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Comic books December 1978

  • Issue #93
    2000 AD (1977 IPC/Fleetway) UK 93

    December 30, 1978. Features include Judge Dredd in "The Day the Law Died" (script by John Howard, art by Ewins/McCarthy), Ro-busters in "Ro-jaws' Memoirs" (script by Pat Mills, art by Mike Dorey), Flesh (script by Geoffrey Miller, art by Belardinelli), Tharg's Future-Shocks: Pandora's Box (script by Mike Cruden, art by Mike White), and Strontium Dog (script by T.B. Grover, art by Carlos Ezquerra).

  • Issue #1979-1ST
    2000 AD Annual HC (1978-1995 Fleetway) 1979-1ST

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    1st printing. 2000 A.D. 1979 Annual celebrates all things related to the UK 2000 A.D. publication. Hardcover, 7 1/2-in. x 10 1/2-in., PC/PB&W.

  • Issue #490
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 490
    Published Dec 1978 by DC.

    First 40-cent cover price. Cover pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Dick Giordano. "No Tomorrow For Superman," script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Frank Chiaramonte; Ever since Brainiac made him view the destruction of Krypton, Superman has had excessive super-energy that he has to find a way to express harmlessly; But during the latest bout of super-energy, Brainiac directs Superman at the Justice League satellite. One-page Fred Hembeck strip. 36 pgs. $0.40. Cover price $0.40.

  • Issue #490MJ
    Action Comics (1938 DC) Mark Jewelers 490MJ

    Mark Jeweler Variant. Superman is tormented by Brainiac in a book length story "No Tomorrow for Superman" written by Cary Bates with art by Curt Swan and inks by Frank Chiaramonte. Cover price $0.40.

  • Issue #490
    Action Comics (1978 Whitman) 490

    Whitman edition Cover price $0.40.

  • Issue #260
    Adventures of the Big Boy (1956) 260

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  • Issue #33
    Algol (1963) 33
    Published Dec 1978 by Algol Press.

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    Vol. 16, No. 1, Whole No 33, Winter 1978-79. Cover by Kelly Freas. Algol Began as a fanzine (won a Hugo in 1974 for best fanzine) before turning into a semi-pro magazine. At issue #34, title changes to Starship, and ran until issue #44 before ending. Features articles on SF and SF publishing, interviews with authors, and reviews. Vincent Di Fate, Richard A Lupoff, Susan Wood, and Frederick Pohl contributed columns on a regular basis. In this issue - "Women and SF" by Susan Wood. Also Suzy McKee Charnas, Anne McCaffrey, James Gunn, Frederik Pohl, Richard Lupoff, Vincent DiFate, more; 68 pages, b&w, 8 1/4-in. x 11-in. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #187
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 187

    "The Power of Electro!" Guest-starring Captain America. Plot by Marv Wolfman and Jim Starlin. Script by Marv Wolfman. Brilliant art by Jim Starlin (layouts) and Bob McLeod (finishes). Cover by Keith Pollard. It's an overstuffed tale featuring the star-spangled avenger, web-slinger, SHIELD, Electro, and the bubonic plague! When the Daily Bugle receives a tip that authorities have cordoned off the neighborhoods surrounding the Indian Point Power Station, Jonah sends his ace photographer to investigate! The web-slinger easily slips past the SHIELD agents, but runs into a problem after bumping into the Sentinel of Liberty! Cap wants the wall-crawler to leave the area ASAP! But Cap would think differently if he knew that an electrifying encounter awaits! The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America vs. Electro! Cameo appearances by Dum Dum Dugan, J. Jonah Jameson, and Joe Robertson. (Notes: This is one of only three issues Jim Starlin drew for the Amazing Spider-Man title (1st series): issues 113, 114, and 187. More of Jim Starlin's artwork featuring Spider-Man can be seen in Marvel Two-in-One Annual 2. The web-slinger and Electro previously battled in Marvel Team-Up 56.) 32 pages Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #187MJ
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Mark Jewelers 187MJ

