Men of Mystery #104- “Hardworking Heroes” is now available !! A superb collection of full-story esoteric rarities straight out of comic’s Golden Age, including gems from Eastern Publishing’s Heroic comics, like MAN O’METAL (drawn by Wonder Woman artist H. G. Peter), both HYDROMAN and MUSIC MASTER (MM’s origin from Heroic #12, in fact) drawn by the great Bill Everett and the hardly-seen PURPLE ZOMBIE, drawn by lady artist Tarpe Mills. Also, a fistful of feature-length stories from Standard/Nedor’s America’s Best #14; The BLACK TERROR, FIGHTING YANK, DOC STRANGE and the AMERICAN EAGLE. Hillman Pubs is represented with an great AIRBOY tale (featuring VALKRIE!!) drawn by the JSA team of Arthur Peddy and Bernard Sachs, the HEAP by Dan Barry, and The FLYING FOOL by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Speed #24 stars CAPTAIN FREEDOM ( with art by Arturo Cazenueve) and SHOCK GIBSON (drawn by Al Bryant) make an appearance as well, plus Fred Schwab’s LADY LUCK, HURRICANE KIDS by Bill Ely, and GANGBUSTERS. 140 pages in glistening black and white, inside a full color Alex Schomburg cover. $29.95, from AC Comics. Printed in 2017.
When Golden Age fans and historians think of that venerable Golden Age publisher T. T. Scott’s Fiction House line of comics (certainly one of the more successful comics lines of the era, running from 1938 until 1954), they think of a lot of great comics- science-fiction, jungle, aviation and adventure, all with a strong “Good Girl” art slant. What they DON’T think of is costumed supercharacters. But- Fiction House DID give the superhero bandwagon a few turns (particularly early on), and the uninitiated will be surprised to learn that they weren’t too bad. This go-around, issue #103; Men of Mystery shines a spotlight on the little-known roster of Fiction House superheroes. Ever hear of CAPTAIN FIGHT? Well, you’ll see him in a feature-length adventure originally published in Fight Comics #18, nicely illustrated by Artie Saaf. How about Rip Reagan, POWER MAN? FC’s entry in the “let’s imitate Superman” was drawn by Emil Gershwin. See it here. Intrigued by a star-spangled champion from the 29Th century traveling back in time to 1940 to fight Facsism? Try SUPER AMERICAN, as rendered by FC’s awesome cover specialist Dan Zolnerowich. Maybe your tastes run to a red-costumed spaceman who can grow to giant size. If so, check out The RED COMET, out of the early pages of Planet Comics. Rollicking action and adventure with an aviation backdrop is anything but routine with The PHANTOM FALCON. He actually had no super powers, but he did have a cool mask and costume, and actually appeared in Wings Comics until almost 1950. MOM #103 sports not one but TWO PF tales, one drawn by Howard Larsen, and one by Charles Sultan. And do make sure you are well-grounded when you check out The LIGHTNING, U. S. Army serviceman Fred Larkin in his red and yellow costume, tossing lightning bolts from his fingertips. This one illustrated by Sheena’s main artist, Robert Hayward Webb. Who would go around in a red cape and tights practicing magic in the jungle? TABU, that’s who. He stalked through a healthy run of issues of Jungle Comics, nicely rendered by Enrico Bagnoli, among others. Don’t forget a trio of costumed kids fighting enemy fifth-columnists on the domestic front known as The RANGERS of FREEDOM. Unfortunately, they only appeared in a quartet of adventures, all well-drawn (as is this one) by Joe Doolin. How much need could there be for costumed crimefighters in the African jungle in the 1940’s? Well, maybe more than we would think, since Jungle Comics also hosted the cowled RED PANTHER. See him here, drawn by Tom Gill. All of the above-mentioned rarities would be worth the price of admission alone, but there’s more- AURO, Lord Of Jupiter drawn by Bob Powell, STUART TAYLOR by Nick Cardy, Al Walker’s NORGE BENSON, CAPTAIN NELSON COLE, of the Solar Force; and FLINT BAKER by Arthur Peddy. Check out the Heroes of Fiction House in Men of Mystery #103, because you WON’T see THIS stuff anywhere else!! 136 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size. Printed in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
NOW 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.
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.
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.)
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.
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
Now Available!! A second giant volume focusing on the most OUTRAGEOUS “good girl” art in comic book history! Our Golden Age Greats Spotlight Special Volume 8 proved so popular, those outrageous gals are back here in Volume 12 as Outrageous Good Girls Strike Back! It’s another heaping helping of female pulchritude as drawn by the masters of the female form, with more than 20 full stories spread over 140 big pages, with special focus on three great GGA artists- Wallace Wood, Frank Frazetta and Bob Lubbers!! Contents include a never-previously-reprinted afventure of Fox Features’ legendary PHANTOM LADY- “The Criminal Chessmen”, DAGAR the DESERT HAWK (and his spectacular female friends) from Dagar #14 (actually the first issue) as drawn by Ed Good; the freebooting CORSAIR QUEEN, from Quality Comics’ The Buccaneers; Matt Baker at his best on a pair of Fiction House beauties- MYSTA of the MOON and SKY GIRL; and glamorous espionage with Starr Flagg, UNDERCOVER GIRL from M.E’.’s Mamhunt, as rendered by Ogden Whitney. But there’s LOTS more than that- including GGA stories that PRECLUDE the dawn of comic books themselves, with FOUR actual adventures of SALLY the SLEUTH; comic-style stories (drawn by Adolph Barreaux) that appeared within the pages of the Spicey Detective pulps in the mid-1930’s; the first in-costume appearance of PAT PARKER, WAR NURSE from Speed Comics; Rangers Comics’ star FIREHAIR, AND a LONG SAM adventure, both by Bob Lubbers; and a pair of TORCHY stories- one drawn by creator Bill Ward, plus a second by Gill Fox. PUSSYCAT is back, in a spectacularlay-drawn story by the great Jim Mooney- “Wild Wheels”, as well as BLONDE BOMBER; illustrated by Jill Elgin. There’s also an eye-popping adventure of DAN BRAND and TIPI-you wouldn’t normaly think this strip, with it’s early frontier days theme would be GGA fodder, but when you see the gorgeous blonde that Frank Frazetta draws all through this one, you’ll see why we had to include it; and Wallace Wood’s glamor/humor feature DRAGONELLA speaks for itself. All of this and more surprises make for another great collection of some of the wildest pin-up style art in the history of comic books. 140 full pages in black and white, with full color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Released in 2013.
A FULL 140 PAGES OF NEVER-BEFORE -REPRINTED VINTAGE GOLD!! That’s right, Men of Mystery #88 contains 16 full story reprints of rare, vintage action headlined by some of the most unique and interesting costumed heroes of the 1940’s, not seen anywhere since their original printings !! This issues’ cover star Mr. SCARLET stars in “The Hunted Hunter”, drawn by Jack Binder, from Fawcett Comics’ Wow Comics; followed by an untitled QUICKSILVER story from National Comics #26. The art is signed “Nick Cardy”, but this one is actually drawn by Paul Gustavson. Then, another Quality Comics star, MERLIN (never previously appearing in MOM) rings in, with an untitled story (also from National #26) drawn by that master of magicians, Fred Guardineer. There’s more Quality to come, with STORMY FOSTER, The GREAT DEFENDER, in an adventure illustrated by Rudy Palais from Hit Comics #32, and The UNKNOWN , in a story whose creators are also unknown, again from National #26; plus DOLLMAN faces off against two of his most notorious nemesis, The Undertaker and Tom Thumb in a taughtly-paced spellbinder as drawn by John Spranger. Then, Fox Features is represented with an early BLUE BEETLE episode, from Mystery Men #26, and a GREEN MASK nail-biter, also from an early MM issue. A pair of Eastern Color stars join the fray, as MUSIC MASTER fights a Nazi sabotage ring in a story beautifully rendered by Jimmy Thompson, and MAN O’METAL roots out threats to the war effort in the Black Diamond mine in a story penciled by H. G. Peter; both from Heroic Comics #22. Arturo Cazeneuve’s BRITSH AGENT #99 shows up, reprising his initial appearance from way back in Pocket Comics #1, and Senor Cazeneuve does double-duty, as it his his art that also graces The ZEBRA on “The Man Who Looked Into The Future, from an unkown issue of Green Hornet.” Two newcomers to Men Of Mystery come from Dell Comics’ The Funnies (issue #46, to be exact) in The BLACK KNIGHT- a costumed paladin set in medevil times, and PHANTASMO- a comtemporary( by 1940 standards) superhero who has to be seen to be believed. Cut in the mold of The Spectre, Stardust the Superwizard and Mr. Justice, this nearly-omnipotent student of Eastern philosophy had some very weird adventures, drawn by African-American artist Elmer Stoner. This issue’s story is his first appearance, as is the case on the BLACK KNIGHT story, as well. Plus- two more bonus SURPRISE stories; one drawn by Joe Certa, and a second by Jack Binder. You can’t get MORE perfectly-reproduced Golden Age reprint material anywhere for less! A full 140 pages of vintage 1940’s costumed hero reprints in black & white with a full-color cover. Standard comic book size; saddle-stitched.
Charles Biro is one of the great forgotten geniuses of the early days of comic books. Writer, artist, editor and innovator; his profile cast a heavy shadow over the development of the comic book, even though his involvement in the medium ended by 1956. This important volume of the Golden Age Greats Spotlight series showcases some great representative examples of this prolific creator’s best work, as well as spotlighting a number of features he helped direct as one of the co-editors at Lev Gleason Publications. The centerpiece of this stupendous package is a complete reprint of Daredevil Comics #8, from March of 1942, including a classic adventure of the original DAREDEVIL (the costumed hero Biro is most identified with, though he did not create DD) ; written and drawn by Biro, featuring the villainous SNIFFER; a gripping episode of THIRTEEN and JINX; “Of Crippled Vengeance”, illustrated by Bernie Klein; WHIRLWIND by Dick Wood and Bernie Klein; a never-previoudsly-reprinted episode each of NIGHTRO and PAT PATRIOT; REAL AMERICAN starring The Bronze Terror, by Dick Briefer; LONDON in “Who Is The Boar”, by Jerry Robinson; and the CLAW versus The GHOST, written and drawn by Biro’s co-editor, Bob Wood. Other classics to be seen in this missive include DAREDEVIL and the LITTLE WISE GUYS; written by Biro and illustrated by Norman Maurer from Daredevil #53, (the LAST Daredevil story that actually HAD DD in it-as of DD #54, the Little Wise Guys took over his book!) ROCKY X of the ROCKETEERS in “Return of the Claw”, from Gleason’s other long-running title, Boy Illustories # 89- again written by Biro and drawn by Maurer; BOMBSHELL- the boy hero; Gleason’s masked Western star, BLACK DIAMOND in “Reliapon’s Big Race”; and Biro’s ultimate juvenile do-gooder CRIMEBUSTER in a dramatic tale from Boy Comics#4 again written and illustrated by Biro wherin CB meets arch-villain IRON JAW’s son. And no tribute to Charles Biro would be complete without a look at a few examples of his game-changing crime comics. His straightforward, documentary-style approach to the crime genre produced stories with such impact that soon after their debut, EVERY publisher on the market was rushing out crime books to try to cash in on Biro’s success, but few did. His “true crime”stories were so disturbing they lent much weight to the people who thought that comics should be censored for young readers, and had far more to do with institution of the Comics Code in the 1950’s than any horror comics ever did. Here are two Biro-scripted stories from the legendary CRIME DOES NOT PAY title: “The Rise and Fall of “Socks” Lazia, King of the Alky Rackets” (beautifully illustrated by Dan Barry) and “Who Murdered Beautiful Mtry Lawson”, drawn by Fred Guardineer. If you think that wordy, involved stories filled with high drama, voilence and character development are strictly an invention of so-called “modern” comics, buy this volume and get educated. Charles Biro was putting together these kind of comics in the 1940’s and ’50’s and doing it well. 140 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size; saddle-stitched. Released in 2012.
