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Chinese Comic Journey To the West (20 booklets in Box, 1996)
1 Chinese Comic Journey To the West (20 booklets in Box, 1996)
Shanghai Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House 1996 7532216462 / 9787532216468 Presumed First Soft covers Fine books and VG Box 
I bought this last night at a book and paper sale -- what a surprise! I have been going to this place for 20 years and never have I seen any any Asian items I can recall. The box is covered with blue cloth and is clean and sturdy. Inside are two stacks of small comic books, ten on each side.The text is in Chinese, but the black and white drawings tell a story too. The little books measure 3-1/2" x 5". I was able to translate much, but the same exact specific item was used in every translation site which was a problem because two books are missing from that one. Mine has ALL TWENTY. The translated ones are:Dragon Palace I; Dragon Palace II; Two Mountains; Gao Laozhuang; Quicksand; White Tiger; True Hawk; Red Baby; Tongtian River; Golden Pocket; True Monkey Ling; Flaming Mountain; Fake West; Pirates of the Caribbean; Lion Camel; No Bottom Hole; Battle of Qinglongshen; and Retrieve the Scriptures. As stated the little booklets are clean and attractive, as is the box which has only a grey spot to the title box on the outside. A very nice collectible. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Combing Columbus Photogenic Drawings for the Bicentennial (Columbus, Ohio 2012)
2 Combing Columbus Photogenic Drawings for the Bicentennial (Columbus, Ohio 2012)
Columbus, Ohio Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 Card cover Fine condition Bole, Mary Jo 
Without question this is the most unusual and delightful commemoration of a city's Bicentennial. It's clever, fun, and historic -- and all in full color in a large format. The booklet measures 9-3/4" tall by 14" across. But rather than babble on about how much I like it, I'm going to show you some very handsome pictures which catch the eye, the heart, and the sense of humor. Truly, it's one to keep forever. Every page is in color as seen. 
Price: 26.00 USD
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Cracked Magazine, November 1964
3 Cracked Magazine, November 1964
New York Major Magazines 1964 Number 40 soft cover Very Good 
We often see later issues of this humor magazine, but the ones from the 60's are a bit harder to find. Here we have the November, 1964 issue in clean, tightly bound condition. In fact, it's fairly remarkable given the pulp paper on which its printed. Among the zany articles are these: The Transylvanian Teen Scene, the Big War, A Martian Writes Home from Earth, Way Out -- West, How I Saw Europe on 58 Cents A Day; and A Sunday At Coney Island. The magazine measures 8"x10-1/2" and is clean and bright. Black and white cartoon format. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Durham Whiffs No. I Vol. I 1878
4 Durham Whiffs No. I Vol. I 1878
Furham, North Carolina Blackwell's Durham Tobacco Co. 1878 Jan. 1, 1878 No.2, Vol. I soft cover Very good condition 
I thought this might be a premium, but I did some research and found that it is one and a very early one too. Both items were given away when a customer spent a certain amount of products. The little item beside the booklet in the photo is part of the premium too, a small package of rolling papers, which are still inside the folder. That item measures 1-1/2"x3" and will arrive in its own little plastic bag inserted into the larger bag for the booklet. The cover has color art both front and back. Inside there are comics based on Mother Goose, Jack Be Nimble, Old King Cole and others, all pushing the product. Beneath them are informational materials about the product. The booklet measures 6-1/2" x 8-3/4." If you wonder why children are on the front cover here's the reason. The company had decided it was time to tell the kids what they had all been missing. So there you have it tobacco for tweens and teens! 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Picture Scoop Magazine October, 1942 (1st Issue)
5 Picture Scoop Magazine October, 1942 (1st Issue)
New York Picture Scoop Inc. 1942 Vol. I, No. 1 soft cover Very Good 
This isn't a magazine you see too often, but it's a lot of fun to read. It's big one too, measuring 10x1/2" x 13-1/2" with lots of different types of stories and many, many photographs which catch the spirit of the 40's. Some stand-out stories include: a serious piece titled "Should We Draft Labor?"; Gerald L.K. Smith, successor to Father Coughlin; How To Win An Army Commission; The Story of Uncle Sam; Pleasure and Patriotism at New York's Stork Club; and Fashion with Jane Russell. There's also Hitler jokes by Danny Kaye and others. Magazine is clean and nice save one small light stain to front cover. Tightly bound and no label. 
