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Men of Mystery 102

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Add to Cart View Cart Men of Mystery #102 is now available- another great eclectic collection of the best and most interesting costumed-hero adventures from a wide variety of Golden Age publishers, including Standard/Nedor, Dell, Eastern Publishing, Fawcett, Fox, Continental, Bailey Pubs, Pelican, Lev Gleason and others. Vintage gems here abound, including THE LAST original 1940’s MISS MASQUE story left that we had not previously reprinted; an untitled Lin Streeter-drawn adventure initially printed in Exciting Comics #54. Also, the ONLY SHOCK GIBSON story ever drawn by the Glanzman brothers- Lew Glanz ( best known for being the main artist on Centaur’s AMAZING MAN and The SHARK, as well as being the first artist to illustrate the classic children’s book character, Pipi Longstockings) and Sam Glanzman (best known for his stellar art on war stories at DC and Charlton in the Silver Age), plus classic never-before-reprinted stories featuring Dick Briefer’s REX DEXTER; IBIS, MOON GIRL, Mr. SCARLET, COMMANDO YANK, BLACK TERROR and PHANTOM EAGLE. There are also not one but TWO 1940’s heroes that have never before been seen in MEN OF MYSTERY debuting this issue: Mr. LUCIFER, a dark anti-hero type illustrated by John Giunta during his pseudo-Meskin phase, originally seen in the Bailey shop- produced Spook Comics #1; and one of THE rarest one-shot heroes of the Golden Age, The GREEN GIANT; written by George Kapitan and drawn by Harry Sahle, seen previously only in Pelican Pubs’ one-shot Green Giant Comics in 1941. In addition, this issue also features a quintet of “sophmore sensations”; stories atarring heroes who have appeared previously in MOM ONLY ONCE. They include The RED BLAZER (drawn by Al Avison), H. G. Peter’s FEARLESS FLINT, Fox Features’ GOLDEN KNIGHT, RED ROCKET(with art by George Appel), and Bob Wood’s The GHOST. A full 140 pages of spectacular forgotten gold, reproduced in crystal clear, pristine black and white, with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle- stitched, for $29.95 from AC Comics. Printed in 2016.

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AC COMICS JANUARY 2017 PREVIEWS FOR MARCH 2017 SHIP

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AC COMICS JANUARY 2017 PREVIEWS FOR MARCH 2017 SHIP
Femforce #178
Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-0199
Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com
Title: Femforce
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number 178
UPC Code: 799475804861-17811
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Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 80 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: March  27, 2017
Writers:    Stephanie Heike, Mark G. Heike, Andrew Hawnt and  Mark Holmes
Artists:   Rock Baker, Dan Gorman, Francesco Savi, Jacob Bear, Gianluca Cerritelli, David Matsuoka ,and  Jeff Austin .
Cover Artist: Jacob Bear
Synopsis: Smarting from her recent defeat at the hands of SHE-CAT, SYNN and TARA, GORGANA returns to take on the whole FF team!! Then, NIGHTVEIL bests VIVARNA on Dhagor, STARDUST faces TRAXXIS yet again, SYNN uses intelligence to defeat a villain, TARA fights alone as never before, and YANKEE GIRL is back!!
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GORGANA returns !! The hideous villainess (who appeared in the VERY FIRST FF STORY EVER, back in 1980) hasn’t been seen much in recent years, but she’s making up for lost time now. She’s finally done the math, and with NIGHTVEIL still unaccounted for and unavailable, she realizes no one among the remaining FEMFORCE regulars can hope to match her mystic ability. What a PERFECT time for an all-out assault. How can the rest of our girls possibly stop her? Speaking of NIGHTVEIL, it looks like she may finally prevail over VIVARNA in the battle for Dark Dhagor. A victory like that should be cause for celebration,  but with the Mystic Miss still separated from her great love Dan (BLACK COMMANDO) Barton, AND her greatest source of power, the Cloak of Darknes; the simple freedom to get back to the hunt for both should suffice. But several MAJOR surprises will confront NV before that happens. Penciler Dan Gorman has really gotten attached to the FF’s sultry sorceress, and he’ll be back on board with more spectacular art on this episode.  Though not an actual member of the FF team, YANKEE GIRL has been a huge favorite with FF fans for years. She’s back this issue, in a rematch with the crazed botanist Dr. ALAIN (from FEMFORCE #174) written by Mark Holmes, with pencils and inks by Gianluca Cerritelli. There’ll also be solo stories starring SYNN, TARA, STARDUST- and probably a few more surprises, to boot. That’s  FEMFORCE  #178. which  will as usual be a full 80 pages; black and white with color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. Available at your local comic dealer in March for $9.95. Order it with your local comic book retailer out of the January  2017 issue of the Diamond Previews catalog.

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Femforce 176

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Not even Hurricane Matthew could stop it- FEMFORCE #176 is finally available!! The funeral of RIO RITA in Brazil segueways into a new mystery at home as an old friend is menaced by an even OLDER enemy in “Alive, But I’m Dead”, written by Mark and Stephanie Heike, with art by the Heikes and Jeff Austin. This opening stanza of this issue wraps up a number of old FF plotines and starts some new ones. Next, the ongoing tale of NIGHTVEIL on Dark Dhagor starts to gather speed as the plot she and mentor Azagoth have concocted to free the planet from the control of an evil sorceress goes into action, with NV challenging VIVARNA on her own home ground, in “Time Of The Season”, scripted by Mark Heike, with art by Dan Gorman and Jeff Austin. Then, writer Andrew Hawnt and artist Scott Shriver present a solo story starring STARDUST as Mara returns to her job at NASA only to be confronted by a new threat- KALIS- in “Where Vengeance Hides”. Then, art star Scott Shriver and writer Mark Holmes team up on a BLUE BULLETEER story set in 1947 as spies and pin-up girls get tangled in a web of espionage threatening a new atomic plant in “Sharpshooter”. That girl vigilante of the Old West, BLACK PHANTOM goes on the trail against a homicidal repeat-widow in “‘Till Death Do Us Part”, written by that man again, Mark Holmes; pencils by a new old friend, Dave Matsuoka, and inked by Bossman Bill Black!! The plotline from “where Vengeance Hides” is picked up in a second STARDUST story, “The Distant Horde”. Dusty and Ms. VICTORY are pulled into a pocket dimension where they must fight for their lives against KALIS and her mistress- TRAXIS; the villainess last seen in FF #172. Story by Andrew Hawnt with pencils by Rock Baker and inks by Bill Black. Next, SHE-CAT must decide who is worse, a new streetfighting vigilante or a slumlord gangster in “Beware The Violet Shadow”, written by Andrew “Three Stories” Hawnt with art by the dynamic Jacob Bear. Finally, DINOSAUR GIRL returns in her first Post-WWII adventure as she must team up with one old ally to defeat another in “Red Heat”, written and drawn by Rock Baker, with inks by Michael Bowers. FEMFORCE #178- It’s eighty full-pages of all new, never-before-seen stories of “good girl” art action and adventure. Full color covers with black and white interiors, saddle-stitched and standard comic book size, at 9.95. Released from AC Comics in October, 2016.

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AC Comics December 2016 Previews for February 2017 Ship

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Crypt of Horror Volume 32

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Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Email Address:
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Title: Crypt or Horror
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: Volume 32
UPC Code: 64924192598903211
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: horror/fantasy

Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: February 24, 2017
Writers: Ruth Roche, Jack Oleck, Joe Gill, Richard Hughes, Robert Bernstein and others uncredited.
Artists: Bob Powell, Bernie Krigstein, Matt Fox, Basil Wolverton, Manny Stallman, Mort Meskin, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, Steve Ditko, Wayne Howard, Joe Certa, Ed Winarski, Dick Ayers and others uncredited.
Cover Artist: Alex Toth

Synopsis: 25 full Pre-Code horror stories from 1950’s publishers Gilmore, Superior, Prize, Ace, Fiction House, Charlton and others, including “It’s Alive!”, “The Cosmic Brain”, “Gallows In The Sky”, “The Hangman’s Noose” and 18 others. Art by Powell, Crandall, Wolverton, Krigstein, Fox, Meskin, Stallman, Ditko, Williamson, Ayers, Torres, Certa and other greats.

Special Notes: For every 2 copies of Crypt of Horror Volume 32 purchased, retailers will receive 1 copy of Crypt of Horror Volume 12 absolutely FREE!

 

 

 

An all-star artist’s line-up representing horror offerings from more than nine different classic Pre-Code publishers await the discerning collector in Crypt of Horror volume 32, coming soon from AC Comics. EC fans will enjoy stellar work (from other publishers) by Reed Crandall, Bernard Krigstein, Al Williamson and Angelo Torres on “Horror In The Graveyard”, “Hermit” and “Secret Of The Mountains”. Silver-Age afficionados will enjoy the 1950’s horror stylings of Dick Ayers, Joe Certa and Steve Ditko on “The 13Th Floor”, “Kiss of Doom”, “Ring of Horror” and “Partners”, “The Angry Things” and “The Cheapest Steak In Nome”. Lovers of far-out stylists will flip over the work of Bill Everett, Bob Powell, Mort Meskin, Manny Stallman, Matt Fox and Basil Wolverton on “It’s Alive!”,”Dead Planet’, “Guardian Angel”, “The House”, “The Terrible Trophy” and “The Devil Birds”; and anyone and everyone that grooves on scary stories will dig , “Turnabout”, “What’s Going On Here?”, “The Giant Killer”, “Assault From The Unknown”, “Fear Has Three Dimensions”, “The Cosmic Brain”, “Gallows In The Sky”, “The Hangman’s Noose”, “The Little Pests” and “The Man Who Cried Ghost”- all in Crypt of Horror Volume 32, coming in February from AC Comics. 140 pages of classic comic book horror in black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95.

 

 

 

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Hurricane Matthew

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We won’t be shipping any comics out from Central Florida because of Hurricane Matthew.  Any orders placed between last night * and Sunday night should ship on Monday. * (edit: “last night” was Thursday– under a mandatory curfew until Saturday)

Update: 10/07/16

Thanks for all your concern, folks! Everything’s okay!

It was roughly equivalent to a bad windstorm, maybe 30-40 MPH winds, hardly any rain, number of brief power outages.

We’ve been through some bad hurricanes and fortunately this one was nowhere near as dangerous as we prepared for.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 30

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Crypt of Horror Volume 30 is now available; the latest installment in AC Comic’s heralded Pre-Code horror reprint anthology!! This big “Hyde and Seek” edition features vintage horror comics originally published by Fox Features , Ace, Ziff-Davis, Charlton and other great horror houses of the 1950’s, including such classic tales as “The Mystery of Lunablanca”, “The Dead Guard The Gold”, “The Ghost Who Stole A Body”, “The Doorway To Yesterday”, and “Creatures of Fantasy”, from Ace Comics’ The Beyond; “Monster of the Moat”, “Land of the Silicon Men”, “Diogenes’ Deadly Lamp” and “Nightmare Flight”, from Baffling Mysteries; “The Evil Men Do”, “Escape on a Planetoid”, and “The Princess of the Future”, all from Ziff-Davis’ Amazing Adventures; a special 25-page comic-format adaptation of “Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde” from Fox Features A Star Presentation (with art by Wallace Wod and Harry Harrison), plus “The Shadow”, “The Shrunken Head”, “Before the Dawn of Time”, “The Alien”, and “It’s Harmless…I THINK!!” Artists include Steve Ditko, Lou Cameron, Russ Heath, Mike Sekowsky, Bill Benulis, Max Elkin, Ken Rice, John Belfi, Richard Case, Rudy Palais, Frank Giacoia, Louis Zansky, Paul Gattuso, George Appel, Maurice Gutwirth , Vince Alascia and Jim McGlaughlin. A full 140 pages of classic comic book horror, black and white interiors with full-color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. $29.95 from AC Comics. Printed in 2016.

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Hi Folks! Sorry about the new look! We had to update the site and the old design didn’t work with the new thingy. Not really happy with this one, but it’s working as far as we know. Please email us if it’s not, because we’re usually the last to know these things.

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Men of Mystery 101

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Add to Cart View Cart Based on the responses we get, MEN OF MYSTERY readers just can’t get enough of Everett M. Arnold’s Quality Comics material from the Golden Age, so we’ve put together ANOTHER all-Quality special, highlighting this top-shelf purveyor of comic book action from the 1940’s. The star of this issues’ awesome Lou Fine cover, UNCLE SAM leads off the proceedings with a tale originally published in National Comics #33; an election-themed story titled “Mobtown, USA”, followed by an untitled John Cassone BLACK CONDOR saga from Crack Comics #25, a classic Al Bryant-drawn CAPTAIN TRIUMPH, George Brenner’s antideluvian masked adventurer The CLOCK, a Reed Crandall- illustrated episode of The RAY, AND one featuring SAMAR; Fred Guardineer’s TOR, and QUICKSILVER- and that’s only the beginning!! This issues’ special feature hones in on DOLLMAN, one of Quality’s BIGGEST stars ( no pun intended)! MOM 101 will present no less than SIX FULL DOLLMAN dramas, running across the chronological spectrum of the character’s 14-year run, starting with three early Lou Fine-illustrated gems, a Reed Crandall classic from Feature Comics #45, another top-flight Crandall opus from ten issues later, moving on to an iconic Al Bryant-rendered story pitting him against the masked menace of Mr. Curio from Feature #122. Being barely six inches high never looked so good!! Of course, introducing Golden Age characters that have NEVER been previously reprinted at AC has become a MEN of MYSTERY tradition, and we are NOT about to let #101 break that skein, so this issue we throw in ALIAS The SPIDER; Paul Gustavson’s costumed bow-wielding crimefighter, and the INVISIBLE HOOD, Art Pinajian’s early Smash Comics star. If you’re a Quality Comics mayven that loves those spectacularly- drawn stories, you can’t miss this one. Old-timers say Quality paid their artists and writers THE HIGHEST rates in the 1940’s, and that kind of budget showed up in the level of the work that ended up on every page of their comics. MOM #101 will be yet another testament to that. 140 pages of full-story, high-quality black andwhite reprints inside of four-color covers; standard comic-book size, and saddle-stitched. Coming from AC Comics in July, 2016.

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DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND, THIS LANDMARK ISSUE IS ALREADY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! The historic 175Th issue of FEMFORCE is now available!! This awesome milestone event opens with the conclusion to last issue’s ZAZURRA storyline, as the staggering stone giantess’ saga takes a number of suprising twists. Two characters dating back to FEMFORCE Special #1 fall in pitched battle- and just HOW does the enigmatic new villainess BLITZFRAU fit into all this? A 26-page tour-de-force titled “Showdown”, written by Mark and Stephanie Heike, with art by Rock Baker, Jeff Austin and Mark and Stephanie Heike. Then, RAD pursues her secret “undercover”mission posing as an operative for the subversive paramilitary group “The STRONG HAND in “Fools Rush In”. The mission is easy enough- but how does she maintain her cover without breaking millions of laws and creating an international incident? Story by Mark Holmes, with art by Gianluca Cerritelli and Jeff Austin. Ms. VICTORY and TARA must try to stop a mutated scientist without using lethal force in “The Monstrous Burden”, a thoughtful allegory written by Andrew Hawnt, with art by Francesco Savi. On Dark Dhagor, NIGHTVEIL, Azagoth and the rest of the oppressed Dhagorians foment a plan to overthrow the rule of VIVARNA’s villainous sorcerers’ cabal in “In The Court Of The Crimson King”, written by Mark Heike, and illustrated by Dan Gorman and Scott Shriver. Next, an FF story with a very different flavor, as Ms. V, SYNN, SHE-CAT, TARA and STARDUST spend a day “On The Beach”, wherin Synn’s unique perspective averts an inter-species conflagration, despite the meddling of the JUSTICE SQUADRON. Written by Jim Johnston, with pencils and inks by Scott Shriver. Finally, Rock Baker’s DINOSAUR GIRL returns, as the giantess heroine of WWII finds herself (and husband Rex) in the middle of a “Spy Ring”. Story and pencils by the talented Mr. Baker, with inks by new sensation Leonardo Martens. Seventy-six pages of story and art, black and white interiors with full-color covers, saddle-stitched and standard comic book size- that’s FEMFORCE #175!! Released in 2016.

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AC Comics September 2016 Previews for November 2016 Ship

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AC Comics September 2016 Previews for November 2016 Ship

Crypt of Horror Volume 31

 

Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Email Address:
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Title: Crypt or Horror
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: Volume 31
UPC Code: 64924192598903111
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: horror/fantasy

Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: November 28, 2016
Writers: Joe Gill,Bob Powell, Robert Bernstein, Bill Woolfolk and others uncredited.
Artists: Bob Powell, Mort Meskin, L. B. Cole, Sheldon Moldoff, Ed Waldman, Ed McCarty, Tony DiPreta, George Tuska, Dick Giordano, Sal Trapani, Steve Ditko, Joe Maneely, John Tartaglione, Joe Orlando and others uncredited.
Cover Artist: Mike Sekowsky

Synopsis: Yet another 21 complete,never-before-reprinted Pre-Code horror gems from 1950’s publishers Fawcett, Star and others, including “The Unseen”, “Reign of Terror”, “The Ghoul Strikes””the Forbidden Tomb”, “Lost In The Graveyard and 16 others. Artists include Powell, Meskin, Moldoff, Cole, Ditko, McCarty, Maneely, Giordano, Tuska, Orlando and others.

Rare and previously-unreprinted horror comics are of course the order of the day in Crypt of Horror Volume #31, macabre material you will certainly see nowhere else!! A real mixed bag this time around, with a trio of tales from Fawcett’s Strange Stories From Another World: “The Unseen” drawn by Ed McCarty; Sheldon Moldoff’s “The Thing From The Lake”, and “The Dark Mirror”, with art by Ed Waldman; a pair of tales by underrated Star Comics- L. B. Cole’s “The Forbidden Tomb”, and “Reign of Terror”; a trio of classic Steve Ditko stories-“The Little Things”, “The Heritage” and “The Confereate Girl”. Three more stories SO weird we don’t know who wrote or drew them, nor even where they originally appeared- “The Ghoul Strikes”, “Beware The Cat”, and “Secret Of The Haunted Room”; a Mort Meskin gem called “Invisible Line”, and nine more horrifying handfuls drawn by such 1950’s luminaries as Bob Powell, Dick Giordano, Tony DiPreta, George Tuska, Joe Orlando, John Tartaglione and more.

140 pages of great PreCode classics, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stiched, for $29.95.

 

 

 

 

 

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Crypt of Horror Volume 29

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Crypt of Horror Volume 29- BIGGER and BETTER than EVER!! Wheras a REGULAR issue of COH normally runs 140 pages, this SPECIAL #29 adds twenty on TOP of that- a FULL 160 pages of gruesome Pre-Code horror!! 25 full stories from vintage publishers including Toby/Minoan, Fawcett, Standard/Nedor, Star, Charlton, Bernard Bailey Pubs, Superior and others, with titles like: “The Obi Makes Jumbee”, “A Life For A Life”, “Corpses From The Sea”, “Death Takes A Hand”, “When Time Ran Out”, “The Weirdest Suicide Pact Ever”, “Special On Beet Soup”, “Test Of Terror”, “Fiend Of The Flames”, “They Are Watching You”, “The Dry Doom”, “Freak”, “The Mirror Of Mowgaladi”, “The Secret Of Planet X”, “Your Grave Is Ready”, “Idol Of Evil”, “Down By The Old Mill Scream”, “Ship Of The Walking Deadf”, “When The Shaman Walked”, “Creeping Death”, “When Death Takes A Hand”, “The Treacherous Genie”, “The Hound Dog”, “The Day Harrington Died”, and “The Planet That Wasn’t There”. Artists include Bob Powell, Jay Disbrow, Mel Keefer, Steve Ditko, Sheldon Moldoff, Bill Walton, Ken Bald, Lin Steeeter, Ross Andru, John Belfi, Myron Fass, Jack Sparling, Rocke Mastroserio, Gene Fawcette, Robert Baldwin, Bob Fujitani and others. Get this collection and enjoy some of the WEIRDEST horror stories comics of the 1950’s had to offer. A whopping 160 pages in glistening black and white with color covers; standard comic book size, saddle-stitched for $29.95. Printed in 2016.

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AC COMICS AUGUST 2016 PREVIEWS FOR OCTOBER 2016 SHIP

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Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com
Title: Men of Mystery
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: 102
UPC Code: 64924192603010211
Retail Price: $29.95
Discount: Maximum Discount 50%
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/history- Golden Age reprints of 1940’s comic book stories
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: October 27, 2016
Writers:  Richard Hughes, George Kapitan, Toni Blum, Otto Binder, Bill Woolfolk and others uncredited.
Artists:  Bob Powell, H. G. Peter, Jill Elgin, John Giunta, Harry Sahle, George Appel, Al Avison, Lin Streeter, Carl Pfeufer, Marc Swayze, Leonard Frank, Edvard Moritz, Dick Briefer, Grieg Chapion, and others.
Cover Artist(s): Standard cover “A” Alex Schomburg; alternate cover “B” Harry Sahle
Synopsis: A great mixed-bag selection of never-previously-reprinted 1940’s superhero stories starring MISS MASQUE, BLACK TERROR, RED BLAZER, SPIRIT of ’76, FEARLESS FLINT, SHOCK GIBSON, Mr SCARLET, RED ROCKET, COMMANDO YANK, PHANTOM EAGLE and a half-dozen others, including MOM first-timers Mr. LUCIFER and the ultra-rare GREEN GIANT!!
Special Notes: This issue ships in a 2:1 ratio of standard Alex Schomburg MISS MASQUE and BLACK TERROR cover design A to a special alternate GREEN GIANT  cover B. (Meaning  out of every THREE copies of this book  that are shipped, ONE will be the Harry Sahle GREEN GIANT alternate version.

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Another fascinating mix of the weird, the wonderful and the sublime from the great superhero comics of the Golden Age from a number of different publishers, including Standard/Nedor, Fawcett, Eastern Color, Fox Features, Pelican Comics (?), the Bernard Bailey studious and others; not seen anywhere in print since their original publication in the 1940’s. Favorite “headline” features in “fresh” reprint stories coming in MOM #102 include The BLACK TERROR, “good girl” art favorite MISS MASQUE,  the SPIRIT of ’76 (as drawn by the great Bob Powell) Mr. SCARLET(by Carl Pfeufer) and CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT. For the more esthetically-minded, there are the seldom-seen COMMANDO YANK and PHANTOM EAGLE,  FEARLESS FLINT( illustrated by Wonder Woman co-creator H. G. Peter), GIRL COMMANDOS (featuring the work of lady artist Jill Elgin) and RED ROCKET; the downright rare RED BLAZER ( a great character, but he only ever APPEARED in four stories in 1941), Dick Briefer’s REX DEXTER, the GOLDEN KNIGHT and The MASK, PLUS the ULTRA-RARE MOM first-timer Mr. LUCIFER (as drawn by the unheralded John Giunta- WHY is this guy NOT mentioned among the early artistic greats with his very black-heavy, Mort Meskinesque mid-’40’s style); AND perhaps the RAREST of the RARE- The GREEN GIANT!! G.G. was the titular feature in an infamous 1940 one-shot packaged by the creative group responsible for the earliest Timely, Centaur and Novelty Press books, the Lloyd Jaquet Studios. This oddwad book has become one of the hardest-to-find of ALL Golden Age titles, and a real coup to present to today’s audiences in reprint form. Thatr’s MOM #102, another historic triumph assembled for the discriminating devote of vintage four-color heroes. 140 pages of crisp, clean black and white full-story reprints inside full-color covers; standard comic book size- for $29.95. Coming in October, 2016 from AC Comics

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Site Moving–Don’t Panic

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Update! Okay, folks. We didn’t move, some confusion beyond our control on someone else’s end. Everything’s fine.

Hi Folks, we just got word the site may be moving to a new server over the Memorial Day weekend. So, don’t panic if we’re down briefly, I think we’ve got everything under control.

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Western Treasury Volume 3 -Temporarily Out Of Stock!

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Add to Cart View Cart TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE! THIS LISTING WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS WE HAVE MORE COPIES AVAILABLE!! FIRST “NEW” AC Western reprint in years!!100 pages of classic cowboy comics of the 1950’s, starring the likes of ROY ROGERS(three full stories), JIMMY WAKELY, DURANGO KID ( a pair of Durango tales), MONTE HALE, GENE AUTRY, WILD BILL ELLIOT, TOM MIX and more!! Ten great stories, featuring the art of Alex Toth, John Buscema, Carl Pfeufer, Joe Certa, John Belfi, Ed Good and other greats. THIS BOOK WAS NEVER OFFERED FOR SALE THROUGH DIAMOND DISTRIBUTION OR COMIC SHOPS IN GENERAL!!! Black and white interiors, full-color covers, saddle-stiched. Released in 2016.

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AC COMICS JULY 2016 PREVIEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 SHIP

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Femforce #176

Company Name: AC Comics Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394 Phone Number:(407)767-0199 Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com Title: Femforce Frequency: Quarterly Issue/Number 176 UPC Code: 799475804861-17611 Retail Price: $9.95 Discount: Maximum Discount 50% Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″ Page Count: 80 pages Color: Black and White (with color covers) Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor Country of Origin: USA Ship Date: September 27, 2016 Writers: Stephanie Heike, Mark G. Heike, Andrew Hawnt, Mark Holmes and Jim Johnston Artists: Rock Baker, Dan Gorman, Thomas Haryono, Jacob Bear, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver , and Mark Dail. Cover Artist: Stephanie Heike and Mark Heike (standard version “A”), surprise “guest artist” (alternate version “B”) Synopsis: The FF call in FIREBEAM to search for the spirit of ROBERTA STROCK’S dead fiance’- with surprising results. A trip to the beach presages an undersea invasion, Ms. VICTORY challenges a new offworld threat, STARDUST faces disaster and betrayal in the distant past, and NIGHTVEIL’s fight on Dhagor climaxes.

Special Notes: This issue ships in a 2:1 ratio of standard Dell Barras STARDUST cover design A, to a surprise cover B. (Meaning that out of every THREE copies of this book that are shipped, ONE will be a special SURPRISE GUEST ARTIST cover design at no extra cost!!.)

 

 

In FEMFORCE #173, we all experienced the sudden, shattering demise of former government liason ROBERTA STROCK’s fiance on her wedding day. With little hard evidence to explain the incident, STROCK turns to the FF for help in determining the who, how and why of his tragic death. With the FF’s long-time Sorceress Supreme still AWOL on Dark Dhagor, Ms. VICTORY, SHE-CAT and the rest call on the mysterious FIREBEAM to look for answers that may only be found in the realm beyond the living. What she will find there will be shocking . Then, what could be more prosaic than a day at the beach? When marine creatures at the water’s edge walk on two legs, high strangeness can (and does) develop. Ms. VICTORY and company then must contend with a new threat from beyond the stars; a mysterious group know only as The HORDE. Meanwhile, on the interdimensional homeworld of NIGHTVEIL’s mentor, AZAGOTH; the Mystc Miss’s carefully crafted plan to take down Vivarna and her cadre of evil sorcerers while the peasants revolt finally comes to fruition, and in another chapter out of STARDUST’s Rurian past, pre-STARDUST Dr. MARA is shaken to the core by her comrade’s attack on the gentle aliens that had taken her in. All of this will be found within an awesome, full-color DELL BARRAS-drawn cover starring the space-spanning FFer, STARDUST. Also, there will be a SPECIAL variant cover design (shipping in a 2:1 ratio, meaning out of every THREE copies of FF #1276 shipped, TWO will be the great DELL BARRAS design, and one will the variant) featuring a special mystery GUEST-ARTIST weho will not be revealed at this time. So, if you want to be SURE to get BOTH cover variants, talk to your retailer about ordering enough copies of FF #176 to get them. FEMFORCE #176 will be a full 80 pages; black and white with color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. Available at your local comic dealer in Septemberfor $9.95. Ordered it with your local comic book retailer out of the July 2016 issue of the Diamond Previews catalog.

 

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Men of Mystery 100

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Add to Cart View Cart The landmark 100Th issue of AC’s long-running classic vintage reprint series is finally here, and WHAT an issue it is!! The ladies have hijacked the book from Page 1 to Page 160, with this issue’s special theme on ALL the comic bok masked and super heroines that existed in comic books BEFORE DC’s heralded WONDER WOMAN! This volume covers it all, from Planet Comics one-shot AMAZONA (said to LITERALLY be the inspiration to Marston and Peter’s WW), Nedor’s WOMAN IN RED (first masked heroine anywhere in comics), from thr ultra-rare Great Comics #1, it’s MADAME STRANGE (her very first story, in it’s entirety), Centaur’s MAGICIAN FROM MARS origin (Does ANYONE else even KNOW that she was a female superheroine? With that name, probably not.), FANTOMAH from Jungle Comics; The very LAST original Golden Age MISS VICTORY story that AC had NEVER previously reprinted; Fox Fearures’ SPIDER QUEEN; the BULE LADY’s origin, from Amazing Man #24; CAMILLA; PAT PARKER, WAR NURSE (in the story she first dons her costume); The BLACK CAT (drawn by BOB POWELL!!); LADY FAIRPLAY; Quality’s MISS AMERICA, USA-The SPIRIT of OLD GLORY, and WILDFIRE, all in never previously-reprinted stories; Chesler’s LADY SATAN, SORCERESS of ZOOM and QUEEN of EVIL from Fox, and even a trio of heroines that STARTED in newspaper strips (before WW’s debut) and later made their way into comics- LADY LUCK, CONNIE and The INVISIBLE SCARLET O’NEILL!! With art by Alex Blum, Dan Zolnerowich, Frank Frollo, the aforementioned Bob Powell, Klaus Nordling, Ralph Mayo, Chuck Winter, John Giunta, Malcolm Kildale, Elmer Wexler, Nick Cardy, Jim Mooney, Sol Rosen, Harry Lucey, Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve, W. B. Smith, George Appel, Maurice Gutwirth, Russell Stamm and Frank Godwin. All this plus an editorial by AC Executive Editor on the handful of quialifying heroines we COULDN’T include in this tome!! This issue has an ADDITIONAL 20 pages over even a normal huge issue of MOM, as it is a FULL 160 pages of superb classic reprints. If you think Diana Prince was the first super-female in the comic books, buy this issue and find out how WRONG you were!! Standard comic book size, fuull color covers, black and white interiors, saddle-stitched, for $29,95. Released in 2016.

