*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A chunky update to our stocks of the original home of Dan Dare (and so much more!), the Eagle, with new issues in from the 1950’s and 1960’s: from Volume 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14 and in particular Volume 16, which was sorely underrepresented in our listings.
*Magazines/Books About Vintage UK Comics: It’s far too seldom that we get to add much here due to the paucity of stuff on this subject, so we’re very pleased to have issue #1 of Scraps, a slick and glossy fanzine with an emphasis on UK reprints of vintage US material. Also, a couple of issues of Crikey fresh in that were missing from our listings.
*Annuals: For the years 1943-1950, the Beano Book (Annual) was merged with the Magic Fun Book, resulting in Magic-Beano Books for those years. We have two low grade examples fresh into stock for the years 1947 and 1950. They are both quite tatty (1947 PR/FA £90) and 1950 (FA £60), but are complete, rarely seen and at affordable prices. More full descriptions may be seen in our website catalogue (under Beano Annuals).
*Alan Class Reprints: In preparation for our Alan Class signing session here on Sunday 7th June, we’re very pleased to announce a further release of his Printing Plate Sets. Each of these unique items from the personal archive of Alan Class comprises the four lead printing plates used in the original comics’ colour printing, a copy of the comic printed with these plates and a signed certificate of authenticity signed by Alan Class himself. These are packaged in a special protective case. Several sets (as noted) have additional historical artefacts such as colour proofs, interior page plates, printers’ photostats, additional comics reprinted later in the series, original American comic featured etc. Most sets also feature handwritten anecdotes on separate cards with Alan Class’s reminiscences about a particular comic. Titles in this release are Astounding, Secrets Of the Unknown, Suspense, Uncanny & Weird Planets. Heavily featured are super-hero covers and lead stories, including the favourite Marvel characters Spider-Man, the Avengers, Daredevil and the Silver Surfer, as well as other publishers’ heroes: the Jaguar, Judo Master, Mandrake and the Phantom. There are also many horror/mystery covers beloved of Alan Class collectors, including some with evocative Steve Ditko covers. A piece of comics history, not just for the comic itself but also for the process in its manufacture!
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 (titles beginning with A-R)
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date (for the letters listed), with every item listed available. S-Z to follow soon.
*Archie: A small update from the Riverdale scene from the 1960’s and 1970’s in the following titles: Archie & Me, Archie’s Joke Book, Archie’s Mad House & Life With Archie.
*Marvel: Several dozen mainly lower graded Silver/Bronze Marvel additions to the following titles: Captain America, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Amazing Spider-Man, Strange Tales and Tales Of Suspense.
*DC: From 1974, a brace of Treasury-sized reprints of the Golden Age Superman #1 & Flash #1 under the Famous First Editions banner. We actually have 2 copies of C61 (Superman #1) in VF and FN/VF; F8 (Flash #1) is FN/VF. These have become increasingly scarce in this nice a grade.
*DC: A title at its absolute best in the Silver Age, we think, with both the Superman & Supergirl features of memorable quality, we are delighted to have restocked on Action Comics, a substantial number of issues between #262 (shown here) & #380 in mixed grades, filling many erstwhile gaps in our inventory.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: From 1974 and the height of the martial arts craze comes a near complete run of Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu, the Marvel watershed black and white magazine for all its martial arts characters, including Master Of Kung Fu, Sons Of the Tiger, Iron Fist, the White Tiger and debuts for the Daughters Of the Dragon and Jack Of Hearts. There’s also a lot about Bruce Lee (inc the special issue #28 pictured here), David Carradine and Chuck Norris (perhaps lesser known Marvel Characters!) and tons of features on films of the time. Our resident martial artist, Dr. Evilla, feels that authentic martial art accuracy was perhaps sacrificed for the sake of fancy action poses, and she should know!
*Humour Comics: Complementing this week’s Girls’ Comics update, we have a selection of popular Humour titles from 1979: Beano (inc Summer Special), Beezer (inc Summer Special), Jackpot, Whizzer & Chips and Whoopee (inc Summer Special).
*Girls’ Comics: A selection of favourite titles from 1979: Bunty, Debbie, Jinty, Mandy, Misty and Tammy, as well as Judy, plus some additional Judys from 1968 & 1969.
