*Marvel: Issue #41 of the Amazing Spider-Man saw the first new villain of Jazzy Johnny Romita’s artistic tenure, as he and Swingin’ Stan Lee brought us the curiously endearing Rhino, a virtually unstoppable behemoth whose sheer power and tormented soul made him an instant hit, and a popular recurring villain, showing up everywhere from the Defenders to the Unstoppable Squirrel Girl! (No, really…). Not only do we have his first appearance, but also his rapid return in #43 just two issues later, in one of those issues that came out during the UK dock strike of 1966, which made all Marvels for a two month period the very devil to get hold of here in the UK. PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 GD+ p £170 1st Rhino. Unusual 1 shilling stamp. Quite a bit of cover creasing, both colour-breaking and non. Tight, firm staples and nice white to off-white pages. A solid enough copy. SOLD #43 VG+ £165 2nd Rhino. Nice copy; minor reading creases at spine and one very small colour-breaking crease across the very edge of the bottom right corner. Faint stamped arrival date by Spidey’s head. Good colour, firm, tight staples and white to off-white pages.
*Marvel: Another consecutive run from the Good Doctor Collection, all in high grade, from #196 through to #209. There’s a lot going on in this sequence, including an encounter with the Kingpin, a tussle with Mysterio, the giant-size anniversary #200, a Punisher two-parter (including the fabulous cover to #201), a Dazzler guest appearance, the second Black Cat two-parter, a fight with Kraven, introducing Calypso, and much more besides. Full details in our catalogue. PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #201 NM- £70
*Marvel: Soon after the inception of Cap’s debut Silver Age series (#100), Stan and Jack chose to retell his origin in #109. With its distinctive cover of Cap bursting through a newspaper front page dated 1941, this issue has steadily risen in collectability. This week we offer a CGC 5.0 (VG/FN) copy, pence stamped, blue label unrestored, case perfect, white pages. PICTURED: CAPTAIN AMERICA #109 CGC 5.0 VG/FN p £110
*Marvel: This early Lee & Kirby classic saw the introduction of one of the Fantastic Four’s nemeses, the malevolent Mad Thinker! A strategic genius, criminal mastermind and brilliant scientist in multiple fields, the Thinker’s intellect is believed to be the equal of Reed Richards himself. Despite being a thorn in the collective sides of the FF and multiple other Marvel heroes, the Thinker’s background and origin remained entirely unexplored for more than half a century. Also premiering here, the Thinker’s Awesome Android, initially just a near-mindless artificial henchperson, who over the years blossomed into an endearing supporting character as a co-worker of the She-Hulk in her later series. No, really. This is a low grade pence printed copy with a small book shop stamp between the masthead and the logo and a short sealed tear below the number box (sealed with tape on the inside front cover). Spine and edge wear, chipping to right edge (not too bad) and a tiny scuff over the Thing’s head in the masthead box. Bottom staple is coming loose at the front cover. Pages are decent, except for a ragged corner off the top right splash about the size of a £2 coin, which eats into the caption of the first panel on page 2. Tape is also evident by the staples on the inside back cover. For all that a bright copy with reasonable eye appeal. PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #15 GD- p £85 SOLD
*Marvel: After 17 issues of super-heroics, Marvel tried something new with their Amazing Adventures title in 1973, rebranding it as ‘Amazing Adventures Featuring War Of The Worlds’ from #18. (Very) loosely based on H G Wells’s novel of the same name, the Martians invade Earth in the far future and the warrior Killraven and his chums are our planet’s last defenders in this sprawling science fiction epic. Good enough to last until issue #39, due in no small part to the wonderful artwork of P. Craig Russell which adorned most issues. A selection of high grade copies fresh in between #20 and #39; full details as always in our catalogue.
*EC: EC’s Weird Science-Fantasy carried on the numbering, appropriately enough, from both Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, both of which ran up to #22. Weird Science Fantasy started therefore at #23 and lasted until #29, thereafter being rebranded as Incredible Science Fiction. One thing that didn’t change was the quality of the stories and art. This update, we have the first issue (#23) and the penultimate (#28), chock full of the superb work of Wally Wood, Al Williamson, Bernie Krigstein, Jack Kamen and Joe Orlando, with wonderful covers by Wood and Feldstein. Original EC’s don’t come up as often as we would like, and are eagerly sought; personally, I’m a bigger fan of their science fiction (as here) than I am of their horror, although their horror line is excellent as well. Both these issues present fairly well. PICTURED: WEIRD SCIENCE-FANTASY #23 GD/VG £130 Minor edge wear with faint colour-breaking creases at right edge; worn spine with bottom staple just off; a little grubby but nothing too bad. SOLD #28 VG £130 Spine a little worn with bottom staple coming loose at front cover. Tiny nick to right edge of cover.
