*Collected Editions: The second volume of the collected Future-Shocks – stand-alone twist-ending stories printed in 2000 AD from the 1970s onward – is newly available, with contributions from Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Ron Smith, John Wagner, Alan Grant, Brett Ewins and scores more! This new edition TP is £20.
*DC: Our Batmania event rolls on, this week featuring most issues in a nice run between #233-253. Included are several giant and enlarged issues, lots of Ras Al Ghul, the Shadow, the Spook and lots more. Prominent issues with Neal Adams art in nice grades are as shown below: #237 FN+ p £50, #243 FN/VF p £50, #244 VF p £100 and #245 VF p £50.
*DC: Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke (also known for much of his career as ‘the Terminator’, until Arnie’s agents said ‘Oi!) made his first appearance in New Teen Titans #2, the successful Wolfman/Perez revival of the faltering franchise. Already a hit, the New Teen Titans’ fortunes rose with those of Mr. Slade as their recurring arch-nemesis, and eventually he went on to star in several series of his own, as well as media appearances in the ‘Arrow’ TV show and elsewhere. This premier appearance is a striking VF/NM pence copy, tight corners, vivid cover colour and firm staples, a fresh and bright copy with considerable eye appeal. VF/NM p £115.
*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 is a VF+ p copy of the Starlin/Perez blockbuster’s opening chapter, on sale at £100.
*DC: In the wake of the Justice League/Justice Society crossovers, interest was revived in the 1940s heroes of the JSA, and one of several tryouts was the Spectre, a literal ghost who wandered the Earth, battling evil with mighty supernatural abilities. Brought back for a solo tryout in Showcase #60, by the superb team of Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson, the Ghostly Guardian’s powers were elevated to almost godlike levels, to the point where the writer must have strained to come up with credible opposition for him – but the epic clashes between mystical and demonic forces pioneered ‘cosmic’ before ‘cosmic’ was even a thing over at Marvel! Issue #60 is FN+ p £60; issue #61 is VF+ £70. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: After a long run as the co-star of Tales of Suspense, Iron Man was given his own title in 1968, when the ‘Berlin Wall’ of Marvel’s distribution came down, and they were allowed to expand their range of titles. New in this week, a copy of Iron Man’s first solo issue, with Gene Colan’s hyperkinetic art driving the drama onward! This is a CGC 8.5 blue label (no restoration) copy, VF+ equivalent. Given Iron Man’s pivotal status in the Marvel Universe, both Comic and Cinematic, this is, although we’re ordinarily loath to use such terms, an investment grade key first issue, and is on sale for £900. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: The Spider-Man issues illustrated by his co-creator, Steve Ditko, are always in high demand here at 30th Century, and we are delighted to welcome six classics from the Lee & Ditko team, beginning with #16, in which the Man Without Fear, Daredevil, made his first guest-star appearance. #26 pits our hero against the Crime-Master and the Green Goblin, while #32 is part of a classic trilogy with Spidey battling for the life of his beloved Aunt May. #34 presents an early clash with Kraven the Hunter, while #37 introduces Norman Osborn, a figure who was to loom large in Peter Parker’s life. Lastly, the final Ditko issue, #38, is a change of pace saga not only drawn by Sturdy Steve, but plotted by him too. Issue #37 is FN+ at £150; #38 is FN/VF, an exceptionally bright white-background cover, on sale at £95. Details on the others in our Marvel listings.
*Marvel: In the Frank Miller era of Daredevil, Bullseye, the unfailing assassin, became firmly established as DD’s bête noire, causing the Man Without Fear endless grief and misery. And can we ever forget Colin Farrell’s epic scenery-chewing as Bullseye in the Daredevil movie? Well, maybe if we’re lucky and get hit in the head with a blunt object. But a lot of people, even today, aren’t aware that Bullseye wasn’t a Miller creation; step forward Marv Wolfman and Bob Brown, who presented The Assassin Who Never Misses for the first time in Daredevil #131, two years before the Miller regime kicked in! We are pleased to present a Fine+ pence copy, (light spine & corner wear), of this increasingly significant debut issue at £75.
