*DC: Although Neal Adams is probably the artist most associated with Deadman, I’m sure many people forget that he was created by Carmine Infantino (with writer Arnold Drake) in Strange Adventures #205, before Adams came along a little later. A unique figure in DC’s supernatural heroes pantheon, Deadman has long been a stalwart of the DCU. Although this is the first copy we have seen of this issue for some time, we can only offer you a Poor copy, spine rolled, with many cover creases (including a long one horizontally across the middle) this pence stamped copy is marred by a spine split halfway up from the bottom and a tear from the bottom staple with an almost concertina-like creased segment. In addition there is a previous owner’s small sticker over the Comics Code box. There is also some staining to a page or two of the science-fiction back-up story. Not great for a Deadman collector, but perhaps ideal for a Strange Adventures completist who doesn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for this issue to help complete their run.
PICTURED: STRANGE ADVENTURES #205 PR p £50 SOLD
*DC: Never let it be said that we don’t come up with the weird and the wacky here at 30th Century. It’s well known that famed pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was noted for his comic art-like paintings, and a panel in My Greatest Adventure #84 is now being touted as a possible source for one of his works. We’ve reproduced the panel and the painting below alongside the comic in question, so you can make up your own mind. My Greatest Adventure #84, one of the earliest Doom Patrol issues, is a low grade pence stamped copy, with the cover off the top staple.
PICTURED: MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #84 GD+ p £25 SOLD
*DC: An overdue update to those unique Silver Age robots the Metal Men. In a perfect blend of wackiness, the stories of Bob Kanigher were complemented by the art of Andru and Esposito for an insane ride of way-out stories. Many issues new in between #4 & #56. A couple of Metal Men anecdotes if you will: at school I was an arts buff, but I’m sure I owe my one science qualification (chemistry O level) to reading the Metal Men. Plus, when Will was a kid (stretch your imagination here), his Mum hit him over the head with a copy of Metal Men in a shop to keep him quiet (it was the first thing that came to hand); she had to buy it and thus it became Will’s first comic, and the rest is history…
*Marvel: The Good Doctor Collection is a comprehensive collection representing a lifetime’s hobby by one of the UK’s most dedicated collectors. It is a mixture of original owner copies and copies sourced from the UK’s most significant dealers (including ourselves); the Good Doctor was very meticulous and patient in collecting nice copies where available and that is reflected throughout this 1500+ collection of Silver and early Bronze Age Marvel titles. All of the important Marvel titles are included and in virtually complete runs from early numbers upwards. We shall be releasing comics from the Good Doctor Collection over the coming months, but please note that nothing is available until it is listed here.
We begin this week with Amazing Spider-Man #13, a truly lovely copy. We present the first appearance of a major member of Spidey’s Rogues’ Gallery. Peter Parker’s costumed alter ego faced one of his most baffling foes: Mysterio, whose inexplicable feats bordered more on the supernatural than the super-powered, and brought Spidey close to the edge of insanity. Steve Ditko’s artwork here transplanted a touch of his imagination from Doctor Strange to Spidey’s more urban environment, and from the visual evidence, Sturdy Steve was having great fun making both worlds collide! This is a supple pence printed copy, with sharp corners, great cover colour and nice gloss, flat with tight firm staples, and an unmarked cover, white to off-white pages. The only wear comprises a few ticks along the spine and a short, non-colour breaking crease of about 2.5 cm at the bottom of the black border to the left of the cover. An absolute gem; high grade images are available on request.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13 VF- p £2,150
*Marvel: We continue our first foray into the Good Doctor Collection with Amazing #20 and #29, two issues which seem to turn up a bit less often than those around them for some reason. They feature the debut and second appearance of the Scorpion, one of Spidey’s most enduring foes.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
#20 App GD p £155 Ad/text page out; story complete. Stamped as ‘7D’, so we’re not quite sure what the origins of this copy are. A little tired, but structurally sound; some edge wear and corner blunting, but not bad. SOLD
#29 VG/FN p £130 Nice copy with no particular defects beyond some corner and edge wear. Strong colour cover, unmarked, white to off-white pages, good staples.
*Marvel: More from the Good Doctor Collection in the shape of this much sought after two-part storyline in Amazing Spider-Man #39 & #40. I doubt that Marvel could have picked a more anticipated story than the Green Goblin showdown to herald the replacement of Steve Ditko with John Romita on art duties. This is where Spidey and the Goblin learn each other’s secret identities and battle to ultimate victory and defeat (we suspect you know who wins…).
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
#39 FN+ p £340 Rich cover colour on this pence printed copy. Some top and edge wear of a minor nature. Unmarked cover scene; tight staples, great off-white to white pages. Nice and supple.
