*DC: As part of our catalogue expansion, we welcome DC’s Super-Friends, the 1976-launched series which spun off from a successful TV cartoon show. Written by E. Nelson Bridwell and illustrated mostly by Ramona Fradon, the criminally-underestimated creators turned in a series which was not only a vast improvement on its televisual parent (have you seen any of the TV ‘toons? They’re terrible!), but provided the best Justice League stories being published at the time. Substantially expanding the cast, and introducing a multinational feel to the plots (as well as creating characters such as Green Fury, Icemaiden and Godiva, who would later step into the DCU proper) Super-Friends’ adventure sagas remain cracking reading to this day!
*Marvel: Red Sonja puts in an appearance with us this week, from both Marvel Feature (2nd series 1975) and her own series from 1977. Several issues from both fresh into stock of your favourite chain-metal bikini-clad barbarienne!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: …we’ve got it covered! A long run of Crunch new in, most of the 54 issues in this D C Thomson series from 1979/80, starting with #1. Home to such series as Arena by Alcatena, The Mantracker by Alberto Salinas, The Walking Bombs by Denis McLoughlin, Hitler Lives by Pat Wright and many others, the title was eventually merged into Hotspur.
*Rupert: A welcome update for Nutwood’s resident little bear in the form of four issues of the Rupert Adventure series, comics that were published quarterly from 1948 to 1963. They contained full colour stories in the same format as the more famous annuals. This update comprises #24, #30, #32 & #41. They all veer towards the later end of the 50 issue series, which are harder to find due to smaller print runs. Grades and prices vary from FA at £9 to VF at £25.
*Marvel: A further update to our stocks of Luke Cage, Power Man between #28 & #53. This encompasses the title change with #50 to Power Man & Iron Fist, whereas in fact the Power Man/Iron Fist partnership started in #48, with Claremont and Byrne aboard as creators. #48, #49 & #50 all present in this update in high grade.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Some large format rarities in this section, comprising Boys’ Broadcast from 1935, illustrated text stories based on radio adventures, Boys’ World from 1964, the short-lived Eagle imitator Rocket from 1956, a Christmas Swift from 1958, Wild West Weekly from 1938, also illustrated text, and several issues of Zip from 1958, featuring Strongbow The Mighty by Ron Embleton and Wells Fargo by Don Lawrence.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Several dozen issues of the seminal TV Century 21 1st series new to our listings, right across the run as early as #6 and as late as #226, including many issues previously missing from our catalogue. These additions are mostly in very affordable low to mid-grade.
*Horror 1940-1959: We reach the penultimate chapter in our Mother Of All Pre-Code Horror Fests event, with a devil’s half-dozen plus one from various publishers out to outrage you in the 1950’s: two Hand Of Fate from Ace, two Tales Of Horror from Toby, two Witches Tales from Harvey and a solitary but early Journey Into Unknown Worlds (#4) from Atlas. Look out next week for our frantic finale — and we’ve saved something very special for last!
*DC: To the dismay of Marvelites everywhere, Steve Ditko left Spider-Man and Doctor Strange at Marvel in 1968 and moved over to DC, where he created two quirky series, whose reputations live on to this day, despite short runs on both their titles. The Creeper debuted in Showcase #73 and went on to a six issue series; Hawk & Dove were in Showcase #75 and also went into their own series for six issues. We suspect the cancellation of both series may have had as much to do with Ditko’s poor health at the time as with sales figures (Hawk & Dove was in fact finished off by Gil Kane, himself no piker, of course). We’re delighted to present both Showcase issues and every issue of both series in a mixture of grades. The characters Ditko created still crop up in various places throughout the DCU, and here’s your chance to acquire the full vintage collections of both series!
