*DC: The Black Canary had recently crossed over from Earth-2 to Earth-1 in JLA #75, following an unfortunate sequence of events, and her formidable self-defense and detective skills were augmented by an ‘instant-mutation’ – known then as the ‘Sonic Whammy’, later as the ‘Canary Cry’ – which established her as a true super-being, fit to stand among the metahuman JLAers. (and Batman, ahem ahem). That being said her membership, though debated, wasn’t formally announced for several issues, but this is the one in which she started acting as a member of the JLA. This new copy is a highly attractive FN+, cents copy with no pence overstamp, tight, firm and glossy, and the high grade, plus the iconic cover image (which was regarded as a wee bit saucy back in the day) prices it at £100. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: Launched to cash in on a TV cartoon, Super-Friends was an all-ages version of the Justice League that not only outstripped its leaden and anodyne cartoon inspiration, but, once writer E.Nelson Bridwell and primary artist Ramona Fradon hit their stride, was the best Justice League being published at the time! Granted, since the main JLA was in the hands of Conway and Dillin, that’s not a high bar, but nevertheless, ENB made the book a fun and imaginative read. New in we have #1, with the comic-book debuts of Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog, the crimefighters in training who were rapidly elbowed out of the series by #7, also new in this week, when the extraterrestrial siblings Zan and Jayna, the Wonder Twins, moved in! Our copy of #1 is VF £28; our #7, in the wake of a critically acclaimed recent Wonder Twins series, is VF/NM £50.
*DC: A selection of Batman (from #107 to #113) and Detective Comics (from #239 to #250) in lower grades, battered, creased, and ‘well-read’, official grades ranging from Poor to the dizzying heights of Good, but most previously unrepresented in our stock, and all with all story pages complete and readable. Weird costumes, bodily transformations, aliens and robots galore – give them a good home!
*DC: We’re extending our range of these classic characters this week! Commencing in 1982, the revival of Blackhawk by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle may seem at odds with our classic comics policy, but this run – acknowledged by rueful DC execs as their ‘best-kept secret’ – ignored all the modernisations. Set in the World War II Era where the characters originated, Evanier and Spiegle both filled out and distilled the essences of Blackhawk and his international team of heroic aviators, as they faced an ever more fantastical succession of menaces – with, all the while, the lethal but fascinating femme fatale Domino opposing them. Combining high adventure, wartime drama, and several shoplifted elements of film noir, this series of Blackhawk is a largely undiscovered treat. Dave Cockrum, Howard Chaykin, Joe Kubert and Gil Kane are among the distinguished cover artists on this labour of love. We have this series from the first revival issue, #251, consecutively through to #265, added to our lists.
*Marvel: Lee & Kirby’s Fantastic Four added to its many innovations in 1966’s FF #52, when they introduced the first black super-hero in comics. The Black Panther was the head of a highly sophisticated and technologically advanced African nation, Wakanda, and was in time to become not only one of the FF’s greatest allies, but a mainstay of their fellow heroes, the Avengers. Following his spectacular big-screen success, T’Challa’s earliest appearances have never been in higher demand, and we have a FN copy, cents, with no UK price stamp or overprint, new in stock. Tight at staples, sharp corners, with strong, largely unbroken black cover background, only a few very faint corner creases, and a few light breaks in the spine colour. This FN key debut is on sale at £500. Front and back cover and splash pages shown below; high resolution images are available on request.