Check out another heaping helping of rare comic book history in the latest installment of the most important Golden Age reprint anthology ever produced; Men of Mystery #87!
You’ll start off with a never-before-reprinted adventure of the original Fox Features BLUE BEETLE in a story drawn by the underrated Sam Cooper from Big Three #2. Thrill to the dashing Beetle’s duel with the grotesque Porky Hogg! Next, BB’s Fox compatriot from Mystery Men Comics (issue #6, to be exact) The GREEN MASK swings into action to save a beautiful blonde from a gang of spies. Then, it’s a rare treat- a 16-page adventure of one of the STRANGEST costumed heroes of the Golden (or any) Age, The MAD HATTER!! Ruthles ganster Frank Faro’s mind ends up in the body of a gorilla, and it’s up to the poerty-writing ‘HATTER to bring him in, in a weird and disturbing tale drawn by the always-moody John Giunta. Then, it’s one of the few WWII costumed heroes to operate in Europe behind enemy lines, as Standard/Better/Nedor’s short-lived star of Thrilling Comics, The AMERICAN CRUSADER works to save “The Voice of Norway” in a story illustrated by Max Plaisted. Quality Comics’ classy miniature hero, DOLLMAN rings in next, with an adventure set among the Native Americans of the great Southwest, as illustrated by Bill Ward and Al Bryant. Then, Centaur Comics’ one-shot hero, SOLARMAN takes the stage, in a somewhat-wacky tale drawn by “The Real” Frank Thomas. Then, the BLUE BEETLE makes a return appearance; this time from his short-lived revival in the mid-1950’s, in a Ted Galindo/Ray Osrin drawn story titled “Rookie Trouble”!! Then, we leaf through the pages of Harvey Comics’ history, starting with an Ernie Schroeder-drawn adventure of SPIRIT of ’76 titled “Isle of the Monster Ape”, PLUS a Schroeder-drawn adventure of SHOCK GIBSON, originally seen in Speed #34. Finally, we explore one of the most interesting format experiments on the 1940’s comic book world, Pocket Comics, with FOUR full stories originally seen in Pocket #1: The origin of The PHANTOM SPHINX; the origin of The RED BLAZER (as drawn by Al Avison); the origin of The ZEBRA, AND the first appearance of the anti-hero known as SATAN!! (Please note that the art for the four Pocket Comics stories here in MOM are considerably LARGER and easier to see than the versions originaly seen in the color the ACTUAL Pocket Comics #1!!! ) A full 140 pages of vintage 1940’s costumed hero reprints in black & white with a full-color cover. Standard comic book size; saddle-stitched.
The great Bob Powell is in the GAG spotlight this issue, as we go cover-to-cover with 23 full-story reprints covering a wide range of genres in which this prolific and versatile artist excelled. See some of the very best examples of his strong storytelling and bold brushwork on Western, romance, jungle, humor, crime, super-hero, war, action/adventure and mystery yarns, including features like The Shadow, Nick Carter and Doc Savage from The Shadow Vol. 8, No. 9; Mr Mystic from the Spirit Section of August 8; Enchanted Holiday” from True Brides-To-Be Romances #24; Lady Crime from Kerry Drake #8; Kitty Carson from Kerry Drake #12; Spirit of ’76 from Green Hornet comics, circa 1947; Shock Gibson from Green Hornet No. 38; “The Doomed Patrol” from The American Air Forces, circa 1952 The Man In Black; The Scarlet Arrow from Black Cat No. 5, Atoma from Joe Palooka No.15; Blonde Bomber from Green Hornet No.34, Red Hawk from Straight Arrow comics; Strong Man from Strongman No. 4; Thun’da, circa 1954; Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B riders circa 1950-1953; Lemonade Kid from Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B Riders, circa 1950;Cave Girl, circa 1953; The Avenger, from The Avenger No. 2; Jet Powers from Jet No. 1, and “Plane Talk”from Terry and the Pirates No. 14. Much has been written about the horror and science-fiction comics produced by Bob Powell and his studio in the 1940’s and ’50’s, but the truth is they excelled in all types of comic book work. Get this great volume and see. 160 pages of full-story reprints using state-if-the-art reproduction techniques in black and white with full color covers. Standard comic book size with saddle-stitched binding. Released in 2012.
This issue of Golden Age Greats Spotlight is dedicated to complete coverage on the Golden Age version of the late, great duo of CAT-MAN and KITTEN!! Originating in Frank W. Temerson’s Crash Comics #4 in 1940, and continuing (after a partial revamp) through a six-year, 33-issue run of his own title published by Holyoke Comics; the Feline Fury and his distaff sidekick KITTEN formed one of the most interesting and unique crimefighting pairs of the 1940’s. Never before have this many complete classic CAT-MAN stories ever been reprinted in any one volume; starting with his first TWO appearances (from Crash Comics #’s 4 AND 5 ), drawn by the great Irwin Hasen; through a quartet of tales written and drawn by Charles Quinlan, including “Larceny In Liquid” and “The Eyes of Justice”- plus TWO NEVER PREVIOUSLY REPRINTED Quinlan stories, one each from Cat-Man #2 and #10. Don Rico’s lone CAT-MAN tale(originally seen in Cat-Man #23) is here, too- as well as THREE Bob Fujitani-illustrated gems; one each from Cat-Man comics #’s 27, 29 and 31, two of which feature CM’s arch-nemesis, the evil genius, Dr. MACABRE!! The FINAL CAT-MAN story from the original Holyoke run is here, as well; the untitled showdown with Dr. MACABRE rendered by Maxwell Elkans. The progression of the KITTEN character is fascinating, starting out in the series as a pre-teen “little” girl, evolving into a mature woman by the end of the feature’s run. KITTEN’s second origin (she had one in her first appearance, in Cat-Man #5, and a second, very different one after Fujitani took over the series) from issue #27 is contained in this collection, as well as TWO NEVER PREVIOUSLY REPRINTED installments in the LITTLE LEADERS strip which ran as a back-up in CM. LITTLE LEADERS teamed up a youthful KITTEN with MICKEY, a teenage sidekick from another CM strip, The DEACON. The two LL strips include an untitled, Rudy Palais-drawn story from Cat-Man Comics #26A (due to a numbering error, there were actually TWO Cat-Man issue number 26s!) guest-starring CAT-MAN and The DEACON, and “The Swordsman of Death”, drawn by Lou Ferstadt, from Cat-Man #25. Compared to other 1940’s era super-types, CAT-MAN stories tended to have very complicated plots and a LOT of dialogue, and even though the early, Charles Quinlan stories often ended up with very little CAT-MAN in costumed action, all of the tales were interesting, mature and involving.. Oddly enough, a package of the original Holyoke CAT-MAN stories was licensed to an Australian publishing company known as Frews in the early 1950’s. These American retreads proved unpopular Down Under and were soon dropped. A somewhat more successful “revival” of CM was tried in Australia in 1958; this time in an updated, revamped format, done by the great Australian artist John Dixon. This was really a completely different CAT-MAN character, complete with a male sidekick named KIT. A full-length adventure from that Australian series, “The Phantom Mummy” is included in this collection to round out the package. All of that within a cover rendered by L. B. Cole, originally seen on Cat-Man #32. The CAT-MAN series is an exellent example that shows that not ALL the great costumed characters of the Golden Age came from the biggest companies; even lesser publishers like Holyoke could- and sometimes did- create characters whose stories were consistantly compelling and literate. Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 9 is 140 pages in length, featuring 13 full vintage stories, cover repros, and a breif history of CAT-MAN and KITTEN. It is standatd comic book size; black & white interiors with color covers, and is saddle-stitched. Released by AC Comics in 2012.
It’s finally here, the special double-thick celebration of AC’s star-spangled second banana! Leading off, a brand-new YANKEE GIRL adventure set in the Fabulous ’50’s, as YG must face the awful onslaught of the combined evil might of The PANDA, LADY LUGER and FRITZ VOLTZMAN, with only guest-star Roger(The AVENGER) Wright to lend a hand, in “Buzz Bomb Blitz”, a comic- book tor-du-force penned by Wild Bill Black, penciled by Earnest Eric Coile, with inks by Stellar Scott Shriver and Wild Bill Himself. It’s chock full of stormtroopers, zepplins, doughboys and V-1 rocket madness!! Then, in an all-new modern-era story, Lauren (YANKEE GIRL) Mason treats herself to a tropical island vacation on the No Trouble atoll that quickly degenerates into a disaster on two levels, in “Can’t Stand The Heat, Kaiju?” ; plotted and penciled by Rambunctious Rock Baker, with ink finishes by Jaunty Jeff Austin and dialogue by Stunning Stephanie Heike. Then, step down memory lane for a selection of YG’s greatest adventures not seen since the 1990’s; including her FIRST AC featured role in an untitled story originally published in the long-out-of-print Good Girl Art Quarterly #7, written and inked by Mark Heike, and penciled by Dave Roberts. See YG and SHE-CAT battle it out (literally) for the role of spokesmodel for BH Industries. Then, as first seen ‘way back in Good Girl Art Quarterly #11, it’s YG in the now-classic “Sugar Cakes”, written and inked by Mark Heike, and penciled by Bad Brad Gorby. YG tries a new job; this time selling “Little Igor” snack cakes. Guest-starring the GREEN LAMA. Next, Lauren Mason bumps into her old fiance’ (from the Golden Age days) Corey Habot in “Old Flames”, written & drawn by Chris Allen, and inked by Mark Heike. This one initially appeared back in FEMFORCE #108. Then, YG runs afoul of the evil plotting of the villainous VULTURE in “The School For Yankee Girls, written and drawn by Chris Allen, with inks by Mark Heike, from FEMFORCE #109. After that, it’s back to the distant past of the 1940’s, for a breif text overview of the actual Golden Age publishing history of YANKEE GIRL at Harry “A” Chesler publications (written by Bossman Bill Black), followed by complete reprints of the ONLY TWO actual Golden Age YANKEE GIRL stories produced in the 1940’s; both of which were drawn by Ralph Mayo. And finally, a reprint of what is perhaps the “lost” Golden Age YANKEE GIRL story, KITTY KELLY, from Chesler’s Red Seal #17, in 1946. To try to understand just WHAT this character has to do with YANKEE GIRL, you’ll have to read Bill’s text piece in this book. Overall, it’s NINE great YG stories total (three of which have never before been seen) over 92 pages, in crisp black and white (in standard comic book size) inside a spectacular, full-color Will Meugniot cover; saddle-stitched. Released in 2012.
