*Marvel: Most of the first ten issues of Marvel Two-In-One, the Thing team-up series, fresh in and not distributed at the time in the UK, including a low grade #1 GD at £7.50.
*Horror 1940-1959: A brace (or perhaps a deuce, to use a more American idiom) of Pre-Code horror classics new in: Atlas’ Spellbound #11, in Fine at £90, with the high-quality standard of artwork and stories one expects from the publisher who, by this time, was in the throes of its horror production line, A lovely copy with firm staples, tight corners, and vivid cover colour. Spellbound’s companion this update is Charlton’s Thing! #11 – no relation to the later Ben Grimm, Thing! was notorious for making up in blood, gore, decapitation and giblets what it may have sometimes lacked in terms of uniform quality of art or story. Rare, infamous, and very much a niche market – if you like this sort of Thing!, then this is the sort of Thing! you like, to paraphrase Miss Brodie. Issue #4 is our new addition, VG at £85. And if you’re wondering why our cover zombie appears to be wearing a Davy Crockett chapeau, you’re not alone.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: In issue #32 of his ongoing series, lycanthrope Jack Russell (stop sniggering at the back there) met an unusual antagonist, a vigilante mercenary called Moon Knight, whose silver armour caused particular problems for our favourite werewolf. Scoring an unprecedented hit with the readers, the not-at-all Batmanesque Moon Knight made a rapid return after his initial two-part story, and span off into numerous ongoing series. The relative obscurity of his debut (and rumours that he’s soon to play a large part in the Marvel Multimedia Universe) have caused interest in this issue to spike. This copy is a VG p at £175, an attractive mid-grade copy with only very minor corner and edge wear precluding a higher condition.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Based on the hugely successful Planet of the Apes movies of the era, Marvel’s 1970’s Planet of the Apes magazine featured both straight adaptations of the films and additional new material set in the same universe, with the creators having fun imagining the history and development of the world they saw on the silver screen. We have a virtually complete run of Planet of the Apes magazine – seldom seen on these UK shores – averaging VG/FN grades. Only two omissions: the run is lacking a #22, and the #1, while having the same creative content as its US edition, is an Australian version, with differing advertising and to some extent editorial matter. Nevertheless, an uncommon opportunity to get most of the set of 29 issues, in respectable but affordable mid-grades. Go Ape!
*Modesty Blaise: We’re delighted to add the latest two volumes of Titan’s current printing of Peter O’Donnell’s seminal adventuress newspaper strip to our catalogue. Volume 28 (The Murder Game) and Volume 29 (Children Of Lucifer – the penultimate in the series) are now in stock, brand new at £12 each.
*Marvel UK: Among the many diverse formats Marvel’s UK division experimented with in the Eighties was the ‘Pocketbook’ format – a sort of half-way house between a traditional UK picture library and an American comic book, these 8″ x 5″ mags reprinted one or two complete issues of series, rather than the smaller chunks the weeklies carved the original tales into. We have fifty of these new in, including such diverse series as Conan (with early Barry Smith opulence), Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Titans, X-Men, Young Romance (borrowing an established DC name, but reprinting Marvel’s rather lovely titles, My Love and Our Love Story), and the oddball Star Heroes, which started out as a straight sf series, reprinting Micronauts and Battlestar Galactica, but took an abrupt turn left with issue #10 and began replaying the original X-Men from #1!
*Power Comics: The last 11 issues of Odham’s run on Smash new in (from #152-162), with its mixture of humour and adventure strips, before it became an IPC title and a different beast entirely.
