*Childrens’ Books: An exclusively equine addition to Childrens’ Books, with stories in paperback from Joseph E. Chipperfield (featuring wild horses), Diana and Josephine Pullein-Thompson and Ruby Ferguson (featuring less wild horses), and a first edition hardcover, Jo-Jo, by Ella Anderson.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In this Books update we have three hardcover first editions of Nebula Award Stories (#1, 3 and 4), so to complement them we’ve added a selection of works by some of the authors included in these volumes: Brian Aldiss, J. G. Ballard, Samuel R. Delany, Gordon R. Dickson, Harlan Ellison, Anne McCaffrey, Michael Moorcock, Kate Wilhelm and Roger Zelazny.
*Horror 1940-1959: Our ‘Carry On, Pre-Code Horror Fest’ Atlas special swings into high gear with an impressive selection of Uncanny Tales; an appropriate 13 issues new into stock, from #2 upwards, including 8 of the first 10 issues. Grades range from PR to VG, making them very affordable for those that want to read the superior brand of Pre-Code Horror purveyed by Atlas in the early 1950’s.
We are delighted to announce that the legendary publisher Alan Class will be signing copies of comics and collectors’ plate sets from his personal archives at our shop on Sunday 7th June 2015, and talking about his decades as a comics publisher. We will be opening especially on that Sunday just for this momentous event. Further details will appear here on a regular basis as we finalise plans, and we will shortly be launching a large selection of Plate Sets for sale in addition to those we already have listed. Watch this space!
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 Books section: *Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror *TV/Film Tie-Ins
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: In almost the final stretch of our “Assembling the Avengers” event, we have the complete run from #101-200, including many low- or non-distributed issues, as this is around the time when – thank you, Marvel UK – distribution started to go horribly wrong. This is the eras when the second generation of Marvel scribes – Roy Thomas and Steve Englehart having the stewardship of most of this run – stretched out into to longer, more complex sagas, including the Avengers/Defenders War, the Korvac Saga, the Celestial Madonna, and the Serpent Crown Saga. New characters introduced included Mantis, Hellcat, Jocasta and Scott Lang (later the second Ant-Man) and, on the villainous side of the fence, Graviton and Taskmaster. In the high grade emblematic of this acquisition, and surprisingly hard to find, these are some of the most fondly remembered Avengers storylines. Coming soon: the final instalment of this wonderful collection featuring Annuals and Giant-Size issues.
*Marvel: Occasionally, we will make mention here of incoming stock which is not in the parameters of our catalogue. Such a series is the second run of What If, the Marvel ‘imaginary’ stories. Although you won’t find them listed on our website, a virtually complete run now graces the Marvel boxes in our basement.
*Marvel: Well, we’ve been counting backwards from Ragnarok for some time now, and we’ve reached the penultimate stage in our Mighty Thor high grade Countdown, with Journey Into Mystery issues #84-90, featuring the first appearance of Thor’s evil stepbrother Loki, the first full appearance of Big Daddy Odin, and the debuts of the time-defying Tomorrow Man and the curiously gelatinous Carbon Copy Man! And Thor fights Commies. Lots and lots of them! As with previous entries in this strand, these are characterised by unusually prime grades, averaging VF and occasionally touching NM, an almost unprecedented grade for this vintage, and worthy of your attention for investment potential as well as the sheer beauty of seeing these artefacts in this superb condition. Grades and prices as follows:
#84 FN- p £375
#85 VF- £1000
#86 VF+ £760
#87 NM £1750
#88 VF+ £625
#89 VF+ p £550
#90 VF- £260
*Girls’ Comics: From 1960, the second-ever issue of one of the Grand Old Ladies of British Girls’ Comics: Judy! DC Thomson’s companion paper to Bunty, this issue brught us early adventures of “Sandra of the Secret Ballet”, “Janie B. Quick”, “Nanette of the North”, “Runaway Princess”, and, for a bit of literary gloss, “David Copperfield”. This copy is an attractive VG- at £90, with minimal corner and edge wear at the front, slightly more wear at the back, but still sound, clean and unmarred, with flexible off-white pages. Most importantly, it comes with its original free gift – 3 glossy photo-cards of “Lovely Young Dancers” of 1960, plus a ‘dainty plastic wallet’ to keep them in! Judy ran until the 1990’s, and early issues in this decent a grade are vanishingly rare, let alone with the free gift.
