*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: Continuing our massive influx of the Girl Who Would Be Hellcat (but not for a few decades), we have new listings for most of issues #11 (1947) to #30 (1950) of the teen comedy/romance series, mostly in very affordable mid-grades. Commanding at one point over Five Million Readers, Miss Walker was an unappreciated sales juggernaut which filled the coffers of the company that would eventually become Marvel Comics. This run includes several beautiful painted covers by Louise Alston, and later issues in this run feature early artwork by Al Jaffee, later a mainstay of Mad Magazine. Illustrated are #12 (VG £33), #26 (GD £14, Alston cover), and #28 (VG £27, Alston cover).
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: In 1983, David Anthony Kraft, having established himself as a comic book author, founded Comics Interview magazine, which ran for 150 issues between 1983 and 1995, and garnered Eisner and Eagle Award nominations. Each and every issue, as the name suggests, was filled with interviews with comics creators, which were noted for greater depth and breadth of scope than the standard promotional interview pieces found in other ‘zines of the day. We are delighted to have a range of fifty newly-listed copies of this quality magazine back in stock, from #2 to #113, including stellar creators such as Alan Moore, Jack Kirby, Dave Gibbons, Dave Cockrum, Moebius and Frank Miller, spotlighting features/series such as the original JLA/Avengers Crossover, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Elektra: Assassin, Sandman, and… the Howard the Duck movie. (Look, they can’t all be winners!)
*Memorabilia & Esoterica: It’s not our usual habit to deal in original artwork, but two items have come into our possession which it was impossible to resist; Adam Hughes has made a reputation over the last twenty-plus years for delivering some of the most outstanding renditions of the female heroic form in comics; his covers alone are commanding high prices on auction sites. So when we had the opportunity to offer two unique convention sketches of two of the most popular ladies in comics, neither ever published except in the Convention Booklet, which had a very limited circulation, we couldn’t turn them away. The two separate pieces are of DC’s First Lady, Wonder Woman, and the X-Men’s nemesis, Mystique. These were both obtained at the 2007 Star Wars Celebration Europe convention, and come to us directly from the original purchaser. Each is ink line with wash shading, in custom-made frames with UV protective glass. Dimensions of each piece, in the frames, are 42 cm x 49 cm. In addition, they are accompanied by a booklet of Adam Hughes’ Convention Sketches, ‘Details Are A Tad Sketchy’, which reproduces both pieces as well as a plethora of other Hughes Con sketches of various villainous and heroic ladies, and was signed (well, initialled) by Mr. Hughes at the Convention in ’07. Given the decreasing frequency of Mr. Hughes’ personal appearances these days, and the phenomenal popularity of his works, we are offering these framed sketches as a pair, with Booklet, for the total price of £1,500.
*Collected Editions: Winner of the Outer Asteroids Jimi Hendrix Lookalike Context, Loner was one of the crew of Turbo Jones’ Wildcat, helping the survivors of a destroyed Earth find a new home. That concept was quickly jettisoned (and just as well – what’s somebody named ‘Loner’ doing as part of a team anyway?) when Wildcat crashed – the comic, not the spaceship – and Loner was the only strip carried over into Eagle Mark II, becoming the wandering anti-hero that his name suggested, illustrated by David Pugh (‘Slaine’) and Eric Bradbury (pretty much everything in British comics). Another volume in Rebellion’s admirable quest to archive all the significant British comics series they can, this 200+ page paperback collects all the Wildcat stories and continues through the Eagle years, and is brand-new at £15.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A quartet of Tigers from the 1970s, each with its original Free Gift! From 1970, we have 7th February, with the ‘My Favourite Soccer Stars’ booklet and the first eight cards to stick in it – comic FN gift VF, both for £25 and 21st of February, with another eight Soccer Cards for the album, comic VG gift VF at £20. Moving on to 1973, 13th October features a ‘Stars of British Sport Wheel’, and 20th October a ‘Super Rosette’ with an intact set of adhesive letters so you can spell out the name of your team (or, if you were a typical schoolboy of the day, selected obscenities.) As a bonus, 13th October also features the premier of a long-running strip which was unprecedented in Tiger’s history – what was the secret of the masked motorbike rider, ‘Tallon of the Track’? (Spoiler hint: ovaries!) Both 1973 issues are VG with VF Free Gifts, and are on sale for £20 each. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Humour Comics: ‘Why Is A One-Wheeled-Bike Easy To Pedal?’ ‘Because You’re Never Two-Tyred!’. Such was the calibre of the jokes delivered by our host, Sammy, and his canine sidekick Flash on most covers of this humour weekly from D.C. Thomson, launched in 1975. Although seemingly barely remembered these days, Cracker managed a respectable 87 issue run before being absorbed by big brother Beezer; it starred, among others, ‘Simple Spyman’, a brain-challenged espionage agent, incompetent Knight Of Old ‘Rip Van Tinkle’, the completely inexplicable ‘Jim Kellie’s Wonder Wellies’, and – under the heading of ‘You’d Never Get Away With That These Days’ – ‘Young Foo’, a bright yellow, slant-eyed, barefooted Asian schoolboy who beat up bullies while being unable to pronounce his R’s. All together now: Oh Dear. Reservations aside, Cracker did have an engaging off-kilter humour, more engaging than much of the D.C. Thomson line, which by that time had become extremely formulaic. We have 40 issues newly listed, nearly half the entire run, ranging from the very first through to #86, which ominously promises ‘Great News Next Week, Chums!’ – and we all know what THAT means in Editorspeak, don’t we, readers?