*Annuals: Several Girls’ Annuals added to our stock: many June from the 1960’s, Princess from the 60’s/70’s and a single Mirabelle Sunshine Pop Book from 1975.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Continuing (and for the time being concluding) our massive Comet update, we have solid if not quite consecutive runs from 1955 through to its final year of publication 1959 – after which it was merged into Tiger. This period saw the debut of one of the most popular strips to emerge from the series, space adventurer Jet-Ace Logan, who premiered in issue #426. For most of this period, Comet was a small and slim publication, similar in size, if not thickness, to the US comic book; however, issue #519 saw the switch to a larger format – somewhere between the standard US and UK sizes – and the introduction of Commando One, another popular series which would make the jump over to Tiger. This run, in affordable mid-grades, also includes the final issue published, after more than a decade of fun and thrills with Buffalo Bill, Strongbow the Mohawk, Billy Bunter, Robin Hood and all the gang! Selected covers are reproduced below, including War Eagle, an abandoned waif raised by giant eagles who became the greatest fighter pilot of World War II. As one would. War Eagle didn’t make a lasting impact on Comet’s fortunes, but he’s one of the more engagingly loopy concepts, so we just thought we’d throw him out there!
*TV & Film Related Comics: A range of titles all new to our listings in this popular category. Two Gerry Anderson titles from their 1990’s iterations, Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons and Joe 90 are represented along with Free Gifts in #3 of Captain Scarlet and #2 of Joe 90 as shown. We also have many issues of Masters Of The Universe plus a couple of copies of Marvel’s Indiana Jones (#2 & #3).
*Humour Comics: Just short of a hundred issues of D. C. Thomson’s tabloid size Beezer freshly add to our catalogue this week, covering the years 1971-74. Despite being mainly known as a humour title, Beezer also featured classic adventure strips, usually across the full colour centrefold in this period. A couple of the more fun features debuting here are ‘Barney’s Barmy Army’ and ‘Hairy Dan, the Football Fan’. Please consult our catalogue for more detail.
*Girls’ Comics: Having just brought you a mammoth June update last week, the natural follow-on is School Friend, as the two are inextricably mingled in the public mind, to the point where many people don’t realise School Friend was ever a separate periodical – one which, moreover, preceded June by a decade! (As a comic; it had a long prior history as a story-paper). When School Friend reinvented itself in 1951 as a comic, it also launched the career of the Silent Three, definitive cowled crusaders of boarding-school society, and many of our new arrivals, feature Betty, Joan and Peggy in their costumed identities, but there’s a plethora of other well-remembered features to be seen. This selection of close to 70 new copies to our lists opens in 1951, is quite heavy in 1956 and 1957, then blips to 1962, 1964 and 1965, very shortly before School Friend entered a forced marriage with the upstart June. Along the way at various points, we meet ‘Anita – Beloved Princess’, ‘Yasmin and the Golden Pyramid’, loveable duffer ‘Dilly Dreem’, ‘Gwen and the Gay Highwayman’, ‘My Friend Sara’, ‘Cherry and the Children’, ‘Bessie Bunter’, and scores more plucky young maidens defending Queen and Empire. In very affordable mid-grades, averaging Good, this is an appealing selection of options to fill those pesky gaps!
*Magazines/Books About Vintage UK Comics: Four tomes from the 1980’s and 1990’s, the nascent period for scholarship about UK comics, which for many years had taken a back seat to their American cousins in terms of research. From 1988, we have Alan Clark’s book, Children’s Annuals: A History and Collectors’ Guide, a handsome hardcover detailing the evolution of the Children’s Annuals from Victorian times to the then-present; also from 1988, Denis Gifford’s Comics At War, a large-format paperback scrutinising the children’s comics of World War II. Although this paperback has at some point been water-damaged along its lower edge, its plethora of information and full-colour illustrations remain unimpaired. Finally, two of the highly-sought-after indexes from Steve Holland’s CJ Publications of the 1990’s: 1994’s Complete Valiant Index, and 1995’s Complete Lion Index (the latter co-authored with Gary Armitage). True labours of love, these fan-produced paperbacks had minuscule print runs, and a goldmine of information about appearances of series, artists and writers, making them highly sought after today.
