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Category: Rare comics and Graphic Novels

Two months…sheesh

Yes, I know, two months with no entry is a long time. What can I say? Life happens. So here’s a peek at two rare books for you, ones you are unlikely to ever again see for sale. (In fact, one sold in less than two hours.)

‘Rust City Portland Underground Comix Annual #1’ was published in 1994. Edited by Steve Hess, this magazine featured work by local Portland authors and illustrators, some of whom apparently went on to become famous. There was also an autographed letter signed by editor Hess to alternative artist Bill Shut under his real name, indicating that this was the last copy known to exist and had to be purchased back from a contributor.

The other book is ‘Picture Story Magazine #1’ edited by Charles Spanier. This book is so rare I could not even find information on it, aside from the occasional oblique reference. This one I still have, but I doubt for long. It was published in 1978 and seems to have achieved almost legendary status.


Good Morning bookies. Wait, it’s good afternoon already? When did that happen? Sheesh, time really does fly.

Just a quick entry to highlight the first two issues of one of the most influential comic magazines ever published, Raw. The year was 1980 and Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly teamed up to create something brand new, something weird and eclectic and wonderful, but most of all something smart. The books have now become legendary and as I listed issues 1 and 2 yesterday, and took photos to accompany them, I thought I could at least let everybody see what they looked like. Spiegelman liked to include little bonuses in the magazine, including a serial version of his now-classic ‘Maus’. My copy of issue two was also supposed to have a set of bubble gum cards for Mark Beyer’s ‘City of Terror’, but this is missing from my copy. Anyway, here they are and enjoy looking at them.

The Hairy Who Sideshow

Hiya bookies, a couple of quick photos of this legendary book, which sold about 45 minutes after I posted it online. Still, I thought some people might not know what it looks like, so here’s a couple of photos I took.

The book was printed by Galaxie Press in 1967 and was compiled by Chicago artist Tom brand to showcase up and coming art talent of the time. My copy was in prime condition, really nice, but nice or not it was the only copy on the internet. Now if I can just turn up a copy of the sequel.

Richard Sala’s NIGHT DRIVE

Flash- coming soon, photos of the ultra-rare self-published first book by famed alternative artist Richard Sala, Night Drive. I discovered a pristine signed copy of this in the new acquisitions I am going through, and have listed it for $99.95. I’ll try to get photos up soon so future fans can see what it looks like.

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