*DC: Joker covers and stories are always the most popular Batman issues, and with Batman #286, you get two Jokers for the price of one in this fairground-set tale penned by the great Denny O’Neill. We don’t want to spoil the story for you, but Joker fans will, we suspect, be well pleased with this issue. A lovely high grade pence stamped copy with just minor wear at the top edge.
PICTURED: BATMAN #286 VF p £45
*DC: The 1970s revival of All-Star Comics, starring the legendary Justice Society (at first the ‘Super Squad’, but they dispensed with that nonsense quickly) had many creative highlights, and is a much-loved run. Two breakout characters, however, were what came to be called ‘legacy’ heroes. Power Girl, cousin of Earth-2’s Superman, premiered in the first relaunch issue, #58, and while Wally Wood’s artwork gave her the physique of a 1950s sex-bomb, she was anything but compliant eye candy, her no-nonsense, assertive personality gaining her many fans. Issue #69 brought us the Huntress, daughter of Earth-2’s Batman and Catwoman, combining the best traits of both her parents into a dynamic Darknight Detective for a new generation. For almost a decade, Power Girl and the Huntress’ popularity eclipsed the waning fame of their Earth-1 inspirations, Supergirl and Batgirl, and both characters have a keen following today. All Star #58 is a nice, superior copy with minor edge, spine and corner wear; #69 is a lovely high-grade copy.
PICTURED: ALL STAR COMICS
#58 FN/VF £70
#69 VF+ p £60
*DC: Action Comics that is — the biggest update we’ve ever made to this seminal DC title, with over 100 issues added between #279 and #499, right through the Silver & Bronze Ages, all featuring Superman, of course, and starting out co-featuring Supergirl, then on to a whole cast of back-up features before ending as an entirely Superman title. This update adds a whole load of issues previously missing from our catalogue, plus alternative grades for many issues already in stock. Of particular note are many very high grade issues between #400 and #450.
PICTURED: ACTION COMICS #400 VF/NM £38
*Marvel: It’s always good to have a Steve Ditko issue of Amazing Spider-Man through the gates of 30th Century, and particularly so when that’s an issue featuring the Green Goblin. In this issue, Spidey gets caught up in a power struggle between the Goblin and the Lucky Lobo gang. This pence stamped copy has a nice white cover and good page quality; there is some spine wear and a very slight looseness at the upper staple, but staples and all pages are firmly attached.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 FN- p £100 SOLD
*Marvel: In the early 1970s, with the supernatural craze at its height, Marvel sought ever-more ingenious ways to produce horror/mystery series which got around the then-Draconian censorship of the Comics Code Authority. One such was Ghost Rider, a retooling of a former Western hero as a stunt-riding Satanic minion (obviously!). After a short but successful run in Marvel Spotlight, Ghost Rider, who notwithstanding his devilish empowerment usually acted heroically, moved to his own series under the aegis of Gary Friedrich, Tom Sutton and Syd Shores, achieving a very respectable 80+ run, and not even two truly execrable movies starring Nicolas Cage have managed to dent his ongoing popularity! This is a decent mid-grade pence printed copy of the first issue, with good cover gloss, nice pages and firmly attached staples. Edge wear is minimal, but there is a felt-tip pen mark covering up the original 6p price, above which a small felt-tip pence price is written; this can be seen on the scan, which you can enlarge by clicking on it. (A higher grade cents copy is also available and listed in our catalogue)
PICTURED: GHOST RIDER #1 VG+ p £110
*Marvel: With the ever-spiralling cost of first appearances of major characters, many collectors are turning to second appearances as a way of obtaining affordable key issues. Here, therefore, is Fantastic Four #53, the second appearance of the Black Panther and the debut of his nemesis Klaw. Much of T’Challa’s background and beginnings are revealed in this issue. A nice mid-grade pence printed copy with some spine and edge wear and corner blunting, but a nice unmarred cover image.