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THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!!  Old and new friends abound in this 80-page blockbuster (as are ALL issues of FF these days) chronicling the adventures of comicdom’s first (and best) all-female super-team. Inside a dramatic Dell Barras cover, it starts off right away with the 31-page lead story “Rock Aria”. In the wake of the tragedy at Roberta Stock’s almost-wedding (last issue), the FF return to an emergency call from founding member RIO RITA that leads to a trip to Brazil to investigate a mysterious, hulking destructive force appearing in the Amazon jungle. Is it a terrible NEW menace? Yes-AND no. It’s ZAZURRA, the living stone giantess that actually debuted in AC’s Big ‘Uns #2, back many years ago, but who has never previously appeared in the FF universe. She’s here now, and it’ll be up to Ms. VICTORY, SHE-CAT, SYNN and TARA to deal with. Throw in a sprinkling of Dr. Carlos Jimenez and his Time Triangle, Lady Luger and Fritz Voltzmann, and it’s another Stephanie and Mark Heike, Rock Baker and Jeff Austin triumph. Then, RAD is back taking the next step on her journey toward respectability as she moves forward in her secret undercover assignment infiltrating the dangerous paramilitary subversive group The Strong Hand, in “Stepping Into The Twilight Zone”, written by Mark Heike, with art by Baker and Austin. SYNN ends up as a contestant on a game show in an offbeat solo adventure in “A Girl With Brains”, from the mind of writer Mark Holmes with pencils by Dan Gorman and inks by Scott Shriver. Penciler Dan Gorman returns to handle art duties on “The Final Days of Sirius Quinn”. TARA FREMONT investigates the abandoned jungle research facility of a recently-deceased scientist only to find a very unusual situation. Written by UK sensation Andrew Hawnt, and inked by the versatile Scott Shriver. Everybodies’ favorite reluctant heroine, YANKEE GIRL is back to deal with a deadly tropical threat at the Arctic Circle(?) in “Ice Age Baby”, written by Mark Holmes, with pencils and inks by Riccardo Desini. Finally, as a special flip-book feature, long-time AC artist Dan Gorman and his collaborator Joseph A. Michael have created an all-new superheroine that has caught on as an online sensation- The ATOMIC BLONDE!! She makes her FIRST in-print appearance here in FF #174 in an adventure set in a 1940’s World War II world just SLIGHTLY different than our own, entitled “Enter The AquaNazis!!”. We think FEMFORCE readers will love it. Add it all up and it comes out to be 80 full pages of 100% ALL-NEW, never-before-seen story and art in the great AC tradition of “good girl” art and action. Black and white interiors inside full-color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $9.95. Released in 2016.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 28

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More rare and esoteric PreCode horror comics are available once again in the brand-new Crypt of Horror Volume 28, now available from AC Comics!! 21 full stories in all, originally published by a plethora of pulp print publishers from the near-forgotten past of thw 1950’s, including Ajax/Farrell, Fawcett, Charlton, Hillman, Merit, Superior, ACG, Star and others, featuring art by the likes of Bernard Bailey, Sid Check, Marvin Stein, Al Hollingsworth, Harry Lazarus, Bob McCarty, Leonard Frank, John D’Agostino, Bob Forgione, Pete Riss, Al Eadeh and others uncredited. from the pages of such titles as This Magazine Is Haunted, Dark Mysteries, Strange Fantasy, Haunted Thrills, Fantastic Fears, Adventures Into The Unknown, Voodoo, Strange Journey and others. Stories include: “Skull Scavenger”, “The Monster”, “The City Of The Dead”, “Adventure In Death”, “Pit Of Horror”, “The Man Who Died Laughing”, “The Red Death, “The Eyes Of Death”, “The Hand Of Death”, “Beware The Bejango”, “What Happened To Dr. Dormm”, “The Forbidden Doom”, “The Soul Collector”, “The Vampire Cat”, “Spare Me, Please Sir”, “The Terror Of The Killer Plant”. “Ghoul For A Day”, “The Fat Man”, “Demon Fiddler”, “The Constant Eye” and “When The Sea Goes Dry”. 140 full pages of vintage macabre comic-book madness, unavailable anywhere else!! Black and white interiors, full color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. $29.95 from AC Comics. Released in 2016.

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APRIL 2016 PREVIEWS

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Company Name: AC Comics Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394 Phone Number:(407)767-0199 Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com Title: Femforce Frequency: Quarterly Issue/Number 175 UPC Code: 799475804861-17511 Retail Price: $9.95 Discount: Maximum Discount 50% Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″ Page Count: 80 pages Color: Black and White (with color covers) Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor Country of Origin: USA Ship Date: June 27, 2016 Writers: Stephanie Heike, Mark G. Heike, Andrew Hawnt and Mark Holmes Artists: Rock Baker, Dan Gorman, Ricardo Desini, Jacob Bear, Francesco Savi, Bill Black, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver , Jacob Bear, Mark Dail and Michael Bowers Cover Artist: Stephanie Heike and Mark Heike (standard version “A”). Bill Black (alternate version “B”)

FEMFORCE_175_VARIANT_COVER_B_AC_COMICS_WEBSynopsis: The FEMFORCE must stop the gigantic stone ZAZURRA, battle LADY LUGER and face BLITZFRAU in this HISTORIC 175Th ISSUE! Backups include RAD fighting in Siberia, MS. Victory and TARA versus a monster, SYNN matching wits with a brain, and NIGHTVEIL trapped on Dark Dhagor!!

Special BILL BLACK autographed alternate cover!!

Special Notes: This issue ships in a 4:1 ratio of standard Mark and Stephanie Heike cover design A to a special BILL BLACK AUTOGRAPHED alternate RAD cover B. (Meaning out of every FIVE copies of this book that are shipped, ONE will be personally autograped by cover artist, original AC Comics editor- in -cheif and CREATOR of the FEMFORCE and all things AC Comics, BILL BLACK at no extra cost!!.)

 

 

 

How many comic books reach a 175Th issue? Over the years, including all titles, companies and genres, only a few dozen have made it. Narrow that down to the so-called “independent publishers”, and the number becomes no more than a handful. No one thought it could be done- yet here it is, FEMFORCE issue #175, coming from AC Comics in June!! A lot of comic book lines celebrate landmark issues star-studded extravaganzas, intertitle crossovers and lots of characters you don’t expect to see, but WE plan to denote this accomplishment by devoting ALL our resources to producing JUST what our faithful longtime readers have stuck with us for- a damn good STORY and great ART. Oh, there’ll be a few surprises and a special offer here and there, but get FF #175 for the same reason we’ve soldiered on for 32 years and 174 previous issues- it’ll be a REALLY GOOD READ. This issue starts off with the FEMFORCE team still South of the border in Brazil, faced with the task of removing the threat of ZAZURRA. How DO you deal with a 60-foot tall animated statue that poses a threat to everyone and everything every time she takes a step, but isn’t really evil, anyway? No sooner do MS. VICTORY, SHE-CAT, SYNN STARDUST and TARA answer that question than they must face the unexpected reappearance of a long-time foe- LADY LUGER!! See how the surprise end of that decades-long conflict doevtails into the terror of the awesome, electrically-charged BLITZFRAU, in a feature-length story written by Stephanie and Mark Heike, with art by Rock Baker and Jeff Austin, guest-starring FF founding member RIO RITA!! Then, the misunderstood misanthrope known as RAD has been seduced into working undercover for the US government in order to infiltrate a shadowy paramilitary organization. In her first “mission” for the bad guys, Ms. V’s daughter Jen travels to Siberia to take out two supervillainesses in “Fools Rush In”, written by Mark Holmes, with art by Jacob Bear. Then, Ms. VICTORY and TARA are faced with the challenge of stopping a good man gone wrong through no real fault of his own in “Monstrous Burden”, scripted by Andrew Hawnt and illustrated by Francesco Savi. SYNN must deal with an unlikely opponent (in an unexpected setting) in “A Girl With Brains”, and NIGHTVEIL uses stealth, strategy and good planning to turn the tide in her battle with VIVARNA and her wizardous allies on Dark Dhagor in “Two Faces Have I”. Eighty pages of the finest crafted “good girl” art adventure superheroics available in comics today- but THAT is what’s between the covers of this awe-inspiring issue. Out of every five copies of FF #175 sold through comic shops, ONE will feature a special alternate cover design featuring the unpredictable RAD, pencilled, inked and PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by FEMFORCE creator and AC Comics Editor Emeritus BILL BLACK!! The creative wellspring who thought all this stuff up, launched AC Comics and the man responsible for all things AC has produced this special cover and will sign EVERY ONE to sport his design – so if you want one, be sure to make certain that your local comic book retailer orders at least FIVE copies of FF #175 so that he can get you one of the autographed BILL BLACK variants. ( please note that this autographed variant promotion will NOT be available by mail, in the www.accomics.com webstore, or anywhere else online. The only way to get it is through your local comic retailer. ) As always, FEMFORCE #175 will be a full 80 pages; black and white with color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. Available at your local comic dealer in June for $9.95. Ordered it with your local comic book retailer out of the April 2016 issue of the Diamond Previews catalog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Men of Mystery 99

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Add to Cart View Cart Men of Mystery #99 is now available!! A wonderfully eclectic collection of lead features, stong backups and a little rare weirdness from defunct publishers like Hillman, Fawcett, Spark, Dell, Lev Gleason, Harry “A” Chesler and more- perfect for the discriminating collector and Golden Age fanatic. Sixteen full vintage stories reprinted in glistening black and white, featuring adventures starring headliners like Lev Gleason’s original Daredevil, Crimebuster ( in his later Chuck Chandler days), Airboy, Captain Midnight, Shock Gibson, The Owl, The Flame, The Claw, and Spirit of ’76- as well as MOM first-timers including Atoman, Fireater, Great Zarro, Iron Ace, Mr. E, and Robin Hood. Artists on these wonderful features include Joe Kubert, Jerry Robinson, Bob Powell, Arties Saaf, Carmine Infantino, Leonard Frank, Norman Maurer, Robert Q. Sale, Jack Binder, Arturo Cazeneuve and Frank Thomas. 140 full pages of vintage greatness within a full-color Fred Kida, saddle-stitched at full comic book size, priced at $29.95. Released in 2016.015.

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Stormy’s Here!

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The wait is over–Stormy’s here! You can buy Stormy Tempest™ at Executive Replicas

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The wait is over–Stormy’s here! You can buy Stormy Tempest™ at Executive Replicas

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2/16 Added a youtube review we found of the figure.

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Big Bang Universe 2 SOLD OUT!!

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BBU #2 IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!!!!! The SECOND issue of BIG BANG UNIVERSE is finally here, and it’s really something to MARVEL at!! That’s right, the BB braintrust puts their focus on the legendary approach that the House of Ideas made famous, and put their distinctive stamp on a fistfull of features that would make any True Believer exclaim “Face Front”!! Every fan of the legendary BIG BANG brand of comics excellence knows BB is all about a passionate and highly-skilled homage to the great comic books of yesteryear. Certainly all BB readers will have their favorites; perhaps the best-known over the years have been the DC/National- inspired characters like ULTIMAN and The KNIGHT WATCHMAN. But the creative sights of Gary Carlson and his talented co-conspirators CAN channel other “flavors”, and this issue they do so to spectacular effect, recreating the look, feel and downright EXCITEMENT of the classic Silver Age Marvel Comics from Stan Lee’s Marvel Comic Bullpen- and MAN do they do it BIG!! You may feel your nostalgic longings for the “good old days” of comics fun coming back with a …VENGENCE… when you read “Evolutionary War”, starring the NATIONAL GUARDIANS- the Free World’s greatest heroes, a marvelous assemblage that fights the foes no single hero can defeat. This time around, inside a dynamic RON FRENZ/SAL BUSCEMA cover, you’ll see The BADGE, GOLDEN IDOL, BUTTERFLY, VENUS, RAMM, EL GIGANTE and BLACK ADDER battle to defeat the HYPER-APE, whose bombs can reverse evolution, transforming humans into gorillas. Written by Gary Carlson, penciled by Sterling Clark with inks by Tim Stiles and Terry Huddleston. But that is only the beginning!! The ANCIENT MARINER, ruler of the Seven Seas seeks to enlist the help of the bombastic BLUE OX to aid in his conquest of the surface world in a follow-up NATIONAL GUARDIANS adventure, “To Battle The Blue Ox”, written by Gary Carlson, penciled by Sterling Clark and inked by Ken McFarlane. Also, there’ll be a solo adventure that pits BLACK ADDER vs. the villainous team of Dr. CADAVER and the IRON MAIDEN- “The Doctor of Death”, written by Gary Carlson, penciled by Sterling Clark and inked by Tim Stiles. Then, there’s “Mutant Melee”; with story and pencils by Sterling Clark, and inks by Terry Huddleston. Finally, the High-Flyin’ RENEGADE stars in an action-packed thriller “Three Against The Renegade”, drawn and inked by ACTUAL long-time Marvel bullpen veterans RON FRENZ (artist on Thor, Spider-Man, Ka-Zar, Spider-Woman and others)and SAL BUSCEMA(artist on The Avengers, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, The Defenders, Sub-Mariner and many more) with dialogue by Sterling Clark. All this plus pinups by Joe Sinnott, Jeff Austin and David Zimmermann!! The only OTHER way to get this kind of comic book excellence is to build yourself a time-machine and go back to 1968!! All seriousness aside, if you love the spirit of the seminal Marvel books of the mid-1960’s and wonder why “they don’t make comics like that any more”; well, THIS crew does!! BIG BANG UNIVERSE #2, 80 pages of classically-styled black and white, never-before-printed comics action with full color covers, saddle-stitched, for $9.95. Released in 2015.

Big Bang Universe #2 should have shipped to your local comic shop in December/early January. Our orders through Diamond were really low on this issue, so we delayed putting it on the online shop here. We encourage you to order it from your local comic shops before ordering from us–and possibly get the Diamond exclusive variant cover!

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AC Comics March 2016 Previews for May 2016 Ship

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Crypt of Horror Volume 29

 

Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Email Address:
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Title: Crypt or Horror
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: Volume 29
UPC Code: 64924192598902911
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 160 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: horror/fantasy

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Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: May 28, 2016
Writers: Ruth Roche, Joe Gill, Richard Hughes, Robert Bernstein and others uncredited.
Artists: Jack Kirby, Bob Powell, Alex Toth, Dick Ayers, Doug Wildey, Steve Ditko, Rocke Mastroserio, Manny Stallman, Angelo Torres, Joe Maneely Harry Lazarus, Mike Peppe and others uncredited.
Cover Artist: Bob Fugitani

Synopsis: MORE PAGES/MORE STORIES THAN EVER!! Extra-thick 160-page compilation of 27 complete horror stories nobody else is reprinting, from publishers like Standard/Nedor, Toby, Superior, Ajax/Farrell, Gilmore, Media Pubs/Aragon; with art by Kirby, Toth, Powell, Ayers, Ditko, Stallman, Mastroserio, Wildey, Torres, Maneely, Andru and other greats.

Special Notes: Special Notes: Ships with TWO covers in an approximate 2-to-1 ratio, 2 with the Bob Fugitani (cover A) and 1 with the unidentified Golden Age artists’s “bats, ghost and skulls” (cover B) in addition to having TWENTY MORE PAGES than a standard issue of Crypt of Horror!

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Crypt of Horror #29 will be a special “pages added” issue, bringing Pre-Code horror fans an extra 20 PAGES of top-flight vintage comic book creepiness, AND it will also ship with not ONE but TWO great covers, one classic Bob Fugitani design and one featuring a still-unidentified (but awesome) Golden Age artist’s ultimate Pre-Code scene (originally used on an issue of Fawcett Comics’ Beware!Terror Tales) featuring a screaming babe running in fear from bats, skulls and a hooded ghost. That’s the BIG NEWS with COH #29. Now, the “same old thing” that’s going on with the latest issue of comicdom’s top Pre-Code horror reprint anthology is a veritable cornucopia of comics horror esoterica. 27 full stories from the rarest of the 1950’s scary titles, like Standard/Nedor’s The Unseen and Out Of The Shadows, Superior Pubs’ Journey Into Fear, Toby Press’ Tales of Horror, Ajax/Farrell, Gilmore, and more. Stories include “Ring of Horror” by Rocke Mastroserio; “Secret Of The Mountain” by Angelo Torres; “When Time Ran Out” by Doug Wildey; “Death Takes A Hand” by Alex Toth and Mike Peppe; “The Ghost Comes Back” by Dick Ayers; “Nightmare” by Harry Lazarus; “The Man Who Said No” by Joe Maneely; “The Secret Of Planet X’, “The Little Things” and “Confederate Girl”, all by Steve Ditko; “Forbidden Journey” by Jack Kirby; “Grim Years” by Manny Stallman; “Dead Planet”, “Corpses From The Sea”, and “Savage Love”, all by Bob Powell; plus “Turnabout”, “Witchcraft”, “Visitors From Space”, “Beware The Bejango”, “The Planet That Wasn’t There”, “Ghost Gallery”, “The Mirror Of Mowgaladi”, “The Hole In The Ground” and more!!. In total, it’s a full 160 pages of rare comic book macabre, in glistening black and white inside of not one but TWO variant color cover designs, for the same low $29.95 price, coming from AC Comics in May, 2016. Don’t miss it.

 

 

 

 

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We’re back up!

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We think we’re back to operational here, thanks to several people. There may be a few hiccups, we know some graphics are missing, but they’ve been missing for awhile. Let us know if there’s any major problems, we’re still working on it.

We thank you for your support and Merry Christmas!

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Femforce 173

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Femforce #173 is now available!! The long-delayed wedding of former government liason to the FF, ROBERTA STROCK is the event of focus for this issues’ lead feature, and Ms. VICTORY, SYNN, SHE-CAT, TARA and STARDUST are on the guest list. But as usually occurs in the AC Universe, things DON’T work out the way they were planned when some unexpected party-crashers make the scene in “Wedding Bell Blues”, written by Stephanie and Mark Heike, with art by Rock Baker and Jeff Austin. Absent from the bridal shower was NIGHTVEIL, still toiling on the world where she originally gained her arcane powers, DARK DHAGOR. Using strategy as well as magic, NV survives the first wave of attackers sent by villainess VIVARNA and her coterie of evil sorcerers, who now THINK they have the upper hand in the battle for control of the planet- but in fact the REVERSE may be closer to the truth, as you’ll see in this latest stanza of NV’s long-running offworld adventure, scripted by Mark Heike, penciled by Scott Shriver and inked by Jeff Austin. Then, SHE-CAT hears rumors of the death of an old FF nemesis- RIPJAW!! But don’t you believe it, because when the ‘Cat goes to investigate the wake, she learns that it was all a trap in “Iron Wake”, scripted by new literary sensation Andrew Hawnt, and illustrated by equally new (and equally sensational) Jacob Bear. Next, a short return to “yesteryear” as The BLUE BULLETEER accompanies a Hollywood pal on a visit to “The Old Dark House”- which just happens to come complete with a creepy butler and a mad scientist. Story by old favorite Mark Holmes, with art by Francesco Savi. Then, we journey back to TARA’s college days for a tale that picks up the plotline from “Rally ‘Round The Flag” back in FF #170. TARA has assumed the identity of the mysterious RACER G to clandestinely drive an new Fremont Motors design in several auto races in hopes the the publicity (and success of the car) will keep the FMC manufacturing plants open. When RACER G ( with pal JANIS LAWSON as navigator) enters a rugged California road race, she finds herself caught between fanatical “green” activists and an underhanded racing team from Finland in “Race To The Finnish”, written by Mark Holmes, drawn by Brian Dunphy and Mark Heike, and inked by Scott Shriver. After that, we head all the way back to the 1880’s for an adventure of The BLACK PHANTOM. When the reformed lady outlaw stops to help a strident suffragette, she wonders whether the cure may be worse than the disease in “Right To Vote”, written by that man again, Mark Holmes; with art by Rock Baker and Jeff Austin. Finally, it’s back to the war-torn Pacific of 1944, where The Black Angel must solve the mystery of near-superatural Japanese harpies taking a toll on Allied warplanes, in “Painted Ladies”; an encore presentation of a story originally appearing in Cape and Mask #1. (NOTE: all AC web shop orders for this book will be shipped with the special, unannounced variant cover (by Stephanie Heike) you see pictured here. This is NOT the standard-issue FF #173 cover {also a Steph Heike design} that was offered through comic shops) All totalled, it’s the usual 80 pages of top-flight “good girl” art, action and intrigue, in crisp black and white ( with color covers) at standard comic book size, saddle- stitched. priced at $9.95. Released in 2015.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 27

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Crypt of Horror Volume 27 is now on sale!! The latest in our acclaimed anthology of rare 1950’s horror comic book reprints returns; this issue subtitled “Major Macabre”! Chock full of classic scare-stories originally published by Ajax/Farrell, Avon, Prize, St. John, Mikross and others, with stories including “The Stranger In Studio X”, “The Monster of the Storm”, “The Black Flame”, “The Trumpet of Doom”, “Monster of the Moors”, “The Abduction of Earth”, “The End of his Service”, “One More Chance”, “The Other Me”, “Frigid Fear”, “Death Is the Jury”, “Dying Is So Contageous”, “The Man In The Cell”, “The Little Black Box”, “Live For Reunion”, “Wheel Of Terror”, “The Shadows On the Screen”, “The Devil Collects”, “Freak”, “Hoofbeats of the Devil’s Horse”, “Gold Has No Conscience”, and “Someone Is In the Trunk”. Artists on these gems include Joe Simon and Jack Kirby; Bob Powell, Dick Ayers, Mort Meskin, Rocke Mastroserio, Norman Nodel, John Rosenberger, Goldfarb Baer, Gene Fawcette, Rafael Astarita. Robert Hayward Webb, Henry C.Kiefer and other greats. 140 pages of vintage comics monsters, mystery and mayhem in black and white, with a color cover by Mike Esposito. Standard comic book size, saddle-stiched, for $29.95.Released in 2015.

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AC Comics January 2016 Previews for March 2016 ship

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Femforce #174

 

Company Name: AC Comics

Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394

Phone Number:(407)767-0199

Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com

Title: Femforce

Frequency: Quarterly

Issue/Number 174

UPC Code: 799475804861-17411

Retail Price: $9.95

Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched

Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″

Page Count: 80 pages

Color: Black and White (with color covers)

Intended Audience: All ages

Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor

Country of Origin: USA

Ship Date: March 25, 2016

Writers: Stephanie Heike, Mark G. Heike, Andrew Hawnt, Joseph A. Michael, and Mark Holmes

Artists: Rock Baker, Jeff Austin, Jacob Bear , Dan Gorman, Mark Dail, Brian Dunphy and Chris Allen.

Cover Artist: Dell Barras

Synopsis: The FF team faces an old friend, an old enemy AND the time-tossed giantess ZAZURRA!! NIGHTVEIL duels with VIVARNA on DHAGOR, STARDUST confronts treachery in space and Ms. V and TARA stop a good scientist turned monstrous- PLUS the in-print debut of a NEW superheroine–Joseph A. Michael and Dan Gorman’s ATOMIC BLONDE!!

Special Notes: For every 3 copies of Femforce #174 purchased, retailers will receive 1 copy of Golden Agents #0 FREE!!

 

With nearly four decades of continuity into it, the FEMFORCE storyline has produced a lot of memorable characters- far TOO MANY to utilize on any sort of regular basis, The only thing to do is rotate them in and out of stories wherever they fit most logically, and introduce new ones as they come up. March’s FEMFORCE offering should provide a pleasing mix of both. The lead story will feature our team of sexy superheroines trekking to South America where they will cross paths with a pair of characters (whose identities will not be revealed here) that date back to the team’s very first appearance. Before our girls have even had a chance to deal with that, they must face ZAZURRA, a stone giantess and barbarian queen from another time and civilization!! ( THIS must be one of those NEW characters, right? Not completely. NEW to the FF universe, but actually ZAZURRA caused quite a stir when she made her one and only appearance in AC’s Big ‘Uns #2, some years back. She brings a new kind of menace that JUST MIGHT be more than the FF can handle! This issue, NIGHTVEIL’s travails on the world of DARK DHAGOR continue as she must play a desperate game of deception with VIVARNA and her team of magical cohorts to try to save that planet’s future. Ms. VICTORY and TARA find they have all they can handle controlling a menace that doesn’t REALLY mean any harm at all, when an altruistic scientist’s self-experimentation gets out of control, and STARDUST picks up her remembrances of her days as a military cadet among the Rurians. The discovery of a previously-unknown alien civilization (and the technology they have developed ) is viewed VERY differently by STARDUST (in her days as Mara) than it is by her military superiors. This storyline picks up events as previously seen in FF #169 and 172. Then, it’s the print-debut of a NEW superheroine, The ATOMIC BLONDE!! The brainchild of talented creators Joseph A. Michael, penciller Dan Gorman and inker Brian Dunphy (whose artwork has graced a number of AC books in recent years as well a bevy of collectible card sets). AB has been appearing as an online strip and will be appearing in FF #174 as a special guest-feature. The world’s first atomic weapon, the radiation-powered ‘BLONDE wades in with both fists to help the Allied cause during the height of World War II!! Check out this great new strip and see how the ATOMIC BLONDE fares against the terrifying threat of… the AQUA-NAZIS!! As always, this issue of FEMFORCE is 80 pages of great ”good girl” art action and adventure. But that’s not all- HOT on the heels of our successful experiment with GIANTESS COMICS #1 (released in conjunction with Femforce #172) we’re back with another “freestanding” promotional comic book try-out feature. This time around, with every three copies of FEMFORCE #174 purchased your retailer can receive one copy of GOLDEN AGENTS #0 ABSOLUTELY FREE!! That’s right- ANOTHER separate, complete 24-page black and white (with color covers) full sized comic book FOR NOTHING!! The GOLDEN AGENTS is a slightly different “take” on STEPHANIE HEIKE’S self-published 21ST CENTURIONS series of a few years back; superheroes, science-fiction, corporate shenanigans and dark weirdness in a world only slightly different from our own. This will feature many of the same characters as seen in 21ST CENTURIONS, but focus more on the enigmatic TRIBUNE and his veteran team of super-powered operatives. Be prepared for THIS one- you MAY have trouble figuring out which ones are the GOOD GUYS and which ones are the BAD GUYS!! Written by series creator and cover illustrator STEPHANIE HEIKE, this book will be penciled and inked by JACOB BEAR, the talented illustrated who is making quite a splash in the comic book industry these days. To promote GOLDEN AGENTS as a potential new ongoing title at AC Comics, we are offering the book ABSOLUTELY FREE, one copy available with every THREE copies of FEMFORCE #174 purchased. If you HAVE to get a copy of GOLDEN AGENTS #0, just make sure that your smiling local comic book retailer orders you three copies of FF #174- and tell him you WANT the FREE GOLDEN AGENTS #0 that comes with them. So order FEMFORCE #174 for March through the January 2016 Previews catalog,with your local comics retailer to get 80 pages of great GGA action, AND a chance to get a FREE GOLDEN AGENTS #0!!

 

 

 

 

 

BELOW ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE INCENTIVE PROMOTION GOLDEN AGENTS #0, IF NEEDED

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Company Name: AC Comics

Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394

Phone Number:(407)767-0199

Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com

Title: Golden Agents

Frequency: Unknown at this time

Issue/Number 0

UPC Code: 79450438330000011

Retail Price: free with the purchase of three copies of FEMFORCE 174

Discount: N/A

Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched

Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″

Page Count: 24 pages

Color: Black and White (with color covers)

Intended Audience: All ages

Genre: Action/adventure/superhero

Country of Origin: USA

Ship Date: March 25, 2016

Writer: Stephanie Heike

Artists: Jacob Bear, Stephanie and Mark Heike

Cover Artist: Stephanie Heike

Synopsis : Team leader Tribune is apparently killed at a public function!! Will his other operatives be able to go on without him at the helm? And WHY is his “arch-nemesis” Max Tophoeles more upset about this development than anyone else?

Special Notes: This book is FREE with every THREE copies of FEMFORCE #174 ordered.

 

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 17

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 17 is now available!! This issue’s total focus is on the PreCode classic fusion of the Western, horror and superhero genres, Magazine Entersprises’ GHOST RIDER!! This officially authorized edition (produced with the permission of the original M.E. publisher, the late Vin Sullivan) reprints in full 21 vintage Ghost Rider stories originally published in M. E.’s Ghost Rider, Tim Holt, Best of the West, B-Bar-B Riders and Redmask comics of the 1950’s; over 135 pages of stunning Dick Ayers artwork, on GR adventures including “The Book Of Doom”, “The Inn On Skull Mountain”, “The Shadow Slayers”, “The Devil Deals In Death”, “The Ghost Of Longhair John”, “The Freaks Of Fear”, “The Talking Head”, “No Law In Little Bend”, “The Beautiful Witch”, “The Green Men From Horro”, “Play Of Death”, “The Horns Of Horror”, “The Horror Of Dead Man’s Cave”, “The Phantom Guns Of Feather Gap”, “The Haunted Tomb”, “to Touch Is To Die”, “A Web For Her Wedding Dress”, “Magico Versus The Ghost Rider”, “The Claws Of Horror”, “The Return Of Magico”, and “Scourge Of Guilt”. Although most of these stories have previously been reprinted in AC’s late, great Best Of The West Western anthology series as Hauinted Horseman stories, NONE of these have been used in any other Ghost Rider reprint volumes you may have seen offered from any other publishers. In addition to all the superb vintage stories ( reproduced in crisp, clear black and white), there is historical text from AC Comics creator/ Editor Emeritus (and the world’s biggest Ghost Rider fan, expert and collector) Bill Black, including a full index listing ALL M. E. Ghost Rider appearances. This issue is dedicated to the great Dick Ayers. 144 pages total, full color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Released in 2015.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 28

 

 

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Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Email Address:
femforcehq@aol.com
Title: Crypt or Horror
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: Volume 28
UPC Code: 64924192598902811
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: horror/fantasy

Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: February 25, 2016
Writers: Ruth Roche, Carl Memling, Richard Hughes, Robert Bernstein and others uncredited
Artists: Ogden Whitney, Bill Everett, Joe Sinnott, Bernard Baily, Bob McCarty, Sid Check, Harry Lazarus, Leonard Frank, Al Hollingsworth, John D’Agostino, Harry Harrison, Pete Riss, Lin Streeter and others uncredited
Cover Artist: Norman Saunders

Synopsis: PreCode horror madness reigns with 22 more rare, never-before-reprinted gems from Fawcett, Merit, Superior and Ajax/Farrell plus -“Deep Dimension”horror!! Classics like “City Of The Dead”, “Death Dive”, “The Mountain Ghost”, “Pit Of Horror”, “Ghoul For A Day”, “Demon Fiddler”, “The Eyes Of Your Death” and “Skull Scavenger”.

Special Notes: none

 

 

The COH focus this time around is HEAVILY fixed on the unseen and obscure, as we’ve got another heaping helping of weirdness generated by the twisted creators toiling at the Iger Studios. That shop poduced most of the horror output of Superior Publications and Ajax/Farrell. THIS is the stuff most afficionados think of when the term “PreCode horror” is bandied about, and this issue includes quite a selection, with “Pit Of Horror” from Haunted Thrills; “Ghoul For A Day’, from Voodoo; “Demon Fiddler” from Fantastic Fears; “When The Sea Goes Dry” from Strange Journey and “Skull Scavenger” from Strange Fantasy. Merit Publications Dark Mysteries is another wild 1950’s frightbook, and COH Volume 28 will reprint the entire contents of that title’s seventh issue- “The Terror of the Killer Plant” (drawn by Al Hollingsworth), “The Hand of Death” (by John D’Agostino), “THe Eyes of Your Death”, and “Adventure In Death” with art by future SF author Harry Harrison. In the early 1950’s, Harrison often worked in collaboration with the great Wally Wood, but this is one of his seldom- seen solo comics art jobs. Fawcett’s early horror anthology, This Magazine Is Haunted has proved a favorite among COH readers, so we’re including a quartet of tales from various issues of that venerable title too, including “The Red Death” by Bob Forgione; “The Constant Eyes” by Bernard Baily; Leonard Frank’s “The Fat Man”, and “City Of The Dead”, drawn by the underrated Bob McCarty. “Deep Dimension” was a brief ’50’s fad, attemting an approximation of 3D effect in two-dimensional line- art, and this issue will showcase a half-dozen examples of the best- “The World That Time Forgot”, by Ogden Whitney; “The Mountain Ghost”, by Pete Riss; and “Death Dive”, “The Alpha Creature”, “The Man Who Died Laughing” and “The Monster In The Fog’, all illustrated by the biggest proponent of the “DD” craze, Harry Lazarus. All this and several more surprises await discerning readers in Crypt of Horror Volume 28, 140 pages of crisp, clean vintage horror reprints coming in February, 2016 from AC Comics, for just $29,95.

