*Marvel: Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142, towards the end of Claremont and Byrne’s hugely popular run on Marvel’s Merry Mutants, a two-part story featured an adult Kitty Pryde travelling back in time to her own teenage years, to prevent her own dystopian future, in which Mutants were interned in prison camps or hunted to death by Sentinels, from coming to pass. This powerful story was already a sought-after two-parter, but its popularity (and value!) skyrocketed after the release of the X-Men film, “Days of Future Past”, which adapted the narrative to the big screen (though, it must be said, Wolverine was very unconvincing in the role of Kitty Pryde…). These are now back in stock – though not, we suspect, for long – with #141 VF- £40 and #142 VF- £35. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Once again we’re expanding the range of our catalogue into the 1980’s with a complete run of the Squadron Supreme Maxi-Series from 1985, all 12 issues in high grade. Mark Gruenwald’s masterful tale of these Justice League homage characters from an alternate reality (as originally featured in the pages of the Avengers) and illustrated by such diverse hands as Bob Hall, John Buscema, Jackson Guice and Paul Ryan. Probably the finest story ever told of these characters and all for between £2.25 and £4 per issue! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: A cult newspaper strip in the 1940’s, Sparky Watts is all but forgotten today, but this everyman super-hero – who preferred fighting crime and having bizarre adventures in a comfy cardigan-and-slacks ensemble, rather than the traditional tights – is one of the more imaginative creations of the 1940’s. Written and drawn by Boody Rogers, Sparky’s newspaper strip adventures ran in Columbia Comics’ Big Shot anthology since 1941, and he was launched in his own four-issue series in 1942. After an hiatus for that pesky WWII – during which Rogers was on active service – Rogers returned to draw all-new segments for Big Shot and for a further six issues of Sparky’s own series, during which things got really weird! Rogers is best remembered for the outré “female Li’l Abner on acid” strip, Babe, but Sparky’s adventures into wacky realms were just as distracting and endearing. We have issues #1 & #2 (the premier issue cover-featuring Hitler and Mussolini), and #4-7 of Sparky’s ten-issue solo run. Mild-mannered and bespectacled, yet irresistible to the ladies, Sparky shrinks into microscopic realms, revives the dead, ventures into space, and everywhere finds shapely ladies who’re warm for his form! (Even if their shapes are sometimes a little bit unusual…)
*Horror 1940-1959: Here’s a mini-fest to keep you going until we have a more substantial number of vintage horror through our doors. If EC was the acknowledged winner in the vintage horror ‘beauty pageant’, then Harvey and Atlas were the acknowledged Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality, with top-notch artists and stories reminiscent of the famous EC twist-ending tales – in fact, in Harvey’s case, sometimes a little too reminiscent, as they were prone to a tiny bit of plagiarism! But with artists of the quality of Lee Elias, Howard Nostrand, and Bob Powell, not too many readers were complaining, if they even noticed! We have a nice selection of lurid Pre-Code Harvey’s in mid-grade – new issues of Chamber of Chills, and Witches’ Tales – and some of the Post-Code Atlas, where writers were forced to tax their ingenuity and came up with ever more intriguing stories, in the pages of Journey Into Unknown Worlds, Strange Stories of Suspense, and Uncanny Tales.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: A couple of dozen or more of Warren’s seminal horror magazine Creepy fresh in between #14 & #96. Such is the fame of this publication, that it needs little hype from us here, since new stock of Warren magazines is a beacon for many collectors with its superior selection of stories and moody black and white (and occasionally colour) art.
*Alan Class Reprints: Continuing our series spotlighting the Marvel reprint issues of the Alan Class series, we focus this week on Suspense # 9, with the reprint – probably one of the earliest reprints – of Journey Into Mystery #85, the comic in which Thor met Loki, his adoptive brother and nemesis, for the first time. (Well, in the comics pages; obviously they’d met before in ‘real life’. Ahem.) As noted previously, the Alan Class issues which feature Marvel covers and key Marvel reprints are spiralling up in value, and this, being an early Kirby Thor, Kirby cover, and a major villain debut, is hotly pursued. This VG copy, with good page quality and only minor wear at the top and bottom spine, is offered at £50.
