*DC/Marvel: For many years now, we’ve never quite known where to list our DC/Marvel co-productions, so now we’ve solved our dilemma by starting a new category for them shown in our index between the two. There haven’t been hundreds of these, and they always sell fast, so this new category is never likely to be over-populated, but we’re kicking off this week with a selection of Amalgam Comics from 1996/97, the merger of DC & Marvel characters in two series of 12 issue one-shots. With titles like Doctor Strangefate, Generation Hex, Spider-Boy and the X-Patrol, these have always fired up the imagination of fans of both publishing giants. And at a couple of pounds or so each, represent cheap fun and adventure! As a bonus, we also have the 1982 collaboration: Marvel & DC Presents The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans VF+ at £15.
*Marvel: Fantastic Four #48 presented what is regarded by many as the apex of the FF’s cosmic adventures, as they, and we, met for the first time not only the planet-devouring entity known as Galactus, but also the Silver Surfer, Galactus’ herald, who announced the imminent doom of the planets on Galctus’ platter. Both characters became hugely popular, with Galactus becoming a synonym for cosmic threat, and the Silver Surfer going on to many highly-acclaimed series of his of title, commencing with his Lee/Buscema 1968 series and continuing to the present day with Slott and Allred, with Moebius, Englehart, Rogers, Starlin and numerous other legendary creators along the way. It all started here! This copy of #48 is a cents issue, with no pence stamp, though it does have a small pence price hand-written just above the ‘A’ of Galactus. Several interior pages have narrow margins, we suspect owing to an initial press misalignment, but the story itself is unmarred, and there is a tiny chip off the bottom right cover corner. However, the cover colour is deep and vivid, and the overall appeal of the book is considerably greater than the VG grade implies. This epochal issue is VG at £175. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Marvel Super-Heroes #12 saw the debut of Captain Marvel, a warrior of the spacefaring Kree Empire who masqueraded as a human on Earth. Actually conceived as a copyright-protecting exercise (Marvel’s lawyers had recently seen off a short-lived ‘Captain Marvel’ from another publisher), Mar-Vell’s genesis may have been a bit less than sincere, but his impact remains enduring in the Marvel Universe , especially his participation in the cosmic events initiated by Jim Starlin later in Cap’s own series. These two issues present not one, but two Captains’ debuts: not only Mar-Vell in #12, but Carol Danvers – later Ms. Marvel, occasionally Warbird, and fifth and current holder of the Captain Marvel title – made her first appearance in #13 as part of Mar-Vell’s supporting cast. Given the imminence of the “Captain Carol” movie, this means that #13 is currently in higher demand than #12, but we are delighted to have both to offer: #12 is FN p £50 and #13 FN- p £100.
*Marvel: After almost a decade in limbo, Captain America was famously returned to the modern-day Marvel Universe in Avengers #4, and proved such a hit that not only did he become the heart of the Avengers, but became once again the star of his own series. In Tales of Suspense #58, through a series of contrivances we won’t go into here, Iron Man, previously the solo star, battled Captain America, and in the very next issue, with an admirable spirit of forgiveness, Shell-Head welcomed Wing-Head as his co-star in what was now one of Marvel’s ‘split’ books. We have both these historic issues back in stock in extremely appealing grades. Both are cents copies, with no UK price stamp or overprint, and both have deep, vibrant cover colour, tight corners and staples, and flexible, off-white interior pages. The #58 is VG/FN £100, and the #59, a truly remarkable FN/VF, is £165.
*Marvel: We’ve added the fan favourite storyline ‘The Age Of Apocalypse’ to our catalogue, the major X-Men event of 1995, where, in an alternate time-line created by the actions of Legion, Apocalypse has taken over the Earth and is opposed by various groups of mutant heroes, familiar but not as we know them. The story is told in a number of 4 issue mini-series, bookended by two Chrome foil cover specials, Alpha & Omega, and epilogued by a third, X-Men Prime, which leads back to normal continuity. You’ll find our stocks of these right at the end of our Marvel listings after the regular X-Men. SORRY, ALPHA & OMEGA NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A large update to our Marvel Silver/Bronze stocks, featuring Daredevil from #124-199, Doc Savage, Dr. Strange (both first and second series) and Fantastic Four between #56 & #183. Dozens of new issues added, mostly in nice grade.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: From 1980 onwards, we bring you most of the first 22 issues of Marvel’s Epic Illustrated, their attempt an an adult-aimed glossy magazine of the best of fantasy and science-fiction, with many gloriously illustrated picture strip stories. With a team of A-list creators such as Jim Starlin, Rick Veitch, Steve Bisette, Harlan Ellison, Neal Adams, Chris Claremont, John Bolton, Wally Wood, P Craig Russell, Barry Windsor-Smith and many more, this highly popular title always sells through for us quickly, so we recommend your early attention if you’re after ’em.