Price: 28.00 USD
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Scenes of My Infant-hood Celebrating the Birth of Krazy Kat (Billy Ireland Cartoon  Library and Museum) 2010)
6 Scenes of My Infant-hood Celebrating the Birth of Krazy Kat (Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum) 2010)
Columbus, Ohio Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum 2010 Card cover Fine condition 
This catalog's a really nice collectible if you like old time comics. There appears to be other such booklets on the subject, as I also have one about the work of Billy Ireland, both of which are published by the Comic Museum at Ohio State University at Ohio State University. Krazy Kat is the brain child of George Herriman and still lives on 100 years after he was first drawn. There are sample strips here, plus lots of information and the story of a Krazy Kat collector. Booklet is pristine, measures 8-3/4" x 10-1/4" with 45 pages, plus some extra art. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Sun Dial Ohio State University Humor Magazine   (Christmas 1923)
7 Sun Dial Ohio State University Humor Magazine (Christmas 1923)
Columbus, Ohio Ohio State University 1923 soft cover 
If you're an OSU student, or alum, this is a fun souvenir of the old alma mater in the Roaring Twenties. The cover art is charming and is slugged with the caption "Let the Wild Belles Ring Out". The emphasis here is all about humor -- as they say, Sun Dial has been "making OSU laugh since 1911." Great local ads and there's a portrait (see second picture) of basketball coach Harold G. Olsen. Magazine measures 9"x11" and has 44 pages. I repaired two tears -- one at top of spine and one at lower staple using non-browning, virtually invisible archival tape. The format and cover is remarkably similar to the Life Magazine of the day. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Little Limerick Book (An Uncensored Collection)1955
8 The Little Limerick Book (An Uncensored Collection)1955
Mount Vernon, New York The Peter Pauper Press 1955 Hard Cover Very Good 
If you like the risqué limerick this is a fun little book which measures 4-1/2"x8" and has 68 pages. I think perhaps the final limerick will give you an overview of the contents better than anything I can say, "The limerick packs laughs anatomical, Into space that is quite economical. But the good ones I've seen so seldom are clean, And the clean ones so seldom are comical." The book is crisp with snow white pages and a bright cover. The paper on the jacket is likewise crisp and shows just two small tears a few small bits of edge wear. It will arrive to you in a brand new mylar cover. 
Price: 6.95 USD
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The Playbill for the St. James Theatre Without Love, 1942 Katharine Hepburn)
9 The Playbill for the St. James Theatre Without Love, 1942 Katharine Hepburn)
New York Playbill Inc. 1942 Soft cover Good condition 
What a great cover graced by a photo of the beautiful Katharine Hepburn and Elliott Nugent who starred in the play "Without Love", a new comedy by Philip Barry. The Playbill was for the week of December 6, 1942. Lots of Christmas ads in this one, the best of which is a two page spread for Camel cigarettes and Prince Albert tobacco. Program measures 7" x 9-1/2" and has 44 pages. Only real fault is small dampstain on the lower margin of the back cover and a small closed tear to front. Overall nice. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Thurber on Humor
10 Thurber on Humor
Columbus, Ohio The Ohioana Library Association and Thurber House 1994 Reprint card cover Fine Condition 
Crisp, clean reprint of the original acceptance speech written by Thurber and presented in his absence October 24, 1953. Thurber's wife was ill at the time so he did not receive his Ohioana Sesquicentennial Medal in person. The booklet was reprinted in 1994 to commemorate Ohio's 150th anniversary. Great photo of Thurber on cover and an even better one of him working at his typewriter inside. Eleven counted pages. Measures 5-1/2" x 8". 