*DC: You’ve heard of the Rumble in the Jungle? You’ve heard of the Thriller in Manila? Now, get ready for the Uproarium in the Emporium as we bring you Superman Vs Muhammad Ali in the Treasury-sized All New Collectors’ Edition C56. Highly sought after by both comic and boxing enthusiasts, this one-off issue is gorgeously illustrated by the incomparable Neal Adams, whose art looks amazing at this size. In a rare VF grade, this is an item set only to rise in price as the years go by. Yours currently for £50. And it won’t be here long, so float like a butterfly and get your order in, or you’ll be stung by a bee. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
As previously announced, Alan Class will be signing copies of his comics and collectors’ printing plate sets at our shop on Sunday 7th June (we are opening on that one Sunday only especially for this event). The signing session will last from 2pm to 5pm, and we will only be open for those hours. This is timed so that those of you visiting central London for the Comic Mart that day can come along to the signing after the mart. If you’re unable to attend, Alan will be happy to sign and dedicate any of his comics or sets for you on the day that you can buy from us in advance (as shown in our website catalogue), which can if required be posted to you after the event. There will be more announcements about this special event as we get nearer the date!
*Marvel: From the earliest days of the ‘proper’ X-Men, as we know them here at 30th C. (none of your Storm and Wolverine gubbins ‘ere), these are the founders and originals! Sixteen new issues in, commencing with the second issue (1st Vanisher), which is an attractive Fine, and would grade higher but for the suspicion of very slight right edge trim. Other highlights of this selection include the Sub-Mariner/Evil Mutants team-up in #6, the first Juggernaut in #12, the deadly debut of the Sentinels in #14, the first Mimic in #19, and the loveable Locust in #24 – well, they can’t all be winners! With a couple of exceptions, this new range is averaging Fine or better, with attractive covers with unbroken cover and gloss, eminently collectable. Highlights shown below:
*Marvel: We’ve expanded the range of our catalogue again to include another famed mini-series from the recent past. From 2001, the highly-anticipated six-part series Wolverine: The Origin, which revealed, for the first time, the full and unexpurgated origin of Marvel’s most popular character of recent years. Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert united to bring about this special event, with the aid of evocative covers by Marvel’s head honcho Joe Quesada. All six issues currently available, some in a variety of grades to suit differing tastes and budgets.
*Undergrounds: More from the murky depths of the alternative comics scene, with new additions to both the ‘classic’ undergrounds (Dr. Atomic, Fat Freddy’s Cat, Harold Hedd, Tits N’ Clits, Zap), the transitional ground-level series (Andromeda, Cud Comics, Gay Comix, Hot Stuf’, Star*Reach), and more recent alt/indie titles from both the UK and the USA (Boy trouble, Escape, Velocity, Serious Comics, Tales of the Closet). With Corben, Crumb, Shelton, Morrow and more stellar presences well-represented, this is a thriving cross-section of the counter-culture.
*Girls’ Comics: From 1967, early issues of Tina! This trans-European project, launched in multiple language editions, was so heavily pre-sold prior to its launch that it could legitimately claim, even on the front of its debut issue, “More copies sold than any other girl’s paper in the world!”. With a strong adventure-oriented line-up, curvaceous secret agent ‘Jane Bond’ illustrated by Michael Hubbard, was the lead, and the ‘Space Girls’ (in colour, by Dan Dare illustrator Keith Watson) added a sci-fi touch. Other features which debuted here and would run for years in Tina’s remarkably stable line-up were island adventure with Brenda Burn and ‘My Chum Yum-Yum’, pop musicians ‘Jackie and the Wild Boys’, western adventuress ‘Glory Gold’, and ‘Barbie’. Yep, that Barbie. After thirty issues, Tina merged with Princess and lived a long and happy life as Princess Tina, but the earliest issues remain scarce, and we’re lucky enough to have issues #1 and #2 in a remarkable Fine condition. (Also issue #4, which has a brittle bottom – but who doesn’t at that age?)
