*Girls’ Comics: The definitive British Girls’ comic, Bunty was not the first such, but it was the most enduring, lasting for 2249 weekly issues from 1958 to 2001. It is remembered fondly by generations of followers of the Four Marys, Lorna Drake, Moira Kent, and our eponymous tomboy heroine.
Bunty was the first of the D.C. Thomson girls’ titles to get her own oversized Summer Special, and the first of these, released in 1963, is believed to be one of the rarest, if not the rarest, Summer Special.
We have acquired several Bunty Summer Specials, in an extraordinary state of preservation, given their vintage and the fact that these large-format magazines were often creased, folded or damaged either on display or in the possession of eager young readers.
We begin with 1963, the first Bunty Summer Special released, in FN+ at £400; then we progress to 1965 FN+ £175, 1968 FN+ £100, 1970 VF £100, 1971 FN+ £60, 1972 (the original, not the smaller facsimile souvenir released in 2009) VF £85 and 1973 FN £50.
From 1974 to 1979, there were no ‘solo’ Bunty Specials released; instead, our heroine teamed up with stablemate Judy for the Bunty/Judy Summer Special, featuring popular series from both weeklies, and our final entry in this listing is the 1975 Bunty/Judy edition VF £85.
All of these remarkably preserved items have tight staples with no rust or discolouration; clean, bright, vibrant colours with minimal fading or occasional slight dustshadows at edges; sharp corners, glossy interior pages with absolutely no stains, scribbles or other markings.
The provenance of this selection is from a newsagent’s former stock, archived for decades, and we suspect that not only were they never sold, they were never even opened prior to our assessment of them.
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:
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls
and in our Books Section:
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: From the early Silver Age (as reckoned by our American cousins), Superman #93 features three stories of the Last Son Of Krypton, tying into the light-hearted mood of the then-popular ‘Adventures of Superman’ TV show (though, it must be said, with rather better special effects): ‘The Super-Joke On Superman’, ‘Jimmy Olsen’s Double’, and the cover-feature ‘The Man Superman Feared’. This vintage item is an attractive VG+, with clean unimpaired and flexible interior pages, firm staples at cover and centrefold, vivid cover colour and overall considerable eye appeal. VG+ £135. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: One of DC’s more popular titles of the 1970s happened by purest accident: a one-off team-up of Batgirl and Robin – sans Batman – originally intended for an issue of First Issue Special was repurposed as a lead for Batman Family, a reprint title, and proved so popular that further instalments of Babs N’ Dick were commissioned for an ongoing series, leading to one of the most-loved romances in the comics world. Batgirl & Robin remained the lead, picking up other discarded characters along the way as their supporting cast, until the title became an extra-length, all-new ‘Dollar Comic’, with top-notch creators including Michael Golden, Don Newton and Marshall Rogers. We have a new selection of Batman Family from #1 to #19 in stock, including several duplicate issues to give discerning punters greater choice.
*Marvel: In the wake of the Kung Fu craze which swept the mass media in the 1970s, Marvel, having already scored big with Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, tried to repeat the success with Iron Fist, an orphaned Caucasian boy who learned mystical martial arts in the hidden land of K’Un Lun. Danny Rand had a successful run in Marvel Premiere, then graduated into his own title, co-starred with Power Man for years, and remains an active part of the Marvel Universe to this date, both in comics and in both his own Netflix show and the companion Defenders series. New in, we have Marvel Premiere #15, his first appearance, in which Roy Thomas and Gil Kane kicked off the career of the fisting fury (no, that sounded wrong). This is a CGC Blue Label, no restoration, graded 7.5, the equivalent of VF-, on sale at £150. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: From 1968, a gamma-infused milestone, with the first issue of the Hulk’s own series, eccentrically numbered #102, as he assumed the numbering of Tales to Astonish, the split-book which had been his home for several years. This was Brucie’s big break, his comeback vehicle after his early-60s 6-issue flop, and the start of the long-running series most associated with him. Mirthful Marie Severin illustrated not only a recap of Bruce Banner’s irradiated origin, but also a new story thread with Jade-Jaws frolicking with some of Thor’s Asgardian chums, including the Warriors Three! (Bonus points for the appearance of guest-villainess the Enchantress (obviously)). This copy is clean, tight at staples, good cover colour and gloss, light ‘blunting’ at corners, but no significant creasing, tiny amount of wear at middle edge of cover. This debut issue of Bruce Banner’s solo show is a cents copy, no UK price overprint, FN+ £85. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Having driven away the Hulk in their previous number, the newly-formed Avengers set off to track him down in their third issue – not to apologise or reconcile, but in an attempt to neutralise any harm he might do. Unbeknownst to them, Old Jade-Jaws had found a new chum, the savage Sub-Mariner, and the two together formed an alliance that took every ounce of strength and ingenuity the Avengers could muster in this epic battle – so epic, in fact, that Marvel had to do a call-back to it in Journey Into Mystery #112! Light spine wear and minimum fine creasing at the edges leave the cover scene of this pence copy unimpaired, and it’s in tight, clean VG+ condition, on sale at £155.
