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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
“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.
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! A SPECIAL reprint volume containing ALL the material originally seen in Golden Age Greats #1 AND the long-out-of-print Golden Age Greats #3!!! How about TWO feature-length stories of of Fox Features’ The FLAME, stright out of vintage issues of Wonderworld Comics, and illustrated by the great Lou Fine open this superb volume, but that is just the warm-up!! Then, it’s ESPIONAGE, starring The BLACK X, by Will Eisner, The BLACK TERROR in “Danger In The Air”, by Mort Meskin & Jerry Robinson; The FIGHTING YANK in “The Shadow of Dismal Island”, (also by Robinson & Meskin); CAT-MAN and KITTEN in “The Man Who Conquered Death’, with art by Bob Fujitani; ROCKETMAN & JET-GIRL by Al Plastino; MISS VICTORY, in an untitled 1946 story drawn by Nina Albright, and not one but TWO GREEN LAMA stories illustrated by the phenomenal Mac Raboy,”The Green Lama Bombs Toyko”, and “The Riddle of the Toys”. 156 pages of prime Golden Age reprints of material originally published by Fox, Quality, Harry “A” Chesler, Holyoke & Spark Publications, reproduced with crystal clarity- TEN ful-length classis from the 1940’s!1 We only have a handfull of these books in stock, so if you don’t want to miss out, better buy one NOW!! Black & white with color covers, 8 1/2″ X 7 3/4″ Golden Age Greats series size, squarebound trade paperback. Printed in 2006.
The phenomenal success of the CAPTAIN AMERICA comic book in 1941 spurred a trend towards flag-draped superheroes throughout the industry during the ealy days of World War II. It seems as if every comics outfit suddenly needed to have one, two, three; sometimes more of these red-white-and-blue characters to fill out there line. This volume of GAG Spotlight is a collection of the best & most interesting among the off-brand, imitation Caps, sampled from a variety of long-defunct Golden Age publishers. Includes Fox Features’ pariotic heroes THE EAGLE, U.S. JONES and (reprinted for the first time at AC) V-MAN in “The Meeting That Death Attended”. Also, from the Harvey stable, CAPTAIN FREEDOM and the origin of THE SPRIT OF’76. COMMANDO YANK (“The Temple of the One-Eyed Yellow Idol”), MINUTE MAN (“Makes the Dictators Buy War Bonds”) and SPY SMASHER represent Fawcett’s flag-wavers, as do FLAG-MAN, MISS VICTORY and (in his first MOM appearance) THE RED CROSS from Holyoke Publications, YANK & DOODLE (another first-timer) from Prize Comics, YANKEE DOODLE JONES from Chesler, and CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS in “Unholy Death”(debuting in this issue as a reprint character at AC ) from Ace. 14 full stories in all, shot directly from actual vintage comics as source material. 150 pages of state-of-the art black & white reprints of the patriotic superheroes of the Golden Age. So many stars and stripes you’ll go blind from it!! Featured artists include Phil Bard, Ramona Patenaude, Pierce Rice, Arturo Cazeneuve, Jack Alderman, Charles Quinlan, Rudy Palais, John Giunta and Charles Sultan. Black & white interiors with full color covers, saddle-stitched. Please note: this volume does include some material previously printed in various issues of MEN OF MYSTERY. Released in 2011.
This issue is devoted to the comic book work of one of comics’ all-time greats, Reed Crandall, in the only cover-to-cover overview of the industries’ first great “realist”. 150 pages in length, with 15 full-story reprints highlighting Crandall’s ultra-detailed renderings in crystal-clear black and white, sampling his work from it’s Golden Age beginnings at the Eisner/Iger shop in the early 1940’s straight through to the 1960’s. Stories include examples of his triumphs on DOLLMAN, The RAY, CAPTAIN TRIUMPH, FIREBRAND (two stories!!), UNCLE SAM, MANHUNTER, BLACKHAWK, The SPACE PATROL, FLASH GORDON, The WHIP, KEN SHANNON, STORMY FOSTER, and not one but TWO fantasy/SF short stories. All this plus a short bio by comics historiam Hames Ware, additional background text by AC publisher and comics histoian Bill Black, photos of the artist, and coverage of his work on HERCULES, The OLD WITCH, PAT PATRIOT, K’AANGA, BUSTER BROWN, Atlas Comics, EC, Warren and The Thunder Agents. A tour-du-force triumph celebrating a tremendous talent whose work is too often overlooked by contemporary readers and collectors. Full color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Released in 2011. (Please note: some of the material in this book has been prevuiously presented in issues of AC’s Men of Mystery , America’s Greatest Comics and Thrilling Science Fiction.)