 

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Men of Mystery 98

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Men of Mystery #98 is now available!! This issue is devoted to the offerings from early comics pioneer Victor Fox’s Fox Features line, with sixteen rare stories from this legendary line. Cover feature The BLUE BEETLE is likely Fox’s best-remembered hero, and you’ll see him this issue not once but TWICE, in an early Golden Age appearance in a story from Mystery Men#13 (drawn by Larry Antoinette) and also one from late in the run, a 1948 Jack Kamen- drawn gem “Suicide For Sale”, from Blue Beetle Comics #53. Another star of the day was SAMSON, who also appears in a pair of tales- both drawn by Al Carreno- one each from Fantastic Comics #’s 15 and one from # 20. The GREEN MASK was BB’s co-star in Mystery Men, and he’ll likewise share the spotlight here, appearing in a tale (also from MM #13) drawn by the Cazeneuve brothers- Louis and Arturo. STARDUST the SUPER-WIZARD is one of the weirdest featiures ever to appear in comics, and he turns up here in a tale (also from Fantastc #15) where he calls upon help from “The Stardust Sixth Column”- a group of teenage boys (all decked out in costumes identical to his) to beat some racketeers- as only creator Fletcher Hanks could illustrate it. And we couldn’t do an issue of MOM without presenting at least a couple of costumed types that had never prviously appeared in reprints in the title, and this time around we have three! First. it’s The BLACK LION, from Wonderworld Comics # 27, along with his partner, The Cub, by Chuck Winter. I might surmise that the BLACK LION stories are unused episodes of The BLACK FURY (who previously ran in Fantastic Comics) slightly reworked. Then, there’s”DYNAMITE” THOR, from Blue Beetle #6. This costumed crusader works somewhat in the mold of Quality’s HUMAN BOMB or Centaur’s TNT TODD- he propels himself through the air and fights crime with the aid of-dynamite- though it’s not really clear just HOW. Finally, it’s The BANSHEE, from V-Man Comics #2. This early Warren King-drawn hero is actually mild-mannered Jim O’Connell who wraps himself up in tattered shrouds, and leaps about fighting crime and-screaming. Really. All this plus Fox’s underwater hero, NAVY JONES; LIEUTENANT DRAKE by Klaus Nordling; V-MAN by Ramona Patenuade; SPACE SMITH, Dr. Mortal (by Bert Whitman) from Weird Comics #8, Bob Powell’s D-13 and MARGA the PANTHER WOMAN. 140 pages of rare, early Golden Age hero action in black and white with color covers, for $29.95. Released in 2015.

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Men of Mystery #99

 

Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Email Address:
femforcehq@aol.com
Title: Men of Mystery
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: 99
UPC Code:
64924192603009911
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre:
Action/adventure/superhero/history- Golden Age reprints of 1940’s comic book stories
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: January 27, 2016
Writers: Ed Cronin, Ruth Roche, Paul S. Newman, R. S. Callender, Charles Biro, Bob Wood, Bill Woolfolk and others uncredited.
Artists: Joe Kubert, Bob Powell, Jerry Robinson, Fred Kida, Leonard Frank, Artie Saaf, Chuck Winter, Arthur Peddy, Bob Q. Siege, Frank Thomas, Arturo Cazenueve, Lew Glanz and others.
Cover Artist: Fred Kida

Synopsis: Golden Age potpourri issue!! Never-before-reprinted stories featuring AIRBOY, Lev Gleason’s DAREDEVIL, SPIRIT of ’76, CLAW, OWL, CRIMEBUSTER, The FLAME, SHOCK GIBSON and CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT; MOM first-timers ATOMAN, FIREATER, IRON ACE, GREAT ZARRO, ROBIN HOOD, and more!! Artists include Kubert, Powell, Robinson. Kida, Saaf, Peddy and other greats!!

Special Notes: none

When AC Comics first started Men of Mystery nearly twenty years ago, it was intended as an anthology “sampler”, featuring examples of the best and most interesting Golden Age heroes and concepts from a variety of defunct publishers. In recent years, we’ve gone to a large number of “themed” issues, focusing on the output of a single company, or a single genre or subject. We do like to keep the occasional “variety” issue coming, though- and that’s what Men of Mystery #99 will be, containing items of interest from at least SEVEN different vintage publishing houses, including Lev Gleason, Hillman, Spark, Fawcett, Dell and Ajax-Farrell. Comic book superstar characters of the era that will take center stage this go-around will include Lev Gleason’s original DAREDEVIL in a 17-page saga written and drawn by Charles Biro; AIRBOY (by Fred Kida) from Airboy Volume 4, #1, 1947; a previously-unseen example the 1950’s version of The FLAME; the great Joe Kubert’s take on CRIMEBUSTER, Chuck Chandler (from Boy Comics #113); SHOCK GIBSON illustrated by the Glanzman brothers- Lew and Sam; CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT drawn by Leonard Frank, and The CLAW by Bob Q. Siege. Popular favorites returning in never-previously-reprinted stories include Frank Thomas’ The OWL (from Popular #78), The HEAP by Arthur Peddy; SPIRIT of ’76 with art by Bob Powell, and an Arturo Cazeneuve-drawn episode of The ZEBRA. And vintage heroes making their FIRST APPEARANCE EVER in MOM this issue include Jerry Robinson’s ATOMAN; the very offbeat FIREATER, illustrated by Artie Saaf from Choice Comics; IRON ACE, Great Comics “star” The GREAT ZARRO, and a contemporary hero (well, in the 1940’s, anyway) know as ROBIN HOOD, from Green Hornet #10. That’s 140 full pages of classic costumed heroes from the Golden Age in crisp, clear back and white with color covers. Standard comic book size and saddle-stitched for $29.95. Men of Mystery #99, coming from AC Comics in January, 2016. Don’t miss it.

 

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LAST COPY IN STOCK!!! While Joan (Ms. VICTORY) Wayne-Starrett and her husband PARAGON enjoy a rare day off, an old associate manipulate her daughter Jennifer (better known as RAD) into a new and dangerous phase of her life. The rewards could be great- and the RISKS even GREATER, in “Same As It Ever Was” by Mark Heike. Rock Baker and Jeff Austin. On Florida’s East Coast, the debut of a new FF charitable organization brings SYNN and TARA into conflict with a “new” super-powered menace- BLITZFRAU- in “Shock To The System”, by Stephanie and Mark Heike and Jacob Bear. And it looks like New Villainess month in FEMFORCE, as STARDUST meets yet ANOTHER premier distaff antagonist while defending her Cape Canaveral workplace in “The Rage of Raxis”, written by newcomer ( to AC ) Andrew Hawnt, with pencils by Scott Shriver and inks by Jeff Austin. Then, an investigation into a tragic death for the Orlando Police Department leads SHE-CAT afoul of… you guessed it… a new villaness- called MISS CUE in “A Nice Girl In A Place Like This”, written by Mark Holmes, penciled by Rock Baker with ink finishes by Scott Shriver. NIGHTVEIL’S crisis on the world of Dark Dhagor continues as she finally confesses to the loss of the Cloak of Darkness to her mentor, Azagoth, and as a plan for the liberation of Dhagor is put into action, VIVARNA and her cotere of evil sorcerers come up with a plan of there own, in “What You See Is What You Get”; written by Mark Heike, penciled by Scott Shriver and inked by Jeff Austin. DINOSAUR GIRL returns in another untold story from WWII, as she must deal with a mutated dinosaur that could NOT have come in contact with the mysterious ore that gave DG her powers in “The Battle For Atoll Q, written and drawn by Rock Baker, and inked by Alejandro Alvarez. Remember the storyline out of STARDUST’S past that we started back in FF #169- “Eldorado”? Well, this issue we present another installment. As the pre-superpowered MARA lies injured and left behind by her Rurian comrades on the surface of the planet Zanton, that world’s mysterious inhabitants come to her aide, and you will meet the mysterious alien known as “Fr’Nando”- written by Stephanie and Mark Heike, and breathtakingly illustrated by Chris Allen. If you’ve enjoyed Chris’s work at AC over the years, you’ll LOVE this, as he’s really outdone himself here. And speaking of Mr. Allen, he is ALSO part of this issues’ never-before-published special suprise feature; an enigmatic tale of the macabre called “You Wore Black, The Angels Wore White”, written by Dan Membiela, penciled by Mark Heike and inked by Chris Allen under his old pen name of David Jacob Beckett. Total it all up and it is 80 pages of never-before-seen good girl art action, adventure and intrigue, in glistening black and white behind a moody Dell Barras full-color cover. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. for $9.95. Released in 2015.

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AC OCTOBER 2015 PREVIEWS FOR DECEMBER 2015 SHIP

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Company Name: AC Comics Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394 Phone Number:(407)767-0199 Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com Title: Big Bang Universe Frequency: Semiannual Issue/Number 2 UPC Code: 71087460417300211 Retail Price: $9.95 Discount: Maximum Discount 50% Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″ Page Count: 80 pages Color: Black and White (with color covers) Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor Country of Origin: USA Ship Date: December 26, 2015 Writers: Gary Carlson and Sterling Clark Artists: Sterling Clark, Sal Buscema, Ron Frenz, Joe Sinnott, Tim Stiles, Terry Huddleston, Jeff Austin and David Zimmermann Cover Artist: Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (standard cover “A”), Sterling Clark(alternate cover “B”) Synopsis: The MARVELOUS National Guardians – BADGE, GOLDEN IDOL, BUTTERFLY, VENUS, RAMM, EL GIGANTE and BLACK ADDER face HYPER-APE. Meanwhile, The ANCIENT MARINER seeks the BLUE OX to aid his conquest of the surface world. Solo adventures include BLACK ADDER -plus RENEGADE in a thriller illustrated by RON FRENZ and SAL BUSCEMA!!

Special Notes: This issue ships in a 4:1 ratio of standard Ron Frenz/Sal Buscema New Guardians (cover A)cover design to a Sterling Clark New Guardians alternate cover design (cover B), meaning out of every FIVE copies of this book that are shipped, FOUR will feature the Frenz/Buscema cover version, and ONE will be the Sterling Clark at no extra cost!!

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Every fan of the legendary BIG BANG brand of comics excellence knows BB is all about a passionate and highly-skilled homage to the great comic books of yesteryear. Certainly all BB readers will have their favorites; perhaps the best-known over the years have been the DC/National- inspired characters like ULTIMAN and The KNIGHT WATCHMAN. But the creative sights of Gary Carlson and his talented co-conspirators CAN channel other “flavors”, and this issue they do so to spectacular effect, recreating the look, feel and downright EXCITEMENT of the classic Silver Age Marvel Comics from Stan Lee’s House of Ideas- and MAN do they do it BIG!! You may feel your nostalgic longings for the “good old days” of comics fun coming back with a …VENGENCE… when you read “Evolutionary War”, starring the NATIONAL GUARDIANS- the Free World’s greatest heroes, a marvelous assemblage that fights the foes no single hero can defeat. This time around, The BADGE, GOLDEN IDOL, BUTTERFLY, VENUS, RAMM, EL GIGANTE and BLACK ADDER battle to defeat the HYPER-APE, whose bombs can reverse evolution, transforming humans into gorillas. Written by Gary Carlson, penciled by Sterling Clark with inks by Tim Stiles and Terry Huddleston. But that is only the beginning!! The ANCIENT MARINER, ruler of the Seven Seas seeks to enlist the help of the bombastic BLUE OX to aid in his conquest of the surface world in a follow-up NATIONAL GUARDIANS adventure, “To Battle The Blue Ox”, written by Gary Carlson, penciled by Sterling Clark and inked by Ken McFarlane. Also, there’ll be a solo adventure that pits BLACK ADDER vs. the villainous team of Dr. CADAVER and the IRON MAIDEN- “The Doctor of Death”, written by Gary Carlson, penciled by Sterling Clark and inked by Tim Stiles. Then, there’s “Mutant Melee”; with story and pencils by Sterling Clark, and inks by Terry Huddleston. Finally, the High-Flyin’ RENEGADE stars in an action-packed thriller “Three Against The Renegade”, drawn and inked by ACTUAL long-time Marvel bullpen veterans RON FRENZ (artist on Thor, Spider-Man, Ka-Zar, Spider-Woman and others)and SAL BUSCEMA(artist on The Avengers, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, The Defenders, Sub-Mariner and many more) with dialogue by Sterling Clark. All this plus pinups by Joe Sinnott, Jeff Austin and David Zimmermann!! The only OTHER way to get this kind of comic book excellence is to build yourself a time-machine and go back to 1968!! All seriousness aside, if you love the spirit of the seminal Marvel books of the mid-1960’s and wonder why “they don’t make comics like that any more”; well, THIS crew does!! This thrilling second issue of BIG BANG UNIVERSE ships with TWO different cover options- a “standard” NATIONAL GUARDIANS cover version by the legendary RON FRENZ and SAL BUSCEMA and a special alternate NATIONAL GUARDIANS cover by the talented contemporary artist STERLING CLARK.. If you want to be certain of getting BOTH great cover versions, be sure that your local retailer orders enough copies of this issue- and keep in mind that ordering through Diamond is the ONLY way to receive this variant. As always, if you want to catch up on all things BIG BANG , check out their website at www.bigbangcomics.com. Don’t forget to place your order with your local comics retailer for BIG BANG UNIVERSE #2, 80 pages of classically-styled black and white, never-before-printed comics action with full color covers, saddle-stitched, shipping in December from AC Comics!!

 

 

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Crypt of Horror Volume 26

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Another great compilation of vintage horror comics- Crypt of Horror Volume 26- is now available!! Focusing on some of the greatest horror comics artists of the 1950’s, 20 full stories from Fawcett, Minoan, Charlton, Harvey and others are featured:”Green Hands Of Terror”( art by George Evans), “Devil’s Due” and “The Weirdest Corpse of All Time” (art by Sheldon Moldoff and Ed Moline), from Fawcett’s This Magazine Is Haunted #2; “Giant From The Tomb” and “Death Flower” both drawn by Ben Brown and Dave Gantz from Purple Claw #3; Basil Wolverton’s “Planet of Terror”; “The Darkness Outside” by Dick Ayers; a quartet of classic Steve Ditko gems- “Deadly Cargo of Spaceship 90”, “The Most Dangerous Man In The World”, “Exiled To Earth”, and “The Faceless Man”; a pair of Gene Colan stadouts-“Behind The Dreadful Door” and “Witch Doctor”; two drawn by former EC stars- “Barely Human” by Joe Orlando and “I Foiled An Alien Invasion” by Jack Davis, plus “A Hex On My Brother”, “Assault On The Unknown”, “Bride Of The Beast” and “Bats By Night”and “The Magic Metal”. 140 full pages of horror comic book history in crystal-clear black and white with color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched, for $29.95.Released in 2015.

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We have some news–There’s going to be some brand new prose novels from Pro Se Productions based on AC Comics characters. The pulp-style stories will be based on ideas from AC Editor Emeritus Bill Black starring characters like Paragon, Scarlet Scorpion and more.

Also, we’ve heard from Executive Replicas that the Stormy Tempest figures went into production this week.

Here’s the press release from Pro Se:

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PRO SE PRODUCTIONS LICENSES BILL BLACK’S
AC COMICS CHARACTERS FOR PROSE ADVENTURES!
Pro Se Productions, a leading Publisher of Genre Fiction, proudly announces a new licensing relationship with one of the best known names in independent comic books in the last 40 years. Beginning in 2016, Pro Se will be publishing the adventures of Paragon, DarkShade, FemForce, and an entire plethora of four-color heroes and villains from the pages of AC Comics, thanks to a licensing arrangement with AC’s founder Bill Black and his company, Nightveil Media.
“This,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is in many ways a fan dream come true for me. I was, as a kid in the 1980s, the only comic collector my age, I thought, with any interest in the Golden Age characters. When AC Comics began reviving some of those characters and a whole slew inspired by that era, it meant the world to me. To be able to say that, thanks to the suggestion of writer Barry Reese and the wonderful working relationship we’ve already established with Bill Black, Pro Se will be bringing those wonderful characters with such vivid histories to life in prose is not just a fantastic business move. It makes the ten year old kid reading comics in me jump up and
down with joy.”
“Each of these characters,” continues Hancock, “still has pages
and pages of stories to tell. And Pro Se has access to writers who grew up with these heroes, who understand what it takes to bring a comic character to life in Pulp Fiction. Translating comic characters to the Pulp page adds a certain edge, a visceral expression to them that I think lends itself well to Bill’s awesome cast of players.”
Evolving in 1982 out of Bill Black’s Paragon Publications, AC Comics® (Americomics in it’s first year of existence only, AC since 1984) was one of the initial quartet of independent color comics companies who pioneered the direct sales phenomenon in the early ’80’s. Within the framework of the four hundred-plus books AC has released, multitalented publishing maverick Bill Black has introduced a plethora of his own fascinating characters. From his new-wave super-hero universe of the companies’ early years (when costumed defenders like Captain Paragon, Commando D, The Scarlet Scorpion and Bolt gave readers an alternative to Marvel and DC fare) grew AC’s best known feature — The Femforce, Comicdom’s first and only successful all-female super-team book. In 1997, Femforce became the 229th comic book ever to pass the one hundred issue mark, and spawned an ever-increasing circle of spin-offs, support books and licensed merchandise.
A unique, eclectic and personal blend of tastes and influences have led publisher Bill Black to construct an engrossing matrix of fun and interesting comics and related publications. And now that creativity takes on new life in hands of today’s best Genre Fiction authors in new prose tales from Pro Se Productions!
“I’m truly excited,” says Bill Black, “about a new line of novels to be written about my comic book characters. This will open new vistas for Paragon, Nightveil, Femforce, and so many others. Comics and even the movies cannot come close to the in-depth characterization that novelization will bring. Prose adventures is something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the time. Pro Se, with talented writers like Barry Reese, will do it far better, so this promises to be an amazing joint venture. I can’t wait to read the first book!”
Even though the slate of AC characters is wide and varied and will be explored over time in various Pro Se volumes, the initial collections and books will focus on Paragon, Nightveil, DarkShade, and FemForce. Other characters that may show up in the first year of this arrangement include the Latigo Kid, The Black Shroud, The Haunter, and Alizarin Crimson. Hancock states that the first call for submissions would likely go out in late August/Early September 2015 with the focus for publication to begin in 2016.
For interviews with either Hancock or Black or to learn more about this project, contact Hancock at editorinchief@prose-press.com.
For more information on Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com.Like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions. Discover all you need to know about AC Comics at www.acccomics.com.
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Men of Mystery #97- “Quality Comics’ Biggest Stars” is now available!! Yes, it’s another top-flight compilation of some of the best Golden Age stories produced for Everett M. Arnold’s late, great Quality Comics line of the 1940’s and ’50’s; 20 complete stories in all, culled from some of the rarest, most valuable vintage issues of such Quality titles as National, Feature, Hit, Crack and Smash; with a special focus on the spectacular art of REED CRANDALL! This issue, enjoy DOLLMAN (from Feature #49) CAPTAIN TRIUMPH, The RAY (from Smash #36), and HERCULES (From Hit #16), all illustrated by the talented Mr.Crandall, but that is only the beginning, because you also get QUICKSILVER (from National #23), from National #23, The JESTER (from Smash #36) and RUSTY RYAN (from Feature #49), all by the equally-skilled Paul Gustavson, AND WONDER BOY (from National #23), ZERO, GHOST DETECTIVE (from Feature #49),BETTY BATES ( from Hit #16) and SALLY O’NEILL (from National #23) all by the stellar Al Bryant, plus Jack Cole’s MIDNIGHT (from Smash #36), Alex Kotzky’s ESPIONAGE (from Smash #36), MERLIN as illustrated by Fred Guardineer (originally published in National #23), SAMAR by Maxwell Elkans (as previously seen in Feature #49), The MARKSMAN drawn by Alex Koda (from Smash #36); The RED BEE by Witmer Williams (Hit #16), DAFFY by Bart Tumey (From Smash #47), UNCLE SAM (from National #23) and Jim Mooney’s WILDFIRE from Smash #36. That’s a full 140 pages of crisp black and white full story reprints not seen since their original publication in the 1940’s!! All inside a great full-color Crandall cover starring DOLLMAN! Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Released in 2015.

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Femforce #173

Company Name: AC Comics Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394 Phone Number:(407)767-0199 Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com Title: Femforce Frequency: Quarterly Issue/Number 173 UPC Code: 799475804861-17311 Retail Price: $9.95 Discount: Maximum Discount 50% Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″ Page Count: 80 pages Color: Black and White (with color covers) Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor Country of Origin: USA Ship Date: November 27, 2015 Writers: Stephanie Heike, Mark G. Heike, and Mark Holmes Artists: Rock Baker, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver , Jacob Bear, Francesco Savi, Pedro Potier and Mark Dail. Cover Artist: Stephanie Heike and Jeff Austin Synopsis: Wedding Bells ring for FEMFORCE pal Roberta Strock, but when the groom ends up a suspicious figure out of Ms. VICTORY’ S past, the ceremony degenerates into a free-for-all!! On Dhagor, NIGHTVEIL’s war with the evil sorcerers ramps up- PLUS a “lost” tale of the BLACK PHANTOM in the Old West.

Special Notes: This issue ships in a 4:1 ratio of standard Stephanie Heike/Jeff Austin cover design to a Stephanie Heike AUTOGRAPHED version of that cover. (Meaning out of every FIVE copies of this book that are shipped, ONE will be personally autograped by cover penciler and AC Comics editor STEPHANIE SANDERSON at no extra cost!!.)

 

Not so long ago, The FEMFORCE had a US government liason that worked directly with them on a day-to-day basis: US Army General Roberta Strock. In recent years, Ms. Strock was offered a high-level cabinet post in the United States government. She resigned her military commission to accept that position. Some time before these events, Roberta HAD been engaged to a mysterious figure that only ONE member of the FF had ever met. Now retired from government service and ready to get on with her life, Roberta decides it’s time to go ahead with the wedding, and live happily ever after. At least that’s the PLAN. Consider this issue of FF your invitation to the social event of the season at AC- but just be ready to DUCK when they get to the “If anyone knows any reason why these two people should not be wed” part, in a story we are calling “Wedding Bell Blues”, written by Stephanie Heike and drawn by Rock Baker. Events presaged in this story will have far-reaching significance in a number of major plotlines that will play out in FF over the next several years. One charter member of the FF who will have to send a gift later will be NIGHTVEIL, who will MISS the wedding, stuck fighting for her life on the strange world known as Dark Dhagor. With her mentor Azagoth and the good people of Dhagor at the mercy of a cabal of evil sorcerers lead by the villainess VIVARNA, NV must wage a virtual one-woman war against their arcane oppression, while her own powers are at their lowest with the Cloak of Darkness nowhere to be found, in a tale written by Mark Heike and drawn by rising star Scott Shriver- once a top-flight inker, now soaring to new heights as an exciting, dynamic penciler!! There’s, a new role for the once-cantankerous RAD as- an undercover operative? What could possibly motivate her to undertake an assignment like this- and what old-time FF character will she tangle with along the way? Then, we’ll set the calendar BACKWARDS to 1876 and head out West for a previously-untold tale of The BLACK PHANTOM as BP finds herself smack dab in the middle of the question woman’s suffrage in a wild and wooly story written by Mark Holmes, and drawn by great new artistic discovery!! But that’s not ALL!! We will be offering a special STEPHANIE HEIKE autographed cover variant to those who pre-order their copies of FF #173 through their local comic shops. Out of every five copies of FF #173 sold through comic shops, ONE will be personally autographed by this issue’s cover penciler (and AC editor) STEPHANIE HEIKE!! You have enjoyed her art and writing on FF for many years, but we’ve NEVER made an issue of FF AUTOGRAPHED by her officially available before, so if you want one, be sure to make certain that your local comic book retailer orders at least FIVE copies of FF #173 so that he can get you one of the autographed variants. ( please note that this autographed variant promotion will NOT be available by mail, in the www.accomics.com webstore, or anywhere else online. The only way to get it is through your local comic retailer. ) As always, FEMFORCE #173 will be a full 80 pages of great GOOD GIRL art comics and action; black and white with color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. Available at your local comic dealer in November, for $9.95.

 

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Crypt of Horror Volume 27
Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 17

Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com

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Title: Crypt or Horror
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: Volume 27
UPC Code: 64924192598902711
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: horror/fantasy
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: October 27, 2015
Writers: Ruth Roche, Robert Farrel, Otto Binder, Joe Gill, Robert Bernstein and others uncredited
Artists: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Bob Powell, Steve Ditko, Dick Ayers, Mort Meskin, Robert Hayward Webb, Rocke Mastroserio, Norman Nodel, Gene Fawcette, Rafael Astarita and others uncredited
Cover Artist: Unknown
Synopsis: Spotlight on weird Ajax-Farrel and Avon horror this issue with stories from Haunted Thrills and the original Eerie, like “Wheel of Terror”, “Dying Is Contagious”, “The Devil Collects”. “Monster Of The Moors”,”Freak”, “The Last Man” and 17 more!! Art by Kirby, Powell, Meskin, Ayers, Ditko, Fawcette, Mastroserio and other greats.
Special Notes: none

It’s back to MAJOR MACABRE this issue, as the COH focus fixes on the bizarre horror comics produced by the infamous Iger Shop. This go-around, we will feature material from a pair of Iger-supplied titles published by bottom-feeding Ajax/Farrel; Haunted Thrills and Strange Mysteries. Seven stories in all, including “Frigid Fear”, “Wheel of Terror”, “Dying Is Contagious”, “Death Is The Jury”, “Trumpet of Doom”, and “The Black Flame”. Other than one that is clearly drawn by Bob Webb, we can’t even GUESS who may have illustrated the rest, considering the standatd Iger “house style” used on them- but they are all really, REALLY freaky!! A LOT higher up on the scale of production values, this volume also contains a number of Avon Publications terror tales (out of their original Eerie and Strange Worlds books) with art by Rocke Mastroserio, Norman Nodel, Gene Fawcette and others on adventures like “The End of HIs Service”, “The Abduction of the Earth”, and three others. But there’s plenty more beyond that, with superb suspenseful scaries from St. John, Charlton, Prize, Fawcett and others (including THREE stories illustrated by the great Bob Powell- “The Man In The Cell”, “The Other Me” and “The Shadows On The Screen”) including Ditko’s “Live For Reunion”, Dick Ayers’ “The Man Who Could Do Anything” and “The Little Black Box”, Mort Meskin’s “Hoofbeats of the Devil’s Horse” and so many more. 22 full stories- all great 1950’s horror comics-140 pages in total, crystal clear black and white with color covers, $29.95 fom AC Comics, coming in October 2015. Crypt of Horror Volume 27- preorder your copy at your local comic book retailer from the August 2015 issue of Diamond Previews.

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Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-0199
Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com
Title: Golden Age Greats Spotlight
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: Volume 17
UPC Code: 64924192152301711
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/history- Golden Age reprints of 1940’s comic book stories
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: October 27, 2015
Writers: Gardner Fox, Ray Krank and Bill Black
Artists: Dick Ayers and Ernie Bache
Cover Artist: Dick Ayers
Synopsis: Dedicated tribute to Dick Ayers and Gardner Fox’s hybrid of the costumed hero, horror AND Western genres, Magazine Enterprise’s ORIGINAL Ghost Rider!! Reprints two dozen of the BEST Pre-Code Ghost Rider stories, text on the features’ history and AC Comics’ long association with co-creator Ayers, PLUS a “NEW” 1990’s GR story by Ayers !!
Special Notes: None

When you say “Ghost Rider” to a contemporary fan, the image of the motorcycle-riding dude with the flaming skull immediately comes to mind- and why not? It’s been a hugely-successful character for Marvel Entertainment in comics and movies. But, decades before; there was ANOTHER Ghost Rider in comic books- from Vin Sullivan’s Magazine Enterprises line of comics, in the 1950’s. It was a unique synthesis of elements from the costumed hero motif, the horror realm, AND the Western setting, and ran successfully in a number of M.E. titles between 1950 and 1955. Most of the GR stories were scripted by the legendary Gardner Fox- a longtime friend of M.E. publisher Sullivan, and ALL of the stories were drawn by the great Dick Ayers. In it’s day this moody, stylish and well-realized strip was a great favorite of a young reader who eventually grew up to be AC Comics publisher Bill Black. Flash forward thirty years, and Black tracks down M.E. Publisher Sullivan and receives permission to use M. E. material at AC, thus beginning a long relationship between the character and the company that eventually brought Dick Ayers to AC to produce a number of memorable stories in the ’90’s. In order to avoid confusion and conflict with Marvel’s legitimate trafemark on the character name “Ghost Rider”, AC reprints were slightly edited to rename the character Haunted Horseman, and under that monicker AC printed more than seventy of the M.E. GR stories over the years. This volume collects the very BEST of those reprinted stories, RE-EDITED BACK to bearing the Ghost Rider name, just as they were originally seen in the 1950’s. These stories (not seen ANYWHERE previously other than Magazine Enterprises and AC Comics) include “GHOST OF LONGHAIR JOHN”, “FREAKS OF FEAR”, “NO LAW IN LITTLE BEND”, “MAN FROM SCOTLAND YARD”, “THE TALKING HEAD”, “HANGMAN’S TOWN”, “THE BEAUTIFUL WITCH”, “BOOK OF DOOM”, “SHADOW SLAYERS”, “GREEN MEN FROM HORO”, “TO TOUCH IS TO DIE”, “PHANTOM GUNS OF FEATHER GAP”, “HORROR OF DEADMAN’S CAVE”, “HORNS OF HORROR”, “THE FIERY PRISON”, “MAGICO”, “RETURN OF MAGICO”, “COFFIN OF SNOW”, “THE DEVIL DEALS IN DEATH” and lots more, including text from AC Editorial Master of Ceremonies Bill Black about the history of the character at M.E. and AC, AND a “modern” story done by Black and iconic artist Dick Ayers in the 1990’s!! In all it’s a superb 140 page collection of classic “original” Ghost Rider material, in crystal-clear black and white, with full color covers, for $29.95, available from AC Comics in October, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: Though both of our products offered this month are horror-oriented, neither are Halloween-themed items.

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Femforce 171

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Femforce #171 is now available!! WHO is the mysterious menace known as BLOOD MOON- and what strange hold does he have over Ms. Victory? The answer to BOTH questions will suprise you in “Evil At Center Stage” written by Chad Halcom, with art by Francesco Savi. The saga of NIGHTVEIL’s sojourn continues as she searches for her twin lost treasures on the world of her mentor, AZAGOTH. The reasons for the Dhagorian upheaval AND the fate of her teacher become clearer, as do the machinations of the evil sorceress VIVARNA., in “I Dropped A Bomb On You”, written by Mark and Stephanie Heike, with art by Scott Shriver and Jeff Austin. An African mercy mission to save endangered elephants turns dark for Tara , placed into a walking death trap in “Trophy Wife, Trophy Life”, written by Mark Holmes, penciled by Alejandro Alvarez and inked by Mark Dail. SHE-CAT and former flame The SCARLET SCORPION run into each other breaking up a backdoor plastic surgery racket, which leads to a heartbreaking misunderstanding in “If You Don’t Know Me By Now…”, scripted by Stephanie Heike and illustrated by Jason Bear. An unexpected “save” comes for TARA as the rest of the FF try to deal with her murderous predicament in “No Place Like Home”, by Mark Holmes, with pencils by Brian Dunphy and inks by Scott Shriver. Then, fisticuffs erupt amongst a surprising trio during a backyard barbecue that marks the “reunion” of Ms. VICTORY and RAD in “Life During Wartime”, written by Mark Heike with art by Rock Baker and Jeff Austin. Finally- as a special bonus (to promote the release of the new 1/6 action figure licensed by Executive Replicas this month), we re-present the very FIRST AC Comics-era STORMY TEMPEST adventure, originally printed in the low-run Thrilling Science Tales #2 in 1990, and not seen since!! See STORMY expose the shocking culinary habits of the “peace-loving” Kinabians in an untitled story written and illustrated by Mark Heike. All totalled, it’s 80 pages of great “good girl” art and action; black and white interiors inside full color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched for $9.95. Released in 2015.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 25

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Crypt of Horror Volume 25 is NOW AVAILABLE!! Another awesome assemblage of rare and esoteric macabre masterpieces from the 1940’s and ’50’s! This issue’s special focus is on the horror stories of Fiction House Comics, and it includes FIVE classic Ghost Gallery stories from Jumbo Comics, illustrated by Alex Blum, John Belcastro and a trio of tales drawn by future EC Comics great Jack Kamen-plus a chilling Ghost Squadron story by the inimitable Maurice Whitman AND “The Last Of The Glanamores” from Ghost Comics #6, as illustrated by Larry Woromay. But there’s LOTS more, including a trio of Pre-Code chiilers prepared for Standard/Better’s horror books: “Harvest of Death” and “Werewolf”, both drawn by Mort Meskin and George Roussos, and “That Stray Cat” by Mike Roy; “The Witches Come Out At Midnight ” (by Norman Nodel and Vince Alascia), and “The Red Spider” from Avon Publications’ City Of The Living Dead #1 and Witchcraft #3, respectively ; “The Devil’s Chair”, as drawn by Enrico Bagnoli ( originally published in St. John’s 3D House of Terror #1), plus ten more chillers: “Fair Exchange” by Bob Powell, “They Vanish At Night” from John Tartaglione, “Trick Or Treat” by Mike Sekowsky, “Maxies’ Last Fight” by Max Elkan and Mike Esposito, “The Ghost Comes Back” by Dick Ayers, “The Man Who Went Back” by Pete Tumlinson, Steve Ditko’s “The Greatest Experiment, and “How To Be a Gracious Ghost.” 140 pages of rarely-seen horror comics from the genre’s formative years, in full-story black and white reprints inside a full-color cover. Standard comic book size, saddle stitched for $29.95. Released in 2015.

