Yearly Archives: 2020

Americana – Travel & Exploration, Space – World History – Cartography

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(Berkeley, California, October 20th, 2020) – PBA Galleries will present an auction of Americana – Travel & Exploration, Space – World History – Cartography on November 5th, 2020. The catalogue features over 400 lots comprising a broad array of material relating … Continue reading

Fine Books – Fine Press – Fine Bindings

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(Berkeley, California, October 1st, 2020) – PBA Galleries will present an auction of Fine Books – Fine Press – Fine Bindings on October 22nd, 2020. The catalogue features over 350 lots including works on Alchemy and the Occult, classics in Greek … Continue reading

Limited Editions Club Publications on August 13th

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(Berkeley, California, August 11th, 2020) – PBA Galleries announces a timed auction of Publications of the Limited Editions Club that will begin closing at 11:00am PST on August 13th, 2020. The sale is comprised of 368 lots of publications from the … Continue reading

Fine & Rare Books on July 23rd

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PBA Galleries is pleased to announce that an auction of Fine & Rare Books – Fine Literature will be held on July 23rd, 2020. The catalogue contains over 250 lots of rare and unusual books, from 16th-century historical tomes to … Continue reading

PBA Comic Auction Breaks World Records

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(Berkeley, California, June 10th, 2020) – PBA Galleries announced world record-breaking results from their June 4th auction of Comic Books: Pre-Code Horror, Silver Age Marvel, and Undergrounds. The sale was PBA’s inaugural comic book auction under the direction of Ivan … Continue reading

Comic Pix Panelologist: The End of Pre-Code Horror, 1954

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The last gasp of pre-Code horror: 35mm color slide, undated, but probably November or December, 1954. The Comics Code took effect in September, 1954, and the sole survivors of the crime & horror craze on display at this newsstand are … Continue reading

PBA Comics: Little Lulu in Lights, NYC, 1950s

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Little Lulu was created by Marjorie Henderson Buell in 1935. The character proved popular enough to win a spot selling Kleenex tissues in an elaborate animated billboard in Times Square, NYC, from 1952 to 1961. This image was scanned from … Continue reading

PBA Comics: Kurtzman Update

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There’s good news and bad news on the Kurtzman front. The good news is, if my son’s Hey Look fanaticism is any indication, there’s a market for Kurtzman’s brilliant pre-Mad gag strip among our nations’ youth… The bad news is, … Continue reading

PBA Comics

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Greetings, comics cognoscenti! I’m Ivan Briggs, PBA’s resident comics man, and I’d like to kick things off by sharing a bit about myself and my comics-peddling background. My dad was a first-generation comic book fiend. He remembered seeing the first … Continue reading

PBA Galleries Launches Inaugural Timed Auction Format

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(Berkeley, California, April 14th, 2020) – PBA Galleries invites bidders to their inaugural online-only timed auction, available for bidding until lots begin to close on Thursday, April 16th at 11:00am Pacific Time. The sale features a collection of publications of … Continue reading

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