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #53 VG+ p £65
*Marvel: Two science-fiction based super-teams long associated with the X-Men are the Imperial Guard and the Starjammers, and both, oddly, were the result of artist Dave Cockrum’s impatience. Cockrum had illustrated a critically acclaimed and successful run of DC’s Legion of Super-heroes, but following altercations with editor Murray Boltinoff, Cockrum quit the Legion and DC to co-create the ‘New’ X-Men. By way of cocking a snook at DC, Dave came up with a suspiciously similar team of alien super-heroes, the Imperial Guard, each one of which was a (just barely) non-litigious clone of a Legionnaire. Similarly, the Starjammers had been created by Cockrum for a solo tryout in Marvel Premiere or Marvel Spotlight, but on being told those books’ schedules were filled years in advance, Cockrum offered the band of space pirates to X-Men scripter Chris Claremont, who bolted on a retconned relationship to an X-Man and threw them into the mix. This issue saw the first full appearance of both teams (the Starjammers having done the ‘enigmatic cameo’ bit since #104), taking the cast list – never forgetting our mutant heroes – to around 50, for a full-on free-for-all! A nice, glossy tight copy with just some spine stress marks keeping the grade down.
PICTURED: X-MEN #107 FN+ £60
*Marvel: Following the smash hit of Secret Wars, Marvel revisited the theme with, rather unimaginatively, Secret Wars II in 1985; the Beyonder, the cosmic entity which instigated the first series, having become intrigued by humanity, visits Earth in human form, and inevitably comes into conflict with Earth’s superhumans and the cosmic entities that exist in the Marvel Universe. Featuring, as before, a multiplicity of crossovers with the rest of the Marvel Universe, this series didn’t have the epochal impact of its predecessor, but Jim Shooter’s script had plenty of intriguing moments, especially the Beyonder’s struggles to adapt to everyday human activities, such as eating, sleeping, using the bathroom – and falling in love! But don’t worry, there’s action aplenty too! This complete 9 issue series, all NM, is available as a set for £40.
PICTURED: SECRET WARS II #1 NM; COMPLETE SET 1-9 NM £40 SOLD
*Marvel: New in, issues of Tales To Astonish between #53 & #67, straddling the period when the Hulk series recommenced. As well as a couple of issues with Giant-Man & the Wasp stories, we also have a few issues where the Hulk started sharing the title, including #60, where you can see ‘the Big Change’ as Ol’ Greenskin started his run.
PICTURED: TALES TO ASTONISH #60 VG+ p £45
*Marvel: A chunky update for Marvel Bronze Age and later this week, inc the following titles: Avengers (#195, 1st Taskmaster cameo), the Cat, Civil War (inc Michael Turner variant cover #6), Daredevil (#254, 1st Typhoid Mary), Giant-Size Doc Savage, Marvel Premiere (with Iron Fist inc. 1st Colleen Wing in #19), New Mutants (1st Cable in #87 FA £17.50), Spectacular Spider-Man (inc #138 1st full Tombstone), Super Villain Team-Up (inc #5, 1st Shroud), What If (1st and 2nd series) and Wolverine Origin. Full details as always in our catalogue.
PICTURED: DAREDEVIL #254 VF £30
*Harvey: We begin a mini-event this week of the interesting experiment in 3D comics which came out in the 1950s. Personally, I never found these blurry specimens that effective or exciting, but there is very definitely a collector base out there for them. We kick off with three examples from Harvey: Adventures in 3D #2 (war, western and adventure stories) – no glasses with this one; True 3D #1 (more of the same) with two pairs of glasses and #2 (yet more) with glasses. Squint-O-Vision fans, step up!
ADVENTURES IN 3D #2 GD+ £12
TRUE 3D #1 FN/VF £20
TRUE 3D #2 VG £10
*Horror 1940-1959: Superior was a Canadian publisher active from 1945-1956 who mostly reprinted American comics from the same time period. They also published a number of original series that were distributed in the United States. Among these were three horror titles famous for their hallucinogenic covers and accomplished Fiction House style interior art. When you see a lot of these together, they have an almost hypnotic and uncomfortable effect. Our focus this week is on issues #9-13 of one of those titles: Strange Mysteries; mixed grade copies, with specific defects listed below.