“Outrageous” Good Girl Art is the focus of the latest issue of AC’s acclaimed GOLDEN AGE GREATS SPOTLIGHT series; Volume 8, available NOW here on the AC Comics web store. It’s 160 pages chock-full of the sultriest, sexiest pin-up style girls ever to appear in comics, with examples spanning four decades of the medium’s history. 22 full story reprints, plus an overview and commentary by comic book historian Bill Black. This volume features never-before-reprinted adventures starring DAGAR the DESERT HAWK; Frank Frazetta’s teen cutie from Standard/Nedor Pubs, KATHY; SOUTH SEA GIRL: OZARK IKE, KATY of the CHORUS, JAGUAR BOND and Wally Wood’s FAR OUT FABLES; plus spectacular examples of female pulchritude in stories showcasing Fox Features RULAH and PHANTOM LADY and Fiction House’ SKY GIRL (2 stores each); MITZI in HOLLYWOOD; jungle queens JUDY of the JUNGLE and TANGI; more fanrastic Frazetta females in LOOIE LAZIBONES; the Wally Wood latin bombshell CHIQUITA; a pair of Bill Ward’s classic TORCHY stories; the “other” great Quality Comics GGA character, CHOO CHOO and more. Spotlights the lush and sensual artwork of MATT BAKER (SIX Baker stories in all!), JIM MOONEY, BILL EVERETT, JACK KAMEN, ARTIE SAAF, JOHN SPRANGER, RALPH MAYO, BOB POWELL, DAN DeCARLO,RAY GOTTO, BOB LUBBERS and more!! All spectacularly reproduced in sparkling black & white utilizing AC’s state-of-the-art reproduction techniques. If you are a fan of “good girl” art, you can’t miss this book!! Standard Comic book size, 160 pages, saddle stitched, black & white with color covers. ( please note that this is for mature readers only, as it does contain some very minor nudity) Released by AC Comics in 2012.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!!Commemorating the 100Th birthday of the greatest movie cowboy of them all and the comic book history of the matinee Western movie stars! Within a breathtaking color photo cover of ROY ROGERS himself, you’ll find a bonanza of great vintage cowboy comic book story reprints, including TWO ROY ROGERS epics- “Ghost Town Payoff,” drawn by John Buscerma, “Sign of the Burning Rock” by Alex Toth, and “Man Trap” by Buscema. Then, it’s JIMMY WAKELY in “The Ballad Of Boulder Bluff” by Toth; DURANGO KID in “Son of the Sheriff” by Joe Certa and John Belfi, MONTE HALE in “Guns Against The Gold Train,” with art by Ed Good, GENE AUTRY in “Tobacco Juice,” WILD BILL ELLIOT in “Hidden Bullets” and Tom Mix in “Suspected,” drawn by Carl Pfeufer. Then, it’s twenty pages of great photos and movie stills celebrating ROY and DALE EVAN’s film and TV career, featuring all of their favorite supporting players along with them. The remaining 112 pages is a reprise of the 1997 book “Roy Rogers and the SiIver Screen Cowboys,” written by comic book historian Bill Black, and out of print for many years. THE most comprehensive history of Western movie heroes in the comic books that has ever been published, listing a capsule history and art sample on EVERY movie cowboy that EVER appeared in a comic book, PLUS seven superb full-story reprints from the heyday of the comic book Western, including ROY ROGERS in “Red Ledge Gold”, with art by John Buscema; DALE EVANS in “Ghost Town Gold”, with art by Russ Manning; REX ALLEN in “Friend or Foe”, illustrated by Alex Toth, LASH LaRUE in “The Woman In Black” (art by Doug Wildey); ROCKY LANE in “The Crippler”, illustrated by Dick Giordano and Vince Alascia; Rocky Lane’s horse, BLACKJACK in “Trail Pard,” with art by Steve Ditko, and John Wayne in “The Weeping Walloper”, drawn by Al Willamson and Frank Frazetta. 210 pages of Western comics history in all, standard comic book size, color covers with black and white interiors. Perfectbound trade-paperback format. Released in 2011.
The latest action-packed issue of comicdom’s premiere Golden Age superhero reprint anthology focuses exclusively on the World War II heroes of Fawcett Comics- including two FULL ISSUE reprints featuring a pair of rare, sought-after gems from the early heydays of Fawcett’s costumed champions of justice! Appearing here in this issue, it its entirety is the very rare MINUTE MAN #1, from the Spring of 1941; currently valued at over $3000.00! A spin-off from Master Comics, the MINUTE MAN stories from this book were released before thre US entered World War II. The four untitled stories from #1 were all drawn by Charles Sultan with the help of the Chesler Shop artists. SPY SMASHER #5 is reprised here as well, with four stories drawn by the excellent Emil Gershwin- “Death Itself Must Die”, “The Two-Faced Killer”, “America Smasher”, and one untitled story. SS #5 currently guides at a value of about $1000.00 But that’s not all- this volume also contains a Dan Barry COMMANDO YANK story from a 1942 issue of Wow Comics- “The White Lily of France”, an untitled Mr. SCARLET story from Wow #7 where the Crimson Crusader takes on The Black Sphinx (art by Jack Binder) AND the Spy Smasher back-up feature “Thrilling Spy Tales”, plus house ads & text features. In all, it’s 160 pages of vintage 1940s comic book action at it’s best. All stories are reprinted in full, utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology to maintain the integrity of the art. Standard comic book size, black & white interiors with full color covers, saddle-stitched. Released in 2011.
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!!As a tribute to gorgeous pin-up queen, Irish McCall, who portrayed “Sheena” on television in the 1950’s, this book portrays Irish as a jungle gal herself. In the savage African jungle Irish combats giant reptiles and conniving white hunters in a thrilling, full-color comic-style adventure. The story is written by Bill Black, with art by Brad Gorby and Mark Heike. Color reprints of the Golden Age Sheena are also included as drawn by Robert Webb in her original 1940’s Fiction House Comics title, Jumbo Comics. Black and white photos of Irish McCalla’s acting and modelling careers , and a remembrance of the woman and her career by fan and friend J. M Bembaron round out the package. (Please note that much of the material in this book has seen print previously in the “TV’s Sheena, Irish McCalla” trade paperback. ) 40 pages, color and black and white; 81/2″ X 11″, magazine size. Printed in 2002
ONE COPY LEFT!!! Jim Sanders III’s creator-owned series about a group of super-powered astronauts. Art by Sanders III, Vic Bridges, Willie Blyberg. 52 pages, b&w with color cover. Standard comic book size & format; saddle stitched. Printed in 1984.
The Power Plays gang are courted by a bald-headed mentalist and his gang of X-tremely familiar looking mutant Men, in “Pop Go The Powers”. Art and story by creator Mike Kelly. Color cover by Mike Kelly, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1985
Suppose you woke up one morning, and suddenly found out you could fly? Suppose you found you could turn invisible, cure or kill with the touch of a hand, or that nothing could hurt you? Come on, what would you REALLY do? Mike Kelly’s whimsical, offbeat saga of everyday eccentrics who gain superpowers. Meet Griffin, Ishtar, Muskie, Barker, Tapp, and all the rest in “When Titans Entertain” Story and art by Mike Kelly. Color cover by Mike Kelly, interiors are black and white. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1985.
ALL COLOR!!! Those fabulous, funny furries are back in outer-space type action, as bossman General Dynamix assigns Cap’n Stone, Kitty and the rest to track down the mystery of dissappearing rocket fuel shipments, with predictably hilarious results. When the raiders turn out to be a crew of male-starved, all-female felines, they are soon more interested in Captain Stone than in rocket juice. When their advanced technology in cloning brings a solution to their lonliness, it’s the General’s nightmare with an entire planet filled with Captain Stones!! Among the best -done of the independant anthropomorphics, these funny animals are actually funny !! This book even sports a photo of Walter(Star Trek)Koenig reading a copy of Space Ark #1!! Story and art by Ken Mitchroney, Mark Cantrell and Robert Sayes. Color cover by Ken Mitchroney, full color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1986.
ALL COLOR!!! If you didn’t think goofy, Warner Bros.- style funny animals in space would be funny, you’ve never seen Space Ark!! Meet Cap’n Stone, Boltz, Barker, Kitty, Dr. Whoot, Brooklyn and the rest as they venture forth into deep space on the U. S. S. Space Ark, searching for the villainous alien race known as Mucoids!! The jokes fly fast and furious with these furry anthropomorphics in “No Time For Space Ark”! With story by Mark Cantrell and Ken Mitchroney, art by Mitchroney, and inks by Ralph Cabrera. Ken soon went on to become an animater, designer and director in TV animation, and a long stretch drawing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book for Archie Comics. This was his baby, and he pulled out all the stops on it. Genuinely funny. Color cover by Mitchroney, full color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format, printed in 1985
SOLD OUT!!!Contemporary stories of war, espionage, terrorism & intrigue, written by Frank (Xeno) Zenau, and illustrated by the Dell Barras Studios. 36 pages, FULL COLOR, standard comic book size and format; saddle stitched. Printed in 1987.
SOLD OUT!!!!!! Even more sword and sorcery adventures with Eric the Dragonslayer (by Frank Zenua and Mar T. Santana), and pinups by other members of the Dell Barras Studios. Full color, 36 pages, standard comic book size and format; saddle-stitched. Printed in 1987.
In 1987, prominent Southern comics retailer Frank Zenau (of Xenogames fame) approached AC publisher Bill Black about packaging a line of comics focusing on genres underrepresented in the then-currentb comics market. Zenua would put them together and finance them, and AC would publish. Fantasy Features was the first, a sword-and-sorcery anthology. This issue featured Eric The Dragonslayer in “Death Hunt”, and “Back To Syros”, both by Frank Zenau and Mar T. Santana. Pinups by Dell Barras and Joe Mari Mongcal.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! More vintage s-f reprint stories, PLUS an all-new lead feature; the sexy interplanetary peace officer from the future, STORMY TEMPEST!! See her come up against a group of wealthy aliens with an unusual taste, in a story written and drawn by Mark Heike. Classic reprints include Captain Video (drawn by George Evans ) in “The Missiles of Doom”; Captain Science (by Wally Wood) in “The Martian Slavers”, Mysta of the Moon by Rueben Moriera, and a Space Ark short from Ken Mitchroney. Also, text article on Captain Video by Bill Black. 52 pages, color & b&w, standard comic book size and format; saddle-stitched. Printed in 1990.