*Marvel UK: New stock from the House of Idea’s British outpost, mainly focussing around Avengers (selection from #83-127) and Spider-Man Weekly from #81, all the way to #636 (and a 1996 Special!) including several ‘Super Spider-Man & Captain Britain’ issues, without which no Brian Braddock collection is truly complete. No, really. Also, light dabs of Mighty World of Marvel (around #200). Fantastic Four (second series), Super-Heroes, and Spider-Man and Zoids.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: About 100 issues new in of Victor, the long-lived mainly War themed Boys’ Comic. The years featured in this update are 1964/65 and 1967-69, mainly in GD or VG condition. Consult our catalogue listing for full details.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: It’s the final selection of Westerns from our CSD: Putney event as we saddle up with a whole posse of popular Picture Libraries embracing the Wild West mythology – Micron’s Cowboy Adventure Library #5 and Western Adventure Library from #16 to #33, World Distributors’ Picture Story Pocket Western, featuring heroes such as Tim Holt and Wyatt Earp, a whole parcel of Pecos Bill from 1963’s issue #4 through to #25, the Australian-distributed Silhouette Western Library ranging from #2 to #14, and Fleetway’s Wild West Picture Library and Lone Rider PL #2 (pictured) from 1961. Although that completes our CSD Putney pure Westerns, there will still be more Western adventures to come in this event where they are part of a more generic title, such as Top Three, Thriller PL or Valiant PL, all in the near future.
*Humour Comics: A small influx of Beezer & Topper, the over-sized, long-lived and much-loved Humour titles from D C Thomson from the 1970’s, mainly in Good to Very Good grades.
*Humour Comics: Another update for the most famous British humour comic of them all, with more than 30 Beanos new in from 1975 and 1976, mostly in GD and VG with a few FN.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Anthologies are among our most popular books, so we have eight more added to our shelves. Featuring not only favourites such as Asimov (Nightfall Two), Merril (Ed.) (10th Annual S-F) and Wollheim & Carr (Eds.) (World’s Best SF 1) but also more unusual items such as Heinlein (Ed.) Tomorrow, The Stars and Mills (Ed.) A Decade Of Fantasy And Science Fiction. Together with Apeman, Spaceman (Stover & Harrison Eds.), The Eighth Galaxy Reader (Pohl Ed.) and Continuum 1 (Elwood Ed.) these are eight books guaranteed for enjoyment.
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:
*Girls’ Comics (Titles beginning with G-L)
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
From this week, we’re making slight changes to the way we update our What’s New page and issue our weekly Newsletter. The What’s New page will be updated now once per week (usually) with details of everything we’ve had in new that week. This will be done as the Newsletter is issued; the Newsletter itself will now be in a stream-lined format giving a summary of the week’s releases and pointing you via a link to the What’s New page where you can see more detail. In both cases (that’s the What’s New page updates and the Newsletter issue), these will normally take place every weekend.
*Marvel: A scintillating sextet of Spider-sagas from the early Steve Ditko illustrated years this update, with issues #21-23, and #26-28, all in high grades with a vivid cover colour and superb lustre and gloss that belies their vintage. To be specific: #21 VFp £175, #22 FN/VF £135, #23 FNp £85, #26 FN+ £115, #27 FN/VFp £125, and #28 FN+ p £225. This selection includes two debuts for Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery: the pulchritudinous plunderer, Princess Python, joins the already-extant Circus of Crime in issue #22, and the malevolent Molten Man makes his move in #28. This striking selection of high-grade copies is highly collectable, and we anticipate early demand.
