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Comic books April 1981

  • Issue #18
    1984/1994 (1978 Magazine) 18

    Stories in this issue include: The Lost Loves of Cranfranz P. Thitwacker by Will Richardson (a.k.a. Bill DuBay) and Alex Nino; Lone Wolf by John Ellis Sech and Delando Nino; The Mad Planet by Gerry Boudreau, Will Richardson (a.k.a. Bill DuBay), and Vic Catan; Ghita of Alizarr part nine by Frank Thorne; and The Starfire Saga part eight by Will Richardson (a.k.a. Bill DuBay) and Rudy Nebres. Cover art by H.R. Giger. Cover price $2.00.

  • Issue #206
    2000 AD (1977 IPC/Fleetway) UK 206

    April 4, 1981. Features include Strontium Dog in "Portrait of a Mutant" part 7 (script by Alan Grant, art by Steve Potter), Tharg's Future-Shocks: "The Last Man" (script by Gary Rice, art by Brett Ewins), Judge Dredd in "Unamerican Graffiti" (art by Ron Smith?), Return to Armageddon (script by Malcolm Shaw, art by Jesus Redondo), and Meltdown Man (script by Alan Hebden, art by Belardinelli). Two-page Superman II movie review.

  • Issue #207
    2000 AD (1977 IPC/Fleetway) UK 207

    April 11, 1981. Features include "Tharg and the Creep Who Stole Croydon" (art by Mike Dorey), Tharg's Future-Shocks: "The Sound of Silence" (script by Alvin Grant, art by Mike White), Judge Dredd in "Unamerican Graffiti" part 2 (script by T.B. Grover, art by Ron Smith), Return to Armageddon (script by Malcolm Shaw, art by Jesus Redondo), and Meltdown Man (script by Alan Hebden, art by Belardinelli). Dave Gibbons cover.

  • Issue #208
    2000 AD (1977 IPC/Fleetway) UK 208

    April 18, 1981. Features include "The Day They Banned 2000 AD" (art by Q. Twerk), Tharg's Future-Shocks: "Fish in a Barrel" (script by Steve Moore, art by Eric Bradbury), Judge Dredd in "The Problem With Sonny Bono" (script by T.B. Grover, art by Emberton), Return to Armageddon (script by Malcolm Shaw, art by Jesus Redondo), and Meltdown Man (script by Alan Hebden, art by Belardinelli). Redondo front cover. Ro-Jaws back cover by Kevin O'Neill.

  • Issue #209
    2000 AD (1977 IPC/Fleetway) UK 209

    April 25, 1981. Features include "The Day They Banned 2000 A.D." part 2 (art by Q. Twerk), Tharg's Future-Shocks: "The Return of the Two-Storey Brain" (script by Alan Moore, art by Mike White), Judge Dredd in "The Mega-Rackets" (script by T.B. Grover, art by Colin Wilson), Return to Armageddon (script by Malcolm Shaw, art by Jesus Redondo), and Meltdown Man (script by Alan Hebden, art by Belardinelli). Wraparound cover by Ian Gibson.

  • Issue #518
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 518
    Published Apr 1981 by DC.

    Cover pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Dick Giordano. "Treasure Hunt on a Small Planet," script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Frank Chiaramonte; Superman must discover why alien beings are stealing dams and factories on Earth. "Old Gold" Hostess snack cakes ad with Wonder Woman. "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure," script by J. M. DeMatteis, art by Don Heck; Ocean Master survives the fall, but Amphitrite, who now commands him, sends Poseidon in his place to fight Aquaman, who now suspects that Ocean Masters mother (his fathers second wife) may still be alive. 36 pgs. $0.50. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #518MJ
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    Mark Jeweler Variant. It is believed these variants were distributed only in regions near U.S. military bases. Cover art by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano. Treasure Hunt on a Small Planet starring Superman, script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Frank Chiaramonte. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure starring Aquaman, script by J. M. DeMatteis, art by Don Heck. 36 pgs. $0.50. Cover price $0.40.