In our What’s Old feature, we highlight comics from our existing stock that you may have missed. This week: Phantom Lady #15 by Matt Baker. Victor Fox’s line of comics in the 1940’s was notorious for being shoddy, exploitative, and done on the cheap. But on the principle that even a stopped clock is sometimes right, Fox produced, almost certainly unwittingly, a handful of outstanding items, and Phantom Lady #15 is one of them. Sandra Knight was one of those socially-conscious debutantes who decided to fight crime by removing most of her clothing and – presumably – relying on the fact that the bad guys’ gaze wouldn’t get as far as her face. So far, so cheesy. But the primary illustrator was Matt Baker, known now as the definitive ‘Good Girl Artist’, who portrayed our implausibly-behootered heroine as an epitome of grace and charm. One of only a handful of African-Americans working in the comics mainstream in the 1940’s – and because of that, not hired by the major companies – Baker’s attention to details of body language, facial expression, and his keen eye for fashions made what could have been exploitative piffle into breezy, adventurous, classic sequential artwork. This copy of #15 features three Baker-illustrated tales, including one in which our heroine, ever ahead of the curve, faces a plague of zombies. It’s sound, attractive, with only very minor wear at the back cover’s lower edge and a couple of small sealed cover tears to the right cover edge, but a beautiful, unimpaired cover image. In VG+, it’s on sale for £450.
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/British section:
*Tarzan/E R Burroughs
and in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics (T – U)
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
A brand new section on our site is Clearance Corner, where we feature bargain lots at rock bottom prices. From time to time, we have to make decisions to discontinue certain titles from our stock for reasons of space. They don’t come bagged and boarded (as our normal stock does) and are available for collection from our shop (heavy lots may be collected in instalments if paid for up front). If the buyer wants them posted to a UK address, postage would be extra (at cost). Sorry, but these are not available for postage outside the UK. Lots in Clearance Corner will only be available for a limited period. We’d love to see these relocated to a good home. First come, first served — the first person to pay for them gets them! Our first three bargain lots are detailed below:
*Clearance Corner: Our first lot in Clearance Corner is 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. If the buyer wants them posted to a UK address, the postage cost would be an additional £25. These are heavy, weighing in at over 15 kg, so if you’re thinking of collecting from our shop, you’ll need transport (although you may take them in instalments if paid for up front)!
*Clearance Corner: Our second initial lot for Clearance Corner comprises our entire stock of the above 3 vintage Marvel reprint titles, which all started in the 1960’s. We’re discontinuing stocking these to make room in our boxes for the large number of original Marvel comics coming into our hands. This bargain selection of 72 issues includes:
Marvel Tales #5, #6, #10-14, #16-19, #22, #23 x2, #25-28, #31, #35-77 & #95
Marvel Collectors’ Item Classics #1 x 2, #2, #3, #4 x2, #5
Fantasy Masterpieces #3-4
In an average VG/FN condition, a small number a little tatty, many better, with a price guide value in excess of £300. Available for £30. These may be collected from our shop or posted (UK only) for an additional postage charge of £13.50. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Clearance Corner: Our final selection for this initial visit to Clearance Corner comprises 27 vintage fantasy paperback novels, as follows:
Raven 1-5 by Richard Kirk
11 Blade novels by Jeffrey Lord
7 novels by Karl Edward Wagner
Messenger of Zhuvastou by Andrew J Offut
Wandor’s Journey by Roland Green
The Dark Straits of Reglathium by Mike Sirota
The Baalbak Quest by David J Kelly
All are in decent, very readable condition. Available for just £5. These can be collected from our shop or posted (UK only) for a postage fee of £13.50.
*DC: The debut and second appearance of the notorious Justice League/Adam Strange foe Kanjar Ro. First up, Justice League of America #3, with his first appearance, GD p at £65, spine split at bottom by a couple of inches, but otherwise nice black background cover. Secondly, in the comic often referred to as Justice League of America #3.5, but in reality Mystery In Space #75, Kanjar Ro tackles Adam Strange AND the JLA, giving readers a chance to see the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes as rendered by the great combo of Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson. MIS #75 is GD/VG p £20, also with lower spine split. Classic outer space adventure from 1961/62!