*Marvel: Created in a cocoon by scientists in Fantastic Four, the supernaturally gifted being known only as ‘Him’ made a couple of cameo appearances in previous issues of Thor, but #165 featured the first full appearance of the character, and the earliest inkling of the extent of his powers. Eventually, re-named Warlock, ‘Him’ would become a mainstay of Marvel’s cosmic sagas in the 1970s and beyond, but here was the first full outing, in a two-part battle with Thor for the hand (and other parts) of the warrior-maiden Sif, Thor’s main squeeze. This two-parter is newly available; issue #165 is an attractive FN+, pence, with minimal corner and edge wear but an unmarred black cover background and vibrant colour. 166, the conclusion, is just a step behind at FN, but a cents copy with no pence pricing. #165 FN+ p £120, #166 FN £40. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: While the Kingpin actually made his debut in ASM #50, he didn’t make the cover cut for that issue, which famously carried the much-homaged ‘Spider-Man No More’ image. Wilson Fisk loomed large (well he would, wouldn’t he?) on the cover of #51, however, consolidating his position as a power player in Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery. This is a VF+ p copy, crisp and bright, tight staples, excellent cover and gloss, with only the tiniest sliver out of the upper back cover top preventing a yet higher grade. On sale at £150.
*Marvel: When the Ant-Man name was unclaimed in the late 1970s a brainier-than-average 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, specifically 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 his ups and downs – 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 has achieved cinematic stardom in two recent movie hits, plus a scheduled reappearance in ‘Avengers: Endgame’. This double-dip debut for our loveable scientist scofflaw consists of a VF- p #47 at £50, and the conclusion in #48 VF+ p will run you a mere £20.25. SORRY, #47 NOW SOLD
*Marvel: From 1971, the debut and early adventures of Werewolf By Night in Marvel Spotlight #2, #3 & #4. Created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog, the story of a young man named Jack Russell (no, really; stop laughing at the back there) who contracted a lycanthropic curse hit a high note with the readership and spun off into his own series after these three issues. As a bonus, the extra-thick #2, issued during Marvel’s fleeting flirtation with a 25c standard price, has a gorgeous Venus back-up reprint strip drawn by the incomparable Bill Everett. Issue #2, the premier WBN, is VG/FN, light wear at top and bottom of spine but otherwise clean and tight copy, on sale at £65, with #3 FN £15, and #4 FN/VF £25. None of these were distributed in the UK, so here’s an uncommon chance to grab the ‘pilots’ for the popular and long-running series! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A tempting selection of Tales of Suspense, by this time home to Iron Man and (slightly later) Captain America, issue numbers ranging from #54 to #75. Highlights include the first Silver Age Red Skull in #65 (VG+ p £41), and #75 (GD p £15), a very affordable double debut of Batroc the Leaper and the as-yet-unnamed Sharon Carter, a.k.a. Agent 13. Details on the others, as always, in our online inventory. SORRY, PICTURED ITEMS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A nice selection of Silver Age Captain America issues following on from his solo relaunch in 1968, after a long stint in Tales of Suspense. Commencing with #101, and including issues up to #137, this selection features, among others, the Red Skull, the Sleeper, the Trapster, the fabulous Falcon and the Amazing Spider-Man, with a variety of grades and prices! Illustrated are #109 VF p £40, with Cap’s origin retold and #112, a special Album Retrospective of Cap’s career, VF+ p £40. For grades and prices on all our other Cap stock, consult the online catalogue.
