*DC: Another chunky instalment in our ongoing Batmania Max event. This time we focus on Detective Comics from #401-449, an exciting time in the development of the Batman mythos. The run commences with a range of Neal Adams drawn issues, including key issues in the Ras Al Ghul introduction, in particular #405 VF £55 (not Adams – 1st League Of Assassins), and #411 VF- £95 (not Adams – 1st Talia Al Ghul); the highest graded Adams issue is #408 VF+ £73. All three of these are pictured below. Batgirl continues her adventures in these issues, and later, in #437, there is the first appearance of the Modern Age Manhunter, followed by a string of 100 Page issues from #438-445. This run is characterised by sparkling high grade conditions, with VF+ being the average, and many higher, including some of the 100 Pagers, which hardly ever turn up as nice as this. All cents copies.
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: *Religious
and in our American/British section: *Tarzan/E R Burroughs *Phantom *Flash Gordon *Spirit *Modesty Blaise As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A real mash-up of odds and ends in this update, including Baker’s Half-Dozen (a compilation of the classic strip from Speed), a Boys’ Own Paper from 1956, a stray issue of Buddy, Dan Dare, Pilot Of The Future (Hamlyn compilation), Lion 19/1/63 (1st Zip Nolan), a Miracleman from 1965 (Spanish reprint), the Revolver Horror Special from 1990 and Volumes 1 & 2 of Slaine the Horned God, the Fleetway compilation of Mills’ and Bisley’s classic strip.
*Marvel: Another round-up of waifs and strays that have recently come in from Marvel’s Silver/Bronze Age, including Captain America, Champions (scarce last issue #17 NM £20), early Daredevils (#6, #8 & #16, low grade with book centre stamps), Power Man & Iron Fist (#57 with the X-Men), Super-Villain Team-Up, What If, X-Factor & X-Men (#142 Days Of Future Past).
*DC: Continuing its numbering from the 1940’s Flash Comics, the Barry Allen-helmed Flash title launched in 1959 with issue #105, and we have some of the earliest tales of the Scarlet Speedster, including epic clashes with Captain Cold, the Mirror Master and the debut of his antipodean arch-enemy, Captain Boomerang, in #117! This range, selections from #107 to #118, features a variety of conditions from FA/GD to VG/FN, many pictured below, so there’s a chance for all budgets to sample some classic work by Fox, Broome and Infantino. Lots more Flash to follow in the weeks to come – never more timely, given the popularity of the Flash on both the big and small screen, so keep your eyes glued to the website for future instalments!
*Marvel: In the early 1960’s, DC’s Annuals were reprint compilations of stories that had appeared only ten years or so before, but when the new and dynamic Marvel Comics Company hit the stands, they decided to go one better! Their early Annuals featured all-new, extra-length adventures created by the monarchs of the Marvel Bullpen, in which major events occurred in stories still fondly remembered today. We have half-a dozen such events new to our listings: Avengers Annual #1 (a mammoth battle teaming the Old and New Avengers against six of their deadliest foes) and #2 (a powerful ‘parallel world’ adventure, in which our heroes face their own dictatorial counterparts); the much-underrated Daredevil Annual #1, with the sightless swashbuckler tackles Electro and his Emissaries of Evil, with superbly dynamic Gene Colan art; Hulk Annual #1, with the Green Goliath discovering the land of the Inhumans, behind a classic Jim Steranko cover; Fantastic Four Annual #3, with the wedding of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Girl guest-starring every Marvel hero and villain of the day; and – the Big One – Fantastic Four Annual #1 from 1963, by Lee & Kirby, featuring an epic struggle with the Sub-Mariner and his Atlantean armies! This VG- pence-stamped copy is in excellent condition with only moderate spine & corner wear, good page quality, offered at £75.
*Marvel: After his appearances as guest-villain in Werewolf by Night, Marc Spector, a.k.a. Moon Knight, proved so popular that he was rushed into a solo tryout in Marvel Spotlight #28, to the delights of fans of nocturnal crime-fighting billionaire vigilantes everywhere. We have a FN/VF cents copy of that issue new in at £30, and with Marc Spector’s name popping up with increasing frequency in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, now’s the time to purchase his early appearances, before the price spirals ever higher!