PICTURED: STRANGE MYSTERIES
#9 FA £65 Several margin pieced torn out; stories OK
#10 VG+ £240 Nice copy, some corner blunting, tiny chip out bottom right cover SOLD
#11 FA/GD £60 Chip out by front upper staple; extra staples SOLD
#12 VG+ £190 Nice copy, no specific defects, just edge wear SOLD
#13 VG £165 Spine roll/mis-cut SOLD
*War: Over the coming weeks, we’ll be doing a major overhaul to our War Comics category, adding material from several publishers. We start this week with a relatively small update to our Atlas War titles, inc. the following: Battle, Battle Front, Combat Casey, Combat Kelly & Man. Full details in our catalogue. More war to follow!
*Modern Reprints: All 3 three issues new in of Greg Theakston’s Pure Imagination Buried Treasure reprint series, showcasing the art of Frazetta, Kirby, Kubert, Meskin, Toth, Ward & Wood etc in a magazine size black and white format to show off the quality of the art. #1 is general, featuring many artists, #2 is a romance special, with lots of Ward and others and #3 is a Toth special. Full details in our catalogue, in sub-category 6 of our newly re-worked file.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: A real mixed bag here this week as we present selections from the following titles: Adventures Into The Unknown (Arnold/Strato/Thorpe & Porter), Fantastic Tales (Thorpe & Porter), Justice Traps the Guilty (Arnold/Thorpe & Porter), The Man From UNCLE (Rosnock, Australia), Out Of This World (Strato/Top Sellers), Planet Comics (ME UK), Planet Stories (Atlas UK), The Saint (Thorpe & Porter), Voodoo (Miller), Western Classic (World Distributors). Horror, Crime, Adventure, Science Fiction & Western in this most diverse of categories.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Lots of additions to popular Boys’ titles this week, including Hornet (1969, 1970, 1972), Hotspur (1969-1972), Lion (1969, 1970, 1972), Mark Tyme, Scorcher (1970), Swift (1961), Tiger (1969, 1970, 1972), Valiant (1970, 1972) & Victor (1969, 1970, 1972). Lots of gaps filled in our inventory.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Dozens of issues of War Picture Library new in from #6 (1958) through to #640 from 1971, including many issues previously missing from our listings. War PL, along with Air Ace & Battle, was one of the Big Three of Fleetway’s war-themed Picture Library series.
*Humour Comics: A range of the large-size Dandy Summer Specials between 1968 and 1974 fresh in, cover-starring Korky the Cat and featuring such favourites as Desperate Dan, Black Bob, Corporal Clott, Winker Watson etc. Bought as seaside holiday reading so few of these survive, and didn’t wear well, particularly due to their large format. These copies though are unfolded, largely undamaged and nice bright examples, averaging between VG and FN.
PICTURED: DANDY SUMMER SPECIAL 1968 VG/FN £50
*Girls’ Comics: Judy, home to Wee Slavey, Nannette of the North, Bobby Dazzler and a host of others, launched in 1960 following the success of its slightly older sister Bunty, and the pair dominated the UK comics scene for several years. We’re lucky to have two consecutive issues from 1971 bearing their original Free Gifts: #574 has the rather splendid ‘Judy Kitty Purse’, still sealed in its original envelope; #575 has the ‘Lucky Kitty Mascot’ brooch, or at least we assume that’s what’s inside the original sealed envelope. The defects in the comics are caused by the stress on the paper of having the sometimes bulky gifts inside for decades, so they are only due to pressure, not tears or staining.
