Pure Imagination's technique for classic comics reconstruction is unsurpassed. Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics have all utilized our services and the hits just keep coming! Golden Age reprints are Pure Imagination's specialty. All titles are printed in B&W with full color covers.
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A collection of rare and long out-of-print fanzine and SF pulps. The collection includes all of his work for IF and GALAXY. Introduction by Greg Theakston, commentary by Ted White.
It’s just about all of the material that led up to the artist’s stardom. Genius that not many people had seen. If you were a Bode fanatic, it would take you years, and thousands of dollars to collect all of this. If you just like the guy’s work, we’ve saved you big bucks, and years of search. Introduction by Bode friend Greg Theakston. Additional material by Ted White.
One of the true geniuses of Comics is spotlighted with a wide variety of subject matter and styles. Included in this volume are three very early examples of cartooning from STAR RANGER FUNNIES, four episodes of MIDNIGHT from SMASH COMICS, three installments of the DEATH PATROL from MILITARY COMICS, three PLASTIC MAN stories from PLASTIC MAN COMICS, his only work on QUICKSILVER from NATIONAL COMICS, three ANGLES O’DAY stories from KEN SHANNON COMICS, three horror stories from WEB OF EVIL, and much more. Introduction by Comics historian, Greg Theakston.
160 pages on this master Comic book artist. Contents include late-‘50s science fiction, western, and horror stories. Packed with photos and rare art, an extensive introduction by Ditko authority tracks his life and career up to his departure from SPIDER-MAN. Learn more about Ditko than you ever expected to! Details.
Back in print in spring of 2008.
160 more pages of Ditko art from the 1950s. Included are mystery, horror, science fiction, and western tales. By collecting all of the books in this series, you’ll have over half of all of his work produced during the 1950s. Details.
160 more pages of Ditko art from the 1950s. Included are mystery, horror, science fiction, and western tales.
160 pages of pre-Code art by the master of shadow and light. Ditko’s stories for THE THING! are some of the earliest of his career, and offer a look at the shape of things to come. Original issues of THE THING! rarely sell for less than $100 each, so this is a chance to see them for a fraction of the cost. Also included in this volume are horror and science fiction stories from the 1950s. Details.
Back in print in June 2008.
Ditko’s earliest stories collected for your approval. Rare, and expensive, these stories have been out of the financial and visual reach of readers for decades. Here is your chance to own 160 pages of Ditko art from his first three years in the Comics business. Hundreds of dollars worth of great comics for relatively small change. Details
July 2008 release.
During his later life, Will Eisner was so embarrassed by his earliest work that he refused to let it be reprinted. A dozen or so stories were residing in the crypt, no showings offered. At last, you can finally read “Muss ‘em Up,” Yarko, high school year book drawings, and The Black X. Ken Quattro offers a twenty-eight page article which investigates Eisner’s early career in far more depth than any previous journalist. See previously unpublished example of his work as a teen-ager. Also included is an interview with Eisner detailing details never before revealed. Click on the cover for contents and splash pages. Details.
160 pages on the first King of Comics. Included in this volume are pages from his earliest work for Eisner&Iger, The Diary of Doctor Hayward. Also included are stories featuring The Flame, The Black Condor, The Ray, Uncle Sam, and almost all of his Doll Man stories. The original editions of these stories are so expensive, most casual fans have never seen most of this material. See what all of the fuss is about for a fraction of the cost.
Another 160 page package featuring the art of Lou Fine, Theakstonized for maximum clarity. In there original editions, much of Fine’s delicate linework was obscured by dark shades of color. When shown the reconstructed work, Gil Kane, a life-long fan, remarked “This is a revelation!” See what he was taking about with stories including Wilton of the West, Doll Man, The Ray, The Black Condor, Uncle Sam, and a full-length Peter Scratch story.
Kirby's earliest work including childhood drawings, his first attempts at comic strips, editorial illustrations for The Boy's Brotherhood, and his first published comic book pages. Watch Kirby develop at lightning speed, and in doing so defining Comic Art. Extensive note about Kirby’s early life and career by his biographer, Greg Theakston. Discover that old Jack Magic!
Over 250 pages that bring Kirby's work up to Captain America #1. This volume features THE BLACK OWL, THE LONE RIDER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, MR. SCARLET, BLUE BOLT, TED O'NEIL and much more. Lots of photos and related illustrations, plus a historical overview by Comics historian and Kirby authority, Greg Theakston.