*Marvel: After his successful run in Marvel Premiere, Iron Fist graduated to his own solo series, by (mostly) the acclaimed team of Claremont and Byrne, then tearing up the sales charts with an obscure little title called the X-Men. Well-crafted, popular with fans, and critically well-received, sadly Iron Fist’s title still failed to attract a mass audience, and was cancelled with issue #15. Although the last two issues are the most sought-after – #14 saw the debut of the hugely popular villain Sabretooth, and issue #15 featured a sales-boosting X-Men X-over- all of the series are accumulating value now, as the Iron Fist TV show (and its associated Defenders spin-off on Netflix) loom large in the public consciousness. All of this new run are cents copies, with no UK price or overstamp, and in superb condition, averaging better than VF. #1 VF/NM £80, #14 FN/VF £65, #15 VF/NM £50. Full details of all issues, as always, in the Marvel section of our online catalogue.
*Alan Class Reprints: An event new to our listings for 2017 is what we’re calling ‘Marvellous Alan Class Reprints’. In recent years, much collector attention has been paid to those issues of Alan Class comics that reprint early Marvel Silver Age issues, and prices on them have risen accordingly as more collectors are seeking them out. So, from time to time, we will be listing selections of Alan Class comics that feature such reprints, starting this week with the reprints of four early issues of Strange Tales, two featuring the Human Torch and two with the Torch and Dr Strange. Creepy Worlds #64 (VG £15) reprints Strange Tales #121, Creepy Worlds #65 (VG £15) reprints Strange Tales #105, Secrets Of The Unknown #62 (FA/GD £12) reprints Strange Tales #120 and the post-decimal Sinister Tales #136 (FN+ £7.50) reprints Strange Tales #102. This event will run intermittently throughout the early part of this year and concurrently with our Alan Class Reprints Redux event which features new certificated copies of Alan Class issues and with which it will occasionally overlap. It’s going to be a big year for Alan Class collectors at 30th Century!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: H G Wells returns with The Invisible Man and The First Men In The Moon and we add two more John Wyndham books, Jizzle and Trouble With Lichen. The First Men In The Moon is distinguished by having scenes from the film on the cover, and Trouble With Lichen is the first appearance in paperback form.
*Western: One of Marvel’s ‘Big Three’ of Western Heroes is refreshed this update, with new issues added to our stock from 1963’s #64 to 1968’s #92, with Matt Hawk, crusading lawyer, taking up the masked identity of the Two-Gun Kid to tackle outlaws beyond the reach of the law. Dick Ayers, Don Heck and Ogden Whitney were among the prominent artists on this run, which began with #60 (when the previous iteration of the Two-Gun Kid was revealed to be a dime-novel hero who ‘inspired’ young Mr. Hawk) and ran until 1977, though the series became largely reprint after 1970. In the years in question, though, Two-Gun followed in the footsteps of Rawhide Kid and Kid Colt in fighting a series of increasingly fantastic menaces, including many proto-supervillains such as Goliath, the Rattler, and the Silver Sidewinder. Later (much later), Two-Gun was integrated into the Marvel Universe proper, in Avengers and She-Hulk, so every true Marvelite has to load up their saddlebags with his adventures!
*Spirit: A long-overdue update to the chronicles of Will Eisner’s classic noir crimefighter, and other Eisner creations! We have the 1973 underground release from Kitchen Sink, with the first new Spirit material in almost a decade, and an almost complete 16-issue run (lacking only #8) of the Warren magazine edition from 1974 onward, with brand-new covers and recolouring on selected sections. The Spirit also appeared intermittently in Will Eisner’s Quarterly, a magazine from Kitchen Sink which, from 1983 on, showed the breadth of Eisner’s creativity, with works-in-progress from his famous ‘City’ chronicles. All eight issues back in stock. Finally, for many years, Eisner illustrated the US Armed Forces giveaway, PS: Preventive Maintenance Monthly, a digest-sized instructional magazine. We have one issue, from 1968, with comic-strips and numerous spot illos by Eisner.