#574 VG WITH FREE GIFT VF £40 SOLD
#575 VG WITH FREE GIFT VF £40 SOLD
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: June & School Friend Picture Library continued the numbering of Schoolgirls’ Picture Library from #327 onwards, and this week we have very many issues of J&SF PL fresh in between #400 and #497. Many favourite recurring characters are here: Zanna, the Grey Ghosts, Sue Day, Mam’selle X, Miss Adventure, the Silent Three and many others. By and large superior condition copies.
PICTURED: JUNE & SCHOOL FRIEND PICTURE LIBRARY
#401 FN £7
#440 FN £7
Since we’re now trading by mail order only, it gives us the chance to maintain our catalogue even more accurately. All items sold since lockdown are now being deleted within a few days of sale. We are also working through our entire catalogue to delete those items that sold pre-lockdown since files were last updated. This means that as we finish updating a file, you can rely on the catalogue for that category being (and staying) as close to 100% accurate as it is possible to get, with virtually everything available, apart from items sold in the last few days (and just a tiny amount of human error). We have now completed this exercise for the following category from our British section:
All categories down to this point in our Catalogue Index have now been Super-Housekept! We will continue to post here as we make progress.
*Modern Reprints: Our Modern Reprints category covers a very diverse selection of classic American reprints from the Golden and Silver Ages, and as such it’s been difficult to set out in a cohesive format. We’ve now added a numbering system and more distinctive headers for the various sub-categories and hope you will be able to navigate this tableau of wonder a bit more easily.
*DC: One of the most sought-after comics of the early 1970s is Batman #234, the first post-Golden Age appearance of Two-Face. Crusading District Attorney Harvey Kent (later Dent) was horribly disfigured by an acid attack and became the bi-polar bad guy strongly reminiscent of (and inspired by, according to Bob Kane) Jekyll & Hyde. After a handful of appearances from 1942 through to the early 1950s, Two-Face was retired in favour of more Comics Code friendly, less horrific villains, but his triumphant comeback was in this issue, where writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams reinvented him as a more chilling nemesis than ever. In subsequent decades, Two-Face has become a major player in Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery, in multiple media. This key issue, with stunning Adams cover and interior artwork, is a nice higher grade pence stamped copy, tight, flat and glossy, with just minor edge and corner wear; good staples and nice page quality.
PICTURED: BATMAN #234 FN/VF p £160 SOLD
*DC: Having quite startlingly revitalised the moribund Jimmy Olsen title with #133, writer/artist Jack Kirby took it up a notch by introducing Darkseid, the fiendish ruler of the hell-world Apokolips, in the very next issue. It was only a fleeting cameo – Darkseid’s image flashes up on a monitor screen while Facetiming with Morgan Edge – but it’s nevertheless the first appearance of the villainous fulcrum of the entire Fourth World Saga, and as such is in high demand. This tight, flat high grade copy is pence stamped and has great cover colour and gloss (Neal Adams cover), very minor edge and corner wear and lovely off white pages. It’s one of those issues where the cover is printed slightly off centre, so the edge of the image goes over the spine, but this doesn’t spoil it one bit.
PICTURED: JIMMY OLSEN #134 VF p £250
*DC: A triumvirate of the Man Of Steel this week from 1956. First up, Action Comics #220 featuring ‘The Interplanetary Olympics’, and back-ups of Congo Bill and Tommy Tomorrow (a chip and strip off lower cover edge on this one). Then Superman #107 (cover featuring ‘Rip Van Superman’) and #109 (‘The Super-Puppet With X-Ray Eyes’), these two being the earliest issues of Superman we currently have in stock. Featuring the competent art of Al Plastino and the rather more stylish art of Wayne Boring, all three are in very affordable grades; check out our catalogue for details.