#40 GD/VG p £90 Pence printed, subscription crease copy, which breaks colour along with some spine creasing, plus creasing to the top edge and top right corner. Centrefold off bottom staple, but a reasonable respectable copy for all that.
*Marvel: Our last visit to the Good Doctor Collection this week features a storyline that has reverberated throughout the Spider-verse ever since it first appeared in these issues: Amazing Spider-Man #144-149, the Clone Saga. The clones of Gwen Stacy and of Peter Parker himself (Ben Reilly) were created here and both have gone on to have significant ‘careers’ in the Marvel Universe. The clone creator, the Jackal, is the main perp here, but along the course of this storyline, Spidey also tangles with the Scorpion & the Tarantula. All issues are now featured in our catalogue. Not pictured are #144 (VF- £35), #145 (VG+ £30) and #146 (FN/VF £28). More from the Good Doctor Collection next week!
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
#147 VF £45
#148 FN/VF £45
#149 FN £90 (1st Ben Reilly) SOLD
*Marvel: Our catalogue expansion programme continues this week as we add issues of the Man Without Fear between #201 and #250. Quite a strong period for Daredevil this, with many memorable villains and dark storylines, punctuated of course by Frank Miller’s second stint as writer (#219, #227-233 ‘Born Again’ with art by David Mazzuchelli). Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: From 1949, Avon’s unique Slave Girl series lasted only two issues. Issue #1 was entitled Slave Girl Comics, and #2 Slave Girl Princess, which concerns us here. A beautiful fantasy/magical adventure following the trials of Malu, the Slave Girl in question and her paramour Garth with pirates, slavers, mongols and the like. Three linked Slave Girl stories in #2, accompanied by two further accomplished stories in the same genre. Excellent art on the Malu tales by Howard Larsen. Although ending on a cliff-hanger, only one further Malu adventure was published in Strange Worlds #3, which did not follow from this. A nice copy, with only fairly minor edge and handling wear, good tight staples and little creasing or nicks; some corner blunting and minor graffiti on Garth’s face on the cover, which does not spoil the cover image. Not too bad at all for a septuagenarian comic.
PICTURED: SLAVE GIRL PRINCESS #2 VG- £200 SOLD
*War: Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos #4 was quite a seminal issue early in the run. By Lee & Kirby, not only did it feature the character Lord Ha-Ha, based on the real life Lord Haw-Haw, the English Lord who broadcast pro-Nazi propaganda from Berlin, it also introduced his sister, Pamela Hawley, who was to become Nick Fury’s wartime sweetheart. And if that wasn’t enough, the first Howler to die, Junior Juniper, who inspired the nickname ‘howling’, copped it in this issue. Easily the quality of the more famous super-hero line from Marvel, this is a great comic. Here in a lovely graded pence printed copy, with great cover colour, excellent page quality and staples; very little wear apart from a couple of small colour-breaking creases across the Comics Code Box.
PICTURED: SGT FURY #4 FN- p £60 SOLD
*Marvel UK: Captain Britain’s various stints in Marvel UK productions are always keenly sought, and none more so than those in Daredevils, where the creative team of Alan Moore and Alan Davis brought the good captain to new heights of glory. 8 of the 11 issue run fresh in from #1, each complete with the centrefold full colour pull-out poster. See our catalogue for full details.
PICTURED: DAREDEVILS #1 GD/VG £10
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Three uncommon comics this week in the faux US style. These probably all date from the late 1950s/early 1960s, but in all honesty, we’ve been able to find out very little about them. They are linked by all having the word ‘hero’ in the title, but little else, we suspect, apart from their black and white interiors and war themes. Daring Hero is unnumbered with no publisher information. Sky Hero (which looks as if it might be from the same source) is also unnumbered and published by Scion (the comic has some indented marks across the logo). Thrilling Hero #13 is published by Man’s World. In 30 years of trading, not things we’ve seen before.
PICTURED: ALL SOLD
DARING HERO VF £12
SKY HERO VG/FN £9
THRILLING HERO #13 FN £10
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: We’re very pleased this week to be able to add many of the first hundred issues of the first of the long-running war-themed Picture Libraries. War started in 1958 and lasted over 2000 issues until 1984. Too many of these earlier issues have been missing from our catalogue for too long, but you’ll find many of them listed there now.