ONE COPY LEFT!!! Full-color, vintage science-fiction comic book reprints from the 1950’s!! “Weapon Out Of Time” by Wally Wood; Space Ace by Fred Guardineer; “Invasion From The Abyss”; and even Bob Colt in “The Mysterious Invaders.” Classic full-story reprints from Fawcett, Avon & Magazine Enterprises, in FULL COLOR, plus text article on space opera by Bill Black. Cover by Mike Kaluta. 52 pages, COLOR & b&w, standard comic book size and format; saddle-stitched. Printed in 1989
Beautiful, buxom babes in futuristic, far-out sci-fi adventure featuring some of the best “good girl art” ever done in comics!! See Stormy Tempest, the bountiful bounty hunter best arch-villainesses Polly Vinyl and Leatheretta in a girl-fight spectacular by Bill Black, John Beatty and Steve Vance. Then, the glamorous heroines from Fiction House’s Planet Comics unite to battle evil in bikinis, lingerie and leather as The Star Fems- by Bill Black and Marc Hempel.This reprises material originally seen in the long-out-of-print Paragon Publications classic from 1980, Star Fems #1. Plus, a vintage reprint of actual Golden Age material that inspired ST, (straight out of Planet Comics of the 1940’s) Mysta of the Moon by Reuben Moriera. 40 pages, black and white interiors with color covers, 93/4″ X 61/4″ comic book format. Printed in 2001.
The beautiful, giant-sized superheroine out of the pages of AC’s Femforce comic finally gets her own book!! See all-new GTS action in this great first issue as the sexy scientist, Dr. Carol Heisler starts growing out of control on a trip to the mall in “No Good Scents!” Then, the request of a fan leads to a recap of her origin, guest-starring The Femforce. If you liked Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, and Attack of the 60 Ft. Centerfold, this comic is for you. It’s outrageous, over-the-top fantasy in the tradition of the best bad B-movies that we all love. Both stories written and drawn by Stephanie Sanderson-Heike, who also supplies the book’s striking cover art. Plus, Big G presents three classic cheesy sci-fi reprints from the 1940’s-’50’s: Nedor’s beautiful blonde space pirate, Tara in “The Eight Hands of Tenslith”by Gene Fawcette from Wonder Comics, and a pair of Dick Ayers drawn tales from Prize, “The Gravimonster”, and “They Come To The Canyon”. Try Garganta- she’ll grow on you!! Color cover with black and white interiors, 32 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 2001.
THIS TITLE IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! ALL COLOR!!! A double bill of science fiction action, wrapped up in a Paul Gulacy cover! First, there’s Women Of W.O.S.P.- Stephanie Stills, Jessica Klein and Olga Pietrovich- the beautiful trio who make up the Women’s Outer Space Patrol, an interplanetary police body created for special investigations. On the trail of a serial rapist in their first case, they don”t realize that he’s closer than they think. This unnamedstory is written, drawn and inked by Tom (The Punisher, Mutant X) Lyle.Then- in the far-flung future, a boy is born, of an alien mother and human father. Separated from his parents at an early age, he is trained by an evil conquering space empire to be a fighting machine. Breaking away from his oppressors, yet persecuted for his genetic heritage, he stalks the spaceways known only as Breed. This untitled feature is written, drawn and inked by Paul(Superman, Avengers)Ryan.Color cover by Gulacy, full color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format, printed in 1984
ONLY ONE LEFT!! Text & photos on Ingrid Pitt, of Mammer Films’ “The Vampire Lovers”; Irish McCalla; beach Babes; Anita Ekberg giantess photos from Fellini’s “Boccaccio ’70” film. Comic book stories include “Bloodlines”, rare Captain Paragon vampire tale (story & art by Bill Black), reworked Golden Age Rulah jungle girl story, “Bloodstained Fangs”; giantess tale “I Hunted Gazong’ga, The Thing That Grew”. 52 pages, b&w with color covers, standard comic book size & format; saddle-stitched. Printeed in 1999
More great serial-inspired comic book action, with the conclusions of last issues’ stories: Nyoka wraps up “The Perils of Conquest” with Chapter 3- “The Secret of the Sphinx”, while Don Winslow (by Carl Pfeuffer & John Jordan) ends “Terror of The Tundras” in triumph, with Chapter 2- “In The Lair of the Beast”, and Chapter 3, “The Death Blow”. Plus- more Western adventure with Tom Mix in- “The Crushing Empire”. 36 pages, black & white, standard comic book size & format, saddle-stitched. Printed in 1989.
Celebrating the great action serials of the 1940’s, this premiere issue starts off with a great photo cover of Kay Aldridge as Nyoka, with not one but TWO chapters of the Nyoka comic-book serial, “The Perils of Conquest”!! Then, it’s Don Winslow (as illustrated by Carl Pfeuffer and John Jordan) in Chapter One of “Terror on the Tundras”, followed by Tom Mix in “The Promise”, also by Pfeuffer & Jordan. All are reprints of stories originally published by Fawcett Comics, and all stories have their conclusions in Cliffhanger Comics #2. 36 pages, all black & white; standard comic book size and format- saddle-stitched. Printed in 1989.
THIS BOOK IS NOW SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!Picking up where Cliffhangers 1A left off, it’s the conclusion to the Masked Marvel adventure, with chapter three : “The Masked Phoenix”, by Jordi Ensign, Mark Heike, John Nadeau and Rik Levins. Then, Don Winslow comes closer to the villainous Scorpion in chapter two: “High Seas Showdown”, another Fawcatt reprint from the 1940’s, by Carl Pfeufer and John Jordan; Rocky Lane brings in The Law-Baiters in chapter two: “Outlaw Justice”, another ’50’s gem reprinted. Finally, Don Winslow comes out on top in chapter three: “Pawns of The Scorpion”, again by Pfeufer and Jordan. Photo covers of Don Winslow, interiors arte black and white with graytones. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1990.
Dedicated to the great action movie serials of the 1940’s and ’50’s, this fast-paced publication starts off with a modern comics adaptation of Republic Pictures’ 1943 Tom Steele serial, The Masked Marvel, with chapter one (of course) by Jordi (Star Wars)Ensign, and Mark(Star Trek)Heike, with inking by John(Justice League)Dell,on a story titled “Dive Of Doom”.Action hero Don Winslow appears in a reprint from his Fawcett Comics run of the Golden Age, in chapter one of “The Undersea Cable”, drawn by Carl Pfeufer and John Jordan. Then, there’s cowboy Rocky Lane in “The Law-Baiters: chapter one- The Trap”, also from Fawcett; and the Masked Marvel returns in chapter two: “Doorway To Destruction”,by Jordi Ensign and Mark Heike. In the serial tradition, all of these stories are cliffhangers, to be resolved in the next issue, Cliffhangers 2A. Also, this issue covers the screen career of Tom Steele, in a photo-illustrated article by movie historian Bill Feret. Photo covers of Tom Steele as The Masked Marvel, interiors are black and white with graytones. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1990.
THIS BOOK IS NOW SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!TV’s Original Sheena : Irish McCalla This is the Autographed Edition signed by Irish McCalla! Irish McCalla, the statuesque blonde beauty who portrayed Sheena, Queen of the Jungle in the mid-1950’s television series, is featured in this 100 page tribute. Irish herself contributed a new interview and shared some exerpts from her personal journal written during the filming of the series. Irish tells of her experiences as the celluloid jungle queen in the jungles of Mexico. This book is illustrated with many photos of Sheena, including color shots and rare pictures never before published! This book is printed on 50 lb. white offset paper . In addition, a representation of color photos spanning all aspects of Irish’s career are printed on glossy stock. A special full-color section reprints a 1941 Sheena comic book story by Bob Powell- and a second by Robert H. Webb; both rare treats, as they are shot from the original art! And, seen for the first time ever, a brand new comic book adventure entitled “Irish, Queen of the Jungle” will be included. It is written and illustrated by Bill Black, C. Bradford Gorby and Mark G. Heike. The film career of Irish MCCalla is covered, featuring a synopsis and photos of the cult classic, She Demons. An episode guide of the Sheena TV series is here, too. This full-sized, 81/2″ X 11″ trade paperback is printed on the finest stock paper for the best quality photo reproduction. 112 pages, 32 in full color, with a full-color cover. A must-have item for all film, pin-up and comic book collectors. Printed in 1992. autographed edition signed by Irish McCalla!
THIS BOOK IS NOW SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!TV’s Original Sheena : Irish McCalla Irish McCalla, the statuesque blonde beauty who portrayed Sheena, Queen of the Jungle in the mid-1950’s television series, is featured in this 100 page tribute. Irish herself contributed a new interview and shared some exerpts from her personal journal written during the filming of the series. Irish tells of her experiences as the celluloid jungle queen in the jungles of Mexico. This book is illustrated with many photos of Sheena, including color shots and rare pictures never before published! This book is printed on 50 lb. white offset paper . In addition, a representation of color photos spanning all aspects of Irish’s career are printed on glossy stock. A special full-color section reprints a 1941 Sheena comic book story by Bob Powell- and a second by Robert H. Webb; both rare treats, as they are shot from the original art! And, seen for the first time ever, a brand new comic book adventure entitled “Irish, Queen of the Jungle” will be included. It is written and illustrated by Bill Black, C. Bradford Gorby and Mark G. Heike. The film career of Irish MCCalla is covered, featuring a synopsis and photos of the cult classic, She Demons. An episode guide of the Sheena TV series is here, too. This full-sized, 81/2″ X 11″ trade paperback is printed on the finest stock paper for the best quality photo reproduction. 112 pages, 32 in full color, with a full-color cover. A must-have item for all film, pin-up and comic book collectors. Printed in 1992. See also our autographed edition signed by Irish McCalla!
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! More vintage & exotic jungle action/adventure with the intrepid NYOKA GORDON starring in: “Knights of the Jungle”, “Headhunting Pygmies”, “The Lost Brother”, & “Tribe of Giants”; plus guest-features DON WINSLOW in “Danger in The Depths”, and buxom, bikini-clad jungle princess Camilla. . This issue reprints the artwork of two Golden Age notables- Bernard Krigstein, who is best-remembered for his groundbreaking explorations of graphic storytelling during his run at EC Comics; and Ralph Mayo, a “good girl” artist whose work graced many of the best “GGA” features at Fiction House and Standard/Nedor in the late 1940’s. This book contains material originally published by Fawcett, Fiction House and Charlton Comics. Black & white with color covers; 40 pages, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2005.
The daring, dark-haired adventuress who roams the Dark Continent returns here in a trio of classic adventures reprinted from both her Fawcett Comics and Charlton series, including “Perilous Journey” and “The Jealous Jungle Companion”, both from Master Comics; and “The Sun Goddess”. Also, guest-stories featuring Fiction Houses’ jungle beauty, Camilla; as drawn by Ralph Mayo, and TV star Ramar of the Jungle, in “Drums of Kawa”, illustrated by Maurice Whitman. It’s classic jungle action at it’s best. 44 pages, balck & white with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2005
A new comic-book style serial starts this issue, “Prowlers In The Night”. Investigating the strange behavior of close friend Larry Grayson in the last storyline, Nyoka is prowling the back alleys of Wadi Barta when she is attacked by a masked assassin. Only unexpected help from Skull Squad member The Blonde Bomber manages to save her- but both women are soon in the soup when confronted by- The Hooded Serpent!! Written and inked by Bill Black, with pencils by Richard(The Count)Rome. Adventure and “good girl art”. Then, it’s a three-part blast from the past with a Golden Age Nyoka reprint-“Message From Nowhere”. Photo centerspread repro of a lobby card from the Francis Gifford Nyoka serial, Jungle Girl. And a write-up of a serial retrospective held at the American Museum Of The Moving Image- “Cliffhanger Update”, by Bill Feret. Black and white photo cover, back and inside covers, interior is black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1989.