*DC/Marvel: In 1976, after some delicate negotiations, the two major publishers decided to pool their talents and create a team-up between their two iconic characters which proved too big for a regular-sized comic – so the tabloid-sized format, as seen in Marvel’s Treasury Editions and DC’s Limited Collectors’ Editions, was co-opted for this epic event! While Wizard of Oz is technically the first Marvel/DC co-production, that’s really just DC piggybacking onto a project Marvel had already produced, to avoid litigation (long story, Google it if you’re bothered). This was the first true collaboration between the titans of the comics industry, and it’s a tribute to the organisation involved that Superman and Spider-Man (as well as guest villains Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus) are note perfect in this mega-sized saga. This is a FN+ cents copy of this ground-breaking item, light to moderate edge and corner wear, but clean and unimpaired cover, nice interior pages, and the squarebound spine strong and intact; there is one tiny nick across the DC/Marvel logo top left.
PICTURED: SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FN+ £75
*Marvel: Fantastic Four issues #49 & #50 feature the first cover appearances of the Silver Surfer and the second and third parts of the Galactus trilogy which began in #48 (also now in stock). Regarded by many as the highpoint of the Marvel Age of Comics. #49 is a pence printed copy with some spine roll, corner blunting and edge wear, some grubbiness just at page edges, but a clean and unspoilt cover image, decent staples and presenting reasonably well. #50 is also pence printed, an attractive copy, tight and flat, with good staples and mostly nice pages (a couple of minor interior creases); some spine and edge wear and minor corner blunting, but clean and bright.
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR
#49 GD/VG p £220 SOLD
#50 FN p £220 SOLD
*Marvel: So, what do you do when one cuddly brain-sucking symbiote just isn’t enough? Well, the House of Recycled Ideas came up with letting it spawn (not ‘Spawn’!) and thus was born Carnage, offspring of Venom, who rapidly metastasised into one of the MU’s most popular villains. I know this to be at the top of a lot of wants lists, so we’re glad to have an affordable copy of Amazing Spider-Man #361 new into stock. This has all the cover gloss, sharp corners, tight staples etc you’d expect of a comic of this vintage, but there are a few defects worthy of note. Firstly, it is mis-cut (an original printing error, not a wear and tear issue), so that the rear cover is slightly ‘wrapped’ around to the front at the bottom of the spine (see scan); also there are non-colour-breaking horizontal creases near the bottom edge, which also has two tiny nicks/tears in it. Also new in in high grade: #362 and #363, the second and third parts of this initial Venom trilogy.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #361 FN £60 SOLD
*Marvel: By the time the Blob appeared for his second outing in the nascent X-Men title, Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil You-Know-Who’s (as the cover dubbed them), were becoming ever-present, this issue trying to recruit the Blob to their cause. Lots of lovely moments in this Lee/Kirby classic. This is a solid mid-grade pence printed copy, with minor edge wear, a very tiny upper spine split (just a couple of cm), a small crease across bottom right cover corner, good tight staples, an unspoilt cover image and nice page quality.
PICTURED: X-MEN #7 VG p £100 SOLD
*Marvel: Ms. (later Captain) Marvel, Carol Danvers, had left the Avengers in issue #200, in a controversial and rather offensive departure which raised the hackles of fandom assembled, utterly subverting the character’s independent agenda. In Avengers Annual #10, Chris Claremont ‘fixed’ the storyline, with an amnesiac and powerless Carol being rescued by Spider-Woman, and the discovery of her escape and reawakening commencing. It was a rather skilful job, assisted by the moody, evocative, and too-seldom-seen art of Mike Golden, plus, when the villains of the issue arrived – the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants – they had a spanking-new member, Rogue, who was the reason for Carol’s confused and powerless state. Rogue, of course, swiftly moved to the ‘light side’, joining the X-Men and becoming a key character in the comics and on the silver screen – and this is where she got her start, but the issue has more to offer than only that! Ignore the rather messy and bitty cover; the interior’s a gem! A lovely cents copy, with just extremely minor edge wear and corner blunting.