  • Issue #480
    Adventure Comics (1938 1st Series) 480

    Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Steve Mitchell. The Riddle of the Sphinx--Dial "H" For Hero, script by Marv Wolfman, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Dennis Jensen. Thunder Over Fairfax--Dial "H" For Hero, script by Marv Wolfman, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Larry Mahlstedt. The Circus Psycho--Dial "H" For Hero, script by Marv Wolfman, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Dennis Jensen. All stories feature heroes created by fans. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #288
    Adventures of the Big Boy (1956) 288

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  • Issue #3
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  • Issue #1
    Amazing Cinema (1981) 1

    Includes the following features: Miniature Spacecraft: How to Create a Snub Fighter, The Alien Dead, Low-Cost Synthesizers, MTX: Zero Zone, Hair on Your Stop Motion Model, and a salute to The Incredible Shrinking Man. May, 1981. Cover price $2.50.

  • Issue #215
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 215

    "By My Powers Shall I Be Vanquished!" Part 3 of 3. Guest-starring the Sub-Mariner. Script by Denny O'Neil. Art by John Romita Jr. (breakdowns) and Jim Mooney (finishes). Cover by John Romita Jr. and Al Milgrom. In a diabolical twist of fate, the Wizard transfers Spider-Man's spider-sense into the mind of the Sub-Mariner! The web-slinger's sudden loss and Prince Namor's sudden gain make them easy prey for the Frightful Four! After taking a beating, the two heroes go their separate ways to lick their wounds! Hours later they rendezvous at the Baxter Building to reverse the Wizard's experiment! And then it's time for payback! The Spectacular Spider-Man and the Avenging Son vs. the Frightful Four! Imperious Rex! A terrific three-part story! Cameo appearances by the Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, and the Thing. (Notes: This O'Neil-Romita Jr.-Mooney collaboration is the signature Spider-Man & Sub-Mariner team-up of the bronze age. This issue includes a 3/4 page ad (by Frank Miller) for the Doctor Strange 2nd series; however, another artist ended up penciling the title. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #215MJ
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Mark Jewelers 215MJ

    Mark Jeweler Advertisement Insert Variant. "By My Powers Shall I Be Vanquished!" Part 3 of 3. Guest-starring the Sub-Mariner. Script by Denny O'Neil. Art by John Romita Jr. (breakdowns) and Jim Mooney (finishes). Cover by John Romita Jr. and Al Milgrom. In a diabolical twist of fate, the Wizard transfers Spider-Man's spider-sense into the mind of the Sub-Mariner! The web-slinger's sudden loss and Prince Namor's sudden gain make them easy prey for the Frightful Four! After taking a beating, the two heroes go their separate ways to lick their wounds! Hours later they rendezvous at the Baxter Building to reverse the Wizard's experiment! And then it's time for payback! The Spectacular Spider-Man and the Avenging Son vs. the Frightful Four! Imperious Rex! A terrific three-part story! Cameo appearances by the Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, and the Thing. (Notes: This O'Neil-Romita Jr.-Mooney collaboration is the signature Spider-Man & Sub-Mariner team-up of the bronze age. This issue includes a 3/4 page ad (by Frank Miller) for the Doctor Strange 2nd series; however, another artist ended up penciling the title. The letters page contains a statement of ownership: average print run 609,059; average paid circulation: 296,712.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.50.

  • Vol. 101 #5
    Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (1960) Vol. 101 #5

    April 1981. Cover by George Angelini. Stories: "Dawn"(Part 1) by Dean McLaughlin, "Rule of Law" by L. E. Modesitt, Jr., "Red Thoughts at Morning" by Timothy Zahn, "Collector's Item" by Barry B. Longyear, "Meanwhile, Back on the Reservation" by Chad Oliver, and "Just a Hint" by David Brin. Science Fact article: "Spin Drive to the Stars" by Dr. Robert L. Forward, and "Decline and Fall" by Thomas A. Easton. Softcover, 5.25-in. x 7.5-in.; 178 newsprint pages, B&W. Cover price $1.50.

