The comics world lost one if it’s icons with the recent passing of the great Alex Toth. This special spotlight issue focuses on the spectacular work he did between 1950 & 1960. Featured are rare full-story reprints including Buster Crabbe in “Dark Of The Moon”, from Buster Crabbe #2, and “The Big Catch” ( starring the cast of the “77 Sunset Strip” detective TV series) from Four Color #1066;a profusely-llustrated article on Alex’s work on the Jimmy Wakely series, and an art gallery showcasing much of Toth’s best work on splash pages & covers. In addition, read AC publisher Bill Black’s thoughts on his correspondance with Toth over the years. 48 pages, black & white with color covers; standard comic book size; saddle stitched. Printed in 2006.
Representative reprints (in the form of full stories) of the work of the most highly-regarded artists of the Golden Age of Comics, starting out with Reed Crandall on Captain Daring in: “Alliance of Evil.Then, glamor artist supreme Matt Baker gives us the two-fisted adventuress Glory Forbes, in a tale originally seen in Rangers Comics #37, followed by a short Steve Ditko mystery/fantasy story; “The Doorway”. A Bob Powell portfolio follows, with a brief bio & illustratio, followed by three top-notch Powell artistc tour-du- forces: “Mobster, Incorporated”, from Warfront #34; the romantic “Secret Heart” from First Romance .Finally, the book closes with Dick Briefer’s The Monster of Frankenstein” in “The Mark of the Skull”, from Frankenstein # 30 all with a spectacular Wally Wood painted cover. 52 pages of macabre action black & white with color covers, reprinting material originally seen within the pages of comic books from Quality, Magazine Enterprises, Harvey, & Prize Comics. Printed in 2006
Special “Focus On Fiction House” issue, celebrating the great “good girl art”, pulp-inspired comic books of that venerable publisher from the 1940’s!! First off, it’s cover feature TIGER GIRL in a top-flight Matt Baker-drawn story originally published in Fight Comics #50, in June of 1947. Then, it’s GALE ALLEN and the GIRL SQUADRON, straight out of Planet Comics, as they battle an evil scientist named Izmet to free the kingdom of Margravia. Then, go South of the border with Fight Comic’s SENORITA RIO, in a story drawn by lady artist Lily Renee, as the sexy senorita teams up with the mysterious Man in the Golden Mask to fight Nazi fifth-columnists to keep the elections in El Greco honest. Then, it’s back to the archives of Planet Comics for a Fran Hopper-illustrated adventure featuring MYSTA of the MOON, as the Lunar Lass matches wits with the villainous Gor, who has created a mindless & obedient army to do his bidding on the planet Ares- by growing them like plants- from SEED!! Then, it’s out to the steamy jungles of Jungle Comics, as artist Maurice Whitman contributes a story of jungle lord KA’ANGA (and his sultry mate, Ann), as they mix it up with evil tribesman & white troublemakers looking to use a plague epidemic to stir up trouble with the Lonkalo tribe. Finally, rocket into space once again with FUTURA, from Planet Comics, in a classic episode of her long-running battle with the Cymradian villain, Mentor. All full-story reprints, using the best-quality reproduction process in the industry. 52 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2006.