PICTURED: AVENGERS ANNUAL #10 VF+ £70
*Marvel: A chunky update to our Thor stocks, starting with Journey Into Mystery (listed under ‘J’ in our catalogue). #109 sees Thor up against Magneto and the Brotherhood of you-know-whos; #124 sees the coming of Hercules into the series, and Annual #1, which just preceded #124 has the 1st appearance of Hercules. Plenty of key issues follow when the series changed its name to Thor, including the debut of Ego, the Living Planet in #132, the first major appearance of Hela in #150, the Him (later Warlock) two-parter in #165/166 and the origin of Galactus in #168/169. Lots to enjoy for Thunder God fans!
*Gold Key/Whitman: Like the earlier publisher Dell, Gold Key published an esoteric mix of TV & Film Related, Cartoon Animals, Science Fiction, their own Super-Heroes and just about anything they thought would sell, I guess. Comics from obscure TV series we never had over here rub shoulders with their more famous cousins and the Gold Key heroes have been revived numerous times in recent decades. This update: Captain Nice (#1 and only), Doctor Solar, Freedom Agent (#1), the Girl From Uncle (inc #1), Hanna Barbera TV Super-Heroes, Jet Dream & Her Stunt Girl Counterspies (#1 and only), Magnus Robot Fighter, the Man From Uncle, Mighty Samson (#1), Star Trek, Turok Son of Stone & Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: Is it a pulp? Is it a comic? Well, actually it’s both! In 1950, Avon experimented with a 32 page colour comic insert inside a traditional science fiction pulp magazine (so popular at the time). So here, in Out Of This World Adventures #2, you get what appears to be a pulp mag, with a gorgeously typical painted cover, and interior illustrated text stories by the likes of A. Bertram Chandler and others, plus 32 pages of colour comics, led by Wally Wood’s wonderful Flying Saucers and other horror/comedy shorts. The uniqueness of this item in publication history is assured due to there being only two issues produced in this format. A decent copy, with the squarebound spine almost intact but for a small split and the top and a tape repair at the bottom (about 6 cm). The beautiful cover image is unmarred.
PICTURED: OUT OF THIS WORLD ADVENTURES #2 GD/VG £75 SOLD
*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. Our latest copy of Werewolf By Night #32 is a lowish grade pence printed copy, the significant defects being a book shop stamp across the logo (although this is fairly faint) and two colour-breaking creases across the corner of the bottom right cover. There is some minor spine and edge wear, but the cover retains excellent colour and gloss, the staples are tight and the page quality good.
PICTURED: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32 GD+ p £290 SOLD
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: This is a real oddity. From Hastings Associates 1959, a one-off magazine called Eerie Tales (not to be confused with any other publication bearing the name ‘Eerie’ in its title). In moody black and white, it features text-heavy picture strips, but the format and the monochrome enhances the superb art by the likes of Williamson, Torres, Tuska, Powell and Morrow. There must be a reason why it never got to #2, but I’m afraid the crystal is cloudy on that one. A decent copy with some spine ticks and minor creasing; we’ve never seen a copy before, and doubt we ever will again.
PICTURED: EERIE TALES #1 VG+ £45 SOLD
*Memorabilia & Esoterica: We present three Free Gifts from Valiant, the popular British Boys’ Weekly, which have all lost their comics. First up, from Valiant #2, 13/10/62, The Giant Book of World War II, an illustrated history of the war in black and white with colour covers and centrefold, 16 comic-sized pages in decent VG condition; secondly, 4th Division Football Club tags from 17/10/64, okay condition but with small corner off top right; finally, ‘My Favourite Soccer Stars’ an album with all 32 colour photos of footballers mounted inside, this package released in weekly instalments between 16/10/71 and 6/11/71, overall in VG condition. Give these orphans a home!