PICTURED: WAR PICTURE LIBRARY
#3 GD/VG £17.50
#5 GD/VG £17.50
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A further release of Pearson’s Picture Romance Library issues, 20+ this time from the mid-1960s between #335 and #379. As with all recent releases of this title, these are from a newsagent’s uncirculated stock; here the gradings fall a little lower than on previous batches, making them very affordable prices in many cases. I was struck when preparing these by the shameless use of pop and film star images on the front covers of many, despite no one looking like that appearing within. Take a look at the couple of examples shown here and see if you can spot the Fab Four resemblances. Full details as always in our catalogue.
PICTURED: PICTURE ROMANCE LIBRARY
#335 FN/VF £7 SOLD
#366 FN £6 SOLD
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Post-war faux American gangster novels (often termed pulps due to their paper quality) written and published in the UK have become something of a collector thing over the last decade or so. Written mostly by house names and featuring sleazy dame covers, the most famous of these are by the Hank Janson/Reginald Heade combo, but there are plenty of other fish in the sea too, for all the rarity of editions that have survived the decades. Just two additions this week: Bewitched and Unlucky Virgin; the former is pretty much sleazy romance rather than a gangster tale, but the luridly attractive cover puts it squarely in the same collector market; the latter is a US imprint of a UK original.
BEWITCHED by Louis-Charles Royer FA £15; 1st UK PB 1952. Evocative art nouveau cover by David Wright. Translated from the French. Much cover wear around all edges, but central image remains unaffected.
UNLUCKY VIRGIN by Michael Storme VG £35; 1st US PB 1951. Striking cover by Thorpe. A little dingy with wear at top edge, but intact spine.
*DC: A nice curiosity this week as we present an unnumbered issue of Detective Double Double Comics. In the Sixties, it was a common practise of the UK distributors Thorpe & Porter to return the covers of unsold copies for credit, then re-purpose the ‘destroyed’ coverless copies, four to an issue, under a new cover – usually an ineptly-recoloured stat of a US original. Thus the contents of any given issue are random, but this issue actually does include four issues of Detective Comics: #352, #357, #358 and, rather fortuitously, #359, containing the first appearance of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. After the original Bat-Girl was swept away out of continuity with her aunt Batwoman following a change of direction for Batman in the 1960s, a new Batgirl was introduced, co-created by DC and the producers of the hit Batman TV show, as a boost to the third series of that iconic show. Barbara Gordon proved a hit as Batgirl both in comics and TV. Her comic debut came in Detective Comics #359 (1967) where she tangled with Killer Moth, just as she did in the pilot for her debut on TV. Barbara Gordon, amidst a history of adventure and misfortune, has gone on to become a mainstay of the DCU to this day. The full comic is included here (without covers, but with ads, of course) in this squarebound giant issue. The issue is in fairly nice nick, with an intact spine and great colour cover; there is a long colour-breaking crease across the bottom right corner and some minor cover staining, back cover creasing, but tight binding and great quality pages. A great find for both Double Double collectors and for those for whom a ‘proper’ copy of Detective #359 is out of reach.
PICTURED: DETECTIVE DOUBLE DOUBLE COMICS VG £80 SOLD
*DC: Dozens of issues of Action Comics added to our listings this week, between #270 and #386, including very many previously missing from our catalogue. A great period for the title, with many classic Superman stories backed up by Supergirl, illustrated by Jim Mooney and later by Kurt Schaffenberger, with the tail end of this update featuring many of the Legion of Super-Heroes back-ups following the switch of Supergirl to Adventure Comics. You know where to find the details…
*Marvel: One of the more tragic entries in Spider-Man’s Rogue’s Gallery is the Lizard, a.k.a. Dr. Curt Connors, a dedicated scientist and devoted husband and father whose research into a regenerative serum, to help himself and other amputees, went horribly wrong when the lizard-like properties of tissue regeneration ran rampant, turning him into a humanoid reptile. The Lizard debuted in the sixth issue of Spider-Man, and we are delighted to have in stock an outstanding copy, pence printed, in a superior grade. Glossy, virtually flat, sharp corners, tight staples and a vivid, unmarked cover scene; the page quality is superb, very close to white pages. There are only the smallest flaws: a small dink at the top corner of the masthead (does not break colour), a very tiny scuff at the base of the Lizard’s lower claw (which you really have to look hard to see) and a couple of very soft, short creases towards the bottom of the spine, which do not break colour and again can barely be seen. We hardly ever see such an early issue of Amazing Spider-Man is such fantastic condition. High resolution images are available on request.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 FN/VF p £2,250
*Marvel: I think if you’re reading this, you must know who Norman Osborn is, so we won’t dwell on that, save to say that this where he made his very first appearance (as Norman Osborn, that is). In this penultimate Ditko issue, Spidey comes up against a couple of wacky robots as only Sturdy Steve could design them. This is an okay pence printed copy, with good cover colour and some gloss, unmarked and flat, nice off-white to white pages. There is some staple rust, and the lower staple is just detached from the cover; very minor spine wear.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37 VG- p £80 SOLD
*Marvel: In Journey Into Mystery #118, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby introduced a new foe for the Mighty Thor. The Destroyer was in fact an enchanted and animated suit of armour forged by Odin, but here manipulated by Loki to battle Thor to a standstill. The Destroyer has reappeared many times throughout the history and breadth of the Marvel Universe. We have a new, pence stamped copy, solid and sound with minor colour-breaking creases at some extremities, strong colour, nice pages and firm staples. Minor spine wear.