*Marvel UK: Our #1 issue event rolls on with a quartet of debut issues from the House of (Repurposed) Ideas! From 1975, the first issue of Titans, the ‘landscape’ weekly (which was cancelled when it dawned on the editors that that format ate up the reprint material twice as fast!) in FN at £15, with its original Free Gift Poster, also FN. And from the 1980s a trio of later launches: Marvel Action #1 FN £12, with Thor sticker also FN (and a new cover by then-newbie Alan Davis!); Marvel Super Adventure #1 FN £12, with Daredevil Iron-On Transfer also FN and finally, Valour #1 GD £8, with free gift – wait for it – Devil Dinosaur jigsaw, in FN!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A chunkly update to what is considered by many to be the finest comic ever published for boys. Dan Date was the mainstay of the Eagle for its 20 year run, illustrated initially by Frank Hampson and subsequently Frank Bellamy and Keith Watson. Here we have most of Volumes 7-10, mostly with Dan by Hampson before switching to Bellamy midway through Volume 10, with a few issues from Vol 16, inc. the 15th Anniversary special. It wasn’t just about Dan though, since many other quality strips also featured; in this period for example, PC 49, Mark Question, Riders of the Range, Jack O’Lantern and Jeff Arnold, to name but a few. Lots of choices of grade and price now available!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Victor, the premier war comic, is freshly restocked this week for the years 1972-74, with virtually every issue for those years now available in a choice of grades and prices.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Some less-seen titles amongst a few more common ones in this update, comprising Pearson’s Air War Picture Stories & Picture Stories of WW2, Attack (from #2) and Battleground (from #1) from Famepress, Battle Picture Library, a rare and unusual digest-sized hardcover Combat Picture Library Annual 1962 with picture stories and text and one Thriller Picture Library (#446 with Jet Ace Logan).
*TV & Film Related Comics: Small updates to two of the most popular titles in this category. Just 3 issues of Look-In, but including an issue each from 1971 and 1972, the first two years and the very final issue (pictured) from 1994 (VF £15). 7 issues of TV Comic, starting with the Christmas issue from 1970 with Dr Who & the Avengers, then the remainder from 1978/79, all with Dr Who, including the first TV Comic & Target (#1393) and the Christmas issue for 1978. Check our catalogue for full details.
*Humour Comics: Continuing our sporadic top-up of IPC/Fleetways’ longest-running humour weekly, we turn our attention to Buster from 1968 (just after its merger with the foredoomed Giggle) and 1969. Around a dozen 1968 issues new in to our listings, while 1969 is replenished rather more thoroughly, with approximately 70 copies (including duplicate issues to give you a range of grades) added. Highlights include New Year’s, Fireworks, Easter and Christmas issues, as well as series debuts of ‘Crabbe’s Crusaders’, ‘Rent-A-Ghost’ (the latter no relation to the popular BBC TV show, but doubtless ‘inspiring’ it, ahem ahem) and ‘The Misers’. Popular long-running features include ‘Galaxus’, ‘Tin Teacher’, ‘Fishboy’, and ‘Cruncher – the Tiny Termite With A Big Appetite’, among many, many more!
*Humour Comics: Several dozen Beanos added to our listings, mostly from 1979-1983, inc the 2000th Anniversary issue, plus a few later special issues: #2402 (1988 50th Birthday issue with Free Gift Poster), #2423 (Christmas issue 1988), #2632 (Christmas issue 1992), #2684 (Christmas issue 1993) & #2692 (1994 40th Anniversary Bash Street Kids).