PICTURED: 3 VALIANT ORPHANED FREE GIFTS £45
*Marvel UK: Following his popular revival in other Marvel UK anthologies, and rave reviews for the daring and innovative Alan Moore/Alan Davis storylines, the ‘new’ Captain Britain was given his second solo series in 1985, and although Moore had jumped ship, the quality of the scripts continued for the monthly magazine, with Jamie Delano’s scripts and Alan Davis’ artwork presenting an enticing saga of multiversal conflict. The Crazy Gang, Gatecrasher’s TechNet, Slaymaster and Mastermind all returned. This also featured Parkhouse & Lloyd’s 1930s-era vigilante ‘Night Raven’, and occasional new stories spotlighting other characters from the expanded Captain Britain mythos. We have a near complete run of this keenly-collected series (missing #12 & #13), averaging FN/VF, so if you haven’t sampled it before, here’s your chance! This was the final series for the Captain for a couple of years until he reappeared in Marvel US Excalibur title.
PICTURED: CAPTAIN BRITAIN #1 FN £12
*Power Comics: When Odham’s ceased publishing Smash in 1969, Fleetway IPC took over, changing both the size and content of the title, but introducing many great and fondly-remembered strips such as Janus Stark, Cursitor Doom and Simon Test. We have a small but perfectly formed update of a few copies from 1969/1970 fresh in, in superior shape.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: There’s no doubt that the long-lived Victor is most famous as the premiere War Boys’ weekly comic, but you’re just as likely to find other subjects within its pages, such as sporting stories, high adventure in the jungle or with pirates etc. This week we have 25 issues new in from 1966, a year previously poorly represented in our inventory.
PICTURED: VICTOR #282 FN £3 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Just a few issues of Commando added this week, all from the low 600 number range.
*Girls’ Comics: Small updates to many of our best-selling girls’ titles this week, including Bunty (1958 #3, 1968-1970), Judy (1972, 1974), June (1972), Mandy (1969), Romeo (1972), Sally (1970) and Twinkle (1969). Just a handful.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A tiny update here this week from the long-running Love Story Picture Library: #776-778 from 1970, all in very nice shape.
*DC: One of my all-time favourite comics, now elevated to a comic prized by many due to the strong rumours of a Zatanna movie. While all early issues of Hawkman are superb, with high-flying sci-fi stories by Gardner Fox and luminous Murphy Anderson artwork (not that we’re prejudiced witnesses or anything…), the most sought-after in recent years is issue #4, featuring the debut of the Princess of Prestidigitation – Zatanna! Zee (as she’s familiarly known), a personal favourite here at 30th Century, is the daughter of DC’s Golden Age magician Zatara, and took her quest for her missing father through the pages of Green Lantern, Atom, Detective Comics and the Justice League of America in one of DC’s earliest ‘story arcs’, but this is where her illustrious career – which has branched out into both animated and live-action TV – began. (And yes, they did miss a bet by not having her featured on the cover – foolish mortals!). This copy is lowish grade, with a loose centrefold with slightly ragged centrefold page edges as a result. There is a small 1 cm split at top of spine, corner blunting and edge wear that isn’t too bad. The pence stamped cover is clean and unmarked, with a colour-breaking crease across the bottom right corner. This comic really wants to be in your collection!
PICTURED: HAWKMAN #4 FA/GD p £90 SOLD
*DC: One of the most enduring members of Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery, Black Mask debuted in Batman #386, August 1985. He is depicted as a brutal and ruthless crime lord who has a fixation with masks and derives sadistic pleasure from the act of torture. Not the sort of guy to go down the pub with then. This copy of his debut is a nice VF, with very minor edge wear and tiny spine stresses, but retaining cover colour and gloss and has tight and firmly attached staples and great page quality.
PICTURED: BATMAN #386 VF £60
*DC: We conclude this round of Silver Age DC updates with selections from the following titles: Superman (between #149 & #197, a classic period, with lots of Curt Swan art, plus the uncommon Annual #1 in low grade), Tales Of The Unexpected with Space Ranger, Teen Titans (a low grade #1 issue), Wonder Woman and World’s Finest (inc 1st Miss Arrowette in #113 and a classic Joker cover on #177). As always, full details in our catalogue.