*Marvel: One conspicuous exception to our habitual ‘vintage only’ policy are debut issues of significant characters, and there are 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 fully-fledged Emperor 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 which disclosed its true agenda! 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 a sparkling VF/NM, tight corners, sharp edges, and none of the faint ‘corrugation’ effect which sometimes bedevils copies of this issue (we suspect due to an inferior batch of cover stock). VF/NM p £225. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In 1970, Marvel tried something different from their familiar super-heroics; at the urging of writer Roy Thomas, they put out a sword & sorcery title adapting the Robert E. Howard stories of Conan the Barbarian, and, bucking the trend, it was smash hit – thanks in no small part to the illustration of Barry (not-yet-Windsor) Smith, a talented young British artist who gave Cimmeria’s favourite son grace and feral power, filling Conan’s world with mystery, menace and beauty as monsters and maidens competed for our hero’s attentions. Conan’s first series at Marvel ran 275 issues and multitudinous specials and spin-offs, and after a long sojourn over at Dark Horse, he’s back! To celebrate, we release this CBCS slabbed copy, graded 7.5 (VF- equivalent). This late Silver-Age debut is rarer than most – by this time, print runs were dropping from the 1960s heyday – and this is perhaps the second-nicest we’ve seen in our 25-year trading span. CBCS 7.5 on sale at £200. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The Claremont & Cockrum New X-Men was already a critical hit when #101 turned up, and in a dramatic turn of events, Jean Grey, former weak sister of the team, was escalated into a powerhouse when a cosmic ray storm transformed her into the entity known as Phoenix – and a major, ultimately tragic, story arc for the X-Men began. Claremont and his new collaborator, John Byrne, developed the theme further when, thanks to Mastermind’s machinations, Jean became corrupted into the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club, beginning a downward spiral that would culminate in her final form of the Dark Phoenix. These remain key and highly sought after issues, whose appeal has been enhanced by the recent release of the X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie. Issue #101 is VF+ p £240; #134 VF/NM cents £90.
*Marvel: In Strange Tales #126, the Torch & Thing team-up still held cover sway, as the ‘hot’ half of the Fantastic Four squared off against the Thinker and the Puppet Master – but let’s be real, the long-term money was always on Doctor Strange, and the Master of the Mystic Arts (capably guided by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko), delivered in abundance this issue, with the first appearances not only of perhaps his greatest nemesis, the deadly Dormammu, but also the mystery woman who would become the love of Strange’s life, Clea. (Who was also Dormammu’s niece. Which would make the atmosphere around the Christmas dinner-table a tad frosty, to say the least.) This copy of the double debut is FN, cents with no UK pricing. There is a very faint shallow diagonal crease on the right side of the cover, from the mid-point to the lower edge, but otherwise the cover colour is unbroken, and unfaded. On sale at £125. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: There have been a few to wear the mantle of Spider-Woman, but Jessica Drew was the first, and her spooky, off-kilter original series with a dark edge is well-remembered today. Originating as a copyright-saving place-marker when Marvel heard rumours another publisher was working on a Spider-Woman series, the original one-off in Marvel Spotlight #32 proved an unexpected hit, and her ongoing series ensued, substantially revising her origin to make her more ‘relatable’. Having served a long stint in various Avengers line-ups, Jessica Drew has become a mainstay of Marvel, and with rumours of a Spider-Woman film having reached us… well, could there be a better time to pick up her early appearances, neither of which was UK distributed? Marvel Spotlight # 32 is VF £75: Spider-Woman #1 is VF+ £45. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: When the Ant-Man name was unclaimed in the late 1970s, a brainier-than-average sneak-thief, Scott Lang, stole Hank Pym’s old apparatus and became the second bearer of that title! But it’s okay – he did bad things for good reasons, specifically to find a cure for his dying daughter, as was revealed in Marvel Premiere #47 and #48, the two-part tale which (after a non-costumed cameo in Avengers #181) was Scott’s first full appearance. John Byrne and David Michelinie created this different take on the hero, and since then, Scott has had his ups and downs – been in jail a few times, been dead a few more, been a love-slave of the Purple Man (No, really. Google it. Better yet, don’t) – but he’s fought his way back to respectability, and has achieved cinematic stardom in two eponymous movie hits, plus pivotal roles in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. This double-dip debut for our loveable scientist scofflaw consists of a VF+ #47 at £60, and the conclusion in #48 NM will run you a mere £30. Both are cents copies with no UK price overprint.