Price: 16.95 USD
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WWII Greeting Cards (4 Unused with envelopes)
11 WWII Greeting Cards (4 Unused with envelopes)
Unknown Unknown 1940's Very good 
Here we have four unused WWII greeting cards, all with their envelopes. Three are mildly risque and the fourth celebrates the single life. All measure 4"x5" and are crisp and clean. Envelopes show very light toning. One is for Christmas, as you can see, the others are for general use. The theme throughout is light-heartedness n the midst of war. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The World Beard and Moustache Championships: The First Official Book (2004), Ames, Michael; Roberts, Stone
12 Ames, Michael; Roberts, Stone The World Beard and Moustache Championships: The First Official Book (2004)
U.S.A. Bloomsbury 2004 Contest, 2005 Publication 1582345686 / 9781582345680 First Edition of First Offical Book Hard cover Fine condition Fine Dustjacket 
This is an unusual little find and a fun one. The beard and moustache contest began in 1990 in Hoden, Germany. Eventually it morphed into an international phenomenon with awards in seventeen categories, including goatees and held in Berlin. The book measures 5" x 6-3/4" and and has a gallery of color photos at the back as well as an unused 2005 entry form. Each category gets its chapter and shows its winner, why he won, and what the judges were looking for. The book is in beautiful condition with no names or writing and no tears or chips to jacket which will arrive in brand new mylar. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Journal of Popular Culture Summer 1971 (Comics Issue), Browne, Ray B. (editor)
13 Browne, Ray B. (editor) Journal of Popular Culture Summer 1971 (Comics Issue)
Bowling Green, Ohio Bowling Green University 1971 Vo. V No. 1 soft cover Very good 
I love this magazine -- it never fails to have lots of quirky stuff to read. This one has a really great graphic cover too. The magazine is clean and bright and measures 6"x9-1/2" with 252 pages plus ads for books. Among the many topics written by a bevy of authors are these: the significance of Mother pillows in the U.S.; the underground press in America 1955-1970; racial stereotypes in hard core pornography and more. But the big topic in this issue is comics with multiple articles devoted to them. Personally, I liked those mother pillows a lot! 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Life Magazine May 1, 1924 (Eddie Cantor, Alice Harvey, Charles Dana Gibson), Cantor, Eddie
14 Cantor, Eddie Life Magazine May 1, 1924 (Eddie Cantor, Alice Harvey, Charles Dana Gibson)
New York Life Publishing 1924 Vol. 83 2165 soft cover Good-plus 
This is the progenitor of the Life Magazine that began in the 1930's. It debuted in the late 1800's as a humor magazine. By the time this issue came out it had adopted a sly commentary on politics and social issues. The president of the company was Charles Dana Gibson, he of the famous drawings of the pretty women who became known as Gibson girls. The second photo shows a lovely drawing by Gibson in this issue. The cover art is interesting too with a caption which reads "Dumbdora's Box" by Alice Harvey who later came to be an illustrator for the New Yorker Magazine. As the New Yorker was coming together Harold Ross wrote to Alice Harvey after seeing her work here to invite her to work for him too. Magazine measures 8-3/4" x 11-1/4" and has 36 pages. Beautiful color ads from Prudential and Lincoln cars. Staples have rusted a little and a newspaper clipping that had been left inside caused toning to one spread. Overall very nice though. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Ireland of the Dispatch (Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, 2010), Caswell, Lucy Shelton
15 Caswell, Lucy Shelton Ireland of the Dispatch (Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, 2010)
Columbus, Ohio Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum 2010 Card cover Fine condition 
This catalog's a really nice collectible if you like old time comics. There appears to be other such booklets on the subject, as I also have one about Krazy Kat, both of which are published by the Comic Museum at Ohio State University. Billy Ireland was a comic writer from Chilecothe, Ohio whose strips were then what Garrison Keillor's work is today. In 1928 he was named First Citizen of Columbus. There are sample strips here, plus photographs and lots of information. Booklet is pristine, measures 8-3/4" x 10-1/4" with 38 pages. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Had Gadya The Only Kid: Facsimile of El Lissitzky's 1919 Edition, El Lissitzky; Arnold J. Band, Editor