*DC: While it’s true that we tend to look askance at most comics published past 1970 or so, one of the handful of honourable exceptions is DC’s Darknight Detective, Batman. We’re pleased to have, new into stock, almost thirty issues from #343 (January 1982) to #416 (February 1988), a period our inventory was sadly lacking. This includes a complete four-part run of Miller & Mazzuchelli’s legendary “Year One” storyline, as well as some fine work by Moench, Colan, Max Allan Collins, Walt Simonson (delightfully reinventing dusty old villain the Calendar Man!), Jim Aparo, and Klaus Janson, among others. Prominent villains include Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, and a protracted struggle between Batman’s most beloved enemies, Catwoman and Nocturna.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: The venerable picture library Air Ace is undergoing something of a resurgence right now, and we’re delighted to add 40+ new issues to our listings, ranging from issue #15 through to issue #346, and including a handful of the second series. With very pulpy painted covers, often fine artwork, and evocative titles such as “The Flying Batman”, “Ace of Cowards”. “The Dead Have An Alibi”, “Blood Chariot” and, er, “The Limping Wimpey” (no, really), these tales of aviation adventure continue to sell briskly, so book your flight of fancy today!
*Marvel: One of our more modern additions to recent stock is New Mutants #87, wherein Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld give us the full debut (he cameoed in the previous issue) of Cable, the mysterious stranger from another realm whose super-powers included a glowing winky eye, an implausible amount of shoulderpads and costume straps, and a gun so unfeasibly large that it was a miracle that he wasn’t overbalanced – particularly since, in common with most Liefeld characters, he only had tiny vestigial feet! Well, A VF copy, with only a very faint grey smudge at the top of the back cover marring what would otherwise be an easy NM. If you like this sort of thing, then this is the sort of thing you like, and you can get it for £20. Have at it! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Religious: Bit of a misnomer, since our Religious Comics category is in our American section, but I’m sure you’ll forgive us for slipping a UK item in here. In Quirky Corner, we don’t just list items worth a squidillion pounds apiece – though from a certain viewpoint, it’s a price above rubies! This update’s oddity is Plus #150, a 1970’s British comic published by the aptly-named ‘Challenge Literature Fellowship’, with the usual selection of adventure and humour strips and text features, with the additional feature that the punchline to every item appears to be ‘Jesus’. We, of course, are happy heathens who are beyond help, but if any of you lot want to snaffle a dab of redemption, here you go. VG @ £5.
*Horror 1940-1959: We’ve reached the last instalment of our exclusively Atlas Horror Fest with 15 issues of the long-running title Mystic. Almost all low grade, averaging fair, this is a chance to pick up a whole selection of Atlas thrills at prices you never see for these rare items. The usual pre-code mayhem, horror and gore prevail, as you might expect, but we rather liked the jaunty ‘Doom In The Tomb’ and ‘Boy Meets Ghoul’ stories in #22. Issue #9 GD- £30 is pictured here. Our latest horror fest is now complete, but never fear, there’ll be more Pre-code Horror lurking in the not too distant future, ready to pounce when you least expect it!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Some UK originals in American style/size this update, published by Miller, Spencer & others. We have Buffalo Bill, the Colorado Kid, Fantasy Stories, a rare Australian Ghost Rider (original), Marvelman, Strange Stories, a rare Strange Worlds (Man’s World Pub.), Sun and Young Marvelman.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: From 1973 and Marvel’s series of horror black and white magazines, we present a complete run of Monsters Unleashed in decent mid-grade. Solomon Kane, Werewolf By Night, the Monster Of Frankenstein, Son Of Satan, Man-Thing, the Wendigo, Tigra and other Marvel stalwarts lurk within!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A small update in this category with some nice items: Crunch #1 & #3, 8 Valiants from 1965, a Victor from 1982 with partial free gift and a 1971 Wizard with complete free gift.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A bevvy of favourites here this week, featuring Bunty, Debbie, Judy & Mandy, but also an uncommon Bunty/Judy Bumper Library from 1977 (FA £5) and the first 2 issues of Girl PL.
