*DC: DC’s Limited Collectors’ Edition tabloids of the 1970s, most of which were non-distributed in the UK, are highly sought-after now, their extra dimensions not lending themselves to long-term storage, and being more prone to damage than the average comic book. Among the most sought-after are the several issues featuring Batman, of which we have four new to our lists: C-25, with a selection of the Darknight Detective’s stellar artists from all eras, including Robinson, Infantino and Adams; C-37, an ‘All-Villain Special’ featuring vintage tales of the Joker, Catwoman, Two-Face, the Penguin and the Scarecrow; C-44, a spectacular collection of baffling mystery cases and C-59, with an original Adams cover fronting ‘Batman’s Strangest Cases’, including contributions from Giordano, Novick, Wrightson and that Adams boy again.
PICTURED: LIMITED COLLECTORS’ EDITION
C-25 FN- £25
C-37 VF- £40
C-44 FN+ £30
C-59 VF- £35
*DC: Daringly, in 1975, DC awarded the Joker his own title, (in defiance of the Comics Code, which said that villains couldn’t be shown to triumph) and even now, decades later, it remains the Clown Prince Of Crime’s only on-going series. Not that it ‘on-went’ for long, stopping at #9. But what was a Bronze Age curio has now become a much sought-after short series with one of the hottest characters in comics. The first issue pits ‘Mr. J.’ against fellow villain Two-Face, and subsequent issues feature DCU guest heroes and villains such as the Creeper, the Royal Flush Gang, Green Arrow, Lex Luthor, the Scarecrow, Catwoman and Sherlock Holmes! With the Joker recently getting his own solo big-screen movie, his Silver and Bronze Age appearances are spiralling in value. A full run of all 9 issues now back in stock.
PICTURED: JOKER #1 FN p £70
*DC: Even though we’re famous for crumbly old comics, we do sometimes admit a deserving modern item to the catalogue, and 2002’s Y The Last Man #1 is such an exception. After a devastating event which eliminates all men – and all male mammals – from planet Earth, society must restructure itself with an all-female paradigm. But not quite all-female. Two males survive: Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. Some factions of the surviving women want to rescue Yorick, some to study him, some to exploit him, some to eradicate him; but with literally all the women in the world seeking him, Yorick wants only one woman: his girlfriend, who was across the globe when the cataclysm hit. Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi series was a huge hit for DC/Vertigo, winning shedloads of awards, and media adaptation rumours persist. This copy of #1 is a superior FN.
PICTURED: Y THE LAST MAN #1 FN £60
*DC: Tying in with DC’s late-sixties Horror/Mystery revival, the Phantom Stranger, a short-lived series from the 1950s, was revived in fine style in 1969. The Showcase tryout and the first few issues of the Stranger’s own series followed the pattern established in the ’50s: the nameless Stranger, a white-haired figure dressed in black, showed up at a situation and defused it by apparently magical means, while professional debunker Doctor Terence Thirteen decried the whole supernatural angle. After the first few issues, though, scripter Robert Kanigher got a little bit out there, delivering full-on spooky sagas such as #4, superbly illustrated by Neal Adams, which introduced the Stranger’s beloved nemesis, the enigmatic Tala. Soon after, Jim Aparo took over as regular artist and the Stranger became essentially DC’s Doctor Strange, with stylish layouts, a genuinely disturbing atmosphere, and some of the finest covers of the period. We have the first five of the Stranger’s series back in stock, plus several others from the first twenty, all in high grades, averaging VF.
PICTURED: PHANTOM STRANGER (1969) #1 FN+ £35
*DC: Continuing our massive sweep through DC, this week we reach titles beginning with the letters ‘C’ to ‘E’, thus topping up our stock for Camelot 3000 (all 12 issues now available singly as well as collectively), Challengers of the Unknown, Champion Sports, Creeper, DC Comics Presents (#27, 1st Mongul), DC 100 Page Super-Spectacular, DC Special Series, DC Super-Stars (inc #17, Huntress origin), Detective Comics (inc #387, 30th Anniversary issue & #470,1st Silver St Cloud and modern Hugo Strange), and 80 Page Giant.
*Marvel: Early issues of the Avengers are always in high demand, and issue #8, featuring the premier appearance of Kang, Lord of Time, is a tense drama, with the World’s Mightiest Heroes all but helpless in the face of his futuristic technology. In this Lee/Kirby classic, the powerhouses of the team are effortlessly immobilised, leaving the fate of the Avengers, and the world, in the hands of the Wasp and Rick Jones! Kang, of course, became (and remains) a thorn in the side of multiple Avengers teams, but this is his first appearance in the Marvel Universe. This copy is an attractive VG+, would possibly grade higher but for moderate spine wear which does not impinge upon the cover image.