    Mark Jeweler Advertisement Insert Variant. Captain America joins Spider-Man as they battle Electro in "The Power of Electro!" Script by Marv Wolfman; wonderful art by Jim Starlin (layouts) and Bob McLeod (finishes). Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #187
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 187

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    Whitman Variant. "The Power of Electro!" Guest-starring Captain America. Plot by Marv Wolfman and Jim Starlin. Script by Marv Wolfman. Brilliant art by Jim Starlin (layouts) and Bob McLeod (finishes). Cover by Keith Pollard. It's an overstuffed tale featuring the star-spangled avenger, web-slinger, SHIELD, Electro, and the bubonic plague! When the Daily Bugle receives a tip that authorities have cordoned off the neighborhoods surrounding the Indian Point Power Station, Jonah sends his ace photographer to investigate! The web-slinger easily slips past the SHIELD agents, but runs into a problem after bumping into the Sentinel of Liberty! Cap wants the wall-crawler to leave the area ASAP! But Cap would think differently if he knew that an electrifying encounter awaits! The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America vs. Electro! Cameo appearances by Dum Dum Dugan, J. Jonah Jameson, and Joe Robertson. (Notes: This is one of only three issues Jim Starlin drew for the Amazing Spider-Man title (1st series): issues 113, 114, and 187. More of Jim Starlin's artwork featuring Spider-Man can be seen in Marvel Two-in-One Annual 2. The web-slinger and Electro previously battled in Marvel Team-Up 56.) 32 pages Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #4
    Andromeda (1977 1st Series) 4
  • Issue #276
    Archie (1943) 276

    Cover pencils by Dan DeCarlo. "On Stage," script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr.; To punish Archie and Chuck for their shenanigans, Mr. Weatherbee has them help Swenson mop the halls, only to find them singing and dancing while mopping. Forearm Smash half-page Li'l Jinx's Pal Fat Charley page by Joe Edwards. Number 13 Maze activity page by Joe Edwards. "Social Line," script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr.; Archie stresses out when he agrees to accompany Veronica to a social at her father's club. "Root Pursuit," pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr.; Archie helps Mr. Weatherbee research his ancestors and finds that the Weatherbee men have always been plagued by idiotic teenagers. Archie Club News. "One More Chance," pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr.; Veronica gets angry when Betty dreams about Archie and threatens to break up with him if she doesn't dream about him that night. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #106
    Archie and Me (1964) 106
  • Issue #59
    Archie at Riverdale High (1972) 59
  • Issue #33
    Archie Comics Digest (1973) 33
  • Issue #476
    Archie Giant Series (1954) 476

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    Archies Christmas Stocking Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #477
    Archie Giant Series (1954) 477

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    Betty and Veronica Christmas Spectacular. "Cartons of Joy," script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo; Betty and Veronica are out enjoying the sights when they see a young boy longingly looking at a train set in a store window; Seeing that he looks poor, they feel sorry for him and follow him to an old shack where he lives with his mom and siblings. "Art Critic" one-page Li'l Jinx's Pal, Roz story by Joe Edwards. "Package Deal"; Betty decides to go into the gift-wrapping business for the holidays, and sends Jughead out to show off her sample boxes. "Santa Claws"; Miss Grundy and Mr. Weatherbee agree to let the girls be in charge of the school's Christmas decorations; Betty and Veronica decide to start with boxes of Christmas decorations in the old storeroom in the basement. "From The Heart"; Veronica and her dad discuss how Archie always likes Betty's (cheaper) gifts better than Veronica's gift. Hostess snack cakes ad with Josie. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #276
    Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica (1951) 276

    Cover art by Dan DeCarlo. Summer Stock, pencils by Dan DeCarlo; Veronica has visions of stardom when she's offered a job at the local summer theater - - until she finds out the job is as a "gofer." Triple Play, script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo; At the insistence of the school faculty, Betty, Veronica and Maria try to stop gossiping. Doll Dance, pencils by Dan DeCarlo; Veronica and Betty give Maria a glamorous makeover so Frankie's attention won't drift at the dance. But the girls do their work too well. Where It's At, Script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo; Bored with the everyday sameness of Riverdale, Veronica wheedles an invitation from her father to fly with him on a business trip to Casablanca and takes Betty along. Advertisement for the series of Archie Christmas Specials. 36 pgs. $0.35. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #251
    Archie's Joke Book (1953) 251
  • Issue #128
    Archie's Pals 'n' Gals (1955) 128
  • Issue #63
    Archie's TV Laugh Out (1969) 63

