, and in almost all cases, fully painted by Alex Ross, the artist who had made Marvels and Kingdom Come such breakthrough successes. Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth focuses on DC’s Amazing Amazon, and evokes in lush text and illustrations the core values of the character – which DC has subsequently been diligently undermining, but don’t get me started. Written by acclaimed scripter Paul Dini, this is a gorgeous package, in Near Mint condition, on sale at £20.
*DC/Marvel: In 1976, after some delicate negotiations, Marvel and DC decided to create a team-up between their two iconic characters which proved too big for a regular-sized comic – so the tabloid-sized format, as seen in Marvel’s Treasury Editions and DC’s Limited Collectors’ Editions, was co-opted for this event! Superman and Spider-Man (as well as guest-villains Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus) are note-perfect in this mega-sized saga. This triggered a series of cross-overs between the two companies, with DC and Marvel alternating on the publishing chores: DC Special Series #27 featured an apparent mismatch between Batman and the Hulk – which, owing to the intervention of the Joker and the Shaper of Worlds, isn’t the one-panel wonder you’d expect! Superbly illustrated by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, the Bat/Hulk clash is less frequently encountered ‘in the wild’. Marvel was at the production helm by 1981, when Marvel Treasury Edition #28 was released, with the follow-up Superman and Spider-Man team-up, this time co-featuring Wonder Woman and the Hulk and the villainy of Doctor Doom and the Parasite! We are delighted to have all these epic editions back in stock: Superman Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man, to give the first its full title, is a FN/VF cents copy, no pence price or overstamp, clean and bright with minimal corner and edge wear. DC Special Series #27 is VG, light to moderate spine wear and a few small breaks in cover colour. Marvel Treasury Edition #28 is FN, light wear, but still clean interiors, vivid unimpaired cover scene. Superman Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man is FN/VF £90; DC Special Series is VG £35 and Marvel Treasury Edition #28 is FN £50.
*Marvel: When you’re dealing with a comic this significant, none of our usual sarky comments are needed. Newly in, the fourth issue of Amazing Spider-Man, a Lee & Ditko classic which introduced Spidey to the gentleman who would become one of his most vehement enemies – and occasionally, a reluctant hero – the shape-shifting Sandman, whose molecular mastery came close to baffling our hero. In addition, this issue features the debut of Betty Brant, a lady who was to become very important in the Wall-Crawler’s life. This is a CGC Blue Label (no restoration) copy, graded at 3.0 (GD/VG) bearing visible light to moderate edge and corner wear to the cover, but a completely unimpeded cover scene with unfaded red background. This beautiful and historic item is on sale at £530. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: We’re delighted to add to our catalogue this week the first series of Moon Knight, the multiple secret identity super-hero often considered an ersatz Batman. He’s been around now since 1975, and it’s about time he got better exposure in our catalogue than his various guest appearances and one-shots which led up to this, his first on-going series lasting 38 issues from 1980-1984. With Adamsesque art by the moody Bill Sienkiewicz on most issues and some stunning covers, this has very much become a fan favourite series in recent years, and a TV series has just been announced. Issue #1 (pictured) is NM £45; issue #25 (VF p £30 1st Black Spectre, MK’s arch-nemesis) is also included, as are most of the run — see our catalogue for details.
*Marvel: The 87th issue of New Mutants featured the first full appearance (he had made a fleeting walk-on in the previous) of Cable, a man from an apocalyptic near-future, son of Scott Summers by a cloned replica of Jean Grey, who came back in time to prevent his own future from coming to pass. Or something like that. His powers include metal bits, a strappy costume, really big guns, and glaring a lot. With a shiny eye, for no very good reason. Anyway, he took over the stewardship of the New Mutants from Magneto, and eventually honed the survivors into X-Force, a dubious achievement for which no-one should thank him. He’s since bobbed back between ‘now’ and the future, interfering with his own and the world’s time stream, and accosting various mutant children to become the Hope of the World. Kind of a perma-grumpy Mary Poppins, he’s a super-powered nanny with metal limbs. Confusing back history and ambiguous abilities or not, his co-starring role in the record-breaking second Deadpool film has caused interest in the character’s early appearances to peak. This copy of the mulleted marvel’s debut is a CGC 8.5 (VF+) certified signed by artist/creator Rob Liefeld on 22nd July 2016, and is on sale at £160. And the best part of being slabbed? You don’t have to look inside it!