PICTURED: AVENGERS #8 VG+ p £225
*Marvel: Amazing Spider-Man #252, like many Secret Wars ‘epilogue’ issues, featured a major ‘twist’ only explained retroactively. In Spidey’s case, it was a dramatic black & white costume which would eventually be revealed as an alien symbiote, which in turn would evolve into to Venom, who eclipsed most longer-established villains to become Spidey’s crucial nemesis for ensuing decades, and eventually the star of his own hit film franchise – without Spidey! Although the first appearance of the symbiote in internal continuity was Secret Wars #8, its debut in real time was this very issue. This is from the CGC Signature Series, signed on the cover by Stan Lee on 29th March 2007, then graded by CGC as 9.4 NM.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252 SIGNED BY STAN LEE CGC 9.4 £400
*Marvel: Following his debut in Fantastic Four #48, Norrin Radd, Herald of Galactus, gained popularity as a recurring guest star, and his status was confirmed when Marvel launched the Silver Surfer’s own series in the double-sized format in 1968. This premier issue featured, for the first time, John Buscema’s illustrations on the Surfer, a body of work generally acknowledged to be among his finest, and presented also for the first time a 38 page account of the Surfer’s origins, plus (in the back) a 13 page tale of the Watcher, detailing the reasons behind the Watcher’s oath of non-interference. The first run of the Surfer’s solo series has achieved cult status, with the first seven double-sized issues in particular being keenly sought out. We have half-a dozen first series Surfers back in stock, beginning with the first in FA (spine split, moderate to notable cover creasing, label ‘scuff’), and including #2 (1st Badoon), #3 (1st Mephisto), and the final Jack Kirby drawn issue of series one (#18).
PICTURED: SILVER SURFER #1 FA £100
*Marvel: A breakout hit of the early 21st Century, issue #3 of the short-lived series of NYX – short for ‘New York X-Men’ if you’re wondering – featured the first appearance of Wolverine’s ‘cloned daughter’ (it’s comic books, don’t worry about it), a brainwashed psychotic assassin who moonlighted as an underage hooker. And they say the age of heroes is dead. Be that as it may, the character’s popularity mushroomed as she was featured in Avengers Academy, Avengers Arena and New X-Men, and she briefly assumed the title of Wolverine herself during one of her putative cloned dad’s temporary demises. Interest was piqued further by a version of the character making her cinematic debut in the ‘Logan’ movie, causing this low-print run modern comic to acquire what seems to a casual eye a disproportionate ‘heat’. Her first and second appearances, NYX #3 & #4, are now once again available.
PCTURED: NYX #3 (2003) VF- £150
*Marvel: Despite the fact that she hasn’t been the subject of a Marvel Movie or TV Show yet (but just wait half a tick…) the follicularly-challenged, attitude-enhanced mental marvel Moondragon has been spiking in popularity. We speculate that the rise in interest is owing to her connection with Thanos and his merry crew, who are all over the media right now, and she’s catching some of the, as it were, ‘shared heat’ in anticipation of a future media debut. Her first appearance in comics, however, was under a somewhat less dignified nom de guerre of Madam McEvil! This debut of an up-and-coming character is a FN/VF cents copy, no UK pricing.
PICTURED: IRON MAN #54 FN/VF £110
*Marvel: Let’s be honest, on the face of it, the She-Hulk sounded like a really lame idea when we first heard of her — what was to follow? Hulk-Hound, the Hulkmobile, Planet Hulk? But intermittently chartreuse lawyer Jen Walters has gone on to become one of the most enduring and endearing characters in the Marvel Universe, with creators such as John Byrne and Dan Slott providing charm, wit and (mostly) intelligent humour in her own series and during tenures with the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. There wasn’t too much trace of that in Jen’s first series, the Savage She-Hulk, when it saw the light of day back in 1980 and she was as angry as her cousin (though didn’t burst out of quite as much of her clothing, thanks to the exigencies of the Comics Code Authority) but Savage She-Hulk #1 – by the legendary creators Stan Lee and John Buscema – is where Jen’s illustrious career got its start. Non-distributed in the UK, so there are no pence copies, this is also accompanied by the savage second issue for your collecting convenience.
PICTURED: SHE-HULK (1980) #1 VF £65
*Marvel: For the first time, the origin of Doctor Doom and the reason for his pathological hatred of Reed Richards, was revealed in an all-new story in Fantastic Four Annual #2, a Victor Von Doom Solo by Lee and Kirby disclosing the monarch of Latveria’s secrets. This was followed by a full-length reprint of FF#5, the good Doctor’s very first appearance, and then by a second all-new story, in which the FF fall victim to illusions, misdirection and trickery in a classic Dr. Doom gambit. One for the Doomsayers, this epic issue is newly in stock in GD- (upper and lower spine splits, moderate corner wear.)
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #2 GD- p £35
*Marvel: A collection of low to mid-grade Special issues of Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes this week, commencing with Annual #2, a superb parallel worlds saga, and including other early Annuals plus two significant debut issues: Annual #7, the epic conclusion of Jim Starlin’s Thanos/Warlock Cosmic Odyssey, and Annual #10, with Spider-Woman, the X-Men, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the first appearance of Rogue! We then move on to the Giant-Size Avengers quarterly of the 1970s kicking off with its first issue: the All-Winners Squad returns! (well, bits of it) and continuing the Kang/Rama-Tut/Celestial Madonna saga. While a bit tired and worn, these lovelies can still provide hours of reading pleasure; for grades and prices on these soiled doves, kindly consult our captivating Catalogue pages.