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  • Issue #178
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 178

    "The Martyr Perplex!" Script by Steve Gerber. Art by Carmine Infantino (breakdowns) and Rudy Nebres (finishes). Cover by John Buscema. It's an off-beat tale as the bombastic Beast returns to the Avengers! Hank McCoy spends a fun evening out on the town, but the night ends with a bizarre encounter with a death-like wraith! What was that strange creature that confronted Hank? A curious Beast must investigate! Cameo appearances by Captain America, the Wasp, and Wonder Man. (Note: The Manipulator appears again in Captain America 242.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #178MJ
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Mark Jewelers 178MJ

    The Beast takes center stage in "The Martyr Perplex!" Script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Rudy Nebres. John Buscema cover. Mark Jeweler Advertisement Insert Variant. It is believed these variants were distributed only in regions near U.S. military bases. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #178UK
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) UK Edition 178UK

    This is a United Kingdom edition. The UK edition was released in Great Britain at the same time the American edition was released. Both editions are identical except for pricing on cover.

  • Issue #184UK
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) UK Edition 184UK

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    This is a United Kingdom edition. The UK edition was released in Great Britain at the same time the American edition was released. Both editions are identical except for pricing on cover.

  • Issue #306
    Batman (1940) 306
    Tags: Bruce Wayne Murderer (part MurderTheme)
    Published Dec 1978 by DC.

    First standard-priced 40-cent cover issue. Cover by Jim Aparo. "Night of Siege," script by Gerry Conway, pencils by John Calnan, inks by Dave Hunt; An ex-junkie costumed vigilante called The Black Spider tries to kill dope dealer Hannibal Hardwicke; Batman saves Hardwicke and takes him to Bruce Wayne's penthouse apartment for safekeeping; The Black Spider battles past Batman into the apartment. "The Mystery Murderer of Mrs. Batman!", script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Dave Hunt; A freezing gas in Jeff Richter's suit immobilizes Batman and Alfred; Batman checks Richter's fingerprints and discovers that each finger bears the print of a different criminal. Battlestar Galactica Monogram model kit ad on back cover. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #306MJ
    Batman (1940) Mark Jewelers 306MJ

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    Mark Jeweler Advertisement Insert Variant. Batman solo in cover story, "Night of Seige!" Script by Gerry Conway, pencils by John Calnan, inks by David Hunt. Back-up Unsolved Cases of Batman, ""The Mystery Murderer of 'Mrs. Batman'!" Script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Dave Hunt. See also: Bruce Wayne Murderer and Bruce Wayne Fugitive for related story theme. Battlestar Galactica Monogram model kit ad on back cover. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #306UK
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    Published Dec 1978 by DC.

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    UK edition. Identical to US edition, but has a different cover price. Cover by Jim Aparo. "Night of Siege," script by Gerry Conway, pencils by John Calnan, inks by Dave Hunt; An ex-junkie costumed vigilante called The Black Spider tries to kill dope dealer Hannibal Hardwicke; Batman saves Hardwicke and takes him to Bruce Wayne's penthouse apartment for safekeeping; The Black Spider battles past Batman into the apartment. "The Mystery Murderer of Mrs. Batman!", script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Dave Hunt; A freezing gas in Jeff Richter's suit immobilizes Batman and Alfred; Batman checks Richter's fingerprints and discovers that each finger bears the print of a different criminal. Battlestar Galactica Monogram model kit ad on back cover. 36 pgs., full color.

  • Issue #306
    Batman (1940) Whitman 306
    Published Dec 1978 by Whitman.

    Whitman edition Cover price $0.50.