New photo feature!! This issue’s new lead story is something special- not a line-drawn comic strip at all, but a series of photos shot and composed to tell a story!! Model/actress Laura Stafford portrays “Young Nyoka”, as she and her pet cat repell an alien invasion!! Unique, interesting and fun!! Three more classic Golden Age reprints fill out the vintage section, including “Perils in the Pyramids”, from Fawcett’s Master comics #92, June of 1948, as drawn by E. C. Comics great, Bernie Krigstein; “Jungle Ambush”, from Charlton’s Nyoka #20, and “A King’s Ransom”, from #21, both illustrated by Maurice Whitman. The text feature is a rundown of the first Nyoka serial, Republic’s 1941 Jungle Girl, written by Bill Feret- “A Legend Is Born”. Color photo cover of Laura Stafford as Young Nyoka, black and white back and inside covers of Kay Aldridge and Francis Gifford as Nyoka. Interiors are black and white with graytones. 44 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1989.
The new Nyoka serial achieves chapter 3- “The Skull Squad”!! Even as Nyoka escapes a chocking doom by leaping through a window, Chuck Ramsey( now revealed to be Captain Nightflight )is being tortured by Vida’s thugs. A hopeless attempt to save him on Nyoka’s part is trumped by a machine-gun-weilding Larry Grayson, but an airstrike followed by a ground assault from three new players saves the day. The China Clipper, The Phantom Falcon, The Blonde Bomber and The Skipper, known collectively as the Skull Squad! Serial-style action in the best classic tradition, as written , layed out and inked by Bill Black, with pencils by Bill Lux and assists by Bill Koch. The Golden Age reprints this go-around include “Jungle Jousts Of Death”, from Fawcett’s Master Comics #105, July, of 1949, is drawn by H. C. Kiefer; “The Symbol Of Danger”, is from Master #127, April of 1952, and “The Ivory Pirates”, from Charlton’s Nyoka #17, January of 1957, is drawn by Maurice Whitman. A line-drawn Bill Black illustration that was an alternate cover for this issue is the centerspread, and there is a personal letter from Nyoka actress Kay Aldridge. Color photo cover, black and white photo back and inside covers. Interiors are black and white with graytones. 44 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1988.
THIS BOOK IS COPMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!NY#2 ALL COLOR!!! The new Nyoka adventure continues, with chapter 2- “Cloud Of Death!” No sooner do Nyoka and her companion, aviator Chuck Ramsey narrowly escape death as the plane they were on crashes into a frozen mountainside, when they are captured by the fearsome Serpent Cult, and their beautiful but evil leader , Vida the Cobra Lady. Despare turns to joy when one of Nyoka’s captors appears to be her boyfriend, Larry Grayson. That is, until he releases billows of biological weaponry on her- The Cloud Of Death! Written by Bill Black, drawn by Black and Don Secrease, and inked by Bill Black.Note that the glide suit that Ramsey uses to save himself and Nyoka this issue looks very similar to one worn by Captain Midnight. The Golden Age reprint this issue is the three-part cliffhanger originally seen in Fawcett’s Nyoka # 45, “The Jungle Heads Of Horror”. It is shot directly from the original artwork- as perfect as the day it was drawn. Plus, “Nyoka For The Record”, thoughts on both the comic and film series, written by Bill Feret. Color photo cover of Kay Aldridge as Nyoka, glossy black and white interior and back covers. Book interiors are color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1988
ALL COLOR!!! One of the longest-running jungle-themed heroines returns, with both new stories and vintage Golden Age reprints.Starting out as a movie serial, Republic Pictures “The Jungle Girl” and “Perils Of Nyoka” ( released in 1941 and 1942, respectively ) inspired Fawcett Comics to release a Nyoka one-shot entitled Jungle Girl. Two years later, she began a regular run in Master Comics , and soon after, her own book. That ran until Fawcett ceased all comic publication in 1953.Picked up by Charlton after that, she continued in Zoo Funnies and a new series of her own book until 1957. Not of the vine-swinging, bikini-wearing variety, Nyoka ran a shop in a village on the edge of the wilderness, and dressed in a cute, short-shorts and boots “white hunter” type outfit. But she was at home in the jungle, and as tough as they come. This premiere issue’s new lead stars off a serialized story with chapter 1- “The Serpent Strikes”And things start off at a breakneck pace, as Nyoka outrides a gang of cutthroats to jump onto a plane during take-off, just to meet her contact ! Written and layed out by Bill Black, with finished art by Mark Heike. Then, a classic reprint story from Zoo Funnies #9, 1954- “Tahiti Belle” Pls, an extened write-up on the Nyoka films of Francis Gifford and Kay Aldridge, “The Many Perils Of Nyoka, The Jungle Girl”, by Bill Black-with loads of stills from the movies. Color cover by Mark Heike and Bill black, and black and white photo back and inside covers. Interiors are color throughout. 44 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1988.
The Wild Side team is back in action, as Princess Pantha, Nyoka, Cave Girl and Tygra battle giant insects, mole men and a topless witch on the island of Taragonia, in “Sandwitch”, written and drawn by Nick Northey, with inks by Nar Castro. Then, the nostalgia section brings us a Golden Age reprint of another Wild Sider, Tygra; in “The Slaves Of Babylon”. It originally appeared in Nedor/Standard’s Startling Comics #52, from 1948, and it’s drawn by the inimitable Artie Saaf. Then, Fox Feature’s Tangi returns in “The Idol With Four Paws”, drawn by Jack(Phantom Lady)Kamen, from Dagar, The Desert Hawk #16, 1948. Finally, it’s a sexy Sheena-like spoof of the genre with “Shirl, The Jungle Girl”, a 1950’s Mad-type satire by Howard Nostrand. Busty, leggy and beautiful girls in bikini animal skins- it’s like a day at the beach. Color cover by Brad Gorby and Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
The second great Wild Side jungle babe team-up, as Nyoka, Princess Pantha and Cave Girl find an underwater race of mer-women at the bottom of the lagoon on Taragonia in “Wet And Wildside”. Written and drawn by Nick Northey, inked by Florence and Rene Magalang. The vintage section this issue features three “newcomers” to JG, straight out of comic’s Golden Age. First, it’s Nedor/Standard’s late ’40’s star of Exciting Comics, Judy Of The Jungle, in “Talons of the Leopard Queen” sensually rendered by Artie Saaf. Then, it’s Fox Feature’s Tangi, drawn by Jack(E. C. Comics)Kamen, in “The Scarlet Guilt”, a story that originally appeared in Dagar, The Desert Hawk #20, October of 1948. Finally, see Taanda, from Avon Comic’s White Princess of the Jungle, in “The Ant Invasion”, drawn by Gene Fawcette. The best “good girl art” from four decades, every issue. Color cover by Brad Gorby and Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
New Lead Feature!! Five Classic Jungle Girls Team Up In All-New Stories!!This issues opens with the debut of Wild Side- a brand-new team-up of Tara(Femforce)Fremont, Nyoka, Cave Girl, Tygra and Princess Pantha, as they explore another island owned by Tara’s rich father, T. C. Originally purchased for and named after Tara when she was a baby, unknown to her T. C. had allowed U.S. government nuclear testing there at one time. And though the radiation has now dissipated, it houses strange mutants and time anomalies, as the girls learn when they get “Five Tickets To Taragonia!”, the start of a new, ongoing series in JG. Written and drawn by Nick Northey, with inks by Rene Maglalang, Ray Arias, Mark Heike, and Michael White. Guest starring She-Cat. Then, a vintage Golden Age tale of Nedor’s Princess Pantha, from a late 1940’s issue of Thrilling Comics- “The Girl Who Kept Faith”, drawn by Artie(Supergirl)Saaf. Plus, another Fiction House classic, Camilla, Wild Girl of the Congo, in “The Gold of the Bantu Chieftain”, as illustrated by Matt Baker. Great glamorous pinup style comic art. Color cover by Rik Levins and Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
New Lead Story !!! That jungle gal for today, Tara Fremont, and her Femforce teammate Synn are manipulated by Umbra, thr Voodoo priestess , as city settings suddenly turn to savage jungle around them in “Vampire Queen Of The Horror Kraal”, plotted by Bill Black, scripted and layed out by Richard(The Count)Rome, drawn by Mark Heike, and inked by Chris Allen. Cameos by Buckaroo Betty, She-Cat and Synn. Then, it’s a pair of Fiction House Golden Age classics, in the vintage reprint section- Matt Baker’s Tiger Girl, as seen originally in Fight Comics, in “A Priestess For The Shadowland Shrine”; followed by that most famous of jungle sirens, Sheena, Queen of The Jungle in “The Ancient Temple Of The Ivory Tusks”, beautifully illustrated by Robert H. Webb, and shot directly from the ORIGINAL ARTWORK!! Plus, another two-page preview of the Wild Side series, debutung in the next issue of JG. The best of “good girl art” techniques- from the 1940’s, to today. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
Yet more vintage Golden Age jungle glamour, cover to cover!! See Fiction House beauties like Tiger Girl, as rendered by Matt(Sky Girl)Baker, in “Might Of The Zalaka Pygmies”, and Camilla , by Bob Lubbers in “Greed And the Ancient Caves”, and a breathtaking Robert H. Webb -illustrated Sheena, Queen Of The Jungle tale, “Animal Cages Of The Slave Women”! Then, it’s Nyoka Of The Jungle in “The Last Of The Slavers”. Plus, a special bonus two-page preview of the upcoming new series to debut in an upcomong JG, teaming up Tara, Cave Girl, Nyoka, Tygra and Princess Pantha, in all-new adventures- Tales Of Taragonia.(later changed to Wild Side) Art by Nick Northey and Mark Heike. Superb, sexy, pinup style “good girl art” throughout. Color cover , interiors are black and white with graytones. Printed in 1993.
Another great all-Golden Age issue!! Sheena Queen of the Jungle does an encore, as the Fiction House babe stars in “Eight Men Fled”, a beautiful Robert H. Webb -drawn adventure shot from the ACTUAL ORIGINAL ART!! Webb is back as the artist on the second classic feature, Tiger girl in “The Curse Of Ha-Rae-Nah”. Finally, it’s Fawcett’s Nyoka, The Jungle Girl in “The Missing Pink Elephants”. Pulse-pounding paragons of pulchritude, done up jungle style. “Good girl art” pinup style comic stories, by the best glamour artists in the medium’s history- perfectly and faithfully reproduced. How can history be so much fun?? Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1992.
New lead story!! The Femforce’s present-day giant woman jungle babe, Tara Fremont stars , as alien women scheme to kidnap her for competition in a galactic sporting event- until they find out she can grow into a giantess!! This untitled story is written by Bill Black, and drawn by Victor(Freak Force)Bridges. The story is unique in that it was shot almost entirely from Bridges’ beautiful pencil art, preserving all of his beautiful linework. Great GTS action. It also guest stars Captain Video. (now Videxx) Next, a trio of classic Golden Age glamour stories, perfectly reproduced- Bob Powell’s M. E. Comics masterwork, Cave Girl in “Spears Of The Snowmen”; a late-period Fiction House gem, Fight Comic’s Tiger Girl in “The Enchanted Valley”, as drawn by Jack Abel; and Fawcett’s Nyoka the Jungle Girl in “The Flying Snake”, with art by Max Elkans. Plus, “good girl art” pinups by Billie Marimon/Chad Hunt, Dave (Octobriana)Roberts and Brad Gorby. Sexy, sensual jungle sirens in skimpy bathing suits-how can that not be great? Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, printed in 1992.