From time to time, we have to make decisions to discontinue certain titles from our stock for reasons of space. Such is the case with the classic Story Paper incarnation of Girls’ Crystal. Girls’ Crystal, which started out as ‘The Crystal’ for its first 9 issues in 1935 and existed as a Story Paper (i.e. a compendium of text stories with illustrations) until 1953 when it was rebranded as a sequential art comics strip comic. Stories such as ‘The Cruising Merrymakers,’, ‘The Schoolgirl Detective’, ‘Bunty & The Gay Cavalier’, ‘The Mystery Boy Of Castaway Isle’ and countless more thrilled at least a couple of generations of schoolgirls. We’re clearing this title from our boxes to make room for some of the vast number of collections we’ve been buying in so we are able to offer our complete stock of approx. 250 issues (between 1941 & 1952) at a bargain price of just £25 (a £400 value) to the first person to order them. Grades range from Poor to Very Good. NB They don’t come bagged and boarded (as our normal stock does) and if the buyer wants them posted to a UK address, the postage cost would be an additional £17 (if you’re outside the UK, we’ll quote you for postage). We don’t want to throw them away, so we hope this limited-time offer will see them relocated in a good home! First come, first served — the first person to pay for them gets them! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A complete run of the classic Eagle Volume 15 from 1964 added to our inventory. This year saw the merger with Boys’ World (#41), where, in addition to all the regular features such as Dan Dare, Blackbow the Cheyenne, Iron Man & Heros the Spartan, Michael Moorcock and John Burns’ Wrath Of The Gods continued from Boys’ World to its conclusion. A feature of this year also were Free Gift supplements, with issues #9 & #10 sporting the two-part Roger Moore’s How To Be A Detective, #42 with an Olympic Special and #44 with a Battle Of The Space Fleets Game. Much to enjoy in this volume, very many issues of which were previously missing from our listings.
*Marvel: The Black Panther’s series in Jungle Action, which attracted a lot of acclaim at the time, was known for being verbose, introspective, reflective and philosophical. When Jack Kirby took over as writer and artists on T’Challa’s follow-up solo series, however, the results were… a considerable contrast. Shouting! Explosions! Aliens! Time-Travel! Burly ladies with black lipstick! Cosmic critters! All were here, and all playing at full volume all the time, in the crazed kinetic frenzy that Kirby was renowned for, as the King of Wakanda faced off against the Six-Million Year Man, King Solomon’s Frog, the sinister Agents of Kiber, Yetis, Samurais, and other bizarre menaces. Owing to one of Jolly Jack’s ongoing creator disputes with Marvel, he departed the series abruptly with #12, and other hands brought the outstanding plot-threads to a conclusion with #15. We have virtually the entire series (lacking only #11) new in in high grades. Klimb aboard for Kirby Kraziness!
*DC: As part of their late-Seventies expansion programme, DC attempted to diversify their lineup, and one major event was their first black super-hero to headline his own title, with 1977’s Black Lightning. Jefferson Pierce, a crusading erudite teacher and Olympic gold athlete, donned a false ‘fro and adopted ghetto-talk to defend the Metropolis suburb of Suicide Slum, tackling street-level crimes that the high-flying heroes didn’t deign to touch. This being the DC Universe, though, it wasn’t long before he teamed up with Superman and became thoroughly ‘mainstreamed’, but while it lasted, scripter Tony Isabella (who had previous on Marvel’s streetwise African-American hero, Luke Cage) and artist Trevor Von Eeden did impart a different flavour. A casualty of the DC implosion, this series ended with #11, but we have the full run back in stock in very nice grades, including the scarce extra-length final issue!
*Marvel UK: We’re delighted to announce the conclusion, for now, of our massive re-evaluation of the British Marvel section of our catalogue. Whereas many numbers had previously been flat-rated and ungraded, the increase in interest of recent years has prompted us to bring our Marvel UK stock up to the same standard as you’ve come to expect from the rest of our inventory, with accurate grades. With the refurbishment of the ‘final five’ titles, Marvel Team-Up, Punisher, Secret Wars, Super-Heroes and Titans, our Marvel UK stock is comprehensively graded for your collecting convenience!