*Marvel: Interest has recently been piqued in Journey Into Mystery #102 not because of Thor’s re-match with Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man up front (though that’s pretty nifty too), but for the ‘Tales of Asgard’ back-up, which features the first appearances of Sif, Balder and Hela, three characters who would become integral to the God of Thunder’s Marvel Age mythos – though admittedly, none of them, in this first look, are quite as we’d become familiar with them. Given the importance of all three (especially Hela, lately retconned as Thor’s big sis in the Thor: Ragnarok movie), prices are looking up on this previously-unnoticed key issue. This copy is a very appealing VG/FN, with deep purple background colour and only minor incidental creasing at the upper edge and right corner. A pence printed copy, it is on sale for £150.
*Marvel: X-Men issue #129 introduced not one, but two, characters who were to become major players in the lives of the X-Men. Kitty Pryde, the young immaterial ingenue, made her debut as a pupil at Xavier’s school, and went on to become a central part of the series, eventually becoming the leader of the team, while Emma Frost, White Queen of the Hellfire Club, dedicated her telepathic prowess to the X-Men’s destruction – though that dedication hasn’t prevented her from occasionally joining the group herself, and seducing Cyclops whenever Jean Grey happens to be dead for a while! This copy of X-Men #129 is a striking VF+, with only very soft ‘blunting’ of cover corners, tight staples, bright covers with excellent gloss. A cents copy, no UK stamp or overprint, it is on sale at £75.
*Marvel: A further expansion to our catalogue range this week as we extend our listed range of Spectacular Spider-Man (Marvel’s second monthly title debuting in 1976 dedicated to the Wallcrawler) up to #100. Included are lots of appearances by the Black Cat, Cloak & Dagger, the Punisher and many of Spidey’s Rogues’ Gallery. Of special note are #64 GD/VG p £22 (1st Cloak & Dagger) and #90 VF/NM p £30 (joint 1st appearance of the black costume). Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Marvel: One of the most staggeringly popular reinventions of a character in the 1970s was Jim Starlin’s take on Warlock, the quasi-Messiah of Counter-Earth originally created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane. Bringing Warlock back from the dead, Starlin planted him front and centre of the cosmic saga that Starlin had been unfolding in the pages of Captain Marvel and elsewhere, and after an acclaimed run in Strange Tales, Warlock won his own series back, beginning with #9 (continuing the numbering of his previous run) in 1975. Although critically and artistically acclaimed, it couldn’t sustain mass-market sales, and ended again with #15, though the character has remained pivotal to most of Marvel’s cosmos-altering crossovers ever since. We have three of the Jim Starlin Warlocks back in stock in immaculate NM grades, the finest copies we’ve seen since their original publication, all cents copies with no UK pricing: #9 NM £55, #10 NM £55 and #15 NM £55. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: 1992’s one-off, Spider-Man Special Edition: The Trial of Venom, was an extremely limited issue which could only be obtained, at the time, by making a $5 charitable donation to UNICEF. By Peter David and Jim Craig, the one-shot co-stars Daredevil (hence the legal framework for the plot), and comes with a poster bound in. Although the print run is uncertain, very few copies are now in circulation, and this one comes with the still firmly secured poster; NM- at £30. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Following the smash hit of Secret Wars, Marvel revisited the theme with, rather unimaginatively, Secret Wars II in 1985; the Beyonder, the cosmic entity which instigated the first series, having become intrigued by humanity, visits Earth in human form, and inevitably comes into conflict with Earth’s superhumans and the cosmic entities that exist in the Marvel Universe. Featuring, as before, a multiplicity of crossovers with the rest of the Marvel Universe, this series didn’t have the epochal impact of its predecessor, but Jim Shooter’s script had plenty of intriguing moments, especially the Beyonder’s struggles to adapt to everyday human activities, such as eating, sleeping, using the bathroom – and falling in love! But don’t worry, there’s action a’plenty too! This complete 9 issue series, averaging VF, pence copies, is available as a set for £35. SORRY, THIS SET HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Avengers Annuals and Giant-Sizes feature this week, with Annuals #6, #8 & #10 (1st Rogue), and Giant-sizes #1-4, with the wedding of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in #4.