*Horror 1940-1959: Launched in 1956 and cancelled the following year after only eight issues (possibly due to confusion with Atlas’ then still-running Mystic anthology), Mystical Tales nevertheless crammed a lot of talent into its short run, with imaginative covers mostly by Bill Everett, and interior works by Berg, Crandall, Williamson, Torres, Krigstein and Orlando, a veritable buffet of top artists. We have the entire eight issue series in stock; depicted are #1 GD £52 and #5 FN+ £115.
*War: From 1955 to 1957, Marines In Action detailed the adventures of Rock Murdock (who we would not be at all surprised to find retconned onto Daredevil’s family tree), Boot Camp Brady and other military heroes, backed up by anthology war stories, in another of the finely-crafted (amazingly so, given the gruelling schedules the artists had to adhere to) combat anthologies. Marines In Action lasted 14 issues, and we have all but one (missing #9) of the complete series. Maneely only supplied covers for this series (including that of #1 GD- £14, pictured) but Everett, Berg, Severin and other master crafstmen are well represented.
*Western: Launched in 1954 and running through to 1957, the Outlaw Kid was Lance Temple, an Old West lawyer and Civil War veteran living with his blinded father on a ranch. Having promised his father he would never take up a gun, Lane’s overdeveloped social conscience nevertheless prompted him to sneak out and fight crime behind a mask. As you do. Although Joe Maneely drew most of the series’ covers, Doug Wildey, later an acclaimed animation and graphic artist, provided the dramatic interior artwork, backed up by anthology western stories or guest-appearances by the Syd Shores-illustrated Black Rider. We have most of the 19 issue series in stock, missing only #10 (though a damaged #4 is a bonus enclosed with #5). Illustrated are #13 VF- £41, #15 FN/VF £36 and the double-covered #18 FN/VF £40, but as with many of our Atlas series, grades and prices vary, as may be confirmed in our online listings.
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Two long-overlooked characters in the Marvel pantheon were Star-Lord, the cosmic adventurer who was introduced in a few issues of Marvel Preview and never really went anywhere, and the even more obscure Rocket Raccoon, a trash-talking throwback to the funny-animal era who was introduced in a back-up story in that same title. Both simmered into obscurity – until their revival as central characters in the sensationally successful Guardians of the Galaxy movies. This update, we present a FN/VF copy of Marvel Preview #4, the not-then-legendary Star-Lord’s debut, at £135, and a FN+ copy of Marvel Preview #7, where Rocket Racoon lurks behind the cover-featured Satana, at £140. Both have fewer laughs than the movie version (and definitely much quieter soundtracks!), but this is where these cult characters commenced, and prices are continuing to go bonkers with both unlikely heroes’ pivotal roles in the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ blockbuster. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: More additions to our stock of the ever-burgeoning field of comics history, criticism and analysis. From 1974, the first slender volume of The Art of Neal Adams, with many lesser-known sketches and illos by the cult artist. From 1976, Nostalgia Press’ ‘Little Nemo 1905-1906’, celebrating the early run of the acclaimed newspaper strip. 1977 brings us Maurice Horn’s exhaustive ‘Comics of the American West’, sadly lacking its dustjacket. Roger Sabin’s massive tome, ‘Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels: A History of Comic Art’ graces us with its first paperback edition from 2001 and finally, on a lighter note, Fantagraphics’ ‘The Comics Go To Hell’ presents a gallery of the graphic medium’s representation of the darker side of the afterlife.