Fox Features is once again the focus of this issues’ Golden Age Greats Spotlight, specifically Foxes’ super-hero all-star title, Big Three Comics. Including the cover, this is a full facsimile reprint of the original Big 3 comics, including all stories, ads & text pages, PLUS FIVE more vintage Fox Features stories!! A total of 100 pages in all!! First up, in the Big 3 section, it’s AC’s first-ever Fox Features BLUE BEETLE story reprint, this one an untitled 15-pager drawn by Sam Cooper. Then, Fantastic Comics stars SAMSON and DAVID in- “The Inner Crime Ring”, with art by Al Carreno’. Next, not one but TWO 9-page adventures of Wonderworld’s The FLAME, followed by the space-faring COSMIC CARSON, and the anti-hero Dr. DOOM, as written & drawn by Dick Briefer. Then, following a historical write-up of BIG 3 by comics historian Bill Black, there are bonus stories- YARKO the GREAT by Will Eisner, MOB-BUSTER ROBINSON by George Tuska, and Dr. FUNG by Bob Powell; all three from early issues of Wonderworld Comics; NAVY JONES from Weird Comics, and The GREEN MASK by Arturo Cazeneuve, from Green Mask Comics #9. An inpressive volume of crystal-clear, full-story vintage reprints from the early days of Fox Features. Standard comic book format, black & white interiors with full-color covers, 100 pages, saddle stitched. Printed in 2009.
One of the first Golden Age comic book publishers to invest heavily in the costumed superhero as a lead feature is the focus of this installment in the Golden Age Greats series, as Fox Features is given the GAG treatment. When the first Fox title, Wonder Comics appeared on the stands in early 1939, their were fewer than 20 comic book titles being published in the US, and no more than four characters that could be considered costumed heroes had EVER been seen in those comics. Before halting production in early 1942, Fox would publish dozens, influencing other publishers and fascinating a burgeoning fan base, while providing early experience and exposure to some of the biggest-named creators in comic book history. This 120-page volume dedicated to the early days of Fox Feratures and their ground-breaking anthologies Mystery Men, Fantastic, Weird, Science and Wonderworld; contains 14 full Fox Features stories reprinted in their entirety; 10 of which ( a full 88 pages ) have NEVER BEFORE been reprinted. Thrill to the adventures of The FLAME, SAMSON, The LYNX, The SORCERESS of ZOOM, GREEN MASK, The BLACK FURY, STARDUST the SUPER-WIZARD, YARKO, Dr. FUNG, DYNAMO The EAGLE , U.S. JONES, MARGA The PANTHER WOMAN and The DART!! With art by Lou Fine, Will Eisner, Bob Powell, Harry Lucey, Chuck Winter, Fletcher Hanks and others. Also includes an illustrated text overview of the company, with pictures of The BLACK LION, The GLADIATOR, THOR and The NIGHTBIRD. An important, if seldom-discussed chapter in the history of comics is covered here. 120 pages in black and white, with full color covers. Standard comic book size and format, saddle-stiched. Released in 2008.
REVISED SECOND EDITION NOW AVAILABLE, WITH 36 additional pages of material added to the original!! OVER 180 PAGES OF COVERAGE ON EVERETT “BUSY” ARNOLD’S QUALITY COMICS GROUP!! The best – drawn features of comics’ Golden Age came from a company whose name accurately reflected their product- Quality Comics. See indepth coverage on many obscure and rarely-seen heroes fom this great line, rendered by some of the greatest craftsmen the comics field has ever known. Check out crisp, clean full-story reprints of such gems as both Dollman and Firebrand by Reed Crandall, George Brenner’s The Clock; The Human Bomb AND Arizona Raines, drawn by Paul Gustavson; Phantom Lady , illustarted by Arthur Peddy; Lady Luck by Klaus Nordling; The Ray, as rendered by Lou Fine and Bob Fujitani; Torchy, by Bill Ward; USA, The Spirit of Old Glory, by Maurice Gutwirth; the freedom-loving freebooter Black Roger; and undercover agent par excellance Peter Trask, the T-Man – in stories never previously seen since their original printings in the 1940’s, comprising more than 90 pages of material!! Plus, previously-reprinted (in various issues of AC’s Men of Mystery and Golden Age Greats titles ) adventures of such Quality stalwarts as The Spider-Widow, (by Rudy Palais): Espionage, starring The Black X, (as drawn by Will Eisner): Manhunter, (by Alex Kotzky); Wildfire, (by Jim Mooney); Reuben Moriera’s G-2, and Quicksilver by the great Jack Cole. All this plus cover repros and a text overview of the company by comics historian Bill Black. 150 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic-bokk size and squarebound perfect binding.New Edition adds BLACK CONDOR by Lou Fine, CAPTAIN TRIUMPH, KID ETERNITY, WONDER BOY by Al Bryant; additional WILDFIRE and LADY LUCK stories- plus NEW MANHUNTER & T-MAN adventures!!Revised Edition printed in 2007.