*Marvel: Following the discovery of the original Jean Grey floating in an abandoned mattress (sorry, ‘cocoon’) in the Hudson river, Marvel were urged to ‘get the band back together’, now that all of the original X-Men were back in play, and they did – but the way they did it was a little odd. Writer Bob Layton and artist Jackson ‘Butch’ Guice presented the founding X-Men as a Ghostbusters-style mutant-hunting team dedicated to ostensibly tracking down and incarcerating mutants while actually rescuing and training them, a self-hating and contradictory premise which disturbed and annoyed readers (‘Next ish – Storm, Black Panther and Luke Cage join the Klan!’). Fortunately, within a few issues Louise and Walter Simonson took over, and things got a lot more sensible. We have a new selection of the X-Factor series from #1 to #25, including #5 and #6, with the first cameo and full appearances of Apocalypse.
#5 VF p £30
#6 VF p £40
*Marvel: A substantial Silver/Bronze Age Sweep through the hallowed halls of Asgard, commencing with issue #127 of Thor’s series and closing with #301. This range includes both the special anniversary issues #200 and #300, and a range from the #290’s featuring an extensive cross-over with the Eternals, suddenly the ‘hot new property’ of the 21st century! As a bonus, there’s a couple of Annuals, including a low-grade very first (technically Journey Into Mystery Annual #1) introducing Marvel’s Hercules! Join Thor and all his wacky chums – Loki, Hela, Odin, Sif, the Absorbing Man, the Destroyer – for celestial shenanigans galore!
*Marvel: Another skirmish through the Silver/Bronze Ages of Marvel, this time a spicy romp with many key issues thrown in! Titles include Conan (from #5), Daredevil #168 (1st Elektra), Ghost Rider, Hulk (Annual #1 with classic Steranko cover), Infinity war (#1 & #2), Marvel Premiere, Marvel Super-Heroes (#16 with Phantom Eagle), Moon Knight (#25 1st Black Spectre), Ms. Marvel, Star Wars, X-Men and material from the Age Of Apocalypse: X-Men Omega, X-Universe and Generation Next).
*Horror 1940-1959: Youthful was a publisher specialising in non-superhero series, one of which began as clean-cut space hero Captain Science, which transmuted into Sci-Fi horror hybrid Fantastic, morphing again into full-on horror with Beware, and finally settling down into Chilling Tales, keeping the same numbering throughout. The reasons for these metamorphoses was twofold: publishers saved money on mail-order subscription licences by changing the name of a series, rather than relaunching and coughing up for a new licence, and the popular belief at the time was that newsvendors wouldn’t stock anything with #1 on the cover, as they’d reason no-one had heard of it, so there’d be no demand for a first issue of an untested series! Be that as it may, this series entered its most notorious phase as Chilling Tales, in which the horror motif hit its stride with lurid and notorious stories. Demand for Chilling Tales is incandescent, even in low-to-mid grades, so we’re lucky to have a complete run of beauties for your perusal, beginning with the first (appropriately numbered #13) and concluding with the final issue #17. Issue #13 is FA/GD, generally decent shape but a small patch of moisture/mould centre logo, which has also slightly ‘blotted’ the splash page. Light but long diagonal creases do not detract from the cover image. Issue #14 is FA/GD, with an upper spine split but otherwise presenting decently. #15 is GD/VG and #16 FA, cover slightly off-centre due to printing mis-cut, light interior staining lower margin throughout, but not affecting story images. Lastly, #17 is GD-, with a lower spine split at cover.
PICTURED: CHILLING TALES
#13 FA/GD £115
#14 FA/GD £115
#15 GD/VG £215
#16 FA £125
#17 GD- £125
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: One of the most startling success stories in the back issue world is the ever-spiralling popularity of Moon Knight’s premier appearance. The series Werewolf By Night had been toddling along, chronicling the adventures of young lycanthrope Jack Russell (no, really), when the boat was suddenly rocked in WBN #32 by a vigilante whose only goal seemed to be the annihilation of our hero – and his silver armour and weapons seemed likely to achieve it! The man who would later be revealed as Marc Spector had a deeper back story, of course, and in his multitudinous appearances since, has developed a complex background oscillating between ‘Marvel’s Batman’ and ‘Multiple Personality psychotic possessed by Egyptian Gods’. Be that as it may, he remains hugely popular, and a near-future Moon Knight TV series having been recently confirmed, demand for his debut is intensifying. This copy of Werewolf By Night #32 is a cents copy, no pence price or overstamp, FN+, with only very light spine ‘ticks’ and cover corner blunting. High resolution images arre available on request.