*Annuals: A sextet of vintage Dennis the Menace Annuals, beginning with 1958 – the second ever Dennis Annual – and continuing up to 1976, all earlier volumes than any in our previous stock, and some of the later issues in excellent condition.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: More than thirty new entries in World Distributors’ Western Classics series, one-off reprint cowboy tales, primarily of Dell’s western series, in the same four-colour process as the American originals. This set them apart from the average UK or Australian reprint, which usually were black & white and occasionally boasted one extra colour. We’ve also addressed a previous inconsistency in our catalogue, where some of these were listed under the feature title, and some were under Western Classics; all our stock of this series is now consolidated under the Western Classics heading. Rotating feature stars include Cheyenne, Gunsmoke, Maverick, Wagon Train, Buffalo Bill Jr., Rex Allen, and Broken Arrow, among many others.
*Teen Humour Funny Girls: By the mid-1940’s, with superhero sales starting to sag, comics publishers were searching for a new trend, and one such – inspired by newspaper strips such as “Winnie Winkle, the Breadwinner” and “Tillie the Toiler” – was the ‘Funny career girl’ sub-genre, in which a shapely young lady had wacky adventures while trying to earn a crust. Stan Lee and Ruth Atkinson co-created Millie the Model, who went straight into her own series and never looked back, starring in more than 200 issues of her own title as well as innumerable guest-appearances in other series. Here we’ve got 22 new issues to our stock, including some of Millie’s earlier appearances, from #4 (FN £100), through to #110, illustrated by the likes of Ken Bald, Mike Sekowsky, Dan DeCarlo and Stan Goldberg.
*Marvel: Roll up! Roll up! Since folks can’t get enough of the ever-amazing Spider-Man – here he is again! Approximately 50 new issues in, in the range from #50 to #166, in grades ranging from the dizzying heights of Good down to… well, ‘buggered’ might be an appropriate descriptor, but they’re all complete and very affordable! Highlights include the aforementioned #50 (iconic cover), #100 (ditto), #101 (1st Morbius), and #86 (the first new-look Black Widow, when she ditched the fishnets and went all Modesty Blaise). Along the way, Spidey fights most of his classic foes – Kraven, Doc Ock, Chameleon, Electro, Kingpin, Lizard, and the gregarious Green Goblin), as well as several of his fellow heroes (Iceman, the Human Torch, Prowler and the Hulk), in a tapestry of web-wiggling adventure! Last time we had a batch of Spidey in this cheap, they flew out again right away, so move fast!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: More than 60 new listings for Air Ace Picture Library to our stock, from #3 onwards and predominantly in the first 100 numbers, though there are a handful of stragglers, with the last new entry bring #527 ; all still pre-decimal copies, in affordable mid-low grades for the most part. Join the aerial antics in stories such as “Broken Swastika”, “Cult of Evil”, “Tiger In The Sky”, “Sky Giants” and more – chocks away!
*Marvel: Back before the Marvel Age of Comics, back even before the Big Panty Monsters, in the strange twilight world following the death knell of pre-code horror, Marvel published a plethora of titles featuring cleverly executed sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories, often by star creators. In this period the titles Tales Of Suspense and Tales To Astonish were spawned, both going on to bigger and higher profile futures as the Silver Age Of Super-Heroes got under way. This update features an early issue of Tales Of Suspense, #5, in a nice FN- grade (cents copy, of course). Artists include Steve Ditko and John Forte among others.
*Humour Comics: A substantial update to our Humour Comics category, with lots of Buster from 1975-1979, 1982, 1985 & 1990, a solitary Chips from 1951, a cornucopia of Cor from 1970-1974, Cracker from 1975 & 1976, a couple of Dandys from 1965/66, a raft of Classics From The Comics, the 21st Century DC Thomson vintage reprint title, and a rare Swan Comicolour from 1946 (#2 VG £12).
*War: A small batch of classic DC titles from the early 1960’s in a mixture of grades, including the first and second appearances of the TNT Trio (Big Al, Little Al and Charlie Cigar) in G I Combat #83 & #84, Sgt Rock in Our Army At War, Gunner, Sarge & Pooch in Our Fighting Forces and Mlle. Marie and The War That Time Forgot in Star Spangled War Stories.
*DC: A handful of mostly nice mid-grade copies of World’s Finest between #89 and #101; with evocative covers and good eye appeal, the world’s finest team of Superman & Batman (backed-up by Tomahawk and Green Arrow, the latter sometimes by Kirby) make an attractive proposition in this update.
