*DC: Holy Bat-Stuff! Updates to three titles starring the Caped Crusader and his Pals n’ Gals: firstly, Batman himself, opening with #163’s distinctive ‘Joker Jury’ cover, and continuing through to the early 300’s, with highlights from the selection including the first Silver Age appearance of the Scarecrow, the special 200th celebratory issue, #237 (an early ‘Vermont Halloween’ issue, with Adams interior art) and featuring many eyecatching Neal Adams covers. We follow up with Detective Comics, commencing with #387, the 30th Anniversary special, and adding yet more dazzling Adams covers in the early 400’s, before closing with #526, a Giant special marking Batman’s 200th appearance in the title. Wrapping it up are later issues of the Batman Family, the oddball hybrid that featured Batgirl & Robin in team action. By the time of #11, where we pick up, the series had become a venue for more experimental artists, and Don newton, Marshall Rogers and Michael Golden were frequent contributors, presenting work of a high standard and an unusual atmosphere that was curiously engaging. A less common series because of sketchy UK distribution, we have issues through to #18 new in.
*War: A Lee & Kirby classic, and possibly the single most in-demand issue of Sgt. Fury, exceeding even the popularity of #1, issue #13’s team-up of Fury and his Howling Commandos with Captain America and Bucky is hugely sought-after even by non-war comics fans, and we’re delighted to have this VG+ pence copy to offer for £60. Although it’s a mid-high grade, the cover scene is completely unimpeded except for the pence price stamp, and it captures the Living Legend of World War II at his iconic finest.
*Modern Reprints: Several new items of stock for these high-quality full-colour hardcovers, sequentially reprinting DC’s pantheon of characters. New in this update: Comic Cavalcade Vol. 1, the anthology which featured Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Wildcat, the Ghost Patrol, and Scribbly, among others; Vol. 3 of Fox and Sekowsky’s classic Justice League of America; volumes 1 & 3 of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, in which Green Arrow and Speedy, the Shining Knight, the Crimson Avenger, Vigilante, and the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesey joined together as a kind of alt. Justice Society of America; the second volume of the Golden Age Starman, by Jack Burnley, Mort Meskin and others; the premier volume of Sheldon Mayer’s delightful comedy, Sugar & Spike; and finally, the inaugural volume of Wonder Woman the Amazon Princess, representing the Amazing Amazon’s earliest Silver Age adventures from #98 onwards, when Kanigher, Andru & Esposito gave the DC Universe one its earliest ‘reboots’. All of these are in high grades, averaging VF, and the 3rd Seven Soldiers volume is Mint, never having been opened and still in its original shrinkwrap!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: In 1969, in response to Power Comics’ repackaging of Marvel reprints, an attempt was made to similarly anthologize the DC characters, in the monthly, “Super DC”. Featuring Superman, Batman, Superboy, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane and Batman in every issue, it presented a random selection of stories ranging from a couple of years old to fifteen years old, in no particular sequence, and the covers were mostly supplied by the Mick Anglo studio, who amalgamated swipes from wildly different artists, so that you would see a Schaffenberger Superman with a Novick Batman, or an Adams Batman with a Bob Kane Batwoman, in a bizarre clash of mismatched styles. This oddball concoction only lasted 14 monthly issues – after which, presumably to maintain copyright, it became the American series, “Super DC Giant” – and was a calamitous failure at the time, but is now sought after by folks of a certain generation nostalgic for inexplicable experiments! We have the first ten issues in of the UK Super DC, and they must be seen to be disbelieved.
*Younger Readers’ Comics: We have a wide variety of Younger Readers’ material new in this week, including #1 issues and Holiday Specials, as follows: Bimbo, Bobo Bunny’s Holiday Special 1970, Bonnie #1, Donald Duck #1 (1975), Donald & Mickey #1 (1972), Little Star Christmas issue 1973, Mickey Mouse Weekly 1955, Pippin Holiday Special 1969, Playhour 1966, Playhour & Robin Holiday Special 1969 & Twinkle.
*Marvel: Strange Tales is a venerable Golden Age/Silver Age Marvel title that went through many changes of focus in its lifetime. This update, we concentrate on the swinging 60’s and the sensational 70’s. First up, we have issues from the Human Torch and Dr. Strange (by Ditko) period. We then move on to a very fondly remembered period when the good doctor shared the title with Nicky Fury, Agent Of Shield, and in particular the work of Jim Steranko, whose debut on that strip is featured in this update. We close out with the short run of issues from #178-181 featuring Jim Starlin’s Warlock, including the key issue #180 (FN/VF p £35), with the first appearance of that doyenne of the Guardians Of The Galaxy Gamorra.