*Marvel: We continue our programme of expanding our catalogue into later years by adding this time Marvel’s Battlestar Galactica series from 1979. Whilst lacking the sophistication of the show’s most recent reincarnation, the original series of BG is fondly remembered, and executed here in comic form by talented creators from the contemporary Marvel Bullpen, including Walt Simonson. The series lasted 23 issues, and we have several of them including the first and last.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A large update to our Boys’ Picture Library stock in the War & Western genres. Titles include: Action, Action War, Air Ace (inc Holiday Special), Air War Picture Stories, Battleground, Conflict, Cowboy, Picture Stories of WWII, Pocket Detective, Pocket War, Secret Agent, Silhouette war Stories, Space PL Holiday special, Starblazer (from #1), a couple of late Thriller, Top Secret PL Holiday Specials, Top Three, TV Picture Stories (Charlie Chan), Valiant, War Hero, Western, Western PL Holiday Specials, Wild West PL Holiday Specials.
We’re re-jigging some of the space allocated on our ground floor for Silver & Bronze Age comics in order to expand our Silver/Bronze DC & Marvel sections, so that we can include an extra 500 issues from each publisher for your browsing pleasure, without removing any of the vintage selections from other publishers either. And of course our website catalogue will also expand to incorporate these as they’re prepared and go out into the boxes. So you can look forward to an even better selection of DC & Marvel vintage comics in the weeks ahead and into 2016.
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:
and in our Books Section:
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: 30th Century Comics have been greatly cheered by recent reports that sales of real (as opposed to virtual) books have stopped falling. Now comes yet more proof that you can’t beat a real book, with the news that a new fragrance, Paperback, has been released “with just a touch of the mustiness of aged paper”. Chemically speaking the scent that habitués of second-hand bookshops identify with is a mixture of acetic acid (think vinegar), rosin and a relative of vanillin. Here at 30th Century Comics though, we say why have hamburger when you can have steak? Our mega crime and spies update gives you the opportunity to own the real fragrance, with more than 40 books added. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a nice spread across the decades. From the 1950’s: Graphic Mystery novels, some with Oliver Brabbins cover art, such as Murder – Very Dry (Samm Sinclair Baker), or two other 1950’s novels, The Big Guy (Wade Miller) and Follow The Saint (Leslie Charteris). 1960’s works include James M Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, Adam Diment’s The Dolly Dolly Spy and The Great Spy Race and Winston (Poldark) Graham’s Take My Life. In the 1970’s we have Victor Canning’s A Delivery Of Furies and two blaxploitation novels, Black Gunn (Larry Pryce) and Shaft Among The Jews (Ernest Tidyman), along with Zero Cool (Michael Crichton disguised as John Lange), The Big Hit (Ken Follett disguised as Symon Myles) and The Ace Of Spies (Don Von Elsner). Finally one book published in 1980, The Drowner by John D MacDonald. This is not an exhaustive list (although it’s been exhausting typing it!): check the Crime, Spies & Sleaze listing to see all the titles.
*Marvel: Well, not all of them were hiding. Gorgon and the magnificent Madame Medusa had premiered some time before, but Fantastic Four #45 was the first appearance of Crystal, Karnak, Triton and Black Bolt, (not to mention their ‘porting puppy Lockjaw!) the Royal Family of the Inhumans, and the first explanation of who and what the Inhumans were, so this is regarded as their official premiere. This issue has, with the increased prominence of the Inhumans, skyrocketed in value over the last year, and this attractive Fine+ pence copy, with good cover gloss, unimpaired cover scene and just fine wear lines around the edges, is offered at £290.
*DC: No, not a reference to the current lamentable political situation, but a harking back to when the situation seemed simpler. Superman #18, from 1942, has what has been described as a classic ‘bomb rodeo’ cover, in which the Man of Steel leads the assault on the ‘Japanazis’. Four Superman stories by Siegel & Shuster (though with some suspected ghost work by artist Jack Burnley, of Starman fame), including an early Lex Luthor appearance and another costumed criminal, “The Snake”. This vivid cover scene is unmarred, and the interior page quality excellent given its vintage. A half-inch upper spine split and a tiny chip out of a back cover corner are the only significant flaws in this highly appealing Golden Age treat, GD at £250.