PICTURED: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #118 VG+ p £80
*Marvel: Following his 1976 return to Marvel, the legendary Jack Kirby was anxious not to get trapped in the cycle of just illustrating super-heroes again, and one of his conditions was that he would be allowed to write and draw his own concepts. How much of the Eternals concept was his is, politely, open to debate; reminiscent of the then-popular Erich Von Daniken paperbacks, which asserted that mankind’s historical ‘Gods’ were alien visitors, Kirby’s Eternals postulated the return of ancient immortal extraterrestrials and the cataclysmic repercussions for humanity. Originally intended to stand apart from the Marvel Universe, it was shoehorned in at editorial insistence, which resulted in Kirby eventually abandoning the strip mid-story, but with the confirmation of an Eternals movie this series is heating up! This is a lovely high grade pence printed copy of their debut issue, tight, flat and glossy, great staples, sharp corners and just very minor handling wear.
PICTURED: ETERNALS #1 VF p £150 SOLD
*Marvel: In our Slab Happy feature this week, the debut of Soviet Super-Soldier and X-Men nemesis Omega Red in X-Men #4 (1991 series). Graded at 9.2 (NM-) by CGC, this is in their Gold label Signature Series, bearing an authenticated Jim Lee (co-writer and artist) signature. No restoration, case perfect, white pages.
PICTURED: X-MEN #4 CGC 9.2 NM- SIGNATURE SERIES £100 SOLD
*Marvel: ‘What’s Old is our feature where we highlight stuff from our catalogue that you may have missed. A Special Once-In-A-Lifetime Issue’, the cover of this one-shot boasted, and its unique position is simply a result of a scheduling tangle which arose when Marvel was finally allowed by its distributors to increase its range of titles. The Hulk took over the numbering of Tales to Astonish and Captain America the numbering of Tales of Suspense, but that left ‘orphaned’ chapters of the Iron Man and Sub-Mariner serials languishing, so they were used in this oddball one-off so that both Iron Man and the Sub-Mariner could start off their #1 issues with clear storylines. Nevertheless is has found ‘fame’ in recent years as a Marvel #1! Joyfully, both strips were pencilled by the superb Gene Colan. This new addition is an above average cents copy, clean & bright, sound firmly-attached staples, good cover colour and minimal edge & corner wear, apart from some creasing across a small bottom right corner of the cover. One of the easiest Silver Age Marvel titles to complete – buy one and you’ve got the set! Prices are rising on key Sub-Mariner issues, following rumours that he will be appearing in the MCU Phase 4.
PICTURED: IRON MAN & SUB-MARINER #1 VG/FN £170
*Marvel: A nice update to our stocks of the Avengers between #37 and #100, including much of the Kree-Skrull War and the Barry Smith trilogy #98-100. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Marvel: We continue our catalogue expansion agenda this week with the New Mutants, the first of many X-Men spin-off titles that followed in the wake of the success of the mutant franchise in the 1970s. Issues between #7 & #49 added with a wealth of top-notch creators and imaginative characters. Includes #9, the first appearance of Selene, the Black Queen. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*EC: We’re always delighted to be able to present original EC’s for the discerning collector to add to their collection. This publisher really was the benchmark of quality in the 1950s due to the quirkiness of the writing and the quality of the art from the industry’s finest illustrators of the time. This week it’s EC’s horror line that stars with four issues of Vault Of Horror, all from the latter days of this classic run.
PICTURED: VAULT OF HORROR ALL SOLD
#27 VG- £105 Pre-Code; nice solid copy with a little spine roll and some looseness at bottom staple.
#31 GD- £70 Pre-Code; bottom third of spine split; spine and edge wear
#33 FA £40 Pre-Code; spine splits top and bottom, leading to cover tear; spine taped, off staples.
#34 VG £200 Pre-code; firm copy with great colour, staples and pages. Only minor spine wear; faint subscription crease just breaking colour.