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: As the title suggests, a small addition to Volume 12 (1961), giving even more choice of grades.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Originally published fortnightly from 1967 to 1968, these extra-long digests provided 100+ pages of (as far as we know) all-new adventures, not reprinted from the weekly comics. Like its companion titles in the Fleetway Super Library family (Fantastic/Stupendous and Secret Agent), Front Line alternated its stars, odd-numbered issues featuring ‘Maddock’s Marauders’, a rag-tag team of international soldiers, and even-numbered copies starring ‘Sgt. Ironside’, who, to absolutely no-one’s surprise, got the job done while disobeying military rules. We have many, though by no means all, of the 26-issue series beginning with issue #3 and ending with issue #24. Like our recent additions in the Fleetway Super Library Secret Agent Series, this selection is in surprisingly high grade (given the propensity of the card covers to attract and hoard creases), with the majority being VF. Illustrated are #3 VF £15 and #4 VF £12.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Following her debut in TV Century 21 (where she acted as a ‘stealth pilot’ for International Rescue and the Thunderbirds TV series) Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward gained her own series in short order. Starting out in 1966, apart from Lady P herself, the early issues featured Marina, Space Family Robinson, the Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched and the Perils of Parker, all making an appearance in Her Ladyship’s one and only special edition, the 1966 Summer Extra. Possibly the rarest issue of the rarest Gerry Anderson-related series, this copy of the Summer Extra is only Fair; while overall the condition would rate a Good or Good+ grade, there has in the past been considerable damage to the upper right corner of the book, resulting in tears and fraying throughout. While mostly this is confined to the margin, leaving the story pages unimpaired, there is a small upper corner off the back cover, resulting in a tiny and inconsequential piece missing from the last page of the final Lady Penelope story. FA £75.
*Humour Comics: The broadsheet-sized Topper proved a smash hit with young readers from the get-go in 1953, and we’re delighted to have two early issues back in stock; #9 (VG £30, Easter issue), and #10 (VG £20). Home of Mickey the Monkey, Beryl the Peril, The Fighting Frasers, Foxy, Nancy, Fritzi Ritz and, in these early issues, Dudley Watkin’s superbly-illustrated adaptation of ‘Treasure Island’.
On offer in our Clearance Corner slot this week is a job lot of Playhour, the comic for younger readers with the star power of Magic Roundabout and Sooty! We have 68 issues available running from 1960-1975 plus the 1969 Holiday Special. Previously on sale at £140, we’re clearing these out for a bargain £20 the lot! Grades range mainly from GD to FN. UK postage (if required) would be an extra £8. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
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.
*DC: After #123 (‘Flash of Two Worlds’, as if you need telling), and the premier issue (#105), probably the most in-demand issue of the Silver Age Flash is #139, which featured the first appearance of Professor Zoom, the Reverse-Flash, Barry Allen’s super-swift nemesis from the far-flung future, whose appearances in the popular Flash television series have caused his early appearances to zoom (sorry) upwards in value. We are delighted to welcome the Reverse-Flash back into our inventory – though we anticipate not for long. Clean and sound, with moderate spine, edge and corner wear, but unimpaired cover scene, slight fading at top and right cover edges, but firm staples at cover and centrefold, this copy is GD p £75.
