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Dateline  APRIL 13  This week we are supplementing binge watching, movies, and TV with specials on Press Kits, Stills, and slides. Browse the store. Half our listings are of items & collections you will not see ANYWHERE ELSE. Collections of toys, LPs, ZINES and especially COMICS. READ THE WHOLE THING: We offer the largest selection of sets, assortments and collections in the world, as well as a unique selection of merchandise, posters, and pop culture publications of all kinds. Its High Tide at the warehouse this week: have gotten in 1) 30 000 more $ books - 1960-2015 2) a huge collection of Classics, Archies (before the Archie Mrs Grundy liaison, Disney, Harvey, and yes some Marvel & DC 3) the largest collection of soundtrack LPs in NYC. Don't see what you are looking for? We have a couple of million of this and that sitting around, waiting for allocation. Let us know what set or assortment you want to see. All commentary and interest is welcome. WE WHOLESALE See our Sets, Collections, MINI LIBRARIES for great gift ideas. So many collections, so little time: - watch for the daily, weekly, monthly sales and specials: silver and bronze singles, sets, and assortments. For those within reach of Brooklyn,  check out our monthly on site extravaganzas: next open warehouse weekend sale (free admission, free snack bar, freebie table) is  January 4-5, January 11-12 - WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT  E Mail: ( Telephone: (718 768 8571) Location: 206 41st Street (corner of 2nd Avenue) Brooklyn, NY 11232 NEAR COSTCO


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In 1999, Victoria (Posh Spice) and David Beckham named their 1st child Brooklyn. Some 50 years earlier Jack (“King”) Kirby – creator of Captain America, future co-creator of the Fantastic Four, the X Men, and the entire medium-revolutionizing Marvel Comics Universe - knighted the American leader of the internationally rostered Boy Commandos (Nazi fighting juveniles) – BROOKLYN (no last name needed). Brooklyn and comics go way back. Max Fleisher (b 1887/Brooklyn) graduated from the Brooklyn Eagle (cartoonist, photographer, photo engraver) and joined his brother to form Fleischer Studios (Betty Boop, Popeye). In 1941, Siegel & Schuster would ask the Fleischer brothers to animate their latest comic creation Superman. Brooklyn strip creators like Al Smith (Mutt & Jeff), Walter Berndt (Smitty), Percy Crosby (Skippy), Stan Drake (The Heart of Juliet Jones), and Al Capp (Lil Abner) had put Brooklyn on the Sunday pages, but comic books were an entirely new medium, and young Brooklyn artists jumped at the opportunity. A young Gil Kane (future Green Lantern ) was working with Norman Podhoretz to find a way to impress the publishers. Joe Kubert (future Sergeant Rock) was drawing up a storm in East New York, Will Eisner (Brooklyn born) had premiered the Spirit in 1940. Carmine Infantino (PS 75, future Flash artist), Lou Fine (Fiction House stalwart), Tom Gill (NY Times, NY Herald Tribune, Lone Ranger Comics) were drawing on sidewalks, on paper – wherever their craft would give them some practice and some attention. Brooklyn writers and editors (Gardner Fox, Sol Harrison) apprenticed at the new publishing houses. The Brooklyn College Boys – Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Bernie Krigstein – led comics into the 1950’s and promptly ran into the HUAC who decided that EC Comics’ rather loud support of Civil Rights showed signs of communist and other decadent influences. The Brooklyn based Harvey Kurtzman annointed Fleagle Boys (George Woodbridge, Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Angelo Torres, Roy G. Krenkel) were busy desperately meeting deadlines (and partying - and hunting?) in Bensonhurst while their publisher (Bill Gaines) was being put out of business by Frederic Wertheim (Seduction of the Innocent) & Joe Mc Carthy. But, phoenix like (yes justice does sometimes prevail) Bill Gaines and Harvey and Al introduced Mad Magazine to the newsstands. The rest is some kind of history. By the early 1960’s, the medium had a couple generations of publishers, creators, and fans under its belt. A Brooklyn high school teacher, Phil Seuling, took his passion for pulps, sci fi and comics and launched a series of fanzines and conventions that tried to put all these enthusiasts under one roof. The NYC Comiccon - launched in 1964 – would be the country’s pre eminent comic convention until Phil’s death in 1982. In 1972, he went to Marvel and DC and proposed the agreements that would transform comic book distribution forever. Until his company – Seagate Distributors – came along, comics were distributed exclusively to newsstands. Now comic stores were given an entirely new deal. Seagate Distributors supplied the country and the world with comics. With his partner, Jonni Levas, Seuling made contacts in the UK that spawned Titan Distributors which in turn spawned Forbidden Planet, arguably the brick and mortar flagship for the entire medium. In 1981, Seagate Distributors, with their UK partners, opened a Forbidden Planet in New York. Phil and Jonni’s enthusiasms went well beyond distribution. Moving from their original location in Seagate to new more expansive quarters at 5th & 21s, they both published and supported publishers and artists in their crusade to establish the comic medium. NYC is general, and Brooklyn in particular, was crawling with talent. Marv Wolfman found his way across the Brooklyn Bridge to create Blade for Marvel Comics. Don Mc Gregor dabbled in prose and comics (Master of Kung Fu). Chris Claremont (Park Slope) effectively ushered in the 2nd era of Marvel Comics when he introduced the new X Men in 1979. Ralph Bakshi animated Lord of the Rings and Fritz the Cat. The two major awards in comics are the Harveys (Harvey Kurtzman) and the Eisner Awards (see above). Nuff said. Brooklyn rules. Harvey Kurtzman footnote – space does not allow us to to do justice to this career. What do Gloria Steinham, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton have to do with Harvey anyway? Check out Help Magazine (which came out long before Monty Python or Underground Comix) and be convinced that Harvey was at the center of a Masonic conspiracy of humorists (Opus Dei indeed).
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