*Alan Class Reprints: Just last week, we released the Alan Class Printing Plate Set with comic for Sinister Tales #38, which reprints Amazing Spider-Man #5, in which Spidey tackles Dr. Doom, the earliest Spidey story cover featured by Alan Class. Demand for it was so high, selling out immediately with multiple requests, that we’ve dug up another copy of Sinister Tales #38. We don’t have another set of Printing Plates, sadly, but we have bundled with this a copy of Uncanny Tales #21, which reprints Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, featuring the debut of the Sinister Six. Sadly, the Uncanny Tales is low grade with a taped spine and is incomplete, missing pages 2-7 (the splash is on the inside front cover), but all the full page spreads of Spidey confronting each villain are included. The Sinister #38 is a decent copy with some spine roll and minor loss at top and bottom of spine, but decent pages and an unmarked cover. The two issues are being sold as a bundle.
PICTURED: SINSTER TALES #38 GD/VG & UNCANNY TALES #21 INCOMPLETE £75 (for both together) SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: It was common practise in UK comics for decades to create intentionally short-run ‘Feeder’ titles, with the express purpose of providing ‘new blood’ to refresh longer-running titles. One such was Thunder, which launched in 1970. Thunder developed several popular features, including time-stopping musician ‘Phil the Fluter’ (don’t ask), WWII robot ‘The Steel Commando’, junior Doctor Doolittle ‘Fury’s Family’, crime-fighting whiz-kids ‘The Jet Skaters’, and lovable mad scientist ‘Black Max’. Star of the show, however, was ‘Adam Eterno’, cursed to wander the Earth forever until killed by a weapon of gold – unfortunately for our hero, whenever he looked like being able to end his interminable existence, Circumstances Intervened. Despite a strong line-up, Thunder folded after 22 issues, and all of the above strips leapt into Lion, with, appropriately, Adam Eterno dodging death again when Lion was absorbed by Valiant! Half a dozen issues of Thunder new in this week, including the first three issues (sadly, no gifts) plus the only Christmas issue; full details in our catalogue.
PICTURED: THUNDER ALL SOLD
17/10/70 (#1) FN £35
24/10/70 (#2) FN £20
31/10/70 (#3) VG/FN £17.50
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: Although Rick Random was the main science-fiction star in Super-Detective Picture Library, there were several other issues in that genre before his debut, and we have seven of them for you in this update. Great art, evocative stories and all in a nice uniform grade from an original owner collection.
PICTURED: SUPER-DETECTIVE LIBRARY ALL SOLD
#14 VG/FN £17.50 The Men From The Stars
#20 VG/FN £17.50 Menace From The Moon
#21 VG/FN £17.50 The Rocket Racketeers
#23 VG/FN £17.50 Kidnapped By Martians
#29 VG/FN £17.50 The Planet Of Peril
#31 VG/FN £17.50 The City In Space
#35 VG/FN £17.50 Revolt On Venus
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A welcome return to our catalogue for this long-running series, with new issues of Love Story Library listed between #203 and #233. Attractive interior art and lovely (if a little repetitive) painted covers. Mostly graded as GD, though it should be pointed out that the general condition would justify a higher grade if not for the insidious staple rust which has beset them in long-term storage.
PICTURED: LOVE STORY LIBRARY #203 GD £4
*Childrens’ Books: A further update from this quirky sidebar in publishing history this week. ‘Blitz Books’ is a generic name for various publishers’ series of miniature books (approx 8.5 x 12 cm, usually around 16-32 pages, and published 1940-1944), these booklets helped distract children in air-raid shelters and Underground stations during bombing raids over London. They became known as ‘Blitz Books’, and, like many publications from the years of World War II, are quite scarce, particularly in as nice condition as the examples we have here (although there is some staple rust on these). Four from the unnumbered Tuck’s Better Little Books series, illustrated text stories with colourful, evocative covers. None of these have ever passed through our hands before.
BIG BOY’S BOW VG £6
CLIVE OF INDIA GD/VG £5 SOLD
THE KILLER OF CARRICKBURN VG £6
TRUE SON VG £6
This is a comprehensive collection representing a lifetime’s hobby by one of the UK’s most dedicated collectors. It is a mixture of original owner copies and copies sourced from the UK’s most significant dealers (including ourselves); the Good Doctor was very meticulous and patient in collecting nice copies where available and that is reflected throughout this 1500+ collection of Silver and early Bronze Age Marvel titles. All of the important Marvel titles are included and in virtually complete runs from early numbers upwards.
The assessment and valuation of this collection is a major undertaking for us, and we shall be releasing comics from the Good Doctor Collection through our Newsletter and website over the coming months, starting next week. Our update posts and the comic labels will be branded as from this collection, and we think these copies will be as treasured by their new owners as they were by the Good Doctor himself.