*Childrens’ Books: The popular aviator Biggles returns in five FN Dean & Son hardcover editions from the mid-1970’s. These all have very attractive pictorial boards rather than dust jackets, and have all been well looked after by their previous owner. Titles include Biggles Air Detective, Biggles & The Black Peril, Biggles Flies Again, Biggles in the Cruise of the Condor and Biggles Pioneer Air Fighter.
*TV & Film Related Comics: A varied selection this week, inc. many Holiday Specials: Basil Brush Specials x3, a few Film Funs from 1948, 1951 & 1960, Popeye Holiday Special 1969, Radio Fun from 1948, a She-Ra Princess Of Power Special from the 1980’s, a rare issue of Solo (#4), a 1983 Stingray Special, a Fine copy of Target #1 from 1978, Thunderbirds Specials from 1971, 1983 & 1984, TV Comic Special from 1972 and, last but not least, TV Land from 1960/61 with Gerry Anderson’s Twizzle.
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: This ever-popular section is topped up this week with lots of mags: a couple of dozen Alter Egos, Amazing Heroes 1-12, some Back Issues, Comic Book Artist (1st series from #1), some Comic Book Marketplaces, Comic Reader and Comics Forum. Plus one book — Trina Robbins’s Great Women Super-Heroes.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A massive update to our stocks of Lion, one of the most very popular of all the Boys’ weeklies we sell. We go right through in this update from the first year (1952) and issue #7 until the final year (1973). Along the way there are new issues in for the following years: 1953, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966 (lots), 1967, 1968 (many), 1969 (lots) & 1972. We also have two Holiday Specials for 1978 & 1980 (pictured). Keen attention will be paid to this update, so quick ordering is advised!
In celebration of our Skywald Magazine update today, we’re adding to our Extras page Will’s article on the Butterfly, the first black woman to join the ‘panties & capes’ party of the Super-Folks. You can read all about her in his ‘Where There’s A Will’ column on our Extras page.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: From Skywald, the cheerfully opportunist black & white mag publishers of the early 1970’s, a selection of their exploitative titles; an attempt to revive the crime genre with Crime Machine #1, loaded with pre-code reprints (including some Kubert) behind a misleading new cover; new copies in of their main horror titles, Nightmare (#7 VF) and Psycho (#3 FN), featuring a bizarre but fascinating selection of artists and writers who – being either at the beginning or end of their careers – were willing to work for cheap; and a personal favourite here at 30th Century, Hell-Rider, a cycling super-hero with peripatetic super-strength who travelled across the USA trying to find himself – but instead finding drug-smuggling ganglords and libidinous werewolves. As you do. Co-featured in Hell-Rider were his chums the Wild Bunch (a do-gooder motorcycle gang) and the Butterfly, a super-heroic soul sister in a costume that, in 1971, was shockingly skimpy. Hell-Rider didn’t last beyond the second issue, but scripter ‘Groovy’ Gary Friedrich made good use of the experience on Marvel’s suspiciously-similar Ghost Rider, less than a year later. Coincidence? Hmmm… Both issues of Hell-Rider new in, in affordable mid-grades – buy them and see Rich Buckler’s art back when he was making an effort! (No, seriously: it’s really rather nice…)
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our American section: *Horror 1940-1959 As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Humour Comics: We’re delighted to present every issue of the Big One from 1964, including the first issue (17/10) and both the Fireworks and Christmas issues (pictured). This huge, over-sized experiment from Fleetway only lasted 19 issues (into early 1965) before it was merged with Buster. Measuring approx. 14″ x 22″, we suspect this was a real nightmare for newsagents and that this comic was stored and sold horizontally folded like broadsheet newspapers. We’ve never seen a copy without such a fold and indeed we store and sell them that way. This new collection is nevertheless in really nice condition, mostly VG or FN, and we don’t see many of these at all, let alone in such nice shape. The prices reflect their condition and rarity; full details in our website catalogue listing as always.
*DC: A nice selection of DC Giant issues new in, with a variety of page counts between 68 and 100. The following series are featured: Adventure, DC 100 Page Super-Spectacular (Superman & Superboy), DC Special (Wild Frontier), Lois Lane, Shazam, Superboy, Super DC Giant (Western, Brave & Bold), Superman Family & World’s Finest. Great value reading!