LAST COPY IN STOCK!! The most celebrated “good girl art” feature of the Golden Age is featured from cover to cover, The Phantom Lady!! The most complete coverage of this legendary heroine ever seen, with crisp, clear full-story reprints from her various incarnations- Quality Comics of the early 1940’s, Ajax-Farrel of the mid-1950’s, Paragon Pubs of the 1970’s, and of couse LOTS of material from her notorious run at Fox Features in the late 1940’s!! 17 full-length stories in all, including “Knights of the Crooked Cross”, “The Avenging Skulls”, “Olympic Sabotuers’, “The Ace of Spades”, “Adventure of the Jade Maiden”, “The Monster in the Pool”, “Clara Peete, the Beautiful Beast” (A Phantom Lady true crime story)< “Wine, Women, and Sudden Death”, “Yankee Doodle Luck”, “The Man the Kremlin Applauded”, “Civilan Defense Scandal”, “The Copycat Killers”, “The Worlds Meanest Crook”, “A Shroud for a Bride”, “Open House Robberies”, “Wild Eyes”, and “Ringside Racket”. Plus- text coverage on the Paragon Phantom Lady, by Robert K. S. Croy Sr., and the complete Fox Phantom Lady checklist. The biggest volume of vintage PL reprints ever offered, including over 90 pages of never-previously- reprinted material!! Art by Bill Black, Ken Battefield, Arthur Peddy, Gil Kane, and tons of Matt Baker, including her first-ever Fox Features appearance from Phantom Lady #13. Black and white with color covers, 150 pages, squarebound trade paperback format, 6 1/2″ X 10 1/4″ size. Now adding adventures starring The Black Condor, Captain Triumph,Kid Eternity, Wonder Boy, and even MORE Wildfire & Lady Luck!!Revised Edition printed in 2007.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! The Comic Book Jungle!! Jungle adventure characters have been a staple of pop culture entertainment since Tarzan was created, and the comic book medium has had more than it’s share. This awesome volume presents crisp, clean vintage full-story reprints of some of the very best, and gives thumbnail histories and illustrations of ALL the rest! That’s right, this definitive historical tome catalogs EVERY jungle-themed character that was published during comic’s Golden Age!! See complete adventures of Kaanga, by Maurice Whitman, Camilla, drawn by Ralph Mayo, and Tabu, all from Fiction House Publication’s Jungle Comics; not one but TWO stories of Sheena, Queen of The Jungle (one drawn by Alex Blum and Robert Webb ) from Jumbo Comics, Tiger Girl by Matt Baker and Bob Webb from Fight, Judy Of The Jungle, drawn by Frank Frazetta, from Nedor’s Exciting comics #59; Rulah, by Edmund Goode, out of Fox Features All Top Comics, Nyoka The Jungle Girl by Maurice Whitman from Charlton’s Nyoka #20, Thunda, King of The Congo and Cave Girl, both by Bob Powell, from Magazine Enterprise’s Thun’da #2. And write-ups on Tarzan, Red Panther, Wambi, Simba The Lion, King Of The Congo, Roy Lance, Fantomah, Congo Bill, Ka-Zar, Samar, The Jungle Twins, White Raja, Dr. Voodoo, Congo King, Clyde Beatty, and dozens and dozens more!White hunters, jungle lords, and loads and loads of bikini-clad amazonians! Even if you don’t like jungle stuff, you’ll flip for the superb, pinup cheesecake-style “good girl art” technique that most of these stories are drawn in . Another entertainment and information-packed volume. Color airbrushed cover repro of an actual Alex Schomburg cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 118 pages, squarebound graphic novel format. Standard comic book size. Printed in 1999.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! Spotlighting The Artwork Of Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin! This issue highlights two of the shining talents of the 1940’s and ’50’s- Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin. Both artists arrived on the budding comic book scene in the late 1930’s, and were soon impacting it heavily, both individually and as a team. Jerry Robinson started out working with Bob Kane on the early Batman feature,and was soon ghosting much of the strip’s interior art and covers. This book features a solo Robinson outing on Lev Gleason’s Daredevil, from issue #47 of that book. Meskin co-created Sheena, Queen Of The Jungle , and produced much of the art that got the MLJ/Archie comic book line off the ground. Soon he, too was doing top-flight work at DC on features like The Sandman, Starman, Wildcat, Johnny