Is there one book that is a “must have” collected edition that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (@ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), Wallace Ryan (@ReverendLove) Chris Partin (@ChrisPartin) and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.
Sorry friends, only five collected editions this week….
Picked by @ReverendLove
Frankenstein, Volume 3 HC (PS Art Books)
Frankenstein, Volume 3 HC (PS Art Books)
Collects stories published between 1945 and November/December 1946
The monster that would soon be mistakenly known as “Frankenstein” began one of his most celebrated comic book series with the Prize Comics classic run by Dick Briefer and is generally regarded as the first genuine continuing horror comic book in America. I first became acquainted with Mr. Briefer and Frankenstein when I happened across a collection from Yoe Book’s a couple of years ago and I was smitten!
This collection comes from PS Artbooks in the UK and actually starts with volume 3, which begins with 1945′s “Frankenstein” #1. The publisher is having problems getting copies of some of the earlier issues and so decided to begin with volume 3 until they can find the missing comic books (and if you have any of the “Frankenstein” stories from Prize #’s 16 to 18, 32 and 37, please contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The first thing I liked about Briefer’s tales of the Monster were his two different interpretations of Frankenstein, with one, been your standard horror comic and the other, been a humorous comic. He began the series with the horror comic and five years into the run, introduced the more popular humorous version which would run until 1949. Three years later, Briefer would return with the horror comic Frankenstein and would work on it for almost 2 years before the appetite for horror comics soured and subsequently died with the creation of the Comics Code.
This book is from the humorous Frankenstein period and starts with his origin, “Frankenstein’s Creation” and from there, runs amok with madcap laughs and bizarre monster stories. Briefer’s drawing has a great freedom to it’s line and is obviously made by the hand of a master of the cartoon form reminding me of people like Jack Cole and Sheldon Meyer. I love both of Briefer’s interpretations of the Monster and this volume of the shambling vaudevillian Frankenstein, is a great place to start in your studies of this wild and joyful ride of the comic book form.
I can’t wait to see volume’s one and two!
And then we have four picked by @AndrewJTom
A Very Klingon Khritsmas
There were some pretty interesting “non-comics” books that came out this week. Many of which were tailor made for fans of comics, comic & sci-fi/fantasy films, and “the ever-trendy nerd culture”. First of all, I was late to the selection party this week and lost out on the opportunity to write about one of my all time favorite comic runs (Miller’s Daredevil). But, alas, it gave me the opportunity to write about something atypical… something I typically don’t write about, but would find great pleasure in checking out. The first book that I came across on the release list fro this week was a 32 page book published by Gallery books called A Very Klingon Khritsmas ($17). Basically, you insert Klingons into a typical family Christmas tale and hilarity ensues. It’s apparently got tribbles, blood wine, and violent Klingon Santa. Sounds really fun, but this is more of a Christmas gift for my (Trekkie) wife than for me to enjoy.
The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister
Next, I considered Bantam Books’ The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister ($16). This sounded like a fun book, and at 192 pages, $16 is quite a steal. However, this is the type of book that would be a fun “bathroom read”. I can imagine that it’s got some fun quips and anecdotes that you can cleverly craft into passing off as your own to friends unfamiliar with Game of Thrones. But; it doesn’t seem to be much of a satisfying experience. Probably another novelty type book that would make a pretty good Christmas gift.
The Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual
The next book that I considered was The Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual ($30) published by Lucas Books. I have to admit that I own a Haynes manual for every car that I own. Haynes manuals are invaluable resources for doing simple repairs on any vehicle (and I highly recommend them). Even though I don’t own Death Star, I have to admit that I’m fairly intrigued to learn about the inner workings, history, and layout (including floor plans and cut-aways) of it, regardless of it being a fictional space station. Besides… if I own this book, hopefully it will show me how to fix that weak-ass exhaust port if I should ever own a Death Star myself.
Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece
But… the one book that I settled on that I really wanted to read more than any other was a 200 page hardcover from Voyageur Press called Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece ($35). This book claims to be a comprehensive look at the film. It covers it’s history, what makes it a landmark film, and why it was so influential for other films. I’m looking forward to reading a piece that scrutinizes Christopher Walken’s “watch monologue”, analyzes Jules and Vincent’s theories on foot massages, or revels in the wonder that is Jack Rabbit Slim’s. I love this film so much; that I still wonder today (20 years later) what was in Marcellus Wallaces briefcase (Personally, I think it was Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor). Regardless of what the briefcase contained… go get a copy of this book. If you’re a fan of the film, you’ll discover that it may be the ultimate Pulp Fiction bonus content.
Now it’s your turn. What books that came out this week do you recommend? Take a look at the sidebar to see this weeks collected edition releases.