Look out for this exciting opportunity with us every week!
*DC: This issue has a double-feature of debuts, of one of Barry Allen’s closest allies and one of his most relentless nemeses. The cover devotes itself to the meteorological shenanigans of the Weather Wizard, making the first of many appearances, but lurking unheralded within is the debut and origin of Wally West, aka Kid Flash, who shared Barry’s adventures (and became an integral part of the Teen Titans) for decades before assuming the mantle of the Flash himself. This early issue of the Silver Age Flash (which relaunched with #105, following the numbering of the Golden Age Flash Comics) is a reasonable pence stamped copy, with a bright, colourful and glossy unmarked cover, which is flat apart from a small soft crease across the Comics Code Box which just breaks colour and a similar smaller crease at the bottom right cover. The back cover has two or three small tears and a corner crease. Page quality is an excellent off-white to white, and the staples are tight throughout, if a little rusty. The grade is brought down by what appears to be some historic water damage at the spine, barely noticeable on the cover and just a little bit more so on the inside cover spine and splash page. There is no rippling effect caused by this. All in all a copy which looks much better than its technical grade would suggest and would sit well in a nice collection of Silver Age Flash.
PICTURED: FLASH #110 GD/VG p £400 SOLD
*DC: Following strong sales, we’re delighted to restock on the 1984 series of the Legion of Super-Heroes (known as the Baxter series, referring to the superior quality of paper it was printed on). It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Legion here at 30th Century (our name is a clue), but we do bemoan the lack of a quality Legion series after this one. Subsequent series have drifted further and further away from the first 30 years of the Legion to the extent that the characters are virtually no longer recognisable and the quality has varied from mediocre to downright awful, with just the occasional bright spot. Here though, for the last time, are the characters that long-time Legion fans love. And if you look hard enough, you’ll find the odd missive from yours truly in the lettercols. See our catalogue for details of issues available from #1 upwards.
*Marvel: Crossovers of one character into another’s series have become such a staple of the Marvel Universe that it’s hard to recall a time when they were a novelty – but there was such a time, and we have a copy of the first example, in Fantastic Four #12, where the Hulk clashed with the FF for the first time! Contemporary with Amazing Spider-Man #1 (in which the FF also made a brief appearance), this is the first full-on Marvel crossover. Fantastic Four #12 is an unusually rare issue; this is a worn pence printed copy, with a creased spine (lots of fine creasing and some longer, colour-breaking creases); chipping to right cover edge and a couple of small tears at bottom edge. There is a faint book shop stamp across the upper word balloon and the pages are tired with wear at the edges. Staples seem okay, but inside the spine, the comic has been taped from top to bottom, and small pieces of tape have also been attached to the pages outside the centrefold. So, not a great copy but not an issue we see turning up very often.
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #12 GD- p £400 SOLD
*Marvel: Well, your demand for the early adventures of Amazing Spider-Man seems insatiable – bless your hearts – so we’re happy to oblige with issue #11, a Stan Lee/Steve Ditko classic featuring the second-ever appearance of Doctor Octopus, who vies with the Green Goblin for the position of Spidey’s #1 foe. This is a low grade pence priced copy with a great, colourful central cover image. There is a tear (without loss) of about 3 cm across the masthead figure of Spidey; this goes through the comic to a lessening degree. The spine base is also split by about 4 cm, with small, slight loss to the bottom of the spine and through interior pages, nowhere near story panels. Corners are blunt with fine colour-breaking creasing along most edges. Staples are attached at centrefold, but weakening, although still attached, at spine. Pages are a quite nice off-white.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11 FA/GD p £170 SOLD
*Marvel: Lorna Dane had met up with the X-Men in the previous issue, rescued by Iceman after being caught up in one of the bouts of anti-mutant hysteria which sweep Marvel-Earth twice a week, but it wasn’t until issue #50 that she had her Big Reveal: she was the daughter of Magneto, Master of Evil Mutants and the heir to all his power! Fortuitously, this issue was one of a handful drawn by Jim Steranko, and his innovative layouts, cinematic storytelling and nifty costume design for Lorna (who, though generally known as Polaris, didn’t formally adopt that codename until years later) made this story a gripping read with stunning visuals. To say that Lorna’s history has been convoluted is an understatement – the ‘official’ position as to whether she’s Magneto’s offspring or not has changed many times, but – except when she’s had psychotic breaks and become a villain, as you do – she’s been a stalwart member of the X-Men and/or X-Factor for decades now. This is a solid pence stamped copy, marred slightly by a fairly faint book shop stamp over Lorna’s outstretched hand; apart from a small colour-breaking crease across the bottom right corner and a very faint stain over the ‘E’ in the logo, there are no other defects. Great spine, tight staples, nice pages. And that iconic Steranko green cover, one of the classics of the Marvel Age.