Quick and The Vigilante.In this book you get to see Mort’s efforts alone on Golden Lad, from Spark Publication’s Golden Lad #2, November of 1945,and The Tomboy feature from Captain Flash #1,a 1954 Sterling Publications book. But it was there collaborations that are most memorable, and this book is topheavy with some of their wildest. See The Black Terror in “Grandpa Shows His Medals”, from Exciting comics # 66, 1948, and “The Girl Who Cleared Her Name”, from Black Terror #25, 1948; The Fighting Yank in “The Shadow Killers”, and “Beasts Of The Sea”, both from FY #26, 1948, all from Nedor/Standard Publications. Over 70 pages of prime Meskin/Robinson artwork, plus an extensive illustrated interview with Jerry Robinson himself.If you are a conesiuer of fine comic book art, you must have this book. Finding the original from these now-defunct publishers would be prohibitively expensive at best- get them here in one low-priced package, with production values and printing quality far in excess of the original comics. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. Squarebound , trade paperback format, standard comic book size. Printed in 1998.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! It’s buxom babes and bug-eyed monsters in vintage action as this volume looks at the S-F stories of the great EC Comics artists and others. Of course, the actual EC stories themselves are readily available in a variety of formats, from Gemstone publications and other sources, so here in GAG #10, we look at their space-opera output for other publishers. From the prolific pen and brush of Reed Crandall, we get an episode of the Interplanetary Police, titled “Rumpus On Rex”, reprinted from the rare Buster Brown shoestore givaway comic; from the great Wally Wood, we get an Avon beauty, Kenton Of Star Patrol, wherin Kenton meets…”The Alien Raiders!”. And, by Bernard Krigstein, “Battle For Alana”, starring The Space Busters, from St, John’s Daring Adventures #1, November of 1953;followed by “When Duty Calls”, illustrated by Al Williamson , from ACG. Also, “Dead Reckoning”, by Steve Ditko, from Charlton’s Space Adventures #11, Solar Legion and Cosmic Carson, both by Jack Kirby, from Tem Publications Crash Comics Adventures, 1940, and Fox Features Science Comics #4, (May of 1940) respectively. And the first great publisher of S-F material, Fiction House gets a salute with two stories: Mysta Of The Moon, by Matt Baker,and The Lost World, by George Evans, both from Planet Comics. Throw in a one-page Space Mouse and eight pages of historical text, and you’re ready to span the spaceways. Breathtaking, puklp-style pencil-rendered cover by Brad Gorby, interiors are black and white with graytones. Squarebound, trade paperback format, standard comic book size. Printed in 1998.
THIS BOOK IS ONE COPY AWAY FROM BEING COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!The definitive history of matinee Western stars and their comic book counterparts, written by the world’s leading authority on Western comics, expert and historian Bill Black. Contains a brief cinema history, and complete publishing history, photos and artwork for EVERY Western movie star who ever had a comic book!! Roy Rogers, ( by John Buscema ) Dale Evans, ( by Russ Manning ) Rex Allen, ( by Alex Toth ) Lash LaRue, ( by Doug Wildey ) Rocky Lane, ( by Dick Giordano and Vince Alascia ) and John Wayne (by Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta ) all apperar in complete adventures, in crisp, clear reprints from the vintage Dell, Charlton, Fawcett and Toby Press comic books they originally appeared in; selected panels, illustrations and historical write ups on Gene Autry, Monte Hale, Tom Mix, Rod Cameron, Charles Starrett, Tim Holt, Hoot Gibson, Tim McCoy, Buster Crabbe, Wild Bill Elliot, Johnny Mack Brown, Ken Maynard, Bob Steele, Whip Wilson, The Cisco Kid, Hopalong Cassidy, Tex Ritter, Sunset Carson, Judy Canova, Smiley Burnette, Andy Devine… all are covered here. Even Trigger, Champ and Blackjack!! If you have any interest in movie cowboys who had their own comics series, this is the book for you. Critically acclaimed and highly recommended. Color painted cover by Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. 116 pages, standard comic book size, squarebound trade paperback format. Printed in 1997. Fully licensed and authorized.