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Stormy Tempest 1:6 Scale Collector Figure

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Stormy Tempest 1:6 Scale Collector Figure
Item Name: Stormy Tempest 1:6 Scale Collector Figure
Item No.: PL2014-74

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Pre-order from their site at www.executivereplicas.com or from your local comic shop–we here at AC Comics aren’t going to have ANY for sale on the  AC comics site! The cut-off for ordering is the end of June!

Here’s a link that’s a review of the Phicen body frame that Stormy is built on.

Stormy Tempest 1:6 Scale Collector Figure

 

Item Name: Stormy Tempest 1:6 Scale Collector Figure

Item No.: PL2014-74

Bar code 0711978601266

Retail – $149.99

 Wholesale – 30% off retail

Minimum order – 1 case (6 figures)

Deadline for pre-order7th, June, 2015

Delivery date15th. July

Packaging:

1 pc in one box :   L36.2CM X W20CM X D8.2CM

6 boxes in one master carton:  L42CM X W26.6CM X H39CM

weight per box: 1.2KG

weight per master carton:  7.7KG

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Stormy Tempest was an intrepid Space Patrol officer, fighting crime throughout the known universe in the far-flung future, until circumstances turned her into an outlaw. Armed with nothing more than her ray-blaster, rocket belt and keen wit she continues to right wrongs and battle for the underdog wherever fate takes her. Currently stranded on Earth in the 21st century, she can be found zooming though the pages of AC Comics’ long-running FEMFORCE comic book quarterly, and in a series of live-action DVD movies.

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List for unit/inner box:

1. Head sculpt*1pcs

2. NEW Super flexible seamless body with stainless steel skeleton *1pc

3. Replaceable hands * 6pcs

4. Mask*1pc

5. Arm bands armor *1 pair

6. Leg bands*2pc

7. Jet belt*1pcstormy11a copy

8. Space Blaster *1pc

9.  Holster*1pc

10. Pedestal for the whole figure *1pc

11. Space Patrol outfit *1pc

12. Earrings* 2pcs

13. Cape* 1pc

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AC COMICS JULY 2015 PREVIEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 SHIP

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Men of Mystery #98

Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099

Title: Men of Mystery
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: 98
UPC Code:
64924192603009811
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre:
Action/adventure/superhero/history- Golden Age reprints of 1940’s comic book stories
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: September 25, 2015
Writers: Robert Kanigher, Nathaniel Nitkin, Toni Blum, Will Eisner, Robert Turner and others uncredited
Artists: Bob Powell, Jack Kamen, Al Carreno, Klaus Nordling, Dick Briefer, Warren King, Larry Antoinette, Bert Whitman, Don Rico, Grieg Chapian, Chuck Winter and others.
Cover Artist: Edd Ashe
Synopsis: ALL FOX FEATURES SPECIAL!! Great overview of this early proponent of costumed superheroes featuring never-before-reprinted tales starring BLUE BEETLE, SAMSON, GREEN MASK, and 14 more, including MOM first-timers BLACK LION, BANSHEE, DYNAMITE THOR and SORCERESS of ZOOM! Artists include Bob Powell, Jack Kamen; Briefer, King, Rico and Nordling.

Special Notes: none

For many years, legend had it that Victor Fox was an accountant at DC Comics at the time that SUPERMAN hit the comic book world like an atom bomb, and quit to get in on the goldmine by starting his OWN company, Fox Features Publications. While contemporary researchers seem to have disproven that theory, what IS factual is that Fox WAS one of the first comic book publishers to try to jump whole-hog onto the costumed superhero bandwagon. When Fox’s blatant SUPERMAN imitation WONDER MAN was sued out of the lead spot in Wonder World Comics, Fox quickly followed up with a trio of other anthology titles- Weird Comics, Fantastic Comics and Mystery Men, each one carrying a healthy dose of what they called “long underwear characters” at the time. This great collection of all-Fox fun showcases stars from all four books. The BLUE BEEETLE is probably the companies’ best-remembered character, and this issue will feature not one but TWO BB stories; one from the companies’ early days, as drawn by Larry Antoinette, and a second from the late-1940’s Fox “Good Girl Art” period, drawn by future EC great Jack Kamen. Another Fox heavy-hitter was legendary strong-man SAMSON. We’ll also have a pair of his adventures, both illustrated by the underrated Al Carreno. The GREEN MASK will be represented as well, with a story originally run in Mystery Men #13. Whacked-out science fiction was also a Fox staple, so we’ll include a pair of heroes that meld the hero motif to s-f; STARDUST the SUPER-WIZARD and REX DEXTER, as drawn by a pair of the Golden Age’s wildest stylists, Fletcher Hanks and Dick Briefer, respectively. We may throw in SPACE SMITH just for fun, too. Female super-types were NOT commom in the Fox books, but we found two for this volume- MARGA the PANTHER WOMAN and the anti-heroic SORCERESS of ZOOM, both originally seen in Weird Comics. Oddwad Fox “specialist” heroes will be in attendance as well, including the underwater NAVY JONES, mad scientist Dr. MORTAL by Bert Whitman, period paladin The GOLDEN KNIGHT (well-rendered by the enigmatic “Grieg Chapian”), super-spy D-13 (with art and story by Bob Powell) and Klaus Nordling’s two-fisted LT. DRAKE. And we CAN’T have an issue of MEN of MYSTERY without debuting at least a couple of NEVER before reprinted heroes, so we’ll have a trio of them from the pages of the Fox books this go-around. Originally found in Wonder World, we’ll have The BLACK LION, as drawn by Chuck Winter; from V-Man Comics it’ll be The BANSHEE, as illoed by a young Warren King, and one-time Blue Beetle Comics back-up, “DYNAMITE” THOR!! You’ve never seen THESE three heroes before, and chances are you may never see them again. All totaled, it’s 140 pages of full-story vintage reprints in black and white inside a full-color cover, saddle stitched for $29.95. Men of Mystery #98, coming from AC Comics in September 2015.

 

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Big Bang Universe #1

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It’s the first issue of BIG BANG UNIVERSE!

This premier issue of BIG BANG UNIVERSE features:

Ultiman (and Ultragirl) in the ULTRA BABY. Art is by Jeff Weigel.

a 40 page Knight Watchman tale, SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET. This one is a fairly modern story, taking place after KNIGHT WATCHMAN: GRAVEYARD SHIFT and featuring Jerry Randall, who operates as Galahad by day and as the Knight Watchman by night.

Gwen makes her first appearance as the all-new Galahad in LADY IN WAITING, which has only appeared on Big Bang Comics’ website.

THE COMING OF THE KNIGHT WATCHGIRL, starring the Knight Watchman & Kid Galahad written by Bobby Nash with art by Jeff Austin.

Finally the Whiz Kids in TROUBLE IN TINSELTOWN in which Big Bang’s favorite sidekicks head to Hollywod to help some rock stars through a tough time.

For more information about Big Bang Comics and or characters, please visit their website at www.bigbangcomics.com

80 pages, black and white interiors inside full-color covers; standard comic book size, saddle-stitched for $9.95. Released in 2015

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Men of Mystery 96

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Men of Mystery #96- the special All Nedor/Standard issue is now available!! The comic book offshoot of Ned Pines’ pulp magazine empire had a good long run during comic’s Golden Age (and beyond, really), operating from 1939 until 1956. This big volume of MOM celebrates some of the best and most interesting costumed adventure characters throughout the companies’ history. BRAD SPENCER, WONDERMAN was an attempt at a cross-genre hero, melding science fiction with superheroics. He was a headliner in Nedor’s Wonder Comics during the late 1940’s, appearing here in “The March of The Dinosaurs” which originally appeared in Wonder #17, from April 1948. The noteworthy artwork is by the unlikely teamimg of Bob Oksner and Frank Frazetta. Thrilling Comics’ cross between Doc Savage and Superman, the original DR. STRANGE could fly and do just about anything, powered by quaffing a liquid made out of “distilled sun atoms” called Alosun. This issues’ first STRANGE adventure “Dr. Strange In The South Seas” comes from Thrilling #8, in 1940; as illustrated by George Mandel. The SCARAB was an interesting hero that just never caught on. With an ancient Egyptian theme, the power of the pharoahs AND a reincarnated priest in the form of a black cat as a sidekick. Here you’ll see The SCARAB’s origin from Startling #34, July 1945. Adapted from the pulp hero The GREEN GHOST, super-magician George Chance fights crime as simply The GHOST, appearing here in an untitled story from 1940. WOMAN IN RED was a very early original costumed heroine showcased here in a story from Thrilling #19 (1941), with art by W. B. Smith. PYROMAN may have been awkwardly named (since he has electrical powers), but he was a pretty cool character. See him here taking on phony Asian versions of himself in a nameless story from 1945, as drawn by Ken Battefield and Everett Raymond Kintsler. Then, it’s Nedor’s most popular hero, The BLACK TERROR in a Sheldon Moldoff-delineated tales from America’s Best #25, “Musical Monkey Murders”. Artist Bob Oksner returns bringing Nedor’s top kid gang group The COMMANDO CUBS to life in (yet another) untitled story from Thrilling #44, from October 1944. The FIGHTING YANK takes down a super-tank in a story (What did this company have agaist STORY TITLES for a time?) from Startling #34, as limned by the ubiquitous Ken Battefield, followed by a CAPTAIN FUTURE story from the same book. FIGHTING YANK plays a return engagement from a 1949 issue of his own title, FY #27 as drawn by the superlative art team of Mort Meskin and Jerry Robinson- “The Return of Fingers”. DR. STRANGE (now referred to as “DOC”) plays an encore in a story originally seen in Thrilling #44 wherin he and his sidekick Mike team up with the Junior Air Wardens of America to stop a stateside gang of spies. Nedors’ other kid gang (these moppets are in costume) rings in as The FOUR COMRADES clean up a gang of fifth-columnists as drawn by Maurice Gutwirth. Add it all up, and it’s a full 140 pages of classic vintage stories from this fascinating company, reproduced in crisp black and white using the most up-to-date technology available. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched with a full-color cover (drawn by GRAHAM INGELS, of all people) for $29.95. Released in 2015.

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AC COMICS JUNE 2015 PREVIEWS FOE AUGUST 2015 SHIP

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Femforce #172

Company Name: AC Comics Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394 Phone Number:(407)767-0199 Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com Title: Femforce Frequency: Quarterly Issue/Number 172 UPC Code: 799475804861-17211 Retail Price: $9.95 Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″ Page Count: 80 pages Color: Black and White (with color covers) Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor Country of Origin: USA Ship Date: August 25, 2015 Writers: Stephanie Heike, Mark G. Heike, Andrew Hawnt  and Mark Holmes Artists: Rock Baker, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver ,  Jacob Bear and Alejandro Alvarez  Cover Artist: Dell Barras Synopsis: While the FEMFORCE team struggles with internal problems and SHE-CAT’s personal life gets MORE muddled, a mysterious threat stalks. On Dhagor, NIGHTVEIL faces both her mentor AZAGOTH and the villainous VIVARNA. STARDUST remembers more dark secrets from her past.

Special Notes: For every 3 copies of FemForce #172 purchased, retailers will receive 1 copy of Giantess Comics #1 free.

NIGHTVEIL, still without her Cloak of Darkness and alone on Dark Dhagor, must deal with her mentor AZAGOTH’s disappointment at her loss of the powerful mystic artifact while helping the Dhagorians throw off the oppressive yoke of the evil VIVARNA. In a pensive moment, STARDUST once again thinks back on the shameful incident from her formative years that led to her abandonment of her Rurian roots.  FEMFORCE is 80 pages of great ”good girl” art action and adventure featuring the FF team in both group and solo action. No staunch FF fan can possibly be disappointed.webgiant01

If you LOVE your FEMFORCE book just the way it is, order your copy and you’ll get just that BUT- for fans looking for something a little bit DIFFERENT, we’re trying something NEW for AC in conjunction with FEMFORCE #172. Recently, we “April Fooled” online about the possibility of a new FREESTANDING title devoted to GIANT-SIZED females; to be called (appropriately enough) GIANTESS COMICS.

The response from interested readers was impressive enough that we are going to try out the title. In the past, we’ve done experiments like this in a “flip-book” format, basically sharing space in an issue of FEMFORCE. This didn’t always make hardcore FF readers happy, with the perception being that such “guest-features” could be cutting into the total number of actual FEMFORCE pages in the given issue they might appear in. Well, not THIS time; we are debuting GIANTESS COMICS #1 as a separate, complete, freestanding 24-page black and white full-sized comic book (with it’s own spectacular full-color painted cover by Paolo Bodini)- NOT in any way a part of FF #172. If THAT’S not enough, to promote this new title and concept, we are offering the book ABSOLUTELY FREE, one copy available with every THREE copies of FEMFORCE #172 purchased.
If you HAVE to get a copy of GIANTESS COMICS #1, just make sure that your smiling local comic book retailer orders you three copies of FF #172- and tell him you WANT the FREE GIANTESS COMICS #1 that comes with them. It’ll be wall-to-wall giantees action, written by genre specialists including Eric Johnson and Eric Lindberg, with superb art by the same AC regulars that illustrate FEMFORCE every issue. If this special promotion is well-received, we will consider making GIANTESS COMICS an ongoing title in future. So- anybody out there that remembers our late, lamented GARANTARAMA-THE COMIC BOOK feature- or just wants to see AC do more giant woman stories in general, make sure your retailer orders enough copies of FF #172 to make this free offer a success. So order FEMFORCE #172 for August through the June 2015 Previews catalog,with your local comics retailer to get 80 pages of great GGA action, AND a chance to get a FREE GIANTESS COMICS #1.!!

 

BELOW ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE INCENTIVE PROMOTION GIANTESS COMICS #1, IF NEEDED

Company Name: AC Comics Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394 Phone Number:(407)767-0199 Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com Title: Giantess Comics Frequency: Unknown at this time Issue/Number 1 UPC Code:  Retail Price: free with the purchase of three copies of FEMFORCE $172 Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″ Page Count: 24 pages Color: Black and White (with color covers) Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action/adventure/GTS/glamor Country of Origin: USA Ship Date: August 25, 2015 Writers: Eric Johnson and Eric Lindberg and Artists: Dan Gorman, Brian Dunphy, Scott Shriver, Jeff Austin and Mark Heike. a Cover Artist: Pauolo Bodini Synopsis A brand new story featuring ALL the AC giantess characters -THUNDERSTEP, MARLA ALLISON, TARA, GARGANTA, DINOSAUR GIRL, ROWENA, FANTASIA, SHAKIRBUTI and THREETA as QUEEN DRUSILLA goes on a “Multi-World Tour!! Plus, Eric Lindberg’s medevil gentle giantess ROWENA is back with “Rise of the Dark Lady!” Wall to wall giantess action!

Special Notes: This book is FREE with every THREE copies of FEMFORCE #172 ordered.

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AC COMICS PRODUCT FOR AUGUST 2015 Previews for November 2015 Giantess Comics #1

Company Name: AC Comics

Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32752-1216

Phone Number:(407)767-1099

Email Address: femforcehq@aol.com

Title: Giantess Comics

Frequency: Annual Issue/Number 1

Retail Price: $6.95

Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched

Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″

Page Count: 24 pages

Color: Black and White (with color covers)

Intended Audience: All ages

Genre: Action/adventure/giantess/glamor

Country of Origin: USA

Writers: Eric Johnson, Eric Lindberg Artists: Dan Gorman Cover Artist: Paolo Bodini Synopsis: Giantess Comics #1 ! Behind a stunning sultry giantess cover by Paolo Bodini, we have a a brand new story by Eric Johnson pencilled by Dan Gorman featuring Queen Drusilla , Thunderstep, Marla Allison, Tara, Garganta, Dinosaur Girl, Rowena, Fantasia, Shakirbuti and Threeta!! ALL of the AC giantesses in one tale! It’s the “Destroy all monsters” of the giantesses of the AC Universe as Queen Drusilla goes on a “Multi-World Tour!! Plus, Eric Lindberg’s Rowena is back with “Rise of the Dark Lady!” Wall to wall giantess action from cover to cover! How can you not miss it?! Special Notes: April Fool’s Day! But it CAN be REAL! We just need giantess fans to say they’re going to buy it!

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AC COMICS PRODUCT FOR JULY 2015

Crypt of Horror Volume 26
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Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″ Page Count: 140 pages Color: Black and White (with color covers) Intended Audience: All ages Genre: horror/fantasy

Country of Origin: USA  Writers: Bill Woolfolk, Otto Binder, Earl Hammer, Jr; Joe Gill, Robert Bernstein and others uncredited Artists: George Evans, Jack Davis, Steve Ditko, Dick Ayers, Sheldon Moldoff, Ben Brown, Dave Gantz, Gene Colan, Joe Orlando, Pete Morisi and others uncredited Cover Artist: Unknown

Synopsis: More great 1950’s horror reprints! 24 full never before reprinted Precode scare stories! Special focus on Fawcett’s This Magazine Is Haunted; The Purple Claw, former EC greats, and the macabre art of Steve Ditko!! Other artists include George Evans, Sheldon Moldoff, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Gene Colan and Dick Ayers!

Special Notes: none

There’s a little something for every Pre-Code horror fan in Crypt of Horror Volume 26! Starting off with a trio of terror tales from the second issue of Fawcett’s classic title, This Magazine Is Haunted: “Green Hands of Terror” ( by future EC star George Evans), “The Weirdest Corpse of All Time” ( drawn by the godfather of great horror comics, Sheldon Moldoff), and “Death Flower”, the frights flow on with a pair of adventures from Minoan’s original psychic investigator, Dr. Jonathan Weir- The Purple Claw (from the third issue of his self-titled comic) “Giant From The Tomb” and “Death Flower”, both illustrated by the good doctor’s co-creators Ben Brown and Dave Gantz. Then, a special feature on the 1950’s art of Steve Ditko, with seven full stories including the classics “Valley In The Mist” and “The Confederate Girl”. Former EC stars are represented, with the Jack Davis tale “I Foiled An Enemy Invasion”; and Joe Orlando with “Barely Human” and two others, plus a pair of stories drawn by both Gene Colan and Dick Ayers. All this and a half dozen other chillers. 140 pages in all, crystal clear black and white with color covers, $29.95 fom AC Comics, coming in July 2015. That’s Crypt of Horror Volume 26- be sure to preorder your copy at your local comic book retailer.

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 16

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 16 is NOW AVAILABLE!! Anyone with a passing familiarity with comic book history knows that Fawcett Comics; one of the great powerhouse publishers of the Golden Age made their mark in the industry publishing the illustrated adventures of The Marvel Family- Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr. and Mary Marvel. In addition to that illustrious trio, however, Fawcett produced a number of other costumed and adventure-hero features, and this huge volume compiles some of the best and most interersting among those. Before The Big Red Cheese was even a gleam in writer Bill Parker’s eye, Fawcett tried an earlier Superman inspired character in Master Comics. His name was, logically enough, MASTER MAN. As far as we know, no one has ever reprinted a complete MASTER MAN story before, but this collection opens with MM’s second story (reprinted from Master #2) in it’s entirety, with art by the little-known Newt Alfred. After the Marvels, Fawcett’s best-known comic book creation was probably SPY SMASHER, having made it into movie theatres with a successful adventure serial, and various mass-market licensed products. He’s here in this book starring in “The Island of Whanno”, from Whiz #34, as drawn by Alex Blum. Mr. SCARLET was Fawcett’s answer to Batman, and his strip enjoyed a long run in Wow Comics. “Mr Scarlet and Pinky Meet The Homesick Hill-Billys” shows how Fawcett’s more whimsical approach kept Scarlet from coming anywhere NEAR to being any sort of Darknight Detective in this story illustrated by Jack Binder and his studio from Wow #34. BULLETMAN was another Fawcett heavy hitter. See why in a tense melodrama featuring a psychotic killer known as The Bouncer, in an untitled story drawn by Ken Bald, originally appearing in Master #28. EL CARIM was an atmospheric magician adventurer that also ran in Master Comics. See him here working hand in hand with the cadaverous Fate, Taker of Lives in a Lou-Fine inpired story drawn by George Tuska and the Chesler Shop. Lance O’Casey, rough and tumble seafaring roustabout appeared in every issue of Whiz Comics. Find out why he was popular in “The Deadly Islands”, from Whiz #152, as he matches wits with the sultry costumed villainess SHANGHAI LIL!! Dr. VOODOO was another early Whiz feature, appearing here in an untitled story from Whiz #34. COMMANDO YANK combined combat fatigues with a mask and patriotic theme to fight the Axis behind enemy lines. See him in action in Czechoslovakia in “Commando Yank Battles His Friends”, drawn by Al Carreno, originally seen in Wow #24. DAN DARE was a two-fisted private eye from the companies’ earliest days. Check him out in “Counterfeiter’s Conspracy”, drawn by a young Harry Anderson for Whiz Comics #9. Of a similar vintage is RICK O’SHAY, “swashbuckling American soldier of fortune”, as seen in this volume’s Ken Battefield- drawn episode set in Laos, from an early issue of Wow. DON WINSLOW of The Navy was another Fawcett staple that also appeared in serials, on the radio and in a newspaper strip. Despite his conventional approach, he could come up against some bizarre adversaries, as in “The Venom of The Snake”. This villain was freakish enough to have stepped out of a Dick Tracy story of the era. This appearance is tastefully drawn by Winslow’s regular art team of Carl Pfeufer and John Jordan, from Don Winslow #50. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT was a popular radio star long before he became a costumed hero at Fawcett, where he had a strong run into the late ’40’s Our example returns one of his favorite villains in “Captain Midnight Fights Five Fleas”, as delineated by Leonard Frank from Captain Midnight #67. GOLDEN ARROW was a Western-themed vigilante that eschewed the six-gun for the bow- and did so successfully enough to also last for the entire run of Fawcett’s flagship Whiz Comics title. He’s here in “The Greed For Gold”, drawn by Tony Cataldo from Whiz #135. The DEVIL’S DAGGER was another rarely-seen early masked avenger, reprised here in an untitled story initially seen way back in Master #2, illustrated by the ubiquitous Ken Battefield. And no collection of great Fawcett heros could be complete without an example of IBIS the INVINCIBLE, one of (if not “the”) the most successful of the comic book magicians. Here, he and his companion-partner Taia must counter the out-of-control use of an ancient mystic artifact in “Ibis And the Rod of Hermes”, from Whiz #61, with art by old-time pulp illustrator Munson Paddock. Finally, cover star MINUTE MAN (Fawcett’s “take” on a Captain America- style hero) brings down the curtain in a feature-length story from America’s Greatest Comics #7- “Minute Man Makes The Dictators Buy War Bonds”, with art by Phil Bard. 17 full stories plus short fillers- add it all up, and it’s a full 140 pages of vintage Fawcett action/adventure in complete story black and white reprints using state-of-the aet reproduction- a steal at $29.95 a copy! Released in 2015.

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THIS BOOK IS  A COMPLETE SELL-OUT! IT IS NOW UNAVAILABLEAT ANY PRICE!! The time-displaced villainess WAMPYR has now shown her true colors after years of behind-the-scenes machinations, and the FF are there to face-off with her in California. But with the FF’s mystic mistress NIGHTVEIL off, dimensions away on Dhagor; how can Ms. VICTORY, SYNN, SHE-CAT , TARA and STARDUST stand up to an enemy that is not only an undying vampire but a supremely powerful sorceress as well? The answer is- they CAN’T. See how it all shakes out in “Whatever Will Be Will Be”, a feature-length FEMFORCE lead story in three chapters written by Mark and Stephanie Heike, with pencils by Scott Shriver, Rock Baker and Stephanie Heike, and ink finishes by Jeff Austin. Then, everybodies’ favorite interplanetary adventurer, STORMY TEMPEST is back in “Flash From The Past”. Falsely branded as an outlaw in the 30th century, Space Patrol officers Carol and Tonga enlist the aide of a visiting dignitary (from the 20Th century), CAPTAIN FLASH to track down Stormy. And track her down he does, just in time to save her from the clutches of the evil LEATHERETTA, at the expense of several dozen alien cutthroats and murderers- but not before CF gathers the evidence that will exonerate Stormy. But how much good will that do Stormy when she finds herself stuck in the past? Story by Bossman Bill Black, with pencils by Riccardo Desini and inks by Jeff Austin. Next, it’s a story out of TARA FREMONT’S past as we see a college-age Tara don a mysterious disguise to save one of her father’s faltering businesses  in “Rally ‘Round The Flag”, written by Mark Holmes with art by John Sowder and Scott Shriver. Finally, an enigmatic magician seems to have coerced Ms. VICTORY into cooperating with him on some nefarious scheme in “Pas De Deux”, an intro to next issue’s lead feature, written by Chad Halcom anf illustrated by Francesco Savi.Who IS the mysterios RED MOON, and why would Ms. VICTORY choose to aide him?   rochcvrt But that does NOT signal the end of great story and art for FEMFORCE #170- not by a LONG shot- because if the reader will flip the book over and turn it upside down, they’ll find THE most exciting NEW character to debut in 2015, ROCHELLE The TEEN COCKROACH take her bows as a full-fledged, 23-page flip-book guest feature sharing FF #170!! Created by talented author John Crowther and illustrated by industry great Dell Barras, Rochelle Planeta is an ordinary American teenage girl- who happens to be infused with cockroach DNA! The surprising powers and abilities this genetic mix creates give her a leg up on her goal to “…Eliminate all forms of filth, corruption and vermin!” In this, her first in-print adventure anywhere- “Get Ready For A Mindcrash”- Rochelle must battle an inhuman creature INSIDE an online video game to free countless “kidnapped” youths. A new kind of superheroine- daringly different!! Story and script by John Crowther, with pencils, inks and letters(and flip-cover) by Dell Barras. That’s FEMFORCE#170/ROCHELLE THE TEEN COCKROACH#0, 80 pages of all-new, never-before-seen superheroine action at standard comic book size, in black and white with TWO full color covers (FEMFORCE on the front and ROCHELLE on the back, as the flip-cover) saddle-stitched .Released in 2015.

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EIC and Publisher Mark G. Heike was interviewed this past Saturday on the Part Time Fanboy podcast.

Here’s the direct link to the interview.

(Yes, I know he didn’t get Ms. Victory’s origin right and he didn’t get asked about Synn and…chalk it up to nerves.)

 

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AC Comics April 2015 Previews for June 2015 ship
AC COMICS PRODUCT FOR June 2015
Men of Mystery #97
Company Name: AC Comics
Title: Men of Mystery
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: 97
UPC Code: 64924192603009711
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/history- Golden Age reprints of 1940’s comic book stories
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: June 27, 2015
Writers: Ed Cronin, Will Eisner, Toni Blum, Robert Turner, Otto Binder, Bob Powell, Bill Woolfolk and others uncredited.
Artists: Reed Crandall, Loue Fine. Jack Cole, Alex Kotzky, Paul Gustavson, Jim Mooney, Al Bryant, Alex Koda, Fred Guardineer, Alex Blum, Witmer Williams, Max Elkans, and Vernon Henkel.
Cover Artist: Reed Crandall
Synopsis: QUALITY COMICS’ biggest stars !! The RAY, DOLLMAN, BLACK CONDOR, HERCULES, UNCLE SAM, QUICKSILVER, JESTER, MIDNIGHT, RED BEE, MARKSMAN, WILDFIRE, RUSTY RYAN and more, in never-before-seen reprints !! Focus on REED CRANDALL with THREE full stories! Other artsts include LOU FINE, COLE, MOONEY, BRYANT, GUSTAVSON, KOTZKY, GUARDINEER and other greats!!
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Last year’s MEN of MYSTERY #93- The Quality Heroes was by far our most popular issue of MOM for 2014. Well, we here at AC Comics don’t need to have a house fall on us. We got the message. AC readers want MORE material culled from the archives of Everett “Busy” Arnold’s late, great QUALITY COMICS line. It’s taken us a years’ worth of searching, sweat and toil, but MOM #97 will be another all-Quality compilation, even BETTER than the last one!! This issue is chock-full of that lines’ top superheroes, including the headliners/cover features from five of Quality’s classic anthology titles; SMASH, CRACK, FEATURE, HIT and NATIONAL Comics: The RAY, BLACK CONDOR, DOLLMAN, HERCULES and UNCLE SAM!! Of course, the demanding standards of…well…QUALITY… at Quality meant that even the back-up features were good, SO good that a number of Quality “also-rans” maintained their series’ years after other companies’ stars were cancelled; characters like QUICKSILVER, MIDNIGHT, ESPIONAGE, SALLY O’NEILL and The JESTER ran for nearly a decade; they’ll be in this can’t-miss volume as well. Not to mention fascinating experiments in esoterica like The RED BEE, WONDER BOY, WILDFIRE (Jim Mooney’s early “Good Girl” art superheroine), SAMAR, The MARKSMAN, MERLIN, ZERO, and at least a half-dozen more, all in never-previuosly-reprinted adventures straight out of the 1940’s!! One can’t discuss Quality without delving into their art staff- unquestionably THE top comic book illustrators of that era. All those greats will be well-represented in MOM #97. We’ll have a special feature on cover artist REED CRANDALL, with not ONE, not TWO, but THREE superb Crandall-drawn supercharacter stories, one each starring The RAY, DOLLMAN and HERCULES- each one unseen since it’s original publication almost 75 years ago!! But wait (as they say in the infomercials)- there’s MORE!! Lou Fine will be in evidence, with a spectacular BLACK CONDOR story, along with a classic Jack Cole MIDNIGHT adventure. And that’s just the beginning, as their will be heaping helpings from other pen-and-brush luminaries including Paul Gustavson, Al Bryant, Fred Guardineer, Alex Kotzky, Witmer Williams, Max Elkans, Alex Blum, Vernon Henkel, Alex Koda and others. Add it all up and it comes out to a whopping 140 PAGES of great Quality Comics vintage material presented for today’s audience at standard comic-book size, in glistening, crisp, clean black and white, inside full-color covers, for just $29.95. “Quality Comics’ Biggest Stars” will fill up EVERY PAGE of MEN of MYSTERY #97, coming in June, 2015 from AC Comics!

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Crypt of Horror Volume 24

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Another colossal collection of outre’ and outrageous horror stories from the comics of the 1950’s is here- Crypt of Horror Volume 24: “The DEAD, The Demented and The Depraved ” edition !! 22 full stories originally printed in comics produced by long-defunct publishers including Fawcett, Ace ( four stories from their “The Beyond” issue #4 in fact) St. John, Superior, Standard/Nedor, Charlton and others, featuring art by Alex Toth, Bob Powell, Mike Sekowsky, Steve Ditko, Sheldon Moldoff, Bernard Bailey, Bob McCarty, Pierce Rice, Jim McLaughlin, Ken Rice, Charles Nicholas, Bob Forgione, Louis Zansky, Tony DiPreta, Mike Peppe, Rocke Mastroserio, Ben Brown, Dave Gantz and others. Tales reprinted from great Pre-Code horror titles like This Magazine Is Haunted, Journey Into Fear, Weird Horrors, The Unseen, Out Of The Shadows and more include: “The Monster’s Revenge”, “Pale Light of Death”, “Forbidden Forest”, “House In The Web”, “Images of Sand”, “I Lived Four Times”, “Last Stop”, “Dance of the Dead”, “Cult of the Undead”, “The Man With The Atomic Brain”, “Death Reaches Out”, “Stand-In For Death”, “Manhunt”, “What Lurks Below”, “It Happened On Valentine’s Eve”. “Death By Invitation”, “Dancing Lights of Kula”, “Trial By Ghostlight”, “Ed’s Young Wife”, “Shadow And Substance”, “The Little People”, and “Chant of the Hypnotic Chord”. All complete, unexpurgated and unseen since their initial publication almost 60 years ago, reproduced in crisp black and white using state-of-the-art technology.True horror fans best not pass up THIS one! 140 pages, standard comic book size, saddle-stitcherd. Black and white interiors with color covers- $29.95. Now available from AC Comics. Released in 2015.

