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Vintage Treasures: The Little Book of Vintage Sci-Fi

Friday, December 28th, 2012 | Posted by John ONeill

the-little-book-of-vintage-sci-fiIt’s a great time to be a Golden Age comics fan. If you’re interested in high-priced, archival-quality reproductions of 1950s science fiction and horror comics, there are plenty on the market.

This isn’t one of them.

The Little Book of Vintage Sci-Fi, in fact, is a tiny marvel of affordable comics nostalgia in a sea of overpriced hardcovers. It makes no pretense of offering complete issues, or highly collectible authors and artists, or re-colored anything. But for less than the price of a crummy SF paperback, it offers 112 full-color pages of gonzo Golden Age greatness from an assortment of impossible-to-find comics.

Opening with an 8-page introduction by Tim Pilcher, covering the history of 50s sci-fi comics in surprising detail, The Little Book of Vintage Sci-Fi contains five complete tales, including Explanation, Please! No. 1 Falling Frogs, and Out of the Unknown No. 1: Creature From the Crater. In between are glorious covers from Outer Space, Forbidden Worlds, Adventures Into the Unknown and others, depicting crashing alien spacecraft, stolen moons, and skyscraper-destroying dinosaurs.

There are even full-color reproductions of the classic advertisements that mesmerized me as a kid, including the “Jet” Rocket Space Ship — over six feet long, with levers that work, for only $2.98! — and the 98-cent Sensational Televiewer.

The Little Book of Vintage Sci-Fi was published on April 1, 2012 by Ilex Gift. It is $5.95 for 112 pages, and is one of a set of Little Books from the same publisher, all edited by Tom Pilcher. The others cover Vintage Horror, Sauciness, Crime , Combat, Terror, Romance, and Space. Collect them all!


  1. Yes, these small volumes are sparkling little shards of awesome.
    And they have the weird ability to please both old comic geeks and those who have a less, um, wild-eyed enthusiasm for defunct pop culture.

    But you missed a critical point, John.
    Did you look inside the back cover?
    Each of these little tomes includes a refrigerator magnet depicting a comic book cover.
    These make great gifts. Except they’re kind of hard to give away.

    Comment by John Hocking - December 28, 2012 11:11 pm

  2. I love those fridge magnets! I use them to stick my old floppy disks to the fridge.

    The magnets are great, but those floppy disks always turn out to be crap.

    Comment by John ONeill - December 30, 2012 2:30 pm

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