*Marvel: Never distributed in the UK (and causing a calamitous and expensive gap in many collections), X-Men #121 featured the debut of Wolverine’s old battling buddies Alpha Flight, Canada’s own super-hero team. Smowbird, Sasquatch, Northstar and company were all destined for longer lives and greater notoriety in the Marvel Universe at large, but here’s where it all kicked off, as artist and co-plotter John Byrne brought his own characters into the franchise! This VF+ copy is offered at £50.
*Horror 1940-1959: The Mother Of All Pre-Code Horror Fests lurches on! With two tangled webs, in fact, as we bring you two excellent pre-code horror series with a strand in common: Web of Evil, from Quality Comics, and Web of Mystery, from Ace Publications. “The Moulder of Doom”, “The Ghoul of Ghost Swamp”, and “The Strangling Witch” are among the thrills awaiting you with this stylish and evocative selection, many of which are in affordable mid-grades. Just a few more updates to go now in our latest Pre-Code Horror Fest!
*DC: …the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes — all together in one comic! Early issues new in of the Justice League of America, the ‘Hot New Title’ of 1960, half-a-dozen beginning with #4 (Green Arrow joining the team), and including #9 (the group’s previously-untold origin) and #14 (Atom joins the roster), as well as #16, with the JLA’s first ‘Imaginary Story’. (Don’t believe us? Just ask Jerry Thomas!) Written by Gardner Fox, illustrated by Sekowsky and Sachs and with gorgeous Murphy Anderson covers, these are cracking tales close to our hearts here at 30th C. – but they’re also wise investment choices, as the “Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie is bound to spur interest in the team. These new additions are very affordable mid-grade, but with good ‘cover appeal’ – no significant defects or missing bits to impair the cover scenes.
Our very own Dr. Evilla has been busy again, festooning our window for the holiday season. Our theme this year is Christmas baubles, adorned with images of favourite comics characters dressed as Santa (as they do). Among the many iconic Father Christmasses on display are Spider-Man, Desperate Dan, Archie, Bat-Santa, Mandy, the Hulk, Dennis the Menace, the Punisher and the Joker (naturally!) A very merry Christmas to one and all from all of us here at 30th Century!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: When 2000 AD revolutionized the ailing UK comics industry in the 1970’s, its publisher, IPC, launched several other titles in an attempt to duplicate its success. Among them were the revived Eagle, Starlord, and Tornado, all of which offer free gift issues this update, as does 2000 AD itself. Highlights include Starlord #2’s ‘Space Calculator’ and Tornado #2’s ‘Disaster Pack’, (illustrated) but other gifts include Phil Edmond’s World Of Sport booklet, an Eagle Boomerang, and a poster of old Stony Face himself – Judge Dredd!
*Magazines & Books About Vintage US Comics: A more esoteric selection of additions to this popular category, with items from the 1970’s up to the present century: the original Charlton Bullseye, the UK’s Comic Media News, the Golden Age of Comics, the Illustrated Comic Art Workshop (by Giordano, McLaughlin and Romita), the 2002 series of Rocket’s Blast/ComicCollector, and a trinity of creator spotlights: the Frazetta Folio, a magazine-sized collection of vintage reprints and text; the Michael W. Kaluta Treasury, a handsome softcover gathering of his less-known works, plus checklist; and the Neal Adams Checklist, a 1970’s offering with some lesser-seen artwork.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Edmond Hamilton is truly an Old Master. He wrote for Wierd Tales and many other science fiction pulps, and he’s credited with producing the first hard cover compilation of SF stories. He also wrote horror and crime fiction, and in the 1940’s he wrote for DC, particularly for Batman and Superman stories. He is especially esteemed by us at 30th Century Comics because he was highly influential in the development of the Legion of Super-Heroes. We have five books showcasing Hamilton’s larger-than-life, epic style: Battle For The Stars, Chronicles Of The Star Kings (2 novels in one:The Star Kings and Return To The Stars), City At World’s End, Doomstar and The Star Of Life.