*Classics Illustrated: We’ve always stocked a wide range of both US and UK versions of Classics Illustrated, but have not always listed all the information necessary to identify editions. Having delved into the arcane arts of Classics identification, and mindful of serious Classics collectors’ need for this information, we have now commenced to rectify this, starting with the UK versions, which are notoriously the most difficult to pin down. In addition to issue number and title, we are now listing HRN (Highest Reorder Number) together with Filled In Number, country of printing, which printing each issue is and other identification notes such as ‘line drawn cover’, ‘Australian edition’ ‘stiff cover’ etc. It’s a weird and wacky journey, but we hope you’ll bear with us as we progress this in instalments. Along the way, we’ll be adding some newly received issues to our stock. This time we’ve added all the information for issues #1-16 and added titles like #4 (Macbeth), #6 (A Tale Of Two Cities – line drawn stiff cover 1st printing), #10 (Robinson Crusoe), #13 (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – line drawn stiff cover 1st printing), and #15 (Uncle Tom’s Cabin – line drawn cover 1st printing). Many more instalments to come!
*Dell: A surprisingly consistent update from one of the 1960’s more diverse publishers. The theme is heroic, whether super-heroic with telekinetic mutant Brain Boy, irradiated airman Nukla, or power-pilfering teenagers The Super-Heroes: historically heroic with Naza Stone Age Warrior or El Cid (Movie Classic): or, oops, heroine…ic?, with fashion model turned shutterbug Friday Foster, the first woman of colour to have her own comic book – albeit for only one issue in 1972!
*Harvey: Our stocks of the World’s Most Affluent Brat are enriched (ahem) this week by new additions to no fewer than ten Richie Rich titles – RR & Casper; RR & Dollar the Dog; RR & Gloria; RR Billions; RR Dollars & Cents; RR Inventions; RR Millions; RR Riches; RR Success Stories; and RR Vaults of Mystery. Phew! Descending from these lofty fiscal heights, we also add Chamber of Clues – the short-lived Post-Code successor to Chamber of Chills – Harvey Pop Comics #2, starring Bunny and a cast of thousands (but not, alas, Fruitman) in a “Rock Happening” – and a rather lovely copy of 1958’s Race For The Moon #2, with beautiful Kirby/Williamson artwork, in a highly attractive VG+ for £40.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In the first of an occasional series we’re planning to release books from a particular publisher, and where better to start than Ace, with their long and illustrious history in Science Fiction publishing. Founded in 1953 it soon had Donald A Wollheim as editor, and some of the best writers of the period, including Samuel R. Delany, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K Le Guin and Robert Silverberg. The Ace Doubles, with their tête-bêche format were a popular innovation. The Ace books that have been added range from the 1950’s (First On The Moon, Jeff Sutton) to the 1970’s (I..Alien, J Michael Reaves) and include Endless Shadow/The Arsenal Of Miracles (John Brunner and Gardner F Fox), The Einstein Intersection (Samuel R Delaney), The Radio Planet (Ralph Milne Farley), four Star Wolf novels by Edmond Hamiton and Monsters In Orbit/The World Between (Jack Vance). Many have covers by artists such as Jack Gaughan and Emsh(willer). Ace passed through a succession of owners, but still continues to be an assurance of quality.
*TV & Film Related Comics: We’re spoiling you this week with a second Free Gift Farrago. This time it’s the turn for Countdown; #1 (FN+) comes with its Free Gift (Giant Space Fact Wall Chart FN) with the four stamps from issue #1 stuck in (comic and gift both illustrated here); offered at £110. We also have issues #2, #4 & #5 in VF and #6-7 in lower grades. For the uninitiated, Countdown was very much the successor to the classic TV Century 21 and featured classic strips such as Lady Penelope, Dr Who, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet, UFO, Thunderbirds and more, many in full colour.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: John Theydon’s Thunderbird books were hits when they were first published, and remain very popular today. We are very excited to add three novels: Calling Thunderbirds, Ring Of Fire and Thunderbirds, ranging from GD to VG in grade.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: From 1983/84, we present one of D C Thomson’s later Boys’ Adventure weeklies, Spike, all 67 issues, fearturing the strips Iron Barr, Starhawk and many more. Our fine copy of #1 (£25) comes with its Free Gift, still sealed in its original bag, the Lockheed P38J WW2 Glider, #7 in a series of 12, and one of the less common numbers. This series was previously poorly represented in our stock, so here’s your chance to get the whole lot in one go!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: From 1969, DC’s attempt to repackage some of their classic Silver Age Superman & Batman stories for the UK market, in UK comic size, with black and white interiors and new covers. We have the first 12 of the short-lived 14 issue series; #2 includes an advertising flyer for DC’s UK Annuals, and #9 reprints the first Brainiac story from Action #242.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Isaac Asimov was never known for his modesty, but this update demonstrates that he had a lot to be immodest about: the Foundation series, his Space Ranger series (targeted at younger readers), short stories, work as an editor and collaborator with other authors are all represented here. We have Foundation itself, Second Foundation, Space Ranger and The Big Sun Of Mercury, Nightfall One as well as one of his anthologies of early Science Fiction, Before The Golden Age 4 and The Positronic Man, written with Robert Silverberg and based on Asimov’s short story The Bicentennial Man.