*Marvel: In 1975, someone at Marvel had the bright idea of using up some currently unused characters to form a new team, resulting in possibly the most mis-matched group ever to grace the House Of Ideas. Angel & Iceman were not wanted in the New X-Men, Hercules and Black Widow had no place in the Avengers, and Ghost Rider is possibly the least likely team player of all. The series floundered for a few issues until John Byrne got hold of it mid-run and made it work with some surprisingly gripping stories and art. Sadly, not enough to stave off cancellation after issue #17, but the series provides an interesting footnote to Marvel’s team books and is fondly remembered in some circles. The entire run in nice shape now fresh into stock!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: For this SF update we have selected authors that we have not previously listed. These include Iain M. Banks, Michael Bishop, Michael Coney, D. G. Compton, William Gibson, John Jakes, Doris Lessing, C. S. Lewis, John Morressey, Joseph O’Neill, George Orwell, H. Beam Piper, Alex Raymond, George O. Smith and George R. Stewart. A particular highlight is a Perry Rhodan story by Kurt Brand.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Several dozen issues of TV Action (the successor to Countdown) new in this week, between #66 and the final issue #132, before it was merged with TV Comic. Features include Jon Pertwee’s Dr. Who, UFO, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, the Persuaders, Mission Impossible, the Protectors, Alias Smith & Jones and many others.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: A pair of hardboiled authors augment our Crime section with their equally hardnosed creations. Four Mike Shayne adventures by Brett Halliday and three Carter Brown PIs (Mavis Seidlitz, Rick Holman and Danny Boyd) together with Carter Brown’s cop, Al Wheeler, tackle a dizzying array of enticing/sensuous/willing/uninhibited/luscious/stacked/ gorgeous (delete as you wish) Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead femmes fatales, with not a Mouse to be seen. Many of these books are enhanced by Robert McGinnis covers.
*Marvel: Never more appropriately timed, for Star Wars Day, we welcome the first issue – and first printing thereof – of the original Marvel Star Wars title, with Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin presenting the first of many comic-strip adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and all the gang! This is a 30c-priced Near Mint Minus copy, in excellent condition, at £100. Vivid unbroken cover colour and gloss, white unmarred interior pages, with only the very faintest of wear at the lower edge belying a higher grade. A very desirable copy for the reader and the investor alike, particularly with the movie excitement just around the corner!
*Marvel: In the watershed year of 1968, Marvel had become successful enough to overcome distributor’s restrictions on how many of its titles could be carried, and the double-feature titles fissioned, with each feature gaining its own solo series – one half of each pair continuing the numbering of the parent title, and the other half commencing with a new #1. Thus Tales of Suspense begat Captain America #100 and Iron Man #1, Tales to Astonish begat Hulk #102 and Sub-Mariner #1, and Strange Tales begat Doctor Strange #169 and Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #1. We have all six sensational debut issues new this week, as well as the oddball hybrid Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1, which used up prepared half-helpings before Subby and Shell-Head moved on to their own series. By the cream of Marvel talent at the time – Kirby, Colan, Buscema, Adkins, Severin and Steranko – the grades on these range from a very affordable FA+ on Iron Man #1 to a stunning VF/NM on Captain America #100. This is where the second wave of Marvel began, and here’s a chance to grab them all! SORRY, THESE HAVE ALL NOW SOLD
And here’s the details on these:
Captain America #100 VF/NM cents £325
Iron Man #1 FA+ pence £35
Hulk #102 VG/FN pence £40
Sub-Mariner #1 VG/FN pence £35
Nick Fury, Agent Of Shield #1 VG/FN pence £25
Doctor Strange #1 VF+ pence £90
Iron Man & Sub-Mariner #1 FN+ cents £40
*Magazines/Books About US Vintage Comics: New stock for many major (and some obscure) titles in this enduringly popular section: Back Issue, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Creator, Comicology, Comics Forum, Comics Journal, First Class Comic Review, Graphic Eye, the controversial 1970’s US commentary ‘zine Inside Comics, rare issues of Jack Kirby Collector, and the one-off Kirby tribute from 1994, Taaru!
We’ve added a few more content information details for Alan Class Reprints, which can be found in our Rough Guide from the Alan Class section on our Extras page. One by one, we’re tracking down and recording the contents of these!
*Annuals: A few dozen annuals added to Beano and its spin-offs Bash Street Kids and Dennis The Menace. From recent decades, these are generally in very nice shape. Bash Street Kids between 1980 (1st BSK Annual) and 2005, Beano between 2003-2011, and Dennis between 1989-1998.
As usual, we shall be open this coming Bank Holiday Monday 4th May, during our normal hours of 10:30-18:00.
*Marvel: We reach the end of our ‘Assembling the Avengers’ special event with Annuals/Specials and Giant-Size issues. Specials #1 & #2 (Annuals) and Giant-Size #1-4 all feature new material and some momentous storylines for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Lots of the Mandarin, Kang, Rama-Tut, Dormammu and, in GS #4. the double wedding of the Vision & the Scarlet Witch and of Mantis and the Swordsman. That’s all for the Avengers for the time being — we hope you’ve enjoyed our ‘assembling’ and have added a few nice issues to your collection!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A large update to our stocks of the second series of Eagle, that most venerable of Boys’ Comic titles, with new issues in for 1982-1990, including the 1st Eagle & Tiger from 1985.