*Humour Comics: No not just exclamations, but two of the myriad humour weeklies produced by Fleetway/IPC. Whoopee, home of ‘Ivor Lott and Tony Broke’, ‘Bumpkin Billionaires’ and the unfortunately named ‘Toy Boy’, is mammothly recharged with more than 200 issues, ranging from 1974 through to 1980, including the merger issues where Shiver & Shake and Cheeky got drawn into its devouring maw. The shorter-lived and oddball Wow produced ‘Adam and his Ants’, ‘Shipwreck School’, and ‘Gulliver’s Troubles’, and this update brings us issues from #2 in its launch year of 1982 until its last year of, um, 1983, after which it, too, was absorbed by Whoopee!
*Mad & Other Parody: A handful of British Mads added from the early 1970’s, plus a UK Cracked and from the US, the first five issues of the Tales Calculated To Drive You Mad reprint series from 1997, which feature reprints of the earliest Mad material from when it was comic-sized.
*Undergrounds: A massive and overdue addition to our underground section, including both ‘classic’ undergrounds from the USA, ‘nu-wave’ American series, and a whole lot of alt. ‘zines from the UK. Titles refreshed include Alien Encounters, the Alternative Headmaster’s Bulletin, Bop, Brainstorm Comix (early work by Bryan Talbot), Cozmic Comics, Flash Fearless, Gates of Eden, Images (early Phil Elliott ‘Doc Chaos’ & other works), It’s Only Rock & Roll Comics, Vaughn Bode’s Junkwaffel, the Man Who learned To Fly (early Frazer Irving), Necron, Pssst!, Rip Off, Smile, Spasm! (all-Jeff Jones), Velocity, and – top of the shop – a VF hardcover collection of John Kent’s 1970’s comic strip from the Guardian newspaper, Varoomshka, in which our buxom heroine lampooned prominent political figures of the day such as Harold Wilson, Ted Heath, and Margaret Thatcher, while unencumbered by much in the way of clothing. (Her, not them, we hasten to add; that would have been a much less appealing prospect!)
*Marvel: From the farthest reaches of the Marvel Universe, fresh stocks of two cosmic adventurers: Captain Marvel, with a selection of numbers from #12 to #57, and the Silver Surfer from #9-18, including his clashes with Spider-Man and the Inhumans! (that Norrin Radd, he just doesn’t get along with anybody…)
*Annuals: In our TV & Film Related sub-section, we have a variety of cult shows from the 1970’s & 1980’s: New Avengers 1977, with Steed, Gambit and Purdey’s adventures illustrated by John Bolton; Man from Atlantis 1979 (early days of the man who would be Bobby Ewing!); Persuaders from 1972, with rather nice Enrique Romero artwork livening up Tony Curtis & Roger Moore’s hi-jinx; Starsky & Hutch from both 1978 and 1979 – with probably the worst art ever on a UK Annual – not only do the heroes not look like Paul Michal Glaser and David Soul, they barely even look human! – and finally, Vegas, starring the late Robert Urich.
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:
in our American/British section:
and in our British section:
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Marvel: No, not a festive special, but the King of Comics writes and illustrates the King of Wakanda in the search for the artefact of another king! (Got that?) With the preparations for his feature film debut under way, interest in the Black Panther has seldom been keener – and we have the first seven issues of his 1977 solo series, written and drawn by Jack Kirby, ready to order! One of Kirby’s strangest series (and coming from the man who brought us Devil Dinosaur, that’s saying something!), this incarnation of the Panther enjoyed fantastical quest adventures such as the search for “King Solomon’s Frog!” Yours for the asking, True Believer! #1 VF (cents) at £26, remainder nearly all VF.