*Marvel: A selection of Marvel key issues of titles beginning with ‘X’. First up, X-Factor #5 & #6, featuring the first appearances of Apocalypse, then X-Force #2, with the second appearance of Deadpool (of whom we need to say no more!), and finally, sundry issues of X-Men, including #129 with the first Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost, #131 (1st WHite Queen cover), and #141 & #142, the classic Days Of Future Past storyline, featuring the 1st Rachel Summers in what many consider the greatest X-Men story ever told. Grades and prices in our catalogue.
*Girls’ Comics: A healthy update to our stocks of the girls’ tabloid Diana, adding many issues from years previously poorly represented in our listings. We have a few from 1967, most of 1968 and 1969 and just a handful from 1970 and 1972.
*DC: We return to the main Batman title for this week’s Batmania Max instalment, this time adding issues between #115 & #126 (most added). Batman was just getting into the swing of sci-fi adventures with aliens at this time, mixed in with more traditional crime and super-villains. Bat-Hound features in #123, which also has a Joker story, and #126 has a Batwoman cover. A mix of grades from FA to FN and prices from £25 to £125. A range of the nicer-graded issues are shown below. Check out our catalogue for full details of grades and prices.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: D C Thomson’s Starblazer, the done-in-one science-fiction picture library adventure series, ran for a very respectable 281 issues between 1979 and 1991 and we have several dozen issues new in between #10 & #187. We’ve seen a huge increase in popularity of this series in recent years, and in addition to our new stock, we’ve taken the opportunity to bring our Starblazer listing bang up to date, but it won’t stay that way for long!
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: *TV & Film Related Comics
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: Two new runs of Amazing Spider-Man fresh into stock this week. The first features issues between #153 & #170, the second issues between #223 & #246. In both cases, many issues have been added previously missing from our listings. Mostly nice grade copies, the first run all cents, the second all pence. Some classic adventures of the ol’ web-spinner!
*DC: When Barry Allen took over the mantle of the Flash in Showcase #4, he acknowledged the original Flash, Jay Garrick, as his inspiration – but only by the medium of comic books he’d read in childhood! It wasn’t until Flash #123, when Barry’s heroic career was well established, that he, and the readers, discovered that Jay Garrick wasn’t mere fiction, but was the hero of a parallel world, along with his comrades in the Justice Society of America! This was the first historic meeting between the two Scarlet Speedsters, and led to the revivals of the JSA members, the tradition of Justice League and Justice Society team-ups, and the entire Earth-2 background which has brought us so many memorable adventures. Writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino were at their respective peaks, and this is one of the most sought-after DC landmarks of the Silver Age. This copy is a UK-stamped pence priced version, a sound, attractive GD/VG with unimpeded cover scene and decent interiors, offered at £180.