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: An octet of Leslie Charteris’ ever popular Simon Templar books have joined the bookshelves. The majority are Pan editions, but we also have a Hodder and Stoughton yellow cover edition of Follow The Saint and a high grade (VF) Coronet edition of The Saint Intervenes.
*Marvel: We conclude our current wave of Spider-Mania this week! Two landmark issues anchor this Spider-Man update: #121, the death of Gwen Stacy issue, is new in in not one but two grades: a VG+ at £75 (below left), with only minor wear and one discolouration in the lower right cover corner; a second copy, graded GD/VG at £50 (below centre), is flawed only by a hard subscription crease down the middle of the cover image. They are accompanied by a copy of the Punisher’s debut, issue #129, in GD/VG at £150. In high demand now with the rumours of a Punisher media slot, this copy is superficially nicer than the stated grade, but has at some time had some moisture exposure, leading to shallow wrinkling. There is also some wear at the upper left cover corner. All of these are achievable opportunities to obtain key Spider-man issues at reasonably affordable levels. Not content with that, we also have a scattering of other issues from #68 to #375 in a variety of grades, plus Annual #5 (“The Secret of Peter Parker’s Parents!”), for a comprehensive restock of one of our most popular series. Have no fear, Spider-philes: the webslinging one will return to our listings faster than you can say J. Jonah Jameson (20 times with a mouth full of webbing…)
*Marvel: The All-Seeing Eye of Agomotto guides us to a superlative selection of the exploits of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange! Soon to be reincarnated on the cinematic screen, the Master of the Mystic Art’s adventures have seldom been in keener demand, and we kick off with a very attractive FNp #169 at £50, the good Doctor’s first solo issue after his long run in Strange Tales. We also have a few later issues from his first series, with artwork by Colan & Palmer at possibly their peak, then we move on to the 1970’s series, where Doc received his first #1 after a prolonged try-out in Marvel Premiere. We have the first 28 of his second ongoing series in mid to high grades (Fine or better on average, many VF), and with accomplished art by Frank Brunner and the returning Colan/Palmer team, Doctor Strange was in fine form. A scattering of later issues concludes the second series, and we round out the update with his first and only King-Size issue, ND and squarebound, from 1975. May the Shades of the Seraphim protect thee!
*Younger Readers’ Comics: Free Gift Farrago: Baby Baby Bunting! Piggles Postman! Cock Robin & Jenny Wren! Pixie Bumpkin! Banana Bunny! It’s the All-New Expectorated X-Men! Oh no, wait, that’s a different update. These are the denizens of our latest batch of early Free Gift issues for the pre-school set. First up, Dickory Dock (1980) #1, with the Glove Puppet untouched by human hand; Donald & Mickey #3, from 1972, with a pristine wall poster of Mr. Mouse, Esq.; Robin #1 from 1985, with a free Wimpole Village picture book starring the sinister Major Stickwielder; and a double dose of two-fisted action from 1972’s Hey Diddle Diddle, with #1 offering a large fold-out poster & accompanying stickers in NM condition; and #2, with the stickers in… less than mint condition, as they’ve gotten a bit, er, stuck to the interior page. Still, bargainacious! See the fury! Feel the power! Nutty Noodle, Duke of the Duck Pond, and Fuddy, Duddy, and the Disco Kid – Unleashed! Pictured below: Dickory Dock #1 and Hey Diddle Diddle #1 with their respective Free Gifts!
*Undergrounds: From 1970 onwards, a controversial quartet of the underground newspaper Oz! Subject of one of the most notorious media campaigns of the 1970’s, Oz’s unrepentantly anti-Establishment attitude landed its publishers in trouble on multiple occasions, culminating in the infamous ‘Schoolkids’ issue, #28 – which, despite popular misconceptions, was edited by under-18’s, rather than featuring them. The four new in are #26 – the ‘Pussy Power’ issue, which contains the invitation to younger readers to edit an issue of Oz; #28, the ‘Schoolkids’ issue, with its infamous X-Rated Rupert the Bear parody; and issues #37 and #38. The #28 (pictured) is FA/GD at £35, with only spine & cover corner wear precluding a higher grade.
*Mad & Other Parody: Following the success of Mad’s transfer from colour comic to black & white magazine, Atlas, ever keen on bandwagon-jumping, decided to launch their own imitation, and thus Snafu was born. In fairness, with Heath, Everett, Maneely and Severin among the contributors, it’s a superior Mad clone, with high standards throughout, but for some reason it didn’t ‘catch’ despite two attempts. We have the first issue (and indeed the only issue) of the first series new in, from November 1955, in Fine+ at £35. One of the earliest known sightings of the elusive Irving Forbush can be yours!