*DC: Continuing our monumental Batman update, we return to his ‘parent’ title, Detective Comics, and a selection from the 1950’s where the Gotham Guardians were routinely battling aliens, robots, and sinister scientific devices. This batch, #261-270 (lacking #267, listed a couple of weeks ago and now sold) is well within those tropes, with “The Secret of the Fantastic Weapons!”, “The Satellite From Gotham City!”, “The Power That Doomed Batman!”, and “The Creature From Planet X!” among the featured stories, as well as the debut of one of Batman’s more bizarre recurring villains, Dr. X – and his sinister doppelganger, Dr. Double-X!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: An unusual addition to our CSD: Putney event this week, as Pearson’s TV Picture Stories Library featured both cowboys and detectives, alongside other TV favourites – though as far as we’re aware, no schoolgirls – on a regular basis: New comic-strip stories featured popular TV heroes of the day, some well-remembered (“Charlie Chan”, “Highway Patrol”, “Dixon of Dock Green”, “Adventures of Robin Hood”) and some of which would draw blank looks from anyone under 60 (“Murder Bag”, “OSS”, “Sword of Freedom”). We have added ten new items to our inventory, numbers ranging from #4 to #36, and have also added numbering information for our existing stock which was previously missing from our listings. Thrill to Charlie Chan in “The Sweater!” (gasp), join the Highway Patrol in the mystery of “The Stolen Brain” and watch the TV (so it looks like) with the cast of Dixon Of Dock Green!
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:
*Girls’ Comics (Titles beginning with A-F)
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: Dozens of issues of Marvel’s vampire saga fresh in this week. This selection of Marv Wolfman’s and Gene Colan’s horror magnum opus is a tale of two halves: issues from #8 – #29 (#10 is not included) are mostly low grade and very affordable pence copies, whereas from #41 onwards (complete to the final issue #70), the average grade is VF/NM, and all are cents copies. A chance for collectors of high grade material to acquire copies not often seen as nice as this. Please consult our catalogue for full details.
*Humour Comics: A chunky update to this category, including Beano (1964, 1968, 1969 & 1970, with 1st Nibbles), Beezer (1981-1983), Buster (1966, 1970 & 1971), Sparky (1970) & Topper (1981 & 1983).
*Marvel: Another one of our very popular sweeps through the Marvel Silver & Bronze Ages, this time adding Astonishing Tales #25 (FN+ p £20 1st Deathlok), Daredevil (inc #81 Black Widow joins & #100), a nice graded range of Fantastic Four between #81 & #109 (cents copies), Hulk Annual #7 (John Byrne), a consecutive run of cents copy Strange Tales from #121 to #125 featuring the Torch & Thing and Dr Strange, Thor and the X-Men (inc #100).
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Over 200 issues of one of the most long-lived and venerable Boys’ titles new in from the years 1949 right through to 1974, with most years in that range represented to varying degrees. Along the way, Hotspur regenerated into New Hotspur in 1959 (although it soon dropped the ‘New’) and in doing so transformed from a story paper into a comic proper, full of adventure strips. Generally, our new influx of stock is in nicer grades than those previously listed in our catalogue.
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*Marvel UK: Key Marvel issues reprinted in British publications have become very sought after collectables in recent years, and have risen in price significantly. Such an example is Mighty World Of Marvel #198 & #199, reprinting the Wolverine debut story from Hulk #181. These issues sliced the original story in half, slapped a new splash page (don’t get too excited, it’s only Ron Wilson) on the second segment, and gave readers all the black & white excitement they could stand! These two fine (literally Fine) copies are competitively priced at £100 and £50 respectively, but because we’re just too good to you, we’re throwing in a near-mint Hulk #181 in as a free gift with the #198! Mind you, it’s in German, so we hope you’re a cunning linguist.