*Marvel: Following his tryouts in Marvel Super-Heroes #12 & #13, Mar-Vell, the Kree warrior sent to conquer Earth from within, got his own series in Marvel’s 1968 expansion year, chock-a-block with intrigue as his superior officers schemed to overcome the planet, and Captain Marvel played a double game. Overtly a good soldier following orders, he secretly strove to thwart their agenda, as he came to sympathise more with Earthlings, particularly one Carol Danvers, the security agent who would, decades down the line, take over the role of Captain Marvel herself. This is a VG p copy of Captain Marvel #1, with light to moderate wear at edges (particularly around the top staple) not detracting from the cover scene, with mostly unmarred deep purple background. On sale at £55.
*Marvel: We’ve often joked about the popularity of Venom, the cuddly brain-eating symbiote introduced as Spidey’s new summer outfit in Secret Wars #8, but since the hit movie starring Tom Hardy, Venom’s star has risen, with his early mini-series having around tripled in price. This update, we add Venom to our catalogue listings, all his early minis such as Enemy Within, Funeral Pyre, Lethal Protector, the Mace, and the Madness, mostly co-starring other Marvel comics super-stars such as Spider-Man and the Punisher, and several featuring early work by creators such as Liam Sharp and Kelley Jones, who would go on to higher-profile gigs. Our picture is of the first Venom ‘solo’, Venom: Lethal Protector #1 (NM/M p £35), while details of the others may be found in our online listings.
*Marvel: A bumper load of assembling this week as we unleash over 100 issues of the Avengers new in between #72 and #194 (most issues from that sequence). In a variety of low to mid-grades (many better), this spans the entire period when the title was non-distributed in the UK in the 1970s, and a great opportunity to fill those gaps in your collection. As always, consult our catalogue for the (very) full listing!
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: At the height of the Cold War, comics about spies abounded, but Magazine Enterprises’ Starr Flagg stood out from the crowd, not least because she looked as if she’d be more at home on a beach or at a cocktail parties than getting to grips with the Red Threat. But battle for democracy she did, and was unafraid to deploy her perfectly-manicured fists in the cause of freedom! This high-octane adventure series was beautifully drawn by the criminally underestimated Ogden Whitney, written by the sublime Gardner Fox, who was clearly having as much fun with his heroine as his readers did. Launched in Manhunt #1 in 1947, Starr appeared in only 19 comics in all, and her adventures are very elusive, so we’re chuffed to have #6 of her own series (alias A-1 Comics #98), in stock. This VG+ copy (listed in our catalogue as Undercover Girl) sports a cover by Bob Powell, with the light cover background occasionally softly creased, but unmarked. Corners are sharp, staples are firm, interiors creamy and extremely flexible – much like our heroine! VG+ £140.
*Horror 1940-1959: We commence a new round of Pre & Post Code horrors this week. From Stanley Morse (Key) Publications in 1954, this first issue of the legendary Weird Chills provides the hapless reader with blood-draining, gaslighting, force-feeding with gunpowder, vengeful hallucinations, and forced marriage to a gorilla – all this high drama and grand guignol, plus the chilling work of artist Basil Wolverton in ‘The Man Who Never Smiles!’, wrapped up in a horrific Bernard Bailey blood-transfusion cover. One of the top twenty most sought-after Pre-Code Horror classics, this is vanishingly rare in any grade, and we count ourselves especially lucky to have a VG+ copy in stock, light spine and corner creasing, but unmarred black background, only slight looseness at staples, and presentable interior pages without tears, creasing or other defacements. Sound and clean, this highly desirable VG+ item is on sale at £700. Front and back cover images and splash are shown below; high resolution images are available on request. Join us again soon for more Horror Fest fun!
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: From 1972, the first issue of Werewolf by Night. Created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog, the story of a young lad named Jack Russell (no, really; stop laughing at the back there) who contracted a lycanthropic curse hit a high note with the readership when tried out in issues #2-4 of Marvel Spotlight, and was awarded his own title which ran for 43 issues. This is a lovely VF copy, with vivid red unfaded cover background, almost flawless spine with no weakness at staples, and only the slightest ‘blunting’ at upper and lower right cover corners. A cents copy (never distributed in the UK, so there are no pence copies), this VF item is on sale at £70.