Another bookload of vintage Fiction House reprints, starting off with a rare Robert H. Webb illustrated Tiger Girl story, out of Fight Comics-“The Falls Of Doom”! Then, Matt Baker does art chores on Camilla, Wild Girl of the Congo, in “Treasure of the Zulus”. Next, an absolutely gorgeous Sheena, Queen of the Jungle story from very late in her original run, also done by Robert H. Webb, shot DIRECTLY FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK!! Plus- a unique bonus- a Golden Age jungle story drawn by Gene Fawcette, reworked slightly into Tara Of The Jungle- “Black Death”. See the contemporary Femforce star as she might’ve looked if she’d’ve been a late-’40’s vine-swinger. Babes a-plenty!! Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, printed in 1992.
All Fiction House Golden Age reprint issue!! Nobody did jungle glamour better than FH, so here’s their approach to it, cover to cover. Sheena is back, in a superb vintage 10-page epic, “Keeper of the Golden Scimitar”, shot from the ACTUAL ORIGINAL ART!! Then, a Maurice Whitman Kaanga story , retitled to put the focus where it belongs- “Ann and Her Mate”! Finally, the spectacular Bob Lubbers contributes art on a Camilla, Wild Girl of the Congo classic,”Camilla Must Die”! No one drew long-legged, full-figured lasses better than Mr. Lubbers!! Finally, a short text feature on a Las Vegas review called Tropical Heat in “Neon Jungle Girls”. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1992.
An excellent selection of jungle glamour in this all-vintage reprint issue. No title of this kind could be complete without an ample helping of Golden Age Fiction House material, so this edition features two FH stories, both drawn by the great Matt(Phantom Lady)Baker- Tiger Girl fight women warriors in a story originally appearing in Fight Comics #39, then Camilla, Wild Girl of the Congo goes to “The Festival of B’Togi”. Also, Nyoka, The Jungle Girl rings in with “The Dancing Statues”, from Fawcett Comics’ Master #128, and Magazine Enterprises’ Cave Girl, (drawn by Bob Powell) in “The Doom Boat”, from Africa Comics #1. This is the material that the term “good girl art” was coined to describe. See three very different takes on jungle girls, all in complete stories, perfectly reproduced. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format
Special Matt Baker issue! The ultimate “good girl art” practitioner of the Golden Age gets special focus, with not one, not two, but THREE of his very best Fiction House jungle girl stories!! First, it’s the super-sexy Camilla, Wild Girl of the Congo, in “The Power Lust of Asargi”! Then, a pair of Fight Comics reprints starring long and leggy jungle pinup Tiger Girl: “The Jewels of the Blind One”, and “The Bite of the Cobra” Plus, special guest star Nyoka, The Jungle Girl in “The Legend Hunter”, drawn by Maurice Whitman. All vintage cheesecake glamour and action, faithfully reproduced from the vintage originals. Girls galore. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1992.
This all -vintage Golden Age reprint issue ushers in yet another infamous jungle babe to this title’s pages- none other than Fox Features’ outrageous Rulah, Jungle Goddess. Known as the most titillating jungle strip of it’s day, the Rulah stories were always filled to the brim with girl fights, bondage, violence, suggested nudity, and every other taboo a newstand comic could skate near to in the late 1940’s.Two excellent examples headline this book, straight out of Fox’s All Top Comics and Rulah, Jungle Goddess(formerly Zoot Comics) “The Frenzy Of The Dishonored Idol”, and “The Ice Beast”. In between, another Fiction House beauty, Matt Baker’s Tiger Girl in “The Treasure Of The Sun Temple”. Back cover photo of Irish McCalla as Sheena. Absolutely the wildest sexy “good girl art” jungle comics , straight out of comic’s formative years Color Cover by Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1992.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!”Too Tall” Tara debuts, as our favorite ecologist-turned-jungle girl has gained the power to grow into a giantess! (GTS fans, take note!)Helping producer Mike Frankovich, Jr. with special effects on a new T. V. series, the oversized jungle queen manages to tame an eleven-foot gorilla in “My Heart Belongs To Kong”, written by Bill Black, drawn by Dick(Giant-Man)Ayers, and inked by Black and Mark Heike. And, the all-time most popular jungle girl, Fiction House’s Sheena makes her JG debut this issue, in an untitled 1940’s vintage stary drawn by Robert H. Webb and friends, shot directly from the ACTUAL ORIGINAL ART!! Then, it’s two more Fiction House Golden Age classics, a Matt Baker-drawn Tiger Girl from Fight Comics, and Bob(Long Sam)Lubbers on Camilla, Wild Girl Of The Congo, from Jungle Comics. Plus photos and a letter from T. V.’s original Sheena. pinup favorite Irish McCalla. Even if you don’t like jungle stuff, buy this book chock full of comic-style drawings of sexy girls. Color cover by Bill Black(from Matt Baker) interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1992 We are now down to 30 copies in stock!
After a two-year hiatus, Jungle Girls returns as a regular series!! The Femforce’s Tara On Jungle Island tangles with two poaches on the trail of the legendary treasure of Cap’n Jack, in a new untitled story written and drawn by Richard(The Count)Rome, and inked by Mark Heike and Jordi Ensign. Then, it’s the best of the classic jungle vixens of comic’s Golden Age, with Magazine Enterprises’ Cave Girl in “The Man Who Conquered Death”, drawn by Bob Powell, and Fiction House Publication’s Tiger Girl, straight out of Fight Comics, in “Behold The Rite Of Bor-Uk-Nah”!! Plus, full page cover repros from Fight #59, and Jumbo #104. Leggy, buxom pinup style “good girl art’ in a jungle setting. Color cover by Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1992.
Lots more bikini-clad Amazonian adventuresses, leading off with AC’s favorite Femforcer and contemporary lady vine-swinger, Tara Fremont.Tara’s Jungle Island paradise is interrupted by a parachutist toting bags of money. Could it be “The Return of D. B. Cooper”? With story and pencils by Jeff (Shanghai)Whiting, and inks by John(Mystic)Dell. More Golden Age girly goodies with complete story reprints- “Death Comes Three Ways”, starring Magazine Enterprises Cave Girl, originally seen in 1953’s Thun’da #5, and drawn by Bob Powell, and Nyoka, The Jungle Girl from her Fawcett Comics run, in “The Death Mask”, previously printed in Master Comics #131, 1952. Both stories utilize the best reconstruction and reprographics available, and are as perfect as the day they were drawn. Also, part II of an Ed Lane article on Cave Girl that began in Cave Girl #1, plus photos of actress Victoria Vetri, from the 1970 Hammer film, “When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth”. Great “good girl art” with a jungle twist. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1989.
The concept of a beautiful female adventurer romping through the jungle has been a staple of comics and films since the late 1930’s. With this title, AC would celebrate the great jungle girls of popular culture throughout the years, and into the present. Leading off this premiere issue is the top contemporary jungle babe, Tara Fremont, star of AC’s Femforce supergroup. On a trip to Africa, Tara runs afoul of the local native witch woman, Na’Waga, in “The Mirror Of Horror”, written and drawn by Bill Black. This is a new story, adapted from a previous tale that originally appeared in Paragon Publications’ Tara On The Dark Continent #1, in 1969.Then, it’s a pair of classic Golden Age reprints, with Bob Powell’s Cave Girl, in “Terror In The Town”, originally seen in Magazine Enterprises’ Cave Girl #14, and Nyoka the Jungle Girl in “The Alligator Island”, from Charlton’s Zoo Funnies #10. Sexy, sultry jungle temptresses in primordial action from cover to cover. Color cover by Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones.28 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1988.
Ginger must contend with a pair of bratty, mischievious kids on the loose with a tube of glue, in this issue’s ALL NEW story, ( in color ) written and drawn by mystery artist B. E. M. , and inked by Mark Heike. Then, it’s more of the best glamorous, pinup style comic art in history, with four more Matt Baker-drawn full story reprints from Fiction House Comics Jumbo: “The Kidnap Kaper”,wherin our Sky Gal breaks up a snatch n’ grab for ransom; “Bombs Over Burma”, where a little bad food leads to some high-flyin’ hallucinations; “The Hapless Heiress”, as SG inherits a sum of money, and “Scared Stiff”, where a crash-landing near an Asian temple leads to some spooky fun. This is what “good girl art” is all about. Color cover by Bill Black, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standdard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
ALL COLOR!!! The first book in history devoted to the misadventures of Fiction House Comic’s would-be girl pilot- known as Sky Girl when her stories originally appeared in Jumbo Comics in the 1940’s, redheaded Ginger MaGuire ranks right up with Torchy and The Phantom Lady among the all-time best “good girl art” strips, and proved very popular with AC readers when many of her stories were reprinted in Good Girl Art Quarterly. Beautiful, leggy and funny, Ginger had all the charms it took to get readers to return month after month. This issue leads off with an ALL NEW Sky Gal story, drawn by the madcap master of gorgeous women, Brad Gorby The fun, fur and skirts fly when Ginge takes a twin-engine job up for a test flight, co-piloted by a gaggle of green gremlins. Story, pencils and inks by Gorby. Then, it’s four stupendous reprints of actual vintage Golden Age Sky Girl stories straight out of Jumbo Comics; including her very FIRST appearance ( from Jumbo #68 ) drawn by Alex Blum,plus THREE classic tales drawn by the master of GGA, Matt Baker! See her hilarious and sexy antics wrapped up with a mystery writer, on a scavenger hunt, and as part of a harem. Color cover by Brad Gorby, full color throughout. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
GGAQ #19 IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE.*NEWSFLASH**NEWSFLASH**NEWSFLASH**NEWSFLASH**NEWSFLASH* …Due to situations beyond our control, Brad was unable to do the story in this issue! Mark and Stephanie Heike, came in and did the whole job from scratch in record time and saved the day!… By popular demand, AC Comics brings back a favorite title, one dedicated to the genre of “good girl art” in comics. Leading off is a sexy 12 page adventure of SHEENA, Queen of the Jungle by Bob Webb with Matt Baker… never before reprinted. The most outragous of all 1940’s girl art strips was Bill Ward’s TORCHY. Here’s another of the blonde bobbshell’s exploits where she manages to get her dress ripped off in no time flat! Matt Baker returns with another wacky SKY GIRL tale drawn to delight femme fans everywhere. Can SENORITA RIO stave off a Martian invasion and keep her skirt down at the same time? No way! It’s action South of the Border by Jack Kamen from Fiction House. Ralph Mayo illustrates the sexy CAMILLA from JUNGLE COMICS, and for FEMFORCE fans, Bill Black commemorates the 30th anniversary of two of his most bodacious creations…TARA and SYNN-GIRL FROM LSD- as illustrated by the great Brad Gorby, in a new, never-before-seen tale!! 52 pages, black and white with color covers
ALMOST SOLD OUT-ONLY A FEW COPIES LEFT!! Femforce jungle girl Tara Fremont stars in the new lead story this issue, as she searches an African rain forest cave for a mysterious “Star Gem”, little knowing it is guarded by mystic demons. Story and art by Nick Poliwko, with inks by Steve LeBlanc. Then, the historical reprint section sticks with the jungle motif, starting with Fox Feature’s Jungle Lil, in “Lands Of The Mandrill Queen”; followed by Matt Baker’s Tiger Girl, out of Fiction House’s Fight Comics, a Bill Black text feature on “Lorna, The Jungle Girl-The Marvel Comics Queen Of The Jungle”; Jungle Comics star Camilla, drawn by Ralph Mayo, and Matt Baker again on Sky Gal(Girl), from Jumbo. No, she isn’t in the jungle, but we like her, so we put her in. Color front cover by Brad Gorby and Mark Heike, color photo back cover of Annette Peters as Tara . Interiors are black and white with graytones. Printed in 1995.