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AC COMICS PRODUCT FOR MAY 2015

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Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-0199
Email Address:
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Title: Femforce
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number 171
UPC Code: 799475804861-17111
Retail Price: $9.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 80 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: May 25, 2015
Writers:Mark G. Heike, Stephanie Heike, Eric Johnson ,Chad Halcom and Mark Holmes.
Artists: Dell Barras, Rock Baker, Francesco Savi, Dan Gorman, John Sowder, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver and Mark Dail.
Cover Artist: Stephanie Heike  and Mark Heike(standard cover A); and Eric Theriault, Mark Heike and Stephanie Heike (variant cover B)
Synopsis: The FEMFORCE battle Ms. VICTORY herself in “Evil At Center Stage!” SHE-CAT’s personal life is complicated by Mike (SCARLET SCORPION) McCluskey written by Stephanie Heike, while TARA FREMONT runs afoul of a disgruntled gold-digger in “Trophy Wife”. Plus- NIGHTVEIL on Dark Dhagor; The BLUE BULLETEER and more !!

Special Notes: Ships with TWO covers in an approximate 4-to-1 ratio, 4 with the Stephanie & Mark Heike “Ms. V slugs Synn” cover (cover A) and 1 with the Eric Theriault/ Mark & Stephanie Heike “Tara and Ms. V in the jungle” (cover B).

 

Also: Since May is Female Comic Creators Month at Diamond, we will point out that AC Executive Editor Stephanie Heike (writer, penciller, inker, colorist–best known for her creator owned series, 21st Centurions) will be scripting a key story in the FF continuity of SHE-CAT and SCARLET SCORPION as well as having been part of the art team on both the standard cover and the variant cover of FF #171.

An awesome NEW menace, BLOOD MOON turns Ms. VICTORY against the rest of the team- but who IS the sinister “sorcerer”, and what TWO deadly threats out of AC’s long past does he represent? Even long-time AC readers will never guess. Find out this issue in “Evil At Center Stage”, written by Chad Halcom and illustrated by exciting new discovery Francesco Savi, in the continuation/conclusion of a storyline teased in FF #170. Of all the FF members, TARA FREMONT is the least likely to have trouble with a jealous wife. But when that wife blames TARA for her husband’s incarceration, her bitterness drives her to create a deadly scenario where TARA CANNOT grow giant-sized but must do the she-devil’s’ bidding in “Trophy Wife”, written by fan favorite Mark Holmes. Then, former boyfriend Mike (The SCARLET SCORPION) McCluskey gets the wrong idea when SHE-CAT seeks him out for a heart-to-heart talk about events that occured back in FF #169 written by Stephanie Heike. All this and more surprises than you can shake a stick at, including the debut of the NEW FEMFORCE cover logo!! Be aware that this issue of FEMFORCE ships with TWO different cover options- a “standard” “Ms. V slugs Synn” cover version by Stephanie and Mark Heike and a special “Tara and Ms. V in the jungle” design by Eric Theriault, inked by the Heikes and colored by Stephanie Heike. If you want to be certain of getting the Theriault/Heike cover variant, be sure that your local retailer orders enough copies- and keep in mind that ordering through Diamond is the ONLY way to receive this variant. Femforce #171; 80 pages of all-new contemporary “good girl art” action and adventure, coming in May 2015

 

 

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Men of Mystery 95

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Add to Cart View Cart LAST COPY LEFT IN STOCK!!!Get ready for a TREAT!! MEN of MYSTERY #95 is NOW AVAILABLE!! Another mammoth 140-page collection of vintage comic book stories from the medium’s Golden Age!! This issue, we cook up another heaping helping of the obscure, as our MOM theme focuses on MORE Strange Heroes of the Golden Age. After starting off playing against type with an adventure of the sedate and tasteful Quality Comics star, DOLLMAN (who crosses horns with a sexy blonde villaness called Queen of the Ants in an story penciled by the great Reed Crandall), things move tamely onto Fox Features (and our cover )star The FLAME. Whats odd about a masked & costumed guy who runs around on fire, after all? This entry is reprinted from Wonderworld #2, illustrated by Larry Antoinette. Next up, it’s MOM first-timer. The SPARKMAN!! He’s a hero with electrical powers- but when he has to stop a super-speedster crook, he shoots him in the shoulder with a .45 automatic? This gem was drawn by Paul Bernadier, originally printed in Sparkler #51. Then, before our batteries run down, it’s ANOTHER electrical paladin, Foxs’ DYNAMO, straight out of a 1940 issue of Weird Comics. Following that it’s the MOM debut of The FACE!! Newscaster Tony Trent dons a “horrible” rubber fright-mask, Homburg hat and bowtie to fight crime. Wouldn’t you? Drawn by Mart Bailey, straight out of Big Shot #11. Bob Powell’s eerie MAN IN BLACK makes an appearance, narrating a twist-of-fate story involving the bombing of Hiroshima. Yet ANOTHER “fist-time” hero comes to the pages of MOM next, as Hillman’s MICRO-FACE takes the stage. John Belfi draws “The Man Who Lost His Face”, as MF turns the tables on a handsome gangster, as initially seen in Clue Comics #10. Then it’s another episode of PHANTASMO, Master Of The World. What more can we say about the consummate weirdness that IS Phantasmo? Nothing. You have to see it to believe it. It’s drawn by Elmer Stoner, from The Funnies #49. How about the origin of a costumed hero “pledged to alleviate all human suffering caused by inhuman warfare”? The RED CROSS. His first appearance is here, from Captain Aero #8, with tasteful art by Jack Alderman. We’ve run ONE story featuring the Prize/Headline superguy ATOMIC MAN previously, but here he is in his original costume, in a story from Headline #18, probably limned by Al Carreno. Then, it’s Dell Comics’ costumed answer to The Thin Man- The OWL in a typical Frank Thomas-drawn screwball mystery originally seen in Popular Comics # 79. Yet ANOTHER newby comes up after that- The VOICE, from Popular #52- as drawn by Jim Chambers. He might’ve lasted long enough to catch on, but I just couldn’t SEE him. REX DEXTER pops up again, in a VERYweird SF story written/drawn by Dick Briefer, from Mystery Men #5, followed by Sheldon Moldoff’s MOON GIRL, as she battles a sultry sorceress in “The Witch Of The Haunted Hills”. Equally macabre is the next feature; Ben Brown & Dave Gantz PURPLE CLAW!! Dr. Jonathan Weir takes on the restless ghost of the murdered Don Carlo as seen initially in Purple Claw #1. Then, reincarnated Roman Chariot racer Cauis Martius Wheeler fights crime in the 1940’s as… The DART. No kidding. Check out this story from Weird Comics #8 and see for yourself. How plausible is an ex-con attorney turned costumed hero? Check out The ZEBRA and make up your own mind. In this story, culled from Green Hornet #20, Big Z fights a costumed villain called The Silver Silouette- as drawn by a VERY young Joe Kubert!! Finally, costumed hero/magician/jungle man TABU closes out this collection, in an early story from Jungle Comics #22, drawn by George Wilhelms. 18 full stories perfectly presented in glistening black and white between full-color covers (wirth a front cover by Lou Fine, yet), 140 pages, standard comic book size- saddle-stitched. Released in 2024. Get it now!!

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AC Amaze-O-Graph for 12/05/14

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AC COMICS PRODUCT FOR APRIL 2015
Crypt of Horror Volume 25
Big Bang Universe #1

Company Name: AC Comics

Title: Crypt or HorrorCOHvol25mini
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: Volume 25
Retail Price: $29.95

Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: horror/fantasy
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: April 27, 2015
Writers: Ruth Roche, Joseph Greene,  Joe Gill, and others uncredited.
Artists: Bob Powell,  Jack Kamen, Steve Ditko, Sheldon Moldoff, Mike Sekowsky, Maurice Whitman, John Belcastro, John Tartaglione, Bill Benilus,  Alex Blum and others uncredited
Cover Artist: Maurice Whitman
Synopsis:  25th ISSUE! 20 Pre-Code horror stories with a focus on Fiction House art of the great Jack Kamen! Storiers include “Two Ways To Die!”, “Flee The Mad Furies”, They Vanish At Night”, “The Monster Of The Storm”- from Avon, Fawcett, Sterling and others.  Art by Powell, Ditko, Sekowsky, Whitman and more!!
Special Notes: none

One of the first of the “original” Golden Age publishers  to regularly use a horror element in their line was Thurman Scott’s Fiction House, with their two long-running series Ghost Gallery ( in Jumbo Comics ) and Ghost Squadron ( in Wings Comics ), developed during the 1940’s . Both of these strips are often overlooked when the Pre- Code horror phenomenon is discussed, but they were an important stepping-stone in developing a readership for the flood of horror comics that were to come later. With excellent art by the likes of future EC Comics great Jack Kamen, Maurice Whitman, Alex Blum, John Belcastro and others- and including a healthy dollop of the Fiction House staple of “good girl” art sex appeal, these Pre-Pre-Code scary stories are worth reading, so we’re including a full half-dozen of the best in Crypt of Horror Volume 25. But there’s LOTS more beyond that, like top-flight chillers from Fawcett’s Beware! Terror Tales including “The Last Man”, “The Dry Doom”, and “The House In The Web”. There’s  also a healthy helping of Avon horror, with “The Monster Of The Storm”, “The Stranger In Studio X” and “The Red Spider” and Sterling Pubs shockers “Trick Or Treat”, “Gold Has No Conscience” and “Maxies’ Last Fight”. All that plus a pleasing potpourri from various other vintage sources, including the Iger Studios, Charlton and others from whence we gleaned stories like “How To Be A Gracious Ghost”,”Two Ways To Die!”, “The Inventors”, Bob Powell’s “Fair Exchange”; and Steve Ditko’s “The Voice From Nowhere!” 20 full stories in all, vintage classics reprinted in their entirety in crisp, clear black and white between full-color covers. We know other publishers are also presenting 1950’s horror stuff these days, but we’ve gone far and wide to come up with a selection you are NOT likely to ever find reprinted anywhere else. If you are looking for the rare, esoteric and virtually unseen, Crypt of Horror is for you, and Volume 25 is among our finest. 140 pages, saddle-stitched, for $29.95 from AC Comics in April, 2015

Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Title: Big Bang Universe
BB Presents #1Frequency: semiannual
Issue/Number: #1
Retail Price: $9.95

Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 80 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre:  Action/adventure/superhero
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: April 26, 2015
Writers: Gary Carlson, Chris Ecker, Bobby Nash.
Artists:  C. B. Cebulski, Jeff Austin.
Cover Artist: Cover A- Kerry Talbott, Cover B-C. B. Burk
Synopsis:  BIG BANG COMICS is back!!  Original creator Gary Carlson returns with 80 pages of  all-new material!! The KNIGHT WATCHMAN in “Skeletons In The Closet”, a 48-page contemporary novella drawn  by Kerry Talbott!! Solo GALAHAD  by C.B. Burk, featuring  SHUTTERBUG and a Retro-60’s KW adventure by Bobby Nash and Jeff Austin !!
Special Notes: Special Notes: Ships with TWO covers in an approximate 4-to-1 ratio, 4 with the Kerry Talbott Knight Watchman (cover A) and 1 with the Galahad-Lady In Waiting painted design by C. B. Burk (cover B)

Anybody (and everybody) who was collecting  comics back in the 1990’s remember Big Bang Comics, right?  You probably last saw them appearing in titles from Image, as a line of classically-inspired superheroes (and heroines) lovingly echoing the comic book approaches of the 1940’s, ’50’s, ’60’s and beyond. Sound familiar? Yeah, in a lot of ways, Big Bang shared the same kind of sensibilities that make AC Comics unique in today’s market- but THEY did it in their own, distinctive way; featuring characters like The KNIGHT WATCHMAN, THUNDER GIRL, The ATOMIC SUB, The BLITZ, and dozens more. Big Bang  is the brainchild of Gary Carlson and Chris Ecker, two comic book creative fanatics who have themselves decades of experience in the field, great storytellers both. The “AC Comics family” goes ‘way back with the Big Bang crew. Mark Heike met Chris  back in 1978 doing fanzines, Stephanie Heike got up with  Gary (back in the days when she was still Stephanie Sanderson) in the 1990’s when she penciled a number of stories for Big Bang Comics , and Mark got to know Gary himself in the late 1990’s when Mr. Carlson was writing the TMNT book for Image, and Heike was inking it as a freelance gig. Well, Gary and Chris had a pretty good run with Big Bang; first at Caliber Comics, and some years at Image, until finally Big Bang got lost in the shuffle a few years ago- gone, but NOT forgotten. AC has gotten back into contact with  Gary and Chris with a plan to bring back Big Bang through AC in 2015, and in April it all starts with Big Bang Universe #1- 80 pages of unpublished, never-before-seen adventures starring that BB fan- favorite The KNIGHT WATCHMAN in a 48-page mini-graphic novel titled “Skeletons In The Closet”, written by Gary Carlson himself, with art by Kerry Talbott in a tour-du-force pitting the ‘WATCHMAN against Hal Owen in a story (and style) startlingly contemporary in tone. The ‘WATCHMAN’s partner in crimefighting will be in evidence too, as  GALAHAD crosses paths with SHUTTERBUG in a solo story titled “Lady In Waiting”,  by Gary Carlson and C. B. Burk  that introduces a NEW GALAHAD !! Then, the female member of the KNIGHT WATCHMAN cast, WATCH GIRL gets center stage in Knight Watchman Adventures, written by Bobby Nash with art by Jeff Austin.  That alone may get AC regular fans excited, since Jeff Austin has been a regular illustrator on FEMFORCE for something like about TWELVE YEARS now!! It just so happens that Jeff  had ALSO been an artist in the Big Bang stable.  And that is just the beginning, with more to come not only this issue, but in future issues if #1 gets a good response. So all of you old-time Big Bang fans out there, get out and preorder your copy of BIG BANG UNIVERSE #1, and you can be sure there will be more to come. Keep in mind that  this’ll be a whole SEPARATE  world of characters- not in any way related to AC, but likely JUST the sort of thing our regular readers will like. This is NOT a “crossover” of any kind; we won’t be running AC characters in this book, nor will BB characters pop up in FEMFORCE. Since WE in the AC editorial offices are big fans of the BBU, this will be Big Bang Comics 100% directed and driven by Gary and Chris, just as it always was.  We here at AC wouldn’t have it any other way. If you liked what they did before, you should love this, too!  DON’T be intimidated if you’re not familiar with Big Bang or any of their characters- you don’t NEED to be to get in on the fun!  Anyone who  likes rousing good superhero action/adventure stories well-told will enjoy this stuff! Look for Big Bang Universe #1 , 80 pages of all-new  black and white superhero action at standard comic book size, with full-color covers, saddle-stitched- for $9.95,  coming from AC Comics in April 2015. To celebrate the special event that IS the return of BIG BANG to the comic shop shelves, this very exciting premiere issue ships with TWO different cover options- a “standard” KNIGHT WATCHMAN cover version by Kerry Talbott, and a special digitally-painted GALAHAD-LADY IN WAITING design by C. B. Burk.

If you want to be certain of getting the LADY IN WAITING painted cover variant, be sure that your local retailer orders enough copies of this issue- and keep in mind that ordering through Diamond is the ONLY way to receive this variant. If you want to catch up on all things Big Bang before then, be sure to check out their website at www.bigbangcomics.com.

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Femforce 169

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FEMFORCE #169 IS NOW AVAILABLE!! The FF’s West Coast investigation into CenturyCorp seems stalled until CIANOSE DJABS’ secret ZOMBIE ARMY runs amuck!! Luckily, Ms. VICTORY, SYNN, TARA. SHE-CAT and STARDUST are on the scene to hold back the undead onslaught. But what of the personal agenda of UMBRA and her sister. MADAME BOA? And how will the Machiavellian vampire/sorceress (AND head of CenturyCorp) react when she THINKS the FF may be on to her? Find out in “She’s Not There”, the 25-page FF lead feature written by Mark Heike, with art by Rock Baker and Jeff Austin. NIGHTVEIL goes to DARK DHAGOR to enlist the aide of her mentor, AZAGOTH in her twin searches for the CLOAK of DARKNESS and DAN BARTON, but finds her troubles are only beginning once she reaches the Dark World. The first chapter in a new NV saga, written by Stephanie Heike and illustrated by Dell Barras. Once back at FF headquarters after the CenturyCorp affair, STARDUST’S contemplative mood leads her to relate a dark event in her past (back on the planet Rur) to her teammates in “Eldorado”, written by Mark and Stephanie Heike, and illustrated by Paolo Bodini. Then, a long-forgotten face from SHE-CAT’S past returns to suddenly turn her world upside down in a story written and layed out by Stephanie Heike, with finished art by Jeff Austin. Finally, Ms. VICTORY returns home for a brief domestic interlude with her husband, Chuck (PARAGON) Starrett. Chuck thinks back on the events that occured during the airport parking structure collapse back in FF #167, and we finally learn the truth about RENEGADE. But -WILL Chuck tell Joan? Plus- a pair of great back-up features as GAMMAZON HOUSEWIFE is back in a new adventure facing off against the cockeyed villainy of PROM QUEEN , in “Pretender Queen”; written by Eric Johnson, penciled by Rock Baker and inked by Scott Shriver. Then, a return to the days of the Old West with The BLACK PHANTOM in “Wanted”. See the blonde former badhat use skill and wits to outduel a pair of murderous bounty-hunters in a gripping tale written by Mark Holmes, with pencils and inks by Scott Shriver. Cover art by Will Meugniot, and a special guest editorial by Rock Baker. FEMFORCE #169- 80 pages of all-new stories featuring everybodies’ favorite “good girl” art superheoines, the FEMFORCE!! Standard comic book size, black and white interiors with color covers, saddle-stitched for $9.95. Released in 2014.

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Crypt of Horror Sale!!

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What with our move earlier in 2014, and the day to day hassle of keeping up with our publishing schedule, we haven’t had time to run ANY kind of a sale on the AC web store in almost a year, but starting right now and running for a limited time only, we are putting the first 22 issues of our acclaimed Pre-Code horror reprint anthology CRYPT OF HORROR on sale on the accomics.com web shop. Normally retailing at $29.95 per copy, CRYPT Of HORROR 1-22 are now available for only $19.95 each!! That’s a savings of $10.00 per issue, a DISCOUNT of almost 1/3 off !! Take advantage of this GREAT deal now to get BIG SAVINGS on back-issues! (They make great gift items for the horror fan on your Christmas shopping list!) We’re not sure HOW long we’ll run this sale, so buy now while it lasts. We might ALSO point out that we have been intending to raise our shipping rates on the AC shop for some time, but we have NOT gotten to that yet. So if you act NOW, you not only save on the price of the books themselves, BUT you’ll pay less for postage then you will once we get our rates bumped up in line with current USPS costs. For those of you overseas customers, this can make a considerable difference in the costs on even a small order. So, if you’ve been meaning to catch up issues of COH that you missed, NOW is the time to do it, while the sale is on and the shipping is low. (Please note that this is an AC web shop sale ONLY. If you want to get the great COH prices, you must order on the AC shop and pasy via PayPal, Mastercard, Visa or American Express. Mail orders, cash and phone orders at these sale prices will not be honored.)

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Crypt of Horror # 23

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CRYPT OF HORROR Volume 23 is NOW AVAILABLE!! It’s true, comicdom’s top Pre-Code horror reprint anthology is back with another big issue bursting at the seams with the rarest, most esoteric scare comics of the Golden Age of Horror!!

Behind that  amazing Basil Wolverton cover are these stories–Flight To The Future by Basil Wolverton, The Violin Of Death by Enrico Bagnoli, The Ghost’s Revenge by Everett Raymond Kinstler, The 13Th Clown by

Mort Lawrence, Better Off Dead by Vince Alascia, Fate Has A Thousand Faces, Shining Sands of Death, The Stolen Corpse, The Phantom Gloves by Robert McCarty, The Supermen by Steve Ditko, The Haunting White Shadow by Robert McCarty, His Long, Strange Journey, Chant Of The Dead, The Man Who Saw Too Much by George Evans and Leonard Frank, To A Waiting Doom, The Forgotten Room, Death’s Round Trip, The Train That Wasn’t There by Bob Powell and The Long Way Home.

All are full-story reproductions in crystal-clear black and white, using the best methods of print reproduction currently available anywhere. 140 pages, black and white interiors with full color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Priinted in 2014.

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11/05/14 AC AMAZE-O-GRAPH for March 2015 solicits

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AC COMICS PRODUCT FOR March 2015

Title: Men of Mystery
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: 96
UPC Code:
64924192603009611
Retail Price: $29.95

 

Men of Mystery #96

 

Writers: Richard Hughes, Otto Binder, Joseph Greene, Mort Weisinger and others uncredited.
Artists: Mort Meskin, Jerry Robinson, Bob Oksner, Ralph Mayo, Augie Froelich, Ken Battefield, Maurice Gutwirth
Cover Artist: Graham Ingels
Synopsis: ALL NEDOR COMICS issue!! FIGHTING YANK, BLACK TERROR, PYROMAN, CAPTAIN FUTURE, DOC STRANGE, cover feature Brad Spencer, WONDERMAN, The GHOST, The FOUR COMRADES, the origin of The SCARAB, COMMANDO CUBS and more obscure Golden Age heroes in NEVER PREVIOUSLY REPRINTED stories!! Art by Meskin, Robinson, Oksner, Mayo and other greats!!

Special Notes: none

Ned Pines turned a successful line of pulp magazines into a fair-sized publishing empire during the first half of the last century, and part of that conglomerate was a line of comic magazines. Throughout the companies’ 17- year run of comics production, it was known at various times as Best, Better, Standard, Nedor and Pines Publications; and between 1939 and 1949, relied fairly heavily on costumed super-characters to headline their books. Over the years, AC has reprinted a decent amount of Standard/Nedor material, but the demand for more never seems to lessen. So, with Men of Mystery #96, we’re doing an all-Nedor issue, featuring an interesting selection of characters and stories from this one-time industry major player. Standard/Nedor’s most popular and successful superhero was The BLACK TERROR. Of course, he’ll be a part of this collection, in a story that originally ran in America’s Best Comics. Another heavy hitter was The FIGHTING YANK. This issue will contain not one but TWO FY stories, one of which is illustrated by the Golden Age art team supreme, Mort Meskin and Jerry Robinson. One of the companies’ later attempts at a hero is this issues’ cover feature- Brad Spencer- WONDERMAN. An interesting melding of futuristic SF and costumed heroics, WM makes his MOM debut here here in a story illustrated by Bob Oksner and Ralph Mayo. Speaking of the cover, it was drawn by “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, of all people. Later to gain fame for his atmospheric horror work at EC Comics, this is (as far as our research can determine) the ONLY costumed superhero cover piece that Ingels EVER did. Other Nedor stars to be featured will be the Doc Savage-“inspired” hero DOC STRANGE, an adventurer who gains super powers from ingesting Alosun, a substance made from “distilled sun atoms”. Nedor often went heavier on the “fiction” side on their science fiction. Another example of that trend might be PYROMAN, who will make an appearance in this volume, too. Though the Latin idiom “pyro” (meaning “fire”) is in his name, he has electrical powers. Go figure. Also, there’s CAPTAIN FUTURE, who operates in the present. We HAVE done a CF story previously, but only one. This will be his second MOM appearance. Another interersting concept was The SCARAB. You’ll be treated to his origin in MOM #96. What makes him interesting is his choice of “partners”. The SCARAB works with a talking cat (that only HE can hear and understand) that happens to be the reincarnation of a 3,000 year old Egyptian sorcerer. Really. On top of all that, there will be stories starring The GHOST, COMMANDO CUBS, The FOUR COMRADES and more- 140 pages of rare, full-story black and white reprints from classic Nedor/Standard comic books of the 1940’s inside a full-color Graham Ingels cover for $29.95, coming in March, 2015 from AC Comics. Don’t miss it!!

 

 

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10/08/14 AC AMAZE-O-GRAPH for Feb solicits

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AC COMICS PRODUCT FOR FEBRUARY 2015
Femforce #170
Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 16

 

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Femforce #170–with special flipbook feature: Rochelle the Teen Cockroach!

Writers: Bill Black, Mark G. Heike, Stephanie Heike,  Mark Holmes  and John Crowther
Artists: Rock Baker, Dell Barras, Riccardo Desini,  Dan Gorman,  Paolo Bodini, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver and Mark Dail
Cover Artist: Will Meugniot (front cover), Dell Barras (back flip-cover)
Synopsis: The showdown with the villainess WAMPYR- and the ending you NEVER thought you’d see! Also- STORMY TEMPEST returns! TARA relives college days, STARDUST on Rur, and NIGHTVEIL  fights on Dhagor!!  Special FLIP-BOOK feature- a NEW kind of superheroine- ROCHELLE the TEEN COCKROACH!! By John Crowther, with art by DELL BARRAS!!!
Once the villainess WAMPYR sees the FEMFORCE as a threat, all bets are off and her long-range plan is quickly fast-tracked into a potential slaughter, so MS. VICTORY, SHE-CAT, SYNN, and the rest of the FF have no choice but to up THEIR ante to check the threat. But HOW do you stop an intelligent, motivated vampire with tremendous skills of sorcery? The conclusion will SHOCK you!!

Then, STORMY TEMPEST is back in the spotlight, fighting for her life as never before. But WHO is she fighting against? NIGHTVEIL continues her exile on Dark Dhagor, as she battles to free her mentor Azagoth and save his world, still without her greatest source of power, the Cloak of Darkness. Then, TWO great retro stories from the formative years of a pair of FF stars- STARDUST back in her Rurian days as Dr.. Mara, in the midst of action, intrigue and treachery set against the legendary RUR/KRONON war; and TARA in an offbeat adventure that has NOTHING to do with growing giant-sized !!

 

JCRochelleTTC_AC_COMICSBut hang on to your hats- after sixty spectacular pages of FEMFORCE action, this issue will have a special FLIP-BOOK feature starring a brand new kind of superheroine, never seen in print  ANYWHERE before!! From the fertile mind of dynamic writer/creator John Crowther, it’s ROCHELLE The TEEN COCKROACH!! Unlike anything ever seen in an AC Comic book, this distaff adolescent crimefighter COULD just take the comic book world by storm, with spectacular art by the legendary Dell Barras!! (Including a KNOCKOUT flip-cover by Dell on the back of the book) Be sure to get your copy of this issue #0 and grab a piece of comic book history!!

 

 

Golden Age Greats Spotlight

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Writers: Otto Binder, Phil Sturm, Carl Formes, France Herron, C.C. Beck, Marc Swayze and other uncredited.
Artists: Mac Raboy, Kurt Schaffenberger, C. C. Beck, Harry Fiske, Carl Pfeufer, Jack Binder, Alex Blum, Emil Gershwin, Bud Thompson and Joe Certa.
Cover Artist: Unknown
Synopsis: Turning on the Fawcett!! ALL the great features from the legendary publisher of the 1940’s, including the ultra-rare MASTERMAN, DEVIL’s DAGGER and DAN DARE; MINUTE MAN,  SPY SMASHER, Mr. SCARLET, COMMANDO YANK,  IBIS,  Dr. VOODOO and other stars in quality full-story reprints! Art by Raboy, Schaffenberger, Beck, Binder, Pfeufer and more!!!

Comic fans of today have no conception of the fact that more than fifty years ago, the industry had another heavy-hitter, a major, big -time publisher as well-known and successful as DC, MARVEL, or ARCHIE- Fawcett Publications. Home of the character affectionately known as The Big Read Cheese and his “family”, the company produced a plethora of long-running stars , and this latest volume of GAG will celebrate the best and most interesting.

We’ve reprinted a fair volume of Fawcett material in the past,  in our Men of Mystery and America’s Greatest series’, as well as other titles, but this time we”re back at it with another 140 pages of never-previously-reprinted vintage gold combining old favorites  with more than a few “new” surprises from the Fawcett backlist. We’ll start with two real rarities from the earliest, pre-“Marvel” days, virtually never seen anywhere since 1940- MASTERMAN, Fawcett’s original answer to DC’s cavorting Kryptonian; and the mysterious, pulp-inspired DEVIL’S DAGGER. We’ll also throw in the two-fisted adventurer they called DAN DARE from those halcyon days as well. But that’s only the beginning, as we’ll also showcase some of the very best never-before-reprinted stories starring  the great  SPY SMASHER,  cover star  MINUTE MAN, Mr. SCARLET, COMMANDO YANK,  IBIS,  Dr. VOODOO,  GOLDEN ARROW,  and lots more surprises!!

A real treasure-trove of the very best artists ever to work in the industry, including, Mac Raboy, Kurt Schaffenberger, C. C. Beck, Carl Pfeufer,  Emil Gershwin, Jack Binder, Bud Thompson, Alex Blum and more. If you are interested in seeing some of the best-written and drawn material of comics’  Golden Age, GAG Spotlight Volume 16 is the book  for  you.- don’t miss it!!

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Men of Mystery 94

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Add to Cart View Cart MEN OF MYSTERY #94 IS NOW ON SALE!! Yes, the special “All Aviators” issue of MOM is now available for purchase. This thrilling volume celebrating the great flying heroes of the Golden Age features never-before-reprinted adventures of all the greats, including SKYMAN, (from Big Shot #11), The PHANTOM FALCON, BLACK VENUS, AIRBOY, The PHANTOM EAGLE, CAPTAIN WINGS and TWELVE MORE iconic aeronautical heroes (and heroines) that have NEVER BEFORE APPEARED in Men of Mystery: The BLACK ANGEL, CAPTAIN AERO, CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (The Dell Comics incarnation), The FLYIN’ FOOl, FLYIN’ JENNY, FLYING DUTCHMAN, GOLDEN EAGLE, LONE EAGLE, MASKED PILOT, SKYWOLF, TOMMY TOMAHAWK and WING TURNER!! Never before have so many of comicdom’s fearless flyers appeared together in one book!! Culled from the great air-war titles of the 1940’s like Wings, Airboy, Air Fighters, Contact Comics, Captain Aero and many, many more. Showcasing art by such luminaries as: Bob Powell, Harvey Kurtzman, John Giunta, Bob Fugitani, Mort Leav, Maxwell Elkan, Russell Keaton, Marc Swayze, Ogden Whitney, George Tuska, Ernie Schroeder, Rudy Palais, Charles Quinlan, Bob Jenny, George Appel and Paul Parker. Eighteen full-story reprints in all, in THE best black and white reproduction that current technology allows. In total, it’s 140 full pages of art and story not seen since the glory days of the flying heroes- plus full-color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle stitched. Strap on your leather helmet, pull down your goggles, zip up your flight jacket and get ready for action with this great collection of vintage comic book action. $29.95 and on sale NOW!!