*Girls’ Comics: The TV show the Avengers was a huge phenomenon in the 1960’s, reaching its peak when the debonair John Steed was partnered by Mrs. Emma Peel, a dynamic figure who grabbed the consciousness not only of men and boys – for obvious reasons – but of women and girls, who saw in her a more adventurous role model than the usual TV fare. The Avengers, like many popular TV series, were adapted into comics, but unusually, they appeared not only in general-interest adventure series, such as TV Comic, but also in girls’ weeklies. “The Growing Up Of Emma Peel” (or Emma Knight as she then was) ran briefly in June & School Friend, but more significantly in 1967, Diana ran the Avengers in glorious full-colour from issues 199-224, eight separate adventures of Steed and Mrs. Peel which, unlike their rather anodyne TV Comic counterparts, captured the feel of the TV series with a darker tone, including violence and occasional fatalities, unusual for the traditionally sedate Diana. Incredibly sought-after, the Avengers issues never stay with us for long, so we are pleased to announce a run of issues #211 to #224 – the latter the final Avengers appearance. We open with the close of their battle with the Vikings, then have in the entirety of their clashes with Black Heart and her Seven Dwarfs, the Mad Hatter, and the Secret Six. Sumptuous artwork by Emilio Frejo, assisted on many issues by studio-mate Juan Gonzales Alacrejo, makes these a delightful set of ‘bonus episodes’ for fans of the series!
*Marvel: Like a lot of media in 1974, Marvel was obsessed with the martial arts craze and introduced a myriad of leaping, kicking and punching super-heroic protagonists, the most enduring of whom were Shang-Chi, Master Of Kung Fu and Iron Fist. It’s the latter we focus on here, star of his own upcoming Netflix TV show, in his origin and first appearance in Marvel Premiere #15. This is a decent VG/FN cents copy, with a little rippling, but nice gloss. Because the Marvel Value Stamp has been cut out of a feature page (story not affected) we have used the terminology of ‘Apparent VG/FN’ and priced it accordingly at £50.
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: New in, a range of the ever-popular Walking Dead ongoing, Kirkman and Adlard’s saga of a bleak and post-apocalyptic world, which has been delighting both comics readers and TV viewers for years now. This selection commences with #91 and runs through to the 120’s, including the debuts of characters such as Jesus (no, not that Jesus – in #92), Ezekiel (in #108), and of course the first Nagan in #100. All in high grades, and increasingly sought after, grab ’em before they shamble away!
*TV & Film Related Comics: From 1969, the much-publicised Joe 90 Weekly, released to tie-in with the latest Gerry Anderson ‘Supermarionation’ TV show, in which bespectacled nine-year-old Joe McClaine acquired phenomenal skills through having computerised knowledge programmed into his brain , and set out as the unlikeliest secret agent of all, for the organisation W.I.N. Sadly, for all it’s pre-publicity, Joe 90 turned out to be a bit of a damp squib – apparently young viewers wanted to empathise with adult heroes, not kids their own age – and the show foundered after 30 episodes, with the comic’s run lasting only a few weeks longer before being incorporated into TV 21 Mk. II! Now, however, the short achievable run of Joe 90 is much sought-after, having the usual quality artwork of the Anderson adaptations, and co-featuring comic strip versions of such popular TV shows as Star Trek, the Champions, and Land of the Giants. This run consists of issues 1-32 and 34, only a handful short of the full series, in exceptionally nice grades for their vintage, averaging VG/FN. Issues #1-3 shown below; please check our catalogue for grades and prices.
*Marvel: When the Ant-Man name was unclaimed in the late 1970’s a scientific opportunist and sneak-thief, Scott Lang, stole Hank Pym’s old apparatus and became the second bearer of that title! But it’s okay – he did bad things for good reasons, to find a cure for his dying daughter, as was revealed in Marvel Premiere #47 and #48, the two-part tale which (after a cameo in Avengers #181) was Scott’s first full-length adventure. John Byrne and David Michelinie created this different take on the hero, and since then, Scott has had a few setbacks – been in jail a few times, been dead a few more, been a love-slave of the Purple Man – but he’s fought his way back to respectability, and is currently the star of one of Marvel’s more entertaining series – as well as the recent Marvel cinematic hit. This double-portion debut consists of a FN+ p #47 at £35, and a VF+ p #48 at £25.