*Marvel: It’s always a great pleasure to welcome the works of Jim Steranko to our catalogue, and nowhere more so than in the pages of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD from 1968. He only stayed with the title for a few issues after it launched from Strange Tales, but what issues they were, whether on full cover and interior art duty, as in #2 & #3 here (#3 featuring our favourite Steranko story) or just on covers, as on the iconic outer space cover to #6 and the famous ‘Dali homage’ on #7. If only he’d done more…
*Marvel: We’re too good to you Spiderphiles this week as we present our second Spidey update, featuring high grade issues from the above range, in which our hero tangles with the Scorpion, the Rhino, Sabretooth, the Red Skull, Magneto, Boomerang, Venom and Cardiac, to name but a few, and also featuring many guest stars such as the Hulk, Captain America, Silver Sable and others. Includes #345 (NM p £20), the 1st full appearance of Cletus Kasady, the man who would be Carnage.
*Marvel: Let’s ‘fess up, on the face of it, the She-Hulk sounded like a really lame idea when we first heard of her — what was to follow? Hulk Dog, the Hulkmobile, Hulk Turtle etc? But — amazingly, Jen Walters has gone on to become one of the most enduring and endearing characters in the Marvel Universe (one fondly remembers John Byrne’s charming take on the Sensational She-Hulk, and subsequent series have been full of humour, wit and (mostly) intelligent writing by the likes of Dan Slott etc). There wasn’t too much trace of that in Jen’s first series, the Savage She-Hulk, when it saw the light of day back in 1980 when she was mostly as angry as her cousin, but we’re delighted to have early issues of Jen’s beginnings back in stock: #2-10, cents copies mostly in near mint, and the final issue, #25. Full details in our catalogue.
*Marvel: Another visit to the Marvel Silver & Bronze ages for the following titles: Amazing Adventures (both Inhumans/Black Widow split book and Killraven), Astonishing Tales (Ka-Zar/Dr. Doom split book), Captain America (inc #111 by that man Steranko again), Captain Marvel and Daredevil (inc #11 by Wally Wood and #50 & #52 by Barry Smith). As always, full details in our catalogue.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: Concluding the non-genre section of our Atlas Explosion Event, we have a variety of adventure titles from the 1940s and 1950s: Crimefighters launched in 1948 and was relaunched in 1954 as Crime Fighters (clearly a completely new idea); we have issue #2 of the first series and the complete three-issue run of the second series (numbered #11 to #13, to save on Postal Licencing fees) new in. Men’s Adventures was another general-purpose adventure series which later mutated into war and later still horror, but this early issue, #5 (second issue of the series, see above) features one of the first sci-fi/’flying saucer’ stories. Spy Thrillers ran four issues from 1954 to 1955, tapping into the cold war zeitgeist; we have almost the run, lacking only #3, new in. And the Big One for this entry is Man Comics, devoted to all things butch and hairy-chested, with tales of heroic lumberjacks, firefighters, cops, detectives, sportsmen and… child-beating thugs. Oh, well, they count as men too, I guess. Man Comics was another chameleoid title, turning entirely to war with issues #9 to #25, which can be found, you’ll have guessed, in our war section. Here we have the entire run of non-war issues (though #3 is a damaged copy, free with issue #4), including the post-war trio of #26 to #28, which feature ‘Bob Brant and his Trouble-Shooters’, in a blatant rip-off the ‘Wise Guys’ from Gleason’s Daredevil series. Pictured are Crime Fighters #12 VG+ £24, Man Comics 1 GD- £25, Men’s Adventures 5 VG/FN £49 and Spy Thrillers #1 VG £40.
*Horror 1940-1959: We conclude our Atlas Explosion Horror category with one of Atlas’ earliest entries into the horror genre, and one of the most enduring; Uncanny Tales ran from 1952 to 1957, with the first 28 issues being unfettered by the Comics Code authority. We have 18 of those 28 Pre-Code editions new in stock, with some of the most disturbing and imaginative covers by Everett, Heath, Maneely and others really pulling out the stops for lurid, attention-getting images. Contributing artists, in addition to the aforementioned trinity of Everett, Maneely and Heath, include Briefer, Crandall, Sekowsky, Drucker, Colan, Powell, Robinson, Romita, and Wildey, among many others. Illustrated here are #1 FA £89, #5 FA/GD £51; #9 GD- £53; #12 VG+ £115; #13 GD+ £75; #19 GD+ £63; #20 GD £50 and #23 GD+ £57. As always, prices on the others – many very affordable ‘reading copies’ – may be found in our online catalogue. Our Horror Mega-Fest has one more trick up its sleeve which we’ll be playing very soon!