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! Heroes Versus Villains!! Some of the most memorable clashes between your favorite Golden Age heroes and their arch-nemesis play out the theme of this issue, as we see some of the most titanic battles in comicdom reprinted straight out of the 1940’s and ’50’s. You’ll see Cat-Man and Kitten against the unstoppable Dr. Macabre, from their last G.A. meeting, in Holyoke’s Cat-man #32, drawn by Max Elkans; Captain Flash duels with The Mirror Man,as illustrated by Mike Sekowsky, from Captain Flash #1, from Sterling Comics; M. E.’s The Avenger and The Player tussle in “The Playtime Perils”, rendered by Bob Powell for The Avenger #4, 1944; Crimebuster meets “Iron Jaw’s Twin”, by Hi Mankin, originally seen in Lev Gleason’s Boy Illustories #79, 1952; Frankenstein meets Bulldog Denny, drawn by Dick Briefer, from Prize #13, August of 1941; Don Winslow in “The Return Of Singapore Sal” , by Carl Pfeufer and Jordan, from Don Winslow Of The Navy #51 from Fawcett Publications , Daredevil vs. The Claw, by Jack (Plasticman) Cole, from Silver Streak #10, when it was still owned by New Friday Pubs. Supermouse against Terrible Tom in “Deep Freezer Squeeze”, from Pines’ Super Mouse Summer Giant #2, 1958, and Ibis The Invincible faces “The Menace Of Gog And Magog”. Aside from eight pages of historical text to give background and put all the stories into context, it’s an all-action, nine-story slugfest of the highest-quality vintage reprints you’ll ever find.Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones . 84 pages, squarebound trade paperback format, standard comic book sixe. Printed in 1996
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! The Fabulous Femmes of Fiction House. In the 1940’s, the foremost leader among publishers in the “good girl art” genre was Fiction House Publications.This volume is a very representative collection of those way-out, pinup-style blazing tales of high adventure, featuring scantily clad amazons ripped from the pages of Planet Comics, ( Mysta Of The Moon, drawn by Ruben Moriera, from #44, and Futura, by Walter Palais, from #51 ) Fight comics, ( Tiger Girl, by Matt Baker, from #42, and Senorita Rio from #57 ) Jungle Comics, ( Kaanga, in “Meet Me At Black Skull Cave”, by Maurice Whitman, from # 156 and Camilla by Bob Lubbers from #98 ) Rangers Comics, ( Firehair by Bob Lubbers from #42, and Glory Forbes by Matt Baker ) Jumbo Comics ( Sky Girl from #101 ) and queen of them all, Sheena- from the third issue of her own book, “Monster Of The Secret Citadel”. (With art by Robert Webb, Mort Leav and Ann Brewster.) See exotic jungle girls, space babes and two-fisted adventure heroines- all done up in the classi c “cheesecake” approach of artists like Vargas, Petty, Driben, Dave Stevens, Adam Hughes, etc., etc. Comic book glamour never had any better ambassadors during it’s Golden Age than these long-legged, busty beauties. All complete, full story reprints from cover to cover, reproduced with the best production values possible. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 84 pages, squarebound trade paperback format. Standard comic book size. Printed in 1996
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! Fighting Females Strike Back!!! By popular demand, a sequel to the smashingly successful Volume 6, see more of the most fascinating costumed heroines of the 1940’s, with tremendous reprint stories like: Nedor’s Miss Masque, in an untitled story drawn by Lin Streeter, from Exciting #52, November, 1946; Senorita Rio, from Fiction House’s Fight Comics # 21, drawn by Nick Cardy, Fox Features Rulah, in “Harem Of Death”, from Zoot Comics #13, April of 1948, another Fox favorite, The Phantom Lady, in “The World’s Meanest Crook”, illustrated by “good girl art” virtuoso Matt Baker, form 1948, Lady Luck by Klaus Nordling, and not ONE, not TWO, but THREE Golden Age Miss Victory stories (from Holyoke’s Captain Aero )”Noric, The Maniac Of The Opera”, drawn by Nina Albright, “Warido”, delineated by L. B. Cole, and an untitled saga drawn by Charles Quinlan. The second part of the indepth article on Harvey’s Black Cat, started in Volume #6, and fascinating insights from publisher/historian Bill Black on how the characters profiled in this volume helped inspire him to create his popular Femforce team of costumed superheroines. Strong and sexy lady crimefighters at their best. If your a fan of comics, pinup art or both, you ought to own this book. Color painted cover by Brad Gorby and Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. 84 pages, squarebound trade paperback format.