*DC: Our progressive alphabetical top-up of the DC Universe continues with a selection of new items in All-Star (Wally Wood and Paul Levitz’s superlative 70’s revival), Aquaman (stunning Nick Cardy artwork), Atom (including #29, featuring the Atoms of Two Earths!) Batman: the Killing Joke (7th printing of Moore & Bolland’s notorious work), Brave & Bold (including #60, with the debuts of both the Teen Titans team name and their distaff member, Wonder Girl!), Crisis On Infinite Earths, DC Special, DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest, and last but not least, Jack Kirby’s rhyming denizen of the underworld, the Demon! For details of issue numbers, grades and prices, see our catalogue.
*Marvel: Throughout April, we’ll be celebrating the women of Marvel, each week spotlighting the first appearance of a classic character from the dawn of the Marvel Age, in an event we’re calling ‘Marvel XX’, which you can interpret either as kisses or chromosomes, or both! We are delighted to commence with X-Men #4, in which Wanda, everybody’s favourite Scarlet Witch, appeared for the first time as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! The crimson-clad conjuress (though erroneously depicted as a Emerald Empress on this very cover) has been a mutant and a mage, an X-Man and an Avenger, a hero and a villain, and a bunch of other stuff besides, including being the alleged offspring of a bewildering variety of people as new writers take over. But however many retcons she endures, she remains one of Marvel’s most popular leading ladies. This issue, of course, saw the premier appearances of a few other folks as well: the super-swift Quicksilver, for many years Wanda’s brother but now maybe not (long story, Google if you’re bothered), Mastermind, the Toad, and indeed the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants itself! It’s an extremely attractive FN+ p copy with vibrant, deep, unfaded cover colour, and only very fine stress lines at the spine. On sale for £500.
*Marvel: A rising star in the comics firmament, is Thor #132, in which Ego, the Living Planet first appeared, opposing the titular Thunder God and the might of Tana Nile and the Colonizers; the reason that this issue, nice though it is, has rocketed in price of late is the appearance of Ego in the forthcoming second Guardians of the Galaxy movie, in which – SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER – he is revealed to be the father of Star-Lord. And for those of you wondering how the hell that could work? – (baffled shrug). Be that as it may; this cents copy is an extremely desirable FN/VF at £100 – jump in now before the speculators start circling!
*Marvel: Marvel’s First Family, the fabulous Fantastic Four, is the focus of this update, as we add early issues and first appearances into our inventory. Among these “FFFirsts” are: #15, with the first appearance of the maniacal Mad Thinker, and his Awesome Android; #19, with the debut of Rama-Tut, the time-twisting pharaoh who at various times has been suspected of being Kang, Immortus, the Scarlet Centurion, Doctor Doom, and Millie the Model (well, we wouldn’t be surprised…); #22, with the debut of Sue Storm’s Force Field power, beginning her transformation from token chick into a fully useful member of the team; #28, with the first X-Men/Fantastic Four fracas; #29, with the classic “It Started On Yancy Street” tale; #30, premier of Diabolo and #35, which brought us the ever-delightful Dragon Man! Issues #15 (GD/VG p £50), #19 (VG p £68), and #28 (VG+ p £65) are depicted; for price details on the others, please see our catalogue.