*DC: We at 30th Century are always chuffed to see Adventure Comics #300 cross our counter, as it featured the debut – after myriad guest-appearances in the Superman family of titles – of the Legion of Super-Heroes’ own strip, evicting Tales of the Bizarro World, but inheriting the Bizarro’s creative team of Jerry Siegel and John Forte. In their first solo adventure, the Legion squares off against a mystery menace – who is “The Face Behind the Lead Mask”? Rewind your Hate Tapes and find out! This copy is a decent FA/GD pence copy at £30, with slight discoloration from water damage being the only significant defect. Oh, there’s also a boring old Superboy story up front, for those who might be interested…
*Alan Class Reprints: We restock our inventory of this consistently popular publisher with both pre-and post-decimal additions to five of the ‘Big 6’ mystery series – Astounding Stories, Creepy Worlds, Secrets of the Unknown, Sinister Tales, and Suspense (no Uncanny Tales this time, alas) – plus Out of This World (second series) and a one-off early issue, Astonishing Stories, a ‘prototype’ for the later Astounding. As always, these are a heady mix of genres and characters from a multitude of American publishers – so join the X-Men, Steve Ditko, Shield, S.H.I.E.L.D., Jack Kirby, Hangman, Wally Wood, Taboo, Captain Atom, Al Williamson, THUNDER Agents, Nightshade, and a whole lot more for fun and adventure in stylish black & white!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: 15 comics new in from various American publishers of the 1940’s/1950’s on the theme of crime. As you would expect, much more the hard-boiled Raymond Chandler school than the more genteel Agatha Christie one. Titles include Lev Gleason’s Crime & Punishment & Crime Does Not Pay, Exposed, a rare Fox (Martin Kane P.I. #4 – the first issue – with cover and interior art by Wally Wood), the Perfect Crime, Real Clue Crime Stories and from Avon, Sensational Police Cases. Mostly low-mid grade copies with prices well under £20 each in almost all cases, these provide a good bang for your buck! You can see the full details in our catalogue.
*EC: In case you didn’t know, before it was the famous magazine widely-known and still being published today, Mad started life as a regular-sized comic book, published by EC in 1952. There were 23 regular comic-sized issues published before, with #24, it converted to magazine-size, and these comic-sized issues are rare now, particularly in the UK. Joining our existing stock, we have three new issues in: #8 & #9 (low grade) and #20 (pictured) in a respectable VG+ at £75.
*DC: Sales on Flash have been very buoyant since the launch of the highly successful TV show, and we’re pleased to have even a small update here to our Silver & Bronze Age stocks of the Fastest Man Alive, between issues #157 & #235, mostly in mid-high grade, including many issues previously missing from our listings. Perhaps the most significant issue in this update is #165 (FN+ p £19.50), featuring the wedding of Barry Allen & Iris West.
*Marvel: Two of Marvel’s premier titles in their Giant-Size incarnations from the mid 1970’s, undistributed in the UK. We have Avengers Giant-Size #3-5 and Fantastic Four Giant-Size #3-6. All in nice shape, nearly all FN or better. Highlights include Avengers GS#4, with the weddings of the Vision & the Scarlet Witch and the Swordsman & Mantis and FF GS#4, with the first appearance of Madrox the Multiple Man.
*Marvel: Most of the first series of Ms Marvel new in, mostly low grade pence reading copies inc #1 and #16 (1st brief app. Mystique). Full details in our catalogue listing.
*Marvel: The debut of the man who is these days the current Captain America, Sam Wilson AKA (as he was then) the Falcon in Captain America #117. This is a nice glossy copy with no significant defects; minor edge wear; tiny chip out bottom centre cover. Graded at FN+ (cents copy) £70.
*DC: Daringly, in 1975, DC awarded the Joker his own title, and even now, decades later, it remains the Clown Prince Of Crime’s only on-going series. Not that it ‘on-went’ for too long, stopping at #9. But what was then a Bronze Age curio has now become a much sought after short series, and we’ve got every issue fresh in this week, all cents copies; #1 is VF at £30. Mostly very high grade, your chance to see the Joker up against the Creeper, Green Arrow, the Royal Flush Gang, Lex Luthor, the Scarecrow , Catwoman and — Sherlock Holmes!
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A big new selection in in this category, mainly Princess (from #1 to near the end at #115) and Schoolgirls’ Picture Library (as early as #7 and as late as #317), but also featuring early Bunty & Judy, early June & School Friend, Love Story Library & True Life Library; many low grade reading copies. Hours of reading pleasure here from more innocent times, whether you’re reading about ‘Sue’s Christmas Ghost’, ‘Julie & The Time Machine’ ‘Queen Of The Lost Moon’, ‘Gina’s Flying Slippers’ ‘Girls Not Wanted’ ‘The Secret Three At St. Kit’s’, ‘That Amazing Princess Anita’, ‘Zanna, Queen Of The Jungle’ or any one of the several dozen more featured in this joyous update.