  • Vol. 22 #3
    Baum Bugle A Journal of Oz (1957) Vol. 22 #3

    The Baum Bugle: A Journal of Oz (1978) Volume 22 #3 is published three times annually by The International Wizard of Oz Club.

  • Issue #47
    Beagle Boys (1964 Gold Key) 47

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    Featuring: 7 page Beagle Boys story "The Pick-Pocketeers" starring the Beagle Boys and Big Daddy Dooley, pencilled by Jack Manning; 6 page Beagle Boys story "Beach Party" starring the Beagle Boys, Grandma Beagle and Mimic Beagle, pencilled by Bob Gregory; 6 page Beagle Boys story "Honest Abe's Charade" starring the Beagle Boys and Honest Abe Beagle, pencilled by Jack Manning; 5 page Beagle Boys story "The Sofa Saga" starring the Beagle Boys and Ratty, pencilled by Tom McKimson? Cover by Kay Wright and Larry Mayer. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #46
    Beagle Boys (1972 Whitman) 46
  • Issue #124
    Beetle Bailey (1953 Dell/Charlton/Gold Key/King) 124

    Featuring: 7 page Beetle Bailey story "Dust Devils"; 5 page Beetle Bailey story "Who's Afraid?"; 4 page Beetle Bailey story "A Nervous Condition"; 6 page Beetle Bailey story "A Weighty Problem." Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #124
    Beetle Bailey (1953 Whitman) 124

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  • Issue #1978-1ST
    Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year TPB (1972-Present Pelican) 1978-1ST

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    1978 Edition - 1st printing. Edited by Charles Brooks. Combine the wit and insight of more than 130 leading editorial cartoonists from the United States, Canada, and Latin America with the headline-making events of a year filled with controversial issues, and the result is this provocative volume of prickly satire and social commentary. Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 160 pages, B&W.

  • Issue #98
    Betty and Me (1966) 98

    Cover pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Jim DeCarlo. "Hire Mire," script by George Gladir, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick; Betty talks her father into hiring Archie to do some yard work so Archie can earn some money for the school dance - until she realizes he'll probably take Veronica. I Kid You Not Puzzle activity page by Joe Edwards. "Serve Verve," script by George Gladir, inks by Rudy Lapick; Betty starts her own messenger on roller skates business and the fringe benefits might be a concert date with Archie. "Mother Love," script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Jim DeCarlo; When Jughead spots Betty carrying a "precious bundle" in a wicker basket, he assumes she's talking about a child. "Rival Arrival," script by George Gladir, pencils by Bob Bolling, inks by Rudy Lapick; Dilton makes Archie a sexy android that can do everything Betty can do, except for one crucial thing. 36 pgs. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #1979-1ST
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    Annual 1979 - 1st printing. After professional tennis star Jaime Sommers is nearly killed in a skydiving accident, Oscar Goldman, the man responsible for the Six Million Dollar Man, rebuilds Jaime's body with the use of super science and transforms her into the world's first Bionic Woman. This book features prose stories, comic stories, information on the heroes and villains of Knight Rider, word puzzles and games, and much more! Hardcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 64 pages, full color.

  • Issue #87
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery (1963 Gold Key) 87

    His mind was a playground for nightmares! Featuring: 6 page story "Sweet Dreams" drawn by Adolfo Buylla. Plus: 6 page story "The Man Who Laughed At Death" drawn by Mike Roy; 5 page story "Air Disaster" drawn by Sal Trapani; 5 page story "Seek and Ye Shall Find" drawn by Sandy Plunkett. Painted cover by Luis Dominguez. NOTE: # 90053-812 on cover Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #87
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery (Whitman) 87
  • Issue #88
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery (Whitman) 88

    Anthology comic with spooky and mystery stories hosted by famous classic horror film actor Boris Karloff. This issue features "The Sorcerer's Potion," "A Cage for Hassan," and "The Woodworker of Wencelas." No story/art credits given. All stories are reprints from previous issues. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #2-1ST
    Boris SC (1978 Anaconda Press) 2-1ST

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    Volume 2 - 1st printing. Edited by Mark A. Feldman. Introduction by Philip Jose Farmer. Featuring a collection of artwork, some pieces that have never been released before, by a true master of his craft - Boris Vallejo. Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 64 pages, PC/PB&W. Mature Readers Cover price $7.95.