*War: We conclude our Atlas event in the War category! Beginning as a general adventure series, Man Comics, with its 9th issue, mutated into an all-war series, with the lurid violence, ethnic stereotypes, and dark humour that characterised most of Atlas’ Pre-Code War output. We have the entire War phase of Man Comics, issues #9 to #25, newly in stock, with more bloodletting then you can shake a fist at! With artwork by Heath, Robinson, Severin, Maneely, Colan, Everett, and that fun guy Robert Q. Sale, these’ll put hair on your chest! (Caution: not recommended reading for ladies.) Depicted are issue #13 FN £34 and 18 FN+ £41; other issues in a variety of grades and prices listed in our online catalogue.
*Western: We conclude our Atlas event in the Western category, bringing our entire Atlas Explosion to a satisfying conclusion. Unlike many western heroes of the 1950s, Tex Dawson, the Western Kid was neither an outlaw nor seeking revenge; instead, the squeaky-clean adventurer wandered the Old West with his ‘Savage Stallion’ Whirlwind and ‘Miracle Dog’ Lightning, doing good just because…. well, it was the good thing to do. Sounds a bit dull? Not so. Western Kid’s adventures were lively and charming, and beautifully drawn by a young John Romita towards the start of his career, who was the primary artist on all seventeen issues. Maneely, Everett and Shores contributed cover images – and some very striking ones – but the interior art was virtually all Romita, and well worth seeing. We have a complete run of the series, #1-17, new in stock. Pictured are #1 VG+ £40, #3 VG+ £22 and #8 FN £30. Prices and grades on the rest of the series in our online listings. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed bringing you these Atlas titles over the last nine months, and, although there’s sure to be more Atlas in our future, we doubt we’ll ever see the like of the Atlas Explosion again!
*Modern Reprints: In keeping with our Atlas Explosion event, we have additional volumes of the Marvel Masterworks reprinting the classic horror/mystery tales: Journey Into Mystery Volumes 1 & 2, and Strange Tales Volumes 1-3 are newly added this week in NM condition, full-colour hardcover sequential compilations of these well-remembered titles. Everett, Heath, Post, Shores, Severin, Maneely, Benulis, Sinnott and a galaxy of star artists among the contributors.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: While more famous for its horror titles, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella, Warren did in 1965 attempt to diversify with Blazing Combat, a war-themed anthology mag written (almost entirely) by Archie Goodwin, with the same stellar roster of artists – Toth, Wood, Colan, Severin, and cover artist Frank Frazetta – used in the horror line. But while the work was of superb quality, the politics, representing the human cost of war, were at odds with zeitgeist of the times, and in particular the anti-Vietnam story, “Landscape”, in issue #2, ensured that after #3, PXs across America stopped carrying the series, with a record zero copies of #4 ordered by military bases. With that chunk taken out of circulation – and with threats that PXs would stop stocking the rest of Warren’s line in protest against Blazing Combat – Warren cancelled the series with issue #4 in 1966. Generally acknowledged as the finest war comic since the EC days, we have the entire 4-issue run back in stock. Pictured is #1 (FN- p £55); others in our online catalogue.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: This week’s selection of second-hand love (UK repackaging of American originals) spans several publishers. From World Distributors, we have Exciting Romances from #1, reprinting primarily Fawcett material with photo-covers. From Trent – a publisher we’ve not heard of before – Falling In Love, 68-page collections of the top-line DC romance title. Miller is represented this update by two ongoing series: I Love You, primarily reprinting the Charlton series of the same name, and Love Affair, reprinting – no, this one’s stumped the panel; we have no clue! And finally, a succession of Streamline one-offs: Foolish Bride, Frightened Bride, He Scorned Her (all three with early Wally Wood art, and the latter a 68-page giant with a delightfully pulpy cover), His Love, Long Distance Wife, and Love Locked Me Out. The Streamline one-offs are mostly from the notoriously cheapjack Fox Comics line, so while they’re interesting historical artefacts, expectations… should be managed, let’s say. Illustrated: Falling In Love #9 (FN £15), Frightened Bride (FN £10), and He Scorned Her (FN £15).