It’s a new Halloween-themed lead story, as Synn is enjoying the holiday by entertaining three young orphans. When bed time comes, she puts them to sleep with a wild adventure story pitting her beautiful sorceress teammate Nightveil against a goofy frozen dairy monster in “Yumm! The incredible Ice Cream Monster With A Cherry On Top”. Hey, anybody remember Synn’s power to turn her thoughts into reality? Plot and inks by Mark Heike, with script and art by Richard(The Count)Rome. Introduces the villain Yumm. Vintage reprints this issue include Fiction House’s Sky Gal(Girl), Magazine Enterprises Dawn Girl ( from Red Hawk) in “Capture At The Waterhole”, and two Fox Features fantasies; Phantom Lady in “The Killer Clown”, and Zegra, Jungle Empress in “Games Of Havoc”. Color cover by Bill Black and Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
Femforce leader Ms. Victory is the star in the new lead story, as she runs up against a displaced former Communist agent, who has no intention of stopping her war on democracy, just because the U.S.S.R. is no more, in “Cold -Warrior in Sunny Florida”, with script and art by Richard(The Count)Rome (from a plot by Mark Heike) and inks by Chris Allen. Introduces the villainess Cherry Bomb. Then the Golden Age section features two old favorites, and two newcomers. Fox Feature’s Phantom Lady is back, in “The Fat Connoisseur!”, and Fiction House’s Sky Gal(Girl), in a story drawn by that ultimate purveyor of “good girl art”, Matt Baker. New to GGAQ this issue are Magazine Enterprises’ Cave Girl, in “The Devil Boat”, with art by Bob Powell, and Avon’s Dara Of The Vikings. Color cover by Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
Special Glamourcon Issue!! Photo cover ao AC actresses/spokesmodels Sharon Blair and Lois Hamilton!! Femforce resident alien Stardust stars in this issue’s lead story, as she has finally embraced life on Earth, and in very human fashion, gets lost in the excitement of a new hairdo and costume.(first story appearance for this costume, whicch was eventually changed back. ) When she volunteers to appear at a charity fundraiser put together by the shady Wayne Markley, neither know that the event is about to be crashed by that Golden Age Ace comics villain,(and nemesis to Magno) The Clown. Guest stars Jeff Bembaron and Howard Williams. This untitled story is written and inked by Mark Heike, and drawn by Chris Allen. Then, it’s the usual double dose of Matt Baker girly goodness, with his sensual art on Fox Feature’s Phantom Lady, in a story called “The Television Spies”, and a Sky Gal(Girl) strip out of Fiction House’s Jumbo. A new lady to GGAQ arrives this ish out of The Golden Age, Black Venus and her black leather swimsuit and boots, from Continental’s Contact Comics, in a story called “Agent X”, drawn by Rudy Palais. Special photo coverage of the first ever Glamourcon in Los Angeles comes next, with a write up by Drake Letcher- and finally a special bonus, a second “new” story this issue, this one starring Mike Frankovich, Jr.’s lady spy, Dawn Hunter, in her first AC Comics story appearance. A mining dispute in South America involves international terrorists using a mine shaft as an ammo cache in this story plotted and drawn by Chris Allen, scripted by Mike Frankovich Jr., and Bill Black, and inked by Allen, Chad Hunt and Chris Allen. Color photo cover, interiors are color and black and white. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
The Femforce’s sultry She-Cat stars in the new lead story,as an almost accidental saving of the President’s life suddenly makes her a media star, and threatens to “ruin”the public image she covets of being dangerous and unpredictable, in “America’s Sweetheart?” Plotted by Tillman Smoot, with script and pencils by Mark (Star Trek) Heike, and inks by Chris (David Jacob Beckett)Allen. It guest stars the staff of Orlando’s top comic shop, Enterprise 1701. In full color. Then, this issues reprint section is chock full of goodies of the girl art variety, starting with a pair from Quality Comics of the 1940’s. First, it’s the ultimate leggy glamour girl, Torchy, getting into more trouble with a modelling job turned bad, in a story drawn by creator Bill Ward; then it’s the lesser known (but much more buxom) Choo Choo, who’s doing some modelling, too-at the beach. Then, Matt Baker’s Sky Gal(Girl) is back, straight out of Fiction House’s Jumbo Comics . It’s back to tumbleweed country next, as Bill Black picks up on a subject left off with in #12, on “Gals Of The Wild West Revisited!”, followed by a full story reprint of Pete Morisi’s Two-Gun Lil, reprinted from Quality Comics (again) Crack Western. Love those girls in cowhide and leather. And yet another text feature, this one discussing the changes that the implementation of the Comics Code Authority had on existing strips featuring female leads, with “Baggy Shorts, The Phantom Lady, And The Comics Code”, followed by a full color reprint of one of the 1950’s Ajax/Farrell Phantom Lady stories, “What Price Protection”, with the P.L. costume and figures restored to what they ORIGINALLY were drawn like, before Code censors got to them. Plus, a color Bill Ward Torchy pin-up. Color cover by Mark(Lady Justice)Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
The Femforce girls are back in the lead in color as She-Cat and Synn star in “Shopping Maul”. A day off and a trip to the mall babysitting Synn sounds like a drag to She-Cat, “till she sees something she really wants to buy. When theives who grab it manage to escape the ‘Cat, it seems like a total loss, until Synn saves the day, without even using her powers. A goofy, day-in-the-life-of story plotted by Tillman Smoot, scripted and drawn by Mark(Magneto)Heike, and inked by Chris(Warrior Nun Areola)Allen. Following that is a pleasant potporri of Golden Age reprint gems, of the glamour art variety: Fiction House features Sky Gal(Girl) from Jumbo Comics, drawn by Matt Baker and printed in color, and Star Pirate, from Planet Comics, with art by Maurice Whitman. Bill Black’s text feature focusses on the sexy supporting gals in many of the Fiction House stories that “starred” male leads, in “Window Dressing”. Then, it’s more Fox Features perfect pulchritude with Matt Baker back on a Phantom Lady story from P. L. #18, June, 1948, “Ghosts, Galleons and Gold”, followed by Quality’s madcap lovely from the pages of Modern Comics, Torchy- illustrated by Gill Fox. Plus photo coverage of AC spokesmodels at the 1993 San Diego Comicon. Color cover by Brad Gorby and Mark Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
Buckaroo Betty and The All-Western Babes!! The “Femforce Friends” lead stories in GGAQ continue with “Mudlow Needs Women!”, in color. The FF’s supporting cowgirl from the past gets tricked by She-Cat into trading her ol’ fashioned plaid shirt n’ jeans for a sexy miniskirted costume, and ends up getting snatched by a goofy alien driving an ice cream truck. Written by Beau(Winona Earp)Smith, drawn by Brad(Parts Unknown)Gorby and inked by Mark(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)Heike. And the vintage section stays West of the Missippi, starting with Fiction House’s “Mitzi In Hollywood”, (reprinted from Movie Comics, and in color ) where the starstruck extra gets a bit part in a horse opera. And you’ve never seen a cowgirl ’till ya seen one as drawn by the great Matt Baker, like right here! Then, it’s Harvey Comics’ Kitty Carson (from an issue of Kerry Drake ) in “Terror Of The West”, as drawn by Bob Powell; Fiction long-legged, buckskin-clad frontier girl is here, straight out of Rangers Comics. She fights some poachers, and averts a Native American war, all in full color, illustrated by the superb Bob Lubbers. Finally, Magazine Enterprises babe in black with the twin .44’s, The Black Phantom makes a color apperance, in “Sixguns Of Skullhead!”- drawn by Frank Bolle. Also, an extensive, copiously-illustrated overview of ALL the G.A. cowgirl characters, as written by historian Bill Black: “Gorgeous Gals Of The Golden West”. Color Cover by Brad Gorby, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
Yankee Girl!!! When Yankeee Girl first appeared as a supporting character in Femforce, ( among the dozens of REAL Golden Age characters revived out of Dr. Jonathan Weir’s Vault Of Heroes) she almost IMMEDIATELY became a hit with FF fans. Tho’ back in her 1940’s “series ” for Harry “A” Chesler’s line, she actually had ony ONE appearance in costume, ( Dynamic Comics #23) she has made dozens of hit guest appearances in Femforce and other AC books. This is her first modern-era solo story, and first color AC appearance- “Sugar Cakes”. So, what DOES a superheroine-out-of-time ( with her family fortune long since squandered while in stasis ) do for an income? Well, advertising spokesperson for a breakfast dessert snack might work- but don’t bet on it. It’s a laugh a minute in this lighthearted story, with script and inks by Mark(Mantra)Heike, drawn by Brad(Spawn)Gorby. The story guest stars Wayne Markley and The Green Lama. The, it’s reprints of what are unquestionably THE three best GGA glamour strips of comic’s Golden Age-Quality’s Torchy by creator Bill Ward, Fiction House’s Sky Gal(Girl) by Matt Baker, and best of all, Fox Feature’s Phantom Lady, in “The Case Of The Murderous Model”, also by Baker- and all THREE great strips are in COLOR! Plus, a report on publisher Bill Black’s experiences at the 1993 Tampa SunCon, with T.V.’s original Sheena, Irish McCalla, veteran comic art great Chic(The Fantastic Four) Stone, and comic and stryboard artist Paul( Predator, Robocop) Power. Could be the most fun issue of GGAQ yet!! Color cover by Mark Heike, interior is color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1993.
Even this issue’s new Femforce story has a Golden Age flavor, as it stars AC’s revival of the 1940’s Nedor/Standard heroine, Miss Masque, in “Mudslinging!” Appearing on a sleazy T. V. taslk show to try to defend the honor of her newfound friends the Femforce, MM doesn’t know that the host has brought in a wringer to share the stage- the villainous Madame Boa. When Boa goads MM into an on-camera cat fight, and the show’s nefarious host wheels out a vat of mud for them to roll around in, it takes some quick thinking and fast-talking by Miss M. to get her opponent to team up with her and takeit out on the host. Plot and breakdowns by Richard(The Count)Rome and Norman Hardy Jr., drawn by Richard Pollard, Sr. with script and inking by Mark G. Heike. Way-out girl-fighting and mud-wrestling!! This ish’s classic reprint section is a big winner, led off by Matt Baker’s Fiction House flozzy, Sky Gal(formerly Girl), as seen in Jumbo Comics, a Bill Black text feature (with lotsa GREAT Alex Schomburg cover repros ) on Nedor’s Miss Masque, a Holyoke Comics Miss Victory adventure, drawn by Nina Albright, initially printed in Captain Aero Comics, a Fox Features Phantom Lady story, “The Substitue Cinderella”, drawn by Nick Alton ( in color ) and a way-out Quality Comics Torchy “tale”, drawn by her creator, Bill Ward. Beautiful, sexy gals in skimpy costumers- with lots of action and laughs. That’s the GGAQ experience.