*Girls’ Comics: The convoluted history of Princess, Princess Tina and Tina is not one we want to rehash here (it’s been a long day, and the diet pills are wearing off), so suffice it to say that the three publications were closely linked, with a common stable of artists and features that lasted through the staid and sedate 1960s to the groovy ’70s. We have a selection of the surprisingly scarce Summer Specials from all three titles: Princess Holiday Special from 1965 FA/GD £30, with crossword neatly completed but paper dolls firmly in place; the first Princess Tina Summer Extra from 1969 GD £30 and the follow-up 1970 GD/VG £40 and the Tina Holiday Special from 1976 FN £50 (1 carefully-completed puzzle feature). Among the features are Sue Day and the ‘Happy Days’, ‘Alona the Wild One’, ‘Chairman Cherry’, ‘Milly the Merry Mermaid’, peripatetic popstress ‘Jackie and the Wild Boys’, and, a personal favourite here at 30th Century, ‘Jane Bond’, the curvaceous blonde secret agent for ‘Worldpol’ whose main method of combat seems to be rugby-tackling her foes and then rolling around on them; astonishingly, very few ever seem to raise an objection!
*Girl’s Picture Libraries: The big four of D C Thomson’s Girls’ Picture Libraries significantly updated this week: Bunty between #226-266, Debbie between #4-88, Judy between #73-266 and Mandy between #4-84. These great value ‘done-in-one’ publications remain constantly popular and now we have dozens more to choose from.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: The latest in our series of high profile British updates! In 1975, Fleetway/IPC tried to cash in on its fondly-remembered adventure series by launching a new anthology, Vulcan, in an unusual slick-paper format with dimensions approximating those of the American comic book, rather than the customary magazine size of UK comics. Gleaning features from across its vast inventory, they ran “The Trigan Empire” from Look and Learn, as the lead, with “Kelly’s Eye”, “Mytek the Mighty” and “The Steel Claw” from Valiant, “The Spider” and “Robot Archie” from Lion, and “Saber, King of the Jungle” from Tiger, for a cross-section of top talent, including Don Lawrence, Reg Bunn, Solano Lopez, Joe Colquhoun and Jesus Blasco – an A-list roster for a Z-List budget, as IPC paid no reprint royalties at the time! Vulcan was tried out in a Scottish-only edition with the first issue released in March 1975, and after a successful 30-issue run, re-launched with a national edition in September that year. Any issues of Vulcan are scarce these days – the relative flimsiness of the slick paper stock means that copies are rather too easily damaged, unless stored carefully – but most elusive are the Scottish editions, which had a proportionately restricted print run. We are very happy to have acquired a complete run of the Scottish editions, all 30 issues. Most of these are around VG grade, some higher, some lower, although the #1 issue is Poor only with the back cover missing, affecting the Robot Archie story. Prices on them are high, but we believe they’re justified by the scarcity of the items; in 2015, we had almost two complete sets in at the same time, which completely amazed us, and they flew out again very rapidly – in our near 25 years of trading, we had only ever seen half-a-dozen Scottish Vulcans before then, and we really have no clue when, if ever, we’ll see them again. Pictured below: #1-3 and #30, the final issue. All issues are illustrated in our catalogue, where full grading and pricing information may be seen.
For our spotlight on previously listed stock this week, we’re turning our attention to the wonderful Alan Class Printing Plate Sets. These come with a copy of the comic, the actual lead plates which were used in printing the comic’s cover, and a signed certificate of Authenticity from Alan Class; many include handwritten annotations from Alan as well. Some sets also include extras such as interior printer’s plates, colour proofs, or colour guides. Each set is a unique item, never to be duplicated, and is your chance to own a literal piece of comics history. You can browse our current stock of these in our Alan Class Reprints category, where many are illustrated. An example is shown here. We’re still unearthing more of these from Mr. Class’s Archives, so keep ’em peeled for future additions as well.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A fine update in the fantasy hero tradition, written or inspired by Robert E Howard, mainly 1st UK PBs and featuring some notable cover artists. Works by the man himself are King Kull, the Skull-Face trilogy (all with Chris Achilleos cover art) and Marchers Of Valhalla. Howard, Nyberg and de Camp are represented by Conan The Avenger and Howard, de Camp and Carter by Conan Of Cimmeria, both with Frank Frazetta cover art. L Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter were inspired to write the only non-Howard book in this update, Conan Of The Isles, with cover art by John Duillo. Finally, we must give a special mention to Chris Achilleos, for creating at least five pieces of heroic barbarian cover art without a single scantily clad nubile/pneumatic female in view.