*Marvel: Our massive updates to everyone’s favourite wall-crawler continue this week with a range of Amazing Spider-Man from #101-150, most issues from that period new in, in many cases in a choice of grades. A largely non-distributed in the UK period, in which Spidey tangles with the Hulk, the Green Goblin and many other regular dance partners, as well as debuts of new rogues’ gallery members Morbius, the Gibbon, Man-Wolf, the Grizzly, Cyclone, the Jackal and others. Also significant in this period is the Clone Saga, featuring the first appearances of Ben Reilly (Peter Parker clone) and the Gwen Stacy clone.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: A significant update for this popular category sees major top-ups to Charlton – Beyond the Grave, Ghostly Haunts, Ghostly Tales, Ghost Manor, Haunted, Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves, Midnight Tales, Monster Hunters, Professor Coffin, Scary Tales and Tales of the Mysterious Traveler – and to Marvel, with new entries for Chamber of Darkness, Tower of Shadows, Crypt of Shadows (because you can never have too many shadows…), Tomb of Darkness and Vault of Evil. Rounding it out, a DC update to Weird Mystery Tales, one of the 1970’s titles launched in the wake of the company’s success with revitalising their horror line. Mostly in mid-range affordable grades, these offer a chance to see work by some of the stars of the comics business – including Ditko, Buscema, Sutton, Newton, Smith and Zeck – either in their early days or, in the case of Charlton, subjected to least editorial control!
*Classics Illustrated: A further selection now added to our stock of this evergreen popular title, both American and British editions. The American editions include the Adventures of Marco Polo, The Man Who Laughs, The Time Machine & Faust. British editions include Moby Dick, Caesar’s Conquests, Romeo & Juliet, The Pathfinder and, star of this update, a rare copy of #14 Westward Ho! 3rd printing (Australian edition) with new British cover FN/VF at £57. Many other issues also included — check out our catalogue listings for full details.
*Power Comics: Just a handful of additions to this popular category for both Pow and Wham, including a low grade Pow #2.
*Annuals: We’re delighted to present a complete run of Buster softcover annuals from the very first, 1962 up to 1978, after which a more conventional hardcover format was adopted. Because of the softcover printings, these are much scarcer, particularly in nice grade, than virtually all of their contemporaries. Buster presented a unique blend of humour and adventure, and as if to emphasize that, we also have a few extras: Buster Books of Gags (1970), Spooky Stories (1975) and Thrills (1962). The first Buster Annual is a nice VG+ at £60; consult our catalogue for grading and pricing information on the subsequent volumes. Not content with that, we also have several more additions to our Humour Annual sub-category: Cor & Cor Book Of Gags from the 1970’s, a facsimile edition of the first Dandy Annual from 1939, and Whizzer & Chips and Whoopee.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: The long-running weekly Comet is extensively refreshed with almost all issues from 1952 (when it shrank down to an ersatz-US smaller size) to the end of 1954. This period covers the debuts of radio star Dick Barton (who goes to outer space from #247 on), and the first appearances of long-running mainstays Strongbow the Mohawk (from #264) and Claude Duval (from #270). Also present are Buffalo Bill, Billy Bunter, and several popular series not called ‘Bill’! This is the first part of a substantial Comet collection we have acquired in affordable mid-grades and which represents the biggest cluster we’ve ever seen here at 30th Century during our years of trading – an ideal opportunity to fill those gaps in your run! Collectors should note that a previous owner has deleted the original numbers in pen and added his own numbering system, but we have accurately recorded the true numbers on our pricing labels on the bag enclosing each issue. Watch out for a further instalment from 1955 onwards coming soon!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: IPC/Fleetway’s third ‘big cat’ title, Jag, launched boldly in 1968 with a tabloid+ size that, while exciting to the young readers, was a devil for newsagents trying to display it. Many reputedly never even put copies on sale and the large size made it easily damaged. As a consequence, copies of Jag are generally rare and seldom high grade. We have a nice selection new in from the 2nd issue 1968 through to the ante-penultimate in 1969, including the first appearance of Football Family Robinson, who would go on to a longer career in Tiger. As a bonus, we also have the scarce 1968 Jag Football Special, FA/GD at £17.50.
*TV & Film Related Comics: A small update to four titles in this popular category: Countdown, Joe 90, TV Action and TV Century 21 are all refreshed with just a few copies of each title.