  • Issue #303
    Archie (1943) 303

    Cover pencils by Dan DeCarlo. Hostess snack cakes ad with Sabrina the Teenage Witch. "Sale Wail," script by George Gladir, pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr., inks by Jim DeCarlo; Archie's garage sale gives him more trouble than profit. "Wise Crack" half-page Li'l Jinx's Chum Gigi story by Joe Edwards. "The Changing World," script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr., inks by Jim DeCarlo; Archie and Betty lecture Mr. Weatherbee and Miss Grundy on the death of disco and the fast-paced youth generation. "Change of Heart," script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr., inks by Rudy Lapick; Archie gets jealous when muscular fitness guru Hubert von Wartendyke stays with the Lodges. Archie Club News, art by Joe Edwards. Archie's All American Fashions page, pencils by Dan DeCarlo. "Snow Show," script by George Gladir, pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr., inks by Jim DeCarlo; Archie's job driving a snowmobile for advertisement purposes gets him a lot of girls. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #126
    Archie and Me (1964) 126

    Cover pencils by Stan Goldberg. "Memories," script by Dick Malmgren, pencils by Dick Malmgren, inks by Jon D'Agostino; Archie is sent to the Mr. Weatherbee's office and they begin to discuss memories of Archie's time at school. "Hair Today and Gone Tomorrow," script and pencils by Dick Malmgren, inks by Jon D'Agostino; Everyone seems to be allergic to Mr. Weatherbee. "May Day," script and pencils by Dick Malmgren, inks by Jon D'Agostino; Archie and Reggie both try to impress the new substitute teacher. "Shoe Shoe Baby," script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Jim DeCarlo; Because of the ice outside, Archie wears golf shoes to school. 36 pgs., full color. $0.50. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #79
    Archie at Riverdale High (1972) 79
  • Issue #47
    Archie Comics Digest (1973) 47

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  • Issue #505
    Archie Giant Series (1954) 505

    The World of Jughead Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #304
    Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica (1951) 304

    Cover art by Dan DeCarlo. The Gym Dandies, script by Mike Pellowski, pencils by Jeff Schultz, inks by Rich Koslowski; Coach Clayton demands the girls practice their gymnastics constantly in order to win the impending tournament; So they begin practicing in the hallways of the school. Betty And Veronica's Winter Fashions two-pager, art by Dan DeCarlo. Backpack Knack, script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo Jr., inks by Rudy Lapick; As an alternative to the same old boring vacations, Mr. Lodge decides to take Veronica mountain backpacking. Betty, Archie and Jughead are invited along "to see how it's done." That's Rich, script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Jim DeCarlo; Tired of listening to Veronica brag about her wealth and advantage, Betty, Mr. Weatherbee and Miss Grundy set her up with an actress who performs a character on stage that out-Veronica's Veronica. Hostess Twinkies with Josie, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Jim DeCarlo. 36 pgs. $0.50. Cover price $0.40.

  • Issue #27
    Attack (1971 5th Series Charlton) 27

    Reprints from Fightin' Navy (1956) #107 and #105. Cover by Jack Abel? Stories by unknown. Art by Bill Montes & Ernie Bache, Bill Molno, Jack Abel and unknown. Featuring: "The Underdog"; "Navy Guns"; "The Peace Ambassadors!"; "SOS SOS SOS"; and "Sad Samantha"! 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #206
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 206

    "Fire in the Streets!" Guest-starring the Human Torch. Script by Bill Mantlo. Pencils by Gene Colan. Inks by Dan Green. Cover by Gene Colan and Dan Green. A massive chemical fire is burning in Jersey City! The local fire department can't contain it and neither can the Human Torch! So Earth's Mightiest Heroes are on the way to help! Iron Man and the Vision enter the rampaging blaze first, but are repulsed by the intense heat! Next the Beast, Captain America, Jocasta, Scarlet Witch, and Wonder Man don protective suits and walk into the fire! What will be waiting for them at the heart of the inferno? (Note: The letters page contains a statement of ownership: average print run 440,819; average paid circulation 235,791.) 32 pages Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #17
    Barks Collector Fanzine 17

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    The Barks Collector covers the works of Carl Barks, an artist widely recognized as the best Disney duck artist. Issue #17 includes: a letter from Barks; Hud ?Hired' Donald Duck for $99,999 by Bill Drummond; In Donaldismo Veritas by Hans Von Storch; a piece on "Raven Mad" (Walt Disney Comics & Stories #265) by Fred Stewart; Barks for Beginners by John Nichols; and more. Includes art by Barks. Cover art by David Clarvis. 24 pgs. April, 1981. $1.25. Cover price $1.25.