PICTURED: X-MEN #50 VG- p £150 SOLD
*Marvel: One of comics’ biggest events of the final decades of the 20th Century was Jim Starlin’s Infinity Gauntlet, in which Thanos, the megavillain Starlin had been building up for nearly twenty years, armed with the reality-altering Infinity Gauntlet, faced down the Marvel super-beings en masse, in a struggle for the fate of the universe! Hugely popular ever since its inception, but with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet at the centre of the Avengers: Endgame cinematic juggernaut, demand for Infinity Gauntlet #1 is at its height. This CGC copy is blue label, case perfect, unrestored, white pages, in the prized grade of 9.8 Near Mint/Mint and a true connoisseur’s item.
PICTURED: INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 CGC 9.8 NM/Mint £200
*Marvel: A nice bunch of Daredevil added to our catalogue this week, chronicling the Sightless Swashbuckler’s adventures between #30 and #66, encounters with Thor, Dr. Doom, the Jester, Captain America, the Black Panther and many others. This low-mid grade selection is characterised by the previous owner having applied his own small stickers over the Comics Code Box (hey, if he had to put them somewhere, that’s just about the least obtrusive place!)
PICTURED: DAREDEVIL #43 VG £40
*Marvel: We continue our agenda of catalogue expansion this week by adding more from Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2, which confusingly reverted to Volume 1 numbering after issue #58, recommencing with #500. This update we have many issues between #501 and #550, taking in multiple Civil War tie-in issues, plus the controversial ‘One More Day’ and ‘Brand New Day’ storylines. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: Greer Nelson started her super-heroine life as The Cat, in her own short-lived series in 1972 and resurfaced here, in the one-off Giant-Size Creatures in 1974, as we learn how she was transformed into Tigra, the Were-Woman, who has since gone on to be a fan favourite in the MU. The double-length origin story also featured Werewolf By Night. A nice high grade cents copy of this squarebound issue, with sharp corners, great cover colour and gloss, tight staples, nice pages and a minimum of handling wear.
PICTURED: GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1 VF £120 SOLD
*Alan Class Reprints: For many years now, we’ve been scouring the personal archives of legendary publisher Alan Class (who is still very much with us) and with his full co-operation, releasing for sale sets of the original printing plates that were used to print the covers of his comics from 1959-1989. We have now reached the final phase of these plate set releases, which will last us through 2021 and probably into 2022. These sets are time-consuming to prepare, so our release schedule will be staggered. But the good news is that all the sets we have left are among the best, either featuring a classic Marvel comic reprint, or else a very early fantasy/mystery issue. So, this final phase represents your last opportunity to add one or more of these unique pieces to your collection. Each set comprises the lead printing plates used in the original comic’s colour printing, a copy of the comic printed with these plates and a signed certificate of authenticity signed by Alan Class himself. These are packaged in a special protective presentation case. Several sets (as noted) have additional historical artefacts such as colour proofs, interior page plates, printers’ photostats etc. (Please be aware that these weigh a lot and postage will be expensive. Also note that due to the onerous paperwork required for customs declarations following Brexit, we can no longer post these Plate Sets outside the UK.) All these Plate Sets are rather unique and special items, but this week’s two examples are particularly extra special. Sinister Tales #1 is our last remaining Alan Class #1 Plate Set and #38 features the earliest Amazing Spider-Man issue to be shown on an Alan Class cover. Details as follows:
SINISTER TALES #1 £100 Comic: VG+ Reprints Kirby Monster story from Tales To Astonish #10 inc cover, Atlas, pre-hero Marvel (3 Ditko, 2 Kirby), Kolah jungle girl (edited Fox Rulah) SOLD
SINISTER TALES #38 £200 Comic: FN Reprints Amazing Spider-Man #5 inc cover, ACG, Charlton SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Lion, the ‘King of Picture Story Papers’ certainly liked to make a habit of Free Gifts in its early years, usually, as here, in the shape of 28 Page Albums of Wonder. #31 from 20/9/52 features ‘Air Wonders Of Today and Tomorrow’ while #32 from 27/9/52 has ‘Scientific Wonders Of Today and Tomorrow’ — all very thrilling for the young male readership, as if they weren’t already excited enough by the thrill-packed content of the comics themselves. Nice examples here, with both comics in VG/FN, usual rusty staples at a minimum; the second gift just has a tad more rust than the first, but nothing too bad.