*Horror 1940-1959: Our Atlas Horror Fest continues with a further ten issues, shared equally between Journey Into Unknown Worlds & Marvel Tales. Pre-code chills with many of the usual suspects in the art department. These issues are generally in low grade and thus very affordable for those of you who want to own a piece of comics history without paying the Earth. Somehow, it almost seems fitting for these historic grand guignols to be in tatty shape! We particularly liked ‘Dial Z For Zombie’ in Marvel Tales #114.
*Mad Books: We are delighted to launch a new category in our Books section for Mad paperbacks, kicking off with over a dozen US editions. These range from collectable first editions from the 1950’s and 1960’s to later printings for those who want a cheaper read. Highlights include the Mad Reader (1st 1954 VG £30), review copy with publisher’s slip and Son Of Mad (1st 1959 FN £20).
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: *War *Western *Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics
and from the following in our British section: *Marvel UK *Power Comics
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: A complete run of Marvel Preview (rechristened Bizarre Adventures mid-run), which featured a bewildering variety of new concepts, different takes on established characters (many of which wouldn’t have been permitted by the Comics Code in Marvel’s regular line), and, let’s be honest, some stuff straight out of the inventory drawer which might not otherwise have seen print. The later popularity of some – at the time – minor characters introduced here makes the run a bewildering switchback of prices! Highlights include #2, with the first telling of the Punisher’s origin, and the first appearance of Dominic Fortune; the premier of Star-Lord in #4 (who then starred in issues #11, #14, #15 and #18), the very first Rocket Raccoon in issue #7 (in a back-up feature), plus Blade, Thor, Kull, Moon Knight, Howard the Duck, Black Widow, Son of Satan, sundry X-Men, Elektra (by Frank Miller), and such never-quite-stars (at least not yet!) as Paradox, Lady Daemon, Man-God and Hangman. A complete series – Marvel Preview # 1-24, and Bizarre Adventures # 25-34 – graces our shelves this update; almost all copies are in VF shape, including the three keys pictured here. #2 VF £50, #4 VF £75, #7 VF £110.
*Marvel: A departure from our usual remit is Incredible Hulk #340, by the popular team of Peter David and Todd McFarlane; Peter David was still early in his acclaimed run on Hulk, and McFarlane was early in his career, full stop, so this Hulk/Wolverine clash, with an iconic Wolverine cover, is hugely sought-after as a pivotal issue by readers of a certain generation. VF at £20.
*Marvel: A double dose of Inhumans this update, with their very first appearance in Fantastic Four #45, and the start of their solo series in Amazing Adventures #1! Lee & Kirby introduced the enigmatic Inhumans as supporting cast for the FF, but their popularity grew through repeat appearances, a background series in Thor, and finally their own contemporary feature. True, both Gorgon and Medusa had appeared as villains prior to FF #45, but this was the first time the term was used, and the first time we saw the entire Royal Family of Attilan – Karnak, Crystal, Triton, Lockjaw and Black Bolt. In 1970, when Marvel attempted to revive its old split-book format, a la Tales to Astonish and Strange Tales, the Inhumans, by Lee and Kirby, were one of the features chosen to lead Amazing Adventures, paired with the Black Widow’s first solo following her re-invention in Spider-Man #86. Our copy of Fantastic Four #45 is VG+ at £50, and Amazing Adventures #1 is an astonishing VF/NM, bright, white and tight, also at £50.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: From 1964, the first three issues of Hurricane, a short-lived, but well remembered, series (63 issues total) which launched the careers of Sword For Hire, HMS Outcast, Two Fists Against the World, and, most importantly, brawling adventurer Typhoon Tracy and racing driver Skid Solo. Hurricane’s slightly larger than usual format gave a feeling of expansiveness to the title, and allowed the artwork room to breathe, but was unpopular with retailers. Despite being advertised as “A companion paper to Valiant”, it eventually merged into Tiger, where Messrs. Tracy and Solo enjoyed much longer careers than in their parent paper. The #1 is an attractive VG at £50, with only light wear to the upper and lower corners precluding a higher grade. The #’s 2 and 3 are even better, in a remarkable state of reservation for items of this vintage, with no visible edge wear, clean white pages, and only very minor discolouration at the staple areas, both FN at £30 each.
*Tarzan/ERB: The first issues of Marvel’s Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle and John Carter, Warlord of Mars, from 1977, when the House of Ideas acquired the ERB properties from DC. Giving the classic heroes a new vigour with their A-list artists – John Buscema on Tarzan and Gil Kane & Dave Cockrum on John Carter – the Marvel iterations ran for three successful years before the ERB estate placed the licence elsewhere. Both issues VF at £10 each.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: Another top-up to the DC Thomson ‘Big Four’ in this category – Bunty, Debbie, Judy and Mandy, with issues ranging from 1968 (several pre-decimal issues) to the latter days of the 1990’s. With titles like “Horoscopes Rule At Dingley School”, “Lise and the Lilac Ball”, “Slave of the Stable”, and “Terrible Tillie”, all the standard themes – schools, the supernatural, Cinderella transformations and cruelty- are present and correct.
