Here are some prize items leftover from our late, lamented Booksteve's Bookstore Plus site. I'd appreciate it if you'd glance through them and see if any might suit the needs of folks on your holiday list. All items are one of a kind so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org before sending any payment. Items will be removed as they are sold.
Thanks and have a Merry Christmas!
Once again we have to resort to eBay images since the item is much too big for my scanner.
Here, too, is an edited version of the description from eBay.
Here we have two full length parodies of PLAYBOY Magazine from nearly thirty years ago now. Wow. Time flies. There was, for a while, a trend in doing full length magazine papdies. There was one of ROLLING STONE, one of NEWSWEEK and various others. With its well-known features, famous publisher and the "Playboy Philosophy," Hef's cash cow was ripe for a lampoon...and it got two of them!
PLAYBORE was first, in the Fall of 1983, going so far as to get ex-PLAYBOY model (and Hef's personal Ex) Barbi Benton for its cover.
PLAYBOY THE PARODY followed a scant few months later with flavor of the month sex symbol Bo Derek on its cover.
Condition is literally like new!
$30.00 for the pair, postpaid.
There's nothing substantial here. It's all design and pictures. Some of the pictures are ones that even a McCartney fan doesn't see every day, however, and the design includes a nice comic book border for guitarist Denny Laine.
Tired of the current rosters of Presidential wannabes? Think maybe you can do better? Well, lucky for you, someone's already thought of that...way back in 1956, in fact.
I'D RATHER BE PRESIDENT is a book by Charles Ellis and Frank Weir subtitled, "A Handbook For Expectant Candidates." It's genuinely funny, especially in light of the current political climate. That's not the reason anyone actually remembers this book, tough. No, I'D RATHER BE PRESIDENT is coveted as a collectible due to the covers and scores of interior illustrations by none other than Walt Kelly of POGO fame!
My copy is slightly yellowed but otherwise quite good on the interior (and still has a title-specific comment card to be mailed to the publisher inserted!). The cover, on the other hand, is a little more brittle around the edges than it seems like it should be and you can see some of the tears and cracks in this photo. In fact, there's now an additional one as a small sliver at the top cracked off as I lifted the book from the scanner just now!
Although both songs--from the legendary Decca auditions-- spotlight Paul McCartney, the single was offered as a tie-in to a lengthy interview with ex-drummer Pete Best in the magazine as he plays on both.
Although credited to "The Silver Beatles," this was not the name they were going under at the time these songs were recorded, having already long since lost the "Silver." Both songs appear on each side of the record exactly the same rather than the logical move of putting one song on each side.
I already had both songs on a bootleg album when I ordered this back in 1982 so I played the record once and then filed it away, complete with its original mailing envelope from OUI to my old address.
Artist Mel Crawford illustrated this FLINTSTONES one that my mother bought me when I was about two years old.
As you can see, this book, which was prepared just PRIOR to the television series debut, features an alternate world version of THE FLINTSTONES--Fred, Wilma, Fred Junior(!!) and their new pet Harvey (although he looks more like Cecil the sea-sick sea sepent on that final page!) with no trace of Barney, Betty, Dino or Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm(still several years away from their conceptions actually).
I'm not certain whether Junior was originally planned for the TV series but if so, he was clearly sacked early on, unwittingly preparing the way for Pebbly-Poo and one of the most anxiously awaited births in TV history. (Certainly, the Welch's people were waiting as I doubt Junior had the marketing appeal that sold all the jelly and grape juice that Pebbles would eventually sell!)
This is a lovely and historically important book in cartoon history. My copy is well-loved and frayed a small bit around the edges but it's whole and intact.
Underground comix as we know them (or DID as the distinction really doesn’t exist anymore) appeared in the late sixties and flourished through the early seventies serving as a showcase for the countercultural artistic/political/psychosexual talents of scores of young illustrators including Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Justin Green, Gilbert Shelton and Bill Griffith. The thing is, though, that Dan O’Neill was there when they got there. In fact, his deceptively simplistic ODD BODKINS strip had been around since the early sixties. The collection seen here is from early 1965!
O'Neill went on to be part of the controversial Air Pirates who were taken to court by Disney. These early ODD BODKINS strips are cute with a little politics and a bit of sixties social issues but mainly just some clever humor and some highly stylized art.
This is the original 1965 edition, with pages only slightly yellowed. There's a long ago "50 cents" price peniclled in on the first page. Prices are 50-60 dollars from some sources. We're asking:
All the stories are choice as there were so many good ones to choose from. Carmine Infantino, the artist most associated with the character, provides a brand new wraparound cover, a new foreword and, of course, draws the lions share of the stories within. Other artists represented include Ross Andru, Butch Guice, Joe Kubert and Irv Novick.
All in all, a worthy if somehow unspectacular collection for FLASH fans.
Hardcover. Nearly new condition. 288 pages, 1991
This may well be the first of the many volumes on James Bond movies that have come out over the years. This one hit in 1972 with Connery's final "Official" 007 film, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER still fresh in everyone's minds...for better or for worse (me, I like it. Paid to see it twice!). Never saw it in stores but it was heavily advertised in the fan press. I ordered mine through the back of THE MONSTER TIMES back in the day.
Written by John (don't know if he's related to future Bond, Pierce) Brosnan, once you get past the horrid and already dated pop art caricatures on the cover it's a brisk, easy read, packing a ton of info on the movies, their making and the books on which they're based into a sparse 176 pages. There are a lot of nice behind-the scenes-photos, also, many rarely seen and not included in any of the other books that I know of.
Dust cover is in good shape with a little wear and a tiny tear at the top. Book itself is a good solid copy with crisp white pages.
Since then I've become a huge POPEYE fan and have made a point to pick up all the beautiful Fantagraphics reprints in recent years no matter how broke I was at the time. I even got to do some work on Craig Yoe's volume of comic book reprints!
Not much to say about his condition--a Gumby-like toy as seen here.