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls: Continuing our promenade through the world of Patsy Walker, we turn this week to issues #2-10 of her own series, which commenced in 1945 and ran 124 issues, closing out in the middle of the Marvel Age! Predictably with comics of this vintage, the condition varies considerably, from FA to FN, but all are complete and intact, with structural defects not impacting upon the content. This period saw Patsy’s publication frequency shift from quarterly to bi-monthly, as her appearances here and in Miss America Magazine consolidated her popularity. Pictured are issues #3 and #9; #3 is VG £54 and #9 is FN at £81. For details on the others, please see our catalogue listings, and keep your diary free for another Date With Patsy soon!
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: In the 1950s, Strato/Arnold acquired the rights to repackage Simon & Kirby’s three groundbreaking romance titles from the 1940s – Young Brides, Young Love and Young Romance. But the usual 68-page black & white squarebound format required an insatiable influx of material, so the repackagers, with a splendid disregard for order and method, reprinted love stories from any American publisher they could strike a deal with – with the result that each issue is a mish-mash of Simon & Kirby, Atlas, ACG, Quality, Ajax/Farrell, Charlton, or any number of random heartstring-pluckers! We have selections of these three titles newly in, many with Simon & Kirby reprints (differentiated within our listings) and several… not, although there is often some fine work among the non-S&K issues. Young Brides are refreshed from #4 to #37, Young Love from #12 to #39 and Young Romance from #9 to #38. Pictured are Young Brides #5 FN £20, Young Love #16 FN £20 and Young Romance #9 FN £20, all Simon & Kirby issues.
*Power Comics: Wham! weekly, founded by Beano émigré Leo Baxendale (creator behind ‘The Bash Street Kids’ and other legendary series) was already a hit in 1964, but got another boost when a cleverer than average gift, the ‘Whampire Bat’ – kind of a hand-wound, rubber-band propelled flying toy – was presented with issue #15. This copy of #15, featuring the Baxendale creations ‘Biff’, ‘Pest of the West’, ‘Eagle Eye’, ‘Georgie’s Germs’ and more, is an attractive FN, with only very minor spine roll and light spine foxing. The gift is FN, never fully opened or used, but slightly discoloured from long-term storage. The comic and gift are offered together for £60.
*Annuals: Two separate strands to the final Boys’ Adventure update in our Immaculate Annuals event, with one side embodied by plucky youths and gallant men doing daring things for the Empire, while the other side is brash superheroics from across the Atlantic! The Old Country is represented by Boys’ World (1966, 1967, 1969 and 1972) and Eagle (1965, 1966-1970), while our Transatlantic chums are Batman (1967 and 1968), Superboy (1967), and a trio of Storybook Annuals: Batman (1966), Marvel (1967), and Superman (1967). From the same pedigree source as our previous ‘Immaculate’ selections, these are from a newsagent’s inventory, never circulated or read, no prices clipped, no gift dedications, ‘This Book Belongs To’ inscriptions or other interior markings, solid spines, tight corners and bright, vibrant colours. A few have minor edge wear from long-term storage, or occasionally light breaks in the laminate, but all have exceptional eye appeal. Depicted are Batman 1968 – with a classic movie-still cover (FN £20), Boys’ World 1972, the final BW annual with a cover painting by Mike Noble (FN/VF £11), and Eagle 1965, cover-featuring Dan Dare (VF £20). Details on all the others in our online catalogue, as always.