*Marvel: New in – a complete run of the first series of Deathlok, in the 1970’s series of series of Astonishing Tales! Set in the far-flung future of 1990 (ahem), tragically maimed Luther Manning becomes a cyborg super-soldier and sets out on a path of revenge and redemption, as told by Doug Moench and Rich Buckler. (I know; it just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?) However, interest has revived in the character as a result of his incorporation into the TV show Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, as well as some rumoured media spin-offs, so canny folks wanting to invest in his earliest appearances, from AT #’s 25-36 – now’s the time! As a bonus, his first appearance in AT#25 also features George Perez’s professional art debut. And as a special bonus, we’re also including a low grade copy of AT #29 (from the middle of this run) which has no Deathlok, but reprints the 1st Guardians of the Galaxy story from Marvel Super-Heroes #18.
*Horror 1940-1959: A late-night Double Feature in our ‘Carry On, Pre-Code Horror Fest’ this update, with Adventures Into Terror (from the second issue, #44 – oh, those wacky postal licences…) to #8, and Astonishing from #7 to #14, mostly in affordable low grades, and replete with the high-quality chills you’ve come to expect from these Atlas titles. Featuring “The Long Jump Down”, “Melvin and the Martian”, “They Dwell In Darkness” and, hm, “The Walking Dead”, among many other classic creepy tales.
*Marvel: A small update of mostly nice graded cents copies of Captain America from #115-119, including #117 VG/FN £30, the first appearance of the Falcon, Sam Wilson, who has gone on, of course, to become Captain America himself these days.
*Girls’ Comics: We’re delighted to present virtually a complete run of the first 300+ issues of Mandy from 1967-1973. Mandy seemed to specialise in stories which were generally moralistic in tone, with long-suffering heroines finally achieving happiness, while villainous relatives or girls who were liars, cheats and bullies received their comeuppance — good hearty fare for its intended audience! The two most popular and longest-running strips were ‘Angel’ and ‘Valda’, the former a Victorian girl with a year to live who devoted her life to helping poor children, the latter virtually a super-powered heroine of indefinite lifespan. The Mandy #1 in this collection is a decent VG copy with no specific faults at £60.
*Archie: A much overdue update to our vintage Archie stocks. This time we focus on Archie and chums in their super-hero aliases. We have issues of Archie As Pureheart the Powerful (from #1), Archie Giant Series (Super-Hero Special), Jughead as Captain Hero (from #1) and Life With Archie (several of the Pureheart issues, inc. 1st appearance in #42), but we also feature more traditional Archie fare with Archie’s Joke Book, Betty & Me, Josie, Jughead, Laugh & Pep as well as the wacky Tales Calculated To Drive You Bats.
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
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: The New Teen Titans, the classic 1980’s series by Marv Wolfman & George Perez, joins our catalogue. Just issues #1 and #2 for now, but what issues they are! #1 (VF p £13) features the team getting together, and #2 (VF/NM p £50) has the debut of Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke the Terminator, who has of course gone on to many versions of his own series, both in the old DCU and the New 52. Great stories and incomparable art adorn this class act, the best comic around at the time. You’ll find them under ‘Teen Titans, New’ in our catalogue.
*DC: A small but select grouping of Silver Age Batman, led by #129, notable for the debut (and only appearance, as far as we know) of the Spinner, a Batwoman bondage cover and Robin’s origin retold. A decent VG+ pence copy at £80. Also in this update, some nice graded new look issues and Eighty Page Giants.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: It’s #1 of Air Ace Picture Library, one of the most popular of Fleetway’s war-themed series that started in the early 1960’s (in this instance January 1960). The featured story is ‘Target Top Secret’ and this is a very presentable copy in GD at £45, clean and unmarked with just small tears at top and bottom spine and an only slightly rusty staple.