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AC COMICS PRODUCT FOR January 2015

Crypt of Horror Volume 24

Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, Florida 32786-0394
Phone Number:(407)767-1099
Email Address:
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Title: Crypt of Horror
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number: Volume 24
UPC Code: 64924192598902411
Retail Price: $29.95
Discount: Maximum Discount 50%
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: horror/fantasy
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: January 28, 2015

Writers: Joe Gill, Joseph Greene, Carl Wessler, Robert Bernstein, Hank Chapman and others.
Artists: Bob Powell, George Evans, Leonard Frank, Steve Ditko, Charles Nicholas, Tony DiPreta, Ben Brown, Dave Gantz, Pete Tumlinson, Ed Moline, John Belfi, Ken Rice, Jim McLaughlin, Louis Zansky and others.
Cover Artist: Warren Kremer
Synopsis: Rare and strange Pre-Code horror from publishers including Ace, Fawcett, Superior, Charlton and others! Grisly stories including “Stand-in For Death”, “Aged Curse”, “Phantom Gloves”, “Chant of the Dead”, “Manhunt”, “Trial By Ghostlight”, “Shadow and Substance ” and 14 others not seen anywhere since the 1950’s!! Art by Powell, Evans, Ditko and others.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 24 is another top-shelf collection of horror comic book esoterica unavailable anywhere else. This issues’ double-feature special focus is on Fawcett Publications and Ace Magazines. Fawcett was one of the first publishers to jump on the horror band-wagon, and this stanza of COH will boast a quintet of extra-long scare tales from various issues of their seminal horror comic, “This Magazine Is Haunted”. The stories are “Stand-in For Death” (by future EC great George Evans), “The Aged Curse”, “The Phantom Gloves” (by Ed Moline), Leonard Frank’s “The Man Who Saw Too Much”, and “The Dance of the Dead”. From Ace, we will present their “The Beyond” #4 (from May 1951, reprinted in it’s entirety, which includes “Trial By Ghost”(with art by Ken Rice), “The Spell of the Hypnotic Chord” (drawn by Louis Zansky), “Cult of the Undead” (the very FIRST Ace story ever drawn by the prolific Jim McLaughlin), and “It Happened On Valentine’s Eve.” In addition, a pair of wacked-out Superior Stories macabre gems (illustrated by the ubiquitous Iger Studios) will be featured this issue; “Chant of the Dead” and “Fate Has A Thousand Faces”. Plus eight more vintage classics- “Ed’s Young Wife” by Ben Brown and Dave Gantz; “I Lived Four Times”, “What Lurks Beneath”; Bob Powell’s “Manhunt”; “A Voyage Into Forever”; “The Forbidden Forest” by Tony DiPreta; “The Man Who Went Back” by Pete Tumlinson, and Steve Ditko’s “Shadow and Substance”. Add it all up and it’s another 140-page monster of choice vintage horror comics in crystal-clear full-story reprints for the bargain price of $29.95- Crypt of Horror Volume 24, coming in January 2015 from AC Comics.

 

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Femforce 168

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Femforce #168 is NOW AVAILABLE!! Those gorgeous lady defenders of justice get pulled into the dastardly double-cross plan of time-tossed voodoo master CIANOSE DJAB, and MS. VICTORY, SYNN, SHE-CAT TARA and DUSTY must fight for their lives against a zombie hoard on the streets of Los Angeles. See Ms. V and the rest of the FF go incognito and undercover! See villanesses UMBRA and MADAME BOA co-opted into a master plan TOO EVIL for even THEM!! All in “Up A Lazy River”, a feature-length FF lead story (and fist-half of a big two-parter that will conclude in FF #169) written by Mark & Stephanie Heike, penciled by Rock Baker and inked by Jeff Austin. Then NIGHTVEIL searches dimensions without end for both her lover Dan (The BLACK COMMANDO) Barton and her greatest source of arcane power, the Cloak of Darkness- to no avail. But she IS drawn to a bizarre scene of word destruction. Is it real, is it illusion or is it a strange proficy? Make your guess once you read “The Question”, written and penciled by Mark Heike, with inks by Scott Shriver. That reluctant heroine, YANKEE GIRL is back; in Merry Olde England on a commercial modelling job, where she runs afoul of a medevil magical monstrosity known as MORDEATH in “Queen For A Day”, scripted by Mark Holmes, penciled by Riccardo Desini, with ink finishes by Jeff Austin. STARDUST is back in solo action in the Great Northwest as her personal and professional lives come together to bring her into contact with one of Earth’s great natural mysteries in “Science Fantasy”, written by Mark Holmes, penciled by Riccardo Desini and inked by Jeff Austin and Scott Shriver. Then, it’s a blast from the past, as a great AC story that has been sold out and out-of-print for almost TWO decades is presented once again, “Kitten’s Nine Lives!” starring those Vault of Heroes favorites, CAT-MAN and KITTEN in the tale (originally published in the Cat-Man Ashcan #2 premium book) that explains how (and why) CAT-MAN’s partner The KITTEN changed from a pre-pubescent little girl to a physically mature woman without waiting ten years to grow up! written by Stephanie Sanderson (now Sanderson-Heike) and Bill (Bossman) Black, penciled by Stephanie and inked by Mark Heike. Finally, DINOSAUR GIRL returns in another story set in (or rather under) the war-torn oceans of World War Two. DinoGirl is called on to save a trapped submarine , in a very different kind of DG tale titled “Deadly Depths”, written and drawn by Rock Baker, with inks by Mark Dail. All totalled, it’s 80 pages of great “good girl” art and action in the AC Comics fashion, inside a smashing FF cover drawn by Will Meugniot. Balack and white interiors inside full-color covers; standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $9.95. Released in 2014

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Crypt Of Horror Volume 22

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CRYPT OF HORROR Volume 22 is NOW AVAILABLE!! It’s true, comicdom’s top Pre-Code horror reprint anthology is back with another big issue bursting at the seams with the rarest, most esoteric scare comics of the 1950’s!! 21 full stories in all, plus two one-page featurettes !! Some of these tales are SO obscure and rare, we don’t know WHO created them- and in some cases we don’teven know exactly WHERE they were published!! How’s THAT for hard-to-find material ?! One thing we are certain of is that COH #22 contains a quartet of stories from Quality Comics’ Web of Evil #11- “The Moulder of Doom”, “The Face From Hell”, “Buried Alive” and “The Monster They Couldn’t Kill”!! From Mister Mystery Comics comes “Henpecked” ( with art by the distinctive Eugene Hughes); and “Hunger”; Avon Comics’ Eerie #16 is represented with a Louis Ravelli classic titled “A Honeymoon of Horror”; and “Introducing The Devil” comes from All New Comics, of all places; and Fawcett’s This Magazine Is Haunted was the original venue for this issues’ “The Coffin Maker”. A duo of disturbing dramas come by way of a pair of Superior Comics’ titles: from Strange Mysteries #7 comes “Fit To Die”, and from Journey Into Fear #2, it’s “Night Screams”!! Beyond that, this issue offers “Imperial Double ” by that master of the surreal, Steve Ditko; “The Heat’s On” by Russ Heath, “Bride of Doom” by Jay Disbrow; “Insane!”; “Only Evil Need Fear The Bogey Man”; “Haunted Hamlet”; “Fenton’s Face” bya young Gene Colan; another grisly Eugene Hughes saga, “Hatchet Man”; “Hallucinations”; “He Who Laughs Last Gets…Horselaugh”, drawn by Joe Certa, and “Charlie”- all adding up to more than enough classic panelological mayhem to keep you from sleeping at night!! All are full-story reproductions in crystal-clear black and white, using the best methods of print reproduction currently available anywhere. 140 pages, black and white interiors with full color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Priinted in 2014.

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Men of Mystery #95 Writers: Bill Woolfolk,Ed Cronin,  Gardner Fox, Robert Bernstein, Paul Berdnier, Robert Turner and others uncredited Artists: Reed Crandall, Joe Kubert, Bob Powell, John Belfi, George Wilhelms, Ben Brown, Dave Gantz, Larry Antoinette, Mart Bailey, Elmer Stoner, Fred Methot, Al Carreno, Jim Chambers,  and Frank Thomas Cover Artist: Lou Fine Synopsis:  Seventeen Golden Age heroes, including The FLAME, DOLLMAN, PHANTASMO, The DART , ZEBRA and The OWL, esoteric back-ups  ATOMIC MAN, PURPLE CLAW, MICROFACE, DYNAMO, TABU and Mr. E; plus MOM first-timers SPARKMAN, DOC STRANGE and The VOICE-  in full-story reprints. Artists include Joe Kubert,  Reed Crandall and Bob Powell. Taking a break from MOM’s recent spate of “themed” issues, Men of Mystery #95 will be a  fascinating mixed bag of rarities from the 1940’s.  Inside an awe-inspiring  Lou Fine cover, Fox Features star The FLAME ignites in a rare, pre-war story from Wonder World Comics #20, illustrated by Larry Antoinette, who did more FLAME tales than any other artist. Then,  Quality  Comics’ standard-bearer DOLLMAN takes the stage in a Reed Crandall-illustrated classic originally seen in Feature Comics pitting the Mighty Mite against the sultry, sexy Queen of the Ants!! Standard/Nedor’s answer to Doc Savage, the Alosun-powered DOC STRANGE destroys Axis airplanes, ships and subs to save Amercican freedoms, while PHANTASMO concludes his long-running adventure by taking down some river pirates. (Has anyone noticed that the PHANTASMO stories running in MOM over the last year-and-half have been an ongoing continuity? This issue wraps that up.) Caius Martius Wheeler was a Romam chariot-racer brought into modern (well, 1940) times. He adopted a green and yellow costume (and a kid sidekick) and fought crime as The DART. See him here in a story originally published in Weird Comics #7. Wheeler’s Weird compatriot, the electrial-bolt throwing DYNAMO is here, too- not to mention the ONLY superhero proud enough of having served a stint in prison to make STRIPES a part of his costume- The ZEBRA. Artist/writer Frank Thomas later distinguished himself as a top-flight funny animal artist, but in this issue of MOM, you can see his “take” on a slightly-wacky costumed hero known as The OWL. Scientist Adam Mann gained extraordinary powers through exposure to radiation and became ATOMIC MAN. We’d previously run ONE ATOMIC MAN story, here’s an earlier one where he is sporting his original costume, which make him look as if he and Caius Martius Wheeler might’ve gotten along pretty well.  Doctor Jonathan Weir, The PURPLE CLAW has been an AC mainstay for years, both in our reprint books and in new material as we revived him for the AC/Femforce Universe. We THOUGHT we’d reprinted all of his original Minoan Publishing stories years ago- but we just unearthed one hitherto unknown,and you’ll see it this issue. What can be said about TABU, MICROFACE and Mr. E that hasn’t been said before? All are weird, but interesting- and will be in MOM #95. Never-previously-seen in MOM ( or anywhere else since the 1940’s, for that matter), but featured this issue are The SPARKMAN- yet another electrically-charged do-gooder; the invisible operative known only as The VOICE; and a hero SO cheap that his entire costumed motif consists of an ugly green rubber fright mask- The FACE. The concept sounds bad, but most of the stories (written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Mart Bailey) were really pretty good. All this, and Bob Powell’s superb MAN In BLACK, too. ALL this in Men of Mystery #95, coming in December, from AC Comics. Remember,  If you’re looking for dvds, you can find them under Bill’s links on the “AC Comics Staff” page. Bill says Please no foreign orders on the DVDS–if you’re outside the Good Ol’ USA, this means you. Keep checking here at AC COMICS.COM for all the AC News that’s Awesomely Cool!

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Men of Mystery 93

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Men of Mystery #93 is now available!! A special all-Quality issue spotlighting gems found in Everett “Busy” Arnold’s great line of comics in the 1940’s and 50’s. Top artists abound, starting off with a SUPERB Lou Fine story starring UNCLE SAM, originally seen in National Comics #13. Not only is this ‘SAM’s first MOM appearance ever; this MAY be the single greatest comic book illustartion job Fine ever did! A real feast for the eyes, as SAM breaks up a scheme using townspeople as slaves in an underground mine. Next, Paul Gustavson puts pen and pencil to paper to illuminate an episode of Smash Comics star MIDNIGHT, as all gangland teams up on him in “Let’s Murder Midnight”, from Smash #47. Then, Feature Comics star DOLLMAN rings in with a sort of a “try-out” story auditioning his girlfriend Martha Roberts for her future role as his partner, Dollgirl. Here Martha appears as a six-inch-tall heroine who calls herself “Midge”, in an adventure that originally ran in Feature #77. Master craftsman Reed Crandall provides visuals on a breathtaking feature-length CAPTAIN TRIUMPH drama (originally seen in Crack Comics #57) wherin his girlfriend Kim falls under the thrall of the fanatical cult of the Green God!! Polish resistance hero The MARKSMAN does his imitation of William Tell to save innocents behind eneny lines in a tense tableau drawn by Fred Guardineer; Jack Cole illustrates a never-previously-reprinted story starring the DEATH PATROL (plus one-pagers of Dan Tootin and Wun Cloo); Lou Fine does an encore on HACK O’HARA, and another costumed hero makes an MOM debut- The SNIPER weighs in, doing his best to save non-combatants from the Bataan death march in a Vernon Henkel-drawn story from Military Comics #33. Another Henkel creation, MOM first-timer YANKEE EAGLE also joins this issue’s fray to clear a girl wrongly accused of her brother’s murder. All this plus the swashbuckling ERIC FALCON from Buccaneers Comics, The WHIP from Crack Comics, RUSTY RYAN and his Boyville Brigadeers, The JESTER, KID ETERNITY and more Quality surprises- all in crisp, clean, state-of-the-art full-story black and white reproduction. 140 pages, full color covers, saddle stitched for $29.95. Released in 2014

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We’ve got a couple of news items:

 

Femforce # 169 will be in the upcoming Diamond Previews.

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 Writers: Bill Black, Mark G. Heike, Stephanie Heike, Mark  Holmes, and Rock Baker
Artists: Rock Baker, Riccardo Desini, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver, Toni Doya and Mark Dail
Cover Artists: Will Meugniot Standard cover, Paolo Bodini Alternate cover.

 

As the FF clear the LA streets of CIANOSE DJAB’s zombie hordes, vampire queen WAMPYR decides she must act before our heroines can uncover her plan for world domination. Plus- solo stories starring SYNN, TARA back in her college days, and SHE-CAT encountering a pair of faces from the past.

 

 Ships with TWO covers in an approximate 4-to-1 ratio, 4 with the Will Meugniot Wampyr-Vampire Queen cover (cover A) and 1 with the She-Cat and Nightveil painted design by Paolo Bodini (cover B).

 

Up until now the villainous team of WAMPYR and CIANOSE DJAB have worked their evil plots to gain ultimate power in the greatest secrecy, manipulating people and events behind the scenes to amass an economic and political power base. However, when the time-displaced zombiemaster DJAB’s paranoia and lust lead him to make a critical mistake in trusting former villainess UMBRA, his hidden army of mindless hordes is uncovered, and dispenesd with by MS. VICTORY, SYNN, SHE-CAT, TARA and STARDUST. WAMPYR’s plan is severly crippled by DJAB’s combination of betrayal and incompetence, and the fact that the FEMFORCE are so close to her operation will force her hand in dealing with them. The problem for the FF here is this- WAMPYR knows the FF may be a major threat to her ambitions and prepares to take them out- while the FF is completely unaware of WAMPYR as a serious threat.

 

Will the vampire queen blindside the FF with a near-fatal attack? An extra-length FEMFORCE lead extravaganza brings this long-running plotline up to full speed and high drama. Then, a number of strong back-up tales starring our FF heroines in solo action, including SYNN; SHE-CAT dealing with not one but TWO characters out of the dim, dark past; TARA FREMONT relating an adventure from her college days when SHE temporarily adopted a “secret identity”, and more surpises. We may even have room for another DINOSAUR GIRL episode!! This issue ships with TWO different cover options- a “standard” FF- versus Wampyr, the Vampire Queen cover version by comics and animation great Will Meugniot, and a special painted She-Cat and Nightveil design by Italian comic artist and painter Paolo Bodini. If you want to be certain of getting the Paolo Bodini painted cover variant, be sure that your local retailer orders enough copies- and keep in mind that ordering through Diamond is the ONLY way to receive this variant. Femforce #169; 80 pages of all-new contemporary “good girl art” action and adventure, coming in November 2014.

 

Plus,  Men of Mystery # 93 will be shipping to comic shops in August!

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 15

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 15- Outrageous Good Girl Art III is now available!! Following in the footsteps of our first two OGG-themed Golden Age Greats Spotlights (Volume’s 8 and 12), we’ve got another full 140 pages of vintage glamor art reprints from the classic comic books of the 1940’s and ’50’s; this issue with a special focus on the girls of Fiction House Comics, the publisher MOST associated with GGA. Included in this volume are full-story reprints starring jungle girl CAMILLA illustrated by Ralph Mayo, FIREHAIR; MITZI of the MOVIES by the great Matt Baker; an early GLORY FORBES by talented lady illustrator Regina Levander; PATSY PINUP; Native American heroine STARLIGHT by Ralph Mayo; plus a trio of stories prominently featuring the girl friends/female co-stars of several male heroes like STAR PIRATE by Murhy Anderson; Lyssa from LOST WORLD by George Evans, and Ann, KA’ANGA’s mate in a beautiful story delineated by Maurice Whitman. If you’ve ever wondered why Fiction House was infamous for their cheesecake art, this volume will make it VERY apparent!! But that’s not all- their are also a pair of stories by teen-glamor specialist Jerry Fasano- GINNY and JUST GIRLS, both from Eastern Color’s late-’40’s teen humor title, Sugarbowl. ‘Bet you’ve never seen THESE characters before. That master of drawing gorgeous girls Bob Powell is represented with a pair of offerings: one starring the etherial lady storytelling known as The WEAVER, and a wartime romance/glamor tale titled “Got A Match”- both showcasing Powell at his best. Standard/Nedor’s resident jungle girl from Startling Comics- TYGRA- is here as well, in a feature-length adventure drawn by future Supergirl artist Artie Saaf. Quality Comics’ distaff undercover cop SALLY O’NEIL makes an appearance, in a well-drawn adventure from an early issue of National Comics as done by the underrated Al Bryant; plus another Quality cutey- the quintessential GGA star TORCHY, in a classic caper produced by her legendary creator Bill Ward. And one can’t explore late-1940’s girl art and not include something from Fox Features, so there is also an episode of their blonde jungle babe, TANGI- drawn by the great Jack Kamen. Finally, a pair of stories starring Alax/Farrell tropical goddess VOODA- one a reworked SOUTH SEAS GIRL story drawn by Matt Baker!! Add it all up and it comes to a full 140 pages of top-quality classic comic-book pulchritude in crystal-clear black and white , with a full-color Alex Schomburg cover, at standard comic-book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. If you a a fanatic for vintage “good girl” art comics, you can’t miss this one!! Released in 2014.

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Hi Folks!  Welcome to the new AC Amaze-O-Graph!

In lieu of an AC Comics newsletter, we’ll be running these occasional updates for you! Those of you on the newsletter will still be getting great news about Cult Retro and Bill’s DVDs, but the latest comics news will be right here!

First off,  If you’re looking for dvds, you can find them under Bill’s links on the “AC Comics Staff” page. Bill says Please no foreign orders on the DVDS–if you’re outside the Good Ol’ USA, this means you.

Here at AC Comics, we’re gonna have to raise the prices on the foreign shipping soon–so you might want to order some comics before we’re forced to raise postal rates.

Still working on lots of stuff (as you can probably tell) and some of it is not all there yet, but we have the AC phone working and comments re-enabled.

Oops! The new comments system is still transposing name and email. Don’t know how that happened. So switch email and name in the form when you post.

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We’ve got a new issue of  Crypt of Horror, number  23  in the August 2014 Diamond Distribut ion Previews catalog for October 2014.

We at AC Comics like to think of ourselves as fairly knowledgable about vintage comics. Recognizing artists and their styles is an aquired skill, and a necessary part of presenting the rare reprint material that we do to a contemporary audience.

It’s always rewarding to find a new example of some great illustrator’s style; to see an old favorite on a previously-undiscovered tale- and this issue includes plenty, like the great Everett Raymond Kintsler on “The Ghost’s Revenge”, the underrated Mort Lawrence on “The Thirteenth Clown”, or even solid Vince Alascia on “Better Off Dead”- all reprinted this issue from Avon Publications’  Witchcraft #3. Likewise, Robert McCarty on “The Haunting White Shadow” and the team of Art Gates and Ed Moline on “The Dry Doom”, both from Fawcett’s excellent Beware Terror Tales #3.

Or, all-time top stylists like Steve Ditko on “The Supermen” and Bob Powell on “The Train That Wasn’t There”- great work by greats we know. What REALLY fires OUR enthusiasm, though; is finding hitherto-unknown comic book gems done by creators that even WE don’t know- and THIS book is chock full of them!! Included in that group is the entire contents of Superior Comics’ Journey Into Fear #16- a quartet of weird, off-the-wall Pre-Code beauties titled “Death By Invitation”, “Demons Of The Deep”, “The Stolen Corpse” and “The Monster’s Revenge”. If you’ve enjoyed the sublime creepiness that is Superior Comics material in recent issues of COH, you’ll LOVE this stuff! Then, from Avon’s Witchcraft #3- “The Red Spider”, Fawcett’s Beware-Terror Tales #3- “Death’s Round Trip”; a pair from St. Johns’ Weird Horrors #2; “Violin Of Death” and “The Dancing Lights Of Kula”; from Ace Comics’ Web Of Horror, “The Monster They Couldn’t Kill” and “The Moulder Of Doom”, and from Ajax-Farrell, “The Intruder” and “To A Waiting Doom”. It’s not that these stories are not gripping or well-drawn- many of them ARE- it’s just that as of this writing, the creators who crafted them remain as mysterious as the plots of the stories themselves.

If you are looking for the very weird, esoteric and hard-to-find in 1950’s horror comics, Crypt of Horror #23 is THE book for you!! 140 pages of full-story, crisp black and white reprints of ’50’s horror comics inside a great color Basil Wolverton cover, for only $29.95, coming from AC Comics in October, 2014.
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Those header pencils are a sneak preview for Femforce 168, which is in the July  2014 Diamond Distribut ion Previews catalog which’ll be winging it’s way to you this September.

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Femforce 167

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FEMFORCE #167 IS NOW AVAILABLE!!! The long-absent NIGHTVEIL returns to the team, just long enough to reveal a new crisis- the disappearance of her Cloak of Darkness-before vanishing again herself, in a story titled “Roundabout”, written by Mark Heike, penciled by newcomer Jim Sullivan, with finished inking by Scott Shriver. The other wandering team member- SHE-CAT -likewise returns, and makes herself a bit more useful in a tense situation.  A mysterious and powerful stranger forces a dangerous stand-off at the Orlando International Airport, and the FEMFORCE race to the scene to deal with the emergency as best they can, in “Stuck In The Middle”, scripted by Mark Heike, penciled by Rock Baker and inked by Jeff Austin. Then, things turn strange in the 30th century as The BLACK COMMANDO is held captive by girl space pirates, while in the present, the villainous ALIZARIN CRIMSON uses dupes from the future to slip the bonds of her Altrannian prison in  the latest installment in the Adventures of Blackie and Bullets (guest-starring JET-GIRL) , “Future Shock”; written and inked by Bossman Bill Black, with pencils by Eric Coile. If you’ve been wondering what sort of things former military liason to the FF, ROBERTA STROCK has been doing since she was appointed to a cabinet position, read “Time To Take Strock”, illustrated by the FF lead art team of Baker and Austin, from a story by Mark Holmes. You can’t keep a good soldier down!! Next, everyone’s favorite reluctant superheroine YANKEE GIRL is forced to make a difficult decision in “Yankee Ingenuity”, written by Mark Holmes, pencilled by Riccardo Desini, and inked by the redoubtable Jeff Austin. Then, it’s a three-way blast from the past with a trio of never-before-seen “retro” adventures. First, we go back to 1956, for a rare solo story starring one-time FF member The BLONDE BOMBER.  BB finds herself mixed up (in more than one way) with illegal arms dealing and third-world freedom fighters while vacationing in Spain in “Busman’s Holiday”; scripted by Mark Heike, penciled by Manuel Diaz, and inked by Scott Shriver.  Then, in 1948, Miss(the future Ms.)Victory is forced to confront a former Russian ally during the Berlin airlift in “No Substitute For Victory”, written by Mark Holmes, with art by Scott Larson and Jeff Austin. Finally, back during the war-torn years of the early 1940’s, DINOSAUR GIRL  must team up with a half-dozen other costumed operatives to deal with submarines and giant marine demons while breaking up an enemy plot to mine the dangerous ore that gave Vivian Strand the awesome size-changing powers in “The Menace With Eight Arms”, written and drawn by Rock Baker, and inked by Mark Dail. All this plus a special text tribute to the late, great former FEMFORCE artist Dick Ayers by head honcho Bill Black. That’s 80 pages of all-new FEMFORCE-related stories and art by your favorite AC Comics creators, in standard comic book size, black and white interiors with full-color covers, saddle-stitched for $9.95; available for sale RIGHT NOW in the accomics.com webstore. If you buy it right now, you’ll get the versiion with the spectacular Will Meugniot SHE-CAT cover. IF you had preordered your copy through Diamond Previews at your local reatilers, you might have received a copy with the stupendous SHE-CAT and NIGHTVEIL alternate cover, illustrated by Stephanie and Mark Heike and Jeff Austin, and shipped in a 4:1 ratio with the standard Meugniot cover art. But if you hadn’t pre-ordered, its too late to get the alternate now!!

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MOM94shopcoverThe miracle of powered flight was still a thing that captured imaginations in the 1940’s, and the aviator had been a dashing, heroic character (simply for having the guts- and skill- to climb into an airplane and defy gravity) since the turn of the 20Th century. When the birth of the costumed superhero and the onset of global warfare dovetailed at the opening of comics’ Golden Age, it was only natural that the burgeoning medium would spawn a good number of costumed, crimefighting flyers, and this 94Th issue of Men of Mystery will celebrate these skyfaring crime-crushers. Cover feature SKYMAN may have been the best of all. Illustrated by the very polished Ogden Whitney and created/written by the legendary Gardner Fox, SKYMAN had a healthy run of almost ten years in Vin Sullivan’s Columbia Comics’ Big Shot title. We’ve run a SKYMAN or two before, but this is a particularly good one, originally published in Big Shot #13. AIRBOY was another long-tenured flying hero, represented this issue in another feature-length story illustrated by the underrated Ernie Schroeder. And representing the distaff, there’ll be ace aviatrix BLACK VENUS, as rendered by Harvey Kurtzman, of all people. Fawcett’s PHANTOM EAGLE will be around, facing off against Japanese ace “The Hawk”, as written and drawn by Marc Swayze. Fiction Houses’ Wings Comics will be well-covered, with the PHANTOM FALCON, Capt. WINGS and Maurice Whitman’s GHOST SQUADRON. Also, MOM first-timers CAPTAIN AERO, GOLDEN EAGLE, WING TURNER and DEVIL-DOG DUGAN, all take flight here in this issue. For those with feet more firmly planted on the ground, we’ll also include a few vintage stories starring non-airborn heroes like TABU, The ZEBRA ( in a story drawn by Joe Kubert!!!), MAN IN BLACK, MICROFACE, Mr. E, The FACE and more. Other artists showcased this issue include Bob Powell, Fred Guardineer, Bob Lubbers, John Belfi, George Tuska, Rudy Palais, Mart Bailey and Charles Quinlan. That’s 140 pages of full-story vintage reprints in black and white inside a full-color cover, saddle stitched for $29.95. Men of Mystery #94 coming from AC Comics in September 2014.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 21

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Rare material is the order of the day in Volume 21, AC Comics latest offering in it’s acclaimed Crypt of Horror vintage horror comic reprint series. This chock-full-of-creepy treasure trove is cover-to-cover with 22 of the hardest to find Pre-Code horror comics stories of the era. Pulp giant Standard had steady success throughout the 1940’s with their line of superhero comics; as the 1950’s dawned, they jumped onto the horror bandwagon with several scaries, including the moody “The Unseen.” From that title comes “The Helmsman”, illustrated by George Tuska, and “Death Reaches Out”, by Mike Sekowsky and Mike Peppe. “Adventures Into Darkness” was another Standard horror book, and from that we reprint George Roussos” “Frozen Death”. Ajax-Farrell had some of the VERY weirdest horror offerings in the Pre-Code era, and this volume of COH offers up a full half- dozen of them: “Ghost On The Gallows”,”Evil Disguise”,”The Playful Executioner”, “Return Of The Corpse”, “The Clay Coffin”, and “Death Takes Four”. From Ace Comics’ Web of Mystery comes a pair of scare-tales; “Black Fury” and “Beware The Phantom Spear”. Several top 1950’s horror artists are represented this issue, including Bob Powell with “Fade Out”; Steve Ditko with “My Secret”, and Bernard Krigstein with “They Wait Below”; Mort Meskin with “Credit And Loss”, Sal Trani with “The Supermen From Space”; and Lin Streeter with “An Ugly Dummy Named Oswald Foop!”. Other stories this issue, from publishers including Sterling,, Harvey and ACG, are “Best Seller”; “The Spectral Sister”; “Wax Museum”; “The Weird Wager’, “The Grave Robber”, A Pre-Code horror fan’s dream- that’s Crypt Of Horror Volume 21. 140 pages in black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Now available for $29.95 from AC Comics.

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Femforce #168 Coming in August, 2014!!

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Femforce 168 standard cover artMachiavellian intrigue quickly degenerates into macabre urban warfare when zombiemaster CIANOSE DJAB is forced to confront the visiting FEMFORCE, and unleashes a hidden army of reanimated corpses, upsetting the carefully laid plans of his erstwhile co-conspirator, the vampire queen WAMPYR. Will WAMPYR’S rage at this turn of events be taken out on The FEMFORCE, or DJAB himself?  And how will recent events in NIGHTVEIL’s personal life affect her participation in this zombie-smashing free-for-all? You’ll have to read FF #168 to find out.  While the majority of this issue will focus on the current main FF plotline, there will be a few added surprises among the back-up features, including the return of Eric Lindberg’s ROWENA, in “Rise of the Dark Lady”, as the gentle giantess of Medevil Appleton must deal with a new kind of threat from her loose-cannon sister, Melina. Action, adventure, glamor and pathos by the usual cast of creators-Bill Black, Mark G. Heike, Stephanie Heike, Mark Holmes, Eric Johnson, Eric Lindberg, Rock Baker, Riccardo Dessini, Jeff Austin, Eric Coile, Scott Shriver, Chris Zarichansky and Mark Dail. This issue ships with TWO different cover options- a “standard” FF- versus- the- zombies cover version by comics and animation great Will Meugniot, and a special Stardust “Bat Moon Rising” design by Stephanie Heike and Scott FF 168 alternate cover B artShriver. These two versions will be shipped to Diamond Distribution in a 4:1 ratio; FOUR copies of the standard Meugniot cover to every ONE copy of the Stephanie Heike/Shriver version. The variant this issue is notable on two counts: long-time FF inker Scott Shriver makes his first appearance as part of the cover art team, AND every copy of that variant will be personally autographed by pencil artist Stephanie Heike- the FIRST actual issue of Femforce that AC has ever offered signed by this talented writer/artist/editer.If you want to be certain of getting the signed Stephanie Heike/Scott Shriver  variant, be sure that your local retailer orders enough copies- and keep in mind that ordering through Diamond is the ONLY way to receive this variant. Femforce #168; 80 pages of all-new contemporary “good girl art” action and adventure, coming in August, 2014.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 22- Coming in July 2014

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Crypt of Horror Volume 22 cover artTop horror artists are back in the spotlight for Crypt of Horror Volume 22, as some of the 1950’s finest purveyors of macabre material will be on display in this edition of THE top Pre-Code horror reprint anthology in all of comicdom. First off, just inside the unforgettable painted cover by pulp legend Norman Saunders (which originally appeared as the cover of the 10Th issue of Fawcett Comics’ Worlds of Fear), a trio of tales from Sterling Publications that got squeezed out of an earlier issue- “Trick Or Treat” (with art by Mike Sekowsky), “Gold Has No Conscience” and “Maxies’ Last Fight”. Ajax-Farrel/’s bizarre Strange Fantasy title is represented by a trio of odd stories: “Strange Dateline”, “How To Be A Gracious Ghost” and “His Long, Strange Journey”. Actually, none of these three are illustrated by big-name artists, but they are so…bizarre, we HAD to include them! Other all-star art contributions this issue include “Suppressed Desire” by Bernie Krigstein, “The Flying Head” by Jon Blummer, “Fenton’s Face” by Gene Colan, “Ed’s Young Wife” by Ben Brown and Dave Gantz,”Under The Knife” by Tony DiPreta, “Spectres Of The Dam” by Paul Cooper, “Bride Of Doom” by Jay Disbrow and “He Who Laughs Last Gets Horselaugh” by Joe Certa. Other vintage classics this issue include “Only Evil Need Fear The Boogeyman”, “The Ghost’s Revenge”, “Five Found Death”, “Belt Of Evil”, “The Man Who Tried To Live Forever”, “Haunted Hamlet”, “White Bones” and “Goodbye Forever”. Everything needed to get a Pre-Code horror fan’s pulse racing- Crypt Of Horror Volume 22, 140 pages of crisp, clean Pre-Code horror full-story reprints in black and white with full color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched- coming in July,2014 from AC Comics,priced at $29.95.Look for it in the May, 2014 Diamond Previews catalog, and be sure to preorder your copy with your favorite comics retailer.