*Marvel: A much-needed update for our erstwhile depleted stocks of the original Star Wars series from Marvel in 1977. Issues #2-5 now in stock! Just in time for the big event next month!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Adventure and war aplenty this update as we feature seven #1 issues from the 1970’s: From 1970, Thunder; from 1971: Jet; from 1974: Warlord; from 1975: Battle & Vulcan (National Edition); from 1976: Bullet and from 1979: Crunch. A chance to get in on the ground floor of these popular titles!
*Marvel: In 1970, Marvel revived the split book format so successful throughout the 1960’s with two of its popular franchises, both of whom have gone on to success in later years: The Inhumans and The Black Widow. With art by the likes of Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, John Buscema, Gene Colan and others, Marvel certainly threw some heavyweight creators at this title! With the exception of issue #1, we have all the characters’ tenure on this title (#2-10), mostly in nice grade, with a couple of really high grade examples pictured here: #4 NM £39 & #8 VF/NM £34. All cents copies.
*Classics Illustrated: A new batch in of the famous Classics Illustrated series, in both American and British editions. Famous novels such as Ivanhoe, Moby Dick, A Tale Of two Cities, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, The Time Machine, Lord Jim, Mysterious Island and The Three Musketeers rub shoulders with adaptations of Shakespeare such as Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as several perhaps lesser known novels in this long-lasting and very worthy attempt to pictorialise and popularise the classics.
*EC: We turn again to EC for this week’s instalment of our Pre-Code Horror Fest, with samples of two of their infamous pre-code series: Haunt Of Fear and Vault Of Horror. Haunt Of Fear is represented by mostly low grade issues in a consecutive run from #7 to #11, while the Vault Of Horror has seven late issues between #27 and #38 in a variety of low to mid-grades. More Pre-code Horror thrills next week!
*DC: A rare gem for our catalogue this week. Our latest CGC graded acquisition hails from March 1947, Star Spangled Comics #66, featuring the second Robin solo story (& cover) up against the villainy of No-Face, with Batman on hand in a cameo appearance. Slabbed and graded by CGC (Universal Blue Label), unrestored at a sparkling, vivid 8.0 (VF), a grade rarely seen in items of this esteemed vintage. This sort of thing doesn’t come along every day, and represents a real investment opportunity at £450.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Some strange bedfellows in this week’s instalment of our Free Gift Farrago! First up, from 1994, the UK version of those loveable (?) nerds Beavis & Butt-Head – #1 complete with B&B Fridge Magnet; secondly, from 1993, Red Dwarf Smegazine Vol 2 #7 with Free Gift Key Ring; finally, from 1976, TV Comic #1293 (retitled Mighty TV Comic), complete with Star Trek Mighty Midget comic as its Free Gift.
*DC: Following on from our recent Silver Age Superman updates, we now turn to his companion title, Action Comics, from the early 1960’s, when the comic was divided between the Man Of Steel and his cousin Supergirl. Lots of issues new in, between #260 & #347 (plus a handful of Bronze Age issues), filling many gaps in our listings. Perhaps the most significant issue in this update is #285, where the maid Of Steel’s existence is finally revealed to the world.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Five books with the common theme of Superheroes join the shelves today: Superman, Last Son Of Krypton (Elliot S Maggin), Superheroes (edited by Michel Parry), Super-Folks (Robert Mayer), The Avengers Battle The Earth-Wrecker (Otto Binder) and Captain America in The Great Gold Steal (Ted White). All books are 1st PB editions, apart from Super-Folks. Please note these are all text novels.
*Alan Class Reprints: We’re delighted to present a further batch of copies from the Alan Class Private Collection, both pre and post decimal, all with a certificate hand-signed by Alan Class himself. Titles this time range as follows: Astounding Stories, Creepy Worlds, Out Of This World (2nd series), Secrets Of The Unknown & Uncanny Tales.