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: In the mid-1970’s, Charlton surprised everyone by trying to launch a black & white magazine line, just as other b & w were retrenching. We have one such, the first issue of Six Million Dollar Man, newly in, and with a Neal Adams cover and rather lovely interior art from Adams and his ‘Crusty Bunker’ cohorts, it’s probably one of the highest production-value Charltons ever! These stories, completists should note, are separate and distinct from the stories Charlton ran in their Six Million Dollar Man colour comic, and quite a bit better. Probably among the rarer later Charltons, this copy is an attractive Fine+ and offered at £15.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: The more perspicacious of you may have realised that our heading means we have new in stock the first three issues of Eagle Volume 1 from 1950. Unfortunately in low grades: #1 FA £60, #2 FA+ £30, #3 FA/GD £35, but an opportunity to acquire at very affordable prices the earliest issues of arguably the most famous British Boys’ Adventure comic of them all with the debut of the iconic British space pilot/adventurer Dan Dare, who remains a household name to this day (if your household has comic collectors!)
*Annuals: A new selection of annuals in this week in the following sub-categories: Humour – Topper from the 1970’s and 1980’s; Film & TV related: the Impossibles, Lady Penelope & Space 1999; Boys’ Adventure: a pride of Lions between 1968 and 1980, plus the Lion Book of Great Conquerors 1970 and Robin Hood 1958.
*Power Comics: ‘The Brand New Comic for the New Breed of Comic Fans’ proclaimed Pow! #1 across its masthead. In 1967, Odhams Press hit upon its highly successful formula of Marvel reprints combined with original British humour and adventure strips. Nowhere was this more notable than in Pow!, which featured Spider-Man reprints virtually from the beginning. We have a copy of #1, GD/VG at £45, structurally sound with some edge browning. The Free Gift of Spider-Matic pistol has, sadly, long since departed.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: Well, lashings of ghouls and other creatures of the night in our mega horror update this week! From ACG: Adventures into The Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, Midnight Mystery & Unknown Worlds; from Charlton: Ghostly Tales, Ghost Manor, Haunted & Haunted Love (#1); from DC: Doorway To Nightmare (#1), Ghosts, House Of Mystery, House Of Secrets (including many stunning high grade issues), Plop (from #1 – early issues in high grade), Secrets Of Haunted House, Unexpected (including Giant issues), Weird Mystery Tales (inc. high grade #1) & Witching Hour; from Gold Key: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not; from Marvel: Arrgh (#1), Beware, Chamber Of Chills, Chamber Of Darkness, Fear, Giant-Size Creatures (1st app Tigra), Journey Into Mystery, Man Thing 2nd series, Monsters On The Prowl, Tower Of Shadows & Vault Of Evil (stunning VF+ #1); and last but not least, the rare and seldom seen Dell Giant from 1962 Tales From The Tomb #1 which has a unique atmosphere all its own. A selection of the #1 issues in this update are pictured below. Full details of grades and prices in our catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: One of the tougher short run series from the 1960’s to complete is Fleetway’s Hurricane. It lasted 63 issues from 29th February 1964 to 8th May 1965, when it was merged in with Tiger. We have a substantial number of issues new in, covering most of 1964, including the 2nd and 3rd issues and also the final issue from 1965 (pictured), mostly in decent VG grade (a few better, a few worse). Famous strips include Typhoon Tracy, Skid Solo and Sword For Hire.
*DC: A gathering of a small number of DC early 12 cents issues for the following titles: Atom, Green Lantern, House Of Mystery, Lois Lane, Superboy & World’s Finest. Check our catalogue listing for additions!
*Humour Comics: But wait, hasn’t it just been Christmas? Is this some form of late, late celebration? Well, sort of, as we commemorate the festive season with a flurry of Humour Christmas issues from all the above titles, mostly from the 1970’s and 1980’s, but with the highlight being a very rare 1964 Christmas Beano in VG/FN at £31.
