*DC: Spotlight on two complete series from DC this time with classic art. First up, all five issues of Captain Action (the toy franchise hero) from the Silver Age with art by Wally Wood & Gil Kane. Then, all four issues of the sword and sorcery hero Stalker from the Bronze Age, with art by Steve Ditko and Wally Wood. A chance to grab some inexpensive work by major comic artists!
*Marvel: We start and end this Captain America update with the King! Commencing with Kirby’s #108, we proceed by way of Steranko’s #111 through the Gene Colan years and the Falcon on to Frank Robbins and Nomad before finishing off with Kirby’s second coming in the mid 1970’s. Plenty to enjoy here in the Star Spangled Sentinel of Liberty’s classic adventures!
*Girls’ Comics: More from Mandy, with lots from 1970 and 1971, filling many previous gaps with nice condition copies, then a handful from 1971, 1974, 1979 & 1980, finishing with a large chunk from 1981, mostly issues not previously listed.
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our American section:
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Girls’ Comics: A further update to our stocks of Bunty, the most venerable Girls’ title of all, this time from the years 1969 and 1970, filling many gaps in our lists.
We’ve got such a wealth of wonderful stuff lined-up in the weeks ahead, that we just wanted to take this opportunity to preview some of it and whet your appetites. Our American side will be headlined by the return of our Pre-Code Horror Fest, featuring possibly our biggest selection yet of spine-tingling and shocking tales from the days before censorship, plus another returning goodie ‘Spider-Mania’, with several big updates to your friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler from his early days onwards, including many key issues. On the British side, our Free Gift Farrago will be back on a wide range of titles, plus we’ll have not one but two complete runs of probably the rarest British comic of them all, including Free Gifts. Our book department will be showcasing what are possibly the two most collected pulp titles and have a number of star items. That’s all we can say for now, but we can assure you of an autumn full of material to cheer (or terrify) you through the darker, colder nights. Of course, we’ll have tons of other stuff too! Stick with us, pilgrims!
*Marvel: Interest in Fantastic Four #36 and #45 has rocketed in the last year or two, so much so that prices have eclipsed even the first appearance of the Silver Surfer in #48. #36 features the debut of the Frightful Four, including the first appearance of Madam Medusa, the first Inhuman to be unveiled in the Marvel Universe. #45 reveals the whole group, including Black Bolt, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal and Lockjaw. Both our new copies are only graded as Good; #36 has a diagonal cover crease, edge wear and a two-fingernail size piece out of the lower right cover (£40); #45 has a worn spine and cover edge creases (£75); both are cents copies. Low grades, but affordable prices mean that these key issues won’t be with us very long.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980’s: By 1968, DC’s Tales Of The Unexpected had evolved into just ‘The Unexpected’ from issue #105 and was an out-and-out horror title, joining many others into the 1970’s. We have a big update to this title, with about three dozen issues new in between #114 and #222, the ‘last mind-tingling issue’.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: We have a very diverse lot for you in this week’s magazine update, featuring a galaxy of artistic stars. We kick off with the early Punisher appearance in Marvel Super Action #1, then Adventure & Fantasy Illustrated, both from NMP featuring Sienkiewicz, Sutton, Heck, Boyette, Russell, Ditko & Sekowsky. Argosy V3#2 from 1990 sports a Steranko cover and includes the Kirby pencil only story ‘Street Code’. Basically Strange (1982 from JC Prods.) has a Corben cover, with Toth, Wood, Thorne and Jones inside, while the Comic Crusader Storybook from 1977 has work by Steranko, Adams, Byrne & Ditko. We also have Jim Starlin’s graphic novel for Eclipse: ‘The Price’, and Howard Chaykin’s adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s ‘The Swords Of Heaven, The Flowers Of Hell’. Both Copies of Thrilling Adventure Stories from Atlas Seaboard are included in high grade, with Heath, Thorne, Toth, Severin, Simonson and more, and we round off with JCP Features Thunder Agents from 1981, featuring new Thunder Agents stories and reprints by Adams and Kirby. Something there for everyone!
*Girls’ Comics: Some early Mandys for your consideration, the earliest new in being #8, and then dozens more from 1968-1970, mostly in nicer grades than those of our previously existing stock. A good time to top up your collection with one of our most popular and best-selling girls’ titles.