PICTURED: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32 FN+ £600
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: A long overdue refresh of our horror magazines brings us a dash of Eerie from Warren and a nod to Nightmare from Skywald, but the main focus is on the early Warren hit, Famous Monsters of Filmland – which featured no comics content, but a plethora of articles and photos from the vintage horror films, which were just ‘trending’ on US TV in the late 50’s/early 60’s – and its numerous imitators. We have a couple more Famous Monsters itself added to our listings, plus the 1965 Yearbook, plus FMOF-wannabes Castle of Frankenstein (from early fandom pioneer Larry Ivie, publisher of Monsters and Heroes), Fantastic Monsters of the Films from Black Shield and a trio of efforts from Charlton; Horror Monsters (including the one-off fumetti Horror Monsters Presents Black Zoo), Mad Monsters, and Werewolves and Vampires.
PICTURED: FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND 1965 YEARBOOK VG+ p £25
*Marvel UK: Following the cancellation of the Daredevils with issue #11, Alan Moore and Alan Davis’ acclaimed reinvention of Captain Britain moved into the second (monthly) series of Mighty World of Marvel from #7, accompanying, among others, reprints of Claremont and Miller’s Wolverine and Cloak & Dagger, plus new text stories of the vigilante Night Raven. Although this series, with the introduction of Meggan and the final clash with the Fury, is regarded as Moore’s finest work on the strip, it was also his last, as he left following a dispute with Marvel about unpaid invoices, and from #14 the strip fell into different writers’ hands, including Steve Craddock, Mike Collins and artist Alan Davis, before the strip’s moving into Captain Britain Monthly after #16. We have a complete run of the Captain Britain issues of Mighty World of Marvel monthly (#7 to #16) back in stock.
PICTURED: MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #12 FN/VF £6
*Annuals: Continuing our treasure trove of high grade British comic Annuals, we turn our attention now to the ‘Big Daddy’ of the field. The Beano launched in 1938, and is still going strong today, having taken over the title of Britain’s longest-running weekly since its elder sibling, Dandy, ceased publishing in 2012. These ‘Beano Book’ Annual compilations feature original material, not reprints from the weeklies, starring the Bash Street Kids, Little Plum, Lord Snooty, Dennis the Menace, the Three Bears, Billy Whizz, Minnie the Minx, General Jumbo, the Iron Fish and a plethora of other characters beloved by generations of readers. From the same pedigree source as our previous ‘Immaculate’ selections, these are from a newsagent’s inventory, never circulated or read, no prices clipped, no gift dedications, ‘This Book Belongs To’ inscriptions or other interior markings, solid spines, tight corners and bright, vibrant colours. A few have minor edge wear from long-term storage, or occasionally light breaks in the laminate, but all have exceptional eye appeal, and some could almost pass for new! This unbroken run from 1966 to 1970 is a truly beautiful selection of Annuals from an iconic British series.
PICTURED: BEANO ANNUAL
1966 VF £70
1967 VF £70
1968 FN £50
1969 VF £70
1970 VF £70
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Following the success of 1969’s Whizzer & Chips launch, the USP of ‘two comics in one!’ with an inbuilt rivalry proved so popular that publishers IPC/Fleetway went back to the well with Score ‘n’ Roar, two football comics in one – neither of which had existed previously as an independent entity. The rivalry aspect was provided by brothers, ‘Jack of United’ and ‘Jimmy of City’, who played for opposing teams – and in rival halves of the comic! Other strips included young prodigy goalie ‘Peter the Cat’, supernatural striker ‘Phantom of the Forest’ and obligatory comedy team of ne’er-do-wells, ‘The Mudlarks’, and things ran comfortably along until the following year, when Scorcher took a decisive lead in the battle of Fleetway footie rags, and S’n’R (by then just ‘Score’, the conceit of two comics in one having been abandoned) ended with the traditional ‘Great News, Readers!’ We have twenty new issues of Score ‘n’ Roar in stock, from October 1970 to June 1971.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Launched in 1960, Air Ace taxied onto the runway for the last time in November 1970, after a very respectable run of 545 issues, before being incorporated into its stablemate War Picture Library. This final leg of our mammoth Air Ace flight includes all but a handful of the numbers from #500 to #545, including the final issue (though it gave no interior clues that it was the last – not even the traditional ‘Great News, Readers!’, and an assortment of the Holiday Specials from 1969 to 1975. This selection is from the same source as our ‘Immaculate Annuals’, listed elsewhere, a newsagent’s unsold inventory, never circulated or read previously, and most clocking in at an astonishing VF grade.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Look-In, the ‘Junior TV Times’ entertained a generation of readers with its features and photos on popular TV series of the era, plus comic strip adaptations of the hottest series. What’s little known is that, virtually right up until publication, the mag was originally going to be called ‘Magpie’, and the content even in the second issue from 1971 reflects that, not just in the heavy presence throughout of Magpie presenters Susan Stranks and co., but in the Free Gift, which is a part of a cardboard diorama of the Magpie TV studio (the first part having been presented with the premiere issue)! Comics content issue includes ‘Please Sir!’, ‘The Freewheelers’, ‘Crowther In Trouble’ and ‘Wreckers at Dead Eye’, which will be greeted by nostalgia or bafflement depending on the age of the reader, but the comics highlight is a rather lovely ‘Timeslip’ strip by Angus Allan and Mike Noble. We also have an issue from the second year, 1972 (#16 – Look-In started its numbering again every year, a practise which has confused and infuriated generations of collectors), with a Free Gift ‘Apollo Mission’ badge, in cardboard. Hopefully, NASA itself managed something a bit more durable…
1971 #2 VG GIFT VF £50
1972 #16 FN GIFT VF £20
*Humour Comics: Among the last of the great and long-running humour launches, Whizzer & Chips began in 1969 with the inexplicable but oddly effective concept of having two rival ‘comics’ in the same magazine, and locked in a deadly rivalry. Whether you were a ‘Whiz-Kid’ or a ‘Chip-Ite’ caused many a playground scuffle back in the day! This friendly rivalry was expanded into extra-length Holiday Specials, and we have the very first, from 1970, in an attractive FN/VF, plus two more, from 1972 and 1974, in VF and FN/VF respectively. ‘Sid’s Snake’, ‘Shiner’, ‘Wear ‘Em Out Wilf’, ‘Odd Ball’, ‘The Toughs and the Toffs’, ‘Fuss Pot’, ‘Sweet Tooth’ and many more are waiting for you to join them for holiday-themed high jinks!
