*Alan Class Reprints: Another split-screen effort for our ongoing Alan Class ‘events’: in our ‘Redux’ programme, we revisit one of Alan’s ‘Big Six’ titles, Creepy Worlds, for a selection of issues from #1 through to #39, around 30 issues new to our listings. These are Alan’s own file copies from his reference collection, each released with a signed certificate of authenticity from Alan Class, the publisher, himself. And in our ‘Marvellous Alan Class Reprints’ feature, we highlight those hotly-pursued issues which feature early cover-featured reprints – in many cases, the first reprint – of stories from the Marvel Universe. In this selection the keys are issues #32-38, which reprint the earliest issues of the Fantastic Four from #1 – though not quite in sequential order: issues #32-38 reprint, respectively, FF #1, #2, #4, #3, #5, #6, and #8. Grades on these range from Poor on the earliest numbers including #1, through to Fine or better on many of the later issues. In addition to the FF reprint sequence, highlights include many seldom-seen Ditko and Kirby mystery tales from the Pre-Hero Marvel years. Scans of issues #32 (PR £15), #33 (FN £50), #34 (VG/FN £40), #36 (VG £38), #37 (FN £40) and #38 (FN/VF £40) are reproduced here (some are also available in lower graded, cheaper copies) – for all grade and price details, see our website catalogue!
*Marvel UK: Marvel’s UK division is refreshed from its earliest days this week, with Mighty World of Marvel #1-5 back in stock! These issues from 1972 introduced the classic Marvel heroes to an entire generation of readers, and are fondly remembered these days. In above-average condition for their vintage, the sport new covers by John Buscema (issue #1) and a fledgling Jim Starlin (#2-5), and all have the notoriously difficult cut-out coupons firmly in place! Moving up to Marvel UK’s latter days, we also have a selection Spider-Man and Zoids from issue #2. These are sought after because of the new-material strips starring the characters from the toy franchise. In addition, we have smaller additions to Chiller Pocket Book, The Daredevils (with Alan Moore & Alan Davis’ Captain Britain), Complete Fantastic Four, Spider-Man Comics Weekly, and Rampage Weekly. Full details in our catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Rounding up the stragglers in our CSD Putney event, we have a miscellany of releases this week for the following titles: Combat, Commando, Lion (inc. #2 Robot Archie), Private Eye, Secret Agent Holiday Special, Spy 13 Summer Special, Tiger Sports, Undercover, Valiant (inc #6 Strongbow the Avenger & #24 Nick Martin Space Detective), a lot of War At Sea and War. Just two more updates to come in our special event now, as next week we pay our final visit to the Schoolgirl in CSD!
*Humour Comics: A sorely-needed update to our Dandy section, adding nearly all issues from 1971 and 1972, years which were previously missing. New Year, April Fool and Christmas issues all make an appearance together with a selection of promotional flyers, while Korky the cat continues his run-ins with mice, bullies and a zoo-ful of animals. Most in GD or VG grade.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Harlan Ellison is the author restocked this time, with several of his classics included. All The Sounds Of Fear has been added as both Panther and Granada editions; this is the collection that includes the classic ‘I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream’. In addition to these, The Time Of The Eye, The Beast That Shouted Love At the Heart Of The World and Ellison Wonderland also join the shelves.