16 El Lissitzky; Arnold J. Band, Editor Had Gadya The Only Kid: Facsimile of El Lissitzky's 1919 Edition
Los Angeles, CA Getty Research Institute; ReSources 2004 089236744X / 9780892367443 Facsimile of the 1919 edition Card cover Fine, as New 
I bought this book thinking that it was a story -- which it is, but a musical story, based on the humorous Passover song, Had Gadya, The Only Kid. The text is in both English and Hebrew. You can hear it sung on Google, epecially peformd by young men with myrth and wine.The book measures 9-3/4" x 11" and is clean and attractive. (Music Box 1) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Life Magazine July 7, 1927 (Dorothy Parker), Gibson, Charles Dana; Parker, Dorothy
17 Gibson, Charles Dana; Parker, Dorothy Life Magazine July 7, 1927 (Dorothy Parker)
New York, New York Life Publishing Company 1927 Vol. 90, No. 2331 soft cover Good-plus 
Does this look familiar? No? Well, it's actually the progenitor of the Life Magazine you do know which began under Luce in the 30's. But the original showed up in the late 1800's and by the time this issue came out in July, 1927 Charles Dana Gibson was president of the publishing company -- his name's on the masthead. Yes, he's THAT Gibson, the one who drew all the pretty girls known still as the Gibson Girls. Back then Life was about politics, social commentary, and humor with the emphasis on humor.All of these magazines are fun, but the charm of this issue is a piece written by Dorothy Parker who believed "men never make passes at girls who wear glasses." Nice ad too for Society of American Florists as well as one for Coke and Chrysler. The magazine measures 8-1/2"x11" and has 36 pages. There's a little chipping on the spine and two small tears to bottom edge of back cover. Repaired by me with non-browning, almost invisible archival tape. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Blue Day Book: A Lesson In Cheering Yourself Up (20000), Grieve, Bradley Trevor
18 Grieve, Bradley Trevor The Blue Day Book: A Lesson In Cheering Yourself Up (20000)
Kansas City, Missouri Andrews McMeel Publishing 2000 0740704818 / 9780740704819 Hard cover Fine condition Fine dust jacket 
This is a charming gift book especially if you love animals. Every page shows an unhappy animal, all of which are in full page format and in black and white which is perfect for the topic. The book was given as a gift to a Grandma from two children. You can leave the inscription and add one of your own, or use the brand new bookplate I laid-in (see photo). The book is otherwise beautiful with no price-clip, no tears, and no chips. It will arrive in a brand new mylar cover. Book measures 6-1/4" square and has 92 pages. (Gift Books Box III) 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Comic Menagerie (1984), Haskell, L.
19 Haskell, L. Comic Menagerie (1984)
New York City Merrimack Publishing Corporation 1984 Reprint Card cover Very good condition 
I sold one of these the first year of my now 20 years of bookselling. But for some reason I never saw one again until yesterday. The very tiny print at the bottom of the back cover explains that this book is a version of the original from the Boston Children's Museum. The booklet is a die-cut and the pictures are quaint and charming and the rhymes are old-fashioned, but fun to show the kids what kids in "the old days" read when they were young. The booklet measures 9-3/4" tall and 11-1/4" wide with 13 pages. No names or writing and no crayoning. There's a small crease to the lower front corner, but I secured it with archival tape which doesn't brown. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Land the Cleves Built   (Cleveland, Ohio 1989), Manry, Douglas; Sloan, Stephen L.
20 Manry, Douglas; Sloan, Stephen L. The Land the Cleves Built (Cleveland, Ohio 1989)
Cleveland, Ohio Self-published 1989 0962231606 / 9780962231605 1st edition Card cover, spiral binding Very good condition Manry, Douglas 
I've been selling Cleveland ephemera since 1997 without ever running across this booklet until 2016! As you can guess, this is a humorous story of the founding of Cleveland, Ohio and the beginning of Cleveland Indians baseball among other delights. Booklet is clean and the plastic comb is intact and there are no names or writing. Measures 8-3/4" x 11" and has 15 pages. A fun collectible! 
Price: 30.00 USD
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