*DC: Our second Batmania Max instalment this week features one of the most influential one-shots of the 1980’s, themselves a transformative decade for the comics medium. The Killing Joke had humbler beginnings, having been intended originally just to be a regular Batman Annual. As the months crept on and it became evident illustrator Brian Bolland wasn’t going to get the job done in time, (shocked face), plans were altered and it became one of the earliest Prestige Format one-shots – and in so doing, gained a place in comics history. Alan Moore’s script explored and redefined the origin of the Joker, and kicked off a chain of controversial events which transformed Barbara Gordon, the then-retired Batgirl, into the covert intelmeister Oracle, a pivotal figure in the DC Universe. Bolland’s illustrations are superb; Alan Moore’s script is generally highly acclaimed, and the whole package is acknowledged as hugely significant in the ‘maturing’ of comics. This copy is in a superlative VF/NM condition, with only the most minute signs of wear at the corner preventing a NM grade. Yours for £50.
*TV & Film Related Comics: The 1967/1968 run of TV Tornado has always been a favourite among collectors with popular features including Tarzan, the Phantom, Flash Gordon, the Saint, and many others. The major selling point for Gerry Anderson completists, however, is the addition of The Mysterons, antagonists of Captain Scarlet, in their own series from issue #36, following the absorption of TV Tornado’s companion title, Solo. Another phenomenon of recent years is the fierce competition for certain later covers featuring various media stars. TV Tornado had gotten into the habit for a while of featuring a media-star ‘Cover Man’ portrait on the cover, and while folks were largely indifferent to the likes of Simon Dee, Leslie Crowther or Harry Secombe, covers associated with cult TV shows – such as The Prisoner, Doctor Who or John Steed from TV’s Avengers – have spiralled massively up in price, owing to interest from, generally, collectors outside the comics-reading world. We have been fortunate in acquiring a complete run of TV Tornado, first to last, all 88 issues, generally in very attractive grades, with several duplications including some lower-graded reading copies. Highlights include issue #1 FN+ £75; #48 (Prisoner cover) FN £30; #58 (Two-page Doctor Who Feature) FN £22.50; #59 (Patrick Troughton/Doctor Who cover) FN £60; and #64 (John Steed/Avengers cover) FN £30.
*Marvel: Despite the Human Torch & Thing combo valiantly clinging to top billing in Strange Tales by this point, everybody who mattered knew that Lee & Ditko’s Doctor Strange was the real selling point of the title, and that appeal was only sharpened when issue #126’s Doctor Strange mini-epic introduced not only the Dread Dormammu, who was to become Strange’s greatest foe, but also the then-nameless Clea, who was to become Strange’s greatest love and partner-in-mystic-peril (well, except when she’s occasionally mad. Or dead. Or evil. Hey, it’s the Marvel universe…) This highly desirable double debut is a pence-stamped copy with lovely deep purple background colour, still vivid and unbroken. The narrow gap between the logo and the cover’s top edge has raised the question of trimming, but we see no evidence of that, and online image searches disclose most, if not all, other copies have the same logo placement. Offered in FN- at £85.
*DC: In the first of two doses of Batmania Max this week, we focus on current media darling Harley Quinn. Following her ‘promotion’ from the DC Animated/Younger Readers line to full-blown status in the ‘real’ DCU, (Psst. It’s not really real…), Harley Quinn’s next move was to break away from being the Joker’s live-in moll/punching bag and spin off into her own series, written by Karl Kesel and illustrated by Terry and Rachel Dodson, in a delightful screwball comedy that saw Harl trying to do the right thing, but often for the wrong reasons – aided and abetted by her gal-pals Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and others from the great, good, and gorgeous of the DCU. Kesel’s witty, self-aware scripts (with the occasional skilful sidestep into tragedy) and the Dodson’s unabashed ‘Good Girl’ art style mean that the early issues of this series, though often aspired to, have never been equalled in the not-noticeably-humble opinion of this reviewer. Harley’s ever-expanding popularity means that folks are desperate for her early appearances, and we’ve been lucky to acquire the first 37 (lacking only the finale) of her 2000-launched series, plus the ‘our Worlds At War’ one-shot, all in high grades, with many NM or nicer. #1 (pictured) in NM at £75; consult our catalogue listing for other details.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Fifteen Science Fiction books by authors who should need no introduction join our bookshelves today. Venturing only four letters into the alphabet, they are Brian Aldiss, Isaac Asimov, J G Ballard, Arthur C Clarke and Philip K Dick. Every book is a highlight, but notable amongst them are Report On Probability A, Aldiss’ take on quantum mechanics and the multiverse theory, which is complex enough to make Schrodinger’s cat need a lie-down, Ballard’s The Drowned World, where the Triassic Age returns to London, and Philip K Dick’s The Transmigration Of Timothy Archer, the final part of the Valis trilogy, an exploration of belief. Other titles include Dick’s Our Friends From Frolix 8 and the Simulacra, Ballard’s Low Flying Aircraft and Clarke’s Tales Of ten Worlds, plus more.