THIS BOOK IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!If you were reading comic books in the early 1950’s, and you wanted quality Western stories that went beyond the pretty photo on the cover, the best place to find them was a small outfit known as Magazine Enterprizes. (M. E. for short.) This issue focuses entirely on the wild-west comics of M. E., with detailed histories on the characters and their creators- and chock full of great vintage complete story reprints,like Trail Colt, in “The Rodeo Robbers”, by Frank Frazetta,Durango Kid in “Write The Law In Gunsmoke!”, by Certa and Belfi; Dan Brand and Tipi in “Voyage Into Danger”, also by Frazetta, Tim Holt in “Return Of The Black Phantom”, by Frank Bolle, The Calico Kid, by Dick Ayers, The Ghost Rider in “The Shadow Slayers”, also by Ayers; The Lemonade Kid in “Crooks In Cactus”, by Bob Powell, and “The Birth Of The Presto Kid”, by Ayers again. Plus- two full-color Frazetta cover plates, brand new drawings of Tim Holt and Black Phantom by Frank Bolle, ans Durango by John Belfi, and an all-new wraparound cover by the all-time champion Western artist, Dick Ayers!! Write ups on Straight Arrow and Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B Riders, and additional art by Fred Guardineer and Fred Meagher, and interviews with Ayers, Belfi, Bolle and publisher Vin Sullivan. Get the full story on the who’s how’s and why’s of quite simply the BEST line of Western comics ever done. Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 106 pages, squarebound trade paperback format, standard comic book size. Printed in 1995
THIS BOOK IS SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! The Fighting Females” is the theme of this issue, focusing on the careers of some of the most popular costumed heroines of rhe 1940’s, including BLACK CAT, YANKEE GIRL, MISS MASQUE, PHANTOM LADY, BLONDE PHANTOM, MYSTA of the MOON & LORNA, JUNGLE QUEEN. Historical text and overview by Bill Black, plus great full-story reprints starring Phantom Lady. Miss Masque, Yankke Girl & Mysta, with art by Matt Baker, Bob Oksner, Ralph Mayo & Joe Doolin. Painted cover by Bill Black. 84 pages, squarebound trade paperback format, black & white with color covers, standard comic-book size. Printed in 1995.
THIS BOOK IS NOW SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! Iron Jaw Versus Crimebuster!! This long-running battle between Charles Biro’s creation C. B. and the arch-foe responsible for his creation is among the most memorable struggles in comics history. This entire volume is devoted to the best stories of their contention, as published in Lev Gleason’s Boy Illustories during comic’s first decade and a half. You’ll read five gripping tales written by Biro, and drawn by Crimebuster’s top artists. “The Coming Of Iron Jaw”, drawn by William Overgard, “Iron Jaw’s Escape Into Prison”, rendered by Fred Kida, “The Death Chase”, by Norman Maurer, “Iron Jaw’s Escape To Conquer”‘ illustrated by Fred Kida, and an untitled story thast LOOKS like the death of Iron Jaw (again ) by Norman Maurer. With historical text on both characters, and their titanic feud, written by R. C. Harvey. Both characters were also revived as supporting characters in AC’s monthly Femforce title. Color cover by Brad Gorby and Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones
THIS BOOK IS NOW SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! The superheroes of Fawcett Publications are the topic of this volume, entitled “Captain Billy’s Whiz Gang”. Everyone is familiar with The Big Red Cheese, and his Family; here’s a chance to see some of their fellow stars, like: Spy Smasher, in “Hunt For Hitler!”, drawn by Alex Blum, from Spy Smasher #10, January of 1943; Bulletman and Bulletgirl in “The Homicidal Hijackers” from Master Comics #98, 1948-illustrated by Bob Fujitani; a wild Fawcett crossover story, Minute Man “…And The Man Who Demanded Death!”, rendered by Phil Bard, from Master #41, August of 1943, and co-starring Mr. Scarlet, Bulletman and Bulletgirl; Ibis The Invincible “Versus The Viking Horde”; and Mr. Scarlet and Pinky versus The Black Sphinx. With historical text, and a write-up on the 1942 Republic Pictures Spy Smasher serial. Color cover by Bill Black, taken from a Mac Raboy illustration; interiors are black and white with graytones. 100 pages, 8″ X 81/2″ squarebound trade paperback format. Printed in 1995.