*Marvel: A superior product of the Kung Fu craze of the 1970’s, in the hands of John Byrne, Iron Fist was a quality comic, transcending its genre and giving the world a new Marvel hero with a legacy that still lasts today. We have new in issues #1-13, mostly in high grade (VF or better) and all cents copies. Martial arts mayhem mixed with solid story-telling and Byrne’s exquisite art.
*DC: A few dozen classic Silver Age titles added to our DC stocks including: Adventure Comics #282 (1st Star Boy), Aquaman, Atom, Brave & Bold #44 (Hawkman by Kubert), Doom Patrol #100 (Origin Beast Boy), Hawk & Dove, House Of Mystery, House Of Secrets, Justice League Of America, Sherlock Holmes, Strange Adventures, Superman & Tales Of The Unexpected (#91, 1st Automan).
*Girls’ Comics: Our range of the combo title Mandy & Judy is greatly expanded with dozens of issues added from 1991 (the first year) up to 1995.
*Marvel: We continue our foray into the selective listing of certain post-Bronze Age titles with everyone’s favourite procyonid Rocket Raccoon, in the shape of his 1985 four issue mini-series. Written by the Raccoon’s creator Bill Mantlo with classy and stylistic art by Mike Mignola (no less) we have issues #2, 3 & 4 in stock in lovely VF condition at £20 each. The star of the screen and several series of recent and upcoming times, the Raccoon’s fortunes have never been greater!
*Girls’ Comics: A nice range of Bunty new in from 1968, in VG to FN condition, including the Christmas issue for that year.
*Annuals: A chunky update to our Annuals stock across most sub-categories. In Humour, Beryl The Peril, Dennis The Menace, Knockout, Sparky & Whizzer & Chips; in Film & TV Related, the Avengers (1967 with Steed & Mrs Peel), Catweazle, Dad’s Army, Daktari, Thunderbirds (1967) and TV Comic (1969 with Patrick Troughton’s Dr. Who); in Boys’, the Odhams trilogy of Pow, Smash & Wham plus Riders Of The Range & Tiger; and finally in Girls’, Girl, Sally and three School Friends from the 1950’s. A wide range of tastes catered for in this update.
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:
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics
and from our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Taking advantage of the extra space on the bookshelves, we have added more than thirty horror titles, many of them anthologies. Authors/editors include Lady Cynthia Asquith, Algernon Blackwood, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, John Burke, R Chetwynd-Hayes (Unbidden), Peter Haining (notably Dr Caligari’s Black Book), Edward D Hoch, Harry Ludlam, Eric Frank Russell (Dark Tides), Kurt Singer and Herbert Van Thal. There are also two listed under No Author, presumably because they are so bloodcurdling that no-one was prepared to admit to them. So as the nights draw in, what better way to spend a long dark evening than enjoying a spine-chilling tale or two?
*Humour Comics: The early years of Sparky have been missing from our listings for too long, so we’re delighted to welcome a few dozen into the fold, primarily from the first year of publication (1965) up to 1970, but with a handful from 1971-73 also. This includes the period when Barney Bulldog took over cover feature from our eponymous hero. Includes Christmas, April Fool and Easter issues.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Not content with directing some of the most effectively terrifying films, Alfred Hitchcock lent his name to compilations of tales of chilling death in several collections often revealing a penchant for appalling puns. We have a number of books from each of ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents..’ and ‘Alfred Hitchcock’s ..’ series of anthologies, as well as his ‘My Favourites In Suspense 1’. Featuring renowned authors such as Jerome Bixby, Robert Bloch, John Burke, Ruth Chatterton, Jonathan Craig, Roald Dahl, August Derleth, Hal Ellson, Brett Halliday, Edward D Hoch, James Holding, Damon Knight, Fritz Leiber and Arthur Porges and numerous others, you’re guaranteed a spine-tingling time reading these.
Inspired by the news that Archie and Friends will achieve 75 years in the comic business in December, Dr Evilla decided to get in an early celebration. Apart from the well-known main characters, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead (with their alter egos Pureheart the Powerful, SuperTeen, Miss Vanity and Captain Hero), this window also feature other favourites such as Sabrina, Josie (and her Pussycats), L’il Jinx, Little Archie and Cosmo the Martian. Archie’s enduring popularity can be seen by the success of the recent reinventions of his life in Riverdale and his surprising encounters with some unusual foes: sharks and extreme weather, Predator and zombies. All together now… Honey de de de de de de, Oh Sugar Sugar ..