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: One of the earliest attempts to coherently re-present the Fleetway/IPC classic adventure series was 1975’s Vulcan, an experimental weekly which was smaller than usual – closer to American comic-book size – contained many colour pages, and reprinted in sequence several much-loved series from the past: The Spider, Kelly’s Eye, Trigan Empire, Robot Archie, Sabre, Mytek the Mighty and the Steel Claw. Launched successfully as a trial in Scotland, a national edition was rolled out in late ’75, and ironically lasted fewer issues than the trial run! The slick paper was a bit fragile, and copies of the short-lived series don’t sustain damage well, so we’re delighted to have a VG/FN copy of issue #2 of the National edition in this week, with the free gift – Magical Numbers Card Game – in FN! The game was originally presented in a punch-out card, and this copy is unpunched, all pieces in situ (though a couple only just). The comic itself would be Fine but for a small ‘puncture’ mark in the top ‘C’ of the logo. The comic and the gift together are on sale at £30. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: We’ve concentrated on longish runs of specific series in recent PL updates, so this week, here’s a bouquet of miscellaneous manly action, a scattering of titles lightly restocked for your pleasure! Action Picture Library from #3, Battle Action In Pictures (Miller) #4, Action Series #1 (starring Secret Agent X-9), Commando #51, Radar, Man From the Unknown from #2, Miller Detectives Theo Drake and Mark Conway (first issues of each) and a handful each of two very popular series, Super-Detective Picture Library from #116 and Thriller Picture Library from #156 to #449. Depicted are Commando #51 in an extraordinary VF at £35, Action Series #1 FN £15 and Radar #4 VF £25.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Despite having recently restocked our inventory of Marvel UK’s Planet of the Apes Weekly, sales have proved that you just can’t get enough of that simian stuff – so here’s more! Around fifteen new issues in our inventory, ranging from #5 to #59, all in respectable mid to high grades, and including – oh, you guessed – #23, with the debut of Apeslayer! We won’t go into detail about who Apeslayer is here – we did a whole article about it in the ‘Extras’ section of our website, if you’re bothered – but rest assured, it was definitely… a thing that happened. Ook ook!
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our American section:
*Marvel M – S
and in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics V – Z
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*DC: Launched in 2009 as part of the ‘Batman Reborn’ initiative, Gotham City Sirens combined three of the Batman legend’s favourite ‘bad girls’, and had them doing good things – albeit not always for the purest of motivations. Written by acclaimed creator Paul Dini, this surprisingly strong recasting of the ladies as anti-heroes caught on big-time with the fans. Despite Dini turning over the scripting to other hands mid-point, guest appearances by other DC Divas such as Lady Shiva, Talia Al Ghul and Zatanna ensure that it remains one of the hottest and most sought-after series on the modern back issue market. With the Gotham City Sirens movie, featuring Margot Robbie reprising her role of Harley Quinn, plus a version of the Sirens appearing in the acclaimed ‘Gotham’ TV show, the series is only becoming harder to find! We have a virtually complete series, lacking only issues #2 and #9 from the first 26 issue run, averaging VF. Pictured is #1 FN/VF £50; for details of the others, see our online catalogue listings. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*DC: One of the biggest hits of the 1980s was the New Teen Titans, in which Marv Wolfman and George Perez took a moribund Sixties franchise and revitalised it into DC’s sales powerhouse of the decade. Introducing three brand-new characters – Cyborg, Raven and Starfire – Wolfman & Perez hewed very closely to the X-Men model of angst-ridden young heroes, and scored big points not only with DC’s readers; NTT became the DC Comic even Marvel fans bought! But the team made their first appearance, not in their own series, but in a ‘Bonus Book’, a supplement included with another title, DC Comics Presents #26. Here, for the first time, we met the new team, as they were gathered together to face a fearful menace – and the Jim Starlin-drawn Superman GL team-up’s pretty nifty too! Now the stars of a live-action TV show, the New Teen Titans’ popularity is soaring, so we’re pleased to be offering a nice copy of their debut issue. DC Comics Presents #26 is VF, cents copy with no pence price, at £70.