*Annuals: Continuing our pedigree collection of ‘Immaculate Annuals’, this week, we join the ladies – and the first ladies of the British comics world were Bunty and her younger sister Judy, the backbone of D.C. Thomson’s girls’ weeklies. 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. No prices clipped, no gift dedications, ‘This Book Belongs To’ inscriptions or other interior markings, solid spines, tight corners and generally bright colours. However, the format of Bunty and Judy Annuals – non-slick hardcovers with slick dustjackets – has meant that a very small amount of dustshadow and edge grubbiness, particularly on lower edges, has occurred over the years, meaning that these Annuals – while still superior to the general run of second-hand items – are perhaps not quite as shiny as other entries in this collection. Nevertheless, as remarked, much better than the average, with no interior flaws. We have Bunty from 1965 to 1970 (Missing only ’67), and Judy from 1965 to 1969. Illustrated are Bunty Annual 1970 (VF DJ FN, £13.50) and Judy 1965 (FN DJ FN, £12).
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: At the beginning of 1977, a comic was launched that captured the zeitgeist of the times, more anarchic and anti-establishment than anything that had come before it in British comics, no more so than in (paradoxically) the ultra-Establishment figure of Judge Dredd, the iconic anti-hero who has gone on to become legendary after debuting in issue #2, joining Mach-1, Invasion, Harlem’s Heroes, Flesh and the new Dan Dare as the star line-up. This copy of Dredd’s debut is FA/GD; interior pages clean and sound, but moderate cover wear, including small upper spine split, half-inch tear mid-right cover edge, small corner off lower right cover corner, and a 1″ (approx) tear from the lower cover edge, which affects the first six interior pages also. Nevertheless, all interior pages are clean, sound and eminently readable. This copy of #2, Judge Dredd’s debut, is on sale at £90.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: The demand for pre-1960 Tiger comics seems to have been very high for ages now — maybe there were less printed than their counterparts, or possibly their large size meant that fewer survived. For whatever reason, they just don’t turn up very often, so when we had a chance to acquire an almost complete year for 1958, we grabbed it, even though these copies (almost all Fair) are in lower grade than we normally find acceptable these days. To clarify, although they all have nice page quality, with just the odd nick or crease here and there, the grade is brought down by very rusty staples, which in most cases have ‘bled’ into the areas around them. Otherwise, most of these would be VG. Still, eminently readable and good gap-fillers in a hard to find title. Your chance to catch up with the cover-featured Roy Of The Rovers, plus Olac the Gladiator, racing driver Jeff Jackson, the Frogmen Spy Hunters and innumerable others. Just a couple of issues missing from the complete year. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Humour Comics: One of our favourite British humour titles from the 1970s is Shiver & Shake, the two comics in one extravaganza hosted by Shiver (the Ghost) and Shake (the Elephant) and featuring such star strips as Frankie Stein, Horrornation Street, Scream Inn, Tough Nutt & Softy Centre etc. A couple of dozen issues new in from 1973/74, mostly in nice FN or VG grades, including the Christmas issue for 1973, the New Year issue for 1974 and 20/10/73 with Goffy Promo Flyer.
*Girls’ Comics: Eight issues of Boyfriend, the ‘pop’ular weekly aimed at teenage girls, newly arrived, dating from 1964/65. As well as pop pin-ups and features, Boyfriend had a larger smattering of angst-ridden comic strip and fiction content than many of its ilk, and all past issues that have come through our hands have sold rapidly. We expect these examples, in lovely FN condition, will be no exception.
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:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
Due to unprecdented levels of sales on Marvel, we are increasing the frequency of removing sold items from our catalogue. Starting in two weeks’ time, we will remove sold items from a quarter of the Marvel file each week, meaning that the entire file will be updated with deletions once a month, and thus the listings will be more up to date than it’s been possible to keep them recently. Hopefully this way you will suffer fewer disappointments when ordering Marvels!
