Monday, March 4, 2013


Sometimes my Vast Accumulation of Stuff yields items having naught
to do with comic books.  The above certificate comes from a parcel
filled with things from my elementary school days.  Beyond making
sure my kids don’t discover my old report cards, I haven’t looked
through it yet.  I’m posting the certificate as a break from my old
VAOS photos.

I became a tenderfoot in the Boy Scouts, but didn’t stay there for
long.  The same bullies and thugs who tormented kids like me were
somehow considered exemplary young men in the Boy Scouts, despite
their continued bullying and thuggery.  Either the adults were too
stupid to realize this or they just didn’t care.  Back then, they
might have thought it was a way of making us tougher. 

My son Eddie was in the Boy Scouts a bit longer than I was, but he
found the same conditions applied despite the passage of time.  He
dropped out after a couple of years.

None of the above has anything to do with this week’s sale.  Let’s
get to it.

Today is Monday, which means new items in my VAOS sales and reduced
prices on previously listed items.  If the mood strikes me, I might
even throw in some free stuff with your orders.

First come, first serve. In other words, the quicker you e-mail me,
the better your chances of getting the item or items.  Only e-mail
orders will be accepted and you should not send payment until you
get a confirmation e-mail from me.  All listed items are in good or
better condition unless otherwise noted. 

Let me stress that “e-mail only” rule.  Most of the few mistakes I
have made in assembling/shipping orders have happened with orders
I accepted via phone or Facebook message.  So...I’m not gonna break
my own rule anymore.

You should always include your mailing address with your orders.
That speeds up the packaging and the shipping.

Items will be shipped via United States Postal Service.  There is
a $6 shipping/handling charge for up to four items via media mail.
Add $1 for every two additional items. Tracking numbers are sent to
buyers when their orders have been shipped. 

Payments are by check, money order or PayPal.  My PayPal address is
the same as my email address.  Purchases will generally be shipped
within a week of checks clearing,  money orders received or PayPal
payments received.

Because this is a one-man operation done between family, household
and work responsibilities, these items are only available to buyers
within the United States and to APO buyers.

When you receive your order, please check it and let me know of any
omissions as soon as possible.  I’ll be double-checking the orders
on my end, but, if there’s a problem, I want to make it right in a
timely fashion.

This week’s sale ends when the new sale goes up on Monday, March
11.  As always, your orders are greatly appreciated.

Here are this week’s items...

ALTER EGO #13 [TwoMorrows; March 2002]. Features “The Titans of Timely/Marvel Part II” and much more. $3

BATMAN: JOURNEY INTO KNIGHT #1-12 by Andrew Helfer and Tan Eng Huat [DC; 2005, 2006]. This 12-issue series is set at the beginning of Batman’s career. $12 for all 12 issues.

BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND VOLUME 4 [DC: 2012]. Over five hundred pages of full-color Batman and “Batman Family” comics by Devin Grayson, Greg Rucks, Dennis O’Neil and others, originally published in 1999 and 2000. Softcover. $7

BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM: HUSH MONEY by Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen & others [DC; 2010]. Originally published in single magazine form in Detective Comics #852, Batman #685 and Batman: Streets of Gotham #1-4. Hardcover. $10

BIGHEAD by Jeffrey Brown [Top Shelf; 2004]. “The spoof super-hero with a heart as big as his head.” Softcover. $6

BOMB QUEEN III: BOMBSHELL: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE LOVELY by Jimmy Robinson [Image; 2008]. Originally published in single magazine form as Bomb Queen Vol. 3 #1-4. Softcover. $7

BONEYARD VOLUME THREE by Richard Moore [NBM; 2003]. Popular spoof of horror cliches,  collects issues #9-11 and the swimsuit issue of the comic book. Softcover. $5

COMIC EFFECT #40 [Fall, 2004]. Jim Kingman fanzine emphasizing the fun in reading comics. $2

COURTNEY CRUMRIN IN THE TWILIGHT KINGDOM VOLUME THREE by Ted Naifeh [Oni; 2004]. The adventures of a powerful little girl in a magical community. Softcover. $5

CREATURE TECH by Doug TenNapel [Oni; 2002]. Monsters, monsters and more monsters. Softcover. $7

DC COMICS PRESENTS: ARKHAM ASYLUM #1 [June, 2011].  One-shot, 100-page spectacular reprinting stories by Dennis O’Neil, Curt Swan, Alan Grant, Paul Grist and others. $3

DEAD@17: BLOOD OF SAINTS by Josh Howard [Viper; 2004]. Collects issues #1-4 of the Blood of Saints series. Softcover. $7

DITKOMANIA #24, 27, 34, 35, 36. Black-and-white digest-size fanzine circa 1992. Fifty cents each.