  • Issue #334
    Batman (1940) 334
    Tags: Batman
    Published Apr 1981 by DC.

    Cover art by Jim Aparo. "Infinity Island!" (The Lazarus Affair Chapter Three), script by Marv Wolfman, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Frank McLaughlin; Batman awakens in a strange room on Infinity Island and gets attacked by a horde of possessed men; The Dark Knight gerts dragged to another room where he is shown the two classes of lives on the island; A strange voice tells Batman to either become one of his loyal followers or suffer as a slave in the mines; The voice also tells Batman he was behind the dealings of Gregorian Falstaff in concerning Wayne Enterprises. Hostess Twinkies ad starring Wonder Woman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Vince Colletta. Whodunit one-pager starring Commissioner Gordon, script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Joe Staton, inks by Frank McLaughlin. "From the Ashes!" featuring Tales of Gotham City, script by Mike Barr, art by Dan Spiegle; Jason Bard comes out of a brief retirement to help a woman find out who burned down her boarding house. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #334MJ
    Batman (1940) Mark Jewelers 334MJ

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    Mark Jeweler Advertisement Insert Variant. Cover art by Jim Aparo. Infinity Island! starring Batman, Talia, Robin, Catwoman, Ra's Al Ghul, and King Faraday, script by Marv Wolfman, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Frank McLaughlin. Hostess Twinkies ad starring Wonder Woman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Vince Colletta. Whodunit one-pager starring Commissioner Gordon, script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Joe Staton, inks by Frank McLaughlin. From the Ashes! featuring Tales of Gotham City, script by Mike Barr, art by Dan Spiegle. 32 pgs. $0.50. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #309
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  • Issue #310
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  • Issue #311
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  • Issue #312
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  • Issue #1058
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  • Issue #1059
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  • Issue #1060
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  • Issue #1061
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  • Issue #68
    Battlefield Action (1957) 68

    Reprints are from Fightin' Army (1956) #85, #86 and #83. Cover by Sam Glanzman. Stories by Willi Franz and unknown. Art by Sam Glanzman and Ernie Bache. Featuring: an untitled The Lonely War of Capt. Willy Schultz tale; The Lonely War of Capt. Willy Schultz tale "Escape"; and "The Terrible Fears of P.F.C. Bolton!" 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #11
    Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest (1979) 11

    1980 Year's Best Stories. Cover pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Dick Giordano. The Miraculous Return of Jonathan Kent!, script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Frank Chiaramonte. Dreadful Birthday Dear Joker ...!, script by Len Wein, pencils by Walt Simonson, inks by Dick Giordano. The Man Who Was the World! starring Superman & Deadman, script by Len Wein, art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. A Bridge Called Charlie starring Sgt. Rock, script by Bob Kanigher, art by Frank Redondo. Star Light, Star Bright... Farthest Star I See Tonight! starring the Legion of Super-Heroes, script by Paul Levitz, art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez; Superboy convinces the Legion of Super-Heroes to go searching for the star that shown over Bethlehem during Jesus' birth on Christmas Eve. The Secret World of Jonathan Kent!, script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Frank Chiaramonte. 132 pgs. $0.95. Cover price $0.95.