*Marvel: In the year 3007, the countries of the world are brought together in the United Lands of Earth, spreading the Terran empire throughout the known galaxy – when interplanetary harmony is disrupted by the arrival of the voracious Badoon, who overcome Earth and her dominions, leaving only a few scattered freedom fighters to battle on – the Guardians of the Galaxy! Such was the premise of the original story created by Arnold Drake (writer of the Doom Patrol, another popular band of outcasts) and Gene Colan in issue #18 of Marvel Super-Heroes, January 1969. A powerful and moving story, it lay dormant for some years, until revived by Steve Gerber in the Seventies, whereupon the Guardians became a regular, if infrequent, part of the Marvel Universe, before the recent movie (featuring, it must be said, an entirely different cast) catapulted the title into public consciousness. This copy is an attractive Fine+, pence stamped, at £125, with only minimal edge & corner wear, but unbroken cover colour and gloss despite a soft crease across the bottom right corner, and excellent interior page quality. Harder to find in any condition, and sure to become scarcer yet as Guardians of the Galaxy II heads toward your local multiplex!
*Humour Comics: “A new comic for boys and girls”, averred this 1965 launch from DC Thomson, though it ought really to have said “for white boys and girls”, as the peculiar racist caricature of the titular character would surely offend and deter any readers who were not of the Caucasian persuasion. Nevertheless, the title did have a great deal to offer readers who, it seemed, were slightly younger than the Dandy and Beano set, with an almost fairy-tale character to some of the series like “Dreamy Dave and Dozy Dora”, while others – “Freddy the Fearless Fly”, “Keyhole Kate”, et. al – were new versions of old Beano stalwarts with the serial numbers filed off. Even the token adventure strips, such as “Wee Tusky”, lacked the tension noticeable in the other titles. Nevertheless, Sparky had a very respectable run, racking up more than 650 weekly issues until 1977, and this is where it all got started! This copy has a significant corner off the lower right front cover, though not impinging upon the stories, and three tears to the back cover, but everything is clean and readable in a very presentable FA/GD at £40.
*DC: It’s a funny business this comic business. As you know, being a vintage comics specialist, we rarely feature modern comics here, let alone one that’s just been published this week, but we have a point to make. Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12, released on Wednesday 23rd September, was already changing hands on that date on eBay for between £20 and £25. We assume it must have been under-ordered, that enough subscribers and retailers didn’t spot that the issue guest-starred the Gotham Girls, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman & Batgirl. Consequently, there must be more demand than there are copies to go round, hence the inflated eBay price. So, what’s a retailer to do? If we put it on sale at our regular price (£2.25), speculators will attempt to buy up all our copies and sell them on eBay for £20-£25. So, having made sure our regulars got it at the regular price, we’re putting a copy on sale at £15 in the hope that it will be bought by someone who actually wants to read it rather than speculate on it. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A nice selection of Express weekly (later TV Express) from 1957 to 1961. A leading competitor to Eagle, Express did its very best to match its rival, not only in presentation and layout, but also in quality, Ron Embleton’s work on “Wulf the Briton” being one example. Other residents of Express include “Biggles”, “Sgt. Pinto”, “No Hiding Place”, and “Jet Morgan”, in a superior selection of adventure and comedy.
*TV & Film Related Comics: New additions to our listings of Film Fun (1959-1962), and Radio Fun (1958-1959) featuring a mixture of licensed characters and original creations; prominent series include detective (and occasional costumed hero) the Falcon, Superman, Donald Duck, Scoop Donovan, Terry-Thomas, Goofy, and Jack O’Justice! The new influx ranges from Good to Fine, and sees these venerable titles struggling to adapt to a new decade, resulting in some interesting experimentation.
*DC: The clunkily-named Super DC Giant continued its numbering from Super DC Weekly, an abortive attempt to launch a DC comic in the UK equivalent to what Odhams had achieved with Fantastic and Terrific for Marvel. Wasting nothing, DC’s Powers-That-Be converted the title into a rotating anthology, repackaging old inventory under various themes, frequently with some new bridging material added. New in stock this week: issues spotlighting Top Guns of the West (two different), Supergirl, House of Mystery, Best of the Brave & The Bold, and Jack Kirby’s Challengers of the Unknown!