The cream of the crop among creators from comics’ formative years are on display once again in this wonderful collection of reprints, starting off with Joe Kubert illustrating a star-spanning sci-fi adventure starring Kenton of the Star Patrol (from Avon Comics’ Strange Worlds #1) “The Corsairs fron the Coalsack”. Then, Mort Meskin spins a tale across time and space involving the legendary city of Eldorado- “The Promised Land”, from Prize Comics’ Black Magic. Jack Cole is responsible for an untitled escapade starring Quality Comics’ Woozy Winks, wherin Woozy becomes king of Dopi Island; and race-car rowdies square off in “Bush Track Sentence”, illustrated by EC Comics great Bernard Krigstein. Bob Powell dabbles in outer space psychotherapy in “Asylum”; Steve Ditko draws “The Thing from Planet X”, and Jack (King) Kirby brings to life “Donnegan’s Daffy Chair”, from Alarming Tales #1. 52 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic-book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2005
King Kirby in the 1950’s is the theme this issue, with reprints and articles covering this lesser-chronicled era of Jack’s work. Start off with a text overview of The King’s work at Harvey, Mainline, et al; dovetailing into Kirby Way Out West, delving into his ’50’s work on various cowboy titles. Then, a full-length reprint of yet another adventure of his little-seen frontier opus, Davy Crockett- this one titled “Running Fight”. Then, another article; National Nightmares- Kirby Style; covering Jack’s DC Comics work on their horror/SF/fantasy titles of the era, then it’s onto The Stuntman Revival coverage, including a Bill Black -inked version of the last page of the unpublished (and uninked, for that matter) Stuntman story,” Jungle Lord”. Then, it’s adventure on other worlds with another full-story reprint- this time, starring The Three Rocketeers in “The Great Moon Mystery”, penciled by Jack and inked by Al Williamson, followed by war-torn action from the Korean Conflict with “Sitting Duck”, another complete story drawn by Jack, with inks by Frank Giacoia; horror/fantasy (originally published in Prize Comics’ Black Magic title) “After I’m Gone”and “Angel of Death”, both full-story reprints inked by Joe Simon. The book is 52 pages; black and white with color covers; standard comic book size & format, and printed in 2005.
The spotlight is on Spiderman co-creator and all-time great, artist Steve Ditko, and his atmospheric and macabre renderings this issue. Focusing on Steve’s early career producing horror and fantasy stories originally seen at Charlton Comics in the mid-1950’s, this collection reprises “3-D: Disaster, Doom, Death” from This Magazine is Haunted #17, “The Man Who Painted On Air”, “He’s Coming For Me”; and “The Night of the Red Snow”from other issues of that title, the short fantasy feature “The Shadow”, and a collaborative effort from Prize Comic’s Black Magic title wherupon Ditko inks the pencils of Jack Kirby on a gritty war story, “Guard Duty”. Also, another Simon/Kirby Black Magic team-up, “Those Who Are About To Die”, and an Alex Toth-drawn masterpiece from Lev Gleason’s Buster Crabbe Comics, “Killer On The Loose” All full-story reprints, crisp and clean. 52 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size. Printed in 2005
This is entire volume is dedicated to the Golden Age career of artist Alex Toth, who actively participated in the production of this book. Starting off behind a brand-new, never-before-seen Toth cover, We get an indepth and profusely-illustrated overview of Alex’s work at Dell Publications, including his movie/TV adaptations like The Land Unkown, Seahunt, Disney’s Clint and Mac, The Lennon Sisters, Darby O’Gill and The Little People, The Real McCoys, Oh, Susanna, Danny Thomas ; and special focus on 77 Sunset Strip. Then, it’s Alex’s work on Roy Rogers and other big and small-screen stars, including Frontier Doctor, Maverick, and Sugarfoot. Next, a full-story reprint from Buster Crabbe Comics, ” Invisible Monsters of Callisto”, followed by Harry Thomas’s extensive article on Alex’s Western work, on Johnny Thunder and other strips; “Thunder In The West”. A complete checklist of all the Toth reprints that AC Comics has printed follows that, then another rare full-story reprint- the VERY rare “Danny Dreams”. Finally, an illustrated article on Alex’s “dog days”- his work on Streak, The Wonder Dog, and Rex, The Wonder Dog. There have been many books and articles on Toth’s work appearing over the last few years; this book takes on projects not discussed in those other venues. Excellent text on little-seen aspects of Toth’s carrer, written by comics historian, Bill Black. 52 pages, black & white with color covers; standard comic-book size, printed in 2004
Another great issue of the title that tries to keep comics images alive and vibrant in the digital age!! See the best artists of the Golden Age at their peak: Reed Crandall on the swashbuckling superhero known as The Firebrand! Joe Kubert illustrates Chuck (Crimebuster) Chandler in “Gem of an Idea”!!Bob Powell delineates Red Hawk in “The Man Who Rode The Moonlight”!! Weird fantasy with Jack Kirby doing “The Fourth Dimension Is A Many-Splattered Thing”!! Steve Ditko offers up science fiction on “The Heritage”!! Alex Toth handles “Working Girl’s Romance” , and Mort Meskin adds “Soft Touch”. Great full-story Golden Age reprints from Quality, M. E. Prize, Charlton, Lev Gleason and more. Black & white with color covers, 52 pages, standard comic book size. Printed in 2004.