*DC: DC had traditionally had a regrettable habit of letting Anniversary issues slip by unnoticed, but by 1968, they’d wised up a little, and decided to make a bit of a thing out of Batman’s 200th number. Behind a special cover by then hot new artist Neal Adams, the book-length ‘The Man Who Radiated Fear!’ pitted the Dynamic Duo against the sinister Scarecrow – with guest villains the Joker, Penguin, and Killer Moth – in a story which recapped the origins of the Dynamic Duo but still gave regular readers plenty of action and adventure for their money – and a couple of reprint special features to boot! This copy of Batman #200 is a glossy and bright VF, the white cover background surprisingly unmarred, though there is a pence stamp unobtrusively in the upper right cover corner. VF p £70. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: In excess of 100 issues of Action Comics newly listed, including a catalogue expansion up to #500. From the early 1970s through to the mid-1980s, none of them previously in our stock, this selection gives us a virtually unbroken run from #398 to #450, and a substantial proportion of issues through to #499. Highlights include the debut of the Human Target, later star of his own TV series, in #419, the first Captain Strong in #421, the debut of the second-generation Toyman in #432, 100-Page and Giant issues (#437, #443, #449), the debut of the lethal Faora Hu-Ul in #471, the wedding of the Earth-2 Lois Lane and Superman in #484, an iconic Neal Adams cover on #485 and, as a bonus, Alan Moore, Curt Swan & Kurt Schaffenberger’s elegiac farewell to the Silver Age Superman in #583. Of particular note is that this selection averages exceptionally high grades for its vintage. With only a handful of exceptions, the minimum grade is FN/VF, with the majority being VF+ or better, and a substantial amount of NM, a grade we seldom award to items of this age. Truly beautiful glossy copies with vivid colours and cream interior pages. Depicted is #485 (NM, £11.50). Details on all the rest may be found in our catalogue listings. SORRY, PICTURED ITEM NOW SOLD
*Marvel: One of the later breakout characters of Marvel, Frank Castle, aka bereaved urban vigilante the Punisher, became one of the company’s super-stars in the 1990s, but had spent most of the previous two decades ‘bubbling under’ as a guest-starring anti-hero. His media presence – and commercial appeal – has been heightened by film and TV appearances. The Punisher’s first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #129, February 1974, is rare in the UK, where, owing to the presence of Spider-Man Comics Weekly, the US title was embargoed for several years. This is a cents copy (there are no pence copies, of course), in remarkable condition; unmarred cover scene with bright, unfaded colour, off-white interior pages, and excellent gloss. Vestigial spine wear, barely perceptible, and a slight ‘blunting’ of the corners, are the only defects in this exceptional copy. VF- £675. Front and back cover and splash page images are shown below; high resolution versions are available on request. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: From the creative height of Lee and Kirby’s Fantastic Four, a quartet of prime issues. #44 saw the debut of Gorgon of the Inhumans, despatched to retrieve the errant Madame Medusa from the world of humanity; in #45, the secret of Medusa’s and Gorgon’s origins was revealed, and we met the rest of the uncanny Inhumans – with one conspicuous exception! #46 corrected that omission, with the first full appearance of Black Bolt, Monarch of the Inhumans, and in #47, the FF, and the readers, travelled to the hidden land of Attilan, the Inhumans’ home, to face the menace of Maximus the Mad! This was not the end of the Inhumans saga, but these four issues introduce all the key players and elements in the unfolding drama of Attilan. #44 is VF £70, #45 is GD- (covers virtually separated) p £70, #46 is VF p £225 and #47 VF £100.
*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 – with Angelina Jolie, Selma Hayek and ‘Game of Thrones’ star Richard Madden, among others – this series is heating up! Our latest copy of Eternals #1 is a PGX slabbed 9.0 (VF/NM equivalent), and is on sale at £135. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In the second issue of the Avengers, the team faced the menace of the Space Phantom, an extraterrestrial invader with the novel m.o. of teleporting beings into a limbo dimension, and assuming their forms and powers for his own ends. Swiftly discovering the power of the Hulk, the transmogrified Space Phantom went on a rampage, with his fellow-Avengers finding it all too easy to believe he’d turned to the Dark Side – resulting in some anger when the real Hulk returned, and quit the team in a huff! This copy of #2 is an Apparent FN/VF: tight at staples, flat, glossy, vibrant colours and creamy interior pages. The ‘Apparent’ modifier, however, is because of a slight right edge trim and, more importantly, a thoughtless previous owner’s removal of two interior ad pages (4 sides), neatly done and not affecting the story, which is complete and intact. A decent copy of an early Avengers epic: App. FN/VF p on sale at £215.