*Marvel: Marvel’s space-born cosmic super-hero soars this update with a huge influx of our stocks of Captain Marvel ranging from #2 to #62 (the final issue), and most issues between. Guest stars mingle with Marvel’s emerging cosmic cast in a series of galaxy-expanding adventures!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: This week’s entry in our Atomic Sci-Fi event qualifies just about by means of its title and cover, though the content is more general adventure. One of the plethora of anthologies put out post-war by publishers hoping to snag readers from the then-dwindling superhero market, Atomic Comics might have languished in obscurity but for the fact that several of its features – including crimebuster ‘Inspector Dayton’ and plucky aviatrix ‘Lucky Wings’ – featured art from Matt Baker, the definitive ‘Good Girl Artist’ remembered these days for his outstanding work on Phantom Lady. Pilot ‘Pop Powers’ and loinclothed do-gooder ‘Congo King’ – unusually, a non-Caucasian entry in the Jungle Lord sweepstakes – also show some trace of Baker involvement, but either they were rush jobs or he was heavily collaborated over. Nevertheless, an intriguing mixed bag from one of the greats of the Golden Age, with a gloriously pulpy (non-Baker) cover promising unleashed horrors from ‘The Manhattan Project’. This is remarkably well-preserved for a Golden Age item – FN+ – only minor cover wear at corners, but unimpaired cover image with vivid colour. Firm staples, cream interior pages with no trace of brittleness or browning. One small pence price (“1/-“) has been very carefully handwritten beneath the printed American price, but otherwise it’s utterly unblemished. On sale at £185. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: By its tenth issue, Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan’s highly acclaimed run on Tomb of Dracula was in full swing, racking up plaudits from critics and fans alike, when suddenly there came a character who was to outstrip even the success of his comic book ‘parent’. Blade the Vampire Slayer debuted in issue #10, and, numerous comic-book appearances and a highly successful movie trilogy (Marvel’s first such, in fact) behind him, remains one of the more enduring breakthrough characters of the 1970s. With the Blade franchise shortly about to be ‘rebooted’, in the media’s voracious frenzy for new properties, Blade’s early appearances are once more spiralling upward. This is a cents copy, no UK price or overstamp, in superior VF+ condition, excellent cover colour and gloss, firm staples at spine and centrefold, tiny crease in upper right cover corner and small faint arrival date at side of the logo. VF+ key on sale at £900. Front, back and splash shown below; high resolution images are available on request.
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: In addition to holding down no fewer than four long-running titles – Patsy Walker, Patsy & Hedy, Patsy & Her Pals, and Miss America starring Guess Who – the formidable Miss W. also helmed a number of shorter run series, three of which we spotlight this week! Girls’ Life was, allegedly, edited by Patsy herself, with our ubiquitous redhead giving advice on fashion, charm, and love dilemmas – all in comic strip form. Hedy Wolfe was a one-off spotlighting Patsy’s beloved ‘Frenemy’, and Meet Miss Bliss starred, of all things, one of Patsy’s teachers at Centreville High – when your supporting cast can score their own titles, that’s star power! All three feature rather charming art by Al Hartley. Pictured are Girls’ Life #1 GD £16 and Hedy Wolfe #1 GD/VG £35; for details of the rest, check out our catalogue entries.
*Memorabilia & Esoterica: The Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar – or ‘Memory Album’, as they call it – from 1977 features 12 all-new pieces of art from the great and good of the Marvel Bullpen: John Romita, Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, John Buscema, Gene Colan, George Perez and others illustrate the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor, the Avengers, the Defenders, Luke Cage, Dracula, and many more in full-colour pin-ups which – we believe – have never been reprinted. This is an unused, unmarked spiral-bound calendar awash with trivia about the Marvel characters and creators, FN/VF condition, yours for £20. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Annuals: This week, we celebrate two British institutions – or to be more specific Scottish, as Oor Wullie and the Broons, from Scotland’s Sunday Post, have been gathered in Annuals since 1940 and 1939 respectively. Originally the creations of stellar cartoonist Dudley D. Watkins, these tales of a bustling nuclear family and an introspective lad of mischief have warmed the hearts of generations, and remain an Annual tradition – published in alternating years – to the present day. From the same pedigree source as our previous ‘Immaculate’ selections, these are from a newsagent’s inventory, never circulated or read, no prices clipped, no gift dedications, ‘This Book Belongs To’ inscriptions or other interior markings, solid spines, tight corners and bright, vibrant colours. A few have minor edge wear from long-term storage, but their overall condition is remarkable for their vintage. We have a selection of the Broons from 1958 to 1974, and Oor Wullie from 1967 and 1969. Pictured: Broons 1958 GD (tape residue on cover) £30 and 1966 VG £30.