*Marvel: The first ten issues, from 1972 and 1973, of Marvel’s ‘Showcase’ title, Marvel Premiere, which re-introduced new or previously-failed concepts for a stab at solo stardom. In the first two issues was Roy Thomas’ messianic super-hero of Counter-Earth, Warlock, superbly illustrated by Gil Kane; issues #3-10 featured the return of the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange, by a variety of creators including Stan Lee, Gardner Fox, Barry Smith, Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner. Both achieved their own titles as a result of these tryouts, and while Warlock’s may have had the shorter run (1-8, then a later 9-15 under the hands of Jim Starlin), the good Doctor’s series ran to 81 issues, and he’s seldom been out of print since. In decent mid-high grades, these cosmic and supernatural adventures pushed the boundaries of what was accepted in the medium, and were the focus of both praise and controversy.
*Marvel: New issues of Marvel’s Master of the Martial Arts (and Fu Manchu’s Number One Son, though they don’t talk about that much these days) Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu! Beginning with a very nice ND #23 in high grade, wrapping up ith #105, this selection covers Day, Zeck, Moench, Gulacy, and all the high notes of this acclaimed series.
*Marvel: A dozen new issues of the Star-Spangled Avenger’s solo series, opening with #122 and taking in the Cap/Falc/Spidey three-way of #137 & #138, but mainly focussing on the Englehart & Buscema period, from #163 up, with early appearances of the Serpent Squad, Moonstone, the Yellow Claw, and the debut of the nefarious Nightshade, pence-priced copies, but in high grades, averaging VF/NM.
*DC: Heralded at the time of its release with the house ad: “Just Imagine… the mightiest heroes of our time have banded together to stamp out the forces of evil”, and by Cracky, the original line-up – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Flash and the Martian Manhunter – gave it a good shot, devoting themselves not just to America – or even Earth – but to other worlds, galaxies and dimensions, thwarting the bad guys on a universal scale, as imaginatively portrayed by writer Gardner Fox and artists Sekowsky and Sachs! Following a three-issue tryout in Brave & Bold, the team was awarded its own title – oddly, not numbered #1 on the cover, as the practise then was for newsagents to return new titles unsold, as “there was no demand for them!”. This VG copy is cents priced, with no UK price or overstamp, and would generally grade higher save for a little bit of handling wear at mid-spine. With the cinematic debut of the Justice League being imminent, now’s the time to get ahead of the curve and grab this issue at £675. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: And among those having fun in this update are June (new issues in from 1963, 1969 and 1971), Bunty (1969), and Tracy (1981-1983), along with the other girls’ anthologies Girl (second series, 1981-1987), Girls’ Crystal (1962) and School Friend (1964). Does anyone else think Tracy’s a bit OCD with her devotion to her feathery pet? I swear, if that girl lived n Gotham, she’d grow up to a life of crime as ‘The Budgie’…! but I digress. The Four Marys, Tomboy Tessa, Bessie Bunter, My Friend Sara, the Lonely Princess and the usual posse of equestrienne gymnast schoolgirl resistance fighters bring us the usual medley of ballerina war-orphan student-nurse shenanigans!