*Marvel: In 1976, the House Of Ideas came up with Nova, designed originally to be an ‘everyman’ character like Peter Parker/Spider-Man, but quickly developing into a cosmic ‘soldier’ more akin to DC’s Green Lantern – luckily, DC’s lawyers didn’t notice the parallels! Although the original run lasted a mere 25 issues, Nova has returned many times to the Marvel Universe, and where he shines is in the protracted cosmic crossovers of which Marvel is so fond. The Nova Corps having been namechecked in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, it can only be a matter of time before the man himself makes an on-screen appearance, and prices are rising, so grab this while you can! A very decent, glossy and flat cents copy of #1 with only very minor wear: FN+ £55. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In 1975, Roy Thomas’ lifelong love affair with all things Golden Age paid off, as he got to reunite the 1940s iterations of Captain America, the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch in a series of ‘untold tales’ set in World War II. Intended to be an ongoing double-sized title, Giant-Size Invaders #1 proved to be a one-shot owing to Marvel editorial retrenchment, but relaunched as an ongoing series later in the year, running 40+ issues, and being generally accepted as the retconned foundation of the Marvel Universe. This premier team-up of Timely’s ‘Big Three’ (plus their sidekicks, Bucky and Toro) is an outstanding VF+ with squarebound spine virtually unmarred. Never distributed in the UK, it is of course a cents copy. On sale at £50. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: In 1975, someone at Marvel had the bright idea of using up some currently unused characters to form a new team, resulting in possibly the most mis-matched group ever to grace the House Of Ideas. Angel & Iceman were not wanted in the New X-Men, Hercules and Black Widow had no home in the Avengers, and Ghost Rider is possibly the least likely team player of all. Marvel were hoping to follow-up the success of their ‘non-team’ the Defenders, by making the Champions ‘heroes for the common man’, but that angle was quickly forgotten and they became more of a ‘Poundland Avengers’. Despite some sterling work, it didn’t quite gel, but became the inspiration for several subsequent teams of Champions, including the currently-successful incumbents. This is a beautiful NM cents copy of Champions #1, on sale at £60.
*Marvel: Following his return from Limbo as part of the dynamic Defenders, a solo series for Stephen Strange was inevitably on the (tarot) cards, and Marvel duly obliged with Marvel Premiere #3, Stan Lee himself returned from semi-retirement to write the book length story, superbly illustrated by Barry Smith, re-establishing Strange as the Sorceror Supreme, and triggering a revival which has never seen the good Doctor out of print for long since! This copy of Marvel Premiere #3 is an attractive VF+, firm staples, unbroken cover colour, glossy with tight corners, and only very slight wear on the upper edge stopping us from grading it higher. On sale at £55. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: A raft of Amazing Spider-Man Annuals fresh in this week between #10 & #27. Highlights include: Frank Miller art in #14 (with Dr Strange) and #15 (with the Punisher), the debut of Monica Rambeau, the second Captain Marvel in #16 and the first Speedball in #22, plus many others. Full details in our catalogue.
*Marvel: A much needed run of Strange Tales new in between #118 & #130, the first half of each issue with a Human Torch (later with the Thing) story and the second half with some of Dr Strange’s earliest adventures chronicled by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko. Highlights include Iceman guest-starring in #120, 1st Beetle (super-villain) plus Loki and Thor in #123, Sub-Mariner in #125, Quicksilver & the Scarlet Witch in #128, and the Torch & the Thing meeting the Beatles (pop combo) in #130. Nice mid-grade copies of a lovely run of this title.
*Marvel: A small top-up to our stocks of the Golden Avenger, starting with #2 and other early issues and finishing at #125, plus the uncommon Giant-Size #1. As always, consult our catalogue for full listings.
*Marvel: Another canter through the Marvel Silver & Bronze Ages, this time including the following titles: Amazing Adventures (with Inhumans, the Black Widow and the Beast), Astonishing Tales (with Ka-Zar, inc. 2nd Man-Thing in #12), Conan (Barry Smith art and 1st John Buscema art in #25), Marvel Super-Heroes, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD, Not Brand Echh, Punisher, Rom (inc #75, final issue), Silver Surfer (1st and 3rd series), Son Of Satan, Star Wars (inc 1st Annual), Strange Tales (inc #188, final issue), Sub-Mariner (#24, 1st Stingray) and Tales To Astonish #52 (1st villainous Black Knight).