Science Fiction,Fantasy & Horror: When we started our post-refurbishment Book section about 6 months ago, we began by putting out enough books to fill just two rows of shelves, even though we still had a few more bookcases to add. Now, with this update, the section is almost completely full, with over 1500 vintage paperbacks (plus a few hardbacks) in stock! The latest additions are an eclectic mix of Science Fiction styles. We have anthologies (edited by Brian Aldiss, the inimitable Judith Merrill, John Carnell, Groff Conklin and Donald Wollheim, amongst others). We have works by venerable and more modern authors: Alfred Bester, James Blish, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, Jack Vance, Philip K Dick, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, Michael Moorcock, Barrington Bayley, Tim Powers, Greg Bear, Gene Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, Roger Zelazny and many more. We have signed copies of books by J. G Ballard and Geoff Ryman, as well as two particularly unusual gems: an Asimov anthology with illustrations by Emanuel Schogut and a Golden Amazon (John Russell Fearn) paperback with both the book cover and the dust jacket art by Ron Turner. For the specific genres we carry, we now feel we are up with the best and can hold our heads high in the Bookshop Guide. Many thanks to all those of you who have supported our nascent venture while it’s been growing!
*DC: A minor milestone for us as we reach the conclusion of our run through our DC extra stock following the space afforded by our refurbishment last year. To conclude this huge task, we present a near complete run of Superman Family (which continued the numbering from Jimmy Olsen after it was cancelled, and featured Jimmy, Lois Lane, Supergirl and a host of other characters from the Superman mythos), first series Swamp Thing, Tales Of The Unexpected (mainly Space Ranger issues), Teen Titans, Wonder Woman (a high grade selection from the Mike Sekowsky years with a de-powered Diana in Modesty Blaise/Emma Peel mode) and finally, a large selection of World’s Finest. Never fear, DC fans, there will be lots more DC titles in the near future, recommencing with the Caped Crusader himself!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In a spine-tingling update we present a range of tomes, mainly by the Master of Horror, H. P. Lovecraft, but also including Robert E. Howard, Jack Williamson and Bram Stoker as well as four more Pan Books of Horror. Finally, for those wondering about Dracula’s daughter and his other relatives, we have a rare copy of ‘The House Of Dracula’ by R . Chetwynd-Hayes.
*Horror 1940-1959: This week, we shine the spotlight on an Atlas title that began as a TV spin-off; Suspense was first a radio, then a TV show in the 1950’s telling done-in-one stories of crime and mystery. The Atlas tie-in started as a crime title, but quickly moved over to horror and fantasy, often with innocuous titles – ‘The Suitcase’, ‘The Dark Road’, ‘The Strange Man’ – which belied their striking content. Maneely, Heath (a classic Heath cover on #14, illustrated left), Everett, Shores and the usual stable of artistic stars abound. We have fourteen new copies added to our stock, between issues #6-25 – almost half of the entire 29-issue run, mostly in very affordable mid-low grades.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A fine Fantasy update to augment our existing selection, with authors such as Jack Vance, Lord Dunsany and James Branch Cabell. This update also includes a rare copy of C L Moore’s erotic/horror/fantasy masterpiece, Shambleau.
*TV & Film Related Comics: A myriad of Look-In newly listed, with a scattering of issues from 1979- 1981 – but including the crucial debuts of the ‘Worzel Gummidge’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’ comic strips – and then a substantial run, 80% of the total, from 1983 through to Christmas 1986, extending our stock beyond any previously listed. In addition to the comic strip adaptations of TV shows – highlights include ‘Danger Mouse’, ‘A-Team’, ‘Robin of Sherwood’, ‘Knight Rider’, ‘Terrahawks’ and ‘Supergran’ – there is a plethora of pin-ups and articles about pop-culture phenomena of the day. Stars heavily rotated on the cover include Wham!, Bucks Fizz, Kajagoogoo, Shakin’ Stevens, and Five Star. You have been warned.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: An extravaganza of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ works join our existing collection, featuring the heroic trio of John Carter (Mars), Carson Napier (Venus) and Tarzan (Apes, Jungle, Earth’s Core, Lost Empire, City of Gold, Forbidden City etc etc).
*Marvel: Three highly collectible first issues for Marvellous teams of the 1970’s this week: first up, Defenders #1 VF/NM £115 (with #2 FN/VF £20 for good measure), then a stunning NM £85 copy of Invaders #1, the greatest super-heroes of World War Two, and finally, X-Men #94, the first issue of the All-New, All-Different X-Men, a FN £150 copy of the first in the ongoing series, following on from Giant-Size X-Men #1, which would be the leading light of the Marvel Universe for decades to come. All cents copies, of course, and suitable to grace the collection of any Marvelite!
*Humour Comics: A massive update for two of our most popular titles, Beano & Buster. Hundreds of new issues in for the following years: Beano 1958, 1967-1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1998, 2000 and the promotional special for 2014; Buster 1968-1975.