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Men of Mystery 92

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MEN OF MYSTERY 92 IS NOW AVAILABLE!! The BLACK TERROR has long been a favorite of Golden Age fans in general, and has certainly been represented often enough within the pages of Men of Mystery in years past. He’s been absent far too long lately, but he returns here in MOM #92 in one of his most gripping 1940’s adventures in a story originally printed in Black Terror # 22, a story partially inked by the legendary FRANK FRAZETTA!!. And the ‘TERROR is not the only vintage “heavy-hitter” of the era along for the ride, as Hillman Pubs AIRBOY is on board as well, with an Ernie Schroeder- illustrated tale from Airboy Volume 6, #5 involving sightless tribesman, ice-incas, and lots of weirdness! Quality Comics’ great, DOLLMAN is a part of things, too- with and adventure pitting The Mighty Mite against one of his most colorful villains, The Minstrel, in a John Spranger story from Dollman #33. These three were among the longest-lived, most successful costumed characters of the Golden Age. Of course, EVERY issue of MOM celebrates the rare and obscure costumed heroes of The Golden Age, as well as the very best- and everything in between. So prepare to be amazed by a look at the ORIGINAL comic book thunder god, Fox Features’ version of THOR, in a full-length adventure from the pages of the July 1940 issue (#4) of Fox’s Weird Comics. More history from the progeny of Victor Fox pops up with a story of REX DEXTER, the FIRST all-orignal, ongoing-series outer space hero ever created in the American comic book. This bizarre spaceman, written and drawn by the very unique Dick Briefer, debuted in Mystery Men Comics in 1939, and this issue’s story comes from among his first half-dozen appearances. There’s more sci-fi heroics after that, with Fiction Houses’ RED COMET, from Planet #1.That cosmic- level champion known as PHANTASMO is back, in another outing illustrated by pioneering African-American artist Elmer Stoner, from Dell Comics’ The Funnies #48.Check out the ORIGIN of Standard/Nedor’s atom-fueled powerhouse, The AMERICAN CRUSADER; an 18-page feature length tome last seen in Thrilling Comics #19. Looking for a super-hero based in Eastern mysticism? Check out The RED DRAGON, seen here reprinted from Street & Smith’s Super-Magician Comics title. Fiction House’ genre-bending heroine TABU is here again, too- he operates in the jungle, wears a cape and fights evil- using mystical powers. Do we call him a magician, a super-hero, or a jungle character? He’s ALL THREE!! As usual, there’ll be a selection of heroes never before seen in an issue of MEN OF MYSTERY- this go-around, it’s the offbeat duo named NIGHTMARE and SLEEPY, plus the man known as GUNMASTER- the most violently anti-gun character you are likely to see ever represented in late-1940’s American comic books; both are from Hillman Pubs’ Clue Comics. In addition, there are appearances by a trio of Bob Powell creation- The SCARLET ARROW, The WEAVER and The mysterious, mythical MAN in BLACK. A full 140 pages of classic Golden Age material in crisp black and white, saddle-stitched at regular comic book size with full-cilor covers. Now available for only $29.95.

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Femforce 166

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Femforce #166 is now available!! A simple trip to feed NIGHTVEIL’s cat turns into an
extradimemsional battle for SYNN when a trap set for one heroine actually nets the other, in “Cat And Mouse”, featuring the return of the villainous VIVARNA!! Then, the story you
thought you’d NEVER see- “She-Cat Goes To Prison”, penciled by great new Spanish sensation Manuel Diaz. Cellblocks brimming with rioting thieves and murderers are NOTHING compared to the REAL danger ‘Cat discovers in the basement of the ‘State Pen! It’s a lucky thing that Ms. VICTORY was in the area when a
touring mini-sub ends up at the mercy of a giant squid in “Pump It Up”. While plans
are made to start the investigation back at FFHQ, we finally get a peek inside the headquarters of Century International as the master plan of WAMPYR and CIANOSE DJAB begins to unfold. SYNN makes an encore performance, teamed with a heroine from AC’s past in “Just Synn Time”, and we return to the mysterious Dawn World for a second helping of SHE-CAT solo this go-around as we come to the stunning
conclusion of last issue’s flashback adventure with CAVE GIRL and THUNDA. Then- NIGHTVEIL RETURNS!! But, will she be the same heroine that left? And, back in the 1940’s, DINOSAUR GIRL must contend with an entire island of feral, savage giantesses in “Found World”. Get set for thrills, fun and excitement with
stories and art by the usual cast of characters-Bill Black, Mark and Stephanie Heike, Eric Coile, Mark Holmes, Rock Baker, Scott Larson, Manuel Diaz, Riccardo Desini, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver, and Mark Dail. All this behind a spectacular group-action cover drawn and
colored by comics/animation sensation WILL MEUGNIOT!! Released in 2013.

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Men of Mystery 93 Coming In June 2014 From AC Comics !!

Men of Mystery 93 cover artMen of Mystery regulars can’t seem to get enough  vintage reprints from the late, great Qulaity Comics line of the 1940’s and the 1950’s- and why should they? The company produced over a decade and a half  of  slick,  polished comic book product, and MOM  93 will put another heaping helping of that on display! What better way to start off a pre-Independence Day issue than with the most iconic patriotic figure of them all, Uncle Sam!! ‘Sam’s first-ever Men of Mystery reprint appearance comes inside of a spectacular cover  (probably designed by Will Eisner) penciled by Lou Fine and inked by Reed Crandall that initially appeared on National Comics #5 in 1940.  Another star-spangled  sentinel follows, with a rare story starring Rusty Ryan and his Boyville Brigadeers  during the period of his run in Feature Comics when Rusty wore his Captain America-inspired red, white and blue costume.  Hawkeye and The (Green )Arrow are two bow-slinging comic book heroes that are BIG in mass-media these days, but one archer that predated them both was Alias The Spider. Check out this Paul Gustavson creation here in HIS debut MOM appearance,  straight out of an early issue of Smash Comics.  Another hero from Smash  (also known to use a bow and arrow on occasion) was The Marksman.  Rarely seen or talked about; this Polish nobleman also masqueraded as a German officer in addition to his hooded identity as The Marksman. One of Quality’s biggest stars (no pun intended) was Dollman. He’ll be featured, too- in one of the FIRST stories in which his girlfriend Martha shrinks down to help on a case as a heroine known as Midge. Kid Eternity came onto the scene in Hit Comics at a point where more traditional super-types werer being phased out, but he proved to be a strong enough lead feature to eventually rate his own title, a status few Quality characters ever achieved.  See him in MOM #93 in one of his most intriguing cases.  At some companies, virtually everything that came after the main feature was nothing but filler, but not so at Quality. They had an extremely strong stable of second-line heroes, never designed to headline their own titles but strong enough to run issue after issue for nearly a decade. Check out a quartet of features this issue that fit the model- The Jester, Manhunter, Quicksilver and The Human Bomb, all here in stories not seen anywhere since the 1940’s.  All this plus Lady Luck, The Whip, T-Man,Torchy, Ken Shannon, interior art by Lou Fine,Reed Crandall,Paul Gustavson,John Spranger,Bill Ward,Alex Blum, Klaus Nordling, Al Bryant, Mac Raboy and Ruben Moreira and lots more suprises in Men of Mystery #93 The Quality Heroes Return;  140 pages of full-story vintage reprints  in black and white inside a full-color cover,  saddle stitched for $29.95, coming from AC Comics in June 2014.

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Crypt Of Horror Volume 20

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CRYPT OF HORROR VOLUME 20 IS NOW AVAILABLE!!  This go-around, the CRYPT OF HORROR microscope focuses in on material from several publishers NOT primarily noted as horror purveyors, but that generated some very interesting material just the same. Fawcett Comics is a name synonymous with the Marvel Family- Captain, Junior, Mary, and the rest were among THE biggest selling titles of the 1940’s, but as that decade waned and horror comics became the rage, Fawcett was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon. This volume of COH will showcase a number of stories from Fawcett’s BEWARE! TERROR TALES title, including “The Black Candle of Life”, “The Crawling Horror”, and the trully bizarre “Revolt of the Fingers”. A. A. Wynn’s Ace Publications was a pulp powerhouse dating back to the 1930’s that got in on the 1940’s comics comics boom with a line of tepid superhero comics like SUPER-MYSTERY, LIGHTNING, OUR FLAG and FOUR FAVORITES. When the “long-underwear” crowd fell out of fashion, Ace went with other genres, including horror. Their top horror title was WEB OF MYSTERY, represented in COH 20 with “The Night The Statues Walked” and “Death Is A Star Sapphire” ( both illustrated by Lou Cameron) and Lin Streeter’s classic “Villa Of The Vampires”. The short-lived publishing concern helmed by artists Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, MikeRoss Pubs turned out a number or weird little scare-tales, such as this issues’s “The Executioner”.  Another esoteric comic house of the Precode era was Superior Publications. From that line’s JOURNEY INTO FEAR, check out “Killer’s Payoff” and “Death Is My Hobby” this time out. And originally released by a plethora of 1950’s publishers and drawn by artists including Bob Powell, Joe Certa, Robert McCarty, Sal Trapani, Art Gates, E. E. Hughes, Maurice Gutwirth, Ellis Erringer, Dick Beck, Ed Moline, G. H. Appel and Charles Tomsey; look for these twisted tales as well- “The Threat”, “Eternal Death”, “Last Supper”, “The Spirit In The Stone”, “Out of Focus”, “Terror of the Deep”, “Wall of Coahuila”, “Spectres of the Dam”, “The Witches’ Curse”, “Death Takes A Holiday”, “The Phantom Fountain”, and “The Other World”; all in the big, 20th volume of CRYPT Of HORROR, now available!! 140 pages of crisp black and white full-story reprints from actual 1950’s horror comic books, standard comic book size, with full-color covers, saddle stitched, for $29.95.

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Vol 15- Good Girls III Coming in May 2014

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 15 cover art by Alex SchomburgAC Comics has had such good response to our previous “Outrageous Good Girl Art”-themed issues of Golden Age Greats Spotlight (volumes 8 and 12, to be exact) that we just HAD to do it again! This time around, we are going to focus on the era of the1940’s, going cover to cover with ultra-rare glamour girl strips from the pre-war, wartime and post-war eras exclusively. Inside a spectacular Alex (Xela) Schomburg cover, this issue will mine previously-untapped sources of pretty, perky pulchritude like The Purple Tigress!! This extremely esoteric beauty ( a cross between a costumed heroine and a jungle girl) was the product of the infamous Iger studio gang, and appeared within the pages of Fox Feature’s comics. That formula brought us the classic Phantom Lady, Rulah, and other wild and winsome wonders- and wait’ll you see THIS one!! You probably never heard of Spitfire Saunders. We didn’t either , until we unearthed one of her turgid potboilers, brimming with great leg-art from veteran artist Sam Cooper. Alex Kotzky was one of the all-time greats who learned his craft in the Tudor City studios of Will Eisner. His is not a name usually associated with the “GGA” genre, but you’ll change your mind when you see his awesome artwork on this issues’ Sally O’Neill feature, from Quality’s National Comics. And if new discoveries get you going, be sure to check out Spider Woman- a costumed heroine who appeared ONLY ONCE- but WHAT an appearance!! And speaking of obscure, we’ve got another debutante this issue- we’ll bet you’ve never seen the jungle gal known as…Jun Gal, from Enwil’s Blazing Comics! Russel Keaton’s Flyin’ Jenny was among the best “girl art” newspaper strips of all time; it was also adapted for comic books and ran for a time in Eastern Color’s Heroic Comics. This go-around, we’ll present one of Keaton’s best. Mitzi Of The Movies is an often-forgotten GGA great from Fiction House Comics, since it appeared in a title (Movie Comics) not usually associated with girl art; but most of these stories were great. We need to reprint more of them- and we’re starting right here in GAG Spotlight Volume 15. As we usually try to do, we’ve made this a nice selection of glamour-art strips with something for everyone. If you like costumed heroines, we’ve got Lady Satan, and Wildfire (both in never-previously-reprinted stories) and The Woman In Red (in an adventure late in her Standard run, at a point when her costume was altered to make her look almost exactly like the later Standard heroine, Miss Masque!); jungle girls including Voodah, Zegra and Tangii, as well as Kaanga’s mate, Ann; sci-fi glitz with Lost World and an Avon short; romance with a St. John Matt Baker tear-jerker and a Bob Powell Harvey heart-render, straight action-adventure pin-up stuff with The Blonde Bomber (by Jill Elgin) and the redoutable Torchy ( reprinting her SECONDcomic book appearance).Other artists featured include  Jim Mooney,  Gus Ricca, Ralph Mayo, Fran Hopper, Maurice Whitman and more. If you love “girl art”- or just great Golden Age reprint material, Golden Age Greats Volume 15- Outrageous Good Girl Art III is a must-have. 140 pages of great GGA reprints straight out of the 1940’s!!! Standard comic book size, black and white interiors with full color covers, saddle stitched. $29.95, shipping in May 2014

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Femforce 167 Coming in May 2014

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The menace of WAMPYR and CIANOSE DJAB has been building within the pages of FEMFORCE since issue #158, and as things begin to unravel, one villain turns against the other, with perhaps all of humanity caught in the crossfire. Will the FF need to lean on an old friend to tip the balance, or a former enemy? Everyone in media today is doing vampires or zombies- leave it to AC to find a new “take” on things. After the extra-length FF lead feature, return to the halcyon days of America’s Wild West with The BLACK PHANTOM, as the black-hatted former desparado must come up with a way to stop TWO badhats with only ONE bullet, in “Wanted…Dead”; scripted by Mark Holmes, with art by Seth Bunke. In the present, SYNN teams up with an extremely unlikely partner under extremely unlikely circumstances in “Just Synn Time”, written by Mark Holmes. Then, the futuristc peacekeeper known as STORMY TEMPEST runs a terrifying gauntlet in a Frank Tra- written epic titled “The Maze”, and Ms. VICTORY is reminded that loyalty and bravery are qualities that can be passed down from generation to generation, and that virtue

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trully IS it’s own reward. All this plus a number of other surprise features!!  Other stories written by Bill Black, Mark and Stephanie Heike and Eric Johnson, with art by Rock Baker,  Scott larson, Manuel Diaz, Riccardo Dessini. Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver and Mark Dail. This issue ships with TWO different cover options- a “standard” She-Cat fighting solo cover version by comics and animation great Will Meugniot, and a special She-Cat and Nightveil design (celebrating the duo’s “return” to the FF group) by Mark G. Heike, Stephanie Heike and Jeff Austin. These two versions will be shipped to Diamond Distribution in a 4:1 ratio; FOUR copies of the standard Meugniot cover to every ONE copy of the Heikes/Austin version. If you want to be certain of getting the Mark and Stephanie Heike/Jeff Austin variant,  be sure that your local retailer orders enough copies- and keep in mind that ordering through Diamond is the ONLY way to receive this variant.  Femforce #167; 80 pages of all-new, never-before-seen contemporary “good girl art” action and adventure,$8.95,standard comic book size in black and white with color covers, saddle-stitched- coming in May, 2014.

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Special Volume 14

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Special Volume 14- The Comic Books of Harry “A” Chesler is now available!! (Please note that after last volumes Centaur special, we are returning to the standard price and format for GAG Spotlight Special with THIS issue.)Though seldom mentioned among the pioneers of the comic book medium, Harry Chesler was there at the virtual beginning, initially as a major player. Coming out of the world of advertising sales, he began experimenting in the comic book format in the mid-1930’s. In 1937, he initiated two new, ongoing comic book titles showcasing all new (as opposed to re-edited, reprinted newspaper strips, which was the norm in the early days of comic books) comics material, Star Comics and Star Ranger. Unable to make a success of the publishing venture, Chesler sold the titles to another group, but landed on his feet. He kept the creative team he had created them with assembled, sold himself as an editor to the new publishers, and was now getting PAID to produce the same material he had previously been losing his own investment on. As more publishers sought to enter the comic book field, Chesler saw the value in having a ready-made production staff, and marketed his organization as a packager, producing creative material for new publishers entering the comic book realm, and the first important comic book “sweat shop” (or production studio) was born. Through the late 1930’s, a number of soon-to-be great creators got their first practical comics experience toiling at the Chesler Shop, including the likes of Jack Cole, Mort Meskin, Charles Biro, Irv Novick, Mac Raboy, Jack Binder and dozens more. As the comic book industry was experiencing explosive growth, the Chesler Shop produced hundreds of pages for publishers like MLJ, Fawcett, and even early Timely titles like Mystic Comics. The super-hero boom fueled even more growth, and Chesler couldn’t resist jumping back in as a publisher (even while his shop was churning out pages for other houses) in 1941 with a trio of new titles of his own; Scoop, Punch and Dynamic, headlined by original costumed super characters, (like DYNAMIC MAN, ROCKETMAN and YANKEE DOODLE JONES) drawn by Lou Fine- influenced artists like Charles Sultan, George Tuska and Al Plastino. This is the phase of Chesler’s publishing career that this volume of Golden Age Greats focuses on. Comparable in quality with the rest of the books on the market at the time, Chesler’s books always tended to be a bit edgier than the normal standard, using just a little more sex and violence than the rest of the field. Other early-1940’s companies were very timid about trying female costumed characters- but Chesler had plenty- ROCKETGIRL, LADY SATAN, VEILED AVENGER, KITTY KELLY and more. All that notwithstanding, Chesler’s publishing ventures were curtailed yet again by 1942; perhaps due to a talent drain caused by the wartime draft, or possibly his inability to get around paper restrictions. Before the war was over, though; Chesler and his own comic book line were back, resurrecting some of his earlier “successes”; and inaugurating new characters, as rendered by a new crop af artists including Reuben Moriera, Paul Gattuso and Gus Ricca. Among these later-1940’s creations was The BLACK DWARF (cover featured on this volume); a comic book feature that must be seen to be appreciated. Sort of a strange, pulpish mix between the (then-waning) costumed hero genre, and the upcoming crime trend, The DWARF( who was really just a kind of short guy, though artist Paul Gattuso seemed to keep forgetting that- but then, as you can see by the cover, his costume- red and green- wasn’t very “black” either) was aided by a trio of reformed criminals who went around busting up some of the most bizarre and twisted illegal operations ever seen in comicdom. Very representative of the tone of Chesler stories from that era, we’ve picked out some of the weirdest and wildest we could find to entertain the discriminating students of Golden Age comic book history for this collection of all-Chesler-published material. You’ll see DYNAMIC MAN, ROCKETMAN, BLACK COBRA, DAN DASTINGS, YANKEE BOY, LUCKY COYNE, The ENCHANTED DAGGER, The ECHO, VEILED AVENGER, LADY SATAN, KITTY KELLY, SKY CHIEF and Mr. E, with art by George Tuska, Charles Sultan, Al Plastino, Gus Ricca, Ken Battefield, Harvey K. Fuller, Ruben Moreira, Ralph Mayo, Max Elkans and Anthony Cataldo. There will be text articles on Chesler and his entire career by Hames Ware, Jeff Rader and Biil Black, and over 125 pages of mid-1940’s Chesler stories, covering the publishers most important and entertaining characters. If you’ve appreciated AC’s special focus on other publishers and creators of the Golden Age, you won’t want to miss THIS one. Harry Chesler publications is another topic you won’t see covered in any sort of depth anywhere else!! In total, 140 pages in black and white with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle stitched at a price of $29.95. Released in 2013.

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Crypt Of Horror Volume 21- Coming in April, 2014!!

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Crypt of Horror, Volume 21 cover artRare material is the order of the day in Volume 21, AC Comics latest offering in it’s acclaimed Crypt of Horror vintage horror comic reprint series, scheduled for release in April, 2014. This chock-full-of-creepy treasure trove starts off with virtually full-issue reprints of several of the hardest to find Pre-Code horror comics of the era. Sterling Comics was a publisher that flourished brieifly during the 1950’s, putting out a number of titles across a variety of genres. Mike Sekowsky was Sterling’s top artist, involved in almost all of their books. Thgis issue, we’ll be spotlighting a trio of moody and macabre Sterling stories- “Gold Has No Conscience”, “Best Seller” and “Trick Or Treat”; the last of these illustated by Sekowsky. Quality Comics’ Web Of Evil comic  has been featured previously in COH, yet another (never previously reprinted) full issue is presented here with four stories- “The Moulder Of Doom”, “Buried Alive”, “The Monster They Couldn’t Kill”, and “The Face From Hell”. Pulp giant Standard had steady success throughout the 1940’s with their line of superhero comics; as the 1950’s dawned, they jumped onto the horror bandwagon with several scaries, including the moody “The Unseen.” From that title comes “The Helmsman”, illustrated by George Tuska. Other top 1950’s horror artists are represented this issue, including Bob Powell with a pair of spooky adventures, “Fade Out”, and “The Train That Wasn’t There”; Steve Ditko with “The Supermen” and “My Secret”, and Bernard Krigstein with “They Wait Below”. Other stories this issue, from publishers including Charlton, Prize, Harvey and ACG, are “Two Ways To Die”, “The Pale Light of Death”, “Book Of Vengence”, “The Lost Souls”, “The Man Who Wasn’t There”, “The Ugly Dummy Named Oswald Foop”, “The Weird Wager’, “The Grave Robbers”, “Please Let This Be A Nightmare”, and “The Spectral Sister”. Other artists showcased will include  Dick Ayers, Howard Nostrand, George Klein and Goerge Wilhelms.  As per usual, it will be a full 140 pages in black and white, with a full color cover – this issue an awesomw painting by the great Bob Powell!!  Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched,  for only $29.95!! A Pre-Code horror fan’s dream- that’s Crypt Of Horror Volume 21, coming in April, from AC Comics. Look for it in the February, 2014 issue of Diamond Previews (Volume 24, #305- for items shipping in April, 2014) and be sure to place your order with your local retailer.

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Femforce #165

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FEMFORCE #165 is NOW AVAILABLE!! The FEMFORCE rarely deals in “all-out action issues”, but this edition of our long-running FF series heads in that direction, as one-time FF member, sometimes- villainess and daughter of team leader MS. VICTOR, RAD finds herself accidentally pulled into the long-running WAMPYR/CIANOSE DJAB storyline while trying to be a responsible “good samaratin”. One thing leads to another, and before you know it, she’s in a donnybrooke with most of the FEMFORCE team, in “Hello, It’s Me”, plotted and penciled by Rock Baker, story and script by Mark Heike, and spectacular ink finishes by Jeff Austin. Meanwhile, SHE-CAT; STILL trying to avoid the ire of Ms. VICTORY over SYNN’s romp on the West Coast in FF #163, is still away from the team, remembering back on a solo mission she went on some months back in the mysterious region known as The Dawn World. There ‘Cat had to contend with both prehistoric and antidelluvian menaces AND the cat-diety known as BAST .See the savage SHE-CAT forced by Sekhmet to retrurn to her ferile roots. Everyone’s favorite reluctant superheroine YANKEE GIRL returns in another all-new adventure. A Rocky Mountain retreat turns into an encounter with other-worldy visitors wherin YG lears the truth of that old adage -size matters!! “Invasion!” is written by Frank Tra, drawn by newcomer Riccardo Dessini, and awesomely inked by the great Jeff Austin. After last issue’s short “teaser”, interplanetary trouble-shooter STORMY TEMPEST is back, in a feature-length story that harkens to her live-action, Galaxy International/CultRetro video adventures. STORMY and S.H.I.P. must save a sentient alien race from the intergalactic threat known as- The SWARM!! Written by Frank Tra, it is illustrated by the team of Rock Baker and Scott Shriver. Finally, that gentle giantess of the middle ages that never was- ROWENA- is back!! When a disreputable wizard convinces Row’s sister-in-law that the ONLY way to cure her recurring nightmare is to become a giantess herself, all hell breaks loose (in hilarious fashion) in Appleton!!Art by another great newcomer, penciler Seth Bunke- and inks by returning sophmore sensation,inker Mark Dail!! As always, FF #165 is a full eighty pages of all-new, never-before-seen “good girl”/action art and story in standard comic book size. Full color cover, black and white interiors, saddle-stitched, for $9.95.  Femforce 165 John Nadeau Stormy Tempest alternate cover art We are sold out of the FF #165  standard Eric Coile-d we ONLY have the special Stormy Tempest Variant cover by John Nadeau left. Released in 2013.

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Men Of Mystery #92 Coming In March, 2014!!

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Men of Mystery #92 cover artThe BLACK TERROR has long been a favorite of Golden Age fans in general, and has certainly been represented often enough within the pages of Men of Mystery in years past. He’s been absent far too long lately, but he returns in MOM #92 in one of his most gripping 1940’s adventures. He’s not the only vintage “heavy-hitter” of the era  behind this classic Alex Schomburg cover, as Hillman’s  AIRBOY is on board as well, along with the original; “mighty mite”; Quality Comics’  DOLLMAN. These three were among the longest-lived, most successful costumed characters of the Golden Age. Of course, EVERY issue of MOM celebrates the rare and obscure characters of the era, as well as the very best- and everything in between. So prepare to be amazed by a look at the ORIGINAL comic book thunder god, Fox Features’ version of THOR, in a full-length adventure from the pages of a 1940 issue of Fox’s Weird Comics. More history from the progeny of Victor Fox pops up with a story of REX DEXTER, the FIRST all-orignal, ongoing-series outer space hero ever created in the American comic book. This bizarre spaceman, written and drawn by the unique Dick Briefer, debuted in Mystery Men Comics in 1939, and this issue’s story comes from among his first half-dozen appearances. There’s more sci-fi heroics after that, with Fiction Houses’ RED COMET, and the heroine called MOON GIRL. That cosmic- level champion known as  PHANTASMO is back, in another outing illustrated by pioneering African-American artist Elmer Stoner, as well as lady super-cop SALLY O’NEIL, in a spectacularly- drawn story by Alex Kotzky. Looking for a super-hero based in Eastern mysticism? Check ot The RED DRAGON, right here. As usual, there’ll be a selection of heroes never before seen in an issue of MEN OF MYSTERY- this go-around, it’s the offbeat duo named NIGHTMARE and SLEEPY, plus the man known as GUNMASTER; all from Hillman Pubs’ Clue Comics; in addition to a pair of Bob Powell creation- The SCARLET ARROW and The mysterious, mythical  MAN in  BLACK. Other artists featured will include Pierce Rice, Sheldon Moldoff, John Spranger, Edvard Moritz and others. All this, plus LOTS more surprises in a full 140 pages of classic Golden Age material -black and white interiors with full color covers, at standard comic book size .Where else can you find that but in the next big issue of MEN of MYSTERY, #92- coming at you in March, for only $29.95.

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Golden Age Glamour Volume 1

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Golden Age Glamour Volume 1 cover artNOW AVAILABLE!! The glamorous pin-up style “good girl” art that originated in comics’ Golden Age has been an inspiration to AC Comics from the beginning. In recent decades, we’ve even been able to bring reprints of many of the actual GGA stories themselves before a modern audience, paricularly when that approach was used on costumed superheroines. We’ve shown our readers “good girl” art jungle stories, science-fiction and even Westerns at times. But we’ve never really had the proper outlet to present examples of great comic book glamour art that did NOT fit into the standard genres we explore, and a lot of the BEST GGA of the 1940’s and ’50’s was in crime, humor, adventure and even romance comics. So, GOLDEN AGE GLAMOUR was born! An anthology chock-full of features absolutely brimming with particularly well-rendered examples of the female form, across a broad spectrum of genres, approaches and styles. This premier issue features 27 full vintage stories reprinted in black and white in their entirety, utilizing state-of-the-art reproduction techniques that bring the best possible resolution to the line art itself. Included in this spectacular volume are: “COWBOY MAGGIE”, a Fox Features crime story from their Women Outlaws title , drawn by Jack Kamen; BLACK VENUS, leather-clad aviatrix from Contact Comics, illustrated by Nina Albright; CANTEEN KATE, Matt Baker’s military maiden; BETTY BATES, crusading lady DA from Hit Comics, as rendered by Paul Gustavson and Al Bryant; KIT WEST, female frontier scout drawn for Cow Puncher by Jill Elgin; DOLLY O’DARE, policewoman- from Scoop Comics, drawn by Jim Wilcox; UNDERCOVER GIRL- Starr Flagg, special operative from Manhunt, drawn by Ogden Whitney; BLACK CAT- the sexy superheroine visualized by Lee Elias; PANTHER WOMAN, a one-shot beauty by Ruben Moriera, from Buster Brown Comics, of all places; CHOO CHOO, would-be actress from Quality’s Military Comics, drawn by the great John Spranger; LADY LUCK, by Klaus Nordling; FIREHAIR- frontier beauty from Rangers Comics drawn (once again) by Lee Elias; WOMAN IN RED , the costumed adventuress drawn by W. B. Smith for Standard/Nedor’s Thrilling Comics; TORCHY- the ultimate GGA feature, as illustrated by Gill Fox, from the unlikely source known as Military Comics; GALE ALLEN, interplanetary adventuress from Fiction House’ Planet Comics, rendered by Fran Hopper; JANE MARTIN, reporter, from Wings Comics, as drawn by George Evans; Matt Bakers’ TIGER GIRL, from Fight Comics; “SLAVE GIRL” by Warren King and “IT’S CO-OLD OUTSIDE”, by Frank Bolle; both from Avon’s Spectacular Adventures title; DAFFY, the lady wrestler drawn by Bart Tuney for Smash Comics; JOAN MASON, reporter (and the Blue Beetle’s gal friend) from Blue Beetle Comics; GLORY FORBES, by Matt Baker; SALLY O’NEIL, police gal from National Comics, drawn by Gene Fawcett; Frank Frazetta’sJUDY of the JUNGLE, from Nedor’s Exciting Comics; and a pair of FoxFeatures jungle queens; RULAH- by Edmond Good, and ZEGRA, by Jack Kamen. Almost 200 pages of prime female pulchritude, plus a text overview of GGA by comics historian Bill Black. Standard comic book size, squarebound trade paperback with full color covers, for $34.95. Don’t miss it!! Quantities are limited, and we may never go back to presswith this book, so if you want it, better snap it up now, before it sells out. Released in 2013.