*Magazines/Books About Vintage UK Comics: “A very Funny Business”, the 1978 memoir of legendary British comics creator Leo Baxendale, details his story from his early beginnings to becoming the internationally-acclaimed co-creator of the Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx, Little Plum, the Three Bears, and dozens more beloved characters from the childhood of generations of readers. Lavishly illustrated, this gives insights not only into Baxendale’s own career, but also other iconic comics creators such as Ken Reid (‘Faceache’) and the habits and practises of the D.C. Thomson publishers. This copy is in Fine condition, clean with minimal wear and no defacements, offered at £25.
*Marvel: It starts here! After significant restocks, we’re re-launching our popular ‘Spider-Mania’ themed updates with multitudinous new listings of Marvel’s favourite wall-crawler! We kick off with four early issues, featuring classic members of Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery. Issue #7 sees the return of Spidey’s avian arch-nemesis, the villainous Vulture; #9 presents the debut of the egregious Electro; and issues #11 & #12 feature a double-dose of dastardly doings with perhaps Spider-Man’s greatest enemy, Doctor Octopus! All four are pence-printed copies, contemporary with their US-priced brethren but overprinted for UK distribution. #7 is VG/FN at £190, #9 GD at £80, #11 VG+ at £155, and #12 VG/FN at £130. Lots more Spider-Mania in the weeks to come! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: One of the largest updates in our CSD: Putney event, more than 200 issues of the popular Schoolgirls’ Picture Library are newly listed, including many, many numbers not previously in our inventory! Ranging from 1957’s #8 through to 1965’s #326 (the penultimate issue, as it mutated into June & School Friend Picture Library with #328), this massive and exciting influx features many popular recurring series characters, including Zanna of the Jungle, Space-Girl Kim, the Co-Eds of Merrydown School, Mimi the Mesmerist, the Grey Ghosts, Princess Anita, Wong and Pete, Miss Adventure, Umpha the Porpoise, the Merrymakers, the Rolling Stones (not those ones), the Peewits, Miss Adventure, and of course, the definitive boarding-school avengers, the Silent Three! A variety of grades, but most hitting around the Fine mark, very attractive yet affordable above average grade copies. We anticipate keen competition for these, so get your orders in early!
*Modern Reprints: A long-overdue top-up to this popular category, primarily focussing on EC, the groundbreaking company of the 1950’s which redefined public perception of comics as ‘not just for kids’… though not always in the most positively-received light! We have twelve of the 1970’s East Coast Classics series, which reprinted various EC titles in full-colour as ‘samplers’, plus additions to the Gemstone reprints of the 1990’s with new stock for Incredible Science-Fiction, Shock SuspenStories, Weird Fantasy, MD, and Piracy, plus the 2016 full-colour facsimile of EC’s short-lived super-heroine, Moon Girl, from Canton Street Press. But it’s not only EC’s – we add to our stock of the limited-edition fandom-generated Flashback Facsimiles with repros of USA Comics #1 and Young Allies #1, the 1983 THUNDER Agents series, and – wait for it – Silver Surfer Vs. Dracula!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: More stock for the classic D.C. Thomson weekly Hornet, beginning with a generous portion from 1965, an amuse-bouche from the years 1966-1970, and a mere soupcon of ’73 and ’74 – around 50 issues in total, including many copies previously unrepresented in our stock. Join mystery athlete Wilson (yes, he did appear in Wizard and Buddy as well; he put himself about a bit), the V For Vengeance team, ‘Bouncing’ Bernard Briggs the goalie, the Barefoot Detective, Abdul the Terrible, the Swamp Rat and more for action and (well-mannered) excitement!
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: Twelve more issues added of Marvel’s self-published ‘prozine’ from the 1970’s, FOOM (Friends Of Ol’ Marvel), which featured an array of creator interviews, features, and much archival and unpublished artwork, a plethora of delight for the Marvel maniac! New additions range from #8 to #21, and include ‘theme’ issues such as Cosmic Heroes (#9), X-Men (#10), Kiby’s Return (#11), and Star Wars/Sci-Fi (#21).