*Vintage Magazine -Sized Comics: Marvel’s first foray into the magazine market in the late 60s, despite featuring its flagship character, didn’t last beyond two issues. But it was ahead of its time since a few years later, Marvel had much more success with its magazine line. Having said that, Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine was a quality item. #2 (which concerns us here) even upgraded to full colour interiors after the black and white #1, and featured none other than the Green Goblin, with creators Stan Lee and John Romita on board. This is an okay copy, some spine wear, top spine dinking and bottom right creasing throughout, but reasonably sound. More from the Good Doctor Collection next week! PICTURED: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN MAGAZINE #2 VG £15
*Marvel UK: It’s about time we had some early-ish issues of Marvel UK new into stock, so we tickle four titles this week: Avengers (from #1), Dracula Lives (from #2), Mighty World Of Marvel (from #58) and Spider-Man Weekly (from #12). Full details in our catalogue. PICTURED: AVENGERS #1 GD £10 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A further update to our catalogue of several issues of Fleetway’s Air Ace Picture Library, always a top seller for us, between #61 & #198, in a mixture of grades, filling many gaps in our stock. Glorious painted covers. As a result, our stock of this title is particularly strong for this period at the moment, but we don’t expect it to stay that way for too long!
*Girls’ Comics: Two more issues of Mandy complete with their original Free Gifts this week. #243 from 1970 has the Golden Star bangle, still sealed in its original envelope; #347 from 1973 has the Rainbow Ring, also still sealed in its original envelope. Both comics are FN, both gifts VF. PICTURED: MANDY BOTH SOLD #243 FN WITH FREE GIFT VF £35 #347 FN WITH FREE GIFT VF £35
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: A further update to our catalogue for this long-running series, with new issues of Love Story Library listed between #234 and #250 (with some duplicates). 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 #241 GD £4
Now that we’re running smoothly from our new warehouse, we thought it timely to set out how we process and ship orders.
When you place an order, we will automatically reserve the items for you (assuming they’re available). We prepare the paperwork for all orders received during a week (Sunday to Saturday, with a 4 pm cut-off on Saturday), fill them from our warehouse every Sunday and email invoices then. We ask for payment no later than 4 pm the following Tuesday in order to catch our weekly post on Wednesday. If you can’t pay by 4 pm Tuesday for any reason, please contact us; otherwise items in your order will be available for others to buy. Orders are then despatched on Wednesday. Please note therefore that orders placed after 4 pm on Saturday will be filled a week later and posted the following Wednesday, so, for example, if you order on Sunday morning, you will receive your package around 12 days later (if you’re a UK buyer).
This is how things work in a normal week. Occasionally, there may be seasonal adjustments or other extenuating circumstances that cause variations.
*DC: Introduced as a last-minute afterthought in the Batman Animated TV Show, a curvaceous minion of the Joker brainstormed to do a task thought inappropriate for ‘Mr. J’ himself, Harley Quinn caught on like wildfire, and after several reappearances in the show, crossed over into the comic books with Batman Adventures #12 in 1993. Since then, of course, she’s transferred from the DC Comics Animated Universe to the main DCU, had her own series and several spin-offs, cracked the big time of movie success and is now regarded as one of the big-earning ‘pillars’ of the DCU, alongside Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Our latest issue of the beginning of her comic life is a VF copy, flat with great colour and gloss, sharp corners, tight staples, spine clear of reading ‘ticks’. Held off NM only slightly by very small white marks at top edge above upper banner and bottom edge on Batgirl’s knee, which look like handling marks, and a couple of short white lines (about 1 cm each) at top and bottom spine, but that’s being very picky. A lovely copy of a ‘modern’ classic. PICTURED: BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 VF £400 SOLD
*DC: The Legion of Super-Heroes gave birth to 30th Century Comics (you can read about that here) so we make no secret of our love of the 1960s series of Adventure Comics wherein the LSH made their name. Lots of issues new in this week, mostly in low, affordable grades. Includes debuts for classic Legion foes Computo, Dr Regulus, the Hunter and the Dark Circle, the death of Ferro Lad and Triplicate Girl (two of whose bodies survived as Duo Damsel), the 1st Tornado Twins and many other wonderful adventures. See our catalogue for full details.