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: As we meander along to Quirky Corner this time, we discover two of the rarest artefacts ever to pass through our hands: From the earliest days of US comics fandom, Heroes’ Hangout # 1 and 2, from 1963 and 1964, respectively! Issue #1 (FN £75) is an old-school duplicated ‘zine (the kind you had to type out on stencils which printed in a funny purple hue), from November 1963. It’s the limited run first printing (Number 17 of 100), and has as an additional bonus an eight-page mini-comic (centre picture below – also, confusingly, named Heroes’ Hangout #1) which we infer was a bonus insert with the first issue. Issue #2 (VG £30), from February or March 1964 (depending whether you believe the cover or the editorial page) graduated to black stencils; it’s missing its final two pages, but they were only adverts. Vanishingly few artefacts remain from the early years, so here’s an opportunity to grab a slice of fandom history, edited by Rudi Franke, and featuring very early works by Bill DuBay, Roger Brand, Ray Miller, John McGeehan, and others!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: An outstanding example of Fiction House’s Planet Comics this week: issue #49, July 1947, in an extraordinary VG+ condition, with vivid cover colour and gloss, tight pages with sharp corners, and flexible off-white interior pages. If it wasn’t for the fact that this copy is off its top staple, we would easily have graded it at least a full grade higher, such is its overall appeal. By this time, Planet had acquired most of the major contributors and series that were to its mainstays. Joe Doolin’s evocative “Mermaid Invasion” cover leads us into “Star Pirate” from a young Murphy Anderson (who also illustrated the “Life On Other Worlds” feature), “Mysta of the Moon” is illustrated by Fran Hopper, doing her best Matt Baker impersonation; Lily Renee draws “The Lost World”; and George Evans turns in outstanding work on “Auro, lord of Jupiter”. This is a rare combination of high grade and high quality work in one serendipitous package, and yours for £135.
*Marvel: Two classy issues from the early years of Marvel Comics, of course; what did you think we meant? We open with X-Men #14 in VG/FN, a tight attractive copy with deep unfaded cover colour (particularly tricky on red backgrounds), featuring the debut of everyone’s favourite cuddly giant mutant hunting killer ‘bots, the Sentinels. This is a Cents copy, with no UK price mark or overstamp, at £52. We follow that up with Tales To Astonish #57 in Fine+ at £90, featuring the first appearance of no-one, but nevertheless sought after because it has a cross-over by Spider-Man (at a time when such things weren’t commonplace), making it, between him, Ant/Giant-Man and the Wasp, a three-way clash of genus arthropda! (Look it up, we can’t do everything for you…)
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: A diverse and eclectic selection added to this popular category, including Amazing Heroes, BEM from 1981 (with a Bolland Lady Blackhawk cover – what more do you need to know?), Fantagraphic’s Ditko Collection Vol. II, Craig Yoe’s hardcover collection and retrospective on Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein, Whiz Kids #1, (the UK’s first Fawcett fanzine from 1975), two texts on R. Crumb (Life & Times Of… and Your Vigor For Life Appals Me.), an early DC mass-market release, Secret Origins of the DC Super-Heroes, the Golden Age of Comics *and* the not-to-be-confused-with Comics: The Golden Age, and from the mid-1970’s, two copies of Captain George Presents…! Perhaps the most interesting item in this selection, though, is the 1977 Comic Art Convention Booklet – the Tenth Anniversary Special, even – a handsome tome featuring dozens of sketches and finished illos. by many of the best in the business at the time: Cardy, Kirby, Adams, Cockrum, Morrow and scores more!
*Marvel: Although often touted on his own front cover as ‘Marvel’s First Black Super-Hero’, Luke Cage, later Power Man, was the second such, after the Black Panther. But whereas T’Challa was a sophisticated, urbane monarch of a highly technological society, Luke Cage was All-American, and All-Cliché. Inner city ghetto? Swear words amended to pass the Mother-Freakin’ Comics Code? Check. Check. Unjust jail time? Check. Fat white corrupt prison guard with a vendetta? Check. Said guard-with-a-grudge sabotaging an experiment so that it unexpectedly gives Luke super-powers? Oops. Liberated from prison, our hero ‘goes underground, by setting himself up as a highly visible ‘Hero For Hire’, decked out in an attention-getting outfit of leather pants, bracelets, tiara, chain belt and fetching yellow chiffon blouse. (Look, it was the 1970’s…) The diverse creators on this title – Graham, Mantlo, Tuska, Robbins, Colletta, Giella and more – keep the creative standards remarkably…consistent. And then there’s Luke’s Rogues Gallery! Big Ben! Lion-Fang! Cockroach! Stiletto! Mr Fish! Black Mariah! Can we ever forget them? Well, maybe if we try very hard… We have most of the first 40 issues new in stock from #2 up, in a variety of conditions to suit all budgets, many of the earlier issues completely non-distributed in the UK at the time of their release. Luke Cage is truly an experience… unlike anything else in comics. Really.
