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  1. ALTER EGO #162
    $9.95

    Has Alter Ego uncovered “A Prophecy in Four Colors?” Will Murray presents an amazing array of possible prototypes of Batman (by artist Frank Foster—in 1932!)—Wonder Woman (by Star-Spangled Kid artist Hal Sherman)—Tarantula (by Air Wave artist Lee Harris)—and others! Plus a rare interview with Hal Sherman! Michael Gilbert with still more on "the other Stan Lee--Charles Biro". FCA looks at early DC and Fawcett artist--1930s early—Sven Elven. Japan's "Dark Samurai" of 1931 in "The Golden Bat." Learn More
  2. COMIC BOOK CREATOR #21
    $9.95

    Eric Powell celebrates 20 years of his signature character, The Goon! In a comprehensive career-spanning interview, the creator talks about his background, development of the two-fisted character, and plans for the next quarter-century—including a mouth-watering gallery of rarely seen artwork. Plus CBC editor and author of the new retrospective The Book of Weirdo, Jon B. Cooke, conducts a rare new interview with R. CRUMB, about the artist's work on that legendary humor comics anthology. Learn More
  3. BATMAN The Definitive History of The Dark Knight in Comics, Film and Beyond

    Regular Price: $75.00

    Sale Price $65.00

    For the first time, this deluxe volume tells the complete story of Batman and the many forms he’s taken throughout the years across comics, TV, animation, film, video games, and beyond--covered in vivid detail. Filled with exclusive insert items that further deepen the reading experience, Plus exclusive commentary by key creators instrumental in Batman work, including Neal Adams, Tim Burton, Paul Dini, Steve Englehart, Mark Hamill, Grant Morrison, Julie Newmar, Christopher Nolan, Joel Schumacher, Scott Snyder, and Zack Snyder. Learn More
  4. OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE TO BATMAN

    Regular Price: $30.00

    Sale Price $26.99

    This is very impressive. 400 pages of highly detailed articles and packed with pictures, including the first 250 covers of Batman and Detective Comics #27-300, with guide values. Articles look at the history of Batman, each of his major villains, collecting toys, games, original artwork, serial and film posters--this covers everything, from his first appearance, through seven decades. Did I say profusely illustrated? Learn More
  5. ALTER EGO #161
    $9.95

    A full-issue tribute to Stan Lee and his contributions to comics! There's a very fun 1975 radio interview that's a hoot. Here is Stan Lee and MoebiusRoy Thomas writes on his more than 50-year relationship with Stan—and shares 21st-century e-mails from Stan (with his permission, of course)! Art by Kirby, Ditko, Maneely, Everett, Severin, Romita—plus tributes from pros and fans alike—and special sections on Stan by Michael T. Gilbert, Bill Schelly, and even the FCA! Vintage Galactus cover by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta! Learn More
  6. A MARVELOUS LIFE The Amazing Story of Stan Lee

    Regular Price: $29.99

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    With exclusive interviews with Lee himself, as well as with colleagues, relatives, friends—and detractors—Fingeroth makes a doubly remarkable case for Lee’s achievements, while not ignoring the controversies that dogged him his entire life—and even past his death. With unique access to Lee’s personal archives at the University of Wyoming, Fingeroth explores never-before-examined aspects of Lee’s life and career, and digs under the surface of what people thought they knew about him. Eight pages of personal photos. Learn More
  7. DC WOMEN OF ACTION

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Sale Price $26.95

    Female Super Heroes and Super-Villains in the DC universe. This book focuses on the fierce, strong, and independent heroes, along with the real-life women creators integral to their development. Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Hawkgirl, Black Canary, Amanda Waller, and many more, right down to the secondary but still important girls of the DC world. Each gets a full page, full color new illustration and an in-depth look at her career. I like the variety of art, from serious painting to the cartoonish, suited to each lady. Learn More
  8. SCREWBALL! The Cartoonist Who Made The Funnies Funny

    Regular Price: $59.99

    Sale Price $49.99

    Before "screwball" became a movie genre, it was a staple of other forms of American culture, including newspaper comic strips. Screwball comics offered a healthy dose of laughter and perspective. Comics scholar Paul C. Tumey traces the development of screwball as a genre in magazine cartoons and newspaper comics, presenting the lives and work of fifteen cartoonists, with an art-stuffed chapter on each, such as Segar, Goldberg, Holman, Gross, Mager, Swanson and others. Learn More
  9. MARVEL SPIDER-MAN FROM AMAZING TO SPECTACULAR

    Regular Price: $45.00

    Sale Price $39.95

    This handsome, oversized hardcover collects artwork and storylines from the incredibly rich and expansive history in a brand new and unparalleled way—showcasing the art of the Spider-Man comics and diving deep into the remarkable stories that have shaped him. Featuring the best of Spider-Man comic art and exclusive interviews from leading creators like Brian Michael Bendis, Gerry Conway, Tom DeFalco, J.M. Dematteis, David Michelinie, Mark Millar, Alex Ross, Dan Slott, J. Michael Straczynski, Roger Stern et al. Learn More
  10. DC COMICS YEAR BY YEAR A Visual Chronicle

    Regular Price: $50.00

    Sale Price $42.50

    In 1938, Superman led the charge. The world's first Super Hero was soon followed by his Justice Society teammates Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern. Plus Capt. Marvel, Plastic Man, Uncle Sam and many others. These heroes, and their Super-Villainous foes such as Lex Luthor and The Joker, became the foundation of DC Comics. Year by year, you can trace these characters' evolution, and learn about the company and creators who made them enduring icons. Learn More

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