*Classics Illustrated: A new selection in of a few dozen UK versions of Classics Illustrated. Lots of favourite (and frankly, some obscure) novels adapted into comic form and passionately collected by Classics completists. Highlights in this update include #37 (The Pioneers, with new British cover art), and early line drawn covers on A Christmas Carol, Around The World In 80 Days & Cyrano De Bergerac. Always a big hit with many of our customers — why not check your wants list to see if we have an issue or two you need? As always, full details in our catalogue.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: From 1979 to 1984, D.C. Thomson capitalised on their inventory by issuing Red Dagger, a reprint title in which, each issue, a serial that had previously graced Victor, Hornet, Wizard, Hotspur, Wizard or Bullet was gathered up, judiciously edited down, and re-presented as a done-in-one story. We have a virtually complete run of this highly collectable series (28 issues new in out of a possible 30), from the very first (“Twisty”) to the last (“Eleven Little Soccer Boys”), along the way visiting friends old and new such as Morgyn the Mighty, the Black Sapper, Braddock of the R.A.F., Bernard Briggs the Bouncing Goalie, and the Tough of the Track, among others. Averaging VG-FN, these are a very affordable way to obtain a flavour of the classic adventure series.
*DC: One of the classic Golden Age anthologies was All-American Comics, and we have a beauty from the late 1940’s – issue #92, with a classic battle between Green Lantern and the Icicle, set in South America and illustrated by none other than Alex Toth! Other features include Doctor Mid-Nite, the Black Pirate, Hop Harrigan and – the power! the fury! – Cotton-Top Katie – unleashed! This delightful selection is an apparent GD, having been removed from a bound volume. This does mean it has been trimmed at right and upper edges (but with generous margins, the story pages are quite unmarred) and the spine is taped and restapled – but the page quality is excellent, and the cover colour vivid and unmarred. Offered for £100.
*TV/Film Tie-Ins: An eclectic selection of books for this ever popular section, covering law enforcement (Get Smart – Missed It By That Much!, The Persuaders Books One and Two and The Sweeney’s Regan And The Venetian Virgin) and space (Space 1999’s Planets Of Peril and Star Treks 2, 5 and 12. These are all 1st PB editions, in grades ranging from GD to VF.
*DC: In the early 1970’s DC began to wake up to the fact that there was a huge potential audience interested in the history of their characters. In the pre-Internet days, reprints were scarce and amateurish, and back issues required much expensive and time-consuming searching through the Post Office (ask your Mums, urchins…) so DC’s initiative in publishing their Famous 1st Edition series was welcomed. These Treasury-sized (13″ x 10″) facsimiles did cover-to-cover reproductions of historic issues, including all stories, text and advertising, for an immersive experience. We have three to offer: #F6, reproducing Wonder Woman #1; #F7, reprinting All-Star Comics #3, the debut of the legendary Justice Society of America; and C28, which brought us Detective Comics #27 in its entirety, with a plethora of features including the first appearance of an obscure character called the Batman! (he’ll never catch on…) All three are in decent mid-grade – F6 & F7 are VG/FN, C 28 is VG- and offered at the outrageously generous price of £10 each.
*DC: A short run of Detective Comics in the early #200’s graces our shelves this week, from #207 to 215 – sans #211, which was in our earlier Catwoman update a couple of weeks ago. Characterised by some new foes – the Puppet Master, the Mirror-Man, and the Brain That Ruled Gotham City – and some old friends – the Knight and the Squire, Britain’s Batman and Robin, who team up with other heroes to form “The Batmen of All Nations!”, a noble association trashed, er, updated by Grant Morrison in recent decades. Rotating back-ups involve Captain Compass, Roy Raymond, and Mysto, Magician Detective, but the enduring appeal of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder conquers all! A range of grades, from an unattractive (but cheap!) Poor right through to a sparkling FN/VF. Sample issues pictured below.
*Pulp Fiction: A wonderful set of the premier British science fiction magazine New Worlds joins our stock this week. Ranging from #49 (July 1956) to #118 (May 1962), these will be especially enticing for J G Ballard aficionados. Featured authors form a who’s who of Science Fiction, including Brian Aldiss, Isaac Asimov, J G Ballard, Sydney J Bounds, John Brunner, Kenneth Bulmer, John Rackham, Robert Silverberg, E C Tubb, James White and John Wyndham. Notable issues are #54, which has the first ever publication of a J G Ballard story (Escapement), #72, which has Wyndham’s tale Idiot’s Delight, #99 which has the first publication of Ballard’s The Voices Of Time, and #118, which has Ballard as guest editor.