*Marvel: Leading the charge of the Good Doctor Collection this week is the fourth issue of Amazing Spider-Man, a Lee & Ditko classic which introduced Spidey to the gentleman who would become one of his most vehement enemies – and occasionally, a reluctant hero – the shape-shifting Sandman, whose molecular mastery came close to baffling our hero. In addition, this issue features the debut of Betty Brant, a lady who was to become very important in the Wall-Crawler’s life. This is a low grade copy with spine roll and a worn spine. The original staples look loose but okay; someone had added additional staples at the top and bottom of the spine and the cover has come off the bottom one of these at the front. Lots of edge wear and small colour breaking creases at the edges. There’s a small number ‘263’ in biro above Spidey’s head in the first cover panel and some smallish white scuff marks on the word ‘Spider’ on the cover logo. Internally, there is a fine 2 cm tear which goes through most pages up from the bottom edge, but which does not affect the covers. Cover colour and central image are pretty good on this cents copy, although there is minor back cover staining. There’s a previous owner’s name above the splash page; pages are an okay off-white with some wear to right edges. High resolution images are available on request. PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 GD- £750
*Marvel: One of the most sought-after storylines in Spidey’s history from the Good Doctor Collection this week. I don’t think anyone saw this coming back in 1973! In Amazing Spider-Man #121, Gwen Stacey died at the hands of the Green Goblin, and that villain perished himself in the very next issue. These landmark stories still resonate to this day, and although perhaps somewhat diluted by the return of both characters (hey kids, this IS comics!), the impact at the time was momentous and both issues still attract much collector interest. Both our latest issues are cents copies of course, since these issues were not distributed in the UK. However, some copies came to these shores as ship’s ballast, and this appears to be the case here. #121 is glossy with great colour, tight staples and white to off-white pages, but has the wavy rippling effect of water exposure throughout. #122 also has this, a little more severely, and has ballast ink marking at page edges, which does not intrude on to the cover; again, it has nice colour, gloss, pages and staples. PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121 VG £270 SOLD #122 VG- £130 SOLD
*Marvel: Our last visit to the Good Doctor Collection this week features every issue of Amazing Spider-Man from #259 to #297, when Spidey sported the black costume later revealed to be Venom. Many classic stories and characters are included in this sequence, including tussles with, and the final defeat of, the Hobgoblin, the debut of Silver Sable, Secret Wars II tie-ins, the Sinister Syndicate, Peter proposing to Mary Jane and the Amazing chapters of the epic ‘Kraven’s Last Hunt’. Very high grades on almost all of these, and more excitement than you can sling a web at! More from the Good Doctor next week! PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ALL SOLD #270 NM- £44 #281 NM- £60 #294 NM £55 #297 NM- £44
*Marvel: Interest in the Sub-Mariner is currently high with strong rumours regarding his imminent debut in the MCU, so we’re delighted to have this classic early X-Men issue new in this week where Subby joins the Evil Mutants and thus encounters our heroes. Lee & Kirby at the height of their powers, and featuring of course, the third appearance of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. This is a solid pence printed copy, with brilliant unmarked cover image, minor spine and edge wear, some corner blunting, supple with tight staples and nice white to off-white pages; a little bit of fine creasing just in the very bottom right cover corner. PICTURED: X-MEN #6 VG/FN p £285 SOLD
*Marvel: Logan’s Run was a 1976 film starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter and, as you probably remember, had the plot of a society where people were exterminated when they reached the age of 30. Marvel didn’t take long to put out their adaptation the following year, featuring the art of George Perez. The film adaptation took five issues, with a new sequence commencing in #6, but not completed when the series was cancelled after #7. Notably, #6 featured a Thanos back-up story with art by Mike Zeck. We’re pleased to present the entire 7 issue series, all VF or VF+, all pence printed copies, for one price. PICTURED: LOGAN’S RUN #6 VF; COMPLETE SET #1-7 p £60 SOLD
*Marvel: A small selection of Silver & mostly Bronze Age material this update. Titles include: Alpha Flight, Avengers (#35), Daredevil, Moon Knight, Rom, What If (1st series) & X-Men (double-sized #150 and 1st Rogue in title #158)
