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Historical, biographical, market-related, and overviews of the comic, cartoon, graphic novel world.

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  1. ALL-STAR BUNDLE

    Regular Price: $54.90

    Sale Price $34.95

    All Star Companion Vol 3 & 4. Roy Thomas presents almost 500 pages, chronicling the history of the Justice Society of America! Secrets behind the 1940-51 All-Star Comics, plus an issue-by-issue survey of the JLA-JSA team-ups of 1963-85, the 1970s JSA revival, and the 1980s series The Young All-Stars with commentary by the artists and writers. An index of the complete solo adventures of all 18 original JSAers in their own features, 1940 to 1951. Plus the JSA's earliest imitators: Seven Soldiers of Victory, All Winners Squad, Marvel Family, and more. Learn More
  2. FREE COMICS The Giveaways that Fought Commies, Sold Cars and Cigars

    Regular Price: $49.99

    Sale Price $39.99

    From before Superman to today, there have been many thousands of bizarro, rare, and fascinating FREE comic books given out at gas stations, schools, churches, clinics, political rallies, shoe stores, and in cereal boxes. The unknown and astonishing story of promotional comics, few of which have ever before been collected. Besides teaching the public to love corn and hate commies, these lost treasures sold cars and cigars, elected and defeated politicians, were both for and against smoking and drinking, saved souls, taught people how to milk cows and repair tractors, fought for civil rights, and told the public how to buy a TV and avoid VD. Learn More
  3. ALTER EGO #163
    $9.95

    The great early days of Dave Cockrum, Legion of Super-Heroes artist and co-developer of the revived mid-1970s Uncanny X-Men, as revealed in art-filled letters to buddy Paul Allen and augmented by rare, previously unseen illustrations. And Dave's amazing 1960s-70s drawings of Edgar Rice Burroughs heroes. Plus author Manly Wade Wellman,  Charles Biro, "The Other Stan Lee,"  super-collector & early comic shop owner Malcolm Willits, John Broome, Bill Schelly, and the first installment of From the Tomb, the famous British horror-zine. Learn More
  4. AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES The 1980s

    Regular Price: $48.95

    Sale Price $44.95

    Covering all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details: a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends. The rise and fall of Jim Shooter at Marvel Comics! The ascendancy of Frank Miller as a comic book superstar with Daredevil, Ronin and The Dark Knight! DC Comics’ reboot with Crisis on Infinite Earths and its renaissance with a British invasion of talent: Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Neil Gaiman! The emergence of Direct Market-exclusive publishers like Eclipse Comics, Pacific Comics, First Comics, Comico, Dark Horse Comics and others! Learn More
  5. PS BOOK OF FANTASTIC FICTIONEERS Volume 2
    $69.00

    An unprecedented, profusely illustrated compendium celebrating over 100 writers and artists behind our rich legacy of fantasy, horror, and science fiction in comic books, literature, and cinema. 75 contributors give us major, original essays--contributors as distinguished as their subjects! For example, Bill Stout writes about Harvey Kurtzman; Bob Foster on Walt Kelly; Michael Gilbert on Basil Wolverton; William F. Nolan on H.G. Wells; Fred Hembeck on John Stanley; Julius Schwartz on Harlan Ellison; Sax Rohmer by Will Murray; etc. Learn More
  6. PS BOOK OF FANTASTIC FICTIONEERS Volume 1
    $69.00

    An unprecendented, profusely illustrated compendium celebrating over 100 writers and artists behind our rich legacy of fantasy, horror, and science fiction in comic books, literature, and cinema. 75 contributors give us major, original essays--contributors as distinguished as their subjects! For example, Bill Stout writes about L. Frank BaumWill Murray on John W. Campbell; Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. on Frank Frazetta; Harlan Ellison on Frank Herbert; David Gerrold on Robert Heinlein; Roy Thomas on Robert E. Howard; etc. Learn More
  7. DC COMICS SUPER-VILLAINS The Complete Visual History

    Regular Price: $24.99

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    This deluxe book celebrates nearly eighty years of compellingly corrupt characters from the DC Universe’s remarkable gallery of super-villains, grouped by the primary hero or heroine they tormented. From the Penguin to Harley Quinn and Doomsday to General Zod, explore the story of each beloved baddy through new interviews with acclaimed writers and artists, including Jim Lee, Mike Carlin, Dan DiDio, and Chuck Dixon. We find the art outstanding, with lots of paintings and powerful works by top DC talents. Learn More
  8. COMICS AD MEN
    $30.00

    Comics and modern American advertising exploded into the public conscious at much the same time, the 1930s to the 1960s. Collected now for the first time, the comics, cartoons, and illustrations from the other career of illustrious comics creators, 43 in all. Each in their own section, including Al Capp, Mort Meskin (Sheena), Ross Andru,  Sheldon Moldoff (Batman), Noel Sickles (Scorchy Smith), Stan Drake, Joe Simon, Basil Wolverton, Dik Browne (Hagar the Horrible), Clifford McBride (Napoleon), Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace), Daniel Clowes (Ghost World), and many more. Learn More
  9. SECONDARY SUPERHEROES OF GOLDEN AGE COMICS
    $75.00

    When Superman debuted in 1938, he ushered in the superhero—Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Captain America, hundreds of new characters. But what about the many less well-known heroes who lined up to fight crooks, super villains and Hitler? Such as the Shield, the Black Terror, the Golden Age Daredevil, Amazing Man, Cat-Man (and Kitten), Dynamic Man, the Blue Beetle, the Hollywood starlet turned crime fighter The Black Cat? Publisher by publisher, this well-respected author covers in detail 14 offbeat outfits including Centaur, Fox, Prize, Ace, Harvey, Hillman, MLJ, Nedor (Standard), Lev Gleason, etc. Each unique character is examined, even if they made just a solo appearance. Learn More
  10. 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

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