ONLY ONE COPY LEFT!! Spotlighting THE BEST artists of the 1939-1949 period this issue, with Lou Fine drawing Fox Features’ THE FLAME in TWO stories, one reprinted from Wonderworld Comics #7. Then, it’s ESPIONAGE-STARRING THE BLACK X, from Quality Comics Smash Comics, drawn by the great Will Eisner. Then, THE BLACK TERROR (reprinted from Black Terror #23) AND THE FIGHTING YANK (from Fighting Yank #25), both drawn by the dynamic team of Mort Meskin and Jerry Robinson. Full story reprints of the BEST the Golden Age had to offer! 84 pages, black & white with color covers, squarebound, trade paperback format, 8 1/2″ X 8″ size. Printed in 1995.
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!The absolute classic character that epitomizes the “good girl art” style of the 1940’s was Fox Features Phantom Lady, and this volume is entirely devoted to the sultry, raven-haired crimefighter, as rendered by her signature artist, the great Matt Baker. Almost 80 pages of the best pinup style glamour art ever to appear in comics, as the leggy, busty and scantily-clad ‘Lady is seen in five vintage stories, reproduced as clearly as the day they were drawn: “The Beauty And The Brain”, from Phantom Lady #13, (actually the first issue ) “Scoundrels and Scandal” from PL #14, “Satan’s Cargo”, from All Top Comics #8 ,( first issue ) November of 1947; “Army Of The Walking Dead”, from Phantom Lady #15, and “Horrors Of The Red Rain”, also from PL #15. But that’s not all; this book also contains a complete index to all of The Phantom Lady’s Fox Features appearances, a complete checklist of ALL of artist Matt Baker’s work, for his entire career, background info on Baker, and loads of cover reproductions. You’ve read and heard stories about this sexy superheroine for years, buy this book and find out what the fuss is about. Color cover by Bill Black, taken from a Matt Baker illustration. Interiors are black and white with graytones. 84 pages, 8″ X 81/2″ squarebound trade paperback format. Printed in 1994.
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVALABLE AT ANY PRICE!! Golden Age comics and the history of the medium are topics of great interest to the AC Comics editorial staff. While the major comic producers, Marvel and DC have done a laudable job preserving and maintaining much of the material they produced during comic’s formative years, what was to become of the output from smaller, or long-defunct comics publishers? Qualitatively, this work was often as good as, and sometimes better than that produced by the big companies. To fill that historical vacuum, Golden Age Greats was created- dedicated to preserving the best and most interesting stories and forgotten characters from comics’ Golden Age. This landmark first issue starts off with a bang, presenting Holyoke’s Cat-Man and Kitten, from Cat-Man Comics #29, 1945, facing off against their arch-nemesis Dr. Macabre, in “The Man Who Conquered Death!”, by the always-atmospheric Bob Fujitani; an untitled adventure of Chesler’s Rocketman, from Punch #10, rendered by Art Pinajian, Miss Victory checks in for an untitled Nina Albright-drawn story from a 1945 issue of Captain Aero, and not one but TWO sensational Mac Raboy illustrated Green Lama tales from his Spark Comics series, “The Green Lama Bombs Tokyo” and “The Riddle Of Toys”. Read these and see why Raboy’s Alex Raymond – influenced art was soon gracing the Flash Gordon newspaper strip. This first issue serves as somewhat of a bridge between AC’s original comics line and their historical reprint series, as all of the characters featured here were revived in AC’s Femforce monthly comic. Color cover by Bill Black and Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 80 pages, 8″ X 81/2″, squarebound trade paperback format. Printed in 1994. Copies are in short supply, and may sell out without further notice.