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Airboy & ValkyrieComplete Golden Age Airboy & Valkyrie (hardcover) ... Book
CSP, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 24.99
One of the best-remembered features of the Golden Age of comics – presented here in a beautiful hardcover package! Airboy was part aviation adventure – ala Blackhawk – and part young male fantasy – ala Terry & The Pirates – but the strip was something special all its own – thanks to superb art and stories, which easily put the comic on a par with the best of the time! Art here is by Fred Kida on most entries – with additional work by Arthur Peddy and Ernest Schroeder – and the book focuses on stories in which Airboy is paired with the lovely Valkyrie – who brings an undercurrent of sex that the strip didn't always present. Material is from issues of Air Fighters and Airboy from 1943 to 1952 – and the book is 136 pages, full color, and very nicely done! Book

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All Star ComicsArchives Volume 0 (hardcover) ... Book
DC Comics, 2006. New Copy ... $13.99 39.99
The birth of a legend – the first two issues of All Star Comics, the important Golden Age publication that soon gave birth to the Justice Society Of America! These first two issues feature individual stories from later JSA members The Spectre, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Johnny Thunder, Hourman, and Sandman – plus a few other features – written by Gardner Fox, Jerry Siegel, Bill Finger, and other early comic scribes – with art by Bernard Baily, EE Hibbard, Chad Grothkopf, Sheldon Moldoff, and Martin Nodell. The stories are nicely stark, and surprisingly edgey – and the early Sandman and Spectre stories are especially great! 142 pages, hardcover, and in full color. Book

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Murphy AndersonBuck Rogers In The 25th Century – The Complete Sudays 1958 to 1959 (hardcover) ... Book
Hermes, 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 40.00
One of our favorite sci-fi comics artists ever – presented here in a short but wonderful run on the Buck Rogers Sunday pages of the late 50s! Murphy Anderson is a genius – an artist whose work on DC titles like Hawkman, Strange Adventures, Mystery In Space, and even Superman helped define a generation – really giving a slick, clean line to the look of comics in the silver age – and concurrent with the start of that run, Anderson also took over the Buck Rogers newspaper strip for its large Sunday pages – which are presented here in stunning color, in a beautifully oversized book! Anderson's as great here as on some other series – like The Atomic Knights – and although the book only has the Sunday pages, they work together to form a single story week to week, without the need for daily pages. 80 pages, oversize, and in full color. Book

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Matt BakerCanteen Kate (hardcover) ... Book
CSP, Early 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 28.99
Rare work from the great Matt Baker – a cartoonist best known for his sexy superhero Phantom Lady in the 40s, and for a number of other "good girl" features during the golden age of comics! Canteen Kate comes from a few years later – all these strips ran in the first few years of the fifties – and features a lovely lass in short pants, as the only female on a Marine base – with the kind of antics you might expect! Kate's a bit less exposed than some of Baker's earlier heroines, but more than makes up for the lack of skin with a great sense of humor – wit that wasn't present in some of Matt's earlier work, and which really makes these stories come together. The whole thing's a bit like a 50s version of Milt Caniff's Male Call, in comic book form. Stories appeared in the St John publications Fightin Marines and Canteen Kate – and the book is 160 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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Danzig Baldaev & Sergei VasilievSoviets (hardcover) ... Book
Fuel Design (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 32.95
Amazing images from the darkest years of the Soviet Union – a series of political cartoons by Danzig Baldaev, complete with full text translations and explanations of all the tricky issues within – plus some additional photographs by Sergei Vasiliev, showing some of the under-exposed elements of Soviet society! We love the cartoons the most – as they're often very creepy, done in black and white with a sinister tone and sense of irony so subtle, you can't tell if they support an issue or condemn it! And the photos are a nice combination, too – as they set the scene with some real world images, but in black and white as well – making for a book that is a striking reminder of the gray climate of oppression during this generation. 238 pages, hardcover. Book

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Chelsea Louise BerlinRave Art – Flyers Invitations & Members Cards From The Birth Of Acid House Culbs & Raves (hardcover) ... Book
Carlton (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 29.95
Remember the years before the internet and social media – when people had to communicate special news using real world, physical means? Notes passed in class, posters on walls, and gig flyers were all a hell of a lot more important then than they are now – and that whole means of communication took on an even more important role during the late 80s/early 90s years of rave culture! This beautiful book takes us back to the secret networks that drove the scene back in those days – when gigs were mostly illegal, and only publicized through handbills and flyers, circulated only by hand, but bringing in crowds by the thousands. The book presents vintage rave invites and club cards from the glory days of the London scene – all in vivid color, which really brings out the great graphics used to promote the events. Book is almost 200 pages, hardcover. Book

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Andrew BoltonPunk – From Chaos To Couture (hardcover) ... Book
Metropolitan Museum Of Art, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 35.00
A beautiful book that certainly lives up to the "chaos to couture" in its title – as it traces the fashion of punk from the early DIY days of the London scene to its elevation to high fashion on the runway! The book's smarter than you might guess – put together by MOMA, and less of a look at the commercialization of punk, than a way of drawing surprising connections – filled with some especially great vintage photos from the UK scene of the late 70s, and featuring text by Jon Savage, Richard Hell, and John Lydon. 240 pages, oversized, and very heavy – with loads of images in black and white, and color. Book

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Eric BradleyMantiques – A Manly Guide To Cool Stuff (hardcover) ... Book
Krause, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 26.99
Remember when guys used to be butch? Remember when they weren't fussing over their hair, their skin care, or aromas – and instead just needed a handful of objects to state their identity! Those objects took on different categories – a cool car, a nice watch, hunting togs, or drinking gear – all of which are covered here in a full color book that's also partly a price guide too! The book divides its subjects into different categories – with chapters on pulp art, surfing collectibles, entertainment memorabilia, rare tools, vintage knives, and even early computers – in a hefty book with lots of full color images, and text on each item represented. We're not endorsing the prices, which are a bit random – but the book is a beautiful document of "guy stuff" from years gone by – when a dude was a dude, and didn't need to hideout in a man cave with his treasures. 176 pages, hardcover, full color. Book

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Ivan BrunettiAesthetics – A Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 25.00
A beautiful collection of images by Ivan Brunetti – a cartoonist we've followed for decades here on the Chicago scene, and have watched with great appreciation as he's gotten worldwide attention for his work in the New Yorker and numerous other publications over the years! Brunetti's an amazing individual, with a character that goes even deeper than his artwork – and this book is something of a memoir, told by Ivan in words that go alongside the images – little stories about their creation, or his own place on the planet at the time – with some cartoons, some cover illustrations, and lots of obscure drawings, sculptures, and physical objects that are a real discovery, even if you've bought his comix and other books. The layout is great – as illuminating as the contents – and the hardcover book is color throughout. Book

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Richard BuskinClassic Tracks – The Real Stories Behind 68 Seminal Recordings ... Book
Sample Magic (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 49.95
A really cool book that's way way more than just what you'd expect from the title – as the writing is surprisingly deep, with lots of little sidebars that illuminate the contents – and the whole thing is put together with lots of images, in a very vivid way! The volume goes year by year, with chapters in chronological order – looking at famous songs by artists as diverse as The Kinks, Les Paul, The Who, Miles Davis, The Ronettes, Van Morrison, Pet Shop Boys, The Pogues, and dozens of others – all laid out on large pages, with plenty of details on the songs and recording sessions – and very cool additional information too. This isn't just a history book, or a geeky studio tome – but instead a vivid volume that feels like you're reading Mojo Magazine articles on classic songs! Over 400 pages, super-heavy, softcover, and with images throughout! Book

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