*Girls’ Comics: Jinty ran for close to a decade, starring kennel-maid concierge ‘Dora Dogsbody’, maladroit schoolgirl ‘The Jinx From St. Jonah’s’, all-girl Bash St. Kids ‘The Snobs and the Scruffs’, and crusading nurses ‘Angela’s Angels’, among many other features. Well-remembered and well-loved by a generation of ladies, we’re always happy to welcome Jinty Summer Specials back into stock, and our new addition this week is the combo Jinty & Lindy Special from 1976 in FN at £45. But before Jinty & Lindy, there was just Lindy, the short-lived weekly that got gobbled up by its more popular sister! Launched in 1975 for only 20 issues, not even seeing out the year, Lindy nevertheless managed one Summer Special in 1975, a genuinely rare item – we have only seen this copy once in our more than quarter century of trading. Starring now-forgotten strips such as ‘Hard Days For Hilda’, ‘Milk-Round Maggie’, ‘The Millionaire Dog’, ‘Dragonacre’ and ‘The Ghost of Hermit Island’, this rarity is a beautiful Fine copy, and on sale at £60.
*Girls’ Comics: Launched in 1967 as a companion to Bunty & Judy, Mandy quickly discovered its own niche: suffering! While cruelty of some sort had long been a mainstay of girls’ comics, Mandy, behind the perky covers featuring our can-do hostess and her faithful hound Patch, rapidly degenerated into a litany of misery, with the serials’ heroines abused, betrayed, neglected, abandoned, enslaved, crippled, blinded or deceived, only finding happiness (and their enemies getting their comeuppance) after many, many instalments of grief and woe. One generally optimistic strip was the long-running ‘Valda’, atmospherically illustrated by Dudley Wynne, in which an apparently ageless girl who appears to be in her teens roams through history, using her great strength and other supernatural powers to aid others – well, in her first story, she used them to cheat in a figure-skating competition, but she rapidly moved beyond that! Other strips included ‘The Sorrows of Laughing Anne’, ‘No Friends For Freda’, ‘Hard-Hearted Harriet’, ‘Heartbreak School’ and ‘The Lying Eyes of Linda Lee’, which gives you a fair idea of the chirpy optimism that was rife in the comic! We have 150 issues of Mandy newly added to our listings, from 1967’s #4 to 1976’s #516. If sad songs – as the song says – say so much, then these tales of woe should send you off with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: The hugely popular Schoolgirls’ Picture Library series is refreshed this week with 60 new issues, none of which were previously listed with us. These done-in-one digest-sized stories, many one-offs but a large number featuring recurring characters such as Zanna of the Jungle, the Peewits, the Rolling Stones, (not those ones) Miss Adventure and the Silent Three! This selection is generally in nice shape, averaging VG – would be an easy Fine, but for rusty staples – but with many legitimate Fine among their number. Pictured are #120 (VG £15) and #261 (FN £10); details on all the rest are of course in our online catalogue.