*Humour Comics: The hugely popular weekly Cor! was, with Whizzer & Chips, instrumental in revitalising the humour comics scene at IPC/Fleetway in the late 60’s/early 70’s. With its 1970 launch, it brought a plethora of new stars to the scene, several of whom, after Cor itself fell by the wayside, continued their career into a revitalised Buster. But here we have 130+ issues from the prime of its run, from the second ever issue in 1970 to 1974’s penultimate number, in affordable mid-grades. Join Gus Gorilla, Ivor Lott and Tony Broke, Hire-A-Horror, Andy’s Ants (if only they’d called him Adam…), Kid Chameleon and TV super-stars the Goodies for fairly hi-octane fun and frolics!
*Girls’ Comics: One of the most popular girls’ weeklies in our inventory is the long-running June, and we’re pleased this week to add in many issues from 1961 and 1962, its first and second year of publication. These are so old, they’re even before the “And School Friend” era! We open with the 5th of May 1961, and close this selection with 1st September 1962 – by no means a complete unbroken run, but a substantial quantity of hard to find early issues, in acceptable mid-grades, averaging GD/VG. Originally conceived as a low-rent version of Princess, June was initially heavy on photo-covers, ballet, and features on the Royal Family, but swiftly broadened its remit to attractive line-drawn covers of the series featured within, including “Nurse Valiant”, “Diana’s Diary”, “Wendy’s Private Witch”, and yes, persistent lame ballerinas galore! An affordable chance to see the early years of one of the Grand Old Ladies of British Girls’ Comics.
*Girls’ Comics: A Poptastic Update! Big additions to our stock of that most angst-ridden of all girls’ comics/magazines, the long-running and fondly-remembered Jackie, with its mixture of pop, comic strips and teenage girl lifestyle. We get a lot of women of a certain age browsing in our shop going ‘ooh and ‘ahh’ over these, and everyone remembers the problem pages, right? Fill yer kinky boots with this new selection of several issues from 1965 and then dozens from 1971-1976, greatly enhancing our existing inventory.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A great selection of single author short story collections have just joined our shelves. Authors include Harry Harrison (The Best Of ..), Walter M Miller Jr (A View From The Stars), Larry Niven (Tales Of Infinite Space), Frederik Pohl (Digits And Dastards), two from A E Van Vogt (Away And Beyond and The Far-Out Worlds Of ..) and (previously a glaring omission from our catalogue) James Tiptree Jr (Ten Thousand Light Years From Home).
This week in our What’s Old feature, where we spotlight items from our existing stock you might have missed, we are proud to present, tying in with our Kanjar Ro double-header, the first three appearances in Showcase #17-19 of Adam Strange, Guardian Of The Spaceways. The creation of Gardner Fox with Mike Sekowsky, archaeologist Adam Strange was transported each issue to the exotic planet of Rann, where, together with the lovely Alanna, he defeated threats to two worlds. His first three appearances are offered here in appealing low-mid grades. His debut in Showcase #17 is FA/GD at £140 with light repair work at the spine. #18 is GD- at £55 and #19 is GD/VG at £100. After this trilogy, Adam Strange became a regular in Mystery In Space from #53 onwards.
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:
and in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics (R – S)
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
At last – our masterplan for world domination. In true gloating megalomaniac style we can reveal how we will have taken over the planet by midday today!
At this very moment our customers worldwide will be using their combined skills to deceive, inveigle and obfuscate in order to bring down legitimate governments and install 30th Century puppet regimes in their place.
How was this achieved? you ask. Dr Evilla and her minions have been working tirelessly in the shop’s top-secret sub-basement, constructing a labyrinth of dark conspiracy by placing subliminal messages on the cover of every comic we sell, causing all our customers to rise up and revolt at the appointed hour.
Why are we telling you this now? Because by the time you read this it will be TOO LATE!
Aha ha ha!!!!