*Marvel: We pay a visit this week to the title that started it all for the Marvel Age of Comics: the Fantastic Four, with a new selection in, including many issues previously missing from our range. Highlights include a nice copy of #33, the first Attuma, a low grade #36, first Medusa & Frightful Four, the anniversary issue #100, the double-sized #116, several annuals and giant-sizes. As a bonus, we have a couple of copies of the less common Giant-Size Super-Stars starring the FF. Full details in our catalogue listing as always.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Both series of Dez Skinn’s seminal Warrior magazine restocked this week. The first series from 1975 featured ‘heroic tales of sword and sorcery’ and was mainly reprint of classic strips from Eagle and elsewhere, including work by Burns (Wrath of the Gods, Kelpie – Boy Wizard), Lawrence (Erik the Viking, Olac the Gladiator), Bellamy (Heros the Spartan) and others, with a smattering of new material. Black and white and cheaply reproduced, this series does not turn up too regularly. A more familiar beast is its descendant from 1982, the slick glossy publication most famous for Alan Moore’s Marvelman revival and V For Vendetta, but with many other features from the cream of British creators at the time; lots new in, including scarcer later issues.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In fact there are 10 great books and many shorter stories altogether in these large tomes. The collection of Philip K Dick novels (The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch, Martian Time-Slip, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, Ubik and A Scanner Darkly) represents the first opportunity to get these classics in one volume. The Classic Horror Omnibus similarly brings together five classic horror novels (Frankenstein: Mary Shelley, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Werewolf: Clemence Housman, Dracula: Bram Stoker and The Phantom Of The Opera: Gaston Leroux) in a striking hardcover edition. The Gardner Dozois curated Year’s Best Science Fiction (25) features work by authors such as Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, Robert Silverberg, Bruce Sterling and Michael Swanwick in a NM grade 1st US PB. The highlight of this update, however, is Philip George Chadwick’s The Death Guard. Originally published in 1939, and the only novel he wrote, this legendary rarity languished almost forgotten until it was published again in 1992. Featuring a striking cover by an old friend of 30th Century, Peter Garriock, this is a rare opportunity to obtain this story. Written before genetic engineering was even a twinkle in biologists eyes, the Flesh Guard are modified plants turned into automatons to defend Britain, with horrific unexpected results (a bit like some vegetarian Christmas dinners!)
With a plethora of comic-related films (both live action and animated) and television series this year, Dr Evilla decided to celebrate them by reminding everyone where the characters started out. Her latest window showcases a range of blockbusters: Deadpool, Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (snappy – eh?), Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, Sinister Six, The Killing Joke, Batman: Bad Blood, and Tarzan. From television there are (Green) Arrow, Daredevil, The Flash and, lurching ever onwards, the Walking Dead.
*Marvel: After a long run as the co-star of Tales of Suspense, Iron Man was given his own title in 1968, when the ‘Berlin Wall’ of Marvel’s distribution was broken down, and they were allowed to expand their range of titles. We have possibly one of the finest copies we’ve seen in our decades of trading, a VF+ pence copy with clean edges, unbroken deep purple cover colour, and high gloss, with superior interior page quality, offered for £475. A key item for collectors and investors alike, Iron Man’s pivotal status in the Marvel Universe means that demand for this issue is only going to increase as the years go by. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Born of a copyright-saving act of desperation (much like her stablemate Spider-Woman), She-Hulk’s debut issue in 1980 could have been an inauspicious debut, but A-list creators (Stan Lee, returning to the writing field, and John Buscema) gave the adventures of size-changing lady lawyer Jennifer Walters a certain credibility, and she went from strength to strength to become one of the leading lights of the House of Ideas. See how it all began with a gorgeous #1 of Savage She-Hulk, in the rarely-awarded grade of Near Mint/Mint, at £60.
*Marvel: For the Spider-Man fan who thought they had everything, a selection of oddities and rarities starring everyone’s favourite Web-Head! We lead off with a CGC slabbed 3.5 Amazing Spider-Man #50 (1st Kingpin £80), and Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 (VF+ p £30), with the first appearance of the symbiote costume that would later become Venom – but after those, and a early issue of Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man, we then stray into more esoteric grounds with the Spider-Man Versus Wolverine one-shot of 1987, the 1980 issue starring the Green Goblin which was given away with Aim toothpaste, the 1983 Spider-man and the Dallas Cowboys one-off co-starring the Circus of Crime, and the 1992 Trial of Venom Special Eedition. The latter three, being promotional items dependent either on a product purchase or a charitable donation, are among the rarer Spider-Man items of modern times.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A Free Gift Farrago Update! Following sell-out success of our recent haul of this popular title, we’re delighted to present virtually a full run of Scream, the 1984-launched horror weekly which featured “The Dracula Files”, “Monster!”, “Tales From The Grave” and “The 13th Floor” as regular series, and enjoyed a brief flurry of notoriety before vanishing with its fifteenth issue, without even so much as a ‘Great News, Chums!’ to warn readers. “Thirteenth Floor” continued, in much tamer form, into the second series of Eagle, but the series lived on for five years in the form of glossy Holiday Specials. Issues #1-6, #8-15 and a complete run of the Holiday Specials for the years 1985-1989 are new in to our listings, with the first two issues sporting their original free gifts of Dracula Fangs and a Spooky Spider, respectively, both pictured here alongside the rare 1989 Holiday Special (sub-titled ‘Spine-Chillers’).