*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 number who ran around the jungle in a pair of cut-off shorts terrorising the invading Japanese with his mongoose. No, that’s not a euphemism. We have a clutch of Free Gift Hornets from 1968 to 1970, opening with #264, where the gift, a gummed sheet of photos of footballers, has become partly stuck to the interiors over the years. #314 features the ‘Hornet Book of Football Facts and Photos’, and both #354 and #355 each feature a sheet of full-colour photo-cards of world cup stars, fortunately not stuck anywhere. #373 has the nicest gift of all, the Hornet Pop-Pistol, still in its original packaging and said packaging still glued inside the comic as it originally was, which unfortunately has caused some distortion and damage to the comic’s pages, but the gift is immaculate. #264 is GD with gift GD- £10; the remainder are pictured: #314 FN with gift VF £15, #354 FN with gift VF £15, #355 GD with gift VF £12.50 and #373 FA with gift VF £20. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: in 1975, Fleetway/IPC repackaged several of its cult adventure strips – Mytek the Mighty, the Spider, Kelly’s Eye, Robot Archie, Trigan Empire and more – in Vulcan, a slick-paper weekly in a faux-America size, smaller than the traditional British comic. Though well-received by critics, Vulcan didn’t catch the public eye, and its national run lasted fewer issues than its Scottish ‘trial’. We have several new copies of this now sought-after short-run series, from the third issue to the penultimate, 27th March 1976.
*Humour Comics: Whoopee was a popular anarchic humour anthology from IPC/Fleetway, launched in 1974 and home to several famous and popular strips, including the ‘Bumpkin Billionaires’, ‘Evil Eye’, ‘Supermum’ and of course ‘Sweeny Toddler’. We have new Whoopee Holiday/Summer Specials in, from 1978 to 1983, plus the first solo special for Ken Reid’s famous creation, ‘Frankie Stein’! Depicted are Whoopee Holiday Special 1976 (VF £20), and the premier Whoopee Frankie Stein Summer Special from 1975 (VF £50).
*Humour Comics: Launched in 1970, Cor! brought a more irreverent attitude to the traditional humour weekly, with popular strips ‘Ivor Lott and Tony Broke’, ‘Fuss Pott’, ‘Jasper the Grasper’, and cover-star ‘Gus the Gorilla’, whose weekly thwarting of some jobsworth or busybody was invariably greeted by the slogan, ‘You can’t make a monkey out of Gus!’, thereby appeasing both the biologically and politically correct. (Gorillas ain’t monkeys, kids; look it up). Token adventure series were ‘Kid Chameleon’ (orphaned child in desert raised by reptiles, who weave him a colour-changing scale-suit because of course they would) and, later, ‘Rat-Trap’, in which the eponymous rodent-faced villain, Dr. Rat, delivered a literal raspberry to the forces of good at each weekly denouement. This selection of Cor! ranges from 18th July 1970 to 1st June 1974, just a couple of issues short of the title’s final issue. Averaging Fine condition, these are generally very clean and bright copies with minimal wear.
*Girls’ Comics: Judy, home to Wee Slavey, Nannette of the North, Bobby Dazzler and a host of others, launched in 1960 following the success of its slightly older sister Bunty, and the pair dominated the UK comics scene for several years. The promotional giveaways attached to certain issues are seldom seen with comics of this vintage, so we’re lucky to have acquired several numbers ‘bearing gifts’, beginning with 1960’s #4, and the card promoting ‘Lovely Young Dancers of 1960’; try not to dwell on how they’re all dead or pensioners by now. Issue #211 from 1964 features the lovely ‘Forget-Me-Not’ Necklace, #315 from 1966 has a mysterious sealed envelope which contains something we’re pretty sure is the cover-touted ‘Golden Heart Pendant’, and 1968’s #418 presents the ‘Blue Lagoon’ necklace – Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields not included. Slight variations in the grades of the comics are caused by the stress on the paper of having the sometimes bulky gifts inside for decades, so the defects are only due to pressure, not tears or staining. Issue #4 is FN with Free Gift VF at £75,#211 is VG with Free Gift VF £40, #315 is FN with Free Gift VF at £45 and #418 is VG with Free Gift VF at £40.