*Horror 1940-1959: Dick Briefer was a talented writer/artist who worked in a variety of fields and media and although most of his work is largely forgotten today, his fame lives on through his series of Frankenstein for Prize Comics, which ran from 1945-1954 (with a gap); the character also appeared by him in the Prize Comics anthology series. Our update this week fully illustrates the difference between the pre and post gap publications. The first 17 issues had a juvenile, spooky humour content, as shown by #4 here. After a three year gap, Briefer revived the series with a more adult, horrific content with #18 (also available here), finishing off in 1954 with #33 (again, available here). Briefer’s sweeping lines and iconic imagery deserve to be remembered and celebrated. PICTURED: FRANKENSTEIN #4 FA+ £40 Pre-code. Long spine splits and off both staples at front of comic. Small chips out of front and back covers. Nice pages. #18 PR £50 Pre-code. 1st adult horror issue. Covers detached and separated; chips out, tears and creases. SOLD #33 GD/VG £105 Pre-code. Final issue. Small chip out bottom spine; edge wear, minor tears and fine creases. SOLD
*Western: Straight Arrow was a Commanche warrior raised by ranchers and had an honest-to-gosh secret identity. His long-running series (55 issues) from Magazine Enterprises started in 1950 and spun out from the 1948 radio series of the same name. We have three issues for your consideration this week: two early low grade issues (#12 and #20) and one better, later issue (#41). A quality series, with art on the Red Hawk back-up by Bob Powell. Full details as always in our catalogue. PICTURED: STRAIGHT ARROW #41 VG £15 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 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.) Five new sets available this week, each with a variety of Extras, including a superb package in Suspense #58. CREEPY WORLDS #52 £70 Comic: FA/GD (some loose pages) Reprints Daredevil #3 inc cover (1st Owl), ACG. Extra: 1 interior plate SOLD CREEPY WORLDS #101 £90 Comic: VG- Reprints Amazing Spider-Man #51 inc cover, & #52, Atlas, Charlton, pre-hero Marvel, 1 Ditko. Extra: Cover colour proof (torn and taped) SOLD SUSPENSE #58 £250 Comic FN Reprints Amazing Spider-Man #10 by Ditko inc cover, Thor story from Journey Into Mystery #86 by Kirby (1st full Odin, 1st Tomorrow Man), Charlton, Atlas, pre-hero Marvel (1 Kirby). Extras: 2 interior plates (inc ASM #10 splash), 3 cover colour proofs in various conditions. What a package! SOLD SUSPENSE #100 £60 Comic: VG Reprints Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #11 inc cover, Charlton, ACG, 1 Archie Jaguar. Extra: Cover colour proof SOLD SUSPENSE #107 £60 Comic: VG Reprints X-Men #48 inc cover, Charlton, 2 Ditko. Extra: Cover colour proof (slightly taped and stained) SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: We round out the year 1952, the first year of Lion’s publication, with every issue from 4th October (#33) to December 27th (#45), including the Christmas issue for 20th December. Nice flat copies from an original owner collection where mostly they’re VG. The inevitable rusty staples are not too much in evidence with only minimal bleed. See our catalogue for full details. PICTURED: LION 20/12/52 CHRISTMAS ISSUE VG £12 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A small update this week to Fleetway’s Battle Picture Library, mostly consisting of issues from the first 20 (with a handful of later issues). 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: BATTLE PICTURE LIBRARY #4 GD £15
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: True Life Library has been quite a hit with our customers, so we’re delighted to have a further addition of over 20 issues to our catalogue, in four number ranges: #37 on its own, #448-453, #609-614 and #653-659. PICTURED: TRUE LIFE LIBRARY #37 GD £8 SOLD #453 VG/FN £5 SOLD #657 VF £6
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Often dubbed ‘the poor man’s Sherlock Holmes’, there’s still no doubting the popularity of Sexton Blake, who has probably had far more fiction written of him than the world’s greatest detective. This week, we have added six digests from the famous Sexton Blake Library. These are picture library sized, but mainly text. The series ran from 1915 to 1968 and this selection follows on from editor William Howard Baker’s 1956 revamp of the character. PICTURED: SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY ALL SOLD #363 GD/VG £6 Front Page Woman by Peter Saxon #365 GD/VG £6 Night Beat by Arthur Maclean #405 FA £4 High Heels and Homicide by Desmond Reid (small corner off bottom right cover) #445 VG £7 Mission To Mexico by Arthur Maclean #453 GD/VG£6 Man On The Run by Arthur Kirby #462 GD/VG £6 Journey To Genoa by F. Dubrez Fawcett
*Childrens’ Books: Occasionally, payment doesn’t come through after something is ordered; such is the case with these highly popular items, so we’re offering them again this week. 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). Three 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. PICTURED: BIG BOY’S BOW VG £6 THE KILLER OF CARRICKBURN VG £6 TRUE SON VG £6
*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. SOLD
*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. PICTURED: 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