*Modern Reprints: Recently, both DC and Marvel have issued reproductions of their classic key issues. These facsimiles are, apart from legally-necessary cover additions for modern pricing, exact, full-colour cover-to-cover replicas of the originals, including all story pages, text pages, lettercols and advertisements – though we strongly advise against sending off for anything from the ads! Marvel has brought us facsimiles of Hulk #181 (first full appearance of Wolverine), New Mutants #98 (double debut of Deadpool and Domino), Spider-Man #252 (1st black Spidey-costume, which became Venom), Spider-Woman #1 (first of Jessica Drew’s solo series) and Giant-Size X-Men #1 (premiere of the new team, with the first appearances of Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Thunderbird, and the second full Wolverine). DC has hit back so far with Batman #181 (first appearance of Poison Ivy) and House of Secrets #92 (debut of the Swamp Thing concept). With the exception of the extra-thick GS X-Men #1, which clocks in at £5, all of these other reproduction editions are brand new at £4 each, with more on the way from both companies!
*Marvel: Although Sue Storm Richards is unquestionably the First Lady of the Marvel Comics Universe, that title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Captain Marvel’s solo success notwithstanding – is held by the Black Widow, as played by Scarlett Johansson in, to date, seven major feature films (not counting quickie cameos). With her first solo feature film coming up next year, we’re pleased to present four issues spotlighting events or characters central to the Black Widow movie mythos. She’s been a hero and a villain, a spy, assassin, friend and lover, an Avenger and a Champion, and many more roles in the Marvel Universe, on screen and on the printed page. One of the most fascinating and enduring characters in the Marvel mythos, finally achieving mass recognition. A toast to you Ms. Romanoff – Nostrovia! We’re starting, of course, with the Big One! Tales of Suspense #52, April 1964, saw the debut of Boris Turgenov, the second man in the Crimson Dynamo armour – and one of the longer-serving title-holders – but more importantly, it brought us the very first appearance of Madame Natasha, the Black Widow! At that time a Milton Caniffesque femme fatale, slinking around in cocktail dress and fur stole, Natasha was a very different creation from her later iterations, but this is where the Black Widow’s long career in comics and in other media got its start. This is a FN/VF cents copy; no pence stamp or overprint. There is no defacement of the cover scene. Interior pages are off-white and sharp, no fraying, creases, tears or other defects. There is minimal edge and spine wear, with a trace of raggedness at the top cover edge owing to the cover being a smidge taller than the body of the book – an original printing aspect, not a defect as such. The cover colour is deep and unfaded, excellent gloss, still a fresh looking copy despite its vintage. This premiere issue of a significant character in Marvel history is priced at £1,500. Front cover, back cover and splash page are shown here; high resolution images are available on request.
*Marvel: In August 1967’s Avengers #43, we found out that the Black Widow’s nom-du-guerre was a teeny bit inaccurate, as her previously ‘deceased’ husband was discovered, not only alive, but the first subject of the Soviet Union’s own super-soldier project, the Red Guardian! Now announced as one of the major figures of the BW film (though whether as antagonist or ally is not yet known), the Red Guardian’s debut is FN+, a cents copy with deep unfaded purple background, good interior page quality, and only very light top edge wear, including one minute chip out of top cover edge. On sale at £100. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Moving on to July 1970, we have Amazing Spider-Man #86, in which the Widow, having previously worn a cute-but-retro fishnets & cape outfit, remade her image into the sleek, leather-clad redhead that we know her as today. Taking on Spidey in a story by noted feminist (ahem ahem) Stan Lee, she delivers immortal lines such as “Don’t think I’m helpless just because I’m soft and cuddly.” Ah, they don’t write them like that any more; aren’t we lucky? This first appearance of the Widow as today’s movie-goers would recognise her is a highly attractive Fine, bright and glossy, tight staples, sharp corners, white pages, and only a light touch of lower spine wear precluding a FN+ or better. A cents copy, it’s yours for £60. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The final entry’s relevance may not be immediately obvious, as the Black Widow herself doesn’t appear at all in Avengers #196 (June 1980). However, the villain of that issue, the Taskmaster, is slated to be the Big Bad of the Black Widow movie. The polymath skill-pilferer has proved one of the more popular characters from the later 20th Century Marvel Universe, achieving the status of reluctant anti-hero through nuanced and well-written stints in the series Avengers: The Initiative and Avengers Academy. Having made a menacing last page cameo in the preceding issue, #196 is the Taskmaster’s first full appearance, and this copy is a VF pence edition, very light wear at cover edge, but beautiful cover colour and gloss, on sale at £100.
*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: *DC/Marvel *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.