*Collected Editions: Two classic compilations from Buster for your consideration this week. Following on from the success of its first volume, Rebellion has released a second paperback of the Leopard From Lime Street, collecting the deeds of a…somewhat familiar costumed crusader. Plucky orphan? Check. Radioactive critter inadvertently bestowing strange powers? Check. Ailing aunt? Check. Part-time job as a newspaper photographer? Check. Ah, but this do-gooder – Billy Farmer, variously known as ‘Leopardboy’, ‘Leopardman’, or ‘The Beast’ – is a 13-year old schoolboy who has an abusive uncle as well as an ailing aunt, so that’s obviously completely different from Sp*der-M*n! Whatever the similarities, ‘Leopard’ was a huge hit, running almost ten years, and beating out previous record holder ‘Fishboy’ for the title of Buster’s most enduring adventure series: this second volume carries on in fine style, written by Tom Tully and featuring the artistic talents of Mike Western and Eric Bradbury. Brand new at £15. Also, back in stock: Von Hoffman’s Invsion Vol 1. Admit it – narratively speaking, who doesn’t love a mad scientist? Especially one with a habit of enlarging animals to many times their natural size for nefarious purposes? Well, the readers of the short-lived weekly Jet in 1971 certainly did, as Nazi genius Von Hoffman, following a 25-year imprisonment, sent his super-sized animal accomplices out to wreak vengeful destruction on national monuments, military encampments and… church fetes? Hm. Anyway, even though Jet lasted a scant 22 issues, ‘Von Hoffman’s Invasion’ carried on into the merged Buster & Jet for a much longer stint, with writer Tom Tully and artist Eric Bradbury clearly enjoying coming up with ever more outlandish variations on the ‘unfeasibly embiggened’ theme. This paperback volume is brand new at £13.
*DC: Well, not quite the Teen Titans yet, as the name wasn’t coined at this time, but the ground-breaking Brave & Bold #54 teamed up Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin, the junior partners of DC’s major super-heroes, against the villainy of the sinister Mr. Twister (no, not the twisted Mr. Sinister – that’s a different series!). Written by Bob Haney and illustrated by Bruno Premiani, this proved to be such a hit that, with the addition of Wonder Girl, the resulting team enjoyed a long career which, with a very different lineup, still continues today – and with the hit Netflix ‘Titans’ TV show, demand for early appearances is furious! This is a superb VF- copy, no pence price or overstamp, bright cover colour and tight staples, sharp corners, easily one of the better copies in circulation. VF- on sale at £500. Front and back covers and splash page are shown below; high resolution images are available on request.
*DC: Despite having made only two appearances in the Golden Age before falling into comic-book limbo, the Riddler was one of a handful of foes selected to feature in the 1960s Batman TV show (memorably played by Frank Gorshin), and as a consequence he was brought back into the comics world, beginning with Batman #171, only his third ever appearance! Now prominently featured (played by Cory Michael Smith) in the hugely successful Gotham TV series, Riddler’s stock continues to rise. This edition of his Silver Age return, Batman #171, is a FN+ copy with a pence price overstamp. Clean and pristine interiors, cover scene largely unblemished, but with only the lightest corner blunting and a few small breaks in the spine colour precluding a higher grade. On sale at £300.
*DC: Following his ‘Fourth World’ saga, Kirby launched into two very different series at DC; one, of course, was Kamandi, the dystopic-future feral child in a world of anthropomorphic animals, but for the second series, Kirby looked to the past – specifically Arthurian legend, and came up with the Demon! A centuries-old curse imbued Jason Blood with the powers, and the malevolent desires, of the demon Etrigan, and the series focused on the war between our hero’s dual nature in a shadowy world of eldritch deeds, both in the past and the present day. This copy of Demon #1 is a CGC Blue Label – No Restoration – 8.5, VF+ equivalent, and is on sale at £95. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: A significant update to our stocks of Wonder Woman – now more popular than ever following the recent mega-success of her solo movie – with issues ranging from the ‘Wonder Family’ years to her non-super-powered ‘Emma Peel’ career, back through her triumphant return to super-powers and the Justice League! We open with #121 – the very first ‘Wonder Family’ issue – and close with #218, in between taking on the Academy of Super-Villains, the Earth-Quaker, Doctor Cyber, the Statue of Liberty, and the assembled forces of male chauvinism! Smash the patriarchy, Di! Pictured are the two sought after issues with covers by noted fantasy artist Jeff Jones, on which our heroine is uncharacteristically restrained, but rest assured she kicks arse and takes names on the inside. #199 is VF+ £60 and #200 VF- £50. For prices and grades on the others, check out our online catalogue.