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Men of Mystery 91

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MEN OF MYSTERY #91 is NOW AVAILABLE!!There’s nothing a true Golden Age fan likes more than finding some “new” character or strip that they’d never seen before. If that fans’ particular area of interest is costumed super-types, this 91st issue on AC’s long-running vintage reprint anthology MEN OF MYSTERY is absolutely NOT to be missed!! We’ve searched through every hidden corner of the Golden Age to find the most obscure, most esoteric and most down-right WEIRD superhero concepts ever to make it into print in the 1940’s!! This book has alien heroes (MARTAN the MARVEL MAN and his girl-partner were from the planet Alterran, SUB-ZERO was another off-worlder); android heroes( The WHITE STREAK is an artificial human); lawyer-heroes (The MOUTHPIECE- need we say more?), heroes-by-proxy (Professor SUPERMINDand SON- you’ll just have to see it to believe it) ;a guy that turns into a red, flaming rock (FEARLESS FLINT); a babe who dresses up as an old hag to fight crime (SPIDER WIDOW); and we don’t even have room to get into trying to explain PHANTASMO, The FLYING FIST and BINGO, BRONZE MAN, GHOST of FLANDERS, ZERO- GHOST DETECTIVE, HOODED WASP, TABU, PHANTOM FALCON, and a half-dozen others who will be on display in MOM #91.20 great vintage stories in all. Some of these concepts were pretty creative, and you might wonder why they never found a major audience. Others will just make you say “WHAT were they THINKING?!”- but all will be interesting. And, for those who are NOT fans of the obscure, we’ve got a couple of well-crafted adventures starring Quality Comics’ first-line stars DOLLMAN and cover feature HERCULES. Artists include H.G. Peter, John Daly, Augie Froelich, John Spranger, Fred Guardineer, Frank Borth, Elmer Stoner, William Kent, Ralph Carlson, Alex Blum, Carl Burgos, Jack Binder, George Brenner and others; with a cover by Lou Fine. It’s over 148 pages of full-story reprints of the WEIRDEST superheroes of the 1940’s, in crisp black and white with full color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. released in 2013.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 19

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CRYPT OF HORROR VOLUME 19 IS NOW AVAILABLE!! During the horror comics boom of the early 1950’s, the demand for the macbre was high, and an incredible volume of pages featuring spooky material were churned out- in more ways than one. Aesthetic standards varied greatly. On the high end, that era spawned the EC Comics horror line; considered by many to be among the highest-quality comic books ever produced. At the other end of the spectrum were the poverty-row publishers, employing artists with far less skill and experience. Not always the worst matchup, though- grotesquely hideous artwork on a horror story is far more effective than on a romance comic! All of that aside, many of the artistic giants throughout comic book history have done exemplary work in the horror genre, even if we are more accustomed to associating their names with other types of comic books, and Crypt of Horror Volume 19 highlights a selection of great artists that fit that description. Jack Kirby was the unquestioned “king” of illustrating rollicking action on the comic book page, but did you know he could also craft a moody and mysterious missive as well? Then check out this issue’s “Saucer Man”, inked by Al Williamson. Awed my Steve Ditko’s work on the classic Spider-Man ? You ain’t seen nothin’ till you’ve sampled some of the weird chillers he drew for Charlton and other companies a decade before, like “What Happened?”, right here in this volume. Alex Toth- storyteller supreme and master of the tasteful use of chiarascuro? Prepare to be scared out of your WITS by his “Murder Mansion”! Bob Powell, Joe Sinnott, and a host of others are here; great artists all, perhaps better known for their efforts delineating superheroes, adventure, humor or glamor- but never better than when weltering in grisly horror!! Like Dick Ayers on “I Crawl Through Graves”, Bill Everett on “Don’t Bury Me Deep”, George Altman illustrating “You’re Going To Die Yesterday”, Bernard Bailey’s “Lost, One World!”, Sol Brodsky on “The Man Who Moved”; Bernie Krigstein’s “The Man Who Couldn’t Be Reached”, Sid Greene’s “Too Late”, Joe Maneely illustrating “The Iron Door”, Werner Roth on “The Rival”, plus Manny Stallman, Fred Kida, Fran Smith, John Forte, Dave Berg, Myron Fass, BobFujitani, Gene Colan, and half-a-dozen others!! 29 full vintage horror stories reprinted in all!! 140 pages in black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Check out Crypt of Horror Volume 19, and see the greatest artists in comic book history in an all-new (and scary) light!!

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Femforce 164

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THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!! The FEMFORCE have faced many threats over the past two decades, and perhaps the most difficult to vanquish are those who attempt to play out their maleavalence within the boundaries of the law- and this issue, the FF (In the form of MS. VICTORY, SYNN and TARA) must parry with an old nemesis seeking to use the FF for his own gain. A solo covert mission turns to high-speed action for SHE-CAT as she fights to smash an underground organization bent on death and destruction, and super-scientist STARDUST ends up dealing with demonic manifestations in a pinch when forced to substitute for NIGHTVEIL, still on hiatus with her love interest, the recently-returned BLACK COMMANDO, as NV and BC are off for an extended session of R &R, which will eventually lead the pair into unexpected danger. In the conclusion of Eric Coile’s 1950’s-era retro FF story, the Eisenhower-era FF (Miss Victory, She-Cat, Blue Bulleteer and Rio Tita) team up with Fighting Yank, Yankee Girl and The Avenger to finally give the villainous Red Square his comuppance- but not before they must face the emerald threat of MEGALODONNA!! Guest-stars include YANKEE GIRL, whose accidental time-trip puts her in the right place at the right time to save the life of Merlin in “A Yankee In King Arthur’s Court”; STORMY TEMPEST, as she faces dwarf-sized cannibals and giant Amazon warriors in outer space in “These Boots Are Made For Walking”; DINOSAUR GIRL in the 1940’s-era adventure “The Thing With Two Heads’, and an encore presentation of MISS MASQUE in “The Funny Face Of Death”. Art by Eric Coile, ChrisAllen, Rock Baker, Scott Larson, Mark Heike, Stephanie Heike, Jeff Austin, Scott Shriver, Bill Black, and Mark Dail; stories by Bill Black, Mark & Stephanie Heike, Eric Coile, Mark Holmes, Frank Tra, David Watkins and Stephane Durand.84 pages in black and white with color covers; standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Released in 2013.

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Golden Age GreatsSpotlight Special Volume 13

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Golden Age Greats Spotlight Special Volume 13: The Centaur Chronicles is here!!
Being collectors an enthusiasts for Golden Age comics ourselves, it has long been our goal to try to bring to light some of the rarest, most important and most interesting pieces of comic book history. For many decades, one of the most esoteric and rarely-seen comic book publishers was the storied Centaur line of the late 1930’s/early 1940’s. Often looked at as a sort of “proving grounds” for concepts and creators, Centaurs’ historical importance as THE major client for the Lloyd Jaquet Studios just prior to (and during) the birth of Timely(now Marvel) Comics gives the line a certain “Pre-Marvel” feel, employing as it did most (if not all) of the same creators that produced early issues of Marvel Mystery, Daring Mystery, Red Raven, Human Torch and Sub-Mariner for the company that would become Marvel Comics. When we did a “Centaur-centric” issue of our long-running Men of Mystery title in 2010 (#83, to be exact), we were pretty pleased with ourselves, because it included TEN full Centaur story reprints, and no one ANYWHERE could boast of EVER showing as much Centaur previously in print. In recent months, as our print run of Men of Mystery #83 was selling out, our intial plan was to simply go back to press with the book as-is. But then we reconsidered. We’ve reprinted some OTHER Centaur stories since that volume, and come into possession of yet more that hadn’t seen the light of day. Not to mention the fact that one of our long-time friends (and a preeminent expert among comics historians) Hames Ware knows MORE about the convoluted lineage of publishers and investors that evolved into Centaur than anyone else alive, and has been bursting to tell the REAL story for years. So we decided to redit the Centaur stories from the now-out-of-print Men of Mystery #83, add in most of the other Centaur stories we’ve reprinted elsewhere, add a bunch of NEVER PREVIOUSLY REPRINTED Centaur tales AND top it all of with Hames Ware’s The Birth of Centaur, and REALLY make it THE most pages of reprints, info and coverage of this company EVER fit into ONE publication, and The Centaur Chronicles was born. Because this story was TOO BIG to fit into a regular-format issue of Golden Age Greats, we decided to make this a SPECIAL lucky 13Th issue of GAG Spotlight, with 220 pages of quality reprint in a squarebound, bookshelf format, as opposed to simply being stapled .Hence, the special price for this special volume Comic history mayvens will hate themselves if they DON’T get a copy of THIS blockbuster- GOLDEN AGE GREATS SPOTLIGHT Volume 13: The Centaur Chronicles. 30 complete, full vintage Centaur stories reprinted; features that include: FANTOM of the FAIR, AMAZING MAN, The SHARK, The ARROW, IRON SKULL, MASKED MARVEL, Dr. HYPNO, SKYROCKET STEELE, DIRK The DEMON, The ERMINE, CHUCK HARDY, REEF KINKAID, The FIREMAN, The RAINBOW, SOLARMAN, ZARDI The ETERNAL MAN, LITTLE DYNAMITE, DAN DENNIS- FBI, MUSS ‘EM UP DONOVAN, Dr. MYSTIC, BLUE LADY, The BLUE FLAME, AIRSUB DX, AIRMAN and MINIMIDGET!! Classic early comics action as drawn by: Lew Glanz, Bob Lubbers, Martin Filchock, Bill Everett, Carl Burgos, Paul Gustavson, Sam Gilman, Frank Thomas, Ben Thompson, Joe Shuster, Will Eisner, Bob Kane, Jack Cole, Al Plastino, Frank Frollo, Harry Sahle, Steve Jussen and John Kolb!! Since the square-backed, “perfectbind” system we usedto bind this book is more expensive and requires more labor, it is likely that we will chose NOT to go back to press with this book once the intial print run has sold out. Currently, we have less than two dozen copies set aside for AC web shop sales; the rest of the print run is already presold to our didtributors. So- if you THINK you may want this book someday, we would suggest that you buy it NOW, rather than WAITING with the idea of picking it up off of our web store sometime in future- because at THAT point, they may all be gone- and the book might NOT be coming back.(Released in 2013.)

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Femforce 165- Coming in November, 2013!! by Mark Heike

Femforce 165 cover art by Eric CoileThe FEMFORCE rarely deals in “all-out action issues”, but this edition of the long-running FF series heads in that direction, as one-time FF member, sometimes- villainess and daughter of team leader MS. VICTORY, RAD  finds herself accidentally pulled into the long-running WAMPYR/CIANOSE DJAB storyline while trying to be a responsible “good samaratin”. One thing leads to another, and before you know it, she’s in a donnybrooke with most of the FEMFORCE team. Meanwhile, SHE-CAT; STILL trying to avoid the ire of Ms. VICTORY over SYNN’s romp on the West Coast in FF #163 has talked her way into yet ANOTHER solo mission in a remote location. This time, it’s the mysterious region known as The Dawn World, where ‘Cat must contend with both prehistoric and antidelluvian menaces AND the cat-diety known as BAST. This story guest-stars CAVE GIRL, THUN’DA  and PHA, and is written and drawn by the multi-talented Eric Coile. After decades apart( for various reasons) NIGHTVEIL  and her love Dan (The BLACK COMMANDO) Barton have finally been reunited. With unlimited resources and virtually all of time and space before them, their lives together SHOULD be idyllic- but seeds sown this issue may lead to the greatest adventure that either of these characters has ever faced. ROWENA, the gentle giantess returns, in a story written by R’s creator, Eric Lindberg, and drawn by a talented AC newcomer, Seth Bunke!!  She-Cat makes a return appearance in yet another solo outing- and wait’ll you see WHERE it takes place!!Finally, after last issue’s short “teaser”, interplanetary trouble-shooter STORMY TEMPEST is back, in a feature-length story that harkens to her live-action, Galaxy International/CultRetro video adventures. STORMY and S.H.I.P. must save a sentient alien race from the intergalactic threat known as- The SWARM!!  Stories by   Mark and Stephanie Heike, Mark Holmes, Eric Lindberg, Eric Coile and Frank Tra. Art by Eric Coile, Rock Baker, Scott Shriver, Jeff Austin, Seth Bunke and Manuel Diaz. This issue will also ship with TWO different cover options- a “standard” cover version by regular FF contributor Eric Coile, and a special STORMY TEMPEST cover variant by John Nadeau. John started at AC many decades ago, and  later distinguished himself with a long run as a penciler on various STAR

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WARS miniseries at Dark Horse Comics, among other high-profile comic book projects. These two versions will be shipped to Diamond Distribution in a 4:1ratio; FOUR copies of the standard Coile cover to every ONE copy of the special Nadeau STORMY version. If you want to be certain of getting the Nadeau variant, be sure that your local retailer orders enough copies.

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Men of Mystery 90- NOW AVAILABLE!!

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Issue #90, the latest in AC’s premiere Golden Age reprint anthology series, Men of Mystery, is now available!! Shady publisher Victor Fox’ Fox Features line was one of the earliest comic houses to jump “whole-hog” onto the costumed superhero trend right around 1940; and if not for some questionable business practices and bad decisions, they COULD have made a big success of it. They definitely had the right type of product out there at the right time, but apparently just didn’t quite know what to do with it. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t do some colorful, interesting, and historically-important comic book stuff for a few years. Based on some positive reaction to previous reprints of the Fox Features’ original version of the BLUE BEETLE that we’ve done lately, we’re bringing interested readers even MORE BB this go around. We’re presenting complete reprintings of two issues of Fox’ BIG 3 comic ( #’s 3 and 4 ), their “all star” anthology of the time, and addtional material from BLUE BEETLE #10. Here, you’ll get a chance to see the Sombre Scarab in THREE big stories; two of which are feature-length 18-pagers!! All of these BB tales are rendered by Al Carreno, a Mexican-American artist whose father rode with Pancho Villa!. One of the stories, ( the lead adventure from Big Three #3 ) was reported by the late, legendary comics writer Robert Kanigher to be his FIRST professional swcripting job in comics!! In addition to that, you’ll get a quartet of adventures starring FFC’s mythical strong-man hero, SAMSON, illustrated by Pierce Rice and Arturo Cazeneuve, and a pair of pyrotechnical dramas with The FLAME. Murder. mayhem and destruction on a mass scale are the order of the day in these tense potboilers filled with villainous mad doctors and gangsters with their incredible schemes. Then, get ready for The GORILLA!! Did you think The SUB-MARINER was the BEST anti-hero produced in comics’ early days? Well, maybe he was. But he wasn’t the ONLY one!! Check out a strange “take” on a recurring super-character with The GORILLA !! ALL are never-previously-reprinted Golden Age full-story classics, all straight out of the pages of early 1940’s Fox Features comic books !! A full 140 pages of vintage excitement ! Black and white interiors with full-color covers; standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. Like EVERY issue of MOM, THIS one is NOT to be missed!! Released in 2013.

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Golden Age Glamor- New Title Coming In October!!

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Golden Age Glamor Volume ! cover artThe glamorous pin-up style “good girl” art that originated in comics’ Golden Age has been an inspiration to AC Comics from the beginning. In recent decades, we’ve even been able to bring reprints of many of the actual GGA stories themselves before a modern audience,  paricularly when that approach was used on costumed superheroines. We’ve shown our readers “good girl” art jungle stories, science-fiction and even Westerns at times. But we’ve never really had the proper oulet to present examples of great comic book glamor art that did NOT fit into the standard genres we explore, and a lot of the BEST GGA of the 1940’s and ’50’s was in crime, humor, adventure and even romance comics. So, GOLDEN AGE GLAMOR was born! It will be an ongoing, quarterly trade-paperback series celebrating sexy, glamorous females drawn in comic books. No matter WHAT kind of stories they were featured in, we’ll bring them to you. In addition to stand-alone stories from vintage crime, romance and horror anthologies that may feature particularly well-rendered examples of the female form, we’ll be selecting top episodes from ongoing series’ across a broad spectrum. We’ll go wherever the glamor is!! Be prepared to get a healthy dose of Fiction House material in the jungle, science fiction and action/adventure modes, reprinted from Jumbo, Jungle, Planet and Fight comics; teen/humor material like CHOO CHOO, TORCHY and CANDY from the Quality Comics’ stable; reporter/detective/policewoman strips like SALLY the SLEUTH, UNDERCOVER GIRL, SALLY O’NEAL, JILL TRENT, JOAN MASON BETTY BATES  and MOLLY O’DAY; and even costumed types like BLACK VENUS, BLACK ANGEL, LADY LUCK, WOMAN IN RED, PANTHER WOMAN; KIT WEST, CANTEEN KATE and every possible permutation in between. It will be top-shelf vintage “good girl” art across the board, in stories never previously reprinted, in every issue of GOLDEN AGE GLAMOR, as drawn by masters of the form including Matt Baker, Ogden Whitney, Bill Ward, Al Bryant, Bob Lubbers, Jack Kamen, George Evans, Klaus Nordling, Jill Elgin, Frank Bolle, Nina Albright, Ruben Moriera, Harry Sahle. Frank Frazetta and others. One point we might like to make clear at the outset, however: since this is going to be a squarebound, bookself series; additional printings are unlikely due to the added expense of this form of binding. Back-issues may sell out quickly and become high-priced premiums. If you think you may want to folllow this series, we strongly suggest that you order it from your local retailer. Once the initial printing (based on comic shop preorders) is sold, AC Comics may not be able to supply back-issues after the fact. So be sure to order your copy of GOLDEN AGE GLAMOR Volume 1 at you local comic book retailer when it appears in Diamond Previews in the  August,Voume 23, #299 edition, listing products scheduled to ship on October of 2013. The book will be a perfectbound, trade-paperback of more than 200 pages, with black and white interiorsand full color covers, for $34.95.

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Men of Mystery 91- Weird Heroes Coming in October, 2013!!

Men of Mystery 91 cover artThere’s nothing a true Golden Age fan likes more than finding some “new” character or strip that they’d never seen before. If that fans’ particular area of interest is costumed super-types, this 91st issue on AC’s long-running vintage reprint anthology MEN OF MYSTERY is absolutely NOT to be missed!! We’ve searched through every hidden corner of the Golden Age to find the most obscure, most esoteric and most down-right WEIRD superhero concepts ever to make it into print in the 1940’s!! This book has alien heroes (MARTAN the MARVEL MAN and his girl-partner were from Mars, SUB-ZERO was another off-worlder); android heroes( The WHITE STREAK is an artificial human); lawyer-heroes(The MOUTHPIECE- need we say more?), heroes-by-proxy (Professor SUPERMINDand SON- you’ll just have to see it to believe it) multiple heroes (MIRROR MAN); a guy that turns into a red, flaming rock (FEARLESS FLINT); a babe who dresses up as an old hag to fight crime(SPIDER WIDOW); and we don’t even have room to get into trying to explain PHANTASMO, The FLYING FIST and BINGO, The FACE, HOODED WASP, LIGHTNING, PHANTOM FALCON, BRONZE MAN, IRON MUNROE, STEEL FIST, GHOST of FLANDERS, RED DRAGON, ZERO- GHOST DETECTIVE and a half-dozen others who will be on display in MOM #91. Some of these concepts were pretty creative, and you might wonder why they never found amajor audience. Others will just make you say “WHAT were they THINKING!”- but all will be interesting. Interior artists include H.G. Peter, John Daly, Emil Gershwin, Charles Sultan, Fred Guardineer, Frank Borth, H. C. Kiefer, Elmer Stoner, John Celardo, Mart Bailey and others; cover by the legendary Lou Fine. And, for those who are NOT fans of the obscure, we’ve got a couple of well-crafted stories starring Quality Comics’ first-line stars DOLLMAN (by Reed Crandall) and cover feature HERCULES. That’s AC Comics’ MEN of MYSTERY #91; 140 pages of high-quality, full-story Golden Age reprints (in black and white with color covers); standard comic book sixe with saddle-stitched binding. Be sure to look for it in the August edition of Diamond Previews; Volume23, #299, for products shipping in October of 2013, and place your preorder with your local comics retailer.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 18

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CRYPT OF HORROR, Volume 18 is NOW AVAILABLE!! More lurid Pre-Code horror, here spotlighting Quality Comics’ WEB OF EVIL title!! The aptly-named Quality Comics line of the Golden Age was synonymous with the very BEST in story and art anywhere to be found on the comics racks. Publisher Everett M. Arnold hired the top artists and writers available, and paid them better rates than anyone in the business. Ranking in total sales and popularity just below DC and Fawcett (and ABOVE Timely/Marvel, really) during their run from 1939 to 1956, the company was best known for producing the super-star features PLASTC MAN, BLACKHAWK and DOLLMAN; as well as dozens of other ongoing characters of all genres. But, when horror reigned supreme in the comic market in the early 1950’s that prime creative staff was put to turning out horror stories as well. And since head honcho “Busy” Arnold wouldn’t accept anything less, the Quality horror comics were among the best of their era, as well. WEB OF EVIL was their one and only “true” horror title, and will be spotlighted here in this special volume of COH, showcasing nine grisly WOH grabbers: “Hangman’s Horror” (drawn by JACK COLE!!), “Return of the Dead” ( by Dick Dillin), “Ghost Ship”, “The Corpse That Wouldn’t Die”, “Make-Up For Death”, “The Fiend Who Lived Forever”, “Terror In Chinatown” and “Avenging Ghosts”, plus a bonus Quality gem originally running in Ken Shannon comics, of all places- “The Corpses Wouldn’t Sleep” (illustrated by Reed Crandall). This material comprises complete reprints of WEB OF EVIL issues # 3 and 17, and THEN some .These offerings are particularly well- written and drawn, in the typical Quality manner, and have not been seen ANYWHERE since their original publication in the early 1950’s!! Big sellers in their day, they are rare gems now, as Quality has been more or less forgotten as a purveyor of horror. Not to mention one of the EARLIEST. In Hit Comics, circa 1940, ran what MAY be THE first ongoing horror feature ever seen in American comic books- a series called “The Old Witch”, wherin the titular character narrated a macabre morsel. Well, in this very volume, we’re reprinting a TOW story from Hit #6, “The Phantom Scaffold”!! Also, we’ll be including a story from ANOTHER forgotten/undiscovered source of high-gloss Pre-Code horror, the Ziff-Davis/Avon Publications title, Nightmare!! Check out “The Soul of Benjamin Sprague” (drawn by Bob Powell) from that venerable tome. Plus, rarities from Jack Kirby (“Dead Man’s Lode”), Dick Ayers (“The Man Who Wasn’t”), Steve Ditko (“The Time Chamber”), Ben Brown & Dave Gantz (“The Final Horror” ) and others, including “The Bat and the Brain”; “Bride of Anubis”; “The Girl Who Died Twice” and “The Dead Speak”. True horror comics lovers CANNOT miss this issue, as you’ll find THESE never-previously-reprinted stories nowhere else!! A full 140 pages of crisp, clear, full-story reprints in black and white, with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitchrd. Released in 2013.

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Femforce 163

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THIS BOOK IS NOW SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! The latest issue of comicdom’s premiere superheroine group book is here, chock full of new stories!! As the FF basks in the glow of happiness from last issues’ reunion between NIGHTVEIL and her long-lost love, The BLACK COMMANDO; evil machinations are afoot on the West Coast. While both NV and Ms VICTORY are absent, SYNN makes a rash decision to act on an apparent monster attack in Hollywwod. SHE-CAT, TARA and STARDUST are pulled in after her, and what LOOKS like an incident caused by two villans out of the FF’s past is ACTUALLY the work of two very new malafactors, in “I Put A Spell On You”, Written by Mark & Stephanie Heike, penciled by Rock Baker and inked by Mark Heike. Then we pick up with Ms. VICTORY in Japan, of all places. While investigating a tip there on the troublesome RENEGADE, Joan finds herself embroiled in a conflict with members of a Japanese super-science defense league. It’s giant robots, oriental masterminds and Asian warrior girls galore, in “V Is For Victory”, written by Mark Holmes and illustrated by Rock Baker and Jeff Austin. Then, take a trip back to 1956 when the FF team up with YANKEE GIRL and The FIGHTING YANK to face off against a near world-shattering menace created by the evil RED SQUARE, in “The Coming of Megaladonna”; written and drawn by Eric Coile, with inks by Bill Black. Next, TARA FREMONT tells the rest of the FF a tale of jungle(?) adventure and intrigue from her college days in “A Jungle Girl In Jersey”, written by Mark Holmes, with art by Scott Larson and Scott Shriver. Then, an untold tale out of the 1947 volume of the casebook of The BLUE BULLETEER; “Noir”. BB shadows a doppleganger in an unlikely locale to smoke out a killer, and ends up bagging two in the bargain. Written by Mara Grundmeyer and Mark S. Dail, with art by Eric Theriault, Mark Heike and Scott Shriver. Finally, a double-dose of alien giantess excitement with TWO episodes of the GAMMAZON HOUSEWIFE saga. First, Gammazonian giantess emigree Kar’Ri Conquest risks life, love and home against a group of former government elite troops gone renegade in “Alien Combatant”, written by Eric Johnson with art by Dan Gorman and Jeff Austin. It guest-stars SYNN, STARDUST and ROBERTA STROCK. Then, in “Living Like A Queen”; old Gammazonian cohorts invade Kar’Ri and Tom’s quiet suburban neighborhood for a showdown in a tale co-starring  the FF’s own TARA (“Too Tall”) FREMONT!! FF #163 is 84 pages of action, adventure, glamor and excitement. Released in 2013.

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Crypt of Horror Volume 19- Coming In September!!

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Crypt ofHorrorvolume 19 cover artDuring the horror comics boom of the early 1950’s, the demand for the macabre was high, and an incredible volume of pages featuring spooky material was churned out- in more ways than one. Aesthetic standards varied greatly. On the high end, that era spawned the EC Comics horror line; considered by many to be among the highest-quality comic books ever produced. At the other end of the spectrum were the poverty-row publishers, employing artists with far less skill and experience. Not always the worst matchup, though- grotesquely hideous artwork on a horror story is far more effective than on a romance comic! All of that aside, many of the artistic giants throughout comic book history have done exemplary work in the horror genre, even if we are more accustomed to associating their names with other types of comic books, and Crypt of Horror Volume 19 highlights a selection of great artists that fit that description. Jack Kirby was the unquestioned “king” of illustrating rollicking action on the comic book page, but did you know he could also craft a moody and mysterious missive as well? Awed my Steve Ditko’s work on the classic Spider-Man ? You ain’t seen nothin’ till you’ve sampled some of the weird chillers he drew for Charlton and other companies a decade before. Alex Toth- storyteller supreme and master of the tasteful use of chiaroscuro? Prepare to be scared out of your WITS! Jack Kirby, Bob Powell, Alex Toth, Mort Meskin, Joe Maneely, Nick Cardy, Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Steve Ditko, Joe Certa, Ruben Moriera, Bernie Krigstein, and a host of others are here; great artists all, perhaps better known for their efforts delineating superheroes, adventure, humor or glamour- but never better than when weltering in grisly horror!! Check out Crypt of Horror Volume 19, and see the greatest artists in comic book history in an all-new (and scary) light!! It’s another heaping helping of horror reprints from the 1950’s, including stories like “GRAVE OF DOOM”, “THE SPECTRAL BRIDE”, “VAMPIRE CASTLE”, “MADMAN’S MANOR”, “FANGS OF THE FIEND”, “VOICE OF DOOM”, “WEREWOLF”, “THE COZY COFFIN”, “HORROR HARBOR” and many others!!That’s Crypt of Horror Volume 19; 140 pages of Pre-Code horror comics reprints in black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Order it at your local comic book retailers in the July, 2013 copy  ( V23, #298) of Diamond Previews, for items shipping in September, 2013!!

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Men of Mystery 89

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Men of Mystery #89 is now available!! Headlined by actual Golden Age adventues of frontline star features from the era (in never previously reprinted stories, of course) including DOLLMAN, AIRBOY, COMMANDO YANK, GREEN MASK, SPY SMASHER, CAPTAIN FREEDOM, SHOCK GIBSON and NEON the UNKNOWN!! Other highlights of this issue include early work from the soon-to-be star artist Mac Raboy on an adventure of Fawcett Comics’ Dr. VOODOO. Raboy would later make his mark on CAPTAIN MARVEL Jr; GREEN LAMA and a long run on the FLASH GORDON newspaper strip, but here you’ll see an excellent example of his early work. One of the most obscure and esoteric, almost legendary comic books of the early 1940’s is the one-shot produced by the Lloyd Jaquet Studio, GREEN GIANT Comics. MOM #89 will present the one and ONLY appearance of a strange costumed superhero from that book known as The MASTER MYSTIC!! We guarantee you’ve never seen THIS one before!! And every issue of MOM we try to introduce at least a few characters from the 1940’s we’ve NEVER reprinted before, and this issue will is no exception, with early Quality Comics stars from Hit Comics; HERCULES and The RED BEE, AND from Cat-Man Comics, BLACKOUT!! Of course, there’s be a lot more, like the further adventures of Dell’s bizarre PHANTASMO, whose saga we started in MOM #88; Harvey Comics’ champions The SPIRIT of ’76 and the GIRL COMMANDOS, Magazine Enterprixes’ The DURANGO KID, and others!! Featuring art by Mac Raboy, Bob Powell, Carl Pfeufer, Ernie Schroeder, Bob Fujitani, Arturo Cazeneuve, Elmer Stoner, Mac Raboy, Victor Pazmino, Joe Certa, Jill Elgin and more. It’s another 140-page, saddle-stitched blockbuster of full-story vintage reprints in black and white, at regular comic book size with a full-color cover, all for $29.95

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Femforce #164- Coming in August, 2013!

Femforce#164 cover art by Eric CoileThe world’s first and ONLY successfull all-female superteam will be back in August, 2013 when AC releases FEMFORCE #164, as the big AC COMICS 30Th Anniversary celebration continues!! Another great Eric Coile cover; another spectacular 80 pages of art and story; AND another great special promotion!! The FEMFORCE have faced many threats over the past two decades, and perhaps the most difficult to vanquish are those that attempt to play out their malevolence within the boundaries of the law- and that is somewhat of a theme for this issue of FF. Even while the supernaturally-powerful team of WAMPYR and CIANOSE DJAB (the vampire queen and zombie king) quietly build their power base through economic growth and political influence, the FF (In the form of MS. VICTORY, SYNN and TARA) must parry with an old nemesis seeking to use the FF for his own gain. A solo covert mission turns to high-speed action for SHE-CAT as she fights to smash an underground organization bent on death and destruction, and super-scientist STARDUST ends up dealing with demonic manifestations in a pinch when forced to substitute for NIGHTVEIL, still on hiatus with her love interest, the recently-returned BLACK COMMANDO. Then, Kar’Ri Conquest hoped to leave violence and destruction behind her when she remained on Earth to try to quietly live as an oversized wife and mother, but rogue elements in the intelligence community won’t let that happen. In the wake of a possible interplanetary war, the FEMFORCE must lend a hand to the GAMMAZON HOUSEWIFE in a story that features the return of Roberta Strock. And as if all this great story and art itself was not enough, this issue will ship with a special “remarked” cover option that will be a real collector’s item. Long-time AC artist (and Associate Editor) Mark Heike will execute a unique, one-of-a-kind, autographed pencil sketch featuring a FEMFORCE cast member on the back covers of a limited number of copies of FEMFORCE #164, so each copy of this special edition of FF #164 will be a distinctive and individual piece of art itself- at NO extra cost!! ALL copies of FF #164, “remarked” or standard; will be the regular FF cover price of $9.95!! The two versions will be shipped to Diamond Distribution in a 4:1 ratio; FOUR copies of the standard cover to every ONE copy of the “remarked” edition containing the original Heike sketch. BOTH versions will feature the great Eric Coile design printed in color on the front cover, but ONLY the “remarked” copies will feature the original pencil drawings. If you want to be certain of getting the “remarked” edition with the Heike sketch, be sure that your local retailer orders enough copies, as the “remarked” version will NEVER be offered for sale directly from AC COMICS; it is a Diamond Distribution exclusive. Look for FEMFORCE #164 in the June, 2013 edition of the Diamond Previews catalog; volume 23, #297- for items scheduled to ship in August, 2013. And speaking of FEMFORCE and things shipping; FF #163 will be ready in no more than 5 or 6 weeks. Of course, the regular edition with it’s stunning Eric Coile cover will be ready for Femforce #163 cover art by Eric Coilepurchase around the third week of May in the accomics.com web shop then (and arriving in your comics shop several weeks later), BUT if you are determined to get a copy with the awe-inspiring Eduardo Barreto alternate cover, you can ONLY get that Barreto cover if you order the book at your local retailer through Diamond Distribution. The Barreto cover version WILL NOT at any point be offered for sale on the AC shop. And, there IS still time to place an advance reorder for FF #163 with your local comic book retailer. Simply tell him you want FEMFORCE #163, DCD item #MAR130759, from the March, 2013 issue of Diamond Femforce #163 Alternate cover art by Eduardo BarretoPreviews; volume 23, #294. The two cover versions will be shipped to Diamond Distribution in a 4:1 ratio; FOUR copies of the standard Eric Coile cover version to every ONE copy of the Barreto cover. This FF cover was among the LAST artwork that Eduardo did before his untimely passing, so it will be just about the last chance you’ll have to see any previously unused art from this all-time great talent.

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