Ace artist JACK KIRBY, champ of the Golden Age is in the spotlight this issue with the touching story of a boxer who finds love in “The Leather Pusher”. Then, it’s a gritty Alex Toth crime drama, straight out of Lev Gleason’s Crime And Punishment- “The Armored Car Murders”. Al williamson is in a sci-fi showcase with “The Strangers From Space”, Bob Powell adds whimsical weirdness with “Disc Jockey”, Steve Ditko shows “Imagination”, and Kurt Schaffenberger sends “A Falling Star”. All that plus former EC great Bernard Krigstein illustrates “The Vagrant”, and Bill Benilus rings in with “Highjack On Alpha-7”, from a late -run issue of Planet Comics. 52 pages, black and white with color cover, standard comic book size, printed in 2004.
Bob Lubbers is in the spotlight this issue with cover art and reprints of two Fiction House features from The Golden Age: Captain Wings and Firehair- plus an illustrated text article on his career. In addition, there’s a Jane Martin story as illustrated by EC great George Evans, macabre mystery by Jack Kirby with “The Big Hunt” from Prize Comics; touching romance by master Alex Toth in “Till We Meet Again”, and Harlton science fiction drawn by Steve Ditko on “The Secret of Captain X”. All full story exact reprints from comics’ formative years. 52 pages, black & white with color covers, standard comic book format. Printed in 2003.
This special “weird fantasy” issue spotlights many of the finest artists of the 1950’s, including Jack Kirby,(“Afraid To Dream” “The Girl Who Could Walk on Water”), Wally Wood, Bob Powell, (“The Doomed Patrol”), Steve Ditko, (“The Man Who Could See Tomorrow”), Dick Ayers, Bill Everettt, Reed Crandall anf Jack Kamen, (“Ghost Patrol”) in gripping fantasy dramas originally published by Fiction House, Charlton, Prize and others, in crystal-clear, full-story reprints. 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, printed in 2003.
Another cavalcade of comic’s best creators of the 1940’s and ’50’s, at work on a variety of story genres. Originally published by Avon Periodicals, Joe Kubert illustrates the eerie sci-fi/ horror thriller, “Map of Doom . Wally Wood and Joe Orlando team up to illustrate the Captain Science adventure, “The Insidious Doctor Khartoum,” from Youthful Magazines. Then, originally seen in Fiction House Comics’ Wings; it’s Jane Martin, masterfully drawn by the incomparable George Evans, followed by a Charlton S-F shorty by Steve Ditko, “Adrift in Space”. John Buscema does the honors on a Western tale of the Desert Hawk entitled “Wheel of Fortune”, from St. John Pubs; Bill Ward is reprised from his Quality Comics days with a madcap laugh-riot starring Torchy, and Mort Meskin illustrates the inexplicable “The House That Tried To Kill Me”, from Prize Comics. Black and white with a color cover; 48 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 2003.