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: One of Fleetway’s premiere war-themed picture libraries, War Picture Library, is massively restocked this week with hundreds of new issues from #21 of the first series right through towards the end of the series, some second series issues and a selection of Holiday Specials from the 1960’s and 1970’s.
*DC: Although, a decade later, Alan Moore became for most readers the definitive writer on DC’s muck monster, back in 1972, the first series of Swamp Thing launched at the hands of Berni Wrightson, who is undoubtedly the definitive artist for the character. We are now able to offer a FN/VF copy of #1 at £50, cents with no pence overstamp. Full gloss cover, tight and flat, with excellent page quality. Only very minor spine wear and a tiny bit more wear along the top edge prevent this beauty grading higher and you can see the superb cover right alongside here! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: The crime writer John Dickson Carr, in common with many other authors of the time published books under a different name, in his case Carter Dickson. Whatever name he used, readers could be assured of a well-told, well-plotted story, often with a seemingly insoluble mystery. Carr was an acknowledged master of the locked room mystery. In one book, The Hollow Man, he even has a character (Dr Fell) discusses these mysteries: this was critically acclaimed, and has even been published on its own as an essay. John Dickson Carr was one of the crime authors honoured by Penguin in the 1950s, when they published ten books at once by selected authors. We have added more John Dickson Carr novels to our listings, and added Carter Dickson for the first time, all in collectable Penguin editions. Titles by Carr include Poison In Jest, The Case Of the Constant Suicides, The Mad Hatter Mystery, The Waxworks Murder and Till Death Do Us Part (which has an unusual Black and white cover). As Carter Dickson we have She Died A Lady, The Plague Court Murders and The Red Widow Murders.
*Humour Comics: A chunky update to our Humour titles from the 1970’s, with substantial amounts of Cor and Cracker, and small updates to Knockout, Krazy, Shiver & Shake and Whizzer & Chips. We also have 3 out of the 4 issues of the Ally Sloper revival from 1976 by Alan Class and Denis Gifford.
*Modern Reprints: A few new entries in our catalogue in this category, comprising the 2015 complete-in-one reprint of Marvel’s Night Nurse, Spidey & X-Men reprints, a couple of EC Classics, AC’s Jungle Girls and a Police Comics #1 facsimile.
*Marvel: Some noteworthy Conans new in: #16 with an unverified Roy Thomas signature on the splash page, #23 (1st Red Sonja), and the less often seen in the UK Annual #1 and several of the Conan Giant-Size issues. By Crom! (or possibly Buy, Crom!)
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: The short-lived Score & Roar (later just Score) lasted from September 1970 until June 1971 before amalgamating with its more famous cousin Scorcher. Here we have an almost complete run from first (pictured GD £20) to last. Featured picture strips included Jack Of United, Jimmy of City and Peter the Cat. In addition, we have the following delights: Battle, Bullet, Eagle (2nd series), Revolver Horror Special, Sky-High, Space Ace, Sun, Thunder, Tiger, 2000 AD inc specials, Valiant & Yarmak. SORRY, ALL SCORE & ROAR NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A handful of issues in for Tales Of Suspense from the mid 1960’s when it was a ‘shared’ book between Iron Man & Captain America; with Colan & Kirby at the artistic reins, a quality title from start to finish. Issues between #76 & #98 new in this update.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints Of US Material: A new selection in this popular category on the following subjects: Super-Heroes: Captain Midnight, Super-Adventure, Superman, Whiz: Horror/Mystery: Fantastic Tales; Western: Jace Pearson of the Texas Rangers, Lone Ranger, Tom Mix, Trigger; Crime: Justice Traps The Guilty; Romance: Nurse Linda Lark; Science Fiction: Planet Stories; TV: Television Favourites with Lassie.
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.