*Marvel: Another run through sundry Marvel titles from the 1960’s and 1970’s, with issues of the following added to our listings: Astonishing Tales, Avengers (inc Annual #7 Starlin Thanos), Black Goliath, Daredevil (#10), Howard The Duck, Ka-Zar (#3 1st series 1970 with new Angel story), Marvel Chillers with Tigra, Marvel Premiere (1st series with Dr. Strange & Iron Fist), Marvel Two-In-One (Annual #2 with Starlin Thanos), Nova, Star Wars (#2 & #3), Sub-Mariner & 2001.
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.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A substantial update to our stocks for Tiger from 1971, all issues previously missing from our listings, which builds up our inventory to virtually complete for that year. Quality features abound with sport dominated themes, including Roy Of the Rovers (of course), Johnny Cougar, Skid Solo and many others. We’ve seen a great upswing in popularity of this title from the 1970’s of late.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Champ has the distinction of being the last weekly Boys’ Adventure title launched by publisher DC Thomson and is very traditional in its mix of football, adventure and sci-fi strips. It lasted a respectable 87 issues from February 1984 to October 1985, absorbing Spike along the way before being merged with Victor. We have them all in stock now from first to last, nearly all in a nice sharp Fine grade, so your chance to grab the complete series!
*Mad Books: A substantial update to our Mad Books section will have Mad fans frothing at the mouth with anticipation. Among the highlights are Boiling Mad, Good’N’Mad, Don Martin Stepping Out and Cooking Up More Tales, Sergio Aragones’ Mad About Mad and Utterly Mad. You’d be mad not to check them out!
We’re having our electricity meter changed over next Wednesday afternoon (14th). Our basement will be closed for a couple of hours while this goes on, and for about half an hour, our electricity will have to be turned off, so if you’re planning a shop visit, best avoid Wednesday after 2 pm!
*TV & Film Related Comics: Yes, it’s the return of our Free Gift Farrago feature! With the ever-increasing popularity of the Star Wars franchise, folks are looking back with nostalgia even to the UK Star Wars Weekly, the format in which a lot of fans had their first exposure to Luke, Leia, Han, and all the other characters. We’ve been short of early issues of Star Wars Weekly for far too long, but that void is filled – temporarily – by this week’s addition of the first 9 issues (plus an errant #13), mostly in mid to high grades, and with the first two issues still possessed of their original Free Gifts – a cut-out Star Wars X-Fighter and a T.I.E. Fighter, to be specific! Almost universally punched out of the flimsy cardboard and assembled for, ooh, seconds of fun before disintegration, it’s rare to find any surviving copies of these gifts, but we’ve managed it! Issue 1 is FN/VF (Gift NM) at £35, issue 2 is FN with NM gift at £25; the others will set you back from £1.50 to £4, depending. Let the Wookie win, Luke!
*DC: A huge update in our Batmania Max event this week, with every consecutive issue of Detective Comics from #450-526. Highlights include: the acclaimed Marshall Rogers run from #466-479 (most issues) featuring the debuts of Silver St Cloud and Clayface III plus the modern versions of Hugo Strange and Deadshot (#474) plus the classic Joker Laughing Fish 2 parter (#475-476); in addition, the ‘Batman Family’ Giant $1 issues from #481-495, #500 & #526 Anniversary issues, and the first Killer Croc in #523 and early Jason Todd appearances too! All cents copies up to around #500 and nearly all very high grade (VF/NM or better). A cornucopia of Batmania in 75+ issues!
*Marvel: Again, an exception in our listings for its period, the 87th issue of New Mutants featured the first full appearance (he had made a fleeting walk-on in the previous) of the man named Cable, the man from an apocalyptic near-future, son of Scott Summers and a cloned replica of Jean Grey, who came back in time to prevent his own future from coming to pass. Or something like that. His powers include metal bits, a strappy costume, really big guns, and glaring a lot. With a shiny eye, for no very good reason. Anyway, he took over the stewardship of the New Mutants from Magneto, and eventually honed the survivors into X-Force, a dubious achievement for which no-one should thank him. He’s since bobbed back between ‘now’ and the future, interfering with his own and the world’s time stream, and accosting various mutant children to become the Hope of the World. Kind of like Mary Poppins, he’s a super-powered nanny with metal limbs. Confusing back history and ambiguous abilities or not, he’s scheduled to be appearing in the next Deadpool movie, incarnated by one of an interesting range of possibilities (our money’s on Kiera Knightley…), so interest in the character’s early appearances has skyrocketed. This NM/M Pence copy is in excellent condition, and believe me, the time will come when you’ll look back upon this as a snip at £85.