*DC: We know, it sounds a bit weird, but two decades after the publication of this 1965 issue, DC linked it in to their blockbuster crossover ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’, by declaring the major events therein (no, we’re not going to tell you what they were – spoilers!) as the retconned kick-off to Crisis. This nifty team-up between the Green Lanterns of Earths One and Two has therefore acquired an historic value beyond that seemingly justified by its (admittedly considerable) merits. This is an attractive glossy FN- p copy, light corner and edge wear, on sale at £70. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD; OTHER LOWER-GRADED COPIES ARE AVAILABLE IN OUR CATALOGUE
*DC: Holy Priceless Collection Of Vintage Tat! A massive update to our stock of the Gotham City Guardians, with issues ranging from #157 through to #190, taking in along the way visits from Mirror Man, Bat-Mite, Vicki Vale, the second Silver Age Penguin appearance, the second ever appearance of Poison Ivy, the egregious Eraser, a whole wad of 80-Page Giant issues – and can we ever forget the Joker’s sidekick, Gaggy? (Well, perhaps if we try very hard…) This selection also encompasses Annuals #6 and #7. Illustrated is #186 (FN-p £20.50), but a multitude of grades and prices await you in our Bat-Catalogue…
*Marvel: After the successes of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, Stan Lee enlisted his old colleague, Bill Everett, to co-create this acrobatic avenger of the streets. Sporting a yellow and red costume intended to evoke the jester-style livery of the 1940s Daredevil, young Matt Murdock lost his sight but gained phenomenal sensory powers to compensate, using them and his athletic skills to avenge the murder of his father… and the rest was history. Following his successful Netflix series, Daredevil has finally washed away the stain of the Ben Affleck movie – in which our hero showed all the grace and agility of a sack of spanners – and Marvel’s Sightless Swashbuckler has never been more popular! This copy of DD’s d-debut is an unabashed Poor. The cover is detached from the staples of the rest of the book, and the front and back covers are virtually separated, with marked wear on all cover edges. However, the interior pages are presentable, and the actual cover image is not significantly impacted. This pence copy of the premiere Daredevil issue is on sale at £175. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The 1972-launched Marvel Team-Up paired Spidey (and occasionally the Human Torch) with a different one of Marvel’s best and boldest each issue, providing readers with a chance to be exposed to new and unfamiliar characters – and, by happy coincidence, enable Marvel to retain copyright on heroes who didn’t currently have their own series! MTU #1 – never distributed in the UK – teams Spider-Man with the Human Torch against the sinister Sandman, with an (after-the-fact retcon) cameo debut by Misty Knight. This first issue of a popular and long-running series is a CGC Blue Label – no restoration – graded 9.2, an equivalent of NM-, and is on sale for £200. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: One of the scarcer early Thor appearances is Journey Into Mystery 112, an oddball ‘untold tale’ flashing back to the events of Avengers #3. Intervening in a dispute between fans of the Hulk and Thor, the Thunder God himself responds to the question of who’s stronger by narrating an extended ‘Director’s Cut’ of the previous skirmish between himself and old Jade-Jaws in said Avengers issue. Apparently intended to ‘big up’ the profile of the Hulk – who was at that point homeless, a wandering villain without his own series – this ‘extended remix’ story is superbly told by Lee and Kirby, and in the back, ‘Tales of Asgard’ relates the origin of Loki. Only lightly distributed in the UK for unknown reasons, this is scarcer here than its contemporaries, although this specific copy is a pence edition; VG, with a small lower spine tear being the only significant flaw in an otherwise very tight copy, this is on sale at £80. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A significant latecomer to Marvel in the Silver Age was the enigmatic synthezoid, the Vision, who premiered in Avengers #57 as a pawn of the evil Ultron. Rapidly being discovered to be in Ultron’s thrall, the Vision was offered membership the next issue, in one of the most rapid reforms ever, and became a mainstay of the Avengers and the MU in general, particularly through his convoluted relationship with the Scarlet Witch. Based on a Simon & Kirby character from the 1940s, author Roy Thomas’ love affair with all things Golden Age stood him in good stead, as the Vision captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide… though the exquisite art by John Buscema didn’t hurt! Those of us old enough to be around at the time have indelible memories of the impact Vizh made, as something genuinely out of the ordinary in super-heroics, and these two issues, his debut and induction into the Avengers, represent the work of Thomas and Buscema at their peak. With the increasing prominence of the Vision in Marvel’s cinematic universe, demand for his earlier appearances has spiked – and if you’re going to have two, these are the two to get! Issue #57 is a sound, bright VG, small spine ‘ticks’ and one faint diagonal crease at right cover corner, bisecting the Wasp (sorry, Jan). A cents copy with no UK pence price or overstamp, on sale at £90. Issue #58 is an attractive FN p, clean and unimpaired cover scene, at £50. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: One of our favourite Marvel anti-heroes here at 30th Century is the Sub-Mariner, aka Prince Namor the First, Monarch of Atlantis, whose heroism is outstripped only by his arrogance and his eye for the laydees! Following the breakage of the distribution embargo in ’68, Namor, who had been rooming with the Hulk in Tales to Astonish, got his own solo series for the first time since 1955, and the grandeur and pageantry of his undersea adventures was aptly depicted by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, who also threw in a few hitherto unrevealed titbits about Namor’s ancestry. With the recent smash success of the Aquaman movie, can a media crossover starring the original aquatic avenger be far behind? Buy now and avoid the rush! This is a VG+ p copy of Sub-Mariner #1, lovely interiors, firm staples at cover and centrefold, unmarred cover scene, and only a little irregularity at the right edge (a guillotining error in the original printing process, we think) precluding a still higher grade. VG+ p £90. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Yes! It’s true! After several copies of this issue have passed through our hands, we’ve finally run out of ‘Allo, Allo’ themed openings! But while this issue is a frequent visitor to our shelves, it never languishes for long. In August 1990’s X-Men #266, while temporarily de-aged to childhood (don’t you hate it when that happens?), Storm met a charismatic thief named Gambit, who aided her in escaping from the Shadow King. Unlike many one-off guest-stars, however, Gambit caught on with the reading public, and stuck around to become a mainstay of the team – fortunately ditching his original costume of pervy knickers, stripey tights and flasher-mac in favour of a more conservative ensemble! The recently-wed ‘Mr.Rogue’ (oops, sorry, spoilers…) has been a hugely popular X-Man ever since, and his full debut is always a hot choice with buyers. This extremely attractive NM pence copy is on sale at £100. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A selection of Strange Tales from #118 to #137, featuring the adventures of Doctor Strange throughout this batch, and the Human Torch and the Thing in the earlier issues, with Nick Fury’s Agents of SHIELD in the latter. Mostly in very affordable mid-low grades (FA to VG), these also feature appearances by the other half of the Fantastic Four, the Wizard, the X-Men’s Iceman, Paste-Pot Pete, Baron Mordo and the Beatles!
*Marvel: In 1976, the House Of Ideas came up with Nova, designed originally to be an ‘everyman’ character like Peter Parker/Spider-Man, but quickly developing into a cosmic ‘soldier’ more akin to Green Lantern. Luckily, DC’s lawyers didn’t notice the parallels. Although the original run lasted a mere 25 issues, Nova has returned many times to the Marvel Universe, especially involved in the protracted cosmic crossovers of which Marvel is so fond. The Nova Corps having been namechecked in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, it can only be a matter of time before the man himself makes an on-screen appearance, so grab these while you can! New issues in stock between #2 and the final #25 of the original series, averaging FN/VF.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: One of the approximately metric kazillion imitators of EC’s Mad – which was a comic book before it became a magazine – Riot was launched by Atlas in 1954 as a shameless exercise in bandwagon-jumping, but its lively parodies – Lee always said he enjoyed writing humour, but didn’t get enough opportunity – and top-notch artists set it aside from the herd. Although the first three issues billed themselves as ‘Horror In The Modern Manner’, by the fourth issue the series had morphed into a straight parody mag. Sadly, not even the combined talents of Heath, Maneely, DeCarlo, Severin, Everett, Colan, Hartley, Berg (who would go on to have a lengthy career in the real Mad), and Post were enough to stop Riot falling by the wayside, but we have all 6 issues in stock (depicted: #4 VG £48) with premier-league artists having a ball doing funny stuff!