This issue of the industries’ top Golden Age reprint anthology as usual boasts a line-up of all-time great artists. Will Eisner illustrates an early adventure starring Yarko, Master Magician, as he faces “The Voodoo King”, Bob Powell contributes a Cave Girl tale called “The Little Man Who Was All There”. “Good Girl Art” master Bill Ward brings the glamorous Torchy Todd to life in a hilarious case of mistaken identity while John Severin pits Billy The Kid up against “El Chivito”. Joe Kubert delves into a world of horror in “The Mirror Of Isis”, while Murphy Anderson takes The Space Rangers on “The Quest forb Lost Atlantis”- plus a precode crime thriller “Fatal Mistake!” drawn by Mort Meskin. The Mysterious Traveller tells the weird story of “The Sultan” by Steve Ditko. Rounding out this package is a 3 page love story by the guys who created the genre, Simon and Kirby, entitled “Please Help Me”. Superbly- reproduced full-story reprints covering a wide variety of story types, from publishers like Quality, Fox Features, Avon, Magazine Enterprises, Charlton, Fiction House and Prize Comics. 52 pages, black and white with color cover. Standard comic book format. Printed in 2002
More superb Golden Age reprints, this issue’s focus on Fawcatt Comics. Headlining is Spy Smasher as he busts up a Nazi sabotage plot ! Ibis the Invincible fights a coven of cat-worshippers! There’s jungle action with serial favorite Nyoka the Jungle Girl, and slam-bang action with Mr. Scarlet and Pinky. Bulletman and Bulletgirl fly high to fight the evil Dr. Weird, while El Carim, Master of Magic uses his powers against a gang of thugs. Six superb stories from the Fabulous ‘Forties, with art by Dan Barry, George Tuska, Kurt Schaffenberger, Bob Fugitani and Emil Gershwin. 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book format. Printed in 2002
Comicdom’s top Golden Age anthology is back, with a plethora of high-quality reprints to satisfy every taste! If you like superheroes, there’s Bob Powell’s Strongman, in “The Deluge”. Western’s your bag? We’ve got Dick Ayer’s original Ghost Rider, The Haunted Horseman in “The Man From Scotland Yard” Horror fans will love Harry Lazarus’ simulated 3D art on “The Wolpire”, and Steve Ditko’s spooky Mysterious Traveler in “Above The Topmost Peak”. Historical adventure in the colonial days comes via White Indian in “The Trail of the Traitor”, illustrated by none other than Frank Frazetta, and Good Girl art fans get a double treat, with that sensual siren Mysta of the Moon , as illustated by Don Cameron, versus the evil Karrin, and international intrigue in Senorita Rio and “The Vapors of Madness!” (drawn by Jack Kamen!!) Reprising the best material of the 1940’s and ’50’s, from comics publishers like Fiction House, Magazine Enterprises, Charlton and ACG, in beautiful full-story reprints. 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book format. Printed in 2002.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE !!!America’s Greatest Comics #1- $6.95 First issue of a new Golden Age reprint anthology title that runs the gamut of story types, every one rendered by an all-time great illustrator! For fans of the costumed super-types, it’s Fox Features’ sexy Phantom Lady, by Matt Baker, in “The Fire Fiend!”, and The Dollman, who uses a model plane to bring crooks down to size in a tale drawn by Lou Fine!! For jungle fans, there’s Thunda, King of the Congo facing “The Terror of the Tusks”, with Bob Powell art. Like horror stories? Try Joe Kubert’s “The Curse of Khar!”, or Steve Ditko’s “The Man Below”- a tale narrated by The Mysterious Traveller. The King is celebrated in a spooky fantasy, as Jack Kirby and partner Joe Simon provide “Birth After Death!” If glamorous “good girl art” is your thing, we’ve got the sizzling Torchy, by creator Bill Ward. See how her job as secretary to a voice teacher leads to her losing her clothes! For the more military-minded, check out Doug Wildey’s “The Pool of Peril”, a a supernatural mystery set in WWII. As is the AC standard, all these full stories, reprinted from such publishers as Quality. Magazine Enterprises, Avon, Prize Charlton and others, are reproduced in the highest quality possible. 52 pages, black and white with color covers. Standard comic book format. Printed in 2002.