*DC: Silver Age DC was about more than just super-heroes, with a diverse range of adventure stories produced in a milieu of settings. This update we have Blackhawk, Brave & Bold with Cave Carson Inside Earth, House Of Secrets, Sea Devils by Russ Heath (inc. #2 and their 3rd appearance in Showcase #29) and Strange Adventures.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A selection of single-author SF anthologies are added to the bookshelves this week. They include a two part autobiographical collection from Lester Del Rey, works by Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, Pohl and Sturgeon as well as a wonderfull collection by the too-often overlooked Alfred Bester. The Best of John W Campbell showcases five works by the man who mentored many burgeoning talents, and includes ‘Who Goes There?’, the highly influential novella that inspired four films (Howard Hawks’ 1951 original ‘The Thing From Another World’, ‘Horror Express (1972), John Carpenter’s 1982 version ‘The Thing’ and its 2011 prequel of the same name), an episode of the X-Files (Ice), other television episodes, a story with the alien’s version of events and even a gamebook.
*Western: A small update of Marvel western titles, featuring two #1 issues. Ghost Rider #1 (1967), Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid, Red Wolf (#1) & Western Gunfighters. Back in 1967, the Ghost Rider was named Carter Slade and rode a horse called Banshee — not a motorcycle or flaming skull in sight!
*DC: A quartet of the Treasury-sized adventures of the Caped Crusader from the mid 1970’s Limited Collectors’ Edition series, featuring among others the original Ras Al Ghul saga in C51 with art by Neal Adams and others. Great art looks sumptuous in this size and these seem to come on to the market quite rarely. SORRY, THESE HAVE ALL NOW SOLD
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: Six mostly high grade horror #1 issues from mighty Marvel in the 1970’s: Arrgh, Chamber Of Chills, Chamber Of Darkness, Man-Thing (1st series, with 2nd app. of Howard The Duck), Uncanny Tales & Weird Wonder Tales. SORRY, THESE HAVE ALL NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A quintet of the scarce TV Picture Stories series in very nice high grade (averaging FN/VF). Published by Pearsons from the late 1950’s, these showcased stories based on popular TV programmes of the time, in this instance O.S.S., Sword Of Freedom, William Tell, the Buccaneers & Hawkeye.
*Girls’ Comics: From the years 1981 and 1982, we’ve added several dozen issues of Girl (2nd series) and Bunty. Bunty is the classic Girls’ title with the Four Marys and scarcely needs much introduction here. The 2nd series of Girl bears little resemblance to the first and is characterised by grinning pre-pubescent young misses on the covers, many of whom feature more than once and, we strongly suspect, must have been related to editors — they certainly don’t look like models (and if you’re reading this and had your photo on a cover of Girl in 1981/82, we apologise and are sure that you must be the exception who is photogenic!)
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Zombies are ever popular here at 30th Century, and this update we unveil a complete run of all ten issues of Marvel’s magazine-sized black and white Tales Of The Zombie from 1973. In very affordable mid-grades, a chance to own a collection of considerable gruesomosity!
*Humour Comics: A late entry into Fleetway IPC’s Humour Comics stable was Wow, which lasted just about a year from June 1982 to June 1983. We have most of the 1982 issues fresh into stock. A series most infamous now, perhaps, since it was ‘presented’ by Rolf Harris, and featured his Magic Brush. Make of that what you will.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We are very pleased to present a complete run of all 40 issues of Ranger from 1965 to 1966, the first home of the Trigan Empire by Don Lawrence. Indeed, the very first issue, pictured here (GD/VG £30), includes the very first Trigan Empire strip. Generally in nice condition, this over-sized series doesn’t turn up too often; eventually after 40 issues, it was subsumed into Look & Learn, where the Trigan Empire continued to flourish for many years.
*TV / Film Tie-Ins: This update has three childrens’ television programmes, including the very first Dr Who adventure on paper, the Tomorrow People and Thunderbirds. We also have 1990 and (a first for us) a book based on a radio series, ‘The Hitch-hikers Guide To The Galaxy’.