200 pages from early 1947, including Simon and Kirby's first crime stories from REAL CLUE and HEADLINE COMICS, a BOY EXPLORERS episode, a STUNTMAN story, and LOCKJAW THE ALLIGATOR. Also included is extensive text about the work by Comics historian Greg Theakston.
Softcover, $25. Temporarily sold out.
The summer of 1947 was a hot one! 200 pages of Crime, Funny Animal, Teen Humor, and Kid Gang adventures. Great tales from HEADLINE COMICS and REAL CLUE CRIME STORIES, plus LOCKJAW THE ALLIGATOR and EARL THE RICH RABBIT from PUNCH AND JUDY, FLYIN’ FOOL from AIRBOY COMICS, the birth of romance comics, and a complete BOY EXPLORERS story. Also included are rare photos, illustrations, and extensive text about the work by Kirby biographer Greg Theakston.
September and October of 1947 was a turning point in the careers of Simon and Kirby. This volume examines the moment when the team focused on work with their new partners at Crestwood Publishing. This included the first romance comic, YOUNG ROMANCE, the first issue of JUSTICE TRAPS THE GUILTY, Archie imitation MY DATE, two FLYIN’ FOOL stories, LOCKJAW THE ALLIGATOR, EARL THE RICH RABBIT, BOY COMMANDOS, and crime stories in REAL CLUE CRIME COMICS. It’s 160 pages of art complimented with rare photos, illustrations, plus a historical overview by Kirby authority, Greg Theakston.
160 pages by Jack Kirby covering all of the bases! Included is work from BOY EXPLORERS, 48 FAMOUS AMAERICANS, SOCO THE SEADOG, romance stories from YOUNG ROMANCE, horror from STRANGE WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS, satire from FROM HERE TO INSANITY, crime stories from JUSTICE TRAPS THE GUILTY, and a previously unpublished newspaper strip called ON THE GREEN WITH PETER PARR. It’s a fine overview of three decades of work by the King of Comics.
Softcover, $25. Temporarily out of stock.
Another 160 pages on the King of Comics! More LOCKJAW THE ALLIGATOR, EARL THE RICH RABBIT, crime material from JUSTICE TRAPS THE GUILTY, romance stories from YOUNG ROMANCE and YOUNG LOVE, horror from STRANGE WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS, SF from ALARMING TALES, a war story from BATTLEGROUND, as well as a western from QUICK-TRIGGER WESTERN. Obscure material collected to save you many hours and big bucks.
375 examples of Jack Kirby’s newspaper syndicate work from 1937-39, including every available example of his editorial cartoons, his earliest strip work, SOCKO THE SEADOG, THE BLACK BUCCANEER, and “CYCLONE” BURKE. Other series represented include YOUR HEALTH COMES FIRST, FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW, ABDUL JONES, The complete LIGHTNIN’ AND THE LONE RIDE, the complete BLUE BEETLE in both English and French, plus bonus illustrations from early pulps and crime magazines, all packed into 160 pages. Historical overview by Kirby authority, Greg Theakston.
160 pages on one of Comics’ earliest female super heroes. The collection includes Tarpe Mills’ first three issues of her comic book for Timely which condense the first years of the Sunday Funnies pages. Comics historian Trina Robbins writes a loving foreword to MISSS FURY and her creator.
A lady in a skin-tight panther costume?
A swastika branded on a woman’s forehead?
Hmmmm, perhaps you should check this out.
The guy stands alone.
One of the few geniuses that the Comics turned out. If you had four hands you might be able to count most of them.
It’s a collection of the man’s work during the 1950s and early-1960s, during a time when he re-invented himself. Examples of personal and artistic growth, a page at a time.
Covers all bases. War, romance, horror. Stuff Pure Imagination has tracked-down for you for twenty-five bucks!
Look, I could gush about the guy for lines, but I’m makin’ a living here, so for the contents and art examples click on the cover.
Softcover, $25 Back in stock summer 2008.
160 more pages of super rare Alex Toth art, including war, science fiction, romance, horror, and crime. Also included in this volume are the contents of the rarely seen MAVERICK volume for Whitman Books. 30 illustrations with tone show what the man could do a page at a time.
Softcover, $25 Back in stock summer 2008.