PICTURED: WHIZZER & CHIPS HOLIDAY SPECIAL
1970 FN/VF £40
1972 VF £25
1974 FN/VF £22.50
*Girls’ Comics: The most successful of the plethora of romance weeklies which launched in the 1950s, Romeo successfully adapted with the changing times, moving from nice girls in pearls to babes in beehives and bouffants, to mini-skirted maidens and belles in bell-bottoms as the decades rolled on, but always with the underlying ‘catch and match’ theme front and centre – no spinsters, feminists or committed career women allowed! Often beautifully illustrated by top talents, these are not commonplace – we speculate that the older girls and young women who they were aimed at didn’t tend to hoard things, discarding old copies after reading – and so we’re very pleased to have acquired this stash of just over 100 issues, commencing in January 1959 and running through until August 1974, one month before the series finally succumbed to changing times and was absorbed into Diana.
PICTURED: ROMEO 24/2/1968 FN £8
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: Confessions Library, which rebranded itself as Romantic Confessions, was one of the more dramatic in the love picture library range, as it focused not only on emotional drama, but also actual drama, with infidelity, crime, terminal diseases, threat of physical harm and many other soap-opera tropes befalling our embattled heroines in beautifully-illustrated stories like “I Was An Unwedded Wife!”, “No Right To My Wedding Ring!”, “I Vowed Vengeance!”, “A Noose For My Neck!” and “I Knew Too Much!”. We have around 50 issues newly listed, commencing with issue #1 – “Men Could Not Resist Me!” (complaining or boasting, pet?) and continuing till #68. Most of these new additions are in generally very good shape, but long-term exposure to atmospheric moisture has caused the staples in many to ‘go’, resulting in spine and margin damage from rust. Therefore, we’re grading most of them as GD, even though structurally many are nicer. Nevertheless, there are a reasonable amount of VG and several legit FN in our latest batch.
PICTURED: CONFESSIONS/ROMANTIC CONFESSIONS LIBRARY
#1 GD £30
#22 GD £6
#57 FN £12
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our American section:
*Marvel T – Z
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Modern Reprints: The latest in the line of facsimile editions from Marvel is the first appearance of the star of the first successful Marvel movie franchise (no, Howard the Duck doesn’t count!) Tomb of Dracula #10 saw the premier appearance of Blade, Vampire Slayer, and with the rumours of Blade’s imminent return to the screen, prices on this already-hot issue have been climbing even higher. Now’s your chance to own a copy of this Wolfman/Colan classic for a fraction of the price! Apart from legally necessary pricing changes to the front cover and indicia, this is an exact reproduction of the 1972 original, complete with letters pages and ads – though you’re probably too late to apply to sell ‘Grit’, sorry! This brand-new item is on sale at £4.
PICTURED: TOMB OF DRACULA #10 FACSIMILE £4
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:
*Marvel M – S
and in our British section:
*Girls’ Picture Libraries
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: Flash #110, cover-dated December 1959, saw a double debut in two separate stories; firstly of the Weather Wizard, the meteorological menace who would become a recurring and enduring member of the Flash’s Rogues’ Gallery, and secondly of Wally West, who as Kid Flash would become a founding member of the Teen Titans and eventually take over the mantle of the Scarlet Speedster himself! This early issue of the Silver Age Flash (which relaunched with #104, following the numbering of the Golden Age Flash Comics) is a FA/GD p copy, with light cover markings, rusty staples, and moderate spine wear from moisture exposure, but none of the above impinging on the cover image. The splash page of the second story is torn, but complete.