We were very saddened today to hear of the death of Brian Aldiss at the age of 92, a personal favourite of ours here at 30th Century. One of the greats of British Science Fiction, he wrote classic novels such as Hothouse and Greybeard, the epic trilogy of Helliconia, almost unrivalled in the breadth and scope of its imagination and very many others in a substantial body of work. In the 1960s, he was at the forefront of the British New Wave of Science Fiction. He also edited lots of anthologies, was an artist, wrote mainstream fiction and poetry and the seminal history of Science Fiction, The Billion Year Spree. It’s clear from the many tributes that he inspired many others not just to love the genre, but also to write Science Fiction themselves. “I don’t agree with those people who think of science fiction as some kind of prediction of the future,” he said on Desert Island Discs in 2007. “I think it’s a metaphor for the human condition.”
*DC: We’re starting a new regular feature this week, celebrating the Golden Age of DC Comics! We’re always happy to welcome Golden Age copies of an iconic character into stock – and who’s more iconic than the Man of Steel? We are delighted to offer a trio of vintage Superman issues from the post-war years: #36 from 1945, #56 from 1948, and #60 from 1949. All of these are appealing copies for their age – the #36 has a restoration (paper ‘fill’ and colour redrawing) at the right cover edge, but would otherwise grade a minimum of GD+; taking into account the restoration, we have graded it as FA+. The other two copies are in an extraordinary condition for their vintage. The #54 is FN+, with vibrant colours, off-white flexible pages and tight staples and corners; the #60 is VG+, with only light edge foxing and the faintest of subscription creases precluding a higher grade. Seldom seen in this country, and almost never as such attractive copies. #36 is FA+ £65, #54 FN+ £315 and #60 VG+ £185. Watch out for more Golden Age DC Greats coming soon! SORRY, THESE ARE NOW SOLD
*DC: As everyone knows (or should), the Silver Age of Comics is generally acknowledged to have begun with Showcase #4, which revived the Flash persona in the form of Barry Allen, Police Scientist, in a new streamlined legend for the Space Age. A hit with the new Space-Age readership, the Flash, sleekly illustrated by Carmine Infantino, was brought back for three more appearances in the tryout magazine Showcase and this, #14, was his final ‘audition’ before gaining his own series. Predating UK distribution, this is a cents copy, with a beautiful deep purple cover, unfaded by the passing decades. Minor corner and edge wear, a minuscule chip at the top cover edge, and a small sealed tear on the back cover, are the only detracting factors from this outstanding copy for its vintage. Given its unusual state of preservation, its scarcity, and the increasing popularity of the Flash character, we are selling this VG/FN copy of Showcase #14 at £700. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke (also known for much of his career as ‘the Terminator’, until Arnie’s agents said ‘Oi!) made his first appearance in New Teen Titans #2, the successful Wolfman/Perez revival of the faltering franchise. Already a hit, the New Teen Titans’ fortunes rose with those of Mr. Slade as their recurring arch-nemesis, and eventually he went on to star in several series of his own, as well as media appearances in the ‘Arrow’ TV show and elsewhere. This premier appearance is an attractive FN pence copy, very good eye appeal but with faint crease/pressure marks in the upper left and lower right corners precluding a higher grade. On sale at £60. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: Another sweep through the Silver/Bronze DC Universe, including some particularly significant issues. Titles include: Action Comics, Adventure Comics (inc. a lovely copy of #325 with Lex Luthor and a couple of the uncommon later digest-sized issues), Batman (inc. #200), Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest (Superman), Brave & Bold, Detective Comics, Justice League of America, Mr. District Attorney, Showcase (#77 1st Angel & The Ape), Super-Friends, Superman (Inc. #147, 1st Legion of Super-Villains), Superman Family, Teen Titans (inc. 1st Lillith), Warlord (inc. #1) and World’s Finest.