  • Issue #145
    Brave and the Bold (1955 1st Series DC) 145

    First 40-cent cover price. Cover by Jim Aparo. "A Choice of Dooms!", script by Bob Haney, art by Jim Aparo; Batman stops a diamond smuggling ring but the leader practices voodoo on his gang members and has an unusual way to prevent them from talking. 36 pgs., full color. $0.40. Cover price $0.40.

  • Issue #145MJ
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    Mark Jeweler Advertisement Insert Variant. Cover price $0.40.

  • Issue #145
    Brave and the Bold (1955 1st Series) Whitman 145

    Whitman edition Cover price $0.40.

  • Issue #203
    Bugs Bunny (1942 Dell/Gold Key) 203
  • Issue #203
    Bugs Bunny (1942 Whitman) 203

    Whitman edition Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #65
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    Vol. 13, No. 1. Whole Number 65. Winter, 1978. Notes and news for the Science Fiction Writer's Association. In this issue: ""Beneath the Dream: Research!" by Greg Bear, Frederik Pohl answers reader questions in "Hot-Line," "The SFWA Model Paperback Contract," by Norman Spinrad, "A Statement of Ethical Position" by Harlan Ellison," "Report from the Central/South Director," by George R.R. Martin, " "The World SF Writers Conference" by Theodore Sturgeon, letters from Poul Anderson and L. Sprague de Camp, and more. Cover art by Bob Naylor and John Putnam. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 36 pages, b&w.

  • Issue #228
    Captain America (1968 1st Series) 228

    Cover pencils by Ron Wilson, inks by Dan Green. "A Serpent Lurks Below," script by Roger McKenzie, pencils by Sal Buscema (breakdowns), Mike Esposito (as Espo, finished art), John Tartaglione (as Tartag, finished art), inks by Mike Esposito (as Espo) and John Tartaglione (as Tartag); Captain America broods at Avengers Mansion until Iron Man gives him a pep talk; After saving a boy from being hit by a truck, Cap goes to SHIELD's New York HQ to look for the missing Falcon; He defeats a SHIELD robot and finds the base deserted. Jasper Sitwell radios in and tells Cap that SHIELD has abandoned the base for security reasons and that it's due for destruction in fifteen minutes; Sitwell connects Cap with the SHIELD Super-Agents in Los Angeles, who report that Falcon's been missing for days; Blue Streak explains that Falcon is looking for someone in trouble named Jim; Constrictor, a costumed assassin working for the Corporation, ambushes Cap and reveals the SHIELD Super-Agents have a Corporation mole in their ranks. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #228MJ
    Captain America (1968 1st Series) Mark Jewelers 228MJ

    Mark Jewelers Advertisement Insert Variant. "Serpent Lurks Below" Script by Roger McKenzie. Art by Sal Buscema (breakdowns), Mike Esposito (finishes), and John Tartaglione (finishes). Cover by Ron Wilson and Dan Green. After receiving a pep talk from Iron Man, Steve Rogers shakes off his melancholy mood and decides to go searching for his former partner. When the shield-slinger checks out an old SHIELD hideout, he doesn't locate the Falcon; but Cap does locate the Constrictor! Can Captain America evade the coils of the Constrictor? And escape from the SHIELD hideout before it implodes? Cameo appearances by the Avengers (Beast, Hercules, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision), Jasper Sitwell, the SHIELD Super Agents, and Senator "Kligger" Stivak. (Notes: The Constrictor previously appeared in Incredible Hulk 212. This issue contains a full-page ad for the Doctor Strange (2nd) series.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #228UK
    Captain America (1968 1st Series) UK Edition 228UK

    Distributed in the United Kingdom (England). Exact copy of american edition except for cover price. The Avengers appear in "A Serpent Lurks Below!" Script by Roger McKenzie, pencils by Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito, inks by Esposito and John Tartaglione. Story continues in Avengers 178. Ron Wilson/Dan Green cover.