*DC: Once again we expand the boundaries of the comics we catalogue. 1992 is a bit modern for our listings, but we couldn’t resist adding the Batman Adventures, the series which arose from the animated TV show and (among other things) gave birth to Harley Quinn. Although ostensibly aimed at kids, the series became a firm favourite among older readers who rejoiced in a cleaner, more linear form of storytelling than was on offer in the mainstream Batman title, with each issue done-in-one. The moody atmosphere of Gotham and the iconic characters were superbly rendered by the much missed Mike Parobeck, often imitated, never bettered. Although there were many later series in this style, this original one is by far the best. We have a selection of issues plus an annual and the Mask Of The Phantasm movie special; highlights include #1 and #16 (Joker cover and story). Full details now in our catalogue.
*DC: Another sweep through the Silver & Bronze Ages of the DCU, this time for titles between S & W, including: Super DC Giant, Super-Friends (from #2 inc origin of Wonder Twins in #14), Supergirl, Superman (inc #423, last issue by Alan Moore plus Annual #11 by Moore & Gibbons), Superman Family, Super-Team Family, Swamp Thing (1st series final issue #24 plus 2nd series #21 new origin by Alan Moore plus Annuals #1-3), Tales Of The Unexpected, Teen Titans, New Teen Titans, Tor (from #1), Watchmen (#1) & World’s Finest.
*Marvel: Despite the many issues of Amazing Spider-Man which have passed through our hands in the last quarter century, we’re always thrilled when an early copy by the ‘real’ Spidey artist, Steve Ditko, comes into our possession, and seldom more so than by this week’s acquisition, the second issue of Amazing Spider-Man, featuring the debut of one of his most enduring enemies, the Vulture! Despite his physically frail appearance, the airborne pensioner has survived numerous deaths, remodels, and replacements by younger counterparts, and the importing of the Vulture into the Spidey cinematic mythos with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ has enhanced the character’s popularity. This issue also features the premier appearance of the Terrible Tinkerer – no, really – who while less persistent than the Vulture, is still an occasional player in the Spidey mythos. This copy of issue #2 is FA/GD; interior pages good, but multiple fine creases at the cover edges, weak staples, but a cents copy, no pence price or overstamp, and the cover scene itself is unimpaired barring a light moisture mark lower right cover, mostly in the inset vignette. Only Spider-Man’s third appearance anywhere! FA/GD, on sale at £500. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*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, breaking box-office records in cinemas worldwide, the character’s debut is only going to become more sought after. Our newest copy of Iron Man #55 is FN, cents with no pence pricing, one faint diagonal crease and minor corner and edge wear, but tight staples, good interior page quality and unmarred cover scene. On sale at £425.
*Marvel: After a long hiatus in reprint limbo, the X-Men, with a new international line-up, made a spectacular return in Giant-Size X-Men #1, and #94 of the ongoing X-Men title marked the ongoing title’s return to all-new stories. Scripter Len Wein handed over to Chris Claremont, and Dave Cockrum’s superb illustrations continued to impress. This issue is notoriously hard to find anywhere, being the first New X-Men in the previously reprint title, and its scarcity is compounded here in the Old Country by the fact that it wasn’t distributed in the UK at all (the distributors in their wisdom bringing in Tomb of Parsnips #47 or somesuch instead, because all of those ‘Yankee Horror Comics’ are alike, right?)). Our latest copy of X-Men #94 is VG/FN, minor corner and edge wear but excellent cover colour and gloss, on sale at £200. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Not one, but two premier issues for Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts! Following the relaxation of distribution regulations in 1968, Marvel gave Doctor Strange, former star of Strange Tales, his own series, continuing the numbering of Strange Tales, with #169. This opening issue of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme was a book-length retelling of his origins, scripted by Roy Thomas and lavishly illustrated by Dan Adkins, normally regarded only as an inker but here supplying full artwork. After a significant hiatus, Doctor Strange returned to the Marvel Universe with the Defenders, followed by a run as the lead in Marvel Premiere, which proved so successful that his own series was relaunched with a new #1 (back in the days when that sort of thing didn’t happen every other week, you understand). The team of Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner, who had done such outstanding work in returning the Doc to form, continued on into the new series. Doctor Strange #169 is VG+ at £70. Doctor Strange #1 is VF+ at £75.