*Marvel: An inexplicable early flop for the House of Ideas, the Hulk’s original series only lasted 6 issues, after which he went on to greater popularity as a villain before working his way back through the anti-hero route to his own series in Tales to Astonish, and thence to his (rather longer) second solo career. Any issue of the Hulk’s first series is rare in decent shape, so we’re pleased to have a #3 in, which also featured the debut of one of Marvel’s longest-running villain teams – the Ringmaster and His Circus of Crime! This cents copy of Hulk #3 has good cover colour, an almost unimpeded cover scene (faint marks at centre, with one very small patch of deeper yellow that looks like a colour touch), and generally good interior page quality; there is a 2″ top spine split and a 1″ bottom spine split. Presenting a very collectable package, much better than it sounds. GD- cents copy at £165. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Of the post-Ditko run of Amazing Spider-Man, one of the most in-demand issues is #50, wherein artist John Romita hit his stride and started doing some of the finest work of his career. The cover to #50 has become etched in the minds of a generation, endlessly imitated and ‘homaged’, and as if that wasn’t enough, this epic issue featured the first appearance of the Kingpin, one of Spider-Man’s most significant villains! (Later shoplifted by Daredevil, but that was a decade or two in the future…) Our newest Spider-Man #50 is a VG+ pence copy, with moderate edge & corner wear, but an unmarked cover scene and flexible, off-white interiors. On sale for £120. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: A few dozen issues new in this popular category from DC & Marvel. DC: House Of Mystery, House Of Secrets, Madame Xanadu (#1), Night Force (#1), Unexpected & Witching Hour. Marvel: Arrgh (#1), Chamber Of Darkness (#1), Fear (giant issues #2 & #4), Giant-Size Chillers (inc. #1 1975), Supernatural Thrillers (#1), Tower Of Shadows (#1 with Steranko art plus special), Vault Of Evil (#1), Where Monsters Dwell (#1) and Worlds Unknown.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: As we’ve previously noted, little says “Summer Fun” to the British psyche more effectively than stories of battle and carnage in Forn Parts. While Warlord was a Johnny-Come-Lately to DC Thomson’s war weekly line-up, only launching in 1974, it swiftly deployed the extra-tall Summer Specials which were so successful for its fellows. We have a selection of Warlord Summer Specials from 1975 (the very first) to 1989, in affordable low to mid grades.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We have a captivating quintet of premier issues in our First Quenchers event this week, in affordable mid to low grades: Battle #1 from 1975, home of D-Day Dawson and many others GD £15; Jet #1 from 1971, starring Von Hoffman’s Invasion, The Sludgemouth Sloggers, and Ken Reid’s Faceache, GD at £15; Super DC #1, 1969’s attempt to emulate Power Comics’ success with the Marvel heroes by reprinting Superman, Batman and Company – FA/GD, £8; Tarkan #1 from 1973, a translation of Sezgin Burak’s popular Turkish warrior VG £5 and Wildcat #1, a late-entry in the sci-fi sweepstakes from Fleetway/IPC, which eventually merged into Eagle Mk. II. This first issue is VF £15, and comes with the original free gift, an Alien Monster Poster!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Borag thungg! Welcome to our second (and final in this sequence) top-up of the Galaxy’s mightiest comic, 2000 AD! This update, we have around 100 new progs added to our lists, in a range between #349 to #499. This was a period during which Judge Dredd was at his most outlandish, and a new talent named Alan Moore was exciting the readership with series like D.R. & Quinch, and The Ballad of Halo Jones. Strontium Dog, Slaine, Rogue Trooper, Robo-Hunter and Nemesis were all at their peak… and the ‘Ace Trucking Corps’ was still hanging on, but you can’t have everything! Check out our listings for a jolt of Thrill-Power that’ll fry your circuits!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A large update of Rover, consisting of Rover itself covering 1949 to 1952, Rover and Adventure from 1961 and Rover and Wizard covering 1964 to 1969, with one Christmas issue from 1967. The grades are nearly all GD or VG. Thrill to the adventures of Alf Tupper, Tough of the Track, who trained on fish and chips!
*TV & Film Related Comics: This week we have the first two issues of Star Wars Weekly from 1978. Marvel UK lost little time in jumping on the bandwagon, re-packaging reprints of the American material, and, in the best tradition of British Weeklies, enticing the punters with the added incentive of a flimsy and easily-damaged cardboard toy! We have issue #1 of Star Wars Weekly in VF with the Free Gift X-Fighter in NM, and issue #2 in GD (generally nicer than that grade, but does have a mid-cover edge tear) with Free Gift Tie-Fighter in VF. Both gifts are flat and still attached to the original support card, as per illustrations; neither has ever been ‘punched out’ and assembled. Issue #1 with Free Gift is £75; issue #2 with Free Gift is £40.
*TV & Film Related Comics: And here’s more Gerry Anderson material, as we present TV Tornado #2-39. The nasties from Captain Scarlet feature from #36 (see cover image), but there’s much more to TV Tornado than the Mysterons, with Batman, Tarzan, the Phantom, the Man From UNCLE, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Bonanza, Flash Gordon, Green Hornet, Magnus Robot Figther, the Lone Ranger, the Saint, the Invaders and others. A real cult TV fan favourite title!