*Horror 1940-1959: Although you may not be able to tell from our recent swathe of updates, other people besides Atlas did venture (often quite successfully) into the horror field in the 1950s, and we’re happy to turn a grisly spotlight on some of those publishers this week. From Fawcett, home of the cheery sunshiny Captain Marvel and Family, comes Beware Terror Tales and This Magazine Is Haunted, two horror anthologies hosted respectively by the Mummy and Doctor Death, which presented a considerable contrast to the Shazam Squad; one Beware and three new Haunteds grace our listings this week. Meanwhile over at Harvey, Lee Elias, Howard Nostrand and Bob Powell turned out finely-crafted shockers in Witches’ Tales, two additional issues of which join our ranks. Lastly for this update, comes Ace’s Challenge of the Unknown, a 1950 one-off (numbered #6) which fell in the transition between Love Experiences and Web of Mystery. A sort of ‘pilot’ for Web of Mystery, this issue features ‘Villa of the Vampire’, ‘High Priestess of the Snake People’, and other such wholesome romps. Illustrated are Beware Terror Tales #2 VG+ £82 and This Magazine Is Haunted #11 GD+ £47. Details of the others can be found in our online listings.
*War: One of the myriad war anthologies issued during the 1950s, War Adventures centred almost entirely around the then-current Korean conflict, but did feature some stories that were a bit more thoughtful than the average fare, addressing, or at least acknowledging, issues like battle fatigue, cowardice, or racial prejudgement – though, regrettably, the solution to these thorny problems was always presented as: ‘More violence!’, and violence a’plenty there was in this Pre-Code battlefest! Krigstein, Pakula, Maneely, Heath, Robinson and Romita were prime contributors, and the covers, while lurid and violent, were vivid and imaginative – a change of pace being #12’s rather poignant after-the-skirmish scene. This series gave up the ghost rather than be bowdlerised by the Comics Code censors, and the complete set of 13 issues, 1952 to 1953, is now in stock; pictured is #1 VG £51.
*Western: Sadly lost among the dusty trail of the 1950s Western boom was this four-issue run of Six-Gun Western, an anthology with the same quality contributors as the rest of the line – Crandall, Williamson, Woodbridge, Maneely, Orlando, Powell, Pakula, Romita and Shores (that’s a lot of talent for a short run!) – but which just got lost in the stampede of others flooding the newsstands of the late 1950s. All four of the title are now in stock: Issue #1 is VG £33, issue #2 is FN £36 (Well, of course ‘His Guns Hang Low’, if he’s got six guns – he needs a stronger belt!). SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Another selection from Marvel’s magazine-sized line, designed for (slightly) more ‘mature readers’ than the audience for their Code-Approved full-colour comics in the 1970s. Major features are a selection of Savage Sword of Conan from #22 to #204, and a complete seven issue run (#1-6 plus Special) of Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, but backing them up are Marvel Preview (starring Legion Monsters), Marvel Comics Super Special (with media adaptations of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Battlestar Galactica), Savage Tales starring Ka-Zar and the second (and full-colour) issue of Spectacular Spider-Man magazine.
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: In 2000, From The Tomb was launched, a fanzine expressing love for all things horrific in the comics field, and it grew into a semi-pro ‘zine with full-colour interiors by the time of its 28th issue in 2009 – the final number to date, though FTT has returned from the grave, in the best horror tradition, more than once, so don’t count it out! Covering a plethora of subjects, from EC to Matt Fox, Basil Wolverton to the ‘Skywald Horror-Mood’ and beyond, we are pleased to have a virtually complete run of this cult ‘zine back in stock, lacking only issue #3 from the set.
*Annuals: More of the ever-popular Annuals, traditionally given as Christmas gifts. In Humour, we have two early Beanos, from 1962 and 1964; in Boys’, the Dan Dare Space Annual from 1963, a pride of Lions from 1963 to 1966, the first Valiant Annual from 1964 and the Valiant Space Special, a softcover edition with all-new space-themed tales of Captain Hurricane, Kelly’s Eye, Wild Wonders and more. Rounding it out are new entries for the distaff side: Diana from the 1970s, with a couple of ‘Fabulous Four’ tales which were the prototypes for Spellbound’s popular ‘Supercats’ series; Judy from 1968 & 1969; June from 1963 and 1965 and Penelope from 1972, more of a traditional ‘girly comic’ than its earlier years, but still, at this stage, presenting stories of Lady Penelope from ‘Thunderbirds’ and Marina from ‘Stingray’. Illustrated are Beano 1964 VG/FN £70, Lion Annual 1966 FN £15, Valiant Space Special 1967 VG/FN £45 and Penelope 1972 FN/VF £12.50.