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: *EC *Modern Reprints *Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: As momentum gathers for the Justice League movie, interest in the classic Justice League of America comic rises higher, and we’re pleased to restock the first fifty issues of this vintage title, by favourite creators Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky and Bernard Sachs. Far from being the parochial organisation their name suggested, the JLA operated all over the world and throughout the galaxy, alternating Terrestrial crime-crushing with the thwarting of wannabe intergalactic overlords – and still making it back to the Sanctuary in time for tea! This selection of most issues from #7 to #50 is predominantly unstamped cents covers, and while there’s the occasional ‘wobble’, the grading is generally mid-high – averaging VG/FN or better, and with several coveted VFs, rare in items of this vintage. Highlights include the origin the team, told for the first time in #9, villainous debuts in abundance – Felix Faust, the Demons Three and the Lord of Time in #10, Doctor Light in #12, the Queen Bee in #23, Headmaster Mind in #28, Brain Storm in #32, and the Royal Flush Gang in #43; all this, and Justice League/Justice Society team-ups and 80-Page Giant issues into the bargain! For full price and condition details, see our online catalogue listings. Pictured below: #7 VG £58, #9 VG- p £50, #17 FN+ £62, #32 VF+ £73 & #38 VF £55
*DC: As regular readers will know, from time to time, vintage aficionados though we are, we do include some relatively more modern comics in our catalogue – if we deem them worthy! One such series is 1980’s New Teen Titans, in which Marv Wolfman and George Perez took a faded Sixties franchise and revitalised it into DC’s sales powerhouse of the decade. Introducing three brand-new characters – Cyborg, Raven and Starfire – Wolfman & Perez hewed very closely to the X-Men model of angst-ridden young heroes, and scored big points not only with DC’s readers; NTT became the DC Comic even Marvel fans bought! While we have had key issues listed before, the sheer quality of the title has caused us to expand our net to include the first 20 issues, including the series’ pilot in DC Comics Presents #26, the premiere issue of the new series and issue #2, which introduced Deathstroke the Terminator, who himself later became a breakout star villain. This high-grade consecutive run of the first twenty issues, around half of them (including the early keys) cents copies, may be found under ‘Teen Titans, New’ in our catalogue listing. Pictured below: DC Comics Presents #26 VF+ £50, New Teen Titans #1 FN/VF £30, #2 VF/NM £100. SORRY, ALL THREE PICTURED ITEMS NOW SOLD
*DC: This week’s Batmania Max features a full run (all 9 issues) of the Joker’s own short-lived series from 1975/76. Not only Batman’s most famous foe, but arguably the most famous villain in comics, starred in his own series briefly at this time, and came up against various other Bat-foes, DCU villains such as Luthor and the Royal Flush Gang and heroes such as Green Arrow, the Creeper and even Sherlock Holmes. A mixture of grades in this all-cents copy run; #1 is VF at £30; full details in our catalogue.
*DC: The venerable World’s Finest Comics title originally featured Superman and Batman in separate stories, but page shrinkage in the 1950’s meant that the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader were teamed-up, issue after issue, in stories that required quite a bit of ingenuity to challenge the heroes’ very different skill sets. This selection ranges from the late 1960’s through to the mid-1970’s (#174 to #242), and offers, among others, the rather lovely #176 (an unusual four-way team-up involving Batgirl and Supergirl, illustrated by Neal Adams), the experimental period where Superman dumped Batman and started teaming up with other heroes, from #198 on – guests at this time included Flash, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, Dr. Fate and more – and the 100-Page era of the early ’70s, plus, from #215 on, the horror and disappointment that was… The Super-Sons! As is common with many of our larger recent DC updates, these are almost exclusively cents copies, with no UK pence price or overprint, and the grade skews high – a few VG’s, but many in FN/VF or better.
*Marvel: Iron Fist’s 1977 title, though critically acclaimed and well-received, failed to catch a mass audience, and was cancelled with its fifteenth issue. But in retrospect, its next-to-last issue, #14, has become hugely sought after as the debut of Sabretooth, one of the X-Men’s most popular enemies. Ironically, it’s only Sabretooth’s premier appearance by accident – he was intended to appear first in Ms. Marvel #24, but that title was cancelled with issue#23, so here he is, in all his feral glory! This issue is doubly desirable here in the UK, as it was never distributed through official channels, and only a relatively tiny amount of the print run made it over. This copy is a FN+, generally appealing with only very minor wear to one upper corner precluding a still higher grade; on sale at £65. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: For this week’s selection in our Spider-Mania event, we turn to Amazing Spider-Man #151-200, with selections from the long, arid period of non-distribution. This update features issues previously unrepresented in our inventory, and includes clashes with classic villains Kingpin, Shocker and Green Goblin, as well as guest-appearances by Nova, Nightcrawler, and some of the Punisher’s earliest recorded gigs! The most significant item in this run, however – even eclipsing the double-thick special Anniversary #200 – is #194, with the first appearance of the larcenous lady who would become Spidey’s most beloved enemy – the Black Cat! Issue #194 is FN+ at £40; for grade and price details of the others, see our online catalogue. SORRY, SPIDEY #194 HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Our new acquisition of Journey into Mystery #87 – only the fifth-ever appearance of the God of Thunder – is technically not a NM-, despite its generally superior appearance: a beautiful glossy cover, with vibrant unfaded colour and superb interior page quality, it has nevertheless been very slightly, barely noticeably, trimmed at the right edge. Presumably, at some point in its history, a previous owner was trying to remove an irregularity from the edge. Nevertheless, it is an exceptional vintage item, and given that an actual NM- would grade in excess of £1,000, this Apparent NM- cents copy is priced to sell at a comparatively bargainaceous £335.