PICTURED: FLASH #110 FA/GD p £175
*DC: Issue #54 of Brave & Bold teamed up three junior partners of DC’s major super-heroes – Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin – as a kind of junior Justice League. This proved to be such a hit that issue #60 of the same title ‘got the band back together’, with the addition of Wonder Girl, this time with their own name, the Teen Titans! Often overlooked is the fact that B & B #60 is actually a double debut: not only the premier of the Teen Titans title, but the first appearance of Donna Troy as Wonder Girl – previous WG tales had just been stories of Wonder Woman’s younger adventures, a la Superboy, but this was the first WG as an independent entity. Donna and Robin both being mainstays of the Netflix ‘Titans’ series, interest in the ‘classic’ Titans line-up is once again gathering momentum. This copy is a very lovely FN/VF, with the black cover background largely unmarred, only a few light spine ‘ticks’. Firm staples at cover and centrefold, with good interior page quality.
PICTURED: BRAVE AND THE BOLD #60 FN/VF p £275
*DC: Detective Comics #298 saw Batman & Robin face, for the first time, the menace of the sinister shape-shifter, Clayface! This was the second villain to use the moniker, and the two were not connected, the Golden Age version being a demented actor and this new iteration, in true sci-fi style, managing his malevolent metamorphoses courtesy of a radioactive meteor. As you do. Unlike the first Clayface, this one stuck around for decades and became a major player in Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery. This character debut is GD- p, off the top staple and with light diagonal creasing across the cover scene.
PICTURED: DETECTIVE COMICS #298 GD- p £60 SOLD
*DC: Spinning out of a popular back-up feature in the Superman titles, a three-part World of Krypton saga was supposed to appear in numbers 104 to 106 of Showcase, originally intended to coincide with the release of the Superman movie. When Showcase fell foul of the infamous ‘DC Implosion’, the prepared pages were held in storage for a couple of years, until 1979, when DC decided to release them as a stand-alone mini-series, the first such by DC or any other publisher. Until then, series that were at least intended to be ongoing, even if they didn’t ‘ongo’ very far, had been the industry norm, but this was the first series released, at the dawn of the Direct Market, with an intentionally fixed span. Written by Paul Kupperberg, it explores the last few years of Krypton’s existence, the events immediately prior to the planet’s destruction, illustrated by Howard Chaykin and Murphy Anderson. This complete 3 issue series is averaging NM-, cents copies with no UK stamp or overprint.
PICTURED: WORLD OF KRYPTON #1 NM- (SET OF 3: £25)
*DC: Continuing our alphabetical top-up for DC titles, this week beginning with ‘B’: Batman, of course, opening with #151, Batman Adventures, Batman Family, Batman ’66 (and Archie Meets Batman ’66), Batman: the Killing Joke (US prints, first and fifth editions), and a substantial selection of Brave & Bold, with Batman team-ups galore, but the occasional change of pace non-Batman issue, such as the superlative Fox and Anderson-created #61 & #62, co-featuring Starman and the Black Canary, among the finest comics ever made in our not-noticeably-humble opinion. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Marvel: Perhaps the greatest of Iron Man’s many enemies is the Mandarin, a master of science, martial arts, and controller of an international network of operatives, whose ruthlessness is outmatched only by his ingenuity. And he’s got the bling, too! Famously, each of Mandy’s digits carries a ring (“More than Zsa Zsa Gabor”, as Ben Grimm once remarked) with its own unique powers, at their master’s deadly disposal. This is a superlative copy of the Mandarin’s first appearance, VF+ with vivid colour, excellent gloss and only the most minimal spine ticks. A pence copy, labelled rather than the usual stamp or overprint. The definitive Iron Man arch-foe (albeit a bit non-PC nowadays, which is why you’re unlikely to see a ‘straight’ version of him on screen any time soon). High resolution images are available on request.
PICTURED: TALES OF SUSPENSE #50 VF+ p £750
*Marvel: Among the most sought-after comics of the 1970s, Hulk #180 featured the first appearance of Wolverine, the Canadian super-hero who, outstripping everyone’s expectations, became the most popular Marvel character since the dawn of the Marvel Age. Created by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe (from a John Romita design), Wolvy was revived by Wein when he put together the New X-Men who debuted in Giant-Size X-Men #1, and since then, Wolverine became the star of the X-Men, and a media darling in his own right. Having said that, it wasn’t a lengthy first appearance – in the final panel of #180, Wolverine popped up to make dire threats to both Jade-Jaws and guest monster the winsome Wendigo – but it’s still the first on-panel appearance of the decade’s mega-hot star. Never distributed in the UK, this gap in your Hulk history can be filled with a FN/VF copy, tight & bright with minimal edge and corner wear, flexible off-white interiors, and, most crucially, the Marvel Value stamp firmly in place! A cents copy (no pence variants on this puppy!)
PICTURED: HULK #180 FN/VF £420
*Marvel: By the time of Spider-Man’s 50th issue, ‘new’ artist John Romita had made the series his own, and this milestone number was marked with the debut of a new villain, the Kingpin – so long associated with Daredevil, in the post-Miller years, that younger readers are unaware of the fact that he originated in Spider-Man’s Rogues’ Gallery! The cover of #50, with Peter temporarily abandoning his Spider-Man identity, has become etched in the minds of a generation, endlessly imitated and ‘homaged’, in comics and other media. This copy of Spider-Man #50 is a sound and clean, attractive FN+ pence copy with the classic cover scene unmarred. It would grade higher but for the presence of a previous owner’s name and a date on the upper back cover margin – neat and unobtrusive writing.