*TV & Film Related Comics: Continuing our Gerry Anderson theme, following on from last week’s Lady Penelope extravaganza and our celebratory window display, we’re delighted to have issues #6-20 (less #18) of TV Century 21 from 1965 fresh into stock. Sadly, these are low grade copies, with frayed spines and ragged edges, but they are all complete and readable and at prices beyween £4 and £10, great for filling gaps in yuour collection until better copies come along.
*Girls’ Comics: We don’t see Princess too often, so we’re delighted to have a nice batch in from the later years, from 5th November 1966 complete right up to the final issue 16th September 1967, including Christmas, Valentine, Easter & April Fool issues. Mostly all in superior condition, with the vast majority being FN grade. This fondly remembered series featured many quality picture strip stories (including the long running ‘Happy Days’ NB NOT the TV show!) and fun features, with charming and evocative covers. Christmas issue 1966 and final issue pictured. After this, it was merged with Tina to become Princess Tina (but that’s a story for another day!). Christmas issue 1966 and final issue pictured.
*Clearance Corner: Our latest bargain pack is an idiosyncratic mix of 8 poster and sticker magazines mainly from 1980s as follows:
Action Man Sticker Collection (Panini) 1983 FN
Battlestar Galactica Premier Collector’s Edition 1978(?) FN
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Sticker Collection (Panini) 1986 VF
Star Wars Return Of The Jedi Sticker Collection (Panini) 1983 VG
Star Wars Return Of The Jedi Sticker Collection (Panini) 1983 GD
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Official Poster Monthly #2 1980 FN
Transformers Sticker Collection (Panini) 1986 VF
Transformers Poster Magazine 1986/7 VF
All stickers present in sticker collections. Available for £7.50 (that’s less than £1 per mag!) Postage to a UK address (if required) would be an extra £3.50. SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD
This week’s spotlight on our previously listed stock falls on Ghost Rider #1 VF+ £125 (pence copy). The 1970’s retooling of the venerable Western character, Ghost Rider, as a supernatural satanically-empowered cyclist raised eyebrows among the purists, to say the least – but no-one can deny it was a commercial success, and after a hit streak in Marvel Spotlight, former stunt-rider Johnny Blaze burned rubber into his own series!
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our British section:
*Alan Class Reprints
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: In Batman #232, the creative team of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams created one of Batman’s most significant villains: Ra’s al Ghul, a.k.a. the Head of the Demon, leader of the League of Assassins, and father of Talia, the only woman who ever posed Catwoman a serious threat for the Caped Crusader’s affections. Both Talia and the League had made a couple of appearances before this, but this issue was the first time the readers saw the mysterious head of the League, and this issue kick-started an epic saga that continues to unravel to this very day. This landmark issue, with gorgeous Neal Adams artwork throughout, is represented in our stock by a highly attractive FN+ copy, no pence price or overstamp, unimpeded cover scene with off-white, flexible interior pages and tight staples and corners. On sale for £150. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In Avengers #57, Roy Thomas and John Buscema brought the world the mysterious Vision, a reinterpretation of a 1940s character, but this time with his origins in super-science rather than the supernatural. Genuinely innovative and shocking at the time, the Vision’s popularity was only enhanced when in the very next issue, his origin was disclosed and he switched sides from villainy to heroism, becoming one of the Avengers’ longest-serving and most loyal members. (Well, apart from the few times he went cyber-crazy and tried to take over the world, but don’t judge, we’ve all done it…) We’re proud to have Vizh’s first and second appearances, his debut and his origin, back in stock: issue #57 is GD/VG p at £60, while #58, very low distribution in the UK, is VG/FN £20. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Breakout characters from the 2014 cinematic smash-hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, were Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the mis-matched buddies who inexplicably became the heart of the film. Each had made their first appearances many years prior – Rocket in Marvel Preview #7 as ‘Rocky Raccoon’ in a non-continuity back-up, and Groot as the Big-Panty-Monster in 1960’s Tales to Astonish #13. Oddly enough, however, both characters made their second appearances under the auspices of a certain Jade Giant: Hulk #271 co-starred Rocket Raccoon with Bruce Banner’s alter ego, and 1976’s Hulk Annual #5 brought Groot back, with a bunch of his BPM cohorts, to plague the Hulk in a seven-way monster tag-team. Each of these second appearances is new in this update. Our copy of Hulk #271 is VF- p at £50; Hulk Annual #5 is VG/FN at £25. With the popularity of the characters rocketing (sorry) after this year’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, now would be a prudent time to pick these up; accept the word of one who knows.