*Marvel: Strange Tales made for strange bedfellows from the August 1965 dated #135, as the supernatural adventures of Doctor Strange were joined by the high-tech, James-Bond inspired action thriller, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD! Fury, the star of the WW II-era ‘Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos’, had been introduced to the modern Marvel Age as a CIA agent in Fantastic Four, and with this series, he was promoted to director of a new international agency, SHIELD (Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage Law-enforcement Division). By Lee and Kirby, this new series shamelessly exploited the super-spy craze, but retained its roots firmly in the Marvel Universe, as Nick and his team dealt with extra-terrestrial threats and rival agencies such as AIM and HYDRA, who were vying for domination of Earth! SHIELD’s premiere issue, #135, is a VG/FN pence copy at £60; we also have several of the follow-up issues, ranging from #137-147, averaging VG to FN, featuring additional high-octane excitement – and let us not forget the Lee/Ditko (Lee/Everett in that last issue) Doctor Strange suspense stories!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: The 1950’s was a great time for genre diversification in American comics, when super-heroes were not the dominant theme. In this update we have three such genres represented: a gorgeous painted pulp-style cover adorns Ziff-Davis’s science-fiction anthology title Amazing Adventures #3, complete with giant kitten; Arabian Nights adventure features in St John’s Son Of Sinbad #1, with the whole issue graced by the art of the great Joe Kubert;, plus we have a gamut of crime: Kerry Drake from Argo, Public Enemies from DS and several issues of Private Eye from Atlas.
*Modern Reprints: A pot pourri of classic DC reprints in this popular category. Starting with Millenium Editions, we have Detective Comics #1, #27 (1st Batman, duh!), #38 (1st Robin) & Showcase #22 (1st Silver Age Green Lantern); Annuals that never quite were: Justice League of America 100 Page Super Spectacular and Wonder Woman; and promotional reprints from Toys R Us: Batman #121 (1st Mr Freeze), Detective Comics #38 & #359 (1st Batgirl) and from Pizza Hut Batman #122. Your chance to grab some classic material for usually just a few pounds each!
*Marvel UK: From 1976, Marvel UK’s first attempt to generate a British-based super-hero, placed into the hands of Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe, who… might have possibly met an English person. Once. Be that as it may, CB’s become a mainstay of the mainstream Marvel Universe, and this new selection of the first nine weekly issues features not only his debut and origin in issue #1 (duh), but also issues #8 & #9, the first and second appearances of his psychic psister, Betsy, who – years later and after many, many changes – turned Japanese and became the X-Men’s scantily-clad ninja mind-warrior Psylocke. As you do. This new copy of #8 (pictured) is a respectable VG at £40. For prices and grades on the others consult our catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Well, a bit of colour; the publishers of this series of digest-sized European reprints cheaped out by only having the odd page in full-colour rather than black & white, but that alone made them stand out in those days! Top Three, so called because of its habit of running three separate and distinct stories in each issue, covered an astonishing variety of subject matter in its 100+ run: adventure, jungle, historical, detective thriller, and many more, with attractive painted covers luring in the readers. This selection of new issues (around 30 in all) fills in much of the early run, ranging from 1961’s #2 to 1964’s #40, averaging Fine or better, with many VFs. We’re finally coming towards the end of our massive CSD: Putney collection of picture libraries, with just a few weeks more to go!
*Humour Comics: D C Thomson’s unfeasibly large Beezer takes the Humour spotlight this week with dozens of issues added from 1970. Cover featuring the luckless Ginger, by this time Beezer was almost entirely an out and out humour title with strips such as Colonel Blink, Smiffy, the Numskulls, Baby Crockett and Pop, Dick & Harry, but the odd adventure strip such as Showboat Circus and the Jellymen still adorned the centrefolds. A variety of grades, but mostly veering towards the higher end of the British grading spectrum; mostly unfolded copies, unusual in this big title. Christmas issue included and pictured.