*DC: A pair of uncommon vintage World’s Finest issues this update, predating UK distribution of the title; issue #75 is the first to be Code-Approved (not that we suspect previous issues would have had much trouble…) and features the well-loved (by the editors) theme of one hero having pangs of jealousy because his sidekick is seeing another hero on the side (more innocent times, right?); in a respectable FA/GD at £45. Issue #94 retells the origin of the Superman-Batman team, and is FA at £25, the predominant issues being some scuffing and discoloration around the Batman figure on the cover, and some back cover fragility. Green Arrow and Tomahawk add to the vintage fun and action in these quaint classics.
*DC: New stock this week for two of DC’s most respected and celebrated anthologies: Action Comics, birthplace of Superman, has a slight top-up, from the Pre-distribution issue #180 to the 1960’s Batman crossover #344, including the hard-to-find #300. Adventure, meanwhile, spans issues #175 to #452, including several pre-distribution Superboy-led issues, and later top-ups with the Legion of Super-Heroes, Supergirl and Aquaman as the respective lead features. Issue #178 (pictured), in GD/VG at £52, is a typical example of early Superboy wackiness, with Aquaman, Johnny Quick and Green Arrow also featured!
*Marvel: In the distant days of 1975, the X-Men, once mainstays of the Marvel Universe, were a spent force. Reduced to a bi-monthly reprint comic and occasional guest-appearances, the merry mutants were without a home to call their own. Then two of Marvel’s young turks of the time, Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, changed all that. In Giant-Size X-Men #1, the original X-Men were captured, and Professor X assembled a team of international mutants, some known to the readers (Sunfire, Banshee, and Wein’s own creation, Wolverine, who had made his debut in Hulk #181) and some brand new (Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Thunderbird), and sent them out to rescue their mutant brethren. The ‘New’ X-Men were an instant hit, and with issue #94 of the X-Men ongoing, the team was restored to all-new adventures, and on their way to becoming the multi-media stars they are today! We are delighted to have the first two appearances of the ‘New’ X-Men in stock the Giant-Size #1 is a splendid VF at £500, with only a slight miscut (an original printing irregularity, not an attempt at restoration) preventing us from grading it still higher. X-Men #94, first appearance of the new team in the title, is an attractive FN+ at £225. Neither of these issues was ever distributed in the UK, so their already uncommon status is exacerbated by their scarcity on this side of the pond. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Well, your demand for the early adventures of Spider-Man seems insatiable – bless your hearts – so we’ve obtained yet more vintage Lee/Ditko classics! We commence with Amazing Spider-Man #6, the debut of the Lizard, one of Spider-Man’s more tragic foes, in FN- at £350. Issue #8, the fondly-remembered ‘Tribute to Teen-Agers’ issue guest-starring the Human Torch, is FN+ at £265. #10, VG+ p £135, brings us the first appearance of the Enforcers – one of whom, the Ox, would go on to a more sustained criminal career as a solo act. Issue #11 features the second-ever appearance of Doctor Octopus, who vies with the Green Goblin for the position of Spidey’s #1 foe; this copy of #11 is a FN- p at £190, but would grade still higher if not for the fact that someone in the past has used a small portion of the inside front cover to do a sum! Last but far from least, a glorious FN/VF p #13 at £460, with the first appearance of the Duke of Deception, Mysterio! Mid to high-grade early issues, each with special significance in the life of our favourite wall-crawler; we anticipate demand for these to be keen, so get your orders in early!
*Marvel: Early issues of the Avengers, Marvel’s mainstay superhero team, always sell briskly at 30th Century Comics, and we are pleased to welcome most of the first ten back into stock. Issues #2, #3, and #5 to #10 between them bring us the debuts of the Space Phantom, Zemo and His Masters of Evil, Kang, Wonder Man and Immortus, as well as the villainy of the Enchantress and the Executioner, the lethal Lava Men, and the Savage Sub-Mariner. In a range of grades from #2’s PR/FA to #6’s FN+, this selection will appeal both to the collector and the investor among our clientele. See our catalogue for full grading and pricing information.
*Marvel: A small update to the Golden Avenger, with a range of new issues in from #7 upwards, all pence copies in superior grades. Key issues included are #54 (FN+ p £25) 1st Moondragon and #128 (FN/VF p £25) classic alcoholism cover (as pictured).