PICTURED: SPIDER-MAN #50 FN+ p £375 SOLD
*Marvel: From 1981, and the days when alternate future storylines were not nearly as cliched as they’ve since become, one of the most compelling of them all: the ‘Days Of Future Past’ two-parter from X-Men #141/142 by Claremont & Byrne. This was virtually Byrne’s swan song on the title. Featuring an aged X-Men line-up against the Sentinels (and the first appearance of Rachel Summers, who became Excalibur’s Phoenix, (later Marvel Girl II)), this really is the story where, as the cover gleefully proclaims, ‘Everybody Dies!’. Already a sought-after two-parter, but its popularity (and value!) skyrocketed after the release of the X-Men film, ‘Days of Future Past’, which adapted the narrative to the big screen (though, it must be said, Wolverine was very unconvincing in the role of Kitty Pryde…). Both issues here are CGC Cents copies, from their signature series, autographed by writer Chris Claremont on 24th February 2007, then slabbed. Issue #141 is CGC 9.4 NM, #142 is 9.6 (NM+)
#141 9.4 £160
#142 9.6 £125
*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; #165 is GD/VG with approx. 1/2″ upper spine split. #166 is VG/FN. Both are cents copies with no UK price stamp or overprint.
#165 GD/VG £75
#166 VG/FN £55
*Marvel: The Black Panther’s series in Jungle Action, which attracted a lot of acclaim at the time, was known for being verbose, introspective, reflective and philosophical. When the character’s co-creator, Jack Kirby, took over as writer and artist on T’Challa’s follow-up solo series, the results were… a considerable contrast. Shouting! Explosions! Aliens! Time-Travel! Implausibly-muscled ladies with black lipstick! Cosmic critters! All were here, and all playing at full volume all the time, in the crazed kinetic frenzy that Kirby was renowned for. Since the major movie hit (with a sequel just confirmed), the King of Wakanda’s star is ever-ascendant, and this issue especially always sells very briskly because of its – frankly – high loopiness quotient. This copy of Black Panther #1 is a pence copy, in FN/VF, a tiny bit of irregularity at the top cover edge, but glossy cover with vivid, unfaded red background.
PICTURED: BLACK PANTHER #1 FN/VF p £40
*Marvel: After a one-off black & white magazine in 1975, Legion of Monsters, used up a rag-bag of separate inventory stories starring Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, Manphibian and other horror heroes, someone at Marvel decided that the title was nifty enough to merit a further outing, and therefore the bizarre and otherwise inexplicable Marvel Premiere #28 came about. Unlike the Legion of Monsters one-shot, which featured unrelated stories, Marvel Premiere #28 brought Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Werewolf By Night and Morbius the Living Vampire together as an actual team, albeit one even more mis-matched than the Champions! From the team of Bill Mantlo and Frank Robbins, it’s… everything you might expect! For decades discarded in bargain boxes everywhere, this issue has acquired white-hot collector’s status in the last decade.
PICTURED: MARVEL PREMIERE #28 VF p £55 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 the whole ‘The King and I’ vibe he has going on with the ladies! Following the dissolution of the distribution embargo in ’68, Namor, who had been rooming with the Hulk in Tales to Astonish, got his own solo series once more, 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 origin. 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 a GD p copy, with slight ‘Marvel chipping’ at the cover’s edge.
PICTURED: SUB-MARINER #1 GD p £35 SOLD
*Marvel: Following his successful mini-series, it wasn’t going to be long before Frank Castle, vengeful ex-family man and assassin-for-hire, got his own ongoing title, and in 1987 Marvel duly obliged, kicking off Fearless Frank’s longest-running series to date, in which he travelled around the world exterminating, erm, assassins and other criminals (yeah, but they were worse criminals than he was, all right?), while occasionally teaming up with super-heroes who logically should have been queuing up to arrest him. Be that as it may, here’s the first ish!