*Girls’ Comics: The distaff counterpart to Eagle went through many changes in its run, but few as drastic as the last couple of years of its existence, 1963 and 1964. Girl shrank down to a smaller magazine size from its traditional half-broadsheet, and started running photo-covers, at first mild ‘battle of the sexes’ jokes, then later on, full-page pin-up covers as the magazine pandered shamelessly to the new pop scene of the time. In terms of comic strips, Belle and Mamie – formerly, famously, of the Ballet School – got a job as half of the ‘Telegang’, bright young things who toured the world making documentaries and having adventures. Schoolgirls ‘Wendy and Jinx’ were still active, as was ‘Lettice’, and there was also the odd (very odd) dash of genteel sci-fi, the strangest example of which ran from V12 #51 to V13 #13, ‘The Day of the Triffids’, adapting the famous novel, but replacing the adult heroine with two school-age girls. Needless to say, things didn’t pan out quite the way John Wyndham originally wrote them! Famous pop-persons frequently featured include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Cilla Black, while many others – Eden Kane? Johnny Justice? Heinz? – have been lost in the mists of time. (Tell you what, though: that Shane Fenton’s a dead ringer for Alvin Stardust. Eerie resemblance…) The end seemed nigh when, in the latter days of ’64, Princess-alumni like Sue Day and Uncle Lionel started poking their faces in, and sure enough, with V13 #40, 3rd October 1964, (pictured below right) it was the final issue, as Girl slunk off ingloriously to be incorporated into Princess. This selection of around 100 issues new in (occasional duplicates) varies from Fair to Fine, but predominantly hits a solid VG grade throughout.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Six excellent SF novels have been added recently. Two have been offered before: M John Harrison’s The Pastel City and Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah. Of the others, Sleeping Planet (William R Burkett) involves the ultimate stealth alien invasion, when practically all humans sleep through the event, Tyranopolis (A E Van Vogt) forecasts a very dystopian future and The Ophiuchi Hotline is a rollicking adventure involving clones, strange human-alien symbioses and a huge lie. Finally, there’s an unusual appearance in this category for Spiderman in The Octopus Agenda (Diane Duane).
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: The (M) Appeal of the classic TV Avengers series from the 1960’s never seems to fade, and Steed & Mrs Peel are seemingly ever with us! New to our listings this week are several of their adventures in novel form in a variety of guises: Titan’s (now) uncommon 1994 reprints of the Patrick Macnee written stories Dead Duck and Deadline, the 1967 Panther originals The Floating Game, The Passing Of Gloria Munday, The Laugh Was On Lazarus and Heil Harris, and one adventure with Mrs. Peel’s successor Tara King in an American original from Berkley The Drowned Queen. Bowlers, brollies and kinky boots to the fore! Consult our catalogue for pricing details and other information. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
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: *Marvel
and in our Books Section: *Crime, Spies & Sleaze *TV/Film Tie-Ins
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: This week’s selection from Batman’s parent title, Detective Comics, runs from #271 consecutively to #279, and straddles the breach between issues that were pre- and post-distribution in the UK – though all of these numbers, it must be averred, are unstamped Cents-priced copies. The usual tropes of the time – wacky bodily transformations (“The Zebra Batman!”), strange alien visitors (“The Jigsaw Creature!”) and wannabe crimefighters with an agenda (“The Crimson Knight!”) are very much in evidence. Significant issues include #273, in which the Martian Manhunter, having previously operated in secret, reveals his existence to the world at large; #274, the first appearance of the Human Flame, a villain who notoriously killed J’Onn J’Onzz (temporarily, as it transpired) in Grant Morrison’s Infinite crisis series; and #276, with not only the second ever appearance of Bat-Mite, but – hold on to your hats, pilgrims – his first Titanic Team-Up with that Battling Babe, Batwoman! (Sorry, it all went a bit Stan Lee for a minute; time for a cup of tea and a biscuit. The excitement’s all too much…) As always, full details of grades and prices to be found in our online catalogue.
*DC: A significant top-up to DC’s Amazing Amazon, from 1968 to 1976, a complete consecutive run of those issues now available! Kicking off with an unprecedented team-up in #177 with Supergirl, then, of course, the notorious ‘New Wonder Woman’ run by O’Neil and Sekowsky, wherein our heroine lost her mighty powers. Becoming a martial artist and investigator, she fought crime in a manner more reminiscent of Modesty Blaise or Emma Peel in high-tension spy thrillers, with an occasional dip into fantasy realms. Especially sought-after from this period are the Jeff Jones covers on #199 and #200, and the issues featuring guest-star Catwoman (#201, #202). With #203, to tie in with the release of Gloria Steinem’s WW retrospective book, Diana was switched abruptly back to super-powered mode, and shortly thereafter endured a test of trials to establish her fitness to rejoin the Justice league, with high-profile guest-stars in every issue. And the Red Tornado. Wrapping up this run, the last few more experimental issues before the launch of the TV show starring Lynda Carter, after which point the title became one of DC’s short-lived “DC TV Comics”. Mostly in high grades, this sequence takes the Princess of Paradise Island through a plethora of changes, constituting one of the more interesting periods in her long history.