  • Issue #119
    Betty and Me (1966) 119

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    Cover by Dan DeCarlo. "A Taste Of Gold" Hostess snack cakes ad with Sabrina. "Food Feud," script and pencils by Dick Malmgren, inks by Jon D'Agostino; Betty finds out that Archie moved their dinner date up so he could meet Veronica later on, so she makes a gastronomic nightmare for his dinner with her. Statement of ownership; Total Paid Circulation, Avg 12 months: 94,362. "Circle Saga," pencils by Stan Goldberg; Stuck alone over winter break because Archie plans to go skiing with Veronica, Betty agrees to be tour guide for a French exchange student named Jean. "Snow-Bound," script and pencils by Dick Malmgren, inks by Jon D'Agostino; Archie has someplace to be, but he has to shovel the walk at his home; Betty comes by and volunteers to shovel it for him. Betty's School Fashions page by Dan DeCarlo. "Dress Drama," script by Tom DeFalco, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick; Veronica one-ups Betty and Archie ends up paying for it. 36 pgs. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #1-REP
    Bibliographia Oziana SC (1976) 1-REP

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    2nd and alter printings. By Douglas G. Greene, Peter E. Hanff, Dick Martin, James E. Haff, and David L. Greene. The International Wizard of Oz Club presents a comprehensive reference book covering all the books in the Land of Oz series. This is a concise bibliographical checklist of the Oz Books by L. Frank Baum and his successors. Softcover, 5 1/2-in. x 8-in., 108 pages, B&W.

  • Issue #141
    Billy the Kid (1956 Charlton) 141

    Reprints from #97, Cheyenne Kid (1958 Charlton) #26 and ? Cover by Jose Delbo. Stories by unknown. Art by Jose Delbo, John Severin and Pat Boyette. Featuring Billy the Kid in "The Secret of the Gunfighter"! Plus: Cheyenne Kid in "Fat of the Land"! And: Mr. Young of the Boothill Gazette tale "Wild West"! Also: 2-page story "Tombstone" illustrated by Rocke Mastroserio. 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #173
    Brave and the Bold (1955 1st Series DC) 173

    Cover by Jim Aparo. "One of Us Is Not One of Us," script by Gerry Conway, art by Jim Aparo; A Guardian of the Universe comes to Earth to recruit Batman to help him learn which Guardian is an impostor, and to restore Hal Jordans memories of being Green Lantern. Old Gold Hostess Twinkies ad featuring Wonder Woman. Back-up story: "Knight's Gambit!", script by Cary Burkett, art by Dan Spiegle; Nemesis tries to get at Council member Noel Chesterton by saving a man he intends to kidnap. 36 pgs., full color. $0.50. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #173MJ
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    Mark Jeweler Advertisement Insert Variant. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #256
    Captain America (1968 1st Series) 256

    "The Ghosts of Greymoor Castle!" Script by Bill Mantlo. Pencils by Gene Colan. Inks by Frank Giacoia, Al Milgrom, and Dave Simons. Cover by Marie Severin. While still in England, Captain America visits Greymoor Castle, the site of one of his greatest World War II battles. Once inside the castle, Cap discovers an old enemy, Cedric Rawlings, and the pit of Z-rays. Is Rawlings still the primary enemy within Greymoor Castle, or is there another menace lurking in the shadows? (Notes: The subplot involving the Druid Tome continues in the first issue of the first Vision and Scarlet Witch Limited Series. The letters page contains a statement of ownership: average print run 325,888; average paid circulation 165,498.) 32 pages Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #256MJ
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    Mark Jewelers Advertisement Insert Variant. Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #6
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  • Issue #14
    Captain Canuck (1975 Comely Comix) 14
  • Issue #1
    Captain Kentucky Collection (1981) 1

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    The Captain Kentucky Collection #1, published by Don Rosa, reprints the first third of Rosa's humorous newspaper strip which originally appeared in the Louisville Times. See http://www.perunamaa.net/donrosa/nondisney_ck.shtml for further information on this series. Cover price $2.00.

  • Issue #1981
    Cartoonist Reuben Awards Program 1981

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    The Cartoonist Reuben Awards Dinner Program (1981) is published by King Features. The National Cartoonists Society honors one of there greatest and oldest members Margie Duffy. Join her friends as they look back and congratulate her on a amazing career. 60 pages, color cover with black and white illustrations and photos, 8.25-in x 11-in.