*Marvel: A scintillating septet of first issues this update, kicking off, in alphabetical order, with 1973’s Crazy, a short-run title reprinting earlier stories from Not Brand Ecch; a genuine quirky rarity with a miniscule print run. A rather longer legacy was left by Marvel Feature #1 from 1971, an extra-thick issue which brought us the debut of the dynamic Defenders, the non-team of Hulk, Sub-Mariner and Dr. Strange which went through 150+ issues in their original series, plus many subsequent relaunches. Rom Space Knight, a seemingly bodged-together toy tie-in, proved surprisingly durable and well-remembered thanks to Bill Manlo and Sal Buscema’s craftsmanship, lasting 75 issues and currently revived at IDW. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars was the first Marvel sprawling crossover event with spin-off chapters in every ongoing title, setting the precedent for many extravaganzas to come – some more successful than others! Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #1 was a 1977 release originally intended to focus on the Wall-Crawler’s civilian life rather than his costumed antics – a distinction rapidly abandoned! And we round out this parade of premier issues with not one, but two, Wolverine #1 issues: the first of his mini-series (first solo run) from 1982 by Frank Miller and the first of his first ongoing series from 1988. Pictured: Marvel Feature #1 GD/VG £25; Rom #1 VF £25; Wolverine #1 (1982) FN p £25; Wolverine #1 (1988) FN+ £15. For grade and price details on all the others, our online catalogue holds all the answers…
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Another in our spotlights on the extra-thick Holiday Specials traditionally produced for the British Summer (such as it is), and we turn our attention to Tiger, which by the 1970s had become a specialist paper full of sporting superstars. Regulars from the weekly including Roy of the Rovers, Johnny Cougar, Skid Solo, Hot-Shot Hamish, Tallon of the Track and Billy’s Boots participated in new and reprint adventures for these bumper editions. We have a selection of issues from 1974 to 1980 new in: the 1974, 1975 and 1976 Holiday Specials, all FN at £20 each, are seen below, and details on the others may be found in our website catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: For our #1 issue ‘First Quenchers’ event this week, we present the 1978 debut of 2000 AD companion, Starlord, which produced a swath of science-fiction series – ‘Timequake’, ‘Planet of the Damned’, ‘Ro-Busters’ and ‘Strontium Dog’ among them – on slick paper with more colour pages than its more famous sibling. However, Starlord was never intended as a long-runner, created as a ‘feeder’ title to hopefully produce a couple of ‘star’ strips and give 2000 AD a quickie circulation boost when it was absorbed by the older title. After only 22 issues, it duly became part of 2000 AD, with ‘Strontium Dog’ and ‘Ro-Busters’ (later rebranded ‘ABC Warriors’) leading much longer lives than they had in their original title. We are delighted to have a FN copy of the first issue, with a VF free gift – the ‘Starlord Trooper’ Laser Specialist badge – for £40.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Following mega-sales, Britain’s premier sci-fi weekly, 2000 AD, is hugely restocked with close to 200 new issues from the years 1979 to 1983. A handful of issues from the early #100’s, then pretty solidly with minimal gappage from #150 upwards, a period where the series was generally acknowledged to be in its prime. A hot new writer called Alan Moore was beginning to make his impact, and Kev O’Neill, Dave Gibbons, Ian Kennedy, and Ian Gibson were all regular contributing talents. Highlights from this period include the debut of Nemesis, first as a one-off in #167, then as an ongoing series in #178, the first appearances of long-running stories Mean Arena and Ace Trucking Co. in #178 and #232 respectively, and an interesting curiosity, the virtual pro debut of a promising young artist named Alan Davis on “Harry Twenty on the High Rock”, commencing in #287. Plus, a plethora of issues with art by the legendary Brian Bolland, all tagged in our listings where in stock, culminating in the Judge Dredd serial, “Judge Death Lives!” from #224 on.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Following phenomenal sales on our recent massive influx of Marvel UK’s Transformers, we have… another massive influx of Marvel UK Transformers! This selection runs from the very first issue (FN £12, pictured) through to #322, ten issues or so shy of the series finale. While not a complete run, this is a substantial update with very few gaps, encompassing free gift issues and, of course, featuring much new material generated specifically for the UK edition to satisfy the legion of clamouring Transfans, and never reprinted anywhere! SORRY, #1 HAS NOW SOLD