*DC: From 1960 onward, the 80-page Superman Annuals, from #1 to #6 (except #3), are added to our stock. We’ve had these before, of course, and alternative copies in higher grades are available, but these ones… Well, they’re all there, nothing missing, but ‘cheap and cheerful’ is the way to describe them. Bargainaceous reading copies, with flaws including (but not limited to), creases, tears, heavy tape, detached covers, and myriad other signs of ‘distress’ which just prove how well-read and well-loved these thoroughly pre-owned items have been on their long, long journey to our shelves! Tons of reading in these ‘thick ‘uns’, with all the Superman Family – Lois, Jimmy, Lana, Lori, Krypto, Supergirl, Luthor, Brainiac and Supes himself – front and centre. From £2.50 to £13.50, these Poor-Fair copies are among the cheapest copies of these vintage compilations you’ll find! As a special bonus this listing, we also offer a copy of Superman #83, July-Aug 1953, with all story pages complete, but an idiosyncratic selection of flaws and foibles; poor at £15.
*Marvel: “Does the Green Goblin Look Cute To You?…” The rather twee opening line of the blurb on Amazing Spider-Man #14’s cover heralded the first appearance of Spider-Man’s most dastardly and persistent enemy – his “Joker”, so to speak. The sinister and malevolent Green Goblin has plagued Spider-Man ever since, causing chaos, destruction and the deaths of some of Spidey’s most beloved friends, and this masterwork by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko is where his villainous career kicked off. And guest-starring the Hulk to boot! A pence copy, this is an attractive Fine, with minimal ‘blunting’ at corners, tight staples, excellent interior page quality, and extremely light wear at spine. Beautiful unmarred cover scene with deep unfaded covers. Priced at £500, a star addition to our Spider-Mania event.
*Marvel: The short-lived ‘showcase’ phase of Marvel Super-Heroes saw the debuts of several interesting ‘pilots’, most of which went nowhere, being a bit too experimental for the period. Among these unadopted concepts was a sci-fi strip, the Guardians of the Galaxy, set in the future of an Earth under the scaly thumb of the vicious Badoon invaders, and a rag-tag band of heroes from various planets who formed a resistance movement to liberate the solar system. Created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan, it was stylish and fast-paced, but didn’t ‘take’, and languished for half a decade until fan-turned pro Steve Gerber revived the heroes as supporting characters in Defenders and elsewhere. Since then, they’ve had several successful series with various rosters, as well as a lucrative movie franchise soon to be enhanced by the imminent release of “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2” at a cinema near you! So now, before prices spike again, here’s an opportunity to purchase their very first appearance, MSH #18, in Fine condition at £100. With minimum corner wear and one upper staple protrusion (not uncommon in squarebound issues), this is a superior mid-high grade copy for collectors or investors.
*Marvel: Back in our day, the X-Men were Scott, Jean, Warren, Hank & Bobby and we had nothing of this new fangled ‘All-New, All Different’ malarkey. So join us back in time this week as we revisit the original X-Men in some of their earliest adventures as they take on Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (#5), Sub-Mariner (#6), the Avengers (#9), Ka-Zar (#10) and the Sentinels (#14 & #15), plus a few later issues previously missing from our inventory. Pictured below: #5 FN + p £170, #6 VG+ p £70, #10 VG p £53 and #15 FN p £56. Then take a look at our catalogue for full details of all issues in stock!