*Marvel: In issue #33 of their ongoing series, the Fantastic Four, already in a love/hate relationship with Namor the Sub-Mariner (some more ‘love’ than others, eh Sue?) found themselves allied with Namor when Attuma, a Rogue Atlantean Warlord who believed himself destined to bring about a new Atlantean Empire, usurped Namor’s throne. This issue saw the first major steps away from pure super-villainhood by Namor, and a return to his former anti-hero status, as Attuma rapidly established himself as a major threat in the Marvel Universe, appearing scores of times before eventually being beheaded – but don’t worry, it’s comics, he’ll be back any minute now! This is a beautiful FN+ cents copy, featuring the first of Kirby’s background photo-collages to make it onto the front cover. On sale at £150.
*Marvel: From 1971, the debut of Werewolf By Night in Marvel Spotlight #2. Created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog, the story of a young man named Jack Russell (no, really) who contracted a lycanthropic curse hit a high note with the readership and spun off into his own series after these three issues. As a bonus, the extra-thick #2, issued during Marvel’s fleeting flirtation with a 25c standard price, has a gorgeous Venus back-up reprint strip drawn by the incomparable Bill Everett. Squarebound issues are notoriously problematic, but this copy is a remarkable VF+, with a tight and firm squarebound spine, deep vivid cover colour, and sharp corners, the only thing preventing a still higher grade being a very faint ink impression over the logo, from when recently-printed copies were occasionally stacked before the ink had quite dried. Only visible under quite close scrutiny, this does not detract from the eye-appeal of this gem. VF+ £200.
*Marvel: Everybody, as previously remarked, was Kung Fu Fighting in the Seventies – but Marvel already had one Bruce Lee clone in Shang-Chi Master of Kung Fu, so however were they to exploit the martial arts craze further? By borrowing heavily from earlier tropes and overlaying a Seventies sensibility of course! Rich child Danny Rand crashed in the Eastern mountains and was raised by the monks of Shangri-La – sorry, K’un L’un – to become a martial arts maven, including the mastery of the Iron Fist, a focusing of chi which caused one’s fist to become, as the narration had it: ‘Like unto a thing of iron!’. So there we were. His training completed, Danny returned to the USA to reclaim his heritage, fighting sundry other injustices along the way, gaining his own series – several, in fact – and becoming a major player in the MU, culminating in his Netflix TV series, starring Finn Jones in the title role. But before all that, he paid his dues in the tryout book Marvel Premiere, and this nice sequential run goes from his second ever appearance (#16 NM £82, pictured) to #25, after which he was replaced by a rotating roster of acts on ‘Marvel’s Got Talent.’ This is an exceptionally high-grade run, all at least VF and with several NMs, all cents copies, and including many issues that were never distributed in the UK.
*Marvel: In 1976, the House Of Ideas came up with Nova, designed originally to be an ‘everyman’ character like Peter Parker/Spider-Man, but quickly developing into a cosmic ‘soldier’ more akin to DC’s Green Lantern. Luckily, DC’s lawyers didn’t notice the parallels! Although the original run lasted a mere 25 issues, Nova has returned many times to the Marvel Universe, and where he shines is in the protracted cosmic crossovers of which Marvel is so fond. The Nova Corps having been namechecked in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, it can only be a matter of time before the man himself makes an on-screen appearance, and prices are rising, so grab this while you can! A very decent, glossy and flat cents copy of #1 with only very minor wear: VF- £75. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*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