PICTURED: PUNISHER (1987) #1 VF p £20
*Horror 1940-1959: Regular readers may remember our recent update on Captain Science, the dashing outer space hero published by Youthful? Well, his star faltered with issue #7, and with issue #8, the Captain (and ludicrously-millinered space private eye Brant Craig) found themselves surrounded by horror tales as the magazine re-branded itself as Fantastic. With #9, the line-up had switched to all horror, and with #10, the series reinvented itself a third time as Beware, with full-on tales of the macabre. We have Fantastic #8 & #9, and Beware #10-12 newly in for your delight. Fantastic #8, sadly, is missing the centre pages, affecting two stories (though Captain Science and ‘A Dinosaur In Grandpa’s Barn’ are both complete, so what more do you want?), and therefore is given away as a ‘Brucie Bonus’ with #9, which is GD- (cover edge tears). Beware #10 is PR, but #11 and #12 make up for the deficit. Issue #11 is a sound and bright VG/FN, #12 VG, both of them with vivid cover colour, excellent interior page quality, and stories as lurid and hysterical as you could wish for. There was one more transformation yet in store for the series…
FANTASTIC #9 (WITH BONUS #8) GD- £60 SOLD
BEWARE #11 VG/FN £350 SOLD
BEWARE #12 VG £250 SOLD
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: From the late 60s to the late 70s, Marvel had a thriving line of horror/mystery series, both anthologies (with new and reprint material) and series-led once the liberalisation of the Comics Code in the early 70s allowed classic monsters such as vampires to be presented as, at least, anti-heroes. We have new stocks to Chamber of Chills (from #2), Chamber of Darkness (from #3), Fear (starring the Man-Thing and Morbius the Living Vampire – the latter with the first and final issues of his solo series, plus a crossover by film star Blade, Vampire Slayer, in a wide variety of grades!), Frankenstein Monster/Monster of Frankenstein (from #6), Giant-Size Chillers #1 (first series from 1974, starring Dracula and introducing the Daughter of Darkness, Lilith!), and Supernatural Chillers (from #5, featuring the premiere of the Living Mummy!). Exact details of grades and prices to be found in our online catalogue.
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: As previously mentioned, the unstoppable Patsy Walker, in addition to headlining four major series and several short-run titles of her own, popped up all over the place as a guest feature in other issues of Timely/Atlas’ bustling teen humour/funny girls line. Our Patsy-centric update this week looks at some of those other titles, beginning with Jeanie (from #18), Margie (from #38, including a cross-over with Patsy and the other Hedy, actress Hedy DeVine, in #46), Mitzi’s Boy Friend (what, he didn’t even get his name on the cover?) from #3, Nellie the Nurse from #12, and a solitary Oscar (#4) all from the late 1940s.
PICTURED: NELLIE THE NURSE #14 VG £48
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Always keenly-pursued (and keenly perused, come to that), Marvel’s magazine-sized comics have been extensively restocked this update, with new entries for Bizarre Adventures, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Marvel Preview – starring Blade Vampire Slayer, Moon Knight, Star-Lord and Sherlock Holmes, among others – Rampaging Hulk, Vampire Tales, and Savage Sword of Conan – Marvel’s longest-running magazine, clocking in at 235 issues ending in 1995; we have his very first edition from 1974, plus a scattering of others! A Marvelous medley of plus-size pandemonium!
MARVEL PREVIEW #1 VF+ £25
MARVEL PREVIEW #21 VF £35
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1 FN+ £35 SOLD
*Undergrounds: A long-overdue update to this popular section, with low-print run counter-culture classics galore! Robert Crumb, leader of the underground pack, brings us Home Grown, Motor City, and R. Crumb’s Comics and Stories, while Wally Wood and his pals provide two latter issues of cult magazine Witzend, featuring the artistic skills of Toth, Zeck, Frazetta and Ditko, as well as Wally himself. Richard Corben’s Neverwhere is a handsome full-colour paperback showing off all the boingy dangly bits Corben’s famous for, while Frank Thorne’s Ghita of Alizarr answers the question; “What if Red Sonja wore even less clothing?”. There are a couple of retrospective/informative entries that might go in our ‘Mags/Books About Section’, but are here because of their specialist subject matter – Best of the Rip of Press, Illustrated Checklist to Underground Comix, and Mal Burn’s 1977 Comix Index, covering the then-burgeoning UK scene. More modern fare is the Kitchen Sink iteration of Death Rattle, including the special reprint of Xenozoic Tales’ debut, and Star*Reach Classics, featuring P. Craig Russell’s Parsifal, while vintage obscurities include the UK-published newspaper tabloid Cyclops, Gung Ho and Om Home Made Comix (Dutch-published but English-language collections), Pure Joy, and Teen-Age Horizons of Shangrila. From the feminist front come more Wimmen’s Comix, Pandora’s Box, and Mary Wings’ Come Out Comix, and never let us forget our furry friends – Dorman’s Doggie and Fat Freddy’s Cat!
MOTOR CITY COMICS #2 FN (3rd Print) £20
HOME GROWN FUNNIES VG (1st Print) £20
*Marvel UK: In the early 1980s, Marvel UK was broadening its readership and acquiring a reputation for high standards of creativity, largely revolving about the works of Alan Moore, who, in conjunction with Alan Davis, had taken the recently revived Captain Britain character away from a series of clichés and into new imaginative heights. In 1983, Captain Britain was the headliner for the Daredevils monthly, with extra-length Moore & Davis Captain B. episodes, plus new Night Raven text stories, reprints of Frank Miller’s acclaimed Daredevil series, and many other articles and features, frequently also written by Moore. We have all 11 issues of the Daredevils series back in stock, averaging FN, each one of which, in addition to the obvious creative appeal, has a full-colour centrefold pull-out, usually by Davis.
PICTURED: DAREDEVILS #1 FN £15 SOLD