*Marvel: In the Sizzling Seventies, the era of the E.R.A. and Women’s Liberation, Marvel decided to publish a comic celebrating the new, independent woman – and very nearly made a total pig’s ear of it, but with the best of intentions. Carol Danvers, a former supporting character of Captain Marvel, gained super-powers like his, (with an added psychic ‘Seventh Sense’, because ‘girl’) and, despite her clarion calls for equality, was reduced to being in the Captain’s shadow as an imitator of him wearing a skimpier, belly-baring version of his costume. Despite these drawbacks, the title was actually pretty decently written by first Gerry Conway, then Chris Claremont, with a ‘makeover’ issue giving Ms. M, under the artistry of Dave Cockrum, a sleek, chic and non-derivative look that established her as her own woman – only for the series to be cancelled a few issues later! Ms. Marvel had subsequent successful series, becoming a mainstay of the Avengers, and now, having acquired the title of Captain Marvel in her own right, is poised to become the prima diva of the Marvel Universe, and subject of Marvel’s first female-fronted film! This complete high-grade run of her entire first series runs from #1 to #23, highlights including the first issue which establishes the Ms. Marvel identity, the ‘relaunch’ issue #20, and, special bonus for X-Men fans, issues #16 & #17, with cameo appearances by the shape-shifting siren known as Mystique – though she was going by her other name of Raven Darkholme at the time -and #18’s first full appearance of the blue-skinned baddie we all love! Issue #1 is VF+ cents at £60; #16 NM pence £55; #17 VF/NM pence £27; and #18 VF+ pence at £50. For all other issues’ grades and prices, please see details in our online catalogue.
*Gold Key/Whitman: Gold Key, after splitting off from its parent company Dell, followed Dell’s lead by grabbing a wide range of franchises and running with them, as well as generating many interesting new series of its own. This update, of approximately 60 issues, is spread over three broad themes: Cartoon/Comedy (Bugs Bunny, Flintstones, Mighty Mouse, Popeye and Uncle Scrooge), ‘Straight’ adaptations of movies or TV series (Condorman, Green Hornet, Lassie, My Favourite Martian and the ‘Movie Comic’ Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm) and original fantasy/adventure sci-fi series (Brothers of the Spear, Captain Johner and the Aliens, Dagar the Invincible, Magnus Robot Fighter, Mighty Samson, Space Family Robinson, Starstream, Total War (Wally Wood art), Tragg and the Sky Gods, and Turok, Son of Stone!). Covering three decades – 1962 to 1981 – this is a snapshot of one of newsstand comics’ most eclectic publishers!
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: Tower Comics lead the way in this mixed update, with several issues of Thunder Agents fresh in, plus spin-offs Dynamo, Noman & Undersea Agent. Fondly remembered, and with a stellar cast of artists such as Wally Wood, Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Mike Sekowsky, Reed Crandall and many more, these have a special place in comics’ history. Backed up here with the first three issues of Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot from Aardvark-Vanaheim, the bizarre Captain Marvel from M F Enterprises, Herbie the Fat Fury from ACG and issue #2 of the Walking Dead Survivors’ Guide. All strange bedfellows, I’m sure you’ll agree. Full details in our catalogue.
*Modern Reprints: Some new additions to our stock of DC’s handsome Archive Editions, full colour hardcover volumes presenting the best of DC Comics from its long history. New stock comprises Action Heroes Vol 2 (actually Charlton reprints of Ditko’s Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and the Question after DC acquired the rights to those characters), All Star Comics Vols 3 & 8 starring the Justice Society, Challengers Of The Unknown Vols 1 & 2 presenting all the Kirby issues, and Rarities Vol 1 (pictured), featuring three big comics, New York World’s Fair 1939 & 1940 and Big All-American Comic Book, comics you’re very unlikely ever to own in their original form! Prices range from £25 — consult our catalogue for full information.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Don Lawrence’s beloved Trigan Empire strip started right here in Ranger #1, the short-lived (40 issues) tabloid from Fleetway which commenced on 18th September 1965. Other strips included ‘The Adventures Of Macbeth’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Rob Riley’ by Jesus Belasco and Space Cadet, among other features. Trigan Empire continued of course for many years after Ranger in Look & Learn. This is a GD condition copy with rusty staples, priced at £20. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A restock of the second series of Eagle, (home of ‘Doomlord’, ‘Sgt. Streetwise’, ‘Manix’, and the second generation ‘Dan Dare’) which launched with a plethora of dodgy photo-strips, but rapidly evolved into a decent weekly comic with a line-up of writers and artists more famed from the 2000 AD bullpen. A selection of around 60 issues added, from 1982’s premier edition to 1990, towards the end of the series’ run.