*Humour Comics: More laughs this week as we present 8 Holiday & Summer Specials from the 1980’s (nearly all in a very nice Fine condition) for the following titles: Buster, Buster & Monster Fun, Jackpot, Krazy, Whizzer & Chips & Whoopee. These extra page specials are always popular, so grab yourself a laugh or six right away!
*Humour Comics: A small number of the leading two titles of British Humour, Beano & Dandy, but featuring our earliest issues in stock of both. Beano includes #29 from 1939, FA/GD, but with four missing pages replaced by photocopies (£25), plus other complete issues from 1942 & 1945. Dandy includes #81 from 1939 (GD £45), plus other issues from 1944, 1949 & 1950.
*Marvel: A really nice collection of Daredevil new in, most issues in the range from #10 to #177, and very many cents copies, with many in VF or better condition. Highlights include #10-11, the last two issues to feature art by the maestro Wally Wood, Spider-Man crossover in #16, the first Gladiator in #18, plus first appearances of numerous friends and foes, including the Leap Frog, the Jester, Death’s Head, the Stunt-Master, Elektra and more. Daredevil’s always popular and none more so than right now!
*Mad & Other Parody: A small update to our US and UK Mad stock, plus an early issue of Sick from 1961.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Often dubbed ‘the poor man Sherlock Holmes’, there’s still no doubting the popularity of Sexton Blake, who has probably had far more fiction written of him than the world’s greatest detective. Our range has now been enhanced by the addition of six novels and more than twenty digests from the famous Sexton Blake Library. These are picture library sized, but mainly text. The series ran from 1915 to 1968, and our new influx of stock dates from the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s, following the 1956 revamp by W Howard Baker when the covers took on a more gangster/sleazy mode and were drawn by notable artists such as Reginald Heade (as on The Wicked Three shown below). Written by a ‘harem’ of notable writers including Wilfred McNeilly, W Howard Baker, Michael Moorcock (moonlighting as Desmond Reid), Peter Saxon and Jack Trevor Story, the longevity of the series is testament to the quality of the plotting and writing. And a factoid: one of Sexton Blake’s arch-enemies, was Zenith the Albino – who is widely acknowledged to have inspired Moorcock’s morose hero Elric.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: A pot pourri of stuff in this update, including Annie Oakley, Daredevil, Giant Comic with Turok, King Of The Royal Mounted, Mandrake, Red Comet & Red Ryder, from Miller, World Distributors & Atlas as well as a variety of obscurities from Down Under: Batman, Giant Jimmy Olsen Album, Mighty Comics (with DC reprints) & Scary Tales #1 (1970’s Charlton reprints).
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Marvelman is a character with a chequered past. Originally conceived by Mick Anglo for Len Miller’s comic line when his rights to publish Captain Marvel & Company ran out, Marvelman, Young Marvelman and the gang were thus conceived as ersatz versions of the Fawcett family of heroes for the British market. Highly popular at the time, Marvelman ran to some 370 (mostly weekly) issues into the early 1960’s before disappearing. Not forever, though, since comic buffs will know all about the 1980’s revival by Alan Moore which led to the Miracleman version of the character and all the convoluted publishing history that continues to this day. Anyway, we have 10 issues of Marvelman new in from the late 1950’s for you to see what all the fuss was about way back when.
*Girls’ Comics: A small update to the always-in-demand June, with a dozen or two new issues added to our listings between 1968-1973.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We end our 1930’s Boys’ Story paper update where we began with Hotspur, featuring some of the earliest issues ever, from #11 upwards, running from 1933-1937; several dozen new issues listed.