PICTURED: LION BOTH SOLD
20/9/52 VG/FN WITH FREE GIFT VG/FN £35
27/9/52 VG/FN WITH FREE GIFT VG £35
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: This week, a huge update to our stocks of Battle Picture Library, all post decimal issues, with over 80 issues added, mostly new to our listings and all in beautiful condition from a newsagent’s uncirculated stock, so never been read. Numbers range from #522 to #799. As always, please consult our catalogue for full details.
*Humour Comics: We certainly see fewer copies of the large format Beezer Summer Specials than we do Beezer’s cousins Beano and Dandy, so it’s great to have three nice examples new in this week from 1973, 1975 & 1976. All are unfolded with great colour. 1973 has some chipping at edges, bringing the grade down to GD/VG, but 1975 is a near pristine example in VF (a grade these rarely survive in) and 1976 is not much worse in FN/VF. See our catalogue for full details.
PICTURED: BEEZER SUMMER SPECIAL 1975 VF £17.50
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: From the late 1960s, over 30 more issues of True Life Library (All In Pictures), between #566-600. Released right in the middle of ‘Swingin’ London’, the usual nurses, models and actresses are bolstered by somewhat more liberated heroines, including aviatrixes, monarchs and spies – oh my! With very accomplished art from mainly European illustrators, these are lovely items, their appeal enhanced by the fact that they are from a newsagent’s reserve stock, never sold or circulated, with white pages, bright covers and minimal or no discolouration in the staple areas, almost all are FN or better. Full details as always in our catalogue.
PICTURED: TRUE LIFE LIBRARY
#568 FN £6
#569 FN £6
#599 FN £6
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Philip K Dick is one of our best-selling authors. I guess his themes of religion, drugs, counter culture and destructive relationships appeal. So we’re pleased to present five of his works this week in paperback. The Game Players Of Titan features a contest where the prize is Earth, The Golden Man is an anthology of 15 tales, The Simulacra is about a group who play at world mastery, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch toys with illusion and reality and the Ganymede Takeover (with Ray Nelson) is also about illusion and conflict. Full details in our catalogue.
PICTURED: ALL SOLD
THE GAME PLAYERS OF TITAN VG/FN £7.50 1st UK PB 1969
THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH GD/VG £8 1st US PB 1966
THE GANYMEDE TAKEOVER (WITH RAY NELSON) VG £8 1st UK PB 1971
*DC: Detective Comics celebrated its ground-breaking 400th issue with a lead tale drawn by the superlative Neal Adams – treat enough – but it also introduced a new arch-nemesis for the Caped Crusader in the shape of Kirk Langstrom, tormented scientist who became a half-human, half-bat hybrid in his quest for knowledge. Langstrom’s Jekyll & Hyde persona made him a sympathetic antagonist, and brought him back for many subsequent appearances in multiple media, making him, ironically, the best-known creation of veteran scripter Frank Robbins. Our latest pence-stamped copy is a bit of a train wreck, lots of small creases, and one long colour-breaking crease across the top quarter of the cover from centre top to centre right. Also the vestige of a subscription crease. Off top staple with a tear in that area with no loss. Small tear at top edge too and blunted, well-rubbed corners with very worn spine. Label removal scuff over Comics Code box. Central cover image relatively intact with, amazingly, some residual gloss and pages that aren’t too bad. It might fill a gap for you until you can find a better copy.
PICTURED: DETECTIVE COMICS #400 FA+ p £60
*DC: A quick sweep through the Silver & Bronze Ages of the DCU, with additions to the following titles: DC Comics Presents, Detective Comics, Justice League Of America, Lois Lane (lots of these from #22 up), Strange Adventures, Superboy, Superman (from #111), New Teen Titans (#1) and World’s Finest (from #125). Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Marvel: Lee & Kirby’s Fantastic Four added to its many innovations in 1966’s FF #52, when they introduced the first black super-hero in comics. Previously, the vanishingly rare heroic black characters in comics had been either embarrassing sidekicks or ‘noble savages’, but the Black Panther was the monarch of a highly sophisticated and technologically advanced African nation, Wakanda, and was to become not only one of the FF’s greatest allies, but a mainstay of their fellow heroes, the Avengers. Following his spectacular big-screen success, T’Challa’s earliest appearances have never been in higher demand, and following Marvel’s recent announcement that there will be no more Black Panther in the MCU, since the character will not be recast after the death of Chadwick Boseman, he now holds a unique place in Marvel movie history. Our latest copy is CGC 5.0, unrestored blue label, a pence printed copy, off-white to white pages and a totally undamaged case.
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #52 CGC 5.0 VG/FN p £1000