*TV & Film Related Comics: A selection of twenty issues of TV Comic from the year 1965 (numbers between #691 and #732), with early appearances of the Doctor Who comic strip adaptation starring the William Hartnell iteration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord. Also appearing in the series during this period were the rather lovely Space Patrol strip, and, in the latter part of this selection, television’s Avengers, with Mrs. Peel and John Steed fighting the forces of (carefully toned-down) evil. Plus Popeye, Mighty Moth, the Dickie Henderson Family, and others favourites of a bygone era. Full details, including grades and prices, as always, in our catalogue.
*TV & Film Related Comics: From issue #199 to #224 (1966-1967), the girls’ weekly comic Diana featured a sumptuous full-colour comic strip of the adventures of the Avengers, John Steed, and Emma Peel, as they thwarted international evil in high style. Illustrated by Emilio Frejo, assisted by Juan Gonzalez Alacrejo, these adventures, while necessarily compressed, carried (unlike the more sanitised versions in TV Comic and elsewhere) the feel of the show, with high-stakes scenarios and actual fatalities – particularly in the final story arc, wherein our heroes are pitted against the Secret Six, a cartel of criminal masterminds, and have to battle their way to freedom. For many years, these issues have been the most highly-sought after in Diana’s entire run, but now, a complete collection of all eight Avengers stories from Diana has been issued by Big Finish Studios and DC Thomson, which, while smaller than the original tabloid pages, is nevertheless a fine-looking paperback, and a very handy addition to any fan’s shelf. Killer Frocks! Mad Norsemen! Deadly Toys! Enraged Animals! Mad Hatters! Black Heart and the Seven Dwarfs! All this and more can be yours, in this brand-new compilation for £13.
*Humour Comics: A chunky update to the UK’s favourite and longest-lived humour comic Beano, with lots of issues added for the years 1977 and 1978, plus 4 Summer Specials in low-mid grade from the 1990’s.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: Our massive Picture Library collection continues with dozens and dozens of issues of Bunty Picture Library, starting with #2 and featuring most of the first 15 issues (rarely seen), several of which are pictured below. We then jump to a range between #66 and #232, and conclude with the Bunty & Judy Bumper Library from 1977. So, both rare and common issues in a range of grades and prices, all jolly spiffing fun!
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Some classic Bond paperback editions in this week’s books update, including Diamonds Are Forever, Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia, With Love (movie cover), The Man With The Golden Gun (1st PB edition), Thunderball (bullet-hole cover) and You Only Live Twice. Among the most famous adventures of the greatest spy/secret agent of them all!
From time to time, we have to make decisions to discontinue certain titles from our stock for reasons of space. This time it’s the turn of Look & Learn, the educational comic that started out a bit earnest and then with #232 was revitalised by the addition of Ranger, most famously featuring the Trigan Empire strip from that defunct publication, sumptuously illustrated by Don Lawrence and later by others. We’re clearing this title from our boxes to make room for some of the vast number of collections we’ve been buying in so we are able to offer our complete stock of approximately 165 issues (between #232 and #859 – #232 being the first issue to add Ranger and the Trigan Empire) with about 40 duplications among them at a bargain price of just £30 to the first person to order them. Grades range from Fair to Fine and as a bonus there’s an original free gift included. NB They don’t come bagged and boarded (as our normal stock does) and if the buyer wants them posted to a UK address, the postage cost would be an additional £25 (sorry, we won’t post these outside the UK, due to prohibitive postage cost). These are heavy, weighing in at over 15 kg, so if you’re thinking of collecting from our shop, you’ll need transport! We don’t want to throw them away, so we hope this limited-time offer will see them relocated in a good home! First come, first served — the first person to pay for them gets them!
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: *Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s *Romance *Teen Humour/Funny Girls and in our British section: *Younger Readers’ Comics
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Girls’ Comics: Stepping a little outside our usual remit, a selection of the pop mag Fabulous (later Fab 208). Launched in 1964, it gained the ‘208’ sobriquet in 1966 when it engineered a promotional tie-in with Radio Luxembourg, (broadcast on 208 wavelength) one of the new stations credited with shaking up the BBC’s somewhat staid monopoly on the listening airwaves. Fab 208’s USP was a plethora of full-colour pin-ups of pop princes and princesses, with the occasional prettier footballer thrown into the mix to tickle the magazine’s overwhelmingly female demographic. They delivered pin-ups in abundance, with the perfunctory text features taking very much a second place – though, allegedly, both the Monkees and George Best wrote regular columns! (Or at least their publicists did…) This selection of over 50 issues spans the years from 1964 to 1971, though with by far the heaviest concentration lands in 1967 and 1968, when the Beatles and the Monkees were king. (Though Doctor Who fans might check out 10/8/68, with cover model the lovely Wendy Padbury (or ‘Paddy Wenbury’, as those of us of a certain vintage will always remember her…), though not, unfortunately in her Who persona as Zoe! (and if you need to ask, ‘Who’s Zoe?’ then you’re too young to be reading this update – away with you, urchins!))