*Modern Reprints: Widely regarded as the finest reprintings of classic EC comics ever produced, the over-sized hardcover volumes issued by Gemstone in moody, atmospheric black and white (with colour covers) are handsome items to grace your bookcase (providing it’s reinforced to take the weight!). The large format really shows off the quality of art from surely the most talented bunch of creators ever assembled by one publisher in one period. It’s been a while since we’ve had any of these in stock, but we’re delighted now to present a large selection, all complete and many in slipcase editions: Aces High, Extra, Frontline Combat, Haunt Of Fear, Impact, MD, Piracy, Psychoanalysis, Two-Fisted Tales, Valor, Vault Of Horror & Weird Science-Fantasy/Incredible Science-Fiction. Prices start as low as £15 for some single volume titles.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In the 1970’s Dennis Wheatley (author of To The Devil A Daughter and many more books in a similar vein) assembled a collection of books to act as a guided tour of the worlds of magic and mayhem. We have five books from this Library Of Occult: The Necromancers by R H Benson, The Gap In The Curtain by John Buchan, Down There by J K Huysmans, Voodoo by Alfred Metraux (a factual account, allegedly) and Harry Price Ghost-Hunter by Paul Tabori (a biography). Covering Ghosts, Necromancy, Prescience, Satanism and Voodoo these represent a good start for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of the occult (!).
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: This week’s magazine update focuses on Warren, that estimable publisher of quality periodicals in this category, with additions to Blazing Combat (#2-4 of the 4 issue run), Creepy (inc. the all Wrightson #113), the complete 3 issue run of the short-lived Goblin, a chunky update to the sci-fi orientated 1984/1994 and a few issues of the ever-popular Vampirella from #5 onwards.
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics (L-Z, completing this section)
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: A quartet of quality items this update, all cents copies, each featuring a significant ‘first’ in the Marvel Universe: Doctor Strange #169 (FN- £50), in which the Master of the Mystic Arts got his first solo series; Iron Fist #14 (FN+ £65), with the first appearance of the X-Men’s favourite feral fiend, Sabre-Tooth; Marvel Premiere #15 (FN+ £50), in which the Ku’n Lu’un Kid, Iron Fist himself, made his debut; and last but far from least, Strange Tales #180 (VF+ £60), in which Adam Warlock – and the world at large – first encounters the delicious but deadly Gamora! SORRY, ALL OF THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: An often-overlooked cul-de-sac of girls’ comics is Lindy, a Fleetway weekly which came and went in 1975 after a scant 20 issues before being subsumed by the all-consuming Jinty. Strips like “Pavement Patsy”, “Jane’s Jeannie”, “Hard Days For Hilda” and “Defiant Daisy” sadly failed, despite being the same quality as its sister titles, in attracting a mass audience. We have 11 new in, ranging from #6 to #17, and all intact; Lindy having apparently set out to snare a slightly older audience, it featured a lot of pin-up picture of pop hunks, and these are frequently torn out in second-hand copies. Ours have all been carefully screened, so if you have a hankering for supernaturally-guided tennis players, hard-done-by working girls, pre-teen pickpockets, or pictures of the young David Essex wearing only a pair of denim cut-offs (hey, we don’t judge…) Lindy’s the mag for you!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Robert E Howard should be feeling very pleased, as all of these books are ‘In the tradition of Conan’. The heroes featured include Tark (Colum MacConnell), Odan the Half-God (Norvil Manning; actually Kenneth Bulmer), Cormac (Andrew J Offutt & Keith Taylor), ex-gladiator Prester John (Norvell W Page), Bran Mak Morn (David C Smith & Richard Tierney and Karl Edward Wagner) and Jamnar (Dave Van Arnam). Most of the covers display the hero’s mastery of the lost martial art of Skan Ti-Do (fighting whilst encumbered by a barely dressed woman), and more muscles than seem humanly possible, although they all seem to have found time to wax to display their musculature to maximum advantage. All of these books are 1st US PB and an added bonus is that Lord Of Blood (Dave Van Arnam) has a Steranko cover.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: This week’s magazine update features a mix of Marvel mags from the 1970’s, with one or more of each of the following: Howard The Duck, Kull & The Barbarians, The Legion Of Monsters, Marvel Preview, Masters Of Terror, Rampaging Hulk, Savage Tales, Spectacular Spider-Man, Tales Of The Zombie, Tomb Of Dracula, Unknown Worlds Of Science-Fiction & Vampire Tales. Look out also in this section for two prestigious Hardcover Marvel Graphic Novels: Grant, Wagner & Kennedy’s Punisher: Blood On The Moors and O’Neill & Kaluta’s Shadow: Hitler’s Astrologer.