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: We’ve been very fortunate to acquire a wonderful collection of 1940s/50s science-fiction comics, the era when such a genre really came into its own, known as the Atomic Age. Leading off this week, from Ace Comics, a company best remembered for horror and romance titles, came this four-issue series which played into Cold War paranoia. Released during the height of the USA’s Korean conflict, it speculated on the destructive possibilities of World War III, which at the time seemed imminent, and the cover of the first issue, depicting the nuclear destruction of Manhattan, has become an iconic image. To quote the interior: ‘Look upon the pictures of our giant cities hundreds of years in the building, smashed by the atom-bomb, and say: this shall not come to pass! More than ever today, only a strong America can prevent this from becoming a reality!’ Despite the pessimistic destruction of key American cities – Detroit and Chicago fell alongside New York – the cautionary tale of #1 was swiftly inverted, as subsequent issues showed plucky survivors of the attacks wreaking vengeful havoc on ‘The Reds’ and their Asian allies. We have all four issues of this rare and… unique series to offer you: #1 is FN- at £400, #2 FN+ £200, #3 GD+ £80 and #4 GD/VG £90. More Atomic Sci-Fi coming soon!
*Alan Class Reprints: We continue to list the final haul of Alan Class Printing Plate sets featuring classic Marvel comics. A significant latecomer to the Silver Marvel Age, the Vision premiered in Avengers #57 as a villainous pawn of Ultron. Rapidly being discovered to be misguided, he was offered membership the next issue, in one of the most rapid reforms ever, and became a mainstay of the Avengers and the MU in general. Based on a Simon & Kirby character from the 1940s, the ‘new’ Vision of the Silver Age captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide. In Uncanny Tales #64, the Vision’s first appearance was re-presented, in what we believe to be the first reprinting of this classic debut. The pre-decimal comic is present, as are the three lead plates used in the original printing process (We actually believe there to have been only three colour plates, black, yellow and red, used in producing this issue rather than the usual four owing to the cover’s limited colour palette.) The package comes with a signed certificate of authenticity from Alan Class himself. The comic is GD, with light to moderate spine and edge wear, but an unimpeded central cover scene. The plates are equivalent to FN. This unique set, comic, three printing plates, and Certificate of Authenticity signed by publisher Alan Class, is priced at £60. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Annuals: Continuing our ‘Immaculate Annuals’ event, we rejoin the ladies! From the same pedigree source as our previous ‘Immaculate’ selections, these are from a newsagent’s inventory, never circulated or read, no prices clipped, no gift dedications, ‘This Book Belongs To’ inscriptions or other interior markings, solid spines, tight corners and bright, vibrant colours. This selection spotlights June and School Friend – as separate entities, rather than the ‘merged’ form by which they’re better known. We have June Annuals from 1965 through to 1970, and School Friend from 1965 through to 1969, averaging VF, with several VF/NM, many of them virtually able to pass for new. In addition, we have two special ‘themed’ Annuals; June & School Friend Book of Heroines 1970, and the June Book of Strange Stories from 1972. Pictured are June 1966 VF/NM £11, June & School Friend Book of Heroines 1970 VF/NM £11, June Book of Strange Stories 1972 FN/VF £15 and School Friend 1968 VF/NM £9.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: In addition to the hugely successful extra-length Summer/Holiday Specials for their respective weeklies, the two titans of IPC/Fleetway, Lion and Valiant, released three joint ‘Special Extras’ between 1968 and 1970. Identical in format to the regular Summer/Holiday Specials, these Special Extras shared the billing between the stars of the two popular series – ‘Captain Hurricane’, ‘Kelly’s Eye, ‘House of Dolmann” and others from Valiant, ‘Robot Archie’, ‘Spellbinder’ and ‘Zip Nolan’, plus more, from Lion. Almost never seen for sale – we ourselves have only previously in recent times had the 1969 issue in stock – we are delighted to have all three available. Both the 1968 and 1969 Lion and Valiant Special Extras are a remarkable FN/VF at £100 each; the 1970 issue is VG (minor wear at corners) £75. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Humour Comics: Launched in 1960 as an oversized answer to D.C. Thomson’s Beezer and Topper, Buster had shrunk to standard dimensions by the mid-60s, but enjoyed a long and happy life gobbling up around a dozen of its stablemates until finally falling at the beginning of the year 2000. After strong sales on this popular series, we’re restocking approximately 150 issues from 1970 to 1975, a period which includes Buster’s absorption of its siblings ‘Jet’ and ‘Cor’, both of which ‘amalgam’ issues are in this update. The new listings also include Christmas, New Year and Easter issues, all with the close-to-50/50 split between humour and adventure that made Buster such a cross-party hit. Pete’s Pocket Army, Charlie Peace, Fishboy, Faceache, Rent-A-Ghost (no, this lot were before the TV series), Crabbe’s Crusaders, Marney the Fox and our eponymous hero await!