Between 1950 and 1953, Alex Toth’s art matured into the style we know today. Fans and peers quickly took notice, and artists began to illustrate stories in a manner previously unseen in the Comics. Toth’s career is traced with examples of his earliest work, then a solid run of stories from 1952 for Standard Comics. Romance, horror, and science fiction never looked so good. An extensive article on Toth’s early career is provided by Comics historian Greg Theakston. To read it, click here.
Summer 2008 release.
Winter 2008 release.
160 pages of the fine line of Al Williamson. Chart his progress from the first work in 1948 through the pre-Code era, and beyond. The volume features collaborations with many of Al’s pals, including Frank Frazetta, Angelo Torres, John Severin, and Ralph Mayo. The majority of the material has never been reprinted before, making this a must-have item for Williamson fans. Theakstonized for sharp reproduction.
Basil Wolverton: one of the most original talents the comics ever produced, and one of Robert Crumb's heroes. Best known for his amazing POWERHOUSE PEPPER features, Wolverton tried his hand at all kinds of features, many hand-picked for the INTENSE! series. This issue includes POWERHOUSE PEPPER, SPACEHAWK, SCOOP SCUTTLE, CULTURE CORNER, THE MYSTIC MOOT, and more!
More classic Basil Wolverton story and artwork. The first appearance and other tales of POWERHOUSE PEPPER, plus SPACEHAWK, SCOOP SCUTTLE, THE MYSTIC MOOT, FUNNY BONERS, and more!
A third helping of classic Basil Wolverton story and artwork. This issue reprints the ultra-rare POWERHOUSE PEPPER #1, featuring three POWERHOUSE PEPPER stories, plus DR. DIMWIT and FOOLISH FACES.
Comics’ craziest coot created cool creations continuously! 160 pages of his greatest creations, including POWERHOUSE PEPPER, FLAP FLIP-FLOP, DR. DIMWIT, THE MYSTIC MOOT, SPACE HAWK, and BING BANG BUSTER. Theakstonized for sharp reproduction.
Softcover, $25 Back in stock summer 2008.
More madhouse mayhem meticulously manufactured by Mr. Mirth! Stories created between 1942-54, including SPACEHAWK from TARGET COMICS, two METEOR MARTIN stories from AMAZING MAN COMICS, two stories from POWERHOUSE PEPPER #1, FLAP FLIP-FLOP, THE MYSTIC MOOT, Goofy Giggles, six BING BANG BUSTER stories from BLACK DIAMOND WESTERN, and much more.
260 incredibly detailed pictures based on stories from the Bible. Taken from Wolverton’s rarely seen THE BIBLE STORY volumes 1-6, the illustrations are full of period costumes, ancient architecture, and a heaping portion of the wrath of God. Introduction by Comics historian, Greg Theakston.
For thirty years, Wallace Wood produced some of the most spectacular art and story ever seen in comics. This volume examines examples from the first half of his career, and includes some of his earliest, formative work. Included here are THE MASK OF FU-MANCHU, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, three CAPTAIN SCIENCE stories, three SPACE DETECTIVE stories, Rocket to the Moon, and three stories from WAR AND ATTACK.
Wallace Wood at the peak of his powers producing wash drawings reproduced in the WORLDS OF IF and GALAXY digests. 160 pages of science fiction and fantasy art rarely seen by the public. Pure Imagination has done the legwork, so don’t miss your chance to own this impressive collection. Introduction by Comics historian Greg Theakston.
As with every volume n this series, it will not be their best work in all of its glory. These volumes are peeks back in time when some kid moved away from home heroically, and got their first low paying jobs humbly. Look, if you want their best stuff, the EDGE OF GENIUS series is not for you. However, if you like following Comic book family trees, these are probably for you.
A full volume of pre-Code horror and science fiction stories. The kind they warned you about. Separating the wheat from the chaff, this volume is chock-full of great artists, including: Al Williamson, John Romita, Joe Maneely, Russ Heath, Bill Everett, Rudy Palais, Dick Briefer, and many more. Click on the cover and see for yourself what all of the fuss was about! Introduction by Comics historian Greg Theakston.
This book is a companion to DOC WEIRD’S THRILL BOOK, but focuses on a more-or-less realistic presentation of the fears of Americans, as milked by cheap publishers, and the Federal Government
“I Was a Come-On Girl for Broken Bones Inc.”
Why wouldn’t you be?
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Introduction by Comics authority Greg Theakston.