ESSENTIAL MARVEL HORROR VOLUME 2 [2008]. Reprints the Living Mummy (some written by me), Brother Voodoo, Gabriel Devil Hunter, and a few others. Signed on request. Softcover. $15

FABLES: THE DARK AGES by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross and others [Vertigo; 2009]. Originally published in single magazine form as Fables #76-82. Softcover. $8

GARFIELD COLORFORMS PLAY SET. Unopened play set. Circa 1978. $5

GUERILLA MARKETING: SECRETS FOR MAKING BIG PROFITS FROM YOUR SMALL BUSINESS by Jay Conrad Levinson [Houghton Mifflin; 1984]. Probably outdated, I says with a smile. Softcover. $2

IRON MAN: THE MANY ARMORS OF IRON MAN by Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith, David Michelinie, John Romita Jr., Bob Layton and others [Marvel; 2008]. Softcover. $12

JACK OF FABLES: AMERICANA by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges and others [Vertigo; 2008]. Originally published in single magazine form as Jack of Fables #17-21. Softcover. $7

JACK OF FABLES: BIG BOOK OF WAR by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges and others [Vertigo; 2009]. Originally published in single magazine form as Jack of Fables #28-32. Softcover. $7

JACK OF FABLES: NEW ADVENTURES OF JACK AND JILL by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges and others [Vertigo; 2010]. Originally published in single magazine form as Jack of Fables #36-40. Softcover. $7

JETCAT CLUBHOUSE by Jay Stephens [Oni; 2002]. A secret society that includes “the world’s youngest rock star, an eight-year-old super-hero, a dead boy king and a monkey from outer space with control issues.” Softcover. $5

KISSING CHAOS by Arthur Dela Cruz [Oni; 2002]. Three kids, stuck in a bad situation on a road full of amoral killers, a blood-thirsty media and mysterious men in overcoats and fedoras. Softcover. $8

METROPOLIS by Thea von Harbou w/ illustrations by Michael W. Kaluta [Donning; 1988]. Softcover. $13

NATIONAL ENQUIRER GAME. Princess Di on the cover. Unopened. Circa 1991. Two available. $10 each.

OWLY: THE WAY HOME & THE BITTERSWEET SUMMER by Andy Runion [Top Shelf; 2004]. The first graphic novel in the all-ages series about a kind yet lonely little owl. Softcover. $5

PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN: BACK IN BLACK by Aguirre-Sacasa, Fraction and others [Marvel; 2008]. Reprints material originally published in single magazine form as Sensational Spider-Man #35-40 and Annual #1, Spider-Man Family #1-2, Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook and Marvel Spotlight: Spider-Man. Softcover. $12

RACER X VOLUME 1 by Fred Schiller and others [IDW; 2006]. Reprints Racer X #1-5. Softcover. $10

RAWHIDE KID #49 by Larry Lieber [Marvel; December 1965].  When this comic book was purchased, the seller rated it VG 4.0, which I think is a little high.  Your price: $7

SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST by Justin Grey, Jimmy Palmiotti and Khari Evans [Marvel; 2008]. Reprints issues #1-4. Softcover. $5

SPEED RACER VOLUME 2 by Lamar Waldron, Jill Thompson & others [IDW; 2008]. Reprints issues #6-13. Softcover. $10

STEPPING INTO THE PICTURE: CARTOON DESIGNER MAURICE NOBEL by Robert J. McKinnon [University Press of Mississippi; 2008]. “First book to provide in-depth examination of the extraordinary personal journey of one of the pioneers of animation.” Softcover. $10

THE BEST SHORT FICTION FOR 1986: THE EDITORS’ CHOICE VOLUME III [Bantam; 1987], “Chosen by America’s Top Magazine Editors, compiled by George E. Murphy, Jr.” Hardcover. $5

THE COMPLETE BADGER VOLUME TWO by Mike Baron & Bill Reinhold [IDW; 2008]. Reprints issues #7-12. Softcover. $10

THE EDITORS’ CHOICE: NEW AMERICAN STORIES VOLUME 1 [Bantam; 1981]. Chosen as the best contemporary short fiction for 1984 by America’s top magazine editors. Softcover. $4

THE FRUMIOUS BANDERSNATCH by Ed McBain (2004). A novel of the 87th Precinct. Hardcover. Like new. $10

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE by Harold Kushner [Schocken Books; 1981]. “For everyone who has been hurt by is a book that heals.” Hardcover. $2

WOLVERINE: EVOLUTION by Jeph Loeb & Simone Bianchi [Marvel; 2007]. Reprints Wolverine #50-55. Softcover. $7

WORMWOOD: IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I PEE VOL. 2 by Ben Templesmith [IDW; 2008]. This volume collects Wormword: Gentleman Corpse #5-7 and the Wormword: Gentleman Corpse one-shot. Softcover. $10

X-MEN: SUPERNOVAS by Mike Carey, Chris Bachalo and others [Marvel; 2008]. Contains material originally published in X-Men #188-199 and Annual #1. Softcover. $15

Thanks for your patronage.

Tony Isabella

1 comment:

  1. Michael Kelly SchurmanMarch 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Tony, I'm so glad (even at this late point in our lives) to find someone else had a scouting experience similar to my own. I, too, did fine in Cub Scouts, although our den did go through an alarming number of den mothers. My late mom said we were just too unruly and she'd never understood why anyone in the neighborhood would volunteer to have us in their home and yard at the same time anyway.

    When I aged into the Boy Scouts I found an entirely different situation. The main and most popular activity of the regular meetings was a belt line, a gauntlet set up to punish those of us guilty of whatever infractions deemed evil enough to merit such punishment, which seemed to be any independent thought or action by the younger members.

    Consequently I've never been a fan of BSA and anytime they've been in the news for organizaional idiocy, I've been cheering for their opposition.

    My daughter's experience in the Girl Scouts was totally different as was mine as a male single parent with them. The Girl Scouts were much more interested in building up their members, rather than tearing them down as the Boy Scouts seemed intent upon.

    Within the BSA I think it's interesting to note the Dens of the Cub Scouts are run by "den mothers", while the Boy Scout Troops are run by "scout masters." There is more, I think, than semantics at work with these titles.