*Girls’ Comics: Lasting a mere 20 issues in 1975, Lindy is one of the ‘ghost’ titles of IPC/Fleetway’s girls’ line, mostly remembered for being the latter half of ‘Jinty & Lindy’, an amalgam that ran almost as long as ‘June & School Friend’. Printed on slightly better quality paper, any copies of this short-lived series are uncommon (the double-page centrefold full-colour pop pin-ups mean that any you do find are usually ‘gutted’), but we’ve been lucky to obtain five issues, including #1 & #3 with free gifts! The #1, introducing ‘Jean’s Jeannie’, ‘Nina – A Slave To Sewing!’, and distaff ‘Chalky’, ‘Penny Crayon’ among others, is FN with the Free Gift – Love Heart Bracelet – still untouched in its original envelope, VF. Issue #3 is VG, with minor corner and edge wear, but has its Free Gift ‘Cards of Fortune’ untouched and unpunched from their backing card, VF. Issue #1 FN with Free Gift VF is on sale at £100; issue #3 VG with Free Gift VF is £75. The others are cheaper, as you’ll no doubt see from our catalogue lists.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: The surviving juggernaut of the D.C. Thomson romance digests, having absorbed at one time Blue Rosette, Love & Life, Silver Moon and Golden Heart, Star Love Stories lasted until the 1990s, presenting evocative painted covers with often highly accomplished if stylised interior artwork. We have a new selection of 30 numbers ranging from 1968 to 1976, in exceptional grades, averaging FN and with many of them in shiny VF. As a bonus, each issue comes with a pop star portrait on the back cover – see how many of them you can remember, and if it’s more than 50% – you’re old!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: This time, an update devoted to the works of Robert Sheckley, active from the 1950s to the end of the 20th Century. This prolific author, noted for his wit and humour, wrote for film and TV and collaborated with others such as Roger Zelazny and Harry Harrison, but is probably best remembered for his short stories and novels published in the 1950s and 60s. Available in this selection we have his short story collections Citizen In Space, Store Of Infinity and Untouched By Human Hands, plus novels The Status Civilization, Immortality Inc., Dimension of Miracles, and one of his best known, the quirky, clever and absorbing Mindswap.
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our American section:
*Marvel D – L
and in our British section:
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics F – T
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
The debut of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, thus 1st appearances of Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, Mastermind and the Toad in the fourth issue of the X-Men from 1964. It’s a great pity that no one told Wanda that the clue to her costume colour was in her name, and thus she posed in a fetching shade of Emerald for the cover. This solid mid-grade copy has great colour and eye appeal; tight and flat and firmly attached at staples. It has a little spine wear commensurate with this grade, some pressure marks on the cover and a very faint, barely perceptible trace of a subscription crease. Another Lee & Kirby masterpiece VG+ pence copy at £375.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Not Thirty, but three books by William Tenn, an unfairly overlooked author. These are all collections of his short stories, including one where a man unwittingly sells the whole of Earth to an alien, another where a 20th century man gets a Bild-A-Man set, yet another where the idealistic Venusians are taught about Terran culture by humans who make Sir Les Patterson seem civilised (all in The Seven Sexes) and one where Earth is ‘liberated’ from aliens so many times that not much is left to liberate (Of All Possible Worlds). The final book, Time In Advance, consists of four longer stories, all fizzing with ideas and energy.