Giant sized fun awaits in the lead story, which feature Femforce supporting giantess, Garganta in color in “Island Claws”. In an effort to help them both better master their size-changing abilities, Tara Fremont has brought Garganta to the peace and tranquility of her Jungle Island preserve. But the quiet doen’t last long, as the island is soon invaded by an even bigger player- that old Lev Gleason anti-hero, ( revived in the AC Universe as a full-fledged super villain) The Claw!! Garganta starts out at fifty feet tall, The Claw even larger ! As the battle of the titans reaches a crescendo, Big G must call on some very special friends to turn the tide. Great giant woman fight scenes and GTS action. Written by Bill Black, drawn by Dick Ayers, and inked by Mark Heike. “Big thrills” continue in the Golden Age section, with a color tale of that redheaded Fiction House babe, Sky Gal(formerly Sky Girl) by Matt Baker- “Crunchy Corn, For The Strength Of A Caveman” reprinted from a story originally appearing in Jumbo.Then, it’s more Baker babes in Tiger Girl, from a 1946 issue of Fight Comics., and still a third Matt Baker opus, as he draws his signature character, Fox Feature’s Phantom Lady, in glorious color in “The Copy-Cat Killers”, originally seen in All Top Comics #14, 1948. Finish with Fran Hopper’s Mysta Of The Moon, from Planet Comics #40, a Matt Baker checklist of all his published work, and throw in a Pistol Packin’ Pattie (“Belittling”) by Frank Bolle, and you’ve got another book full of sultry, sexy, long-legged girls drawn in the best glamorous, pinup type “good girl art” you can find. Color cover by Bill Black and Mark Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1992.
Special Comic Book Characters That Look Like Betty Page Issue!! This book leads off with a new color Femforce story featuring the wild west cowgirl brought into the present, Buckaroo Betty Bates. (Y’see, her rairstyle is eerily reminiscent of a certain dark-haired pin-up model’s…) Well, living in an era out of your own time can be confusing- and when Buckaroo Betty see some ad posters advertising a new movie based on the life story of magazine model Betty Books, well the character looks a little too similar to our Ms. Bates for her liking. Stampeding on down to the movie studio, Betty barges in just in time for the filming of the big lingerie/bondage scene. Like any good old fashioned girl would- she shoots the place up. “Big Screen Betty” is written by Bill Black, drawn by Dick Ayers and Black, with inks by Mark Heike. The vintage reprints section starts with Fiction House fan-favorite, Jumbo Comic’s Sky Girl. (Hey, whats SHE doing in this book? She doesn’t look like you-know-who.) In color. Then, “Imagine If… Betty Page were Torchy”- not exactly as it originally appeared, this is a Gill Fox Torchy tale from the ’40’s, with Torchy’s haitstyle reworked to look like our theme for this month. Goofy? Maybe so-but wait, there’s more! A five-page photo section of Betty shots, then, a Golden Age Matt Baker story reworked by Bill Black into a color Phantom Lady story that never was! “Wild Eyes!” (Remember, PL’s hairstyle is an AWFUL lot like…) And finally, a full color Yankee Girl story that was originally drawn in the Golden Age for the Chesler books, but never PRINTED, is used here, with YG’s hair rewoked into the Betty look. What else can we say but that you’ll get a …bang…out of this issue? Color cover by Mark Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic format. Printed in 1992.
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! Dave Roberts & Mark Heike team up on the FIRST solo Yankee Girl story to see print in decades!! Co-Starring She-Cat & Dragonfly. Then, it’s vintage glamour reprints with GA Yankee Girl by Ralph Mayo, Phantom Lady by Matt Baker, Sky Girl by Baker again; Miss Masque; PLUS a text feature on superheroines in the Golden Age. Cover art by Bill Black.
Full Color Femforce Lead Story! As Jennifer(the New Ms. Victory)Burke tries out a new set of flying jets, Synn gets lonesome for her old friends, and takes a trip back to Club Paragon, where she used to work as an exotic dancer before she gained her synestrophic powers. When she learns that all the other dancers have just walked out on manager “Easy” Easton, she uses her reality-warping powers to morh herself into a whole marquee’s worth of different dancers, then solves a little “pest” problem for him, as only she would. “Gay Decievers” is written by Bill Black, with some of the WILDEST “good girl art” seen in decades, provided by Nick Northey and Mark Heike. It guest stars Jet Girl. Then, vintage vixens vye for visibility in the Golden Age reprint section of the book: Fiction House’s Sky Girl, ( color )from Jumbo Comics and Mysta Of The Moon , ( in colot )from Planet, plus Patsy Pinup from Fight; early Wally Wood glamour art on Fox Features’ Latin beauty, Chiquita. ( in color )Text features include “What Is Good Girl Art?” by Bill Black, “Sheena Takes Manhattan” by Bill Feret, and “Mysta Of The Moon”, by Ed Lane. Centerspread splash repro from Ajax Comic’s Vooda, Jungle Princess by Matt Baker. Color cover by Mark Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1991.
GTS Lead Story!! The Femforce’s resident jungle girl, Tara Fremont gets tricked into appearing on T. V. in an infomercial- and is secretly slipped a dose of the unstable “Garganta Formula”! Wild highjinks ensue as she grows to giantess proportionns, busting through the top of the studio. As luck would have it, her new-found size changing ability lets her save a drunken spring breaker from a fatal fall. A new giant woman character is born, in this, the origin and first appearance of Too Tall Tara , in “Growing Pains”, written by Bill Black, drawn by Brad Gorby, and inked by Black, Mark Heike, Chad Hunt, and Billie Marimon.Unnamed cameo by Madalyne Macabre. Then it’s gorgeous Golden Age gals galore, including Clarabelle in Looie Lazybones’ “A Bride Fer Kissin’ Tim”, from Nedor/Standard’s Thrilling Comics #71, April of 1949; Sky Girl, from Fiction House’s Jumbo Comics #104, October, 1947- as drawn by the master, Matt Baker. This issue’s special focus is Fight Comic’s femme fatale, Senorita Rio. Extensive text history by Bill Black, Fight #37 cover repro centerfold, and a complete Lily Renee story reprint from Fight Comics #35, in color. You can’t find this material any place else- and if you could, no one but AC Comics has the state-of-the-art techniques to reproduce it. Color cover by Dick Ayers and Mark Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1991.
Special Guest Feature-Sheena, Queen Of The Jungle!! This issue starts off with the fourth and final installment of the new Femforce story, “Shapeshifters-The Conclusion”. The FF enter the Shadow Realm and end the extra-terrestrial threat to our dimension. Written and drawn by Mark Moore, with inks by Chad Hunt. Guest starring Harry Diamond and The Raptress. Then, it’s airport diner laughs aplenty with Fiction House’s Sky Girl, straight out of Jumbo Comics, as drawn by Matt Baker- and a historical piece on Baker’s career follows, with “King Of The Good Girl Artists “, by Golden Age expert Hames Ware. Then, continuing the saga of comic’s #1 jungle heroine in Sheena, Queen of The Jungle: At The Scene Of Her Birth- The Whos And Hows”, by Bill Black and Bill Feret. Lots of illustrations and important info. Then, AC’s first full Sheena reprint, with a full color story out of Jumbo Comics. Finally, Nedor/Standard’s twist on Lil’ Abner is back, with Frank Frazetta drawing another installment of Looie Lazybones from Thrilling Comics- “There’s No Feud Like An Old Feud” Page after page of the sexiest, most beautiful women drawn in comics over the last fifty years. Color cover by Bill Black and Mark Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1990.
Comtemporary Femforce lead story in color. “Shapeshifters”, Part III, written and drawn by Mark Moore, and inked by Chad Hunt. It guest stars Harry Diamond. The best in Golden Age pinup style reprints, with Fiction House’s Camilla, Sky Girl by Matt Baker, (from Fight Comics ) Firehair by Bob Lubbers, (from Rangers Comics ) with a historical write up on the greatest FH babe of them all, in “The Saga Of Sheena”, by Bill Feret, “How Sheena Met Bob” by W. Morgan Thomas,(reprinted ) and a Bill Black special “Spotlight On ( Firehair artist ) Bob Lubbers” .Girls, girls and more girls, in the third issue of this great series that takes the comic style appreciation of the female form from the 1940’s into the present. Color cover by Mark Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1990.
ONE COPY LEFT!!!GGAQ#2 New lead Femforce story,(continued from GGAQ#1) “Shapeshifters”, Part II- written and drawn by Mark Moore and inked by Chad Hunt. It guest stars detective Harry Diamond. Complete Golden Age reprints ( in COLOR ) of the Fox Features’ The Phantom Lady, two Matt Baker-drawn stories originally printed in Phantom Lady #14- “A Shroud For The Bride”, and “The Condemned Venus”; plus “The Fox Features Phantom Lady Comic Book Index”, a guide to the entire 1940’s and ’50’s run of the character with historical information and lots of cover reprints. With lots of Baker art, this issue is filled to overflowing with the best comic book glamour art ever-bodacious , buxom babes and leggy lasses abound. Color cover by Mark Heike, interiors are color and black and white with graytones. 52 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1990.
Classic reprints of fantasy/s-f/s&s stories from the 1950’s!! Wally Wood’s Captain Science in “The Insidious Doctor Khartoum”; John Giunta’s Crom, The Barbarian in “The Giant From Beyond”; Sid Greene’s “The Flame Goddess”; and “Princess of the Past” by Larsen. Vintage full-story reprints originally published by Avon Pubs. and others. 36 pages, b&w with color covers, standard comic book size & format; saddle-stitched. Printed in 1990.
A big, thick book of vintage Golden Age reprints of the best in science fiction comics. Leading off another Reed Crandall “Interplanetary Police” story from the Buster Brown shoe store giveaway comics, this one entitled “Mirror Of Doom”, inked by Ray Willner, again co-starring the villainess, The Space Siren.Then, it’s Steve Ditko sci-fi with “The Planet That Vanished”, and “I Was Captured By The Abominable Snowman”. No G. A. s-f comic would be complete without something from Fiction House Comic’s Planet, and this volume has no less than SEVEN full story reprints from the run of that venerable comic. Unfortunately, like most Fiction House stories, they are untitled, but this issue includes: Mysta Of The Moon, by Chuck Winter, Auro, Lord Of Jupiter, by George Evans, Gale Allen, by Fran Hopper, Auro again, this time drawn by Graham Ingels, Futura, Star Pirate by Leonard Starr, and “The Martian Plague”, illustrated by Mike Sekowsky and Bernard Sachs. More ouiter space fun than you can shake a retrorocket at!! 76 pages, color painted cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1999.