*DC: A decent copy just in of the ground-breaking debut issue of writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams’ run on Green Lantern/Green Arrow (continuing the numbering from the Green Lantern series). With #76, DC’s two Emerald Justice Leaguers teamed-up in a series of radical storylines featuring ‘relevant’ issues such as racism, sexism, drugs etc. Comics would never be the same again after this issue cited by many as the first issue of the Bronze Age. Just spine and edge wear commensurate with a VG grade on this cents copy priced at £150. Plus… a couple of bonus issues from the same run: #85, with the classic ‘My ward is a junkie’ cover and #87, featuring the first appearance of John Stewart, the black Green Lantern.
*DC: In our Batmania Max event this update, we have Batman Adventures: Mad Love, the comics one-shot by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm which redefined the Joker/Harley relationship, and catapulted Harley into her position as the breakout character of the late 20th century! This 1994 release was Harley’s second-ever comics appearance, and she takes centre stage in a tug of love between Batman and the Joker. This copy is an attractive VF- at £50, with only one light diagonal crease in the upper right corner cover precluding a still higher grade. Your chance to grab an early spotlight on a character whose popularity is growing at an epic rate!
*DC: A surprisingly under-represented period in our previous stock, this massive update of the second half of the JLA’s first century saw many changes and departures; original scripter Gardner Fox left after #65, being replaced by Mike Friedrich and Denny O’Neil, resulting for a time in a writing style that could most charitably be described as ‘histrionic’, culminating in the egregious #89, where a Harlan Ellison avatar guest stars, and the writer breaks the fourth wall to invite the readers to contemplate “the crash-pounding of my creative soul!”. No doubt they were all very sincere at the time. Fortunately, things calmed down a little after that, and the series reverted to decent super-heroics on the run-up to its centennial issue. However, highlights of this period include the reintroduction of the Robin of Earth-2 as an adult member of the JSA, the debut of the second Red Tornado, and the crossing over of Black Canary from Earth-Two to Earth-One, trading in her Justice Society membership for JLA status. This selection are all unstamped Cents copies, and averaging Fine or better grade, with many VF. Every issue from #51-100 now in stock; check out our catalogue for full details.
*Marvel: Probably the most sought-after comic of the 1970’s, Hulk #181 featured the first full appearance of Wolverine, the Canadian super-hero who, outstripping everyone’s expectations, became the most popular Marvel character created since the dawn of the Marvel Age. Created by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe (from a John Romita design), Wolvy was revived by Wein when he put together the “New” X-Men who debuted in Giant-Size X-Men #1, and since then, Wolverine became the star of the lucrative X-Men franchise, and a multi-media darling in his own right. This issue, where it all really kicked off, is an apparent VG+, with good interior page quality, excellent cover colour and gloss, and one soft but long diagonal crease running from the top of the logo’s ‘K’ down almost to the bottom of the book, as may be seen on the accompanying illustration. The thing precluding an actual VG+ grade, however, is the removal of the Marvel Value Stamp, which has been neatly cut from an interior non-story page. Despite that, the overall condition of the book is very appealing, and given that this is routinely a £1,000+ item intact, we are confident of a rapid sale in pricing this copy at £350. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: This update features Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four from their classic Silver Age period, each issue featuring a famous guest star or two. First up, #14 VG/FN £95 with the Sub-Mariner, next #27 VG/FN p £60 with Subby again plus Dr. Strange, then #29 GD+ p £23 with the Watcher, and finally #55 VG+ p £30 with the Silver Surfer. Some of Marvel’s best!
*Marvel: Increasingly rising in popularity ever since their first appearance in the Fantastic Four mid-1960’s, the Inhumans remain one of the most original concepts in Marveldom and in recent years and indeed currently, are taking their place as a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe. We’re pleased to present the entirety of their first series under their own name, all 12 issues from 1975-76, written by Doug Moench with art by George Perez, Keith Pollard and others. Join Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak and all their chums for high adventure! Averaging VF and all listed in our catalogue with full grading and pricing information.