*Marvel: We present almost complete sets of the Annuals of Marvel’s two key team-up titles of the 1970’s/80’s: Team-Up (mostly starring Spider-Man) and Two-In-One (starring the Thing). Guest stars galore, as you would expect, including the X-Men, the Hulk, Power Man & Iron Fist, Daredevil, Alpha Flight, Nova, Black Bolt and many more. For cosmic fans, the key issue here is Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 (VF £30) by Jim Starlin, where the Thanos Saga is concluded.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Warren leads the way in the latest update to this very popular category, with Comix International, Harvey Kurtzmann’s satirical mag Help! from the early 1960’s and a clutch of Vampirella. These are backed up a stray Haunt Of Horror from Marvel, #1 of Atlas Seaboard’s Devilina and a real curiosity from 1954 by Atlas: 3D Tales Of The West #1 and only (FA £14, without glasses).
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: One of the more spectacularly successful entries in Marvel’s 1970’s diversification was Tomb of Dracula, the meticulously-crafted horror series which had a villain – Bram Stoker’s classic vampire – as a series protagonist. We have two key issues of this highly-acclaimed series new in: #1, never distributed in the United Kingdom, in which the Lord of Darkness was introduced to the Marvel Universe, and #10, with the debut of a character who would go on to his own comic-book and cinematic successes – Blade, the Vampire Slayer! (No relation to Buffy of the same ilk.) The #1 is an affordable GD+ at £15, sound and complete, generally good appearance, with only a tiny cover chip from the lower right-hand corner precluding higher grade; the #10 is a VG+ p copy, decent with light to moderate spine creasing but very presentable interiors and an unimpaired cover scene, on sale at £50. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: Three unusual items in this category, beginning with the scarcest: in 1967, a fledgling Richard Buckler produced his own stripzine featuring among others, ‘Mysto’, ‘Space Guardian’, and ‘Excalibre’, original heroes created with an eye to getting an eventual job in comic books. Unlike thousands of others, Rich actually made it, becoming a mainstay illustrator at both DC and Marvel throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. Issue #2 of his stripzine “Intrigue” is new in, in FN at £25. With, at most, a couple of hundred copies produced, this is ideal material for blackmail or embarrassing him at convention signings! Moving on to more mass-produced items, we have also acquired the fifth edition of the Overstreet Comic Book price Guide from 1975; this edition celebrates the Edgar Rice Burroughs Centenary with a new (well, it was then) Joe Kubert Tarzan cover – VG at £10. And not one, but two, copies of 1972’s Steranko History of Comics. This tabloid-sized dome gave a detailed history of the development of early comic books. This volume focusses on the output of the Fawcett and Quality publishers of the 1940’s, with copious illustrations and extensive quotes from interviews with the artists and writers, many more of whom were around than, alas, remain with us today. Despite its flaws, it remains one of the authoritative works on the history of our beloved art form – and some of us have been waiting an awful long time for volumes three to six, so get your finger out, Jim! Two copies of Volume 2 new in, a Fine at £15 and a GD at £8.
*Tarzan/E R Burroughs: Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most famous creation, Tarzan, strides the fantastic jungle that never was once more! We have new stocks in of the American series of Korak, Son Of Tarzan (Gold Key), Tarzan himself (from DC, a range between #209 – the third DC issue – and #238, including 100-pagers) and Tarzan Family, the anthology that featured not only Tarzan and Korak, but also other ERB creations such as John carter and Pellucidar! On the UK side of events – Tarzan being one of those iconic characters published all over the globe – we have the 1974 Tarzan of the Apes graphic novel with (then) new art by Burne Hogarth (pictured), as well as new entries for the Westworld Tarzan Grand Adventure comic from the 1950’s, the 1977 Tarzan Weekly (early issues including the second and third), the Tarzan Monthly series from Byblos – both the 1977 and 1981 launches – and a 1981 Summer Special!