*Marvel / Memorabilia & Esoterica: We conclude our Spider-Mania Max long-running feature with something truly unique. Not one but two pieces of original comic art by long-serving Spidey artist Ross Andru. The first is page 11 of Amazing Spider-Man #179 and features the Green Goblin; the second is page 12 of Marvel-Team-Up #3 featuring the Human Torch and Peter Parker changing into Spider-Man. Ross Andru was THE prominent Spider-Man artist of the 1970s, drawing many famous issues including the deaths of Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin, the debut of the Punisher and the whole clone saga, among many others. This represents a very rare opportunity to grab a piece of original art from the most popular comic character of them all, seldom if ever offered for sale from a UK dealer (and of course, we have the issues which feature those pages in stock too!). High resolution images are available on request. A fitting way to end our huge Spider-Mania Max event, but Spider-Mania will still continue at a less frantic pace!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #179 PAGE 11 £3,000
MARVEL TEAM-UP #3 PAGE 12 £1,500
*Marvel: From July 1970, we have not one but two copies of Amazing Spider-Man #86, in which the Black Widow, having previously worn a cute-but-retro fishnets & cape outfit, remade her image into the sleek, leather-clad redhead that we know her as today. Taking on Spidey in a story by noted feminist (ahem ahem) Stan Lee, she delivers immortal lines such as “Don’t think I’m helpless just because I’m soft and cuddly.” Ah, they don’t write them like that any more; aren’t we lucky? We have this first appearance of the Widow as today’s movie-goers would recognise her in highly attractive FN+ and FN- grades, both pence printed. Not much to choose between them; the FN- has some minor creasing at spine where the comic has been read and slightly more corner blunting, the FN+ slightly less wear.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
#86 FN+ p £75
#86 FN- p £60
*Marvel: X-Men issue #129 introduced not one, but two, characters who were to become major players in the lives of the X-Men. Kitty Pryde, the young immaterial ingenue, made her debut as a pupil at Xavier’s school, and went on to become a central part of the series, eventually becoming the leader of the team, while Emma Frost, White Queen of the Hellfire Club, dedicated her telepathic prowess to the X-Men’s destruction – though that dedication hasn’t prevented her from occasionally joining the group herself, and seducing Cyclops whenever Jean Grey happens to be dead for a while! This copy of X-Men #129 is a striking VF+, with minor stress marks at spine, and tiny soft creases at top left and bottom right; tight staples, bright colours with excellent gloss. A cents copy, no UK stamp or overprint.
PICTURED: X-MEN #129 VF+ £100 SOLD
*Marvel: Following his exploits in WW2, Nick Fury resurfaced in the 1960s in Strange Tales as secret agent, head of SHIELD, Marvel’s entry into the spy craze of the time. At the hands of Jim Steranko, renaissance man and consummate comics creator, the strip really tapped into the spirit of this 1960s spy phenomenon, rivalling Bond, UNCLE et al. By the time that Strange Tales ended and Nick got his own series in 1968, Steranko was coming to the end of his time on the series, but he contributed four wonderful stories and art jobs and seven iconic covers before he was through. The series lasted just a further eight issues (and three reprints) without him. We have almost all the series new in from #1, including all the Steranko work. One wonders just what he might have achieved had he decided to continue. For full details of our stock, see our catalogue listing.
PICTURED: NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD #1 GD- p £25 SOLD
*Marvel: Two more editions in the popular Treasury-sized experiment of the 1970s this week: Giant Super-Hero Holiday Grab-Bag (Marvel Treasury Special Vol 1) features a wide roster of Marvel’s most famous heroes by virtue of including lots of team-up stories, whilst Savage Fists Of Kung Fu (less commonly seen) reprints adventures of the pick of the crop of Marvel’s then contemporary Kung Fu heroes and, interestingly, the inside covers feature original British artwork from the Marvel UK covers of the Avengers featuring Shang-Chi.
GIANT SUPER-HERO HOLIDAY GRAB-BAG FN/VF p £15 SOLD
SAVAGE FISTS OF KUNG FU VF £30 SOLD