*Marvel: No, “Hercules and Him!” is not a new buddy cop debuting soon on Netflix (though I think I may have inadvertently just pitched it…), but a reference to the heroes who make their respective Marvel Universe debuts in our featured issues. Journey into Mystery Annual #1, from 1965, saw the debut of the Prince of Power, Hercules, as Thor’s opposite number, and brawling partner/comrade-in-arms, as the exigencies of the plot demanded. Not the first Hercules in comics, nor the last – but Marvel’s well-intentioned wenching boozer is probably the best-loved iteration since the original legend! This remarkably-preserved FN+ pence issue is offered at £75. Plus… Him! Later known as Warlock, the golden-skinned godling first flashed his near-omnipotent abilities when he decided a shapely something was missing from his life – and chose Thor’s main squeeze, Lady Sif, to fill the gap! Needless to say, Thor objected, and their epic combat was recorded in Thor #165. A VG pence copy is newly in, at £50.
*Marvel: A beautiful item for this spotlight, the seventh issue of Daredevil, the Man Without Fear! After a little artistic floundering in his early issues, the Sightless Swashbuckler lucked out when the superlative Wally Wood took over illustrating his adventures, and this is probably the finest Wood issue, marked not only by the premiere of the red Daredevil costume which became his definitive uniform, but also by a genuinely gripping and harrowing battle in which Daredevil, hopelessly outgunned by the vastly superior might of the Sub-Mariner, nevertheless shows such courage and determination that even Namor’s scaly heart is moved to compassion. A beautiful piece of work – and, in this instance, a beautiful copy, cents, graded FN/VF, with flat, white interior pages, tight staples, vibrant cover colour and gloss, and only two very minor flaws- a tiny diagonal crease in the upper right cover, and the faintest of ‘stacking’ smudges at the logo – precluding a still higher grade for this outstanding item. Offered at £275.
*Modern Reprints: The classic EC material from the 1950’s has been reprinted many times in a variety of formats, but we have in a few of the softcover bound volumes from Gemstone from the early 1990’s which are a particular favourite with us. They each feature 4-5 complete issues together with covers in sturdy volumes, and are a lovely way to appreciate the eternal appeal of this classic line at a bargain price. One volume of Haunt Of Fear and three of Shock Suspenstories now available.
*Humour Comics: We don’t often see early issues of D C Thomson’s Sparky, so we’re particularly pleased to have several dozen in from Sparky’s early years 1965-1969, including 6 from the first year of publication as early as #32. There are about 20 new issues listed from 1966, 10 from 1967 and most of 1968, where previously we only had 3 issues listed for all four years! We imagine collector interest will be high on these, which come in a mixture of grades from FA to FN.
*Comic Strip Books: Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book swings onto our shelves today. This is what the book says about Kurtzman:
“Every morning now he runs up to his attic to think. When he has a good thought he runs over to the window and breathes deeply. Then he gives his Tarzan cry and goes loping off through the trees.”
Between lianas Kurtzman founded Mad, published by EC. The Jungle Book was conceived after he left EC, and taken up by Ballantine after they lost the right to publish Mad collections. It was the first paperback of original cartoons aimed at the US mass-market, with the same satirical outlook as Mad, but with a more adult slant. We’re anticipating a great deal of interest in this ground-breaking book, offered in 1st US PB at £25 in VG.
*Girls’ Comics: It’s a rare event indeed when we can feature a new publication in any of our British categories, but particularly so in Girls’ Comics. Here we have, hot off the presses, a Misty Graphic Novel, reprinting two classic stories from early Misty issues: Moonchild and The Four Faces Of Eve, beautifully reproduced under a stunning Shirley Bellwood cover. Pat Mills, whose brainchild Misty mostly was, writes both a new intro and the first story, and there are also a few Misty spooky feature reprints as well, plus biographies of the creators. We salute this bold new venture into reprinting an absolute classic series, and hope it sells well enough to be the first of many! Priced at £15.