*Collected Editions: A pair of collected editions spotlighting yesterday’s super-stars: the 1975 Daily Mirror Book of Garth collects Frank Bellamy’s spectacular work on the eternal warrior who lived many lifetimes – inexplicably pairing up with implausibly shapely ladies in every one of them, a feature Bellamy emphasised with gusto! This copy has minor staining on the front cover and moderate wear, but the interior images are unharmed: FA/GD £10. And 1982’s Best of Eagle, edited by Marcus Morris, presents Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, by Frank Hampson, as well as other Eagle stars, in a full-colour hardcover, VF at £10.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: This week our restock of Eagle has reached Volume 11 (1960). Once again the Christmas issue is present and many gaps have been filled, with the average grade being GD or VG.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Originally published fortnightly, these extra-long digests provided 100+ pages of (as far as we know) all-new adventures, not reprinted from the weekly comics. Like its companion titles in the Fleetway Super Library family (Fantastic/Stupendous and Front Line, Secret Agent alternated its stars. One issue would feature Johnny Nero, debonair cosmopolitan who travelled the world thwarting wrongdoers with the aid of his amanuensis Jenny Bird, a resourceful maiden who once skied a bad guy to death (No, really). Alternate issues presented Barracuda, a code-named tough guy possessed of superhuman strength whose main vendetta was against the agents of WAM (War Against Mankind). His assistant was the rather less appealing (though YMMV, as the young folks say) man-brute Frollo, who must have been a bugger to keep under wraps on stealth missions. Much of this new stock is in surprisingly high grade considering its vintage (given the propensity of the card covers to attract and hoard creases, as collectors know), with the majority averaging VF. Most issues are available from #1 to #26, including some duplicates, but we expect strong demand for these. Illustrated are #1 VF £25 and #2 VF/NM also £25.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Here’s a monstrously large addition to our selection of horror books, consisting of works by William Hope Hodgson, Robert E Howard, H P Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith as well as a plethora of other authors marshalled into anthologies by Herbert Van Thal. Hodgson’s blend of Science Fiction and Horror is represented by The House On The Borderland (cover art by Ed Emshwiller) and The Night Land Volume 1 and 2. Howard’s contribution is an early work of Fantasy/Horror, Wolfshead (cover art by Frank Frazetta). We have five books by Lovecraft: The Colour Out Of Space And Others, The Shadow Over Innsmouth And Other Stories Of Horror, The Tomb And Other Tales, The Lurker At The Threshold and The Survivor And Others (the last two also have August Derleth as author). In addition we have Lin Carter’s study of the master, Lovecraft: A Look Behind The Cthulhu Mythos. Rounding this update off is Smith with The City Of The Singing Flame and The Last Incantation and four Pan Books Of Horror edited by Van Thal, consisting of #5, #8, #12 and #21. If this isn’t enough to make your blood run cold we don’t know what is!
Way back in the 30th Century, four friends gathered together in their clubhouse to take a solemn oath, to use their powers only for good and to take the world of comics back to a place it had never been before and set up a comic shop with a retro futuristic outlook. Thus in 1994 was born 30th Century Comics, and in the course of the ensuing 25 years, through trials, tribulations, fires, hardships and joys a legend was forged. Although one of the friends fell along the way, the remaining trio like to think he would be proud of the enterprise we have become, the sort of shop we’d all like to shop in. Join us as we celebrate 25 years of 30th Century Comics with stylish new blinds and a banner adorning our window, and dedicate our celebration to Peter, who is doubtless looking down from Shanghalla with a smile.
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:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
Please note that due to refurbishment work the shop will not be open until 1 pm on Wednesday 6th February (only). We apologise for any inconvenience caused. All other days remain as normal.