Oh yeah, I forgot a great one. If your pops likes sci fi and can tolerate comic book form, get him the first collection or two of Y: The Last Man by DC/Vertigo comics. It's a non super heroish story of a plague that wipes out everything on the planet with a y chromosome, except the titular hero, Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand. Adventures and hilarity ensue as Yorick travels the globe to find his fiance in Australia.
It's a GREAT read and from what I hear will soon be a movie or HBO series.
And if he digs that, get him the whole run of PREACHER by Garth Ennis for his birthday.
Two of the better comics of the last ten years or so.